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Strong to the Finish

[…]how much I actually knew –not how well I could study for an exam. Tests weren’t unfamiliar to James, who writes, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3). When things are at their worst, the one with perseverance is at his or her best. Perseverance reveals itself in one more day of responsibility, one more week of faithfulness, and one more deployment. But if you’ve ever asked, “How long?” you’re in good company. This question was asked more than 50 times […]

Louisiana – Barksdale AFB

Local Leader: Kevin James Email: [email protected] Day & Time: We are blessed to enjoy a senior officer fellowship on a Sunday evening once a month. We share a meal, a short study, and a time of prayer. We rotate to meet in each other’s homes. Our focus is encouraging each other, growing in Christ, and praying for the base. Please contact me for location and other […]

What Are You Reading?

by Col James R. Downey, USAFR (Ret.) When I was on the faculty of the Army War College one of my favorite questions to ask of visiting senior leaders, especially general officers, was “What are you reading right now?” That open-ended inquiry was usually quite telling as to how engaged those leaders were in their own continuing growth and professional development. Those who said they were too busy to read had let the tyranny of the urgent capture them. The ones who were engaged impressed me with the breadth and depth of what they were reading. Some even suggested that […]

Undivided Heart

[…]ways and walk in His truth. Is it possible to discern right judgment without knowing the truth? James 1:8 says: A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Surely, as Christian leaders, our desire is to show compassion with an undivided heart–one that rightly discerns truth with reverence and awe of the Lord. As you read the Bible, and especially as you contemplate Psalm 86:11, consider these simple action points: Discern truth–notice what character qualities Scripture reveals about God. Determine to act according to revealed truth. Be sensitive to what the Lord is teaching. Practice putting God’s plan into […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: OCF small group fellowships

[…]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 a study of The Purpose Driven Life in […]
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The Space Between

[…]cultural, age or religion. This reminds me of the Engel Scale: “The Engel Scale was developed by James F. Engel as a way of representing the journey from no knowledge of God through to spiritual maturity as a Christian believer. The model is used by some Christians to emphasize the process of conversion, and the various decision-making steps that a person goes through before they become a Christian.” (A. Scott Moreau, Harold A. Netland, Charles Edward van Engen, David Burnett Evangelical Dictionary of World Mission, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engel_Scale) In my first active duty unit, the 68th Corps Support Battalion at Ft. Carson, […]

The Chaplain’s Role

by CH (CPT) Dell Harlow-Curtis, USA While in garrison or stateside, it is easy for chaplains to plan Bible studies, chapel services, weddings, etc. The location and the soldiers are all in abundance. While deployed to downtown Baghdad, however, with a very active Infantry Unit you can’t get them all together at one time. Patrols go out on the hour. Thirty plus soldiers go “outside the wire” on one shift while the other soldiers are sleeping. Because of the patrol rotations, a chaplain may find himself preaching at multiple services to accommodate his soldiers. This is the life of a […]

Soldiers of Faith: Washington

[…]to his exact specification, thus ensuring his men could survive the winter weather. Army Surgeon James Thacher wrote, the commander-in-chief, ” . . . whom every soldier venerates and loves, manifests a fatherly concern and fellow feeling for their sufferings, and has made every exertion in his power to remedy the evil, and to administer the much-desired relief . . . In this darkening hour of adversity, any man who possesses less firmness than Washington, would despair of our independence.” Washington’s firmness at Valley Forge paid off. His character impressed all who came in contact with him. To the distinguished […]

Will you embrace the Christ of Christmas?

[…]of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life, Jesus of Nazareth.” (Dr. James Allan, ©1926)   What often comes across as merely Christmas card captions are there for the quick reading in our holiday mail: “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Or: “He came to pay a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.” But while even many non-Christians can tolerate a cute little baby in a manger, it’s when Jesus gets out of his crude crib and grows up that the deaf ear becomes turned. It’s not that He just merely talks […]

Leadership Moments: Are You Leading?

[…](1 Peter 2:23) How effectively do you take the spiritual high road when resolving conflicts? (James 1:20, Proverbs 15:1) When project goals are seemingly being thwarted, do you entertain the idea that God can also work through this opposition? (Romans 8:28, Acts 8:1)   More leadership articles on the website Courageous Command: Beyond Battlefield Boldness Lessons in Leadership…from a Squadron Janitor Leadership […]

Leadership Came Naturally

[…]He was, in a phrase, “…quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…” (James 1:19). He was genuine. He wore his faith naturally, without shame or pretense. It was a natural part of him. He didn’t make a point of stressing it. If you got to know him, you experienced his contagious faith. He was “…always prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (I Peter 3:15). Moreover, he was smart enough to know his leadership success depended on people liking and respecting him, and […]

For All Leaders

[…]should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Don’t miss out on this indispensable asset for your kit bag. We all need it! Make quiet reflection alone each day a priority. It allows you time to think, pray, read the Bible, and hear God speaking to you. Leadership requires time to think and plan. Your command is part of your ministry. Discipline yourself to have quiet times each day, no matter how busy you are. Be competent in your profession and give God the glory. David, one of […]

Follow Me

[…]Jesus redefined leadership for His disciples. This redefinition came on the heels of a request by James and John to be seated on the right and left of Jesus in Heaven. Upon hearing of the brothers’ request, the other disciples became upset and began to quarrel. Jesus gathered them and said, “…’whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all'” (Mark 10:44 RSV). Serve others if you want to lead. This new concept was hard to swallow then and still is today, because of the self-focused tendency […]
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