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The Jungles of War

[…]nothing was resolved. Try as I might, I couldn’t make sense of my calling, my feelings, my day-to-day actions as a front line infantry officer. In June of 1966 this came to a head as we were briefed on an upcoming operation that threatened a large number of casualties on both sides. I went to the Lord the night before we were to land on top of a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regiment. I insisted before the Lord that I had to know what to pray for regarding the enemy. I had no problem praying for my men, for myself […]

TTP – Competition

[…]thy neighbor as thyself?” I learned a very useful technique for achieving this balance in Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. Early in the course, the staff sergeant in charge, our “Sergeant Instructor,” sat us down for instruction on the roles and missions of the various military services. We were expecting a presentation praising the Marine Corps and putting down the rest of DOD. Instead, our Sergeant Instructor presented the different services this way, “The United States Air Force is the premiere air force in the entire world. They rule the sky and are the very definition of air superiority. The […]

A day in the life of OCF

[…]Outreach, and Aaron and Joyce Zook, Fort Hood and South Texas. Nearly a half-million combined on-base personnel, two OCF couples, one awesome God. That is the OCF Centers of Mass ministry of the Simpsons and the Zooks. Aaron and Joyce’s 0700 hour finds them seeking the Lord together in prayer, while Larry is already mentoring an officer and Bobbie is making an hour-long drive to lead a women’s Bible study. Mike Tesdahl is also on the road, heading for an OCF dinner at another installation.  In Colorado, General Warner has an appointment with the King of the Universe, seeking Him […]

Keesler Air Force Base

Local Leader: Dan and Hope Blankenship Cell: 228-806-7011 (Dan) or 907-240-4954 (Hope) Email: [email protected]oftheking.com, [email protected]oftheking.com, Military Leadership Group: 3rd Thursday of  each Month @ 1100 on KAFB. Men’s Breakfast: Wednesdays @ 6am at Church of the King (COTK) Biloxi Campus (920 Cedar Lake Road Biloxi, MS). Women’s Group: Wednesdays @ 6pm at COTK Biloxi […]

Vance Air Force Base

Hospitality Home: Maj Howard Deunk, USAF, (Ret) Email: [email protected]  Phone: (580) 234-2502 Additional Information:  Can provide an overnight stay AND a meal.  Two guest rooms with a double bed in each (i.e., 2 couples) and 4 couches that can accommodate one person […]

Scott Air Force Base

Local Leader: Capt Suzanna Palmer, USAF. Email: [email protected] Phone: (321) 271-0343 Date & Time: 1st Sunday of the Month at 1100 CST. We host a fellowship brunch at Golden Oak Pancake House, 4519 N Illinois St, Swansea, IL 62226. Cadets, Reserve, Guard, Retired, Active Duty, Military Supporters, and Allies, all are welcome! We meet to encourage one another in the Great Mission that Christ has commissioned while serving our country. Come join […]

Holloman Air Force Base

Local Leader: Aaron and Nicole Peters, Email: [email protected], Phone: (618) 698-9350, Day and Time: Wednesday, 6-8 PM. We start with fellowship over dinner at our house and then go into our Bible study. No study books or materials needed, just your Bible! If you need one, we will provide one. Our home is open to all, including kids, although we have two sweet […]

Six Generations: 3

[…]a small chapel on the base. He was soon reassigned to Europe and found himself in a Germany-based artillery unit bound for Bosnia with another Army unit. He soon was encouraged by some of his soldiers to start a Promise Keepers Bible study and found himself ministering to a diverse group of men from all races, religious affiliations, and backgrounds, all desirous of learning about and walking close to Christ. They started calling themselves the “Men of Integrity.” Timothy eventually led this group of men on a spiritual journey to Washington, D.C., during the Promise Keepers’ “Stand in the Gap” […]

Interview with Chaplain Beach

[…]This is not restrictive; it opens doors to witness! Military authority at its best is supportive of expressions of faith. Here’s an example of the chaplain fulfilling his military staff role. A sailor sent notice to the command paper of his religious group meeting. He was holding meetings in his home. The commander was furious that a cult operated on his base, and he contemplated official action. Before he took action against the sailor, however, he asked the advice of his chaplain. Here is what the chaplain did: First, he reminded the commander that, as in our larger society, a […]

