Fitness and church bring families together.

faith-and-fitnessMany people are looking for an easier way to exercise around their schedules. With work, getting children off to school, and your church obligations how are you supposed to fit in your exercise time? This is a tricky question for some people. Finding the time to fit it all in can be easier than you think. Equipment for exercise at home is getting cheaper and easier to pay for with payment plans and lower price equipment options. There are many options to choose from so do your research.

Churches are starting to offer gyms for their parishioners to exercise in. Some gyms are simply a basketball court, but some are adding home exercise equipment for the parishioners to come and exercise on their own time. There are many churches offering this service and it’s becoming a very popular trend in churches across the world.

With this new trend there are many options in exercise equipment that can be affordable and offer maximum cardio for the participants. Here is a short list of some that would be suitable for churches gyms.

Treadmills

Treadmills are a great way to get cardio in and can be bought pretty reasonable. They come in many different styles that range from the super technological to the basic brand. They offer hours of running and walking time which can benefit the younger and older generations.

Stationary bikes

Stationary bikes are a very healthy way to exercise and work those leg muscles. The options that are out now for stationary bikes range from ones with handle bars and ones without. There are even some that are portable so they can be put away at night when no one is in the gym or moved to a more appropriate spot.

Yoga and Pilates

Adding yoga mats and Pilates equipment is very affordable for a gym since they can be as little as $10 an item. Many women do yoga and Pilates and having a gym area to go to with the necessary equipment at their church is a bonus. There are mats and balls that can be purchased. You can also purchase some stretching tools and stepping blocks for step exercises. These are things that can be stored away nicely and taken out when needed.

Make sure if you are adding a gym to your church grounds that you have antibacterial wipes for people to use to clean the equipment after and before use of the equipment. This will help keep down on germs and sickness being transmitted between the participants.

With many churches becoming the epicenter of family life it only makes since to add a gym to the church grounds for the families to have exercise and activities to do with other church goers. Adding a gym and maybe some soccer and baseball fields would really benefit the families that put their time into the church and also help benefit the workers of the church in their fitness routines.

Making a church feel like a family environment is the goal for all preachers. They want families to feel welcome to use their services and participate in church events. One way of doing that is by making it easier for families to pray and play together.

Religion and Health

RELIGION AND HEALTHWe can service God and our fellow man kind in many ways. God placed in submission under Adam all the vegetation, all the fishes and all the animals. When we partake of a food of the earth, we partake of one of the foods which God provided for us.

It’s generally acknowledged that a vegetarian diet would be most healthful for many people, but it just so happens that meat is the only true source of the complete Amino Acids, Vitamin B Complex, and Proteins.

We have a wide variety of meats available to us. Some recommended ones are chicken breast, 95% lean beef, wild salmon, egg whites, whole eggs, roasted peanuts, canned tuna, Tilapia, Turkey Breast, and flank Steak, among many more selections.

These meats selections can provide a variety of menus in many different delicious recipes. The Lord is Truly Good!!! And we are prosperous!!! Jehovah Jira!

Mention of the importance of the balance between eating and fasting is riddled throughout the Bible. From the many feasts that are mentioned in the Old Testament to the First Communion.

I mentioned Amino Acids earlier. What you should look for in Amino Acids is Branch Amino Acids or BCAA’s. BCAA’s rebuild muscles after your workout. They include three essential amino acids: valine, leucine, and isoleucine. Our bodies are unable to produce these amino acids, so it is necessary to go out and buy them.

The Bible has several different stories about meat. The first is the famous story of when Cain slew Able because one brother, Caine was a farmer and Able was a Hunter. God said he like to smell the sweet savor of meat when it is cooking in the Holy Temple. The Bible says “…meats for the belly…”. It’s as if The Bible were guiding us toward meats. Could it be that the Bible was directing us toward the ingestion of Amino Acids for our strength and health? Amino Acids help to build muscle.

Here are some suggestions on the top BCAA’s supplements on the market:

  1. Optimum Nutrition BCAA Powder

Quality ingredients

Mixes well with other pre/post supplements.

  1. Muscle Pharm   BCAA 3:2:1

This indicates that it’s mixed 3parts l-leucine, 2 parts isoleucine, and one part valine.

It is reputed to be one of the best products.

