Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day:Elevation Worship - Exalted One ♫

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 - Name two of Jesus' disciples whose names begin with the letter "T".

3). Ministry of the Day: BGMC for Kids - a website specifically designed to teach kids about missions, full of fun stuff and games as well

4). Link of the Day: Rick Dance - a fun page where Rick Lorimer (pastor in Lincoln) will dance according to your commands

5). Quote of the Day: 'When one door closes another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.' - Alexander Graham Bell

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day. It is also the deadline for Assembly of God Churches to turn in their annual church reports to the National Office. It is the birthday of famous baseball player Jackie Robinson from 1919. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Scotch Tape was first distributed in 1930.

Two Incredible Leaders from Ministers Retreat, Kearney, January

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Neely (NE Fine Arts Concert, March 30th) - In the Middle ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- I was at the gym early in the morning and a lady came in that I had never seen before. She quickly went to a treadmill and began to walk next to a man that was running. She pulled a hoodie over her head and put headphones on, listening to her favorite music. A few minutes later everyone heard a loud 'THUD'. We looked over, and she had fallen off the treadmill. The man stopped running to help her out and she admitted that she was very tired, had closed her eyes, and must have dozed off. After seeing that she was OK, she resumed her workout and the rest of us bit our lips and held the laughter in.
- Not 5 minutes later, we heard another loud 'THUD'. Expecting to see her sprawled out on the floor again, we turned but only saw the remote. She admitted that she was turning channels on the TV, but dozed off again and dropped the remote. We wisely recommended that she wake up a little bit, or move to a bike where she could sit down.
- Working out is a great thing to do, but proper rest can go a long way as well! In ministry, we have a lot of late nights. Make sure to prioritize a good amount of sleep to be in your best shape for workday.

3). Ministry of the Day: Missions Bike Ride - Check out info on our 2012 Missions Bike Ride, Sept 3-9th, from Chadron to NE City, over 500 miles! Last year, we raised over $24,000 for missions

4). Link of the Day: Safe WiFi - How to stay safe when using public wifi to work on the road

5). Quote of the Day: 'All for one; one for all.' - Alexander Dumas

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. It is also the birthday of President Franklen D. Roosevelt, from 1882. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that King Charles I of England was beheaded in 1649.

Missions Bike Ride Graphic, Sept 3-9th, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Leaders Profile - Russell Kriefels

1). Song of the Day: Life in Your Way - Who I Am ♫

2). Leader Profile - Russell Kriefels
POSITION: Youth Leader at Coleridge Family Church
FAMILY: 2 Brothers, in a relationship with April
HISTORY: Graduated from Friend, attended SCC for welding technology
HOBBIES: Christian Music, Fishing

3). Ministry of the Day: Teacher Appreciation - Nominate a teacher from your church to receive a great award for their faithful service

4). Link of the Day: Passwords - Test how secure your passwords may actually be

5). Quote of the Day: 'Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.' - Henry David Thoreau

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Fun at Work Day. It is also the birthday of Art Rooner, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, from 1901. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Musician Michael Jackson burned his scalp in a Pepsi commercial in 1984.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Electric Guest - American Daydream ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- My wife came to Kearney last week to attend the New Ministers Luncheon at Ministers Retreat. It was a great chance for her to connect with people at a district event, something she is more able to do now that she is a Century 21 Real Estate (check out her FB page here). About to leave to head home, she asked if she should take the interstate or the highway. I suggested the interstate, since the hotel we were at was right next to it.
- In true form, she went against my suggestion and took the highway. Driving through Shelton, she got a real estate call. Amazingly, it was from a man in Shelton calling about some real estate options. He had visited Kim several weeks before, but she had lost contact with him. Usually, that means the client will contact some other realtor whenever they like. But he called back and Kim is now helping him with his real estate needs.

3). Ministry of the Day: JBQ - Junior Bible Quiz is a great way to help your children memorize the Word of God, while giving you a chance to connect with other leaders/groups across the state.

4). Link of the Day: Food on the Table - Family Meal Planning in Minutes. Create a meal plan for your family using chef-approved recipes that everyone will like.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.' - Max Lucado

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Peanut Brittle Day. It is also the birthday of famous American general Douglas MacArthur from 1880. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Michigan became a state in 1837.

