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New Life for the New Year: How Scripture and Prayer Empower Fruitful Endurance

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The most authoritative source to shape our prayers is the Bible itself. The more we learn about God and his ways and perspective, the more we improve our understanding of prayer. In this week's Sunday's sermonwe considered Paul's continual prayer that we would be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual (or Spiritual) wisdom and understanding. The purpose o...

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What’s Better Than a Budget?

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Talk of budgets, or lack thereof, is all the rage in Washington, D.C. this week. Will there be a federal budget, or will there be a shutdown? Does the federal budget really matter if Congress just appropriates more money for pet projects or "emergency" expenditures? The entire approach to the federal budgeting process is one of scarcity. More programs. More special interes...

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

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This past Sunday we continued our consideration of the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 7:1-6 is a difficult passage and is often quoted and applied out of context. From the whole counsel of God's Word, it is clear that the prohibition in verse 1 does not leave us unable to ever make a judgment or exercise discernment. In fact, many places in Scripture give us explicit instruc...

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Living Scripture

Living Scripture

This year a group of 15 from OBC attended the Christian Counseling Educational Foundation (CCEF) 2018 National Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. The theme of the conference was "Living Scripture." David Powlison, Executive Director of CCEF, described the topic as one that is at the very center of why we exist and what we do. "Scripture is the living Word of the living God...

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Comfort in Vengeance

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This past Sunday we finished our series in Nahum, our second book in "The Book of the Twelve." As we considered Nahum 3, we looked at comfort and vengeance. Those are not two words we normally associate with one another. In fact, our experience with vengeance of our own or another person's is the opposite of comfort. It is frightening, perhaps chaotic, out of control, and ...

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Parents Worthy of Their Calling

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Last November in our study of Ephesians, after considering how Paul established our identity and position in Christ Jesus, we turned to a consideration of "walking worthy of our calling." We looked at walking worthy in unity and maturity, walking in God's love, walking in the light of Christ, and walking wisely by the Spirit of wisdom. Walking by the Spirit of wisdom mark...

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The Cross, the Crook, and the Crown

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This last Sunday we considered three Psalms (Psalms 22-24) as a single unit telling one unified story. You could even label this trilogy "The Cross, the Crook, and the Crown." While each is a complete poem in and of itself, we have a more complete picture when we view them together . They are also a trilogy from the standpoint of how we understand the narrator in each of ...

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Sufficient to Counsel

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This past Sunday I preached from Psalm 55 a sermon entitled "Sufficient to Counsel." We examined Psalm 55 as a case study for how David called upon God, petitioned him, and expected him to act because of God's nature and character. David cried out of the extreme anguish of betrayal by a close friend one with whom he used to enjoy close fellowship together in the house of ...

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A Call to Prayer and Fasting

The elders of OBC invite you to join with your brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting for the people, events and decisions that will be part of tomorrow night's Prince William County School Board meeting at 7:00 p.m....

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Biblical Counseling: Why It Matters and How to Get Involved

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The question is asked from time-to-time, what is biblical counseling? Is it a fad? What makes it really biblical? Is it different from "Christian counseling?" If so, how?...

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