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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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Introducing Bless Every Home

Earlier this year, after reflecting on the needs of our church family, the elders of Occoquan Bible Church asked us to pray that the Lord would enlarge our heart for missions and evangelism, as we share Christ with Prince William County and support missions throughout the world. As our church family is a community created by the gospel and for the gospel, we want to sen...

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God is an Artist

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In the beginningGod createdthe heavensand the earth. Genesis 1:1 The first verse of the Bible may possibly be the most familiar verse in all of God's Word for both believers and non-believers. As the ultimate master artist, God begins his story with a display of unfathomable creative power and skill as he forms the heavens and the earth out of nothing. He decorates the ...

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Why Non-Pastors Should Study the Pastoral Epistles

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This Sunday our church begins a new series in the book of 1 Timothy. In six chapters, 1 Timothy contains a great deal of instruction about the gospel, false teaching, men and women, life together in the church, and how to recognize godly leaders. 1 Timothy is often grouped with two other Epistles 2 Timothy and Titus. Together these three letters are known as the "Pastoral...

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Partnering for the Sanctity of Human Life

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Sanctity of Life Sunday This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday, as we give special attention to the sanctity of human life, and grieve as we remember Roe v Wade and the unfathomable loss and pain that abortion has inflicted upon so many. We do well to remember the truths confessed in our Statement of Faith: "We believe that all human life is sacred and created...

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Nine Recommendations and Priorities for Bible Reading in 2019

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Dear Church Family, We invite you to join with us in a two-year journey as we seek to grow in faithfulness and devotion to the Word of God and prayer. More than a New Year's resolution, we invite you to walk together in these spiritual disciplines as a church family. READ TOGETHER We invite you to read through the Bible with us in 2019-2020!At the pace of about two chap...

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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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