Jay Warriner, Youth Camp Director, at Ministers Retreat in Kearney, January

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: KB - Zone Out ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- The last night of Ministers Winter Retreat, our secretary treasurer had the presbyters stand up. We prayed over them as our leaders. It was one of the first moments I could remember specifically praying for them in such a way since I've been the DYD of NE.
- The role of a Presbyter is significant, but often times misunderstood. They are the governing body for our district. They work in close relationship with our executive officers, and especially Pastor Dwight. They help to keep him accountable and enforce his vision for Nebraska. They represent all 11 geographical sections of NE, voted upon by their peers in their respective areas. They are pastors that are ordained and recognized as leaders. They help decide which business comes to the district council for the entire body of pastors to vote upon. They assist in credentialing and disciplining ministers for our state. They provide leadership to district
affiliated churches in their sections. They also serve as a communication piece, both from the pastors to the district leaders and from the district leaders to the ministers.
- As you can see, this is an important, powerful leadership position in our state. I encourage you to pray for your presbyters. If you are struggling with district items, go to them and talk about it. If you need help with a situation in your local ministry, ask them. If you have something in the district that has benefitted you, let them know. They are there for you!

3). Ministry of the Day: PK Network - Help your pastors kids interact with other pastors kids from across the nation

4). Link of the Day: Free Icons - The icons come in 12 different colors and are available in PSD, PNG, JPG and GIF formats.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.' - Henry Ford

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Leprosy Day. It is also the birthday of Andy Korenak (pastor in Blair), a distinction he shares with Steve Mason (Alabama DYD) and Charles Curtist, 31st Vice President of the US, in 1860. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Battle of the Bulge ended in World War II in 1945.

Steve Warriner, Presbyter of the Tri-Cities Section, playing bass at Ministers Retreat

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day:KJ-52 - Firestarter ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. He is now up to $15 in prize earnings - way to go! Here's the trivia for this week: Name two of Jesus' disciples whose names began with the letter 'T'

3). Ministry of the Day: Ministers Retreat Recordings - Listen to the messages from our Ministers Winter Retreat sessions last week. Connect as a guest, then download them for your personal use

4). Link of the Day: Should I watch? Do you hate knowing the outcome of a game but want to avoid watching a blowout? ShouldIWatch will warn you if your team got blown out - but won't spoil the outcome if it was close.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Believe you can and you're halfway there.' - Theodore Roosevelt

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Belly Laugh Day. It is also the birthday of Candis Kurpgeweit (youth leader in Ewing) a distinction she shares with famous musician Neil Diamond from 1941. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Bucharest became the capital of Romania in 1862.

Jalise Busch, at Ministers Winter Retreat, Pastors Kid

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Manafest - Never Let You Go ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Last week was our annual Ministers Winter Retreat in Nebraska. It was a great time of connecting with other pastors from across the state. On the first morning of a three day event, we offered free coffee to all of our ministers, as a way to thank them for their incredible giving to STL and BGMC in 2011. We had just purchased a new professional coffee machine for district use and we thought this would be a great way to help break it in with our pastors. It worked great. Everyone appreciated the free cup of joe, and they saw that it was a quality blend so they came back to pay for more throughout the rest of the event.

- Sometimes, letting people have a taste will help them buy into the entire vision of what you are trying to accomplish. A little taste can go a long way.

3). Ministry of the Day: AIM 2012 - Check out our two Missions Trip options for NYM in 2012; Ireland and California!

4). Link of the Day: Pinterest - Pinterest is an online inboard. Organize and share things you love.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?' - Sun Tzu

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Pie Day. It is also the day we recommend our NE Churches to order their Spring Sunday School Curriculum. It is the birthday of Oral Roberts, famous American pastor and evangelist, from 1918. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first Apple Macintosh Computer went on sale in 1984.

