Friday, December 29, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Tick Tock Day
It is also the birthdays of 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: Leaders Profile - Tom Burkholder (Anniversary on Saturday)



POSITION: Lead Pastor in Ord, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Hannibal, MO
FAMILY: Married to Lora with a son

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Waterfall Swing

- Link of the Day: Holiday Decorating Tips

Thursday, December 28, 2017

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: Bible Commentary - 1 John 2: Notes on Family

2). Extras


- Quote of the Day: 'Send them an encouraging text when they win, and send them two when they lose.' - Scotty Gibbons, The Big 10

Family Time over the Holidays in Toledo

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Free Balloon Day
It is also the birthday of Johannes Kepler, the Father of the laws of planetary motion, from 1571.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Growth in 2018
     Happy New Year! We're excited to see what God has in store for you and all the ministries around Nebraska and the Midwest this coming year. 
     Times like this we should be praying and dreaming about what God wants us to accomplish in our plans for Him. Jesus called us to complete His work by going into all the world and making disciples of all nations. Every person matters to God, so the masses matter to God too. We should always care about the one, but never lose sight of the billions as well. Our desire to grow isn't for our own accolades or to be successful in this world, but to reach as many people as possible for God while we can. Here's some strategies to implement next year in your Youth Ministries to accelerate growth, provided by Eric Geiger in his book, Simple Student Ministry

Great steps for youth ministry growth 
- follow up with guests
- capitalize on relationships
- setup a customer service/info booth
- continually ask 'now what'
- create a clear step for newbies
- move students to mission

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Jelly Beans - Delicious or Disgusting?

- Ministry of the Day: NYM Calendar - Check out all the wonderful things planned for NYM in 2018

NYM Top Pics of 2017: #14 - Lip Sync Battles during HS Camp in June

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Boxing Day.
It is also the birthday of Mike Schaaf (District Staff Spouse in Grand Island, NE) and Karen Washburn (Youth Pastor's Wife in Fremont, NE), a distinction they share with  Mao Zedong, Chinese Leader, from 1893.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Galen and Brenda Rasmussen (Pastors in Geneva, NE), a distinction they share with the day of President George Washington's funeral in 1799.

1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption (carryover from last week!)


2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'The mature person meets the demands of life while the immature person demands that life meet their demands.' - Henry Cloud, Necessary Endings

- Movie of the Day: Grand Canyon

Monday, December 25, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day
It is also the birthday of Tina Stranc (Youth Leader in Norfolk, NE), a distinction she shares with 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: Leaders Profile - Galen Rasmussen (Bday is Tuesday)



POSITION: Lead Pastor in Geneva, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Estelline, SD
FAMILY: Married to Brenda with 3 grown boys

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Tractor Square Dance

- Link of the Day: Come Back Different - Holiday Travel Ideas

Thursday, December 21, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Underdog Day
It is also the birthday of Cody Allen (Lincoln CPLC Leader), a distinction he shares with 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: Bible Commentary - Matthew 19: Notes on Sin

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Dean Martin - Let It Snow

- Quote of the Day: 'Urgency is appropriate desperation for something or someone of great worth.' - Don Evert, I Once Was Lost

Honest Abe's Restaurant in Lincoln, NE - awesome!


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

NYM Daily Post

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: Leaders Corner - Youth Ministry Goals
     Many of the people seeing this blog are workers who help in youth ministry. This function is vital for helping young people find Christ and pursue Him in an anti-Christian culture. We have several tools that can help us gather students together and form big crowds, but is that really impacting them for God. What are the characteristics of a group that is truly growing together in Christ? Here's a list from David Hertweck, in his book 'Good Kids, Big Events, and Matching T-shirts':

Biblical Community in Youth Ministry
1. Christ-centered
2. On Mission
3. Marked by a Reversal of Values
4. Intentionally Intergenerational
5. Confronting societal individualism
6. Affirming our role as image bearers of God
7. Everything points to Scripture.

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: 13 Skills - The Goal was to learn 13 skills in 2013, but why not commit to learn 13 new skills this next year as well!

