Monday, November 30, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Computer Security Day
It is also the birthday of Mark Twain, American author from 1835.
 It is also the anniversary of when longtime Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally lost, leaving him with $2,520,700 in winnings, making him television's biggest game show champion ever.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Never Give Up
     This past weekend was full of football, as Thanksgiving weekend always is. I enjoy watching the games, but it was tough on Friday when the Huskers lost to the Hawkeyes and ended their season. Last night, my favorite NFL Team, the Broncos, were going up against an undefeated New England Patriots in primetime. Our star quarterback is still on the shelf so we started our backup against arguable the best quarterback in the league, Brady. Within the first few possessions, the Patriots had already scored two touchdowns and looked like they were going to roll. I considered turning the game off and focusing solely on putting up Christmas decorations, but instead I decided to keep watching. I'm so glad I did. My team slowly but surely caught up, and won in overtime. It was a huge victory, and one that I almost didn't even see. LIFE LESSON - Never Give Up, you never know what could happen.

2). Ministry of the Day: Venture Expeditions - Spend your greatest energies on the world's greatest needs

3). Song of the Day: Brandon Heath - The Day After Thanksgiving

4). Quote of the Day: 'Just because someone shouts the loudest does not mean that his words carry truth.' - George Sawyer, The Resurrection of Authentic Manhood

5). Movie of the Day: The People Verses Winter

6). Link of the Day: Postable - Snail Mail for Modern People

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#78 - Ugly Dancing Contest at High School Camp in Lexington this June

Friday, November 27, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is the National Day of Listening.
It is also the birthday of Bill Nye the Science Guy from 1955.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the U.S. Army War College is established in 1901.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Julie Korell



POSITION: Youth Pastor in Grand Island at Northridge Church
HISTORY: Originally from Scottsbluff
FAMILY: Married to Brian (anniversary on Sunday) with 3 children

2). Ministry of the Day: The Human Right - The Speed the Light Movement for churches and teens across America

3). Song of the Day: Natalie Grant - Be One

4). Quote of the Day: ' The antidote to being bad is not just being good.' - Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God

5). Movie of the Day: Brave

6). Link of the Day: Prezi - Presentation Software 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Leaders Corner - PRAISE
     We need to help teach our young children how to worship God and make it a part of their regular lives. Here's an acrostic to help us in this endeavor, from Dick Gruber in his book, Cultivating a Cutting Edge Children's Ministries

Kids in ministry guidelines PRAISE
Provide good role models for kids to follow
Reserve jobs that require greater responsibility for older children
Allow children to assist in planning events
Involve them in small easy to accomplish tasks that they will succeed in
Show appreciation for their effort
Encouraging children to discover their gifts builds confidence in them

2). Ministry of the Day: True Worship - An article on the National Children's Ministries Page by Dan Dangerfield

3). Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father

4). Quote of the Day: 'Curing cancer was someone else's problem.' - Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies

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

6). Link of the Day: Network for Good - Online Giving Made Easy

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#90 - Team Selfies at High School Camp in June

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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 the day when the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opened in Washington DC in 1932.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: Acts Process - A powerful discipleship strategy for local churches

3). Song of the Day: Great is They Faithfulness - Jordan Smith

4). Quote of the Day: 'There are necessary hurts that soften the heart, turn us toward compassion, and deepen humility.' - Wayne Cordero, The Divine Mentor

5). Movie of the Day: NFL Bad Lip Reading

6). Link of the Day: Lynda - Online video training and tutorials

Monday, November 23, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Dr. Who Day
It is also the birthday of Greg Wallace (Lead Pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction he shares with Franklin Pierce, American politician and 14th President of the United States from 1804.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Thespis of Icaria became the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage in 534 BC.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Kindness
     This past weekend I ran out quickly in the morning to grab something from the store. I parked easy enough, made my way inside, found the item near the front, and then got in line at the checkout. There was an individual at the front, and then two ladies in front of me, both with full carts. The lady immediately in front of me left her cart to go and snatch a few extra items while she was waiting. She came back and noticed me behind her. She asked if I only had the one item, which I did. She said I could go in front of her. I looked ahead and saw the other lady looking at me and I wasn't sure if I should, when the lady in front of me exclaimed, 'Come on now, hurry up!' I moved ahead, found out the ladies were together and made my way to the front of line, with her staring at me the whole time, in anger. LIFE LESSON - Kindness isn't just an action; it starts with our attitude.

2). Ministry of the Day: Prayer Zone Partners - Recruit the parents and adults in your church body to regularly pray for students and schools whenever they drive by them in the community.