Surprise Shot at a movie in Omaha with the Youth Committee

Friday, January 20, 2012

Leader Profile - Jason Mauck

1). Song of the Day: Southbound Fearing - Fighting Words ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Jason Mauck

POSITION - Youth Pastor at North Shore Church in Hastings, NE
HISTORY - Graduated from Bolivar High in MO
FAMILY - Married to Kendra with 2 children
HOBBIES - Hanging with Family, Ice Cream, Hang gliding

3). Ministry of the Day: Up in the Air for Kids - Spend time on a billboard to raise money for BGMC

4). Link of the Day: Yummly - The most powerful way to search the best recipes in one stop.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.' - Tom Stoppard

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Camcorder Day. It is also the birthday of Jason Mauck (youth pastor in Hastings) a distinction he shares with Elizabeth Williams (minister in Minatare), Heidi Ruoff (feeding program leader at camp) and famous actor George Burns from 1896. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the roller coaster was patented in 1885.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Cloverton - Take me into the Beautiful ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Recently, a young man in one of the jr. high schools of Grand Island, NE died on campus. He was a teenager with special needs and it was a tragic situation where his health deteriorated quickly. One of the ladies from Northridge is a teacher in that school and she asked the principal if she could pray at the end of the staff meeting, concerning the situation. He gave her permission with the allowance for any that didn't want to participate to leave before she began. She prayed and ministered to many teachers struggling with their faith. Later on, the principal found her in the hallway and thanked her for standing up for what she believed in and said that he was proud of her for doing the right thing.

3). Ministry of the Day: Pop out for Missions - Challenge your students to give up soda/pop for one month, and turn in the money they would have spent on that drink to BGMC missions around the world.

4). Link of the Day: Weather Tiles - Quick weather updates on your mobile phone

5). Quote of the Day: 'A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.' - Groucho Marx

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Popcorn Day. It is also the birthday of Joel Loutzenhiser (youth/children's leader at Word of Life in O'Neill) a distinction he shares with Greg Scott (Minister in Omaha) and author Edgar Allen Poe from 1809. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Japanese forces invaded Burma during World War II in 1942.

Dave and Nathan enjoying a breakout during Ministers Retreat Jan 18th, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Kutless - Everything I Need ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
Last night, our speaker at Ministers Retreat spoke about when we as leaders go through times when we feel attacked. He gave us a key verse from Acts 23:11 'The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”' This was right after Paul had testified in front of the Jewish people, but they had him thrown in prison. It didn't go very well, yet God appeared to him to encourage him not to give up. These are some of the lessons we learned. God was with him all along. God approved of his message even if the people around him didn't. Though the results were not what he wanted, God was still pleased. God's plan will sometimes be met with resistance among those we deliver it to. Though we may feel like failures, God still has us in His hand. Though we may feel insignificant now (Jerusalem), God has bigger plans for us than we can possibly imagine (Rome).

3). Ministry of the Day: College Scholarships - We have several scholarships to give away to current high school seniors for their plans next fall. Check them out along the right side of our webpage above.

4). Link of the Day: GnuCash - Free accounting software online

5). Quote of the Day: 'A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.' -
Elbert Hubbard

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Thesaurus Day. It is also the birthday of famous American Statesman Daniel Webster from 1782. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over in 2002.

Blindfold Challenge at the STL rally in North Platte, Dec 7th, 2011

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Phil Wickham - This is the Day ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, there is no winner from last week's trivia so the $10 will go unclaimed. Here is this week's trivia, worth $5 for the winner chosen at random from the correct comments given: What is the 43rd book of the bible?

3). Ministry of the Day: #MWR12 - Our twitter hashtag for the Nebraska Ministers Retreat in Kearney

4). Link of the Day: Hello, what do you want - Share your ultimate want with the world and use your personal life experiences to guide others to achieve theirs

5). Quote of the Day: 'Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.' - Euripides

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Kids Inventors Day. It is also the birthday of Nadine Sandoz (NE Superintendents Wife and Women's Ministries Director), a distinction she shares Benjamin Franklin from 1706. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the UN Security Council held its first session in 1946.

