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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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Camp Nutimik Sunday: God Changes People

By Wayne EisBrenner on June 7, 2018

For its whole life as a church, Abundant Life has been a partner of Camp Nutimik. The camp is located in the Whiteshell Provincial Park and plays an important role in helping children and youth learn about Jesus and to develop leaders. Nutimik’s executive director Wayne EisBrenner on how God changes people's lives, and how participating with Camp Nutimik...

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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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Ignite!: The Gospel is All About God

By Brad Quiring on April 22, 2018

"The Gospel is all About God" Acts 14:8-20. In their next stop of Lystra, Paul, Barnabas and their companions were given the opportunity to show the power of God and present the gospel. The reaction of the crowds in Lystra was completely unexpected. For many of us, we would love to take advantage of the opportunity, avoid trouble and come...

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The Cross: Resurrection Sunday: The Empty Cross and Grave

By Brad Quiring on April 1, 2018

1 Corinthians 15:12-28. Jesus died on the cross. He was buried. Had he stayed in the grave, he would be no better or different than any other human. But Jesus rose again from the dead. Both the cross and the grave are empty because Jesus is alive. Because Jesus is alive, we are alive, too, through faith in the fact of...

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The Cross: Good Friday: The Reason for the Cross

By Brad Quiring on March 30, 2018

Isaiah 53 – Jesus was our substitute on the cross (Galatians 3:13). He took upon himself all of God’s righteous and holy punishment reserved for us.

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The Cross: My Cost from Christ’s Cross

By Brad Quiring on March 25, 2018

The cross was very costly for Jesus. It cost Him His life. It was costly for God the Father, as it cost Him His son. But all this was done out of love for us. What will our response be? Do we live for ourselves and today, or do we live for Someone who is so much higher and greater?...

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The Cross: Our New Life in Jesus’ Cross

By Brad Quiring on March 18, 2018

Jesus died for us to take away our sin nature and our sinful lifestyle. His death didn’t just take sin away, it gave us new life, a new self, a new being and a new purpose in life. We died with Christ so that we could become new. Galatians 2:19-21; Romans 6:1-14.

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The Cross: The Glory of the Shameful Cross

By Brad Quiring on March 11, 2018

The message of the cross, of Jesus’ substitutionary death, is the primary message. God turned the shame and curse of the cross into His glory and our salvation. This is what we proudly proclaim: The Gospel of Jesus is simple: Jesus died on the cross for our sins. That is all we have to announce. Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

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Commitment: Commitment to Peace

By Brad Quiring on February 11, 2018

Romans 12:17-21. Jesus came to bring peace. Peace between people and God and peace between people. Since Adam and Eve's fall, conflict and unhealthy, unhelpful competition has existed between people. God sent Jesus to bring His peace to those who believe in Christ. This peace is not just the absence of conflict, "agreeing to disagree" or "let's just all get...

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The Arrival: The Arrival of Salvation

By Brad Quiring on December 24, 2017

We seem to be stuck in an endless cycle of problems, bad choices and the negative consequences of our selfishness. Who is going to save us from all this? God had a choice: leave us to our own devices or step in an offer us salvation. He chose salvation and provided it all through Jesus, whose name means, “God is...

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The Arrival: Arrival of Love

By Brad Quiring on December 17, 2017

The modern definition of love is either extremely shallow and self-seeking or is set up as something that is so idealized it can never be attained. The reality is that love is something others’ focused and has been demonstrated by God’s gift to the world: Jesus. Love arrived at Christmas.

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The Arrival: Arrival of Joy

By Brad Quiring on December 10, 2017

There are very few things that thrill someone than to hear a child laugh out loud in pure joy! We all wish we could live with secure, confident, worry-free joy. The angels promised this to the shepherds on the first Christmas night and they delivered. Jesus is the source of joy, the deep sense of peace, contentment and hope that...

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The Arrival: Arrival of Peace

By Brad Quiring on December 3, 2017

Is peace merely the absence of conflict or is it something deeper? We seek peace on an international level and on the family level. We are even seeking peace within ourselves. We don’t want a lull in the battle, we want a life of true calm, tranquility and security. God promised that he would send someone who is described...

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The Arrival: Arrival of Hope

By Brad Quiring on November 26, 2017

News of terrorism, threats of violence, economic disaster stands is ready to pounce, unstable leadership and stifling religion. These aren’t just today’s depressing headlines, they were the headlines over 2600 years ago. In the midst of dark pessimism God promised to send someone who would bring true hope. That person was Jesus. Jesus is still the only one who...

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The Arrival: Preparing for Arrival

By Brad Quiring on November 19, 2017

We read in the Bible that someone was sent to prepare the way for Jesus’ arrival. That person was John. He helped people be ready for Jesus. Christmas celebrates the arrival of Jesus. We’re also called to be ready for Jesus and to help others know why Jesus came.

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Only: Living only for God

By Brad Quiring on November 5, 2017

Salvation is a free gift from God, given by grace through faith in the person and work of Jesus. 1 Peter 3:8-12. While we benefit from this, it is ultimately for God’s glory. All this is brought to our attention and knowledge through the Bible, which is the Word of God. Now that we have this life, let’s live...

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Only: Only the the Glory of God

By Brad Quiring on October 29, 2017

We live for the glory of God alone. Colossians 3:16-17. Everything in this universe, everything in our lives, everything that is said and done is to be done for the glory of God alone. God made everything for His glory. He saved us from our sins and gave us forgiveness and eternal hope for His own glory. God's not an...

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Only: Only Christ

By Brad Quiring on October 22, 2017

Colossians 1:13-20. Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King. He is the creator of all things, He is Lord over all things. He saved us from our sins through His person and His work. Jesus truly is THE Way, THE Truth and THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father BUT BY HIM.

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Only: Only Grace

By Brad Quiring on October 15, 2017

We are saved by the grace of God alone. Ephesians 2:1-10. Grace is a free, undeserved gift from God. We do not earn it, we just receive it because God gives it to us through Jesus Christ.

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