Sunday, July 26, 2015

Monday Funday: Dadlife Summer

Embarrassing my kids. It one of the things I do best as a dad.

But they haven't seen anything yet. In a few years, I'm going to break out my plaid shorts, pull them up to my chin, and run out of the front door yelling, "Get off my lawn!"

At least one of my kids still thinks I'm cool... as long as I keep those Sponge Bob popsicles coming.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love being a dad?

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Monday Funday: Churches Using Facial Recognition Technology

It's being reported that churches are starting to use facial recognition technology.

Why?

According to this article, to scan congregants faces so the church can...
* "Keep track" of who attends
* Determine "who wasn't there so they can check up on them"
* See "who attends most frequently so they can ask those people for donations."

In other news, "The eyes of the Lord are everywhere" (Proverbs 15:3), so God already has the latest and most complete data on you.

That is all.

Have a great day.


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cadre training that comes to YOU...

Our fall training schedule is filling up! So right now is the best time to schedule a time of encouragement and equipping—before all of your ministry activity this fall!
Don't think the volunteers at your church or ministry need a morning of training and fun?


We'd love to bring one of Cadre's disciplemaking training experiences to the volunteers and leaders who serve in ministry with you. Carefully consider the following...





Your Next Steps...
1. Click each of the three links above and carefully read about three of the core disciplemaking training experiences we can bring to those in your ministry.

2. Copy this URL http://bit.ly/1Hy0xeK and share it with those who serve in ministry with you. 

3. For complete details or more information, contact me.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

I double dog dare you...

Here's a crazy thought:
When we pray, God answers.
That's why I'm challenging you to pray the Disciplemaker's Prayer each day for the next 21 days—to see what God might do in and through you.

I know. You're already thinking of reasons why you can do this. I get it. That's our human nature, isn't it?

Yet, most of the people I know say they want to grow closer to God. Well, consider this post to be your invitation to the adventure of taking your relationship with God to a new level via prayer.

Okay, let me be a little more direct: I double dog dare you.

Here's a short, true story that explains why I'm inviting you to take this challenge/adventure.

Let's keep it real here people. It will probably take you less than one minute to do this every day. (I prayed it again slowly just now and it took me about 40 seconds.)
More Crazy/Fun Ideas to Consider...
1. Invite your family and friends to do this prayer challenge/adventure with you right now.

2. Print and share this PDF of the Disciplemaker's Prayer with them.

3. The Disciplemaker's Prayer comes from seven passages of Scripture. (They are listed under the title on the image above.)  Look up the passages and try to find where each of the passages are in the prayer. Better yet, do with with your spouse, family, friends, small group, Sunday school, etc.

4. Please let us know what God does in and through you as a result your prayers. We'd love to hear from you.

One Last Caveat...
Prayer isn't about mindlessly saying lots of words over and over again without any thought or heart behind the words. So please don't misunderstand what I'm inviting you to do here. I'm not inviting you to read the disciplemaker's prayer everyday. I'm inviting you to commune with God via prayer that is rooted in God's Word. I'm challenging you to the adventure of touching the very heart of God via prayer and being transformed by God's heart for you and those around you.

I'll say it again:
When we pray, God answers.

So what are you waiting for?


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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Monday Funday: Rain drops keep fallin' on my head

In honor of the record breaking amount of rain we've gotten in Central IL in June of 2015.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Power Connection, Here I Come...

Hundreds of junior high/middle school students.
Crazy youth leaders.
The band Remedy Drive.
And OneTimeBlind bringing the performing arts.
(Click image to enlarge for viewing and reading.)

This will be my third time as the speaker for Power Connection and I can't wait!

Would you please say a prayer RIGHT NOW for our ministry to students and youth leaders?


BONUS:
Here's a video of Remedy Drive.
(If video doesn't play, go here.)


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Monday Funday: This is so funny and so disturbing on so many levels...

At first this made me smile.

Then it amused me.

But the more I thought about it, the more it disturbed me. (And it wasn't only because of the deeply flawed theological underpinnings of the meme.)

In many ways this meme is a brilliant and insightful commentary that strikes to the very heart of the problem with much of current Western Christianity.