- Ministry of the Day: AIM 2018 - Check out the two trips we are taking for Missions next year - to Ecuador & Houston!

Houston AIM/National Fine Arts Event Dates

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

NYM Daily Post

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Every day you give personal empirical evidence that you have not yet arrived.' - Paul Tripp, Dangerous Calling

Monday, December 18, 2017

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 the anniversary of the day that the Arab Spring riots started in Tunisia in 2010.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Good Communication
     Recently, my family and I visited a small snack shop. We proceeded to order different treats that were written on their menu high above their heads at the front of the store. One after another, they said that they were out. We went through 3 or 4 different things, before we finally asked what they had and ordered from the limited selection they offered. I thought we were with Tim Allen at the Denny's on Christmas Eve in the movie, The Santa Clause. LIFE LESSON - Make sure to communicate well, even when it's uncomfortable information. Bad communication only makes situations worse.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: TruFire Curriculum - Check out this Spirit-filled online curriculum for Kids Ministries.

- Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - Noel, featuring Lauren Daigle

Great to have my son Ryan back from College Break for the Holidays!

Friday, December 15, 2017

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 Gerardo and Andrea Macias' (Youth Pastors in Grand Island, NE), a distinction they share with the day when the United States Bill of Rights became law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly in 1791.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Sarah Criss (Bday on Tuesday)



POSITION: Childrens Pastor in Alliance, NE
HISTORY: Originally from the same area
FAMILY: Married with 3 kids

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Freerunning Machine

- Link of the Day: Find Sounds - Search the web for the sounds you need

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NYM Daily Post

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: Bible Commentary - Joshua 19: Notes on Relationships

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Christmas Eve/Sarajevo - Mannheim Steamroller

- Quote of the Day: 'What you win them with is what you win them to.' - Duffy Robbins, Building a Youth Ministry that Builds Disciples

Kim's New Apron, from our Staff Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Day of the Horse
It is also the birthday of Dick Van Dyke from 1925.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Dartmouth College was established in 1769.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Shaking
     We all go through different times when it seems like the world around us is falling apart. Maybe you're even going through one of those seasons right now. It's hard in these moments to find purpose, to find the strength to carry on. Often we begin to question core beliefs that have sustained thus far. So how can we press on and persevere. Here's some potential reasons that God may allow the shaking to occur in our lives, according to John Bevere in his book, The Bait of Satan:

5 reasons for shaking
1. To bring us closer to our foundation
2. To remove the dead things from our lives
3. To harvest what is ripe and ready
4. To awaken what is sleeping
5. To unify or mix us together so that we no longer be separated

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: World Clock - Check out different stats from various perspectives around the globe


Volunteers at the Camp yesterday, helping remodel the popstand/rec center

NYM Daily Post

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Fear and shame are indifferent but love pays attention.' - Morgan Schmidt, Woo

- Movie of the Day: Michael Phelps Amazing Putt

Monday, December 11, 2017

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: Life Lessons - Homeless
     On a recent trip with my family, we went on our a bus tour of local points of interest. We went to a farmer's market, where we had 30 minutes to walk around and shop in the stores. We planned to get a soda and some snacks, but first we found the restrooms. It was incredibly dirty and smelly, not an ideal bathroom, but on a tour like this we didn't have much of a choice. Walking in, the boys and I were shocked when we saw a man half dressed standing at the sink washing his clothes. LIFE LESSON - Homeless people are all around us. We should be willing to help them when possible and pray for their help and rescue. 

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: People's City Mission - Check out this powerful ministry for the homeless and hurting in Lincoln, led by one of our AG Ordained Ministers.

- Song of the Day: Selah - Once Upon a Christmas

Top NYM Pics of 2017
#63 - Singing Faces of The Student Summit at Bellevue in February

Friday, December 8, 2017

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: Leaders Profile - Angie Emerson



POSITION: The Crossing Campgrounds Steward
HISTORY: Grew up Wauneta, NE
FAMILY: Married to Barry with 4 wonderful kids!

