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 [...]

A Sabbath Rest

by Pastor Curt on April 6, 2014
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After His apostles completed a particularly demanding season of ministry, Jesus prescribed the following: “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). Since my cancer hiatus in 2005, by God’s grace, I’ve continued to minister at OGC for another eight years now. Toward the end of 2013, after healthy [...]

One Way to Measure Spiritual Maturity

by Matt Kenyon on March 18, 2014
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The measure of spiritual maturity is not a lack of sinning, but the degree to which one relies solely on the mercy of God.

Sticks and Stones

by Matt West on March 14, 2014
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It seems that the NFL is attempting to outlaw the use of a particular ‘n’ word. This seems to have created a little bit of a discussion on the word. People who look like me seem to be powerless to participate in the discussion, and for pretty good reason. Before you dismiss this as just [...]

A Most Noble Profession

by Pastor Curt on March 8, 2014
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This morning, my duties, among other things, took me to a local hospital. There I visited a woman who survived an intense back surgery the other day. She beamed with joy as she demonstrated her ability to lift her legs without pain, something she could not do a matter of days ago. I rejoiced to [...]

Making a Pro-Life Impact

by Pastor Curt on March 3, 2014
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Last Saturday I participated in the sidewalk counseling ministry at the abortion clinic up the street. As you can see by the number of cars in the parking lot, “business” was way too good. The older I get and the longer I live the more convinced I become of the need for God’s people to [...]

Children’s Ministry Announcement (Annual Meeting)

by Matt West on February 25, 2014
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As a church, everything we do must go through the filter of whether it is helping us “Engage peoples everywhere to pursue ultimate satisfaction in Jesus.” If you feel we’re doing this, great, then we’re doing our job (As Ted says, make sure you tell an elder). If you feel we are falling short, then [...]

When Words Don’t Fail

by Pastor Curt on February 24, 2014
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I consider Nancy and me fortunate in more ways than one. In this season of loss, there is one notable mercy that stands out. Our comforters in grief, by and large, have excelled. None of Job’s tribe here. More than not in our pain we have heard “I don’t know what to say.” To which I [...]

The Beauty of God’s Perseverance!

by Matt West on February 21, 2014
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One of my favorite things to teach over in the Reformed theology class is Perseverance of the Saints. If you haven’t joined a class, this week you can make a one-week cameo appearance in our class and I believe you’ll love it. The reason I love this class so much is that more than anything [...]