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.
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
Expectations; we all have them. I know I do. I have expectations about circumstances and situations. I have expectations about myself; what I should do, what I shouldn’t do, how I could have done better. I have expectations of others and expectations of God. I especially have expectations of how things will happen, or at least for my plans. The track record of my expectations becoming reality isn’t very good. In fact, God rarely does things the way I expect. It is disappointing at times, it’s frustrating, it’s hard, it’s exciting, and it’s unbelievable when He does things far beyond what I could have imagined. “Sell the house.” Recently, the…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
I’m generally a selfish person, have been all of my life. When I was a young kid, I would throw temper tantrums when I didn’t get what I wanted. It didn’t matter if it was a particular food (I was one of those picky eaters), or the ability to play with what I wanted, or just to be alone (I’m a natural introvert). I could throw the biggest, ugliest tantrums any little kid has pulled off before. My mom was a saint for having to deal with me, and she did it with such grace and love. As an adult, my tantrums look different, but are still there. They are…Continue Reading
Recently, the Lord was talking to me about feet. I looked up verses regarding feet, direction, walking, paths, etc. One of the passages I read was Psalms 37:23-24 (ESV). The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. I shared with a few others that the Lord is the One Who directs us and establishes us. However, in order to be established by Him, we have to be willing to walk submitted to Him. We need to be able to follow His directions. One of my foibles is…Continue Reading
A couple of decades ago, the forests of Colorado began to be infected with beetles that were killing trees. The beetles are small, less than an inch in size. So small that it would seem unlikely they could take out such large trees and entire swaths of forest. Yet, over the years we have seen millions of acres of trees killed. The picture above is just a small example of the death and destruction left behind. We have seen a similar impact on the moral health of the country. The infestation began decades ago in seemingly small and insignificant ways. The church has even embraced many of these changes thinking…Continue Reading