Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Adelaine - Do or Die ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- This past weekend was our Kids Fun Arts, and our Fine Arts for teens is coming up at the end of March. Both of these events focus on encouraging the use of ministry gifts in our young people. Several of our churches consistently ask me for help with people that can assist them in worship, especially in regard to music, video, and drama. Though our students may or may not be able to immediately help with these needs, as we enable them to explore these gifts in their lives we are making an investment in our future.
- Maybe you don't feel like you have the expertise to teach the students these gifts. I would encourage you to bring them to the events and let them experience the atmosphere for themselves. Many will begin to explore the arts on their own, and develop their gifts over time. Also, partner with your local school district. They have teachers and students they may want to assist you in the process and get involved as well.
- Today's culture of social networks and awesome technology is leading to incredible artistic expressions from our young people. The church needs to embrace this venture and help our students create new ways to market our churches and proclaim the message of truth. Even if it's not a gifting or passion of your own, please do not withhold these opportunities from your students.

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fine Arts - Check out this link for information on the celebration of the arts, March 30,31st in Kearney.

4). Link of the Day: Kids Fun Arts - Check out photos from our Fun Arts Festival this past Saturday (photos from Burwell will be posted next week)

5). Quote of the Day: 'Metaphor is a way of thought long before it is a way with words.' - James Geary, I is an Other

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Leap Day. It is also the birthday of Pope Paul III from 1468. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the great comic Family Circus made it's debut in 1960.

Pastor Jim, from Sidney, with Captain Commission at Fun Arts, Feb 25th

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Cindy Cruse Ratliff - Love So Amazing ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to THE VIEW FROM MY PICTURE WINDOW for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. We are so glad to see some new people commenting in again! With the victory, they are now up to $28 in prize earnings which can be used for any NYM event or piece of merchandise. Here's the trivia for this week ($5 prize to the winner) - Who was the first man in the Bible to die a natural death?

3). Ministry of the Day: AIM - There is still time to apply to go on the AIM missions trips to California or to Ireland. Deadline is April 1st

4). Link of the Day: Colllor - Turn one color into an array of alternative ones.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Narcissism causes almost all of the things that Americans hoped high self-esteem would prevent, including aggression, materialism, lack of caring for others, and shallow values.' - Jean M. Twenge, The Narcissism Epidemic

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Rare Disease Day. It is also the birthdays of Rex Adams (Pastor in Lexington, NE) and Chris Johnson (pastor in Hastings, NE). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church in 1784.

A Short Sermon entry at Fun Arts, 'Tebowing' in prayer

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Thousand Foot Krutch - Let the Sparks Fly ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- One of the things I've noticed as I've aged is that I have to take better care of my body. When I was younger, late nights and late meals weren't' a big deal, but now I can really tell the difference in my energy and health the next day. I was at the gym recently, and a couple was leaving just as I was arriving. The worker mentioned goodbye and then said, 'Careful, you're getting older,' to which the gentleman replied, 'That's right, it happens everyday'

3). Ministry of the Day: Leap Year STL Challenge - Join me in giving a STL offering this week in the amount of Leap Years you've experienced in your life!

4). Link of the Day: MatchStick Media - Make prints, change designs, consider your branding, with this company that works with several districts and their youth departments.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Many young adults are living out the tension of 'in-but-not-of' in ways that ought to be corrected or applauded, yet instead are often criticized or rejected.' - David Kinnaman, You Lost Me

6). Miscellaneous: Today is first day of National Eating Orders Awareness Week. It is also the birthday of Carlos Barcenas Jr. (youth pastor in Grand Island), a distinction he shares with Constantine the Great, Emperor of Rome, from 272 AD. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that President George H. W. Bush announced that Kuwait was liberated in the First Gulf War in 1991.

