Sunday, May 17, 2015

Monday Funday: And that's how he got his name


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The Edge falls off... the edge.. on the opening night of the new 70 city tour.

Oh, the irony.

Perhaps he finally found what he what he's looking for down there.

And of course, the real question on every guitar player's mind: Is the guitar alright?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Secrets for a Movement of Disciplemaking

One candle lights another only when they are brought close together.

Think about this.
* If you're not walking close enough to Jesus to receive the flame...

OR

* if you're not prayerfully pulling a handful of people close enough so you can pass the flame on to them...

then it doesn't really matter how much religious activity you are involved in... you'll never be a Jesus-like disciplemaker who receives the flame and then passes it on to others—who then pass it on to others, ad infinitum.

Is that ok with you?

I hope not.

Ponder the truth of this in your life: One candle lights another only when they are brought close together.

Are you close enough to the flame to receive it... and close enough to others to pass it on?

What does this look like in real life?
* Like this.
* Like this.
* Like this.
* Like this.
* Like this.
* Like this.
* Like this.
* Like this.
* And like this.


Here are some biblical and practical help in receiving the flame from Jesus and passing it on others...


The One Another Living Guide is your journey through twenty-five life-changing "one another" verses from the Bible. It's a pocket-sized booklet of biblical challenges that help you and your friends inflow the love of God into your lives—and then helps you overflow God's love into your everyday relationships in practical ways.


The John 3:16 Factor Living Guide is a collection of twenty-five biblical challenges and insights that helps you fill your heart with the love of God—and then helps you overflow God's love into your relationships with people who don't yet have a relationship with God






The Disciplemaker's Journal is twenty-five studies to help you wrestle the disciplemaking genius of Jesus with your friends. Think of it as twenty-five adventures in loving God, loving people, and making disciplemakers—together!









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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Monday Funday: The flow chart that explains why I thank God for moms everywhere

On behalf of dads everywhere, we thank God for you!


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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Monday Funday: Breaking News for Illinois

An earthquake in Illinois causes no known damage. All roads look normal.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The most and least meaningful jobs

This just in from Forbes Magazine: The most and least meaningful jobs.

See what tied for first place.


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday Funday: Best. Dad. Cartoon. Ever.


That ridiculously strange and absurd intersection of Scooby Doo and the band Kiss that pretty much summarizes my life as an early adolescent.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

WHY God loves you...

God loves us not because of who we are but because of who He is.

You might want to re-read that again. S l o w l y this time.

So the question is not, "Does God love you?" The question is, "Do you REALLY believe God loves you—based on who He is—not who you are?"

How would really believing this truth change your everyday life? 

This, in part, explains why we have so much trouble loving others. Think about it. If we really don't believe God loves us, how can we ever love others? Perhaps one major reason we don't share God's love with others is because we're really not convinced of God's love ourselves. So it's true: "We love [God and others] because he loved us first" (1 John 4:19).

Ponder what it might look like for you to live all of life in light of the understanding that God loves you not because of who you are but because of who He is.

Here's a thought.

I challenge YOU to pray the Apostle Paul's prayer in Ephesians chapter 3 right now...
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Monday Sunday: 1 down, 6 to go

It's official: We married off our oldest daughter, Emily, to Billy Hearn. Yep. I have another son named Billy now.

It all went down in AZ. That's why we thank God for our family vehicle—a 15 passenger van!

Appreciate your prayers for the newly wed couple as they begin their marriage adventure. And any prayers for us as parents are sincerely appreciated too.

One down, six to go. (We're in no hurry.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Texas Training Adventure

We are YOUR disciplemaking missionaries, and this is the pictorial story of our Texas training adventure! (Click any image below to enlarge for viewing.)
It turns out that not only is Texas HUGE, but it's also very delicious. Who knew, right?

Our first stop in Texas was in Dallas where we reconnected with longtime friends, Sam and Charlotte Fithian. These friends go all the way back to Streator, IL, with us. Since they retired about 30 years ago, they've served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Dallas. They've been married 66 years. We love and respect these disciplemaking friends deeply.

Our next stop was to visit our dear friends, the Prescotts, who recently moved to TX from IL. 

When in Texas....

We spent the first few days encouraging and equipping youth leaders from all over Texas at Camp Tejas near Austin. Together we explored what it means to be a disciple who makes disciples who make more disciples.
We explored the disciplemaking genius of Jesus together and sought to apply what we learned to our lives and ministries. 

Then we moved on to Grace Bible Church in Laredo, TX. We stayed with Tim and Cristina Rowley's house. Tim is the youth pastor at Grace.

Tim and Cristina have a turtle named Tom. Someone painted his shell. He's a hippy turtle.

Over three days together, we walked through all five session of Cadre's Evangelism Is Relationships training experience with about 100 students and 25 volunteer youth leaders!

For processing and applying the training, youth leaders and students gathered together in small groups before, during, and after the training. We think of this as disciplemaking.

Each person received a 28 page training manual and 25 day follow-through living guide for continued application after the training experience.

Even our 13-year-old Sadey joined a group a group of junior high students for the training!

When you pray for us, God does amazing things. A number of students indicated that they trusted Christ as Savior while at this training! If you're the praying type, we'd love for your to join our email prayer team. If you're willing to pray for us, email me and we'll keep you up-to-date.

"Now that I am old and gray... Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me." —Psalm 71:18

"...older women must train the younger women..." —Titus 2:4

"In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind." —Titus 2:6-7

Cadre training experiences are about 50% training and 50% small group interaction, wrestling the Scripture together, and application. We believe life transformation happens best in disciplemaking learning communities likes these.

It's hard to explain, but these students in Laredo are very special to us! This is our second year with them. We love them even more now.


In the middle of all this fun, Ivy was able to work in a game of Twister.

Stop and consider how your prayer and financial partnership are being multiplied through disciplemaking for God's glory!

We're giving our lives to making disciplemakers—like Jesus did. We couldn't even think of doing this without friends like you.

You make our ministry with Cadre possible AND powerful by your prayer and financial support. THANK YOU!
Only Heaven will fully reveal exactly how God used you through Cadre to make an eternal difference.

"God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them." —Hebrews 6:10

It was an Epic time together in TX!

Can you say, "Group picture"? So. Much. Fun.

One last stop for lunch with our dear friends, the Roses, who recently moved from IL to the Houston area. It was a great reunion filled with friendship, coffee, and chocolate which = LOVE.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Making an eternal difference: Step #1




"Evangelism doesn't start when we talk to people about God but when we talk to God about people." 
—Hudson Taylor





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