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Study Notes and Questions for Acts 4
Do you try to separate your faith from your finances, or are they central to your spirituality?
If you want the best example of fellowship, we have to look no further than God, who is the author and definer of fellowship.
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.
OCF finds it appropriate to help senior officers meet the spiritual demands and opportunities of their important positions.
The Body of Christ must embody godly attributes in order to reflect Christlikeness (2 Corinthians 3:18) to the watching, waiting world.
Do the military principles of war apply to Christian living?
It is a joy and privilege to influence other lives through your leadership.
A final act of courage.
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.
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.
What does it look like to be a disciple of Christ?
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.
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.
"Follow me!" sounds like an adventure--the full life that Jesus brings!
Col Darren Duke, USMC, talks about personal transformation and what a life transformed by God might look like for believers serving in the military.
How to avoid these 7 pitfalls that trip up small group discussions.
The key to serving others is to have a humble heart.
Keep these thoughts in mind when facing depression.
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.
Study Notes and Questions for Acts 3
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Study Notes and Questions for Acts 12
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.
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.
Four keys to a godly marriage.
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…
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.
The leader's satisfaction comes in doing what he is called to do.
What can happen when men and women commit to be and make disciples for Christ.
Christ expects us to be salt and light in the military commands to which He has assigned us.
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 do you serve in our military? Why are you an officer, an Airmen, a Soldier, a Marine, a Sailor, or a Coastguardsman?
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.
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.
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.
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?
We cannot allow ourselves to be defeated by perceptions that Christian activities will not be tolerated in the military.
I'd heard stories that military chaplains were "liberal," and that "real" Christians shouldn't attend chapel.
How would a jury of your peers judge your Christian walk?
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.
Practical ways to share your faith with your children.
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.
How do you respond to shaping?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
So how do you become a hero--or at least a good leader?
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.
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.
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.
Simple faith and trust in the Word brings eternal salvation, forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting.
Practical encouragement and tips in leading your child to Christ.
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.
The effectiveness of a unit depends to maximum degree on the leadership ability of the commander.
Leadership was a natural result of who Tom was.
An incredible story of how the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor found new life in Christ!
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.
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.
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.
So should we question God's authority?
A military dad shares what he experienced at Spring Canyon's Father Teen Adventure.
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.
Your duties as a soldier are consistent with the highest Christian values.
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.
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.
Memorial Day is a somber reminder of what military selflessly puts on the line for our nation--and each of us
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.
We must mentally prepare ourselves and our loved ones for the mission requirements we may face.
Prison visits are powerful ministry opportunities for OCF small group fellowships.
When we go to war, we are fighting both a physical foe and a spiritual enemy.
The Lord has brought you to this place for His purpose, and He will not rest until you are fully prepared.
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?"
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 to do the Lord's work as professional military servants.
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.
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.
Local Leader: COL John & Judy Rossi, USA (Ret) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Day & Time: Tue 1930 Meets in Fairfax Station, contact for info
Local Leader: COL & Mrs. John J. Rossi, USA (Ret) Email: email@example.com Meets at Fort Belvoir
Local Leader: CW3 & Mrs. Raymond Amparan, USA (Ret) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Day & Time: Tues at 1900 USDB Prison Ministry, Contact for info Additional Contact: LTC John A. Hardaway, USA (Ret)
Team Leader: COL John & Eva Haddick, USA (Ret) Email: email@example.com Home phone: 235.565.1223 Additional Info: Multiple studies in Fort Lewis and McChord AFB
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.
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.”
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.
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
Do you recall when someone spoke into your life and a vision was cast? Are you intentionally doing the same with those you serve?
Local Leader: COL John Rossi, USA (Ret) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Leader: COL John & Judy Rossi, USA (Ret) Email: email@example.com Day & Time: Tue 1930
Team Leader: COL John N. Demko, USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Multiple studies in the Fort Belvoir, West to Manassas and beltway areas.
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
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?