Wednesday, March 31, 2010

1). Song of the day: ♫ If we ever needed you, it's now - Casting Crowns ♫

2). Blog Entry:

2 Samuel 12:7 - Then Nathan said to David, 'You are the man'

Proper communication can go a long way. This past weekend at Fine Arts, we had a few instances where the communication broke down. Technical details for the concert, judges that didn't show up, certain art entries placed in the wrong rooms, etc. We had to adjust on the fly and there are a few issues which I am still trying to deal with as I write this. Proper communication would have gone a long way to help solve these problems before they started.

Being blunt with each other is a must. We shouldn't have to beat around the bush with our friends and teammates. That doesn't mean it gives us a license to be mean either. There's a way to be blunt and honest, and there's also a way to be rude and obnoxious. Our motives really determine the results.

I encourage you to make a point to communicate properly in all of your relationships and situations. Call people back, answer emails, read important emails, plan ahead, be honest and real. It will go a long way in helping us go a long way together in God's plans.

3). Link of the day: Creative Bicycles

Fun ideas for do-it-yourself bikes

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Friday Night Concert from Fine Arts
BreatheDeep

1). Song of the day: ♫ The Greatness of our God ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Congratulations to CHELSERIFIC for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. Though Brian was the smart one, she won and is now up to $4 in prize earnings - way to go!

The winning large group human video from Saturday's Fine Arts was titled from a passage in Matthew 28:19,20. Can you name it?

3) Link of the day: Building a Better Teacher

A NY Times article about improving the state of our teachers

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (Competition)



2). Blog Entry:

On Saturday at Fine Arts, we had two entries in the Rap Group category. One group was pretty advanced in their skills, and the other was just beginning. After the 2nd group tried to perform, they struggled and were very discouraged. The first group found them offstage and encouraged them with some pointers for improving, and even prayed with them. One of our pastors saw this happen from around the corner, and said it was the best moment of the entire Fine Arts Festival for him.

Though each participant/group wants to do well and win the state championship, these students went out of their way to encourage others; others who they were 'competing' against. That's the real nature of competition in the church; it only exists to make us stronger as a team. Those students were true champions, not just in Fine Arts, but in their witness as well.

3). Link of the day: Beautiful Churches

A gallery of some incredible images of churches around the world

Friday, March 26, 2010

1) Song of the day: ♫ This Changes Everything - NE FINE ARTS THIS WEEKEND!!! ♫

2) Blog Entry:

Congratulations to THE VIEW FROM MY PICTURE WINDOW for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. They are now up to $2 in prize earnings - way to go!

Nebraska has the nation's largest underground lake/water supply (aquifer). Where is that located?

A. Lincoln
B. Alda
C. McCook
D. Ogallala

3). Link of the day: Scribd - an online writing pool

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the day: ♫ No Plan B - You'll love this song ♫

2). Blog entry:

- Last weekend, Chadron State College Chi Alpha had a concert as an outreach to their city. Almost 400 people were at the show, and then over 200 people were in church on Sunday. God is doing some great things in Chadron, NE

- Last weekend I got a report from someone observing one of our campus missionaries, Esther Petersen. At an art convention, students were painting on tiles. Most were coming out of the kiln looking pretty bad. The lady that interacted with me got hers, and was very embarassed by it. But Esther came up, and traded her tiles. Esther's tile was in great shape, but she gave it away to help her friend out, and take her tile as her own. What an example of God's love!

- A couple of weeks ago, my son's kindergarten teacher contacted me. She had been in our church when we dedicated Ryan years ago. She said that during the ceremony, she saw a vision - a dove came down and rested on my son's head, just like Jesus and his baptism. We haven't talked to this teacher in years, but she remembered that vision all this time and shared it with us now. I can't wait to see what God has in store for my son.


A great list of good thoughts to ponder from time to time.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

1). Song of the Day: ♫ Love is the Only Thing (Rock Band Style, rough recording) ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Obadiah 12:' You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.'

In speaking to Junior Highers often, I've found that this topic of 'looking down on others' is very appropiate. But honestly, this is something that would be good to address with all ages. Maybe it is acted out differently, but we are all tempted to look down upon people from time to time and judge them falsely.

Christians should be different. People that are picked on at school should feel welcome in our youth ministries. The outsiders of this world become the insiders in God's Kingdom. Many of our leaders in ministry today were people that were looked down upon in this world, including me.