Leadership Excellence

[…]tours, from platoon and company command during two tours of duty in Vietnam to Commander of all Marine Forces in the Pacific. Among other posts, his staff assignments included duty at the Naval Academy, in the military office at the White House and at Headquarters, Marine Corps. He retired after serving as the 31st commandant of the Marine Corps from 1995 to […]

Fervent Desire for Peace

[…]during the Second World War. Its muscular build and vicious blade elicit images of fierce hand-to-hand combat. My father served nearly three decades in the Marine Corps, enlisting in 1946 at the age of seventeen. He stood in awe of the veterans he met who were well acquainted with the kabar. In time he possessed his own, and it accompanied him to subsequent wars. Since his retirement, he gave himself over to more peaceful pursuits. In his seventies today, he still manages a sizeable garden; but when he first retired, he oversaw a veritable farm. He had rakes and hoes, […]

Members: Cast your vote now for OCF Council

[…]leader, West Coast POC; men’s ministry, The Navigators, National Naval Officer Assoc., Montford Point Marine Assoc.  Personal testimony: Growing up under a pastor who highly encouraged youth to participate in every aspect of the church allowed me to grow in the knowledge of Christ at a young age and see my need for Him as my Savior. I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life at 13 years old.  What is the biggest challenge you see currently facing OCF right now? How OCF will continue to accomplish its mission in a military culture that has significantly changed since […]

Six Generations: 1

[…]basis. Hank, a middle-aged man when Jon’s brother, Al, met him as a cadet half-a-decade earlier, loved cadets and loved sharing his faith with them. As cadets would come and go to the field house for various athletic events and team practice for track and other sports, Hank would “catch” them individually, either in the locker room or on the field house floor. He would gently but firmly inquire as to the beliefs of each cadet he would meet. Some would be annoyed and ignore Hank. Others were interested and listened to his stories. A few would even want the […]

Support Your Chaplain

[…]life through Jesus Christ.” It is possible to support your chaplain while attending an off-base church. At the same time, it is also possible to attend a chapel every Sunday and do absolutely nothing to support your chaplain or the chapel ministry. We encourage you, as a participant in OCF, to consider carefully and prayerfully how you can be an active member of the chapel congregation at your base, post, camp, or ship. Also consider how you can support your unit chaplain’s ministry such as Bible studies or fellowship activities on the flight-line, in the ward room, or in the […]

Do you have a PCS sponsor—to heaven?

[…]of saints. Today is the time to make sure Jesus is your spiritual sponsor for that coming day.   Marine Corps: As a sponsor…you provide initial important contact [and] first impression of our unit. Jesus provides the connection between God and us, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). Navy: Meet incoming Sailors/families…Remember the feelings and confusion experienced as a new arrival. Jesus knows our weaknesses, feelings, and fears, “For we do not have a […]

Professional Perspectives for Senior Officers

[…]hold senior positions in the U. S. Armed Forces will never have a neutral effect on their comrades-in-arms. Will your influence be godly, or will it be tainted by the values of this darkening world? The priorities of two senior officers A senior commander who was involved in significant and direct spiritual leadership responded to a question on how he found time for such involvement when others in similar positions said they didn’t have time: “You do those things that you want to do.” A senior officer leading a front-line unit in combat who met regularly with others for Bible […]
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The Role of the Chaplain

[…]them to do. The chaplains, however, do not have to lead or participate in these worship services of non-Christians. If you are a commander, do not assign your chaplains to lead worship in situations incompatible with their faith perspectives. Finally, you should not expect your chaplains to always agree with you. They have been taught to let you know when they discern something is wrong. If you shoot the messenger, you will likely find a shortage of messengers in the future. At the same time, you should expect your chaplains to voice their disagreement to you privately, not in the […]

Preparing for Active Duty

[…]role models, wonderful fellowship and worship, solid Bible study and prayer times, meaningful one-on-one discipleship, inspiring retreats at Spring Canyon, strong Christian relationships, great food, and Rocky Mountain High. Clearly, these cadets had a great first experience with OCF! Then I asked them the same two questions I ask each new class of students at Maxwell: 1) What would happen if every flight commander, every squadron commander, every wing commander were “on fire” for the Lord Jesus? What would your Air Force look like? 2) How are you going to make a Kingdom difference during your career? OCF can be […]

