Friend and guest blogger Joel Malm


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

I love this guys perspective and friendship.



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.


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.


Discovery Church

Fear is not my native land


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.

Discovery Church


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.


“Love, support, prayer.”


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.


Discovery Church, leadership

The Shadow Of Influence


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.

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
Really looking forward to the rippling effect of this talk11390255_10207017695781269_5219536675431105575_n.
Have a good shadow that lives beyond ya.
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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


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





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.


Part of the tribe that gathered at Glacier Point Wednesday.


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.

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. “


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.”


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!”


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



You can do more than you think you can.











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

















Photo credit – Jim Nowlin







“Get OUTSIDE and let God speak to your INSIDE”




Steve Lummer



Discovery Church

The Fence Of Offense by Natascha Kling

Have you ever been in a position where the hand you were being dealt seemed completely unfair? Maybe to the point where you asked God, “Why is this happening to me?

Especially when people in circles close to you seem to have miracles dropped in their lap or favor in situations they are going through…..especially when you see their life and (let’s be honest) think that they don’t deserve it??

Matthew 11:1-6

11 When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

 Had John begun to question if so lowly a Person could, indeed, be the promised Christ?

Had he expected Messiah to be a glorious prince with an earthly kingdom?

Was he staggered to find himself in prison under Herod’s power?

Was John, himself in doubt?

There have been many suggestions as to why John sent his disciples. Some have said he sent the messengers for his own sake, for he was then under a fainting fit of unbelief.

As with most of the children of God, their weakness is most seen where their strength lies.

The whole reason John was in prison was because he stood up to King Herod. And it is possible that John after having boldly confronted Herod and declaring, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife,” may have doubted what he was doing when he found himself shut up in prison with no known sign of the  Messiah’s kingdom coming (His ENTIRE mission). Prison may have been a severe test of faith to John—we are all affected by the atmosphere in which we dwell.

Shortly after this Scripture, John was beheaded while in prison. (Matt 14)

Herod had John beheaded, and Jesus just let it happen.  Even when John asked for help, Jesus didn’t get an army together.  He didn’t drop what he was doing.  He told someone else to tell John about all the great things Jesus was doing for everyone … but him.  “The blind see, the lame walk; lepers are clean, deaf hear, the dead are raised;” while John, who invested more of his life into Jesus than anyone to this point in history … sits in prison.  All alone.  Do you ever feel that way?

But I thought the Bible said,

Deuteronomy 31:6b (NIV)Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you (other versions say ‘he goes BEFORE you’; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I want to talk about 3 types of people that let the “Offense of Christ” affect them:

1) Those who REASON Him out of their life.

            In Christ’s day people were offended by him because of his appearance.

He was JUST the son of a carpenter.

He looked like a peasant.

Even on his greatest most triumphant day, he rode just a colt.

And he claimed to be GOD! – Equal with the Father- Eternal with the Father….


In today’s world, people write of the One who saved us because of the grandeur of His claims, because of the hypocrisy of his people, and because it doesn’t make sense with our minds.

We doubt the existence of God because reason and logic tell us to.

We’ve always leaned on the scientific proof and psychological reasoning of what our professors have taught us, and we completely disregard the revelation of Scripture.

We are taught that emotions aren’t real and prayers that are answered are coincidence.

Our Gospel makes no sense to them. How can one person’s blood atone the sins of all?

Why would he do that?

They are offended because of the graciousness of the Gospel. It has too much free Grace in it for them. They would like a mingle-mangle of Grace and works. It makes more sense to just “be a good person”

Grace is too messy.

Lev. 17:11                “for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the       altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord.[a] It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.”

Salvation through eternal love, salvation through mercy alone—salvation, not of merit, salvation, not of the will of man,but Salvation by the will of God, who has said,

“I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”— Grace free as the air, spontaneous, undeserved, but given of God because He delights in mercy.

2.) Those who RIVAL Him out of their life.

These are the ones who have become a part of the Church and become offended through circumstances, hurts, apathy, and lack of conviction in their life.

But why would someone profess to know Christ and then become offended by His message?

They are circumstantial in their beliefs and in turn a quick and sudden victory in their life would sustain their faith, but to carry a cross and follow before winning their crown is not on their mind.

When their family, or circle of influence disagrees and challenges what they believe they realize this wasn’t they signed up for…. The never counted to cost… and so they are offended because of Christ

In our society, we’ve become so thin-skinned and we can’t even stand up for what we believe in –When opposition arises it’s so easy to go along and say we agree.

It’s so easy, when the “church” doesn’t meet their every beck and call to decide that “religion” has disappointed and wasn’t what they were looking for.

 Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

What happens with the ones that rival Christ out of their life is that they were never changed at heart in the first place. They don’t know what it is to be “Christ-like”, to be meek, to be humble.. so they find his yoke aggravating and his burden heavy.

Illustration – TJ from school

On the other hand, one of the saddest things to me is seeing young Christians offended because of other Christians.

There is no worse trial to a young or struggling believer than to see mature Christians walking inconsistently and living a lukewarm life.

Phil. 2:12 (NIV) Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

The last type of person is this:

3.) Those who REALIGN their life to Him.

