Father and Son

Pictured: Jordan and Steve leading worship at Water of Life Church in Fontana, California

It was such a joy to share the stage with Jordan Grace last week at Water of Life Church in Fontana, California. These are rare and cherished moments these days as our boys are busy doing life in other parts of the country and planet but we were so grateful to the folks at Water of Life Church for their generous support of all we do. Jordan flew from Nashville to serve with us and we are hoping we can do a few more bookings together while Kerrie and I are in the USA.

It amazed us that the most comments from people was the witness of a Father and Son standing on a stage together sharing their faith in Christ. In a world that is broken in family relationships there is something powerful about the witness of generations testifying to the goodness of the Lord. We are grateful that the love of Christ compels us and inspires us to keep singing of His faithfulness.

The Cross and the Great Divide

Pictured: The Cross in the front yard of our friend Danita’s home near Hollister, California

Pictured: The Cross in the front yard of our friend Danita’s home near Hollister, California

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
— 1 Corinthians 1:18

This one symbol stands for life… eternal life. It stands for the unconditional love and grace of God poured out as a sacrifice for all humanity. It stands for the faith, obedience and conviction that lead Christ to lay down His sinless life for our sin. It is an empty Cross to remind us that our Saviour is risen from the dead… that the way has been made for complete forgiveness and reconciliation with the Father, the creator of all things.

Crucifixion was invented by the Persians in 300-400BC and developed, during Roman times, into a punishment for the most serious of criminals. The Cross on which Jesus was executed 2000 years ago has been a symbol for his followers from very early on but after the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in the 4th Century, crucifixion was abolished as a punishment, and the Cross was promoted as a symbol of the Son of God.

In these modern times the Cross is used by many in fashion for cosmetic jewellery and design. Some would have no comprehension of the deep spiritual significance it means to those who have been set free from the shame of their past and the curse of unforgiven sin. But to others it is a glorious and victorious symbol of celebration of the ‘life’ they’ve been given because of Christ’s act of love on a criminal’s Cross. What a magnificent sight! He is risen! He has called us to follow Him for eternity.

A couple months ago Kerrie and I had the immense privilege to visit that very place… a location called Golgotha, the place of the skull. It is now the backdrop to a busy bus transit station. Yet that in itself shows me the love and humility of the Saviour. He never came to earth in some grand charade of splendour… He came as the servant king.. Yet He owns the universe.

Next year in March we plan to return to Jerusalem and to that place of the skull as we host our ISRAEL TOUR 2020. You are welcome to join us on the journey.

Thanks for your interest and support of the work we are doing.

Godspeed.

Steve

The Travelling Life

Pictured: The planning and preparations for tours across Australia in 2019 - 2020

Pictured: The planning and preparations for tours across Australia in 2019 - 2020

“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you”
— Genesis 26:3

I was inspired by this ancient verse in the Bible last week. To sojourn is to stay in a place for a short time.. for travellers to stop and wait, to be refreshed before going on with the journey. In context of the story Issac and his family were battling through a severe drought and making plans to move on from the land God had promised his father Abraham. That’s when God spoke ( ironically through the King of the Philistines, Abimelech ). It was an instruction to stay. Just because things were tough and discouraging God was encouraging Issac to keep believing in the promises He had given his father.

There are many stories of people in the Bible who were travellers… they lived nomadic lives and were always on a journey of faith. From Abraham to Moses to Jesus and Paul, their travel adventures were recorded for all time. We really like that because from the moment we stepped out in faith to serve God with the music ministry 35 years ago we haven’t stopped travelling.. our three boys have all grown up on the road to somewhere!! We have loved the opportunities to be able to travel.

But most of all.. It's so good to know that God will be with you and will bless you while you are seeking after His will in your life… even through the difficult seasons. There are times to ‘go' and there are times to ’sojourn’ and wait on the Lord, but be assured He is with you and will bless you.

Next week we head off to the USA to visit churches and spend some time with Jordan and Paige Grace in Nashville TN. We will be travelling again!! And sharing the vision of the Eternity Truck and future missions trips and ministry across Australia and the South Pacific.

