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Authority - Who has it in your life?

Posted by Rod Neufeld on April 9, 2015

For he taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:29 (KJV)) We have learned over the past few weeks that CHRIST came, taught, healed, witnessed, died and rose from the dead. Now let’s examine a little bit of His authority and purpose. Even when Jesus was a young boy, people were amazed that He taught...

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The Road to Easter

Posted by Brad Quiring on April 8, 2015

Easter in North American culture has basically become “Christmasized”. That is, the very heart and elements of the story were removed and replaced by cheap, plasticized, commercialized cuteness designed to appeal to children and incite us to spend lots of money while we eagerly await another long weekend. Good Friday and Easter according to the Bible should be the most “...

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The Youth

Posted by Brad Quiring on April 4, 2015

Abundant Life guest blogger Julia Puranen is this week’s contributor to the blog. To those of us who are seniors or neariors, people with children who are in their 30’s and beyond… Do you often seen teenagers in your church or at a regular community event, that you know their names, but not them, and you kind of wonder...

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How to encourage your pastor to ensure a long, successful tenure

Posted by Brad Quiring on April 1, 2015

It is spring, time for sunshine, warm weather and getting out of the winter blues. Unfortunately some parts of North America are still waiting for this mysterious, unknown event called, “Spring” to arrive! In the meantime, encouragement always brings “Spring” to the “Winter” of a person’s heart. During the last year I’ve personally gone through a winter of...

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The Road to a Tragic Triumph (Palm Sunday, 2015)

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 30, 2015

If you ask me, Easter should be the biggest celebration of the year, not Christmas. Christmas is the first chapter, Easter is the completion. Then again, why not have TWO celebrations? Turkey, pie and presents twice a year!! Back on topic: Jesus walked three different roads at the first Easter nearly 2000 years ago. The first was the road up to...

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Jesus, a friend of sinners?!

Posted by Rod Neufeld on March 24, 2015

Yeah, this is a tough one to get through. You see people that don’t know CHRIST have a preconceived notion about Christians and what we stand for etc…. The problem is they are usually wrong about us. Unfortunately for everyone there are a lot of bad examples out there. We need to make sure we are not those bad...

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Top Ten, #10 - What I really want

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 22, 2015

Abundant Life has now wrapped up the series on the Ten Commandments, “The Top Ten”. #10. What I Really Want (You shall not covet) The modern pursuit of happiness is like trying to retain water in a sieve. Our pursuit of happiness has to do with things, relationships and circumstances that are favourable to us alone. Our minds focus on this...

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Top Ten #9 Honesty: Truth Be Told

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 17, 2015

Here at Abundant Life we are continuing our series on the Ten Commandments. The series’ title is “Top Ten” and we have now arrived at number 9: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16, ESV)” The ninth commandment concerns our own and our neighbour’s good name: This forbids: Speaking falsely in any matter. Speaking unjustly against our...

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Who is this JESUS you speak of?

Posted by Rod Neufeld on March 12, 2015

The big question, we hear talk of spirituality and the word “god” thrown around. Let’s face it, most of the world not only doesn’t really understand what we as Christians believe neither do they realize that what we know is true has been revealed to us. They have ideas but don’t truly know. We are in a...

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Top Ten #8 Worry, No Faith in God and No Respect for your Neighbour: Do not Steal

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 11, 2015

Abundant Life is continuing with a series on the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20. This time we look at the eighth commandment, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15, KJV) What is stealing? A paraphrase from Matthew Henry defines stealing as, “Invading our neighbour’s rights forcibly or clandestinely.” From whom do we steal? Ourselves. We waste our money thus depriving ourselves...

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Top Ten: #7. Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery - Be Faithful

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 4, 2015

At Abundant Life we are continuing with our series on The Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments reveal to us the character of God, show us where we have fallen short and then, with God’s direct help, bring us to the life that we are to live. 7. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” Exodus 20:14 (KJV) Marriage is the oldest “institution” since...

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Winning the War on Terror

Posted by Rod Neufeld on March 4, 2015

There is a lot of killing and terrorizing going on in this world, we need to be reminded as a child of God this is not our home we are just passing through we are now Heaven bound and we should want everyone to be as well. Those that seek control through war and terror don’t understand that this...

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Jesus Died for All

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 25, 2015

Who did Christ die for? It’s a simple question, we answer quickly with our lips. How do we answer with our actions though? For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV) Here it is, the 6th word gives it away “...

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Top Ten #6 Pro-Life - Promoting and Protecting Life

Posted by Brad Quiring on February 22, 2015

The Ten Commandments are not God’s way of telling how to be good to win his favour. Neither are they the key to entering heaven and having our sins forgiven. The Ten Commandments teach us about the character and glory of God. They also teach us that we have fallen short of his glory. Life and death are huge...

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Love

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 17, 2015

We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV) Last week we celebrated love! Valentine’s Day is great, you get to eat candy, maybe a nice steak and you get brownie points for it! Seriously, brownie points for eating steak and candy! Does it get any better? Now how much time and effort do we put into loving...

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Top Ten: #5 Top People - Honour your Parents

Posted by Brad Quiring on February 17, 2015

One’s attitude toward their parents reveals their attitude toward God. The question is, who is the top person in your life? Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. (NIV) This command goes back to the very beginning when God created everything. God is...

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A blog for Husbands… REAL Husbands!

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 12, 2015

Rod Neufeld, a leader at Abundant Life, is back with a blog aimed at real husbands. Since we tend to fail at that, let’s listen carefully so we can become that real husband Jesus has called us to be. We have an epidemic in North America, not just divorce but adultery, bitterness etc… We have people “staying together for...

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Rewrite My To-Do List

Posted by Brad Quiring on February 11, 2015

Matthew 9:35-37 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the...

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Top 10 #4 Take a Break: the Sabbath

Posted by Brad Quiring on February 10, 2015

God set up a day to remember Him, to rest and ultimately to demonstrate the true destiny of those who believe in Jesus Christ and commanded us to “take a break!” This day is called “The Sabbath”. What is the Sabbath? 1. Part of Creation Genesis 2:1, 2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the...

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Prayer and the Christian life

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 6, 2015

Our blog today is courtesy of Rod Neufeld, a member and leader at Abundant Life. And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples (Luke 11:1) We all do it, but do we truly understand...

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