Captain Commission and a Fun Arts Students from Fun Arts this Saturday, in Sidney

Friday, February 24, 2012

Leader Profile - Jamie Mockry

1). Song of the Day: Hawk Nelson - One Shot ♫

2). Leader Profile - Jamie Mockry
POSITION: Youth/Children's Pastor in McCook, NE
HISTORY: Credentialed Minister, Grew up in the area
FAMILY: Married to Theresa, 3 children
HOBBIES: Cooking, Christian Music, Hanging out with Family

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fun Arts - Tomorrow, children all over Nebraska will showcase the gifts and talents they have for God. Since there is no registration deadline, all children are welcome. Come one, come all!

4). Link of the Day: All You - ALLYOU IS A PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO SITE BUILDER
FOR CREATIVES.

5). Quote of the Day: 'President Reagan didn't always know what he knew.' - Oliver North

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the middle of Future Farmers of America Week. It is also the birthday of Loran Epp (pastor in Coleridge, NE) a distinction he shares with Judy Deaver (youth leader in Bayard) and the recently deceased Steve Jobs from 1955. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Roman Emperor Diocletian published an edict that began the persecution and slaughter of Christians in 303 AD.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Audrey Assad - Won Me Over ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- This past weekend, Dave and Jen Busch joined me in jumping in a frozen river to honor our commitment to POLAR PLUNGE if they brought in more than $2,000 for BGMC in 2011. Their grand total was actually well over $3,000! It was cold, but worth it.

3). Ministry of the Day: Middle/Kids Camp - Check out our summer camp options for elementary students in Nebraska this June.

4). Link of the Day: Wakeup Dialer - Online message system that will give you a wakeup call in the morning

5). Quote of the Day: 'I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.' - Florence Nightingale

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Iwo Jima Day. It is also the birthday of former NE football coach Tom Osborne from 1937. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Gutenberg Bible was ordered to print in 1455.

My BGMC Buddy Barrel tie, in honor of the Polar Plunge this past Sunday

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Sara Groves - Open My Hands ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- The National Office has recently made an effort to streamline ministries and pursue greater collaboration between the departments. At the recent National DYD conference, this annual event was adapted to invite all department directors and executive officers from each district. We worked together for two days on different projects from the Church Multiplication Network. It was a beginning of a concept we can expect from our National Office in the next few years. The National COO, Saul, conveyed a vision that has propelled his work with our National Superintendent (CEO) Dr. George Wood.
They saw a large steam ship attached to several tug boats. The job of a tub boat is to guide the larger ship through a narrow passage. The problem was that each tug boat was moving in it's own direction and the steam ship was barely moving, if moving at all. Their goal is to get all of the tug boats (departments) moving in the same direction so we can guide the steam ship (National Assemblies of God) in the way we believe it should go. Just as our National Office is pursuing this initiative, you should see more collaboration in our district office in Nebraska, and now is a good time to consider your policies and work flow in the local church as well! A great resource to help with this would be Dennis Tyson, former President of Hastings College and partner with Faith in overseeing our Kids Max District Kids Outreach program.

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Small Group Discussion - Check out a format for leading a small group discussion on the value of giving to missions through Speed the Light!

4). Link of the Day: Meeting Burner - Host an online meeting or webinar – it’s fast and free!

5). Quote of the Day: 'When you're a professional, you come back no matter what happened the day before.' - Billy Martin

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Thinking Day. It is also the birthday of Jesse Meduna (pastor in Springview/Burton), a distinction he shares with George Washington, our first US President, from 1732. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Queensland, New Zealand endured a 6.3 Earthquake last year.

Travis, from my Small Group, holding my dog Buddy

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Mary Mary - Go Get It ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for once again being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. He is really raking in the winnings with a grand total of $35. At this rate, he might earn a free trip for a student to camp! Here's the trivia for today: Who climbed up a Sycomore Tree to see Jesus?