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Full Court Shot

- Link of the Day: Online Rorschach Test

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Cotton Candy Day.
It is also the birthday of 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: Bible Commentary - Exodus 19: Notes on Worship and Passion for God

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas

- Quote of the Day: 'There is no word in a teenagers vocabulary more enjoyed than the sound of his or her own name.' - Jeanne Mayo, Thriving Youth Groups

Jason new Plunger Gun for the Camp!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

NYM Daily Post

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: Leaders Corner - Facing Challenges
     As leaders, we are constantly faced with the possibility of tough situations. In fact, it's more of a probability; that's one of the reasons we are leaders in first place! Many of us can let these things frustrate us, as if we expect to move through our journey without any issues whatsoever. Others can even let us be the end of us. But for some, it can actually be the thing that catapults us forward in growth. Here's some different encouraging ways to look at challenges, from Les Parrott in his book, Three Seconds:

Embracing a Challenge ...
1. Takes you further
2. Increases your joy
3. Keeps you optimistic
4. Makes you tough
5. Keeps you growing

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: The Gadget Flow - Top Gadgets online

- Ministry of the Day: Young Adult/College Ministry Conference this coming January in Lincoln (see below)
Winter Conference Flyer

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is International Ninja Day
It is also the birthday of Patty Durre (Pastor’s Wife in O’Neill, NE), a distinction she shares 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: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'The parable of the prodigal son is about every one of us.' - Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God

- Movie of the Day: Drummer Plays His Way

Monday, December 4, 2017

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: Life Lessons - Hidden Comments
     My wife and I took a tour to visit some exciting places on a trip out west. She had been wanting to do something like this for quite some time. We got to the tour location early so we could meet our driver and the other guests to load up on the bus. A bus showed up with a few people that jumped in line and the driver saw us sitting off to the side. I approached her with the intention to ask what we needed to do, but she started to complain to me about how the people were cheapskates even though she had smooth talked them constantly just trying to squeeze more tips out of them. I quickly told her that I wasn't an employee there, but rather, a tour guest. Her entire countenance changed and she suddenly was very happy to see me and showed me what to do. LIFE LESSON - Be careful what you say when you think nobody is listening. If you wouldn't say it in front of people, maybe you shouldn't say it at all.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: Farewell Letter - Check out the incredible final thoughts from our outgoing National Superintendent George Wood, earlier this year.

- Song of the Day: Lindsey Stirling - You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch

NEAG District Office Christmas Party last night in Kearney

Friday, December 1, 2017

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: Leaders Profile - Blake Armstrong (bday Monday)



POSITION: Lead Pastor in Nebraska City, NE 
HISTORY: Pastored in Dalton and Cozad NE
FAMILY: Married to Susan with 4 older children

2). Extras

- Movie of the Day: Holiday Dip goes wrong on Air

- Link of the Day: DIY Kids - Awesome skills for awesome kids

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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: Bible Commentary - Ephesians 1: Notes on God's Plans

2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Every drug is a poison in disguise.' - Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies

- Song of the Day: Christmastime is Here - Josh Groban and Tony Bennett

Enjoying Christmas Hallmark Movies with my daughter Abby over Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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: Leaders Corner - 20/20/20
     One of the spiritual disciplines of Christians is regularly reading the Bible. We should study it and take time to reflect on it and apply it to our lives. This can be a challenging task for many, especially new Christians. Setting aside time in our busy schedules can delay us, but also trying to understand everything that we read might be a problem as well. Here's a model suggested to us by Wayne Cordero in his book, The Divine Mentor:

The 20/20/20 Bible Approach:
- read 20 minutes of Scripture
- journal on one verse that stuck out to you
- share with others what you wrote about it and get their thoughts as well

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Brad's Deals - Online Coupons and Promo Codes

- Ministry of the Day: Share Your Story - Our National Youth Team would love to hear testimonies from students and leaders about great things God is doing among us in our nation.

Top NYM Photos of 2017
#98 - Funny Faces during Lip Sync Competitions of High School Camp at Lexington in June

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is the Beginning of National Family Week
It is also the birthday of Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter and composer from 1943.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first American automobile race took place in 1895.

