Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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: Leader Corner - Generations
     Most of us are probably involved in ministry to students, whether teens or kids. But even ministry to students needs to consider how to minister appropriately across the generations, when considering the wide ranges of ages in our groups as well as working with parents and families in the church. One of the more challenging aspects of pastoring is leading a church full of several generations, and helping them all move forward in Christ together. Here's a snapshot of the many generations that should be alive in every church, according to Jolene Cassellius Erlacher in her book, Millenials in Ministry:

5 Generations in the church today 
Silents - 20s-40s - hard working and loyal
Boomers - 40s-60s - optimistic and confident
Xers - 60s-70s - independent and realistic
Millennials - 80s-90s - protected and driven
Z's - 2000 and up - documented and pessimistic

2). Extras 

- Link of the Day: Barista Exchange - Talk Coffee with other Baristas around the World

- Ministry of the Day: Southeastern University - Lakeland, FL

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#127 - Gaga Ball Champion from Jr. Teen Camp at Lexington in June

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is Electronic Greetings Day
It is also the birthday of Dave Busch (Pastor in Burwell, NE) and Sheree Brown (Pastor's Wife in Lincoln, NE), a distinction they share with 1898 – C. S. Lewis, Irish author and poet from 1898.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Atari announced the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game in 1972.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'This generation of young people is like the wind. These students have far too much confidence and far too little experience to be left to their own devices.' - Tim Elmore, iY Generation

- Movie of the Day: Famous Chair Dances

Monday, November 28, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is the Beginning 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: Life Lessons - Anchors
     My wife and I recently traveled a bit for a conference with other DYD's from around the nation to discuss camps and conventions. When we arrived on the ground, we were hungry so we set out to find a place to grab some quick food. Sure, we saw plenty of local options, but we came up on a Burger King and decided to stop there. As we were there, we remembered many other trips where we did the same thing. Later on that evening, before heading back to our hotel, we stopped at a Walmart to pick up some snacks for the room and breakfast items for the morning. Once again, we remembered doing that on several other similar trips in our past. Traveling across our country, just about anywhere we go, we could count on finding a Walmart and/or a Burger King to meet our needs. LIFE LESSON - God gave us His Word to be an anchor in our lives so that no matter where we go, we can cling to His promises to help us there in any situation.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: FILLED - Join NYM and other Youth Ministries across Nebraska by selecting a month next Spring to focus on STL with your church and teenagers.

- Song of the Day: Hillsong Young and Free - Real Love

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#135 - Happy Dorm Leaders during Jr. Teen Camp at Lexington in June

Friday, November 25, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Shopping Reminder Day
It is also the birthday of David Cramer (NE Missionary to Rwanda, Africa), 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 Profile - Dave Busch (bday on Tuesday)



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

2). Extras

 - Movie of the Day: Amazing Apache Dance

 - Link of the Day: Jinni - Content to Audience Platform

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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: Leaders Corner - Working With Teams
     These past few weekends were amazing, filled with ministry. We had our Eastern Youth Convention, followed by a statewide Bible Quiz meet, and then finishing with our Western Youth Convention. So many details and plans were difficult to maintain on my own, but with the help of my many volunteers and teammates, it was a cinch! We can accomplish more and go farther when we work with a team. Here's some great reasons to work within teams by Brian Dollar in his book, I Blew It

1. Teams are a lot more fun
2. Teams help avoid burnout
3. Teams make room for growth
4. Teams help people use their gifts
5. Teams prepare ministries for the future.
6. Teams help you minister to diverse types of people

2). Extras  

- Link of the Day: Health Month - Live Healthier, and full of fun

- Ministry of the Day: Chi Alpha Chadron State College - Check out this vibrant college ministry in NorthWest NE

NYM Top Pics of '16
#155 - The Keytar - during High School Camp at Lexington in June

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is the Humane Society Anniversary Day
It is also the birthday of Abigail Adams, American wife of John Adams and 2nd First Lady of the United States from 1744.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany in 2005.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Being a chosen people had a cost.' - Phillip Yancey, Disappointment with God

- Movie of the Day: Convention Snapchat Booth 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

