Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas! The blog will start up again in 2013.
Happy New year!

Friday, December 21, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Paul Baloche - ♫ All Because of the Cross ♫

2). Leader Profile: Mark Borchardt



POSITION: Senior Pastor of Gothenburg Victory Assembly
HISTORY: Graduated from Lincoln Southeast
FAMILY: Married to Annette with four kids
HOBBIES: Skiing, Water Skiing, Dallas Cowboys

3). Ministry of the Day: Pack Your Bags - An unforgettable eight month missions experience filled with adventure and opportunities for life skills growth, sponsored by Trinity Bible College

4). Link of the Day: Home Alone Injuries - Check out what the hijinks from the movie Home Alone would really have done to the criminals, from a medical perspective.

5). Quote of the Day: 'If you can dream it, you can do it.' - Walt Disney

6). Movie of the Day: Major Snowblower

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Underdog Day. It is also the birthday of Penn State coach Joe Paterno from 1926. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Vota - ♫ God of the Universe ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
     - There were several reports from various groups that had a STL offering last week (12/12/12) of $300 or more. Way to go!
     - Recently, the Illinois DYD went to visit a youth ministry and saw over 20 students make a commitment to Christ!

3). Ministry of the Day: Student Edition Fire Bible - Help your students get this resource to study the Bible with notes that help explain the Holy Spirit

4). Link of the Day: Red Laser - RedLaser is a free shopping app for iPhone, Windows Phones, and Android that has been downloaded over 22 million times.

5). Quote of the Day: 'It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. -
Friedrich Nietzsche

6). Movie of the Day: Dolphin Bites a Child

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Human Solidarity Day. It is also the birthday of Walt DeVries (pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction he shares with my brother Corey Schneckloth. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Louisiana Purchase was completed in New Orleans in 1803.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#35 - Praying for Ordained Candidates at District Council in Lincoln in April

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Classic Crime - ♫ The Precipice ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     - Here are 8 tips for helping children deal with tragedies:
    § Limit your child's exposure to the news. Make sure that news about violent events is not playing over and over in the background on radios or TV. Watch news with your kids and discuss events and their feelings about things.
    § When frightening events occur, watch your own reaction when children are nearby. When adults react dramatically, emotionally or fearfully, it can be very unsettling for children, who take cues from adults. While you should be truthful in your feelings, be careful not to let your behavior shatter their sense of safety and security.
     § Give comfort and reassurance. Allow children to express fear and sadness, don't dismiss bad feelings. Encourage questions so you can understand their fears. They may be feeling vulnerable themselves, or they may fear losing parents or siblings that they depend on and love.
     § Emphasize safety. Let children know that while sad and bad things do indeed happen, they are rare events. Most people are good. Reassure them that you will take care of them and keep them safe, and that police and teachers will help to look out for their safety, too. Use this as a time to reinforce safety rules.
     § Channel things in a positive direction whenever possible. Point out good things, such as the heroism and bravery of police and doctors and the kindness of the people in the community. Use bad events as a springboard to reinforce gratitude and appreciation for life; the importance of kindness and empathy, the importance of helping others.
     § Take positive action. We all feel helpless in the face of terrible events, children even more so. Encourage your child to take an action, such as making a donation, writing a letter, going to a church service, or leaving flowers or mementos at a memorial.
     § Ensure that your communications are age appropriate. Young children don't have a clear understanding of death, even if they say the words, so events may not affect them much; teens might suppress reaction entirely in a misguided attempt to appear cool or jaded. See links below for more on age-related reactions and communications.
     § Keep an eye on things to ensure that they adjust. Watch for regression, clinging, hyperactivity in young children; at any age, kids who are anxious could exhibit sleep or eating disturbances. Teens or young adults may be obsessed with details of events, Watch how your kids play, how they talk about things to peers. If signs of disturbance persist, they may need the help of a professional so they don't stay "stuck" in anxieties or fear.

