Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: ♫ JH413 - I will ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This past week I took a bunch of Nebraska leaders with me to Trinity Bible College. I was planning to speak in chapel for DYD week. I had never brought people with me before, but I thought it would be a good chance for them to see what Trinity was all about so they can promote it better to the people they influence. I also thought it would be fun to connect with them on the trip.
Each person said that they had a great time. The college put us up in a nice hotel, let us speak in 2 different classes, fed us well, gave us Trinity gifts, and even held a meeting where we could give them ideas on how to better improve their recruiting in our state. Each leader walked away feeling like they understood Trinity much better and could recruit for it with confidence; one leader even felt that he would likely send his son there to play football one day.
Trinity has had a negative stigma with some leaders in Nebraska, but if they could just see it and experience it, they would probably feel different. Isn't that the case with so many things in life and surrounding God; they might sound strange or different but if people could just see it and experience it with us, they'd feel different after all.

3). Ministry of the Day: Royal Rangers - Our Nebraska Royal Rangers are hosting a Winter Pow Wow in February. Contact Tom Bruna for more details.

4). Link of the Day: Barefoot Running - An interesting article about the procedures and benefits of running without shoes.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Discipline to the level of your relationship' -Twyla Kuntz

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Inspire your Heart with Art Day. It is also the day that Scotch Tape first made an appearance in 1930. Finally, it is Jackie Robinson's Birthday, from 1919.

Todd Mohrmann, Youth Leader in Columbus, at Camp

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Song of the Day: ♫ Pro - 116 ♫

2). Blog Entry: Nebraska Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from Tuesday's Trivia. Make sure to check back in next week for another chance to win. Here's the trivia for today: Recently, I jumped in the freezing Calamus River to celebrate BGMC with David Busch. Can you name what city that was in?

3). Ministry of the Day: Scott Berkey - meet the new director of the Assemblies of God National Children's Ministry Agency

4). Link of the Day: Blue Sky Resumes - an online resource for creating and distributing quality resumes

5). Quote of the Day: Where the pavement ends, the harvest begins - Twyla Kuntz

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Tim Hazen's Birthday (pastor in Butte, NE), a distinction he shares with Thomas Aquinas from 1225. It is also the sad anniversary of the day that the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded on National TV in 1986. Finally, it is National Fun Day at Work, so go have fun!

Chuck and Yvonne Davis, Pastors at Omaha Southside

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: ♫ True Love ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Shawn Banzhaf is the Chi Alpha Director of Chadron State College. Before entering this position, he was a policeman in Chadron. During that time, he was called to a house in town and he arrested the dad for a case of abuse. Later, as the Chi Alpha Director, he and his wife reached out to a girl at the college. She was addicted to drugs and struggling through life. They allowed her to live with them as she was working out her salvation. They discovered that she was the young girl whose dad Shawn had arrested and intervened to save her and her family years ago.
- Returning from a trip to Trinity Bible College in Ellendale North Dakota the last few days, I was so proud of Rochelle Wampler. She was a student in my junior high youth group at Bellevue Christian Center. She led worship in Chapel both days when we were there, and she did a fabulous job.

3). Ministry of the Day: 'Inside a Cutter's Mind' - a book offered through Gospel Publishing House online

4). Link of the Day: TED Talks - Informative academic discussions about culturally relevant topics and events

5). Quote of the Day: Religion is rotten storage of old blessings - Dr. Gordon Anderson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Holocaust Memorial Day. It is also the day that the National Geographic Society was established in 1888. Finally, it is Art Rooney's Birthday (founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers) from 1901.

