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    Tips for Integrating Into a New Church Community

    If you’ve just moved to a new location, one of the things you’ll want to do is find a local church that you can join and attend. However, some people can find it a little daunting when they’re entering a new church community. You’ll be stepping into a new setting with people who you don’t know. There’s no need to fear it or put it off though; here are some tips that’ll help you when integrating into a new church community.

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    Find a Welcoming Church

     

    Your first challenge will be finding a church that’s truly welcoming to new people. There will most likely be a range of churches in your area, so do some research and find out what you can about them. Places like Iglesia Universal are known to be very welcoming and open, and that’s what you should be looking for. It’ll make your transition and integration so much easier.

     

    Introduce Yourself to Everyone

     

    The process of introducing yourself to the people who are regulars at the church is obviously going to be important because this is when everyone’s first impressions will be formed. Don’t hold back and wait for people to talk to you because that might not be received in the right way. Instead, don’t be shy and talk to talk to them directly. They probably won’t bite.

     

    Be Yourself

     

    Being yourself is a vital part of this whole process. Don’t try to be something you’re not or what you think they’ll want you to be. They’re sure to be accepting people and you won’t need to be someone you’re not in order to impress them, so why even try? In the end, everyone’s true self comes through anyway so it doesn’t make much sense to pretend.

     

    Get Involved in Activities

     

    If you want to integrate quickly and show people that you’re an asset to the local church, you should get involved in activities conducted by the church and the community surrounding it. Not only will it show your good intentions, but it will also help you to get to know everyone and build those relationships and friendships more quickly. You’ll probably have a lot of fun if you make an effort to get involved too.

     

    Simply Be There

     

    Finally, you should remember to simply be there. Turning up each week and being a part of the church community is the best thing you can do. This is all that really matters anyway, so be a part of the church and become a regular fixture. People will also get to know you that way and you’ll become part of the furniture in no time at all.

     

    Before you know it, you’ll be a settled and active member of your church community, and hopefully you’ll be a part of it for a long time to come. It can take time for you to feel like a natural part of the community, but you’ll get there in the end so don’t fret over it too much.

     

    Book Reviews faith Parenting

    Brick Builders-Illustrated Bible Review

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    My kids are older now so the baby Bible stories are too short they are now able to grasp Bible stories but they are too young to read King James. With my 7 year old I switch up between devotionals and different Bible and Bible activities. When asked to review Brick Builders I knew my kids would enjoy it with Lego themed pictures I soon discovered my son may be too old but my daughter absolutely loves it. The pictures are vivid making the Bible come to life, filled with 35 Bible stories it introduces the bible in a fun way (what kid doesn’t like Legos)?

    About the book

    The Brick Builders Illustrated Bible uses the popularity of brick-building pieces to engage children with more than 35 beloved Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. Reader will travel from Genesis to Revelation as they read about Creation, Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, the Birth of Jesus, Jesus Walks on Water, and more. With bold, colorful illustrations by Antony Evans, each story contains a “Building Block” takeaway for kids to help them apply the biblical principal to their own lives.

    I recommend this children’s Bible as a starter as it just touches the surface of the Bible stories (i.e doesn’t talk about Adam and Eve’s punishment). This is perfect for my 5 year old who just needs to hear the overview but for my 7 year old I want him to go further into depth in analyzing the Bible. It’s a great Lego theme.

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    You Gotta Have Faith (Even When Dealing With An Injury)

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    Most of us know that keeping faith in ourselves through injury can help with recovery. You hear stories all the time of the power of a positive mindset. Sadly, this is easier said than done. The F Faith is the last thing you may feel after a severe injury. You may judge yourself harshly for what happened. With healthcare the way it is, you may also feel that others have no faith in your story.

    If you aren’t careful, you’ll find yourself faithless and suffering for longer than necessary. This is sure to lead to mental implications as well aa the physical injury you’re already dealing with. Soon, you could even stop stop loving your body. You don’t need us to tell you that’s bad news.

     

    That’s why we’re here to say that you NEED to have faith in yourself through this time. Without it, you’re going to struggle to come out the other end. With it, you could return to your old life in no time. With that in mind, keep reading to find out three ways to keep your self-faith strong.