3). Ministry of the Day: The Acts 2 Process - Help your church analyze where they are at and strategize for a process of growth and sustainability

4). Link of the Day: FoodSpotting - Find & share great dishes, not just restaurants.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.' - C.S. Lewis

6). Movie of the Day: Airplane Landings in San Diego

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the middle of Gluten Free Baking Week. It is also the birthday of famous football player Reggie White from 1961. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Washington's Army went to its Winter Quarters at Valley Forge in 1777.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#38 - Dave's new paint job at District Council in Lincoln, April




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Spoken - ♫ Through it all ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
     * This will be the 2nd to last trivia on the blog. We will move to a new format next year
     - Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia so the question will carryover to this week with a $10 payout.
     - How many gospels mention the Star of Bethlehem?

3). Ministry of the Day: Costa Rica - Check out this basketball sports missions trip to Costa Rica, sponsored through the Minnesota District of the Assemblies of God

4). Link of the Day: Foldable - Make foldable creations of your favorite people, desktop version

5). Quote of the Day: 'In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.' - Robert Frost

6). Movie of the Day: Amazing Soccer Kick

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Answer the Telephone like Buddy the Elf day. It is also the birthday of Al Riskowski (Director of Nebraska Family Council), a distinction he shares with Russian leader Joseph Stalin from 1878. Finally, it is the anniversary of Jason and Kendra Mauck (youth pastors in Hastings), a distinction they share with the day that the Arab Spring official started in Tunisia in 2010.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#40 - Group shot during a service at Youth Camp 2 in June

Monday, December 17, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Paden Smith - ♫ Rescue ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     - This past weekend was our NE District Office Christmas Party. We had a gift exchange with a rule that you could steal something twice before it was finished. I first stole a star wars coffee set, that was stolen from me and finished. Then I stole a great box of candies that was also stolen from me and finished. I went to open a gift and got some chocolate covered cherries and a little portable emergency light, which remained with me to the end. The lesson - don't steal, it never pays off.

3). Ministry of the Day: CM Coaches - Leaders that help students striving to be campus missionaries on their local school campus

4). Link of the Day: Homeaway - Sharing homes for vacations and travel

5). Quote of the Day: 'A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

6). Movie of the Day: Amazing Card Tricks

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Free Shipping Day. It is also the birthday of Leroy Wyre (pastor in Scottsbluff, NE), a distinction he shares with Philadelphia Phillie Chase Utley from 1978.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#45 - Human Foosball at Youth Camp 1 in June




Friday, December 14, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Everyday Sunday - ♫ Jingle Bell Rock ♫

2). Leader Profile: Leroy Wyre



POSITION: Senior Pastor of 1st Assembly in Scottsbluff, NE
HISTORY: Grew up in NorthEast NE, Mens' Ministry Director
FAMILY: Married to Michelle with 2 children
HOBBIES: Fishing, Hunting, Dancing, Humor

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Merchandise - Check out several Tshirts, hats, and other items for sale at our District Webpage

4). Link of the Day: Know App - Agencies, developers, freelancers and teams all use Know! to stay informed on the state of projects.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell.' - Bill Copeland

6). Movie of the Day: Peter the Elephant

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Monkey Day. It is also the birthday of Mike Durre (pastor in O'Neill, NE), a distinction he shares with French Astronomer Nostradamus from 1503. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Wright brothers first attempted flight in 1903.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Life Wide Open - ♫ This is how it feels ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
     - A student from Lincoln wanted to go on the AIM Missions Trip this year but she didn't have an obvious way to raise the funds. After talking with her youth pastor, she committed to sign up, do her best, and trust God. Throughout the process, she kept her faith even in trying times. Suddenly, a relative heard about her quest and gave her some rare coins. When she turned them in to a dealer, she discovered they were with thousands of dollars and she immediately had all she needed to go on the trip. When God calls us to go, He also equips us with what we need as well.

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska AIM Missions Trips 2013 - Check out the two trips that we are taking next year, with brochures and applications ready.

