Sermon: The Thin Red Line

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This sermon was shared on 04 September 2013 during our business devotional meeting led by Welson Ang.

This sermon was shared on 04 September 2013 during our business devotional meeting led by Welson Ang.

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  • Means nothing…..just a verb to make it sound better
  • More than 160 million people in India are considered "Untouchable"—people tainted by their birth into a caste system that deems them impure, less than human.
  • We are going to examine one of the heros. Who do you think he will be?
  • 1 Corinthians 13 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
  • Example of flirting with Satan
  • Easier way to remember is SAD = Self-Control, Aim, Discipline


  • 1. Business Devotional Meeting 04 September 2013 The Riverwalk #01-28
  • 2. The Thin Red Line Presented by: Welson Ang
  • 3. LINE
  • 4. RED
  • 5. THIN
  • 6. The Thin Red Line Symbolize the dangerous division
  • 7. Division in the Bible The History of Creation (Gen 1) • Genesis 1:4b – divided the light from the darkness • Genesis 1:6b – divide the waters from the waters
  • 8. Division in the World • Boundary of countries • Classes of human – The untouchables • Laws & Jurisdiction • Corporate Hierarchy • Monarchy • Anymore?
  • 9. BUT O NHe is none other than Mr S.A. Tan
  • 10. Who is Mr S.A. Tan • Original name “Lucifer” an angel • God describe him as – Perfect – Full of wisdom – Posses real power
  • 11. 知己知彼 百战百胜
  • 12. Characteristics of Mr S.A. Tan • 2 Corinthians 11:14 • Matthew 4:3 • John 10:10 • John 8:44 • Revelation 12:10 1. Deceiver (liar) 2. Tempter 3. Thief 4. Murderer 5. Accuser Read & Tell
  • 13. Common tactics of Mr S.A. Tan • Deception – Satan's most successful tool. He wields this tool with devastating results. • Doubt – Makes you question God's word and his goodness. • Discouragement – Makes you look at your problems rather than God.
  • 14. Common tactics of Mr S.A. Tan • Diversion – Makes the wrong things seem attractive so you want them more than the right things. • Defeat – Makes you feel like a failure so you don't even try. • Delay – Makes you put off something so it never gets started or completed.
  • 15. Virtue of Mr S.A. Tan Greed Pride Envy Anger Gluttony Lust Sloth, or laziness Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
  • 16. Don’t Flirt w Satan
  • 17. Rogue Trader – Nick Leeson
  • 18. Nick Leeson • Life started as a classic rags-to-riches tale • Trader in Barings Bank • 28 years old risen as Head of Ops in SGX • Very successful in speculative trade • He have everything – high salary, apartments, respect, etc… • By 1993, he made £$10m
  • 19. Nick Leeson • 1994 – Set up a 88888 error account to cover up a mistake made by a team member • Abused the account • By end 1994, the loses hidden in the account ballooned to £$512m • Made one last bet on the nikkei • Unexpected Earthquake in kobe, Japan, send the nikkei plunging
  • 20. Nick Leeson • Continue in error “double or nothing” • Eventually, lost more than £$1.3b • Bank went bankrupt • Nick Leeson was thrown to jail From HERO to ZERO QUESTION: What leads to his downfall?
  • 21. The Thin Red Line Don’t fall into the trap of the devil
  • 22. An eye for an eye
  • 23. Your DFS
  • 24. Activate your - Determination • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV) Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
  • 25. Activate your - Faith • Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. • Matthew 21:22 – And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
  • 26. Activate your - Sacrifice • Mathew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. • What does it means do you? 1. Get out of your comfort zone 2. Timely measure 3. Daily activities • Continuously doing good