by Karen Fliedner, Managing Editor
A key component to nurturing our families
The red-flag news alerts and images of a nation and world unraveling at the seams follow us to work, school, and communities. This 24/7/365 bad-news buffet, serving up the latest flavors of immorality and anti-God sentiment, makes its caustic self at home in our home sweet homes—even those where the Word of God is not just a dusty item on a bookshelf.
Should your humble abode be a long line of staff housing locales, living a unique military lifestyle of last minute orders and assignments, dangerous combat service, and multiple deployments can spike the stressors to destructive overdrive.
Of all its multiple ministry endeavors toward “building Christian leaders, families, fellowships…for a lifetime,” Officers’ Christian Fellowship takes Jesus Christ’s call of nurturing the family seriously. “For those with a family, I’d contend that the stronger the family, the better the leader,” writes Brig Gen David Warner, USAF (Ret.), OCF’s executive director, in the June issue of COMMAND magazine.
Beyond the neckties and barbecues that many dads will receive this Father’s Day, an oft-overlooked aspect of the annual event is the lasting influence fathers pour into their kids. The faith of our fathers, whether in pursuit of godliness or carnality, is a key component of the strength or the decay of our families and society—and also how we view God, our heavenly Father. He’s our ultimate, eternal Father, the Creator of the universe who longs for the love only each one of us individually can give Him.
The Profound Power of Parental Blessing
After Bryant Russ grasped the news of his first foray into fatherhood, the idea kicked in to craft a paternal blessing while awaiting his child’s birth. His online search brought him to the OCF website and the The Profound Power of Parental Blessing article published in COMMAND, June 2012.
Check out Bryant’s One Hundred Dangeruss Gifts blog, which encourages the biblical precedent of a father’s blessing upon his children—and especially his Real Men Wear Pink Tutus blog entry (Day 31, October 14, 2014).
Check out these links on Heaven’s Father, fathers and fatherhood:
Faith of Our Fathers, a tale of legacy and the love of two fathers
With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty—a man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul (David A.R. White and Kevin Downes), meet as strangers. Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall-the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son. (Written by Pure Flix)