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


2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Healthy confidence is born out of genuine humility.' - Steven Furtick, Sun Stand Still

- Movie of the Day: Tough Places to Live

Monday, November 27, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is the National Day of Listening.
It is also the birthday of Bill Nye the Science Guy from 1955.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Kenny and Adrienne Schwarz (Youth Pastors in Lexington, NE) a distinction they share with the day when the U.S. Army War College was established in 1901.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Close Answers
     Recently, my family and I had the chance to go to a popular amusement park. We left our hotel and drove to find their parking lot, but it seemed to be difficult. When I turned to where I thought the right direction was, I found that I had to go around and turn back just to get my bearings again. Finally, we drove into what appeared to be an abandoned lot, only to find that it was the right place. After we loaded the bus to take us to the front gates, we left the parking lot only to find that it was literally across the busy street from our hotel. LIFE LESSON - Sometimes the answers we are seeking are right in front of us. 

2). Extras


- Song of the Day: Mariah Carey - Little Snowman

Zio's Pizza, Downtown Omaha, The Old Market

Friday, November 24, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Black Friday, and National Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
It is also the birthday of Beth Ann Tsutsumishita (NEAG Minister in Omaha, NE), a distinction she shares with Zachary Taylor, American general and politician and 12th President of the United States, from 1784.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opened in Washington DC in 1932.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Dave Busch (bday on Wednesday next week!)


POSITION: Lead Pastor in Burwell, NE
HISTORY: Grew up in North Dakota, attended Trinity Bible College
FAMILY: Married to Jen with 5 wonderful kids

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Slick Deals - The best deals online

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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: Leaders Corner - Purpose of Prayer
     Developing a prayer life is necessity for any believer wanting to grow in their Christian faith. Praying to God is essential for building relationship with Him full of trust and love. Some people have never prayed before and it's a scary proposition for them. What can we teach these young Christians about prayer. Here are 5 purposes of prayer mentioned by Eric Samuel Timm in his book, Static Jedi, which can be used as a map for daily prayers as well:

Praise
Plans
Provision
People
Perspective

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Fruji - Twitter Analytics

- Ministry of the Day: National Scholarships - Check out the many scholarships provided through the National Youth Ministries Department of the Assemblies of God.

Honoring Students of the Year during Western Convention last weekend

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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 Lonny and Amy Mitchell (Kids Pastor in Norfolk, NE), a distinction they share with the day when Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BC.

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



2). Extras

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


Monday, November 20, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
It is also the birthday of Robert F. Kennedy, American politician and the 64th US Attorney General, from 1925.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when New Jersey became the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights in 1789.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Expensive Art?
     I love art, and in particular, music. I can't draw very well, but I do enjoy making music, both singing and with instruments. Recently, my son Eric and I were in an art store and I encouraged him to find a favorite print. After several minutes, he led me to a large Disney painting of Pirates of the Caribbean. It was amazing and when we looked at the price tag, it showed it - $26,000!! LIFE LESSON - Excel in your art by giving it your best efforts and others will take notice and appreciate it! 

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: Trinity Bible College Graduate School - Check out the Masters in Rural Leadership they are now providing, with leadership from Dwight and Nadine Sandoz!


Nate Clarke, speaking at our Eastern Convention in Scottsbluff this past weekend.

Friday, November 17, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Homemade Bread Day
It is also the birthday of Drew Krizek (Youth Pastor's wife in Kearney, NE) Kevin Fox (Chi Alpha Director in Omaha, NE), and Diane Kearney (Youth Leader in Scottsbluff, 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: Leader Profile - Amy Mitchell (Bday on Tuesday)



POSITION: Children's Pastor in Norfolk, NE
HISTORY: Studied at Central Bible College in Springfield, MO
FAMILY: Married to Lonny with 3 awesome kids

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Secure Possessions - The Best Places to Hide Valuables in Your House

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Button Day
It is also the birthday of Eric Rozean (Children's Pastor in Kearney, NE), and Kayla Johnson (Associate Pastor's Wife in Hastings, 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: Bible Commentary - 2 Timothy 1: Notes on God's Character

2). Extras


- Quote of the Day: 'The best disciple makers are tension makers rather than teachers.' - Peter Haas, Pharisectomy