3). Ministry of the Day: FireStarters - Daily Devotions online, based on the Student Edition Fire Bible

4). Link of the Day: Star Wars Soundboard - In honor of the just released Star Wars I in 3D, check out all the great sounds of Star Wars here.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Worry is an expression of your fear that God doesn't know what He is doing.' - Dr. Gordon Anderson, NCU

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Pancake Day. It is also the birthday of Kenya Johnson (pastors wife in Broken Bow, NE) a distinction she shares with Fabian Kalapuch (NJ DYD) and famous American actor Corbin Bleu from 1989. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Battle of Valverde was fought in the Civil War near Fort Craig in the New Mexico territory in 1862.

Kids Fun Arts this Saturday, click here for more info

Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1) Song of the Day: Mark Harris - When We're Together ♫

2). Blog Entry: 'Do unto others...'
- I was sitting at a red light the other day after just leaving the gym. I couldn't wait to get home, get ready, and get on with my day. I was changing the track playing through my sound system when I heard the car behind me honk their horn. THE NERVE of that guy! I looked at him through my rear view mirror, wanting to see who this 'rude' person was. But as I looked at the mirror, I noticed in the foreground that the light had turned green. Whoops! He wasn't being rude honking at me, I was being rude making him wait longer than he should. I know I don't mind honking when others do that to me. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Weekly Challenge - My daughter Abby turns 10 yrs old today! Join me in making an offering of $10 for Speed the Light this week in her honor.

4). Link of the Day: Foodily - Search a large database of recipes for what you want to cook today.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.' - Ann Landers

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the World Day for Social Justice. It is also the beginning of my boss's District Tour, starting with a meeting in Bridgeport at 11am. It is the birthday of my daughter Abby (10 yrs old today!), a distinction she shares with famous basketball player Charles Barkley from 1963. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the US Post Office was signed into existence by President George Washington in 1792.

Yesterday's Polar Plunge for BGMC, in Burwell, NE

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Dilip - Beautiful Jesus ♫

2). Leader Profile - Kenny Schwarz

POSITION: Youth Leader at Sidney Christian Life Center
HISTORY: Grew up in Lexington
FAMILY: Married to Adrienne
HOBBIES: Plays the guitar, loves Christian music

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Valentines - Join me in giving a Speed the Light offering this week in the amount of the number of Valentines you received for Valentine's Day.

4). Link of the Day: Swole - Create an account to start building a diet plan and grocery list.
Or, just start by generating a diet today

5). Quote of the Day: 'If a ship has been sunk, I can't bring it up. If it is going to be sunk, I can't stop it. I can use my time much better working on tomorrow's problem than by fretting about yesterday's. Besides, if I let those things get me, I wouldn't last long.' - Admiral Ernest J. King

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National PTA Founders Day. It is also the birthday of Wayne Smith (pastor in Ewing, NE), a distinction he shares with famous football player Jim Brown from 1936. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Kosovo claimed independence in 2008.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Manic Drive - Save a Life ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- I was sharing with Jeffery Portmann, the DYD of the Northwest District (Washington and Northern Idaho) He leads a small group of junior highers on a weekly basis and recently he was interacting with one of the teens. The boy was excited because he had invited his mom to church several times without success. Finally, she said that she was willing to come and planning to attend the following week! Don't give up!

3). Ministry of the Day: UNK Chi Alpha - Check out the college ministry provided on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney

4). Link of the Day: 21 Habits - Online help to make or break a habit in 21 days.

5). Quote of the Day: 'It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more "manhood" to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.' - Alex Karras

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Innovation Day. It is also the birthday of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia from 1786. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the National Hockey League cancelled their entire season in 2005.

