Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: My favorite song from 2013 - Hillsong United - Oceans

2). Caption Contest: Click on the pic below to submit a caption



3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fine Arts Festival - $30 includes two categories, Fri nite option at YMCA Champions with waterslides for $5, March 21,22 in Hastings.

4). Link of the Day: College Campus Trips - Check out these visits we've lined up for 2014 to Southwestern, Evangel, Trinity, and North Central Colleges.

5). Quote of the Day: 'You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.' - C. S. Lewis

6). Movie of the Day: Top NYM Moments of 2013

7). Miscellaneous: Today is New Year's Eve, and National Make up Your Mind Day. It is also the birthday of Sir Anthony Hopkins, famous actor, from 1937. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the British East India Company was chartered in 1600.

Monday, December 30, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Anberlin - City Electric

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     One of our new holiday traditions when we get together with my wife's family is a game called Meal or No Meal. The cousins will divide into a boys and girls teams and they make a meal separately for the adults. We eat them at the same time and vote on which was best based mostly on taste, but also on presentation and creativity. We did a dessert round before Christmas and the boys took home the crown. Yesterday, we planned to do an entree round but moments before the competition the girls defaulted. My son and his team planned to continue forward with their meal, but soon it was only my son Ryan in the kitchen preparing Orange Julius' and Pizza Cones. I thought he'd give up on his own, but he kept soldiering on, committed to finishing what he had promised to do. I was so proud, I even went in the kitchen and helped (a huge step of faith). LIFE LESSON - Don't quit on your commitments , even if everyone around you does and you have to finish alone.

3). Ministry of the Day: National Fine Arts - Our National Fine Arts Festival next year will be in Columbus, OH July 28 - August 1st. Check out the link above to see all of the great locations we've been for this event over the past several years. 

4). Link of the Day: Get Glue - Your app for TV, Movies, and Sports

5). Quote of the Day: 'If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG.' - Bill Gates

6). Movie of the Day: Technical Papers Trailer 

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bacon Day. It it also the birthday of Titus, Roman emperor from 39 AD. Finally, it is the anniversary of Tom and Lora Burkholder (pastor in Ord, NE), a distinction he shares with the day the former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was executed in 2006.

Top NYM Pics of 2013: #6 - Silhouettes in Worship at Kids Convention (Lexington, March)

Friday, December 27, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: City Harbor - Come However You Are

2). Weekend Leader Profile: Steve Hahn



POSITION: Pastor in Alliance, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Oregon, graduate of Trinity Bible College
FAMILY: Married to Christine with 5 kids
HOBBIES: Weightlifting, All things Mac, Birthday is Sunday

3). Ministry of the Day: BGMC for Kids - Check out this website sponsored by our National Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge Office

4). Link of the Day: Every Trail - The best way to share trips, connect with other travelers and find great new things to do

5). Quote of the Day: 'For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.' - Steve Jobs

6). Movie of the Day: The Grand Circle 'Ruby'

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the 2nd Day of Kwanzaa. It is also the birthday of Johannes Kepler, famous German Astronomer, from 1571. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Stellar Kart - Time's Not Waiting

2). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Sam 27,28: Notes on Worship/Passion

3). Ministry of the Day: Kappa Tau - College Students and Young Adults can be involved in Fine Arts, with our NE Festival coming up soon (March 21,22)

4). Link of the Day: Clear Play -  The safest way to enjoy movies with your family.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.' - George Bernard Shaw

6). Movie of the Day: Natural Phenomena

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Canadian Boxing Day. It is also the birthday of Chinese leader Mao Zedong from 1893. Finally, it is the anniversary of Galen and Brenda Rasmussen (pastors in Geneva, NE), a distinction they share with the day of George Washington's Funeral in 1799.

