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How do you define leadership? What kind of leader are you? What kind of leader can you be? Can you be both a leader and a follower? You can get a handle on these and other crucial questions by wrapping your brain around Leadership 101. It focuses on the nuts and bolts of solid Christian leadership (prayer, service, communication, conflict management, mentoring, etc.) but also goes deep into the soul of leadership. In these pages you'll find out why leading isn't always what we expect-and how leaders aren't always who we expect them to be. You'll learn to integrate your heart with the skills of leadership. And you'll discover how Jesus, David, and others journeyed on the leadership path-so you can join them, too. This interactive guide also includes checklists, surveys, fill-in-the-blank questions, and journal exercises so you can take your own leadership pulse, identify the traits you want to live out, and record your thoughts and prayers right on the pages-which helps you put leadership into practice more quickly and effectively. Just remember: Leadership isn't a job...it's a journey.
Things are finally getting better for Laura Duffy. Kind of.Despite nursing a broken jaw, Laura is finding a good balance between God, friends, school, and family. But something is happening at Panama Beach High School that is going to rattle every part of Laura's life.A group of new students has arrived whose olive skin and awkward accents draw unwelcome attention from the school's angriest group of burnouts. No one is sure where the new kids came from, why they don't seek friends, or why a bully named Wolf is making their lives so difficult.As tensions rise, Laura finds herself wanting to help, but is frustrated by God's seeming silence. And just when it looks like the tides have turned, things get much, much worse.Join Laura as she struggles to figure out how to be friends with outsiders, extend grace to enemies, and make sense of events that can do far more damage than a broken jaw.
There's proof a man named Jesus of Nazareth once walked the earth, but opinions on exactly who he was can vary widely. Was he really the Son of God, or was he a nice guy who did some positive things on earth, or was he possibly an unstable man? And how can you know for sure what is true and what is false when it comes to what you've read or been told? Lee Strobel decided to investigate the real, historical Jesus and gather irrefutable evidence on everything connected to him so you can discover the biblical truth for yourself.A great prophet. A rebel. The Messiah. A crazy lunatic. Someone who never existed at all. All of these phrases describe different people's views of Jesus, and various ancient documents have been discovered and various books have been written by scholars that seem to support each version. Not to mention all the arguments that say the Bible can't be trusted as a reliable source of information on Jesus. So what are you supposed to believeand why?Lee Strobel wanted the provable, undeniable truth, so he decided to return to the investigation he began in The Case for Christ and explore a variety of new angles to find out once and for all who the real Jesus was. Inside are interviews with numerous biblical scholars and once-zealous doubters about the most common arguments against Jesus, discussions of how reliable Scripture really is, examinations of unearthed ancient texts that appear to counter the gospels, and the evidence that shows who Jesus really was and continues to be in our world. Explore the case for yourself and decide: Is the real Jesus the one the Bible has proclaimed all along?The Case for the Real Jesus Student Edition:Presents the arguments for and against who Jesus is that teens and young adults thirteen and up often ask and encounter so they can see the real factsUses logic and solid information to examine why Christians believe what they doCan be used in the classroom, in group studies, or as part of a religious studies or comparison classContains infographics and charts to make the concepts clearPairs well with The Case for Christ Student Edition, The Case for a Creator Student Edition, The Case for Faith Student Edition, and The Case for Miracles Student Edition
What is going on inside guys' heads? Why do things often seem easier for them in society? And what can we young women do to understand them betterand help them understand us? This book looks to give insight into those questions and more, using proven biological information and social findings, and a little humor, to explore just what is up with the teen boys in your life.They don't always bathe when they should. Or they seemingly spend all their time with friends hitting each other and having weird contests. Deep down, we like them, but boys can be hard to comprehend sometimes. Especially when our culture seems to value the male gender more than our female counterpart. Thankfully, experienced author and youth leader Crystal Kirgiss has done some research and has answers to the questions you've often asked about the guys in your life. Going beyond stereotypes and looking at the real factsfrom the biological to the social to even the biblicalWhat's Up with Boys? will help you understand, appreciate, respect, and accept guys as they are and give you straight-forward information to help them do the same when it comes to you.What's Up with Boys: contains honest comments from girls like you, taken from thousands of interviews and surveysbreaks down erroneous stereotypesboth the ones we have about guys and the ones they have about uslooks at what is actually different between men and women, and why those things should or should not matter when it comes to how we treat each other in relationships and in societyis an easy-to-digest guide packed with information
Does This Sound Familiar? ';Hey, Gimme a Break!' ';Aw You Just Don't Understand!' ';Try to see it my way for once!' the lines of every teenager through history, right? Not this time! The dirty little secret is that your parents were actually your age once. Believe it or not, they went through a lot of the same junk you're going through now (including with their parents!) and another dirty little secret is that some day you'll be trying to make sense of your kids and their lives. Read This Book Or You're Grounded! gives you six chapters with a lot of sound-bites and cool ';boarding-inspired cartoons, plus wisdom and common sense with an attitude. Read This Book Or You're Grounded! includes two chapters on understanding, two on getting along one on special needs and concerns; and a final wrap-up of marching orders to put all this wonderful wisdom into practice. God is here, too: author Wayne Rice lays a spiritual foundation for mutual respect, common understanding, and getting along with parents in all ways. This book can change your life change the life of your family and change your relationship with those sometimes-weird parental units who hang around the kitchen, hog the TV, and act like it's their own house.
