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