Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Here's the song of the day:I've been singing this song all week.

2). Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to REBEKAH for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. Quite a rivalry has developed between Rebekah and Larissa, but she is now up to $22 in prize earnings - way to go!

Which NE city housed the largest naval ammunition plant during WWII, providing over 40% of the total ammunition?

A. Omaha
B. Ogallala
C. Hastings
D. Fremont
E. Niobrara

3) Here's the fun link of the day:

Factropolis - a new fun fact every day

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1) Here's the song of the day: ♫ What a savior! ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

- Met with Don Chester last night, youth leader from Lexington, and one of our staff members at the camp. He has been going with some other leaders to the high school once a week for lunch. They've invited people to the youth group and there was one student named Douglas that he had been really wanting to see come. Finally, Douglas called him back for a ride and Don took him last night for the first time. Don used to be a youth pastor in a different city where he volunteered as an assistant swim coach. He's been looking for a way to get more involved in the Lexington schools since taking the job at our camp. Great job Don!

- Got this twitter post from our youth pastor at Bellevue Christian Center, Cory Demmel: Revolution has been so good the last two weeks, I haven't even known what to say... so awesome. @CoryDemmel

- Last week, our youth alive coordinator Brian Korell had the opportunity to speak in Friend with Ryan Conner. It was the grand opening of their new youth building, right next to their church. They've been working on it for a year or so, and it looks great. The best part is, it's completely paid for already!

3). Is It Normal? - a place to share stories with others on the web

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner - Prayer Zone Partners

1). Here's the song of the day: New #1 Song ♫ There is a way ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

Acts 21:5 - All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and their on the beach we knelt to pray

"Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."

This is a prayer that I remember from my childhood. I believe my mother taught it to me when I was young. I'm sure I also heard it in church too. It's kind of a gruesome prayer in some ways, with the thought that I could die in my sleep. But the point I want to make is this - I'm 34 years old and yet, I still remember this prayer.

What are we doing to teach our students to pray? Surely, we need to consider promoting PRAYER ZONE PARTNERS, where students and adults commit to pray for the schools in their community. It would be great if we could get a moment to promote that in church on Sunday mornings as well.

But we can also do other things. What about a sermon series on prayer (there's a great one on thefiftytwo.com volume 3)? How about some Saturday morning prayer sessions (GRAVITY youth group does this, from Omaha Glad Tidings)? Maybe a Monday night small prayer group (ROCK SOLID does this, from Lincoln Christ's Place)? How about putting pre-service prayer into your weekly schedule? How about joining me for a week of fasting and prayer for camp, the first week of May (which is also our camp work days)?

Prayer has to become a priority for us if we want it to be a priority for our students as well.

3). Here's the link of the day: IHOP Prayer Room in Kansas City


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Everything Falls ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to LARISSA. She had the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's trivia. She is now up to $18 in prize earnings - way to go!

Which of the following animals were the Israelites forbidden to eat in the Old Testament?
A. Sheep
B. Goat
C. Rabbit
D. Antelope

3). Here's the link of the day:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (Faith)

1). Here's the blog entry:

I read this excerpt from ESPN the Magazine the other day:

DAVE - What's with the Bible citations on Tim Tebow's eyeblack, Stu? If I were a player and had 'There is' written on one side of my face and 'no God' on the other, would that be okay?

STUART SCOTT - Dave, if that's what you want to do, I don't care. But Tim and I and billions of other believers in the world know you'd be wrong. I've seen the workings of God many times in my life, like when my two daughters were born. If you don't believe in God, watch a child be born. Then if you still say you don't believe in God, that's okay. The thing is, I think He'll watch over you anyway.

Wow, what a bold statement of faith. Don't be afraid to speak up for what you believe today too.

2). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Hurricane, Switchfoot ♫

3). Here's the link of the day: Creative crayon sculptures (Fine Arts one month away!)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Here's the song of the day:♫ Don't give up ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Congratulations to REBEKAH for being the correct comment chosen as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. She is now up to $20 in prize earnings - way to go!

What month of the year was the GOLDENROD declared the NE state flower?

A. March
B. April
C. May
D. June

3). Here's the link of the day:


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Here's the 'heavy' song of the day: Demon Hunter ♫

2). Here's the blog entry of the day:

- A youth pastor told me that his wife and he were facing a tough transition. They looked on our national website and found the MOMENTUM MONDAY archived podcasts. They found one on Transitions, and after listening to it, they learned many things that they've applied to their situation to help in certain important ways. They knew they could trust in God with all of the details as they progressed in change. Even in a time of transition, making it healthy is so vital to the students they care about and leave behind.
- My brother-in-law is a huge fan of 80's rock. He informed me that heavy metal hero Dave Mustaine has credited Christianity for turning his life around and making him realize what a weasel he once was. He was in a band called Megadeath, which had a lot of drug issues. My brother said it was great to see one of those guys that might be deemed unreachable 'get it'!

