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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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Solus Cristus: Only Christ

Posted by Brad Quiring on November 8, 2017

QUESTION: What would you say to God if you were before him to enter salvation? What does the Bible say in response to what we do? James 2:10 (NKJV) 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. If you keep the whole law, you are perfect. You miss on just ONE...

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Sola Gratia: Only Grace

Posted by Brad Quiring on November 5, 2017

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV2011) 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. We are saved by the grace of God alone. Grace trumps our own merit and worth. The Biblical word for “grace” is from the Greek:...

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Sola Fide - Only Faith

Posted by Brad Quiring on November 3, 2017

We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. We are saved by faith over works. We cannot escape God’s punishment for our sin through our own work. It...

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True Healing

Posted by Brad Quiring on August 15, 2017

True Healing ​Isaiah 53 Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53 is a powerful chapter in the Bible because it announces Jesus coming to the earth, his death, resurrection and the reason why he came. Unfortunately Isaiah 53:5...

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John 10:10 - The True Abundant Life

Posted by Brad Quiring on August 11, 2017

John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This verse is often misused. We tell people that a true Christian MUST have good health and lots and lots of money, because, that is why Jesus came.” The truly abundant life is found IN CHRIST. That true...

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God’s Good Plan for You

Posted by Brad Quiring on July 24, 2017

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 This verse is often quoted during a trial to encourage or inspire — pointing us to the promise that God has specific plans to help us prosper, so don’t worry! ...

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Bible Buffet

Posted by Rod Neufeld on April 21, 2017

One morning at church I was previewing some videos I was going to play during our Easter/Resurrection Sunday breakfast. There was one video that used footage from the movie The Passion of the Christ. It was part of the scene where Christ was being whipped by soldiers. The graphic part was about 30 seconds of a 4 minute video. It was...

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Easter: Red Light, Green Light

Posted by Brad Quiring on April 3, 2017

Here’s a question: If God didn’t allow people to come near to him in the Old Testament times, why, all of the sudden, is the door open to approach God (Hebrews 4:16)? In other words, the switch from red light to green light seemed pretty easy. The issues start to pop up with this. For instance, if this is...

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2016: The Best or Worst Year? Perspective

Posted by Brad Quiring on December 31, 2016

The year 2016 is over. It is so interesting to read and hear the different perspectives on 2016. Many call it, “the worst year ever”. Looking back through history, there are many candidates for this dubious title. In the end, though, “worst” and “best” are all a matter of perspective. For Trump supporters in the USA, 2016 was the best. For Clinton supporters...

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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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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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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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The Legislation we Need

Posted by Rod Neufeld on October 3, 2015

Sticks and stones legislation! I can’t watch the news any more. I am so sick about the things that are going on that I am almost apathetic to it. I am going numb due to the bombardment of hatred, violence and anger I see around the world. I can’t help but cleave to the thought that this world...

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My Way is not God’s Way

Posted by Rod Neufeld on August 5, 2015

Do you know where you are going when life here is over? It is the question nobody really wants to ask but we all really need to know the answer. I recently watched the movie, “American Sniper”, the story about U.S. Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle’s life. It dawned on me that as he was doing his required...

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I’m a sinner because…

Posted by Rod Neufeld on July 17, 2015

I’m a sinner because…..or I sin because….or…What’s the answer? Sin. That dirty little word. It’s the word nobody ever wants to talk about. We hear it and a number of responses go through our minds. It really seems that this word, that once carried such a tremendous amount of weight, has become of no...

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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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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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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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