Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday - Leader Profile

1). Song of the Day: Anthem Lights - Outta My Mind ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Tom Bruna
POSITION - NE District Royal Ranger Commander
HISTORY - Works at Thermo Kings, attends North Shore in Hastings
FAMILY - Married to Darla, with three children
HOBBIES - Being with family, skiing, going to the lake, missions

3). Ministry of the Day: PK Network - A place for the children of pastors from across the nation to hang out online

4). Link of the Day: Food Pickle - Food pickle is here to help with all your food and cooking needs

5). Quote of the Day: 'Duty is the essence of manhood.' - George S. Patton

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bacon Day. It is also the birthday of famous golfer Tiger Woods, from 1975. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Edwin Hubble admitted the existence of other galaxies, in 1924. One final request - please pray for the family of Tim Lillard (youth pastor in Norfolk), with his son at a Children's Hospital because of severe fever blisters.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Royal Tailor - Hope ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Next week, our annual regional SALT conference for young adults will take place in Sioux Falls, SD. All of our Chi Alphas are asked to participate and go. Last year at this time, we had three Chi Alphas to invite, but now NE has doubled to 6, with more on the way next year as well.
- I received a Facebook message from a former NYM student on Christmas Day. He was thanking me for his incredible experiences at our camp and telling me how they had a tremendous impact on his life.

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Map - See where Speed the Light is active all over the world

4). Link of the Day: Eco Freak - Eco Freak search engine aggregates and searches websites and libraries for free, swap & trade, and garage sale/estate sale(s) items

5). Quote of the Day: 'I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.' - Dwight D. Eisenhower

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Chocolate Day. It is also the birthday of Steve Hahn (pastor in Alliance), a distinction he shares with Mike Fowler (pastor in Clinton) and Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the US, from 1808. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first YMCA opened in Boston in 1851.

#9, Backstage shot of Chet during the Altar time at Youth Camp 1, Lexington, June

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Brian Courtney Wilson - So Proud ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- The link above is a post about 100 ways to live a better life. With the new year upon us, and many like me that will make resolutions in 2012, consider some of my favorites from this list:
- Create a new habit
- Start a new diet
- Keep a journal
- Create and keep a morning phrase
- Learn a new language
- Wake up early
- Write a personal mission statement
- Read a book per week
- Start a monthly challenge
- Call an old friend

3). Ministry of the Day: Missionary Kids - Check out this online group for the international society of the children of missionaries across the world.

4). Link of the Day: Jinni - Your Taste Engine for movies and TV shows.

5). Quote of the Day: 'We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.' - Mother Teresa

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Pledge of Allegiance Day. Is is also the birthday of famous Christian Music artist Twila Paris, from 1958. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the planet Neptune was first discovered by Galileo in 1612.

#13, Worship view from the balcony at Youth Camp 2, Lexington, June

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1). Song of the Day: HarvestBloom - The Narcissist ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia, so the question will carryover to this week with a double prize - $10! (remember, we choose randomly from all the correct comments on the blog or on Facebook) How many Gospels mention the Christmas story of Jesus' birth?

3). Ministry of the Day: Teacher Certification - Training teachers helps to develop them into strong disciple-makers. This Christian Education Teacher Certification (CETC) is available in English and Spanish and is designed to equip teachers be the best teacher teachers they can be.

4). Link of the Day: Blip.me Walkie Talkie - Blip.me is a fun, useful, and free way to turn your
mobile phone into a push-to-talk walkie-talkie.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.' - Albert Einstein

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the middle of the week celebrating Kwanzaa. It is also the birthday of certified minister Albert Lautenschlager (of Destiny church in Grand Island), a distinction he shares with Oakland Raiders Quarterback Carson Palmer, from 1979. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the anesthetic ether was used for the first time in childbirth in 1845.

#17, Praying for our NYM Scholarship Students at Youth Camp 1, Lexington, June

Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Ashes Remain - On My Own ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Recently, I went shopping for a gift. As I was looking through the store, I found the clearance aisle. Clothes were at great prices, 6o to 65% off the original price on the tag. I found one that looked good and took it to the counter. When I went to purchase it, I was surprised to find that there was a store special that day for an additional 15% off all purchases. I got a great deal.
- Everyone around us is looking for a great deal. Jesus gave us a 'great deal' that we didn't deserve, forgiving us and making us new. Don't be afraid to help people see the 'great deal' they could have in Christ!

3). Ministry of the Day: Acts 2 Process - Based on five elements evident in the early church, the Acts 2 process helps churches to assess their current situation and to establish an intentional plan for continued development by focusing on connecting to God and others, growing in discipleship, service, going to share the good news of Jesus with the world, and worshiping God.

4). Link of the Day: Delicious - Delicious helps you find cool stuff and collect it for easy sharing.
Dig into stacks created by the community and then build your own.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The first step toward having spiritual authority over the adversary is having peace in spite of our circumstances.' - Francis Frangipane

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Thank You Note Day. It is also the birthday of Karen Washburn (youth pastors wife in Fremont), a distinction she shares with Mao Zedong, Chinese military leader from 1893. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the British were defeated in the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War in 1776.

