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The Dependable Dozen

Written by bob on . Posted in Marriage, Spiritual Growth

OK.  Here they are…hot off the press–the Dependable Dozen of what works in a marriage.  Thanks to the Youth and Family Ministry for their help in putting these together.  Use them and watch your marriage grow! They are in no particular order. We came up with these after a great public reading of Ephesians 5:21-33 by Kimberly and Jay.

  • Listen to your spouse.  That means not talking and not interrupting while your partner is talking.  It is amazing how much better conversations and conflicts in your marriage go when you observe this simple rule.  It’s not easy, especially when you feel misrepresented and misunderstood.
  • Communicate about schedules.  Pretty simple, huh?  But how often  do married couples not communicate about the week’s business–who needs to be where, who is going to give rides, who needs to get paid what, etc., etc., etc. Talking through these things on a weekly basis will do amazing things for your relationship.
  • Express Your Feelings.  Instead of showing anger, share your feelings. Make sure if you do have a positive feeling toward your spouse that you go out of your way to express it. Communicating on a feeling basis will draw you closer and help avoid bitterness.

Beyond Obedience

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Announcements, Events

A Bible-centered Parenting Approach

Teaching Children to Honor Their Parents

March 22, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Shining Stars Christian Preschool
Orange County Church of Christ
10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92618
Childcare will be provided
Cost: Free, RSVP with Stacy Williams

Beyond Obedience

The special guest speaker will be Dr. Mike Messina, Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Here’s what Dr. Mike has to say about the day.

I am excited to present this special parenting class.  With two children of my own, I am very passionate about the topic of parenting.  Being a parent is not easy, but I consider my job as a parent the most important job that I have.  As a Christian, I want nothing more than for my children to love God and obey His Word.  It is for these reasons that I strive in prayer and hard work for my own kids, and strive to teach Bible Centered Parenting to other parents, so that they too can know the joy of their own children loving God and obeying His commands.

You may find it surprising that children are only specifically addressed once in the entire New Testament: Ephesians 6: 1-3 says,

Rise Up and Build

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Announcements, Events

God’s vision for our church is beyond our imagination.

Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. (Psalm 40:5 NIV84)

The leadership of Orange County Church of Christ have tried our best through prayer and fasting to be in tune with what God’s vision is for our church. We have landed on a long-range plan to have eight “worship centers” by the end of 2020. Five of the centers would be geographic: Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, South Coast and Irvine. The others would be language based: Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese.

For this to happen, we need every disciple in the church to examine what gifts God has given him or her and decide to fully use these gifts to advance God’s kingdom.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10 NIV84)

2012 Singles Retreat

Written by bob on . Posted in Announcements, Events

There is a great Singles Retreat coming up in March.

Check it out

 

Location:  Forest Home

  • 40,000 Valley of the Falls Drive, Forest Falls, CA

Date:  March 9-11, 2012

  • (Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday)

Details

  • $129 early registration ($149 after February 29
  • (includes 4 meals, 2 nights lodging*, and activities)
  • Activities Include: Zip Line, Rock Wall, High Ropes, and more
  • Please bring your own bedding and toiletries
  • Sponsored by the LA Church of Christ, Coastal LA Region

Forgiveness

Written by Marty Fuqua on . Posted in Forgiveness, Spiritual Growth

I want to write about something that all of us need and that all of us need to not only receive but all of us need to give. This is something that the Bible talks about that is a quality of a God.  What we are talking about is a quality that we need to have in our life. That quality is forgiveness. Let’s consider Psalm 103

“Praise the Lord, o my soul, all my inmost being praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, Oh my soul and forget not all his benefits”

Prayer

Written by Kevin Mains on . Posted in Prayer, Spiritual Growth

“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6

Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of prayer? Doesn’t God already know what’s on our hearts? So why should we need to express it?  Here are some reasons to pray

  • We pray because God commands us to pray (Philippians 4:6-7).
  • Prayer is exemplified for us by Jesus and the early church (Mark 1:35; Acts 1:14).
  • Jesus thought it was worthwhile to pray, we should also.