Dec 19, 2008

What Does God Really Want?

The reality of worship – What does God really want? This has caught me off guard many times in my lifetime. Yeah it’s true people say it’s a lifestyle; it’s all that you do, and I agree, yet when we come down to actually do that it’s so easy to interpret the bible in the way that we want to.

For instance, one morning I was on worship leading and we were in the middle of rehearsal just before the service. God reminded me of the scripture I had been reading the day before…“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. FIRST go and be reconciled to your brother; THEN come and offer your gift.”
…Ouch! Now that was a hard pill to swallow. So to God my worship was not the songs that I was about to sing to him– but instead it was about me FIRST going before the service and humbling myself before my friend and apologizing and seeking forgiveness. Then he would receive my offering of praise and worship.

You see, we often come to God, at his altar and ask HIM to work out all our problems and issues with others - when he actually commands US to FIRST go and be reconciled with the other person BEFORE coming to him with adoration and praise.

I think we can over spiritualize our offerings to God, by bringing to Him all the issues we have with other people, yet never working it out with the person. Or the ‘spiritual’ act of asking God for direction in what we should do in the situation, when God’s Word is plan and simple.
So therefore is it an act of worship at all - or is it disobedience!

Until next time

Nov 27, 2008

'Tis The Season...

Hey gang... I don't know about you but I certainly have felt the wave of the 'Silly Season' sweeping over me. Christmas is such a special time, but it can all be easily lost in the blur of activity. So I thought I'd introduce some quite counter consumer cultural links that could be quite useful for you this Christmas season.

The first is a link to a great site where you can give presents that would truly make a world of difference. Click HERE to find out more.

The second link is to a wonderful site that hopes to sweep the world with an Advent Conspiracy. It has plenty of great practical ideas like these ones: (You'll have to click HERE to find out what they are)

If you are more visually motivated then watch their video below:

Finally, for all you parents out there who are trying to keep up to date with the latest music and movies that your kids would like (and if they are appropriate) you can check out this great site that gives Christian reviews. Click HERE to check it out.
A big thank you to Jonathan CP for passing that link on to me (& therefore you... you see you never know how influential your actions and choices will be!)

Godspeed & Kaizan

Nov 25, 2008

Does God Take?

Does God sometimes take things out of us, for the purpose of creating something different with it, so that he may give it back to us in a greater form?
Take Adam for instance. When he was created God brought all the different animals to him to name, but it was scene that there was no suitable helper for him. So God put Adam to sleep and took one of his ribs…that’s right just one rib. In Gen 2:22 “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”

God had to removed something from Adam – a rib so that he could form a woman to partner with Adam.
What does God see lacking in your life? Does he need to take something out of you that he may fashion something greater out of it? and then return it to you to help you fulfill your purpose.

For me, God took the pain and shame caused by my past – a massive wound and brought healing to it that today I can be proud of the scare that I bear from my past as it is a reminder of what God has done in my life. He took my shame and made something greater out of it – FREEDOM and HEALING!

Does God sometimes take things out of us, for the purpose of creating something different with it, so that he may give it back to us in a greater form?

Until next time...

Nov 19, 2008

What has God given to you?

Gen 2:5

When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens – and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground…

Take note of the TWO reasons why there was no growth:

a) Cause God had not sent rain

b) Cause there was no one to work the ground.

Sometimes we cry out to God to send rain, either in our own lives, our families, work places or churches…yet why would he send rain if there is no one to work the land and look after it?

------New testament: The harvest in plentiful but the workers are few…?

2:15 The Lord took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Our mandate to:

a) Work it

b) Take care of it

What ground has God given you? What environment? He’s put you there to work it and take care of it so that he may send rain that there may be growth and a harvest.

Until next time
Naomi Moore

Nov 13, 2008

We have more than what we relise!

Who we are in Christ is so important! BUT more than this who CHRIST is IN us is even more vital! Do we really know what we have in HIM? For example; we sing or maybe even pray, "purify me - purify me." Yet we already are the rightousness of Christ! In fact we are Holy...we have royal blood flowing through us. That doesn't mean we are sloppy in our walk with Christ it simply means we live & walk from a place of Holiness! Here is another one! "Please Lord anoint me, I need your anointing I need your presence". But we need to understand we already have His anointing, His presence is here! He is Emmanual...God with us! Amazing! There has been since Jesus came to earth a radical relocation of God! Amazing! He is with us!! Learn to walk in His anointing.

There is sooo much that God has already given us...lets walk in that & live in what He has already given! For example; ours! Every born again person has maybe as small as a mustard seed - but it's can move things!! The beautiful thing about any seed is that it grows with the right ingrediants! So it's not, "more faith more faith," it's exercising the faith He has already given!!! here are some Scriptures: 2 Cor. 5:21 / 1 Cor 1:30 / Roms 8:1-3 / 1 John 2:20 /v.27 / Matt 17:20.

Anyway that all from me...until next time - Nick.

Nov 10, 2008

How Do You Treat Your Guests?

This is a parable about how we treat guests to the church...

Be sure to leave a comment with your some of your thoughts

Godspeed & Kaizan

Oct 31, 2008

Pictures As Promised... My Orange Wonderland!

Well I did promise pictures of our progress... and in true style, projects always take longer than expected... but the effort is always worth while.

In this first picture (August - the day I received my iPhone...mmmmm) you'll note the bland colour of my office (you can either choose to look at the wall or the reflection off my head).
This was what I got going with the flow...

