Saturday, January 03, 2009

Psalm 1 (NIV)

1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Chess Game

A Chess Game with the Devil By Bryan Hupperts

A senior pastor was sent a challenge to play a game of chess. The anonymous note said, “Victorious One: You are an undisputed Grandmaster. You’ve beaten your fellow servants frequently. You played against other senior pastors and won. Now, come play me.”

Game day came and the senior pastor found himself seated across a chess board from none other than Satan himself. In this knockout tournament, the pastor drew white winning the right to begin first. The devil grabbed the white piece from him and said arrogantly, “I always move first.”

Each set up their pieces and began to formulate strategy. The senior pastor was nervous but confident and declared to the enemy, “I will win. I have the mind of Christ.” Then the devil smiled a devilish smile and said, glancing at the senior pastor’s side of the board, “I cannot outwit the mind of Christ but you I will easily beat.”

The first match was on. Satan played with cunning and strategy and it became quickly clear the senior pastor was outgunned. Satan moved a pawn in gambit striking from the flank and taking an unguarded rook. Loss piled upon loss. No matter how valiantly he tried to respond, no matter if his moves were rooted in sacrifice or power, the senior pastor blundered. Every move he made seemed to benefit the adversary.The chessboard carnage was brutal and the senior pastor was finally humbled to desperate prayer. The devil laughed as he cried out, “Lord, I need wisdom. I have your mind yet I am being outplayed, outmaneuvered, and beaten at every turn. Why, Lord. Why”They played to endgame and the dreaded word was pronounced: checkmate.The stunned senior pastor watched his king fall as he listened to the enemies’ taunts and, though he felt he had failed God, he humbled himself further crying out all the more for wisdom. How do you beat a master tactician and swindler like the devil?

When the 2 minute warning sounded, he began to reset his side of the board for the next round. He was weighed down by a sickening dread when suddenly the Holy Spirit of God came upon him and said:“Review the board.”The senior pastor looked at the enemies’ pieces: pawns aligned on the front row with rooks, knights, bishops, queen and king in the back. Everything was in perfect military precision waiting for the strategic battle to commence.

The senior pastor then looked at his side of the board. He had the same pieces: pawns, rooks, knights, bishops, queen and king. He noticed, as if for the first time, that things were askew. Mentally reviewing the rules of engagement, he realized he had placed a pawn where a rook should be, a knight in the place of a bishop and, as he thought back on the failures of the first round, he saw that even the queen was occasionally out of place taking over the kings’ role. These foolish blunders were done at his command.And the senior pastor had an epiphany. He had all the right pieces but many were serving in the wrong place on the board in roles they were not empowered to play. “I have played like a fool,” he said aloud. “I am only a servant and not the Master of the game.” He began to rearrange the board setting the pieces, kingside and queenside, into their rightful places. And the chessboard transformed into a battlefield.

The devil looked at the repositioned board in alarm. His eyes narrowed and he said slyly, “Perhaps, senior pastor, your first strategy was right. Move those pieces any way ‘ole you wish. After all, you’re in charge, right? I must have gotten lucky the first round; that’s all it was, just dumb luck. You’ve played your brothers in Christ and beaten them all.”The pastor knew his cagy opponent was only seeking for an opportunity to devour him again, and replied, “I did beat my fellow servants and I was wrong to do so. Today, I repent. Devil, you did not defeat the mind of Christ. You only defeated me. I see now it is not mine to tell a piece how to serve not is it mine to dictate anyone’s destiny or calling. My role is to help all to work together in their unique giftings for the advancement the kingdom of God .”

The devil’s face went ashen and he said, tempting the pastor to pride, “You are the Grandmaster, the senior pastor. You decide what people should do and be!”The servant pastor smiled humbly as he placed the last pawn in correct position. “It occurs to now that to have the mind of Christ in operation in my life and ministry, He must be the senior pastor and I must be the undershepherd. I will rely on his leadings to beat you. And, as you yourself so wisely said, you cannot beat the mind of Christ.”

