G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

November 30th, 2010|

Honouring the past to inspire the future.

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put your trust in man”. Psalm 118:8

The first Church I ever sang in was the Kangaroo Ground Presbyterian Church in the very small town of Kangaroo Ground in Victoria. I was 13 years old and me and some friends had been taking guitar lessons with a local school teacher, Gordon Mullen. He faithfully took time every Tuesday afternoon to teach us disinterested kids a few chords on our nylon string guitars. We formed a band… well sort of… called Freedom. Me and my mate Geoff Bentley and four girls who all had strong opinions on what we should wear. Purple flared pants and sickly yellow silk shirts for us guys and yellow mini skirts and big white boots for the girls. Our first ever performance was at this church. It was not all that good….. But I remember it well.

I recently visited the historic church and stood where I would have played my guitar on that Sunday morning in 1973. If I had known back then that the Lord would take my humble songs and music and build a worldwide ministry from them it would have been overwhelming… yet He has. And I desire more than anything that He gets all the glory and credit for it. The truth is…. I still can’t read music and have no idea what chords I’m playing most of the time. I failed music in High School and was told by my first vocal lessons instructor I did not have the voice to pursue a career in singing. He was right!!! But that never stops God from doing amazing things in your life.

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G’day from Steve,

November 22nd, 2010|

The simple message of Jesus

I love these words that Jesus spoke. Words that we must apply to our very lives if we truly want to, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4 : 18-19

I simply want to say “thank you” to so many people who have helped make the Heritage National Tour of Australia the amazing venture that it has been. First of all the team.. who have all given so much to make every concert, every church service, school visit, prison visit etc an event where people could encounter more of Christ’s love. It has been an amazing time on the road for the past few months.. living out some of the simple commands Jesus gave to His disciples and followers.

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G’day from Steve,

November 15th, 2010|

Singing when you are sick.

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit”, says the Lord .Zech. 4:6

After a solid week of fever, headaches, congestion and fatigue I must confess  to you I have not been all that empowered to get up before audiences and sing my heart out for the cause of the Gospel. I am very grateful to people who have attended the Heritage concerts in Gawler, Murray Bridge, Loxton, Naracoorte, Warrnambool and Warrandyte for tolerating the bluesy, croaky strained vocal tones of Steve Grace this past week. Thank you. I have woken every morning with no voice at all and slept through the nights with fevers and aches… yet in a miraculous way I have had a voice to sing with every night. If it were not for a very capable and dedicated team allowing me the extra rest each day I don’t think I could have made it. So thanks to all of you for your help.

Despite my lack of strength and voice, many have made decisions for Christ this past week. Genuine decisions to put Jesus first and trust Him with their lives. This makes me even more amazed that God will use us even when we are not well. I refuse to cancel a concert and give up, knowing that there are people in every town desperate to hear the good news. God does not need our might and power, He simply needs people willing to allow the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives… even when they are sick.

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G’day from Steve,

November 8th, 2010|

The spirit of scattering

There is one who scatters.. yet increases more. And there is one who with holds more than is right, but this leads to poverty. He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25

The one thing that has amazed me with every town we have visited on the Heritage tour has been the hospitality and welcome we have received in every region. The thoughtfulness of the local churches and people who have been praying for the concert and believing for miracles to happen. That amazes me!! We have been so blessed by the Lord through His people everywhere. Although our time in a town is usually one or two days we thank the Lord for the relationships and many expressions of giving we experience. Generosity is infectious. Once you have been given much you simply want to pass on that same spirit.

Sometimes you can hold on to stuff for way too long instead of giving it away and it ends up being worthless to anyone… just like a rusty old car in a field that could have been made useful to someone in its day.

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