But alas, we must be true to the vision / dreams / goals we have... even if it means facing everyone's criticism, doubting words, disbelief, ... or even if it requires buying some sunglasses to hand out to the people who pass by my orange wonderland!

I must admit the office has a life of its own now. I'm loving it.
At last weeks music practice someone looked up from downstairs. All the other office lights were off except mine and the person panicked, "There is a fire in the office upstairs!"

Ah, yes, reminds me of the book of Acts and the Upper Room. (You gotta have some fun!)

Well I must extend a big thank you to Amy and Beth who helped me paint the office.
All that is left to do is putting up some artwork.

Feel free to visit the Orange Wonderland anytime. Our doors are always open : )

Godspeed & Kaizan

Oct 22, 2008

Paint Your Dreams Alive!

I have been prepping the office for painting today... tomorrow it all happens. For quite some time now I've wanted to paint my office a nice LOUD orange...
I want to feel a shower of energy when I walk into the office.
But alas, too many times in the past I was told that orange is a bad idea... go for more conservative colours...
I've never been happy!

This week I decided... blow it, I'm going orange! And once again... many people have expressed their doubts over my colour choice. But its really only fueled me! I can't wait to see the final result tomorrow!

I wonder how many times we let people talk us out of our dreams / goals. Have you let some dreams die... or at least packed them away in storage?
Pull out some of your dreams / goals... and shoot for it!
As the saying goes... when we get to the end of our lives our greatest regrets will lie in the areas of what we did not do rather than what we did do! So GO FOR IT!!!

Godspeed & Kaizan

PS: I will post pictures soon!

Oct 8, 2008

What Kind Of Dreamer Are You?

Well conference last week was the bomb! Ps Chris Hill was a real treat! In fact Ps Nick got so excited during one of Ps Chris Hill's messages that he went and pounded on the stage!

What a great time of refreshment, but I must admit though... I do love being back at home.
Espesially cool was the launch of our new series this last week in the 6pm called Hanging Out. (Big ups to Rebekah Powell for the amazing stage design!)

In this series we are looking at what community is all about, how to survive and thrive as we do life together.
If you missed the first instalment you can grab that from the podcasting section of the Eastside website.
(Let me just reinforce here that you don't need an ipod to download the podcasts... they are simply in an MP3 format and can be played on your PC, MP3 players, iphones, etc.)
Let me give you a great quote from Ps Simons message this last week:
"The setting aside of time and setting aside of personal wants and desires and bearing with each other means that community is hard work.
As a result many people love the idea of community more than the experience of community."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Like I said, if you missed the message by Ps Simon you will want to click HERE and get a copy of that message.

Getting back to the National conference that I started this whole conversation with... one of the speakers Ps Kumar had a few great points on 5 different types of dreamers:
  1. No Dreams
  2. Low Dreams
  3. Wrong Dreams
  4. Fake Dreams
  5. God's Dreams
What really stuck out to me is this whole idea of Fake Dreams...
Haven't we all met people who:
  • Want to feed entire villages of poor people in Africa someday... and yet this day they don't even feed one.
  • Want to preach to thousands someday... but this day will not even run a life group.
  • Want to see their community won for Christ... but won't even speakabout Christto their neighbour this day.

The list could go on... and on... and on and on!

What practical steps have you taken towards fulfiling the dreams and desires that God has placed on your heart?
Whats stopping you from taking some action?
Are your dreams simply fake dreams... or are they God's dreams?

Let me end with this last thought... could a God dream become a Fake dream... simply because we fear / refuse to act?

Let me know your thoughts...
Godspeed & Kaizan

Oct 7, 2008


A survey was done trying to figure out what are the keys of successful people, here are the results: 1. Luck. 2. Talent 3. Intelligence 4. Education & 5. Attitude. The interesting thing is that the first 4 added up to 15% of what made someone successful. Number 5, attitude came in at 85%. 85% is huge!!

I've discovered that the world we live in does not devote itself to make us happy! I am responsible for my attitude, & no one can do it for me! I’ve also found a few other things: Did you know that no-one is born with a certain attitude, it develops over time. I need to choose my attitude. I have also discovered my attitude attracts or is repelling certain people.

Most days I write in my journal "How is my attitude? What attitude I am choosing today for I’m responsible for my attitude". I do this simply to remind me, for I realise that no matter what happens or what situation I find myself in my attitude is my responsibility.

Here's a few more things about attitude: Attitudes are like magnets, they are pulling you in a direction...For positive or in the negative! Attitudes on the outside reflects the attitudes on the inside! What about this one...You can direct your thoughts to work for you or againest you! Don't make your thought life your worst enemy. Be careful where you go in your imagination, the Bible says, take EVERY thought captive!!! 2 Cor. 10:5.

It's a known fact that employers want to employ people with a positive attitude. Skill can be trained, but attitude if one won't take responsibility for a good one, it's never going to happen. It's a true statement - our attitude does determine our altitude! Phil. 2:5 owards... speaks about Jesus attitude...have a read it's powerful!

Well that's enough to think about - till next time! Nick.

Sep 26, 2008

Don't You Just Love Your Church!

Aren't you so blessed to be apart of a vibrant and exciting church!
Everytime I travel I always come back with a fresh appreciation for Eastside!

I thought this video would help you count your blessings : )

I'd love to hear your thoughts...