#23, Finish Line of the Missions Bike Ride, Omaha, September

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday - Leader Profile

1). Song of the Day: Canton Jones - Hallelujah ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Walter Hooker

POSITION: Associate Pastor at BCC
HISTORY: Officer in the Air Force
FAMILY: Married with 3 fully grown children
HOBBIES: Lifting Weights, Grilling, Being with Family and Friends

3). Ministry of the Day: Character Connex - School Assembly programs for elementary students

4). Link of the Day: Wex - Legal Information Institutes Definition of Legal Terms online

5). Quote of the Day: 'T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.' - Clement Clarke Moore

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the National man made holiday of Festivus. It is also the birthday of Niels Kaj Jerne, Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, in 1911. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that The Night Before Christmas was published anonymously.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Crystal Aikin - Silent Night ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Recently, I had a chance to witness to a man at my gym. I was doing sit-ups nearby when I overhead him talking about an experience he had with a traveling evangelist. The evangelist parked behind him when he was trying to leave and hedged him in while they trying to witness to him. He was frustrated with their actions and told them that he didn't believe in God because of the tragedy in his life, and then called God some pretty bad names.
- I instantly felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to get involved. At first I thought I'd just pray for him, but I knew it wasn't enough. Then I convinced myself that I'd open up if the opportunity presented itself, but God reminded me that it already had. So I went to him and mentioned that I overhead the conversation. I apologized for the tragedy he's suffered, and for the overeagerness of the evangelist. I told him that I was a Christian, and though I have difficult times as well, I hadn't given up on God and maybe he shouldn't either. He mentioned that just a few short years ago he'd tried to recommit himself to God, and had several Bibles in his house. I didn't push too hard but it was obvious that he was reconsidering his position.
- God fills us with the Holy Spirit to be a witness for situations just like this. When you feel God nudge you in times like these, listen and respond; it's not a coincidence that these things happen when you are around.

3). Ministry of the Day: 1Month - Consider challenging your students/leaders to carry their Bible with them wherever they go for a solid month, maybe in January 2012?

4). Link of the Day: Barista Exchange - Hear from other 'Coffee' people about the best stuff in the business.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.' - Dale Evans

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Yule Day. It is also the birthday of Lady Bird Johnson, first Lady of the US, in 1912. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic in New York City in 1937.

#41, Final Church Devotions at Youth Camp 1, Lexington, June

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner


1). Song of the Day: Hawk Nelson - Hark the Herald Angels Sing ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Ten ways a student benefits from small groups (from a dad's perspective)
1. Another significant adult is caring for them and cheering them on. 2. They are encouraged to grow spiritually on their own by someone other than mom/dad. 3. They find support during turbulent times in their life. 4. A caring presence at their sporting events or key activities. 5. Someone who is excited to see them at church. 6. Someone actually notices and misses them when they’re not at church or small group. 7. A caring friend leaves them affirming voice messages: “I was just thinking of you and wanted to let you know I think you’re the greatest.” 8. They can serve as a “neutral adult” who doesn’t freak-out over bad grades. 9. They have a “safe” person to talk to. 10. The small group leader becomes a tender, yet truthful voice when they need a little correcting.

3). Ministry of the Day: PK Network - Help the children of your pastor connect with other students like them across the country.

4). Link of the Day: War Child - A charity organization that raises funds to help the children impacted by war across the world.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.' - Calvin Coolidge

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Remember the Homeless Day. It is also the birthday of famous American actor Samuel L. Jackson from 1948. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620.

#44, K-Drama in Concert at Fine Arts, Lincoln, March

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Francesca Battistelli - Be Born in Me ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations for KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's Trivia. By commenting on Facebook, and because it was a double week challenge, he won $10. Great job Kevin.
- Here's the trivia for this week: How many Gospels mention the Christmas story of Jesus' birth?

3). Ministry of the Day: Kids Fire Bible - Check out this awesome resource for equipping our children with the powerful Word of God

4). Link of the Day: Custom Stamps - Sign your documents not only with your signature, but with a personalized stamp picture as well.

5). Quote of the Day: 'It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.' - Charles Dickens

6). Miscellaneous: Today is beginning of the observance of Hannukah. It is also the birthday of my brother Corey, a distinction he shares with King John III of Sweden from 1537. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Louisiana Purchase was finalized in 1803.

#45, Celebrating a win at Youth Camp 1, Lexington, June

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Mat Kearney - Ships in the Night ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Sometimes it pays to wait. My wife has some treats that she makes every year around Christmas. My favorite is Peanut Butter Balls. She has a new job this year that has kept her more busy than usual so she hadn't had a chance to make any yet.
- Soon we will see our relatives coming in from the East Coast to visit us for the holidays. They have been online recently requesting Kim to make some of the famous PB Balls. Finally, this weekend, the great baking event occurred. Though it was a long time waiting for them, they were incredible, better than I even remembered them. Maybe it's because I had to wait a little longer?

3). Ministry of the Day: NE Fine Arts - Check out the promotion materials for our NE Fine Arts event coming up next year March 30,31.

4). Link of the Day: Clicker - Free online TV

5). Quote of the Day: 'Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.' - Suzanne Somers

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Second Day of National Gluten-Free Baking Week. It is also the birthday of Jake Gyllenhaal, famous American actor, from 1980. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that George Washington entered his winter quarters at Valley Forge in 1777.

#50, Solomon visited Youth Camps, Lexington, June

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Bethel Live - God I Look to You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Vicki Carini

POSITION - Youth/Children's Leader in Ainsworth
HISTORY - Nurse at Several Camps, CE Committee Member
FAMILY - Married to David with several children
HOBBIES - Taking care of her family, worship

3). Ministry of the Day: Eastern Convention Highlight - Check out the video of the highlights from our Eastern Youth Convention at Bellevue last month

4). Link of the Day: Dead Sea Scrolls - See the original texts in digital format

5). Quote of the Day: 'A relationship requires a lot of work and commitment.' - Greta Scacchi

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Underdog Day. It is also the birthday of famous author Jane Austen 1775. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the last eruption of Mount Fuji occurred in 1707.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Nicole Mullen - Holy Captivated ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- My friend George is the DYD of a Spanish District in the south. Recently he told me about when he was a flight. The man in seated in front of him suddenly fainted. The attendants came in began to give him medical attention but he wasn't stabilizing and the situation became intense. George offered to pray for the man and they allowed him to. After he prayed the man was revived back to life and healed to complete health.