4). Link of the Day: Restwise - Superior performance through intelligent recovery

5). Quote of the Day: 'It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.' - Aristotle Onassis

6). Movie of the Day: Technical Papers Trailer 

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the middle of National Tie Month. It is also the birthday of Joe Marino (Youth for Christ Director of Platte Valley in Hastings), a distinction he shares with the famous actor Dick Van Dyke from 1925. It is also the anniversary of the day that Dartmouth College was founded in  1769.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#55 - Fake Pregnancy Test for Josh and Karen at Kids Camp in June

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Anita Wilson - ♫ Jesus Will ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     - Tonight is the National 12x12x12 offering for Speed the Light. We encourage every teen and adult to give a personal $12 offering. If even a quarter of our students and leaders would do this, we would collectively raise over 1 Million dollars for Missions. Why is Speed the Light so important?
     1. It supports our missionaries - they know that we are behind them and with them in their place of ministry. They will not get their vehicles or communication needs unless we give to Speed the Light.
     2. It teaches our students to give - we must encourage them to tithe as a command from God, but also to give to those in need. Many of our groups have no option for this unless they support Speed the Light. Teenage givers become adult givers, and usually with much more resource to offer.
     3. It give us a big picture - Sometimes it's easy to get focused only on what we are doing and what we see immediately around us. There is a big world with many issues around us and our students want to do something about it. Several of our STL projects are tackling problems in key hot spots around our globe.
     4. It's an aspect of Campus Missions - Every campus missionary agrees to try to give $100 to STL over the course of the year. While they strategize to reach their friends, they keep the big picture of world missions important as well. It's a challenge for leaders to step up and accept.
     5. It's a main program in National Youth Ministries - As an Assemblies of God church and ministry, this is one of the important programs sponsored by our movement. Supporting STL also supports our leaders and the denomination we've chosen to support with our involvement and membership.

3). Ministry of the Day: Speed the Light - The National Program to help our students give to missions and support missionaries around the world.

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.' - Benjamin Franklin

6). Movie of the Day: America's Southwest

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Gingerbread House Day. It is also the birthday of David Pafford (DYD of Northern Missouri), a distinction he shares with Matt Rule (DYD of South Texas) and Frank Sinatra from 1915. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Omaha Boystown was founded in 1917.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#59 - 'Chainsaw Jesus' at Middle Camp in June


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Britt Nicole - ♫ Jingle Bell Rock ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
     - Unfortunately, we have no winner from last week's trivia. We only have a few more weekly trivia challenges before the end of the year. In 2013, we will be moving to more of a different challenge involving pictures and captions, so jump in while you can.
     - How many gospels mention the Star of Bethlehem?

3). Ministry of the Day: Strong Families - Build strong families in your community and church

4). Link of the Day: Page 99 - The Page 99 test is simple - read page number 99 in the book and then decide if you want to purchase it.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.' - Bill Cosby

6). Movie of the Day: True Brotherly Love

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Mountain Day. It is also the birthday of famous artist Jermaine Jackson from 1954. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Germany and Italy declared war on the US in World War II, 1941.

Top NYM Photos of 2012 
#63 - Early road time on the Missions Bike Ride outside Thedford in September

Monday, December 10, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Tenth Avenue North - ♫ Worn ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     - Last week I had a phone call come into my office in Grand Island that was unexpected. As I picked up the receiver, I heard the voice on the other end say hi. It was one of missionaries in an undisclosed country asking for some contact information of a local pastor in Nebraska. This missionary is a first time missionary in a country that is in Far Asia, almost 10,000 miles from Nebraska, and yet we were talking on the phone as if he was in the other room. Technology is a wonderful tool that is available to help us stay closer to each other, even when God calls us to be miles apart. We must take advantage of it and support those who need it.

3). Ministry of the Day: 12x12x12 - This Wednesday, Dec 12th, we are asking all groups to help us raise a $12 per person offering for Speed the Light.

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.' - George Washington

6). Movie of the Day: Natural Phenomena

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Human Rights Day. It is also the birthday of Emily Dickinson from 1830. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1864.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#66 - Watch out! at Youth Camp 1 in June

Friday, December 7, 2012

1). Song of the Day: For King and Country - ♫ Baby Boy ♫

2). Leader Profile: Tiger Moses


POSITION: Senior Pastor of Auburn Calvary Christian Center
HISTORY: Studied at SAGU, youth pastored in Texas, originally from KS
FAMILY: Married to Rene'
HOBBIES: Fishing

3). Ministry of the Day: Soccer Missions Trip to Mexico (through MN District)

4). Link of the Day: Barista Exchange - The world's premier online community for the specialty coffee industry

5). Quote of the Day: 'The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.' - Mahatma Gandhi

