Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thursday - Last day of 2009!!!

1) Here's the song of the year:Still the #1 Christian Song of 2009: ♫ http://blip.fm/~ijbsg

2) Here's the top 2 100 NYM Photos of the year:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #1
Youth Camp 2. Julia Wang took this shot during an altar call. Our speaker is in the middle, and the students with the spotlights behind them is just amazing

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #2
Closing Worship Time at Youth Convention in Bellevue

3) Here's my favorite testimony blog entry of the year, from July 16th, a tribute to my grandfather:

Last night, as the first leg of our big trip, we went to Glenwood Iowa (my hometown) for the viewing of my Grandfather, Arthur Goehring. He lived 97 years here before God took him home.

He had been married a couple of times so we met with his other children and their families and had dinner together before heading to the mortuary. Once there, it hit my kids a little hard, this being our first time dealing with death as a family. But then we started rejoicing that grandpa is with Jesus. The rest of the night, it was a celebration, remembering him, and rejoicing that he was finally home.

Many people visited from the First Christian Church in Glenwood, where my other grandfather used to be the pastor. My grandpa attended there and made an impact on people's lives. He farmed for over 20 years, sold insurance for another 20 years, and then spent two years in the Phillipines with the Peace Corps.

He lived a great life, and is now with Jesus, and that's a testimony that we can all aspire to achieve one day!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday - 2009 Testimonies, songs and pictures

1) Here's the song of the day:Whatever you face in 2010, remember this: ♫ http://blip.fm/~ihpwu

2) Here's the 2 top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #3,4

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #3
I love this shot from the Missions Bike Ride. We were just heading out from Grand Island, on our way to Columbus. It wasn't going to be a difficult day, but we got an early start and it was cold. The effect of the sky behind us is awesome.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #4
Altar Time on Wednesday night at Youth Camp 1. God did some amazing things and several people were healed. Many people stayed in the tabernacle past midnight, just seeking after God.

3) Here's the blog entry of the day, from Thursday, June 11th, Youth Camp 1:

- A student from a youth group in Grand Island was bummed because her family is moving to Florida. She was praying last night about being a missionary to China. As she was praying, she didn't even realize it, but she suddenly found herself praying for Florida. Now, she knows she's moving there with a purpose.

- A dorm leader has a sister at camp that never opens up and becomes emotional. Last night, God broke her and she began to cry and pray for others like never before.

- A student in a room was filled with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues for the first time, describing it as "God totally changed my life"

- A new youth pastor spoke up about his wife, who has a huge heart for missions. Last night, as we were giving things up to God, the youth pastor gave up a fear of failure, then he prayed for his wife to give up her fear of failure as well. He woke up and saw some messages from his wife (who is at home) on his phone, and his wife asked if he prayed for her because she felt like God took her heart and changed it in the night.

- Jay encouraged us. God speaks to us in a number of ways. In today's world, he said, don't be surprised if God texts you.

- A security staff person mentioned that he doesn't get to be in services much because of his role. He came in last night, right as students were rushing to the altars, and it really broke his heart. He didn't think God would touch him while working at camp, but He did.

- A dorm leader mentioned a student that has been coming to camp for years. She's never been filled with the Spirit, and was somewhat scared of it, but she came forward last night and God gave her the Baptism of the Spirit.

- We had a STL offering last night, and then we went into worship. We prayed with kids in worship, and a student mentioned that he felt like he was supposed to give more, so a student found a leader to see how he could give the rest of his money. He emptied his billfold for God.

- Our camp director was up front in prayer and walked next to a pulpit off to the side which has swords on it, and noticed that one was loose. Just a couple of minutes later, our speaker asked for a sword. My camp director quickly looked back at the pulpit, got it off, and rushed it up to the speaker. God has a way of getting the job done even when it doesn't make too much sense to us.