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Calendar - Check out the upcoming events for 2012!

4). Link of the Day: 37 Signals - Frustration-free web-based apps for collaboration, sharing information, and making decisions.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Action is the real measure of intelligence.' - Napoleon Hill

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cat Herders Day. It is also the birthday of the Roman Emperor Nero from 37 BC. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the Bill of Rights became law in 1791.

#66, Flying high at the Mid-DayBlitz at Youth Camp 1, Lexington, June

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Jamie Grace - You Lead ♫


3). Ministry of the Day: Winter STL Tour - Tonight we have a service at Omaha Christian Center at 6:30pm. We'd love to see you there!

4). Link of the Day: Page99 - Here, published and unpublished writers share their page 99s with readers like you. And you get to rate their writing (without knowing if it's published or who the author is). It's fast. Fun. Addictive.

5). Quote of the Day: 'I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds.' - Dizzy Gillespie

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Monkey Day. It is also the birthday of Mike Durre (pastor in O'Neill, NE), a distinction he shares with Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan from 1009. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the country of Tanzania joined the United Nations in 1961.

#70, Pastor Julie and Brian praying for a student at Youth Camp 1, Lexington, June

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Hillsong Live - Forever Reign ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we didn't have a winner from last week's trivia so the question will carryover to this week with a $10 payout: How many prophets of Baal gathered to meet Elijah in 1 Kings 18?

3). Ministry of the Day: Life Force - Curriculum for Kids with a portion of each purchase going to Nebraska's BGMC.

4). Link of the Day: Tripping - This is your place to connect with travelers and locals for travel tips, shared cups of coffee and homestays in over 135 countries.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.'
- Thomas A. Edison

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the Middle of the International Human Rights Week. It is also the birthday of Platte Valley YFC Leader Joe Marino, a distinction he shares with Dick Van Dyke from 1925. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that US National Guard began in 1636.

#75, Eastern Convention Speaker Rod Whitlock in a Huskers jersey, Bellevue, November

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Bethel Music - Come to Me ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- It's important for us to enjoy the moment. This past weekend my daughter was in a play at the Grand Island Little Theater in GI, NE. The play was 'The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever' and Abby was one of the main characters named Gladys, who is also the Angel of the Lord. She had 6 different performances last week, and that was preceded by 2 1/2 months of practices 2 or 3 times a week. There was a wide collection of students involved in the play from all across the area. Many of them were new to Abby and she quickly became close friends with several.
- Yesterday afternoon was her last performance. I was able to go and she did a great job. Afterward, I left her with the cast to help tear down the set and have a final cast party. I came back a couple hours later and they were just finishing up the party. Abby jumped in the car to head home and she was very silent, not usual for my little girl. I asked her is she was OK and she said she had a great time the last few months in the play and she was sad because she was going to miss her new friends.
- I encouraged her that we'll get her involved in more plays in the future and she's probably going to see them again. She was excited for that and able to cheer up some. But I could tell she was sad that it was all over. There were times that it was tiring, difficult, she got a rash from the makeup - but it was all worth it and she can't wait to do it again.
- Don't complain about the busyness of your life, because it will soon be gone - learn to enjoy the moment!

3). Ministry of the Day: Central Bible College - a great Christian college option for your students, in Springfield, MO.

4). Link of the Day: RestWise - Monitor your rest and achieve great energy for your day.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The difference between Creator and created is incomparable.' -Cyril of Alexandria

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Poinsettia Day and the Global Day of Prayer. It is also the birthday of Harvey Macklin (NE AG minister/military chaplain in Virginia), a distinction he shares with popular celebrity Frank Sinatra, from 1915. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the First Crusade occurred in 1098, in an effort by Western Christianity to 'convert' Muslims.

#79, The BMC Dance crew at Eastern Convention, Bellevue, November

Friday, December 9, 2011

Leader Profile - Allen McDaniel

1). Song of the Day: All Sons and Daughters - Reason to Sing ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Allen McDaniel
POSITION - Youth Leader in Cozad, NE
HISTORY - Army Veteran, Student at UNK
FAMILY - Married to Vallerie, with two kids
HOBBIES - Hanging out with his family, helping others

3). Ministry of the Day: Western Convention Highlight Video - Check out a snapshot of the great moments from our convention last month in Gering, NE with Jacob Jester and Orphan's Cry

4). Link of the Day: England Master's Commission - Check out this highlight video of a day in the life of a Master's Commission student in Europe, a program that one of our PK's (Jordan from Omaha) is involved in.

