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.

Prayer and Reflection from our Nation's Capital

Prayer and Reflection from our Nation’s Capital

October 16, 2020 |

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…

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Sticky Ribbon and the Fruit of the Spirit

September 25, 2020 |

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…

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Listening to God and Responding with Action

Listening to God and Responding in Action

September 11, 2020 |

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. …

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Hearing God

Journeying with God on the Trails of Life

August 28, 2020 |

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…

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Plans with God

Walking One Detour At A Time With God

May 22, 2020 |

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…

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Overwhelmed with the Goodness of Multiplication

April 17, 2020 |

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…

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Riding In The Freedom of Boundaries

April 3, 2020 |

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…

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Content and satisfied

Content in the Midst of Desire

March 20, 2020 |

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…

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The Murderous Spirit of Procrastination

March 6, 2020 |

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. …

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When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

January 24, 2020 |

One of the costs of love is loss.  With loss comes grief. Grief is a strange process.  There are moments of joy in the remembrance, lack of hope in not having control, despair in the loss, alternating acceptance and denial of the reality of the situation, anger in the outcome or even the process.  We can have moments of rational thoughts that quickly morph into the irrational.   Today (January 17, 2020) we are saying goodbye to Duchess, our precious Shih Tzu.  Duchess was born October 31, 2004 and came into our life on March 16, 2005. Over the past 15 years she has been a faithful snuggler, energetic encourager, and…

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