  1. USP Labs BCAA powder

Great Product

These are just a few suggestions to stock your shelves with a healthy supplement that can give you energy, support your immune system, support muscle recovery, make sure we’ve got all our Amino Acids, and promote and maintain lean muscle mass. These products are particularly helpful with teens and young adults and for exercise. They induce protein synthesis, reduce muscle loss, help build muscle mass despite your age, increase the ability to burn fat. Helps balance hormones. Helps develop muscle strength. Speeds up muscle recovery. They improve muscle endurance. With benefits like these, it’s easy to see why we are constantly being escorted over to the meat section to make a delicious selection!

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Church and the Community

CHURCH AND COMMUNITYThere are many faith based centers that help those in need. Some are food banks and some are clothing banks. If you’re thinking of opening your church up to the community and offering services a few things that you should include in your resources for the elderly are household goods and necessities such as toiletries and such. Here is a list of items that should be provided to the elderly in need.

Toiletries

Many elderly can’t afford basic needs so it’s helpful when someone can provide them with a few to help out. Churches offer food and clothing but not many offer toiletries. Toiletries such as adult diapers, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, and other such things are very hard for the elderly to afford. These should be collected from the church community and given to the elderly that are needing assistance.

Cleaning supplies

Cleaning supplies are something that the elderly and that the low income struggle to provide for themselves. Even though you have assistance for food, housing, and bills you may not have assistance with cleaning supplies. Many people are starting to make their own cleaning supplies like back in the day but not everyone can afford the materials that are needed to make their own and not many people can just walk into a store and buy common supplies like bleach, laundry detergent, dish soap, and cleaners. These would be very helpful for those people that can’t afford them. Taking collections from the church community can build a supply to offer to the needy pretty quickly.

Bedding

Many elderly and low income families can’t afford to go out and buy a blanket or sheets when they need them. Many of these people live in houses that are very drafty or have no heating or air. Some just simply can’t afford the higher bill so they just don’t use it. This is a big problem in today society. One way to help these situations would be to collect blankets and sheets that are no longer in use and still very useable. Most people have blankets that they never use anymore or that their kids grew out of the theme. These would be excellent items to donate to the church for distribution to the elderly and low income families in the community.

Kitchen necessities

Everyone has a few dishes that they can spare. Especially around holidays when you get that new pots and pans set or new set of plates and silverware, why not donate the ones you don’t use to a church for distribution to these families. Every family needs to cook and eat on plates with silverware and not many families have the necessities to work with in the kitchen. So donating these items can help the community and helps recycle things that are still useable.

Many people will donate these things to a retail donation store to re-sell but not even the elderly or low income families can afford some of these places. Yes you get a tax right off when donating to these places but you can also right off the taxes on the donation to the church and the church doesn’t charge for the items they receive which is more appropriate for donated items. To truly help the community offering things to those who need them for free is good for the soul and spiritually right.

How God’s Work Is In Everything

Doing god’s work doesn’t always mean working in a church. Sometimes it means working with children as a teacher and sometimes it means working in the medical field. Sometimes you may be working in a field of study and not realize that you are working for gods greater good. God is in everything we do. Imagine when we hold the door for someone, or when we let the little old lady take our cab, and especially when we help those that are hurt or in need that you are doing something that was spoken to you by god. This world is a better place for people like this, the ones that do good deeds just to be helpful. God has a hand in everything we do and everything we do reflects on our character. Here are a couple career choices that can be viewed as gods work. He specially picks the very best people to do these jobs so that you know you are under gods care when they are taking care of you.

Medicine Field

The medicine field includes Doctors, nurses, pharmacist workers, and phlebotomy. You can go to school for all of these careers, some schooling requires years and some only months. Phlebotomy is a field that you can get into in a few short months. By doing a little research you can find classes for phlebotomy online for any town. Say for instance you’re in Houston, TX, then you would look up the directory of phlebotomy classes in Houston, Texas on google and you will find a long list of classes. But if you’re not interested in phlebotomy or you have more time for schooling you can become a nurse or Doctor. God touches those who help others with the power to save a life.

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Teaching Field

Teachers are blessed with the ability to calmly and politely teach a child or adult with patience and knowledge. Teachers go to school for many years and once they get their degrees they continue to go to school to further their education so that they can continue to teach the minds of little kids and adults. Teaching is a calling from god telling you that you are meant for great things. Helping a child to learn how to read and write can be so rewarding, but imagine helping an adult learn to read or write. Not only is it rewarding but you feel like you have opened a whole new world to an adult that they never knew existed. You can help them further their careers and provide for their families and that in itself is a blessing.

These are just a couple of the career fields that are touched by god. When you become a teacher, a Doctor, a nurse, or any other occupation in those fields you are being called to touch lives. It’s a blessing to be able to save a life or teach someone to read. Making the world a better place for all is like working closely with god by your side to benefit the greater good and produce a much healthier and wonderful world.

