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.
Over the holidays, a family member was telling me a story of when he was a child. His uncle took him out into the Gulf of Mexico to go fishing. The sea wasn’t as calm as some would like it to be that day. As the rolling of the sea was having the effect of turning the boy green, the uncle asked if he would like to put his feet on some solid ground. They were many miles from the coast so the boy replied, “I would really like that, but there is no land in sight.” The uncle knew these waters and steered the boat to a sandbar that…Continue Reading
When I was a little girl, my mom asked me to look out the front window and see if the flag was still up on the mailbox, so she’d know whether or not to make the trek down our long gravel driveway to get the mail. The fact that I couldn’t answer her question alerted her to the fact that we needed to get my eyes checked so I could see better. Both my parents wore corrective lenses so it wasn’t out of the ordinary to consider glasses for me. I will say, I was not excited at the prospect. When the doctor confirmed that I, in fact, needed glasses,…Continue Reading
All of us may deal with feelings of anxiety occasionally, or maybe even on a regular basis. This past week, there have been a significant number of people who have expressed increased anxiety. The USA had an election with high passions on both sides. The final results of the election may not be truly known at this point. Even what is known may change, as it sounds like the courts will be involved as well as recounts in some areas. In addition to the election, the world is continuing to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. It doesn’t seem to matter what people and the governments do or don’t do, it…Continue Reading
We recently had the privilege of visiting Chicago, IL for the first time. Many things can be said about Chicago; the food, the architecture; the weather; the traffic; the people. There is a great amount of diversity in seemingly everything. Just about every culture and people group are represented in the city and surrounding area. Seeing the great diversity in one area has me thinking about the Church. As we work around the world, we get to see the Body of Christ in its many variations of culture, styles, personalities, and theologies. I sense that most Americans think that the Church looks and acts like them, or at least should. …Continue Reading
We recently had the privilege of visiting our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. On September 26, 2020, there were two events where Christians gathered in prayer for our nation. It was a great time of gathering with other believers as well as personal reflection. We spent the day in the middle of the Mall at The Return. The Return was a national and global call to prayer and repentance based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. The second event was a Prayer March organized by Franklin Graham. The participants assembled, then prayer walked from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Power of Gathering There is great power in the unity of…Continue Reading
I attended a shower for a couple soon-to-be-married. Guests enjoyed the beauty of the wrapped gifts coming in. We talked about current day events and reminisced about that time in our lives around the various tables. Then, it was time to watch the couple open gifts. Lovely, practical items for setting up a new home were opened one after another. All of a sudden, the bride-to-be had a noticeable problem. The beautiful, perhaps even the most beautiful of all, sparkly iridescent wide white ribbon used for the bow, was sticking to her layered tulle skirt. The more she tried to unattach it, the more places it reattached. While I couldn’t…Continue Reading
Have you ever had a time when you were hearing every word that someone said but didn’t have a clue what they had said when they were finished? You were hearing but not listening. Sometimes, it is because we are thinking about a response to the first words they said. We may be thinking about this, that, or the other thing and not engaged with the person that is right there in front of us. Often, we do this when God is speaking. We have a tendency to talk to the Lord, a lot. Telling Him about our thoughts and what we would like Him to do in our life. …Continue Reading
We are all on a journey through life. Some of us like to stick to the open paths with wide spaces and clear views. I tend to enjoy wandering the narrow, twisty mountain trails that lead to high places. Most of the time when I go hiking, my dog, Ginger, is my companion. In our adventures, she has taught me a lot about journeying with God. Some of those lessons have been about learning how to “hear” God. Rarely in life have I had the privilege of verbally hearing God speak instructions with clear sequencing of what to do and how to do it. Most of the time I get…Continue Reading
As I was waiting for our luggage to arrive in the baggage claim area, I looked up and saw a man with a mustache and tattoos all over his neck and head. I realized after looking a bit longer, that it was a face hood/gaiter mask. It made me immediately think of how easy it is to look one way on the outside and completely different inside. In our ministry, we teach about markers. Usually, we are referring to something in the spirit realm that makes you an easier target for the enemy. We share that this concept is a twisting and perversion of the mark that God put on…Continue Reading
From the patio outside the apartment we are staying in, I can see a lighthouse out on the far bluff. I did some research and have found out that Hams Bluff Lighthouse has no longer been in operation since the mid 1990s. The lighthouse was built by the Danish and first lit in 1915. When the Danish West Indies were transferred to the United States in 1917, the responsibilities for the lighthouse were shifted to the United States Lighthouse Service and later to the US Coast Guard. Today, Hams Bluff Lighthouse sits on the northwest corner of St. Croix, USVI unused, rusting away. A visit to the bluff allowed me…Continue Reading