Thanks for your friendship,

Godspeed

Faith Over Fear

Pictured: Steve and Kerrie at the ancient ruins of the synagogue in Capernaum, Israel.

Pictured: Steve and Kerrie at the ancient ruins of the synagogue in Capernaum, Israel.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:6-7

G’day friends and family. Kerrie and I have just returned from a few weeks in Israel. It’s hard to describe in words the experience of travelling to this amazing little country. Israel is one third the size of Tasmania, has a population of 8.7 million Jews and Arabs and is considered one of the most influential nations on earth. The fact that Israel and the Jewish people’s even exist is a miracle. The greatest evidence that the Bible is historically true is that Israel is here today. It all comes to life as you travel the roads of a country that has known conflict and conquest since time began.

You learn a lot about yourself when you visit Israel. You learn about fear and faith, pride and humility. Throughout their turbulent history, whenever the children of Abraham hardened their hearts and turned to other gods, to idolatry and greed…. they met with captivity, slavery, poverty and destruction. But when they humbled themselves and stepped out in faith they were reconciled with God’s mercy, forgiveness, provision and blessings.

In thousands of years nothing much has changed. The evidence of history remains. We can choose to live life in pride and fear… or in humility, with faith in a God of unconditional love. A God who showed us His love through Christ’s death and resurrection. Be anxious for nothing and know that your future is secure in His peace and providence.

We loved visiting so many historic locations where Jesus healed the sick and ministered to multitudes, ancient synagogue’s and cities, ancient walls and roads from civilisations past. Looking forward to doing another trip to Israel next year.

A big thank you to Pastor Aaron and Paige Newman and the church family at Calvary Chapel Paso Robles CA for inviting us on the adventure!!!

Godspeed.

 

ISRAEL 2020 with STEVE & KERRIE GRACE

Suddenly Jerusalem

Pictured: Steve and Kerrie at King David’s citadel in the Old City, Jerusalem.

Pictured: Steve and Kerrie at King David’s citadel in the Old City, Jerusalem.

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, His holy mountain.
— Psalm 48:1

The past few weeks have had some faith building challenges, some great sadness and some unexpected miracles. From getting the news of the death of our good friend John Smith… the news that the turbo in our Isuzu Motorhome had blown up… delays in our ministry visa application to the USA and an incredible time with churches in Western Australia and work on the new trailer stage.

Remarkably... I’m writing this from Jerusalem, Israel. 2019 is sure turning out to be a year of change.

We’ve been dreaming about returning to Israel for years now. Then ‘out of the blue’ an invitation came from a Calvary Chapel fellowship in California asking us to help host a tour group for 10 days. To be honest…. We are blown away with gratitude for the opportunity!! It just happened to be at the same time as our 38th wedding anniversary and Kerrie’s birthday. We’ve had a few days to ourselves before the tour starts to be in Jerusalem, to walk the streets, enjoy traditional food and meet some very colourful Arabic and Israeli people.

We are so thankful to the Lord for His provision and the sudden opportunities that come along!!!!

Thanks again for your ongoing love and support.

Godspeed,

Steve

 

Israel 2020

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We’ve loved our trip to Israel so much we are praying about putting together a tour of Israel in 2020. If it is something that you have considered doing in your future please make contact and we will begin making plans for a 12 day tour of the most captivating little nation on the planet.

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The Day of Small Beginnings

Pictured: Last Sunday night in the Two Rivers Aboriginal church in Mooroopna Victoria. Matthew, Steve, George and our good mate Dave Graffin. Photo credit: Ian Bail.

Pictured: Last Sunday night in the Two Rivers Aboriginal church in Mooroopna Victoria. Matthew, Steve, George and our good mate Dave Graffin. Photo credit: Ian Bail.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.
— Zechariah 4:10

In recent weeks I’ve had the privilege to stand on the stages of the largest concert venues in Australia, before over 45,000 people. I’ve sung my songs in Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney serving the Graham Tour with Franklin Graham and artists from the USA. Trentan Kruger and I got to fly on planes and stay in motels and turn up at the backstage entrance of stadiums with ALL ACCESS tags around our necks. We got to take part in the morning prayer and Bible studies with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association team. We got to do sound check with a world class production team and look out at the thousands of empty seats ready to be filled. It was an incredible experience. Watching as hundreds came forward in response to Franklin’s invitation every night and counsellors assisting in prayer and encouragement.

