Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is Make up Your Mind Day.
It is also the birthday Actor Anthony Hopkins, from 1937.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the British East India Company was chartered in 1600.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Staying Strong
     Today is New Year's Eve and many of us will be involved in celebrations tonight to ring in 2015. We also will probably partake in the ageless tradition of making new years resolutions, goals that we want to accomplish next year. I, like you, have done this many times before only to forget at this time next year what goals I originally set out to accomplish in the first place! How can we make changes that will help us stay strong over time? Here's some suggestions: 1) Don't make it a New Year's commitment - make it a new week, or new month commitment first. 2) Pick a verse that will be your verse of the year. Put it somewhere where you can read it just about every day. I keep it bookmarked as one of my favorites for the internet when I open it to work. 3) Make unselfish goals - often we only strive to change in areas that benefit us personally, but what about trying to serve others more, give more money away, or change an attitude? 4) One step at a time. Consider making one smaller goal and then accomplishing it over several periods of time before starting the next one, and then the next one, and then... 5) Track your progress daily. There's probably an app for that! I keep a file on my computer. 6) Pray about it first. Often I find myself making goals that God never really wanted me to pursue. It's bound to be much better for me in the end if I follow His leading and not just my own pursuits. What suggestions would you add to the mix?

2). Ministry of the Day: NYM 2014 Photos of the Year - Some of our best moments from the previous year of Ministry in Nebraska with Students.

3). Song of the Day: Satellites and Sirens - Jump Start my Heart

4). Quote of the Day: 'Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

5). Movie of the Day: 2014 NYM Photos of the Year

6). Link of the Day: Tripping - Vacation Rentals

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#1 - The Incredible Garland Owensby at High School Camp in June


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Bacon Day.
It is also the birthday of 39 – Titus, Roman emperor from 39 AD.
Finally, it is Tom and Lora Burkholder's Anniversary (Pastors in Ord, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was executed in 2006.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: Departing Youth Pastors - Here's a 'letter' to a Youth Pastor in Transition

3). Song of the Day: Selah - You Amaze Us

4). Quote of the Day: 'Wisdom begins in wonder.' - Socrates

5). Movie of the Day: Blake Griffin's Long Shot

6). Link of the Day: They Draw and Travel - Maps illustrated from artists around the world

Monday, December 29, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Tick Tock Day.
It is also the birthdays of Steve Hahn (Pastor in Alliance, NE), Tammy Goodwin (Pastor's Wife in North Platte, NE), and Mike Fowler (Pastor in St. Paul, NE), a distinction they share with Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, from 1808.
Finally, it is Matt and Abby Richardson's Anniversary (Missionaries in El Salvador), a distinction they share with the day that the first American YMCA opened in Boston, Massachusetts in 1851.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - People's Opinions
     This past weekend we had the chance as a family to go to the new movie ANNIE. This was special for us, after my daughter had the lead role in the play Annie this past Spring. We had heard some rough reviews from different sources, but we decided to check it out anyway. Once the show was done, we asked all of our family members what they thought, and it was an overwhelming anonymous YES. We all loved it. LIFE LESSON - Don't always believe the decision of public opinion.

2). Ministry of the Day: Crowd Tilt - Collect money from your group and make something happen.

3). Song of the Day: Kim Walker-Smith - Carol of the Bells

4). Quote of the Day: 'Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.' - Mark Twain

5). Movie of the Day: My Way

6). Link of the Day: Gogobot - The go to place for places to go

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#6 - Football at High School Camp in June

Friday, December 26, 2014

NYM Daily Post

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

1). Leader Profile - Mike Fowler (birthday is next week)



POSITION: Pastor in St. Paul, NE
HISTORY: Studied at Southwestern AG University
FAMILY: Married to Bekah with a couple kids

2). Ministry of the Day: YP Hangout - Connect, Learn, and Interact with other Youth Leaders

3). Song of the Day: Mark Shultz - Different Kind of Christmas

4). Quote of the Day: 'The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.' - Alexis de Tocqueville

5). Movie of the Day: Dog Park

6). Link of the Day: Good Reads - Share book recommendations with others

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is Christmas Eve
It is also the birthday of American Businessman Howard Hughes from 1905.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Christmas Island was discovered by James Cook in 1777

