Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Write this Down - ♫ Alarm the Alarm ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Better safe than sorry! This past weekend, we held our annual Fun Arts Festivals for Kids. We had two locations planned; McCook Assembly of God for those in the West, and Lincoln Christ's Place for those in the East. Friday night, more snow came into the eastern part of the state, and I received calls asking if we were going to continue as scheduled for our Fun Arts in Lincoln. We thought that an inch or two wouldn't be too bad, so we forged ahead.
- Saturday morning, a few parents called their Fun Arts Children's Pastor concerned about the weather. They had seen a rough forcast of road conditions on I-80 between Grand Island and Lincoln. A few of our groups called to tell me that wouldn't make it. We talked with our host pastor and we decided to postpone the event in Lincoln until a later date. I still went to McCook and had a great time with our Western groups.
- After reassessing the situation, I'm convinced we made the right call. Sure - some groups could have made it without any problem, but what if they didn't? Is it really better to have it anyway, at the risk of people's lives? By delaying it, I will be able to be involved in that event on the makeup date, and more groups and students may decide to come out at a later time. In situations like these, we might want to just forge ahead as tough Nebraska people, unafraid of snow, but most of the time our motto should be 'Better safe than sorry' (especially with children).

3). Ministry of the Day: Fine Arts - One week from today is our deadline for entries into this exciting event at the end of the month, March 26th

4). Link of the Day: Hello, what do you want? - Share your wants with others from around the world, see what people dream about

5). Quote of the Day: 'Christ is either Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.' -J. Hudson Taylor

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Tooth Fairy Day, so guard your teeth. It is also Rex Adam's Birthday (pastor in Lexington) a distinction he shares with Harvard President Benjamin Wadsworth from 1670. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first Gulf War ended in 1991.

Rob and Pam Conner, pastors in Nebraska City, on District Tour 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE? (last one!)

1). Song of the Day: Addison Road - ♫ Don't Wait ♫

2). Blog Entry: WHERE IS THAT IN NE?
- Congratulations to LARRY NORMAN (through facebook comments) for being the correct comment chosen at random from our Tuesday's Bible Trivia. Psalms is the longest book in the Bible with 150 chapters. He is now up to $2 in prize earnings - way to go
- ANNOUNCEMENT - Today is the last WHERE IS THAT IN NE trivia? Starting next week, we will only have our trivia on Tuesday. You will have one week to respond through blogger or facebook, and the winner will receive a $5 prize.
- Trivia for today: I have been the District Youth Director since June of 2005. What church was I at before I came to the district office in Grand Island?

3). Ministry of the Day: Fun Arts - Tomorrow is our Annual Fun Arts for Elementary students. Pray for us and come join us if you can.

4). Link of the Day: Gnu Cash - free accounting software

5). Quote of the Day: 'Ok, Mr. 2-time-Grand-Prix-5-time-WRL-future-Hall-of-Fame... teach me something.' -Speed (Speed Racer)

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Benjamin Shafer (worship leader from camps/conventions) and Scott Holbrook's (youth leader in Lexington) birthdays. It is also a reminder that February is National Sweet Potato Month. Finally, it is the day that the first Pan American games were first held in Argentina in 1951.

Shane Moore, youth pastor in York, on the Missions Bike Ride 2010

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: TwentyFour64 - ♫ Beginning Love ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- During a Speed the Light rally, I was encouraging our students to consider a large goal this year, something in the range of $1,000. A youth pastor ran up to me and told me quietly that there was a student there who had done that last year. He told me that the student, who happened to be sitting right in front of me in the 2nd row, had refurbished a motorbike, sold it, and gave the money to Speed the Light. What a champion for God and for missions! If every dollar for Speed the Light reaches near 4 souls, this student personally reached 4,000 lost people for God.

3). Ministry of the Day: Kappa Tau - the young adult option for Fine Arts, March 25,26th, in Lincoln, NE

4). Link of the Day: WeatherTiles - An app to receive local news on weather in your area

5). Quote of the Day: 'You have forgotten who you are, and so have forgotten me' -Mufasa (Lion King)

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Chili Day. It is also Loran Epp (pastor in Coleridge) and Judy Deaver's (youth leader in Bayard) Birthdays. Finally, it is the day that Arizona became a territory in 1863.

