G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve

October 26th, 2009|

Complete Joy.

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

These words were not written from the comfort of an exotic resort overlooking the Mediterranean or some institute of higher education. No, they were penned by a broken man in the dark solitary confinement of a prison. A man persecuted for his faith but full of pure love for his persecutors and the people he mentored on his missionary journeys.

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G’day from Steve,

October 18th, 2009|

The Holding Tank.

Deep beneath the ancient dry landscape of Australia lies endless reserves of living water. They call it the great artesian basin. In the past two centuries it has transformed barren desert lands into highly productive farming country. Many towns exist on the map today simply because of the water supply far below the drought stricken surface. So the famous old Southern Cross and Comet windmills are seen on every rural horizon, faithfully depending on the wind to generate enough drawing power to raise the precious water from the ground and into the holding tank.

The holding tank is vital to sustaining life. It protects the water and preserves it for when it is most needed. It provides life to livestock and crops through the most severe drought conditions.

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G’day from Steve

October 11th, 2009|

The Power of Agreement

From the beginnings of time the spirit of agreement has been God’s way of getting stuff done.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit agreed together on all aspects of the Genesis story. It is an integral part of all creation and the source of life for each of us in our own lives. The willingness to agree together and to move ahead on the basis of that agreement is crucial to the fulfilment of all we do in life.

When we dwell together in unity God commands a blessing over us. It was so moving last week to see a bride and groom make a covenant agreement together before God and before their families and friends. It challenged me to think about the importance of strong and simple agreements that we make, and the vital need for constant communication.

I know that when Kerrie and I pray together and communicate well in the agreements we make, we are blessed by the Lord. It takes humility, faith and truth to make good agreements. Pride, fear and deception will always try to destroy them but God loves to be part of our agreements. In marriage, in parenthood, in business, in our churches and in mission.

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G’day from Steve

October 5th, 2009|

The words we speak.

But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the Glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he said this he fell asleep. Acts 7: 55 – 60

These were the final moments of one of the greatest public speeches in history. (Read Acts 6 & 7) The final words of a condemned man who believed so passionately in the promised coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was even willing to die for his convictions. He had preached of Christ’s death and resurrection. Stephen was a man full of faith and power. He did great wonders and signs among the people of his day. But the legalistic religious leaders despised him.

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