Shawn Banzhaf, Chi Alpha Director, praying at Trinity

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Sixteen Cities - ♫ Pray You Through ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- After speaking yesterday in the Chapel service at Trinity Bible College, I realized I needed to work on my VUVUZELA playing skills. Having played it so many times before during our fall conventions in 2010, I assumed I would be a professional but that was not the case. Almost every time I went to play the horn, it would start off very rough and messed up. It seemed that most people still enjoyed it, and they mentioned that to me afterward. It's probably because people enjoy when we try to speak them with many different forms and methods.
- Not everyone learns best by just auditory means. Many of us would rather have stimuli through visual, tactile, or kinesthetic methods. Yesterday in my message I had a screaming competition, I had people repeat sounds after me, we sang a song in sections of the seating area, I threw out T-shirts, I had a video cued, I played a VUVUZELA, I pulled out a LOUD shirt, I showed pictures, we held hands and interlocked fingers, and I had guests come up and share a bit. It would be much easier to just speak myself, but probably not as much fun, and not as memorable for those listening.
- I've seen many different ideas for how to make your message more meaningful. At Holy Ground in Omaha, they having a drawing each night for a $5 gift card. At a church in Bellevue, they sing a special Happy Birthday song every week to those with birthdays. In Haiti, while shaking hands with others, you dance to an island rhythm. Be creative and come up with your own way to speak without necessarily using words.

3). Ministry of the Day: MOMENTUM - the leadership website for youth leaders in the Assemblies of God

4). Link of the Day: Bedtime Help - a website designed to schedule your life and help you get to bed on time

5). Quote of the Day: 'Most churches discipleship is accidental, not intentional' - Twyla Kuntz, ND DYD (speaking at Trinity chapel today!)

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Peanut Brittle Day. It is also Kirk Franklin's Birthday from 1970. Finally, it is also the day that Michigan became a state in 1837

Shane Moore, youth pastor in York, at Youth Camp 2 2010

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Lecrae - ♫ Overdose ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to ARG for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. ARG is now up to $8 in prize earnings - way to go. Elizabeth Huston commented on Facebook, and for the first time we included that in the possible answers we would accept for our winner, and we will continue to do that from this point on.
- Here's the Trivia for today: I am speaking at Trinity Bible College in Chapel this morning. I will use my VUVUZELA in service. Can you name a passage where a VUVUZELA (or a similar horn) was used in the Bible?

3). Ministry of the Day: Chadron State Chi Alpha - Shawn and Jodi Banzhaf, Directors of Chi Alpha, are with me at Trinity. Check out their group on facebook.

4). Link of the Day: Miss America - Check out the blog following our very own Miss America from Nebraska, a former NYM student

5). Quote of the Day: Be'blessable' before asking God for many blessings - Steve Warriner

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Steve Mason's Birthday (Alabama DYD), a distinction he shares with the wrestling legend the Honky Tonk Man from 1953. It is also National Mac Day, so enjoy those convenient computers. Finally, it is the day that Toby is speaking at Trinity Bible College Chapel and the day that Ukraine became a nation in 1918.

Shawn and Jodi Banzhaf, Chadron State Chi Alpha Directors, from Western Convention 2010

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Sanctus Real - ♫ Take Over Me ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Yesterday, I had the awesome privilege of doing a Polar Plunge with my friend Pastor Dave Busch, from Burwell, NE. His church raised over $1,700 for BGMC and he promised him that he would jump in freezing water if they hit their goal, which they greatly surpassed. We went out to the Calamus River, just outside of town, and dived in.
It felt so strange to be standing outside in swimming trunks, flip flops, and a T-shirt with everyone around us in winter coats, gloves, and scarves. When Dave took off, running through the snow to the riverbank, I ran after him. The rest is a blur. I vaguely remember losing my breath when I jumped in the icy water. Watching the video is fun, because most of it is completely forgotten to me. All I could focus on was trying to warm up. Jumping in Dave's hot tub immediately afterward didn't hurt too bad. Though, as I thawed out, I noticed some scratches and bruises on my left foot, apparently from a rock in the river or some sticks on the shore. I didn't even feel the initial injury because I was numb with cold.
Sometimes, we go through difficult times that come upon us suddenly and leave us in a state of shock. We have to look back upon the situation to discover all of the details that happened because we didn't quite catch them the first time around. Though scary and dangerous, we may sit down just a few minutes later, and look back upon the instance as a great memory in our lives. It may leave us with scars that help us remember more of the details too.
Watch video of the Polar Plunge here

3). Ministry of the Day: Trinity Bible College - Today different youth leaders and I from Nebraska are visiting this wonderful college in North Dakota

4). Link of the Day: SolarBeat - a song put together based on the rotation of the planets around our sun in our solar system

5). Quote of the Day: 'It doesn't do any good to mop the floors if you've got muddy boots on' -Dave Busch

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Compliment Day. Today is also Mike Carr's Birthday (former pastor in Alliance), a distinction he shares with the famous evangelist Oral Roberts, from 1918. Finally, it is the day that the Department of Homeland Security began functioning in 2003.