5). Quote of the Day: 'When I perform, it's very personal. I'm sharing things I like, inviting the audience into my room.' - Andy Kaufman

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Salesperson Day. It is also the birthday of Kirk Douglas, American Actor, from 1916. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first YMCA in North America was established in Canada in 1851.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Dara Maclean - Suitcases ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- We apologize that we didn't get a blog entry yesterday
- Recently, youth pastor Mike Maroney from North Platte was getting a haircut. He had formerly been on staff at Trinity Bible College, youth pastored in Valentine, and senior pastored in Mullen, only an hour north of NP. As he was getting his haircut from the hair stylist, suddenly she mentioned to him that he looked familiar and she had seen him before. They found out that she was from Mullen and she had gone to a funeral and a wedding that he had performed in town. When she was a kid, she had gone to the church where he pastored later on. He asked her if she still went to church, and she said it had been about 10 years. After mentioning that she enjoyed church as a kid, he asked her if she thought her young children would enjoy it as well. He invited her to church and looks to see her there later this weekend. The amazing thing about this is that when Mike pastored in Mullen, it was a difficult time. He admitted that many times he wonders how much good he did there. And then he has a 'God moment' where he reaches out to someone from that time period in his life in need. God used Mike to minister to her, and her to minister to Mike as well.

3). Ministry of the Day: Winter STL Tour - Come visit us as we travel across Nebraska over the next few months challenging students and leaders to give to Speed the Light Missionaries in 2012.

4). Link of the Day: KnowApp - Keep stats on anything

5). Quote of the Day: 'No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.' - Abraham Lincoln

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the middle of National Hand-Washing Awareness Week. It is also the birthday of Derik Buescher (NE Chi Alpha Missionary to Wyoming College), a distinction he shares with the Roman Poet Horace from 65 BC. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered the famous 'day of infamy' speech in response to the Attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II in 1941.

#96, The busy exhibit's area at Eastern Convention, Bellevue, November

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Hillsong - Born is the King ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen at random from last week's Bible Trivia. She is now up to $46 in prize earnings - way to go!
- Here's the $5 trivia for this week: How many prophets of Baal gathered to meet Elijah in 1 Kings 18?

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Royal Rangers - Check out their page online, and look ahead to their winter pow-wow Feb 10th and 11th, 2012.

4). Link of the Day: HomeAway - Search the homes in your preferred destination, refine your search, and contact multiple owners to confirm availability.

5). Quote of the Day: The best Godly leaders are just the best God followers! - Toby Schneckloth

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Miners Day. It is also the birthday of Ira Gershwin, famous American Lyricist, from 1896. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that NASA revealed photos confirming the presence of water on Mars in 2006.

#102, Nate and Shane in a sermon illustration at Youth Camp 2, Lexington, June

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Jars of Clay - God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This past weekend, we received our first snowfall of the winter season in Grand Island, NE. Nothing makes me feel more in the Christmas spirit than a new bit of snow. Late in the afternoon, I went outside and began to shovel the snow from my driveway. I've done it every year without any problem, and this year was no different. In fact, my son Eric came out and helped me with much of it; an added blessing!
- I woke up early Sunday morning to prepare to lead worship at church and my body ached. As I stretched out, I noticed a lot of pain in my lower back. I had shoveled for years without any problem, but this year it caught up to me. As I get older, buying a snowblower is becoming more of a reasonable option.
- In time, things change. We must prepare for the change accordingly, or get used to having a sore back.

3). Ministry of the Day: California AIM Trip 2012 - Check out the info to join us on a trip to minister at the LA Dream Center in late May.

4). Link of the Day: One Page Per Day - Read one page of your favorite book online

5). Quote of the Day: 'You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.' - Martin Luther

6). Miscellaneous: Today is International Ninja Day. It is also the birthday of Patty Durre (pastor's wife in O'Neill, NE), a distinction she shares with Martin van Buren, 8th US President, from 1782. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that a gunman shot down visitors to Westroads Mall in Omaha in 2007.

#106, Climbing the 'Killer Hill' out of Chappell on the Missions Bike Ride, September

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday - Leader's Profile

1). Song of the Day: Demon Hunter - Life War ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader's Profile - Joel Loutzenhiser
POSITION: Youth/Children's leader at Word of Life Church in O'neill
HISTORY: Graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, MO
FAMILY: Single, Father is a pastor in the district
HOBBIES: Sports, Huskers, Hanging with Family, Teaching at the School

3). Ministry of the Day: Christ's Place Worship Album - Check out the new songs from Michael King and the Lincoln Christ's Place Worship team on I-tunes

4). Link of the Day: Allergy Eats - Locate or rate a restaurant based on its level of "allergy friendliness."

5). Quote of the Day: 'Only a life lived for others is worth living.' -Albert Einstein

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Special Education Day. It is also the birthday of famous Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers, from 1983. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that John Brown was hanged in 1859 for his raid on Harper's Ferry.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1) Song of the Day: O Holy Night ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Last night, we held our first STL rally for the $180,000 of projects we need to raise in 2012. It was a different format than we've done in the past, doing a series of Wednesday nights from Nov-Feb. My youth alive director and myself do an illustrated sermon in which we visit each of the countries where we have a project for next year. We discuss our missionaries and the challenges they will face in these different cultures. We had about 75 people there and everyone made personal goals for what they want to give next year. It was an incredible night, and special thanks to Mark Rose and Tim Lillard for helping us host the event at Victory Road Church in Norfolk, NE.

3). Ministry of the Day: Siouxland Sectional STL Rally for 2012 - Check out photos from last night's event in Norfolk, NE

4). Link of the Day: Drive Safely - The App to Stop Distracted Driving

5). Quote of the Day: 'And some places you been before are so great that you don't ever mind going back. Some places you been before you don't ever want to go back, you know, like Montreal in the Winter.' - Morgan Freeman

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Aids Day. It is also the birthday of Louis VI of France from 1081. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Aids virus was officially recognized in 1981.