But before we throw "current Western Christianity" under the bus, just a gentle reminder that WE are current Western Christianity.

Ouch. Sorry about that. This ain't much of a Monday Funday is it?

But as that great 21st century philosopher/theologian, Michael Jackson, once sang: "I'm looking at the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways."

So I'll go first.

I confess.

I have the uncanny ability to make even my relationship with God about what I get.

How about you?

As Americans, we are consumers to the core of our beings. Too often, God is simply a means to a selfish end for so many of us. We don't love Jesus. We love what we get because of Jesus. We're not in love with the Master, we're in love with what is on the Master's table.

But there is a better way.

Are you interested?

If so, I dare YOU to do something absolutely crazy, revolutionary, and against the grain of culture.

I dare to join me in aspiring to be a disciple of Jesus
...who lives a disciplemaking way of life like Jesus
...and seek to infect everyone you know with a Jesus' disciplemaking way of life 
...and then help them to help others make MORE disciples like Jesus.

This is our only hope for turning the tide.

Best of all, it's exactly how Jesus changed the world.


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Bonus Song...

True Confessions
by Mark Heard
(If video doesn't appear, go here.)

Oh the sun runs its course from the east to the west
With the best of our motives illumined
Then it sinks with a sigh in the dusk of the heart
And our virtue lies worthless as rumor

You can be what you like if you like what you are
We reflect but the sum of our creeds
But we don't seem to seize on the tenets we hold
And they slip through the sieve of our deeds

When we see our mistakes we ache with regret
And the pain makes a lasting impression
But we are stoics at heart when the time is at hand
To beat our breasts and make a true confession

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

27 years and 7 kids later...

We are celebrating 27 years of marriage on June 11, 2015.
Here's how we were rolling the first year of marriage in the 80s. Yes, I'm holding on tightly to my Bible. Still am. One of the older guys in my life whom I deeply respect passed this gem on to me: "Make God your #1. Make your spouse your #2. Then pursue your #1 with your #2." Thank you God that I get to pursue you with my best friend.


Still crazy (and fertile) after all these years.

So. Much. Fun.
God. Is. Good.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Here's how YOU are God's wind in our sails...

The best way to view this is to go here. Or you can click any image below to enlarge for reading. Thank YOU for every prayer you breathe to God on our behalf and for every penny you send to Cadre Ministries to support the mission of disciplemaking.
Will you please pray for us? We are disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre MinistriesWe need you. About 2-3 times a month, I'd like to send you a short email with details about how you can say a quick prayer for us. If you are willing to say a quick prayer for us 2-3 times a month, please email me and put "prayer team" in the subject line. I'd be glad to pray for you too. THANKS!
We need you. We couldn't take any of part of this Jesus-like disciplemaking adventure without people like you who love us, pray for us, and give $ to Cadre. We need you. You make our ministry powerful and possible. Every expression of partnership breathes life into our souls… and enables us to do the same for many others! For more information about how you can partner with God, the Allisons, and Cadre Ministries, go here. To make a secure online tax-deductible donation, go here.  Cadre Ministries is a recognized 501(c)3 ministry.

For up-to-date ways you can pray for us, go here.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

A Proverbs 24:32 Moment

The story I'm about to share with you saddens my soul. I'm certainly NOT pointing any fingers at anyone or any ministry. I'm sharing this story simply because I'm hoping you'll hear the Holy Spirit whisper into your soul as you read it.

I know I did.

The book of Proverbs models for us how to "observe" what's going on around us and to "learn a lesson" from what we see:

"I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:"
—Proverbs 24:32

It's in the spirit of Proverbs 24:32 that I share this story.

After you finish reading, I dare you to answer to this question:
What lessons do you see in this story for your life?

Better yet, gather a few of your closest friends and dare to share with each other how this story speaks to your life.

Bonus Thought Here.

"Watch your life and doctrine closely."
—Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How a Disciplemaking Movement Really Works and What It Looks Like in Real Life

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

Isn't this exactly how Jesus did it?

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 resources that will equip you to receive the flame from Jesus and pass 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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