 

Outsourcing your churches maintenance needs.

CHRISTIAN AWARENESSChurches are filled with people every Sunday morning and night and Wednesday evenings. This can provide a lot of wear and tear on the church building. Some churches are housed in older facilities that haven’t had many updates to the electrical and plumbing. Although churches receive tithes from the parishioners it doesn’t always cover the cost of these repairs and upkeep. Many churches that are large have onsite maintenance that can repair something when it goes wrong. But smaller churches rely on kindness and tithes to supplement the cost of repairs. How do you find the right repair man for the job at hand without going over budget? Sometimes it’s as simple as talking to one of your disciples. Lots of people go to church and some of them may even be able to do maintenance for you as volunteer work. But if that isn’t the case you may be able to get a discount for being a church when you call local businesses.

Another way is to look online, click here and you can get a great company to help you with your plumbing needs. Maybe you need a grounds keeper or electrician, these are all things that can be found online or in the yellow pages. Some companies offer a discount to non-profit organizations such as churches or preachers so be sure to check that out when you contact them. Lots of times with smaller churches you just don’t have the funds or volunteers to work on the maintenance so you have to do it yourself. Good ways to do this is to research how to books or websites. Some of it is self-explanatory while some of it may require a little bit more technical knowledge. Whatever the maintenance need is you’re sure to find great help if you just look hard enough. Maybe hold a fundraiser or potluck for the community so you can earn the funds you need to hire that professional needed. You can hold a car wash and raise funds. Or you can simply ask for volunteers from the parishioners. The best way to get help with your needs is to pray upon the right answer.

OUTSOURCING   God will direct you in the way you need to go and provide for you the means to get there. Every now and then the government has grants to help churches and schools provide necessary maintenance to their structures and update their buildings. These are not done often and can take time but it is one way of getting the funds you may need. The least likeable option is to approach a bank or investor for a loan. This can be more trouble than it’s worth in the long run. Loans are something that has to be paid back with interest over a certain amount of time and even churches are not exempt from having to pay them back making it the least likable decision. Raising awareness in your community and doing some community outreach is probably going to be your best bet to ensure that the maintenance is done and show the community that they are helping revitalize the area.

Three Things to Take to a Potluck at Church

CHURCH POTLUCKChurches are notorious for having potlucks. Especially around special holidays such as Easter and Homecoming. Homecoming is a special event where Baptists celebrate the new beginnings and the past happenings. It’s a great time for a potluck. When going to a potluck it’s customary to bring a great dish. There are many great dishes that you can bring but here are three that will make a big impact on fellow parishioners. Pasta is a great option. Pasta is a very good option for a potluck. There are many different ways to make pasta. The most economical way to make pasta is to purchase noodles already made at the grocery store. This eliminates the need of a pasta maker. You can find many different types of noodles for pasta at the grocery store. There are spiral noodles, long noodles, penne noodles, and many more.

You can even get noodles made from vegetables and noodles with fun colors. Whether you’re making a pasta salad or a pasta with sauce you will need a few other ingredients. Some of the ingredients you will need for a pasta with sauce is the noodles of your choice, the sauce, and the meat. This is just the basics. If you would like to add bell peppers or onions you can, it adds to the taste and can be very flavorful. There are all different types of sauce that you can use to make pasta with sauce. Some of them are cheese based, some are tomato based, and some are herb based. The most popular sauce is a tomato base. Tomato based sauces can have different herbs and flavors added to make it unique. Make sure you pick the one that is right for the type of pasta you are making. You can’t go wrong with pasta and sauce. Cucumber salad is also a great choice. Cucumber salad is a very easy dish to make and only takes a few ingredients to make it.

CHURCH POTLUCK

For an authentic cucumber salad you will need Italian salad dressing, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes if you like them in your cucumber salad. If you don’t like Italian salad dressing you can always use olive oil and red wine vinegar. Either way you fix it, it will always be a crowd pleaser. Summer time is the best time to make this delicious salad since its crisp and airy and kept cool for optimal taste. Pigs in a blanket is always any potlucks favorite. Everyone loves pigs in a blanket and the best way to make them is to buy those little cocktail wieners that you can get like 20-30 to a pack and wrap them in crescent rolls from Pillsbury. The recipe is a classic and everyone loves them, especially kids. They don’t take long to make and the cooking time is a snap. You can whip a ton of these little snacks up in one afternoon and be ready for the potluck the next morning. While you’re making them why don’t you do a google search for variations on the traditional pigs in a blanket and try some of those out as well. You can never go wrong with a cocktail wiener and crescent roll. Now that you have a few ideas of what to bring to the next potluck at your local church you are sure to please everyone with your potluck offerings.

