Thursday, February 28, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Fred Hammon - ♫ Here in Our Praise ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 25,26 Leadership Notes

3). Ministry of the Day: 7 Essentials every youth service needs - An article by our former DYD in NE (Rod Whitlock) about important elements no youth ministry should be without

4). Link of the Day: Live Mocha - Learn new languages with ease

5). Quote of the Day: 'Peace begins with a smile.' - Mother Teresa

6). Movie of the Day: Boy rescued from Australian Flood

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Chili Day. It is also the birthdays of Chris Johnson (pastor in Hastings, NE) and Rex Adams (pastor in Lexington, NE), a distinction they share with famous Race car driver Mario Andretti from 1940. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church in 1784.

An art selection from NE Fine Arts 2012

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Nate Marialke - ♫ Gaze ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     - As leaders, there are often times that we meet criticism and complaints from others. From the book Speaking to Teenagers, by Doug Fields, here are some tips for how to handle complaints:

    How to handle complaints
1. Express your needs clearly and politely
2. Validate what you hear
3. Ask lots of questions
4. Respond to what is being said, not what's in your head
5. Negotiate for the good of the other

3). Ministry of the Day: 100 Club - Students and leaders that have committed to give at least $100 to STL for 2013 in Nebraska - join us!

4). Link of the Day: Uplaya - Upload your songs and see if you've got a hit

5). Quote of the Day: 'Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.' - Barack Obama

6). Movie of the Day: People vs. Winter

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Inconvenience Yourself Day. It is also the birthday of Carlos Barcenas Jr. (youth pastor/worship leader in Grand Island, NE), a distinction he shares with famous basketball player James Worthy from 1961. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the island of New Britain (New York) was discovered in 1700.

The Sandhills of Nebraska just south of Gordon

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Rapture Ruckus - ♫ Hold On ♫

2). Blog Entry: Caption Contest (click on the pic below)



3). Ministry of the Day: Missions Bike Ride - Join us as we ride many miles across the Sandhills this September to raise money for missions

4). Link of the Day: Penzu - Private, free online journal

5). Quote of the Day: 'With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.' - Eleanor Roosevelt

6). Movie of the Day: Brave - Blind Skater

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Personal Chef's Day. It is also the birthday Tami Epp (pastor's wife in Coleridge, NE), a distinction she shares with King Wenceslaus from 1361. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Earth Day was established in 1971.

Monday, February 25, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Building 429 - ♫ We Won't Be Shaken ♫

2). Blog Entry: Surprise
     - My father-in-law has cancer and is quite sick. He hasn't left the house in many days and can't move around well. With the snow that came recently, it was going to be a huge challenge for him and his wife to clear the snow. But when they finally made it outside, the saw that a neighbor had cleared the snow for them already, both on the driveway and their sidewalk. Isn't it great to have people that surprise other people with great acts of kindness?

3). Ministry of the Day: Fine Arts - Join us April 5,6th in Kearney to celebrate students gifts and worship with Daniel Bashta

4). Link of the Day: Autograph - The easiest way to digitally sign anything

5). Quote of the Day: 'Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.' - Abraham Lincoln

6). Movie of the Day: World's Largest Snowball Fight

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the Middle of Secondhand Wardrobe Week. It is the birthday of Heather Gill (pastor's wife in Ogallala, NE), a distinction she shares with Ron Santo, famous Chicago Cub, from 1940. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Colt revolver was patented in 1836.

NE Fine Arts Festival Tshirt 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Matthew West - ♫ Hello, My Name Is ♫

2). Leader Profile - Jesse Meduna



POSITION: Senior Pastor in Burwell/Springview, NE
HISTORY: Graduate of Trinity Bible College
FAMILY: Married to Kristen with a beautiful baby girl
HOBBIES: Fishing, Christian Music, Dogs

3). Ministry of the Day: Fire Institute - Student Leadership Materials

4). Link of the Day: Mapping History - Oregon University Website that has interactive historical information

5). Quote of the Day: 'Imagination is more important than knowledge.' - Albert Einstein

6). Movie of the Day: NFL Lip Reading

7). Miscellaneous: Today is World Thinking Day. It is also the birthday of Jesse Meduna (above), a distinction he shares with President George Washington from 1732. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that  the US defeated Russia in the Miracle on Ice in 1980.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Plumb - ♫ I Want You Here ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 23,24 Leadership Notes

3). Ministry of the Day: Young Adults - Check out what is happening with our National ministries for Young Adults and college students

4). Link of the Day: Is It Normal - Browse stories to compare with your own and decide if it's normal or not.