Godspeed & Kaizan

Sep 16, 2008

How Rich Are You?

Kia Ora one and all. How fabulous is it to have days full of sunshine? Its simply delicious!!!

Well this week saw the start of our new series in the 6pm called, 'How To Be Rich.' Ps Simon shared some absolutly amazing facts using a great sight called Global Rich List.

Every year we gaze enviously at the lists of the richest people in world.
Wondering what it would be like to have that sort of cash. But where
would you sit on one of those lists? Here's your chance to find out.
Click HERE to see where you stand.

I couldn't resist... and found that I personally am in the top 10.48% earners in the world. Mmmm... that is pretty rich!
It is so easy to get caught up in the financial 'squeeze' that we find ourselves going through with increased fuel and grocery costs... we can focus so easily on what we don't have... even while we choke on our affluenza.

Where do you stand on the Global Rich List? Do you still feel like you aren't rich?
The hope that I have during this series is that we will be able to take our eyes off what we don't have... that we won't wait for that hopeful day when we win the lotto, etc. and finally have money to live generously.

My hope is that today, you could have a full and thankful heart that throws off the dirty clutches of Affluenza... that is thankful, and humbled by how much God has blessed you... that you will live a life of generosity to all peoples in your world... and the world.

Let me know your experience of going on the Global Rich List... I'd love to hear your comments!

If you did miss out on the message, remember that you can go on the church website HERE and click on Resources, Podcasts, and then on the 6pm Service.

If you feel like you may need some counseling (or even just a great laugh) then click HERE (trust me... you want to do this!)

Just before I sign off... I have great news. This sunday night we are getting Ps Sam Monk of
Equippers Church in Auckland. You won't want to miss the 6pm... I gaurantee it!

Till next time...

Godspeed & Kaizan


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Sep 2, 2008

What A Weekend!!

What a great night we had this past Sunday at the 6pm service. The new Parachute Band was fantastic - not a show, but a really worshipful experience. Its amazing how God's presence fills a space that is created with expectation and hearts lifted to Jesus.
Even better than that though was seeing people respond to the Gospel message. It always stirs me with such excitement!

By the way, don't forget to vote for Parachute on the New Zealand music awards by sending a free text saying, 'Vote Parachute Band' to 787. You can also check the website out HERE.

This weekend in the 6pm service we are starting a new series called 'How To Be Rich'... now with a title like that this series will either entice you or leave you wondering weather this series in for you. Let me encourage you that this series is not what you think...

In fact, if you click HERE you will find a great read about a speech that Bill Gates made to Harvard Uni students.
What a fantasic spirit... one that the church should always display!

As we enter into September and our month of CIA (church in action), I encourage you to look around and see how you can be a blessing to your world. I can't wait to hear what Eastsiders are getting up to as wee seek to bless those around us.

I leave you with one of my life Scriptures:
Gen 12:2-3

2 "I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you."

Godspeed & Kaizan

Aug 26, 2008

Are You Happy?

In September we are starting a new series in the 6pm service called "How To Be Rich". I really believe that this series is going to cause some really significant shifts in our thinking and at the same time cause a whole lot of thanksgiving!

Anyway I found a great post by
Seth Godin called Destroying Happiness. Here is a taster:
A journalist asked me, Most people have a better standard of living today than Louis XIV did in his day. So why are so many people unhappy?
What you have doesn't make you unhappy. What you want does.

To read the rest of the post click

So here is the question that I'd like to pose to all our readers: How has your view on $ changed as you have journeyed with Jesus? (Lets get some discussion going shall we).
I look forward to your comments : )

Godspeed & Kaizan


Aug 21, 2008

Its Time To Get Your Praise On!

I'm so pleased to have seen the sun out the last couple of days. Its so good to see spring before us. We've had some fantastic things happening around Hamilton this winter:

We've had a great O' Week outreach with our Uni ministry called Reverb. We've just bridged our first seeker life group from the outreach to a normal life group with a goal of starting 5 more before the end of the year.

We had a phenomenal Inspire conference... which just leaves you wondering how is it possible for us to top it next year?

With that we had exciting news about Ps Nick & Karen stepping into their apostolic calling and new senior pastors Sheridyn & Jan Rodgers joining us at the end of this year.

Then we had our first city wide youth event called ONE. About 500 youth from 20 odd churches ranging from the presberterian to baptist to us pentecostals. We had over 60 people responding to recommit their lives to Jesus with 13 first time decisions!
We also launched from this event an initiative to see a prayer meeting for the city / schools in every school / Uni / Polytech by July 09.

Then Fuel had there big outreach called MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge) and Reverb had their Boost night.

The church held Thriving On A Shoe String which is a really neat community project and Vision College is holding their New Testament Survey on week nights.

What a great season!
But for some it can leave us a little tired. So I thought I'd serve you up this beauty of a quote. Its easy when you're tired to notice whats wrong. But this can be an unhealthy downward spiral if all we can see are the negatives. So friends lets apply this quote, lets come out of winter praising God and ready to run into spring.

"The circumstances that you complain about become the chains that imprison you. And worship is the way out." Mark Batterson

1 Thes 5: 17 - 18
pray continually; 18
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Until next time...

Godspeed & Kaizan

Aug 19, 2008

I just picked up an article by Jim Mellado (the president of Willow Creek Asso.). he talks about his & his sons near drowning while on holiday with his family. His son wasn't swimming & was dragging them both down. He told his son, "Don't panic, I need you to swim not to cling to me". He did just that. Then Jim makes this statement. "I didn't have enough strength for a victim, but I did have enough strength for a contributor".

