January 26, 2011

The Blue Rooster

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 10:00 am

What’s the Blue Rooster? The best burger place you haven’t tried in the Jackson area.

The menu contains some good burgers, but I prefer to build my own.  Make sure to include the hollerback sauce.  Eat JXN wrote a nice article on it w/ some good info.

my burger from last night

January 1, 2011

Bible Reading Plan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 8:00 am

If you are like me you know that you need to read your Bible.  Not out of guilt (although there’s some of that mixed in as well), but because of the difference it makes in your life.  I need some accountability to help me do that.  YouVersion helps to provide the accountability I need each day.

There’s a variety of plans to choose from.  You can read the entire Bible in 90 days, to reading it over a year, reading a book a month, or devotional readings for each day.  You can have delivered as an email, through your RSS reader, or just read it online or through a mobile phone app.

It’s what I’ll be using again this year (I’m using the chronological plan this year)to help me stay in God’s Word throughout 2011.

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:00 am

John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.)16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.


November 30, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized,Videos — Neil @ 7:00 am

1 of my favorite apps is Dropbox.  It allows me to have any needed files from any computer or my phone.  It also allows me to easily share files w/ someone else.

Dropbox offers 2 paid subscription options, but you can also get a free accoutn w/ 2 gb (more if you are willing to share dropbox through your twitter &/or facebook accounts).

November 29, 2010

Christmas Bible Reading Plan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am


I’m a big fan of YouVersion.  They have a Bible reading plan that is designed to last 25 days (although you can lengthen or shorten the time span).  I’m currently going through it w/ a couple of high school students.

It would be a great way to personally devote yourself to Scripture reading during Advent.  It’s also a good tool for a family or any type of group to go through it together.

As w/ all of YouVersion’s reading plans it syncs between multiple devices.  It also allows you to add accountability partners that allows everyone in the group to see how each person is doing.

Click here to read more about the Christmas Bible reading plan.

November 25, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

 16 Rejoice always,17 pray without ceasing,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

November 24, 2010

Student Worship Flow Sheet

Filed under: Uncategorized,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 7:00 am

Each week as we plan our student worship services we use a flow sheet to help keep us on target.  It forces us to plan through each element (welcome, videos, games, message).  It helps in preparing for technical needs when the volunteers arrive & for our band (high school students).

1 area that it really helps us is w/ planning the length of the service.  Our worship service begins at 6:30 while our children’s ministry meets from 6:00 – 7:00.  We want to be respectful of the jr. high parents who are waiting w/ their younger children on our service to end.

I haven’t always used a formal document like this, but it really helps us plan & our volunteers in knowing what to expect each week when they arrive.

Feel free to use our document if it helps your student ministry (we’ve borrowed ideas from several ministries to create this one).

November 23, 2010

Intern Job Responsibilities

Filed under: Uncategorized,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 12:07 pm

Our student ministry is blessed to have a part-time intern for the entire year.  During the school year he works about 6 hours per week in the office plus time on Sundays, Wednesday nights & attends school activities.  Here’s a few of his regular job responsibilities:

  • develop ideas for games & videos
  • produce videos to use each week in our student worship service & to promote specific events
  • set up the technical needs for our student worship service each week
  • lead a small group
  • write hand written notes/cards to teens each week
  • keep our storage space organized
  • attend at least 1 school event (football game, choir performance, school lunch, etc.) each week 
  • purchase needed supplies/run student ministry errands

November 2, 2010

Go Vote

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

From Marshall Ramsey

October 22, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 9:51 am

Last night, Amanda’s school hosted Family Read Night.  Kindergarten & 1st graders came w/ their parents to hear teachers (& teacher’s husbands who couldn’t say no when asked to read because their wives do much more volunteering @ their job than they do at their wife’s job) read books w/ few words & a lot of pictures.

A few things I learned:

  1. I don’t have the voice you need to read to 5 & 6 year olds.
  2. Glad to live in a school district that cares about children & families.
  3. Sad that so few dad’s attend school activities w/ their children.
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