Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

I took my Bible to Southridge Church for the 1month challenge


1). Song of the day:The next song from my ipod for the bike ride: ♫ Oh Happiness ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Congratulations to THE VIEW FROM MY PICTURE WINDOW for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. Way to go - she/he is now up to $14 in prize earnings.

Today's trivia is a carryover from last week, worth double the prize money: I have been putting the final pieces together for our youth convention this fall. The promo packets went out last week. The theme is VUVUZELA, the loud horns from the world cup soccer tournament this summer. Can you name a verse in the Bible where someone played a horn?

3). Link of the day: Groupon

Find coupons for great vendors in the nearest large city, including Omaha and Denver. Today is also Bryan Davis' birthday, our incredible misssionary to Senegal. North Central University is hosting a new student block party for the entire school tonight, and today is the last day of August and the last day of National Inventor's Month as well.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons

I took my Bible to the Sarpy County YMCA for the 1month challenge

1). Song of the day: Next song on the ipod for the bike ride - Next Thing You Know, Matthew West

2). Blog Entry:

This past weekend, my family had the chance to enjoy the Air Show at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. Having been a pastor there before, we had been around the Air Show ceremonies every year, and we took it for granted. I remember often seeing and hearing the planes fly overhead, but not really stopping to enjoy it. Now that we live out of town, we made plans to sit down and watch, and I'm glad we did. The Thunderbirds were amazing.

Sometimes, we get used to the wonderful things around us and it would be good to take the time to sit back and thoroughly enjoy the 'normal' blessings in our lives!

3). Link of the day: New Poll - What is your first class in school this year (bottom left after hitting the link)

A weekly poll from our Nebraska Youth Ministries website. Today is also Arjay Johnson's Birthday, youth pastor from Hastings, as well as our speaker for Eastern Convention this year, Tony Cruz. Here's a great way to celebrate with them - it's also National Toasted Marshmallow Day


Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1month challenge - I'll be honest - I forgot my Bible when I went to lunch with Brian and Bryson at Panda Express in Omaha. Try not to forget!


1). Song of the day:The 8th song on my ipod for the missions bike ride: ♫ Jump Around - Planetshakers (this song is amazing live!) ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from Tuesday's Bible Trivia, so the question will carry over to next week with double the prize earnings. The State Fair begins today in Grand Island. It had been in Lincoln the first past 100 years. What city/pitstop on our Missions Bike Ride in two weeks is closest to Lincoln?

A. York
B. Fremont
C. Crete
D. Nebraska City

3) Link of the day: Air Show

This weekend is the annual Air Show at Offutt Air Force Base near my old church in Bellevue. It's always a fun time and we hope to make it out ourselves. Today is also Global Forgiveness Day, so take some time to make sure you don't have any unfinished business with anyone. Finally, it's Tom Groot's Birthday, the incredible DYD from Ohio (whose Buckeyes will become a rival with our Huskers real soon!)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

1month challenge - I took my Bible to a staff lunch at Fazoli's


2). Blog Entry:

- Chadron State Chi Alpha had their first service this new semester and they had about 60 to 70 people in attendance! Check out the pictures here.
- Rock Solid in Lincoln had a Back to School Bash last night and were projected to have about 500 people in attendance. Gravity Youth Church in Omaha had a similar event with inflatables, a car bash, a skate park, and more. The Pulse Youth Ministry in Hastings also did one with an Ipod given away, many games, and a huge drama.
- Michael and Beth King are serving as the interim Chi Alpha leaders for our chapter at UNL. They are also the worship and creative arts pastors at Christ's Place church in Lincoln.
- Congratulations to Jeff Booth and family appointed as the new pastors for Freedom church in North Omaha.
- Our new pastor in York is finally in town. Lance Loven, our former Chi Alpha State director, is the pastor for New Heights.

3). Link of the day: CollageWall

A website that helps you design a collage wall of pictures in a creative way
Today is also National Women's Equality Day and National Dog Day. It also is the anniversary of when the first baseball game aired on TV between Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939.

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1month challenge - I took my Bible to lead worship at GI Northridge


1). Song of the day: ♫ My 6th song on my ipod for the bike ride: It's On - Superchick ♫

2). Matthew 4:19 - "'Come follow me', Jesus said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.'"

One of our leaders sessions at camp with was Bruce Riddle, youth pastor at Christ's Place church in Lincoln. He talked about his process for building a team and recruiting leaders:

- He would talk with potential leaders in the church, or with those who had expressed interest to him in helping with the youth group, and have them visit the youth service two weeks in a row.
- He would set up a meeting with them after those visits, and then ask them if they are still interested in volunteering.
- After that, they fill out a ministry profile, which includes information about their spiritual life, family, job, education, experience, etc.
- They are next invited to an orientation which Bruce leads. It's 90 minutes and covers what they are about, where do you fit in, what do we do, what do we expect from you, and where are we going
- Every year, they renew their commitments for the following school year. They also honor their leaders in the front of the church yearly as well.

