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Desiring the Disciplines

Rhythms of Holiness

The new year is always a good time to recalibrate habits and reconsider spiritual disciplines. Over the next month, we will do both at Occoquan Bible Church. First, as we begin the new year, we will be starting some new habits with regards to worship services, church communications (in the form of an app), and Bible reading. Read these blog posts to learn more: A new ...

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Bible Reading Plans for 2017

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Do you have a Bible reading plan for 2017?...

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Why take our kids to worship?

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Taking your child to the Sunday worship service can be jarring, but helpful! Pastor Jared Bridges, Elder over Family Ministry at OBC, believes this is helpful for discipleship, education, tradition, and opportunity....

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Peace To End All Wars: What Christ’s Birth Has Done and Will Do

A story from WWI reminds us that there’s still hope in the worst of times. In December of 1914, British soldiers heard German troops singing Christmas Carols. In the dark, huddled in their cold trenches, the British soldiers wondered what to make of this. But soon, they joined in the singing. And so, through Christmas Eve, the two warring armies celebrated the birth ...

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What Death Steals, the Lord Can Restore: Remembering Easter at Christmas (Matthew 2:16)

The Promised One

Few passages of Scripture are heavier than Matthew 2:16–18, the historical account of Herod’s slaughter of the innocent children in Bethlehem. But few passages are also able to reach the depths of human loss and comfort the grieving in their deepest pain. When read in conjunction with Jeremiah 31:15, which Matthew quotes in verse 18, we find in Matthew’s...

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New for the New Year

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As we are getting close to the new year, I’m glad to share news about a few things that are coming quickly this January: (1) We have created an Occoquan Bible Church App, and (2) we are transitioning to an improved mobile and desktop giving system. The OBC App In the next few weeks we will be launching an Occoquan Bible Church app for iOS and Android devices. As we...

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The Good News ‘Out of Egypt’ (Matthew 2:13

The Promised One

Christmas is a time of holiday cheer, or at least that’s the way it’s usually sold. But biblically, we find something much different, something much more like what happened in Egypt yesterday morning. In the infancy narratives of Matthew, Jesus becomes a refugee when Herod seeks to take his life. Matthew tells this brief account in Matthew 2:13–15 and exp...

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Choose Your Focus This Christmas: Learning from Herod, the Magi, and Matthew (Matthew 2:1)

The Promised One

In Matthew 2:1–12 we find the incredible story of the Magi. Sunday, Ron Comoglio, one of OBC’s elders preached a message on that passage. What follows are discussion questions related to that sermon and further resources for studying the incredible account of the Bethlehem Star which led the Magi to meet the Christ-child and offer him worship. Matthew 12:1&nda...

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How to Help a Child Attend a Worship Service

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We invite you to reread Jared's helpful post "How to Help a Child Attend a Worship Service," as we get ready for the upcoming change to our Sunday morning schedule. With that transition and the holidays approaching, please take note of schedule for the next few weeks: December 11 & 18 (Worship Services and Sunday School at 9:30am & 11:00am) December 24 (Chr...

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