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John Demko

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John Hoyman

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John Hoyman

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Acts Chapter 4

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Acts Chapter 4

Study Notes and Questions for Acts 4

Central to Spirituality

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Do you try to separate your faith from your finances, or are they central to your spirituality?

Fellowship in love, faith, encouragement

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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.

Time, Talent, Treasure: Retirees

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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. 

Demonstrating Christlikeness

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Demonstrating Christlikeness

The Body of Christ must embody godly attributes in order to reflect Christlikeness (2 Corinthians 3:18) to the watching, waiting world.

Unity of Command

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Do the military principles of war apply to Christian living?

For All Leaders

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For All Leaders

It is a joy and privilege to influence other lives through your leadership.

20. Big-Picture Perspective

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20. Big-Picture Perspective

Jesus said He “did not come to destroy lives but to save them.” If one’s tendency is to write people off when there is disagreement, might this have the same effect as “commanding fire” or wishing another dead, spiritually dead that is. The gospel message is for all people and the servant leader does not withhold the message at the first sign of personal rejection.

A day in the life of OCF

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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. 

Jesus shows us 3 keys to fulfilling a godly responsibility

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Jesus shows us 3 keys to fulfilling a 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.

What is Stewardship?

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What is Stewardship?

In Part 1, we ask: What do you think of when you hear someone mention stewardship? Money, talents, or ownership? For many, money is the first thing on their minds and that often leads to uncomfortable feelings.

SuperheroR17;s Faith

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"Follow me!" sounds like an adventure--the full life that Jesus brings!

Loving God

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51. Col Darren Duke: Examining a life transformed

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51. Col Darren Duke: Examining a life transformed

Col Darren Duke, USMC, talks about personal transformation and what a life transformed by God might look like for believers serving in the military.

Follow Me

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The key to serving others is to have a humble heart.

Allow God to use you in the humble tasks

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Allow God to use you in the humble tasks

I long to do great and noble things, but God reminds me it’s in the humble things that He can be extraordinary through me. Ultimately, I desire to be like Helen Keller: to do humble tasks as though they were great and noble.

Acts Chapter 3

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Acts Chapter 3

Study Notes and Questions for Acts 3

Acts Chapter 8

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Acts Chapter 8

Study Notes and Questions for Acts 8

Acts Chapter 12

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Acts Chapter 12

Study Notes and Questions for Acts 12

The Theological Implications of Addiction | Episode 23

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The Theological Implications of Addiction | Episode 23

What does scripture say about addiction? Can a Christian have an addiction? What does a biblical approach to recovery look like? Isn't Jesus enough? Our guest is Dr. John Thorington—a licensed professional counselor and is also certified as a Sexual Recovery Therapist by the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy.

Is God calling you to lead a small group?

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Is God calling you to lead a small group?

We reached out to two OCF small group leaders, LTC Tom Matelski, USA, and Lt Col Jim Wamhoff, USAF, and asked them to share their insights on starting and effectively leading a small group.

Leadership Moments: Are You Leading?

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by Colonel Larry and Bobbie Simpson, USAF (Ret.) “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword’ ” (Matthew 26:52). Jesus wielded His influence, not his power, to accomplish the prophecies concerning Him. Man’s natural inclination is to think: He who carries the biggest stick wins. Instead of condoning Peter’s protective gesture, Jesus healed the servant’s injury and told Peter to put away his weapon (John 18:10-11). Jesus could have responded to the arresting entourage with a show of His mighty power or through a…

Making the ‘no greater love’ sacrifice

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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.

Satisfaction

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The leader's satisfaction comes in doing what he is called to do.

Six Generations: 1

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What can happen when men and women commit to be and make disciples for Christ.

The Line Officer and the Chaplain

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The Line Officer and the Chaplain

Christ expects us to be salt and light in the military commands to which He has assigned us.

Time, Talent, Treasure: Warrior Forge

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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.

Why We Serve

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Why We Serve

Why do you serve in our military? Why are you an officer, an Airmen, a Soldier, a Marine, a Sailor, or a Coastguardsman?

