Monday, December 26, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

NYM Daily Post - Last Post of 2016!

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 Profile - Mike Fowler (Bday Dec 29th)



POSITION: Lead Pastor in St. Paul, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Terrell, TX
FAMILY: Married to Bekah with a few kids at home

2). Extras 

- Movie of the Day: Animated Tower

- Link of the Day: I Am Second

Thursday, December 22, 2016

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

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 2: Notes on Leadership 

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Matt Redman - Angels (Singing Gloria)

- Quote of the Day: 'We might as well focus on prolonging life rather than eliminating death.' - Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies 

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#39 - Hands High Together in Worship during Youth Camps at Lexington in June 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Today is Underdog Day
It is also the birthday of former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno from 1926.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Beginning Youth Ministry
     Recently I had a new Youth Leader ask for any tips I had as he was beginning to kick start a dormant Youth Ministry this next year. I had several thoughts and links I sent him, but it made me think about what the main basics of Youth Ministry are. Several people have several different views on this, but here's a list from Tim Walk in his book, The Youth Pastor's Manifesto:

Four 'P's' of Youth Ministry
1. Pastor
2. People
3. Programs
4. Presentations

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Drive Safely - Stop Texting and Driving Once and for all

- Ministry of the Day: Teen Challenge of the Midlands - Help for those in life controlling addictions

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#43 - Pastor Ed leading Rec Activities during High School Camp at Lexington in June 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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Today is International Human Solidarity Day
It is also the birthday of Walt DeVries (Pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction he shares with Mets Baseball player David Wright of 1982.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Louisiana Purchase was completed in New Orleans in 1803.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Often what we are under the spotlight is not who we are in the shadows.' - Wayne Cordeiro, The Divine Mentor

Monday, December 19, 2016

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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: Life Lessons - Invest in Someone
     This past week I was at a meeting with the leaders of the NE District of the Assemblies of God. We were talking about how important it is to help pastors develop a strategy of discipleship for their churches. Terry Brown, our Secretary/Treasurer and my former pastor from Grand Island, mentioned how important it was for the saints of the church to find someone to pour into. He mentioned that when he was a young boy, a man named Harvey in his church poured into him, always encouraging him to grow in his faith. He even helped him read the Bible Story on Christmas Eve to the entire church. This great leader in our district owed much of his journey of faith to a wonderful faithful saint named Harvey from when he was a kid. LIFE LESSON - The investments you make in others always reap a significant return.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: Global University - Pursue a career in ministry with these classes online 

- Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - Jesus 

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#50 - Team Pirates during Jr. Teen Camp at Lexington in June 

Friday, December 16, 2016

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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: Leader Profile - Walt DeVries (bday on Tue)



POSITION: Lead Pastor of Omaha Glad Tidings
HISTORY: Married to his wife Kerrie in 1992
FAMILY: 3 wonderful kids

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Hermit Crab Migration 

- Link of the Day: Allergy Eats - Find Allergy Friendly Restaurants Nationwide

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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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: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 16: Notes on Attitudes

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Christian Cuevas - To Worship You I Live

- Quote of the Day: 'If we have the audacity to ask, God has the ability to perform.' - Steven Furtick, Sun Stand Still

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#65 - Visual Art 3D during the Student Summit at Kearney in February

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Today is Monkey Day
It is also the birthday of Mike Durre (Pastor in O'Neill, NE), a distinction he shares with 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: Leaders Corner - Studying the Word
     I just finished a great breakfast meeting with a local youth pastor friend. During our discussion we talked about different ways in which we study God's Word. It was exciting because it's such an important part of our lives. We need to help lead those we work with to study the Scriptures and learn to love it as well. Here's a few ideas on helping students read the Word with good 'specs' (from our Eastern Convention Speaker in 2017, Eric Samuel Timm, in his book Static Jedi):

Read God's word with SPECs
Sins to confess and repent
Promises to claim
Examples to follow or not follow
Commands to obey

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: One Page Per Day - Online way to finish writing a book, one page at a time

- Ministry of the Day: Junior Bible Quiz - Help elementary students fall in love with memorizing the Bible

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#72 - Confetti Canons in Services during High School Camp at Lexington in June

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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Today is the Middle of National Tie Month
It is also the birthday of Dick Van Dyke from 1925.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Dartmouth College was started in 1769.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Risk is a necessary component of growing your gifts.' - David Pafford, Rise

- Movie of the Day: Invaded Interview

Monday, December 12, 2016

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Today is Gingerbread House Day.
It is also the birthday of Angela Emerson (Camp Steward in Lexington, NE), a distinction she shares with Frank Sinatra, famous New York figure from 1915
Finally, it is the anniversary of when BoysTown was Founded in 1917.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Representative
     A few months ago my son Eric got a job at Raisin Canes, a prominent Chicken Fast Food restaurant in the midwest. He loves it and he does a great job working there 2 or 3 days a week. After church yesterday, we decided to go there for lunch and we loved it. But during the meal, we kept having all kinds of random ideas on how they could improve their service and we gave them to Eric. He kept saying, 'I just work here' but we couldn't stop sending him suggestions as if he owned the place. LIFE LESSON - You represent the organizations that you belong to, whether you like it or not.

