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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

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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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

Jared Sketch

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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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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Immanuel: How God Came to Us (Matthew 1:18

The Promised One

This week we started a new sermon series through Matthew 1-2. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, we look to the way Matthew explained his birth as the “fulfillment” of God’s promises of old. For instance, as Matthew writes, Jesus is Son of Abraham and the Son of David (Matthew 1:1), the “Immanuel” promised in Isaiah 7:14 (Matthew 1:23), th...

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Take Hold of Christ and His Kingdom: 16 Gospel-Motivated Considerations for Election 2016

What do we say to our church in the face of the impending election? In the spirit of 2016, here are six ways we can take hold of God, even as we wrestle with the challenges of this year’s election. May God use these to encourage and challenge your heart. May he be pleased to use them to purify our hope in him and our church’s commitment to the Great Commandmen...

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A Plate Full of Faithfulness: How Food Reveals and Reforms Our Faith

Life Changing Gospel Local Church 2

"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him," is John Piper's famous dictum fusing God's passion to be worshiped and man's passion to be happy. Yet, spoken into our hyper-individualistic culture, this glorious truth might lead some to think glorifying God is an individual's task. In truth, God is glorified as we use our freedom to serve others. We canno...

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