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     Tonight is the an annual Christmas Eve Service. My family has been attending these for years and we love it; it's a tradition. But even traditions change from time to time. We found out that for the first time since we can remember, they are not doing a candle lighting ceremony as part of the service. When we first discovered it, we were shocked. We expressed dismay and concern, but after a few moments, I was able to step away from the situation and look at my reaction. I suddenly realized that I had become the person who refuses to try change because 'that's the way we've always done it before.' Who knows if this new format will be a success or not, but I should still be open to the change because the message is sacred but the methods are not. In this ever increasing culture, we must accept change and be ready to install new things to reach a generation that is different from the one before. In the book iY Generation, Tim Elmore lists out 4 characteristics of this generation that should compel us to seek changes to reach them more effectively:
This Generation is...
      Overwhelmed - They've been eye witnesses to many tragedies over the last few decades with our instant news coverage.
      Over-Connected - They are always in touch with several people with just the click of a button on screens in their lives.
      Overprotected - The rules have changed and parenting styles tend to shield them from painful experiences which can teach them how to adapt in life as an adult.
      Overserved - They've always been told their a winner, without really winning.

2). Ministry of the Day: Church Blogs - Check out the top 300 blogs from great ministries around the world.

3). Song of the Day: Michael W. Smith - Christmastime

4). Quote of the Day: 'Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God's perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year.' - Joel Osteen

5). Movie of the Day: Nitro Warriors

6). Link of the Day: Visualize - Infographic Resumes

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#25 - Bold Teenagers at Jr Teen Camp in June

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Festivus Holiday
It is also the birthday of Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player, from 1983.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland in 1783.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: Pass the Light - STL Campaign that can work in conjunction with any holiday and banquets, like Thanksgiving.

3). Song of the Day: How Great Thou Art

4). Quote of the Day: 'Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.' - Eleanor Roosevelt

5). Movie of the Day: Very Little Stars

6). Link of the Day: Foodily - Find recipes online

Monday, December 22, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day
It is also the birthday of Lady Bird Johnson, American wife of Lyndon B. Johnson, from 1912.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic in New York, New York in 1937.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Slow Down
     This weekend, my wife sent me to Chic-Fil-A to get a party platter for a get together with some ladies she had planned. After I purchased them and came home, we remembered that I had a gift card in my wallet for that restaurant but I forgot to use it. Later, after church, we went to Sam and Louie's Pizza place with some friends and once again, I paid and forgot that we had a gift card to help us out. LIFE LESSON - Slow down and think and you might find a better way.

2). Ministry of the Day: The Center for Youth and Leadership - Based out of North Central University in Minneapolis, MN

3). Song of the Day: 1 Girl Nation - Joy

4). Quote of the Day: 'Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.' - Plato

5). Movie of the Day: Playful Elephant

6). Link of the Day: The Kid Should See This - Smart Videos for Curious Minds of All Ages

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#30 - Mid-Day Blitz Games at High School Camp in June

Friday, December 19, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is the Middle of Gluten Free Baking Week
It is also the birthday of Sarah Criss' (Children's Pastor in Alliance, NE), a distinction she shares with Reggie White, former NFL Football Player from 1961.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Washington's Army went to Winter Quarters at Valley Forge in 1777.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Corey Schneckloth



POSITION: Youth Pastor at Grand Island Abundant Life Christian Center
HISTORY: Graduate of Bellevue East High School
FAMILY: My brother, married to Brooke, birthday is Saturday

2). Ministry of the Day: Digital Kids Initiative - Providing information and resources for parents, youth workers and educators to help kids navigate their digital world.

3). Song of the Day: Lauren Daigle - How Can It Be

4). Quote of the Day: 'Where words fail, music speaks.' - Hans Christian Andersen

5). Movie of the Day: Animated Tower

6). Link of the Day: Re-Cycle - Bike Shop in Omaha

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is Answer the Telephone like Buddy the Elf Day
It is also the birthday of Amy Braunberger (Pastor's Wife in Crete, NE), a distinction she shares with Joseph Stalin, former Russian leader from 1878.
Finally, it is also Jason and Kendra Mauck's Anniversary (District Staff and Associate Pastors in Hastings, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the Arab Spring riots started in Tunisia in 2010.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 2 Sam 3: Notes on Sin

2). Ministry of the Day: Missions Trips - Get advice from our National Office on how to prepare for a short term missions trip overseas.