3). Link of the day: Summer Camps

Here's a great blog about kids camps that was sent to me by Jeff Haase, Children's Pastor in Lincoln. Today is also National Hand-Me-Down day, so be nice to your younger brother and sisters! Today is also Larry Peterson's Birthday, the Finance/Buildings and Grounds Pastor for Bellevue Christian Center.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

I took my Bible to Taco John's after church yesterday for the 1month challenge
Where will you take it?


1). Song of the day: ♫ 5th song from my ipod on the bike ride: The Great I am ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Congratulations to AMY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. She is a first time participant and now has $2 in prize earnings. Way to go.

I have been putting the final pieces together for our youth convention this fall. The promo packets will go out this week. The theme is VUVUZELA, the loud horns from the world cup soccer tournament this summer. Can you name a verse in the Bible where someone played a horn?

3). Link of the day: Countdown

This is a countdown clock online that can go up to 24 hours. Today is also National Waffle Day, so celebrate in style.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons

1month challenge - I took my Bible to meet with the UNL Chi Alpha leadership team


1). Song of the day: ♫ 4th song from my Ipod on the bike ride - Fever ♫

2). Blog Entry:

A while back my family decided to go to downtown Omaha and have some fun. As we were driving there, it began to rain. We were bummed because we thought it was going to ruin our trip.

Once arriving, we went to the famous downtown slides in the Gene Leahy Mall area. These are big public slides that adults and children can enjoy. They tend to work best when you have a small piece of wax paper to slide down upon. When we got there, we got out our wax paper and started to slide. The slight rain actually caused us to slide even faster, increasing the fun! The rain wasn't a problem, it was actually a blessing.

Sometimes, the things that might make us stress out could actually become a big blessing in disguise.

3). Link of the day: Dragontape

Create a video playlist online with youtube for events and groups. Today is Emily Warriner's Birthday (Jay Warriners wife and one of our camp nurses). It is also the beginning of National Safe at Home week as well.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1month challenge - I took my Bible to Starbucks last week

1). Song of the day: ♫ Songs from my ipod on the bike ride - Ain't nothing wrong with that! ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from Tuesday's trivia. My favorite book of the Bible is Ephesians. Thank you to KEVIN LIBBY for trying, and for his effort, I will award him half the prize, $1. Way to go - he is now up to $15

Here's today's trivia - yesterday was my bday! I got a text wishing me Happy Birthday from my former senior pastor, Gary Hoyt. He is a wonderful leader and the pastor of a great church in Eastern Nebraska. Which church is that?

A. Lincoln Christ's Place
B. Omaha Southside
C. Bellevue Christian Center
D. Trinity Interdenominational
E. Fremont Full Life

3). Link of the day: The Perfect Host

A great blog from Lifehacker on how to treat guests in the 21st Century. This is great for people visiting our homes, but also guests to minister in church, etc. Today is National Men's Grooming Day, so get out there and put some cologne on for the cause. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

1month challenge - I took my Bible to our Camp DeBriefing Meeting


1). Song of the day: ♫ So Much More ♫

2). Blog Entry:

- This past weekend, Julie Korell was installed as the youth pastor for Grand Island Northridge with Mark Oberbeck. Her husband Brian is our youth alive director, and they officially moved into their apartment in Grand Island on Tuesday.
- We have about 16 people involved in the Missions Bike Ride. There is still time to get involved.
- Chadron St. Chi Alpha is selling coffee. Check it out at the facebook group page
- Things are coming together nicely for our Fall Youth Conventions. Registration information will be posted online and sent out next week.

3). Link of the day: What do you want?

A page that collects the wishes and desires of people through facebook and other media.

Today is also National Root Beer Float Day. Great day for a birthday!



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1month challenge - I took my Bible with my on a bike ride
Where will you take it?

