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The Advanced Bible Study Series or ABSS is held every year February in Gemunden. This is a week of intense Bible study, fellowship and exchanging ideas in the beauty of the Taunus area of Germany.

On this site you can find information on how to attend ABSS, how to find Gemunden or to download the most recent audio files of the lessons if you couldn't make it.

What is ABSS I and II?

Details for the sessionsPosted by Scott Raab 11 Jan, 2014 11:20:17

ABSS I runs from Tuesday AM through Friday noon (arrival encouraged from Monday evening!). The daily schedule is for 5-6 sessions (of 50 minutes), but we include a long afternoon break to enjoy your choice of the nature or the fellowship (or both).

ABSS II is a family-friendly*, weekend retreat from Friday evening through Sunday after lunch, with a 1-day seminar on Saturday (but still a long afternoon break) followed by an informal assembly Sunday.

(* We want to accommodate families, but everyone is welcome.)

Registration, Arrival...

No formal pre-registration or deposit is required, other than to let us know you plan to come. Please let us know (see address below) by the Sunday before ABSS begins

Also: if you indicated you would come and have had to change your plans, please let us know!!

For ABSS I, we encourage you to arrive Monday evening (from 18h00). We will have something to eat for those who haven't had a chance to eat along the way (around 19h30) followed by with a brief orientation to the week’s speakers and material.

For ABSS II, you can arrive any time Friday afternoon or evening. (We will have a brief orientation Friday evening for those who arrive before bedtime.)





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Will you share?

NewsPosted by Scott Raab 18 Jan, 2011 23:21:14
ABSS is a week - or a couple of days - packed full of opportunities to learn, to grow and to share. Consider how you would like to share during your time together.

"Lekker" - Bring something typical from your country to share during the sandwich meal or at the coffee break. Belgian chocolate cannot be topped, but you can try.

"Talent" - Thursday evening brings the "Gemundener Follies" low-ebtry leven talent show. Share your talent and give us a good reason to laugh.

"Spare change" - Thursday is also our ice cream night. Plan to bring along some spare change for this night. The "hired cleaning" is included in the fee.

"Scholarship" - Be informed that we have a scholarship fund, if you are able to make a "deposit" or need to make a "withdrawal".

"Walk and talk" - Every day begins with singing, progresses on to some great lessons and then takes a break in the afternoon. We have left the afternoons open for great walks in the countryside, discussing the lessons or simply getting to know one another. There are also plenty of touris attractions in the area to visit.

"Sing a new song" - or an old one. Be sure to bring your voice to join in the wonderful singing.

"A good book" - Plan on having something to offer during the "Book review/Reading advisory" session (including websites, etc)

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Talented?

NewsPosted by Scott Raab 18 Jan, 2011 23:10:44
Traditonally there is a "Gemündener Follies", a low-entry level talent show. Everyone is welcome, especially those who think they are talented. We have heard all sorts of songs, seen skits galore, heard dramatic readings, listened to wonderful poems written during the week and laughed at jokes or magic acts.

Plan to share a bit of your talent on the Thursday evening and then enjoy some delicious ice cream with the audience and other "talent".

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A great investment!

CostPosted by Scott Raab 18 Jan, 2011 17:59:16
Naturally, these sessions are going to cost a little bit. As always, the monetary costs are kept to a minimum without cutting back on the value received.

Costs run €26 per day for an adult, which includes lodging and food.

This means that you pay €104 for Session I, €52 for Sessions II (weekend) or €156 for both sessions. There is also a one-time fee of €8 for linens, but you can save this fee by bringing your own bed linens (single-person beds).

Families will have a discount applied from the third person (±50%).

Please plan to pay in Euro's (no checks, US$ or other currency please). There are cash machines in Usingen (10 minutes away).

Costs cover breakfast, a warm meal at noon, and a sandwich meal in the evening. You are invited to bring along something typical from your country to go along with the sandwich meal, and/or cake and cookies to share at our coffee breaks.

These are the financial costs, but we realize that you also understand that a wise investement has its own returns. Come ready to invest some good time in the lessons, in conversations during the afternoons, in considering new or different thoughts, in examining the Bible to see if what is taught is truth and how it can positively influence your life and those you know.

ABSS is a week - or a couple of days - packed full of opportunities to learn, to grow and to share. Consider how you would like to share during your time together.

"Lekker" - Bring something typical from your country to share during the sandwich meal or at the coffee break. Belgian chocolate cannot be topped, but you can try.

"Talent" - Thursday evening brings the "Gemundener Follies" low-ebtry leven talent show. Share your talent and give us a good reason to laugh.

"Spare change" - Thursday is also our ice cream night. Plan to bring along some spare change for this night. The "hired cleaning" is included in the fee.

"Scholarship" - Be informed that we have a scholarship fund, if you are able to make a "deposit" or need to make a "withdrawal".

"Walk and talk" - Every day begins with singing, progresses on to some great lessons and then takes a break in the afternoon. We have left the afternoons open for great walks in the countryside, discussing the lessons or simply getting to know one another. There are also plenty of touris attractions in the area to visit.

"Sing a new song" - or an old one. Be sure to bring your voice to join in the wonderful singing.

"A good book" - Plan on having something to offer during the "Book review/Reading advisory" session (including websites, etc)





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Church information

LinksPosted by Scott Raab 06 Mar, 2008 15:40:45
Here are some links to church information in Europe. Keep in touch with one another!

The website for the German-speaking churches
(on this page you can also find links to churches around the world)

A directory of churches around the world
(in English and including information in other languages at the bottom)

Chretiens en Mission or "Christians on Mission" is an intensive summer course in Marseille
(with information in English as the last item on the right)

British Bible School seeks to train students in the word and ministry

Each January (Advanced Seminar) and Fall (Fall Conference) the church in Cologne organizes a seminar from the Ministry of Theological Education. The church in Cologne organizes these events.
(the last two items at the bottom of the page are links for downloads)

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Photo's

LinksPosted by Scott Raab 04 Mar, 2008 22:56:49
Here are the photo's that Scott took in 2008

ABSS I
ABSS II

Here some of Scott's photo's from ABSS 2010

ABSS 2010


A link to Scott's photo's from ABSS 2011

ABSS 2011

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ABSS II 2008

Audio filesPosted by Scott Raab 04 Mar, 2008 22:41:11
Here below are the links for the audio files for ABSS II. Philip Slate taught on "Christian Beliefs that Sustain Spiritual Life".

Immanuel:God is with us
Justification:Peace with God
Judgement:Justice, finally!
Hope:Anchor of the soul

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ABSS I 2008

Audio filesPosted by Scott Raab 04 Mar, 2008 08:54:27
Below are the links to the audio files for the lessons during the first session of ABSS. Click on a link to open the file and listen. You can download the file by saving it to your computer.

Philip Slate - The Transmission of the Christian Faith
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Lesson 7

Jim Krumrei - The Holy Spirit- Then and Now
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4

Craig Young - Galatians: I do not set aside the grace of God
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4

Bob Eckman - The church on Mars
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4

ABSS Extras
Introduction evening
Devotional 2
Devotional 3
2 Songs and a Prayer 1
2 Songs and a Prayer 2
Book reports

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