Friday, October 20, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Information Overload Day
It is also the birthday of Mickey Mantle, American baseball player from 1931.
Finally, it is Lance and Angela Loven's Anniversary, (Pastors in York, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Mike Durre (anniversary on Saturday)


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

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Vocabulary - The most intelligent way to improve your speech

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Evaluate Your Life Day
It is also the birthday of Irish Minister John Abernathy from 1680. 
Finally, it is the anniversary of Tanner and Courtney Sherlock (Chi Alpha Directors at Chadron State College), a distinction they share with the daywhen Martin Luther was awarded his Doctorate of Theology in 1512.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 19: Notes on Relationships

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Tenth Avenue North - Control

- Quote of the Day: 'If we want to change our country, the best place to start is with the younger generation.' - Kyle Embry, Hidden in Plain Sight

My son Eric, at work, Raising Cane's in GI

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Fossil Day
It is also the birthday of Chuck Davis (Pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction he shares with Pope John Paul I from 1912.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Mother Theresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Teaching the Word of God isn't about knowing stuff; it is about doing stuff.' - Andy Stanley, Deep and Wide

Monday, October 16, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Boss Day
It is also the birthday of Maynard McCarthy (Lead Pastor in Oshkosh, NE), a distinction he shares with Noah Webster, namesake of our modern dictionary, from 1758.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when John Brown led a raid on Harper's Ferry Virginia in 1859.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Memorable
     This past summer, my family and I went to the National Fine Arts in Anaheim, CA. Students from all over the nation attend to pursue scholarships and advance in their ministry gifts. During registration, we ran into a group from NE and as we were talking to them, a boy approached me. I assumed he was from their group, but he proceeded to say that he was from Montana, and had been there a few years back when I spoke at a middle school camp. He went on to say how much he enjoyed the messages and mentioned specific things that stuck out to him that helped to change his life. LIFE LESSON - We should consider the privilege to speak a high honor, and strive to make it memorable for those listening.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: TruFire Curriculum - Online digital curriculum for kids ministries

- Song of the Day: Rend Collective - Rescuer

Missionary Mike Shields, at church in Grand Island yesterday

Friday, October 13, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Chess Day
It is also the birthday of Nate Krizek (Youth Pastor in Kearney, NE), a distinction he shares with Paul Simon, American singer-songwriter from 1941.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Roman Emperor Claudius was poisoned to death in 54 AD.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Nate Krizek (Bday today)



POSITION: Young Adults and Life Group Pastor in Kearney, NE
HISTORY: Originally from North Platte, NE
FAMILY: Married to Drew

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Coursera - Take the World's Best Courses Online

Thursday, October 12, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Egg Day
It is also the birthday of Luciano Pavarotti, Italian singer born in 1935.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Persian army of Cyrus the Great took Babylon in 539 BC.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 19: Notes on Sin

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Tauren Wells - When We Pray

- Quote of the Day: 'Most people are living their Plan B.' - Mark Batterson, All In

Youth Leader Core Groups Tonight - Central and North Central Regions

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Sight Day
It is also the birthday of Eleanor Roosevelt, American politician and humanitarian, and 34th First Lady of the United States
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to fly in a plane in 1910.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Streams of Income
     As church leaders, we rely upon God for the resource to accomplish His work. We know that a main part of God's plan was for Christians to tithe 10% of their income to the local church as an offering of worship to God. This is often challenging to run the business of the church in certain settings and circumstances, and sometimes pastors are left seeking more revenue to accomplish the mission. Here's some additional streams of capital possibly available, according to Aubrey Malphurs in his book, Advanced Strategic Planning:

Church Investment Fund Possibilities
Wills that include bequests (property) and legacies (money)
Living trusts in place of wills
Retirement accounts such as IRAs, 401k plans, and others
Charitable trusts such as remainder and lead trusts
Life insurance gifts
Real estate
Personal property gifts
Gifts of appreciated securities
Charitable gift annuities
Memorials
Endowments for permanent funds

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Atari Arcade - Play the original Atari games free on your computer!

- Ministry of the Day: AGTV - Check out videos from the National Assembly of God Resource Center

Fall Youth Conventions are just 3 weeks away!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Naval Academy Day
It is also the birthday of Brett Favre 1969.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Fiji became a nation in 1970.

