Good morning church,
This morning as I write this blog, work in the upstairs level of our building is well underway. The floors and everything that was on it has been completely stripped and will be reinstalled once the new bracing goes in. The plaster and painting work in our Early Learning Centre has been completed and the team will spend the next two days moving back in ready to operate on Wednesday. The Worship Department is into its 3rd session of the Worship Central training programme with two members of the City East Church attending. The Alpha Course is into its 2nd week with the café full of people. Our Collision and Utopia Youth ministries are going full steam ahead with great leaders caring for the youth of our church and from the community. Our Young Adults and Men of the church are getting ready for upcoming camps respectively. Sunday services are going from strength to strength each week with more people experiencing the presence of God, more people deciding to follow Jesus and more new people becoming a part of the church.
It is an exciting time to be a part of church. It reminds me of a word that God gave me after two days of praying and fasting. It was simply this…”Be faithful in the little and you’ll be faithful in much”. I am excited about all the things that are happening around the church but it’s been the result of a lot of little things done the right way. Decisions made, systems implemented, relationships and connections fostered…have all lead to seeing change.
Things don’t radically happen overnight but are the result of being faithful in the little. I want to encourage you to apply this principle to your life daily. Success will come as a result of the little things accomplished along the way.
Question: How do you eat an Elephant? Answer: One bite at a time
Believing with you and cheering you on.
Blessings Nu and Taua
This morning I read this encouraging passage in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no-one to help him up! Also if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”.
I am reminded of how much we truly need each other. That this is how we are meant to function as a body of believers. We can try to do things on our own or in isolation but eventually we find we don’t have the capacity or strength to endure.
It’s in our most difficult times that we are to seek out help from each other. It’s in our loneliest moments that we are to reach out for help. The John Kirwan ads about depression come to mind. It was the friend that was there beside them that helped them through their depression. And this is how it is to be with us as a church, as a family.
Someone once said “When you walk with someone during the good times, they will be there with you during the bad times”. It’s about investing into each other’s lives. Doing life together.
I want to encourage you today to ask yourself the question: Do I need to stop trying to do it all on my own? Is it time for me to seek out someone to walk with me? Or maybe it’s who do I need to reach out to? Who do I need to get alongside? Two are always better than one.
Well what a week!! On Monday I travelled to Auckland with our team to attend the Elim One Conference. The atmosphere was amazing and the speakers were fantastic. There was a real sense of 'Family' at this years conference it felt like everyone belonged and was welcomed. I've been to a few conferences over the years but I would have to say that the Elim conferences for me stand above the rest. Pray about attending next years conference you will be blessed if you chose to attend.
Also I want to say how blessed I was on Sunday by Ps Hayley Barrett from Elim Christian Centre in South Auckland. She brought such great messages at both meetings, make sure you check them out online if you were away.
Finally I just want to again remind you of the promise God gave you. Our God of fulfilled promises, not only does He have a promise for you but He sees it through until completion. Don't lose hope! Hold on to the promise He gave you. His promises are always yes and Amen!!
So as with Abraham, keep your promise always before you day and night. We are children of Abraham, children of the promise.
I am believing with you and your family. You have yet to see all that God has waiting for you.
This Sunday we start our new message series "In His Presence" I am so excited to be sharing about what it really means to live our lives daily in the Presence of God.
It's in His Presence that we find the fullness of Joy...Freedom...Peace. David asked for one thing only...that he dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. David knew the importance of being in the presence of God. Come this Sunday to hear more.
See you this Sunday and why not invite someone to come with you.
Blessings Nu and Taua.