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No excuse for bad behaviour in Jesus’ name

Posted by Rod Neufeld on June 14, 2016

How do we deal with violence and injustice, especially when directed toward us or fellow followers of Jesus? The followers of whom the below passage speaks of do not condone violence or hatred towards people, even those they disagree with. He did not face all of these things so that people may abuse His name and use it as an...

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First Response, Continuous Action, Finishing Moves

Posted by Brad Quiring on June 7, 2016

As human beings we have this tendency to depend on ourselves. We think we can do it. “Pull yourself up!” “Just follow your heart!” “You can be anything you want!” “There is no challenge you can’t overcome!” “Climb every mountain! Ford every stream!” (Now you have the “Sound of Music” song running through your head!) In one sense it...

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Are We Worth our Salt?

Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 19, 2016

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13 KJV Are we worth our salt? It has been said that that saying came from the time of the Roman...

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In His Image

Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 5, 2016

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NKJV How do you see yourself? How do you think others see you? It is a question that people, especially teens and young adults, struggle with. The world tells us how we should look, act, feel and...

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Guilty…… Of what?

Posted by Rod Neufeld on April 20, 2016

I was listening to the radio this week and heard a new Newsboys song called “Guilty”. I believe it is on the “God’s Not Dead 2” soundtrack. It really got me thinking: I remember when I was younger and in school it was ok to talk about God and Jesus. It wasn’t considered criminal or taboo. Why is it...

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9 Things You Can Do for Others on any given Sunday

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 23, 2016

I regularly read several different articles from various church leaders and teachers. I desire to become a better Christian, church leader and pastor. One of my favourite blogs is by Thom Rainer, who gives practical, Bible-backed counsel to church leaders and pastors. His desire is to see churches grow both spiritually and in numbers. He recently put out this brief...

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The Missing Peace

Posted by Brad Quiring on March 18, 2016

We are now into the Easter Season. It is a very important time for the church calendar. It is even more important when we realize what Easter is really about: peace with God through Christ. The Bible says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)” God made everything complete in the...

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Focus on our Suffering

Posted by Brad Quiring on February 23, 2016

I copied this entry from the daily devotional put out by the North American Baptist Conference’s “40 Days to Easter” devotional. It summarizes the February 21, 2016 message on suffering so well. “Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for...

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We don’t like it, but what is its importance?

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 18, 2016

As Christians we are faced with many things we don’t like. There are situations and lifestyles that we know are contrary to the will and word of God. Our struggle with these things can range from irritation to overwhelming frustration. I face this every day am slowly beginning to understand that, as with anything in life, we must set...

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What a Difference

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 10, 2016

Wow, what a difference! I’m only a few days back from our Compassion trip to the Dominican Republic and it seems that I have returned to a world I barely recognize. The differences are so hard to explain because the change happened to me, not to the place from where I am. God made it clear to me that...

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The Journey

Posted by Rod Neufeld on January 15, 2016

In preparing to make the journey to the Dominican Republic there have been many things going through my mind. Regardless of how much we want to focus on Christ above all things, our condition, the old nature, still has a habit of showing itself. We fret about making sure that have everything just right, we pack the right stuff, we...

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The Storm, Part 2

Posted by Rod Neufeld on December 24, 2015

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own...

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The Coming Storm Explained

Posted by Rod Neufeld on December 10, 2015

In my last blog post I ranted a bit and put a lot out there. So I thought it only appropriate to break it down a bit. The storm I speak of is the absolute hatred of Christ and His followers. It is coming. Actually, it is here already. People are becoming so offended by anything to do with Jesus,...

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Christ Came to Set Us Free

Posted by Brad Quiring on December 8, 2015

Jesus came to set us free from the prison of our sin, selfishness and temptations. He has now sent us out into the world as his instruments of compassion, love and peace to help all who are in need. There was a prophecy about Jesus’ coming. Micah 5:2 2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah,...

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The coming storm

Posted by Rod Neufeld on December 5, 2015

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1 KJV There is a storm coming. In fact, it is sweeping the nations of the world as you read this. It has existed since the fall of man and it is mostly ignored. You see, we know something is wrong but find ways to pacify those feelings....

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Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam

Posted by Brad Quiring on December 1, 2015

​Abundant Life has begun Christmas celebrations with a series named “Finding Bethlehem”. What is so important about Bethlehem? Micah 5:2 2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Bethlehem: A tiny town just...

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The God We Need

Posted by Rod Neufeld on November 19, 2015

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV We pray for Paris, we pray for Nigeria, we pray for Afghanistan, we pray for the world! When a reporter from CNN tells me to pray I am almost offended. You see the god that they...

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Persecuted?

Posted by Rod Neufeld on November 10, 2015

Persecuted “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:9-11 KJV Sunday as we filed...

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Community of Authentic Love

Posted by Brad Quiring on November 3, 2015

Abundant Life continues its study on true community. True community only comes from Jesus Christ. The community He started is called, “The Church.” The true church of Jesus has nothing to do with buildings, programs, institutions or anything like that. It is people. People with one thing in common: Jesus. In this community, Jesus calls us to love one another...

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Community in the Community

Posted by Brad Quiring on October 27, 2015

The church continues to grow because Jesus declared it would grow and that he himself would make it grow. Therefore, the church is represented all over the world. This huge community has smaller communities all over the world. We are one of those smaller communities that represents the greater community of believers and followers of Jesus. Each one of these...

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