First Session of Ministers Winter Retreat, Kearney, Jan 16

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Rend Collective - Second Chance ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- My wife is a realtor in Grand Island. Since she started this job last summer, she takes a tour once a week of different homes recently listed in the area. It's been an eye opener, not only for her as a new realtor, but also as a Christian. Sometimes, as Christians, we spend so much time with other Christians we forget what life can be like for those without Jesus. She's gone into several homes that were full of broken families, wayward teens, abuse, and the list goes on and on. We would all be better as witnesses for Christ if we could take a 'tour' of our city and see what's really going on in the streets of my mission field.

3). Ministry of the Day: On Course Magazine - Check out this powerful Christian magazine for teens, provided by our National Youth Office in Springfield, MO.

4). Link of the Day: A good host - Check out this list of ways to be a good host for others in the 21st Century.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths.' - Steven Wright

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Robert E Lee Day. It is also the birthday of Chris Wadle (pastor in Big Springs) a distinction he shares with famous baseball player Albert Pujols from 1980. Finally, it is the beginning of our NE ministers retreat in Kearney, and the anniversary of the day that the battle of Cape St. Vincent took place in the American Revolution in 1780.

Arm Wrestling at the Kearney STL Rally, Jan 4th

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday - Leader's Profile

1). Song of the Day: Sons - Doubt ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Drew Krizek

POSITION - Youth Pastors wife in Kearney, Works at the Buckle
HISTORY - Attended University of Nebraska at Kearney, high school in Paxton
FAMILY - Married to Nate Krizek
HOBBIES - Movies, Coffee, Reading, Scrapbooking, Music

3). Ministry of the Day: Devotions - Firestarter Mobile Devotions for your cellphone

4). Link of the Day: Dragontape - A video playlist for YouTube

5). Quote of the Day: 'Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.' - Henry Ward Beecher

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Public Radio Day, as well as Liberation Day in the country of Togo. It is also the birthday of Melissa Merino (youth and children's leader at River of Life in Scottsbluff), a distinction she shares with Trace Adkins, country music artist, from 1962. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first public radio broadcast took place in 1910.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Corby LaCroix - You Remain ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Yesterday, we received our STL totals back from the National Office. As a state, we gave $12,000 more than the previous year. Several churches gave new records in their personal giving, and we are online to finish all of our current projects for our missionaries.
- I spoke to Pastor Dwight earlier this week. We had some great giving towards the campgrounds this past year. Recently, a $25,000 gift was given to help alleviate the debt on the Dining Center. We also have some savings to start working on projects to update our Rec Center in 2012.

3). Ministry of the Day: Kids Convention - March 23,24th at The Crossing in Lexington. EMPOWERED! $45 for students, $30 for leaders (includes two training sessions).

4). Link of the Day: The Kids Should See This - Off the grid-for-little-kids videos and other smart stuff collected by Rion Nakaya and her three year old co-curator.

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

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Tanzanias Zanzibar Revolution Day. It is also the birthday of Christian Musical Artist Jeremy Camp, from 1978. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915.

STL Rally in Kearney, Jan 4th

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Brittany Hargest - Miracle ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Youth Ministry is a valuable part of the church. It's important to teach our teens the Word of God, and stay close to them as they are traveling through this tough period of life. Some recent reports have tried to cast a bad light on youth ministry though, suggesting it isn't that effective for the time and energy we put into it. They base much of their results on the recent statistics which have shown that a majority of youth leaving our churches after graduation are not found as an active part of a 'church' just one year later.
- Here is an article, recommended to me from our National Youth Leader Jay Mooney, which helps us completely understand the situation and properly assess the important of youth ministry in our local churches and communities.

3). Ministry of the Day: NE Fine Arts - March 30,31st at Kearney New Life. NEELY in concert on Friday night. Fine Arts entries on Saturday, including Kappa Tau college participants and a dodgeball tournament

4). Link of the Day: 24 Hour Web Timer - An online timer to use with events or in conjunctions with promotions on your website.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.' - John Dewey

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cigarettes are Hazardous to your Health Day, as well as Morocco's Independence Day. It is the birthday of Roman Emperor Theodosius I "the Great" from 347 AD. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that East Pakistan renamed itself Bangladesh in 1972.

