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My Other Job

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OK Guys, now I start my work weekend to attempt to encourage people in God’s amaZing love.
I will attempt to create a space for people to recognize how much they are loved by a God that created them for a purpose.
My job description can be defined in the following terms.
ambassador, advocate, administrator, baptizer, building usage consultant,

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confidante, confronter, community builder, discussion leader, encourager, emotional baggage handler, (did I mention emotional baggage handler?) funeral companion, grace giver, grounds inspector, historian, interpreter, justice seeker, knowledge dispenser, latent gift discoverer, mediator, missionary, nurturer, connector,organizer, opportunity spotter, public speaker,

 

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problem solver, questioner, quarterback, reviewer, spokesperson, spiritual director, teacher, trainer, unifier, utility player, volunteer coordinator,vision caster, wedding ceremony presider, explorer, discoverer,planner, map reader, mountain biker,

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photgrapher,designer,lover, friend, father,X-traordinary ingenuity with limited resources (like figuring out a way to use the letter X), youth advocate, yule celebrator, tribal elder,fundraiser,soul winner,prayer warrior,zeal stoker, zoo keeper (okay, so it just seems that way).

Pray for me and the other 10,000 pastors in our amazing America.
I want to do a good job and be faithful to my first calling.
I love you guys.
Pastor Steve

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The Rivers, The Mountains, The Canyons And You

 

Here are a few scribbles and notes from today’s challenge at Discovery Church.

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Living Life At A Totally New Level – Part three
The Rivers, The Mountains, The Canyons and You

Romans 8:31-39
If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? …35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …..37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Intro. The Rivers, The Mountains, The Canyons and You

The bridge is out. – There are barriers/ road blocks/log Jams/UP AND DOWNS.
IN YOUR JOURNEY ACROSS THE RIVERS/Mountains & CANYONS OF LIFE, GOD DOES NOT ABANDON YOU – HE CARRIES, STRENGTHENS & IS WITH YOU.
Life is a constant discovery of Leaving COMFORT ZONES-PERCEIVED BOUNDARIES– GOING INTO THE UNKNOWN-THE KNOWN-THE NEW COMFORT ZONE – and – then -Leaving COMFORT ZONES-PERCEIVED BOUNDARIES– GOING INTO THE UNKNOWN-THE KNOWN-THE NEW COMFORT ZONE –

And all along you are not alone…..you are not abandoned – Your creator is with you
With God, It’s not about “falling in love” – It’s not about “falling out of love“.
IT HAS BEEN GOD’S PLAN ALONG TIME AGO TO LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY.
Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.

Love-letter lament:

Dearest Jimmy,
No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me. I love you, I love you, I love you! Yours forever, Marie.
P.S., And congratulations on willing the state lottery.

Dave Roever’s wife illus. –  “you weren’t that good looking anyway”.

God loved us when we least deserved it and when we least expected it.
1. IT‘S A GAME CHANGER WHEN YOU KNOW SOMEONE IS FOR YOU.

Vs. 31 – If God is for us, who can be against us?
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”. Jeremiah 1:5

13 “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. – Psalm 139:14-16

A Letter to the Man Who Made Me, But Didn’t Want Me

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Dear John Doe,
I know that is probably not your name. I don’t want to know your name because it serves no purpose to me. You are probably reading this thinking that I am going to tell you how you were an awful father and that you should be ashamed about how you walked out on me. This is not the case. What I am here to say is…I forgive you.
I forgive you for not being there because it made me stronger. When I was younger and we would do a Father’s Day celebration in school, I would have my grandfather. When I was asked “Where’s your dad?” I told them I didn’t have one, but I had the next best thing. He’d already been a dad before so he knew what I needed to be taught to be stronger and a better gentleman. He always taught me not to back down to anyone or anything. He showed me that I was never going to be treated anything less than a human being.
I forgive you for pushing me away because that made me find new arms to be close to. My grandmother taught me how to be respectful and trustworthy. She showed me that always be truthful to everyone you come in contact with because lying to them would be worse than any words you could say to them. She would not allow me to be disrespectful to others and if I was she also taught me punishment was a real thing. And I am telling you, she wasn’t afraid to use it.
I forgive you for not being a parent because mom was able to pick up the slack. She has had the same job from the second I was born. She raised two children, held an 9-5 job, and was always able to provide for us. Sometimes, it may not have been exactly what she wanted to give us, but we are eternally grateful for everything she has done for us. When we went on vacation, she worked her butt off to get us there and back and made sure we had the greatest time ever. She went to every event I was a part of, every show, every concert, and has pictures from every one of them. She was always there for everything and was proud of me for every memory I created.
I forgive you for all these things because I know I am a better person for it. I went to my first day of elementary school without you, I graduated high school without you, and I started and made it halfway through college without you. I have come to terms with who I am and who I want to be. I now know which parent I want to model when I become a parent. Not having you has not defined my success, it pushed me and motivated me to succeed even more. Not because I wanted to prove it to you, but that I could prove it to myself. When I look around, this family that has grown over time and the people who came in and out of my life have filled the void you left behind.
So just remember, you didn’t screw me up when you left, when you stopped being with mom and when you ran from your problems. My world continued on without you. I really hope you have found happiness and I forgive you for being the man who created me but didn’t want me.Sincerely,
Your kid