Start Discussions That Matter to Your Junior Highers & Middle Schoolers About God. About themselves, their, beliefs, their questions, their lives. More Junior High-Middle School TalkSheets--Updated! contains the same kind of provocative, compelling, discussion-starting questions that are hallmarks of the best-selling TalkSheets series--now updated for new-millennium students. Here are 50 more creative discussions that focus on relevant, real-life topics: The Future Death Priorities AIDS Heaven & Hell Premarital Sex Prayer Knowing God Homosexuality Materialism & Consumerism . . . and 40 more subjects of perennial interest to teenagers. TalkSheets are convenient, effective one-page reproducible handouts with intriguing questions that will get churched kids and unchurched kids alike talking and thinking about the Bible--and how its principles affect their daily lives. Use TalkSheets to launch your own lesson--or use them as stand-alone Bible studies. Each TalkSheet comes with detailed information and suggestions for discussion leaders: Bible references galore, Internet resources, further group exploration, and activities to pursue during and after the meeting. More Junior High-Middle School TalkSheets--Updated! is the perfect discussion-starting resource for youth meetings, small groups and cell groups, Sunday school, and camps and retreats.
Start Discussions That Matter to Your High Schoolers About God. About themselves, their, beliefs, their questions, their lives.[Burst: More than a quarter-million copies sold in this series!]More High School TalkSheets-Updated! contains the same kind of provocative, compelling, discussion-starting questions that are hallmarks of the best-selling TalkSheets series-now updated for new-millennium high schoolers. Here are 50 more creative discussions that focus on relevant, real-life topics:The FutureDeathPrioritiesAIDSHeaven & HellPremarital SexPrayerKnowing GodHomosexualityMaterialism & Consumerism. . . and 40 more subjects of perennial interest to teenagers.TalkSheets are convenient, effective one-page reproducible handouts with intriguing questions that will get churched kids and unchurched kids alike talking and thinking about the Bible-and how its principles affect their daily lives.Use TalkSheets to launch your own lesson-or use them as stand-alone Bible studies. Each TalkSheet comes with detailed information and suggestions for discussion leaders: Bible references galore, Internet resources, further group exploration, and activities to pursue during and after the meeting.More High School TalkSheets-Updated! is the perfect discussion-starting resource for youth meetings, small groups and cell groups, Sunday school, and camps and retreats.
How teenage girls can combat the world's definition of self-image through a biblical understanding of who they are If there is a teenage girl who feels comfortable with her body and appearance, the authors have yet to meet her. This book helps explain where that dissatisfaction comes from, from media like MTV, magazines, and advertisements. It then gives girls a healthy biblical perspective on physical appearance, concluding that the only real way for girls to experience lasting acceptance of their bodies is to look at how God has created them and how he intends for them to love others and themselves. Through their own vulnerability and personal stories, the authors help girls realize they are not the only ones who feel so poorly about themselves. This revolutionary book is written more like a conversation than a lecture and presents the topics and the biblical passages about self-image in new and fresh ways.
