The All In Manifesto

Poker chips, large sum concept

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions.

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

Keep asking questions.

Keep making mistakes.

Keep seeking God.

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.

Expand your horizons.

Accumulate experiences.

Enjoy the journey.

Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.

Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.

Burn sinful bridges.

Blaze new trails.

Don’t let fear dictate your decisions.

Take a flying leap of faith.

Quit holding out.

Quit holding back.

Push all of your chips to the middle of the table.
It’s time to ante up all of your faith.

It’s time to go all in.

It’s time to go all out.

-Mark Batterson

I Love Fall!

Cooler weather, leaves falling, football, and a bowl of Chili…Fall is officially here!  This is a great time of year to spend time with your lifegroups with intentionality. When brainstorming about this topic, many ideas popped into my head. I even googled some! Here are the top 10 I came up with.  



1.  Movie night outside for kids and families.  Easy to do with a video projector.  Pick the right movie, circle up the lawn chairs, and bring on the popcorn.


2. Drop in for waffles and bacon on a Saturday morning.  Again, everyone’s kids will love this idea.  3 or 4 waffle irons make it easy.  Add-ins like blueberries, chocolate chips, and pecans make it fun (and tasty!).


3. Invite neighbors over for a potluck theme dinner night (Italian, Mexican, etc.).  Go all out with music and decorations.  Make it fun and it will be easy to connect.


4. Garage sale for a local cause.  Gather up your merchandise.  Pick out a great local cause or charity.  Be ready to talk about why you’re doing it.


5. Pull a fire pit or chiminea onto your front porch or driveway.  Bring out the patio furniture.  Be ready to offer a warm cup of cider and a s’more to neighbors passing by.


6. Join in the fun to offer some safe Halloween fun.  No tracts.  Just the best candy and the friendliest people on the block.


7. Chili cook off.  No better time to host a chili cook off complete with judges, prizes and Tums.


8. Block party cookout.  Roll the grills into the cul de sac and bring out the lawn chairs.  Do it right it might turn into an annual event!


9. The Big Game on the big screen.  Plan a party for the day of the biggest college game in your area.  Think Super Bowl party with local flair.  Make it fun for the whole family.


10. Game night.  Whether your game of choice is bunco or pictionary, there’s a way to do that’s even more fun.  Think tournament.  Have goofy prizes for the winners. 


It doesn’t matter what you do…just do something. Being intentionally outward focused is a choice that we make. 


What are some other ideas?