3). Song of the Day: Unstoppable God - Elevation Worship

4). Quote of the Day: 'Extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience.' - Steven Furtick, Sun Stand Still

5). Movie of the Day: Dolphin Stampede

6). Link of the Day: Quote Roller - Proposal Software

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#99 - First Night Selfie at Jr. Teen Camp in Lexington, NE

Friday, November 20, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
It is also the birthday of Angela Bustinza (Pastor's Wife in Bridgeport, NE) and Steve Warriner (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). Leader Profile - Greg Wallace



POSITION: Lead Pastor of the Market Church in Downtown, Omaha
HISTORY: Originally from Dallas, TX
FAMILY: Married Angie with three boys

2). Ministry of the Day: Something Amazing - Video to help those exploring the concept of God

3). Song of the Day: Hillsong United - Heart Like Heaven

4). Quote of the Day: 'What happens in the natural happens in the supernatural.' - Eric Samuel Timm, Static Jedi

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

6). Link of the Day: GIPIS - Your Personal Trainer

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 9: Notes on Leadership

2). Ministry of the Day: 7:14 Prayer App - An app to help mobilize prayer for students across the nation.

3). Song of the Day: Hollyn - Alone

4). Quote of the Day: 'Charity should be the goal behind human ingenuity.' - David Pafford, Rise

5). Movie of the Day: Pogo in New York City

6). Link of the Day: Trippy - Travel advice from the experts

NYM Pics of the Year
#108 - Team LightSaber's Lip Sync Battle from Jr. Teen Camp

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Mickey Mouse Day
It is also the birthday of 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: Leaders Corner - Marks of a Capable Leader
     This next weekend is our Western Youth Convention in North Platte, NE. Several church groups will arrive on Friday and settle into to our hotel/convention center. We'll run through the services and late night activities, releasing the students with their leaders for the overnight stay and meals. All will finish up Saturday afternoon before the journey home. All of this is possible because of the adult chaperones and youth leaders that help oversee the event from the local church. We all look for people that can help us with these type of events. When looking for these leaders, what should we look for? Here are some signs of capable leaders from Brad Lomenick, in his book The Catalyst Leader:

1. Constantly push forward
2. Team players
3. Own their mistakes
4. Willing to take risks
5. Constant learners
6. Not entitled
7. Anticipators
8. Persistent
9. Trustworthy
10. Deliver

2). Ministry of the Day: Best Attendance - Youth Ministry Software

3). Song of the Day: Celeste Betton - Something in the Water

4). Quote of the Day: 'When you are arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing.' - Jim Gerhold, Relationships: Toxic or Terrific

5). Movie of the Day: The Best Starlit Sky in the World

6). Link of the Day: Eat This Much - Automatic Meal Planner

NYM Pics of the Year
#112 - Carpetball: A Jr. Teen Camp Tradition

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Caption Contest (carryover one more week) Click on the pic below to submit a caption:



2). Ministry of the Day: Bellevue Master's Commission - A strong discipleship program for high school graduates in Bellevue, NE

3). Song of the Day: Emily Ann Roberts - In The Garden

4). Quote of the Day: 'Many people who destroy the body of Christ do so under the pretense that they're protecting it.' - Peter Haas, Pharisectomy 

5). Movie of the Day: A Journey through the Seasons

6). Link of the Day: Career Bliss - Search Jobs, Salaries, and Company Reviews

Monday, November 16, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Button Day
It is also the birthday of Eric Rozean (Children's Pastor in Kearney, NE), distinction he shares with the Roman Emperor Tiberius from 42 BC.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory joined to form Oklahoma, which was admitted as the 46th U.S. state in 1907.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Change that Lasts
     Two weekends ago, we hosted our Eastern Fall Youth Convention for students across Nebraska at Flatland Church in Omaha. A group from Milford attended and God truly moved in their lives over the course of the weekend. When they went home and attended church on Sunday morning, the were fired up! The pastor had an altar call for prayer and several adults raised their hands. Without being prompted, the students responded by going to those with raised hands and praying for them. LIFE LESSON - The work of ministry is changing lives. 

2). Ministry of the Day: Will the real caption please stand up? - A ministry game for students 

3). Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - At The Cross

4). Quote of the Day: 'Spiritual progress can be seen as a progressive release from the addiction of a self-absorbed life.' - Cally Parkinson, Move

5). Movie of the Day: Hard of Hearing Darth Vador

6). Link of the Day: Mistobox - The best coffees in the world

Top NYM Pics of 2015
#119 - Ministers receiving credentials at District Council in April 

Friday, November 13, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Young Readers Day
It is also the birthday of St. Augustine from 354 AD.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the AK-47 gun was first developed by Soviets in 1947.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Alvin Koski



POSITION: Lead Pastor in Bayard, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Portland, OR
FAMILY: Married to Keri

2). Ministry of the Day: Western Youth Convention - Tomorrow is the technical early deadline to register for convention in North Platte, Nov 20,21 - get the forms in this weekend!