1). Song of the day: ♫ Trust but Verify ♫

2). Blog Entry:

'Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it' Proverbs 22:6

I took my kids to their first day of school today. I saw so many parents together dropping their kids off, getting out of the car, posing with pictures. It reminded me that mom and dad are ultimately responsible for their own children. As leaders for young people, sometimes we forget that. We are partnering with them to help them with their kids as their responsibility. Here's some ideas on how to facilitate that in your area:
- Invite parents to join your leadership team
- Involve a parent in one aspect of the service every week(worship, announcement, game, etc.)
- Invite them to come early and be a part of pre service prayer
- Send our regular email updates to the parents on events,programs,topics, etc.
- Ask your senior pastor to interact with the parents, especially those who don't regularly attend the church
- Have small groups meet in their homes
- Do a Q and A with a parent in a service, or have them as a panel of experts
- Plan parent nights - nights where the parents come and enjoy the students leading service. Maybe 1 a quarter. Great way to use Fine Arts, a ministry that interacts with parents in major ways
- Do a parents meeting twice a year. Provide a meal. Give them a chance to talk with you openly at the meeting.
- Send them a gift or postcard from time to time
- Write a weekly blog just for the parents, where they can see pictures and testimonies from things happening in the group.
- Send out a mass text to parents reminding them about the youth group that week.
- Work with a parent or two to help in picking students up, especially junior highers.
- Work with a parent or two to help in providing security during the services and events
- Work with a parent to organize the details of a major event like a retreat, convention, or camp


3). Link of the day: fflick

A place where you can rate movies and see how others rated them through twitter.
Today is National Bad Poetry Day, and National Cupcake Day
It is also James Kavan's (youth leader for Omaha Hope Community) and Paul West's (senior pastor of Bayard) and David Bauchspiess' (youth pastor in Aberdeen, SD and the assistant DYD) birthdays!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

Last random camp photo - Ryan Conner, lounging at Camp Arrowhead

1). Song of the day: ♫ You give me hope ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. I was looking for 'Pacific Springs' but I didn't realize that Southridge was the same distance. For the extra tidbit of info, I'm doubling his winnings to $4 this time, making his total $14. Way to go

Today is a trivia question that carries over from last week: I just finished my commentary on 2 Samuel, and now I've begun refining my notes from 1 Timothy. I love reading the Bible. Can you guess my favorite book?

A. Romans
B. Mark
C. Ephesians
D. Joshua

3). Link of the day: NBA Hall of Fame

This is a clip of Karl Malone's acceptance speech. I didn't enjoy him much as a player, but what a great speech. Check it out. Today is also:

- National Thrift Shop Day
- Alex Brodine's BDay (pastor in Holdrege)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons

Random Camp Photo - Team Iron Men

1). Song of the day: ♫ Call Out - Esterlyn ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Yesterday, Julie Korell was instituted as the new youth pastor for Northridge Assembly of God in Grand Island. Her husband, Brian Korell, is the new Youth Alive Director for Nebraska. Together, they are working on obtaining National Missionary Status over the next two years. This is a process we have never done in Nebraska before, but we're excited to step out and try something new.

In the message yesterday, Pastor Mark starting speaking about how he had gone through a similar process when he was the DYD of Iowa: raising up a youth pastor to become a Youth Alive Missionary. How ironic that we would do the same thing now, and God would have us partnering with a pastor in our city who has walked through the same situation in his life as well? God has a way of putting things together for our good, to help us along according to His plans.

3). Link of the day: GnuCash

Free accounting software. Today the last day of Elvis week. It is also Tom Jacob's birthday, the Superintendent of the Iowa District Council of the Assemblies of God. And, it is my 13th anniversary with my wife Kim!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

Random Camp Photo - Our speaker, Andrew, showing his true colors

1). Song of the day: ♫ Walking on the Stars ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Unfortunately, we didn't have anyone win the trivia from this past Tuesday, so the question will carry over to next week.

This is also a carryover trivia from last week, so here's your chance: Last weekend I had some friends that camped at Mahoney State Park in Eastern Nebraska. Can you name which Assembly of God church is closest in proximity to that park?

3). Link of the day: 1month

I've been posting random pictures of camp. Once school starts for my kids, I will put all of those pictures online, and then start posting pictures from 1month - a challenge to take your Bible with you in a visible way everwhere you go for one month. I am doing the challenge until SeeYouAtThePole, Sept 22nd.

