G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

February 28th, 2010|

The Long and Winding Road.

Probably one of my favourite all time songs of the Beatles is “The long and winding road”. Written by Lennon and McCartney. I can’t help feeling it reflects something of God’s love for us, no matter what we feel about ourselves. That He would come knocking at our door. That His love for us as sinners is equalled by His mercy and grace in Christ. Nothing will separate us from His love. Yet it is a sad song. The reality that we can reject the one true love of our lives and settle for something else.

I must confess I think a lot about roads. Every tour, every concert, every year…. I think about the roads we will travel to get there. I passionately study maps and survey calendars for the best way to get the work accomplished. But ultimately it is about the people we meet at every destination!! Every road we travel. Every thing we do. Are we reflecting the love and the glory of Christ or just existing to fulfill an obligation?

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G’day from Steve,

February 21st, 2010|

Lets Go Flying

I took up the invitation to go flying in an ultra lite plane a few days ago. Now that’s what I call ‘really’ flying!! The little Italian made Zefiro weighed about 300kg (660lbs) and can legally fly to about 5,000ft. You can take off on any patch of dirt and it gets along just a little slower than a Cessna. The pilot, Jim Ben from King Island in the Bass Strait was visiting his son Alex who is farming near St George. Anyways…. over a cup ‘o’ tea we decided a quick aerial view of the St George region was needed. So within 10 minutes I was looking at the earth from 1,500ft.

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G’day from Steve,

February 15th, 2010|

Stories of the Past, Dreams for the Future

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9 – 10

My dreams to do music back in my teenage years were always under attack by my own doubts and unbelief. A constant conflict between the stirring in my heart to serve God and sing to people… and the irritating negative voices in my ear saying “you will never be good enough and you’ve got nothing to say to people”. I praise God for a small circle of friends who believed in the gift they saw in my life enough to champion me on. One of those people was my mate Glen Scott, who will be traveling with me soon on the Tasmanian Tour. Glen took this photograph back in 1980 at an outdoor concert in a park in Grafton, a town on the mid north coast of NSW. He was serving with the Anglican church back then and organised the concert in hopes of reaching the community with a clear Gospel message.

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G’day from Steve,

February 8th, 2010|

All People are Equal.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”. John 3: 16-17

Charles Darwin was a brilliant and observant man. He was a conventional Christian for much of his life and studied at the University of Cambridge to become an Anglican clergyman. But later in life, he described himself as an agnostic, never an atheist. He and his wife had 10 children, but three of them died at young ages. Darwin was known to be quite devoted to his marriage and children. I believe he was a sincere man with an articulate enquiring mind. His life was a relentless search for answers. His 1859 book “The Origin of Species by natural selection on the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life” was to change the world forever, far beyond what he could have comprehended.

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G’day from Steve,

February 1st, 2010|

Sincere Love

While preparing for the Heritage tours across Australia last week, I came across some archive photographs. This one was taken in 1981 just after Kerrie and I were married. My 1966 Ford pickup and my 1972 Honda 750/4 were my pride possessions. A few years later my truck was stolen, never to be seen again. I remember being challenged to forgive those who had done this. It was hard at the time but I do know that when we hold on to unforgiveness it becomes a bitter seed in our spirit. It hinders our ability to give, to grow and to live by faith. These words from Paul inspire me.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”. Romans 12: 9 – 18

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