With Fine Arts this weekend, I was reminded of this important truth. We tell all of our judges to be honest with our participants, but try to be constructive and state their opinions in positive ways. Our goal is that no student walk away feeling like they've lost, but rather, every student walk away feeling like there's room to grow.

What do you do to make sure that students aren't looking down on others in your youth ministry? How do you set the example as the leader? What can we do to help 'outsiders' in this world feel welcome with us?

3) Link of the day: AGTV

Great Assembly of God videos online


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the day: ♫ Solar Powered Life ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Congratulations to CHELSERIFIC for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. As a newcomer, she is well on her way to great things, with $2 in prize earnings - way to go!

I am just about to go and get a haircut. Can you name two different individuals in the Bible who had a particular experience which involved their hair? (By the way, we've considered a hair styling category as a possible fun Fine Arts division - what do you think?)

3). Link of the day: Ministry Direct

An AG social network for ministers

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (Pain)

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ My life is beautiful ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

This past weekend, my boys and I got a chance to play baseball. The weather is finally getting warmer and it felt great to get outside. Because of our summer camp schedule, my kids have never had the chance to play on a baseball team, though it's my favorite sport. I decided to get them outside and teach them myself.

So far they love it. But yesterday, it almost all went crashing down. I threw my son Ryan a pop fly, he misjudged it, and sure enough - POW, right in the eye. He cried and fell to the ground, and tried to console, but also tried to encourage him to get back up and keep playing. It was hard, and I felt like a bad dad, but he kept throwing the ball, crying still. Eventually, the tears wore off and he took some batting practice. He got some great swings and hit the ball farther than he had before.

At the end I asked him about his eye. He looked at me as if he didn't know what I was talking about. I mentioned the pop fly and he remembered. He felt under his eye and said it only hurt when he touched it, and then he ran off to snag a ground ball.

I guarantee you, his eye was hurting when that ball hit it. But after getting up and playing on, he forgot all about it. Pain hurts - no doubt about it. But sometimes the best thing to do is just keep going. Eventually, you might just forget the pain was even there at all.

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

Free online books and writings


Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Get Back Up Again ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to REBEKAH for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. She is now up to $26 in prize earnings, leading the way - Way to Go!

Spam was created in Nebraska! Which city?

A. Fremont
B. Hastings
C. North Platte
D. O'Neill

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

Read books online for free!



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Abandon Kansas - Close your Eyes ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

- I was speaking to Scott Mans, the new pastor in Bridgeport. Recently, he's seen some new young people attend the church and become Christians. He brought two of them to our district tour service in Gering last Sunday night, Pedro and Javy. Scott told me that they had just organized a virtual bowling tournament, saw 20 new people come out, and 8 of them gave their lives to the Lord.

- Jay Newland told me about a recent BGMC fundraiser his church New Creation Community did, in Omaha. They did a pie/cake auction after church this past Sunday. They raised $400. Their goal for the year is $600 and last year they did about $300 for the year. Way to go Jay!

- Recently, I connected with the Chi Alpha leaders for Chadron State, Jodi and Shawn Banzhaf. They have had some great ministry on campus and their group has grown to between 75 and 100 people involved. They are hosting a major concert this weekend with our 7 Project sound system and expecting many people to come out and get acquainted with their ministry. Pray for them and for our Chi Alpha at Chadron State.

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

A place to stay in touch with your friends on many different social networking sights

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner - Role Reversal

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Hold us Together: ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

John 21:18 - when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you

In the course of time, an amazing role reversal takes place. Children begin to take care of their parents, much in the same way that the parents us to take care of them. I had my first chance to do that with my father's surgery this week. I was up with him last night, giving him his medicine dose every 20 minutes and meeting his needs. It reminded me of how my dad cared for me when I had two separate ACL surgeries on my legs as a teen.

Who are we raising up as leaders to succeed us when it's our time to move on? We want to make sure we do our best, so they can be their best. When they do, we will enjoy their leadership and benefit from it as well.

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

A place to learn new languages online

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ God is my HEALER ♫

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 $24 in prize earnings - way to go!

Today, my father is having surgery to repair a bad vein in his knee. Can you name a story of healing from the Bible involving someone's legs?

3). Here's the link of the day: Omaha City Life

A Christian based website for entertainment options in the greater Omaha area.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (Change)

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Tonic - Release Me ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

Everything changes. Some for the better, some for the worse.

