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.




Today is my son’s 28th birthday and I wanted to post a few pics on this blog.

Caleb was born in Davenport Iowa five days after Christmas .

When the Doctor Mc Fadden handed my son to me and said, “here is your baby boy”, I was a bit stunned as a young adult.

I remember the feeling as a 20 something not being ready for the responsibility of being a dad.

That might have been the same feeling my day had years ago when the same doctor delivered me at the same hospital where Caleb was born (pretty cool)…..

I did not know how to be a father when I was 25 years old but some how I got the hang of it.

Father and son December 30th, 1983.

I remember one guy telling me, “A father is a thing that growls when it feels good–and laughs very loud when it’s scared half to death.”

I also remember getting as many books that I could on “How to be a good father”.  All good stuff but nothing compared to the scriptural insight the Bible gave me as I read it each day in my attempt to be a good dad for my new son .

Here are a few thoughts and scriptures that meant so much and helped me big time in my new responsibility as a father.

Well-trained is the son who can hang onto his father’s words (Prov 4:4).
Happy will be the child who cries because his dad loves him (Prov 10:12)
A wise father hates sin in order to love his son.
A good father shows the value of a book as well as a buck.
The dad who wonders how much of a teacher he needs to be would do well to go to the school of Solomon.
The man who finds a good woman should show his son how to avoid a bad one (Prov 2,5,6,7,9).
What a father knows about sex might help his children as much as surprise them (Prov 23:26-8).
A wise son makes a glad dad as much as a foolish one makes a glum mum (Prov 10:1).
Thank God for Fathers who not only gave us life but taught us what to do with it.
If you’re amazed at how hard your dad can make it for you, try it without him (Prov 15:5).

There are so many support tools for families today that we did not have back in the 1980’s.

I think one of the keys to being a successful parent is having the mindset of not just “spending” time with your children but rather “investing” time with them.

My son Caleb has become an amazing young adult and his mom and I are very proud of who he has become.

Thanks Caleb for all you have taught me.

Happy birthday.


Christmas Eve, family

Twas The Night Before Christmas In Cincinnati

It was a snowy winter Christmas Eve 28 years ago tonight in beautiful Cincinnati Ohio.

Our daughter Natascha was born at Christ Hospital.

I remember how amazing the city looked at Christmas with the snow falling and my emotions full of joy.

As a young father of a new born baby girl I was full of gratitude and a sense of MORE responsibility.

Yes, a daughter was a whole new ballgame for me.

Here are a few pics of that Christmas Eve night that our family cherished together.

Hospital Santa, Brenda and Tash.

An amazing mother and child.  (Natascha means “born at Christmas” in Russian)

Caleb’s first glimpse of his “baby siser”.

28 years ago holding the best gift a dad could ask for.

Thank you Natascha for your amazing abilities,  gifts and love you bring into the world and into our lives.


Happy birthday Tash.

Love you ,




The Golden Retriever is a breed of dog. They were historically developed as gundogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties.[1] As such they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve game undamaged and have an instinctive love of water. The golden retriever has a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth. The outer coat is sleek and water repellent, and lays flat against the body. The official color of the breed is the varying shades of gold that are most often seen.[2]

The breed’s intelligence and versatility suit the dogs well for a variety of roles including guide dog for the blind, hearing dog for deaf people, hunting dog, illegal drug detector, and search and rescue participant. Because of their loyal and gentle temperament, golden retrievers are also popular family pets.[3]

Golden Retrievers possess a friendly, eager-to-please demeanour, and are the fourth most popular family dog breeds (by registration) in the United States,[4] the fifth most popular in Australia,[5] and the eighth most popular in the United Kingdom.[6]

Source – Wikipedia

Lewis and Clark are of the English breed.

Here are a few pics from November. The pups are now 8 months old and Lewis is 80 lbs and Clark is pushing 90 Lbs.

Left click the pic with your mouse to enlarge the photo if you would like.

Amazing photo of Clark taken by Kate Pressman’s cell phone camera.

This pic was taken by my cell phone …I gotta get a Kate Phone.

Also another cell phone pic called;  “two dogs one stick”.

I love this cell phone pic of Lewis loving and flying through  the Prescott National Forest in the pines.

Lewis resting on one of out favorite trails here in Preskitt.

Lewis retrieving …he loves being outside.

The pups have started  competing for the same stick just this month….We are running out of sticks in this weak economy so they are sharing. Any stimulus money for some for sticks?

Pups love “The Pines”…we go there almost every night to let her rip.

November here in Zona the days are getting shorter so our walk turns into more like a run.

Yes, they are some of our best friends.

Steve and Brenda

November 2010

Prescott Arizona

family, Ministry, Thanksgiving


Gotta love this Norman Rockwell image called  Saying Grace.

The ancient art of saying grace is resurrected around millions of family Thanksgiving tables each year.

So is it tradition or is it more than that?

Here are just a few thoughts on saying grace at meal time.

Saying Grace – What difference does it make?

1. It reflects that you are a FOLLOWER OF CHRIST.

Vs. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples.

Psalm 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,  (a little lower than angels , not a little higher than the animals)

2. It reminds you that God is your source of HEALTH.

1 Corinthians 6:13 You know the old saying, “First you eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, …. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body!