* You didn’t come FROM your parents….you came THROUGH your parents …..You came from God….He has been working on you for a LONG time -He has a PLAN and a PURPOSE for you A DESIGN FOR YOU …that’s why you can’t quit. *

2. YOU ARE VALUED AND PAID FOR

Vs. 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all,

VALUE DEPENDS ON WHO MADE YOU.
Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. – 1Timothy 4:4 (NIV)

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Eph. 2:10 (NIV)

VALUE DEPENDS ON WHAT SOMEONE IS WILL TO PAY.

How much is your house worth?..only as much as someone is willing to pay for it

“ He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” – 1 Peter 1:19 (NLT)
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you. See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands!” – Isaiah 49:15-16 (NIV)

If you want to know how much you are worth, look at the cross.
3. A PROPOSAL WITH NO PRE NUP.

Vs. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Barriers – Mountains – Canyons are there in front of you for a bigger reason than looking at –
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!” from The Last Lecture

God does not carry a grudge – He carries a cross and it’s through the cross we make it through the Rivers/The Mountains and the Canyons of this Journey. –  Not alone but he is with us in it all.

I heard of guys the other day whose wife just left him – his kids were kicked out of school for drugs – he just lost his job and then he crashes his truck …then he yells – God, why me????? – then he hears a voice from heaven that says….”some people just tick me off.”

God loves
Steve
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Romans part 3 – Exchanging The Tapes

Here is a brief clip and outline of the message.

Romans
Living Life At A Totally New Level – Part two
EXCHANGING THE TAPES

We are telling ourselves our own story everyday.

The night Lincoln was murdered at Ford’s Theater, he was carrying in his pockets to following items;

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a pair of small spectacles folded into a silver case,
a pair of reading glasses,
a small velvet eyeglass cleaner
an ivory pocketknife trimmed with silver,
a large linen handkerchief with “A. Lincoln” stitched in red,
a tiny pencil
a brass sleeve button,
a fancy watch fob
a brown leather wallet lined with purple silk. It contained a Confederate five-dollar bill bearing the likeness of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and
8 newspaper clippings Lincoln had cut out and saved. All of the clippings praised him.

The voices we hear in our heads
THE EGO – THE SLAVE DRIVER – THE RUT – THE MISER
“Pride” “never good enough” “Nothin’s gonna change” – “not worthy”

“Speak to yourselves ……..in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” – Ephesians 5:19
Proverbs, chapter 23:7: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”.

What If What We Are Speaking To Ourselves is A Lie?
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie. Romans 1:25
Devil speech= “Has God Said?” Genesis 3:1 & “If you are the Son of God” Matthew 4:3
HOW TO CHANGE THE TAPES THAT PLAY IN YOUR HEAD

 
1. I NEEDED A DOCTOR WHO WAS THERE.
WHAT IF YOU ARE THE DOCTOR?
THINK OF HOW YOU WANT THE ONES YOU LOVE TO THINK ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THEM DO THE SAME TO YOURSELF.
Mark 12:31 ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
2. TWO SCRAPS OF PAPER IN MY POCKET
“I am dust” – “God made this just for me”

3. I AM A STUDENT
Proverbs 24:16 “though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
4. CHANGING THE CONVERSATION IN YOUR HEAD
2 Corinthians 10:4,5 – “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
A WOMAN WHO TALKS TO HER SELF
Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Matthew 9:20-22

SHE SAID TO HERSELF!
“She said to herself”…..If I can just get to Jesus”

Everyone is speaking to themselves.

It’s not really about what people say ABOUT us it’s what we say INSIDE of us.

“I’m not gonna make it …My life is a wreck …I’ve been stuck in this for 12 years ….I’m broke.”

Whatever you say inside yourself will move you closer to or further away from Jesus.
Our life is always moving in the direction of our self talk.
Her feet moved in the direction of her mouth.

What would you look like if you would EXCHANGE the lies for the TRUTH OF GOD?

Past pains can be rewritten as battles won, not scars collected. Nostalgia can be enjoyed without giving up anticipation of the future. Maybe if we can outgrow the stories we’ve told ourselves, we can become something different.

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Guest Blogger – Jason Dyer

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Jason has been apart of the Discovery Prescott Tribe for close to three years and he has accomplished much.

I would use three words to define my friend Jason. – MINISTRY, MARRIAGE, MOMENTUM. 10750030_647304428715911_6838267962551127181_o   10560580_647302905382730_5090571659487900562_o He is a go getter/self starter and learner. 218509_10150190607629406_4412650_o

Tonight he posted a short blurb on the FB and I had to guest blog it.