The Arm Wrestling War at the Valentine STL Rally in December

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Shaken - History ♫

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 prize. Remember, we will select a random entry from the correct comments that will win, and the money can go towards any NYM event or piece of merchandise. Here it is - Who was the first human born to a woman on earth?

3). Ministry of the Day: The Dare - This book isn’t for those who are weakened by challenge, but those who rise because of it. If you want to stay at your same level of relationship with Christ, then walk away. But if you’re hungry for a REAL CHANGE, this 30-day-challenge will impact every aspect of your life.

4). Link of the Day: Running Routes Map - Simply put, it's a free and easy way to create running routes or find one from our member running routes.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.' - John Barrymore

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, as well as the deadline for the approval of the Google-Motorola merger by the European Commission. It is also the birthday of famous musician Rod Stewart from 1945. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Julius Caesar started a civil war in 49 BC.

Our 2012 Camp Postcard arrived in the mail today!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Needtobreathe - Keep Your Eyes Open ♫

2). Blog Entry: Reach the Children
- Yesterday, Missionaries Trent and Angie Mettenbrink visited my home church in Grand Island, NE. They spoke in our Sunday School class and preached in the main service. Angie left after Trent started preaching, and presented to the children in their service on the other side of the building. She gave each child a small plastic bag with certain fun supplies, titled a MISSIONARY SURVIVAL KIT. My daughter Abby loved it, and showed it to me as soon as service was over.
- Last night, as we were all preparing to go to bed, my daughter said good night to me and then told me 'don't forget to pray for those missionaries'. This morning, on our way to drop her off at school, she prayed for them again!
- Raise up a child in the way they should go and they won't depart from it. Help our children interact with world changers. And putting things in the hands of listeners will help them remember what you said later on.

3). Ministry of the Day: 1 Minute Testimony - Share a one minute video testimony with MomentofTruthTV and help young people make an impact in the film industry.

4). Link of the Day: Screenfly - See what your website looks like on different laptops, phones, tablets, and television

5). Quote of the Day: 'Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.' - Dean Acheson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Balloon Ascension Day, and the annual Coming of Age day in Japan. It is also the birthday of Richard Nixon, 37th US President, from 1913. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first modern circus was staged in London in 1768

Omaha STL Rally, Dec 14th, 2011

Friday, January 6, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Electric Guest - This Head I Hold ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Don Chester

POSITION: Youth Leader at Calvary Assembly in Lexington, NE
HISTORY: Graduated from CBC, pastored and served in 3 different NE communities
FAMILY: Married to Tonya with two boys
HOBBIES: Cleveland Indians fan, motorcycles, plays trumpet

3). Ministry of the Day: Email a missionary - Send an encouraging note or prayer to a missionary on a number of different foreign and local fields

4). Link of the Day: Business Cards - Design and distribute dynamic business cards

5). Quote of the Day: 'About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.' - Herbert Hoover

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Three Kings Day. It is also the birthday of Joan of Arc, French military figure from 1412. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Marine Core launched 'Operation Deckhouse Five' in the Mekong River Delta during the Vietnam War in 1967.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day:Run Kid Run - Daylight ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- This past week I had the privilege of attending the Great Plains Regional Salt Conference, for college students, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mike Amiot (regional leader) and his team did a great job hosting the event for several hundred students from across the north central area of the US. We had 4 different Chi Alpha from NE represented. We heard from several students that felt a touch of God upon their lives, and many reported divine healing in their physical bodies.
- Brian Korell, NE Youth Alive Director, forwarded me a monthly report he received from one of our many NE Campus Missionaries. His focus is to be the best example of Jesus he can be by sharing his story with co-workers and friends when the time is right.

3). Ministry of the Day: Campus Missionaries - Check out this program that empowers your students as leaders to see their schools as a mission field and strategically reach out to at least five of their friends.

4). Link of the Day: Prezi - Make powerful presentations for big and small groups

5). Quote of the Day: 'God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.' - Voltaire

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bird Day. It is also the birthday of Mike King (Campus Church and Creative Arts Pastor in Lincoln), a distinction he shares with King Juan Carlos I of Spain from 1938. Finally, it is the anniversary George and Martha Washington from 1759.

