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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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End of School Year Thanksgiving and Summer Time Fun and Fellowship

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We give thanks to God always for all of you,constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:23 When Paul thinks of the church at Thessalonica, he can do nothing but give thanks. As he considers them in prayer, he remembers God's wo...

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Can I Get A Witness?!? Why Gospel-Centered Churches Need Faithful Deacons

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"After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go." Luke 10:1 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching . . . Acts 2:42a For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. ...

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Conversations with Jesus: TGC 2019 National Conference

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This Monday through Wednesday, six men from OBC will be attending The Gospel Coalition National Conference in Indianapolis. We ask you to pray that the Lord would edify them through this time of learning and fellowship, and we also invite you to watch the TGC Live Stream over the next few days. This year's conference theme is "Conversations with Jesus," with a focus on co...

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Where Do Elders Come From?

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From the beginning of the church, there were designated leaders. And though given various names (e.g., elders, pastors, overseers) they served the same function. As God-given leaders of God's flock (Acts 20:28) and under-shepherds to the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:14), these men were called to model the faith before God's people and to teach the word of God, protecting God'...

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Life Together

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Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is this March’s book for “Theology Thursday.” ...

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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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Why Read Brave New World

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Next Thursday, the ladies' book club will discuss the book, Brave New World. Published in 1932 by Aldous Huxley, an English writer and philosopher, well known for his practice of Eastern religion and drug use, it might raise the question: Why read this book from such a "sketchy" author? Two answers will be given below. One is by Lori Bridges, who will lead the discussion ...

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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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