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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.

    To learn more and view a free sampler click here.

     

     

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    How To Get Your Children Interested In Faith

    One thing that all parents do, is teach their children the ways of life, and it’s understandable that you’d like to get your children interested in your faith and what you believe in. However, explaining something as large as faith to a child can turn out to be a more difficult task than you’d thought. Luckily, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks on how you can help your children understand your faith and more importantly, become interested in practising it too.

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    Implement a time to practise faith

    Depending on what you believe in, you will have a time that you dedicate to talking to your God. while you may already be practising thing, include your children in your praying time so that they can get themselves into a routine. Teach them that praying to God is about confessions, wishes, and also dreams of theirs to start with, so that nothing becomes too complicated for them. Getting your children into the routine of speaking to your God will help make a mark in their lives within your religion. You can start this from a very young age, as children are very impressionable. So, even if your children can talk yet, practising the actions and that reflection time will be a great start.

    Deliverance

    Explaining to your children why you have faith can be a difficult task, especially because children are very visual learners. However, you can use deliverance techniques such as showing them angelic warriors and other images that your religion has depicted for it’s followers. Allowing them to visualise what they are believing in will make it much easier for them to understand, especially when they are at a young age.

    Teach them what would interest them at the moment

    Some things are just going to be too much for your children to take on. The ins and outs of any religion can be difficult to keep track of. Instead, why not pick out the elements that would interest your children at the moment? Perhaps you’ll choose a hymn that is sang at church for them to learn and practise, or even giving them figurines for the bedrooms so that they can think about their faith and do their own kind of praying. Try not to overload them with too much information, as it can be confusing!

    Find out what they already know

    Finally, it’s important to find out what they already know about your faith. When they are at school, it’s likely that they have been taught about many different religions, and for a young mind it’s easy for them to get a few details mixed up. Once you know what kind of knowledge they have, you can concentrate on either getting the facts straight, or continuing their learning of your faith.

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    Have A Little Faith In You

    There is nothing worse than low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can cause you to feel low when times are really bad, and when you don’t believe in yourself, the negative times feel like they come more often. There are people everywhere that will have a reason that success happens for them. Some will say it’s access to financial resources, others will say it’s not what you know, but who. The thing is, success can happen to any person in any walk of life with the right grit and the right circumstances, but the biggest thing that any person needs is the right self-belief. The biggest factor to achieving anything is the belief that you can do it and you can do it well. It’s this belief that’ll push you from being doubtful about what you’re about to do with your life to being confident. It’s this belief that’ll make the difference between whether you hesitate or whether you jump in with both feet forward.

    Having faith isn’t always easy though. When you’ve grown up in a life that constantly feels like the lemons being thrown are rocks to the side of the head, you grow up believing that no good things are going to happen for you. The thing is, the good things are ALWAYS going to happen if you have faith that they will. It doesn’t matter whether you’re waiting on your college acceptance letters or you’re awaiting the outcome of your application to some of the best first credit cards, whatever you seek in your life you will get if you have the right attitude and the right sense of self. Your finances don’t have to be a mess if you believe in yourself to fix a situation that has put you there. Your personal relationships can be strong and long-lasting if you believe that you can put in the work to make them last. The biggest difference between people who find success and the ones who don’t is the belief that they can do it and do it well. A confident person doesn’t mind the risks that they take if the risk is taken for the right reason. Your brain will always play against you, regardless of whether you have the right goals it will tell you that you should be cautious. It’s why we procrastinate, doubt ourselves, think negatively etc. Overcoming all of those internal struggles and obstacles are how we have some faith in what we do.

     

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    No one else will believe in you until you do and while it’s a hard truth, it’s a truth nonetheless. You have to be able to believe that you’re going to be a success with the choices that you make. If you don’t believe it, other people won’t. If you want other people to put their faith in you, then you have to start first. You wouldn’t ask an investor to come forward to put money in your business if you don’t believe the concept is going to work; that’s the fastest way to failure if there ever was one! If you were in an accident and lost a limb, you’d go through periods of not believing that you can continue to live a full and active life – bar a few adjustments – and it’s the choice whether to stay in this negative way of thinking that will truly determine your future. Having just a touch of faith in yourself can change your life.

    Having faith in yourself builds your confidence and it’s so important that you do this. Achieving a family, or financial security, or overall lifelong happiness will all depend on whether you have the confidence to strike out and grab those things that you so desperately want. You have to ascertain whether you have the strength of character to go and get the things that you want and if you do, then you have faith in yourself. Confidence stems from a very deep belief that you can achieve a family, going debt-free, launching a business – any one of those things that you so want, you can have.

    Having faith means inspiring yourself to take action in your life. When you see something that you want, you must go for it. Some of the most successful people in the world get to their success with a few failures. Thomas Edison, the creator of the light bulb, failed multiple times before he succeeded in his creation that has changed the world. He never viewed it as failure, he simply said that he had learned how NOT to make a lightbulb. It’s this attitude that propelled him to his success and it can yours, too.

    Self-belief is a way of life not just an idea that you have one day. You have to make a conscious effort to believe in yourself every single day, because it’s this that is going to keep pushing you on when things look bleak. Getting through the toughest times is never going to be an easy job, but the more that you believe that you can do it, the better off you will be in the long run. Having the ability to believe in yourself is actually pretty rare; most people are filled with an unending self-doubt and insecurity, and it’s this that is going to stop people from seeing life for how wonderful it really is.

    Confidence is the preference and you need to be confident in everything that you’re doing with your life to have faith that things will work out. Even when things seem bleaker than bleak, they can work out for the best and you can be a big part of that happening. Your family are always going to be holding you up and supporting you, but until you can be your own support system you’re going to struggle to keep on moving forward. Take the time to work on yourself and be the best version of you that you can be. You won’t ever regret the choice you make to have faith in you.

    Book Reviews faith

    Review: Born To Wander

    When going through a difficult time I tell people we all have to go through our own wilderness experience. In Born to Wander, Michelle Van Loon reminds us that God’s people have always been exiles and wanderers. So what is an exile and what is a wanderer?

    Exile is not a terminal point
    Exile is meant to transform us into pilgrims.

    Pilgrims asks do I trust him? Van Loon reminds us that we are born to wander but the question remains are we moving toward God or wandering away from him? As I think about this aspect of wandering I think about when God says we are to venture out of our comfort zone. I think about Peter who was called to walk on water he was put in a uncomfortable spot it was a place where God was able to use Peter which was in his moment of uncomfortability. God doesn’t call for us to be comfortable he calls for us to come out of our comfort zones. Van Loon reminds us that when we are displaced to not complain and murmur like the people of Egypt but rather our exile is to make us pilgrims.

    Jesus knows out human propensity for looking backward toward the past to try to tabulate the cost of following him. Here’s the thing: if our past was uncompromised and overflowing with vibrant spiritual health he wouldn’t need to tell us to follow him. We would have already been “pilgriming” instead of wandering.

    This is a great book that helps you understand why God is requiring you to move and how to respond. We are called to be pilgrims not wanderers.

    You can purchase this book on Amazon

    I received this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.