3). Song of the Day: Craig Wayne Band - The Old Rugged Cross

4). Quote of the Day: 'Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.' - Thomas S. Monson

5). Movie of the Day: Hermit Crab Migration

6). Link of the Day: Hip Munk - Cheap Flights, Hotels, and Travel Search

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#46 - Elevated Photo Booth at Eastern Convention in November

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NYM Daily Post

Today is Free Shipping Day
It is also the birthday of Leroy Wyre (pastor in Scottsbluff, NE) a distinction he shares with Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillie baseball player from 1978.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first episode of the Simpson's aired in 1989.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Don't Quit
     As leaders, we all go through times when we feel like giving up. Maybe it's a specific tragedy or trial that spurs it on, maybe it's the mundane routine that gets to us, or maybe it's a weakness in a particular sinful area that drags us down. Whatever the reason, we must learn how to be people of commitment in a world that makes it easy to quit. Here's a few tips for overcoming this difficult times in our journey: 1). Make sure you get quality time with God. Often this area suffers when we go through tough stretches. 2). Explore a creative outlet in worship. God is a Creator. He loves to create. It brings Him joy. He's made us in His image, so when we use our creative juices it often empowers us with optimism to face current challenges more enthusiastically. 3) Take time to enjoy yourself. Whether it's a small break each day, one day a week, or a special period once a quarter. Find a hobby that you can enjoy to take your mind off the pressing issues of your life. 4). Think of your health. Often bad physical habits add to our depression in bad times. Get good sleep, eat healthy, workout. 5). Seek counsel. Go to trusted leaders and mentors to let them hear what you are going through and offer assistance. What other suggestions would you offer?

2). Ministry of the Day: AG Colleges and Universities - Check out the Assemblies of God regional opportunities for secondary education.

3). Song of the Day: Caedmon's Call - Draw Me Nearer

4). Quote of the Day: 'Come near to God and he will come near to you.' - James 4:8

5). Movie of the Day: Old Man Invades Interview

6). Link of the Day: Join Me - Free Screen Sharing for Online Meetings

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#47 - Excited Students ready for Jr Teen Camp in June

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NYM Daily Post

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.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: Coaching - 44 Youth Training Sessions Online

3). Song of the Day: Meredith Andrews - Can Anybody Hear Me?

4). Quote of the Day: 'Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

5). Movie of the Day: Surprise Plastic Bag

6). Link of the Day: Science Daily News - News, videos, and articles in science, health, technology, and the environment.

Monday, December 15, 2014

NYM Update

Today is National Bill of Rights Day
It is also the birthday of Mark Smith (Pastor in Omaha, NE) and Paula Oberbeck (Pastor's Wife in Grand Island, NE), a distinction they share with the Roman Emperor Nero from 37 AD.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the United States Bill of Rights became law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly in 1791.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Kindness
     This past week was my daughter's first show choir concert, in conjunction with her school's Christmas concert as well. (Check it out HERE). We showed up plenty early for the performance but the auditorium was fairly packed when we arrived. I found an area near the front with several empty chairs next to a lone gentleman. I asked him if the seats were available and he gestured that they were. So as my family made there way there, a few girls showed up to sit in the seats. I told that I had already reserved them for my family, so they got up. But as they did I noticed that they were with the gentleman who had given them to us. He and his crew moved over to the side to some seats set up against the wall. I tried to give the seats back to him, but he wouldn't allow it and gladly made sure we were able to have those seats, saying, 'You have a larger family, it's fine.' What an act of kindness. LIFE LESSON - Always be ready to treat others the way you would love to be treated yourself.

2). Ministry of the Day: Verse Hero - A STYLISH, UPBEAT GAME DESIGNED FOR PLAYERS TO INTERACT WITH BIBLE VERSES AS NEVER BEFORE.

