A Voice in the Wilderness | The New Revised MH4C Mission

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I’ve felt sorry for Jeremiah for quite some time. 

His temple sermon, as recorded in Jeremiah 7, would have been terribly difficult to deliver.  Here’s a sampling of what God asked him to do:

“Stand at the gate of the Lord’s house and there proclaim this message: “ ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless. (Jeremiah 7:2-8 NIV)

Basically, God is asking Jeremiah to stand at the doors of the church and be a voice of truth.  The people have been so deceived, and God wants to open their eyes. So he sends Jeremiah.

I’m not egotistical enough to say that God is calling me to be the voice of truth for the church.  But, I do honestly believe that God has allowed me some unique life experiences.  As a result, I’ll probably never be able to fully acclimate into a Western society.  I’ll likely always be at the fringes because of what I’ve experienced.

What if there were a way that I could honestly and lovingly challenge a materialistic mindset?  What If I could live within this culture and battle against all the temptations of wealth?  What if people were willing to allow that message to challenge them?

I believe one of the biggest spiritual issues facing American churches is materialism.  (Yes, Canadians, you’re in there, too.)

I believe that God placed my family on the mission field in Papua New Guinea to change our hearts and to touch the lives of those citizens. 

Because of our unique experiences, I think I also provide a unique perspective on the topic of Bible and money.  That perspective came from God.

So MH4C will be a voice.  Perhaps a voice in the wilderness. 

It will be a place you can come to be challenged, to be transformed, and to re-evaluate your priorities.

I won’t teach you how to build wealth.  There are others whom God has allowed to do that.  I will teach you how to get out of debt because that is a barrier to simplicity and frugality.  I will teach you how to save money because those savings can allow you to have more to provide to God’s Kingdom work.

At times, I will probably make you feel uncomfortable.  I make myself feel uncomfortable with what I write.  I want to lovingly share my own struggle with wealth and my own desire to put God first in everything I do.

My prayer is that people who visit this site will come away with a sense of mission, focus, and purpose with their finances.  Moreover, I pray that purpose will be to do something more for the kingdom than they were doing before they visited this site.

My mission statement will remain the same:

MH4C promotes a frugal, simple, debt-free, and generous lifestyle so Christians can faithfully maximize their resources by putting them at the disposal of God’s Kingdom. MH4C is committed to providing relevant resources in order to assist Christians in this effort.

Basically, I plan to be more true to that calling (now that I don’t have the monetization barrier).

Should I keep subscribing to MH4C?

Now I’m going to do the unsubscribe information packet.  This way you can know if you should continue to subscribe to this website.  If you want more of the topics in the less column, then I bet you’ll enjoy another website more.  However, if you want more of the more column, then you’re in the right place.

I’ll Talk About it More

I’ll Talk About it Less

Challenging teachings about the money and Bible Investing 
Getting out of debt Making Money
Topics related to broader areas of faith Taxes
Budgeting – equal focus and importance Personal Finance products
Generous Giving Building Wealth
Whatever I’m feeling passionate about Banking

To the future…


  1. Alice says

    I just wanted to let you know that I believe I will enjoy your site even more now. I’ve been a reader for a good while now and have always enjoyed it, however, knowing that you are determined to follow God’s will for your life will make it better. I know this without a doubt.

    God’s people need more in depth information so much more than discussions that skirt around the issues. Thank you for making the change and discussing it openly.

  2. says

    Craig, I’m definitely looking forward to the future of MH4C! :) We need more voices teaching the transforming truths in Scripture rather than just spouting off the views our society imposes on us. Again, really excited about this change!!!

  3. says

    I heard a cry in the wilderness, and it was you! I am so excited about what you are doing. I have been ill and not able to keep up with my own blog. Until now that is, for you have inspired me. I cannot wait to see what God has planned for this site, you, your readers and I. God bless.

  4. Jason says

    Absolutely wonderful and badly needed! This is exactly what is on my heart for the church as well! Keep it up!

  5. Regina says

    Craig, very excited about the changes! I think your new focus will address issues that many of us (including me) need to hear. It will be a great forum for learning and discussion that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else.

    Over the past year, I’ve had to face the truth in other areas of my life. It wasn’t easy, but God has been good. I know that He will bless you and others through your work.

    • says

      I really do pray that MH4C can be a forum for learning and discussion. I’ve grown so much from writing and commenting on this blog. I hope I can continue to learn along the way.

  6. says

    I am enthusiastically supportive of the direction of MH4C. God has indeed given you life experiences that allow you to speak through a perspective that is foreign to many. As I read your MORE and LESS chart, I felt a “YES” arise in me…maybe because your MORE column excites me and your LESS column leaves me pretty cold, but more so because you do indeed have a unique voice which will impact many of us. I am excited about the future of MH4C!

    • says

      Thanks for your kinds words. I’m also excited about the future and excited about spending more time dealing with topics that really interst me. I’m glad I’m not the only one that finds them interesting :).

  7. says

    Great post! We should focus less on materialism and more on the Giver. I greatly appreciate your views and completely agree. We should be focused on how to honor God more with our finances than how to acquire more stuff and money.

    • says

      Thanks for your support. I like that you mentioned we should focus on the Giver. I think when our perspective and focus is correct much of the giving will fall into place.

  8. Wes Smith says

    I am looking forward to the posts on the blog. As my children enter their teenage years I have become more aware of the temptations of materialism in our society. I have used some of your posts as starting point in our family bible studies. I look forward to more reading on this challenging subject.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think it is so important to be a positive role model for you kids when it comes to materialism. I can’t think of any better place to discuss it than family devotions.

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