And then when its all over…. Its back on the road doing what I’ve loved doing for 34 years. About 45 people turned up the the Two Rivers Aboriginal Church last Sunday night ready to lift the roof off with worship and praise!!! Pastor Joey Day welcomed us and the presence of the Holy Spirit filled the small historic church. Nearly everyone in the place came forward for prayer. People hungry for more of God’s love and grace in their lives. It was a great night of ministry.

From big city stadium crusades to little country churches… the message never changes. What an honour it is to see people reconciled to the Father’s love through faith in Jesus.

Never despise your day of small beginnings. Always be willing to go to the smallest of places to tell people they are important to God… Just as they are.

Thanks so much for your support.

Godspeed.

Steve

The Message of Eternity

Pictured: Steve sharing the word at LifeHouse Church, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Pictured: Steve sharing the word at LifeHouse Church, Coffs Harbour, NSW

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
— Ecclesiastes 3:10-11

It’s good to be back on the road and into 2019. So far.. this year has lots of open dates on the calendar but we always love seeing it fill up. There’s plenty of invitations to churches in the USA so I know there will be a few months of touring over there. Otherwise we have plans for more events in outback Australia, in Papua New Guinea and even the Solomon Islands. There’s opportunity for a new TV series, a book and plans for a 2020 national tour!!! Exciting visions and dreams ahead.

33 years ago Kerrie and I took a nervous leap of faith into the unknown realm called ‘full time ministry’. We knew we were called for more than settling for a predictable, comfortable life. We’ve made plenty of mistakes and taken a few wrong turns along the way. We’ve learned that even when you get off track God is still there and never stops loving you. When you start out on a new venture.. He is there… When you come to the end of yourself… He is there. He uses the very things that the world and the devil intend to destroy you with to define you.

The God of all creation delights in using people like you and me to represent His eternal kingdom. He makes everything beautiful in its time and enables you to accomplish great things despite your lack of faith or inabilities. Don’t wait till you are ‘qualified’ because you never will be. Don’t wait till you have it all together because you probably never will. Nobody else on this planet can be the best version of you, like you can be. So love God and love people like He does and get on with living for eternity!!

Jesus came to earth to break the curse of death and sin. He made a way for us to live in an eternal relationship with God. He has good plans for us all and I believe we can trust Him for the road ahead!!

Get out there and go for it!!

Godspeed,

Steve

 

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A New Year

Pictured: Steve and the corrugated iron Lutheran mission church at Haasts Bluff in the western desert NT.

Pictured: Steve and the corrugated iron Lutheran mission church at Haasts Bluff in the western desert NT.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
— Psalm 100:5

In September 2019 I will have the privilege of turning 60 years old… and so does the old steel framed, corrugated iron Lutheran Mission Church in the remote Northern Territory community of Haasts Bluff. This iconic building has served the people of Ikuntji country well. I remember my first visit, back in the winter of 1995 during a revival that had taken place. My mate and professional photographer Ken Duncan had called me and said “ Get out there mate! They love your songs! Your songs have been part of this revival!”

The church was freshly painted, brilliant white with a glossy British 'racing green' concrete floor. Entry was forbidden except on Sunday’s so all meetings were held from the front porch with people huddled around campfires on the ground outside. Revival ‘Singalong’s’ would happen every night and go until the firewood ran out. The entire community attended with a desire to be free of the addiction to grog and gambling, and the ongoing conflicts between clan’s. The Gospel message and singing together became the common cause for peace and unity.

And so it is with life… without the unconditional grace of God over our lives we seem to live in conflict…. striving to make it on our own and focus only on our selfish desires rather than the needs of others. We were not created to be greedy, we were born to give, to be generous with our lives. That’s where real faith and fulfilment come from.

As we step into a brand new year may our hearts be fixed on matters that make people and make history.

Thank you for your friendship and love.

Godspeed.

Steve