Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Matthew 2: 2,11 "They asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and the bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."
1). The wise men came to worship the king of the Jews. (v.2) They loved the stars, they looked to the Scriptures to find out the meaning of different mysteries in the stars, and it led them to Jesus. They realized that Jesus was the reason the stars were as beautiful as they are. They worshipped God for the beauty of His creation, and so should we. Even these old, wise, rich, kings were bowing in worship to the newborn babe surrounded by farm animals in a smelly manger. Remember that every knee shall bow. It doesn’t say that they bowed to Herod, but they did bow for Jesus. 2). They were there to worship Jesus. (v.11) They had brought gifts, but instead they first presented themselves. God wants you more than your gifts. You are on His 'Christmas wish' list. If you give Him all of you, then and only then will you fully appreciate the gifts in your life and use them for His glory. 3). They brought gifts to Jesus. (v.11) Giving is an act of worship. We can give money, give time, give advice, resources, commitment, etc. What do you have that you can give to God as an act of worship this holiday season?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Today's trivia: (without looking) Which two gospel books contain the story of Jesus' birth? See ya tomorrow, Merry Christmas Eve Eve.
Monday, December 22, 2008
This past Saturday, my brother Corey had his 19th birthday. My wife and I were in town for the holidays, which is nice because we almost always get to see him on his birthday. We have a couple of nephews whose birthdays are right around Christmas as well, so we had one big birthday party together for all of our holly birthdays. Since we have so much gifts floating around, we decide to do a gift exchange for the adults as well, with a ten dollar limit.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Congratulations to Pastor Tim for being the correct comment chose to win our trivia from Tuesday. He earns another $2 in prize money to be used towards any NYM event or piece or merchandise. Please inform us where you are at in your winnings to the present time...
Today's trivia - our illustrious leader for Assemblies of God churches in NE, pastor Dwight Sandoz, will have a crazy and exciting holiday. His oldest daughter, Bethany, will be wed in Grand Island. It should be a great affair, with plenty of family and friends coming in for the occasion. Here's the question: at what western church did Pastor Dwight serve before coming to the district office?
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Make sure to take advantage of your opportunities to help others out when they come your way. It's a chance to be the church again!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
1). Herod was disturbed when he received news of Jesus' birth. (v.3) In the same verse, we find out that Jerusalem was disturbed along with Herod. The nation followed their leader, showing the effectiveness of that leader in his leadership. Even though it wasn’t the right behavior, this act shows that Herod was a strong leader. The large group should take on the identity of the leader casting the vision.
2). Herod pulled the leaders together to discuss the situation. (v.4) Knowing that the people were disturbed as he was, he brought the leaders together to discuss a plan. It appeared that he didn’t just step out in his own direction, but he sought the counsel of his leaders and wanted to move together. Instead, he just wanted to find out where Jesus was, because he already had a plan to kill him. Sometimes, leaders appear to be doing their job well, when in fact they have ulterior, selfish motives that aren't right. Don't use your position of leadership to secretly advance your own cause. Great leaders have tried to do the same thing and taken a hard fall because of it.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Last week, Kim and I had the chance to take our kids to Kearney and experience the infamous 'Disney on Ice'. It was a blast. We love Disney films and our kids have had the chance to visit Disneyland, so it reminded us of great memories.
As we first came in, we went to find our seats. We were having a hard time so we asked a helper nearby, and we found out we were in the bleachers above the seats in the arena, about as far up as you can get. I asked Kim what had happened, and she has quickly bought the least expensive tickets, without looking to see where they were located.
We considered moving, but then the show started, so we figured we'd wait a bit and see what seats were available. Very quickly, we came to the realization that we had some of the best seats in the house; though we were up high, we had a great view of everything going on around the ice. Later on, during a break, we walked up close and saw that you couldn't see everything in that way, so we really did have good seats.
Sometimes, we need to wait a bit and experience something before we just rule it out based on our expectations. Sometimes, the cheap seats might be the best seats in the house.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Today's trivia challenge is this: Look at the church building above. What wonderful NE city is this church located in:
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Our WHERE IS THAT IN NE? trivia challenge from last week wasn't answered correctly. Thank you to THE VIEW FROM MY PICTURE WINDOW for trying. The correct answer was Clinton, close to Crawford, but not quite.
Today, here is the Bible Trivia challenge. Joseph took baby Jesus and his mother to Egypt to escape King Herod. God told him to do this through an angel in a dream. Herod was so furious he killed at the baby boys in Jerusalem and it's vicinity. Joseph stayed in Egypt until Herod had died. Who replaced Herod, reigning over Judea (no looking!)?
D) Pontius Pilate
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Almost one month ago we finished our Fall Youth Convention (pictured above). Many of you might remember that we had a snowstorm Thursday night and many were concerned that they might not be able to come. In spite of the weather, only one church wasn't able to make it. Can you name what city they were from?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Here's our trivia question from today: Where is the shortest verse in the OLD TESTAMENT found?
B) 2 Samuel
C) 1 Chronicles