Don Staley, owner of Joshua Caleb Productions, on District Tour 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Sanctus Real - ♫ The Redeemer ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- This past Monday our NE Youth Committee met in Omaha for our spring session. We discussed a number of important items for the Nebraska Youth Ministries, including Speed the Light. Here are some ideas on things you can do to enhance your Speed the Light giving in your group this year:
1. Weekly offerings ($2 a week adds up to just over $100 for the year per person)
2. Once a month Missions Focus (the 1st or last wednesday, encourage $10 offerings)
3. Ask your senior pastor if you can do a youth Sunday service once a year and take up a STL offering (National Youth Sunday is in October every year)
4. Missions Month - set aside a month to focus on missions, with weekly focuses of foreign, local, and campus missions, with STL offerings throughout
5. Encourage students to give 11 dollars for 11 straight weeks in 2011 (June 22-end of August, right after camp - or leading up to Western Convention Sept - Nov 16)

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fun Arts - Elementary aged students will be participating this Saturday in two locations across the state.

4). Link of the Day: Yummly - A recipe search engine that claims to have every recipe in the world.

5). Quote of the Day: “The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.” -David Ogilvy

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Iwo Jima Day, the day that a troop of servicemen were photographed placing a flag atop a hill on the WWII battleground in 1945.

Julie Korell, youth pastor in Grand Island, at the District Tour 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Stars go Dim - ♫ Like I Mean it ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Friday's Trivia. Doug DeMent youth pastored in Holdrege, NE. Kevin is now up to $10 in prize earnings - way to go
- Today's Trivia - Which book of the Bible has the most chapters in it?
- - Announcement: The format of this blog will assume a subtle change in March. We will no longer have two Trivia's per week, as we have done the last two years. We will keep a Trivia Challenge on Tuesdays only, but this challenge will now be worth $5! Friday's, we will begin to post a leaders profile, to showcase the wonderful leaders we have in Nebraska.

3). Ministry of the Day: Fine Arts Promo Video - here is a new video for your use, produced by our National Youth Office.

4). Link of the Day: Pinterest - A place to catalog the things you love

5). Quote of the Day: 'Christians should be the happiest people around!' - Dr. Michael Ulffers

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the World Thinking Day. It is also Jesse Meduna's (pastor in Burton) birthday. Finally it is George Washington's Birthday, from 1732.

Jesse and Kristen Meduna at Youth Camp 2, 2010

Monday, February 21, 2011


1). Song of the Day: Marjane' - ♫ Thinking of you ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This past week we had two missionaries traveling with us across Nebraska promoting missions to our Assemblies of God churches and people. Both of them were former NE students that used to attend our camps and conventions, gave to STL, and tried to reach out to the friends in their schools. Now, as missionaries, they will be receiving STL funds from our students across Nebraska to fund their first vehicle on the mission field. How cool is it that they will be receiving funds from the very program that they gave to when they were students? Just think of all the students giving to STL now that will one day receive those funds to support them on the mission field someday. Students reaching students, over and over and over again!

3). Ministry of the Day: Ireland AIM Missions Trip 2011 - Join us for a return trip to the city of Derry in Northern Ireland this coming June/July.

4). Link of the Day: Should I watch? - Get updates on whether the games you missed on TV are worth watching later on.

5). Quote of the Day: “Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.” -David Ogilvy

6). Miscellaneous: Today is President's Day. It was also the day that our NE youth committee met for our spring session in 2011. It is Fabian Kalapuch's Bday (DYD of NJ and speaker at youth camp 2 this summer). Finally, it is the day that the Washington Monument was dedicated to the public in 1885.

Tim Boatright, Pastor in Hebron, at a School Superbowl Party

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Song of the Day: Mark Dean - ♫ Angel Wings ♫

2). Blog Entry: WHERE IS THAT IN NE TRIVIA?
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from Tuesday's Trivia. The question will carrover to next week.
- Here's the Trivia for today - Our guest speaker for the Eastern District Tour is Doug DeMent. He has done a great job and we finish up tonight with our service in Omaha at Flatland 144 Church. He is a pastor in Syracuse, New York and the former DYD of NY. He used to be a youth pastor under Tim Thomas at a church named North Park Assembly of God in Nebraska. Can you name what city he used to youth pastor in?
A. Hastings
B. Red Cloud
C. Grand Island
D. Holdrege
E. McCook

3). Ministry of the Day: Fire Institute - a Leadership Development Program for Student Ministries

4). Link of the Day: Free Icons - a host of all purpose icons for all designers and developers

5). Quote of the Day: 'In New York, 67% of the students that came to camp went home filled with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit' -Doug DeMent, Former DYD of New York

6). Miscellaneous: Tonight is our final District STL Rally at Omaha Flatland 144 in Omaha. It is also the day before National Chocolate Mint Day. It is Rick Johnson's Birthday (Pastor in Broken Bow), a distinction he shares with John Travolta from 1954, and Garrett Freier, Youth Pastor in North Dakota. Finally, it is the anniversary of the only day in history that snow fell in the Sahara Desert in 1979.