3). Song of the Day: Newsboys - Guilty

4). Quote of the Day: 'Millenials value relationships above politics, careers, and religion. Life comes before work.' - Jolene Cassellius Erlacher, Millenials in Ministry

5). Movie of the Day: The ABC's or Architects

6). Link of the Day: Jumpshare - Free File Sharing

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is the Middle of Geography Awareness Week
It is also the birthday of Richard Baxter, English clergyman from 1615.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal began in WWII in 1942.

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

2). Ministry of the Day: Driving Blind - The need for vision in Children's Ministry

3). Song of the Day: Third Day - Your Words ft. Harvest

4). Quote of the Day: 'Growing up means becoming a driver instead of a passenger.' - Tim Elmore, iY Generation

5). Movie of the Day: Hawk snatches released mouse

6). Link of the Day: Secure Passwords

Trinity Bible College Booth from Eastern Convention last weekend

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Veteran's Day
It is also the birthday of Jim Nielsen (pastor in Plattsmouth, NE), Kelly Putnam (Children's Pastor's Wife in York, NE), and Kyle-Lynn Blaise (youth pastor’s wife in Friend, NE), a distinction they 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: Leaders Corner - Speaking Tips
     This past weekend we hosted our first youth convention this year. We have another one in Western NE in two weekends, Nov 20,21st. Around 500 students and leaders will gather together for fun, worship, and to hear from God. The speakers we bring in are tasked with hearing from God and delivering that message to us. This is something that several of us do on a regular basis in our local churches. Here's some good tips for connecting with your audience when preaching or teaching, from Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins in their book, Speaking to Teenagers:

Practical Communication Suggestions
1. Meet them on their terms for acceptance
2. Be relevant to your audience
3. Be specific on how it relates to their lives
4. Surprise them by exceeding their negative expectations
5. Help them discover it on their own

2). Ministry of the Day: Interlinc - Maximizing Media for Christians and Churches

3). Song of the Day: Aaron Shust - God of Brilliant Lights

4). Quote of the Day: 'Parents are the primary spiritual leaders of they children.' - Brian Dollar, I Blew It

5). Movie of the Day: New Year's Fireworks in Dubai

6). Link of the Day: It Can Wait - No Texting and Driving Campaign

NYM Photo Booth from Eastern Convention last weekend

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Sesame Street Day
It is also the birthday of Mark Putnam (Children's Pastor in York, NE), a distinction he shares with Martin Luther, German monk and priest and leader of the Protestant Reformation from 1483.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when German citizens began to bring the Berlin wall down in 1989.

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



2). Ministry of the Day: Come Alive - Bethel Music for Kids

3). Song of the Day: Robbie Seay Band - Song of Hope

4). Quote of the Day: 'Our common impressions of God may be very different from the God the Bible actually portrays.' Phillip Yancey, Disappointment with God

5). Movie of the Day: Amazing Basketball Save

6). Link of the Day: Last Pass - Password Manager

Monday, November 9, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Domino's Day
It is also the birthday of Cory Danley (Youth Pastor in Holdrege NE), a distinction he shares with Spiro Agnew, former Vice President of the US, from 1918.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the United States received rights to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1887.

1). Blog Entry: Raise Your Voice
     This past weekend was our Eastern Youth Convention in Nebraska. We hosted it at Flatland Church in Omaha. One of my favorite parts of convention is when we honor our Students of the Year. These are students, nominated by their youth pastors and selected by our Youth Committee, who have exemplified great faith in their lives, overcoming challenges and being a witness for God. We honored Adrianne from North Central, NE on Saturday afternoon. She was in a tough home situation, but didn't give up and kept believing that God could change her family. Not only did her mom eventually give her life to the Lord, but she was even there as one of their chaperone's, able to celebrate in the honoring of her daughter as well. LIFE LESSON - Raise Your Voice as a witness to others and God will use you to change lives.

2). Ministry of the Day: Momentum Magazine - Online magazine available to Youth Leaders and provided through the National AG Offices in Springfield, MO.

3). Song of the Day: FFH - Fly Away

4). Quote of the Day: 'When the kids feel His presence, circus lights fade.' - Dick Gruber, Cultivating a Cutting Edge Children's Church

5). Movie of the Day: Fireworks in Reverse

6). Link of the Day: TuneIn - Listen to Online Radio anywhere

Our Convention Services at Flatland in Omaha this past weekend

Friday, November 6, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Saxophone Day
It is also the birthday of Zig Ziglar, American author from 1926.
Finally, it is the anniversary of the first collegiate football game, in which Rutgers defeated Princeton 6-4 in 1869.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Cory Danley (bday on Monday)



POSITION: Youth Pastor in Holdrege, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Newton, IA
FAMILY: Married to Carrie with 3 kids

2). Ministry of the Day: Eastern Fall Youth Convention begins tonight in Omaha!