These updated discussion starters based on the wisdom books of the Old Testament can stand alone or lead into a full-blown Bible study with help from the leaders' accompanying instructions. Includes Bible references, Internet resources, and other suggested further activities.
TalkSheets have been working for youth group leaders for more than a decade. Now they are radically updated and ready to stimulate high schoolers toward in-depth discussions on real issues--everything from drinking to social justice.
Teenagers learn more by conversing among themselves than by somebody talking at them. These updated TalkSheets--based on the wisdom of Kings David and Solomon--cover topics of perennial relevance and high interest to today's teens.
Just look around and you'll be reminded that our world is broken. People are hurting and dying every day. But it can change. God wants you to help change the world for the better. Zach Hunter is not that different from you. He's a teenager who likes to listen to music and hang out with his friends. But he's also committed to ending modern-day slavery and helping address other issues facing our world. Zach believes that your generation can be the one to change things -and this book will help you find tangible ways that you can be the generation of change. In the process, Zach hopes you'll discover God's love for you and for people who are suffering.Inside you'll find stories about real people who are doing amazing things to change the world around them. As you read, you may discover the thing you're passionate about changing, and you'll find ideas that will help you do just that. Read about people who are:* Feeding the hungry* Healing the sick* Providing clean water for the thirsty* Clothing the poor* Housing the homeless* Protecting human rights* Taking the Bible to new people* Improving the environmentDon't just sit there wondering why our world is so messed up. Get up and be the generation of change.
Get Your Students Talking About the Bible And God. And themselves, their beliefs, their questions, their lives. About the things that matter to them.Do it conveniently and effectively with Junior High-Middle School TalkSheets--Updated!, part of the best-selling discussion-starting TalkSheets series from Youth Specialties, now updated for new-millennium students. Here are 50 creative discussions that focus on relevant, real-life topics:Media Influences--TV, Music, AdvertisingSubstance Abuse & Peer PressureParentsSelf-Image & Physical AppearanceJesusFriendshipsPrayer & WorshipTrusting God & Dealing with Doubt. . . and 40 more subjects of perennial interest to teenagers.TalkSheets are one-page reproducible handouts with provocative questions in a compelling design that will get churched and unchurched kids alike talking and thinking about the Bible--and how its principles affect their daily lives.Use TalkSheets to launch your own lesson--or use them as stand-alone Bible studies. Each TalkSheet comes with detailed information and suggestions for discussion leaders: Bible references galore, Internet resources, further group exploration, and activities to pursue during and after the meeting.Junior High-Middle School TalkSheets--Updated! is the perfect discussion-starting resource for youth meetings, small groups and cell groups, Sunday school, and camps and retreats.More than a quarter million copies sold in this series!
It's not hard to get middle schoolers to talk...unless you're talking about something other than the latest band, movie, or the opposite sex! If you want to get them thinking and talking about Jesus-beyond the flannelgraph, Sunday school Jesus-you have everything you need right here.The latest addition to the best-selling TalkSheets series, Middle School TalkSheets: Life of Christ gives you easy-to-use discussion starters and the tools to lead students into meaningful dialogue about Jesus. The one-page, reproducible handouts offer provocative questions in a compelling design that keep in mind the unique challenges of middle school discussions. These TalkSheets present every aspect of Jesus' life in a way that young teens can connect with as they learn to apply the lessons to their own lives. TalkSheets makes the Bible relevant and engaging for students, while offering helpful hints and optional activities to help your youth ministry team effectively facilitate great conversations-without a lot of prep work.
The best-selling TalkSheets series just got even better. With Still More TalkSheets for High School Students and Still More TalkSheets for Middle School Students, busy youth workers will find everything they need to lead and facilitate meaningful discussions with young teens. Filled with 50 reproducible TalkSheets, helpful hints, and optional activities to help youth ministry teams effectively facilitate great conversations - without a lot of prep work - youth workers can easily engage students for a whole year of dialogue. Each book covers issues of life and faith, including relationships with God and others, and what it means to live a life like Jesus. Students will participate in the learningwhile they take part in conversations about things that really matter.