Today is National Left Handers Day. If you are left handed, be proud and celebrate. It is also Ezra Washburn's birthday, our youth leader in Fremont. Wish him a happy birthday (he's a friend of mine on facebook). Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

Random Camp Photo - Working the popstand

1). Song of the day: ♫ Bebo Norman - Here Goes ♫

2). Blog Entry:

- Our church in Coleridge held a community outreach last weekend. Pastor Loran told me that they gave out 30 backpacks and 35-40 new pairs of shoes. A group from New Creation Community Church in Omaha came up to help with the distribution. They connected with about 10 new families from Coleridge and Laurel.
- A student that used to be in my junior high youth group at Bellevue Christian Center has graduated from North Central University. He is now in Guatemala learning Spanish and working to become an international youth evangelist. You can contact him here: Caleb Wampler, 651-.276.7452, calebwampler@gmail.com
- I interacted with a leader from North Central that came to minister as a volunteer at one of our camps. At camp, he poured into the life of one of the teenagers and helped him through a difficult time. I discovered that this teenager has continued to seek his input in his life online and this leader has continued to counsel him throughout the summer in an appropriate manner.
- Our Chadron Chi Alpha group had 5 refrigerators donated to them for students to use on campus

3). Link of the day: Weathertiles

A great weather app for mobile phones. Today is also International Youth Day, so make sure to pray for the youth in your area today.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

Random Camp Photo - Reuniting Friends on Monday at Camp

1). Song of the day: ♫ Expect the Great ♫

2). Blog Entry:

2 Samuel 3:31,32 - David said to Joab and all the people with him, 'Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and walk in mourning in front of Abner.' King David himself walked behind the bier. They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king wept aloud at Abner's tomb. All the people wept also.

David buried Abner with respect and honor. (v.31,32) He had Joab and his family honor Abner as well. He wept and mourned for his fallen comrade. Though he had fought against Abner for much of his life, when they made amends earlier in this chapter, David completely forgave him for everything and it showed in his actions. There was no joy in David’s heart in this loss. He saw Abner as a friend, and respected him accordingly. We need to learn a lesson from David on how to forgive and forget.

3). Link of the day: Yummly

A recipe search engine. Today is also National President's Joke Day, so keep it clean and have a laugh. One more thing - it is Ryan Conner's Birthday, the new Chi Alpha leader for the group at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Make sure to wish him a happy bday (he's one of my friends on facebook, if you need to find him)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

Random Camp Photo - Patriots Team Spirit

1). Song of the day: ♫ Keep Changing the World ♫

2). Blog entry:

Unfortunately, we didn't have a winner from Friday's Trivia, so the question will once again carry over to this week.

I just finished my commentary on 2 Samuel, and now I've begun refining my notes from 1 Timothy. I love reading the Bible. Can you guess my favorite book?

A. Romans
B. Mark
C. Ephesians
D. Joshua

3. Link of the day: Pinterest

Curate and share the things you love. I also love Smores, and today is National Smores Day, so go have some marshmallow, chocolate goodness.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons

Random Camp Photo - Orientation Service at Youth Camp 1

1). Song of the day: ♫ Never Change - Vlada ♫

2). Blog Entry:

This weekend I went camping with my family. Though it sounded like a good idea, it was a little rough. The tent didn't go up quite as easily as I remembered it from before. I forgot my medicine, so I had to run home and grab that quickly. There were a lot of people at the beach and it was a little crowded. The bugs seemed out of control, and it was extremely hot. My sleep was pretty choppy, as we got a spot right next to a fairly busy and loud highway. I lost my sunglasses.

But, my son said it was the best night of the whole summer. Considering he'd already spent the night at his friend's house a few times, was at 4 weeks of summer camps, spent a week with his cousins at his grandparents, and had a two week trip to Ohio and Chicago for vacation - that was amazing.

You know what, forget all that stuff I first mentioned, it was a great trip. All worth it to me!

3). Link of the day: New Poll

At the bottom left of our webpage - Which one of the options is your favorite summer schedule?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

Random Camp Photo - Todd Morhmann, youth leader from Columbus

1). Song of the day: ♫ Alive Again - Matt Maher ♫

2). Blog entry:

Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. She is the first person to ever reach $40 in prize earnings - way to go!

I was talking to some ministry friends that are camping this weekend. They are considering going to Mahoney State Park. Can you name which Assembly of God church is closest to this park in our state?

3). Link of the day: Pizza Papali's

This is the pizza place that everyone has been raving about in Detroit for National Fine Arts. Today is National Fresh Breath day, so keep the mints handy. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday - Testimonies

Random Camp Photo - New Climbing Treadwall at camp

1) Song of the day: ♫ Christ is Risen ♫

2). Blog Entry:

- This week is National Fine Arts in Detroit. We have a good contingency of Nebraska students representing us from Lincoln, Lexington, Taylor, Omaha, and many other places as well. Most students to this point have received an Excellent Rating, which is similar to our Superior rating on a district level (there is no Superior with Invite rating at Nationals). This is hard to do at a National competition and we are so proud of them for their achievement. One, Shelby, our female vocal champion, received a Superior with a chance for a possible callback to move on. Way to go!
- Our PK campout for this weekend was cancelled. We didn't have all of the registrations that we needed to properly host the event. But Southwestern has partnered with us to provide shirts for those students who were going to be a part of the event. We will send those shirts to those students as soon as we receive them.
- My family returned from vacation yesterday. We went to visit my wife's brother in Toledo and we spent some time on the shores of Lake Erie in Port Clinton. We asked Dave and Jen Busch to watch our precious dog Buddy, and they are bringing him home to us today, healthy and whole. Also, when I left I still had a large amount of water that had built up in my yard and wasn't going anywhere. It had been there since the first week of camp. Upon driving up to my home, I saw that it had finally depleted and I mowed it fresh yesterday.