3). Song of the Day: For King and Country - It's Not Over Yet

4). Quote of the Day: 'Change is possible in your life if you believe you can change.' - Rob Ketterling, Change Before You Have To

5). Movie of the Day: Russian Plane Wreck in the Water

6). Link of the Day: Atari Arcade

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is the Middle of World Communication Week
It is also the birthday of Liz Korenak (Children's Leader in Blair, NE) and Shelley Novosad (Chi Alpha Missionary Wife, Lincoln, NE), a distinction she shares with Roy Rogers, American singer from 1911.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Woodrow Wilson was elected to the presidency of the United States in 1912.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Matthew 9: Notes on Relationships

2). Ministry of the Day: Top Verses - A great search engine for topics of verses in the Bible

3). Song of the Day: Newsboys - Guilty

4). Quote of the Day: 'We won't sacrifice without humility.' - Choco De Jesus, Amazing Faith


6). Link of the Day: Coursera - Free Online Courses from Top Universities 

Eastern Convention begins tomorrow in Omaha at Flatland Church, don't miss out!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Use Your Common Sense Day
It is also the birthday of Will Rogers, American actor from 1879.
Finally, it is Greg and Angie Wallace's Anniversary (Pastor's in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with the day when the United States government established the National Security Agency in 1952.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Quick Involvement
     When visitors come to our churches and youth ministries, we often do all we can to help them feel welcome and have fun. Several of us have developed followup programs to reach out to them after they've visited and help them come back for more. But more and more leaders are taking it a step further and helping their visitors and newcomers get involved in lesser ministry roles as soon as possible (things like guest services, service projects, building sets, etc.) Here are 3 outcomes when we get them engaged early on, from Andy Stanley in his book Deep and Wide:

- confronted with what they need to learn
- recognize of they've chosen an appropriate place
- capture their hearts, then the hands and feet follow

2). Ministry of the Day: Evangel University - Check out this great Assembly of God school in Springfield, MO.

3). Song of the Day: The Afters - Live On Forever

4). Quote of the Day: 'Live a courageous life that someone else would love to take notes on.' - Brad Lomenick, The Catalyst Leader

5). Movie of the Day: The Last Trust Fall

6). Link of the Day: Vocabulary - Learn Words from the English Dictionary

My buddy Brian's plate at an Italian Buffet

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Sandwich Day
It is also the birthday of Mel Johnson (Associate Pastor in Hastings, NE), a distinction he shares with American Businessman Stephen F. Austin from 1793.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Chevrolet officially entered the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T in 1911.

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



2). Ministry of the Day:  Teen Bible Quiz - We have another meet this month on Saturday, November 14th at Kearney New Life. Come with new teams and enjoy the Beginner's Experience

3). Song of the Day: Hollyn - Alone

4). Quote of the Day: 'Want to build a ministry that lasts, a ministry that deeply impacts students, families and the wider world? Then be prepared for the mess.' - Mark DeVries, Sustainable Youth Ministries

5). Movie of the Day: Heartbreaking Movie Moments

6). Link of the Day: PBS Kids

Monday, November 2, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Cookie Monster Day
It is also the birthday of Briana Nakai (Youth Director's Wife in Bellevue, NE), a distinction she shares with Marie Antoinette, Austrian wife of Louis XVI of France from 1755.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 1983.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Invite a Friend
     This past weekend we honored a Senior Student from Northwest High School who had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts). As we had him on stage with his family, the Youth Pastor shared about one of her students that had a passion to reach her friends. She felt that God was challenging her to invite all the students in her saxophone section in band. This young man was one of those invited, he came to church and gave his life to God, and now his family will never be the same. LIFE LESSON - Don't be afraid to invite your friends to join you to church. It could change their lives forever!

2). Ministry of the Day: AG Colleges and Programs - The college campus is a place of great testing of the Christian Faith. Consider one of several Assembly of God continuing educational options in the Midwest.

3). Song of the Day: Natalie Grant - Be One

4). Quote of the Day: ‘Demonstration is always more convincing than an explanation’- Duffy Robbins and Doug Fields, Speaking to Teenagers

5). Movie of the Day: Amazing BeeBop Beat

6). Link of the Day: StumbleUpon - Discover the best of the web one click at a time

Scrabble Wall Decoration, Youth Room, O'Neill Assembly of God