The one and only Mike Carr, at Family Fest 2010

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Song of the Day: Gungor - ♫ Beautiful Things ♫

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. 'The View' is now up to $16 in prize earnings - way to go! Here's the Trivia for today: The picture at the bottom of the blog is of an awesome pastor to the far left, Chuck Davis. Can you name what city he is from?
A. Hastings
B. North Platte
C. Lincoln
D. Omaha

3). Ministry of the Day: BGMC - This weekend, I will be going to Burwell (weather permitting!) to do a Polar Plunge with David Busch in honor of their BGMC success in 2010.

4). Link of the Day: Fuzzy Slippers Studio - a recording studio established by a graduate of North Central University

5). Quote of the Day: 'I know that it is by God’s will that I was crowned that night, and I know He has amazing plans for me throughout the upcoming year' - (Teresa Scanlan, Miss America)

6). Miscellaneous: Today is my son Ryan's Birthday, a distinction he shares with Dave Krist (The Current frontman) and Jack Nicklaus, the famous golfer, from 1940. Today is also National Hugging Day. Finally, this weekend is the wedding of April and Albert Lautenschlager, in Grand Island at Northridge Church.

Pastors from the BGMC Pheasant Hunt

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Ivoryline - ♫ The Healing ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- The pastor in Minatare worked years ago in Oshkosh. They brought the 7 Project School Assemblies to the area, and many students came to know Christ. Now years later, a leader that had worked with them on the 7 project is moving to Minatare to help them with youth and children's ministries. As they were visiting, a member of the church reminded the Pastor that they had been a student in the Oshkosh area, and they had become a Christian through the 7 project assemblies that they had done at the school!
- The pastors wife in Gibbon, a recent church restartup, was struggling through some severe illnesses. Many people had been praying for her. Near the end of December, the doctors were amazed because after some normal blood tests, they couldn't find any traces of the bacteria left in her system. She is 100% healthy because of God's healing power.

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Women's Ministries - Check out upcoming events for women in Nebraska, including a retreat called THE PROMISE in Lexington March 17-19.

4). Link of the Day: StickerMule - a great website for designing your own personalized stickers, all shapes and sizes

5). Quote of the Day: 'Nothing is really lost by a life of sacrifice; everything is lost by failure to obey God's call' -Henry P. Liddon

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Heidi Ruoff's Birthday (Food Lady from camps!) as well as Elizabeth Williams (NESOM student and Missions Bike Ride Participant). It is also National Camcorder Day. Finally, it is the day that the Roller Coaster was first invented in 1885.