#122 - Praying with Bud from Kimball to start the Missions Bike Ride across NE, September

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Eleventyseven - Quota ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- We're a day away from December. December is a month that leaves us finishing up all of our transactions from 2011. It is also has us looking ahead to 2012 and planning our budgets, schedules, visions, etc.
- It may help to think of the year in 12 month segments, with each month having a separate focus (January - Committment, February - Missions, etc.) These topics may be good to work with the theme of your host church as well. You can coordinate these topics with the major events going on during those months as well. (March - Worship with Fine Arts, June - Spending time with God and camp, etc.)
- It would also be good to schedule in monthly appointments with tasks that sometimes are forgotten: leaders/student leaders meetings, doctors/dentist appointments, spring cleaning both for your home and for the church, website/logo remodeling, recruiting campaigns, etc.

3). Ministry of the Day: AIM Missions Trips 2012 - Check out the trips we are providing for Nebraska Youth Ministries students and leaders next year.

4). Link of the Day: Healthy Men - a list of important medical tests for men to take at certain time periods in their lives

5). Quote of the Day: 'When a nation makes too great a distinction between its scholars and its warriors it winds up having its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools' -Thucydides

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Meth Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of Tracy McElhannon (pastors wife in McCook), a distinction she shares with famous author Mark Twain from 1835. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Lucille Ball married Dese Arnaz in 1940.

#125, 7 Project at Alliance Middle School, November

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia


2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia, so the question will carryover to this week with a $10 payout! Here it is - Quote a verse in the Bible that encourages us to give thanks...

3). Ministry of the Day: Kids Camp - See a report on the effectiveness of Kids Camp, titled 'A Whole Lotta Something'

4). Link of the Day: I Am Second - A movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others.

5). Quote of the Day: 'I took some time out for life.' - James L. Brooks

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Electronic Greetings Day. It is also the birthday of Dave Busch (pastor in Burwell), a distinction he shares with C.S. Lewis, famous Irish author, from 1898. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Richard Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole in 1929.

#130, PK's at the Omaha Zoo, PK Retreat, July

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Carol of the Bells ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Saturday night, my family and I went over to my mothers house in Bellevue. We were there with some of my other brothers and sisters and their families as well. We ate some pizza and talked sparingly around the table. Then, someone pulled out a game. We played it for 2 hours straight, laughing and talking up a storm. The game really opened us up.
- Sometimes, it's fun to just 'let loose' and play a game. They're not just for kids. Make some time to 'play' together this holiday season.

3). Ministry of the Day: Live the Word - Tips from the Fire Institute on applying the lessons from the Bible to our everyday lives

4). Link of the Day: Milk and Honey Shoes - Design your own shoes online

5). Quote of the Day: 'It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.' - Stirling Moss

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cyber Monday. It is also the birthday of famous comedian Jon Stewart from 1962. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Panama became independent, in 1821

#136, Bruce overseeing the Tug of War at Youth Camp 1, Lexington, June

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday - Leader's Profile


2). Blog Entry: Leader's Profile - Mike Fowler

POSITION - Senior Pastor of Clinton Victory Hill Assembly of God
HISTORY - From Texas, studies at Southwestern University
FAMILY - Married to Bekah, with a son and a daughter
HOBBIES - Hunting, Welding,

3). Ministry of the Day: High Point Curriculum - Check out this great resource for teaching kids the Word of God

4). Link of the Day: Aardvark - Discover the perfect person to answer any question in minutes

5). Quote of the Day: 'Never spend your money before you have earned it.' - Thomas Jefferson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Flossing Day. It is also the birthday of David Cramer (pastor in Beatrice, NE), a distinction he shares with Joe DiMaggio, famous baseball player, from 1914. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the popular song 'Do They Know It's Christmas' was recorded by various artists to raise money for helping poverty efforts in Ethiopia in 1984.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Happy Thanksgiving! ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- At convention last week, we had the greatest turnout we've had since starting a Western Convention. We did several 7 Project School Assemblies the week before and then invited the students to convention at the night rallies. We weren't sure how many would respond but we thought it was worth the effort.
- Friday night I went to sit in the service to listen to Jacob Jester preach. There was an open seat next to a young man. After I sat down, he leaned in to me and said, 'The only reason I'm here is because you came to my school yesterday."
- Later, after service, another young man came up to me and thanked me for coming to his school earlier in the week. He said that he had gone to an Acquire the Fire years ago, and made a commitment to Christ then, but had since walked away. He renewed his relationship with Jesus at the night rally, and he loved the Alive in Christ book that we gave him. He asked if we could give him 3 more for some of his friends back home.

3). Ministry of the Day: Alive in Christ booklets - Great resource to give to students who are just beginning a relationship with Jesus.

4). Link of the Day: They draw and travel - Maps illustrated from artists around the world

5). Quote of the Day: 'When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.' - Tecumseh

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Thanksgiving, as well as National Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. It is also the birthday of Tim Black (Arizona DYD), a distinction he shares with Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the US, from 1784. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that police force of the Texas Rangers was established in 1835.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #152, Sumo Wrestlers at the 7 at Night, Big Springs, November

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Celtic Praise - Give Thanks ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- This past weekend we finished our convention season with our Western Youth Convention in Gering, NE. Our speaker was Jacob Jester. He lives in Kansas City, where he youth pastors at a local church. He decided to bring his youth group with him to convention, almost a 10 hour drive! They showed up with plenty of time to spare on Friday, and 22 students in tow.
- I connected with Jacob and immediately, he told me that he wanted to forego his scheduled hotel room and stay at the church overnight with his students. This was a very unsusual and unexpected request. I had booked him a nice hotel room just a few blocks away. He had committed to speak for me at two convention services and he would need to be rested up and ready for those opportunties. But he also didn't want to forget his commitment to his youth. So they went to Walmart, grabbed some supplies, and then bunked down with their students for convention.
- I was very impressed with his decision. I hadn't looked down on him for originally working with me for a hotel room; I probably would have done the same thing. But rather than taking the comfortable option, he submitted himself to a potentially uncomfortable situation to be faithful to his students.
- Leaders must be willing to do what is best for their students, whether it is personally uncomfortable to them or not. When leaders opt out for a more comfortable solution, they teach their students to do the same thing when they become leaders or parents themselves.

