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‘Cardiac Discipleship’: Five Ways to Pursue the Heart in Spiritual Formation

You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith is a needed corrective to overly cerebral approaches to discipleship. It is a challenge to followers of Christ to evaluate how 'secular liturgies' are training our hearts to love things other than God and our neighbor. And it presents a vision of discipleship that does more than just cement spiritual disciplines in new believ...

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Hey Brother, Can You Share Some Change?

Hey Brother, Can You Share Some Change? It’s probably happened to you. You’re at church one Sunday morning and see a face that doesn’t look familiar. Wanting to be a good host, you approach and introduce yourself. “Are you new to OBC?” you ask. “Well I’ve been attending for about 6 months,” they reply. After overcoming yo...

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

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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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Mercies Anew: Thanksgiving for 2016, Prayers for 2017

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22–24 With every new day, God grants new mercies. And the same is true with the dawning of a new year. Just as Israel par...

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Praying with Passion (Psalm 126)

Rhythms of Holiness

As we begin 2017, our church has taken January to focus on a handful of spiritual disciplines—personal and public. The first in our series is prayer. But instead of just commending its importance and techniques to help, I took the route of seeing how God forms desire for prayer in our hearts. By drawing near to God, by remembering the promises of his Word, and by de...

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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)

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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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