- Jay (camp director) asked our nurse how many years she's been working at our campground, and she said '26 years'. Jay then asked the leaders how many were younger than 26 and three fourths of the leaders raised their hands. Then the nurse said,'I was never able to go to camp as a kid, so God has given me this instead, and it's wonderful'.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday - More testimonies

1) Here's the song of the day:Where can you help: ♫ http://blip.fm/~ifz91

2) Here's the 2 Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #,6,5

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #5
Lucus Howard and Liz Korenak won our very first NYM Scholarships for 2009. Lucus is now at Trinity and Liz is at NCU.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #6
It's a tradition in NE to have students sign the Senior Wall at the last week of camp as a teenager. This is the senior wall from 2009

3) Heres the blog entry, from Kevin Libby of Westpoint, Oct 10th:

Here's a quick STL/BGMC testimony from our youth pastor in Westpoint, Kevin Libby (also a frequent comment participant in trivia challenges) -

Toby, just thought I would let you know that we raised over $800 today for STL and just under $400 for BGMC today. We had a meal and pies for sale...some edible, some throwable. Total STL raised since end of July, just over $1100! Gotta love it when teens get behind something and give like that. They are already talking about next years goal.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday - Best Testimonies of 2009: #4

1) Here's the song of the day:Don't be afraid to speak up: ♫ http://blip.fm/~iejtg

2) Here's the 2 Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #7
The stage setup for Bellevue Youth Convention was the largest we've ever had, and it was spectacular.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #8
I love this painting from Fine Arts in Lincoln. A student wrote Jesus I believe. Even though 'Beleive' was mispelled, it's powerful

3) Here's the blog entry from January 29th, about the PULSE Youth Building in Hastings:

This is from Arjay Johnson, youth pastor of North Shore Assembly of God in Hastings. I've been leading worship there every once in a while and last week the pastor told an amazing story. They have an incredible youth facility in a warehouse downtown called the PULSE. In the back is an old machine elevator, used to transport vehicles during World War II. While using it to move equipment, some people in the youth ministry accidentally broke it. The estimate came back at almost $4,000, which is quite a bit more than Arjay had in his budget. A few weeks later, after the work was done, the owner of the building came back to the pastor with a final receipt of less than $400. God had changed the bill to 1/10 of the original price. We believe it is because God's favor is on Arjay and the Pulse and they doing things to please God and find favor with Him.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday - Testimonies, songs, pictures

1). Here's the song of the day:Speaking on the GIFT Exchange at Southridge Church at the Twin Creek Theaters: ♫ http://blip.fm/~id01c

2). Here's the 2 top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #9
Passing the Cross around at the altar during the last service at Youth Convention in Bellevue

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #10
At the altar during worship at Youth Camp 1. What a shot with the spotlight in the background.

3). Here's today's blog entry from August 6th, in Orlando Florida:

Last night, at the National Youth Service, a student named Mike Durbin was honored as the STL student of the year. He felt like God was encouraging him to do something great for God, so he walked from his home to Springfield, Missouri (National Headquarters). It was almost 500 miles, but he did it all, raising money for STL.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Saturday - Testimonies, songs and pictures

1). Here's the song of the day:Excited for a great service tomorrow at Southridge: ♫ http://blip.fm/~ibq70

2). Here's the highlighted testimonies from May 7, 2009

Yesterday, I had the chance to see Craig Bunck, an old MC student with me at Bellevue back in 1999. He was originally from Fremont and after MC's, he went back to school and got an art degree. I remember going to his senior gallery and seeing him pursue his dream. He is now the media expert on staff at Westside Church in western Omaha. It's great to see someone pursuing his dream and getting a chance to do it for God.

Last Sunday, I spoke at Southridge church in Bellevue. I went to check out the kids area, and the leader greeted me at the check in table. He said that he recognized me, so I figured he had been an air force man in the young adult group I led at Bellevue Christian Center. Well, actually, I had done business with him when I was that pastor. We made a couple of neon signs for our ministry, and we used his business for it. At the time, he wasn't a Christian, and though we invited, he had never made his way by. Well, now he's working with Troy Vandament and preparing to take his Berean courses to become a pastor himself. Wow!

Sometimes, you only hear bad news about people that fall away from church and their dreams. It's good to hear the stories of the people who make it, by the grace of God. Be someone that makes it too.


