Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Bacon Day.
It is also the birthday of Lebron James, from 1984.
Finally, it is Tom and Lora Burkholder's Anniversary (Pastors in Ord, NE), and Mike and Holly Carr's Anniversary (Pastors in Auburn, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was executed in 2006.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Creative Kids
     As the new year approaches, many of us will be making resolutions for things that we'd like to change for ourselves and our families in 2016. We often consider areas we feel we are lacking in and need to improve. Why not consider advancing in other areas, like being more generous or creative? Many of us start off creative when we are children, but then begin to stifle it when we grow older. Rather than stifle it, we should encourage it and allow it grow as we age and become more capable of impact in our world. Here are some traits of creative kids that we can look for, and look to help thrive for God in 2016 (from David Pafford's book, RISE):

1. They value experiences
2. They have broad interests
3. They are attracted to complexity
4. They are not judgmental
5. They have high energy
6. They seek out autonomy
7. They express much initiative
8. They exude self-confidence

2). Ministry of the Day: Teen Sunday School Place - Youth Ministry Resources

3). Song of the Day: Matthew West - Grace Wins

4). Quote of the Day: 'The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.' - Walt Disney


6). Link of the Day: Recycle Bike Shop, Omaha

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption


2). Ministry of the Day: BGMC Facebook Page

3). Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - He Shall Reign Forevermore

4). Quote of the Day: 'An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.' - Bill Vaughan

5). Movie of the Day: World's Most Insane Rope Swing

6). Link of the Day: The Kid Should See This - Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

Monday, December 28, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Pledge of Allegiance Day
It is also the birthday of Holly Carr (Pastor's wife in Auburn, NE), a distinction she shares with President Woodrow Wilson, from 1856.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Westminster Abbey was consecrated in 1065.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Change of Plans
     This past week was Christmas. We had family from Massachusette's visiting, but we didn't think we'd be able to see our own family from Grand Island as they were traveling instead. We got a call Christmas morning that because of weather they had changed their plans, so they came over and had lunch with us and it was great to see them and catch up. LIFE LESSON - When your plans change, don't worry. Maybe something great will happen that you wouldn't have experienced before.

2). Ministry of the Day: Pack Your Bags - Overseas Educational Missions Experience provided through Trinity Bible College

3). Song of the Day: Lindsey Stirling - Hallelujah

4). Quote of the Day: 'Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.' - Benjamin Franklin

5). Movie of the Day: GoPro Lightsaber Battle

6). Link of the Day: Foodily - Find Recipes Online

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
NYM in Lights during Summer Camps at Lexington in June

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Festivus Holiday
It is also the birthday of American General Wesley Clark from 1944.
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: Leaders Corner - Judging Cautions
     Most of us are familiar with the Bible passage from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount encouraging us not to judge others. It's a very common Bible verse, but not such a simple command to live out. As Christians, we should reserve judgement for God and let Him lead us in our response to circumstances in our lives. This should be our goal in each and every situation. Here's some simple cautions about judging others, from Peter Haas in his book, Pharisectomy

1. If you judge based on format or style instead of fruitfulness, you'll miss God.
2. When you judge, you become isolated from the grace of God in other people.
3. You can't antagonize and influence at the same time.

2). Ministry of the Day: Church Sound Training Procedures

3). Song of the Day: Sidewalk Prophets - Silent Night

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

5). Movie of the Day: 2 Pianos at the Same Time

6). Link of the Day: Visualize - Resume Development

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#11 - Services during Jr Teen Camp at Lexington in June

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption



2). Ministry of the Day: Kiddle - Visual Search Engine Online for Kids

3). Song of the Day: Future of Forestry - Silent Night

4). Quote of the Day: 'He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.' - Roy L. Smith

5). Movie of the Day: Stop It

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Flashlight Day
It is also the birthday of Herman Muller, Nobel prize winning American geneticist, from 1890.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Fathers
     My friends just brought a foster child into their home last week. It's been an incredible experience, just acclimating him to the family and teaching him certain rules and routines that were non existent in his life before. Because of the fact that he came from a home without a father, my friends assumed he would cling to woman in their relationship. But with the boys first experience with a strong man leading the home, he has completely clung to the dad - asking for him at all times, following him everywhere in the house, waking him up in the middle of the night, etc.. LIFE LESSON - God's design was for boys to have a dad to look up to and try to be like as a hero.

