Pastor Jeff's Corner

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Hello, I'm Jeff Schoch, senior pastor at Abundant Life Fellowship. I spent nearly 30 years as a writer and editor in the newspaper business before finally embracing my pastoral call. So as we launch our new web site, I'm excited to combine some of that training with my work in ministry. My intention is to write regularly about many topics that may or may not include: Ministry (my love for the scriptures, intimacy in worship, outreach, milestones, networking and more; Hobbies (from running to my Volkswagen collection to Ebay to playing cards and more); Family (mainly my wife and daughter); Television ("Survivor," "Fringe," "Mad Men" and "American Pickers" are among my favorite shows. I'm sure I'll take flak for even watching a couple of those let alone being a fan. Oh well.) I welcome feedback. More than anything, though, my prayer is that the site, the blog and anything else I put my hand to creates in people a hunger to know Jesus or walk more closely with him.
By Pastor Jeff on Friday, June 06, 2014 1:09 PM
As I knelt down at the altar during corporate prayer time before classes and service last Sunday morning, I distinctly and quickly heard these words: "Go deeper." When I began as pastor of Abundant Life Fellowship six years ago, I heard a very similar instruction: "Embrace the Deep." At the time, I launched a series of teachings with that title, and it seems we've touched on and revisited and dug into the topic of a deep, meaningful and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ frequently during these six years. So when I heard the instruction "Go deeper" on Sunday, it gave me pause. "Haven't we already done this?" I found myself asking. "Go deeper." I told the church during morning and evening services about the word. "Get ready to go deeper, everybody." I know the word was for me, but I've learned that often if it's for me, it's also for all of us. As I studied this week, I gained new and yes, deeper, insights into familiar - and some of my favorite - scriptures about living life in the deep. So this Sunday,...

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Message from a child

A brief greeting from a child left recently on a classroom erase board brought a smile to my face. It remains on the board as a reminder of the impact of children on the body of Christ.

Reminder of a Covenant

A double rainbow appeared over the area, including Abundant Life, last fall, a great reminder of God's covenant of love with his people.

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