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An Aatheist

Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 27, 2015

Dear Atheist, Please don’t take offense, but, I don’t believe in you. I do not believe in the existence of a human that believes there is no God. In order to believe or not believe you need faith, if you have have faith you need something to have faith in! The fool hath said in his heart, There...

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Evangelism: Not a Command

Posted by Brad Quiring on May 26, 2015

Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) These words are the last recorded words of Jesus while he still walked on this earth. He told this to his followers just before returning...

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God doesn’t care!

Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 22, 2015

The work of a person’s hands is only effective if the intent of the heart is pure! When Martin Luther read these next words, I can only imagine it was like meeting God face to face and seeing and feeling the change in his very being as he entered His presence! For therein is the righteousness of God revealed...

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Giving: It All Counts

Posted by Brad Quiring on May 19, 2015

Mine! When it comes to time, talent and most of all, money, “mine” is the governing philosophy of our lives. Yet, when “mine” is all we think, we rob God, ourselves and others of so much more. What is the measure to determine the importance of what we have and what we give? Jesus gave us three simple commands: Love...

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Dumb Christians

Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 15, 2015

Christian? You must be uneducated and ignorant?! I’m reminded of the Geoff Moore song, “Only a Fool”. Give it a listen if you haven’t. I have seen more and more talk show hosts and news media taking this stance. Only with Christians of course. They only dislike us for some reason. Not just dislike, but there is something...

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Service Counts for Everything

Posted by Brad Quiring on May 13, 2015

Abundant Life is continuing with its series titled, “It All Counts”. Everything we say and do counts for God. Everything God says and does counts. These are the notes from May 10, 2015 - Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day! No matter where or in what situation, the name “mother” conjures up an image of true service. Where is the source...

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Construction Site Emergency Medicine. Judgment and Self-Reflection

Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 6, 2015

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (Matthew 7:3 KJV) We live in a world that pulls us in the direction to look for blame. Of course, nobody is responsible, though (that, my friends, is a blog for another day). The problem is that...

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The Bible Counts

Posted by Brad Quiring on May 3, 2015

For the month of May, 2015, Abundant Life is working through a series entitled, “It All Counts.” The true follower of Jesus finds that their life is moving in a different direction than the rest of the world. A direction of purpose that is only found in God. Their thinking and acting is radically different when they realize that when life...

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Christian - A very confusing term

Posted by Rod Neufeld on April 30, 2015

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. (Acts 11:26 KJV) In the early years of the Church, the term, “Christian,” was not an endearing term but more of a...

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Stay Faithful to God

Posted by Brad Quiring on April 28, 2015

Pastor Jeff Russell brought the message at Abundant Life on Sunday, April 26, 2015. It was part of a fantastic celebration of God’s work in and through Abundant Life Baptist Church. Pastor Brad shares his notes that he took during the message: Stay Faithful to God: Acts 20:13-38 Each one of us has a journey and a path to follow in...

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A Wretch Like Me… and You

Posted by Rod Neufeld on April 22, 2015

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! (‘Amazing Grace’, John Newton, 1779) How a slave trader could turn from his wealth and lifestyle to follow Christ. This wretched shell of a man captured the Gospel in 12 words. John Newton was lost, then found and saved. Not by his own works, but by the power and grace...

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Unconditional Love - What it Really Is

Posted by Rod Neufeld on April 16, 2015

What is “unconditional” love? Can we live by the examples given to us in the Bible? Our culture’s notion of love is skewed by many influences. It is getting harder and harder as Christians are called intolerant and narrow when we take a stand on something. Are we really that way? God has showed us love. Without Him there...

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Baptism: The Road to Obedience and Growth

Posted by Brad Quiring on April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12 was the baptism celebration at Abundant Life. We were together to hear how Jesus has worked in the lives of two of our “family members”. When we place our faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, we begin a journey with him that will take us right to eternity. We declare this person, His...

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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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