What a great thought! What are we contributing to those around us?

Until next time...

Aug 13, 2008

My wife, Karen & I watched the movie “Pursuit of happiness”. Will Smith stared in it with his son Jayden. It’s a true story of a man who thru incredibly tough circumstances followed his dream! He ends up a very wealthy man & able to give millions away to serve those less fortunate than himself. There is a moving part in the movie where he is playing basket ball with his son. His son says, “Dad I’m going to be a fulltime basket ball player”. The father says, “Son, I wasn’t a good basket ball player, nor was my father, so probably you won’t be either”. The boy stops, looks at his dad & sadly takes the ball & puts it in a plastic bag. The Father suddenly catches himself! “Son don’t let anyone ever stop you dreaming & going after your dream…not even me”. Very powerful. Let’s keep dreaming & lets dare to live the dream!

Aug 12, 2008

How Big Is Your God?

I've been reading a fantastic book of late called 'In a pit with a lion on a snowy day' written by Ps Mark Batterson of NCC Church. Here is a taster from the book that really fits in with our Inspire conference theme of Imagine. So here goes:

"Isa 55:9 ESV
(9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Astronomers have spied galaxies 12.3 billion light years from earth. To put that distance into perspective, consider the fact that light traveling 186 000 miles per second only takes 8 minutes to travel the 93 million miles between the sun and planet earth. Sunlight is only 8 minutes old. But light from the fartherest galaxy takes 12.3 billion years to get here. That distance is virtually incomprehensible! And God says that is about the distance between His thoughts and our thoughts. Your best thought about God on your best day falls 12.3 billion light-years short of how great and how good God really is. ... Maybe its time to stop putting God in a box the size of your cerebral cortex. Maybe its time to stop creating God in your image and let Him create you in His."

So its been nearly a month after the Inspire conference. Have you gone back and reviewed some of the challenges you felt that God laid on your heart. What were those limited thoughts that God wanted to bust open? What dreams did God want you to begin dreaming and to begin taking action steps on?

I trust this has been a great encouragment to you.

Godspeed & Kaizan


Aug 6, 2008

Do Your Thoughts Lift You Up Or Confine You?

I'm busy reading a great book by Ps Mark Batterson of NCC church. I am a fan of his blog... but his book... Oh boy its good! Its called In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. If you can get it, I really do highly recommend it!

Anyway, I thought I'd share a thought from the book:

How you think about God will determine who you become. You aren't a by-product of 'nature' and 'nurture'. You are a byproduct of your God-picture. And that internal picture of God determines how you see everything else.                                                                                          Most of our problems are not circumstantial. Most of our problems are perceptual.

So what books are you reading right now? Comment and share with us.

Godspeed & Kaizan

Jul 29, 2008

Insert Good News Here

What a fantastic INSPIRE conference we had! Just when you think it can't get any better, our amazing volunteers and staff take conference to a whole new level!!! And what a great participation from Eastsiders... wow, you really got into it!
(PS: We won't be podcasting the conference for at least the next 2 months, so if you want to get the messages just e-mail: to order your CD's or DVD's.)

I'm quite excited about the next 6pm series called: Live To Serve. I'm kicking it off this week... so to prepare you for whats in store check out this great piece of art:

I got this great piece of art from THE PLOW. The boys have a great short read with a challenge:
"My question to you today is, how is your church preaching the gospel without using words?"

Click HERE to check the full post out.

I look forward to hearing from you : )

Godspeed & Kaizan

Jul 24, 2008

Say Yes To Something Greater...

Many of you will now know about my serious relationship with PHILLIP who's 29!!! We've know each other for years and have spent A LOT of quality time together! For those who don't know - let me calm your nerves and your shock at my secrecy -

Let me introduce you to him....."Phillip" is my 29 inch Phillips Television! =)

I've been addicted to T.V ever since I can remember - I'd break the law and speed to home in time to see a programme, I'd leave things early OR not go out because of T.V I'd spend multiple hours watching it EVERYDAY! This would take up my time, energy and ability to focus. You see T.V itself is not bad, but in MY life it had begun to consume my world - becoming the driving force behind my decision making.

So three weeks ago i was spending time with God and He really challenged me to fast T.V, to stop watching it from then until inspire conference....which was over 7 weeks away!!! You don't understand this is HUGE for me. God told me that the call of God in my life will NOT be fulfilled while I am pinned to the T.V day in and day out.....He wanted me to live my life - instead of watching others live theirs.

I want God to be #1 in my life - not just in speech but also in the way i live - so it was one of the easiest decision I've had to make in a long time!!! By saying No to T.V I was saying Yes to God's purposes for my life, time with friends and family and the things that really matter.
So Hello my name is Naomi Moore and i'm a t.v addict, I have been clean now for 63 days!!! ROCK ON!

So often our lives get full, and we're "busy" but doing what?
So what are you saying yes to in your life? What's the most important thing in your world? Does your time, finances and engery reflect that?