Twentynine Palms

Contact: LtCol Steve & Mrs. Abby Haack, USMC Email: [email protected] Phone: (757) 472-8700 OCF contacts, Steve & Abby, are available to provide local information. We have been 29 Palms residents since January 2022, and we live aboard base in the Ocotillo Heights housing neighborhood. We currently host a small group every other Sunday afternoon (4pm) at our house, and we are also active in the growing Base Chapel Ministry: Sunday mornings, Tuesday Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF), and Wednesday evening “Refuel” ministry. Please contact us so we can help introduce you to the Christian community here on base and out here in the […]

With the Love of a Clanging Cymbal

[…]was getting a divorce in the first place. His response included a detailing of his wife’s two one-night-stands, the second one resulting in a pregnancy with baby due any day.   My self-righteousness abated and my soul began to ache at the realization of my sin, completely jumping to conclusions when I didn’t have all the facts.  Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of India who championed nonviolent civil disobedience, is quoted as saying, “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians.” His problem with the Christian faith isn’t Jesus Christ—it is us. I proved Gandhi right that afternoon with […]

Operation Iraqi Freedom

[…]supported them the best way we could–in prayer. It really meant a lot to me to see the picture of a group of people–arms around each other–gathered in prayer. God really is everywhere. How amazing to meet in a chapel on a multinational base in Saudi Arabia to celebrate Easter, play Australian songs in a praise band led by a Scotsman, hear the sermon from an American while sitting next to a Brit, and write about it from Japan to friends in Colorado. It was the beginning of some lasting friendships within the body of Christ, and that is why […]

Woodbridge, VA

[…]We are able to provide overnight accommodations for single service members and families of 4-5. Our home is suitable for all ages, including infants. Please note our household includes a small dog. We are located near Fort Belvoir, Quantico, and other government offices in Northern […]

Service Separations

[…]meals. When there’s just you and the kids, go simpler still. Fortunately most kids enjoy the easy-to-fix items. Forget about the china–use paper plates! Cut housekeeping to a minimum. If you leave the beds unmade to take the crew to the zoo or on a picnic, who’s to know or care?   Turning the Inevitable to an Asset If God has led your husband to a career in the military, separations will inevitably be a part of it. But they don’t have to be destructive to your marriage, in fact, there is a sense in which they can be actually […]

Six Generations: 2

[…]in low voices how they should handle the enemy force. A typical tactic for this kind of contact was to pull back a safe distance and call in artillery, helicopter gunships, and jets to unload their ordnance on the unsuspecting enemy. Jon Shine’s small force could certainly count on the help of their higher headquarters’ arsenal to cover their actions. Another possibility was a frontal assault, achieving shock action and hopefully a quick, decisive victory, but a very risky venture with high probability of casualties. A third course of action involved an aggressive attack on their flank, thereby gaining some […]

Christian Leadership for the Junior Officer

[…]you will be pressured to make a quick decision. Be aware that most decisions you make are not life-or-death. In other words, whenever possible, take a little bit of time before making important decisions. The Bible is full of leaders such as Nebuchadnezzar and Herod who later regretted making hasty, bad decisions. At the same time, don’t labor over minor decisions. Be assertive. But do not allow yourself to be pressured. Ask questions until you are satisfied and confident of your choice. Sharing Your Faith. This is a sensitive area. Once you have earned the respect of your leaders, colleagues, […]

Staying Up Late

[…]I could sense the soldier didn’t quite know how to react to that statement. Then he said matter-of-factly, “Yeah, but sir, we stay up so you don’t have to.” I smiled and clapped my hand onto his armor-vest protected shoulder. “I know buddy,” I replied, “but it never hurts to get a visit of encouragement, right?” “You bet, chaps,” he said, obviously appreciative of the company. “It’s always good to see you.” For the next fifteen minutes, these two soldiers and I (there are always two on duty at night at each tower) talked about a myriad of things. I […]

The Space Between

[…]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, Colorado, the space was shortened by several things. The Lord let me lead a family conference, which helped people get closer to each other and to Christ. Provider and Prussman Chapels were where the Lord […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: ROTC

