G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

November 30th, 2009|

The Spirit of Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8

Last week America celebrated Thanksgiving Day. In the United States it is an annual day of thanks for the blessings of the past year. It is a historical, national, and religious holiday that began with the Pilgrims. After the survival of their first colony through the bitter winter, and the gathering of the harvest, Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Colony issued a thanksgiving proclamation in the autumn of 1621. This first thanksgiving lasted three days, during which the Pilgrims feasted on wild turkey and venison with their Indian guests. Days of thanksgiving were celebrated sporadically until, on November 26, 1789, President Washington issued a proclamation of a nation-wide day of thanksgiving. He made it clear that the day should be one of prayer and giving thanks to God. It was to be celebrated by all religious denominations, a circumstance that helped to promote a spirit of common heritage.

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G’day from Steve,

November 23rd, 2009|

Glory Days

We passed by an old Anglican church building yesterday on the 902km journey home. The late afternoon colours of the ancient structure demanded my attention as we drove through the town of Woodburn NSW, beckoning us to reach for the camera’s. The church was opened on February 22nd, 1925 by the Bishop of Lismore, the Right Reverend John Carroll. Today the doors are locked and the termites have taken dominion over this classic post WW1 construction. The Glory days are long gone. The old building is destined for demolition and a lonely final chapter.

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G’day from Steve,

November 18th, 2009|

An old friend returns

On Wednesday afternoon November 4th, 2009, we were about to do sound check for our concert in Wagga. Mick Baker, who serves on the leadership team at the church called me back stage and opened a well traveled guitar case in the corner. He asked me if I recognised the vintage guitar inside. Of course I did. It was the first guitar I ever purchased back in 1978.

A classic 1974 Takamine acoustic I bought from one of my heroes, Dave Diprose. This was the guitar that I penned many of my early songs with and did countless gigs with in sweaty smoke filled pubs around my home town of Wollongong. But that was years ago. I sold it to a friend in about 1983. Mick bought it from a classified ad in a local newspaper. It was run down and damaged. After getting it restored he did some research and found it once belonged to Steve Grace. He has used it to lead worship in church and has done missions trips to developing countries with it. I asked Mick if I could do a song with the old Takamine in the concert that night. He was glad to oblige. But after the concert he came up to me and handed me the old travel companion. “This needs to go home with you in the van mate, it is a legacy of your ministry and the Lord wants you to have it back”. I was completely dumbfounded and deeply moved by this wonderful gesture. My old friend returned. Thank you Mick. I will never forget this gift.

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G’day from Steve

November 8th, 2009|

True Worship

“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.  But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24: 14-15

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G’day from Steve

November 2nd, 2009|

Trucks on the Highway.
The life of a long distance truck driver is never easy. It demands endless hours of monotony and responsible decision making. It can be a lonely vocation with at times high risk and little return. To be an interstate operator means being away from home a lot and being on the road, getting the job done, then returning and doing it all again.

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