Heidi Ruoff, Feeding Program Coordinator at Camps

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: CircleSlide - ♫ Looking Up ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
The phone rings. You're in a meeting - should you take the call?
You're in service and someone texts you. Should you answer them?
Your friend updated a questionable item on their facebook status - what do you do?
You get a call from someone you're not close to - do you answer, or even call back?
In today's world, we are blessed with having easy digital communication. We can interact with others often through our cell phones and laptops, and using various social networks like twitter and facebook. But that convenience has also made it possible for more interruptions than ever before. What's appropriate and what isn't?
There isn't a definitive answer to the question - each leader has to decide for themselves. We must let important principles guide our decisions. Family should always be a priority. We want to set a good example for those following and watching us. We should treat others the way that we would want to be treated, and respect their time.
Here's eight digital etiquette rules that I try to live by:
1). In meetings, personal or business, I try not to answer my cell phone. This includes calls or texts. I've worked out a system with my wife that when she calls, if I don't answer she knows I'm in a meeting. If she calls twice in a row, than I know it's an emergency and I answer. Otherwise, I will call her back as soon as the meeting is over. I also do that with my boss and office. All others, I will call back as soon as I can devote some time to it in the same day or the next.
2). There are times I forget to call someone back or erase their message. When we connect again, I am quick to apologize and be honest about what happened. I don't assume that it's no big deal.
3). In group sessions (services or large gatherings) I will answer individual texts once, and step out to take calls from my wife or my office. Again, I will wait to answer all other contacts until an appropiate time later in the day. Often when someone calls, I will text them that I can't take their call, and ask 'What's up?'
4). When posting to social networks, anything that is of a private or sensitive nature, I try to use a direct message, rather than posting it so everyone can view it. Specific individual requests, strong opinions, opposing views - these are all things I would use in a private format. If I see a post on my friends sites that could be viewed in a negative manner, I'll send them a private communication to make them aware of my observation.
5). Email is not everyone's preferred choice of easy communication as it once was. Even so, it is not obsolete. I try to answer emails within a few days, letting them know that if they need a quicker response, they can call, text, or use my social networks. I also don't assume everyone will read my emails sent to them, so I make sure to communicate in other forms with them as well.
6). A good rule of thumb - an important message can be emailed, texted, facebooked, and direct messaged on twitter to insure the intended party receives it. Otherwise, calling is always the best form of direct communication, but only if they adhere to good rules with incoming calls - otherwise, it can be viewed by them as obsolete as junk email.
7). Different people prefer different forms of communication. Find out what those around you enjoy, and try to use that method in your interactions with them.
8). I also want to be as easy to reach as possible. Knowing that people prefer certain forms of communication, both outgoing and incoming, a make myself available on as many digital mediums as possible - cellphone, text, facebook, twitter, email, blog, etc.

3). Ministry of the Day: Celera - the website of our speaker from Ministers Retreat, full of resources, coaching platforms, and more...

4). Link of the Day: MemVerse - a great website to monitor your progress on memorizing the Word of God.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The weapons of our enemy include - doubt, lies, deception, an urge for us to get out of order, and a desire to ascend' - Steve Warriner

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Joel Loutzenhiser's Birthday (Youth leader in O'Neill) as well as Greg Scott (minister in Omaha), a distinction they share with the Confederate General Robert E. Lee from 1807. It is also National Tin Can Day. Finally, it is the day that the first Presidential News Conference was filmed with Dwight Eisenhower in 1955.

Kayla Gronenthal, DYD assistant, at Eastern Youth Convention 2010

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Stellar Kart - ♫ Hold On ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from our Nebraska Trivia on Friday. The question will again carry over into this next week. Here's the trivia for today: Two men reported a positive outlook after spying on the people in the land of Canaan. One was Joshua - can you name the other (hint: first name of one of our NE missionaries)

3). Ministry of the Day: Fine Arts 2011 Promo Video - a video to help encourage students and leaders to attend the NE Fine Arts Festival in Lincoln, NE March 25,26th

4). Link of the Day: Origami Club - find creative new ways to make creations with origami

5). Quote of the Day: 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.' -Martin Luther King Jr.

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Pro-Life Day. It's also the day that James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. Finally, it is the actor Kevin Costners Birthday, from 1955.

Arjay Johnson, youth pastor in Hastings, from Youth Camp 2010

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Natalie Grant - ♫ A Great Name ♫

2). Blog Entry:
- This past weekend, my wife and I went into Bellevue to celebrate her father's birthday. Her brother and his family from Toledo came in to join us, so it was wonderful celebration. On the way there, we stopped at a Wendy's drivethru, to pick up some dinner for the ride. After receiving our meal, we looked through the bags and realized they had forgotten an order of french fries. I went back in and picked them up from the counter, delaying us just a bit.
A couple of days later, we left Bellevue to come home. We stopped at an Arby's in Lincoln to have dinner, going through the drive thru yet again. Hard to believe, but the same exact thing happened - they forgot an order of french fries. I went in and retrieved it, wondering what God was trying to teach me. Patience, just having fun, don't eat fries??? Any ideas??

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fine Arts Festival 2011 - Our event for students to compete with their ministry skills and giftings for scholarships at Assembly of God Colleges.

4). Link of the Day: How to get your children into college - Here's an informative video for parents wanting to give their kids a quality secondary education to prepare them for the modern day workforce.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Sometimes you don't choose which challenges come to your desk. You do decide how to respond' - President George W. Bush

6). Miscellaneous: Today is our Superintendents Wife Nadine Sandoz' birthday, a distinction she shares with Betty White from 1922. It is also National Customer Service Day, so treat your customers well! Finally, it is the day that Warsaw was liberated from German occupation in World War II.

