vibrant

(adj. pulsating with life)

Our name says it all! Jesus said He came to give us life, and that the life we have would be abundant. We believe this abundant life means embodying the qualities of Godís Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. Weíre not perfect, but God is working in us to bring these traits to LIFE!

diverse

(adj. celebrating difference and variety)

In the Bible, God says that one day people from every language, tribe, and nation will worship Him. At Abundant Life, we try to embody that truth today. We celebrate our diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, culture, and belief as we come together to worship our creative God.

church

(n. a body of Christian believers)

At Abundant Life, we have a building, but the building is not our church. Our church consists of the people who gather together to worship God together. It doesnít matter where we meet (in fact, we have celebrated worship several times in parks and community centres)! Whatís important is who is there.

community

(n. a group of people working toward a common goal)

Relationships are important at Abundant Life Church. We celebrate our community by meeting together on Sundays, in one anotherís homes for care groups on a weekly basis, at the building for prayer meetings, and in coffee shops and restaurants to strengthen our friendships. God loves it when people spend time together for His common purpose!

growing

(v. to develop and mature;
to increase)

At Abundant Life, we like to think of growth in an organic sense, like a plant. For a plant to be well established, it needs deep roots. at the same time, it grows up and outward. We want to grow deep roots, being faithful to the teaching of Jesus Christ, and we want to grow outward, to meet, interact, and better our community, that everyone we meet would experience the love that weíve experienced!

love

(n., v. a passionate affection; to have concern for the well-being of others)

At Abundant Life, we love to love. We learn in the Bible that everything was created because of Godís great love, and we now have the ability to share that love, because we received it. itís our desire that everyone in our community (and indeed, the world) would experience what it means to be loved by their creator, and to experience that love through his creation, the church.

Jesus Christ

(n. a first-century Jew from Israel; the Son of God)

Jesus is the reason we are together, the reason we do what we do, and the reason we are who we are. He is the head of the church and cares for the church and for all of humanity. in fact, he loves humanity so much that he died for us, and was raised back to life. We worship Jesus as fully God, who came to earth as a human man and who lives and reigns over everything forever.

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DateSeries / TitleSpeaker 
2018-06-17God´s Heartbeat: for Telos-Eternity in our hearts
Ecclesiastes

You´ve heard the critics say humans are nothing more than advanced animals. That can be insulting to the animals but, God has given humankind one very special gift - Eternity in our hearts. We know there is more to our existence than what goes on "under the sun". Let´s see what the author of Ecclesiastes has to say.

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2018-06-10God´s Heartbeat: for Listening
Proverbs

The book of Proverbs introduces us to two characters - Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly. One calls to us loudly and it´s oh so easy to heed her call but the other calls to us and often, though we have ears to hear, we don´t listen. The author of Proverbs tells us that it was by this wisdom that God created the heavens and so perhaps we see a glimpse of the One who calls to us, knocking gently, inviting those who have ears to hear to pay attention.

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2018-06-03God´s Heartbeat: for the Human Experience
Psalms

When you think about humanity, itís easy to come to the conclusion that weíre a dramatic bunch, forever cycling between emotions and actions. It would also be easy to think of God as that parent who just canít stand to hear us whining and laughing at the same time, forever unsure and insecure. Yet the Psalms, that book of great insecurity and emotion, stands as Godís desire for us! He actually loves our whole being!

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2018-05-27God´s Heartbeat: for Justice
Job

ďWhy me?Ē Itís the question most of us ask when bad things happen. Itís the question Job, his wife, and his friends all ask, and then try and answer. Is God truly just, and if so, why is Job so horribly set upon? How could a just God allow such awful things? Or are we asking entirely the wrong question?

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2018-05-20God´s Heartbeat: for the Upside-Down
Esther

When faced with huge problems, we usually envision huge solutions: armies, bombs, massive strikes and attacks. When Godís people are faced with huge problems, God does the strangest things: no armies, no bombs, no strikes. He calls up a little girl and her cousin and puts them in the right place at the right time to do the unthinkable. Itís in hindsight we see Godís hand moving slowly, carefully, to use the weak and the small to overturn the strong and the huge. God has a heart for doing things the ďupside-downĒ way!

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2018-05-13God´s Heartbeat: for Long-suffering Leaders
Nehemiah

Have you ever felt called to ministry or had an idea that really excited you and even though you prayed, prepared, and felt like you did everything you could it just didn´t really work? It can be devastating to be filled with high hopes and a strong sense of purpose only to see the fruits of your labour amount to so little. This is Nehemiah´s story and this week we will discover that the disappointment was altogether too much for him. As men and women called and gifted to work alongside Christ in the Kingdom we need to look to Jesus who trusted the Father´s timing even when everything appeared to be hopeless.

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2018-05-06God´s Heartbeat: for Restoration
Ezra

Webster´s Dictionary defines RESTORATION as the act of bringing something back to a former position or condition; a returning to a state of unimpairment or improved condition. We will be looking at the book of Ezra to see how our Maker restores and what that means for each of us. See you there.

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2018-04-29God´s Heartbeat: for Discipline
1&2 Kings; 1&2 Chronicles

The life of faith for the Israelites was not always an unmitigated success. The further they drifted from God´s design, the further God allowed them to experience the consequences of that drift. Is God evil for not intervening, or is this the way God has chosen to discipline those whom he loves, both the Israelites then and the church today? Could it be that we don´t know how much we need God until we hit "rock bottom"?

