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Connecting the Hearts of Students to Parents | ORBC Shares

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Connecting the Hearts of Students to Parents

a video by Richard Ross

"The heart of our student and children's ministry is to connect the hearts of parents to the hearts of their children. This video gives 5 ways you can do that as a parent."
- Matt Bowles, Student Minister

Getting Ready for Sunday, May 20

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MAY 17, 2017

Church family,

"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.

This week we are continuing our series “Multiply: A Journey through Acts.” We’ll be looking at Acts 18:1-4 and seeing how God uses our vocations and marriage to proclaim the gospel.

Our Call to Worship is Ephesians 2:19-22.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

God uses the church to build us into who he desires us to be as his people, not just as individuals but as a faith family. When we are part of a church we should expect it to nurture and challenge us to grow in our love and obedience of God and service to one another. God has designed his church to sanctify and grow us in our faith, not just for our own good but for his glory and the good of others. As we gather together as a church this Sunday, let’s come ready to grow and serve one another in becoming more like Christ!

Read and:

  1. Pray that we would grow to be more like Christ this Sunday.

  2. Pray that we would be led by the spirit into deeper obedience and trust.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We are singing these songs because they call us to value and trust God’s will for our lives.

How Great Thou Art
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It Is Well
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God I Look to You
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Be Thou My Vision
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In Christ Alone
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 Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

8 Lessons Learned from a Long Battle with Spiritual Depression | ORBC Shares

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8 Lessons Learned from a Long Battle with Spiritual Depression

written by Derek J. Brown  for The Gospel Coalition

"Often during this season I asked the Lord for immediate restoration, but that was not his plan. Instead, it became increasingly clear that God was teaching me a few vital lessons for the sake my stability in the faith. If you find yourself in a similar season, please receive these gentle yet earnest exhortations."

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Getting Ready for Sunday, May 13

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MAY 10, 2017

Church family,

"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.

This week we are continuing our series “Multiply: A Journey through Acts.” We’ll be looking at Acts 17:19-34 and seeing how Paul faithfully and contextually preached the gospel to the Athenians.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 33: 4-5.

For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

If you are honest with yourself what do you think the world is full of? Is it full of busyness? Tragedy? Sin? Comfort? Is your world full of the next challenge, transition, or break? When you look at your world are you aware that it is full of the steadfast love of the Lord? Are we deeply aware that underneath every struggle and success is God’s steadfast love guiding and working all things together for his glory and our good? Knowing this lets us embrace our struggles and success with clear minds and hearts buoyed by the very character of God. He is upright, always faithful, and he loves righteousness and justice! Who else is deserving of our trust and obedience? Only a God like ours! As we gather this Sunday let’s come ready to have God remind and reorient our hearts around the truth of his steadfast love.

Read and:

  1. Pray that we see God’s steadfast love as the foundation of our world.

  2. Pray that we look more and more like Jesus, loving justice and righteousness.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We are singing these songs because they speak of the many facets of God’s character calling us to worship him for all that he is.

Great Are You Lord
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God I Look to You
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Reckless Love
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Your Great Name
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How Great Thou Art
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 Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

My Family, My Growth: Five Characteristics of Godly Repentance | ORBC Shares

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My Family, My Growth: Five Characteristics of Godly Repentance

written for The Apollos Project

Children are God-given sanctification tools in our lives.
God gives us little children that we might nurture, train, and instruct them (Ephesians 6:4). But in that process of shepherding their souls, God also intends that we should grow. In fact, our children are one of God’s primary sanctification tools in our lives.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE