Well today got off to an eventful start. I had a meeting scheduled at a café and was a few minutes early so pulled out my phone and started reading from Proverbs 3. A woman was leaving the café carrying a baby in her car seat carrier in one hand and bag of coffee in the other when she slipped on something and fell. I rushed over with a couple of others and helped her up. She was slightly shaken but okay and thankfully the baby was Okay. A few moments later another mum and toddler walked towards the café entrance as the Mother was saying to her son watch the step. He didn’t hear her in time, tripped and fell. Mum was quick to react and picked him up as they continued on into the café no real dramas there. So I continued on reading through Proverbs and this is what I read (I’m not kidding).
Proverbs 3:21-24 (NIV)
21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. 23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Now I’m not suggesting that this was all orchestrated by God as a way to emphasise a point but through these coincidental events a point was made.
Wisdom and understanding, sound judgement and discretion when we value these things, when we make them a priority in our lives we guard ourselves from stumbling.
So how do we gain wisdom?
James 1:5 says " If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
But there is another alternative. We can get alongside others who have it. Even if it’s just a little bit more than us and learn from them.
One of the greatest keys in living a successful life is to always remain teachable. To never think you have it all or you understand it all. There is always someone who can help you grow.
So today why not step out and try it.
1. Ask God for Wisdom
2. Find someone to connect with who has a little more wisdom than you.
It's through Wisdom that we learn and grow and it will guard us from stumbling.
Cheering you on,
Nu and Taua.
It’s been a little while since I last posted something about what God has been revealing to me. But I thought to write a short encouragement for you as you continue on in your week.
Last Sunday I shared a personal story of regret in missing an opportunity to share to a Jehovah's Witness who was door knocking in my neighborhood. I talked about how I was so focused on getting a deck finished that I didn’t take the time I should have taken to listen and share with this person. Basically it was an inconvenience to what I was doing at the time.
God has a funny way of redeeming situations because last night in the middle of dinner I had a knock at the door. It was a salesman promoting insurance. As I answered the door, fresh in my mind was the story I shared on Sunday. So for the next hour I sat with him in my lounge and heard his pitch, but an amazing thing happened, interspersed throughout our conversation we started having deeper discussions. I was able to find out he was a Hindu but had attended a Catholic school as a child. So we began to talk about Faith and Religion, we talked about prayer and healing. We even talked about Morality and Good and Evil. At the end of our time I invited him to our Church and said you’ll love it there and your kids will love our programmes.
God can use any situation for the advancement of His Kingdom. Every encounter is an opportunity to share the love of Christ to a world in need. We are not just hearers of the Word but Doers.
You are Gods chosen instrument to meet the needs of a hurting world. Through you the message of hope and love will spread. When you recognize that opportunity is knocking at your door and you take a hold of that, wonderful things will happen. You Matter!
Take a risk and invite someone to Church this Sunday. Let’s fill the place with expectant hearts, hungry to see God move. Let me finish with this scripture Galatians 5:14 “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Have a great week, see you on Sunday.
Nu and Taua.
Ecclesiastes says there’s a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…
Christmas can be a chaotic time of year. There’s so much to get done. Organizing last minute things at work, organizing the amazing holiday. Organizing the kids to make sure they’re not spending the whole day in bed or in front of a screen. Then there’s the last minute shopping that has to be done. The extra family members that you weren’t expecting for Christmas day lunch. The lunch itself, what to cook or where to have it, the list goes on and on.
I think if we’re not careful we can miss what Christmas is really meant to be about. God announced to the World through the angel that the Messiah had come, his name was Emmanuel which means “God with us”. God had come into the world to save the world. To bring us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
You know one of the Names of Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Peace had come into the World. But not Peace by human standards this is a different sort of peace. An inner Peace that stills the heart and rests the soul. 1 Peter 5:7 says cast all your anxiety on him for He cares for you.
I want to encourage you to let go of all the burdens you’re carrying today. The stress and anxiety that is heavily weighing you down and let God come in and take the pressure and the weight away.
Christmas is about Christ bringing the Peace of God into the world. He came to set us free from anxiety, fear, worry, doubt. He came to refresh our souls and renew our minds.
Before the rest of the Holiday period takes over make it a family goal to attend our Christmas Eve Service this Sunday. When you’re in a place where the Spirit of God is moving freely and his presence is clearly there. You’ll feel the weight of the World lift off of you.
The Bible says “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom”. Freedom through the Peace of God is what we need this Christmas season. This Sunday morning will be a great reminder of that.
Let your heart Worship God and let everything else fade away.
Taua and I are so blessed to have you as part of our church family. You matter so much to God and you Matter so much to us.
See you this Sunday.
Blessings and Love, Nu and Taua.
This is going to sound a bit crazy for some but we are in the final month of 2017! It’s surreal to think that another year is coming to an end and a new one is about to begin.
If you’re like me, then in amongst the final preparations before your well-deserved break, you’ll be looking back at how the whole year has panned out. As you begin you’ll be reminded of some of the “wins” that took place, maybe you got the promotion, maybe you finally bought the house or maybe you finally met the love of your life. Then you’ll probably move towards some of the challenges that took place this year maybe health challenges, maybe marriage difficulties, maybe financial strains. Reflection is actually a good thing to do (as long as you don’t camp in the challenges too long).
I love this time of the year as I get to reflect and celebrate all that God has done in my life personally and also in ministry. But the best thing is being able to look ahead with a fresh perspective and being excited about every possibility.
I believe 2018 is our year. God is bringing greater clarity in our Vision, in our DNA, in our Ministries. Without wanting to sound cliché “THE BEST IS YET TO COME!”
One of the most exciting things about this year has been the visit from Ps Edgar and Beth Martin from the Philippines. We’ve been connecting now for over 4-5 years and I’m pleased to announce that we are taking our relationship to the next level. Ps Edgar and Beth and the LEOJCC Church will become a part of our Elim Church Family officially in 2018. We are still working through the details of what this will look like so watch this space!
We are also pleased to announce new tenants are moving into the building. Currently we have:
We still have some spaces available if you know of anyone looking for space.
Our Key focus for 2018 will be on Discipleship through our Connect groups. Our goal is to see over 50% of our people involved in personal discipleship through connect groups, being mentored and mentoring others. Currently it’s sitting around 25%. Our heart is for all our people to grow in Spiritual Maturity through relationships in the Church family. We’ll be sharing more about how this will all begin in 2018.
Finally to everyone who served as a Volunteer in one of our teams this year. Taua and I and the staff want to say a massive thank you. It’s through your sacrifices that we are able to do what we are doing.
All our volunteers should be receiving a Christmas card and Box of chocolates and a reminder to book the 24th of February 2018 into your diaries for our Volunteer Appreciation Party. Its going to be something special.
We love you guys and we love what God is doing in us as we connect, be equipped and use our lives to influence our world. Blessings and Love Nu and Taua.
Since returning back from our National Elim Conference a few weeks ago, I’ve intentionally shifted in how I’m approaching certain aspects of Church life. Our pre-service prayer meetings for example have become more about worship and connection with God rather than the usual praying for the different aspects of our service. What this has done is brought a greater anticipation amongst our guys for God to move in our meetings in some way. I’ve certainly noticed the difference and I hope you have too.
There’s on old saying I once heard long ago “it’s hard to move a parked car”. What this means is that it’s easier for God to lead and direct you when you’re already in motion. It’s a lot harder to get things moving from a stand still position…. This is the law of momentum.
When you have momentum in an organization or church or life, it’s easier to try new ideas or new ways. So the key to implementing the new ideas or new things is starting while you have momentum.
Increase in influence in the Community = momentum
Connection with new people = momentum
Deeper understanding of God = momentum
Breakthrough in an area = momentum.
Continued breakthrough = great momentum.
Development and growth in the organization = momentum
So here are some keys to maintaining momentum:
1. Start. Many wait for things to happen to them. Whether it be a new job, a new relationship, a healthier way of living. Waiting doesn’t change anything, starting does.
Peter only found out he could walk on water when he stepped out of the boat. We all have to just start. Set you mind on what it is you are after then start.
On Tuesday we ran a Light Party attended by over 120 people including 70 kids. For me the win was in just running one. By the way, thank you to everyone involved in making it happen. What a great night.
2. Keep things moving. The temptation when you have reached a level of success is to sit back and be satisfied with that. But each success should be viewed not as a point of arrival but a stepping stone to your next level of success. Yes, it’s great to celebrate the wins and rejoice in what you’ve done but then keep moving forward, don’t stop!!
3. Look out for the potholes. Firstly don’t be surprised that there will be potholes ahead. Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that when we’ve reached a level of success there will be no more trouble. But the opposite is actually true. So don’t be surprised, actually keep an eye out for perceived challenges ahead and deal with them as they come. This way obstacles will be less likely to stop you or even slow you down.
4. Make sure you’re moving in the right direction. Once you are moving, make sure you’re heading in the right direction. Check in with the Holy Spirit, with the Vision you have. Make sure everything is in alignment with that. If it isn’t turn around and go back!
5. Enjoy the journey! Your journey with the Lord is not supposed to be all serious. Have fun, laugh lots, laugh out loud. Celebrate the wins!! This is a key part of momentum in your life. Make sure you’re having a good time and enjoying what you’re doing.
So all these points not only apply to you personally but to us as a Church. Let’s keep going, keep moving together as we reach the City, the Nation and Nations of the World for the Lord Jesus Christ. Together we build momentum and together we’ll see things change.
Enjoying the Journey with you.
Nu and Taua.
We are working on a few building projects around the church. Leo Robinson is leading these projects and is looking for some helpers to assist him. If you’re available to lend a hand during the week and/or on a Saturday please contact the office or fill in a Welcome Card.
You’re help would be greatly appreciated. No building experience needed. Just be available.
Well, it’s so good to be back after what has seemed like a whirlwind trip to China and Cambodia. (I’ll pre-warn you now I could be making a lot of references to the trip over the next few weeks as I process all that I experienced in my time there.) I arrived back in the country on Thursday the 28th of September, hosted a staff dinner in my home on the Friday and then I was off again to minister at our Elim Church in Hamilton for my good friends Ps Ants and Poro Cuthers. After this it was straight through to the National Conference in Auckland, which ran from Tuesday – Thursday, flying home again on Friday. So it’s been a busy few weeks for me.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to represent our movement at the Elim Global Asia Conference in Cambodia. I want to thank our Oversight for releasing me to attend and for our amazing staff who never skipped a beat and ran things so smoothly while I was away. I know God has put something in me and you have all played a crucial part in that.
To reference what the title of this blog is, I feel like God is moving (not to say that He had up till this point been idle) I have a feeling of acceleration or a shift happening. The Conference this year was amazing. It felt like the Spirit of God was really moving and releasing people. I believe ministries were saved as people were encountering God in the meetings. Many I spoke to had the fire in them reignited, others confirmation of the Call of God on their lives.
I don’t say this lightly but God was moving in our meetings at this year’s Conference. I personally felt a release from old mind-sets, a kind of feeling of being able to let go and allow God to have his way. God’s presence was in the place and people were growing with excitement and anticipation at what God would do next.
I’ve come back home excited about what I caught throughout the trip and throughout the conference. I feel a renewed determination to hear Gods voice and do what he wants.
I was asked by a Pastor from India if I believed that Jesus was coming back soon. I said yes, I do believe he is coming back soon. He agreed.
In Acts 2:17 Peter stands up in front of the crowd and quotes the Prophet Joel,” in the last days God will Pour out His Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams”. I believe He is doing that in our church in a fresh way. Seeing and hearing of the amazing things happening at the PRAYER ACTIVATION nights. Breakthroughs in healing, deliverance, freedom. I believe God is moving in our church in a fresh way. There is an increasing sense of the presence of God and people are growing in hunger for a move of the Spirit.
As we continue to seek his face and come expectant each week and we will see God move more powerfully each time, I believe God will move in a very real and tangible way. Your mind will try to rationalize what he is doing, but engage with your heart and accept the outpouring of His grace.
God is moving, let’s move with Him.
Ps. Nu Telea
I was reminded this morning of the story of the Master who was going away on trip and before he leaves he gives each of his servants talents (bags of Gold). To one he gave 5 talents, to another three and to another one. As you know the servants with the 5 and 3 talents double what they had, but the servant with one talent hid it in the ground and on the masters return gave it back to him in its original condition. The Master upset by the lack of work by the servant takes the one talent and gives it to the servant with 10.
Jesus used parables to reveal a life truth. Here are some thoughts from this story:
God gives to each of us a measure of gifts. Everyone has a purpose. If we neglect to use what has been given, we in essence are refusing the kingdom plan that God has for our lives. We limit the impact and influence our lives can have on other people. We limit the potential fruitfulness our lives can have.
Discover what is in you. What you have been given and determine in your heart to use it today for his Glory. You can do this!
Cheering you on, Nu and Taua Telea
Father’s Day Service Special
Well this Sunday we honour all our amazing Dads on Father’s Day. It’s a special time and to help us celebrate we have Excel Performing Arts School from Auckland with us. They have always brought a powerful message through performance, dance and music. It’s going to be an amazing service so make sure you bring your Dad, Spiritual Father and the whole family. After the service we will be sharing American style hot dogs in our newly renovated Power zone space.
Then in the evening at our Focus service, starting at 5pm, we will be having a shared meal together. So it’s planning to be an all-out amazing day in the house of God. Come to both meetings this Sunday and keep inviting people to come along too.
Trip to China and Cambodia
If you haven't already heard, I’m heading over to China and Cambodia on the 10th of September. I’ll be preaching at both services that Sunday then getting on a plane to Auckland at 8pm in order to catch a flight to Hong Kong at 11.59pm. The purpose of the trip is to represent Elim NZ at a Elim Global Missions Conference in Cambodia. This will be a great opportunity for me to be with over 1000 missionaries from over 32 Nations.
I’ll be stopping over first in China for a few days to see first-hand a couple of Drug Rehab Centres that our churches in Auckland have set up and also visit two underground churches.
Speaking with a couple from church yesterday I said that I know I will be inspired by the faith of the people I meet, both in China and in Cambodia. To think that these people give their lives for the sake of the Gospel and to help those in need. ( I can sense my heart pumping as a write these words.)
I want to assure you all that in my time away the team are all ready to go. We have such amazing leaders and staff and Elders in our church. I have absolute confidence in them and you should too. Unfortunately Taua and the girls won’t be coming with me on this trip, so could I ask a favour of you all as a church. Please keep an eye on them for me. I’d appreciate it greatly.
Prayer Activation on Tuesdays
Finally I just wanted to thank Sue Doyle for running such an outstanding course on Prayer Activation. If you haven’t been to it yet, get to the next one. I loved the teaching and releasing that happens on the night and strongly lead by Sue.
Space for Lease update:
We are in negotiations with 3 potential tenants for our spaces and hope to have this finalised in the next week or two. But in saying that there is still space available. If you know of any people or groups looking for space please pass on their information to us at reception.
I want to encourage you all to lift the level of expectation as you come to our Sunday gathering. I’m convinced God wants to see breakthrough in healing, miracles in our Church. Let’s help create the atmosphere by coming expectant.
Believing with you,
Nu and Taua.
Greetings Church, instead of my normal blog. I've asked Aimee Mackey to give an update on how things are in Uganda with the work she is doing. Blessings Nu
Since Josh and I spoke in a Sunday meeting about our work in Uganda with our charity, Hope for Orphans International, we have received so much support from our Elim family. We cannot thank you all enough! Following our talk about the rescue God had called us to do, we received five new sponsors, three new monthly partners and a total of $7000 in one off donations which is just overwhelming. Thank you!!!
This money has enabled us to completely pay for a full term of school fees for the twenty two children we have under our care, at both primary and secondary level in both in our family home and those we support in the community. These donations equipped them with new school uniforms, new shoes, new school bags and all their school requirements, brand new. For some, they have never had these belongings before so it is truly an achievement and the knowledge that people that don’t even know them have cared enough to extend love this way, makes such a difference for them. For two of our older girls, we have also paid for tertiary studies in their chosen vocations with all of the essentials needed, which they are elated with, these are answered prayers.
Additional to this, we have had the home stocked with nutritious food and have been able to provide medical care for the illnesses that have arisen and implemented prevention measures for Malaria.
I have had daily contact with one of the eldest children in the home and she reports the children are all so happy. That Steven and Priscilla are beautiful and supportive parents and that God has truly answered their prayers. They are also all putting on weight, which is awesome... Amen!
Initially, I envisaged we would just be supporting the children we rescued but I am now sensing God has a bigger plan here in our new village, Masaka. In this past month, God has brought two new children under our care. Eric is a 9 year old boy, who has suffered significant physical abuse from his stepfather and following hospitalisation for severe burns, we have been blessed to welcome him into our family. Immaculate is a two year old, found significantly malnourished in the community, and unable to walk due to this. Immaculate was abandoned by her parents into the care of her grandfather, who died in September. The woman who took her following his death has been caring for her since, sharing a bed with her and sharing one meal a day due to financial lack. This woman absolutely loves her so we are going to support her to continue to care for Immaculate. After medical testing and increase in nutrition, Immaculate has improved significantly in the past few weeks. I love that God is enabling us to reach out and empower families external to our home now. We are seeing new relationships establishing and I’m so excited to see him raise up these individuals.
Similarly, we have been waiting for six children from our old village to arrive into our family home but due to circumstances surrounding this we are now supporting them in their own family homes in the community. Again, another opportunity to raise up families and individuals. I’m just loving how God is working here. We update our Facebook page regularly with what He is doing if you want to keep updated, www.facebook.com/hopefororphansinternational
Going forward, we do still need further support. Education is by far our largest expense and currently we are at around 50% of regular income needed. We have three children in need of sponsors as well as partners needed to help with our significant deficit. Our Partnership Programme is similar to sponsorship but is a monthly donation chosen by individual families that goes to our family collectively. If this or sponsorship is something you are interesting in, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
A huge thank you once again church for your amazing support, Josh and I are just so grateful. We are so privileged to have such an amazing church and to be able to share with you all.
Thank you so much,
I just wanted to encourage you all today with this thought.
Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
There’s a huge amount of emphasis on success, achievement, production…the list goes on and on. But I’ve learnt over the years that it all rests on how you manage the little things in our lives. Are you the type of person to cut corners or are you diligent in dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s, especially when no one is looking.
How we manage our time, manage our finances, manage our relationships, manage our relationship with God says a lot about our Character. We are all praying for increase, growth, breakthrough…But it only really comes as a result of being good stewards of the little that God has for you.
Jesus, made sure his time on Earth counted, he never took any encounter with people for granted. There was always an opportunity to speak truth in Love.
Ask yourself today “is there anything in me that I need to be a better steward with”. Then pause and let the Holy Spirit reveal things about you. God has entrusted much to you – Time, skills, finances, relationships, Church family. What will you do with what he has given you?
Cheering you on, Nu and Taua.
Has anyone else noticed how fast this year seems to be going? We are well into the School year, Uni has started back and the thoughts of holidays for most seem like a distant memory. In the midst of it all we witnessed another major event in our City with the Fire breakout on the Port Hills. Some of our people were impacted by the fire either by evacuation or in assisting on the frontline or in helping to stop the fire. We are so thankful that those families were safe and able to move back in. Unfortunately not everyone was safe from it with one Helicopter pilot, known by many in the Christian community, losing his life in a tragic accident.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been able to connect with families in our church listening to their stories and finding out about what God is doing in their lives. Let me just say, we have amazing people in this church!! Taua and I have been encouraged time and time again. I hope to be able to get to meet with more families as the term progresses.
On that note, I would love to challenge you to reach out and invite someone around for lunch or a coffee. For Young Adults we have organized weekly lunches each Sunday as a way to build connections. For those not in the Young Adults age group we have connect groups being promoted this week. It’s a bit of a risk but why not reach out and do the big ask.
This year is about growing in God, in Spiritual maturity. Let’s grow together!
21 Days of Prayer
Our 21 Days of Prayer has started. We are praying for different aspects of our Church so please join with us as we pray. To find out what to pray for each day go to our Website http://www.elimchristchurch.org/21-days-of-prayer.html.
Special Vision Offering
We are growing with excitement as we move closer towards taking up a special offering to go towards upgrading spaces in Powerzone area through to the street front. Keep praying about this and what you could give.
I know it’s been a while since my last email but I wanted to send this out to everyone to encourage you all during this time of dealing with yet another Earthquake.
Please know we are here for you and if you need help with anything please don’t hesitate to call the office or drop in to the church. There will be staff here all week to speak with you.
If you can, why not take some time to check on others in your connect groups, your neighbourhood, your family. Its times like these that we need to make sure we are all OK. So reach out to people today and reflect the Fathers love in a practical way.
As many of you know last Sunday I was in Invercargill speaking at Elim Community Church for Colin and Carole Morrison. These two are an amazing faith filled couple who planted the church a number of years ago and have seen some really good things happen since the start.
It reminds me that God is faithful when we step out in faith and obedience. Keep stepping out in Faith in whatever God calls you to do.
Remember it’s faith that pleases God.
Lord, I pray for every member in our Church, I pray for the City of Christchurch and for the Nation of New Zealand. Continue to keep us safe and strong during this time of uncertainty. Be with those in Kaikoura who need you right now. Bring comfort and peace by the power of your Holy Spirit.
You and you alone are God. Be God over this Nation. in Jesus name. Amen.
I am looking forward to being with you all this Sunday. Come this weekend and lets stand together in prayer and worship over our Nation.
Stay safe, Keep praying.
Nu and Taua
Good Morning Church,
Well it seems as if we may have passed the worst of the winter months and can now get back into outdoors living again. I’m not sure how your garden is looking but I’ve got a bit of cleaning up to do in mine. A lot of dead plants, trees., weeds that managed to stick around all winter. But in amongst the mess there’s great signs of new life with flowers and daffodils appearing. It’s great to see colour and life back in the garden. This can be a picture of our lives. We might have been feeling like life is just one big mess at the moment. Not a lot going on, just weeds and dead stuff all around you.
I want to declare a new season over your life. A season of life, a season of colour in what was barren and dead. It’s a new day!! God is doing a new thing in your heart and in your life. Let’s celebrate together and remind ourselves that he who controls the seasons also controls our lives. Those promises he gave you long ago, he has not forgotten. So speak them out like seeds planted in a garden and water that promise with faith, in time it will grow and bear fruit.
This Sunday at our 10am and 5pm services we are celebrating the amazing Father’s in our lives. With this we have great spot prizes for Dads to win, we have a fun challenge for a couple of Dads and we want to award one dad the title ‘Dad of the Year’ which comes with a great gift. So we need your help to make this a great service. Firstly we need you to invite every dad your know to church this Sunday. Bring the whole family. And secondly we need you to go online today on behalf of your family to nominate your Dad. http://www.dadoftheyear.nz/ make sure you click on Christchurch as your local Elim church.
Ultimately this Sunday we are celebrating our Father in heaven, who is a “Good, good Father”. So make sure you’re here to support and love on all the Dads we have.
God is with you today. Let his love surround you and his words fill your heart. Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday.
Believing with you.
Nu + Taua
Well it's great to be back home after spending two weeks with Taua and the girls in the Philippines. We had a fantastic time reconnecting with Ps Edgar and Beth Martin and the Church there. They are doing a fantastic job leading the church and since my last visit they have been very active in reaching out in 3 other locations with real potential for Church plants in two of them. I was very encouraged and humbled at how resourceful the church was in making the most of every little thing they had, nothing was ever wasted. I feel very confident in our partnership with the Philippines church and came away feeling good about our future involvement. I think any resources we support them with will be used to great effect by the leadership there.
On a personal level I was so proud of Taua and the girls, Jessica and Madison. They handled the whole experience so well. Coping with the dramatic temperature change, adjusting to the food, coping with the extended travel and getting over the cultural and language barriers. Our first day the girls were right into it joining in on the Saturday outreach program the church runs, then we visited a couple of family's from the church who lived in very liverish conditions. We were able to hear their stories and pray for them.
In spite of having such a good time escaping the cold, it is good to be home. I'm loving what God is doing in our church. I might be biased but I think we have the friendliest church in the city. I love seeing the joy of the Lord reflected on the faces of our people each time we gather together. I want to encourage you to not let the cold or busyness of life stop you from experiencing the joy of the Lord each Sunday and keep inviting friends along.
Thank you for covering us in prayer whilst we were over in the Philippines, we really felt it and felt God use us over and over again.This Sunday is going to be great we are starting a short 3 week series called "REVISION" looking at why we as a church exist and why your life matters so much to God.
See you this Sunday, bring friends.
Nu and Taua Telea
Firstly I just want to congratulate all those involved in Music and Munchies on a Monday mornings. I was down there this week and saw a huge number of kids and parents enjoying the programme and the company. I know many of these families are unchurched families which is amazing. And I’ve just been told they are going to two morning sessions to accommodate the growth. Well done to Jacqui White, Michelle Greenstreet, Bronny Godsiff, Suzanne Grimwood and others for doing such an outstanding job for so many families in our community. It’s a real opportunity to share the love of God in a non-threatening way so well done.
I’m enjoying what God is doing in our church at the moment, I’m getting a lot of feedback from members saying how much they are just loving the way church is going. Here’s one message I received after Sunday 5pm service.
“Sorry I missed seeing you after church. That was awesome tonight. On point and fantastic. You inspire me all the time. I truly enjoy your sermons and as I am an audio learner I draw from your word all the time. I love church now it’s so friendly and just a great big family. I actually belong there and believe me there’s been many years I didn’t feel I belonged. You are nailing it. Love it and you are a fantastic leader and God is always in the house.”
It’s so great to see and hear of great things are happening in people as they come to church on Sundays. I believe its really simple, we just keep turning up each week with expectant hearts and then see what God does in and through us. This is what it is to be part of the family of God.
I want to ask you to pray for our church over this next two weeks. Pray for all our Leaders and ministries for wisdom and growth. Pray for our tenants that their businesses flourish including our Elim Early Learning Center and Power zone after school and Holiday programmes. Also pray that we get a the offices at 275 Cashel sold with a great offer. and pray for that we can set up a CAP Center here to meet the needs of the poor in our community.
I really appreciate all you do, your commitment and prayers are essential to our growth as a church.
Have a great week, see you Sunday.
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On the 30th of July we are hosting our next Men's Breakfast with Pastor Mike Knott. $10 entry, more info to come.
Firstly I just want to thank everyone who helped make this years Replenish conference one of the best conferences we've had. This year we had over 230 registrations which was down on last year but on a positive note we had more woman from Elim Church Christchurch City register this year than last year. So well done to our own ladies!
The preaching, testimonies, ministry and worship times were all amazing. I just loved seeing people passionately connecting with God.
I was so proud of our team of staff and volunteers, everyone went the extra mile so thank you on behalf of Taua and the Elim NLT.
Just a couple of staff positional changes to let you know about:
Ps Phil Godsiff is now overseeing all of our Building and Business operations. This includes Health and Safety, liaising with Tenants, building upgrades and repairs...Ps Phil will also oversee our Youth programmes providing support for our Oxygen and Utopia Leaders. He will also oversee our AV and Serving teams on Sunday's.
This means that Ps Paula Marsden is now overseeing all our Pastoral Care Ministries which includes Connect groups, New people, New Christians, Crisis support, Pre-Marriage Counselling, Baptisims and Baby Dedications...
Both have been operating in their new roles for a few weeks now and they are doing an outstanding job. Please support them as they continue to transition into these roles.
I am so excited to be sharing on this new sermon series the Power of One. We are talking about the power of one moment, one thought, one word...and how it will transform your life. Each of us has the ability to make one decision that will change our lives for the better. Join us each Sunday and find out truths from Gods word that will transform your life.
Also this Sunday at 12pm we have the first of our Welcome to the Family classes. This Sunday I'll be sharing about the vision of Elim Church Christchurch City. This course is for people new to church or those who've never done this course before.
Contact Ps Paula Marsden at the church to register.
Finally just a reminder we have Baby Dedications next Sunday at both our services. If you would like to have your child dedicated to the Lord
Contact Ps Paula Marsden at church to register.
Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday. Do whatever you can to be there, bring friends!
Blessings Nu and Taua
This Sunday is “Breakthrough Sunday”. We are believing the God of Miracles will pour out a miracle on life. So come this Sunday with your prayer needs whether it’s something for you personally or for someone you know.
Let’s believe that the God of Heaven and Earth and everything in it will give you your miracle.
Bring people with you!
This week we start a 3 week series called “Jesus Is”. We are looking at the four parts of the Gospel and its relevance for us in 21st Century New Zealand. I can’t wait to share this with you all so make sure you’re here on Sunday for the first part.
On Monday I traveled to Auckland to speak to 29 Pastors in training at Ministry Development School. Whilst in Auckland I was able to meet my niece, Julie, for the first time and I also managed to squeeze in a visit with a cousin of mine who had just finished his second lot of Chemotherapy treatment at Auckland Hospital. So it was both a happy and sad time in my short trip.
At times this scripture becomes a life line for me….”The joy of the Lord is my Strength”. It’s a key part of being a Christian, maintaining your Joy.
Did you know that it’ s spiritual as much as it is emotional? Joy is second only to Love as part of the Fruit of the Spirit in your life. This should serve as reminder and a blessing to us all. Because you have the Spirit of God in you, you have access the ongoing fruit of the Spirit as it’s outworked in your life, and joy is part of that!
So today, find space to praise God. Whether in the car, in your room or out and about. Find time to praise God and by doing so, lift your hearts towards him. Feel your countenance change, your attitude in situations shift. You are to be salt and light in the world. Joy in the Lord will empower you to do that.
God our Father is so worthy of all our praise (even when we don't feel like it). As you lift him up, He lifts you up with him. Let the Joy of the Lord radiate from you today. Love on God the way He loves on you.
Make sure you don’t miss this Sunday, it is going to be amazing.
Blessings Nu and Taua.
It’s been a while since my last post, but life has been full of interesting moments that I praise God for. I had my second Bottom of the South Regional Pastors meeting. It was great to get together with the Pastors from this region and hear about the blessings and challenges they are facing. I also spoke at our Elim Church in Timaru, Ash and Christine Murdoch lead a wonderful church there. If you’re ever in Timaru for the weekend check out their church. Then last Thursday I was asked by Ps Murray Robertson of South West Baptist to share about the ongoing changes in our Cultural landscape and what should be the response Church to it. It was a great privilege to share my own experiences and thoughts to these mainly Baptist Pastors. Somewhere in between all of this I became an uncle again and a Great-Uncle for the first time, we had Parent-Teacher interviews, netball games and netball trials… So life is very full.
It reminds me of what Ps Becs Green preached about Sunday morning. (by the way, she was amazing!) She talked about the stretching of God. I’ve definitely felt stretched in recent times. But it’s been all for a specific purpose and plan that God has for me. Don’t shy away from the challenges you face. You might just see the hand of God at work in and through it.
Again, I would like to invite all our ladies and teenage girls to register for this years “Replenish Conference”. It’s always a powerful time and input and ministry. There’s great teaching from our speakers, great worship from our team, great company from those who gather. Last year we had 310 registered for the conference but this year I want to see us pass that mark.
Do whatever you can to get there, register this Sunday at reception. If you have any questions contact the office.
Looking forward to being with everyone this weekend. Bring your friends and lets have a great time this Sunday.
This Sunday I finish our sermon series “Greater”. We’re looking at the life of the Apostle Paul and some of the things he accomplished in his ministry that has specific relevance for us today. One of the keys to Pauls ministry was the perspective he had. He saw things from a greater perspective and as a result was able to do things others would struggle to do.
In Acts 17:17 it says that Paul “reasoned” in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with who happened to be there. The synagogue was the religious centre of the day, it was a place of worship and prayer, of meditation and reading of scripture. The marketplace was the workforce, business, commercial hub. Paul was comfortable in both settings because he had a greater perspective. He saw both places as opportunities to reason with people.
For us today there are plenty of opportunities. Both inside and outside the church. The question is what will you do?
As many of you know, I spent 5 days in Auckland at a Family Reunion. During this time I had an opportunity to share a devotion with my family. So I talked about the first family the Bible references: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It was a nerve racking time as I was speaking to people that have known me my entire life. But I overcame some of the nerves and was able to share the Gospel in all its fullness. Thank you Lord!
We are all ambassadors of Christ. We have an opportunity to influence the lives of people we meet. I want to encourage you to be on your guard always as an representative for the Lord. Be ready to share and encourage. Look for opportunities to pray for people, serve with random acts of kindness and invite people to church.
If we keep our sights on God and His love for us. It will radically change our outlook on life, it will give us Greater perspective.
I love the journey we are on. Don’t miss out this Sunday. Cancel your plans to be elsewhere Sunday and lets keep our sights on God as we worship Him together.
Have a great week, see you Sunday!
Nu and Taua
This morning I started a new devotional book by my good friend Ps Steve Green from Elim Christian Centre in Auckland, so I thought I’d share my observations from what I received this morning.
1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
As a follower of Christ, our gifts are not to please our desires but as a means to serve others. It’s a “Gift” that God gave us. We must cherish, honour and value this gift as be responsible for it. We are to use our gifts and excel in them that we may serve others in the best way we know how and in doing so, demonstrate the grace of God. Whether it is in Business, Music, Parenting, Education, Health…whatever it may be.
My position to influence, to communicate, to lead, must be with the intention to serve others and not an opportunity to lift my own profile or status. But I must only use my gifts to serve others and reveal God’s great love, compassion and Grace to the World.
As we walk this journey of faith closely with God. We will discover the Gifts that He’s placed in us and see that these gifts are our opportunity to serve and bless others, revealing His Grace for the world.
Don’t forget we’re into doing random acts of kindness for 5 people this week. Ask God to show you who you should bless this week and take a risk.
Let’s come and worship God together this Sunday.
Discover Purpose Course
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SUNDAY APRIL 17TH AND SUNDAY APRIL 24TH
12pm – 1pm with lunch provided and only $15 per person
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Philippines Giving Project
This year we will be identifying a select number of special projects to give to both locally and globally as we seek to outwork our vision
CONNECT | EQUIP | INFLUENCE.
The first of these projects is to bless the Living Epistle of Jesus Community Church in Bauan, the Philippines, with whom we feel God has strategically connected us. One of the main practical needs that the church currently has is to upgrade their church facilities by tiling the church floor. NZ$5,500 will enable the entire church floor to be tiled, significantly enhancing the church facility as it increasingly becomes a hub for the various community ministries run out of LEOJCC.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could prayerfully consider contributing towards this project over the coming month. Every individual or family who contributes $50 or more will be given a special gift to take home as a token of your generosity and as a reminder at home to keep the LEOJCC congregation in your prayers as we partner with them to bring hope to the nations! To find out more, talk to our team at the display stand in the foyer after church
Following on from Sunday’s message I just wanted to remind everyone of the challenge for the next 6 weeks. Choose 10 people that you will pray for over the next 2 weeks. It could be as simple as a minute prayer for each person taking you a total of 10mins to complete. Then once the 2 weeks is up, ask God to show you 5 people from the list of 10 and do something for them, serve them in some way. A random act of kindness whatever it might be. Do this for two weeks. Then once the two weeks is up, pray about which two of the 5 that you’ve been serving, you’ll invite to church.
This is a practical way to stand in the Gap for someone close to you. If you missed Sundays message click here to listen to what was shared.
Also I want to thank all the men that came out Saturday morning to our Elim Men’s Breakfast. We had a good turn out with around 45 men from across our two services. There was a great sense of fellowship and joy in the place and a timely word from Ps Dave Wallace of East City Church. Well to everyone involved, looking forward to the next one.
Let’s keep standing in the Gap for each other. Life is so much better lived together. Reach out to one another and serve one another. Even intervene if necessary!
Combined Good Friday service, Elim Church, 10am.
For the first time we have a Combined service with Burnside Elim Community Church. We’ll be hearing from 7 speakers about the seven sayings of Christ on the Cross. This is a significant date in the Christian calendar. Don’t miss this service, bring friends as we remember the sacrifice that Christ made for world.
Resurrection Sunday, Elim Church, (10am only) .
This is going to be a great service with creative items throughout. Ps Phil Godsiff is preaching on the topic “You + God + Grace”. You won’t want to miss it. And plan to stick around after the service and join us for hot cross buns.
Have a great week, see you Friday!
I’m absolutely blessed by the encouragement I’ve been receiving regarding our current sermon series. Thank you for the positive feedback so great to hear how people are seeing it. I’m certainly excited by this series.
I really felt like God dropped another revelatory truth as I was sharing about the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. In Mark 5: 25 – 34 it tells us of how there were many that pressed in and touched Jesus as he was travelling through a town street but only one that drew the power out of Him. It was her faith that did this.
It’s such a simple truth but often overlooked in our lives. It’s in our expectations or the releasing of faith that we see God at work. I liken it to our Sunday meetings, when we come expectant that’s when we get a greater sense of his presence in our lives. The bible says it this way “draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Part of our vision to Connect with God and people in a deeper way requires a whole lot of faith and expectation on our part. This places us in a searching mode, a “seeking out” if you like. Lets’ determine in our hearts to come together this week and seek Him first. Seek and you shall find.
Just a reminder that this Saturday morning we are hosting our first Mens’ Breakfast for the year. Joining us is Guest Speaker, Ps Dave Wallace from City East Church.
Also next week are our Good Friday and Easter Sunday 10am services, so make sure you come along!
Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday at our 10am and 5pm services.
Blessings, Nu and Taua
As I shared on Sunday I had the privilege of spending a couple of days listening to Ps Joel Cave from Glow church, one of the fastest growing churches in Australia. He shared a lot of leadership principles that has helped his church become what it is today. One of the biggest keys to the success of their church was that he was intentional about everything he did.
He was very focused on what he wanted to achieve in everything he did. Whether it was meeting with people, attending meetings or in the way his church used certain types of language. For example No one was a “volunteer”, they were a part of the “team”. I love that idea.
It ties in with the point I made in my message yesterday. “Action leads to Traction”. As we move forward, we move forward together.
Can I encourage you to keep praying for us. Keep believing for more of God in everything we do.
Just a reminder, tomorrow night we are hosting our first 'All In' leaders and volunteers meeting, 7:30pm here at church. Come along to hear our plans for the future and enjoy some dessert.