Proverbs 10:22  The blessing of the LORD, it  maketh rich,

Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them

3. It is a recognition of our DEPENDENCE ON GOD.

Vs. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

4. It is a reasonable way to SHARE YOUR FAITH with those you love.

VS.  12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

I like that phrase in vs. 13 “which were left over”.

Left overs are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving.

A few weeks ago I interviewed a 90 year old man who told me his story of being a teenager during the Great Depression. What an amazing story of surviving during some very lean and  mean years.

Some of you reading this blog  are old enough to remember hard times, shortages on cash, and limited menus. You lived on a food budget, which meant you sometimes saw the same dish more than once. Although, due to your Mom’s incredible talent in the kitchen, it didn’t always have the same face. It might show up as mashed potatoes and peas on Monday, then shepherd’s pie on Tuesday. It might even come back a day or two later as something no one but your Mom herself could recognize. She’d chop it, dice it, mix in some cheese, splash Cream of Mushroom soup over the top, dress it up with some parsley, put it on a fancy tray, give it a name and you thought it was something brand new! Couldn’t Mom work miracles with leftovers?
Well guess what? God works the same way too! If you bring Him what you have left over, He can turn it into something you never would have thought possible. You just need to step away, turn it over to Him and let Him do His thing. You didn’t hover over your Mom when she was reinventing your dinner. You were smart enough to know that everything would come out a lot better if you just kept your hands off it. This is not to say you should keep your hands entirely off your own life. You just need to step back far enough to let God work without hindrance. When you do, the promise that “All things work together for good” suddenly becomes a reality in your life.

Saying grace is a reality check and a reminder of where all our resources come from.

If you are living lean this Thanksgiving just remember God’s promise. He tells us in Joel 2:25


“If you bring Him what you have left over, He can turn it into something you never would have thought possible.”

Don’t lose the opportunity of saying grace this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving.


family, Ministry

Family Field Guide Pt 2

Here is the outline to Wednesday nights teaching part 2.

Pastor Steve
What Every Kid Needs In A Dad

How to spell love:  TIME.


The Nurturer (The example of David)
The Lawgiver (The example of Nathan the prophet)
Kids needs boundaries like river need banks
The Protector (The example of Saul)
The Spiritual Mentor (The example of Amaziah)

“I love you.”
Matthew 3.17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

“I believe in you!”
Matthew 17.5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

“I am proud of you!”
Mark 1.11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

“I am sorry!”


Pray for them.
Invest time with them.
Give them responsibility.
Give them a sense of identity

family, Ministry


Here is the outline to last Wednesday nights teaching



RESCUING – “I don’t want to hurt my kids.” These are “helicopter parents “.
“His father had never interfered with him by asking, ‘Why do you behave as you do?’” 1 Kings 1:6 (NIV)

AVOIDING – “If I ignore it, it’ll go away.”
“Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline.” Proverbs 22:15 (The Message)

MINIMIZING – “It’s harmless kid’s stuff.”
“Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don’t you are helping them destroy themselves.” Proverbs 19:18 (Good News)

OVERREACTING – “Because I’m the Dad…or Mom.”
“Fathers don’t scold your children so much that they become discouraged and quit trying.” Colossians 3:21 (Living Bible)


“the Lord disciplines those he loves”  Hebrews. 12:5-11

Discipline and punishment are not the same things.
Why discipline is essential

Punishment focuses on the past …discipline focuses on the future.
Punishment is driven by anger …discipline is driven by love.

Kids need parents that model self-control.
Kids need consistency they can count on.

Arizona, family, outdoors


Just wanted to post a few pics of our Labor day getaway to Flagstaff.

We took the pups for a hike around portions of the Arizona trail – they loved being unleashed.

There are so many portions of Arizona that still astound me with its beauty at times.

The pics cannot begin to let you feel the amazing color and hymnals of God in this place.

My son Caleb and I camped two nights @ forest service road 151 and the trail head of the Arizona trail.

Gotta love Caleb’s eye for photography.

Being so close to the Az. trail head we did not hesitate to ride a little singletrack on Monday morning.

A little story about this North Face Tent. It actually made it to the summit of Mount Everest. I guess the guy who used it almost died in it.

I love the material and the amazing economy of space this tent brings to you.

What a great weekend my son and I had catching up and having dad son connect time.  Loved it big time.

Labor day weekend 2010 was a win win situation.

family, Travel


This week will be an adventure to northren California for a little time away for our 30th wedding anniversary.

We will be flying into Reno then headed to Truckee and the Lake Tahoe area.

Gonna try to get a little fishing on the lake as well as try some of the Truckee River .

No doubt we will be mountain biking the Flume Trail .

Really looking forward to spending some quiet time with the love of my life.

Back at the end of the week.

Blessing all.


church family, family, Life experiences, Ministry


I just wanted to post a brief blog about a landmark Brenda and have reached this month.

30 years ago this month we started in ministry.

June, 1980

After graduating from Central Bible College in Spring field Missouri we landed together in my home town of Davenport Iowa to serve Westside assembly of God as youth pastors.

Here are the great communities we have lived in over the past 30 years.







It has been an amazing journey and we have met some amazing people.

Each community gave our family something special and created amazing memories for us.

The church’s we served out of all had one thing in common.  Just regular people attempting to do there best to make a positive impact in their world.

Thank you to all who we have had the opportunity to know and work with.

June 30, 2010

Steve and Brenda