"e;Walk into any middle school youth group and you'll hear the same thing-herds of students talking! But when you're tired of hearing them talk about things that make your head hurt (you know, the latest video game or their favorite song!), give them something worth talking about!The best-selling TalkSheets series just keeps going... In Still More TalkSheets for Middle School Students, you'll find 50 creative ways to get your youth group talking about things that matter. The one-page, reproducible handouts are compelling and thought provoking. Not only that, they're easy for you to use: You'll find helpful hints and optional activities that can help facilitate great conversations. Inside the pages of this book, you'll find topics that cover issues of life and faith. Your middle school students will be engaged with and thinking about topics like: * Communicating with and hearing back from God * Choosing to follow God rather than the crowd no matter what kind of peer pressure you might face* Exploring what the New Testament has to say about when Jesus is coming back* Being committed to intentional prayer* And 46 more!"e;
Inside Wisdom On...Growing in Christ, you'll find biblical principles and practical tips to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. You'll even be challenged to think about what it means to be a godly person, even if you decide to be something other than a missionary or a pastor when you grow up. You'll discover how wisdom can not only help keep your faith alive, but help it grow.
Who you are and who you want to be don't always match up. Like most teenage girls, you've probably spent lots of time in front of the mirror wondering what you'll be when you grow up-or dreaming of who you'll become. Is it a supermodel, an actress, a dancer, or is it a businesswoman, a mom, or even a pastor? Brooklyn Lindsey grew up dreaming of being a supermodel. She even had a chance to do some modeling and became a festival queen. Her experiences taught her a lot about what she did and didn't want in life. But it wasn't until she became a youth pastor that she realized God had already set her "e;supermodel"e; dream in motion. God had plans for her to be a different kind of "e;supermodel."e;God has a plan for you, too-and it's probably bigger than anything you could ever imagine. Read along as Brooklyn shares stories of triumph and tragedy as an aspiring model, and learn how your faith and your friends play a significant role in who you are and who you'll become. In Confessions of a Not-So-Super Model you'll begin to reshape the way you see yourself and the way you dream. You'll discover that being a supermodel doesn't always require fabulous hair and a great figure.
If you've ever watched a dog chew on a bone, you've probably noticed how hard she concentrates on itturning it over, getting a stronger grip, digging her teeth into it. She knows that the best meat is at the center of the bone, so she keeps chewing until she gets to the really good stuff. Believe it or not, that's not too different than what it means to meditate. Meditation essentially means to chew on something over and over again. Chew on This provides you with something to chew on that will take you deeperto the really good stuff. The more you chew on Scripture, the more you allow it to nourish you and give you strength. But even more than that, it draws you closer to the God who created you and wants to be in a relationship with you. During this month long devotional, you'll walk through guided meditations, journaling opportunities, Scripture to chew on, and questions for reflection. All these experiences will help you discover Christ in your everyday life and grow closer to God. Take a big bite and chew on God's Word for a while. See how good the ';good stuff' inside can really be.
Middle school and teen readers can explore the life of the 44th president of the United States in this factual and informative biography of Barack Obama's life leading up to his historic election.The life of Barack Obama is an inspirational story for anyone who has ever felt abandoned, alone, different, or who has wanted to do great things and make a difference in the world. Learn about the life-shaping experiences Barack Obama faced as he was raised by a single mom and his grandparents. Discover how he rose to the top of his class at Harvard law and accepted a faith that gives his life deeper meaning. And explore the tough choices President Obama faced when he left a lucrative career in law to work in public service.In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out about the state of our country and its leadership, saying, ';We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.' Forty years later Barack Obama stood in the same place Abraham Lincoln once stood, and announced he was running for president because of Dr. King's words. He recognized a country in turmoil and a nation looking for something different, something better. As you read about the life of Barack Obama, look at the world around you and see how you too can participate in creating change for the better.Barack Obama:uses a factual presentation that makes this book perfect for school assignmentsprovides a non-biased look at Barack Obama's life leading up to his electionexplores Barack Obama's faith and the values his family instilled at a young agecontains inspiring quotes from throughout his life and first presidential campaign
Most teenagers think that being a Christian means doing the right thing. But figuring out what the "e;right thing"e; is can be a challenge. This book will guide your students through God's Word and help them figure out what God really wants from them.
