canoing, rivers, What I'm missing right now

BIG CANOE

What I am really missing right now is shown in the pictures in this blog post.

I love Arizona big time…..but I really miss the streams of missouri.

To name just a few. THE ELEVEN POINT RIVER, THE CURRENT RIVER, THE JACKS FORK RIVER and I could go on……

It is not just the rivers and streams…but the people who you connect with on them that makes them so great.

Did you know the name “Missouri” is a Siouan Indian word? It comes from the tribal name Missouria, which means “big canoe people.”….The word Missouri means “big canoe.”

Great times with some great people in “the big canoe”.

This post is dedicated to my good friend Mike Ketcherside.

Thanks for showing the “good water.”

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Ministry

LET’S GET LEGIT IS A HIT!

What a great response this past weekend over this new series we are doing at the church called “Let’s Get Legit.”.

It is based out of Mark 9:24 in which a man says to Jesus; “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”

The readers diagest version goes like this. Asking legitimate questions to God actually activates our faith into action.

We have ask our congregation to write out their life’s toughest questions and then we will for the next four weeks have a conversation around them.

This morning our staff will look over all the questions that came in to start the process of ACTIVATING PEOPLE’S FAITH by addressing their biggest dilemmas.

This past Sunday we said that “QUESTIONS AND DOUBT CAN TURN INTO BRICK WALLS IF WE LET THEM”…

I gave an illustration of going hiking to see the Havasupai Falls here in Arizona. http://www.havasupaitribe.com/waterfalls.html

What a great trip.

One problem though ….to actually see the falls the way they are ment to be seen, you face many walls.

So, to SEE THE SUPAI FALLS…..YOU HAVE TO FACE THE SUPAI WALLS.

100 FEET TO THE BOTTOM OF MOONEY FALLS….AND THIS IS THE WAY TO GET THERE.

 

 

Brick walls are in front of us to see if we really BELIEVE…..Brick walls are given to us to show us how much we really want something.  

Can’t wait to see how this weekend goes.

To follow the outlines of the sermons go to:

www.prescottfirst.com

And then go to the pastor’s devotion link.

 
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family

A picture is worth a thousand words

“A picture is worth a thousand words” is a proverb that refers to the idea that complex stories can be described with just a single still image, or that an image may be more influential than a substantial amount of text. It also aptly characterizes the goals of visualization where large amounts of data must be absorbed quickly.

Or as the Russians put it,  “A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.”

So here are 5000 words worth of pictures.

My brother Gary and I at the DB

Caleb, Brian (Gary’s son in law) Gary and I

DB MENU cover

Brains dad’s Harley is really nice.

The picture says it all.

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what I am working on right now

LET’S GET LEGIT

I’m really excited about an experiment we are doing in the month of August.

We start a new sermon series called “let’s get legit.”

During the next four weeks our congregation will ask some of life’s toughest questions and then have a conversation around them.

It will be interesting to see how our people respond to this series and how it includes them in this whole teaching process.

Questions, no matter how shocking or arrogant or ignorant or raw, are rooted in humility. A humility that understands that I am not God, there is more to know. Questions bring freedom. Freedom that I don’t have to be God and I don’t have to pretend that I have it all figured out. I CAN LET GOD BE GOD.

In the book of Genesis, God tells Abraham what He is going to with Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abraham fires back, “Will not the ruler of the earth do right?”. Abraham thinks God is in the wrong and the action is not in line with who God is, and Abraham questions Him about it. Actually, they get into a sort of bargaining discussion in which Abraham doesn’t let up. He keeps questioning God. God not only doesn’t get angry, but He seems to engage with Abraham all the more.

What’s the first thing Mary says to the angle who brings her the news that she’s going to be the mother of the Messiah?..”but how can this be? I’m a virgin!”Questions, questions, questions.

What are some of Jesus final words? “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus-on the cross-questioning God.

Most of our Christian experience is the art of questioning God. Not belligerent, arrogant questions that have no respect for our maker, but naked, honest, vulnerable, raw questions arising out of the awe that comes from engaging the living God.

I think that is what God is looking for- people who don’t just sit there and mindlessly accept whatever comes their way, but people who really what to interact with Him in a way that keeps them asking, keeps them seeking and keeps them knocking.

I mean just take a look as far as you can into the universe…..it is unending just like our curiosity should be.

I will blog about our series from week to week to update how it is all working out.

 

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family

THE DINNER BELL IS RINGING

As a child growing up in Iowa, I was in the woods as much as possible.

Every moment possible was filled with exploring, camping, looking for arrow heads, sponge mushrooms or anything else “the woods” allowed us to do or become.

There was one thing that my brother Gary  and I could usually count on every evening after playing as hard as we could. We always knew that just before dark we would hear dad’s famous whistle.

Yep, dad had the loudest whistle of anyone in the Quad Cities….. Even to this day I have not heard anyone whistle louder than  dad.

When he would whistle, we would not hesitate or argue…..it was dinner time and we headed home for another of mom’s awesome meals around the table.

Well this weekend Gary and I won’t be playing in the woods, and dad’s whistle although loud, cannot be heard from Scottsdale.

We will be headed for another table called the Dinner Bell.

Really looking forward to one of the best little local creekside eateries in Prescott with Gary, Caleb and whoever else is fortunate enough to go with us.

The Dinner Bell has a split personality. Up front there’s a classic old diner that’s been in business since 1939, while in back there’s a colorful modern space with walls that roll up. The creekside setting a block off Whiskey Row makes this a great little hideaway for a casual meal and some “third place time”.

I think I’ll have the fette greek omlete…yes, yes I will.

I hear the DINNER BELL RINGING.

 

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