Monday, June 5, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Today is June 1st
This month, we will be taking a break from our regular weekly lineup to bring you updates from our Summer Camping Program, taking place each week at The Crossing Campgrounds in Lexington, NE
High School Camp is June 5-9th (9th grades and up)
Jr Teen Camp is June 12-16th (6th - 9th grades)
Kids Camp 1 is June 19-23 (4th - 6th grades)
Kids Camp 2 is June 26-29 (2nd - 4th grades)
We will resume regular weekday blog posts in July. Hope to see you at camp!
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Today is the World No Tobacco Day
It is also the birthday of Walt Whitman, American poet, from 1819.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was completed in 1977.
1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - SOAP
One of the foundational characteristics of a Christian is respect for honoring God's Word. The Bible is His gift to us to help us understand life and make it through this world according to His plan. But sometimes, it's difficult to understand and grasp all the Biblical concepts we read in Scripture. Here's a simple plan for daily Bible study submitted by Wayne Cordeiro in his book, The Divine Mentor:
Scripture - read verses
Observations - write about what you observed
Application - consider how it applies to your life today
Prayer - finish by dedicating the rest of your day to God
- Link of the Day: Prezi - Presentation Software
- Ministry of the Day: NYM Kids Camps - Join us the last two weeks of June at The Crossing Campgrounds in Lexington, NE for our Nebraska Kids Camps!!
Ironic Sign in Omaha this past weekend
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Today is World MS Day
It it also the birthday of Billy Donovan, American basketball player and coach.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Paul and April Maunu (Pastors in Valentine, NE), a distinction they share with the day when the Kansas-Nebraska Act became a law establishing the US territories of Nebraska and Kansas in 1854.
1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below see the winner from last week
- Quote of the Day: 'There's no such thing as part time ministry.' - Steven Furtick, Sun Stand Still
- Movie of the Day: Ian Menendez's Solo, NE Student Summit 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
Today is International Jazz Day
It is also the birthday of John Wayne, American actor from 1907.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896.
1). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Corey Johnson (bday on Monday)
POSITION: Family Pastor of Southridge Church in Papillion, NE
HISTORY: Graduate of Christ's Place Leadership College of Lincoln, NE
FAMILY: Engaged to be married to Marisa
- Movie of the Day: Trinity Ford's Solo, NE Student Summit 2017
- Link of the Day: Tripping - Vacation Rentals
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Today is National Tap Dance Day
It is also the birthday of Connie Dawson (Pastor in Lincoln, NE), a distinction she shares with Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher from 1803.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Oprah Winfrey aired her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011.
1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 John 3: Notes on Relationships
- Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - Home
- Quote of the Day: 'If Jesus was the Word and the Word became flesh, than shouldn't we know the Word while we have flesh.' - Eric Samuel Timm, Static Jedi
Tucker, NYM Student, Painting at the Camp!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Today is National Brother's Day
It is also the birthday of my son Eric Schneckloth, and Beth Jacobs (Pastors Wife in Chappell, NE), a distinction she shares with 15 BC – Germanicus, Roman commander from 15 BC.
Finally, it is the anniversary of the first night game in Major League Baseball history, played in Cincinnati Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field in 1935.
1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Creative Students
Our Nebraska Summer Camps will begin in a couple weeks. We've been quickly finishing all of our plans to be ready, many of which include quite a bit of creativity and new ideas. It's fun to try new and exciting things, but it's also important because our students love new experiences and tons of creativity. This is part of who they are in this generation, valuing media and technology and exploring issues that may be untouched until this point. We need to help our kids value their creative spirit, and recognize that this is a Godly trait, because its one of the first things we ever discover about God in the Bible. Here's some signs of creativity in our students, from David Pafford in his book, Rise:
- They value experiences
- They share broad interests
- They have an attraction to complexity
- They are not quick to be judgmental
- They exhibit high energy
- They value autonomy and independence
- They take great initiative and exude self-confidence
- Link of the Day: They Draw and Travel - Fantastic Collection of Illustrated Maps
- Ministry of the Day: NYM Rentals - Check out the inflatables that we offer for a reasonable price to ministries around the central NE area.