“Wilderness is an experience and it must be felt: the air breathed, the rivers sipped from, the peaks climbed, the natural sounds attended to. Wilderness is an area to realize goals. It’s a place for reflection, physical and mental challenge, and renewal. Wilderness is emotional. It’s a place for jubilation, doubt, wonder, inspiration.” I need to be in the wilderness..”

Jason Dyer worship Pastor @ http://www.discoveryprescott.com Recreation Manager – United Christian Youth Camp 1907695_10203519177445146_2122721484_o

Thank you friend for all that you bring to the table of our tribe. Love you buddy. zion

You are a gift to me.

Pastor Steve

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Our Island Needs A Good Fire

Here are a few scribbles and notes I put together for a talk called Faces In The Fire at Discovery Church

FACES IN THE FIRE
Finding Your Story In God’s Story
Acts part 5

“We soon learned that we were on the island of Malta. The people of the island were very kind to us, building a bonfire on the beach to welcome and warm us in the rain and cold. – Acts 28:1-2 (TLB)

I. IT IS VERY NATURAL TO BE COLD.

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Vs. 2 “the rain and cold.”

John 18:18 Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.

Malta, Melivth / Melit in Greek, is an island
some 60 miles south of Sicily and about 180 miles east of Tunisia, Africa. It is
relatively small being only about 18 miles long and 8 miles wide. It had been
settled by the Phoenicians and its name means “place of refuge” and it certainly

English word sincere comes from two Latin words: sine (without) and cera (wax). In the ancient world, dishonest merchants would use wax to hide defects, such as cracks, in their pottery so that they could sell their merchandise at a higher price. More reputable merchants would hang a sign over their pottery — sine cera (without wax) — to inform customers that their merchandise was genuine

“In the last days….the love of many shall wax cold.” – Matthew 24

2. THERE ARE WAYS OF GETTING WARM AND GIVING WARMTH.
“While I was musing the fire burned” – Ps. 39:3.
“Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way?” – Luke 24:32.

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3. WE SHOULD KINDLE FIRES FOR OTHERS.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. – Matthew 5:15

Our Fire – His Fire
pura –a fire, a pile of burning fuel Greek – “pur” – cleansing/ lightning
The church’s call today :
is not to be a COUNTER CULTURE but to ENCOUNTER CULTURE.
a fine line between trying to be RELEVANT and trying to be REVERENT.
BEING HIP and BEING HOLY

Our Island needs a good fire

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Gather the Tinder.
kin·dling – easily combustible small sticks or twigs used for starting a fire.
“kindred spirit” – Philippians 2:20
Be careful when you gather tinder – vs.3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.

Strike a match.
I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn. – John Wesley
Fan the flame.
“fan into flame the gift of God.” – 2 Timothy 1:6

Save the goals. – “Our God is a consuming fire” Hebrews 12:29

Relevance to our culture and reverence for God are not optional.

Stay together and stay warm

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The German philosopher Schopenhauer compared the human race to a bunch of porcupines huddling together on a cold winter’s night. He said, “The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle together for warmth; but the closer we get to one another, the more we hurt one another with our sharp quills. And in the lonely night of earth’s winter eventually we begin to drift apart and wander out on our own and freeze to death in our loneliness.” Christ has given us an alternative-to forgive each other for the pokes we receive. That allows us to stay together and stay warm.

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Gather and stay warm my friends.

Steve

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INTERVIEW SOMEONE YOU LOVE #MYDAD&MOM

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INTERVIEW SOMEONE YOU LOVE #MYDAD&MOM

1. What comes to mind when you think about growing up in [hometown]?

2. What did you love to do as a kid, before high school?

3. What did you love to do in high school?

4. What do remember most about your teenage years?

5. What do you remember most about your mom (grandma)?

6. What was most important to her?

7. What do you remember most about your dad (grandpa)?

8. What was most important to him?

9. If grandma and grandpa had a message to you and their grandchildren, what do you think it is?

10. How did you meet [spouse] and know (s)he was the one?

11. How did you choose your career and what was your favorite part about it?

12. What made you successful at work?

13. What did you believe about yourself that helped you become successful and deal with hard times?

14. What times in your life truly “tested your mettle,” and what did you learn about yourself by dealing (or not dealing) with them?

15. What three events most shaped your life?

16. What do you remember about when each of us was born?

17. Were you ever scared to be a parent?

18. What three words would you say represented your approach to parenting and why?

19. When you think about [sibling] how would you describe him?

20. What message do you have for [sibling] that you want him to always keep in mind?

21. When you think about [spouse], how would you describe her/him?

22. What message do you have for [spouse] that you want her/him to always keep in mind?

23. What three words would you say best describe who you tried to be in life and how you want to be remembered?

24. When they think about their careers, what do you want your children to focus on?

25. What have you learned about other people in life? (trustworthy, kind or not and mean)?

26. What do you think the world needs more of right now?

27. What do you believe people want the most in life?

28. What were the three best decisions you’ve ever made?

29. What are you most proud of in life?

30. What were five of the most positive moments of your life?

31. What message would you like to share with your family?

32. What are you most thankful for?

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Ask some questions while you have the time.

SteveO

 

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