Jul 21, 2008


I have an absolute conviction that the unseen realm dominates the seen realm & that our lives are to be evidences of the invisible! For this area to be activated God has given us an imagination. As we grow into adulthood we have often put aside our imagination or our dreaming component. Jesus commented on having childlike faith...isn't it true that a child believes so easily and imagines so keenly! If you have seen the movie (C.S.Lewis) "Prince Caspian" what an amazing imagination C.S.Lewis had; and for that matter the movie makers! Allow God to INSPIRE you, in other words, to ignite and breathe life into your being through an imagination awakened by God! We often state that "God can do anything!...the big question is; will you allow Him to do anything in and through you?" Eph 3:20: "God is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all we ask, think or imagine". For our INSPIRE Conference 24th-27th July; Can I ask you to pray, or even fast a few meals, for I do believe God wants to impact & impart into people’s lives. Imagine that!!!!

Jul 17, 2008

So What Is The Church Anyway?

I had a truly great time on Friday night with the 25-35's. We had a 4 course meal on the Waipa Delta. Mmmmm. Oh the things I do for Jesus : )

I'm starting to think about some series topics for 09. Topics like 'The Bible and its authority'; 'How to be worshipers'; 'How to judge others'. What are some topics that you feel we really need to cover as a church?

I have been listening to a really great pod cast (no, not my own one... oh shucks you guys). Its one by Mark Driscoll, the lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Its called, 'Putting preachers in their place.' You can grab it off iTunes, its well worth the listen!

Anyway with all the talk in our post modern society about House Churches, Missional Churches that meet in pubs or on nature walks and bike rides... it leaves us with the question... well what exactly is the church? Is it just 2 people getting together over a beer? Is it a gathering on the internet?

This is Mark Driscoll's definition of the church:
"The local church is a community of confessing believers in Jesus Christ who obey Scripture by organizing under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship and scatter to evangelize and care for people everywhere. The observe the Biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit for mission in the world and are disciplined to live out the great commandment and the great commission to the glory of God."

A bit of a mouthful, but lets look at the 5 main points in there:
  1. The head of the Church is Jesus Christ.
  2. The church is organized under Qualified leaders.
  3. The Bible is rightly preached.
  4. The sacraments are rightly administered.
  5. Church discipline is rightly administered.
Using these 5 points a lot of what is promoted as the way church 'should be' by the House Church people and some of the Missional models really fall short!

What are your thoughts about the above?

Till next time...
Godspeed & Kaizan

Jul 15, 2008

How growth / transformation happens.

I have always wondered how change & growth takes place in our lives. Having thought about this often, I have actually come to what I believe is a revelation on how growth takes place in our lives. It’s when you receive information & then meditate on it, in other words go over it & over it in your mind & heart. Then revelation begins to happen, and then transformation in our life takes place. But it starts or begins with information! Sometimes of course revelation takes place in our life first, but often God gives us information about a truth or principle or scripture, then we need to meditate on that truth…then revelation comes & then transformation…life change, or let me say it another way; it becomes flesh in our flesh! That’s exciting when that happens…quite powerful really…

Jul 11, 2008

A Cure For Discouragment

So we finally have the iTunes links to the Eastside podcasts for you. If you haven't seen them and you want to get them then click HERE.
Isn't it great how technology has allowed us to get the Word out?

I have been spending some time on a site that has a lot of irreligious people. I've just been trying to build a relationship with some of the people and hearing their misgivings of the faith. Its great cause I have been able to share my thoughts with them.
With technology... we have so many opportunities before us. There is some platform for everyone's tastes... from podcasts, facebook, blogs, 2ndlife, etc. ... you name it, its out there and waiting for Christians to use as a tool to share their faith.

Another passion I have is reading great blogs... and i believe I have found a delicious post for you.
Ps Steven Furtick writes one of my favorite blogs, and in this post he offers a cure for discouragement:
"One of the best things I can do when I feel my attitude drifting toward discouragement is to switch from defense to offense."
So click HERE to catch the rest of this great post.

Till Next time...

Godspeed & Kaizan

Jul 8, 2008

When Numbers Matter

What an exciting announcement that we had over the weekend! God really has some exciting times in store for us! (If you have no idea what I'm talking about then check then click HERE.)

One of the things we have been wanting to work on in our youth department is Metrics... the measuring of those things that matter to us. Some people find it quite odd that we would be interested in 'numbers'. But to us, every 'number' represents a person, an individual whom Christ died for.

I was reading the Catalyst blog and they had an interesting article on metrics with a little different spin. Why not click HERE, read the article and let us know which ones really spoke to you.

One of the metrics that we as the management team have set for ourselves is ensuring that each week we invest time with those who don't share our faith.
Its amazing how, with the hustle and bustle of life its so easy for the important things to get pushed out of the way. I think that it is a really healthy practice to keep one another accountable to what really matters.
I want to encourage you that if you don't have a core group of people that you can be accountable to... then prayerfully consider joining one of the many life groups here at Eastside, or speak to someone who you respect and trust and ask them to keep you accountable.

As I sign off, I trust that you have been enjoying the podcasts that are available on the new church website. If you haven't checked it out yet then I suggest you click HERE.

Godspeed & Kaizan

Jul 4, 2008

A Video speaks 10 000 words!

This video is one that I used in the 6pm service awhile back now... it is such an inspirational story that I just wanted to share it with you. This video just goes to show that: A) God loves to use ordinary everyday folks and B) that even in our weakness and brokenness... God's strength can be revealed.

