Blogs for Christian Living
Read some devotional thoughts from prior church planters & lifelong pastors. Mark & Dallas share what they learn daily in their journey walking with God.
Be inspired to live in the fullness of purity that God has set as the standard for His children. Be encouraged to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and the implications of living in relationship with God.
We recently celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day so I’ve been thinking about parenting. My kids are now adults living independent lives, and yet, I’m still working on figuring out how to parent well. I’ve asked many people through the years how to handle various situations and be the best dad I can possibly be. There’s been plenty of good, helpful advice, as well as, a significant number of suggestions that weren’t so good. Through it all, I’ve learned a few truths. These are written from a parenting perspective, however, I believe you can apply them to just about any relationship. Pray continually Pray for your kids. Whether they’ve yet…Continue Reading
Have you ever noticed that when we have something taken away that the importance of it increases? Some of us enjoy being around people and socializing. The past three months we’ve been living in a weird world of social distancing and the pleasure of hanging out with people has been greatly hindered. Zoom calls are not the equivalent of being in the same room with someone. When we miss something, it becomes more precious. One Sunday morning I was just giddy as I wrote our tithe check. I definitely met the definition of a cheerful giver that day. You see, we had several weeks in a row with no income,…Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, I woke up with a pain in my back such that I could hardly move. When I mustered up enough gumption to try, the pain was excruciating and brought me to tears. I woke Mark because it was abundantly obvious that something was wrong, and I needed help. As I worked through all the possible questions and causes, I considered things like: Is this muscular or skeletal? Did I sleep in a position that created a kink? Did I sit too long in one place for work? Did I pick up something incorrectly? Is it chronic stress? The most likely option seemed to be stress, but…Continue Reading
I’m a planner. I like to know what the plan is, and if there isn’t one, then I can come up with a plan. For as long as I can remember, I always had a plan. Some of those plans were short-term, like what I was going to do that day. I also had long-term plans. What I was going to study in college (engineering), what my career would look like (designing cars), how many kids I would have (four – two boys and two girls). While I started as an engineering major in college, I ended up with a BS in Accounting and an MS in Entrepreneurial Accounting. I…Continue Reading
In early February, a few years ago, the Lord impressed upon myself and my accountability partner that we were to learn about and start practicing a weekly Sabbath. At the time, I was running a CPA firm and he was an attorney with his own law firm. The timing of this urging is significant. Being a CPA in February meant that tax season had started and our busiest month of the year was right around the corner. I had my usual monologue with the Lord about how this wasn’t a good time. How about we look at this at the end of April or in May? You just don’t…Continue Reading
11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. John 6:11-13 NIV Part of our ministry at Blue Fire Legacy is providing care for those who pour into others’ lives frequently. Most often, this occurs in the spiritual and emotional realms, but it…Continue Reading
I went on a walk today. We are in the midst of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many regions are under stay-at-home orders, such as where I live, but that won’t stop me from going outside for some light exercise while I’m working from home. Truth be told, I’ve gotten out more this week than before the coronavirus crossed the shores! It’s struck me everyday this week how congenial we are to each other now that we all have an underlying bond of unspoken understanding; something along the lines of, ‘Hi there, glad you’re enjoying this weather too during this strange time’ or ‘Ah, you’re taking advantage of this…Continue Reading
I’ll be content when _____________ . All of us can probably relate to a time when we’ve said words like that. I’ll be content when my income reaches a certain level, or my bank accounts are a predetermined amount, or when I have that house or car or relationship . . . The list goes on and on. In my years working in public accounting, I had quite a few clients that were multi-millionaires. They had interest and dividend income in excess of what most people in America live on each year. However, in the midst of all of their wealth, I don’t recall them being truly content with what…Continue Reading
When I was a teenager, I procrastinated doing the loads of laundry that my mom asked me to wash and dry. We were preparing to leave for a youth trip, and it never occurred to me that if I didn’t do the laundry before leaving, she’d stay home to do it. I just figured it could wait until we got back. Evidently, my mom felt otherwise. She let me go on the choir trip, but she stayed behind. I have this nagging nemesis. Maybe you don’t struggle with it, but I do…procrastination. It’s even easier to fall into the trap of procrastination when the task is something that I dread. …Continue Reading
While watching a fire burn in our fireplace, I noticed a chunk of wood that fell to the side. It was burning bright and hot when it was in the midst of the fire, but once it fell to the side, it was not long before the flames subsided. In a relatively short time, the once hot burning piece of wood was smoldering with no flames and little heat being generated from it. I’m like that piece of wood. When I’m in the midst of other believers who are on fire for the things of God, I tend to be fired up, so to speak. When I fall to the…Continue Reading