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Church marketing personnel need to be up-to-date with the latest church marketing strategies and resources to successfully implement the church / parish marketing plan. This church marketing blog enables church marketing personnel to engage in blog discussions relating to the church marketing issues of today. The 'Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed)', 2011, by Bryan Foster, forms the basis for most of these blog posts.

Love is the Meaning of Life - Lifestyle Becomes a Distraction

Friday, May 04, 2012
Love is the meaning of life. To love and to be loved being the main purpose for our whole existence. Why then do so many people allow all the other lifestyle issues, values, resources, relationships, etc, become a distraction? Why then do so many people let the distractions interfere and often dominate their lives?

Most people would believe that the desire to love and be loved to be an intrinsic part of life - you are born with it. You are born to love and be loved. That people living a balanced life, where they are loved and loved others within their family and friendship circle, truly appreciate this message. Once this message is appreciated and lived, then it is the normal thing to do when relating with others and the world.

However, somewhere along the way, many get distracted for so many reasons and then lose that true focus. The human frailties of greed, selfishness, envy, failure to forgive and be forgiven, lust, gluttony, etc, come to the fore and seductively entice people to follow this distracting and destructive pathway.

This transfer of priorities may even occur in early to mid-childhood, where parents or other significant adults or people within the young person's life, live an alternate destructive lifestyle, which is seen by the young person as the norm, and hence worthy of following (even if subconsciously). This then becomes the accepted lifestyle as they grow up.

People may then follow this pathway until challenged to do otherwise. Challenged to see the destructiveness of these chosen ways, challenged to confront the situation they then find to be wrong, challenged to become a better more loving person. This challenge often comes at a time of complete lowness / loneliness within their lives.

To love and to be loved is the meaning of life. It is the primary and quite raw need within all people. It is not only a basic emotional and social need of each person but it is also the main spiritual desire and need.

Appreciating that love is the meaning of life brings with it the challenge to love and to be loved in all its manifestations. To not get distracted and damaged by allowing all the other stuff to get in the way. This belief should be at the core of all church and religious school philosophies and theologies.

When 'Love is the Meaning of Life' then the future holds no bounds.

Love rules! Most people would believe that the desire to love and to be loved is an intrinsic part of all humanity.

The 'Love is the Meaning of Life - Lifestyle Becomes a Distraction' blog post is written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com 



Love Articles: Basis of new book on True Love by Bryan Foster

Saturday, February 11, 2012
The 'True Love' theme forms the basis of a new book currently being written by Bryan Foster. These articles have a dominant place on the CPM: Church Parish Marketing website.

As this new, yet to be titled book develops, various articles which form the basis of chapters within the book will be published on this website. The articles highlight the key themes.

These articles will offer a depth of content, and subsequent personal challenge, which hopefully will inspire its readers.

The first THIRTEEN (13) articles published  to date are:
  1. Family Love - the Greatest and Strongest Human Love of All
  2. Love and Forgiveness - Essential for True Love
  3. Love Changes All
  4. God is Love. Love is the Meaning of Life. God is the Meaning of Life
  5. Love is Social Justice for All 
  6. Love is the Meaning of LIfe - Human Frailties Get in the Way
  7. Love is Celebrating the Success of Others
  8. The Love of Priests and Pastors for Their Communities
  9. Love Through a Natural Oceanic Experience
  10. There is a God - Through a 25th Birthday Personal Experience
  11. There is a God - Through the Two Perspectives of Faith and the Historical / Cultural / Lived Experiences
  12. Love One Another as I Have Loved You
  13. Love is Giving - Australian Mateship Wins Out in Flood Covered Queensland

This is a new direction for Bryan Foster, yet one which is a very special transition - one into an area of special interest for Bryan. His previous e-books have concentrated on marketing the Church and schools associated within the Church.

Since a major spiritual experience on Bryan's 25th birthday, he has wanted to write of these and other loving experiences.

An extract from 'Family Love ..." highlights a central theme in the book:

"Family love is the most significant form of love! A loving family is the strongest unit within both civilised and tribal groups alike.

Family love needs to be nurtured, supported and encouraged. It needs to be held up for evaluation, judged and modelled.

When each individual truly loves the other, great things happen! Differences are accommodated, successes are celebrated, challenges are issued, respect is integral and most importantly forgiveness is offered and received whole heartedly, to name but a few actualities."

The necessity for forgiveness is discussed in the article 'Love and Forgiveness...'

"Love and Forgiveness are both essential for True Love!!! Most people find forgiveness the most difficult aspect of love. To forgive others and to be forgiven ourselves is quite a challenging experience! Yet, this is essential for the repairing of any loving relationship.

Once we have the ability to forgive others, or forgive ourselves, we are on the way to once again exist in that reality of love - the meaning of life."

While in 'Love Changes All' the emphasis is on:

"Once someone knows and appreciates what true love is, their whole approach to life, self and others changes. Love changes all!"

The 'Love Articles: Basis on new book on True Love by Bryan Foster' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com

Love is the Meaning of Life - Human Frailties Affect Loving Relationships

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Love is the meaning of life. To love and to be loved being the main purpose for our whole existence. Why then do so many people allow all the other lifestyle issues, values, resources, relationships, etc, get in the way? Why then do so many people let the distractions interfere and often dominate their lives?

