LEWIS AND CLARK

LEWIS AND CLARK DECEMBER ENTRY

Here we are with Lewis and Clark in December.

The pups are 9 months old now and we enjoy them more and more every day.

Here are a few pics of them in December.

Clark is a fan of hats …no really, he loves to wear my hats. Eat my hats and run through the house after he has taken my hat off my head.

Louie loves his walks – now he demands them.

Bella and the pups favorite trail.

Merry Christmas 2010

The first big snow for the pups  December 30.

This is how we wear the boys out.

Merry Christmas 2010 from Lewis Clark Bella Steve and Bren.

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family

DAD UNIVERSITY

Today is my son’s 28th birthday and I wanted to post a few pics on this blog.

Caleb was born in Davenport Iowa five days after Christmas .

When the Doctor Mc Fadden handed my son to me and said, “here is your baby boy”, I was a bit stunned as a young adult.

I remember the feeling as a 20 something not being ready for the responsibility of being a dad.

That might have been the same feeling my day had years ago when the same doctor delivered me at the same hospital where Caleb was born (pretty cool)…..

I did not know how to be a father when I was 25 years old but some how I got the hang of it.

Father and son December 30th, 1983.


I remember one guy telling me, “A father is a thing that growls when it feels good–and laughs very loud when it’s scared half to death.”

I also remember getting as many books that I could on “How to be a good father”.  All good stuff but nothing compared to the scriptural insight the Bible gave me as I read it each day in my attempt to be a good dad for my new son .

Here are a few thoughts and scriptures that meant so much and helped me big time in my new responsibility as a father.

Well-trained is the son who can hang onto his father’s words (Prov 4:4).
Happy will be the child who cries because his dad loves him (Prov 10:12)
A wise father hates sin in order to love his son.
A good father shows the value of a book as well as a buck.
The dad who wonders how much of a teacher he needs to be would do well to go to the school of Solomon.
The man who finds a good woman should show his son how to avoid a bad one (Prov 2,5,6,7,9).
What a father knows about sex might help his children as much as surprise them (Prov 23:26-8).
A wise son makes a glad dad as much as a foolish one makes a glum mum (Prov 10:1).
Thank God for Fathers who not only gave us life but taught us what to do with it.
If you’re amazed at how hard your dad can make it for you, try it without him (Prov 15:5).

There are so many support tools for families today that we did not have back in the 1980’s.

http://www.familyfirst.net/

I think one of the keys to being a successful parent is having the mindset of not just “spending” time with your children but rather “investing” time with them.

My son Caleb has become an amazing young adult and his mom and I are very proud of who he has become.

http://three23.net/

http://dribbble.com/three23

Thanks Caleb for all you have taught me.

Happy birthday.

Dad

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Christmas Eve, family

Twas The Night Before Christmas In Cincinnati

It was a snowy winter Christmas Eve 28 years ago tonight in beautiful Cincinnati Ohio.

Our daughter Natascha was born at Christ Hospital.

I remember how amazing the city looked at Christmas with the snow falling and my emotions full of joy.

As a young father of a new born baby girl I was full of gratitude and a sense of MORE responsibility.

Yes, a daughter was a whole new ballgame for me.

Here are a few pics of that Christmas Eve night that our family cherished together.

Hospital Santa, Brenda and Tash.

An amazing mother and child.  (Natascha means “born at Christmas” in Russian)

Caleb’s first glimpse of his “baby siser”.

28 years ago holding the best gift a dad could ask for.

Thank you Natascha for your amazing abilities,  gifts and love you bring into the world and into our lives.

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Happy birthday Tash.

Love you ,

Dad

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Christmas Eve, Ministry

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion

Just wanted to post this opportunity for you to join me in a celebration of Christmas Eve Communion –  Friday night December 24th.

Christmas Eve Communion Service in Beautiful Prescott Arizona.
6:00 – 7:00 PM Christmas Eve
Prescott First Assembly
1455 Willow Creek Road.
Prescott, Arizona

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl
Celebrating Christmas Eve with family and friends.

A time to reflect, restore and a time to rejoice.

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
~ Bing Crosby

See you there for a warm gathering of celebrating God’s gift to us.

Pastor Steve Lummer

Prescott First Assembly of God

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Ministry

Today

I just had to capture this moment today while taking a few minutes of prayer in the forest.

The photo was taken today from the forest floor and as you know, a picture does the view I experienced NO justice….but it was a try.

When talking about “Today” –  Jesus says, in Matthew 6:34 ” Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Its like he is saying, Don’t barrow from tomorrow’s troubles and place them in to today, because today has enough trouble of its own.

So how should we approach each day? How do we handle the troubles and frustrations of each day.

I for one need peace to replace my problems each day. (easier said than done right?)

Catherine Marshall writes “A king once offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. Many tried, but there were only two the king really liked. One was of a calm lake. It was a perfect mirror for the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. The other picture had mountains too. But they were rugged and bare. Above them was an angry sky from which fell rain, and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountains tumbled a waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the king looked closely he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in spite of the rush of angry water, she sat on her nest – in perfect peace. Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Why? ‘Because,’ explained the king, ‘Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the middle of all these things and still be calm in your heart.'”

“You will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.” Philippians 4:7 TLB

At some point we all discover that there’s no safe harbor free from storms; that peace is not the absence of storms, but

1.  The assurance of God’s presence and protection in the midst of storms and problems;

2. The growth of our faith and character because of them;

3. His rock-solid promise to bring us through them stronger and wiser. (I like that!)

Remember:

TODAY IS ALL YOU HAVE.

TODAY IS ALL YOU NEED.