Winter Sports Retreat II

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Nehemiah was a “transformational leader” who was able to inspire God’s people to accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible. But Nehemiah’s ultimate goal was not the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls; it was the renewing of God’s people. As we explore the book of Nehemiah this week, we’ll discover some of the crucial ways God builds up and renews His people, and how He uses godly leaders in the process.

Five Christ-like ways to serve those you lead

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Five Christ-like ways to serve those you lead

Whether the most junior leader or a four-star flag officer, leaders come to their assignments with choices to be made in opportunities to serve.

2019 Eastern OCF Leaders Conference

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2019 Eastern OCF Leaders Conference

White Sulphur Springs is hosting a conference for OCF leaders east of the Mississippi 25-27 January 2019. If you are a Bible Study leader or host, OCF Associate Staff, military partner in ministry in the NCR, this weekend is for you.

14. Satisfaction

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14. Satisfaction

Jesus was so committed to His service that, metaphorically, it served as His physical nourishment. What about you? Does your stalwart service satisfy you as nourishment?

A Place to Grow and Serve

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I'd heard stories that military chaplains were "liberal," and that "real" Christians shouldn't attend chapel.

And the Verdict Is?

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How would a jury of your peers judge your Christian walk?

Celebrating the Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ

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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.

Child Evangelism

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Practical ways to share your faith with your children.

Communicating hope beyond suffering

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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.

Compliant Clay

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How do you respond to shaping?

Courageous Command: Beyond Battlefield Boldness

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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?

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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?

Expecting God’s Unexpected

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Expecting God’s Unexpected

Christian leader, the narrow road of discipleship—a road the Lord travels with us—is full of unexpected, difficult turns. Prepare earnestly, lead well. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Following a certain God in an uncertain world

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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?

God’s restoration for the wounded soldier, healing warrior

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God’s restoration for the wounded soldier, healing warrior

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.

Heroes

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So how do you become a hero--or at least a good leader?

How do others see you?

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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 does the Lord see you?

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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. 

I Only See Green

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The Son of God is many things to me, but racist is certainly not one of them. I see only green, my Savior sees only hearts.

Implicit Trust

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Simple faith and trust in the Word brings eternal salvation, forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting.

Lead Your Child to Christ

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Practical encouragement and tips in leading your child to Christ.

6 parts that make up the R16;substanceR17; of leadership

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Leadership is the defining skill of a military officer. Intellect and education are important. Indeed, in our technological profession, they are prerequisites. But professional performance and progress depend fundamentally on how well you master the art and science of leadership.

Leadership and the Christian Officer

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The effectiveness of a unit depends to maximum degree on the leadership ability of the commander.

Mortal Enemies

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Mortal Enemies

An incredible story of how the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor found new life in Christ!

Smart Christian Giving

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Smart Christian Giving

In Part 6, God expects us to use what we need then multiply and return the rest. The blessings of stewardship are in the giving. Knowing when and how to do it is our responsibility.

Perspectives on servant leadership

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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.

Professional Excellence

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Professional Excellence

The Christian officer should strive to be the very best professional officer possible within his abilities, and he or she should do this in accord with Christian faith and conduct.

Question Authority

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So should we question God's authority?

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

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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.

Soldier and Christian

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Soldier and Christian

Your duties as a soldier are consistent with the highest Christian values.

Support Your Chaplain

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As a lay-indigenous ministry being conducted by lay military Christians inside the military society, OCF members and chaplains can be great coworkers in kingdom-building within our Armed Forces.

The Challenge of Distress

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The Challenge of Distress

Life is full of disappointments, difficulties, and distress. It comes in many ways: relational conflicts, job issues, financial concerns, illness, injury, tragedy and a host of other predicaments. It is challenging, even as a Christian, to respond positively to these trials.

The Selflessness of Their Sacrifice

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Memorial Day is a somber reminder of what military selflessly puts on the line for our nation--and each of us

Tom Felts Was My Friend

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Tom Felts Was My Friend

Colonel Tom Felts died in the service of his country in Iraq on November 14, 2006, due to an improvised explosive device. To the very end Tom lived a sacrificial life.

TTP R11; Vision and Leadership

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We must mentally prepare ourselves and our loved ones for the mission requirements we may face.