Top 2013 NYM Photos: #18 - Brian on the Water Slides at PK Retreat (Omaha, July)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

NYM Update

No blog entries the next few days. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: 4-Him - Strange Way to Save the World

2). Leader Profile: Walt DeVries



POSITION: Lead Pastor at Omaha Glad Tidings
HISTORY: Former youth pastor at the same church
FAMILY: Married to Kerrie with several children
HOBBIES: Hunting, Being with Family

3). Ministry of the Day: Teacher Certification - Help train your teachers in your local church with certification provided by our National Office.

4). Link of the Day: Active Inbox - Get email under control and get things done

5). Quote of the Day: 'Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.' - Andy Rooney

6). Movie of the Day: Big Brother Helps Little Sister

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Human Solidarity Day. It is also the birthday of Walt DeVries' (above), a distinction he shares with David Wright, NY Mets Baseball Player from 1982. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Louisiana Purchase was completed in New Orleans in 1803.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Bebo Norman - Come and Worship

2): Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 25,26 - Notes on Worship

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Calendar - Check out the link here and here to be ready for all NYM events and programs in 2014

4). Link of the Day: Room 77 - Hotel Room searching database

5). Quote of the Day: 'It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.' - Pope John XXIII

6). Movie of the Day: Safe Land Mine Discovery Instruments

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the Middle of Gluten Free Baking Week. It is also the birthday of Sarah Criss (Children's Leader in Alliance, NE), a distinction she shares with football legend Reggie White from 1961. Finally, it is the anniversary of when General George Washington's Army went to Winter Quarters at Valley Forge in 1777.

Top NYM Pics of 2013: #37 - Paying at the Altars during Youth Camp 2 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: TobyMac - Christmas This Year

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Worship
     As a member of our district office, I'm increasingly getting requests from churches and leaders that need help with worship; looking for musicians, singers, and especially leaders. As I've traveled church to church, this is an area that is quite diverse in Nebraska. The worship setting in one place can be drastically different from another. It also is often a divisive subject, with so many opinions about styles and song preferences. Often the worship team/leader can influence a congregation just as must as the pastor. And two of the most important reasons I here of people either choosing to leave or stay at a church are whether they feel like the belong with the other people, and whether they enjoy the music and worship time. With that in mind, here are some ideas to help us improve on our worship abilities in the NE District:
      - Budget for a worship leader. Whether full-time, part-time, or even a stipend, consider investing in the personnel that oversee this influential part of your church services. The three most popular positions for additional staff are working with children, youth, or worship. If you have to choose, ask yourself which is most important of establishing your overall vision and influencing the direction of the church as a whole. Teenagers that visit your youth ministry and families with young kids will probably have a tendency to plug into the life of the overall church if they are happy with the worship experience on Sundays.
     - Ask your worship personnel to assist with Sundays as well as mid-week activities; especially those that work with children and youth
     - The Worship Leader doesn't just lead the church in songs for services, but also in the development of worship as a whole. This would include teaching a lifestyle of worship, exploring new avenues of worship expression, and training young people and adults alike in common worship skills like singing, instruments, sound and video controls, etc.
     - Rather than using your best musicians just for performance, ask them to consider committing some time to training those under them to improve.
     - Mix it up! Use variety both in song selection, placement of songs and music in the services, use of hymns and older church anthems, the stage setup with placement of musicians and singers, dressing with different styles and fashions representative of your church body, and even showing a few music videos and drama sketches from time to time.
      - Partner with your local schools and colleges to provide your church as an outlet for their students to expand their musical abilities through live experiences.
      - Prioritize programs that encourage the arts in your teens and kids, like Fun and Fine Arts.

3). Ministry of the Day: Background Checks - As we enter the new year, it's a good idea to update your legal protections and provide background checks on all leaders that work with teens and kids.

