CHRISTMAS: The Coming of Forgiveness

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
— Jude 24-25

The remote tribal communities of the Western Desert had it on their hearts to celebrate Christmas on the first weekend of December. They believe this month is the open door to forgiveness… The time when we remember that God loved the world so much that He gave His most precious gift to break the curse of death and payback. Payback is when you choose to live in hatred and unforgiveness towards those who have hurt you in the past. For Aboriginal peoples this age old curse has been passed on from generation to generation, causing people to live in fear and bitterness. It is only broken when the blood of your enemy has been shed on the ground… which then reignites retaliation and the curse goes on.

When the Gospel of Jesus Christ first came to the ancient, nomadic peoples of the desert country his story changed everything. This man who came from God, the creator of all things lived a sinless life and was persecuted, despised and betrayed. He was beaten and hung on a criminal’s cross and took the spear of ‘payback’ in his side. He said "it is finished” as He forgave his enemies…. as His own blood was shed on the ground. He died and was buried and then God raised him up from the ground. He broke that curse forever and asks us to live by His new law of love and grace. He sent His Holy Spirit to help us.

So for three days and nights the people gathered and sang songs, shared stories and read from the Bible. The meetings went till after midnight and nobody cared. They were celebrating the coming of forgiveness. Thank you Jesus.

I greatly admire my Indigenous brothers and sisters. They know that the only answer is in the one who is able to keep you from falling. I see the joy in their faces despite the hardships of life in a complex modern world.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Godspeed,

Steve

Our 2020 Vision

 Pictured: A vintage 1967 Peterbilt under consideration for the future Eternity Truck vision.

Pictured: A vintage 1967 Peterbilt under consideration for the future Eternity Truck vision.

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22-23

The Apostle Paul sure knew how to connect with people. Just like Jesus… wherever he travelled he was relevant to the needs and culture of the local people. We have that same desire.

Over the past 33 years we’ve done our best to present a simple Gospel message and encourage people living in rural and remote regions of Australia. God has miraculously provided great teams and the resources to tour the nation for every new season. We are now looking at the decade of 2020 - 2030 and asking the Lord how we can be even more effective…  The theme of ‘Hope for hurting towns’ does not leave us. Many local churches in country towns cannot afford the huge budgets attached to major evangelistic events yet in their tough seasons is when they need to hear the ‘Good News’ most. Our prayer is to raise $250,000 and build a 'state of the art’ mobile events stage that can serve country towns across Australia with quality evangelistic events for the coming decade. We’d love to reach a million Australians with the Gospel using the Eternity Truck!!! Just good old fashioned, community based friendship evangelism that tells people they are important to God… right where they live!

We envisage developing a regular TV program featuring the Eternity Truck as it travels to different locations of Australia…. similar the the popular TV series ‘Everytown Downunder’ which screens regularly on ACCTV and other networks globally.

We believe this is an exciting way to move ahead in mission. We know it will take an army of friends and ministry partners to bring the vision to life. Pray with us for God’s strategy for this vision. If you’d like to be involved join our ‘Everytown Partners’ mailing list - office@stevegrace.com

For those interested: The 1967 Peterbilt is a service truck at the moment and is equipped with a new 400 Cummins engine, a new 13 speed road ranger gearbox and brakes etc. It can be converted back to a truck / trailer combo. We reckon it would make a great flagship for the Eternity Truck vision. Pray with us!

Thanks so much for your friendship and support.

Godspeed,

Steve

The Hope of Heaven

 Pictured: Margaret Joyce Horsfall before she became Margaret Grace (circa 1955)

Pictured: Margaret Joyce Horsfall before she became Margaret Grace (circa 1955)

My father showed me a photograph of the young lady he fell in love with back in 1955-56. She was the cook in the kitchen at the Bible College he was attending in Sydney. Her enthusiasm and faith in God, her passion for life and missions was too much for the young man from a small country town in the central west of NSW. Not long after he completed his studies they married and trained to become missionaries. In early 1960 they embarked on an adventure serving Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea with two small children. My little brother Warwick was born there. In 1969 Mum developed a mystery illness and the Grace family were forced to return to Australia to seek medical advice. It took 7 years before doctors eventually diagnosed that she had been living with a brain tumour. Miraculously Mum survived the operation but it affected her quality of life in many ways. Despite her disability she lived every day full of faith and joy. She never lost her peace. She was an inspiration to many. In 1989 Mum went home to heaven and we have missed her ever since.

Some of the songs on the new ETERNITY album are there in memory of my mother. Songs that bring assurance and hope that heaven is very real and through faith in Jesus we live with its promise. That’s the hope of heaven. The hope of seeing our loved ones again in God’s presence forever. Other songs on the album were recorded at the request of elderly Aboriginal folks in remote communities who live with grief and sorrow constantly, yet never stop believing. I’m inspired by their love for the Lord and each other.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
– 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Thank you again for your friendship and support.

