Dear church family, We look forward to Christmas for many reasons, but most of all we rejoice at the miracle of Christ's birth, and the grace of God in the Word become flesh. One of the traditions my family looks forward to is our advent calendar. Each day of December leading up to Christmas we tuck a slip of paper with a daily Scripture reading and a Christmas tradition...Keep Reading
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A few of OBC's children's ministry leaders weigh in on some resources for engaging your children with the gospel during a global pandemic -- or any time....
And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacobwho turn from transgression," declares the Lord. Isaiah 59:20 Wars and rumors of war. Throughout the world right now, armies are planning and preparing for various military operations. Closer to home, domestic abuse, interpersonal strife, and political injustice continue unabated. Just this week, I learned that a man wa...Keep Reading
For many, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas leave us grateful but gassed. In the name of holiday festivities, December means attending multiple Christmas parties, traveling to see family and friends, and standing in line to get the ever-elusive "perfect gift." As much joy as Christmas brings, if we aren't careful, holiday cheer can sap our energy and steal ou...Keep Reading
During the Christmas season, it is far too easy for our attention to be consumed with the busyness of decorating, gift shopping, menu planning, travel, family traditions, and more. In all these things, we have a great need to pause and intentionally focus our hearts to consider the meaning and miracle of Jesus' birth. Below are a few ways for you and your family to look...Keep Reading