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.
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
The Process of Making Worship Flags “So, if you’re going to make a flag for someone, do you have to spend a lot of time with them first?” she asked. I wasn’t prepared with an answer. After all, to that point I’d only made flags for myself and given some as gifts to friends. “Let’s see how the next few days go, and I’ll let you know if I know what your flag should look like.” I said. That’s what we did. I had some mutual friends and acquaintances weigh in on what they thought this flag should look like, but that wasn’t how God had arranged the creative process…Continue Reading