5). Quote of the Day: 'It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.' - Ronald Reagan

6). Movie of the Day: Dolphin Stampede

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Mother's Language Day. It is also the birthday of Kenya Johnson (pastor's wife in Broken Bow, NE), a distinction she shares with comedian Erma Bombeck from 1927. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first self-propulsion steam locomotive was developed in Wales in 1804.

NYM Missions Bike Ride Promotional Packet - Mailed out yesterday

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Matt Maher - ♫ Lord I Need You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     Telling stories is an important part of being a speaker. Here's some great guidelines for being an expert story-teller (from the book Speaking to Teenagers)


1) Watch your waste lines - don't say more than you need to
2) Woo is more important than wow - open with a wooing statement
3) Point to the point - open and close with a line connecting it to your message
4) Speak in specifics - as much as possible
5) Get it right - know your facts
6) Make it the right story - good doesn't mean right
Make it personal - interviews, testimonies, and failures

3). Ministry of the Day: Fun Arts Pics - Check out the gallery of various pics from among the different Fun Arts locations this past weekend.

4). Link of the Day: Left Brain - Tricks your left brain is playing on you (and what you can do about it)

5). Quote of the Day: 'Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.' - Yogi Berra

6). Movie of the Day: The Scientific Power of Thought

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Love Your Pet Day. It is also the birthday of my daughter Abby, a distinction she shares with famous artist Ansel Adams from 1902. Finally, it is the anniversary of Ron and Cindy Masten (pastors in Thedford, NE), something they share with the day the Metropolitan Museum of Arts opened in NY City in 1872.

Fine Arts 'Finished' Tshirt - April 5,6th

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Citizens - ♫ Made Alive ♫

2). Blog Entry: Caption Contest (click on pic below to submit a caption)


3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Instagram - Follow along with our Nebraska Youth Ministries team as we post pics from our adventures across the state

4). Link of the Day: Ribbon - The easiest way to sell across the web.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Don't give up. Don't lose hope. Don't sell out.' - Christopher Reeve

6). Movie of the Day: New York City Pogo Stunts

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Chocolate Mint Day. It is also the birthday of famous singer Smokey Robinson from 1940. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in 1807.

Monday, February 18, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Anthem Lights - ♫ Hide Your Love Away ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     - This past weekend was our Annual District Fun Arts in three different locations. I hosted the event for Western NE at Chadron. I was so impressed with the church and how they set things up, especially the lead children's workers Nick and Brittany Wright. The sound and video cues went great, they had two different recording devices set up to catch all the footage, they had several filler videos on hand and games available when we wanted to entertain the kids in downtime. It was a joy to watch the students shine for God, but it was also a joy to work with people driven to do things with excellence. Way to go Chadron Community Church!

3). Ministry of the Day: Fine Arts Strategy - Now is the time to enthusiastically get the word out about Fine Arts, and use this strategy to help

4). Link of the Day: Nowcation - Get away now, deals on great trips

5). Quote of the Day: 'I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.' - Muhammad Ali

6). Movie of the Day: Untimely Release

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Battery Day. It is also the birthday of Rick Johnson (pastor in Broken Bow, NE), a distinction he shares with finance guru Charles Schwaub from 1862. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Dale Earnhardt died in a car crash in 2001.

Dancing Group at Fun Arts in Chadron last weekend

Friday, February 15, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Jeremy Camp - ♫ My God ♫

2). Leader Profile: Jamie Mockry



POSITION: Youth and Kids Pastor in McCook, NE.
HISTORY: Grew up in the McCook area, went to McCook Community College
FAMILY: Married to Theresa with several great kids
HOBBIES: Cooking, Skiing, Christian Music

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fine Arts April 5-6th - Join us in Kearney in two months to celebrate ministry gifts in our students and enjoy a worship/concert with National Recording Artist Daniel Bashta.