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


2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'What could be and should be won’t be until God allows it to be.' - Andy Stanley, Visioneering

Monday, October 9, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Columbus Day
It is also the birthday of John Lennon's from 1940.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Washington Monument first opened to the public in 1888.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - The Good Stuff
     While in California, my family and I visited Venice Beach. We decided to walk the boardwalk between that beach and the Santa Monica Pier, about a 3 mile walk both ways. As we neared the halfway point, we were all a bit tired and thirsty. We stopped at a beach hut for some snacks but they were out of everything we wanted, so we just kept on walking. We soon passed a dad and his daughter with a cooler full of homemade frozen lemonade. They were charging an outrageous amount, but my son was so thirsty he didn't worry about it. He loved it so much that after we reached the Pier and turned around, he bought a second portion on the way back! LIFE LESSON - Be the best we can be and it will earn us favor and success, even in meager situations.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: BGMC - This ministry is designed to teach kids about missions and help the develop a heart of generosity for the lost.

- Song of the Day: Bethel Music - King of My Heart

Norske Nook Bakery and Restaurant, WI

Friday, October 6, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National German-American Day
It is also the birthday of Wenceslaus III of Bohemia from 1289.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Jason and Kristy Corbit (Youth Pastors in Columbus, NE), a distinction they share with the day when American inventor Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture in 1889.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Ben Norton (bday on Saturday)



POSITION: Jr. High Director in Bellevue, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Bellevue
FAMILY: Engaged to Heather Brady

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Tunein - Listen to online radio, music, and talk stations

Thursday, October 5, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Smile Day
It is also the birthday of  Jonathan Edwards, famous American minister from 1703.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Paul and Kristen Welch (Children's Pastor in Lincoln, NE), a date they share with the day when the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was established in 1970.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 John 4: Notes on Worship and Passion for God

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Lecrae - Facts

- Quote of the Day: 'Sons watch their father’s example – whether they are godly or not.' - Robert Lewis, Raising a Modern-Day Knight

Assemblies of God US Home Missions - Youth Alive

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Improve Your Office Day
It is also the birthday of Rhonda Cramer (Missionary to Rwanda, Africa), and Chris Schaaf (Worship Pastor in Grand Island, NE), a distinction they share with Rutherford B. Hayes, American politician and 19th President of the United States from 1822.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when 'Leave It To Beaver' premiered on CBS in 1957.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Leadership
     Being a leader isn't easy. If it was, everyone would be one. But God calls certain ones of us to step up and serve Him in leader roles for His overall plan. Those of us in that position should strive to be the best leaders we can be for His glory. What are the characteristics that make up great leadership? Here's a list compiled by Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker:

LEADERSHIP - L istening E ncouragement A uthenticity D aring E xpectancy R espect S ervice H ope I nspiration P erseverance

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Last Pass - Password Manager: Simply your life

- Ministry of the Day: Fall Youth Conventions: Our Eastern Fall Youth Convention is just one month away - don't miss out!!

Pizza Night with the NE Maps/RV Crew at National Convention this week!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is the Beginning of Universal Children's Week
It is also the birthday of Gore Vidal, American author from 1925.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when O. J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1995.

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


2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Evangelism is about helping people belong so that they can believe.' - Rick Richardson, Evangelism Outside the Box

Monday, October 2, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Farm Animal Day
It is also the birthday of Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor from 1890.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Peanuts was first published by Charles M. Schulz in 1950.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Small World
     While on a trip to the West Coast for business, my family took a couple of days to have some fun. We drove to Venice Beach one day, and it was crazy. The traffic was outrageous and the parking rate was crazy. There was a Hindu festival and the place was completely packed with plenty of strange characters. We thought about just heading out as soon as we arrived, but within seconds of hitting the boardwalk we ran into an old friend, Dan Hoyt. He is the son of our pastor from Bellevue and was in my Jr. High Youth Ministry when it just began decades ago. He walked with us for a bit, showed us the area where he lived, gave us some good tips and directed us to a great pizza place. We wound up enjoying the rest of the day at the beach and had a great time. LIFE LESSON - It truly is a small world, and God always knows just what we need.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: National STL Sunday - October 15th

