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A day in the life of OCF

[…]Dawn—all quenched by OCF’s conference center ministry—in many ways they’re coming home, not to drop anchor, but in service to Christ as the new director couples. As the transitioning takes place, learning the ropes of conference center management, there are also upcoming programs, speakers, and staff that need to be lined up now. It’s a long day as interim director Charlie Sturgis works through budget issues at Spring Canyon.    1700 For over twenty-two years Greg and Lucy Lane have served OCF on Council, in small groups at Fort Campbell, and in ROTC ministry. Greg’s leather Bible and Diet Coke […]

Finishing Strong, in Iraq and Life

[…]the troops’ work places, I heard them talk firsthand about how their individual roles were significant and how what they did contributed to the final mission of handing over the infrastructure to the Iraqi army. Our soldiers are professional, dedicated, strong, and compassionate. Yes, they looked forward to getting home to their families and lives on American soil. But in Iraq last summer, morale was upbeat-considering they still had to take cover when sirens sounded “incoming rocket fire” from insurgents. My view is our soldiers knew they were finishing strong because they understand what was started and what the ending […]

Waging Another War

[…]Man’s Battle, sexual purity is “when no sexual gratification comes from anyone or anything but your wife.”i God’s standard for sexual purity is straightforward, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity”(Ephesians 5:3). Once the books arrived, via donations from my church, I began a weekly study at the FOB chapel. With only about three months left in theater, I wanted to help the soldiers prepare to be able to meet their wives with pure hearts. We discussed the previous week’s reading assignment and corresponding questions from the book’s […]

My Early Christmas Gift

[…]much that He would sacrifice His one and only Son for us, we also give thanks to you for your sacrificial gift of service!  May the Lord put a shield of protection around you and your families. We pray that soon your homecoming comes amid shouts of jubilation and tears of joy! Blessings, David B. Warner Brigadier General, USAF, Retired Executive […]

Share this spiritual gift with your teen

[…]rock. I know better than that. Brian took up most of the tent. He claims I snore! Chilly morning, but not cold. Break camp, much laughter. Drove into town, had a hot breakfast at this mom-n-pop breakfast place, and we get a discount. We fill up most of one end of the restaurant. Delicious food. Hot coffee, good company. Boys are talking about whose father snores the loudest. Brian has biscuits and gravy. Next we drive to a swim site / hot-springs location and enjoy the sunshine. Who can dunk their father? The boys are having a blast; dads, too. […]

Therefore We Will Not Fear

[…]I pulled the candle out of my shirt and lighted it. We were ready to begin where we had left off, but I had one resolve to act on before I wrote another line. Crouched in that clothes locker, I was brought up short with the thought that I had not talked to those two new men about Jesus Christ and what He means to me. As I looked for an excuse, I could find only that I had been “just too busy,” I vowed then and there that the first thing I must do if I ever got out […]

Winter Sports Retreat #2

[…]them to serve; how to serve with physical, moral and spiritual courage; and how to be committed not only to their Lord, but also their Nation, through perseverance and wisdom. SPEAKER | BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID WARNER, USAF (RET.), Executive Director of Officers’ Christian […]

Further insights from Mike and Angie Moyles

[…]your last. Cancer or not, that might be the case. So maximize every minute. “Why me” is more difficult, but the answer is largely the same: faith, fitness, family. There are explanations—smoking, obesity, malnutrition, other clear links—in some cases. In my case, there’s no explanation. I was in the lowest risk group. But it didn’t matter. The key is to be ready to fight at any time. Be ready, every day, to fight for your life. …His wife, Angie…  I saw something in her that was different from many of my friends and other girls I had dated—clearly unique, having […]

Families should develop a support system

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Finding certainty in an uncertain world

[…]Are you resting comfortably in His hands? If you do, your face and countenance will show it. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (vv. 6–7). Guard your heart. Have you placed the cause of your uncertainty at the Lord’s feet? Are you thankful for where He has you and what He’s allowing you to experience? When you do this, the overwhelming sense of peace will pour […]

