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.
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…Continue Reading
“It’s more blessed to give than to receive”. It’s definitely more fun. Over the years Dallas and I have been blessed to be able to give to others. One of our fun activities was to identify a family that was in need and come up with a way to give to them without being found out. To be able to buy the gift card for groceries and then figure out a way to sneak it into her purse or his Bible at church without anyone seeing what we were doing. To later hear about how God had blessed them. Their wondering who it was that gave the gift. Praising the…Continue Reading
It is often asked why Christians suffer. Every believer that goes through a time of difficulty or suffering has likely asked the Lord why. In my experiences He generally doesn’t answer the why question, at least not quickly or in the midst of the trial. Was it Sin? The religious leaders in Jesus’ time generally had the belief that someone that suffered a long-term illness was a result of sin. In John 9:2, Jesus’ disciples asked “who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” It’s an easy question to ask because then we can place blame for the suffering. Suffering seems to be easier to…Continue Reading
We talk about being on fire for God; burning bright in a dark world; asking the Holy Spirit to ignite the fire again. Have you ever spent time watching a fire? Have you watched how different types of materials burn? I spent a good chunk of time one day burning old materials and papers, and the Lord showed me some applications to our spiritual lives. Paper Generally Burns Easily Most of us think that paper burns very easily – and it can, but it doesn’t always. When it does burn, the heat produced is minimal and doesn’t last long. Crumple up some paper, lay it loosely in the fire pit,…Continue Reading
Hannah was greatly distressed in 1 Samuel 1:10-20. Instead of stewing and pouting and turning away from God she poured everything out before Him. We see that she was “bitter” (v. 10). This is not the picture of a prim and proper worshipper of the Lord coming before Him and singing praise songs. This is a woman that has a very deep, burning wound and she is bitter about it. Life is not fair. Things are not going right. This is NOT the way that they should be! This has gone on for too long, God. Enough! She “wept severely”. Crying out to God Hannah moped and was depressed (see…Continue Reading
God has designed us and is equipping us to be successful. But what is success? In America we often define success by our position and possessions. The higher our position at work or school or church or the social club then the more “successful” we are. The more stuff we have, then the more we are a success; be that houses, cars, name-brand clothes, exotic vacations; fancy this or that. However, position, possession, or even our number of followers is not God’s standard for success. And if that’s not how God defines success, neither should we. Scripture gives us a definition of success quite contrary to the expectations of this…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
“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