- Song of the Day: NF - Let You Down

National Maps/RV Convention, Carlinville, IL

Friday, September 29, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Coffee Day
It is also the birthday of Gene Autry, American singer and actor from 1907.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when construction of the Washington National Cathedral was completed in 1990.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Matt Casey (Bday on Saturday)



POSITION: Youth Pastor in York, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Joy, Illinois
FAMILY: Married to Michelle with a daughter, Kerstin

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: It Can Wait - Don't Text and Drive

Thursday, September 28, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Good Neighbor Day
It is also the birthday of Carlos Barcenas (NE Hispanic Ministries Director and Pastor in Grand Island, NE), Morgan Milliken (Youth Pastor's Wife in Omaha, NE), and Shelley Rozean (Children's Pastor's Wife in Kearney, NE), a distinction they share with Ed Sullivan from 1901.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when race riots began in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1919.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 4: Notes on God's Plans

2). Extras


- Quote of the Day: 'There are things you choose to believe, and beliefs that choose you.' - Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

Missions Bike Ride earlier this month through the Beautiful NE Sandhills

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Tourism Day
It is also the birthday of Brad Novosad (Chi Alpha Director from Lincoln, NE), Drew Milliken (Youth Pastor in Omaha, NE), and Jonathan Hernandez (Pastor in Scottsbluff, NE), a distinction they share with1271 – Wenceslaus II of Bohemia from 1271.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the cartoon 'Tom & Jerry's' last episode aired in 2005.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Travel Time to Church
     Think about the weekend. What church do you attend? How long does it take you to get there? As I've traveled around the state and visited different churches, I've been amazed at how long some people drive to attend various congregations. Just this past Sunday, right after I was finished speaking, a lady came up to say hi and she had traveled in from a city a considerable distance away. So what can we expect with people coming to our churches, where are the coming from. Here's some percentages to use as a guideline, worked up by Aubrey Malphurs in his book, Advanced Strategic Planning:

Travel Time to Church
20% will drive up to 5 minutes
40% will drive from 5 to 15 minutes
23% will drive 15 to 25 minutes
17% will drive for 25 minutes or more

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: How Safe Is Your Password?

- Ministry of the Day: Chi Alpha - Check out the college ministry available on the campuses of UNO and Chadron State in NE, as well as several others around the nation.

Kids Core Groups last night, hearing from Mark Entzminger, Senior Director of Children's Ministries for the USA!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Maritime Day
It is also the birthday of Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist from 1774.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Nolan Ryan set a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter in 1981.

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


2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Why do reporters expect politicians to be perfect, when none of the reporters are?' - Andy Rooney

Monday, September 25, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Love Note Day
It is also the birthday of Patti Bade (Pastor's Wife in Lincoln, NE), a distinction she shares with1897 – William Faulkner, American author from 1897.
Finally, it is Kiley and Kerry Callaway's Anniversary (Pastor in Gering, NE), a distinction they share with the day when ground was broken for Fenway Park in Boston in 1911.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Helping Others
     Recently, while I was in Burbank, CA, I was working in the mornings at a local Panera Bread a few blocks from my hotel. On my way there and back each morning, walking through the gorgeous Burbank downtown, a center for media production in our country, I would notice various people sleeping on the streets or rummaging through trash cans. It was quite a contrast with the immense wealth sitting just within reach. One particular morning, I saw a young professional come in to the coffee shop followed by a homeless person. He went to the counter, ordered two sets of food, and gave one to his guest. LIFE LESSON - There are needy people everywhere. We should always be willing to help those in need around us if we are able. 

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: See You At The Pole - This Wednesday, students are encouraged to gather around their school flag pole at 7am to pray.


