leadership

Friend and guest blogger Joel Malm

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I ask my friend Joel Malm if he would be my guest blogger and he said, “absolutely!”

I love this guys perspective and friendship.

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Enjoy.

Two Mondays ago our Summit Leaders team started their ninety-mile trip rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.

As our bus approached Lee’s Ferry, the location we’d start from, our driver pointed out a small stream under a bridge we passed over.

“That’s the Paria. That little stream determines the color of the water for your trip.”

I kind of brushed off what he said because I didn’t really understand. We arrived at the river. The water was crystal clear with a nice green tint. You could see all the way to the bottom of the river. I was excited. Pure water rafting!

We set out on our rafts. I got some great underwater shots with my Go Pro. It was so clear! But about two miles into the trip our guide pointed to the right. “Looks like the Paria is running. Say goodbye to the clear water.”

I looked ahead and saw a nasty stream of brown water flowing into our crystal-clear Colorado River. For the next four days the entire river was muddy and opaque. Only on the final day of the trip was the river starting to clear up.

That one tiny stream turned the mighty Colorado River into a muddy mess.

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I’ve been thinking about that river all weekend.

King Solomon says, Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Pr. 4:23)

Our hearts are meant to be pure and clear. But with all that’s going on in the world it’s easy to get cynical, bitter and jaded. It’s amazing how if we aren’t vigilant one little stream can pollute everything. One offense. One disappointment. One setback. We hold onto it and don’t forgive or release it. It ends up polluting everything we see, do and say. We get angry and resentful.

That river reminds me to fight with all I have to guard my heart. I want to keep it pure from anger and bitterness and cynicism.

There’s nothing quite as appealing as a crystal, clear stream of fresh water. People are drawn to water like that. It’s refreshing.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matt 5:8

Check out Joel’s newest book –  Vision Map.

https://summitleaders.leadpages.net/vision-map-2/

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Discovery Church

Fear is not my native land

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THE FOG OF FEAR
The bureau of standards in Washington tells us that A dense fog that covers a seven-city-block area one hundred feet deep is composed of less than one glass of water divided into sixty thousand million drops. Not much is there but it can cripple an entire city. (LESS THAN A GLASS OF WATER)

Fear is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster and belief in defeat…fear worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles. FEAR IS LIKE A dense fog that covers a seven-city-block area one hundred feet deep is composed of less than one glass of water divided into sixty thousand million drops. Not much is there but it can cripple an entire city. …A CUP FULL OF FEAR CAN HAVE THE SAME EFFECT…WE FORGET TO TRUST GOD….AND TINY DROPS OF FEAR CLOSE IN AROUND OUR THOUGHTS AND WE GET SUBMERGED WITH NO VISION NO HOPE NO FAITH!

Fret not–He loves you (John 13:1) Faint not–He holds you (Psalm 139:10) Fear not–He keeps you (Psalm 121:5)

I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is.
I am so made that fear, worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In fear anxiety and worry, I’m gasping for breath–this are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely–these are my native air. A John Hopkins University doctor says, “We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non- worriers, but that is a fact.” But I, who am simple of mind, think I know; We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way. To live by fear is to live against God‘s story.

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Fear is the end of your story  …. perfect love starts the story again…..

get new ink and start writing again.

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Discovery Church

FAITH/STRENGTH/DIGNITY

A very close and good friend of ours shared his journey with us at Discovery this morning.

Although new to “church”, I have watched this couple cautiously but intentionally dive into their community of faith here in Prescott.

I remember watching Toby join us at Men’s Cafe, then eventually he and Kam walked into a Sunday morning service at Prescott College.

They attend, serve  and contribute consistently in all aspects to our beautiful tribe of Christ followers.

Both he and his wife Kam are portraits of courage and strength to all who know them.

Here is a small bit of a back story to Toby’s story from today’s talk at Discovery Church Prescott.

March 21, 2015
Life is precious. My cancer is back and has now moved into my lungs and neck. We knew going into chemo & radiation treatment last year that I had a very high chance of recurrence. We have spent the past year doing our best to ready our businesses and lives for this fight, while also playing and having as much fun as we could pack in! Our companies are set up with extraordinary leaders and I am in great hands at The UofA Medical center. We have hundreds of doctors from Stanford to Harvard designing my treatment plan led by the amazing Dr. Sarah Kratz in Tucson. I’ll be honest, while this in not a big surprise, it is terrible news. This will be a challenge for my wonderful family and my beautiful wife and son. This is going to be the fight of my life and I am going to give it everything I’ve got! Thank you for the amazing outpouring of love and support that we have already received!