David Cramer, Pastor in Beatrice, during Family Fest 2010

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Song of the Day: Dwayne Tryumf - ♫ King Jesus ♫

2). Blog Entry:
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from Tuesday's Trivia. The question will carryover into next week. Here's the Nebraska Trivia for the day: Yesterday, I uploaded a photo of two youth pastors in Nebraska. Can you name what cities they are from?

3). Ministry of the Day: Holy Ground - the youth ministry from Southside Church in Omaha

4). Link of the Day: Picknik - a photo gallery site to display your pictures

5). Quote of the Day: Someday, I will be a beautiful butterfly, and then everything will be better. –Heimlich (A Bug’s Life)

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Organize your Home Day. It is also Twyla Kuntz' Birthday (North Dakota DYD) a distinction she shares with LL Cool J (1968). Finally, this is the day that Roald Amundsen began trek across Antartica to the South Pole in 1911.

Heather Gill, youth leader in Ogallala

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Forever Jones - ♫ He wants it all ♫

2). Blog Entry:
- I was speaking with a pastor in the Niobrara section of Nebraska (north central part of the state) at Minister's Retreat this week. He told me that someone in the church gave them a brand new car! Though slightly used, it was in great condition and the family just felt called to bless their pastor.
- I was speaking to a different minister from the Northwest section of Nebraska. He became the pastor at his church about 16 months ago. When he came in, they didn't have any youth. Now, they have 40 students on their roster, and anywhere from 15 to 20 students there each week at the youth service.

3). Ministry of the Day: Firepack 7118 - This is the new pack of materials that each new Campus Missionary will one day have access to from our National Office.

4). Link of the Day: Lovely Charts - A diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams of all kinds

5). Quote of the Day: 'It's hard to tell someone what to do if you haven't already done it before' -Chris Sonksen

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Melissa Merino's Birthday (youth and children's worker from River of Life in Scottsbluff). It's also National Rubber Ducky Day - proof you can find something to celebrate any day of the year.

Tim (Norfolk) and Kevin (Omaha) at Youth Camp

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Wakeup Starlight - ♫ One Step Away ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Before President George W. Bush was the President, he was the governor of the great state of Texas. He followed a popular democratic leader and had plenty of opposition from the Democrats in Congress, especially the leader of the group. He decided that rather than keeping him at arms length, Governor Bush would embrace him and befriend him. He planned weekly breakfast appointments between himself, and the leaders of both the Democrats and the Republicans in the Texas Congress. Though those meetings were tense at times, they were so important to building camaraderie and teamwork. By the time Governor Bush began to campaign for the President, the leader of the Democrats in the Congress, his former enemy, endorsed him and campaigned for him.
When I was a youth pastor in Omaha, a fellow youth pastor across town asked me to come to a weekly coffee meeting at a Panera Bread in West O. His youth group was in close proximity to mine and at times I viewed him as 'the competition'. It took a couple of invitations before I finally attended a meeting. Over time, I became a regular and that meeting began to fuel me with friendship, perseverance, fresh ideas, and needed support.
Consider developing a weekly meeting with people of like minded vision and purpose in your area, both for their benefit and your own.

3). Ministry of the Day: NE Women's Ministries - This ministry hosted a wonderful reception after our service at NE Minister's Retreat last night.

4). Link of the Day: Convert Center - Online tool to convert literally any measurement.

5). Quote of the Day: (on loyalty) 'When they write a book, I'm the first one to buy it' -Chris Sonksen

6). Miscellaneous: This is the middle of Snowmobile Safety Week. Today is also the day that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti last year in 2010.

Charles Starks and his son (youth pastor in Valentine) at Fine Arts 2010

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia


1). Song of the Day: Third Day - ♫ Children of God ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from Friday's Trivia. Because we carried the question over from the week before, we will have a new WHERE IS THAT IN NE trivia this Friday. Here's the Bible trivia for today: Our speaker at Minister's Retreat last night in Nebraska talked about when Jesus fed the 5,000 in John 6. How many basketfuls of leftover's did the disciples gather when everyone was done?