An art selection from a student at Middle Camp 2011

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: The City Harmonic - Mountaintop ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- I've been reading a book about Narcissism (The Narcissism Epidemic by Jean M. Twenge). This is a destructive personality trait that is actually quite common among people in our culture today. The main reasons were because it feels good and has great short term benefits, but it also has long term costs and makes other people suffer. The debt crisis, low standards of morality among teens, lack of public giving and volunteering, and rise of celebrity lifestyles have been attributed to this cause. Nothing is expected to change until we address social practices in parenting and education, celebrities and media, the Internet, and economics. In short, encouraging individuality at all costs may actually contribute to the problem. Helping people see the things we have in common may induce some humility which will go a long way in improving our quality of life and relationships. 'Narcissism causes almost all of the things that Americans hoped high self-esteem would prevent, including aggression, materialism, lack of caring for others, and shallow values.'

3). Ministry of the Day: The Last Disciple - A Contemporary Primer on the Theology and Practice of the American Pentecostal Movement, by David Pafford, the Northern Missouri DYD

4). Link of the Day: Zapaday - The Open news online calendar

5). Quote of the Day: 'Ministry: This is not a profession, it is a calling.' - Dr. Gordon Anderson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Gum Drop Day. It is also the deadline for applications for the Riggs College Scholarship for High School Seniors. It is the birthday of Jamie Mockry (Youth and Children's Pastor in McCook), a distinction he shares with famous American Susan B. Anthony from 1820. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the Maple Leaf design was adopted for the Canadian Flag in 1965.

STL Rally at Christ's Place last week

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Opening Scene from UP (I love this, in honor of Valentine's Day)

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last weeks' trivia, so the question will carryover to today with a $10 payout (remember, we randomly select from the correct comments and the winner receives money they can use towards any NYM event or piece of merchandisse): Who asked God to bless him and enlarge his territory?

3). Ministry of the Day: Prayer Requests - Submit a prayer request that people will pray for online.

4). Link of the Day: Storify - Create Social Stories

5). Quote of the Day: 'No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will.' - Thomas Jefferson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Donor Day. It is also the birthday of Jeff Haase (Children's Pastor in Lincoln), a distinction he shares with famous union leader Jimmy Hoffa, from 1913. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that US and Saudi relations began in 1945.

My valentine!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Elizabeth South - Arms of the Savior ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
My wife and I were driving home from Branson two weekends ago, during a major snowstorm. Everything was fine until we hit Lincoln, NE. We usually only have 90 minutes to him from there but it took us just over 3 hours. We counted 57 cars off the road because of the weather. Traffic was extremely slow, and only going 10 MPH we were still sliding at times all over the interstate. Wedged in between several semi trucks, there was no way to get around them, but some impatient people still tried. One car that was immediately in front of us quickly swerved over to the shoulder to pass the big trucks, not being able to stand the wait any longer. Sure enough, a few miles down the road we spotted a car like theirs in the ditch. Sometimes, it just pays to slow down, play it safe, and enjoy the ride.

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Challenge - Give God an offering this week in the amount of the total Valentines you receive (ex: 4 Valentines = 4 Dollars)

4). Link of the Day: Hot Cal - HotCal is an online calorie and fitness tracker that helps you keep track of your daily meals and exercise goals.

5). Quote of the Day: 'It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.' - Queen Elizabeth II

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Employees Legal Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of Vicki Graesser (pastors wife in Ainsworth, NE), a distinction she shares with famous American pilot Chuck Yeager from 1923. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the last Peanuts comic strip appeared in a paper due to the death of Charles Shultz in 2000.

Students setting STL goals in Lincoln, Christ's Place, February

Friday, February 10, 2012

Leaders Profile - Melissa Merino

1). Song of the Day: Moriah Peters - I Choose Jesus ♫

2). Leader Profile - Melissa Merino

POSITION: Children's Worker at Scottsbluff River of Life
HISTORY: Originally from Ecuador, graduated from Lexington
FAMILY: Mother is P. Maria, sister is Karen
HOBBIES: Creating Fashion Accessories, Music, NESOM

3). Ministry of the Day: High Point - Effective curriculum for Children's Ministry

