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Go Team!: Talking to the Coach (Passionate Prayer)

By Brad Quiring on September 22, 2019

God invites us to pray. Prayer is the cornerstone of our involvement in God’s will and His mission. On our part it is an act of faith and obedience. Jesus illustrated this in a powerful and somewhat humorous parable in Luke 18:1-8, where God calls us to passionately plead our case before him, knowing that He cares about us...

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Take a Sabbath

By Brad Quiring on September 1, 2019

When God had finished his creation work, he "took a Sabbath" from his work. When God put together the covenant with his people, Israel, he commanded them to "take a Sabbath" from their labours. When Jesus was on the earth, he told people to come to him, and he would give them "Sabbath". The Sabbath, like everything in the Law,...

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The Most Wondrous, Amazing (Slightly Strange) Show on Earth: The Best MAN for Some Jobs is a WOMAN

By Brad Quiring on August 18, 2019

In Judges 4, God was rescuing Israel from their own troubles...again. Deborah had been named as a judge over Israel by God and she led the way to victory, all the while holding the hand of the General who wouldn't go to battle without her. Jael was faced with a brutal decision, but took the steps necessary to ensure the...

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The Most Wondrous, Amazing (Slightly Strange) Show on Earth: The Longest Day

By Brad Quiring on August 11, 2019

As a result of a foolish decision, the Israelites were now caught in a treaty with the Gibeonites. Nearby tribal kings saw that Gibeon was now aligned with the feared Israelites, so they decided to bring the Gibeonites back into line so that they could all join forces against Israel. God sent Joshua and the Israelites out to not only...

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The Most Wondrous, Amazing (Slightly Strange) Show on Earth: The Lion Tamer

By Brad Quiring on August 4, 2019

Do you feel like you're surrounded by hungry wild animals in your life? Schedules, finances and people can make you feel like you're surrounded with no way out. God is always faithful to His children and he will watch out for you. Your faith in him, expressed by your godly life, will save you from the lions and everyone will...

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The Most Wondrous, Amazing (Slightly Strange) Show on Earth: King of the Beasts (Literally)

By Brad Quiring on July 28, 2019

God had given the whole world to King Nebuchadnezzar. In fact, in Jeremiah 27, God called Nebuchadnezzar his "servant". In a move that is common to all people, Nebuchadnezzar began to think his incredible success was a result of his wisdom, intelligence, craftiness and greatness. Little did he know that God was not going to let him get away with this...

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The Most Wondrous, Amazing (Slightly Strange) Show on Earth: The Donkey Prophet

By Brad Quiring on July 14, 2019

Does it seem like God isn't getting through to someone? Maybe something more extreme is needed! Balaam discovered this on his way to curse the Israelites. Check out Numbers 22:21-35. #albcthemost

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Messed Up: Identity

By Brad Quiring on April 14, 2019

Sin has stripped away the confidence we have in who we are, right down to the very basic: am I male or female? What race am I? What is my "orientation"? In fact, our culture has so embraced these questions that people are left wondering what "normal" looks like. God created all life. He created all people in His wonderful...

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Messed Up: Justice

By Brad Quiring on March 31, 2019

Psalm 37:1-16. We want what is right, true and just. But it doesn’t happen in our world. Life is not fair because of sin in the world, which gives birth to evil actions. The true follower of Christ is marked by their faith in God and righteous behaviour, especially toward others, because that is what God desires.

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Messed Up: Gods

By Brad Quiring on March 17, 2019

Messed Up Gods – A Mess of Religion. On the surface, most religions look the same, but the difference is at the very heart and core of the belief system. How do we show truth in an age of pluralism? If Christ is the Only Way, what about everyone else? See how we've created a mess for ourselves by creating gods...

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Gen R Us: God

By Brad Quiring on February 3, 2019

We begin a new series this month: Gen-R-Us. We are to be generous. Generous with time, money and talents. We can be generous because God himself his generous. He gives us everything we need in abundance. He helps us in our times of need. He listens to us. He forgives us time and time again. This week we look at...

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Ministry for God….Ministry With God

By Bill Ehlers on January 13, 2019

John 15:1-5. Competence, or even giftedness, in any kind of ministry (pastoring, preaching, eldering, worship leading, music, teaching, working with children, working with the facility, working in hospitality/ushering/food service, evangelism, visitation . . . you name it), may allow a person to bear a certain amount of fruit, but competence in itself will not lead to lasting fruit for God's Kingdom,...

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What We’ve Learned: Commit Your Way to the Lord

By Brad Quiring on November 4, 2018

Psalm 37:1-8. Trouble all around. What does one do? Well, we tend to worry. We fret. We get angry and frustrated. But, that's not going to do us any good. One of Abundant Life's seniors, Loraine Haaksma, is repeating the challenge to read through the Bible in a year and has come up with some great insights. The biggest: God...

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Indispensable: God

By Brad Quiring on October 7, 2018

Indispensable God. We need God. Period. Without God, we have no life, no blessings, no hope, no existence at all. God is real and he is the One who defines all things in this universe. So many us live as if we don't believe that we need God for everything. A refining of our faith will then manifest itself in...

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Elisha: God’s Power Prophet: A Legacy of God’s Power

By Brad Quiring on September 2, 2018

In this life you want to be effective. The question is, will that effect die with you? The greatest legacy is the work and influence of God through your life. An influence that lasts long after your time on this earth is done. We have the stories of Elisha’s life to continue to teach and inspire us, but God...

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Elisha: God’s Power Prophet: Dive In

By Brad Quiring on August 26, 2018

Many of Elisha’s miracles were done by him directly. God used Elisha’s words and touch to reveal His divine power. In the case of a foreign army commander afflicted with leprosy, Elisha didn’t even bother to meet him, he just sent him down to the muddy Jordan river and told him to dive in…seven times. Wouldn...

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Elisha: God’s Power Prophet: More than Enough

By Brad Quiring on August 5, 2018

In Old Testament times a widow without family care was left destitute. The young widow and her boys were in a desperate situation. Elisha called on her to act according to faith, having at her disposal a little olive oil and a big God. Read ahead to 2 Kings 4:1-7.

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Elisha: God’s Power Prophet: Double Spirit

By Brad Quiring on July 1, 2018

God’s plan for Elisha was revealed in Elijah’s darkest moment. God was correcting the course of Israel and his plan included a new prophet to speak to both kings and citizens. When Elisha was named as the new spokesman for God, he had a simple but deep request of his mentor: “Let me inherit a double portion of...

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Be Refreshed

By Brad Quiring on June 24, 2018

Isaiah 55; We look to summer as a time for refreshment and renewal, especially after a long, hard winter and the work that accompanies it. Many head out on holidays and some work places experience a slowdown in action, while others face a big jump in activity. Nevertheless, we in Manitoba see summer as a time to refresh. Our refreshment comes...

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Highest Honour: Honouring the Love

By Brad Quiring on May 20, 2018

Love stands out in most people's minds when they think of marriage. The image is usually rose-coloured romanticism but not real love. Romantic love definitely has its place in marriage, but the real love that God commands reflects the attitude of Jesus Christ. Marriage is the place where the husband and wife exercise true agape love for one another, sacrificially...

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