G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

April 26th, 2010|

The Old School Bus.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

Down by the railway line in the old pioneer town of Truckee, CA is a bus. Built back in the 1960’s with the specific purpose of transporting children from home to school and back … every day… every year.

This reliable old Chevrolet V8 would have driven through driving rain, sleet and snow, forest fire smoke and lots of perfect sunny days faithfully performing its duty of getting kids to school on time, safe and sound.

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G’day from Steve,

April 19th, 2010|

Stuck in the Mud and Mire.

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.
Psalm 40: 1-5

A few days ago I got to go for an all day ride through parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California. Nothing like a dirt bike ride with a few good mates.
At altitudes of nearly 5,000ft we rode endless trails through snow, rocks, mud, slippery tree roots, swamps and hill climbs. We crossed rivers and took on some challenging terrain. At one stage we had to cross a large water hole and I…… nearly made it. The closer I got to the other side the deeper the water got. Right at the edge the ruts were like a trap for weary riders. I bogged in bad. My lungs were not used to high altitude air. I was exhausted. After 5 minutes of trying to man handle the bike out I gave up in pure exhaustion and waited for my mates. One good lift and the bike was free. It amazes me how much more we can do in life when we have good friends to help.

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G’day from Steve,

April 11th, 2010|

Micah 6:8 and the crisis in West Papua.

Micah 6:8 says “He has showed you O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”.

What does it mean to act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly before God? I believe it starts with being aware of what is really going on in the world. So many times we have an opinion on a nation or ethnic people group and yet we have never been to see for ourselves. Like me, you have probably been unaware of the persecution that is taking place in the neighbouring islands to the north of Australia. 80 million muslims live in Indonesia yet many have been forced to convert to a radical form of Islam. In 1969 the Indonesian military took control by force of West Papua and Christian villages were targeted and persecuted. Multitudes died.

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G’day from Steve,

April 5th, 2010|

Jesus and Ned Kelly

The last words of the legendary Irish Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly were “Such is Life”. He died a broken man convicted of murder. If tried today his crime would be considered by most judges as self defence. After years of fighting a cruel and corrupt legal system that had killed his father and imprisoned his mother he took the law into his own hands and bravely took on the authorities. Eventually he was captured and imprisoned. Ned Kelly was found guilty and was sentenced. The judge, Sir Redmond Barry, a prosperous free immigrant, represented the total opposite to Ned Kelly’s impoverished background and community. “Edward Kelly,”, he intoned, “I hereby sentence you to death by hanging. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.” Ned Kelly replied in a clear, level voice: “Yes, I will meet you there.” Ned Kelly was hanged at the Melbourne Gaol on 11 November 1880. Redmond Barry died a fortnight later of a lung congestion. As Australian’s we love and honour the great Ned Kelly…. He is in many ways the closest image of Christ in our culture. An outlaw who died believing in what he was fighting for. The difference is this:

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