Dive Deeper into your Relationship with God with Bible Study

click here to learn more about the bibleEach and every religion is based on its own interpretation of the word of God. While the stories and lessons remain the same, the meanings behind them can be different depending on who you talk to. Reading the bible is an important part of building a deeper relationship with God. Bible study is one of the many ways that you can do this. Followers can enjoy bible study alone or as a group. Before you get started, here are some tips to follow.

  1. Select the Right Bible – There are many different styles of the Bible today. Different religions choose to follow different styles. You will notice that the Catholic version is going to be different from the original King James Version and each religion thinks that their version is the better option. Find out what type of bible your minister/priest/pastor prefers. Click here to learn more about the bible.
  2. Find a Study Guide – People often enjoy following their own study guide for the bible on a daily or weekly basis. Your local religious shop should have a variety of study guides for you to choose from. Study guides can be organized based on a specific book of the bible, one of the testaments or by the answer to a particular problem. An example of the latter would be a study guide that is geared towards those who are struggling with their faith or who are trying to overcome hardship/divorce.
  3. Join a Bible Study Group – Devotional groups typically meet on a weekly basis and are a good way to supplement your personal bible study. Churches often have a variety of study group options. You can join one that is just for adults, one that is for women only or even one that is for individuals dealing with a particular life crisis.
  4. Host Your Own Devotional – One way to connect with other like-minded individuals in your neighborhood is by hosting your own devotional group. This is a popular choice for many individuals who simply want to find a way to connect with their neighbors and share the word of God. You will be able to find individuals from your local church and can then ask them to invite friends to help expand the group.
  5. Act on Your Beliefs – As bible studyyou dive deeper into your relationship with God through bible study, you should want to share what you have learned with others. Make sure your actions are representative of what you have learned through your studies. This will help attract more followers to you who can empower you and your beliefs.

Understanding the bible in your own way is the only way to grow the deep, meaningful connection you have to a higher power. Some believers are happy with one day of devotional per week while others aim to incorporate it into every aspect of their lives. Finding that middle ground between what helps fulfill you and what fits within your busy schedule is a struggle that many believers tackle. What you will learn is that when you really want something in your life – you find a way to make it part of your life. Click here to learn more about the bible.

4 Church Activities to Spread the Word

word of godChurches have discovered that the best way to spread the word of God is to do so through activities which are fun and educating. The same approach is used in schools to help students understand the message and continue to return again and again. As a pillar in the community, the church should focus on bringing people in and sharing the good word with them. The best way to achieve this is with family friendly church activities that offer food, fun and entertainment for a few hours. Here are six ideas for your church to get the ball rolling.

All-Nighter – The Word of Life Superbowl is one of the most popular religious events in the United States. Each year thousands of people attend these all night events that include concerts, fellowship, athletic events, food and fun. And each year the founders of the event are proud of the mass number of people who turn their hearts to the Lord and find his salvation. Check with the organization to find an event near you. Church coordinators then invite parents and youth to partake in the event. You can rent a bus or have multiple volunteer drivers that chaperone the children for the event. It truly is a night to remember.

Family Movie Night – The recreation center of any church is perfect for a family movie night. Choose a Christian favorite that will spread the word for you. Ask for a small donation of $1 to $5 to help offset the cost of food. Use a movie projector to display the film on a wall if you do not have a large projection screen. Offer plenty of free food and beverages for your attendees. You should always start the night with fellowship. For an extra edge, allow the fellowship to be led by some of the youth in your ministry.

Bicycle Treasure Hunt – Put bible knowledge to the test with a Bicycle Treasure Hunt. This activities is fairly simple. Choose a part of town where there are several church going families. Everyone starts at one point and follows clues to get to the next location. You can make it interesting by having each person who has the clue hand out a puzzle piece. When all pieces of the puzzle are collected, it must be put together. The first team to complete the puzzle will win a prize. This is a great event that brings the community together. For more information, click here.

Concert and Game Night – Christian music today is designed to be catchy and desirable to listen to. This is why many popular Christian songs start to appear on secular radio stations. The best part about religious groups is that they are rarely hung up on only performing to large venues. Christian musicians want to spread the word of God to each and every person through their music. Invite your favorite group to perform at your church and invite the community. You can start the night with games to allow the guests to mingle with each other and get to know the word of God and the musical act for the night.