Last week, during our spring break, we spent a few days in Omaha with some family. On a particular day, we went to the Mall of the Bluffs, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This is a mall that I grew up going to, being from Glenwood. Also, once Kim and I were married, we went there often because it was one of the first malls with a developed children's play area in the common hallway.

At first, we drove to the side with Target, but it was shut down. Then we drove over to the food court. My son was excited to see Burger King, but it also was gone. The place where my son had won a children's portrait contest - closed, abandoned. The place where we use to get a pretzel, now a jewelry repair shop. JC Penney's, Skeeter Barnes, Dillards - all gone. To us, it felt like a ghost town.

We've only been gone from the Metro area about 5 years, and it was shocking to see how much our favorite mall had changed. Later in the week, we took our kids to a new laser tag at Family Fun Center. This also is a place in our history, one of the best hangouts for Christian kids, in the middle of the city. We spent many nights there on all-nighters and get togethers. In fact, my wife and I went there on our first 'somewhat' date. Again, it had changed dramatically. Though still full of arcade games and activities, it just felt 'old'.

Everything changes. Some for the better, some for the worse. Let's strive to be something that changes for the better, rather than most things, which seem to change for the worse.

3). Here's the link of the day: Poll Everywhere - a way to involve texting in sermons,teachings.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

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

2). Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to REBEKAH for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. She is now up to $24 in prize earnings - way to go!

Nebraska is the birthplace of which sandwich?

A. Grilled Cheese
B. Reuben
C. BLT
D. Peanut Butter and Jelly

3). Here's the fun link of the day: Pirate Song

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1) Here's the song of the day: ♫ This is where the healing begins ♫

2) Here's the blog entry: Testimonies

- Last Wednesday, ROCK SOLID, youth ministry at Christ's Place in Lincoln, held an outreach with the guest speaker Brock Gill. Over 580 students showed up and 115 accepted a call to receive Jesus as their Savior. The youth have been following up with each one of them to see them get involved in the youth ministry as well.

- Last weekend, the youth ministry in Columbus held a big outreach with the Master's Commission from Bellevue. It was BMC days, so the MC's brought all of the visiting student as well, about 80 people. Todd and Les, the youth leaders, invited all of the youth ministries in town to join them and at least 6 churches came together for the event. Numerous students experienced a break through in their faith, and one of the youth ministries, which consistently attend Dare to Share and Acquire the Fire events, said that it was the most powerful 'retreat' they've ever been to. Many are now interested in coming to camp this summer, for another chance to minister with the MC's.

3). Here's the link of the day: Brag on Them!

This is a blog from the youth ministry professor at North Central University, Brian Pingel.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner - Monuments


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

2). Here's the blog entry today:

'During his lifetime, Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King's Valley as a monument to himself...' - 2 Sam 18:18

Just a thought, if you've got to set up a monument for yourself, it probably didn't need to be set up in the first place. Monuments are memorials, structures developed to help us remember something great. George Washington didn't build the Washin
gton Monument. Scott didn't name Scottsbluff National Monument. We did these things because we didn't want to forget those moments in history.

As leaders, we shouldn't focus on trying to build our own monument. That is the role of the people we lead, the people that follow us. We should do our best to be our best, whether we are recognized for it on this earth, or not.

Are you trying to build your own monument, doing things just to be recognized by others? Who are some leaders that you should 'build a monument' for, in your life today?

3). Here's the link of the day: Preceden - Online Timeline Designer

4). Here's a pic from my trip to Denver this past weekend. My son Ryan at the Space exhibit in the Denver Museum of Nature and History

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Where could I go? ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

Congratulations to PASTOR TIM 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! Thank you to everyone who chimed in with comments and keep trying. The coin might flip in your favor next time.

Speaking on coins, can you name at least two Bible stories which involve the use of coins?

3). Convert Center - online money conversion center

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (Lessons in Denver)

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

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

My family and I were able to sneak away after the men's retreat and spend the weekend in Denver. We had a great time seeing the 16th Street Mall, the Hammonds Candy Factory, the Aquarium, the Museum of Nature and Science, and the famous Casa Bonita's restaurant. It was so good to get away since I've been traveling so much the last month or so.