Visiting Those in Prison

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Prison visits are powerful ministry opportunities for OCF small group fellowships.

War on Spiritual Terrorism

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When we go to war, we are fighting both a physical foe and a spiritual enemy.

Welcome to the Desert

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Welcome to the Desert

The Lord has brought you to this place for His purpose, and He will not rest until you are fully prepared.

What Are You Reading?

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When I was on the faculty of the Army War College one of my favorite questions to ask visiting senior leaders, was "What are you reading right now?"

What Right Looks Like

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With the ability of the media to reach out to all corners of the globe and to report on the conduct, or misconduct, of soldiers, leaders have an even greater responsibility than ever to demonstrate what right looks like.

You Are Commissioned

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You are commissioned to do the Lord's work as professional military servants.

Calling All Daniels: Do You Know God?

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Calling All Daniels: Do You Know God?

The world desperately needs to hear about Jesus, and we’ve been called to share Him. I encourage you to become competent in your knowledge of Him. Draw people through your professional excellence. Be prepared through your life and words to shine His life-saving light.

Being a Leader That God Can Use

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Being a Leader That God Can Use

To be a leader God can use, three things must happen: We must have faith in something that is worthy of our faith; we must know who we are in Christ; and we must be prepared to fight the good fight, as we engage in spiritual warfare.

Fort Belvoir (Fairfax Station)

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Local Leader: COL John & Judy Rossi, USA (Ret) Email: rrossi@cox.net Day & Time: Tue 1930 Meets in Fairfax Station, contact for info

Fort Belvoir

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Local Leader: COL & Mrs. John J. Rossi, USA (Ret) Email: rrossi@cox.net Meets at Fort Belvoir

Fort Leavenworth

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Local Leader: CW3 & Mrs. Raymond Amparan, USA (Ret) Email: opamparan@yahoo.com Day & Time: Tues at 1900 USDB Prison Ministry, Contact for info Additional Contact: LTC John A. Hardaway, USA (Ret)

JB Lewis/McChord

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Team Leader: COL John & Eva Haddick, USA (Ret) Email: jehaddick@msn.com Home phone: 235.565.1223 Additional Info: Multiple studies in Fort Lewis and McChord AFB

How have you set your sails?

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How have you set your sails?

All leaders experience both fair and foul winds. The Christ-honoring leader has been given stewardship of people, missions, and things for the Master’s gain and pleasure.

We can take away a stone…

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We can take away a stone...

No, we cannot redeem this fallen world and its deathly power on our own, but the One who can has asked us to partner in His work with what we can do. He simply asks us to “take away the stone.”

A Salve for the Scars

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A Salve for the Scars

So much of today’s culture dwells on victimhood, on wounds that seem resistant to heal. Christ-followers don’t deny the wounds but come alongside the struggling wounded to offer the salve secured by the scarred, yet now Risen Lamb’s victory over sin and death.

Stewardship is our goal; leadership is our method

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Stewardship is our goal; leadership is our method

Including stewardship in our leader lexicon may put our responsibility and authority in proper balance. The goal of a Christ-like leader will remain Christ’s goals; the methods, means, and accompanying perks will then better honor Christ in practice

Fort Belvoir, VA

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Local Leader: COL John Rossi, USA (Ret) Email: jjrossi01@gmail.com

Fairfax Station, VA

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Local Leader: COL John & Judy Rossi, USA (Ret) Email: jjrossi01@gmail.com Day & Time: Tue 1930

NCR Southwest

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Team Leader: COL John N. Demko, USA Email: demkojm@aol.com Multiple studies in the Fort Belvoir, West to Manassas and beltway areas.

WhatR17;s So Amazing About Grace | Episode 003

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What's So Amazing About Grace | Episode 003

In this episode, OCF Managing Editor Karen Fliedner chats with Col Art Athens, USMC (Ret), about amazing grace—specifically, the four-part message Col Athens shared at a weekend retreat at White Sulphur Springs in 2004

Thriving in the Unbalance | Episode 005

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Thriving in the Unbalance | Episode 005

When it comes to the various parts of your life—family, military profession, friends, relationships with others, and your relationship with God—should you be striving to find a balance among all those things? Or should you learn to thrive in the unbalance?

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