Family

  • A Cannonball Life in a Toe-Testing World

    Jump on in! Living completely sold out to God is a lot like doing a cannonball into a pool--not on the edge of toe-testing mediocrity.

  • Advent in Iraq

    A deployed chaplain shares his thoughts leading up to Christmas.

  • Child Evangelism

    Practical ways to share your faith with your children.

  • Daddy's Letter to Son

    LTC Frank Gray's letter to his son explaining why he is back in the Army.

  • Daddy, Don't Go Back!

    The Wesley family shares some lessons they learned through deployment.

  • Double Duty

    An excerpt from Hope for the Home Front: Winning the Emotional and Spiritual Battles of a Military Wife by Marshéle Carter Waddell.

  • Duty Calls

    Challnges are unique for married-to-each-other military with families when duty calls

  • Essentials for Deployment-Resilient Marriages

    Couples in resilient marriages are intentional and vigilant in buildling successful relationships.

  • Excellent Military Wife

    A paraphrased version of portions of Proverbs 31.

  • Family: Ministry Focus for June

    Not just your spouse, children, parents, or siblings but what does it mean to belong to the body of Christ?

  • Financial Responsibility for Children

    When our four children were young, my wife and I wondered how we could teach them financial responsibility.

  • Getting Intentional in Your Marriage

    Thriving Christian marriages reveal prayerful planning and purposeful intention.

  • God's Children

    Insight into the daily sacrifices of military children.

  • Heroes on the Homefront

    Sometimes the heroes are the ones who stay behind.

  • Home Front Holidays

    How deployments affect the holidays.

  • Keep the End in Mind

    Looking ahead motivates us to live, work, and plan while we wait--and it is the key to living in the present with energy and hope.

  • Keys to a Godly Marriage

    Four keys to a godly marriage.

  • Lead Your Child to Christ

    Practical encouragement and tips in leading your child to Christ.

  • Lost Shoes

    Only through Christ can we ever get the right "shoes" to enter heaven.

  • Of Trash and Treasure

    Things that I plan to leave for my children seem petty compared to the enduring legacy my heavenly Father has left to me.

  • Plan your summer escape now

    OCF owns and operates Spring Canyon in Buena Vista, Colorado, and White Sulphur Springs, in Manns Choice, Pennsylvania. Download both brochures for the 2012 summer camp season.

  • Re-entry Reminders

    Some suggestions for managing the process of re-entry.

  • Returning Home

    The adjustments families need to make can be improved by a good understanding of the stresses of separation and a strategy for thriving.

  • Share My Calling

    God provides input into military marriages.

  • Share this spiritual gift with your teen

    A military dad shares what he experienced at Spring Canyon's Father Teen Adventure.

  • Speak my language

    Marriage is hard enough for the everyday civilian. But add in the unique challenges of deployments, frequent moves, and high-pressure situations, and it’s no wonder military marriages are under stress.

  • Stretchmark Sorority

    Mothers share the responsibility of raising children to know and love our Lord.

  • The faith of our fathers

    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 Greengrass Twins

    Lack of contentment comes from entertaining lies.

  • The Profound Power of Parental Blessing

    There are certain moments in a lifetime you never forget. For me, the memories of formally giving a father’s blessing to my children in person continues to give me joy as I recall each event.

  • The Unconditional Love of a Father

    Father's Day is the perfect venue to consider those who first loved us--especially our Father in heaven.

  • Thriving Bible Study

    OCF presents a new Bible study—specifically for women whose husbands are deployed.

  • Two Greedy Institutions

    Balance the roles of Christian officer and Christian spouse.

  • Unique stressors of the military family

    Like you, my husband, Steve, and I know what it’s like for our marriage to have to go into survival mode during extended periods of separation. We know the pressure of caring for children in the midst of huge transitions. We know the challenge of supporting each other when our own personal resources are depleted.

  • Walk in the Spirit

    A prayer for military wives.

  • What Are Parents to Do?

    Each themselves military officers, what's it like as a Mom and Dad to watch your child deploy?

  • When PCSing, build a RAFT for teens

    When PCSing, the most common strategies teens use with one another involve simple avoidance, picking a fight to create distance so it’s easier to leave, disconnecting through moodiness or hyperactivity, or adopting the “It’s all cool” act. This is why we need to build a RAFT.

  • Whose Arm Doth Reach

    Every God-fearing dad in some way strives to image our heavenly Father.