3). Song of the Day: Matthew West - A Christmas to Believe In

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

5). Movie of the Day: Boom Boom Boom

6). Link of the Day: Get Human - Find Customer Support Phone #'s and Contact Info

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#55 - Rec Directors Bearded Up for High School Camp in June

Friday, December 12, 2014

NYM Update

Today is Gingerbread House Day.
It is also the birthday of Frank Sinatra, famous New York figure from 1915
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Boystown was Founded in 1917.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Mike Durre



POSITION: Lead Pastor in O'Neill, NE
HISTORY: From Chambers, NE
FAMILY: Married to Patty

2). Ministry of the Day: CM Connect - Connect at the Premiere Children's Ministry Community

3). Song of the Day: Life Church TV - We Lift You High

4). Quote of the Day: 'Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.' - Winston Churchill

5). Movie of the Day: Chicken Fiddler 

6). Link of the Day: Wonderopolis - Where the wonders of learning never cease

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NYM Update

Today is International Mountain Day
It is also the birthday of Jermaine Jackson, famous musician and artist from 1954.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Germany and Italy declared war on the US in 1941.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Timothy 3: Notes on Worship and Passion for God

2). Ministry of the Day: Interlinc - Maximizing Music and Media in Student Ministries

3). Song of the Day: Michael W. Smith - All is Well

4). Quote of the Day: 'Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.' - Ronald Reagan

5). Movie of the Day: Thumbs up for Rock and Roll

6). Link of the Day: Proust - Rank, Share, Compare

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#68 - Camp Champs for Jr Teen Camp in June

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NYM Update

Today is Human Rights Day.
It is also the birthday of Emily Dickinson, famous author, from 1830.
Finally, it is Jonathan and Elsa Hernandez's anniversary (pastors in Scottsbluff, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1864.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Money
     The Bible has much to say about money, and most of it isn't that good. Probably the most popular is 1 Tim 6:10, saying that money is the root of all evil. Yet, we live in a culture that is wrapped around cash. What are the students we lead learning about money from us, both in what we preach and what we do? Here's some ideas for teaching students how to handle money: 1) Have regular offerings each week and encourage everyone to give what they can, 2) Each time the offering is given, mention that it is our Christian requirement to tithe 10% of our income, 3) Have a special offering once a month for guest speakers, Speed the Light, or a local mission project, 4) Organize a special event annually that they can participate in which raises funds for a special project in conjunction with your local church body, 5) Be frugal in your expenditures for the ministry so that you can show a balance with the desire for the latest technology and helping those in need, 6) Offer scholarships to students for payments to special events with the option of working specific tasks to help raise those funds, 7) Take a series once a year to teach about finances from specific angles like saving for the future, tithing, generous giving, and preparing for college, 8) Make sure you have leadership represented from all spheres of financial backing, both rich and poor, 9) Seek for 100% participation - that everyone would work together as a team and do their part, 10) Do a fun Secret Santa outing - go to a local mall or store, give them each a few bucks, draw names, go around and buy gifts for the name drawn, then come back to the church to distribute them to each other.

2). Ministry of the Day: Momentum - Youth Leadership Online Magazine

3). Song of the Day: Building 429 - We Three Kings

4). Quote of the Day: 'Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.' - Albert Einstein

5). Movie of the Day: Famous Chair Dances

6). Link of the Day: Cafemom - Moms connecting about pregnancy, babies and home needs

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#72 - Dorm Leader Dunking at Jr Teen Camp in June

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NYM Update

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.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: Wufoo - Online Form Builder

3). Song of the Day: Mikeschair - All For You

4). Quote of the Day: 'I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.' - Jackie Robinson

5). Movie of the Day: People are Awesome

6). Link of the Day: Gift Rocket - Online Gift Cards


Monday, December 8, 2014

NYM Update

Today is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day.
It is also the birthday of Derik Buescher (NE XA Missionary in Wyoming) and Justin Adams' (Associate Pastor in Gering, NE), a distinction they share with Horace, Roman poet from 65 BC.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when John Lennon was murdered in 1980.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Reaching Out
     This past week I had a chance to be home on Wednesday, normally a work day traveling to visit youth ministries across the state. My son told me that he had a friend coming to visit youth group and asked if I could give him a ride home. Of course I agreed, and after the group was done I picked them up from the church. I gave the student a ride home and saw that his house was on a common route I take just about every day on my way to work and the gym. LIFE LESSON - Always reach out to those around you; you never know who you might reach for God.

2). Ministry of the Day: TraClub - Great resources for your groups working with mentoring boys; groups like Royal Rangers.