Worked Concessions with my wife and daughter at our Homecoming Football Game last Friday


Friday, September 22, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Ice Cream Cone Day
It is also the birthday of Miki Graff (Children's Director in Omaha, NE), a distinction she shares with Tommy Lasorda, American baseball player and manager from 1927.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Switzerland became an independent state due to the Treaty of Basel in 1499.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Kiley Callaway (anniversary next Monday)



POSITION: Lead Pastor of Northfield Church in Gering
HISTORY: Originally from Fayetteville, Georgia
FAMILY: Married to Kerry with 2 kids

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Jumpshare - Share your work in seconds, visually

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Alzheimer's Day
It is also the birthday of H. G. Wells, English author from 1866.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is published in 1937.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Matthew 19: Notes on God's Character

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Lecrae - Hammer Time

- Quote of the Day: 'Objectivity means removing you, the subjective part, from the equation.' - Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way

Revolution Youth Church in Bellevue, NE

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Tradesmen Day
It is also the birthday of George R. R. Martin, American screenwriter and author from 1948.
Finally, is is the anniversary of when Saladin began the Siege of Jerusalem in 1187.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Raising Up Leaders
     As leaders, it's important that we are working to raise up people under us that are capable of taking over when we are gone. Reproducing other leaders should be a normal task for all leaders in the world today. Who is someone that you are mentoring and teaching your skills to? It could be that you don't have anyone because we often find it hard to do this. Here's a few thoughts from Ryan and Beth Frank in their book, Pulse, for helping your up and coming leaders to step up and lead:

- let your leaders implement their ideas whenever possible
- maximize teachable opportunities like mistakes or errors
- don't discourage them by shooting down their ideas from the start
- make it known to all that we want volunteers to take the initiative and step up
- allow them to make mistakes and learn from them.

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Mistobox - Artisan Coffee Sample Subscription

- Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Youth Conventions - Check out our upcoming statewide youth conventions the first and third weekends of November!!

Heading down the road on the Missions Bike Ride earlier this month

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day
It is also the birthday of Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, American baseball player from 1943.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Jamestown was burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676.

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


2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Spiritual leaders cannot be understood apart from their call because it tells them what game they are playing and keeps them in the game.' - Reggie McNeal, Practicing Greatness

Monday, September 18, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Respect Day
It is also the birthday of Tiffany Cumming (Kids Leader in North Platte, NE), a distinction she shares with Frankie Avalon, American actor from 1939.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Christopher Columbus landed at Honduras on his fourth, and final voyage in 1502.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Change
     My family and I were visiting California to attend our National Youth Convention last month. We went to a Walmart one evening early in the trip to gather some items for breakfast in our hotel. When we reached the checkout and scanned our items, the attendant asked us if we'd like a bag. Without thinking, we answered yes, as we had visited our own Walmart hundreds of times and always left with a bag of supplies. We were surprised when the final bill came and we were charged for the bags. We quickly changed our minds, rescanned the items on a new charge, and had our family carry everything out to the car. LIFE LESSON - Things change! It may not be enjoyable, but we need to learn to be flexible and adapt to the changes coming our way.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: Junior Bible Quiz - No other program seems to be as effective in teaching kids to memorize the Word of God. Check it out at the link above...


Last day of our Missions Bike Ride, Luke was ready to be done

Friday, September 15, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Google.com Day
It is also the birthday of Marco Polo, Italian explorer from 1254. 
Finally, it is also the anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Paul Welch (Bday last Sunday)



POSITION: New Children's Pastor at Christ's Place in Lincoln, NE
HISTORY: Went to Evangel University
FAMILY: Married to Kristen with 3 little kids

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Career Bliss - Find Jobs and Research Salaries

Thursday, September 14, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Kreme Filled Donut Day
It is also the birthday of Cassandra Orsi (Youth Pastor's Wife in Council Bluffs, IA)
Finally, today is the anniversary of Mike and Bekah Fowler (Pastors in St. Paul, and the Superintendent's Assistant in our District Office), a distinction they share with the day when George Frideric Handel completed his oratorio Messiah in 1741.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Joshua 19: Notes on Leadership

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Skillet - Lions

- Quote of the Day: 'Self-centeredness is the root of virtually every problem.' - John Maxwell, Intentional Living

Youth Artwork from Ewing, NE

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is International Chocolate Day
It is also the birthday of John J. Pershing, American general from 1860.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Michelangelo began work on his statue of David in 1501.

