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Valentine's Day, the Married Man's Prayer, & More

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This Valentine's Day moment is brought to you by the Song of Solomon . If you're a regular reader of   Cup O' Joe with Bill , then you know that we're big on prayer—and prayerfulness. We often refer to The Disciplemaker's Prayer as a simple and powerful way to engage in Jesus-like disciplemaking. One of our disciplemaking friends, Stan Risinger, took the spirit and cadence of The Disciplemaker's Prayer and wrote The Married Man's Prayer ! The passages listed below are a simple Bible study. Look up the passage and find verses in the prayer. Then pray The Married Man's Prayer— and God just might change your heart, your marriage, and your life. I dare you. Bonus Video #1:   Here's a Thought on the  Super Bowl... If video doesn't appear above, go here . Just for Fun! I think this speaks for thousands of men. Bonus Video #2: What Moms Really Want for Valentine's Day If video above doesn't appear above, go here . Let me encourage you every Mo

So many people trying to find friendship and community...

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If video above doesn't appear, go here . So many people trying to find friendship and community. Here's a thought. Instead of trying to "find" community, what if instead you sought to "build" community right where you live , work , play , and church ? But how does one "build" community? As a general rule, I try to take all of my questions to Jesus and the Bible.  So, how did Jesus "build" community?   This is where I invite you to do your own study on how Jesus used meals to connect with people. At a minimum, you could quickly search " Jesus eating. " What can we say with certainty about Jesus and eating in the Bible? It seems that Jesus enjoyed eating meals with all sorts of people—and the meal wasn't about the food—it was how Jesus connected with people. Can you think of a better way to connect with people? Perhaps this is why Paul lists "hospitality" as a requirement for all leaders in the church (1 Timothy 3:

If you throw a rock in Texas, you'll likely hit someone who used to live in IL

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"What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes like a tree, and the birds of the air make nests in its branches." —Jesus, Luke 13:18-19 Planting mustard seeds at Trinity Baptist Church in Royse City, TX. "It was really special having Bill, Stacy, Sadey, and Ivy with us on Sunday. Bill has a special ability to proclaim the truth in a powerful way…a way that confronts, but does not condemn.  His message was simple, but powerful.  It was one that offered hope, encouragement, and joy.  A message focused on Jesus who is the source of all these things and more.  It was a reminder about what's really important in this life…making disciples and seeing lives transformed by Jesus Christ.  This was a major blessing to our church family and we are already seeing God move and people recognize ministry opportunities that are all around.  The church is encouraged and excited about what G

Why Disciplemaking Friendships Matter and How they Work in Real Life

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This-4-5 hour disciplemaking training experience takes you to the very heart of disciplemaking friendships that flourish and multiply. It's an exploration of how to live the "one-another" as found in the Bible. It will be the fastest 4-5 hours you've ever experienced! Why? Because this is NOT a lecture or passive  workshop. It's fun, thought-provoking, encouraging, and transformational. Bring your Bible and your framily (friends and family). Each person receives a training manual and a One Another Living Guide for taking what you learned back to those where you live, work, play, and church. Y ou'll encounter these four sessions: *  Session 1   No Relationships = No Ministry;  Know Relationships = Know Ministry An out-of-the-box learning experience will get us started and explain why relationships are the heart of ministry—and God’s mode of operation for impacting and changing the lives of those in our ministry! *  Session 2   God-Powered Relationship Skills

10-Day Disciplemaking Ministry Trip! Can you help 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 Texas! I'll be preaching, teaching, and doing disciplemaking training. We'll also be missionaries of encouragement to many of our friends along the way in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Laredo. 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 Texas.     * Email me if you'd like to be a part of our prayer team . 2. Can you help us financially?      * We're praying for $2,000 for travel expenses and training materials.        * Donate here . (Please note: "Cadre Allison") A $ gift of any size 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

Are you sick of New Year's resolutions? Me too.

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Dear God, I want to thank you for being close to me so far today. With your help, I haven't been impatient, grumpy, judgmental, or envious of anyone. But I will really need your help soon because... I'm about to get out of bed. Amen We make resolutions on New Year's Day to become better people. Our hearts are often in the right place, but somehow, our resolve doesn’t quite translate into results. Research on New Year’s resolutions indicates that... Within the first two months of the new year, 25 percent of us will break our promises.  By six months, nearly 40 percent will have failed.  By the end of the year, approximately 82 percent will be unsuccessful.  Think about your own life. Haven’t you ever made a New Year’s resolution to diet only to gain weight? We all start out so well, but most of us don’t finish well. As the great poet/philosopher Homer once said:   “I used to rock and roll all night and party every day. Then it was every other day. Now I’m lu

Would you like a better, stronger relationship with God in 2023?

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"For two years now I've been reading through the Bible each year with my friends. It's challenging but so fulfilling. The first year, Bill encouraged me to look for Jesus in the Old Testament. I discovered that Jesus is everywhere in the OT! The most rewarding part of reading the Bible was wrestling what I read each day with my friends/neighbors Bill and Jamie. Whether it was in person on our walks in the neighborhood or through group text, we constantly prodded and encouraged each other as we read the Bible together. I highly recommend reading the Bible with a few friends. They keep you encouraged and accountable in a good way. It has changed my life. Best investment of time I’ve ever spent." —Brady Miller   Would you like a better, stronger relationship with God? By far the single most important thing I've done that has helped my relationship with God is reading through the Bible — with some friends . News Flash:   A better, stronger relationship with God and ot