Abundant Life Baptist Church
1396 Plessis Road
Winnipeg MB R3T 4L1
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Celebrating Coming Back…
from Pastor Brad
We celebrate when our favourite team “comes back” from a deficit and wins the game.
We celebrate when a loved one “comes back” from a long trip or a hospital stay.
God has called us to “come back” as well. This is called “repentance”. Repentance is basically making a U-Turn in our lives. Making the full 180 degree change from rebellion against God to dedicated believing in and obeying him.
This theme is found all through the Bible:
“Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”
Joel 2:13 (NIV)
What is God’s reaction to the rebellious one returning to him?
“Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:3-7 (NIV)
This is God’s heart desire, that we come back. Will you come back today?
Night Church is very different from Sunday Church Service. Each Wednesday at 7:00PM.
We are trying to reach people who do not attend church, or have no home church, that have questions, don’t like religion, etc.
We would love your prayers that God would bless this time and there would be much fruit.
If you know people who have been questioning or even running from God, can we encourage you to invite to come Wednesdays and take part.
If you want more info check out the Facebook group “Night Church” or email email@example.com
Missions and Outreach Team
Several of you have asked for us to clarify how to support Caleb and Raquel Enns as they are about to embark for Thailand to establish churches and help programs for the Shan people. They need about $4000.00 to complete their outgoing funds, which cover all travel, setup in Thailand, housing for first year and their language school costs.
As a church we no longer funnel funds to missionaries. So, if you would like to contribute a monthly gift or one time financial help to the Enns, there are a couple of ways:
1) Online via SEND International: https://www.ennsinthailand.com/give/
2) Mail your gift to:
SEND International of Canada
1-22423 Jefferies Road RR 5
Komoka, ON N0L 1R0 ll toll-free 1-888-918-5036 for more information.
Pray for One Another:
Ephesians 6:18 says, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (NLT)”
- Rita Mills is In hospital again with severe pain. No date for surgery yet. This is mentally draining having chronic pain all the time. Please pray for me. Things so hard for me these days.
- Pray for Jennifer Stimpson (Brian’s wife). She has chronic pain which has become worse and has left her basically immobile.
- Derrick Gillingham is recovering very well from the infection. Thanks for the prayers.
- Wanda Murphy “I would like prayer for son Ken, as he is here right now which is great. Worried what will happen when he goes back downtown as most people know his story. Pray for strength & God to be with him to make better decisions.
The Obstacle In Our Path
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.
Many people loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
A peasant then came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.
The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
Moral of the story:
Every obstacle we come across in life gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and whilst the lazy complain, the others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.