The devil began to panic and said, “No, go back to your nepotism. Your church has always been run like a family business with you, your family, and your friends in charge. This could go badly for you. You will no longer be the senior pastor. Why give up your power?”And the undershepherd servant pastor said meekly, “Christ alone is the senior pastor and it was never mine to dictate who serves where or how. Each piece must move in the light it is called to just as He himself is in the light. It is his kingdom, not mine.”He continued, “The board was out of order. I was out of order. Christ is now our Senior Pastor and divine order has been re-established. I neither submitted myself to God nor did I resist you at first play which gave you first-move advantage. I will not be so foolish again. And now,” he said, redirecting his attention to the strategically placed pieces on the board, “let us pray for guidance as we play for victory. Christ himself will lead us as our senior pastor and Grandmaster!”

This match was to be played to sudden death. The devil raged for he now knew his time was short. And the battle was on.

Friday, April 04, 2008


Psalm 78:70-72 (NIV)
70 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.

: is the basing of one’s action on an internally consistent framework of principles. Depth of Principles and adherence of each level to the next are key determining factors.

What does it take to have “Integrity of Heart”?

When you know that…..

1. You ARE God’s Choice.

Ps 78:70 He chose David….. from the sheep pens;

2. You SERVE God’s Purposes.

Ps 78:70 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;

3. You HAVE God’s Inheritance.

Ps 78:71 from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.

This is a Man with Integrity if Heart
….Psalm 78:7 (NIV) 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Have we been to the sanctuary of God and come out with a transformed heart?

What does a transformed heart look like? Pastor Eugene shared these 3 indicators - a transformed heart is tender, teachable and transparent.

A transformed heart from God is truly one that is tender towards God. We will not allow our past wounds or disappointments to harden our hearts towards God or people. A heart that is tender is able to allow God to move freely within, is able to feel and beat with His passion.

A transformed heart from God is truly one that is teachable. We will be willing to hear from God and obey Him. We will not be stubborn and set in our ways nor will we put a condition to our obedience.

A transformed heart from God is truly one that is transparent. We will allow God to search and test our motives, recognising that our heart is deceitful above all things. When there's nothing to hide from God or people, we can walk in true freedom.

Is this your heart today?
If it is, praise God and yearn for more of Him.
If it is not, then cry to God to create this new heart in you.

The Bible says that we are new creations in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). This new creation would include a new transformed heart. We can all claim this new transformed heart. Don’t settle for any less.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Psalm 77:12
"i will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds"

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Heres another song for the season. It was inspired by a message by a very special pastor(: (this is a special gift this Christmas from my son ben.)

If You werent invited
If You werent invited
If You received no invitation
To your own celebration

What if no gift was for You
If no gift was for You
When all you did was give
And got nothing in return

The season crys, for a reason to celebrate
Finding love, in a world full of hate
So don’t let Christmas fold, with its message untold
Cos many need to know, many need to know

O God, help me tell Your story
This day, that they may see Your glory
Come to life, in me this Christmas story
We'll do it right, we'll do it right this time

And if we could be in Your shoes a little would you feel

If You werent invited
If You werent invited
If You received no invitation
To your own celebration

What if no gift was for You
If no gift was for You
When all you did was give
And got nothing in return

We'll do this right this time
We'll do it right this time around..

This year
Its all for You
The world will hear
Hear the good news

This Christmas party
Will not be left empty
Do you hear the sound?
The angels they surround

Are you ready to see?
Will you tremble in fear
Cos the King is here
The King is here

So fall...on your knees

Posted by benseow at 2:40 AM

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Come, Hear and be Inspired
"No Hands, No Legs, No Worries"
Tell a Freind, Bring a Friend, Be a Friend
2 December 2007
Sunday, 1.30pm
Max Pavilion @ Singapore EXPO
Hosted by : Faith Community Baptist Church