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Active Duty, Active Faith

2018-03-28T11:41:44+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: General|

You must pursue God and live out your faith while on active duty. It’s easy to get caught up in the cyclical training and deployment grind to where your faith comes out only on Sunday—if at all. Stay engaged. Find a spiritual battle buddy—someone to hold you accountable. Commit to a daily devotional. Be an example in both word and deed. 

How ya doing? Do you really care?

2018-03-28T11:41:44+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: Leadership|

Who will you meet today in an unexpected encounter, whether in a combat area, passageway, flight line, or on drills and maneuvers? And what will you say—and hear? In your command, how will you show Christ in your servant leadership?

What is OCF?

2018-03-28T11:41:45+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: Leadership|

It’s not unusual to hear people ask, “What is OCF?” or “What does OCF do?” They may wonder if OCF is a club of officers like-minded in their Christian faith, or just the local Bible study fellowship they attend.

The effects of transition in the military

2018-04-04T11:42:52+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Relocations|

Those who have laced up boots or buttoned an Armed Forces uniform in service to our nation know all-too-well the difficult and tough terrain of the transitional military life they lead. High ops tempo, frequent deployment and reintegration issues, and both the visible and invisible scars of military conflict are just a few of the many issues that can stagger individuals and couples in their lives and relationships, especially in marriage and family life.

Following a certain God in an uncertain world

2018-03-28T11:41:57+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Chaplains|

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?

Hope does not disappoint us

2018-03-28T11:41:56+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Latest Articles|

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.

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

2018-03-28T11:41:58+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: General, Leadership|

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.

Perspectives on servant leadership

2018-04-04T14:10:47+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: Military 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.

Community as taught by minions

2018-03-28T11:41:59+00:00 November 29th, 2015|Categories: Latest Articles|

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.

Fellowship through ‘practical action’

2018-03-28T11:41:59+00:00 November 29th, 2015|Categories: Latest Articles|

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.

Unique stressors of the military family

2018-03-28T11:42:01+00:00 June 17th, 2015|Categories: 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.

Courageous Command: Beyond Battlefield Boldness

2017-02-28T12:31:07+00:00 February 10th, 2015|Categories: Latest Articles|

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.

Making the ‘no greater love’ sacrifice

2017-02-28T12:31:39+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Chaplains|

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.

Time, Talent, Treasure: Academies

2017-02-28T12:31:39+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Categories: Latest Articles|

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: Warrior Forge

2017-02-28T12:31:39+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Categories: Latest Articles|

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.

Time, Talent, Treasure: Retirees

2017-02-28T12:31:39+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Categories: Latest Articles|

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. 

Ministry Snapshot

2017-02-28T12:31:39+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Categories: Latest Articles|

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).

Speak my language

2018-04-04T11:51:30+00:00 April 9th, 2014|Categories: The Military Spouse|

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.

God’s restoration for the wounded soldier, healing warrior

2017-03-28T10:52:15+00:00 March 20th, 2014|Categories: General|

Since warfare in and of itself is ultimately the warfare of our soul and spirit, we have the choice of allowing our healing to proceed through our spiritual maturation instead of succumbing to substance abuse to mask problems. Ultimately our ability to be healed, or at least cope with our issues, is based upon spiritual healing.

God, are you with me?

2018-04-03T12:39:04+00:00 December 22nd, 2013|Categories: Communicating with God|

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."

A day in the life of OCF

2017-02-28T12:32:01+00:00 December 12th, 2013|Categories: Latest Articles|

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. 

Four lessons in leadership for young warriors

2017-02-28T12:32:01+00:00 September 26th, 2013|Categories: General|

When commissioned at an OCF bar-pinning ceremony twenty years ago, I was ready to take on the world, but acutely aware I knew little about leadership and military service! Through mistakes and the Lord’s patient refinement, I learned that the Bible is the greatest leadership manual ever written, but we must apply its timeless truths to the circumstances of our lives.

Communicating hope beyond suffering

2017-09-01T09:52:03+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Categories: General|

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.

From Mid to Married to Mom

2018-04-04T11:46:37+00:00 November 27th, 2012|Categories: The Military Spouse|

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!

The Wounded Healer

2017-02-28T12:32:02+00:00 October 18th, 2012|Categories: Latest Articles|

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. 

Caregiver of the Soul

2017-02-28T12:32:02+00:00 October 18th, 2012|Categories: Chaplains|

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.

The Lord—your refuge in a high optempo

2017-02-28T12:32:32+00:00 June 13th, 2012|Categories: General|

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?