March 2014 News

March 28, 2014 — Leave a comment

I’m learning to appreciate the seasons that allow me to step back, listen, read, and write. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. Apart from the occasional concert and speaking at Life Church, I’ve been spending some extended time reflecting and being creative. Soon I will pass the 21 year mark of doing this music/ministry thing full-time – and so the times here and there that I can be off the road are really precious to me.

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Upcoming Dates

March 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

You can catch Steve at one of the following venues in the coming weeks:

March 22nd Barrow-Upon-Soar Baptist Church

April 5th  Spring Harvest (after hours) Minehead.

April 7th – 9th Armagh, City Hotel.

April 11th  Spring Harvest  (after hours) Minehead.

April 14th  Spring Harvest (after hours) Skegness.

April 16th  Spring Harvest  (after hours)  Minehead.

I used to believe that in order to make a real impact on the world, things needed to move quickly, and growth needed to be explosive. I remember early on in my music ministry, people would say things like “One day you’ll get a ‘breakthrough’ and then things will really ‘take off’…” And for a long time I bought into this idea. Success was just around the corner. Just a little more blessing from God and suddenly everything would ‘happen’.

I don’t think this way any more. For most people, any kind of success that we achieve in life, (or ministry, or business) comes about by slow, steady, patient work.

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I’m Super-Excited to let you know about my new album.

It’s called Hymns To Light The Way.

What happens when you take some old hymns, a couple of new songs, a small band, add some vibe and some groove, and deliver those songs in a singer-songwriter style?  Hopefully, this album is what happens!   I’ve always loved hymns and making this record has been a wonderful experience. 

I could write a lot about it, but instead we chose to make a video, so you can see for yourself some of the story behind this album.

Enjoy !

If you like what you hear, you can order CD’s from here.

Or download from iTunes here.

 

Steve Parsons – Hymns To Light The Way – EPK from Steve Parsons on Vimeo.

The Battle For Joy

October 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

I meet a lot of people who have simply lost their joy.

I’m not talking about the normal changes in mood that we all experience from time to time. We all know that happiness is deeply connected to our circumstances, and that makes it hard for anyone to be happy ALL the time. 

What I’m talking about is something deeper. It’s the root of deep and lasting joy that is the right of every child of God to enjoy. A joy that surpasses our circumstances and causes us to live with greater love, passion, and spark.  The joy that gives us the energy we need to run the race of faith. 

Certainly that kind of joy can be lost.  David cries out to God in prayer: “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation…”  (Psalm 51v12).  As David repents of his broken-ness and sinfulness, he realises he has lost his joy. And like a desperate man, he wants it back.  

Why is joy so important?  Because it is the source of our strength “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8v10).  I really believe that one of the devils strategies is simply to attack our joy; because if he can steal our joy, then he has stolen our strength.  How does that happen? I think we shift our focus away from the source of joy (the Lord) and get bogged down in the difficulties of life. Whatever captures your attention, captures you.  And too often our hearts and minds are captured by all the wrong things.

Let me encourage you to return to the source of joy today. Jesus. Thank him for his goodness, his grace, love and care. Ask him to turn your sorrow into joy. Let the idea of salvation capture your attention today. The gospel is good news! Let the joy of the Lord be your strength! 

Hi Friends !

This coming weekend I’ll be in Dublin. 

If you, or a friend of yours, lives in or around the Dublin area, I’d love to meet you at one of the following events:

13 Sept.  CONCERT Clontarf and Scots Presbyterian Church, Dublin. 7.30pm

14 Sept.  YOUTH EVENT, Calvary Christian Church, Naas Rd, Dublin. 7.30pm

15 Sept.  CHURCH SERVICE,  Calvary Christian Church, Naas Rd, Dublin. 11.00am

For details about any of the above events, including locations, please email robertmulgrew@yahoo.com

We’re going to have a great time !