3). Song of the Day: Flame - Start Over

4). Quote of the Day: 'Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.'
 - Albert Einstein

5). Movie of the Day: Massive Explosion in a Neighborhood

6). Link of the Day: Kayak - Cheap Flights and other Travel needs

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#78 - Team Cheers during the Mid-Day Blitz at High School Camp in June

Friday, December 5, 2014

NYM Update

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 the former US President John Quincy Adams took his seat in the House of Representatives in 1831.

1). Blog of the Day: Leader Profile - Derik Buescher



POSITION: Chi Alpha Missionary at Wyoming University
HISTORY: Former chaplain of the Lincoln Salt Dogs Baseball team
FAMILY: Married to Sonja with two boys

2). Ministry of the Day: Youth Ministry Software - Easy online membership management for youth ministry

3). Song of the Day: Casting Crowns - Away in a Manger

4). Quote of the Day: 'Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store.' - Dr. Seuss

5). Movie of the Day: Great Apache Dance

6). Link of the Day: Know About It - Tech stuff you should know about

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Today is National Cookie Day
It is also the birthday of Blake Armstrong (pastor in Cozad, NE), a distinction he shares with the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle from 1795.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Council of Trent was finished in 1563.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 3: Notes on Leadership

2). Ministry of the Day: NCU Freshman Calculator - Check out what it would take financially to attend North Central University in Minneapolis, MN.

3). Song of the Day: Needtobreathe - Brother

4). Quote of the Day: 'My childhood, I wouldn't say it was bad. It helped me grow up. I stayed out of trouble. My parents taught me what's wrong and right, and knowing that I had a little brother following me, I had to make sure I was doing the right thing so he knows what's right, too. I was in the house nine days out of 10. There wasn't nothing good outside for me.' - Russell Westbrook

5). Movie of the Day: Kepler Planet Candidates

6). Link of the Day: The Bike Shed - My favorite bike shop in central NE

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#94 - The Bubble Footballs unveiled at High School Camp in June

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NYM Update

Today is International Day of Disabled Persons
It is also the birthday of Benny Hinn, famous televangelist, from 1952.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the First Human Heart Transplant took place in 1967.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Prayer
     As leaders, we all want to encourage our followers to develop a healthy prayer life. We know that this is one of the pillars of a strong relationship with God. It is a way for us to communicate with God, and receive communication from Him as well. It can also give us a better 'big picture' mentality of the issues facing us in our world today. Recent research has also shown that prayer can actually reshape our brains. Though the paper defining this concept doesn't distinguish what kind of prayer, or prayer focused to God, as opposed to Allah or other supposed deity's, it shows that a tremendous amount of focus can impact our reality. In other words, the more we pray the more it 'works'. Find our more information on the article HERE. And also, would you share with us ideas on practices you've used to develop the prayer life of your groups and students...

2). Ministry of the Day: Venture Expeditions - A Facebook page promoting this organization which helps organize physical challenges to raise funds for important projects.

3). Song of the Day: Phillips, Craig & Dean - Tell your heart to beat again

4). Quote of the Day: 'If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.' - Romans 10:9

5). Movie of the Day: Smallest Bike in the World

6). Link of the Day: Bookish - Your own ebook library accessible anywhere, and on anything.

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#98 - Team Spirit at Jr Teen Camp in June

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NYM Update

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, from 1823.

1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the picture to submit a caption



2). Ministry of the Day: Youth Group Names - Look through a wide selection of actual and possible names for Youth Ministries

3). Song of the Day: Citizens - You Brought Me Back to Life

4). Quote of the Day: 'We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.' - Ronald Reagan

5). Movie of the Day: Building the Shed

6). Link of the Day: Remind TV - Don't miss another episode


Monday, December 1, 2014

NYM Update

Today is World AIDS Day
It is also the birthday of Woody Allen, American screenwriter, director, and actor from 1935.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first serving of the soft drink Dr Pepper was at a drug store in Waco, Texas in 1885.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Plan Ahead
     This past weekend my family and I went out to eat at Crackle Barrel. My son loved the lemonade, and because it was free refills, he had 4 glasses with his meal. We warned him that it might be too much, but he didn't worry about it. After dinner, we went to downtown Omaha to walk among the trails and see the Christmas lights, but only a few minutes in he was saying that we needed to leave so he could go to the bathroom. Halfway home, we stopped by a gas station and he ran inside for relief. LIFE LESSON - Plan ahead and take it easy. Too much of a good thing can be too much.