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Donations Online - Send students/leaders to this site where they can personally give to STL online

4). Link of the Day: Gogobot - Gogobot is a fun place to share your travels and get great trip recommendations!

5). Quote of the Day: 'Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.' - Dennis Gabor

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Dr. Who Day. It is also the birthday of Greg Wallace (pastor of The Market Church in Omaha), a distinction he shares with Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, from 1804. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Thespis became the first recorded actor performing on stage in 534 BC.

#155 - Tipping the Canoe at Camp Arrowhead during Youth Camp 1, June

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day:Kutless - Beautiful the Blood ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. With her $5 prize, she is now up to $36 total - way to go!
- Here's the trivia for this week - Thanksgiving is here! Quote a verse in the Bible that encourages us to give thanks...

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Blog - Check out our weekday blog for Nebraska Youth Ministries, highlighting Life Lessons (Mon), Bible Trivia (Tue), Leaders Corner (Wed), Testimonies (Thur), and Leader's Profile (Fri).

4). Link of the Day: HipMunk -Hipmunk is a remarkable new travel search site that aims to take the agony out of travel planning.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Give Thanks in all circumstances.' - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Humane Society Day. It is also the birthday of Ann Laura Chavez (children's leader in Columbus), a distinction she shares with Charles de Gaulle, famous French military general from 1890. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing in 1986.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #157, STL service at Holy Grounds in Omaha, January

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Fred Hammond - I Feel Good ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- On the way home from Western Youth Convention this weekend, Brian Korell (Youth Alive Home Missionary) was pulling two trailers with his truck. The back trailer had a tire that went flat, but it was hard for him to recognize it because of the heavy weight load. A trucker pulled up beside him and waved him off the road. After pulling over, we saw that the tire had been completely shredded.
- We pulled out the jack, but it was missing the appropiate handle. We had to carefully turn the jack upward with a heavy duty wrench. It was exhausting, and very cold, but slowly and surely, we got it done. Brian mentioned that if he had the right tool, he would have been able to get the tire replaced in half the time.
- Having the right tools can go a long way in helping make our jobs easier. And it can also help us be prepared when the unexpected happens in our lives.

3). Ministry of the Day: Fun Arts - Fine Arts for Kids. February 25th. 3 Different locations

4). Link of the Day: Good Reads - Share book recommendations; meet your next book!

5). Quote of the Day: 'All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.' - Thomas Browne

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Hello Day. It is also the birthday of Jacob Jester (Western Fall Youth Convention speaker), a distinction he shares with French Philosopher Voltaire from 1694. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jersusalem in 164 BC

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #164, Backstage at Western Youth Convention, Gering, November

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Dave Hershey - The Balance ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Julie Korell
POSITION - Youth Pastor at Grand Island Northridge, 7 Project Speaker
HISTORY - Children's Pastor of Northfield Church in Gering
FAMILY - Married to Brian, one girl and two boys
HOBBIES - Winning at Games, Being with Family, Rooting against the Broncos

3). Ministry of the Day: Go Creative Juice - Creative Juice is a design firm with the sole purpose of providing churches and their ministries every resource they need to brand themselves in a professional way and communicate their message effectively without all the hassle.

4). Link of the Day: Health Month - Health Month is a game to help improve your diet, fitness, mental health, relationship health, and financial health – while enjoying it!

5). Quote of the Day: 'Either you run the day or the day runs you.' - Jim Rohn

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Mickey Mouse Day. It is also the birthday of Willy Roberts (lead singer of our Western Convention Worship Band Orphan's Cry), a distinction he shares with famous Boston Red Sox David Ortiz, from 1975. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that 21 political parties approved the new constitution in South Africa in 1993.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Jeremy Camp - Overcome ♫

2). Blog Entry - Testimonies
- Monday night, we had roughly 250 students at the 7 at Night Rally in Alliance. Just about everyone came forward for the altar call and we collected 90 forms of students that committed their lives to Christ.
- Last night, we had about 80 students that came out to the 7 at Night Rally in Big Springs. Again, almost all the students came forward to the altar and we received roughly 40 forms of students that committed their lives to Christ.