3). Here's todays two top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #11
The final 5, dipping their front tires in the Missouri River near Blair after covering 492 miles on a bike across the state, border to border. What an achievement, and what a view.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #12
The CURRENT was our worship band at Youth Convention in Bellevue and they did an amazing job. They are scheduled to be with us again next year as well.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday - Testimonies, Merry Christmas

1). Here's today's blog entry: Nov 12th Convention Testimonies

- A student messaged me on facebook. She had been in an abusive relationship and God set her free from that bondage in her life.

- A youth leader from Gothernburg (30 miles west of our camp) messaged me that she had 3 students in her youth ministry receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit

- The youth pastor from York told me about how some of his students accepted Jesus. Their first youth meeting after coming home, he had the opportunity to pray with a girl from a Methodist church to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

- We had a non AG church visit and they loved it. They'd like more information on future events, and they already booked Allen Griffin to come back to one of their own events!

- A week ago, I was up at North Central University. I found out that 95% of the Ministers who work with Deaf Ministries in the nation graduated from NCU. Isn't that amazing?


2). Here's today's song of the day:Merry Christmas: ♫ http://blip.fm/~ialca


3). Here's todays 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #13
Our camp director, Jay Warriner, leading us in pre-service prayer


Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #14

Our AIM team at a school in Jamaica

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thursday - Testimonies, Merry Christmas

1). Here's todays blog entry: August 13th - Witnessing to a Waittress

Earlier this week, I was on vacation in Florida. My father-in-law came with us and the first night, he took everyone out to eat at a Golden Corral buffet. We were going to go to one real close to our hotel, but the traffic had backed up because of an accident, so we went to one a little further away.

The food was good and the atmosphere was nice as well. The waitresses were all foreign ladies who had moved to Orlando for the summer as part of a school abroad program. They did a great job taking care of our group of 20 people, so we gave them a nice tip. My father-in-law had asked them were they were from, and they had said that they were business majors from the Ukraine, formerly of Russia, a very atheistic society because of communism.

When we got out to our car, my father-in-law felt like he was supposed to go back in and witness to the lady. He ran back inside and talked to her and asked her if she had ever heard of Jesus. She replied that she had heard of him, but knew nothing about him. He told her about Christ and pointed her towards some Christian churches in the area. She exchanged emails with my sister-in-law so they could continue to talk about Christ online. They hugged and left, with tears on their eyes.

Sometimes, God redirects our paths for a reason. Just go with it and let God have his way. Be a light wherever you go.


2). Here's todays song of the day:Christmas Time is Here! ♫ http://blip.fm/~i9fpw

3). Here's the 2 top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009:


Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #15
Snuggies at Youth Convention in Gering. Brian looked especially good in his.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #16
Todd and Mike decided to box it out at the youth convention in Bellevue. Thank you Servando and Victory Boxing Club for setting up the ring.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesday - 2009 Testmonies

1). Here's the blog entry for today:
Here's an excerpt of some great testimonies from June 17th at Youth Camp 2:

- Last night, a dorm leader had a camper fall off his bunk, landed on his shoulder, and almost had to go to the doctor. He went into the service with a lot of pain, and before service, they prayed that God would heal him. After service, he came to his dorm leader and said, 'There's no pain at all!'

- One of our leaders had an amazing night. He had been running our Gyro, and couldn't even get out of bed because he was so tired. His dormmate helped encourage him to service. As soon as he walked in the door, the pain left, and he was up front in the center worshipping God with all of his heart. It's also amazing to watch a 6 foot 7 man jumping with all his might in worship.

- Another leader who has been coming to camp for years was set free from a particular bondage that remained in his life. It doesn't matter how long you've been around, God still has powerful things He wants to do in your life.

- A youth pastor mentioned that a dorm leader is working with his girls. She's really been working hard with the girls from his church, and then comes to him and explains what has been going on. He thanked her publicly for her hard work with his campers this week.

- A leader has a girl that is very timid and shy, they prayed together at the altar for awhile. She looked later, and that same girl came out of her shelland was praying for the other girls in her cabin.