Mike Maroney, dinner at Braccos, Great Plains Salt Conference, SD

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Sent By Ravens - Learn from the Night ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Prayer
- I've enjoyed this week of prayer, watching so many of our pastors and churches post about their prayer meetings to begin the year. Yesterday, one of our youth pastors in the Siouxland section twittered a quote that Jesus' disciples didn't ask him to teach them how to lead, but they asked him to teach them how to pray. I've been reading a book by the author Francis Frangipane, in which he encourages leaders to bathe every action in prayer.
- Prayer needs to be a priority; a regular part of our lives, both personally and in ministry. When I was a youth pastor, I modeled this in two ways. First, every work day started off with our entire staff praying together in the sanctuary from 8 to 9am. We often had Christian music playing lightly in the background, and regularly I would read a little from the Scriptures before filling most of the time in prayer with God. Second, we would offer pre-service prayer at each of our youth services. Each leader was required to try to participate. If they picked up students, they made sure to arrange a time so the student could also accompany them in prayer as well.
- At dinner during the Great Plains Regional Salt Conference last night in Sioux Falls, we heard a report about one of our young adults in Nebraska who was having some issues with her pregnancy. Someone suggested we pray for her immediately, which we did.
- What are you doing to model prayer for those you lead, both personally and in your ministry. Here's a great article from NPR about how prayer is beneficial, even in a physical sense.

3). Ministry of the Day: Discipleship Forum - Check out this link with excerpts from great discipleship topics covered by our National Discipleship Ministries Agency

4). Link of the Day: Doodle Pad - Connecting agents and artists on a local level

5). Quote of the Day: 'Beauty has a lot to do with character.' - Kevyn Aucoin

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Braille Day. It is also the birthday of Cindy Holbrook (Youth leader in Lexington) a distinction she shares with Pam Riddle (Youth Pastors Wife in Lincoln) and John McCone, former CIA director, from 1902. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Nancy Pelosi became the first official female Speaker of the House of Representatives in Congress in 2007.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Phillips, Craig, and Dean - When the Stars Burn Down ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia. Here's the first trivia of the year (worth a $5 prize, which can be used towards any NYM event or piece of merchandise): Who was the first human born to a woman on earth? (we choose a random selection from all correct comments)

3). Ministry of the Day: National Chi Alpha - The Regional SALT conference is happening right now in Sioux Falls South Dakota. Check out this powerful ministry happening nationwide for college students on secular campuses, including 7 colleges in Nebraska.

4). Link of the Day: Volunteer Spot - Coordinate parents and volunteers the fast, easy way with free online sign up forms and volunteer scheduling.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.' - Michelangelo

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. It is also the birthday of Steven Schaible (Superintendent of the South Dakota District), a distinction he shares with Brian Pringel (North Central Youth Professor) and Cicero, Roman Statesman from 106 BC. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that more than seven million people from the former Apartheid Homelands, receive South African citizenship in 1994.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Kristina Cornell - Tell Them ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- In Omaha, I was driving to the gym in the early morning. On the way, the car in front of me seemed to be tail-gating the car in front of him. At an intersection, he pulled over over to the turning lane in the left at the light. I noticed the driver from the car in front of him glaring at him angrily. Later, a few miles down the road, that same car pulled up to a slow moving vehicle in our lane, and tail-gated him, until he moved to the side to allow him through.
- Isn't it interesting how we don't like to be tail-gated, but when we tail-gate someone else, it's OK? Remember the golden rule - 'do unto others what you would have them do unto you' (Matthew 7:12)

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Stories - A huge list of stories from both students and missionaries on how speed the light is changing lives across the world.

4). Link of the Day: Top NYM Photos of 2011 - Check out this link to view all of the photos individually, or check out this highlight video featured here.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.' - Robert Frost

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Motivation and Inspiration Day. It is also the beginning of the Salt Conference for College Students in the midwest in Sioux Falls, SD. It is the birthday of Jodi Banzhaf (Chi Alpha Director at Chadron State College), a distinction she shares with famous author Isaac Asimov, from 1920. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Amadeus I became King of Spain in 1871.