A great ministry group who helps get media into the hand of churches is Sermon Spice. We have used them heaps here at Eastside. The great thing is that you can preview any of the movies that you would like to buy... and when you are ready all you have to do is download an MPEG1 / WMV version of it.
Anyways there are over 9000 videos so click HERE to go and check them out.
If you haven't read the post by mark Batterson on Stained Glass Windows (And why we should be using media, then click HERE.

Till next time...

Godspeed & Kaizan

Jul 1, 2008

Have You Seen The New Website?!!

Hey gang, thanks for catching up with us on the blog once again. Our desire for this blog is to create another platform where you can get to know our hearts as a management team and really get to know us a bit better.

We have such great preaching at our church and many people have been approaching us asking when we are going to join the podcatsing revolution. Well with the introduction of our new website you can easily download the messages from each of our 4 weekly services. Simply click on the resources tab, choose the podcasting option and then choose your service.
There are heaps of other great features on the website so why not click HERE to go and check it out.
Go ahead and give it a squizz and let me know what you think.

I have personally really noticed over the last 4 months that my reading of books has decreased while my listening to podcasts has really increased. Its just so convenient! And through itunes you can hear great preaching from all around our global village!

Some of my favorite podcats to listen to include: Craig Groeschelle of;
Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church;
Erwin McManus of Mosaic;
Brian Houston of Hillsong;
the Catalyst podcast;
TD Jakes of the Potters House;
Rob Bell of Mars Hill Bible Church and
Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church Seattle.
Who are some of your favorites?

What are some other ways that you 'feed' your spiritual growth? I'd love to hear your comments.

Till next time...

Godspeed & Kaizan

Jun 26, 2008

Definitions of Worship & Evangelism

"Worship is bragging about God to God.
Evangelism is bragging about God to others."
Ps Mark Batterson

Jun 25, 2008

The New Stained Glass

As I'm surfing the net the sound of thunder is rolling over my house. I love it! Back in South Africa we would have the meanest thunder and lightning storms. I find them so intriguing.

I have a wonderful post for you to read that was written by Pastor Mark Batterson of NCC church. I know that it will inspire you to get into the Word of God and challenge your thinking about the Word of God. Click HERE to give it a read.

How do you 'get into' the Bible? Please comment and share your methods, struggles and victories in reading the Word.
By the way, if you haven't got an electronic Bible then click HERE.

By the way, I have literally just joined twitter. You can follow what I'm up to by checking me out on twitter by clicking: or you can follow me on my personal blog HERE. Just another way we can stay in touch. I'm going to give it a 30 day trial.

Till next time...
Godspeed & Kaizan

Jun 16, 2008

Do You Carry the Vision?

Without realizing it... us churchies are truly so blessed a people... in countless ways really. But the one way that I want to focus on today is vision.

The majority of people today really are just floating along in life... could I even be so daring as to say dead from the neck up? So many are just going through life... they are just part of the grind, going round and round the empty hamster wheel.

"Is there anything worse than being blind? Yes, a man with sight and no vision."
Helen Keller.

But as churchies we come to church and are blessed to know that we have purpose and that our churches have vision. We are not just here to use up O2... we are here to Win people to Christ and to Develop them... to see Christ's Kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven.

We get to spend our lives investing in God's Kingdom... in the lives of others. We truly get to live the blessed life.
The troublis is though that we can become familiar with this great blessing... we can get used to the vision messages at church... we can grow cold and hardened to these messages.

Here are 7 Signs that you truly have the vision (I got this from a message I heard from Ps Michael Pitts):

  1. If you have the vision you can carry it in the absence of the visionary.
  2. If you have the vision you should be able to communicate it to others.
  3. If you have the vision you ought to be thinking about it even when you're not at church.
  4. If you have the vision then you find ways to further it.
  5. If you have the vision you rejoice at the accomplishment of it.
  6. If you have the vision you see the importance of it (the eternal consequences).
  7. If you have the vision you seek to establish it ( to make it permanent and perpetual).
So here is the challenge... do you have the vision of the Eastside community?
If not... what steps will you take to truly owning the vision?
If you do find yourself lacking... why not give one of the managment team a call, lets sit together and lets chat and dream together of what could... and must be.

Godspeed & Kaizan

PS: Have you checked out my personal blog yet? Click HERE if you want to check it out.

Jun 11, 2008

Are You Close To God?

What an exciting past 2 weeks we've had at Eastside. Over the weekend of the 1st June we had 10 baptisms in our services and this last weekend over the 7 & 8th June we had another 11 people commit their lives to Christ. And I just heard hot off the press that 2 of our Reverb (Uni aged) boys led 2 people to Christ on Tuesday!
There is definitely a growing sense of momentum as God smiles down on us at Eastside.
Mat 9:37-38 ESV (37) Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; (38) therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
Mat 10:1 MSG
(1) The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives.

The truth is that people are ready to hear about Christ... people are open to God.
The harvest is NOT the problem.
The problem lies with us Christians who are not investing our lives in lost people. The problem lies in us Christians who are too timid to verbally share our faith.
The problem lies with our mindsets... we think that people don't want to hear about Jesus... but the truth according to Jesus is that they are ready!

Let me encourage you to share your faith this week. Weather you do that socially, confrontationally, sharing intellectually, sharing your testimony, inviting someone along to a service or life group etc, or even through serving their felt needs... whichever way you choose to do it... intentionally plan and commit to do it this week!
As a management team we have committed to have a 'story' each fortnight of how we have reached into the world of someone far from Christ.