2). Ministry of the Day: Great Plains Chi Alpha - Reaching University Students across the North-Central United States.

3). Song of the Day: Audio Adrenaline - Kings & Queens

4). Quote of the Day: 'It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.' - William Shakespeare

5). Movie of the Day: 30 Days and Nights in New Zealand

6). Link of the Day: Team Lab - Cloud Office Applications

Top Pics of 2014
#103 - Worship at Flatland Youth in Omaha in May

Friday, November 28, 2014

NYM Update

Today is the Middle of National Family Week
It is also the birthday of Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer from 1943.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first American automobile race took place in 1895.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Dave Busch



POSITION: Lead Pastor in Burwell, NE
HISTORY: Graduate of Trinity Bible College
FAMILY: Married to Jen with 5 kids

2). Ministry of the Day: City on a Hill - Christ-centered model of service in Milwaukee, WS

3). Song of the Day: Crystal Nicole - I'm All Yours

4). Quote of the Day: 'If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.' - Hippocrates

5). Movie of the Day: Ways to Ruin School Photos

6). Link of the Day: Travel Calculator - Find out how many miles and how long to get to your destination in the safest, cheapest way.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

NYM Update

Today is Thanksgiving, the National Day of Listening.
It is also the birthday of Jimi Hendrix, American singer-songwriter and guitarist from 1942.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the U.S. Army War College is established in 1901.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Sam 3: Notes on Attitude

2). Ministry of the Day: Sanctus - School for Worshippers

3). Song of the Day: Matt Maher - Because He Lives

4). Quote of the Day: 'When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.' - Tecumseh

5). Movie of the Day: Invisible Bike Helmet

6). Link of the Day: Princess Maker - Create your own masterpiece.

NYM during District Council at Kearney in April

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NYM Update

Today is the middle of National Bible Week.
It is also the birthday of John Harvard, English-American minister from 1607.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament in 1998.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Healthy Systems
     We all want to have good organizations with our churches and youth/kids ministries. Here's some basic thoughts for making that happen (and more at the link above...)
     A. They empower leaders to accomplish ministry without always having to get permission.
     B. They mobilize many people rather than leaning on a select handful of talented individuals.
     C. They are established around key touch points in your organization.
     D. They are measured and monitored for trends.

2). Ministry of the Day: The Center for Holy Lands Studies - Travel abroad and receive an education at the same time.

3). Song of the Day: Eternal Jam Machine - Dancing in Heaven

4). Quote of the Day: 'Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.' - Psalm 149:3

5). Movie of the Day: Cool Surprise Scholarship

6). Link of the Day: Diagram - Flow Chart Maker and Online Diagram Software

Top NYM Pics of 2014
#121 - Pastor Aaron and a student with matching outfits at Western Convention

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NYM Update

Today is National Shopping Reminder Day
It is also the birthday of David Cramer (former pastor in Beatrice, NE), a distinction he shares with Amy Grant, American singer from 1960.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when President John F. Kennedy was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1963.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: My Healthy Church - Resource Center for Assemblies of God.

3). Song of the Day: Steven Curtis Chapman - Cinderella

4). Quote of the Day: 'Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.' - Lyndon B. Johnson

5). Movie of the Day: Terrifying Synchronized Swimming

6). Link of the Day: Every Trail - The best way to share trips and connect with other travelers.

Monday, November 24, 2014

NYM Update

Today is National Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
It is also the birthday of Zachary Taylor, American general and politician and 12th President of the United States, from 1784.
Finally, it is Jay and Emily Warriner's Anniversary (lead pastor in Grand Island, NE), a distinction they share with when the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opened in Washington DC in 1932.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lesson - Obedience
     This past weekend was our Fall Youth Convention in Western NE. It was a wonderful event with several testimonies reported. On Friday night I had the chance to transition out of worship. I had everyone sit down and then I sat down on a broken chair. Using it as an illustration, I mentioned that it's hard to depend on something that isn't built right. I asked them how their lives were built, if they were on a good foundation of Christ. I used it as a chance to setup our speaker for the message later that night with an altar response, so I just closed in prayer and moved on. Yesterday, I received a text from an unknown number. It was a student saying that God touched their heart during that moment of worship and they gave their life to Christ. Praise God! LIFE LESSON: Be obedient when God asks you to move and he'll take care of the results.

