This Sunday, August 1, we will hold two worship services indoors at 8:30am and 11:00am.

Sunday School will be on pause until the Fall.

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The Goodness of Gathering With Children

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Next Sunday (May 16), our plan is to go outside for worship at 8:30am. Sunday School will follow at 10:30am. You can read about the details here, These details include a hiatus on childcare during service when we are outside. (We will offer childcare for little ones when we are inside). We recognize this might be a change for some in the church body, and if you are concer...

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An Invitation to the Book of Daniel: Neither Diet Plans, Nor Date-Setting, Nor Dares to Be Like Dani

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What is Daniel about? There are lots of answers to this question, but not all of them are equal. Like so many books of the Bible, Daniel is often "used" more than "read." And when readers "use" Daniel they come up with diet plans, end-times dating schemes, and moralistic teachings devoid of gospel power. To be sure, Daniel does talk about food, future events, and bold fai...

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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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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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Ruth: A Righteous Love Story

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The book of Ruth is a brief story describing a pleasant aspect of rural life. To romantics, Ruth could become the obsessive kind of idol. It has all the ingredients of a sappy soap opera: drama, tragedy, triumph, and romance (but, as we will see, the book is so much more). To scholars, Ruth is no less a treasure. "The book of Ruth is a Hebrew short story, told with consumm...

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Love Your Neighbors

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Love your neighbor. This command is echoed through Scripture (Lev 19:18; Matt 22:37-40). What does it mean to love your neighbor? Who is your neighbor? Jesus answers this question with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Neighbor love requires crossing of societal boundaries and caring for the vulnerable. Though it might prove costly or difficult, loving our neighbors is...

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In Search of a Priest Like Melchizedek (Genesis 14; Psalm 110; Hebrews 7)

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Who is Melchizedek? And why is Jesus called a high priest like Melchizedek? And what does Melcan we abbreviate his strange name?have to do with the church and the world today? On Sunday, I tried to answer those questions with an animated tour of the Bible. Incorporating the artistic gifts of Jeff Dionise, our elder for outreach, I preached a three part message that starte...

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Expositional Preaching is ‘Empowered Preaching’

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Expositional Preaching is 'Empowered Preaching' This week seven members from OBC attended a Charles Simeon Trust workshop at Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. As a preacher unapologetically-committed to expositional preaching, I was deeply encouraged to join many other 'expositors. In the three-day seminar, we walked through preaching from 1 Samuel and 'worked ou...

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Like Father, Like Sons: A Father-Oriented Approach to Christian Maturity (Matthew 5:43)

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"Be mature as your Heavenly Father is perfectly mature." It doesn't have the same ring as "Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect," but it may be closer to the reality of what Jesus is saying in Matthew 5:48. On Sunday we finished the last of six expositions of the law that Jesus gives in Matthew 5:4348. And as Jesus addresses the topic of love and hate, we learn h...

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The Extra Mile: Matthew 5:38-42

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The Extra Mile In a world of retaliation and self-protection, what does it look like to follow Jesus when one's security is threatened? How ought Jesus' disciples to turn the other cheek, and go the extra mile? Listen to this last Sunday's sermon, and go deeper with the discussion questions below: Matthew 5:38-42 38You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an ey...

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