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You really should have done it this way…

We are always critiquing our food, finding ways to make it better.

The local church we attend is often the focal point of the “should have’s and could have’s”. I mean if they would just take our ideas everything would be perfect, right!?

We are a people who desire to innovate, improve, and enhance.

At its root, this is very Biblical. When God gave us dominion over the planet, we were tasked with improving it and making it better. Technology is a godly thing as we advance.

But should have’s can get us in trouble.

My family dinner table growing up was like this. Even if we fully enjoyed a meal, we would speak of all the things which could be done to improve it

I thought this was true of all families till I got married and began “improving” my wife’s meals.

How to Be Rich

March 5, 2014

Rich is a matter of perspective. There is always someone richer than you and someone poorer than you.

My wife, Lindsey, wrote blog post which went off the charts with traffic right around Christmas this past year. The post was entitled,  “Kid’s, We’re Rich!”

In the post she offers this definition of wealth:

“I think God defines wealth as having enough to provide and care for your family and a bit more to do the same for some of those around you. If you are able to do that… you are rich… Instead of defining our wealth by how much we can consume, we should define it by how generous we are able to be. First to our family and then beyond.”

The entire post is worth a read! Take a look HERE!

How do you define rich?

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By: Dave Catchpole

Leaving a Legacy

October 15, 2013

I recently attended the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. The theme was Known: Identity, Calling, Legacy

Reggie Joiner spoke in one of the sessions on legacy, using an illustration of a jar of marbles. He shares how when people give birth to a child, he gives them a jar, telling them to remove a marble each week. He would place approximately 936 marbles in the jar, representing the amount of weeks parents have between birth and graduation. This helps people realize just how fast time flies.

As the father of an 8 and 7-year-old, I can attest to this. Where did all the time go?

As we consider legacy, Reggie gave us a series of sobering thoughts.
– People who used to be known are no longer known
– You will die sooner than you think
– You will be forgotten
– You will only be remembered by the people who know you now

Missionary Kids

July 10, 2013

Plenty of emphasis is placed on the dangers raising children on the mission field brings. The thought of crime and disease sends shivers down the spine of a parent contemplating “the life overseas”.

Choosing missions for your kids causes them miss out on grandparents and culture in our home countries.

It becomes so easy to whether our children will one day resent the choice we’ve made for them.

But, let’s be honest.

There are so many benefits to living on the field and having our children grow up in this atmosphere.

Let me share a story with you we recently experienced.

To hear the story and engage in a great discussion about the benefits to raising children on the missions field, head over to:

A Life Overseas

The Meaning of Marriage

June 20, 2013

Tim Keller founded and currently pastors Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. With his mission being to reach cynical New Yorkers, he often has to refine what culture espouses to be true, replacing it with the Biblical perspective.

When dealing with marriage, he is coming against the idols of self, image, and money. Look through these grids and the statements he and his wife, Kathy, make about marriage become radical and even more profound.

Here are a collection of what they offer in the book, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

On the purpose of marriage:
“It is for helping each other become our future glory selves. Putting a Christian friendship at the heart of a marriage relationship can lift it to a level that no other vision for marriage approaches.”