Values are undebatable truths that drive and direct behavior. They are motivational – they give us reasons why we do things; and they are restrictive – they place boundaries around behavior. Leadership literature is paying increased attention to the importance of consistent values to a leader's effectiveness over the long haul.
King David describes value-driven behavior in Psalm 15. Notice that he says the person who enjoys the presence of God and lives a blameless life is the one who "speaks the truth from their heart" (v.2). Because this person values truth in the heart, their words express truth. Because they value kindness, the do "no wrong to a neighbor" (v. 3). Because they value honesty, they keep "an oath even when it hurts" (v. 4). Because they value justice, they do "not accept a bribe against the innocent" (v. 5).
Leaders who are driven by godly values reap a great benefit from the Lord. David says they "will never be shaken" (v. 5). Regardless of what may happen around them, they can live with full confidence that the right principles have shaped their values and have guided their decisions. That confidence will give them emotional and spiritual stability. It will enable them to be leaders whom God can use for his glory.
WHAT: Midwest retreat (ages 13-21)
WHEN: October 5th-7th
INFO: The cost is $178 (if cost is an issue talk to Julie)
Julie will be driving and they will leave after school on Friday and return Sunday evening all meals will be provided. Friends are welcome as long as they sign up and pay. Let Julie know asap if you are planning to attend. The speaker is Tony, from the band Hazakim, who grew up in our congregation. We highly encourage everyone to attend!
Register here: www.ymja.org/event-registration
Effective leaders use the same standards for themselves that they apply to others. They hold themselves accountable just like everyone else. Maintaining such accountability involves seeking honesty 24/7. Skilled leaders usually receive feedback from those who work above them, beside them and for them. A failure to provide a structure for such accountability will lead to a crisis of character and leadership. (Read 2 Samuel 11:1-5;27) The tragedy of King David underscores what can happen when leaders fail to create a structure in which they are answerable for how they spend their private and professional time. Ultimately, God will hold every leader accountable as he did with David.
WHEN: September 22-23rd
WHAT: We will be having our annual Sukkot sleepover in the sukkah. We will be staying after service to play games, Have a bonfire and sleep in the sukkah. Bring Nerf guns for a nerf battle. We can try to recreate the pillow fort if that is an interest to anyone. Friends are invited. Meals will be provided. Bring $5 and favorite game to share (more than a 5 players)
Contact Julie for more information
WHERE: Beth Messiah
WHEN: August 19th, 2018 1-3pm
WHAT: For this months teen event we will be hosting an ice cream bar at immersion service. As always friends are invited and food will be provided. Please let Julie know what you would like to have at the ice cream bar.
One aspect of being a leader is courage. When Moses died, Joshua took over his role as leader. Joshua now had to lead the people across the Jordan to the land G-d was giving them. Joshua was probably scared and had no idea what was going to happen but G-d promised him he would be ok. "'Chazak ! Be strong! For you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their fathers to give them." Joshua 1:6 G-d noticed that he needed courage and gave him wisdom and guidance to lead the people. When faced with tough situations we should always remember to have courage and know G-d is with us at all times.
Integrity also plays a big role in leadership, honesty is a characteristic most leaders should have. "At this time the supervisors and satraps tried to find ground for a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they were unable to find fault or corruption, because he was trustworthy and no negligence or dishonesty could be found in him. Finally these men said, “We’re not going to find any basis for charges against this man Daniel, unless we find something against him regarding the law of his God.” Daniel 6:5-6 When king Darius wanted to set Daniel above all his presidents and princes they tried to find something they could accuse him of but could find nothing because he was an honest man. So challenge yourself to show integrity in what you do during the day, every day. As you do, you'll become a leader whom others will want to follow.
It's finally here!
The middleschoolers are having a canoe trip and overnight August 25-26th
See Sylvia for questions
How The World Defines Us:
The world can define us as many things; ugly, fat, annoying, stupid, nerdy, weird, ect.
Are we really what the world thinks we are? Is who we are based on what we wear, what grades we get or even who we hangout with? The answer is no. G-d doesn't care if some says we look awful or if we don't do well in a certain class because we are not perfect. It it perfectly fine to mess up because everyone does it.
G-d made us to be a certain way not like everyone else. Society says we fail when we don’t get good grades. The truth is that we fail when we forget that we are loved and cared for. It's ok to be frustrated if you fail a test even though you studied a lot or mad if you get food on your clothes.
How G-d Defines Us:
Despite what other people see us as G-d sees us as beautiful, special, unique and so much more. Genesis 1:27 says "God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. " Does this mean we are exactly perfect like G-d? No, we still sin and have problems but G-d created us in HIS image not someone else's. Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I set you apart— I appointed you prophet to the nations.” G-d knew us before we were born and he still loves us even though we make mistakes.
How We Define Ourselves:
Am I pretty enough? Is my hair perfect? Does this outfit look better? Is my car the most expensive? Do I have good grades? These are all questions we ask ourselves. We form our self-image through interaction with others, taking into account their reactions to us and the ways they categorize us. Their responses are affected by their own distortions in worldview.. Others have their flaws, and we have ours. Zephaniah 3:17 says "Adonai your God is in your midst— a mighty Savior! He will delight over you with joy. He will quiet you with His love. He will dance for joy over you with singing." G-d loves us no matter what and we are more beautiful than we think.
A good video to watch is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=litXW91UauE
If you want to talk or need encouragement feel free to talk to me:
Camp Yeladim is coming up fast this year! With only 12 days away everyone is busy getting ready. Come learn with us about how to live a Jewish life in Messiah through prayer while we also have fun games, crafts, field trips, swimming, songs, and good times with friends! Register today here! https://camp.bethmessiah.org/
Credit to Eric Chabot
A lot of non-believers ask "Well if God can change people and they read the Bible then how come I don't see any change?"
Some people profess to be Christian but don't actually move forward in their faith and a lot of Jews are Jewish but don't get involved or have a relationship with God. Not everyone is like this but even though people say they believe in God doesn't mean they follow and worship him.
We may have grown up believing in God because we always have but that doesn't mean we don't truly accept him. Sometimes we forget that if have come to know the Lord, we are now in the process of sanctification. (Becoming more like him) We either don't want to change or are forgetting that God is in control.
When we accept Yeshua and choose to believe in God, it does not mean we automatically become perfect. There is still sin in the world. We may notice we are sinning and turn away from it but we still aren't perfect and that's why Yeshua came.
God does transform us. But it involves our cooperation. We must be willing to change with God, through his Word, and allow others to be involves in the process and we can change. Also, suffering and circumstances can be used to change us as well. The question is “How do we respond to God in this specific circumstance?” Will we turn away from him or allow him to help us?
We should ask ourselves "What is stopping me from changing?" He has given us His Spirit, the Word, community, plenty of resources (lectures, books, online resources), to help us. We are just being stubborn.