Ministry Snapshot

[…]Managing Editor From ROTC to Retiree, this is ‘OCF for a lifetime’ 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).   I. Time, […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: OCF small group fellowships

[…]They are also putting to feet the exhortation from a recent Bible study, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). Group leaders LT Flip and Christie Johnson opened Purpose Boutique, a women’s clothing store ministering to both local and global physical needs. The “how you shop can change a life” store features artisanal clothing and accessories created by impoverished women, produced by companies who educate and help them earn livable wages. A portion of the shop’s net proceeds is donated to charities helping women and children escape human trafficking. The boutique also hosted […]
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Time, Talent, Treasure: Retirees

[…]commissioned me too-forty years ago.” Retreats, conference center ministry: so much of the life-changing transformation occurring through OCF for a lifetime sits squarely the acreage of its two conference centers, where the living water of Jesus Christ is continually poured into others’ lives. As with so many others over the years, both Jeff Silliman and Joe Orosz and their families drank deeply from the conference centers’ spiritual well of programs and events. Serving in many OCF capacities along the way, both are co-labors with other committee members on OCF’s Growing and Building capital campaign-each member generously giving of time, talents […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: ROTC

[…]to make His name known—even with late nights (and the grocery bills)!    Why OCF? Wiseman: If not for my association with fellow believers networked with OCF, I don’t think I would have come to the place I needed to be in my spiritual development to find my wife, and then lead and guide my family through the challenges of a military career over the years. OCF formed a foundation that remained constant no matter what my location or circumstances – connecting us with other believers striving for excellence in service to our nation and our Lord.  And the conference […]

Part of an amazing lineage

[…]to his Lord and his nation in October 1970.  What we celebrated was not 1LT Jon Shine’s death, but his life. For in his last moments on this earth, his thoughts were on his comrades in arms and on his Savior, ensuring that his life, through his last breath, was focused on extending the lineage of Christ! Shortly after his death, Jon Shine’s brother, Al, and his wife, Sandra, named their young son Jonathan Anthony Shine. Now, LTC Jonathan Shine, one week after the dedication, assumed battalion command at Fort Bliss. LTC Shine is constantly aware of his lineage. He […]

Speak my language

[…]13:4 tells us, “Love is patient, love is kind.” But what feels very kind to one person may not even be noticed by another. Dr. Chapman, a pastor, author and marriage counselor, has identified five basic love languages with which we communicate love: Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. When one discovers which expression speaks the most clearly to both oneself and one’s spouse, it’s far easier to keep love alive in the marriage. Otherwise, misunderstandings and resentment can easily grow. Now we know that Rob’s love language is Acts of Service, which […]

God, are you with me?

[…]or from the suburbs of Philadelphia. Fatigue was put aside and the seriousness of regiment was lifted for a moment. And then the last envelope was casually raised in the air. The Soldier’s name was called. His envelope was different. It was specially sealed and stamped “damaged”—an acknowledgement and an apology from the United States Postal Service. Folded awkwardly, the letter was stained with fingerprints and ink spots, but its importance was preserved in the sealed clear plastic bag. The battered and bruised envelope had begun its journey from home too long ago. Only today, days before Christmas, did it […]

How does the Lord see you?

[…]you and me so deeply that “he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Once we grapple with and ultimately grasp that eternal truth, we begin to realize He calls us to serve Him, going where no man or woman has gone before in His power, to reach out to others with encouragement and engage in their lives. One of my favorite stories of obedient servants boldly stepping forward to answer God’s call to serve is the biblical account of the prophet Isaiah. He accepted the Lord’s […]