2). Ministry of the Day: Engage My Life - A college education alongside missions work.

3). Song of the Day: Sidewalk Prophets - Save My Life

4). Quote of the Day: 'It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.' - Benjamin Franklin

5). Movie of the Day: Drifting Car in Russia

6). Link of the Day: ClearPlay - Personalize your playback

Top NYM Photos of 2014
#129 - A funny pose in the Rec Center at Jr. Teen Camp in June


Friday, November 21, 2014

NYM Update

Today is World HELLO Day.
It is also the birthday of Voltaire, French philosopher from 1694.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BC.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - David Cramer



POSITION: Pioneer in Africa
HISTORY: Former leader in Beatrice, graduate of CBC
FAMILY: Married to Rhonda with 3 boys

2). Ministry of the Day: Break 3 - Help reach Europe for Jesus

3). Song of the Day: Brandon Heath - No Turning Back

4). Quote of the Day: 'A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.' - John C. Maxwell

5). Movie of the Day: Fall Youth Convention Promo from 3 years ago

6). Link of the Day: ActiveInbox - Better Email

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NYM Update

Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
It is also the birthday of Norm McCarthy (Staff Pastor in Grand Island, NE), Angela Bustinza (Pastor's Wife in Bridgeport, NE), and Steve Warriner (Lead Pastor in Grand Island, NE), a distinction they share with Robert F. Kennedy, American politician and the 64th United States Attorney General, from 1925.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when New Jersey became the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights in 1789.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 3: Notes on Relationships

2). Ministry of the Day: Not a Fan - Completely Committed Followers

3). Song of the Day: Laura Story - O Love of God

4). Quote of the Day: 'We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

5). Movie of the Day: Extreme Mountain Biking

6). Link of the Day: Method Apps - A whole new set of tools to reach your network

North Central University's booth at Eastern Convention, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NYM Update

Today is World Toilet Day
It is also the birthday of James A. Garfield, American politician and 20th President of the United States, from 1831
Finally, it is the anniversary of when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the military cemetery ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the Civil War in 1863.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     This past weekend I needed to cancel an event due to weather. This is something that all of us will have to face if we are leaders in Nebraska. Here's a few things to consider when dealing with a tough weather situation:
     - Connect with your overseer to see what they think and what their operating policy is.
     - Develop a policy together that you adhere to in inclement weather situations
     - Publish that policy on your website and have copies available for parents to take home
     - Plan ahead and try to change the plans as early as possible to give people time to adjust
     - Play it safe; there's no reason to risk lives due to weather situations
     - Over-communicate: emails, social media posts, leader phone calls, public posts, etc.
     - Direct people to the next scheduled activity so they can look ahead.
     What would you add to the list?

2). Ministry of the Day: Trak - 1: Accredited Background Screening Services

3). Song of the Day: Peter Furler - Matter of Faith

4). Quote of the Day: 'Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.' - Erma Bombeck

5). Movie of the Day: Dancing on Crutches 

6). Link of the Day: Weather Spark - Beautiful Weather Graphs and Maps

The 'Bucket' at the Water Park for Eastern Convention earlier this month

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NYM Update

Today is Mickey Mouse Day.
It is also the birthday of Willy Roberts (lead of Orphan's Cry, Convention Worship band), a distinction he shares with George Gallup, American statistician and pollster from 1901
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first push-button telephone went into service in 1963.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: Dream Year - Pursue the job you've always wanted

3). Song of the Day: Matt Redman - Your Grace Finds Me

4). Quote of the Day: 'All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.' - Winston Churchill

