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Are you wasting your one and only life?

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  "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."  —Socrates Think about this for a moment. * How much time did Jesus spend fighting the old?  * How much time did Jesus invest in building the new? Ponder those questions. If you spend most of your time deconstructing the old, you won't have time to build the new. To only be known for what you're against doesn't make you a "change-agent." It simply makes you a gadfly. "It's not enough just to rage against the lie. You've got to replace it with the truth." —Bono What are you for? (Be clear and specific.) What are you building with your short life? And here's the biggie.. . How can you join Jesus in building the new ? Let's connect on social media! Instagram            Facebook             Twitter       Let me encourage you most Mondays !

True Story: Why Training Volunteer Teachers & Small Group Leaders Matters

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I finish preaching at a church and I am invited to attend a Sunday School class. Since one of the great passions of my life is to see Jesus-like transformational teaching happen in Sunday Schools and small groups, I say, “Are you kidding? I’d LOVE to.”  I’m escorted to a very nice classroom where about 20 energetic adults are milling around engaged in what seems like good conversation to me. I hear lots of laughter and see lots of smiles. Many of these folks seem to know and love each other. I’m able to meet the volunteer teacher and several other sharp, articulate, and fun-loving people before the class starts. I sense energy in the room. I grab my cup of coffee and donut and find a seat. The subject today: God’s Word on marriage. I think to myself:  This is going to be good. I can’t wait to see how this group tackles this. Ten minutes into the class, the energy, engagement, and enthusiasm that once was, is no more.  It feels like someone pulled the plug in a bathtub full of fun, rela

Look at What God is Doing—Spring 2024!

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     [Note: We are disciplemaking missionaries with   Cadre Missionaries . As such, we give a brief ministry update here at   Cup O' Joe with Bill   once every three months—especially for those who love, pray, and support us.] All Glory to God! (Click any image below to enlarge for reading, viewing, and praying.)   Our Spring 2024 Ministry Mailing Team  These are the peeps that made it happen! Thank you so much. This beautiful group of friends and family helped us get our Spring 2024 ministry mailing put together so we could send it out to  you ! Thank you God for "framily" (friends and family). Full disclosure: We  may  have enjoyed pizza, wings, and other goodies. We don't call it a "Ministry Mailing  Party "  for nothing baby! We couldn't be disciplemaking missionaries without friends like YOU! Can you help u$? Every little bit is a huge encouragement to us! Go Here Or send your gift to  Cadre Missionaries PO Box 278 Sycamore, IL 60178 Let me encourag

On casting vision...

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If you cast vision with your life— rather than just your lips— you'll never have to wonder if people got the message. 1 Corinthians 4:20 Never underestimate the power of a way of life. Never overestimate a good talker. Want to think a little deeper about all this?  Then this is for you . We'd love to connect with you!       Instagram       Facebook           Twitter       Subscribe here and we'll have fun most Mondays !

Join Us at Ignite Youth Leadership Conference in IA, IL, and CO

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Join us for equipping and encouraging the next generation—coming to Iowa, Illinois, and Colorado! Here's a list of breakout sessions ! If video above doesn't appear, go here . What is it like at the Ignite Youth Leadership Conference ?   This short video  will give you a sense of the energy the students bring to this conference! (Make sure your volume is up!) They do this for EVERYONE who enters the church.  So. Much. Fun. More here on WHY I totally encourage you and your entire youth ministry to join us at Ignite Youth Leadership Conference. We'd love to connect with you!      Instagram         Facebook         Twitter        Subscribe here and we'll have fun most Mondays !

How to help your friends find and follow Jesus...

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Evangelism Is Relationships training experience  in Rock Falls, IL Audio & more here on what we'll explore. Join us! Join us for equipping and encouraging the next generation—coming to Iowa, Illinois, and Colorado! Join us for The Teaching Genius of Jesus training experience in Central IL. Subscribe HERE and let the fun begin!       Instagram          Facebook           Twitter        Let's connect...

10-Day Disciplemaking Ministry Trip! Can YOU Helps us?

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  We are disciplemaking missionaries with  Cadre Missionaries . From time to time, we give an update here. As you read this, we are on our way to a ten-day disciplemaking ministry trip in Arizona!  I'll be preaching, teaching, and doing disciplemaking training. We'll also be  missionaries of encouragement  to many of our disciplemaking friends along the way in the Arizona. Can  you  help us? 1. Will you please pray for us?      * Please pray for us as we travel and encourage and equip God's people all over Arizona. 2. Can you help us financially?       * We're praying for at least $2,000 for travel expenses and training materials.       *  Donate here .       Any little bit you can help us with is a HUGE encouragement to us.  Thank you so much for your prayers and support.  You really are God's wind into our disciplemaking sails with Cadre Missionaries.  "Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even