Just saw the movie 127 hours.

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crushes his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Canyonlands National Park of Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, abseil a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued.

Great movie.

The Story: – April 26, 2003, started as a routine Saturday of climbing for Aron Ralston
Ralston was 150-yards above the final rappel in Bluejohn Canyon. He was maneuvering in a 3-foot wide slot trying to get over the top of a large boulder wedged between the narrow canyon walls. He climbed up the boulder face and it seemed very stable as he stood on top. As he began to climb down the opposite side the perfectly balanced 800-pound rock shifted several feet, pinning his right arm – he was trapped.
Within the first hour after becoming trapped Ralston had calculated his options and came up with four possible solutions.
Someone would happen along and rescue him.
He would be able to chip away at the rock and free his hand.
He would be able to rig up something with the ropes and equipment he had to move the rock.
If all else failed, he would need to sever the arm.
Death was a 5th possibility that Ralston didn’t want to consider.

Lessons learned:

1. Always let someone know where you are going.

2. If possible, don’t go it alone.

3. Make sure you take your Swiss Army knife.

What an amazing story of survival and a prevailing spirit.


Bikes, Travel


July 24-30, 2011

The route: Glenwood to Atlantic (64.2 miles); to Carroll (65.4) to Boone (70.9) to Altoona (56.1) to Grinnell (57.5) to Corralville (75.3) to Davenport (64.8).

From river to river this would be the Ragbrai I would love to do because the route finishes in my hometown of Davenport.

Gonna work on the schedule to try and make it happen.



church family, Ministry, what I am working on right now

ROAD TRIP – “Narrow Road Ahead”

I am looking forward to our last message in a  series called ROAD TRIP this Sunday at Prescott First Assembly.

This Sunday at 10:00 AM we will be looking at the narrow road that is ahead of us.

Unfortunately, Map Quest.com does not provide directions to the narrow road. Only Jesus can provide the necessary directions.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. – Matthew 7:13,14 NIV

I’m  loving the study of Jesus words….They never bore me.

Pastor Steve

Lead Pastor

Prescott First Assembly




The latest edition of BACKPACKER magazine has a very interesting article regarding Evangelicals and the environment.

If  you are a Christ follower and an outdoor lover you might what to pick up the March issue and read the “Hike Pray Protest” article.
This movement is resonating with a lot of people who are in the Evangelical ranks.

I was first introduced to the phrase “Thin Places” in Mark Batterson’s Book Wild Goose Chase.


Now I’m reading about it in BACKPACKER magazine.

The early Celtic Christians had a name for places where heaven and earth seem to touch.  A place in nature  where the spiritual and the natural came together….They called them “thin places.”  The place were the wall between you and God more permeable and thinner.
I totally agree with my Celtic forerunners.

Anyway read the article for yourself and see if you have a kindred spirit with the author.

The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it. Genesis 2:15

An Adventure Friendly Shepherd


family, Life experiences, Mountain biking


I just wanted to post a few pics of our Dad/Daughter excursion to the desert from last weekend.

One of the best ways to get to where everyone else is NOT is on a mountain bike.

My daughter Natascha had a little window of time so we took off for the desert on the bikes.

Tash on the BCT (Black Canyon Trail).

Mountain biking is fun…but it is more fun with Tash – what a great day.

the “Jumping cholla” .

Our first water crossing on the BCT.

Click the pic with your mouse to get a better view.

Just can’t beat a view like this – What a great trail system right in our back yard.



Just sayin', Life experiences

Critic or Contender?

I love this quote about the difference between critics and contenders.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt


Sometimes It Takes A Long Obedience In The Same Direction

I love the story of Earnest Shackleton and his crew’s attempt to be the first men to explore and travel across Antartica.

Here is an advertisement he posted in the news paper just before the journey.

In 1914 Ernest Shakleton headed toward the frozen Antartica in a ship called “The Endurance” with 28 crew members, with the purpose of being the first man to cross the massive slab of ice. Everything was going just fine until he actually reached the beginning of his goal.

Just on the northwestern side of Antartica disaster confronted the captain and his crew. The expedition was stopped cold when “The Endurance” became fixed and frozen the ice floes. The crew could not get free from the ice, leaving Shackleton and his men trapped on their ship for over a year. When spring arrived they
were still held in the clutches of the frozen waters with nope hope of continuing their adventure. A thousand miles from the nearest civilization , they eventually had to abandon their ship and set up camp on the ice floe were they sat and watched their ship sink caused by the pressure of the crushing ice.

With their camp set up on the ice floe they were hoping that it would drift them toward Paulet Island. After two months and numerous failed attempts to reach the Island, they set out in their life boats and landed on Elephant Island. This was the first time they had stood on land in 497 days. With no shipping lanes even close by Shakleton made plans to leave the ice floe with five of his men to attempt to reach Georgia.

