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Entries for December 2016

Wishing you a joyous Christmas

Posted on December 20, 2016 in: Articles

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 To all of you from all of us on the Yeshua Institute team ... May you receive the grace of a blessed and joyous Christmas!  

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Three steps to breaking a bad habit

Posted on December 13, 2016 in: Articles

Marlene Chism , author of Stop Workplace Drama and No-Drama Leadership, suggests a 3-step process to break a bad habit. 1. Identify the unwanted habit that you want to change. 2. Create space between stimulus and response. When you get the trigger that ignites your bad habit, find something else quick and simple to do – as simple as taking a deep breath or counting to three. 3. Recognize the choice you have – and you always have a choice. If a choice doesn’t come to mind, stick with the task. Keep asking. Keep looking. Persist until a choice comes to mind – and then take it. READ CH...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute We were in the middle of a ministry formation class when one of the participants made a point: “Leading Like Jesus is a lot easier if you’re getting support from the people around you.” “That’s why your parents urged you to pick good friends, right?” I asked rhetorically. “And that’s why those of you who are parents are now urging your kids to do the same thing.” The room was full of knowing smiles punctuated by several heads moving up and down. We knew. We all knew. One of the most used rationalizations fo...

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People have been reporting that the link we’ve given them to donate to the work of the Yeshua Institute isn’t always working. We haven’t been able to figure out what is causing the problem, but we have come up with a solution – a whole new donor page. If you’d like to partner with us and make a contribution to our work before the end of the year, here’s the link to get it done. Thanks for your feedback. And thanks for your support. The Yeshua Institute Team

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The good news that unemployment levels continue to decline is bad news for many employers. Why? Because stronger employment statistics mean workers have more opportunities to abandon sinking or vexing ships. Organizations with poor leaders are bound to see turnover rise – in some cases dramatically. In fact, after interviewing over 3,000 full-time workers in 14 countries this year, a Dale Carnegie Training study reported that 44% said they will be looking for a new job in 2017. In the U.S. the percentage was only 26% -- but that’s still more than a quarter of all people on payrolls. And 15% of American wo...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute What I’m about to discuss is pretty basic to people who take a particular interest in the church’s liturgical calendar or in all things liturgical. But I know from over 30 years of experience working in church ministry that a lot of us don’t fit those criteria. We might take a quick look at the Advent wreath in church or on a kitchen room table and wonder why one candle is rose-colored when all the rest are purple. Maybe a purple one got lost or broken – always a safe assumption when we’re talking about things on a family’s kit...

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              Excalibur Award winner Father David Beauvais is congratulated by Patti Rangel after receiving the Rockford Register Star's Excalibur Award. Patti worked as Father Dave’s secretary at St. James Catholic Church. (Photo by Max Gersh/Rockford Register Star and rrstar.com) Father David Beauvais, a Yeshua Institute Board Member and Facilitator, was presented with the Excalibur Award Dec. 1 for his service to the people of Rockford and northern Illinois. The award is generally considered the most prestigious public service award an individual ...

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