Youth Convention Photo Booth

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is Guinness World Record Day
It is also the birthday of 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: Leaders Corner - Church Patterns
     I chair a team that is working to pursue greater health for our churches and pastors in Nebraska. It's a great experience, working with incredible leaders and planning toward a future with greater progress and growth. We realized that before we can get healthier we need to become aware of exactly how healthy we are. This isn't always a fun task - getting told by the doctor we need to stay away from certain foods, up our exercise, or lose a few pounds! Here's some classification of patterns recognized in churches, from Cally Parkinson in her book, Move:

1. Apathetic Church -  spiritually underweight and needs more meat
2. Introverted Church - spiritually overweight and needs more exercise
3. Average Church - a strong platform of permission to challenge in growth
4. High-Energy Church - tolerance for spiritual lethargy is low. They must get people moving, embed the Bible in everything, create ownership, and pastor their community.

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Pictaculous - A color palette generator

- Ministry of the Day: NYM Western Youth Convention - Starts on Friday in Scottsbluff, don't miss out!!

Youth Convention Photo Booth 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Millenials value relationships above politics, careers, and religion.' - Jolene Cassellius Erlacher, Millenials in Ministry

- Movie of the Day: Dog Park in Slow Motion

Monday, November 13, 2017

NYM Daily Post

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

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - The Same
     Recently, my family and I were staying at a hotel in a nice touristy area. Our hotel was great, but probably very average compared to several of the upscale hotels in the same area. One day, I was walking to a Walgreens a few blocks away. About a block into the walk, I noticed several people standing outside in front of a very nice hotel, one that we couldn't afford to stay in. They were all dressed in robes and pajamas, without being ready for the day, looking like they'd been ushered out in an emergency. As I walked by, I heard sirens going and realized that the fire alarms had been initiated and everyone had to leave immediately, regardless of status, reputation, riches, etc. As I walked through the crowd, people didn't want to look at me, probably feeling embarrassed of their appearance. LIFE LESSON - We're really all the same. Status in this world may try to split us apart, but when we rip those things away, we'll all the same type of people in need of a Great God!

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: 2018 National Fine Arts Rules - Check out the fine art categories and their rules, available to participate in at our Nebraska Student Summit Jan 26,27th


NYM Photos of the Year
#147 - Creighton Group Volunteering at our Lexington Campgrounds in May

Friday, November 10, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Sesame Street Day
It is also the birthday of Mark Putnam (Children's Pastor in York, NE) and Josie DeMuth (Associate Pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with Martin Luther, the German monk, 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: Leaders Profile - Mark Hoffman (Bday next Tue)



POSITION: Lead Pastor in Ewing, NE
HISTORY: Originally from Oklahoma
FAMILY: Married to April with several kids

2). Extras 


Thursday, November 9, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is World Freedom 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: Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 19: Notes on Leadership

2). Extras

- Song of the Day: Rend Collective - Rescuer

- Quote of the Day: 'There's a difference between mothering and smothering, fathering and bothering.' - Tim Elmore, iY Generation

Youth Convention Star Wars Appearances

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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: Leaders Corner - Preparing for Messages
     Working in Church Ministry, many of us are used to the weekly practice of preparing to speak in church, youth group, kids church, small groups, etc. It can be a daunting task to do week after week and sometimes we tend to fall behind. This can cause our presentations to lack the excellence that a declaration of the Gospel deserves. So, how can we do better in our preparations? Here's some ideas from Brian Dollar in his book, I Blew It:

Preparation Ideas
1. Make a commitment to have two weeks of content prepared.
2. Communicate with your team a week ahead of time
3. Prepare two lessons in one week so you're three weeks ahead.
4. Find a good curriculum.

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: The Cars of James Bond

- Ministry of the Day: Junior Bible Quiz - JBQ is a great program for kids to help them develop a love for the Bible and memorizing key passages. We have our first meet of the season this Saturday at Glad Tidings Church in Omaha - come join us and see what it's all about!