NYM Daily Post

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: Life Lesson - Wait out the Storm
     This past weekend was our Western Youth Convention in North Platte. I was a bit concerned going into it because a strong winter storm was forecast to move in late Thursday night into Friday morning. Sure enough, as we were setting up for the production, the snow began. We prayed and believed that God would do what was right in regard to the weather. Sure enough, as we headed out early in the morning to a radio interview, we saw a good amount of snow but it was already beginning to melt. By mid day, the roads were clear and it was chilly but beautiful outside. Only a few groups weren't able to make it and we had a wonderful convention yet again. LIFE LESSON - Don't worry about the weather, because God is always in control.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: STL campaign 'FILLED' - We're asking all NE Youth Ministries to pick a month next spring and focus on missions and Speed the Light.

- Song of the Day: Hillsong Young and Free - This is Living Now 

NYM Top Pics of 2016: #164 - GagaBall during Jr. Teen Camp at Lexington in June

Thursday, November 17, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is Homemade Bread Day
It is also the birthday of Drew Krizek (Youth Pastor's wife in Kearney, NE) and Kevin Fox (Chi Alpha Director in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with Rock Hudson, American actor from 1925.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Todd and Debbie Lanman (Pastors in Big Springs, NE), a distinction they share with the day when the United States Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C. in 1800.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Matthew 15: Notes on Worship and Passion

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Tobymac - Love Broke Through

- Quote of the Day: 'Gods heart is always tender toward the foreigner.' - Wilfredo De Jesus, Amazing Faith

Top NYM Photos of 2016
#180 - Landing a Water Bottle at the end of the Lip Sync Competition during Jr. Teen Camp at Lexington in June

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Button Day
It is also the birthday of Eric Rozean (Children's Pastor in Kearney, NE), Kayla Johnson (Associate Pastor's Wife in Hastings, NE), and Serene Kidd (Children's Leader in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share 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: Leaders Corner - Training Kids in Ministry 
     One of the privileges many of us have in our churches is the responsibility to minister to our young people and our kids. This was considered a joy of Jesus' ministry and a great honor to him and his disciples. We should honor it as well. Because not only is impacting a young person for several years of their lives, but it is also raising up the next generation of church leaders and world changers. We don't have to wait until they are older to help them learn how to make an impact for God today. Here's a few tips from Dick Gruber in his book, Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children's Church:

Children STAND in ministry
Show them trust
Train them for a life of service
Allow them to discover their gifts
Nurture godly attitudes
Demonstrate reliance on God

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Wex - Legal Information Institute

- Ministry of the Day: Junior Bible Quiz - Helping young people memorize the Scriptures and have fun developing a passion for the Bible.

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#182 - Meeting Rich and his crew from Valentine at Buffalo Wild Wings during the Student Summit at Kearney in February

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is Guinness World Record Day
It is also the birthday of Alvin Koski (Lead Pastor in Bayard, NE), a distinction he shares with famous pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage from 1952.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Georgetown University first started in 1791.

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



2). Extras 

- Quote of the Day: 'Every great organization has a few areas where their standards are so high it's annoying.' - Brad Lomenick, The Catalyst Leader

- Movie of the Day: The Kepler Planet Candidates

Monday, November 14, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is International Girls Day
It is also the birthday of Mark Hoffman (pastor in Ewing, NE), and Bethanie Storer (pastor's wife in Mullen, NE), a distinction they share 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: Life Lessons - Into all the World
     While at a STL Summit a few months ago, I heard a story about how we still need to go into all the world with the Gospel. Our National Youth Leader told of how he traveled to South America as part of a Missions Trip when he was a new youth pastor. He was helping to carry Bibles up a mountain and literally on the side of a volcano to a village that had never received copies of the Word before. It was a long hike and he was very thirsty and in need of a break. When they reached the top, he saw a little homemade stand on the side of the road with a child selling bottles of Coke. Though the Gospel had never made it there, Coke had. LIFE LESSON - We need to be more aggressive about spreading the Word wherever we can and wherever we go.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: STL Toss Box Campaign - Set up a metal box in your community to receive clothing donations which are sold to give funds to missions!

