G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

March 29th, 2010|

The OL SKOOL Resurrection Blues and Gospel Tour.

The parking lot is loaded with Harley’s and a few Triumph motorcycles on a warm late summer’s evening. Members of God’s Squad motorcycle club have travelled from chapters across the Eastern States to support the old blues preacher Dr John Smith and a rare event of Chicago rock/blues and Australian folk/gospel music. The concert features the original hard core rebel for Christ, the very humble yet great Glenn Kaiser and his band from the 70’s. And yes… a scruffy ol truck driving, spray painter missionary kid who always needs a haircut and a shave. Me.

Ironically… Respectable, conservative well dressed people quietly stroll in from everywhere. 40 years ago they were the wild hippy generation and the Resurrection Band was one of the loudest heavy rock Christian bands in the world, preaching a radical gospel message that was born from the book of Acts. Those were the post Vietnam War days and and the only accepted music in church came from the piano and organ. Rock music was of the devil. But to a disillusioned generation of young people in America, Europe and Australia this JESUS they encountered on their search out of the drugs, sex and rebellion era was worth singing loudly about!! The JESUS revolution was a revival like the world had never seen. This new found faith in God and zealous return to a desperate need for truth was the birth of a whole new movement of the Christian Church. But where did it go?

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G’day from Steve,

March 22nd, 2010|

The blessing of a good Sleep

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly…..” Acts 12: 5 – 6

Peter was at peace with God. He knew this could possibly be his last night on earth. As he grieved the death of his good friend James, who had been beheaded only days before by roman execution and a corrupt government, he knew what was coming. Arrested and beaten, locked in stocks and chains and placed in solitary confinement in prison with squads of soldiers to guard him…. He was the next disciple of Christ to die. So he slept.

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G’day from Steve,

March 15th, 2010|

Snake Bites of Life

They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived. Numbers 21: 4-9

I have the potential to complain a lot. I can look at the world through a half empty cup or one that is half full. I can blame my Irish / Australian / German / Jewish ancestral roots, a lack of finances or influence.. I can blame inaction of others and become angry at God and people. It’s part of my fallen nature that needs to be checked and given over to the Lord on a constant basis. My attitudes can sometimes leave me way out in there in the desert a long way from anywhere. Forgive me for when I get negative. It is a real challenge some times when you know you are called but you’re still stuck in a desert of uncertainty. I’m sure you can relate.

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G’day from Steve,

March 7th, 2010|

SAVING THE LOST

Christ’s call is to save the lost, not the stiff-necked; He came not to call scoffers but sinners to repentance; not to build and furnish comfortable chapels, churches, and cathedrals at home in which to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays, stereotyped prayers, and artistic musical performances, but to capture men from the devil’s clutches and the very jaws of Hell. This can be accomplished only by a red-hot, unconventional, unfettered devotion, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
C.T. Studd (1860-1931) a famous cricketer and English missionary.

C.T. Studd was born into an extremely turbulent decade in history. There were massive changes taking place with cultural, social and political upheavals in Europe and America. There were revolutions in Germany and the Ottoman Empire. The abolition of slavery finally took place in Europe and America. The Civil war between the Northern and Southern States lead to massive deaths and the destruction of many cities in America. There were advancements in military technology such as iron and steel warships. After the war turmoil continued with the rise of white supremacist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and the issue of granting civil rights to black people freed from slavery. It was a complicated and confusing world.

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