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March 2017 Shepherd's Letter

Shepherd's Letter

March 2017 Shepherd's Letter for Occoquan Bible Church....

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Pray for our Youth Ministry

    This afternoon we are taking 35 youth and leaders up to Pennsylvania for our annual winter retreat which is one of our favorite ministry events of the year. We are driving up this afternoon for a weekend filled with fellowship and teaching at the Greenwood Hills Retreat Center. From Friday evening to Sunday morning we will gather for five sessions of singin...

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Five Ways You Can Participate in Sanctity of Life


We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life....

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Seeking God in His Word (Psalm 119:9-16)


Yesterday, Ben Purves, our Pastor for Student Ministries at Occoquan Bible Church, continued our series on spiritual disciplines. What follows are some discussion questions and resources to go deeper in Psalm 119....

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Bible Reading Plans for 2017


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

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New for the New Year

2017 Snowflake

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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Looking to Jesus this Christmas

  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 fa...

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Care Net's Banquet and 100 Years of Planned Parenthood

Choose Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. ...

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Fall Youth Conference

If you are a youth in 7th-12th grade, we invite you to join us for our second youth conference! See details below, and contact Pastor Ben ( if you have any questions. When: Columbus Day Weekend (Oct 7-9) Where: Camp Piankatank1586 Stampers Bay RdHartfield, VA 23071 Who: Occoquan Bible Church & Grace Bible Church What: YouthCon 2016, “Fro...

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New Sunday Class for Youth & Adults

First Principles for Bible Reading We want OBC to be a local church filled with faithful disciple-making disciples. Over the next few months in our Sunday morning classes we will be looking at different aspects of how to be a disciple. This includes how to read the Bible, how to attend church, how to share the gospel, and other personal and corporate spiritual disciplines...

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Leading Your Children in Worship

Family Worship

Parents, do you lead your children in worship of God? No, I’m not talking about a mandatory song session led by you and your guitar. We can be thankful that’s not required of us, and as we grow in our understanding of the nature of true worship, we understand that worship goes beyond our singing and encapsulates all we do (Rom 12:1-2; 1 Cor 10:31). And yet, Go...

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Remembering the Passion Week


Every Spring as we approach the Passion Week we have special opportunities to remember Christ’s death and celebrate His resurrection. Let me encourage you with a few practical ways in which you as an individual, or you as a family might draw near to the Lord and celebrate the Gospel....

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Justice and Super Tuesday


As we approach Super Tuesday it is important that we understand our voting through the lens of God’s Word. The Scripture speaks to every area of life, and no square inch of our existence is exempt from the rule of Christ and His authoritative Word. So what should it look like for us to seek God’s glory during this election season? As we consider our role and ...

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2016 Winter Youth Retreat

On February 12-14, HARDROCK, OBC’s Youth Ministry (7-12th grade) will be returning to Greenwood Hills Conference Center (Fayetteville, PA). ...

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Joy to the World


Did you know that we only sing the second half of the Christmas hymn “Joy to the World’? Is this a Christmas song, and what kind of joy are you proclaiming? Read Pastor Ben’s Christmas blog post here....

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The Expected One

The Expected One

The Christmas devotional "The Expected One" will take you through December with daily meditations from the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. This book would also be a great way to begin having family devotions at home....

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Recommended Reading: Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman

Leeman Church Membership

The local church is a heavenly embassy which affirms the heavenly citizenship of believers. Membership in the local church practically marks our identity in the kingdom of God....

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Congratulations Graduates!


Congratulations! We rejoice with you as you have completed this stage of your education, and we pray that you would step forward in faith. Trust the Lord as you make plans, submitting yourself to His good and perfect will. Remember Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”...

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Merry Christmas


This season is rightly filled with joy as we remember the angel's famous announcement to the shepherds, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people" (Luke 2:10)...

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Embracing God's Family

As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, family is frequently on our minds as we make plans, travel, and gather together with relatives to celebrate. Do we share this same warmth and eagerness to see each other when it comes to the body of Christ? ...

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Why We Gather: Hearing Together

As we enter into moments of fellowship, it is God's design that we intentionally seek to minister to our brothers and sisters by encouraging and provoking each other to good works while we await Christ’s return....

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Why We Gather

For the next few weeks I’ll be writing a blog series on why we gather together as a church. For God’s people, it is vital for us to be together with each other. As we start this series, let’s begin with a classic text on fellowship ”” Hebrews 10:24-25....

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