- A leader was dancing with a friend up front and saw a row of guys sitting next to them not moving at all. They grabbed the students and helped them get up and start worshipping. At the end of the night, those students were some of the last ones to leave, worshipping God when they could have been at the popstand.


2). Here's the song of the day:Here comes the snow: ♫ http://blip.fm/~i7yvj (Jason Mraz - Winter Wonderland)


3). Here's the 2 Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of the year today:


Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #17

Bruce Riddle led the prayer for our AIM missions team the last night at Youth Camp 1. A week later, they left for Jamaica. Always a special time preparing them at camp.


Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #18

A little fuzzy, but this pic was originally taken during fine arts, right before our awards ceremony. Erik was the coordinator, and this was his team. Not sure why they chose to look like the Mafia though... If anyone has this photo in a better pixel, let me know!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday - Bible Trivia, 2009 Testimony #9

1). Here's today's blog entry:

The carryover Trivia question from the last 3 weeks (and worth $5!) is this: Can you name at least 3 different groups of people that came to visit Jesus in Bethlehem.
Also, here's an awesome testimony from this past year, Sept24th, See You At The Pole:

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting with some of our Omaha Youth Pastors for lunch. Many had great stories of being with students for See You At The Pole, as did others across the state:


- Millard North had a great crowd, and after they prayed, a few students led in worship (2 guitars and a set of bongos)

- Only 1 student showed up at Ralston, but he boldly prayed with his youth pastor by his side

- We had a crowd of about 60 students that prayed at Adams Central in Hastings

- Grand Island had a big Saw You At The Pole event at Northwest High School last night involving many churches, and they used our 7 project sound system.

- Glad Tidings Youth (GRAVITY, youth pastor Jesse Norman) hosted a large event called BOOM, as an outreach to students across the area.


2). Here's today's song of the day:One of my favorite jazz Christmas Songs, Sleigh Ride: ♫ http://blip.fm/~i68ll


3). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of the day:


Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #19

Breakdancing at Youth Camp 2. Who knew NE kids had such great moves!


Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #20

Cory Demmel, youth pastor from BCC and convention speaker in Gering, honored me during the Saturday afternoon service, for many years of service to Nebraska Youth Ministries. It was a complete surprise, and a tremendous honor!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday - Best Testimonies of 2009: #10

1). Here's today's blog entry:

The next two weeks, during the holidays, we are planning on posting some of our favorite testimonies from the past year. We will still post our trivia question tomorrow, since it carried over from previous weeks, but that will be the last one for the year. Enjoy this excerpt from January 8th regarding "BCC - Burning the Mortgage"


A few weeks ago I was back in Bellevue for the holidays. That is where I was pastoring before I came to Grand Island to be in the district office. I was in church on Dec 21st, when they were celebrating the completion of their mortgage loan on the wonderful facility they built about 20 years ago. It's the largest AG building in the state, and we are going to have our Fall Youth Convention there this coming November. Over 5 million dollars was faithfully paid out from people over the years to bring them to the mortgage burning ceremony.


Pastor Gary Hoyt asked all of those who had been at the church the entire time they had been working together on a building fund to stand up, and about 50 people stood up, out of maybe 800. It was a small percentage of the whole who were there that morning, but I looked and saw the faces of people I had known since the early days of when I started to be involved at BCC. Faithful people, staying put, giving over and over again, for the dream that God had given them. Being in an airforce community, many families had to come and go, but these few stayed true. Because of their faithfulness, God led them into 'the promised land'. What an incredible day that must have been for them to see all those years of work and giving come to completion.


Dreaming big is something we GET to do as a Christian. Faithfulness and Committment are required to see it through. The road will be long and difficult at times, but the results will be glorious in the end.


2). Here's today's song of the day:Heard a winter storm is
coming this week: ♫ http://blip.fm/~i4bne

3). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of the year:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #21
This is a great shot of our blimp at Youth Convention in Bellevue. It moved into the light right at the moment of the shot. Cool effect!

