Our focus at Oak Hills this Advent is on the second coming of Christ. Every New Testament writer mentions the second coming as a central hope that shapes every Christian and church, so much that Paul describes Christians as those "who have loved his appearing"(2 Tim. 4:8). The challenge for us is that while we celebrate the birth of Christ, can we be described as people loving and looking to and waiting for the coming of Christ?... Keep Reading

Advent: A Season of Preparation

November 27, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

When we think of Advent we naturally think of the birth of Christ. Historically, though, the attention of the Church during Advent has been on the second coming of Christ. By learning from the Old Testament longing for the coming of Messiah, the Church grows in its longing for the second coming. If we looked closely at the New Testament we would find that the early church was marked by a "looking" for the second coming of Christ. Paul describes Christians as those "who have loved his appearing" (2 Tim. 4:8). Can we be described in this way?... Keep Reading

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Rebranding the Church

November 20, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

Oak Hills will be incorporating a new look over the next weeks and months. It starts with a new name image, a logo, if you will. It will spread into a new website, a new bulletin look, and other print material. At the end of the day, a logo does not define us, but we do hope to communicate a bit about who we are.... Keep Reading

Marked by Thanksgiving

November 13, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

Many of us are familiar with the history of the Thanksgiving holiday in America. We think of the Pilgrims and the various challenges they faced in coming to the New World. We know of the Native Americans who came alongside of those early settlers and helped with cultivating life-sustaining practices. The stories tell us that, after one year in the ... Keep Reading

What Perfects You?

November 6, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

I am serving in Haiti this week, teaching a group of Haitian pastors about how all of Scripture centers on and proclaims the gospel. As I was preparing to teach this week I had the opportunity to speak with a missionary with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission about these pastors. He mentioned that one of the biggest challenges these pastors face is syncretism.... Keep Reading

Reformation Day 2014

October 30, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago we sang as a congregation the hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." This hymn was first penned by the Reformer, Martin Luther, in 1529. While I love this hymn, growing up I always found it odd to be singing about Satan.... Keep Reading

What Does It Mean To Take Up Your Cross?

October 23, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

When we hear Jesus' words in Mark 8:34, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me," most of us think of Jesus' cross and the significance of his death. In our minds taking up our cross must parallel Christ's death on the cross in some way.... Keep Reading

Evangelism in a Healthy Church

October 16, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

As we strive for church health, we long to "do the work of an evangelist." For a church family that means everyone is united "with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel."... Keep Reading

The Word of God Must Grow

October 9, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

The apostles of the early church esteemed the Word of God greatly, even before the Bible was complete in its final form. Peter and James state that we are given new life, become Christians, by the Word. "God brought us forth by the word of truth" (James 1:18). "You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God" (1 Pet. 1:23).... Keep Reading

Worthy of the Gospel

October 2, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

One of the most astonishing characteristics of the apostle Paul is his utter Gospel-centeredness. I pray that I can imitate Paul in my ministry and that our church would champion such a passion for the gospel.... Keep Reading

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