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  • 'Mr. Tok' remembered as spiritual giant

    Longtime Bible teacher, speaker and friend of OCF, ACCTS and Christian Military Fellowship, Charalambos Nikolaou Tokatloglou (Mr. Tok), went to be with his Lord on 15 December. He was 97.

  • A day in the life of OCF

    For seven decades the living waters of Jesus Christ have flowed forth, from the heart of the ministry of Officers’ Christian Fellowship—innumerable men and women making a kingdom difference by living, loving and working with others throughout the military society. 

  • A Man of Faith and War

    There sometimes can be conflict in the minds of Christians serving in the military. When is it right to fight? How shall I treat my enemies? How can I maintain a testimony for Christ while serving in the military? One Christian of distinction, who fought in five wars, was U.S. Army Brigadier General Gustavus Loomis. In Loomis is the ideal balance of Christian faith, devotion to family, and excellence in military service.

  • A Patriots Prayer

    Lord God, as Americans, as members of the military, and as people of faith remember to honor our military comrades; firemen, policemen, medical personnel, and other public servants; and our other American brothers and sisters whose lives were lost in the cowardly terrorist attacks of 9/11.

  • Allow God to heal the hidden wounds

    We leaders often cope with stress by trying to survive our wounding rather than allow God to heal and refresh us to fully live. God doesn’t want us to simply survive. God’s mission field, after all, is your heart and mine.

  • Allow God to Orchestrate the Events of Your Life

    In preparation for our move, I found myself wondering what our new neighbors would be like. OK, I was obsessing over it. We have grown to love the people we live next to, and trying to imagine unfriendly neighbors peering at us while grilling out on the deck was making my stomach hurt.

  • Anchor Points 2012—Unified as brothers and sisters in Christ

    Our Anchor Points class of 2012 encourages all OCF members to plug in and offer others a point of fellowship through OCF small-group Bible studies, family camps, giving, and prayer. 

  • Beware the moral ambush

    Given the description in Ephesians 6 of the spiritual battle raging around us, what can we do to prepare for the moral ambushes upon us from the enemy and avoid becoming a spiritual casualty? This article explores 6 tactics to help you avoid becoming a spiritual casualty.

  • Caregiver of the Soul

    Since returning from my tour, I am continually reminded of something I once heard, freedom has a taste to those who have fought for it, and almost died, that the protected will never know. Since the earliest days of our nation, every generation of Americans has answered the call to duty in times of peace and war.

  • Celebrating the Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ

    Go back in time as we explore the places and events, through the lens of Scripture, shaping the most dramatic event in the history of the world-the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

  • Chaplains share insights into serving in the military

    COMMAND asked a trio of chaplains—LT Jon Uyboco, CHC, USN; CH(MAJ) Todd Cheney, USA, and CH(COL) Marc Gauthier, USA—to share some insights and experiences of serving military men and women for Christ.

  • Comfort Amid Cruelty

    Even after two deployments, I still don’t understand how mankind can be so cruel and thoughtless. My only comfort comes in this hope—knowing that God loves and cares for that little Afghan boy. And when that boy dies a week or two later after leaving the care of an American hospital, God will take his little hand, make his mangled body whole—and welcome him into glory. 

  • Communicating hope beyond suffering

    Authentic leadership deals with life’s real issues of pain, trauma and suffering while pointing beyond to a life in Christ. As Paul reminds us, our present trials are but a means to an end; particularly for the Christian leader, hope is the final reality of life.

  • Community as taught by minions

    Just like the silly banana-eating Minions, each of us was created with an innate desire to belong to a community in fellowship. It’s not just a group of people with similar interests, but a body of believers united for a common purpose.

  • Connect in the wilderness with Christ

    The Outfitters program model is certainly not something that needs to remain unique to Fort Leavenworth. Good things happen when strong Christian men and women and others come together, and the place for that isn’t always in a pew. 

  • Courageous Command: Beyond Battlefield Boldness

    Only by trusting God and His plan for our lives can we lead courageously in our duty as both officers and Christians. It’s time to build a strategy that calculates the risks of leadership minefields and faces them with a moral courage that matches the bravery of those we lead on the battlefield.

  • Do you have a PCS sponsor—to heaven?

    We never think it will happen to us, but the reality is that each of us will someday receive our final PCS orders to stand before the Lord. Do you have a spiritual sponsor for that coming day?

  • Encouragement: A Powerful Tool Against the Enemy

    Combating Satan’s tool of discouragement requires confident faith in Jesus Christ, that unutterable trust of knowing He is always standing with us through all life’s bewildering fires. 

  • EXSEL teaches vocation, service, leadership

    Now in its second year, the EXSEL (experience, service, leadership) discipleship program at OCF’s White Sulphur Springs Conference Center is a yearlong, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young men and women ages 18-24.

  • Fellowship in love, faith, encouragement

    If you want the best example of fellowship, we have to look no further than God, who is the author and definer of fellowship.