6). Movie of the Day: Step into the Sensory Box

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cotton Candy Day. It is also the birthday of famous baseball player Johnny Bench from 1947. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day in the Civil War of the battle of Prairie Grove from 1862.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

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

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
     - I heard from one of our workers at camp this past summer. She had sponsored two young boys to attend Youth Camp 2. They were unchurched kids that she knew from school and she wanted to help reach them for Jesus. They came to camp and they both had an amazing time. Of course, it's now been several months later, but she reported to me that they are still plugged into the church that they came to camp with. They also have joined the Campus Crusade at the school they attend. What an encouragement to hear that they have stuck with it and are continuing in their faith. Help get your students to camp - it truly does make a difference!

3). Ministry of the Day: Small Group Resources - Check out some of the dynamic items offered from our National Office in Springfield, MO.

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.' - David Ogden Stiers

6). Movie of the Day: Firework Battle in Small Greek Town

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Pawnbroker's Day. It is also the birthday of Johann Bach from 1692. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Washington Monument was finished in 1884.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#76 - Hot Dog Style, at Youth Camp 2 in June

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Sidewalk Prophets - ♫ Help Me Find It ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     - Regular communication is the key to lasting relationships. It's important to have a strategy in place to connect with your leaders and students so that you can stay in touch with them and not lose them through the years. Here's our strategy in NYM for connecting with our churches and pastors:
     - Weekly Emailed Newsletters through Mailchimp (one for youth, one for CE)
     - NYM Facebook page
     - NYM Facebook group
     - Quarterly events (Winter STL Tour, Spring Fine Arts, Summer Camps, Fall Convention)
     - Annual Youth Pastors Retreat in August, in addition to Ministers Retreat and District Council earlier in the year
     - Weekday blog full of personal thoughts, leadership helps, prizes, leader profiles, testimonies, and daily links
     - Random calls, emails, texts, postcards, messages, meetings, etc.

3). Ministry of the Day: Joshua Project - Joshua Project is a research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups with the fewest followers of Jesus Christ.

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

6). Movie of the Day: Convention Youtube Dance Video - We set up a few program banners and had students dance for the camera. Check it out.

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Ninja Day. It is also the birthday of President Martin Van Buren from 1782. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Christopher Columbus discovered Haiti in 1492.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#80 - Relentless Entrance to STL Tour at Christ's Place in Lincoln, January

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Wolves at the Gate - ♫ The King ♫

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: How many Gospel's mention our Savior's Birth?

3). Ministry of the Day: Kappa Tau - The young adult option for Fine Arts in the Assemblies of God

4). Link of the Day: Wex - Community, online legal dictionary, free

5). Quote of the Day: 'Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.' - Oscar Wilde

6). Movie of the Day: World's Largest Pile of Leaves

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cookie Day. It is also the birthday of Blake Armstrong (pastor in Cozad), a distinction he shares with rapper Jay-Z, from 1969. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Council of Trent came to a close in 1563.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#84 - Jason the Hulk, at Youth Pastor's Retreat in Grand Island, August

Monday, December 3, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Red - ♫ Perfect Life ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     - This past weekend I had the chance to put some Christmas lights on the outside of our house. My wife and I went to the store to buy a few more strands and we had to visit four different stores to find the right ones. It was very busy in Grand Island as most people had the same idea that we did.
     - I got up on the roof with my boys and put the lights in place, realizing near the end that I didn't have enough gutter clips. So, I had to run out to the store and grab some more. Well, sure enough, I had to visit 5 stores before I found any; most stores were completely sold out.
     - I got home and hung the rest of the lights in the fading sun at the end of the day, realizing that I had a lot to grow still in the area of patience!

3). Ministry of the Day: 12x12x12 - Join other youth and leaders across the state as we give a $12 offering (per person) on Dec 12th next week (12/12/12)

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.' - Nelson Mandela

6). Movie of the Day: Invention to safely remove land mines

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Day of Disabled Persons. It is also the birthday of Brandy Courtier (youth leaders wife in Scottsbluff, NE), a distinction she shares with famous televangelist Benny Hinn from 1952. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day of the first human heart transplant in 1967.

Top NYM Photos of 2012
#85 - Altar Calls at Youth Camp 2 in June