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Context is everything...

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  The message is funny and, too often, true.    Now, the real question: What is Paul REALLY saying in this passage below? Read before and after the bold type below. What is Paul REALLY saying? I'd love to hear from you. How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent hel

The top 10 signs you're too old to trick or treat...

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10. You keep knocking on your own front door. 9. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker. 8. You get winded from knocking on the door. 7. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you. 6. You ask for high fiber candy only. 5. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over. 4. People say, "Great Keith Richards mask!" and you're not wearing a mask. 3. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or..." and can't remember the rest. 2. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece. 1. You keep having to go home to pee. * Thanks Mikey's Funnies BONUS: Laughing at a culture that can't laugh at itself . Let me encourage you every Monday !

Disciplemaking Multiplication and Disciplemaking Learning Communities!

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On Saturday morning, September 18th, Crazy Pastor Steve and I did  The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus  training experience at  Open Bible Church in Galesburg, IL.  “Bill, the training was fabulous. It was a blessing to have you and Steve speak into our people. I think we are really starting to get it. My heart is filled with such joy.” —Pastor Mark Dexter. The first gathering of the  Galesburg Area Leadership Community (GALC).  We’re off to a great start. As a Disciplemaking Learning Community , we aspire to study, live, and share The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus where we live, work, play, and church. Do you remember last year when Crazy Pastor Steve Waggoner and I reluctantly started a women’s disciplemaking learning community? Yeah, I never imagined that would ever happen. But it did. And God seems to have used it—even though it was “out-of-the-box.” I’m so happy to share this picture above of the  Central IL  Women’s Disciplemaking Learning Community (WDLC)— now completely pla

The Story Behind the Picture...

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I know. That mustache is creepy. Hey, it was the very early 80s. Not the 1880s—the 1980s. I recently came across this picture and it got me thinking. I've been in youth ministry literally since I believed the Gospel at 15 years old. When I turned 16, one of the the first things I did was load up my very crappy, horribly rusted chocolate brown Chevy Vega every Sunday with kids from the housing projects where I lived and took them to church with me.  No one told me to do it.   As a very young follower of Jesus, it felt natural to start right where I lived. Later, when I was 17 or 18, around the time of the picture above, my pastor found out I was walking the downtown streets of my hometown sharing the Gospel on Friday and Saturday nights with many of my peers. My pastor, about 30 years my elder, Reverend Raymond Rickert, joined me on my mission. Eventually, several minor miracles happened and the church, after some hesitation and debate, decided to open up a ministry center right on

Look at What God Is Doing!

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Click image above to enlarge for viewing and reading! Or just go here . Can you help us  continue  multiplying disciple makers ? Here's how... 1.  Invest in disciplemaking via the Allisons and Cadre Missionaries 2.  Join our email prayer team  ("prayer team" in subject line) 3.  Bring Cadre training to your ministry or church 4.  Become a trainer with Cadre     5.  Read and share The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus Thank you for investing in disciplemaking!  Look at what God is doing! Click image above to enlarge for viewing and reading!   Or just go here . Let me encourage you every Monday !

Disciplemaking As Easy As PIE...

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We can bring disciplemaking  encouragement  and training to you , your ministry, and your church. That's what we do as Cadre Missionaries! Check out some of our training experiences and then reach out to us . Where? Your church, ministry, small group, etc. Why? We'll explore the following questions... * Have we made disciplemaking unnecessarily difficult?  * What is the simplest way to engage Jesus-like disciplemaking?   * How crazy and beautiful would be if every one in your church/ministry began to embrace a simple, Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life? * What if this Jesus-like way of life is… as easy as PIE?  What? The  Disciplemaking As Easy As PIE   training experience * More here on the content . Who? Anyone interested in disciplemaking.  Contact Us? Email us . With whom do you need to share this? *  Full disclosure: There will be no pie at this training experience. However, you may bring some pie to share with everyone. Let me encourage you every Monday !

Here’s to 19 years of doggedly staying on mission and NOT doing something new...

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"All you ever focus on is disciplemaking. When is Cadre going to do something new?" Those were the words of a ministry friend of mine. I love him deeply and we’re still friends : ) Something new? Hmm.  I smiled and said, "When King Jesus gives us new marching orders, then I will focus on that. Until then, the last I heard from Jesus was, 'Go and make disciples….'” We get it. We know that disciplemaking isn’t trendy, cool, or chic. And neither is Cadre Missionaries. But we don’t care. In fact, we are all the more determined to stay focused on the person of Jesus Christ (the one from the Holy Bible) and His disciplemaking mission. Here’s to 19 years of doggedly staying on mission and NOT doing something new ! That’s right: This month we’re celebrating 19 years of making disciplemakers—like Jesus. For 19 years, God and you have made it possible for us, as Cadre Missionaries, to give our lives to multiplying disciplemakers here, there, and everywhere. Thank you! A