4 Ways Religion is Like Fitness

religion and fitnessHave you ever met someone who just doesn’t “get” your walk with God? There are plenty of nay-sayers in this world which can make it difficult for you to focus on spreading the good word and surrounding yourself with the right people. Sometimes a good analogy is all it takes for people to understand your faith in the unseen. As the world becomes more fitness obsessed you can use that as your leverage to help others understand your relationship with God and your religion. Here are four ways that religion is like fitness.

You Are Dedicated to Your Health

Your spiritual health is just as important as your physical health. While exercise works your body, the bible works your brain. Both work your heart. As a Christian, you exercise by studying the word of God and sharing it with others. You take the lessons that are learned and apply them to your life. This yields better spiritual health.

You Believe in Results You Can See

If you go to the gym day in and day out and do not see results, will you keep doing that same exercise routine? No. Fitness lovers believe in the results they can see. The good news is, as a lover of your faith and religion – you do the same. Sure, your results can’t be seen in the mirror but they can be felt – and that is just as important. Think about how your faith makes you feel and share that experience with others. Your heart feels full. You have peace of mind. You do not sweat the small stuff. This is all examples of the results of religion you can see.

Your Faith Gives You Muscle

What better feeling is there than knowing you can accomplish anything with God by your side. Just the way creatine equals more muscle, the bible give you the muscle you need to conquer anything. When you give your testimonial, be sure to mention how your faith has changed the way you live. It gives you the muscle and power to overcome the hardships and allows you to believe that there are better days on the horizon.

You Like to Keep it Fun

Variety in a workout is just as important as variety in your faith. You know that going to church on Sunday, only, is not enough to keep you motivated. During the week you enjoy bible study, game nights with your Christian friends and even other events such as cookouts, music nights or general fellowship. All of these are great ways to keep your faith fun and the focal point in you life. Share the wealth with your friends by inviting them to an indoor soccer match at your church or other fitness-centered event that shows just how fun a relationship with God can be.

If all else fails, simply live your life and walk with God. Those who notice your flame will want to join you. Only then will they understand how your walk with god truly benefits your life and helps you to live it to the fullest.

5 Items Churches Should Have for Emergencies

church preparednessIn event of an area emergency, most people head to the nearest school or church for safety. This is true when there is risk of a natural disaster, impending bad weather or a string of power outages. Individuals and families trust that these facilities will be stocked with the necessities to help them survive through the night or even a few days while they wait out a storm. Churches and schools play a vital role in providing shelter for those who have been displaced from their homes during natural disasters as well. Here are five items that your church should have on hand in event of an emergency.

Clean Drinking Water – One of the biggest problems faced when natural disasters threaten an area is a lack of clean drinking water. Often times flood waters can contaminate the drinking water and other storm damage may unleash chemicals into the water. An easy way for churches and schools to stock up on drinking water is to ask people to donate it at least once or twice per year. If you have a few hundred patrons and each donates one gallon jug (around $0.70) then you are able to keep your supply stocked without any one person spending a bulk amount of money.

Another approach is to invite people in your community to drop off their empty soda and milk bottles. Clean them thoroughly and then fill them up at the local spring for free or at your local store for a discounted rate.

Spare Blankets and Clothing – Blankets are typically a must-have during an emergency. Large organization like to donate small blankets to help communities be prepared for an emergency. Consider reaching out to the local Red Cross or similar organizations. Alternatively, you can invite people to drop off their old blankets and clothing to your location. Wash these items and keep them stored in plastic containers for when needed.

Flashlights & Batteries – In event of a power outage there is one item that you will want on hand – the ultimate flashlight. Being able to see when you are getting around a large facility is critical, especially when there are dozens or even hundreds of other people wandering around. Churches and schools should stock pile versions of the ultimate tactical flashlight to hand out to those who have been displaced by a storm. Also be sure to keep plenty of batteries on hand. These items are also items that you can invite members of the community to donate throughout the year.

Canned Goods – Food supply is important as well. Canned goods can last for years. In addition to running a canned food donation drive every year you should also create canning days. These are days where community members can donate jars of homemade canned items or they can bring supplies or produce that can be canned. When the whole community helps out it creates memories and helps you be prepared for an emergency.

Games/ Books – People can get restless when they are trapped in a building during a storm. Especially if there is no electricity. Keep books and board or card games available to keep everyone occupied during their stay. This will also help keep peoples minds off any damage that could be happening outside.

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