“Coyotes howling, yipping, barking, chanting in the brush this morning–that thrilling call of the wild. Like a loon’s cry in the lake country, the song of the coyote, God’s own beloved dog, is the voice of the desert, the leitmotiv of the west.” – Edward Abby
WHO IS DISCOVERY CHURCH?
I’ve been asking myself that question for about a year now…..Trying to wrap my heart around who is it and what it is that makes up this unique one of a kind tribe.
The best way to describe Discovery is to hear the stories of the people of Discovery.
These one liners are just the tip of the iceberg from the TRIBE SCRIBES themselves.
I was a rebellious teenager .
and I am a living testimony of His forgiving love.
I am a fire dancer, a biology professor, and a dance coach
a high school and college cheerleader.
I’m an Arizona native.
I am a skilled-very experienced welder.
I am a twin .
I am an All American in the 4 x 100 relay.
I accepted their help.
I am free from the control of drugs and alcohol.
I am a white water river guide.
I love studying the word of God.
I am a teacher.
I’m honored to still have those friends in my life.
I am letting myself decrease so Christ could increase..
I am a survivor of several airplane crashes.
I adopted a teenage girl who needed a family..
I raced Pikes Peak on a quad three times.
I organize a performance car rally race in Prescott.
I have a Theology and Missions Degree. .
I am a surfer , Mountaineer, Skier,
I am a lover of the outdoors.
I am a peddler of hope.
I am a musician.
I am a cancer survivor.
I am A business owner.
I lived in India for almost a year
I survived the trifecta of amoebic dysentery, typhoid, and dengue all at the same time.
I have assisted in surgery using nothing but a sharp kitchen knife and assisted a birth on public transit bus.
I am an Artist, Poet, Painter.
are I am NOT a morning person.
I am thankful.
I am a marathon runner.
I have never understood the bible (but I did finally give in and buy one today).
Who am I? I’m Husband, Dad, Mother, sister, daughter, friend , Brother, Son, Leader , believer, learner…
I am Discovery!
TATTOOED – Part 2
Free From Being Labeled
Pastor Steve Lummer
The Label and the Lid in Luke 7
“A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Luke 7:37-39 (NIV)
1. Labels DISTORT or DEFINE our identity.
How do we get labeled ?
“People move from making an observation of our behavior to making a judgement about our character .”
DO YOU HAVE A LABEL TABLE? – (3rd grade reading table)
Listening – Believing – Speaking
The labels the world puts on you is based on your BEHAVIOR and PERFORMANCE.
The labels God gives you is based on your IDENTITY and PURPOSE.
The only one who has the right to label you is the one who created you.
“he would know ….what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” vs. 39
“for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Sam. 16:7
2. Lids RESTRAIN or RELEASE our potential.
Vs. 36 – she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume…..she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them
LIDS are the areas of our lives that we refuse to surrender to God.
1 John 1:9 – But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. (GNT)
The TATTOO of the SOUL.
“Your sins are forgiven” – Luke 7:48
Your LABELS are changed and your LIDS removed !