TODAY IS ALL YOU CAN HANDLE.

Steve Lummer

Lead Pastor

Prescott First Aseembly

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Books I'm Reading

The Teflon Rhino

Just ordered this newest book by Pastor Bill .

Bill Wilson writes in his book  The Teflon Rhino – “Its hard to drain the swamp when you’re up to your rear end in alligators.” – Bill Wilson

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. – The Apostle Peter (1 Peter 5:8 KLV)

The first rule of living in the jungle of real life is you have to survive, which means staying off the lunch menu. The rhinoceros (rhino) is a great example. It lives in contented solitude that does not completely exclude, but selects its companions carefully. It does not rely on the herd for protection. It is not the fastest, strongest, tallest, or smartest animal in the wild. It stays off the lunch menu due to its protective skin that is over one-half inch thick. It is extremely difficult to penetrate.

Teflon is a slick coating that has transformed the world due to its nonstick properties, thus The Teflon Rhino. The rhino’s skin is slick and thick. It is not swayed by the crowd, coerced by opinion, or motivated by the popularity. It does not flinch in the face of adversity or succumb to the fear of the unknown.

My greatest attribute as a leader and a citizen of the real world was birthed in me as an abandoned child.

I am a survivor, and I have written this book as a survival manual for you.

I pray that the survival skills I have learned over six decades of life and ministry will help navigate you through the trials, heartaches, adversity and attacks that the real life will bring into your jungle.

Whether or not you believe it, you can be a survivor of the rarest kind. Like me, you can be a Teflon Rhino.

http://www.metroministries.org/

Can’t wait to start into this ministry survival gem

Steve Lummer

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Books I'm Reading, LEWIS AND CLARK, Ministry

HOW TO GET UP AND OVER YOUR PROBLEMS

UNDAUNTED COURAGE is Stephen Ambrose’s best selling account of the  Lewis and Clark expedition

….After two years of battling nearly insurmountable problems – hunger, fatigue, desertion, hostile enemies, severe illness, and death – the party had reached the headwaters of the Missouri river. All their advance information had led them to believe that once they reached the Continental divide, they would face about a half – day potage, and then reach the waters of the Columbia River and float safely to the Pacific Ocean….They were on their way to hero status…The hard part behind them…OR SO THEY THOUGHT!
Meriwether Lewis left the rest of the party behind him to climb the bluffs that would enable him to see the other side, hoping to see the waters that would carry them the rest of the way…IMAGINE WHAT HE FELT WHEN RATHER THAN SEEING A GENTLE SLOPING VALLEY AS EXPECTED, HE WAS INSTEAD THE FIRST NON-NATIVE AMERICAN TO LAY HIS EYES ON THE MASSIVE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IN FRONT OF HIM.
What do you do when you think you biggest problems are behind you only to find out you are really just getting warmed up?

…….I picture Lewis looking at the rest of the party climbing up the hill IN EXPECTATION…..AND HE IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE WAS GOING TO BREAK THE NEWS TO THEM…..”he guys hang on just a minute…Don’t come up here just yet!….I have a little surprise for you when you get up here.

Yes, eventually the Rock Mountains would perhaps be the most amazing part of their entire trip….the challenge would call for enormous courage and creativity and perseverance….it would lead them to sights they would never forget and experiences they had never known before……it would get them to a point where if they had CONQUERED THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS THEY COULD TACKLE ANYTHING NOW…

THE SAME HAPPENED TO PETER OF THE NEW TESTAMENT…HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO HIS DESTINATION ON THE WAY TO HIS DREAM …THEN ALL OF THE SUDDEN IT HAPPENED…HE WAS IN A STORM, HE WAS NECK DEEP IN TROUBLE….THE BIBLE EVEN SAYS “HE COULD SEE THE WIND”.

The same things happen to us…. We launch into a great adventure, star o new job, take on a stretching ministry assignment, begin a family…In the initial days we are filled with hope and faith…We are out of the boat on our way to our dream and achieving something worth while with our lives…THEN REALITY SETS IN WE SEE THE WIND, WE FACE THE OBSTACLES , CONFLICT SAPS OUR SPIRIT…PLANS GO AWRY…THE ECONOMY TANKS…JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE SMOOTH SAILING WE ARE LOOKING AT THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

WHAT NEXT….. WHAT DO WE DO NOW?

1. FOCUS your life around the one who  can to save you.

Matthew 14:30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

Why do most people FAIL?  Not because of a lack of FRIENDS, or a lack of FINANCES …but most people fail because of a lack of FOCUS..

How do you kill a man with a great DREAM ? …..give him another one!

Soon he will be DIVERTED …DILUTED AND DISCOURAGED RIGHT OUT OF HIS DREAM …

2. Break free from WRONG PEOPLE

And when He had sent the multitudes away, Matthew 14:23

And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”  Matthew 14:26-28

If God wants to bring blessing into your life he will send a person
If the devil  wants to bring destruction into your life he will send a person …ALWAYS!

“Continue to do the right things and eventually THE wrong things and THE wrong people will eventually leave your life” – David Blunt

Rick Warren writes, “when people leave you, don’t try to get them back into your life….it is probably God saving you from something.”

3. Don’t let PAST mistakes keep you from your PRESENT possibilities.

Isn’t it funny that life is understood by looking backwards but must be lived looking forward.

But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.   Matthew 14:30 – 32

Focus your life – Break free from wrong people – Don’t let your short term problems shorten the length of your vision.

Reach out to God, he will pull you up and over and even out of your problems.

Steve

Lead pastor – Prescott First Assembly

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