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The Sword of the Lord: In Nineveh and Now (Nahum 1:9

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What did Jesus mean when he said, "I have not come to bring peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34)? On Sunday, we considered that question from the book of Nahum. The connection between Matthew and Nahum is found in the fact that Nahum presents the sword of the Lord in all of its flame and fury, while Jesus comes to first extinguish the Lord's wrath in his own flesh. Then, a...

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Seven Truths About the Doctrine of Vocation

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This month we are beginning a new series in Sunday School entitled The Doctrine of Vocation: Glorifying God in Your Good Work. If you have never thought or heard about the doctrine of vocation or how your faith informs, permeates, and motivates your daily work, this series is for you. Even better, if you have thought deeply about the subject, your insights will also be val...

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Getting Into Nahum, or Finding Comfort in the Lord of Wrath (Nahum 1:1-8)

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This week we began our second of three series out of the Minor Prophets, better known as the Book of the Twelve. After considering God's grace in the book of Jonah, we began to consider the complementary aspect of his holy justice from the book of Nahum. In two more weeks, we'll finish our study of the Minor Prophets by looking at Haggai. As for Nahum, it serves as Part...

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Books Borrow, Bridge, and Build Up

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Why a Church Book Club is a Good Idea For the past two years I've asked myself if a book club at church is a worthwhile venture. I went from asking friends and then asking the leadership to actually starting one. Once a month we meet to discuss a variety of books, fiction, non-fiction, Christian authors, non-Christian authors, and anything else that strikes our fancy. It ...

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Gospel-Shaped Theology: How to Hold the Truth in Love

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This last Sunday we concluded our Sunday School series: Gospel-Shaped Theology: How to Hold the Truth in Love. If you have missed past sessions, I invite you to catch up via our podcast: Gospel-Shaped Theology: How to Hold the Truth in Love Gospel-Shaped Theology: An Introduction to Theological Triage First-Order Doctrines: The First Importance of the Gospel Secon...

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Let Us Behold (Not Begrudge) Our Gracious God (Jonah 4:1

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This Sunday we brought our study of Jonah to a close. After looking at the big picture of Jonah(Jonah 14),diving into his storm of disobedience (Jonah 1), going under the waters of Jonah's baptism (Jonah 1:17; cf. Matthew 12:3841), inspecting Jonah's prayer(Jonah 2), and learning what true repentance looks like (Jonah 3), we set our gaze on the God of sovereign grace. By ...

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Fire in the Soul: A Few Reflections from Together for the Gospel 2018

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For the last ten years, God has kindly provided me a season of refreshing every other April in the city of Louisville through a gathering known as Together for the Gospel. When I began going, I lived in that city as I studied at Southern Seminary. In 2010, our family moved fifty miles north to Southern Indiana. And in 2010, 2012, and 2014 I made the hour drive to attend ...

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Overturning Grace in Jonah 3

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Repentance is a churchy word that's seldom heard or understood out in the world. In Jonah 3, we find repentance in the most unlikely of places. I invite you to listen to this last Sunday's sermon from Jonah 3 as we encounter a God who does not follow formulas, who uses people for his purposes despite their dispositions, and who overturns our hearts with his overwhelming ...

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On the Third Day: What Jesus and the Apostles Saw When They Read the Old Testament

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"He was raised on the third dayin accordance with the Scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:4 Dr. Bruce Forsee is seasoned pastor and Bible teacher with more than thirty years of experience in vocational ministry in Northern Virginia. He and his wife Kye have been attending OBC since the middle of 2017 and are being interviewed for membership this week. This blogpost first appe...

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Seven Good Words: The Work Jesus Did on the Cross

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. . . they crucified him . . . Luke 23:33 For six hours Jesus body hung on the cross. Nailed to the tree, another crucified enemy of the state, Jesus labored to breathe as pain racked his body and mockers filled the air with vitriol. Tempted by Satan one last time to save himself (see the words in Luke 23:35, 37, 39), Jesus remained, inching closer to death. Still, the e...

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