Randy Novotny, Pastor in Fairbury, at District Tour 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies


1). Song of the Day:David Crowder - ♫ You are my Joy ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Last week we had a STL Rally in Ainsworth, NE on Thursday night. It was a great time with the churches from the North Central region of our state. Pastor Gary Graesser of Ainsworth told me about a student who had given his heart to God the past Sunday morning in church service. Then Charles Starks, youth pastor in Valentine, told me that he had three students do the same thing at their youth group the past week as well.

3). Ministry of the Day: Grand Island STL Rally Pictures - see photos from last night's service at Abundant Life Christian Center in GI, NE.

4). Link of the Day: Food on the Table - The better way to plan meals and save money

5). Quote of the Day: 'If we don't reach kids in our day and age, we have no one to blame but ourselves' - Scott Berkey

6). Miscellaneous: Tonight is another STL Rally in Beatrice, NE for the Capital and Rock Creek sections. It is also Wayne Smith's Birthday (Pastor from Ewing, NE), a distinction he shares with Jim Brown, the famous football player, from 1936. Today is World Human Spirit Day. Finally, it is the day that Kosovo became independent in 2008.

Amy Braunberger, Girls Ministries Director, at District Tour 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday - Leader's Corner

1). Song of the Day:Orphan's Cry - ♫ You named me no one ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader's Corner
- On the district tour this week, our Superintendent's guest has been talking about resolving conflict. He mentioned that our lives are like a stringed instrument. We need tuning from time to time, and occasionally God has to 'turn the screws'. Many of us have prayed that God would make us an intrument for His glory. We didn't realize that the conflict tuning our lives could have been the answer to our prayers.
Often God answers our prayers in unexpected ways. Many of our youth and children's leaders have been praying that God would help their ministries to grow. Could it be that God would answer our prayers with an 'unexpected' resource from our own National Office? Some of our churches have moved to a position that is pursuing resources from other sources or creating them on our own. While this isn't a bad option, it is worth noting that our National Office is still producing some great material that could be very helpful to a church in need.
I encourage you to check out the resources for our Youth , Children, and Discipleship Ministries again. It could be the very answer to your prayers that you need!

3). Ministry of the Day: Norfolk STL Rally - Check out images from our dynamic STL service last night in NorthEastern Nebraska!

4). Link of the Day: Secure Passwords - A sight that tests your current passwords for security levels

5). Quote of the Day: 'STL removes the obstacle of distance' - Doug DeMent

6) Miscellaneous: Tonight is the District STL Rally for the Tri-Cities section in Grand Island at Abundant Life Christian Center. Today is also a reminder that February is National Grapefruit month. It is Jerome Bettis' birthday (Pittsburgh Steeler Football player) from 1972. Finally, it is the day that the National Hockey League cancelled the 2005 season of play.

Tim Lillard, Youth Pastor in Norfolk, from the STL Rally 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

1). Song of the Day: Building 429 - ♫ Listen to the Sound ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, there is no winner from Friday's Trivia. Scott Mans is the pastor from BRIDGEPORT! A new question will be presented this coming Friday.
- Here's today's Trivia - We are in the middle of our District Tour to promote Speed the Light across our state. Can you mention a verse in the Bible that mentions Light?
- Announcement: The format of this blog will assume a subtle change in March. We will no longer have two Trivia's per week, as we have done the last two years. We will keep a Trivia Challenge on Tuesdays only, but this challenge will now be worth $5! Friday's, we will begin to post a leaders profile, to showcase the wonderful leaders we have in Nebraska.

