G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

December 28th, 2009|

Humble Beginnings.

One of the things I love most about Christmas is the innocent humility of a story about a faithful man and a young woman who had become pregnant by miraculous means. Rumours and slander would have spread like wildfire when young Mary, from a town that was infamous for immorality, was heard to be bearing a child.
The one man who had every right to reject and abandon her was the man she was engaged to marry. He elected to quietly divorce her rather than expose her to public disgrace. Yet after an encounter with an angel in a dream he became her closest friend and protector. Joseph would stand by the girl he loved, even if it meant moving away to shelter his bride from the ridicule of the crowd. He would stay true to the promise that the baby in her womb was sent by God to save his people from their sins. He was to be named Jesus.

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G’day from Steve,

December 21st, 2009|

The Spirit of Restoration.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. I Peter 22-23.

Sin is like rust in an old car. You can ignore it and it will slowly spread like a cancer, eroding perfectly good steel until it is rendered useless and worthless. Sin destroys our bodies, our relationships our dreams and our destiny. The 1964 EH Holden car in our driveway has lots of rust. For the past few months my son Ryan and I have been working on the car every chance we get, trying to grind out and exterminate every bit of rust and corrosion we can find. We have dismantled the car into hundreds of parts and patiently treated many sections of the vehicle that are never seen. We’ve been applying rust proofing paint inside every panel to prevent further decay. No one will ever see the work we have been doing because it’s all hidden from view.

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G’day from Steve,

December 14th, 2009|

Refreshing power and passion.

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. Philemon 1:4-7

The sun rises at 4.45am in the middle of our hot December summers in Queensland. That means Christmas holidays are all about the sunshine, afternoon thunderstorms, bush fires and cyclones, looking for a shady spot to park the car. Christmas in Australia is all about being scorching hot. Most people who live near the coast all head to the beach. Australian’s have a love affair with the ocean. For me that love affair started when I was 14 years old when I purchased a surfboard for $25 from a school mate. I couldn’t even swim but that did not stop my determination to ride waves. Every morning before the sun I would ride my bicycle with my beloved surfboard under arm, religiously turning up morning after morning, no matter what the weather conditions, simply to surf for an hour before school.

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G’day from Steve,

December 7th, 2009|

The power of God in our lives

These words are well worth reading a few times and meditating on:

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”.  Ephesians 3:16-19.

Just when you think you have it all worked out….. you don’t. You never will. Just trying to comprehend the God of all creation taking an interest in you and me. Loving us despite who we are, yet longing to fill our inner being with the glorious riches of His power!!! Longing to fill us to the measure of all the fullness of God…. Too much for this scruffy motorcycle riding, Gospel singing truck driver!!

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