Several people responding to the altar call at church this past Sunday!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Today is National Taffy Day
It is also the birthday of Beth King (Executive Pastor's Wife in Lincoln, NE) and Shannon Smay (Associate Pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with Buck Showalter, American baseball player and manager from 1956.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Netherlands declared their independence from Spain in 1568.
1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the link below to submit a caption
- Quote of the Day: 'Many people who destroy the body of Christ do so under the pretense that they're protecting it.' - Peter Haas, Pharisectomy
- Movie of the Day: Regan LuVaas' Solo, NE Student Summit 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Today is National Maritime Day
It is also the birthday of Tanner Sherlock (Chi Alpha Director at Chadron State), a distinction he shares with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer from 1859.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Javin and Elise Troyer (Jr. High Pastors in Kearney, NE), a distinction they share with the day when the Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine" in 1906.
1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Volunteers
This past week it rained almost every day. There was a brief moment of dryness on Thursday, and we decided to try to sneak a cement pour into the plans for our camp. I had an important meeting in Lincoln, but I called a few of my friends and asked if they would still go to Lexington to help us. They agreed and went out on their own to battle the cold day and pour a new sidewalk in front of our gym. It wasn't fun or easy, but they volunteered to pitch in and help out. LIFE LESSON - We should be generous with our time when our friends ask for help.
- Ministry of the Day: Jr. Teen Camp - Today is the early registration deadline for this teenage camp at The Crossing in Lexington, NE, June 12-16th. We are still in need of a nurse and several kitchen workers. If you'd like to volunteer, find the form to apply HERE.
- Song of the Day: Lecrae - Blessings
At the Kosmicki Wedding yesterday in Grand Island, NE
Friday, May 19, 2017
Today is National Artichoke Day
It is also the birthday of my mother-in-law Joanne Whearty, a distinction she shares with Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist from 1795.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Steve and Tamara Mallery (Pastor's in Crawford, NE), a distinction they share with the day that Napoleon Bonaparte established the Legion of Honour in 1802.
1). Blog Entry - Leader Profile: Josh Williams (anniversary on Sunday)
POSITION: Youth Pastor in Crete, NE, and our NYM Youth Camp Director
HISTORY: Graduate of SAGU and Bellevue Master's Commission
FAMILY: Married to Karen with a little girl, Chloe
- Movie of the Day: 1st Night of NE District Council 2017, Bellevue Christian Center
- Link of the Day: GogoBot - Everything you need for your next adventure
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Today is National Visit Your Relatives Day
It is also the birthday of Jen Busch (Pastor's Wife in Burwell, NE), a distinction she shares with Perry Como, American singer and actor from 1912.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Apollo 10 module was launched into space in 1969.
1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 3: Notes on Sin
- Song of the Day: Kristian Stanfill - Always
- Quote of the Day: 'Surrender dependence on an untrustworthy world for reliance on an unfailing Jesus.' - Cally Parkinson, Move
Last Day of School Lunch at Runza with my High School Kids
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Today is World Hypertension Day
It is also the birthday of Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer and actor from 1956.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the New York Stock Exchange was formed in 1792.
1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Disengaged Millenials
One of the topics that comes up often in church trend discussions is the level of activity from the Millenial Generation. These young people are an important part of society, but we've seen the challenge of involving them within the life of the current church in our culture today. Though this may seem strange and could be at a level much higher than previous generations, each time we've 'passed the baton' onto the next level of emerging leaders in the church it's gone through a tough transition period. Many methods change, and the goal is to make sure that we keep the theology in tact while the strategies adapt. Here's some thoughts on why the current generation of Millenials may find it difficult to join in with the church of today, from Jolene Cassellius Erlacher in her book, Millenials in Ministry:
1. Lack of understanding for current church practices
2. Disenchantment with formal presentations and programs
3. Inconsistencies in meeting people's needs
- Link of the Day: Good Reads - Meet your next favorite book
- Ministry of the Day: Jr. Teen Camp - The deadline for early registration is this weekend - don't miss out! The camp will take place in Lexington, NE at our campgrounds June 12-16th.
New Electrical Panels in the Rec Center at our Camp in Lexington, NE
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Today is National Employees Health and Fitness Day
It is also the birthday of 1919 – Liberace, American singer, pianist, and actor from 1919.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Bud and Laura Fortney (Children's Pastors in Lincoln, NE), a distinction they share with the day when the first Academy Awards were handed out in Hollywood, CA in 1929.