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Weekly Poll - Which of our missionaries countries would you most like to visit on an AIM trip? (bottom left on link)

4). Link of the Day: Safe Public WiFi - How to stay safe when using the wifi offered in a public setting shared by many users.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Walking in the truth pays both spiritually and temporally' -Jay Mooney

6). Miscellaneous: Tonight is our STL Service for the Siouxland Section in Norfolk, NE. Today is National Gum Drop Day. It is also Jamie Mockry's Birthday (youth and childrens Pastor in McCook), a distinction he shares with the scientist Galileo, from 1564. Finally, it is the day that YouTube was launched in the US in 2005.

Pastor Mark Borchardt of Gothenburg during the District Tour 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

1). Song of the Day: Aaron Crider - ♫ Bless Your Name ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This past week, I was driving home from a long trip away, and I had my kids in the van with me. Abby my daughter was in the seat next to me and she quickly fell asleep. Her head kept bobbing downward, and I knew from experience that if she continued to sleep that way, she'd wake up with a big 'kink' in her neck. So I reached over and set her head back up.
A few seconds later, her head went back down. So I sat it up once more. This happened a few times, until she finally adjusted and leaned back a different way to keep her head more steady. We all need friends who will stay close to us and pick us up when we fall down. We need people that will watch over us and step in when we are making decisions that might hurt us down the road. Who is watching you, to pick your head back up when you need it?

3). Ministry of the Day: Radiant Life - Vibrant Sunday School materials for competent systematic study of the Word of God.

4). Link of the Day: Chrometric - A website that helps us understand what it's like to be colorblind.

5). Quote of the Day: 'M.U.S.H - made up sayings and happenings that our minds create to fill in the blanks during our conversations' - Phil Edwards, on the District Tour 2011.

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Ferris Wheel Day. It is also Jeff Haase's Birthday (Children's Pastor at Christ's Place Church in Lincoln, NE) a distinction he shares with Jim Kelly, the great Buffalo Bills quarterback, from 1960. Finally, it is the day that Oregon became a state in 1859.

My Valentine Kim! Happy Valentine's Day

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Song of the Day: Brenton Miles - ♫ The Rain ♫

2). Blog Entry: WHERE IS THAT IN NE? Trivia
- Congratulations to ARG for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Bible Trivia. They are now up to $10 in prize earnings that can be used towards any NYM event or merchandise item.
- Today's Trivia is a carryover from last week: We have started a new Chi Alpha College group on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College. The leader of that is Scott Mans, who is also the pastor of one of our Assembly of God Churches in Nebraska. Can you name the city he pastors in?
A. Scottsbluff
B. Bayard
C. Gering
D. Bridgeport
- Announcement: The format of this blog will assume a subtle change in March. We will no longer have two Trivia's per week, as we have done the last two years. We will keep a Trivia Challenge on Tuesdays only, but this challenge will now be worth $5! Friday's, we will begin to post a leaders profile, to showcase the wonderful leaders we have in Nebraska.

3). Ministry of the Day: Character Connex - a vibrant School Assembly program for elementary schools in Nebraska.

4). Link of the Day: District Tour - Check out photos from our STL Rally last night in Ainsworth, NE.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Every generation is responsible to reach their generation' -Pastor Dwight Sandoz, NE Superintendent

6). Miscellaneous: Tonight is our final STL rally for Western, NE at Chadron Community Church in the Northwest corner of the state, starting at 6pm Mountain Time. It is also National White Shirt Day. Today is the anniversary of the day that Nelson Mandela was released from a South African Prison after 27 years in 1990. Finally, it is the day that Sarah Palin was born in 1964.

Tim Rust, Reach NE Church Planter, at the Big Springs STL Rally 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

1). Song of the Day: Shane Lepisi - ♫ Nothing on You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Nebraska students and churches gave just over $75,000 to Speed the Light in 2010.
- The overall #12 highest giving church in the nation is 5 years old, a recent church plant.
- The overall #2 highest giving church is from a town of 3,000, and they gave over 83,000
- As a nation, our DYD's set a goal of 16.4 million dollars for STL this year.
- Our goal for NE is $150,000

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

4). Link of the Day: Homemade Projector - Low on funds? Need a new look? Check out this project for creating your own video display machine.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Sacrificially lead a Godly home' - Jay Mooney, National AG Youth Leader

6). Miscellaneous: Tonight is another Speed the Light Rally in Ainsworth for those churches in the Niobrara section in the north central part of Nebraska. It is also a reminder that February is National Heart Month. It is the day that the famous TV anchorman George Stephanopoulos was born in 1961. Finally, today is the day that the Fire Extinguisher was patented in 1863.