4). Link of the Day: Brains on Fire - Identity Company helping brand corporations

5). Quote of the Day: 'Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.' - E. F. Schumacher

6). Movie of the Day: New Years Fireworks in Dubai

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Gum Drop Day. It is also the birthday of Jamie Mockry (above), a distinction he shares with our Susan B. Anthony from 1820. Finally, today is the anniversary of the day that copyrights were ever offered for music from 1972.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Elizabeth South - ♫ I Love You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 21 and 22

3). Ministry of the Day: Sidney STL Rally - Check out pics from our STL Rally last night in the Southern Panhandle Section of Western Nebraska.

4). Link of the Day: Fix Tracking - How to stop getting tracked in your browser

5). Quote of the Day: 'Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn't have a cent.' - Mike Tyson

6). Movie of the Day: Amazing 3 Point Basket

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Valentine's Day and National Donor Day. It is also the birthday of Jeff Haase (Children's Pastor in Lincoln, NE), a distinction he shares with slave abolitionist Frederick Douglass from 1818. Finally, it is the anniversary of Kevin and Beth Jacobs (youth pastors in Omaha, NE) a distinction they share with the day that the battle of Kettle Creek was fought in the Revolutionary War in Georgia in 1779.

Speaking at the STL Rally in Sidney, NE last night

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Various Artists - ♫ Jesus, Firm Foundation ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     This past weekend we had a licensed counselor and Assembly of God minister at our church. He talked in a couple of sessions about how to strengthen our marriages. He gave these great tips for dealing with complaints:
 
1. Express your needs clearly and politely
2. Validate what you hear
3. Ask lots of questions
4. Respond to what is being said, not what's in your head
Negotiate for the good of the other

3). Ministry of the Day: Background Checks - It's important for us to process these files on all workers that help with youth and kids

4). Link of the Day: Work Place - The benefits of working from a public coffee shop.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.' - Albert Einstein

6). Movie of the Day: Cobbler - how to make a simple electric motor

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Employee Legal Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of Vicki Graesser (pastors wife in Ainsworth, NE), a distinction she shares with famous astronaut Chuck Yeager from 1923. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Portugal became independent in 1868.

The group from Kearney at the STL Rally in Hastings last week

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1). Song of the Day: JJ Weeks Band - ♫ Let Them See You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Caption Contest (click on pic)


3). Ministry of the Day: Transitions - Help High School Seniors connect with other Christians at the college they'll attend in the fall.

4). Link of the Day: Swissotel - The ultimate guide to worldwide etiquette.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.' - Albert Einstein

6). Movie of the Day: Reverse Fireworks 

7). Miscellaneous: Today is President Abraham Lincoln's Bday, a distinction he shares with Lee Terry (DYD of Rocky Mountain District) and famous English scientist Charles Darwin from 1809. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was put in place in 1914.


Monday, February 11, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Jason Gray - ♫ Nothing is Wasted ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     - A while back my friend Brian and I were finishing up a task at my house. We were in the driveway and almost done when we looked over and saw my next door neighbor struggling with his wife to carry a washer/dryer combo into his house. We looked back at each other and then instinctively ran over to his house to help him out. We carried it in the house and into the room where it was intended. I haven't had much time with the neighbor before, but this was a great opportunity to break the ice and reach out. Look for ways you can serve others to 'get you in the door' and help in being a witness.

3). Ministry of the Day: Believe Campaign - Log onto this website to post prayer requests and join with others in prayer all over the world.

4). Link of the Day: Hello Sign - Sign documents in gmail

5). Quote of the Day: 'There are ideas in heaven that have no expression yet on earth.' - Steve Pulis (National Evangelism Director, National Youth Ministries)

6). Movie of the Day: Plane/Car Accident

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National White Shirt Day. It is also the birthday of Inventor Thomas Edison from 1847. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first hospital was opened in the US by Benjamin Franklin in 1752.

Worship at the STL Rally in Hastings last week

Friday, February 8, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Isaac Carree - ♫ Clean this house ♫

2). Leader Profile - Steve Wilson



POSITION: Senior Pastor in Red Cloud, NE
HISTORY: Came from the Falls City area, from Minnesota
FAMILY: Married to Jan with an adult son
HOBBIES: Loves traveling with his wife, kids ministry, reading

3). Ministry of the Day: Taylor STL Rally - Though a week late, check out some pics from last week's Speed the Light rally for the Sandhills Section in central Nebraska.