4). Link of the Day: Slice - The simplest way to organize everything you buy online.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Your attitude and beliefs create your thoughts and feelings which determine your choices and decisions.' -Sam Ferina

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the day before National White Shirt Day. It is also the birthday of famous Australian golfer Greg Norman, from 1955. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that fire extinguisher was patented as a new device in 1863.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - White Flag ♫

2). Testimonies
- Recently, I was interacting with Bob Ryan, children's pastor at Omaha Glad Tidings Church. He was telling me some amazing testimonies. First, they've been having team leader meetings for his children's ministry. He has several teens that serve with him in a variety of roles. During the meeting, they had a time of prayer and several of them were filled with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The church had also been having a week of prayer. The church was open 3 times daily: 6am, noon, and 6pm. Again, there were several reports of people coming to pray and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Amazing!

3). Ministry of the Day: Young Adult Ministries - Our National Young Adult department has several resources to help you facilitate a strong ministry with young people.

4). Link of the Day: Lincoln STL Rally - Check out some pics from last night's awesome Speed the Light Rally with Jacob Jester at Christ's Place Church

5). Quote of the Day: People say numbers don't matter. You take 23 kids to camp and only come back with 21, and all of sudden numbers matter! - Norm McCarthy

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Stop Bullying Day. It is also the birthday of William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the US, from 1773. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the Davis Cup Competition began in 1900.

Lincoln STL Rally, Christ's Place, February

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Sounds of Blackness - Rise ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- This is an excerpt from a blog by Sam Luce, about some questions to ask yourself to make sure you aren't leading out of fear:
1. Am I asking more questions than I am answering?
2. Am I looking for input or vaildation?
3. Am I willing to take risks that will make me look foolish?
4. Do I filter ideas by thinking if this will get me in trouble or fired?
5. Am I approachable?
6. Can my team say anything to me without fear of reprisal from me?
7. Do I still find joy in the simple things?
8. Am I always looking for a better way to do something that works?
9. Am I empowering others to lead and giving them the space to fail so they can succeed?

3). Ministry of the Day: Lincoln STL Tour - Our Winter Speed the Light meetings continue tonight with a rally at Christ's Place church for the Capital and Rock Creek Sections, and all the churches nearby as well

4). Link of the Day: Vendder - Create an online store

5). Quote of the Day: Though we cannot by our prayers give God any information, yet we must by our prayers give Him honor. - Matthew Henry

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Opera Day. It is also the birthday of famous author Jules Verne from 1828. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Nasdaq stock market index opened for the first time in 1971.

My role in a church activity at the National Directors Conference, Branson, February

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Manafest - Fighter ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment (on Facebook!) for our trivia last week. He earned $10 and is now up to $25 in total earnings - way to go.
- Here's the trivia for this week: Who asked God to bless him and enlarge his territory?

3). Ministry of the Day: Southwestern Assembly of God University (SAGU) - Check out this Bible College in Northern Texas, just outside of Dallas.

4). Link of the Day: One School - Connecting students to the people, places and things around them.

5). Quote of the Day: 'We shall return to proven ways - not because they are old, but because they are true.' - Barry Goldwater

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Aids Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of author Charles Dickens from 1812. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the board game Monopoly was invented in 1935.

Our NYM T-shirt/Coffee Booth at Ministers Retreat, Kearney, January

Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Mercyme - The Hurt and the Healer ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- You know how several places like theaters and libraries have signs that ask you to turn your cell phones off? I know that can get annoying, but they are there for a reason.
- I was speaking at a church in Nebraska last month. In the middle of the worship service, we quieted down and someone had a message in tongues. This is nothing new to those of us in the Assemblies of God. We waited a few moments for someone to speak out with the Holy Spirit inspired interpretation. A man with a booming voice began to speak, and almost instantaneously, his cell phone went off
- What a challenge to listen to the message God had for us with a cute cellphone jingle broadcasting at the same time. Make sure to turn your cell phone off. And remember, it's much easier to communicate a powerful message to others if your voice is the only one they are hearing. Eliminate distractions for better focus.

