Monday, September 19, 2011

Celebrating Our 10th Year of Cadre Ministries!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus—Part 5

Which of the following quotes are from the Bible and which are not? Put a B next to those quotes you think are found in the Bible and put NB for those quotes you think are not in the Bible. This will be way funner if you dare to do it with some friends.

1. “That which God writes on thy forehead, thou wilt come to it.”

2. “Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs.”

3. “He said, ‘The prayer of you both has been accepted, therefore continue in the right way and do not follow the path of those who do not know.’”

4. “A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.”

5. “In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”

6. “Life is but a walking shadow.”

7. “And now, behold, I speak unto the church. Thou shalt not kill; and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor in the world to come.”

8. “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”

9. “Fix your mind on Me, be devoted to Me, offer service to Me, bow down Me, and you shall certainly reach me.”

10. “You hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of Hell as you are.”

To check how you did, go here.

How many out of 10 did you get?  Let me know...

What does this have to do with The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus?  Find out here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Power of One Festival

I'm looking forward to speaking at Power of One Festival...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Pray for Bubba: Last weekend in rural IL

I started Friday off by hobnobbing with the Mayor of Henry, IL, for lunch. We went to The Happy Hobo. Yeah, that's right. The muckety-mucks live large in rural IL.  Food was GREAT by the way.

While waiting for our food at The Happy Hobo, I saw this very hot news coming out of Bradford, IL.  We know how to party it down in Central IL baby.  Speaking of partying down...

After the high school football game on Friday, about 40 of us—mostly high school students—friends of our teenagers—gathered for a Fire Pit Friday. We even let some college kid types come.

Big news last Sunday in Streator, IL. Baby Ivy's first appearance at First Baptist Church. My three daughters pictured above—all middle children—wanted to know if their names have ever been put on a church sign. Answer: no.  A sad reality for middle children : (  If someone finds our home video collection years from now, they will think that we had two children... our oldest and youngest.

After church, we all went out to the country home of dear friends for a picnic. It was great getting more time with people we've loved so much over the years.  Our girls all went fishing in a private pond stocked with lots of fish.  Our Sadey caught a delicious bass.

The picnic was also a kind of reunion with students from my days as a youth pastor in Streator. Here's a pic of few "students" who made it to the picnic. It was great to reconnect with them.

Later that night, I went to my 30th class high school reunion.  It was held at Teke's Lounge.  My classmates invited me to pray before our meal. I was happy to do so.  This is not the first time I've prayed in a tavern : )  Speaking of prayer...

When I got home late Sunday night, I received a text with this picture above. The text read, "We'd like to give you and your family a pig. His name is Bubba. Before the end of the year, we'll bring all the meet to you. Pray for Bubba to get real big before then."

What can I say?  I love the people in rural IL. I thank God for the people in rural IL. I love my roots in rural IL.

Pray for Bubba indeed.  

Here's a video of Bubba... I kid you not.