May 6th, 2015
Targeted Cancer Therapy!
8 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer for a second time. It has now moved from my neck into my lungs and the base of my scull. The past weeks have been filled with tests, research, questions, and so many prayers. Out of all of this we have found a cancer treatment direction! DNA tests of my cells prove that traditional therapy like chemo will not work. We now know that I have Androgen Receptors on my cells and these two drugs are showing promising results in other forms of cancer with these cells. My cancer is so rare that there are no cases to study. Most of the other patients did not live to this stage so we are pioneering this treatment and will come to find out the side effects in the coming weeks. I am young, I am strong, I have amazing support and love around me and I have great faith that this is Gods plan for me. I will attack this plan will everything I’ve got and do my best to continue to share this journey! Thank you all again for your love, prayers and support!

June 29,2015

This is a crazy ride! I can’t describe what it feels like to get the word that you won’t live through the end of the year. Then follow that up with 4 weeks of research, three months of treatment and the amazing word remission! They gave me a 0% survival rate and are now talking about years of possible life. We don’t know how long this treatment will keep working but for now I have no cancer! We took out 12 lung tumors and one in my neck. Now, time to get busy living! I am so grateful to have an amazing doctor who cares so much and fights so hard to find answers! How do I even say thank you Dr Sarah Kratz? — feeling pumped with Kam-Marie York and 2 others at UofA medical center.

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“Love, support, prayer.”

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Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

– Mark 10:27

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – Proverbs 18:21

Keep believing, keep speaking, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking.

I believe in science and faith.

Steve

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Discovery Church, leadership

The Shadow Of Influence

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This week At our Men’s Cafe we will did a teaching called the shadow of influence.
Really looking forward to exploring how our influence impacts people our entire lives and beyond.
I am looking at Acts 5:13-15 that talks about the time when people would bring their friends and family and lay them along the street so that “at least” Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them.
The passage goes onto say that everyone was healed.
It is also said that in India people would try to position themselves in a way that Mahatma Gandi would pass over them….ummm?

Wow, to be able to help people at that level would be unimaginable.

Here are my thought points I am developing.

1. OUR INFLUENCE IS ALWAYS ACTIVE.
2. OUR INFLUENCE IS MOSTLY UNCONSCIOUS
3. OUR INFLUENCE LIVES BEYOND US
4. OUR INFLUENCE IS IRREVOCABLE.
 
Phillip Brooks says;
“no man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure and good, without the world being better for it.” 
“I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.” – anonymous
 
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Have a good shadow that lives beyond ya.
Steve
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Discovery Church, Discovery Expeditions, Outdoor Nations Leadership Network, Yosemite

A Little bit John Muir and a little bit John Wesley #discoveryyosemite1

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“Change of PLACE + change of PACE = change of PERSPECTIVE”.-Mark Batterson

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Discovery’s trip to Yosemite really for me firmed up the soul print of our community of faith….We really are a mix of John Muir and John Wesley.

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Part of the tribe that gathered at Glacier Point Wednesday.

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I have found being around a group of thinkers, makers and question askers can bring profound conversation and progress for those who seek it.
One of my favorite moments was watching most of the 26 who had never been to Yosemite,  see the Valley for the first time. That gasp, smile and wide eyed stare is something that will never grow old.

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Thank you to all our leaders, guides, planners and all those of you that made it happen for the tribe. Hopefully you found even more than you sought, and you will continue your path towards de-saturation and discovery. Because of you, we sat together the cliffs of Glacier point and had a conversation about “too much information has saturated the soil of people’s souls and the result is that if any new rain of truth cascades upon our mind, it washes off before even soaking in. And this is even the case for the Gospel. This creates barriers for the Kingdom of God to permeate every aspect of your life. Trying to gain a hearing with people to consider any new ideas (even the Gospel), can be tricky because people are saturated and have little bandwidth to soak it in. “

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John Muir said; “…full of God’s thoughts, a place of peace and safety amid the most exalted grandeur and enthusiastic action, a new song, a place of beginnings abounding in first lessons of life, mountain building, eternal, invincible, unbreakable order; with sermons in stone, storms, trees, flowers, and animals brimful with humanity.”

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John Wesley said;  “I want to know one thing, the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. Give me that book! At any price give me the Book of God!”

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Then nine ascend half dome.  Watch the short video here  https://vimeo.com/130398259

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You can do more than you think you can.

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We will show you the path, but you get to walk it.

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Photo credit – Jim Nowlin

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“Get OUTSIDE and let God speak to your INSIDE”

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Steve Lummer

http://www.discoveryprescott.com

#discoveryyosemite1

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