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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.

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Decorating a Cake with Burst Bags and Blobs

January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

It has been a day! It started at about 2:00 a.m. with our aging dog requiring extra assistance for the remainder of the wee hours.  Of course, it was also our oldest daughter’s birthday, and I needed to be up hanging birthday decorations to “surprise” her when she woke.  This has become a family tradition, and therefore, has transitioned from surprise to the norm, but it is even more important because her birthday is so close to Christmas. It didn’t happen this particular morning.  I comforted myself in the fact that this year I was going to actually have the time to make and decorate her cake, even if the…

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Qualified

Are You Qualified for What God Has Called You To Do?

December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

We have resumes and CVs, degrees and certifications – things that we promote to others that tell them we are qualified to do the work that they need done.  Even if you are applying for a job that says “no experience required”, they want to know what skills or abilities you have to see if you are qualified to be hired. But in God’s Kingdom, things that qualify us are different than what we would put on a resume.  The Lord regularly asks me to do things that I’m not qualified, in the earthly sense, to do.   I do numbers Dallas and I used to say that I do numbers…

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Thanksgiving Adventures and the Power of Words

December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Don’t Do It My brother had come to visit my parents a little before Thanksgiving, so that he could spend time with both sides of the family during the holiday.  His wife had to stay home to work, and as expected, shipping schedules sometimes accelerate. The Christmas gift he ordered for her was going to arrive prior to his return home. Dutifully, he warned her not to get the packages on the stoop, so as to not ruin the surprise.  Then, just to be a little contrary (you’d have to meet him to fully understand), he watched on their security camera from his cell phone just in case she tried…

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Look For The Avalanche

When You Are Lost, Look For The Avalanche

November 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Back on July 1st, my dog, Ginger, and I were continuing our quest to get to a high mountain lake.  We had made several attempts in June, but the snow levels prevented us from making it all the way. Today was going to be the day.  After all, it was now July so surely the snow would be melted enough. We set out across Rainbow Trail and then up Goodwin Lake Trail.  Aside from the many trees that had fallen across the trail, we were making good time.  Then, less than a mile from the lakes, the snow became deeper and completely covered the trail.  But I was determined and…

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Are You Ready to Be Set on Fire?

Are You Ready to Be Set on Fire?

November 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

As we are entering winter, and the time of burning fires for heat, I have been working on getting ready by splitting the wood that I gathered earlier in the year.  As I worked, I was thinking about how these trees stood tall on the hillside of Legacy Heights and now they are being prepared to be burned in a fireplace or wood stove.  One of the trees was over 30 inches in diameter and well over 50 feet in height less than a year ago. Now it sits in roughly 16-18 inch long rounds waiting to be split, stacked and burned. At first it seemed kinda sad to think…

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High Heel Shoes, struggle

Struggling to Walk in High Heels

October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Disastrous Aerial Several years ago, I broke my tibial plateau.  We reference it as breaking my knee, but the kneecap itself was unaffected.  Basically, it was a radial fracture, which my orthopedist called impressive, caused as a result of one of my skis not releasing when I fell.  I’m told the aerial was beautiful; just the landing needed a little work. In addition to pain management and lots of doctor appointments, recovery meant no weight bearing for 4 months, the use of crutches and a wheelchair, the use of a continuous passive motion machine (a.k.a. torture device) for 8 hours a day, every day, for over a month, and…

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A Buck Dancing in the Meadow and Pride

A Buck Dancing in the Meadow and Pride

October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

A friend was telling me about a recent hunting trip.  He had sighted a buck that then disappeared into the thickets.  After several days of hunting and not seeing much, the buck was a great sight to behold, and he really wanted to take it home.  He prayed that if the Lord would cause the buck to come back out into the open, then he would be able to make the shot and take care of the rest. As a good Father, the Lord answered his prayer.  The buck came out into the open, and my friend proceeded to take the shot.  Missed. Another shot. Missed. And another miss, then…

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The Lord is Our Housing Provider

The Lord is Our Housing Provider

September 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

As mentioned a couple of months ago, we have learned to depend on the Lord as THE Provider.  This week, I want to share specific provisions for housing.   We sold our house in August 2016 with the expectation that the ministry would be getting an RV for us to live in and travel around the country coming alongside pastors and churches.  This would be an example of our expectations not being what God intended. After selling the house, we camped in the mountains on some family land for 10 weeks, traveled some, housesat, spent the winter in a dome house outside Westcliffe, lived in my nephew’s bedroom for 9 weeks,…

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View from above Comanche Lakes

When Our Faith Journey Goes Too Far

September 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

There’s been a trail that has taunted me for the past two summers.  It is almost always in the top listings for trails near Westcliffe on Alltrails.com when I’m looking for places to hike.  I’ve considered it many times but have hesitated because of the length (about 12 miles). It’s the Venable-Comanche Trail.  I’ve hiked portions of it before but not the entire loop. On the Venable side, I’ve been to Venable Falls a couple of times.  I’ve also been partway up the Comanche side. Today was the day to go all the way to Comanche Lake.  Really not a difficult hike (comparatively speaking), and Ginger, my 11 year-old dog,…

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Awe of mountain lake

When Awe of the Extraordinary Fades to Common

August 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Coming into our valley from the east, there are two places on the highway that give you incredible, awe-inspiring views.  The first shows off the tops of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The second gives a panorama of the entire mountain range with the valley in full view.  As one of my daughters would say: “Aaaawwwww!!!!!!”. Over the past couple of months, we have had a number of people visit us in beautiful Westcliffe, CO.  We enjoy showing off the Lord’s creation from our front door and especially from Prayer Rock at Legacy Heights.  A few times we’ve felt like we needed to apologize that it wasn’t as pretty as…

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