3) Link of the day: Momentum Monday's weekly leadership podcasts

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Here's the song of the day: Come save ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

Jonah 1:1,2 - The Word of the Lord came to Jonah...go to the great city of Ninevah...but Jonah ran away from the Lord.

God is calling many people to do something for Him. On the District Tour this week Dan Zitterkopf, our new camp director, keeps telling people about 82 students that felt a call of God towards ministry at camp this past summer. Where are they now? There are many people God calls that have begun to run. They haven't denied themselves, and they don't want to pursue God's plan for their lives. Don't be afraid to call out to them, to help them, to bring them back. May God put you in the path of people who are running, so we can bring them back into alignment with Him.

3) Here's the link of the day: This is a band that one of my former Jr. High students started.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Here's the song of the day: Forest ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. He is now up to $10 in prize earnings - way to go. Sorry to REBEKAH, and nice try.

Can you name at least two stories in the Bible that involved a WELL?

3) Here's the link of the day: Live Mocha

This week I am on the District Tour in Eastern NE with Caleb Fischer, our newest NE Missionary to Eurasia. His wife is originally from IRAN and she speaks Persian in their presentation. Here's a great place to go online to learn a new language.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (Create)

1). Here's the song of the day:Let me be a vessel ♫

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

This weekend, I was blessed to be at home after 10 days of traveling for my job. I enjoyed my wife and my kids over the holiday weekend. At one point, my daughter pulled me into her room and showed me a creative piece she had been working on. She wrote and performed a human video that she will present at Fun Arts (2 weeks away, youth.neag.org) I was so proud of her and honored that she was creating on her own. Though only in 2nd grade, she already knows that she has something to offer up to God in praise. May we all raise our children and the youth in our groups to do the same.

Check out the song she is using here: It's all about you ♫

3). Here's the link of the day:

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1) Here's the song of the day by Aaron Shust:


2) Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. He is now up to $8 in prize earnings - way to go! Also, we've decided to award PASTOR TIM a prize this week as well, for his creative use of Hebrew in his answer. He is now up to $8 as well. Way to represent the Siouxland section and we'll see the two of you Tuesday night at our service.

In honor of Rebekah, what was the last year that Nebraska played the Ohio State Buckeyes in college football?

3) Need help online with taxes, for ministers? Look here (thanks Aaron!)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1) Here's the song of the day:

Jesus Loves You ♫ by Stellar Kart

2) Here's the blog entry:

-Last night, we had a wonderful Sandhills section District Tour service in Broken Bow. Rick Johnson hosted the event, and we had 4 of our 6 churches that came in to be with us. We met the youth leader in Broken Bow and we helped her get onto our mailing list and receive materials to help start promoting Campus Missions. She told us about the students in her group. They have one campus missionary that was our short sermon champion last year in Fine Arts. They also graduated a senior who is now a student at Trinity Bible College. Though a small group, they are producing some great kids and they have great potential to do so much more for God. Tonight, we are heading to Ainsworth for the Niobrara Section, pray for us and come out and join us if you can.
- I spoke to Jesse Norman, youth pastor for Glad Tidings in Omaha, a couple of days ago. They have been selling DO UNTO OTHERS shirts for Haiti relief, and they've already raised over $10,000 for Convoy of Hope, which is funded primarily through STL. They've had orders from all over the world. Check out our link of the day to get your own!

3) Here's the link for the day: STL and Convoy of Hope Outreach for Glad Tidings



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner - Connection

1). Here's the blog entry today:

'Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose' - Philippians 4:2


This is a picture of a lego creation that a group of DYD's and myself put together at the National DYD conference in Branson this past weekend. We were assigned to work together as a team and build something that represented what we thought youth ministry would look like in the next 5 years. Though not a great picture, we were proud of the creation we did together. It had a green foundation, representing the impressionable youth we work with. The wall represented the divide between the church and youth culture. The wall is filled with many colors representing the diversity we need to strive for. The door is salvation through Christ, and it's covered in red to symbolize Christ's blood. The antennas on top show the need to preach this message with all the tools of multimedia at our disposal. And the fence shows the need to teach students apologetics so they can defend their faith in the face of ever increasing opposition.

Had I tried to accomplish this task on my own, I would never have come up with so many details. When we work together, we can always paint a better more realistic picture of where we are going and how to get there.

2). Here's the link of the day: Momentum Mondays

A place to sign up for weekly leader emails filled with material from Jay Mooney, our National Youth Leader

3). Here's the song of the day:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1) Here's the song of the day:


2) Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to PASTOR BRIAN for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's trivia. He is now up to $12 - way to go! Nebraska's state motto is 'Equality before the law'. Thanks to REBEKAH for the suggestion of a WHERE IS THAT IN OHIO trivia? Maybe I'll mix it up for you soon.