Many people run scared from the middle school youth room. But (thankfully!) there are people out there who are actually drawn to those young teens. Although often times they're not equipped to deal with the unique challenges that middle school ministry presents, or they're just not sure what to do when a room full of young teens (who are "e;part child, but not quite adult"e;) are running around the youth room. Finally, there's a comprehensive guide to middle school ministry, from two veterans of this unchartered territory. Mark Oestreicher and Scott Rubin help youth workers understand the importance of middle school ministry, the development process for young teens and their implications for ministry, and how to best minister to these sometimes misunderstood students. They share their experiences (as middle school pastors and parents of middle schoolers), giving youth workers he encouragement, hope, and training they need to succeed in middle school ministry.
Everyone has secrets. Some you might whisper into a friend's ear, while others may stay locked inside you for years...maybe even forever. It's those secrets that you tuck away that eventually control you. You may think you're okay, but really, your secrets can be tearing you apart from the inside out. Secret Survivors tells the compelling, true stories of people who have lived through painful secrets-things that they kept to themselves until they could no longer bear the pain alone. As you read their stories, you'll be drawn into their journeys towards healing, and you'll understand why it's so important to share your secret with someone else in order to start your own healing process. Read the stories of people, who as teens and young adults, dealt with issues like:*Date rape*Physical abuse*Cutting*Pornography addiction*Eating disorders*Incest*Drug and alcohol addiction*Abortion You may find a story that sounds similar to your own secret pain, or you may learn more about secrets that a friend or family member is dealing with. Whether your own story is represented in these pages or not, you'll feel a connection to the people in these stories, because we all have some kind of pain tucked away. But you don't have to feel alone in your pain anymore. After you read the stories of these survivors, you'll find the strength you need to share your own secret and start healing your heart and soul.
Is Jesus really the Son of God, the Messiah? Lee Strobel wasn't so sure. So, he decided to use his award-winning journalistic skills to investigate Jesus and prove once and for all if all the claims about him are true. The Case for Christ Student Edition adapts Strobel's New York Times bestselling book to present hard-hitting findings as well as Lee's journey from skepticism to belief in an easy-to-follow manner so you can make a decision about Jesus for yourself.The Case for Christ Student Edition:Written for children ages 12 and olderPresents the arguments for and against Christianity teens and young adults often ask and encounter so they can see the real factsUses logic and solid information to examine why Christians believe what they doCan also be used in the classroom, in group studies, or as part of a religious studies or comparison classContains infographics and charts to make the facts clearPairs well with The Case for a Creator Student Edition, The Case for Faith Student Edition, The Case for the Real Jesus Student Edition, and The Case for Miracles Student EditionLee Strobel's research provides:Scientific data, expert testimonies and interviewsCross-religious comparisonsHistorical and archeological proofs he discovered during his investigationThe conclusion he finally came to about Christianity that changed his life foreverThere's historical proof a guy named Jesus walked on the earth but was he really performing miracles? Did he actually rise from the dead? And was he truly the prophesied savior he claimed to be? Lee Strobel found it all hard to believe, and his doubts led him to ask the tough questions and dig into the real evidence to see if the Bible's claims and Jesus's words were true.
"e;If I only had known what could happen, I would have made a different choice!!!"e;A decade in a crisis pregnancy center, counseling both Christian and non-Christian teens...speaking to millions of students through the years...counseling and answering the letters of thousands of teens...Pam Stenzel has heard this statement over and over and over again. From kids like you.Sex Has a Price Tag rejoices that, indeed, sex is glorious. Sex is God-given. But sex outside of God's boundary is behavior that has far-reaching consequences. Outside a monogamous marriage it has a price tag of incalculable costs.Here are real testimonies, encouragement, and advice about:abstinence vs consequencesBiblical definitions and examplesphysical diseases and emotional disasterexamination of urgestaboo subjects including masturbationadvice on where to go for helpavoiding sexual activity and awkward situationsdealing with friends, parents...and your self-respectSex Has a Price Tag is brutally frank but totally sympathetic, written to girls and guys. Here are searing personal testimonies, medical stats, and practical solutions; encouragement in the form of Biblical examples, support and networking options, innovative alternatives to dating situations, and creating journaling. There are sources and links for seeking help. Sex Has a Price Tag is life-affirming, and is a life-saver.