We are called to be salt... and salt was never meant for the salt shaker! I love the quote below... may it challenge you:

If you aren't close to someone who is far from God you may not be as close to God as you think."
Vince Antonucci

One of the greatest barriers we face are the internal voices in our heads telling us that we aren't good enough or qualified enough etc. etc. May the below video encourage you as you determine and commit to reaching out to lost people this week!

I look forward to your comments : )
Godspeed & Kaizan

Jun 5, 2008

A Few Thoughts From Rico

Hi I’m RiCO

I run the Fuel the 11-13’s ministry here at Eastside.

A few weekends ago I had the privilege of being able to attend KIDS LIFE 08 as a guest leader, a 1 day conference for kids in years 5-6 at Life Church in Mt Eden.

I was slighty apprehensive as I drove up to Auckland, considering the conference was for kids and not even with the age group that I work with but I had heard that Rob Bradbury (Planetshakers Melbourne) was gonna be there and was keen to meet him.

When I arrived at 10am I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly staff and over 100 screaming excited kids getting dropped off by there parents. We were moved into a room where a man dressed up as Uncle Sam, was getting the kids all excited and ready to go into the auditorium. I new nothing of what to expect but was quickly amazed at the days proceedings.

I followed the kids into the Auditorium where I a full band was playing and the kids were all up the front going hard worshiping God, hands in the air, singing and loving it, its looked kinda like a mini Hillsong, but with young kids.

After about 3 song the Children’s Pastor, Stephanie Sewell got up and gave an amazing talk to encourage and excite the kids about what they can do in there world. She told storys of amazing young Christians throughout the world.

As I can remember:

Her first story was about a group of children living in a closed country where you will be put in prison for learning about Jesus, cos it is illegal. One day a group of kids climbed up into the attic and found a radio, turned it on and there was a Christian Radio show. They would sneak up into the roof and listen everyday after school, until one day he gave them the opportunity to ask Jesus into there hearts. So together they all prayed and asked Jesus into there Hearts.
A while later on the radio the man said that Jesus was the great physician and that through him people can be healed. On hearing this the kids immediately thought where are the sick people…”in the Hospital they thought” so they snuck into the hospital, and made there way to the 3rd floor where the sick people were.
They found a man sick, hardly being able to breath seriously ill. The laid hands on him and he was healed and began to walk around the hospital floor. The continued to pray for people on the 3rd floor and when they were finished the whole floor was well.

Another story of a young six year old Evangelist living in the slums of Indonesia who was preaching to his friends and neighbours and seeing them saved. One day he was kit by a bus as he crossed the road by his house. At the funeral the children were not aloud in due to the culture, but when the aid workers arrived the first 3 rows were full of 50 small children, they said
“what are you doing here, you are not aloud to be here!” The kids replied
“how could they not, this boy was the only one who told us about Jesus.

By this stage I was getting pretty excited myself, and wanted to sneak into Waikato Hospital and heal everyone. These stories all showed young kids standing up for Jesus in there lives and leading the way, often before adults. This is when I found out that the Conference was a LEADERSHIP conference for yr 6-7. Then I knew I was in for a treat. You can’t go wrong teaching leadership skills to young people, especially super young people.

After a quick break we had Rob Bradbury, a absolutely crazy mad Kids Pastor from Australia come and talk to us about dreams and how important they are for our lives and as Christians. His way of communicating with the kids was amazing and hilarious, doing voices and acting out silly skits and telling stories from his life. He shared his dream and one of the things was that he had a dog called RiCO. I was like yeahhhhhhhorr then he said it was a dog. But I didn’t care cos it was a great conversation starter.

After this message and lunch we came back and I saw what I really went up there for. I saw the leaders heart for kids to get connected into God and to truly experience him for themselves. Their Pastor Stephanie and Rob Bradbury began to minister to these kids and I saw the true unashamed passion for Christ which a rarely see in adults displayed in such young children.

It excites me from my head to my toes to see people getting excited about God, being filled with the Spirit, praying, seeing people healed and ministering to each other.

May it continue and increase to all the ages.

May 29, 2008


This weekend in the 6pm we kick off a new series called 'NO!'.
When most people hear the word no we tend to focus on it's negative implications...
But the truth is that when we say NO! to one thing... it means that we are saying YES! to something else.

When I married Tarryn I gave her my YES! ... and so in effect I say NO! to every other woman.
My NO! to every other woman is a positive YES! to Tarryn.

My NO! to sex before marriage is a resounding YES! to having the very best that God has for me in my relationship with my partner.

Unfortunately, because many times we have a weak YES! we find ourselves having a weak NO!

So check out the 6pm's over the month of June... its sure to be a cracker!

Until next time...
Godspeed & Kaizan

May 23, 2008

Growing Up

I have been reading a great book by John C. Maxwell called 'Winning With People' and in it I found a really interesting piece about Angelina Jolie.
The following is from pages 60 and 61 of that book:

I recently read an article about actress Angelina Jolie. The catalyst for her change in perspective was a script. Jolie who had won an Oscar in 1999 for her role in 'Girl, Interrupted' could have been the poster girl for a life adrift. The child of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, she had grown up in Hollywood and indulged in many of its excesses. She was called a 'wild child'. And she was well known for drug usage, outrageous behavior, and sometimes self-destructive actions. She was convinced that she would die young.

