Special Project 2018

2018-04-18T06:40:35+00:00 March 19th, 2018|stories|

We are extremely excited our church is partnering with missionaries Jim & Ester Mazurek to construct a church/school complex to house the Santiago Children’s Ministries Outreach Center. ink of this as a church, a school, and a rescue mission for abused kids all rolled up into one.

The Santiago Children’s Ministries Outreach Center is a place where needy children in Santiago, Chile, are being reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Some of the kids they are reaching are the o spring of prostitution, others live with parents who deal drugs, and others come from more stable homes. Most of them live in poverty. Seventy percent of all babies born in Santiago are born outside of a marriage. is results in many thousands of children living in high risk environments in extreme need of Christian ministry and witness. is project will play a key role in reaching hundreds of such kids for Christ.

DSM First will be sending a team in November of 2018 to work on this project.

Special Project Dinner Saturday, May 5, 2018

You will have the opportunity to hear more about the Special Project. Please mark your calendar now for Saturday, May 5, 2018. The dinner will be held at “The Conservatory” in East Village. You will enjoy a fantastic meal and hear from special guest missionaries. Tickets will be available beginning April 8.

Special Project Offering Sunday, May 6, 2018

Our goal is to have everyone give sacri cially to a cause much bigger than ourselves. Your gift will impact lives now and for future generations for all eternity. Please pray about what this means for you. We are believing God for 100% participation. On Sunday, May 6, 2018, a special offering will be received at both of our campuses.

7 Creative Tips for a Better Marriage

2018-03-21T03:29:20+00:00 March 19th, 2018|stories|

My wife and I have been married for 14 years. In that time, we’’ve learned a lot about what it takes to be married. It’’s easier than everyone says it is.

Here are seven things we’’ve done that have made our marriage work really well——and helped us have a lot of fun.

1. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

In 14 years of marriage, we’’ve never had “the bad year.” We don’’t fight and never have. I can remember three kinda fights in 17 years of being together. But they diffused very quickly. Within the hour.

I’’m not bragging. I’’m just saying that if you’re in a dating relationship and you fight all the time, it doesn’’t have to be that way. It’’s possible to be in a long-lasting relationship, without fighting. My wife and I are ridiculously laid back. We don’’t take anything or ourselves too seriously.

2. Mock Each Other

We laugh all the time. We talk smack and jokingly mock each other. She’’ll ask me to take out the trash. I respond with: ““I’’ll take YOU out to the trash.”” Then, she’’ll respond with ““Your face is trash.”” Then, we both die laughing.

This constant joking is hilarious, fun and such a healthy dynamic in our marriage. It’’s our love language in a very hysterical, and slightly disturbing way.

3. Give Selflessly

My wife is relentlessly selfless. She gives and gives and gives like no one else I’’ve ever seen in my life.

I try to be selfless, but she wins by a mile in that category. It’’s just who she is.

4. Don’t Be a Fan

I love that my wife is not a “fan” of mine. She loves me for me and not my career or anything. I’’m an idea guy and I’ bounce ideas off her all the time.

Most of the time, it goes in one ear and out the other. It can be frustrating, but it keeps me humble. But sometimes I have an idea that causes her to break down into tears immediately.

One of those moments was when I told her about an idea called Help-Portrait. I recently had another idea that made her cry. It’’s a massive dream of mine and she’s always pressing me and asking, ““When are you going to pursue that one?”” She is the ultimate idea barometer and always seems to be right.

5. Be The Average

My wife averages me out in my confidence.There are days —that I feel like I suck. My ideas suck. Everything sucks.

As an artist, many times I have absolutely zero confidence. Those are the days she somehow figures out how to remind me I don’t suck and I’’m actually quite good at what I do.

Every now and then, I’’m a little too high on an idea or a project. I think for a minute that I’’m kind of awesome. She’’s quick to bring me back down to earth in those moments. She’’s an expert balloon-popper. The balloon being my ego, of course.

6. Trust Each Other

I’’ve always admired her trust in me. Not every wife would say: ““sure, go tour with Britney Spears for three months.”” Or “sure, go shoot all these beautiful women and make them look even more beautiful.”” But she does that and continues to trust me.

It’’s amazing how, the more she trusts me, the more I want to earn and respect that trust. Jealousy kills relationships. Shannon has never once been jealous of what I’’m doing or who I’’m working or traveling with. That’’s a strong woman.

So guys, it’s possible to have a successful career, travel the world and stay faithful to your wife. Crazy concept, I know, but it’s pretty amazing. Our culture tends to celebrate sleeping around and showcase men as “strong” and “tough” if they get a lot of women. I think it’’s the complete opposite.

Staying faithful to your wife as a man is strong and tough. Cheating on your spouse is weak.

7. Be Patient

My wife is so patient with me. I tend to be quite spacey. I’’m always thinking or dreaming of something. It’s part A.D.D. and part dreamer in me. It’’s hard for me to be “present” sometimes. I can be in the room and not present at all.

But Shannon understands that about me and is patient with me. She’’s patient every time I drive the wrong way and miss all those turns. She’’s patient when I forget those groceries or forget the important story she told me about her day. She’’s patient when I simply don’’t listen.

That’’s a tough one for most women. She gets frustrated sometimes. but she’s still more understanding than she should be.

I love my job and I love technology. It’s easy to be glued to my iPhone. I’’m also a people-pleaser. I feel like I have to respond to every email, text, Facebook comment, Facebook message, Twitter reply, Twitter DM, blog post comment, phone call, LinkedIn message, Instagram comment, etc. Did I cover them all? Probably not. But you get the idea.

Keeping up with it all is hard. Family comes first, obviously, but it’’s hard sometimes to balance it all. Shannon is extremely patient with my struggles there.

We’’re not perfect. We don’t have it all figured out. I don’’t mean to imply that. But marriage these days seems to be in a lot of trouble. It feels like divorce is far more normal than happy marriages. But from a guy who has a good, healthy marriage, these are simply a few of the things that have helped us. And I hope they help you, too.

– The Married People Blog, Guest Writer


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Support Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

2017-09-19T21:14:15+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|stories|

If you have been thinking about how to show your love and support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, we want to let you know that you can give now online or during our services tomorrow. We will receive a special offering and 100% of the money will be forwarded to our trusted partner, Convoy of Hope, who is already in Houston providing help and hope.

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