2). Ministry of the Day: The Source for Youth Ministry - A great website chocked full of resources to help in working with teens

3). Song of the Day: Brandon Heath - Away in a Manger

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


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

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#17 - Worship with Brenton Miles during Eastern Convention at Omaha in November

Friday, December 18, 2015

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 (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: Leaders Profile - Sarah Criss (bday on Sat)



POSITION: Children's Leader in Alliance, NE
HISTORY: Attended North Central University
FAMILY: Married with a few kids

2). Ministry of the Day: Risk Management Library - Videos for Legal Safety from the National Offices in Springfield Missouri

3). Song of the Day: Hezekiah Walker - Born To Die

4). Quote of the Day: 'No experience, regardless of how unpleasant, should be without its educational value.' - Harold J. Morowitz, The Thermodynamics of Pizza


6). Link of the Day: They Draw & Travel

Thursday, December 17, 2015

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

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Timothy 4: Worship and Passion

2). Ministry of the Day: Leadership Development - Resources from the National Girls Ministries

3). Song of the Day: For King and Country - Little Drummer Boy

4). Quote of the Day: 'When we truly know Jesus we come to know ourselves as well.' - Heath Adamson, The Bush Always Burns

5). Movie of the Day: Amazing Car Backflip

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

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#29 - Dorm Room Photos during Jr. Teen Camp at Lexington in June

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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: National Youth Ministries Resources - Check out some of the lesser known tools that our National Youth Leaders provide for churches and leaders in the US

3). Song of the Day: Sara Groves - Toy Packaging

4). Quote of the Day: 'Students would rather go to a boring youth service with friends than to a cool service alone.' - Scotty Gibbons, The Big 10


6). Link of the Day: Delicious - Discover and Share the Greatest Links online

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Leaders Corner - Millennials in Ministry
     One of the trends that we've seen over the years is that younger people are not attending church as much after high school as they used to. These young people, mostly labeled as millennials, are often looked down upon as being incredible selfish and unreachable. But one of the greatest ways to impact this generation is with people who are in this generation. We need to embrace young emerging leaders and help them find ways to make a difference in the our churches today. Here's some common circumstances for a millennial that may feel the call of God on their lives, from Jolene Cassellius Erlacher's book, Millennials in Ministry

4 Prominent Atmospheres for the Call
1. Early Ministry Experience
2. A moment or sense of calling
3. Confirmation from important people in their lives
4. The logical step in their life journey

2). Ministry of the Day: Interrobang Preaching - Become a Better Communicator Today

3). Song of the Day: Francesca Battistelli - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

4). Quote of the Day: 'A team willing to set aside personal differences can be a radical force.' - Eric Geiger, Simple Student Ministry

5). Movie of the Day: Max Shot

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

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#34 - Mud Pit Wars during High School Camp at Lexington in June

Monday, December 14, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Monkey Day
It is also the birthday of Mike Durre (Pastor in O'Neill, NE), and Lisa Cross (NDC Office Assistant in Grand Island, NE), a distinction he shares French Astronomer Nostradamus from 1503.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Wright Brothers attempted the first airplane flight in 1903.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Planning Well
     This past week, I finally had the opportunity to have surgery on a bad left knee. It had been painful since our summer camps, but to make sure that I would be available for other major events in NYM throughout the year, I held off the surgery date until this month, which is traditionally very slow for us due to the holidays. Surgery is always a cautious endeavor and several things can happen that can derail the recovery process. Just last night, as my left knee had been progressing nicely (range of motion, able to place some weight on it with the aid of crutches), I had a setback. My right knee (repaired 2 years ago) suddenly erupted in sharp pain. We'll talk with the doctors today and see what we can do but the assumption is that it may delay my recovery of my left knee longer than expected. In retrospect it was good to delay the surgery to a time when I would have plenty of time for unexpected delays. LIFE LESSON - Expect the unexpected and plan ahead.

2). Ministry of the Day: Instafeed - A great tool to use during special events or key services, to help students interact through social media while still onsight.

3). Song of the Day: Brandon Heath - O Come All Ye Faithful

4). Quote of the Day: 'If you are in a hole, rule #1 is to stop digging.' - Henry Cloud, Necessary Endings

5). Movie of the Day: 9 Putts into 1 Hole

6). Link of the Day: Slice - Track your Stuff

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#36 - The Fire Hose at the Mud Pit during Jr. Teen Camp at Lexington in June

Friday, December 11, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Leader Profile - Mike Durre (bday is Monday)



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


3). Song of the Day: Downhere - How Many Kings

4). Quote of the Day: 'Jesus doesn't just have general wisdom for a faceless humanity, he has things to say to me.' - Don Evert, I Once was Lost

5). Movie of the Day: Falling Plates

6). Link of the Day: Storify - Make the web tell a story

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4: Notes on God's Plan

2). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Royal Rangers

3). Song of the Day: Lauren Daigle - The First Noel

4). Quote of the Day: 'The Spirit helps us grow by causing us to look back, look in, and look forward.' - David Hertwick, Good Kids, Big Events, and Matching T-shirts

5). Movie of the Day: Skateboard Backflips down Stairs

6). Link of the Day: 21 Habits - Break a habit in 3 weeks.

NYM Pics of the Year
#45 - Go Prop Footage from the Mud Pit at Jr. Teen Camp

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Leaders Corner - Getting Through to this Generation
     There are some in a network of ministers in NE that have been serving as pastors in churches for decades. They often remark to me how things have changed in working with young people. Most of the focus centers around the attitudes of the young people growing up in this culture of entitlement. The question often arrises, what's the best ways to reach them? Here's some answers from Tim Elmore in his book, iY Generation:

1. They want to belong before they believe.
2. They want an experience before an explanation.
3. They want a cause before they want a course.
4. They want a guide on the side before they want a sage on the side.
5. They want to play before they pay.
6. They want to use but not be used by others.
7. They want a transformation, not merely a touch.

