Thursday, April 30, 2009

A LIFE OF ADVENTURE

A LIFE OF ADVENTURE

Sir Ed Hilary lived a life of risk, adventure and service. The sense of exhilaration and achievement must have carried Sir Ed on to greater things. He has left a powerful legacy, which will be passed from one generation to another.

In a interview, he made these statements:

"In some ways I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander: I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination, and I rather like to succeed."
“You can’t just hope these things just happen.”
“We need to choose something that appeals, set our course, and make it happen.”
“Make it possible, and never settle for a mundane life.”
“Being afraid – on the edge – is quite a stimulating factor.”
“It’s not worth the effort if there is no fear factor.”
He has made us all proud to be called New Zealanders, and I pray, inspired people to make a difference in their world.
The Christian life is one of faith (risk), and God is looking for people who will break free from the norms of life, and embark on the greatest adventure of all times. God’s will and purpose is never boring, and the rewards go way beyond this life.
  • The Book of Joshua is a Book of adventure. We read of Israel’s journey, as they entered into unknown territory, under the inspiring leadership of Joshua.
  • Joshua’s ministry was one characterised by inspiring leadership, his faith in God’s Word rather than the limitation of human reasoning. He led out of divine revelation.
  • Joshua was encouraged by God to build the discipline of regular devotion and to keep Godly confidence and courage.
  • Joshua, even though around 80 years of age when he took over from Moses, was used by God to unite a younger generation to take ground prophetically promised to their fathers.
  • Joshua was used by God to take ground held by the enemy, so the children of God could claim their inheritance.
  • Joshua had to let go of the Moses years, so he could possess new ground.
The challenge given by God to Moses’ in Joshua 1.9 is the anchor that still holds modern day adventures true. “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Thucydides said, “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet go out to meet it.”
Andrew Jackson said, “One man with courage makes a majority.”
William Wallace in the Movie ‘Brave Heart’ said, “Men don’t follow position, but courage.”
I invite you to join me in this amazing journey of faith, and may the end of our 2009 be filled with testimonies of God inspired adventures, because we have all dared to say “I Believe.” Let’s have the courage to face up to those things that would hinder and confidence to move forward and lay hold of God’s best?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

LEARNING TO LISTEN

LEARNING TO LISTEN

Recently we moved to a house in St Heliers, Auckland. We are renting this property while we are waiting for our new home to be built. In the morning we wake up to the beautiful sound of native 'Tui Birds' singing from a tree close by. It is a unique sound, that still attracts my attention, and releases in me, praise and thanksgiving for God's wonderful creation.
One challenge of the Christian life, is to distinguish the unique voice (sound) of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can be ignored in many Christian's lives, but yet without Him we can never know the Fullness of Christ.
In Isaiah 11.2 we read, 'The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom, and understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.' This scripture is prophetically speaking of the Holy Spirit's relationship with Jesus, but it does help us to understand and discern the ministry of the Spirit so it becomes easier to discern His voice. I pray that the voice of the Holy Spirit will continue to catch my attention, and I will never loose the wonder of His presence.

Friday, April 24, 2009

FUN DAY AT MAMMEI AND PA'S HOME

CHILDREN LOVE ACTIVITY

Today has been a fun day for some of our grand children. Helen and I took some of them 'Ice Skating' this morning and then Helen and Nicola went to the museum in the afternoon.

Mikayla and Ruby enjoying a bath at the end of a busy day






Wednesday, April 22, 2009

TRUST THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART

TRUST THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART

WHEN THE WINDS BLOW CONTRARY

When I was about 24 years old, I had five different people give me the same prophecy in five different locations. The major theme of the prophecy came from the scripture in Proverbs 3.5 'to trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all my ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct my path.'
I did not take too much notice of the first two prophecies, but after the fifth, God had my attention.
Over the years I have had no problem hearing God speak, but when the winds start to blow contrary, I found myself struggling much like the disciples did when the storm confronted them, while crossing the Sea of Galilee.
I am getting better at trusting you Lord.

