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Look at What God Is Doing—Summer 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.)   Can you help us? Summer can be a challenging time financially for missionaries. Make no mistake: We need you to be God's wind in our disciplemaking sails with Cadre Missionaries. Every little bit is a huge encouragement to us.   Donate Here Or send your gift to  Cadre Missionaries PO Box 278 Sycamore, IL 60178 A True Story . Our Summer 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 Summer 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, wing

Happy Father's Day: The Disciplemaking Dad

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  This morning I read 1 Chronicles 27. For the most part, it's a pretty boring list of names of dead guys. (Just keeping it real people.) However, near the end of the chapter, I read something that really piqued my interest. (Or perhaps that's just when my coffee kicked in?) In a list of people who worked for King David, I read this little tidbit:  "Jehiel son of Hacmoni took care of the king's sons."   —1 Chronicles 27:32b Hmmm. So David farmed out his responsibilities of fathering his sons to another guy? Frankly, I don’t know to what extent David abdicated his fatherly responsibilities to Jehiel instead of being with his children himself—but David's fatherly neglect seems to be significant in the Bible (1 Kings 1:6). This certainly helps explain some of the reasons for the crazy family life David had (see 2 Samuel 13-19 for specific Davidic family train wrecks).  In spite of all his success as a king, it seems David wasn't a Deuteronomy 6 disciplemaking

Why 1-on-1 discipleship doesn't multiply...

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Thanks for daring to explore this post. I know. The title  certainly challenges the popular American understanding of discipleship, doesn't it? But just because something is popular doesn't mean it's true, helpful, or unquestionable. Honestly, I'm not trying to be negative or controversial. That's not my goal or heart. I simply want to get beyond our assumptions and explore this a little more deeply. So, before you respond in any way to this post, please take a deep breath, say a quick prayer for an open mind and heart, and then read this very interesting article by Greg Ogden, titled... 5 Critical Flaws of the One-on-One Discipleship Model . Here's a question to wrestle... Did Jesus primarily do one-on-one discipleship like we are currently doing?         More to chew on here... *  Instead of one-on-one, try Disciplemaking Learning Communities . * What's the difference between discipleSHIP and DiscipleMAKING ? * 6 FREE podcasts on discipleMAKING . * Why

The Disciplemaker's Prayer in Ten Languages

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Get the Disciplemaker's Prayer in ten different languages here ! And now, just for fun: The Disciplemaker's Prayer in Hip Hop (Click image below to enlarge for viewing.) A must watch video... With orphans in Africa (in English) Even more fun with the Disciplemaker's Prayer... * Video: In your car on your way to school * And like this too . * I dare you. * Why and how. Subscribe: Let me encourage you most Mondays ! Let's Connect!     Instagram          Facebook           Twitter       

Brand New: The M.A.D. Student Bible

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Sometime ago, my dear friend,  Dr. Ken Castor , invited me and 29 others to participate in creating a brand new out-of-the-box study Bible for the next generation.   The Make a Difference student Bible    is hot off the press!  Here's WHY the M.A.D Bible is so needed right now . There's never been a study Bible for students quite like the M.A.D (Make a Difference) Bible ! It was so much fun to contribute to this Bible especially for students . I loved helping to write the introduction to the Old Testament and the introduction to the book of Leviticus. Yeah. That's right. Leviticus . There's so much to unpack about the M.A.D. Bible ! (Click on image above for viewing and reading.) Did I mention that this M.A.D study Bible is for the next generation —so they can "make a difference" for Jesus Christ in the world? Hanging out with Dr. Ken Castor at Ignite Youth Leadership Conference . Explore more about the M.A.D Bible here... Instagram Facebook Get yours at www.

HOW did we get here and WHAT can we do with the next generation?

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  What happens if those we disciple don't make more disciples? Consider these three generations... * 1st Generation: Moses * 2nd Generation: Joshua * 3rd Generation: The Judges... "And the Israelites served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the leaders who outlived him  [the judges] —those who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.... After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the LORD or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. The Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight.... They abandon the LORD, the God of their ancestors ...."  —Judges 2:7, 10-12. Does this sound familiar?   What went wrong?  Where?  Why?  How? Here's the BIG question:   What can we do about it? *  It's not easy but it is this simple *  We call it D3 disciplemaking * Jesus said, "make disciples" but we seek to make "leaders" *  Why we must recalibrate back to the disciplemaking genius of Jes

Training especially for volunteers and those who love them...

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When was the last time you trained volunteers in your ministry to do significant ministry ? If you've never really trained volunteers, you're not alone. We can bring the training to you and your volunteers! This book is designed to be ten fun, biblical, and interactive training experiences especially for ministry volunteers, key students, parents, volunteer ministry team leaders, deacons, elders, stay-at-home moms, senior citizens and even some pastors.  Here are the ten training experiences...  (Click image below to enlarge for viewing) Each person gets the book,  Disciplemaker’s Guide to Grow, Minister, and Lead!   This book is ten disciplemaking training experiences and includes application/discussion pages that help you wrestle the Scriptures together. You’ll learn how to be a disciple (grow), who makes disciples (minister), who make more disciples (lead).  What might God do in your ministry if you dared to encourage and equip volunteers to study, live, and share Jesus-li