2). Ministry of the Day: The 7 Project - Customizable School Assemblies

3). Song of the Day: Andrew Peterson - Long Long Ago

4). Quote of the Day: 'Sin deceives 10 out of 10 people every time.' - Paul Tripp, Dangerous Calling

5). Movie of the Day: Skiing Big Mountain Run

6). Link of the Day: Swole.me - Automatic Diet Planner

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
Team Disco's Afro at High School Camp in June

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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' (Pastor in Lincoln, 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: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption



2). Ministry of the Day: F.R.E.E International - Fight Human Trafficking with this ministry, in partnership with our STL movement, the Human Right

3). Song of the Day: Johnny Diaz - Asleep in the Hay

4). Quote of the Day: 'The only way to never do anything wrong is to never do anything.' -Duffy Robbins, Building a Youth Ministry that Builds Disciples

5). Movie of the Day: Full Court Shot

6). Link of the Day: Star Wars Soundboard

Monday, December 7, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Cotton Candy Day.
It is also the birthday of Pam Conner (Pastor's Wife in NE City, NE), a distinction she shares with Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame Baseball Player from 1947
Finally, it is the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove during the Civil War in 1862.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Good Goals
     This past week I had the privilege of meeting with several children's workers in the Omaha area. We came together for a time of fellowship, training, and fun. One couple that came was new to the ministry over the past few months. After discussing their progress, they said that in reality, their main goal over the last few weeks was to get through a Sunday morning service without a report of a kid hitting another kid in the head. We all chuckled a little and told them that we knew were they were at. We were proud of them for sticking with it and excited to see where God will take them in the future. LIFE LESSON - If you don't give up during rough starts, you can see great progress ahead.

2). Ministry of the Day: Vital Magazine - Produced through the National Assemblies of God Fellowship, available for all congregant members in the US

3). Song of the Day: Carrollton - What Child is This

4). Quote of the Day: 'God tests His servants with obedience.' - John Bevere, The Bait of Satan

5). Movie of the Day: Free Throw for the Super Bowl

6). Link of the Day: Free Wakeup Calls

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#56 - Pre-Service Prayer at High School Camp in Lexington in June

Friday, December 4, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Leader Profile - Blake Armstrong


POSITION: Lead Pastor in Cozad, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Platte City, MO
FAMILY: Married to Susan with 4 kids

2). Ministry of the Day: Acts Experience - Join in for one month with Teen Bible Quiz and see what it's all about.

3). Song of the Day: Jason Gray - Joy to the World 

4). Quote of the Day: 'Teenagers are built to be learning machines.' - Morgan Schmidt, Woo

5). Movie of the Day: Unbelievable Kid Trick Shot

6). Link of the Day: All You - Online Portfolio Website

Thursday, December 3, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is the 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: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 9: Notes on God's Character

2). Ministry of the Day: Sunday Morning Radio

3). Song of the Day: Lauren Daigle - Light of the World

4). Quote of the Day: 'Show me your friends and I'll show you your future.' - Jeanne Mayo, Thriving Youth Groups

5). Movie of the Day: Super Bowl Farmer Commercial

6). Link of the Day: All You - Online Portfolio Builder

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#67 - Flag Routines at the Student Summit in Kearney in February

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NYM Daily Post

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: Leaders Corner - Following God's Will
     Life is a journey. We make many choices along the way that impact the direction of our path. As Christians, we want to follow the route that God planned for us when He created us. This can be a challenging task; knowing the will of God in the many decisions facing us today. How can we be sure we are following God's Will? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help with this process, taken from Brian Dollar is his book, I Blew It:

1. Have I prayed for it?
2. What does my pastor think about it?
3. Does the idea resonate with my team?
4. Do I have the support of veterans?
5. Do I need Gods power to accomplish this idea?
6. Who will get the glory if this succeeds?

2). Ministry of the Day: Small Group Discipleship - An article from Terry Parkman, Youth Pastor in Minneapolis, MN.

3). Song of the Day: Salt of the Sound - It Must Be Hope

4). Quote of the Day: 'Resist the urge to do the mere minimum.' - Les Parrott, Three Seconds

5). Movie of the Day: Moon Rising

6). Link of the Day: Colllor - Color Palette Generator

NYM Pics of the Year 2015
#71 - Cheering on their Team at Jr. Teen Camp in June

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is World AIDS Day
It is also the birthday of Louis VI of France from 1081.
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: Caption Contest - Click on the pics below to submit a caption (carryover from last week)



2). Ministry of the Day: AG Colleges and Universities - Check out the schools provided across the country through the Assemblies of God Fellowship

3). Song of the Day: Tobymac - Little Drummer Boy

4). Quote of the Day: 'To be creative you need to surround yourself with creativity.' - Tim Walk, The Youth Pastor's Manifesto


6). Link of the Day: Kicksend - Send and print photo albums digitally