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A Mid-Year Check-Up

Six months ago, our church began our first church-wide Bible reading plan. It is an extended verson of Robert Murray M'Cheyne's classic Bible reading plan, which takes us through the Old Testament once, and the New Testament and Psalms twice. This year we'll read Genesis-2 Chronicles, Psalms, and the New Testament. Next year we'll read Ezra-Malachi, Psalms, and the New ...

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Worship By the Book: Or, Why Sincerity Is Insufficient for True Worship

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In his illuminating book,A Secular Age(summarized here), CharlesTaylor argued the unbelief handed down to us from the Enlightenment, coupled with new religious expressions in the 19th century, and accelerated by the sexual revolution of the "Sixties," has resulted in many and competing spiritual longings that live somewhere between belief and unbelief. In short, weare liv...

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Glorifying God in the Grind of Life

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Q. What is the chief end of man?A. To glorify God and know him forever. Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 1 There is nothing more important than knowing why you exist. And nothing provides a better answer than this: You were created to glorify God. Speaking to the people he was redeeming from the nations, God says in Isaiah 43:67, "I will say to the north, Give u...

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Disciple Your Children by Serving Together

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The discipleship of our children is an essential part of the Great Commission. As parents (and as a church family), we are to make disciples of every nation, and this begins first in our homes as we seek to make disciples of every generation. We teach our children about Jesus, and pray that they will learn to love God with their heart, soul, and might (Deut 6:4-9). We seek...

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Learning from the Past to Be Faithful in the Present: Four Reasons Why Church History Matters

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God's people are a people of history. Because our faith stands or falls with the historical events of Christ's death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15)not to mention all the historical events leading up to Christ's adventChristians are a people who should care deeply about history. Yet, often we don't. Non-denominational Christians, especially, know little about what happened b...

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With Eyes Open to Our Common Savior: How the Lord’s Supper Makes Visible God’s New Covenant People

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So Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac,and Jacob offered a sacrifice in the hill country and called his kinsmen to eat bread. They ate bread and spent the night in the hill country. Genesis 31:5354 In the Old Testament covenants were often begun or accompanied by a covenant meal. In Genesis 31 Jacob and Laban made a covenant to not do harm to one another. And imp...

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Everybody Deacon Now: The Call for all Christians to Serve in the Church

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11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of diakonia, for building up the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:1112 For the last few months our church has been considering Paul's first letter to Timothy and how the instructions for the household of God lead us to order our local church. As Paul unvei...

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Look to Christ this Mother's Day

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For many women, Mother's Day is a day full of gifts and expressions of gratitude. It is an opportunity to reflect on the blessing of children and an opportunity to honor moms for the ways they care for their families. For others, however, this same day meant for celebration may hold a measure of heartache. Some women have known the loss of a child, so this day is bitter...

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Child Dedication or Parent Commissioning?

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Would you like to bring your newborn before our church family for child dedication? We invite you to read and learn more about this tradition and our practice at Occoquan Bible Church. What is Child Dedication? Child dedication is a church tradition wherein parents bring their newborn children before the church to celebrate God's gift of life, for prayer, and to dedica...

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The Resurrection Changes Everything

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Every Sunday we gather to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. But this Sunday marks the actual day he arose from the grave. As our minds turn toward this event, we should remember that this event changes everything. Historically, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the hinge on which all other world events turn. And personally, when we come to...

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