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No Epidural Strong Enough for Pain in Parenting | ORBC Shares

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No Epidural Strong Enough for Pain in Parenting

written by  NANCY GUTHRIE for The Gospel Coalition

In one of the Bible’s most significant understatements, God said to the first mom: “In pain you shall bring forth children.” Surely no one who has ever been a parent would argue with it. Of course, it’s not referring merely to the physical pain of labor and delivery. At that point, the pain is just getting started. It’s the pain of broken bones and broken hearts and broken dreams. It’s the pain of arguments and addictions. It’s the pain of birthing a child and raising a child in a world that’s been corrupted by sin.

There’s simply no epidural powerful enough to overcome the pain involved in parenting.

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Corporate Prayer is More Than Your Personal Quiet Time | ORBC Shares

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Corporate Prayer is More Than Your Personal Quite Time?

written by Zach Schlegel for 9Marks

We must push against the toxic effects of a privatized Christianity because we understand what it means to pray together as a church. In doing so, we find a God not whom we’ve domesticated, but who makes us tremble in awe and pray all the more because he both commands us to pray and is graciously willing to hear.

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Getting Ready for Sunday, November 12

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NOVEMBER 9, 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 sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.”

This week we are looking at Acts 9:1-31.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 70:4-5.

May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!

What fills our minds when we gather as the church? Are we dwelling on a long week, whether before or behind us? Are our minds filled with concern or complacency? As we face  the terrible reality of another church shooting are our hearts filled with fear? What can guide our minds and hearts, redirecting them to worship God? What can kill our complacency, concern, or fear and bring to life trust, peace, and sanity? Psalm 70 tells us the answer is to draw near to God and proclaim the truth that “God is great!”. God calls us to worship him by proclaiming that he is greater than comfort, difficulty, or enemies. When we speak and believe this truth our hearts are free to “rejoice and be glad” in Jesus. Let’s gather to fight fear and complacency together with the greatness of God.

Read and pray that Psalm 70:4-5 God would:

  1. Help us see him as our refuge and protector.

  2. Bring people (pray for them by name) to faith in Christ.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose them because they proclaim the power of the gospel to save and secure our hearts in Christ.

You Carried Me
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Rising Sun
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Break Every Chain
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Create In Me
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Man Of Sorrows
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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.

Discipleship in Union with Christ | ORBC Shares

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Discipleship in Union with Christ

written by Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

As Christians, we are brothers and sisters unified with Christ. As a result of that, we believe that unity with each other is essential to our christian walk. We cannot be christian and live separate from each other anymore than we can be christian and be separate from Christ. Therefore, discipleship is not optional in our walk. We encourage you to watch this video. Ponder what it means to live in union with Christ.

Getting Ready for Sunday, November 5

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NOVEMBER 2, 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 sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.”

This week we are looking at Acts 8:26-40 and seeing how God uses his word to call and empower us for mission.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 107:35-36, 43.

He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.
And there he lets the hungry dwell,
and they establish a city to live in;
Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Whether we are worn down or bursting with energy, we all still have a deep need. What we need most is a deep awareness and experience of God’s presence with us. His presence refreshes us, grows us in holiness, and leads us on his mission. God calls us to worship him not by earning his presence, but by receiving it as the free gift that it is. The gospel is the good new that the dividing wall of our sin has been broken down and we are no longer separated from God. Let’s worship together this Sunday with a joyful hunger, knowing God has given us his presence through Christ.

Read and pray Psalm 107:35-36, 43 that God would:

  1. Give us a deep awareness and experience of his life giving presence.  

  2. Bring people (pray for them by name) to faith in Christ.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose them because they confess our need for Christ and rejoice in his faithfulness to give us all we need.

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