Most people would believe that the desire to love and be loved to be an intrinsic part of life - you are born with it. You are born to love and be loved. That people living a balanced life, where they are loved and loved others within their family and friendship circle, truly appreciate this message. Once this message is appreciated and lived, then it is the normal thing to do when relating with others and the world.

However, somewhere along the way, many get distracted for so many reasons and then lose that true focus. The human frailties of greed, selfishness, envy, failure to forgive and be forgiven, lust, gluttony, etc, come to the fore and seductively entice people to follow this distracting and destructive pathway.

This transfer of priorities may even occur in early to mid-childhood, where parents or other significant adults or people within the young person's life, live an alternate destructive lifestyle, which is seen by the young person as the norm, and hence worthy of following (even if subconsciously). This then becomes the accepted lifestyle as they grow up.

People may then follow this pathway until challenged to do otherwise. Challenged to see the destructiveness of these chosen ways, challenged to confront the situation they then find to be wrong, challenged to become a better more loving person. This challenge often comes at a time of complete lowness / loneliness within their lives.

To love and to be loved is the meaning of life. It is the primary and quite raw need within all people. It is not only a basic emotional and social need of each person but it is also the main spiritual desire and need.

Appreciating that love is the meaning of life brings with it the challenge to love and to be loved in all its manifestations. To not get distracted and damaged by allowing all the other stuff to get in the way. This belief should be at the core of all church and religious school philosophies and theologies.

When 'Love is the Meaning of Life' then the future holds no bounds.

Love rules! Most people would believe that the desire to love and to be loved is an intrinsic part of all humanity.

The 'Love is the Meaning of Life - Human Frailties Affect Loving Relationships' blog post was written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com


Love Experienced Through Nature

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Love can be experienced through a natural experience of love - God is in nature. Love is the meaning of life. God is love. God is the meaning of life and can be especially experienced in the natural environment.

Love is there for all to experience and engage with...

We must be open to it, yet need to be in a real loving state to engage fully with it. There are so many ways to experience love.

The four most common ways to experience love are through:
  • relationships,
  • nature and
  • our own personal spirituality
  • God.
A recent experience of surfing with dolphins in the wild of the ocean was one of the most incredible experiences of love in nature that I have experienced.

This was to the point of experiencing something beyond. Tears poured out along the crest of a wave. This creation of nature and I met that day in a truly special way. The cosmos seemed so small. We were ONE in that moment in time!

I experienced this twice. Once I was with my daughter - we were circled by dolphins while swimming in the sea at waist depth. This was to the point of experiencing something beyond. Tears flowed, along with the 'oh my God' feeling in its truest spiritual sense, as three dolphins circled us one sunny, summer morning.

My first experience of dolphins, up close and personal, and away from the local dolphin tourist attraction, was while I was surfing on my short surf ski at Broken Head, near Byron Bay, Australia. (Coincidentally, Byron Bay is an eclectic beachside township, primarily a holiday destination, which has a strong diverse spiritual undercurrent and welcomes an array of people from the extremely rich to the old style hippy. It is also a world renowned backpackers' haven. Quite a fitting place to experience what turned out to be a most spiritual occurrence.)

On that day I was surfing amongst some extremely beautifully formed, turquoise waves, with schools of dolphins porpoising through, over and under the waves. On one particularly large wave I was speeding across its front and had water spraying into my face at such a speed that I had to keep blinking my eyes to avoid the spray obscuring my vision. I had just come out of the tube / barrel of a wave when a black shadowy figure slid through the face of this wave to my right and went downwards underwater in front of me. At this stage my greatest fear was that it was a shark and all the horror thoughts of such a situation flew through my imagination! Panic set in to such an extent that I feared falling off the ski - but knew I had to fight to stay on, no matter what!

At that moment the shadowy figure quickly rose to the surface immediately in front of me, at about two metres, and porpoised up and down - virtually leading the way! I followed, mesmerized by what was literally unfolding in front of me - I now feared falling off out of absolute awe!

Tears filled my eyes - and blurred my vision! I was truly in a most loving zone! I was really one with nature - with a most remarkable, intelligent mammal. I subconsciously fought to maintain my balance as I was totally distracted and in quite an euphoric state. This dolphin, a most remarkable creation of nature, and I met that day in a truly special way. The cosmos seemed so small. We were ONE in that moment in time!

The literal, physical sign of love, i.e. tears, permeated this most wonderful, awe-inspiring experience. Love is real. It is the meaning of life. Love is experienced within and outside the natural world in so many all encompassing and enfolding ways.

Love is there for all. We must be open to it, yet need to be in a real loving state to properly experience it. We close ourselves off from it when we desire to, or do, harm to others and ourselves. We also have love closed off from us when others harm us. Harm may be in so many ways, including the physical, emotional, sociological, etc. Go beyond the harmful into the loving! Forgiveness of self and others is often needed.

Live a loving life and love will truly be there.


The 'Love Experienced Through Nature' blog post was written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com

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