- Song of the Day: Home Free - How Great Thou Art

Top NYM Pics of the Year: #193-196

Friday, November 11, 2016

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 share 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 - Alvin Koski (bday on Tue)



POSITION: Lead Pastor in Bayard, NE
HISTORY: Went to School in Torrington, WY
FAMILY: Married to Keri with several awesome kids

2). Extras 

- Movie of the Day: Smallest Bike in the World

- Link of the Day: EcoFreak - Swap Search Engine

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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: Bible Commentary - Joshua 15: Notes on Gods' Character

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Hillsong - Open Heaven (River Wild)

- Quote of the Day: 'Too many youth workers proudly announce ‘I don’t play politics’ and then wonder why they find themselves stymied by political battles over ministry minutiae.' - Mark DeVries, Sustainable Youth Ministries

Eastern Convention Worship, November 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Domino's Day
It is also the birthday of 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: Leaders Corner - Speaking to Teenagers
     When speaking to teenagers, it may seem like a difficult task. They may not like traditional styles of communication, without visuals and humor. But we don't have to despair, students are able to respond well when we allow God to guide us in our preparation and presentation. Here are some tips for connecting with your audience, 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 the truth on their own

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Volunteer Spot - Doing Good Just Got Easier

- Ministry of the Day: The Anderson List - Faith-Based Collection of Global Ministry Content

9-Square at Eastern Youth Convention, November 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is National X-Ray Day
It is also the birthday of Milton Bradley, American businessman from 1836.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when, while experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-ray in 1895.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'The Church is God's Strategy for Reaching our World.' -Francis Chan, Multiply

- Movie of the Day: NYM Youth Convention Promo - Western Convention Early Registration Deadline is this Thursday!

Monday, November 7, 2016

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
It is also the birthday of Elsa Hernandez (pastor's wife in Scottsbluff, NE), Jerry Spain (Interim Pastor in Chadron, NE and Veteran Missionary), and Connie Wine (District Superintendent's Wife in Kearney, NE), a distinction they share with Billy Graham, American evangelist from 1918.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia in 1908.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Tithing
     Yesterday, we heard a testimony from a couple in our church. They had been going through a difficult financial period; they had several large medical bills and unfortunately there insurance over doubled in price so they could no longer afford it They weren't sure how they would pay off their needs, but they also were wanting to begin the discipline of tithing ten percent of all they owned back to God as a Christian. They decided to step out in faith and give the tithe as the Bible commands, and later in the week they got a surprise check in the mail that wiped out one of their big medical expenses and helping them get back on their feet. LIFE LESSON - Obey God even if it's difficult, and God will take care of us.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: Vision America - Mobilizing Pastors to lead in Political Matters

- Song of the Day: Priceless - For King and Country

ANOMALY Eastern Youth Convention: Nov 4,5th, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

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: Leader Profile - Mark Putnam (Bday next Thursday)



POSITION: Children's Pastor in York, NE
HISTORY: Student at UNK
FAMILY: Married to Kelly for 5 years

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Building the Shed

- Link of the Day: Running Routes

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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: Bible Commentary - Exodus 15: Notes on Leadership

2). Extras


- Quote of the Day: 'My acts of obedience can turn into someone else's miracle.' - Mark Batterson, All In

Eastern Convention Starts Tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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: Leaders Corner - Campus Clubs
     One of the ministries that students can take advantage of at their school is to start a Campus Club. These Bible Clubs have been legalized throughout the nation, but there are certain steps that students should take to ensure the club is legitimate. Each school is slightly different about what they require, but here are a few basic steps from Kyle Embry, North Texas Youth Alive Missionary, in his book 'Hidden in Plain Sight'

Recognize the Call of God to do it
Connect with your youth pastor
Find a teacher to sponsor you and allow you to use their classroom before or after school
Meet with the Principal to seek permission

If you have any trouble or questions, feel free to contact us for further help!

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Collage Wall

- Ministry of the Day: National Campus Clubs

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NYM Update

Today is National Author's Day
It is also the birthday of Mark Oberbeck (Pastor in Grand Island, NE), a distinction he shares with Gary Player, South African golfer from 1935.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the British crown colony of New York was subdivided into 12 counties in 1683.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'You need an exclamation point in your life.' - Andy Stanley, Deep and Wide