4). Link of the Day: Lucid Charts - Flow Chart Maker and Online Diagram Service

5). Quote of the Day: 'A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.' - Mark Twain

6). Movie of the Day: 10 Common Science Myths

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Answer the Telephone like Buddy the Elf Day. It is also the birthday of Harold Ross (pastor in Walthill, NE) and Amy Braunberger (pastor's wife in Crete, NE), a distinction they share with Joseph Stalin, Russian leader from 1878. Finally, it is the anniversary of Jason and Kendra Mauck (youth pastor's in Hastings, NE), a distinction they share with the day the Arab Spring riots started in Tunisia in 2010.

Top NYM Pics of 2013: #41 - Crazy Group Photos at Eastern Convention

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: The Digital Age - Break Every Chain

2). Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption.



3). Ministry of the Day: PK Network - A Facebook group for the children of pastors across the nation and world.

4). Link of the Day: Method Apps - Create your own apps

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

6). Movie of the Day: Greek Fireworks Battle

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 Chase Utley, famous baseball player, from 1978. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first episode of the Simpson's aired in 1989.

Monday, December 16, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Group 1 Crew - Quok Quok

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     This past Sunday I had the privilege of being on our worship team for church. I joined a few others, including a couple both on the team; she on a mic and he on the drums. During soundcheck, she was checking her mic and the sound man asked if any of us needed more of her voice in our monitors. He asked the drummer, and he said 'no, you can take her out of my monitor completely.' We began to laugh at the irony of the husband asking for his wife's voice to be silenced, and after we did, he chimed in again, 'Hey, this is my only chance.' We laughed our heads off because we knew they were just joking around.

3). Ministry of the Day: Fine Arts - Our NE Fine Arts is quickly approaching (Mar 21,22), here's a strategy for preparing your students for this event.

4). Link of the Day: WeatherSpark - Beautiful Weather Graphs and Maps

5). Quote of the Day: 'I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.' - Nelson Mandela

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

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. It is also the birthday of Jane Austen, English author from 1775. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji occurred in Japan in 1707.

Top NYM Pics 2013: #46 - AIM Missions Team (Ireland, June)

Friday, December 13, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Jason Gray - With Every Act of Love

2). Leader Profile: Mike Durre



POSITION: Senior Pastor in O'Neill, NE
HISTORY: From Chambers, NE
FAMILY: Married to Patty
HOBBIES: Coffee, Cheering for the Huskers

3). Ministry of the Day: Faith Case - A great curriculum for kids where they are the spies finding the right clues to solve mysteries.

4). Link of the Day: Wolfram Alpha - Computational Knowledge Engine

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: Game Winning Shot

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the Middle of National Tie Month. It is also the birthday of Dick Van Dyke, famous American Actor from 1925. Finally, today is the anniversary of when Dartmouth Colleged was established in 1769.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Dave Barnes - Good

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

3). Ministry of the Day: National Fine Arts - Make plans to join the nation in Columbus for National Fine Arts next July/August

4). Link of the Day: Readability - READABILITY turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

5). Quote of the Day: 'My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.' - Orson Welles

6). Movie of the Day: Photographer on Fire

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Gingerbread House Day. It is also the birthday of Frank Sinatra, famous American singer from 1915. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Boys Town was created in 1917.

Top NYM 2013 Photos: #59 - Standing in line for dinner at Youth Camp 2 (Lexington, June)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Hillsong Young and Free - Alive

2). Blog Entry: Leader's Corner - Parenting
     Many youth ministries only work with students, but we should strive to help the whole family. One of the most influential relationships in a young person's life is with their parents/guardians. We need to do all we can to bring them into the discipleship process and give them tools to do their job well. Ultimately, they are responsible to God for their kids before us. Here's some tips:
      - Most youth pastors aren't old enough to have teenagers of their own. Ask your pastor, or a strong parent in the church to help followup with the parents of visitors by sending them cards and making calls and visits.
      - Once a quarter host a parent's luncheon after a Sunday service to invite parents out and discuss things going on with the youth.
      - Mobilize a parents leadership team composed of several parents that can help put together a monthly parent's email, a parent's newsletter, recruit parents for certain ministry roles like setup, snacks, decorations, followup with adults, organizing trips and events, etc.
      - Share these parenting news items from Mark Batterson, in 'Praying Circles around your kids'- 1). You'll make a lot of mistakes, 2) You're worst mistakes double as your greatest opportunities, 3) Prayer covers a multitude of sins, and 4) The main three words of parenting are please, sorry, and thanks
      - Get involved with programs like Fine Arts and Bible Quiz which are designed for parents and adults to get involved and help as trainers, coaches, etc.
      - Mark on your calendar their birthdays and send them cards and updates on their kids.
      - Develop a blog/FB Group where you post pics and testimonies and let parents join in to stay up to date on what's happening in your ministry.
      - Just as you give gifts to First Time visitors, send a good parenting book to the parents of first time visitors.

