G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve

January 31st, 2011|

The Conflict of Egypt

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’” Exodus 6: 6-8

As news headlines spread across the world, the people of the nation of Egypt are thrust into terror, fear and more oppression by a government that seems to reflect the story of Pharaoh in the book of Exodus. It seems this once great civilization, the great Egyptian empire of history is today a land of turmoil and desperation. Millions of people marching in the streets of Cairo demanding a thing called “Freedom”. As it was for the nation of Israel centuries ago when a humble broken man called Moses, a man with a speech impediment and criminal record stood up to a corrupt Pharaoh and declared “Let my people go!” That same cry resonates through the streets today. As lawlessness increases it will be many innocent people who suffer. As for the Israelites.. it is the same for the nations who follow Islam. It is the same for all religions and even for atheists and agnostics and animists… There will never be peace or freedom until we we come to that place of knowing who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for humanity. Moses was a broken man but he knew his strength was in trusting God. He lead the people of Israel to safety and freedom from the Egyptian leaders and into a 40 year faith journey in the wilderness! To freedom and eventually the promised land.

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G’day from Steve

January 24th, 2011|

The only hope for all peoples

Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:29-31

The one thing that always amazes me about Jesus is He loves people. No matter where they are from or what their past may be like. He has compassion for them and brings hope and healing into their lives. If He see’s faith… He honours it. The multitudes followed Him and believed in Him… so He honoured them with many miracles. That is why Jesus Christ is so worthy of our love and allegiance. No other religion or leader in history ever expressed their eternal love like Jesus did… and He went to the Cross of Calvary to redeem us from our selfishness and sin. He is for us!!! He will never change His mind about us. That is amazing grace.

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G’day from Steve

January 18th, 2011|

After the flood

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbour ” come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow ” when you have it with you. Proverbs 3: 27

The heartbreak, the sadness and loss after the floods here in Australia has left many of us in shock. It will be a long time before some of the towns and cities recover from the devastation.
Some people blame God, others blame governments or global warming.. we all want to blame something or someone for the tragic stories of lives lost and unbelievable destruction. But the truth is we must always start with our own hearts. We are either part of the answer or part of the problem. It starts with prayer and acknowledging our great need for God in our lives. Then… we can give in a practical way to help… and for some we can actually go and get involved. Pray – Give – Go. A simple response to any tragedy or crisis that happens in life.

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G’day from Steve

January 9th, 2011|

The one legged duck

We all take some big hits in life… it seems to be part of the journey. Some times it is our own sin, and at times we suffer the consequences of the sins of others. But we live in a crazy messed up, corrupt and sinful world. Events happen that can change our lives forever, leaving us broken and bitter or…. filled with more faith to carry on and be even better than before.

He kind of ‘half waddled’ into my life last week. A one legged duck. Literally 3 feet away, full of confidence and on a mission. He didn’t have to say anything… he just looked at me and before I knew it I was in the cupboard of our caravan looking for something ducks might love to eat. I found some of Kerrie’s favourite muesli flakes and figured they would do. Moments later my one legged duck friend was enjoying a free feed. He was happy – I was happy. As he gave me a duck nod of thanks he went on his way. None of his two legged duck friends were game to come near. They all stayed at a distance. But my duck friend used his disability to great advantage and although limited in what he can do in life is turning his pain into gain. He has learned to balance well and get around on his one good leg. He has no fear in asking for some help. Great lessons for all of us.

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G’day from Steve,

January 2nd, 2011|

In the Beginning..

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. He is like a tree planted […]