A practical and personal approach to apologeticsfor students. How many times has your teacher asked you a question, and you stare blankly at the ceiling, hoping to discover the answer lingering there? It's frustrating when we don't know the answers to the questions we're asked by others, but it can be even more frustrating when we don't know the answers to the questions we are asking ourselves. Have you ever asked one of these questions?* Does what I think really matter?* What is truth?* Is God there?* Has God spoken?* Am I important enough?* Am I good enough?* What's so great about heaven?If you've ever wondered about any of these questions, you've come to the right place. In Living with Questions, Dale Fincher will help you look at each of these questions in such a way that you'll discover clues, helpful tools, and answers-and what they all mean for your life and your faith. The answers you find will put you on a path to dig deeper and gain confidence in your faith. As Dale addresses the big questions that he's been asked by students across the country, you'll find that you're not alone in your doubt, confusion, orquestioning. As you learn to live with questions, even the answers are only steps in the right direction. You'll find how they whet the appetite to go deeper into your purpose on this planet and to discover something big-yet very personal-that's worth living for.
Prepare yourself for an eye-opening, no-punches-pulled investigation into eight of the toughest objections to Christianity. The answers will prove whether or not Jesus is who he says he is and if heaven is for real, leading you to a life-changing decision in your current case for or against Christianity.Like you, as a student, Lee Strobel asked the same tough questions you face about God, about Jesus, about science, and about Christianity. Why is there suffering? Doesn't science disprove miracles? What about helland the millions who've never heard of Jesus? Is heaven for real? Is God unjust?So what convinced Lee Strobelan atheist investigative journalist turned faith-filled Christianthat Jesus is real?Join Lee in this fascinating journey of discovery. If you're an atheist or just aren't sure about Jesus, these stories will turn your whole world upside down. If you're already a Christian, you'll gain powerful insights that will reshape your understanding of the Bible and affect your life of faith like never before.
In The Case for a Creator-Student Edition, best-selling author and former atheist Lee Strobel and popular writer Jane Vogel take younger readers on a remarkable investigation into the origin of the universe, interviewing many of the world's most renown scientists and following the evidence wherever it leads.Their findings-presented in the third blockbuster "e;Case"e; book student edition-offer the most compelling scientific proof ever for intelligent design. Perfect for youth groups and young people eager to rebut the Darwinian and naturalistic views taught so commonly in schools.
You are here for a reason. God is calling you to reshape the planet-to help change it for the better. But if you're like most people, you'll spend years searching out why God made you the way he did and never really uncover God's beauty in you and ultimately never realize why God created you. Some people believe that when it comes to God's Will in your life, there's only one answer. Well, inside the pages of this book, you'll discover that God has definitely created you for a purpose, but that purpose isn't an occupation set in stone for the rest of your life.Take the time to find out what it means for you to leave a footprint. The marks you leave on this world could make all the difference. Inside you'll explore:* Who am I really? What gifts and skills do I have? You'll look deep inside your emotions, your personality, and abilities to understand how God has uniquely gifted you to make a difference on Planet Earth.* What do I dream about? You'll look at what your heart longs to do, and you'll learn that what you dream about is probably something God has placed in you. God has given you passions...will you use them for his glory?* Why am I here? You'll discover your life purpose and look into the things you think God may be calling you to do. And, you'll be challenged to use who you are in the world right now.So take off your shoes and step out in faith. You'll find out what it means for you to leave your footprint in your world today, and what it could mean for your future.
You've probably heard the story of the garden of Edenthe paradise that God created for humans to live in. There was plenty of room for everyone, there were trees and flowers and plenty of food. When you look out your window today you don't see the paradise God intended for us. This world is crowded, polluted, and headed for trouble. But it's not hopeless. Emma Sleeth is only sixteen, and she's working hard to save our planet. She believes that we're called by God to protect the resources that he gave us, and she wants to help you learn how to live a sustainable lifestyle. She's speaking out to her generation in the hopes that you will be the ones who can end global warming and restore our world to the paradise that God desires for us. In It's Easy Being Green you'll learn how to honor God in the choices you make and you'll begin to understand the impact those choices have on the environment. Emma will help you see how you can make a difference at school, around the house, and all over the world as you make choices about everything from transportation to food to clothes. Imagine the kind of paradise you can help to create for the next generationfor your future children! Join Emma on the quest to serve God by saving the planet.