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2018-04-22God´s Heartbeat: for KINGDOM
1-2 Samuel

When the grumblings and complaints of the people grew to include a longing for a King God´s heart was grieved. His plan was never for his people to be like the nations. This week we will take a look at how even the first Kings of Israel did exactly what God warned the Israelites they would do and we will discover that God´s heartbeat is for a Kingdom but it looks nothing like anything the world had ever seen before.

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2018-04-15God´s Heartbeat: for the Outsider
Ruth

Israel was supposed to be a light to the world, a beacon that shone the light of God´s goodness to the nations outside. But Ruth tells us the opposite story, and invites us into the reality that God is not limited in His ability to shine a light, and that the most unlikely source for light may shine the brightest.

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2018-04-08God´s Heartbeat: for Deliverance
Judges

Now that Joshua has led the wilderness generation into Canaan and they´ve taken the land and renewed their covenant with God it´s time to let the milk and honey flow! Oh wait --- it´s not so easy. Sometimes we get caught up thinking we just have to _______ or we just need to wait until ________ and maybe if we just had a leader like ______ ...THEN everything would be alright. The book of Judges is all about this struggle between our expectation and our reality and as we dive into the text this week we will see God´s heartbeat for DELIVERANCE.

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2018-04-01Easter 2018: He Is Risen
John 20:11-18

When Jesus is raised from the dead, itís an incredible, unbelievable miracle. His return, though, is met with disbelief, and sometimes, a lack of recognition. How is it that people who have spent time in the presence of the living Christ cannot even recognize when heís in their midst?

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2018-03-25God´s Heartbeat: for Place
The Book of Joshua

Itís sometimes easy to think that where we live and work and play is just an accident, just a spot we picked for no reason. But Joshua teaches us that God may be at work in our lives to plant us in a particular place. What if your neighborhood is more than just a street? What if itís Godís gift to you?

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2018-03-18God´s Heartbeat: for Enduring Promise
Deuteronomy

Our God makes promises. His promises are always fulfilled. These promises are an expression of his heartbeat. He doesn´t struggle with His promises but we often do.

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2018-03-11God´s Heartbeat: for Faithful Followership
Numbers

Numbers is possibly the strangest book of the Bible and I love it. Today we will take a look at four different stories from Numbers to see the deep longing of God for his people to trust Him and follow Him and be blessed by Him and we will ask ourselves, "Why does that scare us so much?"

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2018-03-04God´s Heartbeat: for Holiness
Leviticus

Godís great desire is to be present with His people, but weíre so anxious to avoid Godís presence because of our sin that God had to do something drastic to call us back. The book of Leviticus can look like a mishmash of rules, laws, and strange and outdated requirements, but a deeper look reveals Godís heart for a holy people who can live in His presence!

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2018-02-25God´s Heartbeat: to be Among Us
Exodus 20-40

The Old Testament is full of concepts that seem so confusing and maybe even archaic - but the concept of TABERNACLE of God is going to come alive for us this Sunday in ways you won´t believe. The TABERNACLE is going to show us the heart of God, from Eden all the way to the New Jerusalem, for Heaven to meet us here on Earth. The final section in Exodus is about God´s heart for being among us - right smack dab in the middle of our life.

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2018-02-18God´s Heartbeat: for the Wilderness
Exodus 12-19

There are times in our lives where we feel adrift, cut loose, and unsure of our direction. The Israelites experienced this in the wilderness. What is God up to when we feel like nothing is as itís supposed to be?

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2018-02-11God´s Heartbeat: for the Oppressed
Exodus 1-12

Exodus begins with sorrow: Godís people in pain, oppressed by the power of the Empire. Theyíve been suffering for centuries under the whips of the Egyptians. How can we say that God has a heart for the oppressed just because He eventually saves the Israelites? And how are we supposed to let our hearts beat in time with His?

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2018-02-04God´s Heartbeat: Younger Brothers, Barren Women, Trips to Egypt
Genesis 22-50

The book of Genesis is all about the human struggle for power and authority and God´s subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) way of completely dismantling our claim to it! Where God´s promises abide there is abundant life but where our pursuit of power abides there is abundant famine and struggle. In the midst of this struggle which seems to characterize the human experience God is there challenging us - struggling with us - even blessing us. This week we will look at the book of Genesis and see the heart beat of God for ABUNDANT LIFE!

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2018-01-28God´s Heartbeat: for Relationship
Genesis 12:2

In January, we began a series of messages on the heartbeat of God. Two weeks ago, we looked at the love in His heartbeat for creation. Last week, we looked at His heartbeat in providing His way for us to flourish. Today we will look at the greatest expression of His heartbeat-relationship. What does His desire to "covenant" with humanity mean? What is our response to His desire? Let´s find out.

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2018-01-21God´s Heartbeat: for God´s Way
Genesis 3-11

Though we arenít necessarily always good at catching it, God has a way planned out for humanity. Godís heart beats for human flourishing, and God has provided the best way to flourish. Might it be time to let our hearts beat in time with Godís?

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2018-01-14God´s Heartbeat: for Beauty
Genesis 1-2

God has extended His presence into what He has made, what we call "creation." But much of that creation has no real purpose, places we´ll never see and experiences we´ll never have. What does this wasteful extravagance tell us about the God we follow?

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