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.
We live in the Colorado mountains at 8000 feet. One winter we had electric heat and a wood burning stove. Since the electricity costs money, we attempted to use the wood stove as much as possible to heat the house. I’d spend time each day lighting the fire in the stove and each time I would think about the statement from Paul in 2 Timothy 1:6 “fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you”. In order for the fire to be beneficial in the early stages, we need flames. It is the flames that ignite the wood that produces the heat which is what we need. Often…Continue Reading
As Christians we are told that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). But how many of us live that? There seems to be a tendency to live under the circumstances we face instead of above them. We often hide from the devil’s schemes instead of attacking them. For example, we eliminate things from our lives that can be good because of a negative possibility. I was counseling with an individual who has struggled with porn, specifically on the internet. He said that he hates smartphones because of the internet access. Since I have a smartphone, I’ve been thinking about if the phone is the issue or something else. I’ve…Continue Reading
There is this saying that many of us are familiar with that simply says, “Bloom where you’re planted.” It graces bumper stickers, window decals, plaques for your walls, stepping stones for your garden, and journals. It may even have colorful flowers and a contrasting border to aesthetically emphasize the motto. On the surface, it sounds like good advice. While it is an encouraging sentiment, as I began to ponder it, I found that it lacked a fullness of truth. We tend to toss this pop psychology around when circumstances are difficult or undesirable in an effort to make the best of a situation. Bloom Bloom—absolutely! Take stock of the…Continue Reading
There is a part of our house about which we often don’t think; a part that some of us probably never think about. Yet, it is a vitally important maintenance item from which we need to apply some principles to our spiritual lives. It’s not something that we prize or cherish, but when it doesn’t work properly, we surely aren’t pleased. It is the sewer line that takes everything from our sinks, showers and toilets to the city pipes. Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of assisting my father-in-law with cleaning out his lines. As I was on my knees over a pipe that was emitting less than…Continue Reading
When we enter a period of change in life, there are some things that we need to be aware of and prepared to address. We see 6 keys for implementing change when we look at the Israelites story as they were told to leave Egypt and take possession of the Promised Land (Exodus 1 – 17, Numbers 11 – 14 and 20 – 22, Joshua 1 – 11). Listen without an agenda Exercise faith in the face of doubt Take action to implement Be obedient to the Lord’s instructions Persevere through the difficulties Take possession of the promises Let’s take a deeper look into each of these keys for attaining…Continue Reading
The implications of Joseph’s 23 years before the fulfillment of God’s Promises When we receive visions or words from the Lord about what He plans to do in and through our lives we typically want to jump right in and go. From experience, though, I find that most often He reveals His plans and then He takes us through a time of preparation. This time is often quite long and sometimes includes what we may think to be a fulfillment of the word but often isn’t the completed fulfillment. Big Dreams Joseph was given two dreams in his youth when he was 17 years old (Genesis 37).…Continue Reading
We Americans have a mentality towards get rich quick schemes and instant gratification. I’ve often called us the microwave generation because we don’t have patience to wait for much and expect everything to be done quickly. Since God is more interested in our journey with Him than in the destination (i.e. our goals), I’ve found that He likes to take the scenic roads instead of the direct route. This characteristic translates into how He chooses to provide. The Lord promises to provide for all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). However, He doesn’t always provide in the manner we expect or would like Him to provide. There are plenty of preachers…Continue Reading
“Why flags?” Well, because there is Scriptural basis, complimented by abundant symbolism in color and movement, and because worship is part of our spiritual warfare arsenal. Synonyms for flags include banner, sign, signal, standard, standard-bearer, and symbol. While flags as we know them today are not mentioned specifically in Scripture, the present day versions are adapted from the standards that were raised over each camp. (Numbers 1:52) The people of Israel shall pitch their tents by their companies, each man in his own camp and each man by his own standard. The use of flags invites others to engage in worship in a different way than lifting hands,…Continue Reading
Where does the use of praise banners and worship flags come from? Yes, flag worship is biblical, although there is no specific Scripture that commands us to use them in worship today. Think of the flag bearer or standard bearer in biblical times. We can even look to Scripture to see God in a position of being the standard bearer. A standard is not only an emblem but a level of expectation to be attained. God sets the Holy standard and covers His children with the blood of the Perfect Sacrifice, Jesus Christ. All the rest of us fall short of God’s standard and Scripture says He will lift…Continue Reading
Fabric, Fabric, and More Fabric “So, how much fabric do you need?” It was a question loaded with the additional sentiment, “Don’t you think you have enough?” The thing was, all I knew was certain fabrics were standing out, but I didn’t have conceptualization of flags to be made from the fabrics. There was still a drive to purchase another color in another texture. Yet being around the colors and textures of the fabrics is one of my happy places. On one particular day, I was standing in a fabric store and heard God say, “This is the last piece of fabric you’ll be buying for a while.”…Continue Reading