While in downtown Denver, I noticed two things. First, though still somewhat Midwest, people weren't quite as nice as they are in Nebraska. I know I'm making a quick judgement with only a few days of experiences, but often people cut us off, cut in front of us in line, acted agitated while waiting on us, etc. It's probably mostly in the big city, but it surprised us. It taught us to make sure wherever we go, we keep a good attitude and be a good witness for God with out behavior.

The 2nd thing was to be thankful. On the trolley in the 16th street mall, a homeless person got on and off at almost every stop. At first, they looked a little scary for our kids, but many of them struck up conversations and were quite nice. On our way back to our hotel, we passed a mission. It was overflowing, with people lined up outside and around the block, apparently out of luck with no more room inside. We should be thankful for all that God has given us, and be generous as well.

3). Here's the link of the day: Lincoln People's City Mission

This is a shelter in Lincoln which is run by one of our Assembly of God ministers, Tom Barber

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ He wants it all today ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

Wow, I'm at the men's retreat in Lexington and these guys are night owls. We didn't start the first service last night till 9:00pm! But I'm up early to announce LARISSA as the random correct comment chosen as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. She is now up to $22 in prize earnings - way to go.

The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the best in the nation. It is known as having the largest indoor what?

A. Rain Forest
B. Aquarium
C. Gorilla Compound
D. Butterfly Symposium

3. Here's the link of the day: LifeBlob - an online photo journal

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Come on back to me: ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

The Newsletter for Bryan and Laura Davis, missionaries to Senegal, just arrived. Here's an excerpt:

Several weeks ago the baby daughter of one of our Senegalese friends was hit in the head by a

falling brick when a wall in their home collapsed. The child fell into a coma and the doctors didn’t

know what to do. We told the man that our church would pray for the little girl on Sunday at

10:05am, and we did. The next week the man came running down the street to greet us. He

excitedly explained that his daughter had awakened from the coma at precisely 10:05am on that

same Sunday! She had been transported to a hospital in Dakar, but didn’t show any signs of

permanent damage.


3) Here's the link of the day: Uplaya, a place to upload your songs, a community music site!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner - Equip (Fine Arts)

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ My help comes from the Lord ♫

2). Here's the blog entry:

1 Corinthians 12:27 - Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it.

As leaders, we need to be equipping our people to do the work of the ministry. We shouldn't be doing it all ourselves. We need to raise up student leaders and teach them how to do the things we do. Fine Arts is a great opportunity to raise up our students in ministry gifts. Sadly, many leaders don't give their students the opportunity to be in Fine Arts because of a lack of a desire to be involved themselves, or because of schedule complications. Others throw it out to their students without much interest, rather than going after their students and encouraging each one to find a way to contribute, singling out those you seen with certain possible giftings.

Fine Arts is a great way for a student to grow in teamwork, courage, and confidence. They can have opportunities to minister at other district events, and earn scholarships too. It's the one NYM event where the students are literally the ones DOING the ministry, exactly what we are called to do.

The deadline for entries is postmarked by this Friday, March 5th. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to raise up student leaders in your ministry. Go to www.youth.neag.org to register and receive more info. We are all a part of the body of Christ, and each one has a part to play.

3). Here is the link of the day: Roles in the Worship Team

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Here's the song of the day: ♫ Say you're with me: ♫

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

Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. She is now up to $22 in prize earnings. Way to go

Which book of the Bible has the famous story of Samson?

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

power.com - a place to gather friends from many social networks

Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons (God's Plan)

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

2). Here's the blog entry:

This past weekend, Jay Warriner preached a message about pursuing the call of God on your life. He used the example of David, when he was anointed King by Samuel in the book of 1 Samuel. He was only a boy, somewhere between the ages of 10 and 12 when that happened. Yet Jay made a good point, he was still a king at that time because he'd been anointed. It was important for him to remember that and act as a King then, in preparation for what God would do.

Just think of all the 10 to 12 year old students you might be working with in your church right now. They may not seem to 'king'like in their current state. But God has anointed many of them to do great things for His kingdom. We've got to help them see that now, and help them act like it now as well.

After lunch, my family and I went to Applebees. While there, I kept thinking about Jay's message. Suddenly it hit me, when Jay was still working things out with God earlier in his life, he used to be a bartender at the same Applebee's we were eating at! Though not very 'king' like at that time, God still had his plans for Jay, and look where he is today. What a great example Jay was of the message he spoke that day.

3). A checklist of 50 ideas to get your life in order