Nate Krizek, Youth Pastor in Kearney, from Eastern Convention 2010

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner


1). Song of the Day: Dave Hershey - ♫ We Knew ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the National Speed the Light Banquet in Branson, MO. We celebrated the top 20 churches in giving during 2010, and we also celebrated the top giving Districts as well. It was a great time of celebration from last year, and vision for 2011. A missionary to Laos, Joey Gordon, spoke and told some amazing stories about what God was doing in his ministry. He said so much of it was because of the generosity of the Western Florida district in providing him a Speed the Light vehicle to travel to the people who need Jesus on his mission field. He said he knows of hundreds of missionaries who are travelling by foot or in rickshaw's because they don't have a Speed the Light vehicle simply because the money isn't there.
We have some amazing NE missionaries on the mission field. There are two new ones beginning their itineration this year, and one other that is entering their mission field at the beginning of 2012. Each of them will need a vehicle for their mission field, an expense of near $35,000 apiece. Last year, as a state we rallied together for just over $75,000 in STL giving. While this is a great amount, we need to improve upon that to meet the needs of our missionaries these next two years. Let's work hard to challenge each student to give their best, with a possible goal of $100 per student. Let's teach our students to be givers and learn to put others first. We don't want our NE missionaries to be those that have to travel in rickshaws because the money isn't there. If each of our students tried for a goal of 100, and each of our churches tried for a minimum of 1000, we would easily meet the needs of the missionaries we are sending out to reach the world.

3). Ministry of the Day: Donate to STL - a link on our national webpage where you can give to Speed the Light online.

4). Link of the Day: HotCal - Track your meals, track your exercise. Meet your goals. 100% free

5). Quote of the Day: 'There might be a day that the Speed the Light funds from American students dry up, but it won't be on our watch.' -Joey Gordon

6). Miscellaneous: Tonight is the Southern Panhandle Sectional STL Rally in Big Springs with Chris Wadle. It is also the National Stop Bullying Day. It is also the day that the National Weather Bureau was established in 1870. Finally, it is Johann Bach's Birthday, from 1645.

Chris Wadle, Senior Pastor in Big Springs, at a youth rally in 2010

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Anthem Lights - ♫ I wanna know You like that ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from our Trivia on Friday. The question will carryover to this coming Friday.
- Here's the Trivia for today - There is only one book of the Bible that is a Third - name it!

3). Ministry of the Day: OnCourse Magazine - a Christian magazine produced exclusively for teenagers

4). Link of the Day: Pray for Hope - a website designed to develop a process of prayer on behalf of the poor and suffering around the world.

5). Quote of the Day: Good leaders are good readers -Scott Berkey, National Children's Ministry Agency Director

6). Miscellaneous: Tonight is our 2nd STL rally for the Sandhills Section in Thedford at 6pm. Today is also the anniversary of the start of the Boy Scouts in 1910.

Matt Richardson, YP of Omaha Christian Center, from Sept 2010

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: ♫ Nothing to Prove ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
Snow in Branson, Missouri is challenging! It's very hilly and beautiful, but that also makes for very treacherous conditions when it snows or sleets. As a few DYD's and myself were heading back to our convention hotel from dinner, traffic slowed to a halt. As we inched along a winding, curvy road we saw a five car 'pile up' with many cars waiting to pass by. Had they slowed down like we had they probaby would have made it through the turn without any problem. But it's hard for us to slow down. Often we look back and wish we would have. Slow down now so you don't wish you would have down the road.

3). Ministry of the Day: Adopt a School - Plug in your local city information, then find schools with Christian groups, and sign up to pray for them

4). Link of the Day: The Holy Land Tour - check out some trips to Israel for students/leaders, sponsored by our National AG Youth Team

5). Quote of the Day: 'Don't be a ME-first kind of leader' -Jay Mooney, National Youth Leader

6). Miscellaneous: Today is our first STL Rally in 2011, for the Republican Valley section in Gothenburg, NE. It is also National Ballet Day. Today is the day that the 11th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving state's their sovereignty. Finally, it is the famous author Charles Dicken's birthday from 1812.

Bruce Riddle, Youth Pastor in Lincoln, from Camp 2010

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday - WHERE IS THAT IN NE?