3). Ministry of the Day: Chi Alpha - The Assemblies of God Christian Groups on college campuses nationwide

4). Link of the Day: Scribd - Writings online, download to your phone or computer

5). Quote of the Day: 'If you aren't doing things to empower people that make you nervous, then it's all about you' - Dr. Gordon Anderson (President of NCU)

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Stop Cigarettes Day. It's also Angie Wallace's Birthday (pastors wife of The Market Church). It's also the first day that Insulin was used as a medication in 1922.

Nate Krizek, youth pastor in Kearney, leading prayer at camp

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons


1). Song of the Day: Mercy Me - ♫ Beautiful ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- It snowed like crazy here in Grand Island the last two days. My wife and son went to Walmart in the middle of the storm to pick up some important items we had run out of. While there, they ran into a friend of my wife's. Her son goes to school with my son, so he knew her as well. When they left the store, Ryan quickly cleaned the snow off our car for his mom, and then he proceeded to go over to the friend's car and clean that one too. He didn't need to, we didn't ask him to, he just wanted to do it to be a good guy. It's good to see that my kids are catching the stuff I'm trying to teach them! Good job Ryan

3). Ministry of the Day: Minister's Winter Retreat - Come join us in Kearney this week for a time of fellowship and worship with pastors from all across Nebraska.

4). Link of the Day: Preceden - an online tool to make timelines for presentations

5). Quote of the Day: 'You can't lead the world from the grave' - Dr. Gordon Anderson (2010 Nebraska Minister's Retreat)

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Clean Off Your Desk day. It is also the first day of our Nebraska Minister's Retreat and our Presbyter's Meeting during the day. On this day in 1901, the first major oil spill in Texas was discovered, and it's the day that Frank Sinatra was born in 1944.

Pastor Steve and Jan Wilson (Red Cloud) at the District Council Missions Banquet 2010

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Song of the Day:Mark Shultz - ♫ What it means to be Loved ♫

2). Blog Entry: WHERE IS THAT IN NE?
- Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. She is now up to $16 in prize earnings - way to go.
- Today's Trivia is a carryover from last week - A new winter storm is moving through Nebraska. It is especially dangerous when it snows hard in Keith County. Can you name the capital city of Keith county?

3). Ministry of the Day: Acts 2 Progress - The new discipleship platform of our National Assemblies of God office in Springfield, MO.

4). Link of the Day: Bartleby - Great books online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; Revenging one makes you but even with him; Forgiving it sets you above him' - Benjamin Franklin

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Tom Barber's Birthday (Director of People's City Mission in Lincoln, NE), a distinction he shares with Nicholas Cage from 1964. It is also National Harlem Globetrotter's Day. Finally, it is also the day the first American Bank opened in 1782.

Pastor Ariannah from Hastings, during 2010 Fun Arts

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Silverline - ♫ Broken Glass ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- I had a great lunch appointment yesterday with Aaron Bade, youth pastor in South Sioux City and a member of our state youth team. He is currently on a 'Daniel' fast, consisting mostly of fruits and vegetables. Many people from the church are on the fast with him, including 5 students from his youth ministry
- My son is in the youth group at Grand Island Northridge. His youth pastor Julie encouraged the group to fast something for the next 40 days. He told me after group that he is giving up Cheese Pizza Rolls, one of his most prized food items, for the first fast of his life!
- A missionary from Nigeria requested a video projector and screen to show the 'Jesus' film to people in his mission field. After showing the movie he gives the invitation for them to accept Jesus as their Savior. After receiving the equipment through STL, over 70,000 have accepted Christ through his ministry.

3). Ministry of the Day: Character Connex - a dynamic school assembly program for elementary school students, led in Nebraska by Scott Murrish

4). Link of the Day: Daily Lit - Read scheduled amounts of different books daily online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You' - Dr. Seuss

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Epiphany Day. It is also the first day of the Great Plains Regional Salt Conference in Sioux Falls, SD, for all of our Chi Alpha ministries and students in Nebraska and the Midwest. It's the birthday of Joan of Arc (1412) and Julie Chen (TV personality, 1970). Finally, it's the day that New Mexico became a state in 1912.