3). Ministry of the Day: Eastern Youth Convention Photos - check out pics from our recent Eastern Convention for Youth at Bellevue Nov 4,5th

4). Link of the Day: Convert Center - Change any measurement to the right conversion with this great online tool

5). Quote of the Day: 'Common sense is not so common.' - Voltaire

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Guinness World Record Day. It is also the birthday of Taleah Gill (youth leader in Friend), a distinction she shares with Maria Antonietta of Spain from 1729. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the patent for the computer mouse was awarded in 1970.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #185 The altar call at South Platte High during a 7 at Night in November

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Viktory - One Day ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- On Monday, we did two 7 Project school assemblies. The first was in Gordon-Rushville and the second was in Alliance. The project in Gordon was for the high schoolers and it started at 8 in the morning. So early in the morning, we could tell that everyone was pretty tired, including ourselves. Though more quiet, it was a great assembly and we received a good report from the administration afterward.
- The project in Alliance was at the Middle School and it was at the end of the school day. The students there were very energetic and loud. It was also a great assembly and the report was good once again from the administration.
- Though very different in time, age, and energy, both assemblies were a success. It would have been easy to judge them differently by our review of the response. As speakers, we love it when the crowds respond enthusiastically. But just because they may seem more quiet, it doesn't mean they aren't engaged and we are doing a bad job.
- We must become leaders that are flexible, and adapt our methods and styles of communication to the people we are working with. If we wait for the crowd to be flexible and adapt to us, we may be waiting too long.

3). Ministry of the Day: Western Fall Youth Convention - Come and join us this Friday and Saturday in Gering, NE for a great event with Orphan's Cry and Jacob Jester!

4). Link of the Day: Join.me - Share your screen with others, and view someone elses screen as well

5). Quote of the Day: 'Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go.' - Margaret Walker

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Prematurity Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of Eric Rozean (Children's Pastor in Kearney), a distinction he shares with famous basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire, from 1982. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in 2010.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #182, Brian and Jay in the Awards area of Fine Arts, at Lincoln in March

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Tim Drisdelle - Come let us adore Him ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, there was no winner from last week's trivia and $10 in prize earnings will go unearned. There's still a chance this week for $5. We will choose a random entry from the correct comments as the winner: How many of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) contain the Christmas story?

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Calendar - Check out all of our events for 2012, including the upcoming end of the STL rallies in the Winter STL Tour

4). Link of the Day: IOgraphica - A fun art page which maps the route of your mouse

5). Quote of the Day: 'A hungry dog hunts best. A hungrier dog hunts even better.' - Norman Ralph Augustine

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National I Love To Write Day. It is also the birthday of John I of France from 1316. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Dave opened the first Wendy's restaurant in 1969.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #188, Chet Caudill, Youth Camp 1 speaker, getting pumped up at camp in June

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Me in Motion - Yes we can ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This week, we are doing 7 Project School assemblies in the panhandle of Nebraska, leading up to our Western NE Youth Convention in Gering on Friday and Saturday. To start off, we traveled to Scottsbluff today with two trailers, pulled together by one truck. It was a long trip, often too windy to drive in a straight line, and plenty of gas used on the way.

- Once we arrived in Gering, we met up with some Master's Commission students that are helping us throughout the week. We unloaded much of the equipment for convention at the church, and then gave one of the trailers to the MC's to pull with their van. After dumping all of that weight, the truck ran great and almost seemed like a new vehicle.
- It's amazing how much better we can travel without all the extra baggage we keep sometimes. Take an inventory of you life and decide if there's some stuff you can let go to lighten the load.


3). Ministry of the Day: The 7 Project - School assembly program we provide to schools throughout Nebraska

4). Link of the Day: Visualize Me - Vizualize your resume in one click, for creative resumes online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.' - Jon Bon Jovi

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Orphan's Day. It is also the birthday of former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, from 1954. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the BBC began radio service in London in 1922.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 #189 - David's Cardboat Boat Creation at Family Fest in July

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Josh Wilson - Jesus Is Alive ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Mitch McGonigle
POSITION - Youth Pastor in Milford
HISTORY - Student in NYM, college at NE SouthEastern Community
FAMILY - Single
HOBBIES - Works at Dell, graduated in 2009

3). Ministry of the Day: Top 200 Photos of 2011 - Check out all the photos of great memories from this past year in Nebraska Youth Ministries, starting today!

4). Link of the Day: Sticker Mule - Custom stickers, die cut stickers & laptop skins. Starting at $59 for 100. Free shipping in 5 days.

5). Quote of the Day: 'If there is no struggle, there is no progress.' - Frederick Douglass

6). Miscellaneous: Today is 11-11-11, and also National Veteran's Day. Both my dad, and my father-in-law are military veterans. It is also the birthday of Richard Nakai (Assistant Student Ministries Director at BCC and NE credentialed minister), a distinction he shares with Fyodor Dostoyevsky, famous Russian Author, from 1821. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that US Route 66 was established in 1926.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: KB - Hello ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Julie, a 7 Project school assembly speaker in NE, went to her daughter's basketball game at a school outside of Hastings, one of the schools we did an assembly at earlier this month. One of the students from that school recognized Julie from the 7 Project, and came up to talk with her. The student mentioned that she came out to the Night Rally that evening, and gave her life to Jesus at the altar call!
- I traveled to a youth ministry last night, which recently lost their leader. We talked about the transition, and there was a lot of emotion. But they had a volunteer leader keeping things together and many people still there from the original group. Usually, when the leaders leaves, and they didn't have a leadership team to help them, the group tends to fall apart. What a testimony that this leader helped keep things together, and the church worked to keep the ministry going!

3). Ministry of the Day: Emmaus Experience - Student educational trips to the Holy Land in Israel

4). Link of the Day: Hunch - Hunch lets you share what you like, get recommendations based on your taste and connect with people similar to you.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.' - Charles R. Swindoll

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Area Code Day. It is also the birthday of Danette Matty (director of Christ's Place Leadership School), a distinction she shares with Martin Luther from 1483. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first Breeder's Cup Horse Race took place in Hollywood in 1984.