1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption
- Quote of the Day: 'Growing up means becoming a driver instead of a passenger.' - Tim Elmore, iY Generation
- Movie of the Day: Overdrive Rap Group - NE Student Summit 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
Today is National Chocolate Chip Day
It is also the birthday of Steven Pettit (Pastor in Kimball, NE), a distinction he shares with Madeleine Albright, Czech-American politician, and the 64th United States Secretary of State from 1937.
Finally, it is Adam and Sarah Erwin's Anniversary (Associate Pastor's in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with the day that James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's first machine gun in 1718.
1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - The Finish Line
This past weekend was my son Ryan's High School Graduation from Grand Island Northwest High School. We had a great time celebrating this momentous occasion and we're excited to see how his life develops in the next few years. We were reminded that though this was the finish line for high school, it's on the beginning of the rest of his life as an adult on his own. In fact this week, my wife and he will visit his college for orientation to begin that journey as well. LIFE LESSON - In this life, every Finish Line is also a launching pad to a new beginning until we meet God in Heaven for eternity.
- Ministry of the Day: Assembly of God Colleges and Discipleship Programs
- Song of the Day: Third Day - Revival
My Son Ryan as a High School Graduate
Friday, May 12, 2017
Today is National Miniature Golf Day
It is also the birthday of Amber Sandoz (Youth Leader in Taylor, NE and NE MA), a distinction she shares with Henry Cabot Lodge, American statesman from 1850.
Finally, it is Brent and Amy Braunberger's Anniversary (Pastors in Crete, NE), a distinction they share with that day that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the largest-ever raid of workplaces and arrests nearly 400 immigrants for identity theft and document fraud in Grand Island in 2008.
1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Carissa Carter (bday on Sunday)
POSITION: Worship Leader at Omaha Glad Tidings Church
HISTORY: Originally from FL, attended Southeastern University
FAMILY: Married to Jason with two teenagers
- Movie of the Day: Terah Palmer's Solo, NE Student Summit 2017
- Link of the Day: Vizualize.me - Create your infographic resume
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Today is National Childcare Provider Day
It is also the birthday of Irving Berlin, American composer from 1888.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Israel joined the United Nations in 1949.
1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Matthew 18: Notes on Relationships
- Song of the Day: Mallary Hope - Now
- Quote of the Day: 'Accountability is something we often want from others but we rarely want to give.' - Brian Dollar, I Blew It
Jewel Cave National Monument, Black Hills, SD
Trinity Bible College Board Retreat
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Today is National Windmill Day
It is also the birthday of Luke Storer (Pastor in Mullen, NE), a distinction he shares with John Wilkes Booth, American actor and assassin of Abraham Lincoln from 1838.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president in 1994.
1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Dealing with Pain
All of us will experience great amounts of pain in our lives. This isn't something that God keeps from us; in fact it's part of His plan for us. We can see this in the design of our physical bodies, how our nerves our made to warn us with pain of possible dangers to our health. Pain is mostly a warning system from God encouraging us to avoid wrong areas in our lives. But some pain is inflicted upon us by others and leaves most of us wondering 'why'? Sometimes God reveals His ways to us, but even if He doesn't we must learn how to trust in Him EVEN THOUGH we experience pain from time to time, just like every great champion in our Bible. So when helping others deal with pain, how can we understand where they are coming from, to learn how to approach it? Here's some thoughts on common responses to pain from Phillip Yancey in his book, Disappointment with God:
2. God exists but lacks power
3. Everything becomes fair in the end (karma)
4. Insist the world is fair
5. Water it down with presumed purpose.
6. Life is unfair
- Link of the Day: Foodily - Recipe search engine
- Ministry of the Day: NYM Inflatables - We have several large inflatables available to rent for your summer outreach/party needs. Click on the link above for more details...
Buffalo on the way to the Black Hills for a Trinity Bible College Board Retreat
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Today is National Receptionist's Day
It is also the birthday of 1800 – John Brown, American abolitionist from 1800.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when West Germany joined NATO during the Cold War in 1955.