Monday, April 20, 2009

ACTS CHURCH MALAYSIA

Pastors' Kenneth and Sandra Chin and their Team

On Sunday Equippers Auckland was blessed to have Pastors' Kenneth and Sandra Chin from Acts Church in KL, Malaysia. They are linked to Acts Churches in NZ, and have seen significant growth since they start the church nine years ago. They are about to establish an Acts Church in Singapore over the next few months.

On Sunday, Kenneth brought a strong prophetic message to the church in Auckland.
The message was built around three words:
  • Final
  • Fruitful
  • Fullness

Pastors' Kenneth, Sandra and their team at Shout 09


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Theo Monk's 5th Birthday

ROCK STAR BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THEO

When school commences, Theo will be dressed in his uniform and off to Meadowbank School. Today he had a birthday party that he dreamed of. With a stage, lights, drums, key board and a guitar, all his friends had a wonderful time singing and playing games.

Theo and one of his friends
Rock Stars

Rock Star Joel




Tuesday, April 14, 2009

PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Last week Helen and I hosted our annual Equippers Summit in Taupo. We were blessed to have prophetic ministry from Dave McCracken from Australia and Pat Sparrow from the US. The main themes of ministry were:
What is your life declaring?
God's people have been given a dominion mandate
We are called to live a supernatural life
Equippers must continue to hold to its Apostolic mission
Prophet Dave McCracken

Pastors' Ian and Dayle Wright

Pastors' Wayne and Libby Huirua




Monday, April 13, 2009

SHOUT CONFERENCE 2009

SHOUT CONFERENCE
Shout Conference in Auckland has been an amazing success. Chris Hill, Reggie Dabbs, Russell Evans, and Sam Monk's messages have all been outstanding.The Town Hall has been packed in a couple of sessions and almost full in every other session.
I could not think of a better way tho spend Easter. The corporate worship and the Presence of the Holy Spirit was very powerful, and the level of connection and fellowship have been evident everywhere. On Saturday Night Chris Hill's message had a prophetic edge to it for the Nation of New Zealand.
The Church is standing up and I am confident that we are entering into an unprecedented move of the Holy Spirit where we will witness multitudes entering the Kingdom of God.
Delegates at Shout

A Packed Auckland Town Hall Worshipping
Equippers Church Auckland Worship Team Leading Worship





Monday, April 6, 2009

EQUIPPERS SUMMIT
Today Equippers Summit has commenced in Taupo. This is about the 14th Summit, and every year pastors and leaders gather from all around NZ for the purpose of networking together and allowing the Holy Spirit to impact through anointed worship and ministry.
I am confident that this year will be a significant Summit because of the strong prophetic atmosphere.
Bruce H Monk

Friday, April 3, 2009

STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS

I first meet Pat Sparrow over five years ago in London. Helen I went to a restaurant for a meal with good friends, and Pat gave us a significant prophecy that spoke right into a major issue we were currently working through at the time. Since that encounter we have developed a good friendship.

The Holy Spirit is a master in the way he brings into our world relationships that can ultimately have significant impact for the sake of the Kingdom of God, especially as we partner together.

Register now for 'Shout' at shout.org.nz

Thursday, April 2, 2009

LIVING IN THE LAND OF ABUNDANCE

I have just commenced reading through the book of Psalms again. It has been said, "show me your friends and I will show you your future."
Life is all about choices, especially in the area of relationships.
As Psalm 1 says, we need to watch who we walk with, stand with, and sit with.
It is good to work out who are in the top twenty people we relate with and then ask;
  • Does this relationship take from me. These are the people we reach out to help.
  • Is this realationship helping me, and in turn, I am helping them. These are our peers.
  • Who are the people that I receive from. These are our mentors in life.

I have found I need a good balance of relationships in my life, especially watching, and being very intentional who minister into my life.

When we delight in God's ways, we shall be like:

'A tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.'

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Some of our Grandchildren

Last night we had a Celebration Dinner because we have just sold our House.

Lined up and ready to eat and Sophia can't wait