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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2018-12-09God´s Heartbeat: for Live-Giving Questions
Mark

Questions and more questions. Sometimes we feel bombarded by them. When they are bad, they discourage us but when they are good questions we become the beneficiaries from the answers. The book of Mark contains many questions asked from many perspectives. In the middle of them is one we NEED to answer. Let´s enter the pages of this intriguing book together.

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2018-12-02Godīs Heartbeat: for His Kingdom People
Matthew

Ever since the beginning, Godís heart has been for people. He LOVES the people he has made. Yet in the early stages, he chose one small people to be a light to all the other people around them. In Matthew, Godís Heart for His Kingdom People comes through loud and clear. This people, shaped and formed by Jesus, are called to live out the life God has for them. Why does it seem, then, that the church struggles more than ever with this call?

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2018-11-25Godīs Heartbeat: for Self-Exposure
The Prophets

All through Scripture, Godís heart longs to be present in the midst of the people. Yet all through Scripture, Godís people run from His presence, refuse His presence, and reject His presence. The story of the prophets is the story of a God who reveals Himself relentlessly, that His people might know the God they worship. They may not have listened, but it never stopped God from reaching out. This same revelation continues to Godís people today. Will we hear it?

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2018-11-18God´s Heartbeat: Ketuvim-the Writings
The Writings

Today we are going to be looking at 11 books of the Old Testament ranging from Job-Nehemiah. Collectively they are called the Ketuvim-the Writings. The challenges faced by these people were often immense and life changing-so was the accompanying sorry and grief. Many of us look forward to the former but few of us want the latter. Let´s see how we can apply the lessons these people learned.

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2018-11-11Godīs Heartbeat: for COVENANT (Torah Recap)
The Torah

The Torah is a collection of stories, poems, laws, and lists and at the heart of each of the five books which make up this section of the OT we find a God desperately pursuing his people - not to punish them or burden them with lengthy terms and conditions but to prepare a place so that he might be among them and lavish his Spirit upon them. God takes a major risk and places his Name among the people declaring that we would be a Kingdom of Priests - tending the life-full garden of his Presence and though it seems inconceivable, this God makes himself vulnerable and spares no expense - he comes for us with a mighty and an out stretched arm and like an eagle gathering her young, he declares, ´I have seen you, I have heard you, I´m comin´ for ya´.

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2018-11-04Godīs Heartbeat: to Renew Brokenness
Malachi

It didn´t take long for the people of God to start rebelling after they returned from exile in Babylon. They had cried out for God to rescue them, and God had been faithful to His word to do it, yet they forgot God so quickly and turned away. How is it possible that they could be so rebellious in the face of such love and care? And how is it possible that we should follow suit? Even more amazing, how is it possible that God would continue to pursue us?

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2018-10-28Godīs Heartbeat: for What´s to Come
Zechariah

It is tempting to look at the current state of things and respond with dread: if only we could go back to the way things were - the good ol´ days! It´s easy to live with an outlook of fear of what´s to come but when we survey the attitude of God throughout scripture, He rarely (if ever) looks to the future with despair - God´s proclamation is one of hope and optimism. In Zechariah we will see God´s heart for this current generation to rejoice greatly and shout aloud! His is a call to faithfulness and devotion unlike the world has ever seen - to seek God and believe that the best is yet to come.

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2018-10-21Godīs Heartbeat: for Devotion
Haggai

The people had received good news: they were headed back home! Yet when they returned home, they set to work on their own projects and neglected the house of God, the very God who had brought them back from exile after their pleading with him. Haggai speaks Godís words of sorrow to the people, lamenting their selfishness. But the story doesnít end with selfishness: the gospel invites us to participate in devotion, to set our priorities as Godís priorities, and we do so in the life of Christ!

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2018-10-14God´s Heartbeat: for Passion (not to mention dancing & singing)
Zephaniah

Whether it´s in wrath or restoration - our God is a passionate God. Let´s explore this truth together.

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2018-10-07God´s Heartbeat: for God´s Hand in History
Habakkuk

Looking around at the world today, it can seem that thereís really no rhyme or reason. Wars, earthquakes, famine, and flood afflict the righteous and the wicked alike. Habakkuk saw the same thing, and his conversation with God leads us to look for the hand of God in things we may not understand. Ultimately, weíre called back to Him!

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2018-09-30God´s Heartbeat: for Nahum: Ending the Endlessly Cruel
Nahum

Even since the primeval time of the Tower of Babel, God has looked down on those who have attempted to build an Empire that reaches to the heavens. Assyria is no match for the One True God. He brings down the Endlessly Cruel and hears the cries of the humble. While our sinful condition tells us we must rise ever higher, this week we look to the One who destroys the arrogant, but who does it with His own downward journey to the Cross.

