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.
Every location has its own unique weather patterns, but everywhere you can live will have storms. Some places have hurricanes while others deal with tornadoes. There are places that experience sandstorms and others that get snow storms. The winds will blow, and the storm will rage, at some point, everywhere. As there are storms in the physical world, there are also storms in the spiritual. Some storms are emotionally driven, while others are trials or sufferings. A storm may bring an abundance of hardship or feel like a severe drought. Whatever the storms that come your way, they will be easier to navigate and get through if you have prepared…Continue Reading
When I was younger, we used to say, “Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.” Of course, if we could keep sending the rain away because it was inconvenient, there would be catastrophic results. Elijah’s story Consider the story in 1 Kings 17-19. The rain stopped and would not return until Elijah commanded it to do so. In the season of drought, the Lord provided for Elijah by telling him to move and reposition near a ravine. In this place, God provided food and water. However, after a time, the stream dried up, and Elijah had to reposition again. God sent Elijah to a town and arranged what I…Continue Reading
There’s a Rich Mullins song, “Sometimes by Step”, that I often get running in my head on my journey with God. Part of the chorus says, “Step by step You’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days.” This describes much of our life. We don’t know too many steps ahead, sometimes just one next step at a time. In June, I went for a hike with my kids on the Rainbow Trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In the past, a six mile hike along the Rainbow wouldn’t be difficult for me or my dog, Ginger. If you’ve followed my blogs for a while, you’ve…Continue Reading
There are a lot of people involved in a football game. A football team has star players, secondary players, benchwarmers, coaches, and support personnel. There are referees, scorekeepers and announcers. And yet, almost all of the attention is given to the few star players. There seems, unfortunately, to be a similar pattern in the Church. The few superstars with name recognition sell the most books, have the largest following, and get the most praise. But the reality is, everyone in the Body of Christ has a very important role to play, and the Church cannot be who God made her to be without every one of us doing our part.…Continue Reading
Many refer to April 1st as April Fool’s Day and plan practical, and sometimes not so practical, jokes and pranks. We prefer to think of it as just another day in our journey with the Lord. This April 1st, we were closing up the trailer and starting our several thousand mile trek across the country. The plan was to make it to Magnolia, Arkansas this day. Before heading out, Mark was checking the air pressure in the trailer tires and, in his normal way, was conversing with the Lord. “Lord, I don’t really know the history of these tires. I don’t know how old they are, how many miles they’ve…Continue Reading
Our small groups at church are using a series which depicts Jesus’ life. One of the episodes focuses on the moment Simon Peter chose to follow the Lord. There are many stories like this in the Bible. Let me remind you of just a couple; one in the Old Testament and one in the New. There is the story of Elijah and Elisha in 1 Kings. When Elisha felt compelled to follow the call of ministry and assist Elijah, he communicated personal devotion and surrender by giving up his livelihood and saying goodbye to his family (1 Kings 19:19-21). In the same New Testament passage that tells us about Simon…Continue Reading
When I was younger, we visited Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. There were parts of the park that I really enjoyed and others that I didn’t. I loved the old time candy store and ice cream shop. What kid wouldn’t? I didn’t love experiencing the sod shack/mud hut by stepping inside. I found it stuffy, closed in, and dark. It made it hard to breathe. Fast forward many years…Now, I have my own mud hut, which I share with Mark and our dog, Ginger. Not How I Roll Mark and I spent a period of time homeless and couch-surfing at the onset of founding Blue Fire Legacy. Numerous generous friends…Continue Reading
There’s a story in the Bible about a man named Balaam. You can read the entire story in Numbers chapters 22 through 24. I’ll give you a brief summary. Balaam was not an Israelite but was a prophet who had some connection with God. A king hired Balaam to curse Israel. God told Balaam not to go, then to go, then on the way opposed his going, then said to go (gets a bit confusing). Balaam’s donkey spoke to him (not your everyday occurrence). Instead of cursing Israel, Balaam spoke blessings over God’s people. Don’t beat the donkey The first lesson that I’m learning from this story is that when…Continue Reading
I have a small flashlight that sits on the corner of my desk. It’s easy to grab, and located fairly centrally in the trailer. When needed, it will pierce the darkness or illuminate a dark cabinet, so I can see as needed. But there is something about this flashlight that is required to make it work. Batteries. WIthout the batteries inside, it’s just a plastic and metal shell that isn’t worth anything. The power source God chooses us to do His work, bringing light into the darkness of this world. We often think that we are capable of accomplishing great things. And yet, without the power of the Holy Spirit…Continue Reading
Shortly after we moved to a suburb of Colorado Springs to assist with a church startup project, I met a worship leader that was lamenting that he felt like he had been put on a shelf by God. Ironically, he was teaching me how to be a better worship leader from behind the keyboard at that time. In retrospect, I think God was protecting him from committing to a leadership role in the church plant and uprooting his life to move to another state just in time for the project to disband completely. However, I do empathize with his feelings of being shelved and not actively used in ministry. Parked…Continue Reading