G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

September 12th, 2010|

The spirit of the Lord.

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, Release for the oppressed and to proclaim the year of God’s favour”.  Luke 4:18

These words Jesus spoke out after 40 days of testing in the wilderness are words that you and I can own in our hearts. If Christ is truly in our lives then these words become the mandate by which we live, knowing that these things will be accomplished in us and through us miraculously by the presence of the Holy Spirit.

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G’day from Steve,

September 7th, 2010|

Serving the Church across Australia.

From week to week we have the privilege to do concerts in many different venues. Each with their own acoustic qualities… or the opposite to that. Each venue with its own style, standards and expectations. The team has to learn to become all things to all people and serve accordingly. It is a great test of character and stamina. The band has to learn to play to the room and relate to the audience which can change in age or cultural demographics or even spiritual understanding. It’s all part of itinerant evangelism and winning people to Christ.

What may work well in one city will be completely irrelevant in the next. That’s the great challenge of being involved in a traveling ministry. Learning to listen and discern what is going on in the community, so that your message connects with people’s needs. I love the challenge. I am forever asking God… “What do you want to say to these people in this particular part of the country?” So I ask myself these questions….

1. Who is your audience?
2. What is your time span?
3. What is your strategy?
4. What are your expectations?

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G’day from Steve,

August 29th, 2010|

Without a Vision the people perish.

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

You have to drive a long long way to take a picture like this…. It is way out in the middle of nowhere in outback Queensland. Without a few strategic signposts along the way you would get lost in no time at all…. and be even harder to find…. for even longer. That’s just the way it is in Outback Australia.

Just over a week ago the nation of Australia held a federal election. The people went to the polling booths on voting day to cast their votes. The sad reality is the nation is divided. We are a nation that no longer knows what we believe… therefore we flounder in a void of indecision and indifference. We have lost our way. As you read this Australia is without legitimate leadership.

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G’day from Steve,

August 23rd, 2010|

G’Day from the Matilda Highway.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

We are over two weeks into the Heritage National Tour. At present traveling in Outback QLD doing evangelistic concerts in some outback towns. So far we’ve communicated to over 4,395 people in 13 towns and cities and seen 109 make decisions for Christ. Many more have received Bibles and others have taken information from the Missions Expo. Our boys have also been doing lunchtime concerts in local high schools in 6 regions with great response from students, teachers and chaplains. Praise God for every opportunity to share the Gospel and distribute Bibles. Praise God for the work of the Holy Spirit drawing people to that precious knowledge of the hope of Christ and the message of the Cross.

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G’day from Steve,

August 17th, 2010|

If my People.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

At every concert at the moment we are taking some time […]

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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