[…]truth meant to be spilled over into others.  Reaching future generations for Christ in the ripe-for-harvest mission field of college ROTC is where Rob and Chandra Enos and Tim and Penny Wiseman have taken the fruit of their respective conference center ministry experiences in service. Rob and Chandra are at Virginia Tech while Tim and Penny are at East Carolina University in North Carolina..  For Chandra Enos who “grew up OCF,” her Howard “Foot” and Louise Ingersoll parents sought out OCF small group fellowships at each new assignment,  and the family forged “fond memories” from their vacations at both conference […]

Ministry Snapshot

[…]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, Talent, Treasure: Academies Exceptionally demanding—that is the four-year journey through one of our […]

What you do and how you lead does matter

[…]to the OCF Class of 2012! We who have gone before welcome you to the profession of arms and the start of your great race the Lord has set before you. Crossing the threshold, you now carry two commissions simultaneously: one conferred on you from our Commander in Chief and one from the King of kings.    You are now a Christian officer. Notice that “Christian” is in the adjectival position; your Christianity is preeminent and modifies, shapes everything else you do. As you launch out on your race, you can be comforted by some sage advice from the apostles.  […]

Impact Your Military Community!

[…]few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest'” (Matt. 9:37-38 RSV). A base theater is jammed with 252 people to hear Christian rock bands Damask Rose and Joy Electric. The bands use their musical talents to deliver the gospel. The crowd includes soldiers (officers & enlisted) and family members, half of whom are not believers. During the intermission, a chaplain takes the stage, presents the Gospel and offers an invitation to accept Jesus. Meanwhile, fifteen volunteers from Fort Stewart’s Vale Chapel perform an array of “duties” in support of the event — everything […]

What Are Parents to Do?

[…]his experience–and how he, too, had placed his faith in God. And it was only with a small twinge of disappointment, but also enormous satisfaction in the way we raised him, to hear him say he “wouldn’t mind going back again.” He did not feel himself a hero, but humbly took satisfaction in doing his duty and helping the people, whom he came to love. ‘Because He loves me’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: OCF small group fellowships

[…]to others in the ocean depths, opportunities abound as well once back on dry land. Up in the often-overcast Pacific Northwest, Naval Base Kitsap OCF is a single snapshot of all the other OCF small groups whose military, civilian and family member attendees balance their ever changing, demanding schedules and constant deployments by regularly meeting for Bible study, and often times, meals. These OCF small groups often instantly become both family and lifeline to the attendees. And when emergencies arise, the small group members often rally together to provide meals, take care of children, and provide comfort and encouragement through […]
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Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station

[…](724) 561-5498, Day & Time: 2 studies – Wed noon and Thur noon, Wednesday Bible study in the Base Chapel – Chaplain Torrey Johnson leads. Bring your own lunch. Thursday Women’s Bible Study in the Base Chapel with Miroslava as the leader. Bring your own […]

Lake Ridge, VA

[…]about 20 minutes from Ft. Belvoir and about 30-45 minutes from Washington DC (the Pentagon, Joint Base Myer/Henderson Hall, Ft. McNair, Joint Base Anacostia/Bolling, and the Washington Navy Yard). We can provide an overnight stay AND a meal for up to 5 guests. We have three bedrooms available (2 queen beds and one single), plus an air mattress and couches to accommodate even more guests. Parking is available in the driveway. No pets, […]

Wahiawa, Hawaii

[…]would love to host you for a meal and an overnight stay! We live in base housing on a small Naval base in the center of Oahu, about 40 minutes from Pearl Harbor, 15 minutes from Schofield, and 15 minutes from the North Shore. Depending on timing, we can provide transportation for up to three […]

Ways to Give

[…]please contact me. Thank you very much for your support of and interest in the ministries of Officers’ Christian Fellowship. It is vital to the continuation of the work that the Lord has given all of us. To get started on one of these options today, or for more information, please contact me at […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: Retirees

[…]Bible studies-and an occasional home cooked meal- while also mentoring cadets and midshipmen one-on-one. Gwynn Vaughn first heard of OCF while attending the Army-Navy banquet, and later led Bible studies as a West Point cadet, attended OCU conferences, and was at Spring Canyon’s first-ever summer camp season in 1962. The Vaughns also serve as Spring Canyon Advisory Council members. Feeling “especially burdened for those in the military, ” over the years the Vaughns led chapel Bible studies, mentored couples and ministered to West Point cadets. “Both of us came from chapel-going families, but neither one of us really heard about […]

