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Rethinking Revival... A True Story

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One of my pastor-friends went to a community gathering for pastors.  The pastor leading the gathering said, "We need to find out why we have 11,000 international students living amongst us and very few of those students have ever met a Christian. After all, Jesus commanded us to 'make disciples of all nations.' We need to have a revival."  At this point, a number of pastors began to get excited. That's what we need—a revival! Then one pastor slowly raised his hand: "Maybe some of the 11,000 students have met a Christian—however, is it possible that the Christian didn't know how to live on mission as a disciplemaker? What if we started equipping Christians in our churches to make disciples like Jesus did? Perhaps we would see God-prompted disciplemaking movement in our area?" A long awkward pause ensued. Then the pastor leading the meeting said, "So back to the revival idea...." It really makes me wonder:   Can there be a real "revival

What God Is Doing—Summer Ministry Fun 2022

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"Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness."  —Psalms 115:1 Lifest—here we come! I'm doing this interactive disciplemaking training experience at Lifest in Oshkosh, WI . If you're going to be at Lifest (and I hope you are) and want to connect or know the details of when and where we'll be, please contact me .  Preaching in the morning services at The Encounter in East Peoria, IL—with Pastor Tracey Pfeiffer. Join us for this training experience ! Some of our disciplemaking friends, their families, and some of our neighbors gathered for TIME TOGETHER for brats, root beer floats, and  disciplemaking friendships . Pastor Dan Johnston of CrossPoint Church preaches through The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus on Sunday mornings. You're invited to join us for disciplemaking training on Saturday morning, September 17 in Morton, IL, or on Saturday morning, October 1 in Gifford, IL. Contact me and I'

Peace if possible, truth at all costs...

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I'm all for peace, but not at the expense of truth. I prefer both. Sadly, truth has fallen on hard times these days . This picture says it all.  These are the days of Isaiah: "Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed" (Isaiah 59:14). Yet, in a culture that demands compromise and deconstruction, some brave souls in Africa have the guts to stand on God's unchanging truth. Check out the link below and be inspired. " It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error ." —Pastor Rudolf Merab, Libera " Dear friends, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord." —Jude1:3

Summer 2022: What God Is Doing...

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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.] Can You Help Us? In this crazy world, we find great comfort in Jesus— and friends like you —who pray for us and partner with us financially. THANK YOU! As you can see from our ministry update letter below, we are busier than ever making disciple makers  everywhere we travel. However, like you, we’re feeling the impact of high gas prices and inflation. I want to be clear:  We need your prayers and $ partnership for our disciplemaking ministry this summer.  Can you help us this summer?   If so, go here . No gift is too small—and each gift would be deeply appreciated. Either way, we thank God for you. Look at What God is Doing! Double click any image to enlarge for reading, viewing, and praying.   Can you help us  continue  multiplying disciple makers ? Here's ho

Before you go on your next mission trip, read this...

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Donʼt head out for that mission trip without first having each person in your group read, Ten Mission Trip Land Mines ! Itʼs a FREE 17-page PDF download especially for Cup O' Joe readers like you. Inside this FREE download, youʼll find: Ten mission trip land mines and how you and your team can avoid them. A Checklist Covenant that each person can sign. A FREE mission trip training session—great for an orientation meeting. Recommended training and devotional guide for mission trips. To download the FREE 17-page PDF of Ten Mission Trip Land Mines, GO HERE . BONUS Resource: The ultimate mission trip devotional guide ! Let me encourage you every Monday !

The Elvis Church: Has Your Church Left the Building?

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  If video doesn't appear, go here . Don't know where to start? Start here... 1. If you're still wondering: What does disciplemaking look like in the church ? 2. A true short story: What if the church joined its people on mission ? 3.  This IS the plan.  (short video) 4.  Explore how Jesus did it—and continues to do it . 5.  Explore bringing THIS training experience to your ministry and church . Let me encourage you and make you think every Monday !

Is a Biblical Worldview Enough?

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There is so much talk amongst Christians about the importance of having a "biblical worldview."  While I am committed to a biblical worldview, I have this nagging question in my mind and heart: Is a biblical worldview enough? The underlying and often unspoken assumption in all the talk about a "biblical world view" seems to be this: If one has the knowledge of a "biblical worldview," then that person will live all of life in light of the Bible. But is that assumption true? Does knowing God's Word automatically translate into Bible application and life transformation? Is it possible to have a biblical worldview and still be a jerk? How can that be? Consider this from Jesus—just after he washed the disciples' feet: "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them" (John 13:17—emphasis mine). It's one thing to know the teachings of Jesus and quite another to do/live them. Christianity—they way Jesus gave it to his di