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2018-09-23God´s Heartbeat: for hearts that break for what breaks His
Micah

The prophets weren´t systematic theologians- they didn´t sit alone in libraries writing thoughtful treatises to the masses. They were artists, poets and many thought of them as fanatics and madmen because of the way they lived public ministries of grief and rage and overwhelming love! These men were filled with the Spirit of God and if we pay attention we can hear God´s heart, wrenched with grief, attempting to break through to the numb and hardened hearts of his people - this week Micah cries out, barefoot and naked, howling like a jackal and moaning like an owl revealing the heartbeat of God: for hearts that break for what breaks His.

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2018-09-16God´s Heartbeat: for Enemies
Jonah

Jonah had a clear mandate from God: proclaim the word of God to your enemies. Jonah ran from Godís command because Jonah didnít want God to save his enemies. Jonah learned through painful experience that God loves ALL of Godís creation, not just our special corner of it. Seems like we still have Jonahís lesson to learn.

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2018-09-09God´s Heartbeat: for Healthy Families
Obadiah

Families should naturally demonstrate the goodness of God. When family members become jealous, envious and resentful of fellow family members, God is ANYTHING but GLORIFIED. In the book of Obadiah comes a clear warning-how you treat family will be how God treats you. Yikes! Let´s study together what that means for us.

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2018-09-02God´s Heartbeat: for Integrity
Amos

Godís heart for His people is that they (we) should live according to His word and according to His instruction. Yet the Bible is just full of examples where they (we) fail entirely. The people of God need to look and act like the people of God in order to BE the people of GodÖand Amos is chock full of what happens when that kind of integrity is abandoned. Is there any hope for Godís people?

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2018-08-27God´s Heartbeat: to Pour Out
Joel

Joel calls us to consider the ways God has freely poured out His wrath on that which opposes Him. Joel calls this the Day of the Lord and we are to wrestle with the ways we think of this day - it should humble us and lead us to repentance. But Joel also tells us of something else God is going to pour out freely. Peter recognizes this day instantly in the book of Acts when he sees the Spirit of God freely poured out on all those who seek Him. Join us this week as we wrestle together with the idea of the Day of the Lord and together seek repentance and to recognize the Spirit we´ve received.

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2018-08-19God´s Heartbeat: for Fidelity
Hosea

Imagine the shock for Hosea when he´s asked to marry a disreputable woman, simply to show the people of Israel how faithless they´ve been. It seems like God´s heart for the fidelity of His people is fierce and unyielding!

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2018-08-12God´s Heartbeat: Steadfastness and Loyalty
Daniel

Steadfastness and Loyalty: virtues we find rather easy to describe and very difficult to live. We are fascinated by the results from fiery furnaces and lions´ dens but Daniel´s life was so much more: less flashy but of much greater substance. Let´s explore the man and the legend together.

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2018-07-29God´s Heartbeat: for Communication
Ezekiel

Ezekiel is one strange book, featuring a prophet who knows his message will not e listened to, but who is called to persevere in speaking (and acting) in some very strange ways. Yet in the midst of strangeness comes assurance: God loves to speak to His people, and loves to hear from them in return!

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2018-07-22God´s Heartbeat: for Grieving
Lamentations

Lamentations is the heart-cry of a people who are bereftóthey have lost everything and donít know where to turn. God has a heart for those who grieve, even when it seems like He is the cause of the grief.

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2018-07-15God´s Heartbeat: for His Bride
Jeremiah

Jeremiah is sometimes called ďthe weeping prophet,Ē and for good reason. His ache for the people of God mirrors Godís own heart for Godís people. But what is a prophet (or God) to do when the people he loves turn their backs on him and run after another?

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2018-07-08God´s Heartbeat: for a Call to Witness
Isaiah 40-66

It´s said that once you hear the testimony of a "star witness" in a trial, you will begin to doubt history. We are in the unique position of being called to witness for a heavenly Father who defines our history and our future. Isaiah was obedient to the calling; let us be obedient in our sphere of influence.

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2018-07-01God´s Heartbeat: for Immanuel
Isaiah 1-39

The book of Isaiah is beautifully poetic, dreadfully political, and yet relentless in its message of hope. Isaiah weaves the themes of hope and judgement together in such a way that leaves us pierced with conviction but alive with hope in the same breath. This is the reality of God´s presence - when we are living in sin and corruption - watch out because He is with us and when we are living in suffering and humility - rejoice because He is with us. The truth of God With Us is a double edged sword and this is God´s heart beat in Isaiah 1-39: IMMANUEL.

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2018-06-24God´s Heartbeat: for Intimacy
Song of Songs

What is Song of Songs doing in the Bible? This erotic love poem seems absurdly out of place in the midst of the wisdom poetry that surrounds it. Not only that, but how is it at all applicable to those in our midst who do not experience sexual intimacy for any number of reasons? Isnít Song of Songs exclusionary, and really racy to boot? What are we supposed to do with this?

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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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