  • Fellowship through 'practical action'

    OCF has provided transitory military Christians with two static places—Spring Canyon in Colorado and White Sulphur Springs in Pennsylvania—for abundant opportunities of Christ-centered fellowship, programs and fun. The ideal end result: being equipped to reach others for Christ throughout the military society—and form lifetime friendships.

  • Finishing Strong, in Iraq and Life

    Where were you in 2003? Most of us remember the United States' invasion of Iraq. The media covered our military's every move and with those reports came images none of us will forget.

  • Following a certain God in an uncertain world

    As our culture continues drifting further into a post-Christian neo-pagan worldview, Christ-followers may be tempted to spiritual panic attacks. Especially for those of us striving to integrate faith and biblical worldview into our military profession, how can we remain faithful to our call when policies and programs appear to oppose higher principles and priorities? 

  • From Mid to Married to Mom

    We’ve been through a lot in our four short years of marriage, but it’s been exciting to look back and see how God has been a part of it all, especially in the last two years. God poured out countless blessings on my husband in the pursuit of his dreams, making it through the arduous training without any major injuries or setbacks. I couldn’t be prouder of him!

  • Fulfilling a key godly responsibility

    Christian officer, leader—how important is prayer to you? As Christians serving in the military, do we recognize what and for whom we should be praying for in our leadership roles? Godly officers and leaders pray.

  • Further insights from Mike and Angie Moyles

    Here are some more insights shared by Mike Moyles and his wife, Angie, during their interview with COMMAND.

  • God is real and active in our lives

     

    Army CWO2 Sheldon Duffy and his wife, Salena, share their story of Sheldon’s near-death experience with leukemia and how they endured the trials and uncertainties of not knowing if he would survive.

  • God, are you with me?

    The following short story was written by OCF member MAJ Mario Miglietta, USA. It is based on a story told during an OCF Bible study that he attends. A person in the Bible study told of a Soldier from his battalion who had fallen on hard times, but who found encouragement and hope from a letter he received from his little sister. Mario says he was inspired by that story and wrote about what the Soldier had gone through—"how I imagined the story evolved."

  • Grand Portage: The next adventure in the Extreme Challenge series
  • Honor our brave warriors by enjoying our freedom this July Fourth

    If you have the opportunity, enjoy Fourth of July celebrations with your friends and family. Find a parade in your town. Fly the American flag. Sing the National Anthem. Enjoy ice cream and ice-cold watermelon. Honor the memory of those who served us by enjoying the freedom for which they fought so hard and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Hope does not disappoint us

    When he was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, Mike says he worked through the usual questions and doubt—why me? what did I do?—but it was the continued struggle through multiple rounds of chemo, radiation, and surgeries that caused him to take a deeper look at the testimony God was preparing him for.

  • How do others see you?

    How do others see you fulfilling your dual commissions? Do they see a leader who cares for them with the heart of Jesus, who is humble, grace-filled and selfless, and who ultimately serves the One and only Lord? As you serve your nation and serve your Lord, you will have ample opportunities to shine the Light of Christ through your love and service to others.

  • How do you see others?

    Do you see others as the Lord sees them, as diamonds waiting to be set free to achieve their full potential? Steward leadership is taking care of the people who have been “given” to you, developing their full potential, and earning you those wonderful words from the ultimate Steward Leader, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”

  • How does the Lord see you?

    Not many of us give much thought to that question on a daily basis. And truthfully, some days I may not really want to know the answer. But knowing how the Lord sees us is something we must consider because the answer dramatically affects our calling. 

  • Is God calling you to lead a small group?
  • Join us for a Day of Prayer

    Officers' Christian Fellowship is asking all members and friends to join in prayer and fasting to lift up the ministry of OCF and seek the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

  • Kingdom work can happen anywhere

    As a relational ministry where genuine biblical fellowship is essential for spiritual growth and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, the very heart of the ministry of Officers’ Christian Fellowship remains small group fellowships.

  • Lessons in Leadership...from a Squadron Janitor

    William Crawford was an unimpressive figure, one you could easily overlook during a hectic day at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Crawford was our squadron janitor.

  • Making the ‘no greater love’ sacrifice

    The Four Chaplains, also referred to as the "Immortal Chaplains" or the "Dorchester Chaplains," were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship USAT Dorchester sank on February 3, 1943, during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out.

  • Ministry Snapshot

    The adage of a church not being a building, but rather its people also applies to the ministry of Officers’ Christian Fellowship. Click a story below to get a snapshot of the vast entirety of ministry work that has gone on over the years through OCF, now entering its seventy-second year. The people and stories featured here represent all those who have sacrificially given of their time, talents and treasure—standing on the shoulders of giants while declaring God’s “power to the next generation” (Psalm 71:18).

  • OCF Newly Commissioned Officers, 2012

    A list of the 2012 graduates.

  • OCF Winter Retreats

    Join the family of God at an OCF conference center this Christmas or New Year’s holiday! There’s no better place to be than White Sulphur Springs and Spring Canyon. Both have excellent opportunities to be strengthened in our common faith in Jesus Christ.