1). Song of the Day: Mary Mary - ♫ Walking ♫

2). Blog Entry:
- Congratulations to MARIAH for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from Tuesday's Trivia. She is now up to $2 in prize earnings - way to go!
- Here's the Trivia for today: Earlier this week, we reported that we have started a new Chi Alpha College group on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College. The leader of that is Scott Mans, who is also the pastor of one of our Assembly of God Churches in Nebraska. Can you name the city he pastors in?
A. Scottsbluff
B. Bayard
C. Gering
D. Bridgeport

3). Ministry of the Day: National Youth Ministries Mobile App - Go to this site to download the mobile sight to have the Firestarter Devotionals with you wherever you are

4). Link of the Day: Biking to Work - though the weather is still very cold, here's a website that would help you calculate how much you can save by riding your bike to work

5). Quote of the Day: 'Every 10 seconds, a person accepts Christ through an Assembly of God Ministry somewhere around the world' -Alton Garrison

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Jeffery Portmann (Northwest DYD) and Margot Rea's (Wyoming DYD) Birthdays, a distinction they share with Charles Lindbergh (the famous American Pilot) from 1902. Today is also National Bubble Gum Day. Finally, it is the day that Facebook was established in 2004.

Margot Rea, Wyoming DYD, speaking at Western Youth Convention 2010

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Kirk Franklin - ♫ Smile ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- This last summer I had the chance to speak at a Junior High Camp in Philadelphia. It was a blast! I met a student that became friends with me on facebook. He wrote me a message yesterday that was amazing:
'So today I was listening to Project 86 and heard a song that actually you used for cmap i think it was. It was with the homeless looking guys wit the radio.... I was siked to tell ya and mention how it connected me to go back and look at my notes from camp.'
It's awesome to see God use us to reach people in such amazing ways! It was also significant that he didn't remember so much what I had preached on, but the illustration I used.
- We officially have started our Chi Alpha program at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, NE. At their first service, they had 7 people get saved!

3). Ministry of the Day: Online Training - a ministry of our National Discipleship Agency, they provide training to teachers and church leaders. Look at the upcoming dates in March and May, Acts 2 Program options.

4). Link of the Day: Mouse Art - chart the path of your mouse movements on your computer in an artistic form

5). Quote of the Day: 'Evangelism is expressing what I possess in Christ and explaining how I came to possess it' - Wes Bartel

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the Chinese New Year. It is also Norman Rockwell's, the famous American Artist, birthday from 1894. Finally, it is the day that Illinois became a recognized territory in 1809.

Leroy Wyre, Men's Ministry Director and Pastor in Scottsbluff, at Family Fest 2010

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Hillsong United - ♫ Bones ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Here's 10 ways to Mentor the next generation, from an American Express Open Forum
1. Do a quick Skype chat
2. Make a quick introduction over Twitter
3. Text a message of encouragement
4. Give a free pass to all of your educational programs
5. Profile them on your blog
6. Invite them to shadow you
7. Share your best tools
8. Invite critique and feedback about your business
9. Do brief random check-in calls
10. Love them like an uncle or aunt

3). Ministry of the Day: National Discipleship Ministries Agency - today begins the National CE conference for District CE Directors across the nation

4). Link of the Day: Vendder - create an online store to proliferate your materials and product

5). Quote of the Day: Act like it's important because it is important - Hutson Goza, Lousiana DCED

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Tricia Murrish's Birthday (former Women's Ministries Director in Nebraska), and on Groundhog Day nonetheless, a tradition established in 1887.

Fabian Kalapuch, DYD of New Jersey, speaker at Youth Camp 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: BrightWay - ♫ To This End ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to THE VIEW FROM MY PICTURE WINDOW for being the correct comment chosen at random from our Trivia on Friday. They are now up to $18 in prize earnings - way to go!
- Trivia for today: Can you name at least two bodies of water on a map today, which were mentioned in the Bible?

3). Ministry of the Day: Web Poll - Who is your pick to win the Superbowl this weekend - Packers or Steelers (bottom right on link)?

4). Link of the Day: Things - a time management software promoted yesterday at the National Children's Ministry Conference in Branson, MO.

5). Quote of the Day: 'This is my pony, and I'm going to ride it!' - Mark Entzminger, Senior Director of Children's Ministries, Assemblies of God.

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Give Kids a Smile Day. It is also the first day of February, and the day that the Supreme Court Convened for the very first time in 1790. Finally, it is the birthday of Boris Yeltsin, the first Russian President, from 1931.

Janell Norton, Children's Pastor in South Sioux City, NE