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Superbowl Challenge - Join me in giving an offering this week equal to the total points scored in the Superbowl ($38) for Speed the Light

4). Link of the Day: Lost Pet Atlas - Look for lost pets, and post those you may have lost yourself

5). Quote of the Day: 'Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.' - Anne Frank

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the day after World Nutella Day. It is also the birthday of Josh Redfield (youth pastor in Beatrice, NE) a distinction he shares with famous American Baseball player Babe Ruth, from 1895. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that British women over the age of 30 first got the right to vote in 1918.

A new game coming to NE Summer Camps in 2012!?!?!?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Leader Profile -

1). Song of the Day: Kiros - Unshaken ♫

2). Leader Profile - Galen Rasmussen

POSITION: Lead Pastor at Geneva Family Worship Center
HISTORY: Attended Trinity Bible College, pastored in North Dakota
FAMILY: Married to Brenda, with 3 grown sons
HOBBIES: Christian Music, Being with Family, Skiing

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Digisource - Last night was the National STL Banquet in Branson, MO. Check out the wonderful resources we have online for you to help Nebraska reach its STL goal of $200,000 ($100 per student, $1,000 per church)

4). Link of the Day: Scrap the Light - A local STL fundraiser that a church in New Jersey did last year, which helped them finish in the top ten in the nation!

5). Quote of the Day: 'Self-pity is a death that has no resurrection, a sinkhole from which no rescuing hand can drag you because you have chosen to sink.' - Elizabeth Elliot

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bubble Gum Day. It is also the birthday of Norman Rockwell, famous American Artist, from 1894. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the Illinois Territory was created in 1809.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Nine Lashes - Get Back ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Our AIM director Bruce Riddle was updating our Youth Committee last week on the status of our planned missions trip to Ireland this summer. Ireland is a country that has long been divided among denominational lines: Catholics and Protestants. They rarely work together, and several times have fought in vicious battles. This is changing though. In Derry, Ireland, where our missions trip is taking place, the Catholics and Protestants are working together to help us with our work projects in the city. This is unheard of in that part of the world, but God is moving!

3). Ministry of the Day: Chi Alpha Ministries - Check out our National College Ministries

4). Link of the Day: Homemade Projector - Discover a different way to resource your churches

5). Quote of the Day: 'A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.' - Bette Davis

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Crepe Day. It is also the birthday of Tricia Murrish (Royal Family Kids Camp Director), a distinction she shares with King James I of Aragon. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Groundhog Day was established in the US in 1976.

DYD's at Dinner, Branson, Feb 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: The Afters - I Am Yours ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- The last session of our Ministers Winter Retreat last month in Kearney, NE was titled 'How to have a good church fight' You can download the audio of the message here (connect as a guest then download). Rod Loy mentioned that there are 3 main levels of fights within the church. The first is focused around the Essentials. These are the doctrines of our faith, the intangibles that make us who we are. The second category is fights over traditions. These revolve around the methods and practices that we have been using in our churches for many years. Finally, many fights in churches occur because of difference of opinion. We must decide with our churches that we will only choose to 'fight' over the essentials - if it's not an essential than it's not worth a true fight. Too many church divisions and disruptive splits occur because of problems with opinions or traditions.

3). Ministry of the Day: TraClub - The web portal to access all of the wonderful resources provided by our National Royal Rangers Department.

4). Link of the Day: Chrometric - A creative page that shows everyone what it's like to be colorblind

5). Quote of the Day: 'Gray hair is God's graffiti.' - Bill Cosby

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Freedom Day. It is also the Speed the Light Rally for the Northwest Section of Nebraska in Alliance at 7pm. It is the birthday of famous American Actor Clark Gable from 1901. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Communications Decency Act was passed by Congress in 1996.

National BGMC Banquet, Branson, Jan 31, 2012