Isaac was a mighty man in the Old Testament. How old was he when he died?

3) Here's the link of the day:


Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (Listen)

1) Here's the song of the day:


2) Here's the blog entry:

Last week, I was making an effort to wake up earlier and spend the first few moments of my day with God in prayer. My wife usually wakes up at 6:00am to get ready for her day. I usually roll out of bed around 6:30, but instead I woke up with her. I went out to the kitchen and made a cup of coffee. Then I sat at the kitchen table - just my coffee and me and God!

At first, it was a little akward. I was tired and felt like going back to sleep. The coffee didn't taste as good as I thought it would that early. But then, I started to hear God speak through His Holy Spirit inside of me. Many things were happening that morning, as I heard so many wonderful things from God. As I was praying, I couldn't help but wonder if God is speaking like this all the time throughout my day, but I'm so busy that I can't hear it.

When we put away the loud voices of the world around us, maybe we'll hear that still small voice more often. Make an effort to take that time today!

3). Here's the link of the day: A great place to mobilize prayer for students and local school campuses



Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1) Here's the song of the day: Rough recording of Amy Grant


2) Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. Bart... has the longest name of any disciple - way to go! She is now up to $18 in prize earnings.

Nebraska state motto: Equality before the _____________ ?

A. Fight
B. Land
C. Law
D. Road

3. Here's the link of the day - Last night I took some Nyquil, and I'm having a hard time waking up. Enjoy some coffee art at McCafe !


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1) Here's the song of the day: Great new song from the Newsboys


2) Here's the blog entry:

Last night, I had the privilege of attending the National BGMC banquet in Branson, Missouri. Nebraska kids and churches raised $64,000 for BGMC in 2009 (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge). We finished 2nd overall in similar districts with 0-100 churches (we have 91). I was honored the receive the award on behalf of our network and our goal for next year is $100,000. If we hit the goal, I have made a pledge to take a polar plunge at Minister's Retreat next year.

3) Here's the link of the day:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner - Authority

1) Here's the song of the day: Love is here

Sang this song in my sleep last night. Great tune: ♫ http://blip.fm/~k9wvq

2) Here's the blog entry:

Ephesians 6:5 - Slaves obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ!

Yesterday was a busy day. I was trying to pack up my stuff for a trip to the National DYD convention and I had a lot of stuff on my plate. While I was in the office, early in the morning, I ran into my superintendent; my boss. We had a good conversation, but at the end he asked if I was planning on attending the Tri-City Sectional lunch that day. I mentioned that I was hoping to make it but I had a lot going on. He then asked if I could definitely make it because he wasn't able to and he wanted to make sure that our district office was a part.

I went on to a 90 minute phone conference, which went a little late. As it finished up, I thought I'd be late for the lunch, so I secretly planned to miss it, figuring I had a good excuse. But I felt God whisper to me, 'I asked you to do it'. Remembering that when I obey my boss, I'm doing it for God, I went to the lunch, denying myself. Remember that we are all under authority, determined by God, and we obey our leaders just as if they were Christ Himself!

3) Here's the link of the day:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1) Here's the song of the day: Are you listening (new #1 Christian song in US):


2) Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. She is now up to $16 in prize earnings. Thank you to everyone that participated (especially the random APIS MELLIFICA comment). Our state insect is the Honeybee. Who knew?

Here's the trivia for today: Which disciple of Jesus' had the most letters in his name?

3) Here's the link of the day: Who will win the Superbowl this Sunday?


4) Special prayer request - THE VIEW FROM MY PICTURE WINDOW interacted with me this morning about an urgent need. She woke up to a bright light coming through her window. She looked out and saw that her neighbors house was on fire. The firemen came on the scene, but they were unable to rescue the lady that lived there. Please be praying for her family, for THE VIEW's family, and pray that God would oversee this entire situation as it continues to develop. Thanks!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (Not complaining)

1) Here's the song of the day:


2) Here's the blog entry:

Last week, I enjoyed a wonderful time with other DYD's at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota. We spent a few days interacting with seniors, hosting meals with our district's students on campus, interacting in different classes, and meeting with the leadership for the school. On Wednesday, Lee Terry, DYD of the Rocky Mountain District, spoke in chapel. He mentioned afflictions, and said that his particular affliction was that his luggage was lost on his flight in. The other DYD's and myself were shocked - he had been wearing the same clothes for 3 days and we hadn't even noticed. I was impressed; had it been me, I think everyone would have known because I probably would have mentioned it often, looking for sympathy. What a guy - make an effort not to complain so much this week.

3) Here's the link of the day: A search engine for powerpoint presentations