1). Blog Entry: Leadership Skills
     As leaders in different arenas of life, we need to constantly be adapting and improving to be effective in our culture. Great leadership doesn't happen overnight, it's developed over time. Here's some essential leadership traits that we should strive to be great in, according to Gino Wickman and Mike Paton in their book, Get a Grip:

1. Simplify - less is more
2. Delegate - create extensions of yourself
3. Predict - long and short term goals and outcomes
4. Systemize - document core processes
5. Structure - clarity in responsibility

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Eat This Much - The Automatic Diet Planner

- Ministry of the Day: Core Groups - Check out the gathering of Youth and Kids Leader across NE in different regions coming up this fall...

Thumbs Up, from the Missions Bike Ride last week

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Video Games Day
It is also the birthday of Jesse Owens, American sprinter from 1913.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened to the public in 2011.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'One of the greatest needs in churches today is someone who can offer the light of perception to leaders.' - Dr. Samuel Chand, Cracking Your Church's Culture Code

Monday, September 11, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Patriot Day
It is also the birthday of Steve Wilson (Pastor in Red Cloud, NE), a distinction he shares with Bear Bryant, American football player and coach from 1913.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury in 1789.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Plan Ahead
     A few weeks ago I had the chance to take my family to Los Angeles to participate in National Youth Convention. We had a wonderful time together, and made sure to take some extra moments for fun in LA. On our first full day, I was excited to finally visit a famous In-N-Out for the first time. We pulled up, found a quick parking spot, filed in - only to find out that they didn't have any chicken. 2 of the 5 family members will only eat chicken - period! LIFE LESSON - Plan ahead. When possible, check out the details of what you hope to do so you can more readily carry out your plans without surprises. 

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: See You At The Pole - A day when the nation of students will gather around their flagpole at school to pray together. Wednesday, September 27th!



We finished our Missions Bike Ride across NE yesterday
Over 400 miles for missions
Would you consider making a donation in our cause to support our Missionaries?
If so, message me today for the details!

Monday, September 4, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Happy Labor Day

Enjoy the Holiday today. Also, it is our annual Missions Bike Ride this week, so blog entries will be postponed until next Monday, Sept 11th. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Calendar Adjustment Day
It is also the birthday of Boxcar Willie, American singer-songwriter from 1931.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Boston subway opened in 1897.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Kerrie DeVries (Bday Saturday)



POSITION: Pastor's Wife in Omaha, NE
HISTORY: Anniversary is on July 4th
FAMILY: Married to Walt with 3 kids

2). Extras 


Link of the Day: Trippy - Get Travel Advice from other travelers online 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Love Litigating Lawyers Day
It is also the birthday of Bryan Davis (NE Missionary to Senegal), a distinction he shares with Commodus, Roman emperor from 161 AD.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Diana, Princess of Wales, and her companion Dodi Fayed, as well as driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Exodus 18: Notes on Attitudes

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Micah Tyler - Different

- Quote of the Day: 'It is exactly as near to God from any place as it is from any other place. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.' - A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

More Burn Piles from the North Side Demolition at our Campgrounds in Lexington, NE

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Toasted Marshmallow Day
It is also the birthday of American baseball player Ted Williams from 1918.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Melbourne, Australia was founded in 1835.

1) Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Relationally Smart!
    As leaders in different areas of life, we have many skills we need to acquire and grow in to be exceptional. One of the skills most needs, but often overlooked, is our ability to work with people. Many of us probably have instincts that have helped us in this area before. But in order to grow in our leadership, we must grow in this ability as well. Here's some important aspects of relationally smart people, from Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Ideal Team Player

Relationally smart people
- ask good questions
- listen to what others are saying
- stay engaged in conversations intently
- know what is happening in a group situation
- deal wth others effectively

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Gipis - A Running Plan that actually works

- Ministry of the Day: See You At The Pole - This annual event, challenging students to pray at their school's flagpole, is one month away!!