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #22
Junior Graves, our top finalist in Rap Solo at Fine Arts, performed onstage at Youth Camp 2 and did a great job!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday - Song and Pictures

1). Here's today's song of the day:Another great Christmas song, great for a Sunday: ♫ http://blip.fm/~i2qcq

2). Here's today's 2 top 100 NYM Photos of 2009:


Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #23
Playing Buck Buck at Youth Camp 1 during a rainy day for rec in the tabernacle

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #24
Allen Griffin spoke at our Bellevue Youth Convention. He did a great job, and he sold this popular shirt - Devil, I'll cut you

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Saturday - Song and Pictures

1). Here's today's song of the day:I love to SING Christmas songs ♫ http://blip.fm/~i12w1

2). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #25
The last picture of Feast or Famine, the legendary game at Youth Camp 1. This is a great action shot of many people trying to gorge themselves for points.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #26
Jacob Jester did a great job as our speaker for Youth Camp 1. Other than his sweating problem and resemblence to Patrick Dempsey, he was perfect

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Here's today's blog entry:

Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from Tuesday's Trivia. The question will carry over one more week - and the total prize will be $5, so be looking for that next Tuesday.
I just became friends on facebook with Jeremy Rinke, the youth pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship. There church has come to some of our NYM events and partner with us even though they aren't officially an A/G church. We have a few churches like that, and if you know of any that might enjoy being with us at camps, conventions, fine arts, etc., give them my contact info because I'd like to partner with them as well.
Where is Jeremy's church Harvest Christian Fellowship in Nebraska?

A. Kearney
B. North Platte
C. Scottsbluff
D. Lincoln
E. Omaha

2). Here's today's song of the day:Love this Christmas song from Michael W. Smith ♫ http://blip.fm/~hz7sp

3) Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of the day: #28,27

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #27
Mike Maroney and Todd Mohrmann leading the Rec Staff at Youth Camp 2. Two of the most intriguing and fun guys on our youth staff in Nebraska. Todd is in Columbus and Mike is now on staff at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #28
Rock Solid's Worship Band led worship for us on Friday night at Fine Arts in Lincoln at Christ's Place in March. Jeff and the team did a great job.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Here's today's blog post of the day:

I had a great time connecting with Bruce Riddle this past Monday. He is the youth pastor of ROCK SOLID at Christ's Place church in Lincoln, and he also heads up our AIM missions trip every year. We had lunch at Chipotle (we've got to get one of those in Grand Island!)
He told me about a new program they have started w
here students are reaching out to other students who have made a new commitment to Christ. For 4 straight weeks, they get a contact from another student at least twice a week. That way, they can answer any questions, give them support on tough issues, help them get involved with a small group, etc. He said that many students have even started the process with 4 or
5 students all at the same time, just on different levels in the weeks. What a great idea. It's awesome to see students doing the work of the ministry. Way to go Bruce!

2). Here's today's song of the day (pick of the week!):Great
song from a highlight video at BCC (Thanks Hook): ♫ http://blip.fm/~hy10t

3). Here's today's 2 top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009:

Another classic shot from the Feast or Famine game at Youth Camp 1. These girls were taking turns making a deposit into the trash can, pretty gross.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #30
Jay Warriner, youth pastor from Grand Island, took over the role as our camp director and did a great job. Here he is leading us in a time of worship at the end of the service.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Here's today's song of the day:
Carol of the Bells ♫ http://blip.fm/~hwlmd

2). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of the day:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #31
Aaron Bade, youth pastor in South Sioux City, went with me on a trip to North Central. We found this picture hanging near the chapel. Apparently, Aaron is related to a man that helped establish the school???

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #32
Nate and his dorm trying to eat more food than the other team they were up against in the Feast or Famine game of legend from Youth Camp 1

3). Here's today's blog entry

Matthew 2:13 'An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream'

God wants us to do things according to His will. He is willing to speak to us and show us His plan, at least one step at a time. He speaks in a variety of different ways. When God was protecting the life of his only Son, he didn't speak to Joseph in an audible voice, he appeared to Joseph in a dream.

What if Joseph had assumed it was 'just a dream'. What if he would have attributed it to the lasagna from last night? What if, what if, what if...

Sometimes, we get angry because God doesn't just come out and say it. But he didn't even do that when the life of His only Son was at stake (at least in our eyes). We must remember that God can stop things anytime He wants, and step in. If he is leading us on one step at a time, and speaking in a variety of ways, that's His decision. It's our choice to trust and obey.

