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Wisdom, Kingdom, Salvation: A Three-Paneled Window into the Psalms (Psalms 1

The Psalms

Wisdom, Kingship, and Salvation: Looking at the Psalter through Psalms 1 and 2 (Sermon Audio) Few books have had a more personal or profound impact on the worship of the church than the Psalms. And for the next two months our church is going to meditate on their message. But what is their message? And how do we find it? Is it possible to read the Psalms as one unifie...

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A Personal and Pastoral Reflection

The Psalms

Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Psalm 51, Psalm 103, Psalm 110, Psalm 121 and Psalm 139. These are just a few of my favorite Psalms. Through the years, I have prayed these Psalms, memorized them, preached them, and turned to them in dozens of counseling situations. In fact, I remember one Sunday a few years ago when in preaching Galatians, I called an audible and preached Psalm 103, b...

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Marriage Convenient or Marriage Covenant: Six Truths About and Six Threats Toward Marriage (Genesis

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The Bible begins with a marriage, and it ends with a marriage. In fact, the goal of all humanity is a spiritual union between Christ and his bride the Church. In between, we must decide if we will abide by God’s design for marriage or design our own. To be completely honest, every single one of us has sinned and fallen short of God’s ideal for sex and marriage...

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God’s Design for Marriage: A Story and a Song

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Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe her...

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Ministry, Minors, and Millstones: On Protecting the Children We Receive in Church

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On paper, we Americans are all about putting children first. You see it everywhere – from politicians who perennially promise “to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren,” to people who step out of public life to “spend more time with their children,” to otherwise divorcing couples who vow to stay together “for the childr...

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Attempting Great Things for God; Expecting Great Things from God: An Update

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  What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s f...

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Playing Your Part in the Gospel (pt. 1): Planning, Giving, Going, Hosting, and Helping (1 Corinthian

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When Paul finishes his doctrinal defense of the resurrection, he says, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (15:58). Clearly, in his mind the resurrection is not an esoteric point of doctrine; rather, it fuels ministry and missions. Indeed, in...

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Hospitality is Not Optional: Five Ways to Pursue Other People

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A few months ago I wrote about the importance of hospitality and five ways to show hospitality in the church. Today, I want to offer five more. While much hospitality focuses on individuals or families opening their homes to others, a vital practice which enables “house churches” to meet (e.g., Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19), I am focusing attention on chur...

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Pierced ‘That I Might’ Praise: The Worship Only Penal Substitution Creates

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For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.— 2 Corinthians 5:21 — For Christ also suffered once for sins,the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God,being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.— 1 Peter 3:18 — In and around the church, there has&...

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May 2017 Shepherd's Letter

May 2017 Shepherd's Letter. A monthly review and update of ministry happenings at Occoquan Bible Church....

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