  • October is OCF Membership Month

    Your local OCF group is truly the heartbeat of Officers’ Christian Fellowship—a place where you can share the unique challenges of your military life in a supportive Christian setting of prayer, Bible study, and fellowship.

  • Part of an amazing lineage

    Don’t you love it when the Lord reveals something new through His Word? I have read Matthew many times. And I’ll admit that I usually skim past the genealogy to get to the “meat” proclaiming the birth, life and good news about our Savior. Recently, however, my eyes were opened to two truths that penetrated my heart, ensuring that I will never again fast forward past these verses and forever ponder my lineage and legacy.

  • Perspectives on servant leadership

    The term “servant leadership” evokes a varied range of impressions as to what that really means, looks like, and how it plays out in real life. At first glance, the seemingly incongruous servant leadership concept appears especially contrary in business settings or military circles where typically bosses lead, employees serve.

  • 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.

  • Race to the Summit—Take the Extreme Challenge

    We're asking our community and our family and friends to participate in the first Officers’ Christian Fellowship Race to the Summit—Extreme Challenge. The purpose of the event is to raise money to expand facilities and ministry opportunities at our Spring Canyon Conference Center in Buena Vista, Colorado.

  • Six ways to follow Jesus’ example and become a transformational leader

    Transformational leaders help people understand the purpose, objectives and values of an organization by articulating a clear and appealing vision. From both a practical and biblical perspective, transformational leadership inspires, develops and empowers followers; it also hones our leadership skills so we become better leaders. 

  • 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.

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  • The Five Myths of Mortgaged Rental Property

    If your military family is a typical one, chances are you have moved about once every two to three years. With the many stresses associated with moving, one of the most difficult decisions can be whether to buy a house or rent one. 

  • The Lord—your refuge in a high optempo

    As Christians, we have the privilege of serving the King of kings and Lord of lords. But He also invites us to come aside and just enjoy being His children. That time will stoke the brightness of His light within us and our faces will reflect that glory He gave us! Where’s your refuge?

  • 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 Religious Rights of Those in Uniform

    As both a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and a Christian, have you ever wondered, "just what exactly are my rights to freely express my faith in Jesus Christ-even while in uniform?"

  • The world needs solid, biblical leadership

    In my thirty years on active duty, I witnessed phenomenal leaders who inspired, encouraged, and built teams that accomplished great things. Sad to say, I’ve also seen those who used their positions to advance their own agendas, bully others, and feed their own egos—always at the cost of those around them.

  • The Wounded Healer

    A co-worker named Diana is a Gold Star mother. This remarkable woman lost her oldest son to combat action in Iraq, leaving behind a grieving wife, their baby, and other heartbroken relatives and friends. Despite her faith, and the support of family and community friends, Diana’s wounds are profound, constant companions she will likely carry with her until her dying day. By embracing her wounds through the loving embrace of the great Suffering Servant, Diana has become His partner in the lives of others. Still carrying the scars of her wounds, Diana is a visible instrument of God’s healing for others. 

  • Time, Talent, Treasure: Academies

    Exceptionally demanding—that is the four-year journey through one of our nation’s military service academies, deliberately designed as such to forge finely tuned military leaders from out of the fires of continual challenge. Cadets and midshipmen juggle jam-packed schedules that stretch them beyond the max physically, emotionally, mentally.  And spiritually. 

  • Time, Talent, Treasure: OCF small group fellowships

    The heartbeat of OCF is the small group fellowship, over 360 of them occurring throughout our nation and across the globe, including New Zealand, Korea and Norway.

  • Time, Talent, Treasure: Retirees

    For Christians serving in our nation’s Armed Forces, even when their active duty days meld into retirement, God’s call to serve Him remains evergreen, for in age’s autumn years “…they will stay fresh and green” (Psalm 92:14), still bearing fruit. 

  • Time, Talent, Treasure: ROTC

    Every year the Reserve Officer Training Corps program launches several thousand newly commissioned officers into the operational military. 

  • Time, Talent, Treasure: Warrior Forge

    Before Army ROTC cadets can be commissioned as second lieutenants, they must successfully complete what is now known as the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), a training event developing their leadership skills while evaluating their officer potential. Once held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, LDAC —Warrior Forge—now takes place at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

  • 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.

  • Vacation with a Purpose
  • What you do and how you lead does matter

    Congratulations to the OCF Class of 2012! We who have gone before welcome you to the profession of arms and the start of your great race the Lord has set before you. Crossing the threshold, you now carry two commissions simultaneously: one conferred on you from our Commander in Chief and one from the King of kings. 

  • 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.

  • With the Love of a Clanging Cymbal

    When our speech lacks the love of Christ, Scripture clearly declares we are just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

  • Worrying or waiting?

    Life in general is complicated. Life in the military is extremely difficult and challenging and carries with it an increasing amount of angst with the operations tempo, separations, threats to life and limb, and the increasing challenges from within our own nation.