5). Movie of the Day: Alpha Monkey

6). Link of the Day: Room 77 - Hotel Search

Monday, November 17, 2014

NYM Update

Today is Homemade Bread Day
It is also the birthday of Drew Krizek (Youth Pastor's wife in Kearney, NE), a distinction she shares with Rock Hudson, American actor from 1925.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the United States Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C. in 1800.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     This past weekend was our 2nd scheduled Bible Quiz Meet of this season. With a winter weather advisory in place, I chose to cancel the event. It was a difficult decision with one team that had already traveled to the area to spend the night, and the church had already set everything up for the event, involving several rooms and setup changes. But when Saturday came, it definitely felt like we made the right decision; it snowed heavy during the expected travel times and it was very slick. On the way to church I saw two different cars that had slid off the road and into ditches in a stretch of a few blocks. But even if it hadn't have snowed, was it right to cancel the event, to err on the side of safety? LIFE LESSON - Being cautious is never wrong, but seek advisors to help with your decision.

2). Ministry of the Day: Fire Bible for Kids - A Bible with Spirit filled notes intended for children

3). Song of the Day: Meredith Andrews - Open up the Heavens

4). Quote of the Day: 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.' - Genesis 1:1

5). Movie of the Day: The Deer Wakes Up

6). Link of the Day: Flow Charts - Online Diagram Software

Snowy Saturday Morning, Nov 15th, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

NYM Update

Today is International Girl's Day.
It is also the birthday of Mark Hoffman (youth pastor in Cozad, NE), a distinction he shares with the famous Greek composer Yanni from 1954. 
Finally, it is the anniversary of when many members of the Marshall University Football team tragically died in a plane crash in 1970.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Eric Rozean



POSITION: Children's Pastor at New Life Church in Kearney, NE
HISTORY: Studied at Evangel University in Missouri
FAMILY: Married to Shelley with 4 kids

2). Ministry of the Day: Spiritual Gifts - Free Online Analysis for individuals or groups

3). Song of the Day: 7eventh Time Down - The One I'm Running To

4). Quote of the Day: 'Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don't fall at least 10 times, then you're not skiing hard enough.' - Guy Fieri

5). Movie of the Day: Inspirational STL Bike Ride

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NYM Update

Today is Young Readers Day
It is also the birthday of TV Host Jimmy Kimmel from 1967.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the AK-47 gun was first developed by Soviets in 1947.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Matthew 3: Notes on Sin

2). Ministry of the Day: Emerge Education - Center for Pastoral Counseling

3). Song of the Day: Kari Jobe - I Am Not Alone

4). Quote of the Day: "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." - Matthew 3:11


6). Link of the Day: Readability - Free web and mobile app for reading comfortably

Working at the Camp in the cold, yesterday

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NYM Update

Today is the Middle of Geography Awareness Week
It is also the birthday of Andy Kaup (Jr. High Director in Bellevue, NE), a distinction he shares with actor Ryan Gosling from 1980.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal began in WWII in 1942.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     This weekend is our 2nd Bible Quiz Meet of the school year. This program helps students memorize the Bible in a fun and competitive way. In the past we had several churches engaged in this ministry, but that number has fallen off in recent years. Even if this program doesn't seem to work for some churches, it still accomplishes an important task for us - teaching students to memorize the Bible. How can we do that in local youth ministry context? There are several aspects to consider: 1) Use many verses in your messages and sermons, 2) Give them passages to read on their own at home, 3) Quote verses often in your conversations with teens, 4) Provide fun avenues for them to test their Bible knowledge with each other, 5) Consider challenging them to memorize a main verse from your message or series. What else would you suggest?

2). Ministry of the Day: Mapping Center - Know your neighbors and mobilize your missions team like never before.

3). Song of the Day: Brandon Heath - Love Never Fails

4). Quote of the Day: 'Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.' - Richard M. Nixon

5). Movie of the Day: Pizza Bagels

6). Link of the Day: Ready for Zero - Find help to pay off your debt

First snow at our campgrounds in Lexington, NE, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NYM Update

Today is Veteran's Day.
It is also the birthday of Jim Nielsen (pastor in Plattsmouth, NE), a distinction he shares with Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author from 1821.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Palestine Liberation Organization confirmed the death of Yasser Arafat from unidentified causes in 2004.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: My Healthy Church - Resource Center for Assemblies of God church worldwide

3). Song of the Day: Jars of Clay - No One Loves Me Like You

4). Quote of the Day: 'The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.' - Thomas Paine

5). Movie of the Day: Panda FacePlant

6). Link of the Day: Things - Task Management