A Shepherd’s Dilemma

by Pastor Curt on July 22, 2014
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Frankly, it’s hard for any pastor, I suspect, to zero in on only one. Lots of things perplex, challenge, disturb, perhaps even dismay a shepherd of God’s sheep. The one I feel the most more than not is trying to shepherd those with whom I can’t seem to make contact. Proverbs 27:23 exhorts, “Know well [...]

A Church “Do Your Best”

by Pastor Curt on July 19, 2014
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This week I am doing sermon prep in Ephesians 4:1-6 for a message in September, Lord willing. In the text the apostle exhorts believers who desire to live out a worthy walk in Jesus to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The word for “eager” is variously translated [...]

A Way to Pray

by Pastor Curt on July 14, 2014
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When someone gifts me a book, I tend to pay close attention. Books change lives. A new title added to my library, prompted by someone’s concern that it might enrich me, makes me want to read the thing with very few exceptions. That certainly was the case with my recent sabbatical when a dear friend [...]

The Keeper and the Kept

by Pastor Curt on June 25, 2014
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While on sabbatical my wife and I opted to visit the first church I ever served as pastor fresh out of seminary. I had only returned one time since we left in 1985. Nancy had never been back. On our road trip out west we traveled via Southern California for a spiritual blast from the [...]

The Flourishing Life

by Pastor Curt on June 22, 2014
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It was a delight to climb back into the pulpit at OGC this morning after our sabbatical. To get to preach again, particularly on a passage in Psalm 92 that so thoroughly expresses my desires for this next season in my life and ministry, gave me great pleasure. I blew through the the eight takeaways at [...]

Promotion Sunday!

by Matt West on June 6, 2014
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Last week, we recognized our graduates in the Sunday morning service. It was a great time, where Pastor Mike was able to communicate to our people how we value education and how God is using it to improve those around us to achieve greater things for the Kingdom! While there are certain thresholds that will [...]

Gifts of Grace

by Kelly Simpson on May 7, 2014
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Would you like to get delightful, handmade gifts AND help spread the Gospel to your neighbors? Sounds too good to be true, right? Read on. It is very true! As you have heard announced, OGC is hosting our first every Craft Fair on Saturday May 10th from 9am-2pm. There will be over forty vendors all [...]

The Joshua Place Playground Update

by Pastor Curt on April 18, 2014
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Good Friday. A day of remembrance. The day death died because of the death of the Son of God. I look forward with anticipation to worship this Sunday and remembering the hope of the resurrection from the dead. Ironic to me that this Good Friday marked the three-month anniversary of a death we continue to [...]

The 10:45 AM Challenge

by Pastor Curt on April 12, 2014
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Let me own up front that I am a punctuality freak. I hate to be late for anything. So I am trying to check my idolatry/control issues up front in raising this question: could more of us church folk strive to be seated for worship at the very latest by the appointed starting time? I [...]

Two Different Good Friday Observances

by Pastor Curt on April 9, 2014
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Holy Week fast approaches. Good Friday brings with it two options for observing the day, both unique in their own respects. First, at 10 AM at the All Women’s Health Center (abortion clinic), there will be an hour of praise and prayer commemorating Jesus’ death on the cross and the advocacy for life at this modern killing [...]