"There was a time where I never had a sense of purpose, never felt useful as a person," says Jolie. "I think a lot of people have that feeling- wanting to kill yourself or take drugs or numb yourself out because you can't shut it off or just feel bad and you don't know what its from."
Success in movies did little to help her. "I felt so off balance all the time," admits Jolie. "I remember that one of the most upsetting times in my life was after I had attained success, financial stability and I was in love, and I thought, 'I have everything that they say you should have to be happy and I'm not happy.'"

But then she read the script for 'Beyond Borders', the story of a woman living a life of privilege who discovers the plight of refugees and orphans around the world. Jolie recalls, 'Something in me really wanted to understand what the film was about, these people in the world, these displaced people and war and famine and refugees.'
For a year she traveled around the world with UN workers. 'I got my greatest life education and changed drastically,' she observes. She visited camps in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cote d'Ivoire, Cambodia, Pakistan, Namibia, and Thailand. Her entire perspective changed. She realized that the entire world was made up of other people, many of whom were in dire circumstances, many of whom she could help.

When the United Nations High Commisioner for Refuggees asked her to become a goodwill ambasador in 2001, she was happy to do it. She also began donating money to help refugees and orphans, including $3 million to the UN's refugee program. (She says that she makes a 'stupid amount of money' to act in movies.) And she adopted a a Cambodian orphan, Maddox. Recently Worth magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential philanthropists in the world. She estimates that she gives almost a third of her income to charity.

Jolie puts it into perspective: 'You could die tomorrow and you've done a few movies, won some awards - that doesn't mean anything. But if you've built schools or raised a child or done something to make things better for other people, then it just feels better. Life is better. Why does she feel that way? Because she finally gets the big picture. She stopped focusing on herself and began putting other people ahead of herself.

I am so proud of our missions involvement as a church. Just last year we saw - in partnership with other organizations - 535 churches planted. Thats one every 16 hours. Thousands of people have come to Christ... and all because as a church we got involved in faith promises... we sacrificed from our abundance... and we let Christ build his church.
I urge you to get involved in the faith promises this year! You may think that your giving is saving lives overseas... but you may just come to discover that your giving is saving you... as it did for Angeline Jolie.

I'll close with some wise words
A person first starts to live when he can live outside himself.
Albert Einstein

Godspeed & Kaizan

May 15, 2008

5 Reasons To Go To Church

In April I had the privilege of going to a Q&A day with Bill Hybels of Willow Creek.
One of the things that Bill discussed was in this day when people have so many choices, that we need to remind people why they should be coming to church. Gone are the days when the majority of people come to 4 services a month.
So without further chitter chatter, here are 5 (certainly not the only 5!) reasons that we should go to church:

  1. Our Lord and Leader was in a worship community every 7 days. Luk 4:16 ALT (16) And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And He entered, according to His custom, on the day of the Sabbaths into the synagogue, and He stood up to read aloud [the Scriptures].
  2. The New Testament instructs us to. Heb 10:24-25 ALT (24) And let us be considering one another for [the] stimulation of love and of good works, (25) not abandoning [or, neglecting] the assembling together of ourselves, as [is the] habit of some, _but_ encouraging [one another], and so much more as you* see the Day approaching.
  3. God speaks uniquely in the corporate setting.
  4. Every time that we participate in a worship service we encourage others who are there.
  5. We are leaving a legacy to our children and grandchildren.

What are some of your 'reasons' for coming to church?
I'd love to hear your thoughts

Godspeed & Kaizan

May 6, 2008


Welcome, welcome , welcome to the very first post from the Eastside managment team! Our heart behind having this blog is to create another avenue for communication (2 way!)
As you would have seen from the side-bar, there will be 2 posts each week from individuals from the managment team at Eastside church.
Please do feel free to comment and give us feedback... even if it does not relate to the post.

This last weekend I had the privelege of going on the very first Inspire Tour with 19 others made up of Eastsiders and Vision College students. We travelled to Palmerston North, Fielding, Taupo & Tokoroa. It was so exciting being apart of what God is doing around the country!
I personally loved to be in the church 'homes' meeting my 'extended family' and being able to encourage them.
We are so blessed at Eastside and our only response can be to bless others as we have been blessed.

This has been enabled by Ps Nick's apostolic leadership and the launching of the Vision Churches International network. This is a relational network through which we know that if we build the house (houses of God) we can change our nation/s.
If you would like to know more about this then please do chat to Ps Nick!

This sunday we launched a new series in the 6pm service called RED LETTERS (its all about the Bible) and with it the RED LETTERS PROJECT.
Simon shared a brilliant message. Here are some of the highlights:
  • only 21% of New Zealand Christians read their Bible daily
  • The Irony that the generation with the most accurate versions of the Bible accompanied with the greatest availability of Bibles is also the generation that is the most Biblicaly illeterate!
  • Only 9% of American Christians hold a Biblical worldview.
  • There is no Christianity without the Scriptures!
  • Reading the Bible does require hard work (getting into the mindset of the day in which the Scriptures were written)
Psalm 119:9-11
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

We also launched the RED LETTERS PROJECT... a 30 day challenge to commit to reading your Bible daily.
Will you accept the challenge?
We'd love to hear the testimonies of those who are taking part in the project!

Just as I close off... we will be launching the new Eastside website very shortly... which will include podcasts (or downloadable audio files) of the messages that are preached on sunday. So do stay posted!

We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments and suggestions : )