3). Link of the day: Should I Watch?

A fun website to help you decide if you should watch a certain sporting event, or not.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

Random Camp Photo - Cheering after the Great Escape, Thursday night

1) Song of the day: ♫ Are you tired today? ♫

2) Blog Entry: Build a Team

2 Samuel 23:8 - 'Here is the name of David's Mighty Men'

This is a passage that lists all of the men that were included in David's inner circle. They were the most valiant warriors, the ones that made a name for themselves in his army. Of course, up front are listed the most popular ones, with the greatest deeds. Killing giants, destroying hundreds, attacking wild animals, supernatural feats of strength. It's amazing. But also notice the rest of the group. There are names we can't pronounce, names that sound funny, even some people remaining nameless, known only by their lineage. There are people that were from places we've never heard of, even a foreignor or two. There are people with tough family backgrounds, people that could have been an enemy to David if they so chooses, even one man that was dead because David had him killed in a sinful act.

A wide list of people make up this roster of the Mighty Men. It wasn't just the most skilled, highly trained ones - the obvious ones. There were those that were on the list that maybe were not as obvious.

It's important for you to consider leading with a team. Sure, look for the obvious choices - the ones that stand out from the crowd, the ones that fit the part. But don't be afraid to look for the not so obvious ones as well. Who knows, maybe that's what someone did when they selected you too?

3) Link of the day: Free Icons

A huge amount of free icons for designers

Today is the national day in which we honor the Coast Guard. Having just spent some time on vacation at Lake Erie, I have a new appreciation for them. It's also National Chocolate Chip, so make sure to take time to enjoy a cookie. Finally, it's our speaker from youth camps, Andrew Cummings, birthday!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

Random Camp Photo - Splashball

1). Song of the day: ♫ Save me from myself ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Congratulations to THE VIEW FROM MY PICTURE WINDOW for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. She is now up $12 in prize earnings. Way to go - and glad she could get the answer right, since she is married to the pastor from Burwell.

Our song is an awesome song by Michael W. Smith. Michael was the name of one of God's mighty angels mentioned in the Bible. Can you quote a verse where he is mentioned?

3). Link of the day: I write Like?

A cool website that will tell you which famous author you write like

Have a great day. It's National Watermelon Day, so enjoy some before the summer is over.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday - Life Lessons

Random Camp Photo - AIM training at camp

Today is the first day of National Fine Arts! Let's remember our NE students and pray for them, cheering them on from home. Here's a link to check in on their PROGRESS throughout the week.

1). Song of the day: ♫ Anything is Possible ♫

2). Blog Entry:

Well, recently on my vacation I reached 'that point', and it was all because of ice cream. Let me explain.

We were on our way to Chicago. We got caught in a horrible traffic jam on I-80 on our way in, slowing us down about 15 minutes. I got a little irritated. Then, we checked into our hotel and it wasn't the best, a little dirty and not the best area. More irritation. After dinner, we headed out to visit Icream, an ice cream shop we saw on the Food Channel. On the way there, we ran into more Chicago traffic, and more irritation. Once we pulled off on Milwaukee avenue though, forget it. Some of the worst back to back traffic I've been in, including my stint in Manhattan last year. No parking anywhere, people everywhere, traffic barely moving. Once we got to the street where Icream was, it was blocked off. Literally, right in front of the store was a major concert in the street with hundreds and hundreds of people pouring in to enjoy. We turned around to leave, and got lost. About a half hour later, we found an interstate and resumed our trip back to the hotel, completely frustrated. Than, because of an accident, traffic was completely slowed to a standstill for a solid half hour. At that moment, I hit that point of no return, complete frustration ready to give up. I told my wife - let's just go home.

Have you been there? Ready to quit? Frustrated beyond measure? Sorry - I know how it feels. I'm embarrassed looking back, because I wish I could have been stronger, like my wife. How much does it take for you to get to 'that point' too?

3). Link of the day: Car Rentals

A website to look for long term car rentals, in spanish

Have a great day. It's the beginning of National Clown Week, so enjoying some 'clowning around' today!