Pastor Chris Wadle from Big Springs

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wednesday - Leader's Corner

1). Song of the Day: Beckah Shae - ♫ Forgiveness ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Ministry is not about money or sales, but it is important for us to realize that we are 'marketing' Christ to the world. Here's a list I recently read of 7 ways to improve sales this coming year:
1. Reestablish listening posts - find out what people are looking for
2. Announce special promotions - do something new that will raise excitement
3. Polish lead management - become a better leader for a better church/ministry
4. Focus on fresh ideas - don't just do things the way they've always been done before
5. Renew retention campaigns - don't forget to care for those already in your care
6. Enhance your giving - be a ministry that blesses others as well
7. Freshen your content - a new look can go a long way towards a gain in momentum

3). Ministry of the Day: Ireland AIM Missions Trip 2011 - Check out the information on our upcoming student missions trip to Derry, Ireland in July of this year.

4). Link of the Day: Power.com - a way to organize all of your social networks in one place.

5). Quote of the Day: 'In the middle of everyone else's wasteland, you're going to be living in graceland' - Steve Warriner

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bird Day. It's also Michael King's Birthday (Christ's Place Worship and Creative Arts Pastor, and UNL Chi Alpha Leader), a distinction he shares with Phil Joel, former guitarist of the Newsboys (1973). It is also the day that President Nixon ordered the creation of the space shuttle program in 1972.

Aim 2010 Missions Team in Ireland

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Jars of Clay - ♫ Shelter ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from Friday's WHERE IS THAT IN NE? Trivia. That question will carry over again to this Friday. Here's the Bible Trivia for today: Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the Bible story of the burning bush and how special it was for Moses to know that God hadn't forgotten him. Can you name what book of the Bible that story is found in?

3). Ministry of the Day: District Tour - As a leadership team, the NE District Council of the Assemblies of God is traveling to each section in Nebraska during February. Check out the schedule and make plans to come out and join us when we're nearby!

4). Link of the Day: Slide Finder - a great online search engine for powerpoint slides to be used in presentations

5). Quote of the Day: 'The human desire for freedom is universal' -President George W. Bush

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Trivia Day. It is also the day that Utah became a state in 1896, and the Land Rover SPIRIT successfully landed on Mars in 2004. Finally, it is the birthday of Sir Isaac Newton from 1643 - a distinction he shares with Cindy Holbrook (youth leader in Lexington, NE) and Pam Riddle (first lady of Rock Solid Youth Ministries in Lincoln, NE)

Students Awarded at Kids Fun Arts in 2010

Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Kerrie Roberts - ♫ Outcast ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Yesterday, I had the privilege of leading worship at Grand Island Northridge Church. I showed up at the regular time of 8am for practice. It went a little rough. We couldn't find the sheet music for one of the planned songs. The sound check was very difficult and the board seemed messed up. One of the backup singers was struggling to find the melody through many different versions of the song. We got out just in time to gather our stuff and head to Sunday School though we normally have about a half hour to relax.
During the service worship was wonderful. We stayed in a state of worship for an extra 10 or 15 minutes more than planned because everyone was so responsive and sensitive to God's Presence. Afterward, one of my friends came forward and complimented us on a great worship set. I mentioned that it was interesting because we'd had one of our more complicated practices in the morning before service. My friend mentioned that maybe it was a sign of what God was going to do, because the enemy had tried so hard to disrupt our plans. Struggle doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing! Use it as an expectation for great things to come.

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fun Arts - a ministry event on Saturday, Feb 26th in Lincoln and McCook, for elementary school students to grow in their gifts for ministry, such as singing, acting, speaking, etc.

4). Link of the Day: NE District Blog - this is where you can see all of the pictures from our TOP 100 NYM Photos of 2010 gallery

5). Quote of the Day: 'Work today like you will be the last person in your position' - Alton Garrison

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Brian Pingel's Birthday (NCU Professor), a distinction he shares with Mel Gibson in 1956, J.R.R. Tolkien in 1892, and Cicero in 106 BC. It is also National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. The drinking straw was created on this day in 1888. And finally, it is the day that Alaska became a state in 1959.

Brian Korell, Youth Alive Director of Nebraska