Why Attending a Church is So Important

Why Attending a Church is So Important

For many years I was very private about my faith, I rarely went to a church at all and it was always my preference to worship at home, on my own. I had a chance meeting with an old friend who invited me to come to his church the Westside Family Church, I reluctantly went and it turned out to be one of the best decisions that I ever made.

The fact that I am now heavily involved in a church has not changed the way in which I worship at home, but it has given me a great deal of additional benefits which are attached to my faith in God. If you aren’t sure whether going to a church is the right thing for you, here are some of the reasons why I would say that it is a great choice to make.

Community

The level of community at my church is incredible and it works on a number of different levels. The first part of the community is the one which I am now a part of, the church community, a tight knit group of fellow believers who work for each other and their families to ensure that everyone is looked after. The other aspect of community which I enjoy in this church is that of the outer community and I have been able to help people near and far through my involvement and volunteering which has taken place through the church.

Praising Worship

Worshiping at home is very often a quiet and introspective event, something which I believe is necessary to my beliefs. With this being said, I have now been introduced to a form of worship which uses praise and song to give thanks, my church even uses electric guitars to really turn the levels up when it comes to how we worship. This is something which can only be done when in a community and it is exhilarating to be a part of and in my opinion, brings us all closer to God.

Learnings

I am an avid theologian and enjoy reading my Bible and the Holy Scriptures very much, this is all well and good but going to classes and being taught important values during mass are equally as important and it was something which I missed out on in the past. When a religious leader stands at the from to the church, reads a passage from the Gospel and then explains who it is relative to our modern day lives, you take much more from it than you would if you were only reading from a piece of text.

Aside from learning, I have also been able to use the wealth of knowledge at my church to answer questions of faith which I have had in the past. Any problems or questions which you may have can be easily answered by those within your church and it is an aspect of going to church that I have enjoyed the most.

5 Reasons To Switch To Grass Fed Beef

5 Reasons To Switch To Grass Fed Beef

With every supermarket product sporting a label that professes it’s produced to be “cruelty-free”, “organic” or things of the likes, being inundated with these terms can make buying meat a hard task. Not only that, but the added prospect of your decision making influencing the world at large makes choosing tonight’s roast seem like life or death.

Fear not. We’ll make dinner tonight a little less dramatic by explaining what “grass fed” beef is and why it’s the best choice when it comes to your grocery shopping.


  1. Grass fed beef eats what it’s meant to, grass.

While the common standard is for cows to be fed grains, this in fact has a deleterious effect on their health. This option may be much cheaper for farmers, but the high starch concentrates effect the PH balance in the cow’s system, making them very ill and in need of antibiotics.

A diet of cow’s milk and grass (as nature intended), ensures that the cow’s inner equilibrium is maintained, making grass fed meat the healthier option for your dinner table.


  1. Grass fed meat can potentially hinder cancer.

While you wouldn’t compare a salmon to a cow, grass fed meat contains high levels of beta-carotene and those scrumptious omega-3 essential fatty acids too! Studies have proven that these key ingredients reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and other health issues related to high blood pressure. Not only that, but the meat is also richer in vitamins A and E, more-so than the traditional grain fed option.


  1. E-coli issues are banished.

With the grass diet causing their stomachs to become stronger (due to the regulated pH balance within) grass fed cows produce microbes in their guts that fend off diseases related E-coli. The open pastures also limit the chance of disease spreading amongst the cow’s due to the open space, unlike cramped unhygienic quarters characterised by feedlots.


  1. Grass fed beef is lower in calories.

Did you know that grass fed meat helps lower cholesterol levels, consequently being lower in calories? Studies have shown that a 6- ounce steak from a grass-fed cow carries 100% fewer calories than a grain finished animal. A revelation for meat eaters who are also health conscious!


  1. Grass fed cows are cruelty free.

With the reality of factory conditions becoming more exposed to public scrutiny, it’s plain to see that the level of cruelty inflicted on cows in traditional factories is inexcusable. Grass fed cows are given ample space to live and feed, improving not only their quality of life, but the meat they produce.

Cannings prides itself on being a completely free-range butcher of speciality meats located in five permanent locations in the Melbourne area. Together with a passion for produce excellence and animal welfare, we aim to bring quality meats to the community at large at a price that won’t cost the planet.

