Monday, August 29, 2011

These pictures tell the story...

These pictures tell the story of what God is doing in our lives these days... click images to enlarge for viewing.
Chillin' with Ivy.

Aubrey and Josey head out for their first day of high school this school year.

Dropping Bill off at college.

My oldest daughter (20) and my youngest daughter (3 months). Go ahead and laugh. It's funny.

Following Jesus, together. Here's a picture of most of the guys who make up The Peoria Area Leadership Community Ongoing (PALCO). We're a Disciplemaking Learning Community that aspires to make disciples like Jesus.  For more information about Disciplemaking Learning Communities, check out The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus.

Love God, Love People, Make Disciplemakers... a Cadre training lab at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL.

Finally, here's a short video of Ivy rolling onto her belly. Yeah, we thought it was a video moment. Most people think their kids are exceptional, ours really are. :  ) If video doesn't appear, go here

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus—Part 4

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your request for additional information in box number three on the accident reporting form. I had put "poor planning" in that box as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully so I hope the following details will be sufficient.

I am a bricklayer by trade and on the day of the accident I was working alone on the roof of a new six story building. When I had completed my work I discovered that I had about 500 pounds of bricks left over. Rather than carry them down by hand I decided to lower them down by using a pulley, which was fortunately attached to the side of the building at the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went back to the roof and attached a barrel to hold the bricks. I swung the barrel out over the side of the building and loaded the bricks into it.

I went back down to ground level and untied the rope holding the barrel. I held the rope tightly to ensure a slow descent of the 500 pounds of bricks. You will note in box number two of the accident reporting form that I weigh 165 pounds. Due to my surprise at being jerked from the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say I proceeded at a rather rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor I met the barrel coming down. This explains the fractured skull and broken collar bone. Slowed only slightly I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers on my right hand were...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

God: A True Story—The Free Online Video

If God is good, why is there so much pain and heartache in the world? What is God really like? What does God want from you? What does God have to do with life in the 21st century? Was it really a woman that got us all into this mess? Why do the Cubs keep losing year after year? (Just checking to see if you're still reading.) You may know some stories in the Bible, but do you know THE story that all the other stories are telling?

Here's the trailer that introduces a FREE online streaming video that tells the one story of the God of the Bible.  Check out the trailer and if you want more I've included a link to the full FREE online video of  God's true story below.

(If video of movie trailer doesn't appear, go here.)

You can view the entire movie FREE online at your own pace by going here.  There's an introduction, twelve chapters, and a conclusion. It takes a little over an hour to watch.  Plus, there's a FREE study guide.

Love to know what you think after you watch God's true story.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

A Summer of God's Love...

Click on the images below to enlarge for viewing, reading, and basking in a summer of God's love. To print the two page PDF, go her. Thank you for stopping by for a virtual Cup O' Joe with me.
We can't do Cadre without friends like you who love, pray, and give. 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.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

On Volunteers...

In gardening and botanical terminology, a volunteer is a plant that grows on its own, rather than being deliberately planted by a human farmer or gardener. Volunteers often grow from seeds that float on the wind, are dropped by birds, or are inadvertently mixed into compost before it is used.

Unlike weeds, which are unwanted plants, a volunteer may be encouraged once it appears, being watered, fertilized, or otherwise cared for.

A botanist friend tells me that volunteers can be heartier than intentionally planted plants, because they naturally had to find their way into the soil and worked their way up into life.

Do I really have to help you connect this post to the volunteers who serve in your ministry—and about how you can encourage them?

Thanks to Jake Bland for sending this to me.

Do you see the volunteer in the picture?

Need help finding, motivating, and retaining great volunteers?  Here's what you need.