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.

Yucca Plants

Spiritual Lessons from an Unwanted Plant

February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here in the mountains of Colorado we have a plant that, in my opinion, is an annoyance at best.  It is called Yucca. There are many variety of yucca, and while I have a personal bias against them, they can be beneficial and pretty in the opinions of some, so please don’t get bent out of shape for my disparaging one of God’s creations.  But much like the sound of its name, I think Yucca are rather yucky. As I have attempted to eradicate this plant from my yard, I’ve learned a few things. Guess what? There are spiritual principles to be applied.  (Please note that these observations are based…

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How to Hear the Voice of God: 2 Lessons from a Day Dirt Biking

2 Lessons on Hearing God’s Voice

February 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

They say there are three voices in our heads – our own, God’s, and Satan’s. If you’re anything like me, you may struggle to differentiate between the three. Fortunately, God has been teaching me dependence and the sound of His voice, specifically through an injury these past 7 months. Struggling to Hear God’s Voice I don’t know about you, but I regularly struggle to know I can hear God’s voice. I especially struggle when I am feeling afraid of the implications of something. Afraid to ask someone a question. Afraid to pray over a need mentioned in passing. Afraid to resign from a toxic job. But it’s a kind of…

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Mark w Gabrielle stocking

Receive the Father’s Unconditional Love

January 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

We talk a lot about love in churches and families.  Unfortunately I think we often have distorted views of God’s love based on our experiences with human versions of love.  Today, I want to explore unconditional love. A Father’s Love It was over 25 years ago, yet I can still remember very clearly the first time I held our oldest daughter, Gabrielle.  We were young, foolish, naive, and certainly not ready to be parents. But the moment that I held that precious little baby, I was changed forever.  There aren’t adequate words in the English language to describe the connection that I felt. The depth of love that I knew…

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cacti mountains

Good Things Happen in the Desert

January 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently someone told us that we were rubbing off on them.  This individual continued by saying, “I dreamed we were going to sell everything and move into a house in the desert.”  Initially, I discounted this statement as simply processing our visit the night before, but I have come to believe it carries much more weight.  That suspicion was validated when another friend offered the same insight into this particular piece of the story. The house in the desert is where Mark and I currently are; literally and figuratively.  This thought had already occurred to me before my friend’s validating comment, however what she said next was a new thought…

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Growing Through the “Gift” of Woundedness

December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the fall of 2014, I had the privilege of learning about the “gift” of woundedness.  Dallas and I were going through a study, “In Christ’s Image” by Francis Frangipane. He taught about spiritual woundedness and how it is a gift that works to develop Christlikeness in us.  I was really struggling with the lesson as I recounted some of the deep wounds that we experienced in ministry and life. So I got a physical lesson to help me better grasp the concepts. Rear-ended! Tuesday September 30, 2014 I was driving to have lunch with a friend.  Traffic was heavy and there was a lane closure up ahead so I…

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Snow covered mountains

Slipping on the Hills of Life

December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Living in Colorado, we get snow.  Generally, I don’t have issues with driving on snow, but the other day, that was not the case.  Our car was in need of new tires, and I had been putting it off for financial reasons. Well, that ended up not being a good decision.   I had gone to the ministry property, and while attempting to go up the drive, I was unable to get all the way up.  When backing down the narrow, snow covered, slick drive with inadequate tread on the tires, I went off the side and into a tree.  With one tire suspended in the air and the side…

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Skiers on slope

Did You See The Sign?

December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Like a Child Think about yourself when you were a child, about five years old. When you were young, did you ever walk into a large building like a mall or airport and have absolutely no idea where to go without your parents telling you? They seemed to always know where to go (or at least that’s how I viewed my parents). But how did they know where to go?? As a child I just assumed they knew because they were my parents and I could count on them to lead me to the right place. Now, as a young adult, I have come to realize that their ability to…

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Dove

Live Your Life in Fullness of Purity and Power

November 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blue Fire Legacy’s purpose statement is “Igniting the Body of Christ to live in fullness of purity and power.”  It took me a few months to process through what that means and how we walk it out. Today’s blog is a summary of my studies. To be full is defined by dictionary.com as “filled to utmost capacity”.  As the Body of Christ, we are to live in His fullness. In other words, we are to be filled to the utmost capacity with Christ, His character and His abilities.  Which ultimately leaves room for nothing else. Fullness of purity   When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Holy…

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Plucking Sentimental Heart Strings to Resolve Dissonant Chords

November 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dissonant Disagreement When you hear a dissonant chord, typically something inside you longs for it to be resolved.  It creates a tension that begs to be released. Whether you experience this only on an audible level or you understand it from the theory construct, this type of chord often leads to another. Another field which employs a similar term is psychology.  In this field, you often hear of cognitive dissonance meaning there are competing thoughts.  Again, wrestling through the different perspectives competing to come out on top indicates the need for one thought to come under submission to the other.  Resolution; one is looking to arrive at resolution or at…

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Bellaire Auto Repair

How to Find an Auto Mechanic by Listening

November 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the summer of 2016, our daughter, Gabrielle, had a check engine light come on in her car.  She took it to a national brand repair shop who quoted an exorbitant price for repair. I knew that I would be in Houston the following week, so I told her to tell them thanks but that she would get a second opinion.  I prayed for the next week that the Lord would guide me to a trustworthy mechanic that not only could do this work but also be a source for any future needs. The search begins I asked a few people in the area if they knew a good, trustworthy…

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