Contact us today via the link below to view our produce with the option of purchasing your meat online, coupled with our delivery options.

https://canningsfreerangebutchers.com.au/how-it-works/

Things You Can do to Make Yourself Happy

Things You Can do to Make Yourself Happy

These days we often either put our happiness on the back burner, or in the hands of others and as a result we rarely end up being happy. The truth is that in order to be happy, we have to take control of our means for happiness. The great news is that there are things that we can do on our own to make ourselves happy. Here is a list of some of those things:

Buy Something You Love

The reason people like shopping is because shopping releases chemicals in the brain that cause us to be happy. In fact, even the thought of purchasing something we really love is enough to get these juices flowing. So to make yourself happy consider making a purchase of something you adore. Your purchase can be big or small but it needs to be meaningful to bring your real happiness. You might consider a ticket to your favorite show, a trip to an exotic island, or purchasing a new Suzuki Swift automobile; what matters is that it stirs the passion and makes you feel like you have received something you really want.

Get Yourself a Pet

Relationships these days are more and more difficult to enter and sustain. Everyone wants to ensure that they are not taken advantage of, and that the person to whom they are giving their friendship or heart, is truly someone they can trust. As uncertain as all of this can be, there is no uncertainty when you consider getting a pet. Most pet owners will tell you that owning one is not only worth it, it is the highlight of their life.

The reason for this is that pets never betray or disappoint. They are always there for you and never judge or put you down. Pets provide a consistency that can lead to better self-image and self-worth, and their unconditional love can lift you out of nearly any bad mood. In other words, they are a constant source of happiness.

Change Jobs

For many, the biggest source of unhappiness in their lives is their place of work. The work environment may be toxic or the work itself may be unfulfilling or in the worst case scenario, both are true. Due to the fact that you will likely spend a major part of your life at your work, if it is a downer, you will spend a lot of time being unhappy. Getting away from a job can be difficult though, because you may have been there a long time, like the pay, or are afraid that if you leave you may not find another one.

But for the sake of your own happiness, you need to take the step and move on to something new and more fulfilling. Just imagine what it would be like to actually enjoy getting up every day and going to work. This is possible for you, if you take the steps to finding something that is right for you. When you search for something new, be discerning. Do not settle for a job that fits some of the requirements like good pay, but falls far short on other important ones like happiness. Happiness is a primary reason to take a job and when you are happy at work you will wonder how you allowed yourself to be unhappy in the first place. So get yourself a job that adds to rather than detracts from your happiness.

Take a Class

Humans have a tendency to get into routines and stick with them for long periods of time, and often only change those routines when they are forced to do so. They lose a job, someone dies or they get fired from a job. Other than something dramatic happening most don’t go outside of the regimen they have established. Although having a routine is productive and creates comfort, it can also create stagnation, boredom and unhappiness.

A great way to break out of your mundane routine is to take a class in something completely out of your comfort zone. How about a cooking class, or one for public speaking? How about studying a new language, painting, or learning about how to garden? By introducing new subjects into your life, you stimulate your brain, acquire new and interesting information and open the chance to meet new an interesting people. The combination of the three is sure to bring you happiness.

Happiness is in your hands, take control of it and enjoy your life all the time.

What Does a Successful Life Mean To You

What Does a Successful Life Mean To You

I was talking to a group of students recently about careers and what kind of thing they were looking at doing. The idea of the talk was to identify what kind path the students would have to take in order to gain the career they were after but during our talk, something kept occurring which interested me far more. It seemed that each student that I spoke to had a different idea of what a successful life looked like and it made me think about how much importance, if any, most people placed on this idea when electing a career.

Power

Many of the students were looking for a job which meant that they could yield power on a daily basis. The most popular jobs that cam up within this field was positions such as CEO like the successful Lloyd Claycomb II or Bill Gates, others looked at varying managerial positions in a wide variety of industries when I asked them to define what kind of jobs they considered to boast the most amount of power.

Money

Almost all of the students answered that money to them was a direct link to success in their careers although when asked if they would value this above their own happiness at work, many of the students were not convinced that they would. Professions such as doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs were the most popular jobs that were mentioned when we got to talking about high wage earners in society.

Happiness

This was the idea of success that really split the group as everyone has different ideas as to what happiness is to them. For many, it was the money and the power which they said would bring them happiness. Many other students cited a peaceful life, free from stress with lots of spare time to spend with the family and kids as their definition of happiness. Those who opted for the latter however, were hesitant to say whether they would take a job that was boring, in order to gain their idea of a happy life.

Fame

Interestingly, when the topic of fame came up, many of the students were very clear that they had absolutely no desire whatsoever to pursue a career in sports or entertainment for reasons of fame. There were some in the group who wanted to be sports stars but none of them said that fame was a driving factor behind this and that instead they simply wanted to reach the pinnacle of their careers and seek to win whatever they could.

What does success mean to you? Have you spent the time to look at your life in reverse and begin with the life which you want to create for yourself and then tracked it back to see what kind of career could give you that life? If not then perhaps now is the time to do it, in order to make sure that you go after a career which can reward you in the way that you want to be rewarded.