3). Ministry of the Day: Chi Alphas - Click on the XA link at the top of the page for a list of all of our college campus ministries in NE.

4). Link of the Day: Ready for Zero - ReadyForZero’s online tools have helped users pay down $120 million in debt.

5). Quote of the Day: 'All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.' - Walt Disney

6). Movie of the Day: North Carolina Fine Arts Video

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Mountain Day. It is also the birthday of Jermaine Jackson, famous American Musician from 1954. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Germany and Italy declared war on the US in 1941.

Top NYM 2013 Photos - #61 - P. Ed's triumphant dance during the final Points Presentation at Youth Camp 2

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Everfound - What Love Means

2). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption



3). Ministry of the Day: My Healthy Church - Check out all the great resources provided to us through our National Office in Missouri.

4). Link of the Day: Things - A great task manager for Mac users

5). Quote of the Day: 'The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.' - Aristotle

6). Movie of the Day: Egg Destruction

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Human Rights Day. It is also the birthday of Emily Dickinson, famous American author from 1830. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the book 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'  was published in 1864.

Monday, December 9, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Anthem Lights - Simple Little Christmas

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     Recently, we got a little snow in Nebraska. My kids love it, but me - not so much. It's cold, it causes dangerous driving situations and cancelled events, and takes my time in removing it from my driveway. But as I was driving by some stores in the snow, I looked up and saw a dad and his son entering the business. The son suddenly stopped and the dad tugged at him to come along, with an annoyed look on his face. But then as I looked at the son, quickly before he followed in tow, I saw that he was looking up into the sky. With his mouth open and a look of joy, he was trying to catch snowflakes in his mouth, completely happy. That image stuck with me as an encouragement for me to look past the inconvenience of the snow and enjoy the fun aspects of it like a child. Sometimes if we just slow down and choose to enjoy the moment, we'll appreciate it better in our lives.

3). Ministry of the Day: College Scholarships - Check out the many scholarships that are offered through our NYM website.

4). Link of the Day: Skrawlr - 60 Second way to get a more organized life.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.' - Henry David Thoreau

6). Movie of the Day: Time Remap

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. It is also the birthday of Kirk Douglas, American actor from 1916. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first YMCA in North America was established in Montreal, Quebec in 1851.

Top NYM Photos of 2013: #67 - 7 Project School Assembly (Gering, April)

Friday, December 6, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Phillips, Craig, and Dean - Tell Your Heart to Beat Again

2). Leader Profile: Justin Adams



POSITION: Associate Pastor in Gering, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Virginia, attended Liberty Seminary
FAMILY: Married to Christina with 2 Girls
HOBBIES: Loves the Redskins, Reading, Duck Dynasty

3). Ministry of the Day: Transitions - Help High School Seniors prepare for college

4). Link of the Day: Photo Ball Maker - Create an amazing golf gift in minutes

5). Quote of the Day: 'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

6). Movie of the Day: Baseball Edition Dude Perfect

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Pawnbroker's Day. It it also the birthday of Johann Bach, acclaimed musician, from 1642. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Washington Monument was completed in 1884.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Brandon Heath - Just a Girl

2). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 20,21: Notes on Worship

3). Ministry of the Day: ACTS - Association of Christian Teachers and Schools, affiliated with the Assemblies of God

4). Link of the Day: Spokeo - White pages and People Search

5). Quote of the Day: 'The years teach much which the days never know.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson


7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Ninja Day. It is also the birthday of 1782 – Martin Van Buren, American politician and 8th President of the United States from 1782. Finally, it is the anniversary of when former US President John Quincy Adams took his seat in the House of Representatives in 1831.