1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption
- Quote of the Day: 'Anything that takes our attention away from God and steals our joy and abundant life is wrong and should be changed.' - Rob Ketterling, Change Before You Have To
- Movie of the Day: Josiah's Stand-Up Comedy - NE Student Summit 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Today is National Teacher Day
It is also the birthday of Alissa Scrabek (NE JBQ Coordinator and Children's Director in Omaha, NE), a distinction she shares with President Harry S. Truman, American politician from 1884.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Logan and Rachel Craft (Bellevue Master's Commission Directors), a distinction they share with the day when the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen occurred, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler in 1978.
1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Changing Weather
A couple weekends ago, we had an impromptu work weekend at the campgrounds in Lexington. Several guys were on hand to help us with various tasks that needed upkeep in preparation for our busy summer schedule. One of the major projects was pouring a new sidewalk in front of our gym, which was needed because the old pathway was torn up to repair a broken pipe underneath it. We had the men on hand, the cement ordered, and the plans underway, but then it wound up raining and snowing all day. It was so bad in fact that a week later we still couldn't make it happen because there was still a pool of water along the path. LIFE LESSON - Get used to changing weather and changing situations in our lives; it will be constant and we must be flexible.
- Ministry of the Day: National Youth Convention - Join other students and leaders from around our nation at this national event which includes Fine Arts and General Council, at Anaheim, CA, Aug 7-11
- Song of the Day: Kim Walker-Smith - Fresh Outpouring
Downtown Minneapolis, MN
Friday, May 5, 2017
Today is National Comic Book Day
It is also the birthday of American journalist and TV newscaster Brian Williams from 1959.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Secretariat (horse) won the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, a still standing record from 1973.
1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Danette Matty
POSITION: Director of Christ's Place Leadership College, Lincoln, NE
HISTORY: Attended North Central University
FAMILY: Married to Eric with a couple grown kids
- Movie of the Day: Ambers Vocal Solo, NE Student Summit 2017
- Link of the Day: The Kid Should See This - Smart videos for curious minds of all ages
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Today is Star Wars Day
It is also the birthday of Don Bade Jr. (Pastor in Lincoln, NE) and Angela Bartel (Kids Leader in Grand Island, NE), a distinction they share with Audrey Hepburn, Anglo-Dutch actress from 1929.
Finally, it is the anniversary of the day when Rhode Island became the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III in 1776.
1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Joshua 18: Notes on Worship
- Song of the Day: Hillsong United - Even When It Hurts
- Quote of the Day: 'Jesus suffered separation from God for a moment so we never have to be separated from Him forever.' - Wilfredo De Jesus, Amazing Faith
Maps Workers Helping Repair our Go-Cart Track for the Camp!
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Today is National Public Radio Day
It is also the birthday of Lamoin Lytle (Pastor in Milford, NE), a distinction he shares with Golda Meir, Israeli teacher, politician, and 4th Prime Minister of Israel from 1898.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Richard and Briana Nakai (High School Directors in Bellevue, NE), a distinction they share with the day when Margaret Thatcher was elected to her first term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1979.
1) Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Altar Responses
Last night we had our last Kids Ministry Core Group for the Spring, at New Life Church in Kearney, NE. It was a great time where leaders from 4 different churches in the area came together for fellowship, connection, and a bit of national training. One of the things we discussed was creating an environment of worship, and how an altar call is a great chance for students to be physically active in movement during the service. Not only does it symbolically represent a change of heart and moving from here to there, but it also help students learn kinesthetically. This is valuable not only for kids, but for all students of the Bible in our churches and ministries. Here's a few specific altar responses suggested by Dick Gruber, in his book Cultivating a Cutting Edge Children's Church:
- altar service
- prayer at the chair
- small groups
- prayer partners
- Link of the Day - Recycle Bike Shop - An Omaha business for buying, selling, and trading bike needs. Get some gear to be a part of our Missions Bike Ride in September
- Ministry of the Day: The Crossing Campgrounds - Check out our wonderful campgrounds, where we'll be hosting our Kids and Youth Camps starting next month in Lexington, NE. Also, we have a student work days planned for Monday, May 22nd - help us clean out the pop stand and receive a discount to camp!
Missionary Bryan Davis, speaking in church last weekend