G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

August 10th, 2010|

Maps and Calendars.

The next time you open your Bible take a quick look at the maps in the last pages of this amazing book. They will reveal significant era’s in history. The exodus from Egypt of Moses and the people of Israel, the travels of Jesus and the disciples, the missionary journey’s of the apostle Paul. Some Bibles even have maps of Solomon’s temple where the ark of the covenant was placed after it’s own travels through the wilderness. It fascinates me that God is into maps and history yet he loves us enough to allow us to make our own way, ever present to rescue us from our self destructive decisions and careless behaviour.

For many months now we have been working on maps and schedules for the Heritage National Tour of Australia. A missionary journey in the same spirit as the great Apostle Paul. A team of people dedicated to proclaiming the good news and exciting believers to even more effective mission. Well.. we are on the road and working hard to make every concert a great event for the people who turn up. The concerts are free. We are trusting God will supply all our needs as we travel. It’s real faith adventures in action and we are determined to reach every destination on the map in the coming months.

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G’day from Steve,

August 2nd, 2010|

Honouring a Heritage Hero.

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

Arthur Stace 1885 – 1967. He was a world war 1 veteran, a former alcoholic and thief who came to faith in Christ in the 1930’s. An eccentric man whose childhood had been one of poverty and abandonment. Yet he had a heart for evangelism and helping down and out people beaten up by life. Shortly after his conversion he had heard the evangelist John Ridley tell a congregation in Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle that he wished he could ‘shout eternity through the streets of Sydney’. Stace was inspired! ‘I felt a powerful call from the Lord to write “Eternity”. I had a piece of chalk in my pocket, and I bent down right there and wrote it'; ‘I’ve been writing it at least 50 times a day ever since.’

He married Ellen in 1942 and yet even then had a determined ambition to be a “missioner”. A man dedicated to preaching the Gospel with just one word. He spent his entire life challenging thousands of people every day with a word that we cannot ignore. “Eternity”. For many years it was an unknown mystery as to who was writing the word on walls and pavements of the city. A ‘birdlike little man with wispy white hair’, Stace became known as ‘the Eternity Man’, one of the characters of Sydney. After his death in July 1967 it soon became evident that countless lives had been impacted by this humble “one man – one word” crusade.

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G’day from Steve,

July 26th, 2010|

Failure, Favour and Faith.

Hebrew 11: 6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

I love that verse.. It challenges me to live life like so many of our Bible heroes. When we read of Abraham and Sarah, of Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Ruth and many others we are inspired by the faith that these people put into action, many times after a crisis of great failure. But the truth is “favour follows failure” if we are willing to believe and keep our faith. Even during the violent and turbulent era of the early church and the writing of the New Testament there are so many miracle stories of failure and favour. If it was good enough for the men and women of the Bible it needs to be real to you and me… today.

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G’day from Steve,

July 19th, 2010|

The Gift of Perseverance.

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 4:25 – Romans 5:1-5

The great American President Abraham Lincoln once said.. “I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise.”

It is estimated 620,000 American’s lost their lives in the 1861 – 1865 Civil war which broke out shortly after Lincoln was elected to lead the nation. For many years he had persevered. He had failed many times and yet persisted. He was known as “Honest Abe” by his peers. He and his wife had many times of heart break as only one of their 4 sons reached adulthood. Abraham Lincoln was a Godly man of faith, yet was never aligned with any particular denomination. One month after his inauguration shots were fired in South Carolina that ushered in the bloodiest war in American history. A war Lincoln had hoped to resolve peacefully. But through the most turbulent era of American history he was the man that stood his ground on issues such as the abolishment of slavery. He was assassinated April 14th, 1865 but will always be known and honoured as a great statesmen and leader.

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G’day from Steve,

July 12th, 2010|

Let Revival Come.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2: 4-9

Music and songs are a gift from God. A gift from the creator of the universe. Throughout the history of the Bible songs have been created to worship and celebrate all that God has done for his people. A song can bring hope and healing, confession and conviction… it can fill the soul with visions and dreams. The Christian faith is a singing faith and it always will be.. even for eternity.

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G’day from Steve,

July 4th, 2010|

The Gospel of Christ is a message for the multitudes. For every Tribe, every Nation.

I’m writing from the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Internet is extremely hard to find and very slow and expensive. But here’s a few pictures and stories of the past week.

The apostle Paul was an amazing man. He was despised by the church in some sectors for taking the Gospel to the gentiles. He was criticised by many for his missionary journeys. He lived knowing he had committed many atrocities against followers of Christ in earlier years. His former religious zeal for the law caused him to persecute Christians and send many to their deaths. Yet he lived and breathed the amazing grace of a forgiving God through knowing Christ. He knew he could not serve God in his own strength… it was in his weakness that he would have to face every day. Some days I know that feeling…. just running on pure hope filled exhaustion and believing the Lord will meet me there. He always does.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”. 2 Corinthians 12: 9

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G’day from Steve,

June 28th, 2010|

Refuge and Trust

The verse at the very centre of the Bible is Psalm 118:8 ” It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put your trust in man”.

More and more I know that nothing else matters.. only the life I live and the stuff I do in Jesus Name. We can spend our entire lives working like slaves for a corrupt system, indebted to a greedy manipulative society that exploits the poor and oppresses people. The law condemns but God’s grace sets us free. Governments strive to imprison us but Jesus sets the captive free. When we put our trust in the systems of man we will be destroyed by them…. But when we take refuge in the Lord we will always be safe.

In Australia this past week the leadership of our nation changed hands in the ugliest and most malicious, deceptive way I have ever seen. In one night the man who the nation had elected as leader was gone in a callous, soul destroying move.. by his own friends. It reminded me of the dangers of trusting in man and not in the Lord. Even though I was not a big supporter of the Prime Minister’s policies I was ashamed to be an Australian if that is how we dishonour our leaders. But… I am even more compelled that I desperately need the Lordship of Jesus over my life and not be held prisoner to the godless ways of man. Life is so unpredictable and at times cruel, which is why we need a faith in Christ to carry us through.

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G’day from Steve,

June 21st, 2010|

Cracked Pots on the Crazy Road of Life.

I am a cracked pot. I was created in the image of God yet have fallen far short of the original template He purposed me for. I am a sinner saved by the everlasting and ever forgiving love of God through Jesus. When a potter centres a lump of clay onto the pottery wheel, he never intends that the work of art he is creating will be broken. As he patiently moulds it and shapes it with his skilful hands he sees the finished masterpiece that it will become. He sees a useful and unique vessel. Yet as you know every work of art can be broken. Because of sin… you and I can be broken. Some times by our own bad decisions, or by the destructive decisions of others.. and the attacks of the enemy.. we all get broken.

The good news is Jesus loves cracked and broken pots. His love and grace is the glue that repairs our lives and restores us to the full intentions the Father has for us. I love these words.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4: 7- 9

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G’day from Steve,

June 13th, 2010|

A prayer by Billy Graham

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says. ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!”

I came across this prayer by Billy Graham a few weeks ago. With all that is taking place in the world today I felt it was important to share.

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G’day from Steve,

June 7th, 2010|

Blessing or Curse

Two brothers attended the funeral of their father in ancient times. He was a man of great faith called Abraham. A friend of God. After Ishmael and Isaac laid him to rest they both went back to their lives. One pursued the promises God had given to his father, the other went back to conflict and living under a curse. But Isaac chased after the blessings God gave to his Dad.

“Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.” Genesis 26:3-5

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