These are the ones who take full advantage of the Grace that has been given and hold on to Christ under any and all circumstances.

They don’t look back and don’t let the words and thoughts of their surroundings make them lose heart.

Psalm 139: 13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

You were chosen before the foundations of the world.

You have been specially redeemed by His blood.

You have been given a new heart and a right spirit.

The ones who will not be moved and will follow Him all of their life are the ones who are blessed.

God loves to reveal Himself to the ones who dare to take a walk on the bleak side of the hill with Him. If you are willing to follow Him when the wind blows in your teeth and the snow flakes come thickly till you are almost blinded…you will have such a revelation of his love that it will make you forget the sneers of man and the sufferings that come  –Charles Spurgeon

 Most of you already know this by experience.

Psalm 7:10 says, “My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.

Matthew 10:32  “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.

These are the ones who are faithful to their convictions and let the Spirit of God guide their lives.

They are considered idiots by some, but with all their faults, and mistakes, and missteps, and imperfections – God is not ashamed of them. He blesses them even in the midst of their shortcomings – because of His grace.


Have you counted the cost in what you are living for?

Have you thoroughly come to Christ?

If you are doubting the one who came to save you, then I challenge you to rely solely on him in your heartache, in your fear, in your time of desperation.

I challenge you to let him prove his love.

I challenge you to let him see you through your pain.

Because it is so beautiful on the other side of the pain.



Life experiences, Ministry




When a scrap of fabric becomes a worship tool, becomes a tear dryer, becomes a make up wiper, becomes a grave cloth, becomes a “tryer emblem”, becomes a victory flag
#lovemytribe #dontletyourdreamsbedreams
#lazarusdance #cmonJourney! – Kay

Here is an email we received and wanted to share it.

“Journey1 was such a blast yesterday!! I hope you all had a great time. I
had a wild experience that I wanted to share with you.Pastor Steve Lummer’s message really ministered to me. He said something like, “Are you going to let a dead man, Lazarus have more faith than you?”
And then Pastors Steve & Jesse illustrated that Lazarus had to overcome
being dead for 2 days & 100 pounds of grave clothes in order to comply with
Jesus’ command to “come forward” from out of the tomb. Steve said…
*#dontletyourtryerdie *.A little background… In the 9 months that Mom has been gone my
spirit felt like it kept moving between 3 townships:1) “Overwhelmed with grief-ville” (I feel too sad to thrive. I quit. Please leave me alone.)
2) “Depressed-ville” (I’ll at least act like I want to live but only on the
days that I choose, don’t count on me.)
3) “Anxiety over life goes on-ville” (Yikes my savings is hemorrhaging, I
need a job! I want to FEEL ‘thriving’ again! God heal my hurt, calm my
panic!)Recently I moved into my present township, which I’m calling “Alive in
Him-ville”.  I got here about the time my savings got down to double
digits. This is a way better place to be. Funny thing is nothing has
changed much on the outside. In fact some folks would be asking for
financial help by now & maybe I’m the fool for not. Thing is, only in this
place have I gotten so honest with myself. Maybe feeling my ‘ground zero’
helped me see things clearly. I thought I had it so rough & had to ‘rise
above’ at my old job with it’s low pay, mean boss & office dragon lady.
Well let me tell you something, I recently confessed to God
how I habitually complained of & mismanaged a very nice salary plus I
harbored resentment & unforgiveness towards upper management, my boss &
another woman in my department FOR YEARS!! Furthermore, I allowed gossip &
the opinions of others to impact many of my decisions rather than seeking
out God’s wisdom through fasting, praying & his word. This is the
place where I’m experiencing God’s provision, forgiveness & freedom from
sin & where I’m actually moving forward & following him. I’m not 100% sure
how God is measuring my progress but I think it relies on my obedience. I
believe my dream, which God placed in my heart, will come to life from
being here: to be a peaceful, wise woman who fearlessly, passionately &
completely follows after Christ & helps others who struggle in their
belief to find a way out of the pits & get on the road to spreading the
good news of salvation.Before service yesterday we were gathered in a circle holding hands in the
building behind the stage & right before praying Jesse talked about Journey
Church turning 6 years old. In reaction I spontaneously belted out, “I’ve
changed so much in my 3 years at Journey. I’ve never actually stayed at
a church this long before. I tried but I always left feeling like it wasn’t
for me. In my time at Journey I experienced wanting to leave & to not
belong here; but this time I sought out God & obeyed him & I stayed. I’ve
always loved Jesus but now I think I love him enough to actually follow
him.” Then Jesse & Steve & Jake started repeating what I said & it made
my spirit jump!!So when Jesse began to arise from his 2 days of death & 100 pounds of grave
clothes… & as pastor Steve chimed, “He’s trying, look he’s trying to obey
Jesus, his tryer is still trying!”… I literally heard God whisper the
same words to me, “Robin come forth from the tomb” & “I see you
trying”. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather!

I absolutely adore each one of you gals & am so blessed to serve the body
of Christ & live life along side of you. I hope my testimony about what
yesterday meant to me encourages you…. or at least entertains you.


Thank you Jesse and Missy, Journey Church and the Leadership team that inspire us all

Don’t let your TRYER die.