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Area 51 Christians’ Response to the Pandemic

Posted by Rod Neufeld on March 24, 2020

**Disclaimer - First things first, y’all know me and know I don’t inherently pull punches, if you don’t know me please recognize that I am not trying to incite angry responses but instead attempting to trigger critical and rational thinking in hopes to redirect our worldly thoughts and attitudes to eternal minded ones. Ok so here is...

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Faith over Fear, Wisdom over Wackiness

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 13, 2020

Covid-19. One columnist called it a Sci-Fi designation. But this isn’t fiction. It has resulted in an international crisis that is touching us locally. As followers of Jesus Christ, what should we do? We need to exercise faith in God over our own fears. We also must exercise God’s wisdom over our human wackiness. What does this look...

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Love, not Politics

Posted by Brad Quiring on February 9, 2020

I posted something recently on social media. I took it down because someone I knew was offended by it. I took it down because I love God and I love these folks who were offended. I preached a couple of sermons at church last year. Someone was offended by the messages. I stand by those messages and will not back...

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Bringing a Stone to a Sword Fight

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 8, 2020

Don’t mess with a tough country boy that has a tougher God on his side! One country boy in particular was the kind of guy the “Brings a stone to a sword fight” I Samuel 17:40 (Read the whole story HERE) Before I get into that, as most of you know I’m not very traditional in my thoughts and...

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Be Better

Posted by Brad Quiring on January 5, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It’s now 2020. Let’s start the new year with the typical “resolutions”: · Lose weight · Eat better · More rest · Quit smoking · Spend more time with family and friends, less at job · Go on that special trip · Finish that special project · Get the best sales, highest marks, top time, championship trophy The common element is that we want...

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A Cheerful Receiver

Posted by ALBC on December 14, 2019

From a God We Hardly Knew (Isa. 9:6) by William Willimon Dr. Willimon, a Century editor at large, is minister to the university and professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. This article appeared in the Christian Century, December 21-28, 1988, p. 1173. Copyright by the Christian Century Foundation and used by permission. Current articles and subscription...

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The North American Church’s Response to the Zombie Apocalypse

Posted by Rod Neufeld on December 12, 2019

Great! Now that I have your attention, lets take a look at a few things. Clearly I do not think that there is an impending Zombie Apocalypse nor do I feel there is theological value in those silly movies and shows. That being said, I do believe we can extrapolate a valuable lesson from the premise they provide. First thing...

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Politics - Praying, Pondering and Prioritizing by Eric Malloy

Posted by ALBC on October 1, 2019

Eric Malloy is our guest blogger this week. Eric currently works with Eastern Gate Discipleship Ministries out of Halifax, NS. (The views expressed in this blog are of the writer) Canadians will face another federal election on October 21, 2019. Please prayerfully and carefully participate with your vote and voice. For discerning and determined Christians the Scriptures will guide, inform, educate, and...

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The Grace-Full Rebuke to Me and the Reactionaries (with a Note to Mr. Hinn)

Posted by Brad Quiring on September 7, 2019

​This news caused a seismic wave through the Evangelical Christian community: https://chvnradio.com/christian-news/the-gospel-is-not-for-sale-benny-hinn-renounces-prosperity-gospel In short, Benny Hinn, the most famous, or infamous, preacher of prosperity gospel, renounced his own doctrine and said it was wrong for him to declare that “The Gospel (of Jesus Christ) is for sale.” In short this doctrine says salvation, forgiveness, physical health,...

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Messed Up Religion

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 19, 2019

Is everything equal when it comes to spiritual things? We need to take a careful look at this important topic because our world is deeply steeped in philosophies and ideas that have spiritual roots. We hear that all religions are the same. Well, what do religions provide? Moral guidance Behaviour modification Care for self Care for others Provides community Pretty...

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Overcoming Shame

Posted by ALBC on March 7, 2019

Guest Blogger: Kevin Trembley Do you have any moments in your life where, when you look back- you feel an immense amount of shame? I can still remember moments from high school or my early working days as a manager at McDonalds where I said or did something that humiliated me. It’s amazing how a memory of something that...

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The Most Important Time to Go to Church

Posted by ALBC on March 5, 2019

Originally published in The Gospel Coalition digital magazine, MARCH 1, 2018 by David ‘Gunner’ Gundersen I read this article the other day and felt it was very important to share with you. (Pastor Brad) The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it. I’ve talked with three Christians about this recently—two struggling with...

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Answering God’s Call

Posted by Brad Quiring on July 3, 2018

Do you ever wonder about this mysterious concept known as “God’s Call”? We’ve heard it many times in church, “God is calling you”, “Respond to God’s call”, “These leaders are called by God.” There is even an old hymn that goes opens this way, “Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling. Calling for you and for me.” The...

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Love Your Enemies

Posted by Rod Neufeld on June 24, 2018

Love your enemies….. Interesting that this is something of which Jesus spoke. Yet, as Christians we are often considered hateful and intolerant. How can this be if we are actually following our marching orders and doing what Jesus said? “Love your enemies”, “love your neighbours”, “bless those that persecute you.” Is the church actually doing this or are they interpreting...

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Trust in God

Posted by Brad Quiring on June 16, 2018

Dear Abundant Life Family, For believers in Jesus Christ and members of Bible-teaching churches and organizations, this last couple of years seems to have been very frustrating. It appears that our own government is actively working against us, what we believe and against God himself. Click on this sentence for the latest news. Don’t be surprised, afraid or dismayed....

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Without Wax

Posted by Brad Quiring on May 31, 2018

LOVE is a huge theme in the Bible: We read that John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. We are command in Deuteronomy 30:6 (NKJV) “…to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul…” A...

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Love and Marriage

Posted by Brad Quiring on May 24, 2018

Consider the lyrics of one of Frank Sinatra’s beloved songs, Love and marriage, love and marriage They go together like a horse and carriage This I tell you, brother You can’t have one without the other One might question the crooner’s belief in his own song, as he had four wives as well as various relationships outside...

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Newness of Life: Legalism vs. Grace

Posted by Brad Quiring on April 27, 2018

​Mike Quarles writes in his book One Day at a Time “Christians can have an intellectual knowledge of the truth, but not personally believe and appropriate it so that it changes their lives.” (Page 94). Our lives without Jesus are based on systems not related to Christ at all. Whether our belief system is religious or not, we follow patterns established...

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Love Stories

Posted by Rod Neufeld on April 5, 2018

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV) So often quoted, so often preached, you even see it on signs at football games or on Tim Tebow‘s face. We know what it means, we have heard more than any other...

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Faith is not a Lifestyle Choice

Posted by Rod Neufeld on March 6, 2018

People make decisions that affect their lives everyday. Some choices are major and some minor. Major life decisions are usually made at pinnacle moments. I think this is where the confusion comes in. For example, someone has a heart attack, which many people see as an opportunity to correct dietary or lifestyle issues like smoking or drinking. When you have...

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