Christ's Place Worship Team at Eastern Fall Convention 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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


2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Power can do everything but the most important thing; it cannot control love.' - Phillip Yancey, Disappointment with God

Monday, November 6, 2017

NYM Daily Post

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

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Friendly?
     Recently, my family and I went to a restaurant for dinner. After the host seated us, our waiter arrived to take our orders. He was a very nice man, who memorized all of our names and proceeded to wait on us with class. Normally, waiters don't stick out to me but he did because he was so good. But about halfway through our meal, he arrived with another employee and explained that he was late for break for this other water would help us finish out our meal. He departed and we began working with this other waiter, unfortunately. He was the complete opposite of the first man - cold, not available often, and not delightful. We walked around wishing that we had come earlier so we could have finished our meal with our first waiter completely. LIFE LESSON - When you choose to be friendly to others, you'll stand out from the crowd and be remembered.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: The Anderson List - Showcasing people and products that are making a difference

- Song of the Day: Lecrae - I'll Find You

Timothy McCain, preaching at Eastern Youth Convention this past weekend

Friday, November 3, 2017

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: Leaders Corner - Connie Wine (bday next week!)



POSITION: The wife of our NE Superintendent for AG Churches
HISTORY: Originally from Portland, Oregon
FAMILY: Married to Bob with several grown children and grandchildren

2). Extras


- Link of the Day: Foodspotting - Find Dishes

Thursday, November 2, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Cookie Monster Day
It is also the birthday of Briana Nakai (Youth Pastor'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: Bible Commentary - 1 Timothy 5: Notes on Family

2). Extras


- Quote of the Day: 'Every doubt is a test to see if we'll quit.' - Choco De Jesus, Amazing Faith

Until All Know (Available STL Series for 2018)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Author's Day
It is also the birthday of Mark Oberbeck (Pastor in Grand Island, NE), and Tania Rosener (Kids Pastor in Fremont, NE), a distinction they share 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: Leaders Corner - Worship Transitions
     Currently, I'm putting my final touches on plans for our NYM Eastern Youth Convention taking place this weekend at Christ's Place Church in Lincoln, NE. One of the things I'm figuring out is what my plan will be when the worship is over, and I will transition the service from that to our speaker. This is a common part of a pastors ministry in church services, one that all ministers are accustomed with, and even those working with youth and kids. Here are a few ideas of material to use to help you in these transitional moments, from Dick Gruber in his book, Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children's Church

Good Praise Breaks
Psalm 46:10 - Be Still and know that I am God
Psalm 47:1 - Shout unto God with a voice of Triumph
1 Timothy 2:8 - Lift up holy hands
Testimonies

2). Extras

- Link of the Day: Incredibox - Express Your Musicality

- Ministry of the Day: BGMC - Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge

Taylor Assembly of God Bus

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Caramel Apple Day
It is also the birthday of Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military leader, politician, and President of the Republic of China, from 1887
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the global population of humans reached seven billion. in 2011. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as Seven Billion Day.

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



2). Extras

- Quote of the Day: 'Whether you win or lose, you learn.' - Brad Lomenick, The Catalyst Leader

- Movie of the Day: 2016 NYM Convention Highlights

Monday, October 30, 2017

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Checklist Day
It is also the birthday of John Adams, our Nation's 2nd President, from 1735.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Jackie Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers breaking the color barrier of sports in 1945.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Think of Others
     Recently, at a National Convention, my wife and I let my kids visit the exhibit hall with vendors while we took the  morning off at the hotel. We didn't have any performances to attend until the afternoon so it was a nice break, and my children have always enjoyed visiting all the booths from our colleges, signing up for info and getting lots of free gifts. Sure enough, as I was getting ready to meet them for lunch, they showed up early with coffee. None of my kids drink coffee very much, so I knew it was for me. They had remembered me when they saw free coffee at one of the booths, so they took the time to make up a cup just for me. LIFE LESSON - Don't just think about yourselves. Do things to brighten up the day of others around you, especially those you care about.

2). Extras

- Ministry of the Day: North Central University - Our Assembly of God college in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

- Song of the Day: Emcee NICE - I Got Angels

Fellowship Dinner after church in Taylor yesterday morning