Youth Leaders Get Together yesterday in Lincoln 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests
It is also the birthday of Dennis Tyson (Children's Leader in Grand Island, NE), a distinction he shares with John Locke, English philosopher from 1632.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when hurricane Katrina devastated much of the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'When you neglect your relationships, you limit yourself to your own experiences.' - Todd Henry, The Accidental Creative

Monday, August 28, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Radio Commercials Day
It is also the birthday of Lou Piniella, American baseball player and manager from 1943.
Finally, it is the anniversary Leroy and Michelle Wyre (pastors in Scottsbluff, NE), a distinction they share with the day when Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Surprise Charges
     Recently my family and I went out to eat at an Olive Garden Restaurant on the West Coast. It was extremely busy and we were finally seated after a 30 minute wait. The waiter brought out some bread while taking our order and we asked if he could bring out some extra sauce to dip it in. Once he brought that back, he mentioned the gaming machine on the table so we decided to play it and enjoy a few games as well When the bill finally arrived, we were surprised to see the total almost 20 dollars more than we expected. After further review, we saw that we were charged a large amount for both the sauce and the games though it wasn't clear up front. LIFE LESSON - Be careful when something looks free, there may be more fees attached that you can't see up front.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: Spanish Family Camp - This weekend, several families will come to fellowship at the camp, and we could use more volunteers. Message us if interested!!

- Song of the Day: Brandon Heath - Whole Heart  

Teaching my Daughter to Drive

Friday, August 25, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Founders Day
It is also the birthday of  Ivan the Terrible, Russian Tsar from 1530.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the United States National Park Service was created in 1916.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Holly Crook (Bday on Saturday)



POSITION: Youth Leader in Milford, NE
HISTORY: Attended Wayne State College
FAMILY: Single

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Quote Roller - Proposal Software



Thursday, August 24, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Waffle Day
It is also the birthday of Mike Shanahan, American football coach from 1952.
Finally, it is Bart and Jen Wilkins' Anniversary (Pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with the day when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were buried.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Ephesians 4: Notes on Relationships

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Jeremy Camp - Word of Life

- Quote of the Day: 'If you're going to strike out, you might as well strike out swinging for a home run.' - Jon Gordon, Soup

New Camp Truck, from the local Fire Department

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Valentino Day
It is also the birthday of Adam Nordstrom (Omaha Teen Challenge Director), a distinction he shares with Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor from 1912.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Major Company Departments
     Each of us is involved in business of some kind. Whether we are working at a law firm, at a school, at a church, or from home - business is a part of the world that we all live in. For church leaders, this can be a challenge because many have little training on business practices in the marketplace. It starts with understanding the basic components of any business, including the church. Here's 3-4 major departments that will be a part of any business anywhere, from Gino Wickman in his book, Rocket Fuel

3 Major Departments of any Company
1. Sales and marketing
2. Operations
3. Finance and administration
4. Other possibilities - customer service, IT, HR, etc..

2). Extras

- Link of the Day:  Lynda - Learn a new skill online, on your time

- Ministry of the Day: Chi Alpha - Check out the powerful campus ministry for colleges across the USA and Nebraska.

Burning Down the Old Buildings on the North Side of our Campgrounds in Lexington, NE

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Be an Angel Day
It is also the birthday of Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., American general from 1934.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Columba reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland in 564.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'The more you change, the more you need to clarify what will never change.' - Troy Jones, Recalibrate Your Church

Monday, August 21, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Poet's Day
It is also the birthday Jason Corbit (Lead Pastor in Chadron, NE), a distinction he shares with Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player from 1936.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Lawrence, Kansas was destroyed by the Confederate guerrillas 'Quantrill's Raiders' in the Lawrence Massacre in 1863.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Interpretation
     A few weeks ago my family had the chance to travel together before the end of the summer. We flew out of Denver, so we drove in a day early to stay at a hotel the night before. We tried to pick something close to the Airport, and the site that seemed to work best for our budget was a Radison. Normally we stay at other chains, so this was new to our kids. My son Ryan absolutely loved it! He said it was the fanciest hotel he could remember staying at before. This surprised us because as DYD's traveling to National Fine Arts, we've often stayed at big hotels in downtown areas across from Convention Centers. After further review though, we discovered why he enjoyed it so much - the logo on the front of the building closely resembled his favorite brand of Cheesesticks! LIFE LESSON - Dig a little further to understand why people interpret things as they do.