2). Extras 


- Song of the Day: Hillsong Young and Free - Only Wanna Sing

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#79 - Relay Accidents during Youth Camps at Lexington in June

Friday, December 9, 2016

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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: Leader Profile - Angela Emerson (bday Monday)



POSITION: Camp Steward at The Crossing in Lexington
HISTORY: From Wauneta, studied at Metro 
FAMILY: Married to Barry with 4 kids

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Watch out for the plastic bag

- Link of the Day: Homeaway - Vacation Rentals

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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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: Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 15: Notes on Families

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Hillsong Worship - What a Beautiful Name

- Quote of the Day: 'Transparency plus honesty equals Gods blessing.' - Jim Gerhold, Relationships: Terrific or Toxic

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#94 - STL Vehicles Promoted at Camp

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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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: Leaders Corner - Writing
     Recently, while talking to one of my Youth Pastor friends, I asked him what he had done while he was on vacation. He mentioned that among other things, he had spent some good time writing. I was reminded of how I used to write a bit more than I do now, working on a couple books, plays, and even some Bible Commentary. At the same time, several DYD's were remarking in our FB group that during this, our offseason, they were writing much as well. I found all of these interesting while I am sending out information about our upcoming Fine Arts with our Student Summit, and one of the main categories of entries is Writing. Students can participate in poetry, first person essays, book chapters, and more. Just as we now enjoy many wonderful Christian books from authors around the nation, many of those future writers are sitting in our groups and enjoying our Youth Ministry. We need to help them find and pursue that gift in their lives. How can we do that? Here are a few ideas...

- Be involved in Fine Arts at the Student Summit and challenge your students to write a piece
- Encourage them to use their writing assignments at school to talk about their faith and share testimonies
- Challenge your students to keep a prayer/devotion journal and record their own notes and thoughts from your messages and discussions.
- Keep a selection of journals available at the altar that students can write in during worship and altar times.
- Make a goal to have a writing piece read to the group once a month, whether a special presentation or an illustration relating to a message. 
- A few times a year, ask your students and leaders to read through a book together with you, and plan time for discussion and application.

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Know App - Keep Stats on Anything

- Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Student Summit - Two options next Spring (Feb 24,25th in Gering and March 3,4th in Bellevue). Student registration includes an unlimited amount of fine arts entries (1 per category). 


NYM Top Pics of 2016
#98 - Fist Bumping after Worship during Jr Teen Camp at Lexington in June

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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Today is National Pawnbrokers Day
It is also the birthday of musician Johann Bach from 1642.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Washington Monument was completed in 1884.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'The Bible isn't a list of requirements rather it's a list of results after experiencing God's love.' - Peter Haas, Pharisectomy 

- Movie of the Day: The Chicken Fiddler

Monday, December 5, 2016

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Today is International Ninja Day
It is also the birthday of Patty Durre (Pastor’s Wife in O’Neill, NE) and Aaron Phoenix (North Dakota DYD), a distinction they share with 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 Entry: Life Lessons - Say it Again
     When something is really good, it needs to be stated again! My pastor was preaching yesterday, and he made this general statement, 'When we receive Christ, we don't become sinless, but with Christ we will sin less.' Several people agreed with him and made it known, so he said it again. Then, one of our board members shouted out, 'say it again.' Without missing a beat, our pastor answered, 'I did!' 

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: BGMC - Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge is the program to help kids develop a heart for missions all over the world. Make sure to turn in final BGMC funds from your church to the National Office by Dec 16th of this year!

- Song of the Day: Hillsong Worship - Love on the Line

NYM Top Pics of 2016
#106 - Team Devotions on the Chicago AIM Missions Trip in July

Friday, December 2, 2016

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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: Leader Profile - Patty Durre (Bday on Monday)



POSITION: Pastor's Wife and Youth Leader in O'Neill, NE
HISTORY: Studied at Northeast Community College
FAMILY: Married to Mike

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Thumbs Up for Rock and Roll

- Link of the Day: Restwise - Superior Performance through Intelligent Recovery

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Today is World AIDS Day
It is also the birthday of Louis VI of France from 1081.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Dr Pepper was first served at a drug store in Waco, Texas in 1885.

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

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: River Valley Youth Worship - Only You

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

NYM Top Pics of '16
#125 - Tucker testified about overcoming cancer during Jr. Teen Camp at Lexington in June