Christmas 2014

September 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

Over the past few years I have headed out on the road in December to perform solo, singer/songwriter christmas concerts.  

These events are really joyful and really powerful. Every year we see guests impacted by the gospel as their hearts are opened by the retelling of the greatest story of all.  I would love to talk to you about coming to your community this year.

Available dates are limited, so get in touch soon if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. 

 

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Artist Of Heaven

September 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

Here’s a video of me singing an old song of mine ‘Artist Of Heaven’ – this was shot at Bush Conference. Feel free to ‘like’ and ‘share’.

 

 

Staying Present

August 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

I hope you’re having a great summer. 

I hope you’re soaking up whatever sun is on offer and making the most of the longer days. Most of all I hope you’re living in the present.

 

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A few weeks ago I was sitting out in my garden one morning, drinking a cup of coffee, already bathed in sunlight at 6:30am.   It ought to have been a glorious moment of peace, reflection and prayer before the busyness of the day. But it wasn’t. I was already ahead of myself, planning, scheming and worrying about what I had to get done. I wasn’t present to the moment at all.

Fortunately, I caught myself. I broke into a smile at the absurdity.

You see, in the depths of winter, when it’s cold and dark and raining, I dream about these summer mornings. I long to sit out in the early sunshine, praying and enjoying my coffee. I can’t wait for the garden to come bursting into life. And now here I was, failing to live in the moment, the future robbing me of the present. 

 It’s an easy mistake to make. Worry about tomorrow and miss today. So I’ve been trying to slow down and breathe it all in over the past few weeks. Even with a busy ministry schedule I’ve been finding time to stay present. And it’s working. My soul feels healthier.

I hope you find it to be true in your life.

 

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Everyone gets disappointed sometimes, because everyone experiences circumstances that they wouldn’t choose, or hopes that go unfulfilled. Disappointment is a part of life.  But disappointment is not your greatest enemy. There is something far more serious than disappointment, and that’s discouragement.

Discouragement might start out as disappointment, but if it takes root in your soul, discouragement will rob you of the ability to see clearly. And if you lose your vision, you start to lose everything.  Discouragement is literally the removal of courage.  You can shrug, smile and still move forward when you’re disappointed. It’s hard to raise a smile or move at all when you’re discouraged.

If you feel discouraged, you need to find some encouragement, quick. You need courage to rise again within. Find a friend, a song, a book, a church, (maybe all of the above) and let some encouragement in.  Let God put His courage back in your heart.  You will find strength rising within, when courage enters your soul.

 

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How have you dealt with discouragement in your life?  What has worked for you?

 

 

All Creatures Of Our God And King – Steve Parsons from Steve Parsons on Vimeo.

imageIf you find yourself stressed about what God is or isn’t up to, it might be that you need to re-evaluate your understanding of what faith is. Faith is not about straining with every sinew in your being to believe God for something. No. Faith is keeping your eyes on Jesus, trusting him, letting peace reign in your heart. Delight yourself in Jesus. Worship him. Trust him. He’ll show you the way forward. Faith is seeing your problems in the light of God’s limitless grace and power. Don’t worry. He’s got you.  (I took this picture on a beach in Cornwall)