2). Extras


- Song of the Day: Mandisa - Unfinished

My son Ryan moved out this weekend to attend UNO 

Friday, August 18, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Daffodil Day
It is also the birthday of Randy Novotny (Pastor in Fairbury, NE), a distinction he shares with  Meriwether Lewis, American soldier and explorer from 1774.
Finally, it is the anniversary of TJ and Kimberly Cristobal (Worship Pastors in Bellevue, NE), a distinction they share with the day when a huge fireball meteor was seen across Great Britain as it passed over the east coast in 1783.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Francisco Jacobo (anniversary Sunday)



POSITION: Youth Leader in Alliance, NE
HISTORY: Attended WNCC
FAMILY: Married to Jennifer

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Network for Good - Online giving made easy

Thursday, August 17, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Hug Your Boss Day
It is also the birthday of Davy Crockett, American soldier and politician from 1786.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when American swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games in 2008.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 2 Timothy 4: Notes on Sin

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: NF - Outro

- Quote of the Day: 'Understanding the Holy Scriptures, the end is really nothing but the beginning.' - W.R. Brookman, Orange Proverbs and Purple Parables

James River College, National Fine Arts

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Airborne Day
It is also the birthday of Kathie Lee Gifford from 1953.
Finally, it is Kim and my anniversary (NE DYD), a distinction we share with the day when an estimated 8.2 MW earthquake hit Valparaíso, Chile, killing 3,886 people in 1906.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Secularism?
     This past week I was in Los Angeles for our National Youth Convention. While a wonderful time with friends from all across the nation, I was also impacted by the secularism I witnessed in that society. It seemed like it was accentuated from what I have become accustomed to in Nebraska and the Midwest. It seemed that so many people around us in the city were not just living lives of apparent sin, but actually anti-God. I kept thinking about how we can help people in that state of being. Obviously, the church is still the main vehicle God uses to bring about His Gospel to this world and we can't disregard that. But in our personal connections with others, we need to be prepared to help them seek out the truth. Here are a number of thoughtful questions you may consider bringing up in conversation with nonbeliever friends, from Os Guinness in his book, Impossible People:

1. What does it mean that life points beyond itself for its meaning?
2. Why are some secularists challenging their own secular orthodoxy?
3. Why do so many atheistic philosophers admit that they had to will themselves to disbelieve in God?
4. Why can we learn more about humanity from history than from science?
5. How will Atheists help the modern world rise above hedonism without any values to offer?
6. Why are so many of brilliant Christian philosophers converts from atheism?
7. Why are many national liberations overtaken by religious counterrevolutions?

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Prezi - Presentation Software

- Ministry of the Day: See You At The Pole - Students are encouraged to gather around the flagpole at their school before classes begin to pray for their friends and teachers. 

Kim and I, 20 Year Anniversary today, Love you Kim!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Relaxation Day
It is also the birthday of Bob Wine (Nebraska Superintendent), Rick Lorimer (Pastor in Lincoln, NE), and Walter Hooker (Associate Pastor in Bellevue, NE), a distinction they share with Napoleon, Corsican-French military officer and political leader from 1769. 
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Panama Canal opened to traffic in 1914.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Looking to the past illumines the present.' - Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Monday, August 14, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Navajo Code Talker's Day
It is also the birthday of Doc Holliday, American gambler and dentist from 1851.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first-ever Youth Olympic Games were held in Singapore in 2010.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Lost Buds
     Recently back from a trip to National Fine Arts, I remember studying the morning of my first day on the road. I found a Panera Bread near our hotel and settled in to check email, do a devotion, gather notes from a recent meeting, etc. About a half hour through my visit, I realized that one of the ear buds for my headphones was missing. Without getting up, I looked around the seat and the table but found nothing, so I just continued working without the earphones, thinking I would have to purchase a new pair to get me through the weeklong trip. An hour later, when I had finished, I got up to leave and packed up. Before heading out and while standing up with my bag on my shoulder, I took one last peak around the floor where I was sitting. Sure enough, I found the little bud and returned it to my phones for the trip. LIFE LESSON - When lost, take a break, stand up and focus, to truly find what you're looking for.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: Missions Bike Ride - This ride across the state begins three weeks from today. Please consider joining us or supporting us financially and with prayers!

- Song of the Day: Wonder - Hillsong United

Last moments of our trip to LA last week