God may not come out and speak to you in an audible voice. We should be grateful that God chooses to speak to us in any way at all!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Here's today's blog entry:

Congratulations to BRIAN for being the correct comment chosen as our winner from Friday's Trivia. You are now up to $10 in prize earnings - way to go.
Today's trivia is a carryover from last week, when we didn't get any responses. Jesus had many visitors when he was a baby in Bethlehem. Can you name how many visitors he had?

2). Here's today's song of the day:Decking the halls: ♫ http://blip.fm/~hu7jp

3). Here's today's 2 top 100 NYM Photos of the day:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #33
This was the last moment of our Fall Youth Convention in Bellevue. We honored my sister Jenny, an assistant to the office of the DYD these past ten years. She is moving on to be the Childrens Pastor at York in 2010.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #34
This was the shot from backstage at Fall Youth Convention in Bellevue.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday - Life Lessons (Instinct)

1). Here's today's song of the day:When? ♫ http://blip.fm/~hs1zp

2). Here's today's two top 100 NYM photos/memories of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #35
One of the best moments from our Missions Bike Ride. Brian Thomas ran into a parked car. He has to lean over on his bike, and he didn't look up to see it.
Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #36 A group of girls at Fall Youth Convention in Gering. Which smile just doesn't belong?


3). Here's today's blog entry:

Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at the Assembly of God church in McCook. It was a great time of connecting with Jamie Mockry, our youth and children's director there, as well as everyone else. It's about a 3 hour drive from Grand Island, so I had plenty of time preparing myself for the message. On the way, I was torn between two messages: one about witnessing, and the other about empowering our young people. Right as I entered the city, I had decided to go with the message on empowering young people, but I wasn't quite sure.

As I entered the church, I looked at the stage, and it was decorated for a Children's Christmas Presentation that was going to take place that night. I obviously had made the right choice and didn't have anything to worry about.

Sometimes, we've got to go with our instincts and make the best choice available, not worrying about the outcome.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturday - Song and Pictures

1). Here's today 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #39
Pre-service prayer at Youth Camps!!!

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #40
Herbie Thompson, young adult leader and MC Director from Bellevue Christian Center, speaking Friday night at the Gering Fall Youth Convention

2). Here's today's song of the day:The Night Before Christmas, Brandon Heath: ♫ http://blip.fm/~hoq50

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Here's today's blog entry today: Unfortunately, no one was able to comment the correct answer from Tuesday's trivia. That's two weeks in a row! Lots of great prize money just sitting out there. Make sure to chime in today

Tonight is our District Office Christmas party at a restaurant called Allie Rose. What city near Grand Island is that located in?

2). Here's today's song of the day:Great song from The Prince of Egypt last night: ♫ http://blip.fm/~hmoab

3). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #41
Jay and Keith dancing the night away, at Fall Youth Convention in Gering!

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #42
This is one of my favorites, again. We caught Brien mid wink! Or was he just really bored at the STL tour in February, at Southside?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Here's todays song of the day:My kids didn't know this song yet: ♫ http://blip.fm/~hkup6

2). Here's today's testimony:

Some of you may know already, but my father-in-law has been diagnosed with lung cancer. He has had it for about 2 years now. At first, they did surgery, but a year later it came back. Now he has been fighting it with chemotherapy, but they have moved him to stage 4 (which is terminal) and told him that if it spreads, they will stop the chemo and let the cancer take it's course. He recently went in for another catscan to see if it had spread.
We had a lot of our family and friends praying for him. My brother-in-law Tim Moen (Southern New England DYD) put a notice to all the DYD's and asked them to pray as well. We got the results back on Friday, and the cancer hadn't spread at all, so he is still good to work with chemo and keep fighting.
At one point, the doctors said he was in denial because he was holding onto hope. What they don't know is we serve a God that is the author of hope and it's the best thing to Hold onto in a fight for your life.


3). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #43
Our youth camps had some of the best team names in years. This is Matt Richardson, youth pastor in Omaha, representing the ninjas. One of the few moments we were actually able to catch him on camera, because of his stealth moves

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #44
Eric Boulier (former youth pastor in Omaha) trying to award our guitar solo champion, and hoping he can figure out a way to get the medal over his mohawk.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday - Leaders Corner - Getting in Leadership

1). Here's today's song of the day:My kids like this Christmas song a lot: ♫ http://blip.fm/~hj028

2). Here's today's top 2 100 NYM Photos of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #45
This is one of my personal favorites. Kenon, a good wrestler from GI, doing a little hula hooping at Youth Camp!

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #46
I had the chance to speak at the youth group for Southside in Omaha. It was May 5th, so Kevin had us dress up for the Spanish celebration. Nice sombrero!

3). Here's today's blog excerpt

2 Samuel 15:3,4 (Absalom) 'There is no representative of the king to hear you...if only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me'

Absalom had murdered his brother, gone into exile, and then David mercifully brought him back after two years. Now, he wants to move up in leadership. So, rather than talking with David about possibilities, he tries to force David's hand by convincing the people of their need, and that he was the man they needed.

True leaders need others to help them accomplish their task and grow. We don't create our own leadership positions though. We should be the best we can at all we do, and then let God develop our paths. Trying to force someone to do what you want is never the right way to go. If we are doing anything with hidden desires to accomplish something contrary to what we've said, than we probably shouldn't be doing it at all.

The best option is always to talk with your leader and work with them on your future. Don't try to go at it 'alone'.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen as our winner from Friday's Trivia. She is now up to $10 in prize earnings. Way to go!
Today is a snow day in Grand Island. Apparently, it's snowing all over the state. Not much traveling on the road today! When Jesus was born, many people traveled to see him as a baby. Can you name everyone who made the trip to visit the newborn King?

2). Here's today's song of the day:Snow day
in Grand Island!: ♫ http://blip.fm/~hh3nh

3). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of the day:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #47
Todd and Les, the youth leaders at Columbus Word of Life, receiving their 'reward' for STL. Their students raised the money they were challenged to, so the leaders were slimed in September.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #48
Great action shot of Warball at our Youth Camps. There is another picture in our camp gallery a moment after this shot was taken. One of the girls fell down on her way to ball - hilarious!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday - Life Lessons (Worth it?)

1). Here's today's blog entry:

I had a great weekend of being home with my family. With so much time together, my boys did start to tease my daughter Abby quite a bit. I was trying to think of a creative way to get them to stop.

I bought some cookies, and my son Ryan wanted some uncooked cookie dough. I said that I would if he would write down a contract that he wouldn
't tease Abby again the rest of his life. He said it wasn't worth it. Then, I said - what about just the rest of this year? He wrote it out and gave it to me, begrudgingly.

Unfortunately, as I was unpacking the dough, I found a large notice on the bag DO NOT EAT UNCOOKED DOUGH! As soon as Ryan saw it, he tore up his contract saying, 'It's not worth it?'

I wish I would have seen that notice before I offered my solution!

2). Here's today's song of the day:Just heard this song again this morning. Awesome prayer for the day: ♫ http://blip.fm/~hf5di

3). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of the day:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #49
Welcoming people at the Fall Youth Convention in Bellevue. Cory Demmel was the host youth pastor and he came out with me in his snuggie. This is him, cheering for all of his Bellevue people who came out in force!

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #50 (HALFWAY THERE!)
This was also our halfway point of the Missions Bike across our state. We are posing on the bridge at our campgrounds after riding from Gering to Lexington, about 250 miles over 3 days

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday - Songs and Pictures

1). Here's today's song of the day:Time to sing: ♫ http://blip.fm/~hdr7n

2). Here's today's 2 Top 100 NYM Photos of 2009:

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #51
One of the many gross/incredible images from the game of the year - The legendary Family Feast at Camp Lex during Youth Camp 1. Thank you Cory Demmel.

Top 100 NYM Photos/Memories of 2009: #52
A view from the back of the room at our Bellevue Fall Youth Convention. I loved the light show! One of the largest and most extensive we've ever had.