    Believe that you deserve help

    If we lose faith after injury, we often feel undeserving of help. You may think that you don’t deserve a doctor’s time. Or, you may not feel you deserve compensation which could get you back on your feet. Knock feelings like those to the curb. Even if you feel that house fire was your fault, you deserve the help of companies like https://www.globemidwestaipublicadjusters.com/michigan/ to receive the compensation you’re owed. Even if you feel you should have watched where you were going, you deserve a doctor’s help with your broken leg. Never forget that. The moment you do, a minor issue could worsen, as could your mental strain.

     

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    Believe that you can beat this

    Sometimes, even those who get help don’t have much faith that they can beat an injury. You may feel as though your wheelchair is sure to become a permanent fixture. Perhaps you don’t believe you could ever use that wrist the way you used to. We have some news you probably don’t want to hear. The moment you take this attitude, you increase the chances of these things happening. As can be seen on sites like https://carolinejordanfitness.com/stay-positive-injury/, staying positive is essential. If you don’t believe your efforts will fix things, you’ll stop trying. And, that’s when you really could face a lifetime of dealing with this.

    Believe you have a bright future

    Last, you need to keep faith in your future. Sometimes, injuries cause our lives to unravel. You may have to leave work or relocate for physical therapy. It’s difficult to do these things against your will, and it can lead you to feeling bleak about your future. But, that in itself can slow your recovery. You may soon wonder why you bother. Don’t let that happen. Always remain positive about your future. It may not be what you planned for yourself, but it could well be better.

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    Simple Ways You Can Help Improve Your Church Community

    For many of us, Church and the community that we find there plays a significant part of our lives. Of course, it’s not just something that we can just draw strength and positivity from, but also something that we should contribute to as well. Not only for our own benefit but to help the others involved in the church community as well. A subject you can find some simple suggestion on in my post below.

     

    Attend Bible study.

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    One way that you can help to strengthen both your faith and your church’s community is to attend the bible studies class that usually run in the week. In fact, these are a fantastic opportunity to get together with others and practice Christian fellowship, make friendships, support each other through the trials of life as well as learning more about God’s word.

     

    Help decorate and maintain the building.

     

    You may attend a church that has a dedicated building, or you may worship in space that is used for many other things as well as your Sunday services. However, no matter which of these two situations you find yourself in its worth volunteering your help with the maintenance and upkeep of the space.

     

    Churches and chapels, big or small all need to maintained.

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    For those that have a dedicated building there will always be plenty of tasks such as cleaning, repairing, and evening painting the outside to get involved in.

     

    Also, for those that are working in a space that is used for other purposes as well, help is usually needed setting out church chairs for the service, as well as packing them away again afterwards. Something that can be made a lot easier by choosing the right type of chair that stack well as is comfortable too.  

     

    In fact, you only need to ask, and someone will be able to find one off job for you to do, or even a place on one of the organized teams that deal with tasks like art and decoration, catering, and prayer on a regular basis.

     

    Reach out.

     

    Next, you can improve your church community by reaching out to others and giving them practical experience of how Christians out work God’s love.

     

    You may do this in something as simple as offering to be a listening ear when they are going through a difficult time, or even praying with or for them. However, no matter how small your contribution it can make a tangible positive difference in someone’s life.

     

    Try not to judge.

     

    Last, to help make your church community better, it can be it’s crucial that you look to the scriptures and what they say about judgment. There you will find that it is God that is worthy to judge, and him alone, because none of us are free from sin.

     

    Of course, approaching church with this attitude can help it be a much more constructive place that can reach out and help heal sinners, rather than compounding their problems. In fact, it can transform your church community into a hospital for sinners, instead of a social club for saints, and after all isn’t that what God wants us to do? Bring in as many lost souls as possible and show that he loves them unconditionally?

     

    Book Reviews faith kids and fun

    The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Review

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

     

    Book Description
    The Spirit of God illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the baptism of Jesus and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikker. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

    My Opinion
    My son was extremely fascinated by the pictures in this Bible. This Bible version was easy for my 7 year old to understand he read the NIV version of the Bible but at 7 he is still not able to fully grasp what the bible says especially the old Testament. This is a great children’s Bible for the family to read. This helps  to summarize the chapters in the Bible.

    About the author
    Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens and her family and friends.

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