Here is the part of the story that get my attention. Shackleton gave the order that each man was limited to two pounds of gear for their personal items. To illustrate just how serious he was, he threw away his personal gear in front of the men…..then he help up a thick book and said, “This is the ship’s Bible that was given to us by the Queen before this voyage. I am keeping only three pages.” He placed the Bible down on the ice and held up those three torn thin pages. Then he read one line: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” Amazing, Shackleton knew that they were in a deep critical place but God was with them.

For the next fifteen days they sailed through the waters of the southern ocean. Their little life boat was pounded by the powerful  pummeling seas. Finally, they were in sight of the cliffs of Georgia. But this was not the end. They were trapped in hurricane force winds and had to ride out the storm but finally reached the shores of safety.
After 36 hours of crossing the island they reached a whaling station  were Shackleton sent a rescue crew to gather the other men left behind.

All 28 men survived the ordeal each with his own story of survival.

If you are going to survive your journey it will take a long obedience in the same direction.

We live in a in a world where we can have instant everything. Fast food, Microwaved meals and instant coffee.

That kind of living messes us up when we can’t have everything we want right now.

Sometimes a “wilderness experience” or a “trial” can make us  feel like we are never going to get to our destination.

You can have a wilderness experience anywhere: at a graveside, in a bed of sickness, during a divorce. The wilderness is a place where:

(1) There seems to be no end in sight and nobody to rescue you. In Scripture the number 40 often represents long, hard struggle. Noah experienced storms for 40 days; Moses spent 40 years of loneliness in the desert; Jesus was tempted by the devil for 40 days. (Wow! Most of us can’t last 40 minutes!).

(2) You imagine the unimaginable. The wilderness weakens your resolve. It makes you look for an easy way out.

But God’s Word says, “If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God…you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath” (Dt 28:1&13 AMP). The difference between being under the situation and on top of it, lies in one word – obedience. Want to get on top of things? Do what God prompts you to, and be resolute about it!

Keep a Long obedience in the same direction and you will reach your goal.

Steve Lummer  (blogging to himself)


marriage, Ministry

Five Love Languages – How to be smart about your marriage

Over the next eight weeks Brenda and I will be doing a teaching together called the Five Love Languages.
Sunday morning January 9th we will continue our  sessions as well as take our love language assessment to let you know just what love language you have.

Dr. Gary Chapman, Christian counselor and author of The Five Love Languages writes about the importance of being able to express love to your spouse in a way that your spouse can understand. He calls this type of communicating using the five love languages.

Chapman’s Five Emotional Love Languages:

* Words of Affirmation
This is when you say how nice your spouse looks, or how great the dinner tasted. These words will also build your mate’s self image and confidence.

* Quality Time
Some spouses believe that being together, doing things together and focusing in on one another is the best way to show love. If this is your partner’s love language, turn off the TV now and then and give one another some undivided attention.

* Gifts
It is universal in human cultures to give gifts. They don’t have to be expensive to send a powerful message of love. Spouses who forget a birthday or anniversary or who never give gifts to someone who truly enjoys gift giving will find themselves with a spouse who feels neglected and unloved.

* Acts of Service
Discovering how you can best do something for your spouse will require time and creativity. These acts of service like vacuuming, hanging a bird feeder, planting a garden, etc., need to be done with joy in order to be perceived as a gift of love.

* Physical Touch
Sometimes just stroking your spouse’s back, holding hands, or a peck on the cheek will fulfill this need.

Really looking forward to the journey in this amazing study that will help us all communicate better with the people we love the most.

Pastor Steve

Ministry, new years

Happy New Year From Steve and Brenda

Here we are again on the cusp of another new year.

So we’re approaching the unknown, and who knows what’s in store for us?

But, if you want to know what God can do in 2011, look at what He’s already done for you and you’ll start feeling better about your future.
And that’s not all; listen: He tells us “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth.”  Isaiah 43:19
After feeling like you’ve waited forever, God will move suddenly. If we’re not ready we can miss the next open door, the next great idea or the next relationship He has for us. We’ve got to be sensitive to His voice in 2011, alert to His movements and live in expectation and anticipation of a fresh new beginning.

God says He wants to “do a new thing” for us, so disregard the negative circumstances and believe the God who cannot lie! The rubbish can be cleared and the bruises can be healed. Just make sure that when the smoke clears you’re still standing. You’re too important to God to be destroyed by a trial that was just meant to give you character and direction.

Happy New Year.

Steve and Brenda

“Cleanse me, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” – Psalm51:7