Backstage view from Eastern Convention, Bellevue, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Andy Cherry - Our God's Alive ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Tonight, I am heading to a youth group in transition. The former youth pastor needed to leave before expected, and they were suddenly left without a youth leader. As has happened in many situations, there were no other leaders (students or adults) that were prepared to step in and help in the absence. A large group dwindled to a fraction of what it once was.
- God is helping us with some new adult volunteers, and a youth pastor in a city nearby has committed to help them out for the rest of the year. But what can we do to keep this situation from happening in the future?
- Often youth leaders rise to their position because of great talent and ability in working with students. But we all should strive to improve in our ability to raise up and disciple leaders. The groups that we are leading are not ours, they are God's. He wants everyone to take an active part in it. I suggest that you try to find at least one adult leader for every 7 students in the group. And within every 7 students, you should find at least 2 to 3 student leaders that can contribute to the group as Campus Missionary Leaders
- Build up a team, so when it's your turn to leave, the group will continue to move forward.

3). Ministry of the Day: Kids Force - A dynamic Children's resource, produced by our own Jim Gerhold from Sidney. Part of the proceeds go to Nebraska's BGMC!

4). Link of the Day: Preceden - Make a timeline for just about anything

5). Quote of the Day: 'Every moment is an experience.' - Jake Roberts

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Young Readers Day. It is also the birthday of Spiro Agnew, US Vice President, from 1918. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the chemical element Darmstadtium was discovered in 1994.

Working Out at Eastern Convention, Bellevue, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Tobymac - The First Noel ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia, so the question will carry over to this week with a $10 payout - Can you name a time in the Bible where someone 'worked out'?

3). Ministry of the Day: Teacher Appreciation - Nominate your favorite teacher for Nebraska's teacher of the year.

4). Link of the Day: Science Daily - The top science news across the web

5). Quote of the Day: 'A people free to choose will always choose peace.' - Ronald Reagan

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National X-Ray Day. It is also the birthday of my brother-in-law Bob Nikunen, a distinction he shares with Gordon Ramsey, famous British TV personality, from 1966. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the National Football League joined with the American Football League to establish the NFL.

Students at NE Eastern Fall Convention, Bellevue, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales - Jingle Bells ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- My son Eric had a big speech coming up in his language arts class last week. This is a class in which he had a 'C' grade. He wants to do better, and his teacher believes he is capable of more, but his behavior in class had been less than ideal. I began to work with him more after work at nights, and saw Eric's results improve.
- We were working on the speech at home. As a public speaker, I knew that this was something I could help him with. After he did his speech with me a few times, I did the same speech for him. He laughed a bunch and loved many of the different methods I used to communicate effectively.
- When he got back up to do it one more time, I noticed he didn't do many of the things I saw him enjoy with more performance. I asked him why afterwards and he said, 'That stuff is you - it's just not me.' I accepted his reasoning, secretly feeling like he wasn't going to do as well as he could.
- Later this weekend, I heard the report from his speech - everyone loved it! The students were all asking how he set up his powerpoint presentation, they laughed several times at key parts of his speech, and the teacher applauded for him afterward. He did great - and mostly because he knew how to be himself.
- Don't try to be someone else in your calling - be the person God created you to be!

3). Ministry of the Day: Teen Bible Quiz - help students learn the Word of God in a fun, competitive way, while visiting other leaders/students across Nebraska once a month!

4). Link of the Day: Metafilter - Great search engine for tough questions

5). Quote of the Day: 'The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.' - Abraham Lincoln

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Job Action Day. It is also the birthday of famous American Evangelist Billy Graham from 1918. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Mary Robinson became the first female President of Ireland in 1990.

Workout Crew from Eastern Youth Convention, Bellevue, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Fireflight - ♫ Go Ahead ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Petey Tellez

HISTORY: From Hawaii, was in the Air Force, studies at Grace University
POSITION: Senior Pastor of Omaha Hope Community Church
FAMILY: Married to Dezi, 3 boys and 1 girl
HOBBIES: Working Out, Football and Basketball, Spending time with Family

3). Ministry of the Day: Fall Youth Convention - Our annual Eastern Fall Youth Convention kicks off tonight! Check us out on facebook above...

4). Link of the Day: Formspring - Find out more about your friends by asking and responding to interesting questions.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The only thing more stressful than hearing a screaming baby on a plane is being the parent of a screaming baby on a plane' - Joel Stein

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Use Your Common Sense Day. It is also the birthday of Walter Cronkite, famous American broadcaster, from 1916. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Joan of Arc liberated Saint-Pierre-le-Moƻtier in 1429.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Chris Quilala - ♫ Your Love is Everything ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Vicki Carini is the Children's/Youth Leader in Ainsworth. She has been there a little over a year, and now they've seen the group grow; the after school club from 2-10, the youth group up to 18. They recently held a big Fall Festival and saw the largest numbers of young people they've had in years (picture below)
- Jen helps oversee the placement of foreign exchange students in the Sandhills. They currently have 14 students scattered throughout Christian homes in the region. Because of her hard work, the company is sending her and her husband to Brazil for a business trip!

3). Ministry of the Day: 2010 Youth Convention East - see pics from our convention in Lincoln last year, our Eastern Convention is this weekend in Bellevue.

4). Link of the Day: Get Human - Find Phone numbers and company information online

5). Quote of the Day: 'A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.' - Nelson Mandela

6). Today is National Men Make Dinner Day. It is also the birthday of Mel Johnson (associate pastor in Hastings), a distinction he shares with famous American actor Charles Bronson from 1921. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the United States introduced income taxes in 1913

Vicki Carini, and P. Gary Graesser, Ainsworth, 2011