Members: Cast your vote now for OCF Council

[…]magazine) and voting password (your ZIP code). Vote for as many as five candidates. Members who cannot/prefer not to vote online can contact Susan Wallis at the OCF home office for a hard copy ballot: (800) 424-1984 or [email protected] Read more about each candidate below (listed in alphabetical order), or click here if you are ready to vote.   LtCol Hezekiah Barge, USMC  Education: Florida A&M, 1991, BS Computer Info Sys; Naval Postgraduate School, 2003, MS Info Sys Present assignment: Headquarters Marine Corps, The Pentagon.  Ministry involvement: OCF member since 1997, OCF Council, small group leader, West Coast POC; men’s […]

From Mid to Married to Mom

[…]the arduous training without any major injuries or setbacks. I couldn’t be prouder of him! But with that joy comes the burden of my heart—what if I lose him? While I do trust his abilities and training, it’s much more important that I trust God through this—His plan for our lives.  It doesn’t mean I won’t struggle with fear. A prayer poem I wrote from searching the Bible for God’s truth and promises helps me stay focused on Him concerning my husband. It’s only in Him that we truly have nothing to fear.   Dear God, I come to you […]

The Wounded Healer

[…]1:8). But in the Lord’s hands, the pain served to teach Paul that it “happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” And out of Paul’s period of despair came this rich fodder of biblical truth, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Sometimes suffering occurs from our own sin. King David’s iniquities of adultery and murder reaped generations of violence and betrayal in his family (2 Samuel 12:10). But after David came face-to-face with his scarred, miserable nature and repented, he penned marvelous words of God’s mercy that […]

The Five Myths of Mortgaged Rental Property

[…]to the bank rather than your pocket.  And it’s important to remember—a paid-off property cannot be foreclosed on if your financial situation changes unexpectedly. As financial expert Dave Ramsey says “100 percent of foreclosures happen to people with mortgages.”  Myth #4: I can depreciate my rental property and take a tax deduction You can deduct the “depreciation” of your house every year on your taxes. However, when you sell it you will also have to pay some of that back to the IRS because it now counts as income, costing a homeowner more than $10,000 in taxes after the sale […]

Do you have a PCS sponsor—to heaven?

[…]crucified is rock solid to us as well 2,000 years later, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3). This Savior and Lord—our “sponsor” in this life and as we PCS into the next—will one day stand to welcome and greet us at death before the Commander in Chief of […]

The Lord—your refuge in a high optempo

[…]you to take the opportunity to attend one of our OCF conference centers or an OCF retreat. But even if it’s just for a few moments each day, even in the midst of a high operational tempo, seek a few minutes each day with the Lord by planning quiet time into your schedule. If you take time to be still before Him, He will speak to you. 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 […]

With the Love of a Clanging Cymbal

[…]drew me to the first verse of that chapter, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1). Clanging cymbal—that was a perfect description of my actions as I “clanged” away about a friend’s moral failure without any concern for the how or why. I had no love for him, and it was the one thing that, unfortunately, came through loud and clear. I wanted to show I was morally superior—I knew right from wrong while he didn’t. He was […]

What you do and how you lead does matter

[…]its adherents to give “100 percent and then some.” In your professional and spiritual life, you must not waver; you must wholly commit, completely surrender, “go all in.” Do the right thing at all times—“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?” At the same time you’re being bold, be humble. Peters challenges us to act with gentleness, with a settled confidence in our souls. 2 Timothy 2:16 reminds us of the futility of getting sucked into stupid arguments. Our military training emphasizes the importance of the TEAM—battle buddies, the man or woman on our […]

Will you embrace the Christ of Christmas?

[…]nativity scenes and all the Christmas season trappings will be packed away into storage for another year. But the unopened package—the Christ of Christmas—remains for the taking, offering lasting hope and future beyond our often dreary, heart-breaking world. Finding peace with God:   Tell God you are sorry for your sins and that you are willing to have Him change your way of living. Ask Jesus to be your Savior and Lord. The Officers’ Christian Fellowship statement of faith serves as a simple, yet eternally profound prayer to use: Inasmuch as I am a sinner and deserve the wrath of God, and since Jesus Christ died […]