The Message of Eternity

There comes a moment when we all must realize that life is short, and in the end the only thing that really counts is not how others see us, but how God sees us.
— Billy Graham
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It’s been a humble journey to record and release this new album project. The support has come not from big business or big churches but from ordinary hard working people who believe in the vision. The generosity of farming families battling through drought inspires me to keep going with the mission to reach people for Christ and excite the local church in the task of evangelism. We honestly did not have the finances to do this new album and yet it will be available next week!!! Thank you for standing with us in prayer as it helps to ‘keep the ministry on the road’ for another fresh new season.

The songs on this album will encourage many… especially those looking for hope in a time of loss. For those with unanswered questions of life and death and eternity. These are songs of faith for the tough times, songs about the promise of heaven.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Thanks for your love and support.

Godspeed,

Steve

Droughts, Dreams and Destiny

 Pictured: Praying for a revival in the land and a refreshing new season for a drought stricken country.

Pictured: Praying for a revival in the land and a refreshing new season for a drought stricken country.

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away.
— Hosea 4:1-3

The Bible has some pretty heavy words about times of desperation and drought. It’s usually about the arrogance of leaders and those in power and their hardness towards faith and humility. The people suffer when the leaders in the land ignore the mercy of God. Pride and fear destroy hope… and when people have no hope their is great loss and despair.

I look at my country Australia at the moment and I feel like my country has hardened its heart towards the grace and love of God. Our Political leaders have given in and lost control of our destiny.. So there is confusion and corruption. It can all change when as a nation we repent and turn from the acts of godlessness that break the heart of the creator. All of nature suffers when we don’t have a good relationship with God. But it can all change when we get back to the things that matter. It starts with us… with you and me.

I love that throughout history God has been merciful to His people when they humbly return to him and ask for help. That’s God’s heart and character. A merciful and compassionate father wanting to reach out and redeem all those who are lost. 

Thank God for Jesus.

Godspeed,
Steve

Tones & Tradition

 Pictured: The legendary Nashville session guitarist JT Corenflos at work on the new album.

Pictured: The legendary Nashville session guitarist JT Corenflos at work on the new album.

In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.
— Colossians 3:23

He moved to Nashville from a country town in Indiana at the age of 18 to pursue his music dreams. Now in his late 50’s JT Corenflos has recorded for and performed with many of the great names in modern country music. He’s considered an electric guitar legend in the Nashville scene.. working with stars like Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Don Hendley, George Jones, Brooks and Dunn, Alabama and Bob Seger…. the list goes on. Yet I have been genuinely humbled that every time I come to Nashville to record a new album JT is only too happy to put a few days aside and help create some amazing tracks for the new songs. JT is usually the last player in the studio at the end of each take.. perfecting his tones and getting just one more take to make the song even better. I observe in quiet admiration this country gentleman. He’s struggled with great physical challenges and battled with cancer.. yet still delights in turning up to make a recording project shine brightly.

Like the Psalmist of old, musicians like JT Corenflos were born with an eternal gift of creativity and music. It is a gift given by the creator of all things and I know when JT plays it comes from deep in his soul. The songs on this new album project are so much richer because of the contribution of a man who has devoted his life to the art of music. Thank you JT. 

Thanks also to friends and prayer partners who have supported us on this faith venture to produce another fine collection of songs that will be used to share the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope we have because of all He has done for us! Songs about life, death and eternity.

Thanks again for your prayers and support.

Godspeed

Steve
 

Revival in the Outback

 Pictured: Steve outside a historic church in a town called Sandstone, Western Australia

Pictured: Steve outside a historic church in a town called Sandstone, Western Australia

There’s been a quiet fire burning in the hearts of many people in remote towns and communities these past few years. I’ve seen some desert communities completely turn from the hopelessness of depression, addiction and gambling to choosing God’s way. Turning from the curse of death to the hope of life in Jesus. From the bondage of religious condemnation to the freedom of knowing Christ. 

I’ve had people over the past few years request songs that have helped them in in their own revival journey. Ironically some of those songs are old Gospel songs and hymns from the times of slavery in American history. Songs that have stood the test of time and inspired faith for generations. Its some of these songs I’d love to record on the new album… Songs of revival. 

But I’ve learned that real revival doesn’t always happen in a big noisy crowd… it happens in the heart… one heart at a time. It happens with humble repentance that makes way for renewal and restoration. God delights to revive us in our walk with Him.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
— Psalm 51:10-12

We are very excited to announce that I will be stepping back into the studio to record a new album project. We plan to record August 10-17th at Watershed Studios in Nashville, TN. 

Pray with me as we seek the Lord and prepare for this venture. Financially we are half way there with the expected budget but know God in His faithfulness will provide. We know these songs are an integral part of the coming seasons of evangelism and ministry leading into 2020.

I am praying for revival in regions across Australia… and it starts with us. 

Thanks for your friendship and faithful prayers.

Godspeed,
Steve


New Album Project

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