4). Link of the Day: Living to 100 - Get a realistic estimate of how old you will live to be, based on your current health stats

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: 2012 in 4 Minutes

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Opera Day. It is also the birthday of famous French author Jules Vern from 1828. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Boy Scouts became incorporated in 1910.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Plumb - ♫ One Drop ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 17,18 Leadership Notes

3). Ministry of the Day: Check out pics from last night's Tri-Cities STL Rally in Hastings at North Shore Church, here and here

4). Link of the Day: JotForm - Creating Forms Online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.' - Steve Jobs

6). Movie of the Day: Wrong Basket

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Ballet Day. It is also the birthday of English Novelist Charles Dickens from 1812. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Beatles first arrived in the US in 1964.

STL Rally in Hastings last night for the Tri-Cities section

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Canton Jones - ♫ Worship With You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     This month, several youth leaders in Nebraska are reading a book together, 'Speaking to Teenagers', by Doug Fields. Here are some thoughts on great thoughts when communicating to youth:

      Basic Communication Lessons
  1. Make them understand - It doesn't matter if they don't get it
  2. Don't communicate from a distance - Closeness in proximity means a lot to a young person
  3. The methods shape the message - Speak in ways that they will enjoy and relate to
  4. Speak to transform - have a goal of change in mind

3). Ministry of the Day: Tri-Cities STL Rally - Tonight is the Speed the Light Rally for the Tri-Cities section near the center of Nebraska.

4). Link of the Day: Plaan - Nice looking calendars for you to print

5). Quote of the Day: 'How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.' - Benjamin Franklin

6). Movie of the Day: Warheads

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. It is also the birthday of Mark Dean (DYD of Minnesota), a distinction he shares with the third Vice President of the US Aaron Burr, from 1756. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the airport in Washington DC was renamed the Ronald Reagan National Airport in 1998.

Niobrara Section STL Rally in Butte, November 2012

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Everfound - ♫ Never Beyond Repair ♫

2). Blog Entry: Caption Contest (click on pic below)



3). Ministry of the Day: Fire Bible for Kids Lite - The Bible will come alive with animations and games and activities with this app

4). Link of the Day: Fig - Personal wellness guide for body and soul

5). Quote of the Day: 'Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.' - Walt Whitman

6). Movie of the Day: Trust Fall Gone Wrong

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Pancake Day. It is also the birthday of Petey Tellez (pastor in Omaha, NE), and Mike Sullivan (pastor in Taylor, NE). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that astronauts landed on the moon in the Apollo 14 Mission in 1971.

Monday, February 4, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Green River Ordinance - ♫ New Day ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     Last week my daughter was in a play at an old German hall in our hometown. It was a children's play so the parents were asked to volunteer. My wife helped with hair and makeup and I was a child wrangler, helping corral kids in the back room with games and activities in between scenes. We had a great time and my daughter did great. After the last show, we helped tear down the stage and then had a cast party before heading home. Abby enjoyed hanging out with her new friends one last time. And to thank us for our help, my wife and I were given a free membership to the hall, with several activities provided throughout the year. It was a big surprise to us, but a great example of how to honor people and say thanks!

3). Ministry of the Day: Believe Campaign - See what people are praying for in your area, and join with them.

4). Link of the Day: Lou Malnati's - The award winning Chicago Deep Dish pizza.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.' - Jonathan Swift

6). Movie of the Day: Dan Murphy is cooler than you

7). Miscellaneous: Today is World Cancer Day. It is also the birthday of David Schreiner (youth leader in Nebraska City, NE), a distinction he shares with former Vice President Dan Quayle from 1947. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the 1976 Winter Olympics opened in Innsbruck, Austria.

Youth Pastors Retreat, Grand Island, August 2012

Friday, February 1, 2013

1). Song of the Day: Da Union - ♫ Un Flow ♫

2). Leader Profile: Mark Hoffman



POSITION: Youth Pastor in Cozad, NE
HISTORY: Works at Baldwin Filters, former pastor in Maxwell, NE
FAMILY: Married to April with 4 kids
HOBBIES: Bourne Movies, Minnesota Vikings, Hunting

3). Ministry of the Day: Thefiftytwo.com - A year's worth of youth ministry, four volumes

4). Link of the Day: Donate - Share your books online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.' - Anne Frank

6). Movie of the Day: Starlit Sky

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bubble Gum Day. It is also the birthday of Boris Yeltsin, first president of the Russian Federation, from 1931. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day of the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy in 2003.