Top NYM Photos of 2013: #79 - The crazy dorm leader at Youth Camp 2

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Jonathan Thulin - Babylon

2). Blog Entry: Leader's Corner - Starting a Campus Club
     As we end the current year and look to start a new semester of school in January, you may have a student or two that you can encourage to begin a Bible Club on their campus - what a great resolution for 2014! Here's some tips on starting a club from Kyle Embry (Youth Alive Missionary of North Texas and next year's Eastern Convention Speaker), author of 'Hidden in Plain Sight':

1. Find a teacher willing to let you use their classroom.
2. Meet with the principal to ask permission. Have specific details ready. Youth pastors should be willing to go to if need be.
3. Find another student to partner with.
4. Follow a monthly plan: week 1 - watch a video (I am Second), week 2 - youth pastor speaks, week 3 - student leader speaks, week 4 - special service Project or fun activity
5. Assign a young adult leader to work with the team and attend their meetings
6. Take attendance at each meeting

3). Ministry of the Day: Campus Clubs - Check out all the helps and resources for Campus Clubs from our National Youth Office.

4). Link of the Day: ScripSmart - Find the best gift cards online for your holiday needs.

5). Quote of the Day: 'I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.' - Michael Jordan

6). Movie of the Day: As the play unfolds…

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cookie Day. It is also the birthday of Blake Armstrong (pastor in Cozad, NE), a distinction he shares with popular artist Jay-Z, from 1969. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Council of Trent finished in 1563.

Top NYM Pics of 2013: #82 - Spontaneous Dance Off at Youth camp 1

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Jonathan Thulin - Architecture

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



3). Ministry of the Day: BGMC - Check out our National BGMC website for kids

4). Link of the Day: Flavors - Make a homepage in minutes

5). Quote of the Day: 'Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.' - Helen Keller

6). Movie of the Day: Hillsong - Still

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the International Day of Disabled People. It is also the birthday of Brandy Courtier (Youth Leader in Scottsbluff, NE), a distinction she shares with Benny Hinn, famous Televangelist, from 1952. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first human heart transplant occurred   in 1967.

Monday, December 2, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Esterlyn - Psalm 23

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Directions
     This past week we were in Bellevue for the Thanksgiving Holiday. On Wednesday night, we were on our way to Bellevue Christian Center to drop off some food for their annual Thanksgiving Meal for the community. Several hundred people come and enjoy a free meal and fellowship with the church. About two blocks away, we were stopped at an intersection as an ambulance came blaring through with it's lights blazing. We followed it and watched as it drove past the church, relieved that it wasn't someone at the big event. Seconds later, we saw the ambulance heading back towards us, and pull into the parking lot. Fortunately, it wasn't a very serious situation and someone had fallen and hit their head on the concrete. In critical moments it's important to get clear instructions and directions so you don't miss a turn and get where you need to be on time and ready to go.

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Campus Missionaries - A Facebook page you can like and enjoy interaction with other students around the state and district.

4). Link of the Day: Postbox - First class email online

5). Quote of the Day: 'A man should never neglect his family for business.' - Walt Disney

6). Movie of the Day: Tremendous Touchdown

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Special Education Day. It is also the birthday of Harry Reid, American politician, from 1939. Finally, it is the anniversary of when US President James Monroe delivered a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts, known as the Monroe doctrine, in 1823.

Top NYM Pics of 2013: #88 - Thumbs up during the mid-day Blitz at Youth Camp 2