Leadership Came Naturally

[…]to salute anything that moved, and I was still in that mode. I’d developed a certain fear of officers, some of whom were certainly deserving of such fear. Not Tom. It was Tom Hemingway that I met, not LIEUTENANT Hemingway. I wanted to know why a robust, confident and clearly capable person like Tom chose to hang out at a Christian bookstore on a Saturday afternoon. Weren’t there more interesting things to do? When he told me the bookstore was an interesting place for a committed Christian I wanted to know more about that too. He had a magnetic personality […]

Why We Serve

[…]are all doing something that is not only “useful,” but critical to our Lord and nation. None of us are “stealing” but I hope none of us are robbing God as described in Malachi 3:8. The principle here is to not only serve and work in our military and for your present or future family, but to work so you can share with God’s larger family. That family resides in your local church or chapel, in your OCF family, and with those whom the Lord loves but do not know Him. We serve our Lord by serving our nation, our […]

OCF and Leadership

[…]from day one that the mission of the Military Academy is “To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character…” (italics added). The other U.S. service academies have similar missions. Lieutenants and ensigns from every commissioning source are primed to hit the ground running as leaders of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, or coastguardsmen. Every job that every commissioned officer does is a leadership position. True, some officers want to be technicians and hide from responsibility, but the fact is that they are all commissioned to lead. From platoon leader to […]

TTP – Platoon Leader

[…]I pay attention to their problems. I train them hard and make sure they get time off (which is amazingly hard to do in the MP Corps today!). My safety briefs for the weekend include abstinence as the best option. People know where I am on Sunday. I volunteer with the Chapel Youth program in my free time. I give God credit for good things that happen in my life and express faith in Him when things go downhill. I make sure my life leaves no room for the “Sunday Christian” comment. I am always ready with an explanation of […]

The Line Officer and the Chaplain

[…]in professional development classes and counseling sessions, in front-line combat, or in the day-to-day routines of office work — non-believers and Christians work together with the common goal of contributing to the security of our nation. The close relationships that grow out of these situations may offer opportunities for Christians to share spiritual truth. Many times they have been used by the Holy Spirit to draw people to Christ. Nonbelievers think of the chaplain as one who is “paid to talk about Christ.” They usually don’t perceive the Christian line officer as a “professional” Christian. For this reason, your testimony […]

How Should a Christian Live?

[…]to DO about it? Don’t ever quit questioning, and don’t ever quit demanding answers. The binge-and-bust phenomenon is often a manifestation of emotional struggle, experimenting to figure out what works for you and where you fit in. It’s a common and natural part of growing up. The Bible teaches us that there is a much broader range of conduct that is permissible (not sinful) than the range of things that are beneficial to us. It also teaches moderation. Just about anything to excess can be destructive. Most of the instructions on right conduct in the Bible are principles, not laws. […]

Spiritual Battle Plans

[…]His message of reconciliation to the world (2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Philippians 3:20, Matthew 28:18-20). One facet of godly ambassadorship and of message carrying is godly living. Living a God-honoring life is even more difficult when separated from one’s normal Christian “life-support” structure: Sunday School, Chapel/Church, a weekly Bible study, a weekly or daily accountability partner, and so on. I didn’t fully realize what a difference these events made in my personal walk with the Lord until I went nearly four months in Iraq without them. I had only occasional, encouraging phone calls to family and to my Christian brother, Jonathan […]

Whose Arm Doth Reach

[…]to each of us prior to deploying, so that they could be dispensed regularly even when he was out of contact…. When my dad finally did come home each year…he made us his priority—soccer games, dance classes, piano recitals—he was there…. He seemed remarkably equipped to return from long absences and reestablish immediacy in his relationships with us, to affirm us, to amuse us, to hold us accountable, and to talk us down from ledges. Perhaps his intuitive, highly verbal way of relating to us was thrust upon him, being surrounded with daughters… Whatever the source of my father’s knack […]

Grand Forks AFB, ND

[…][email protected], Shelley: [email protected]). Phone: (Ben: 253-778-2550, Shelley: 253-778-2551). Additional Information: 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1700-1900. My wife and I will be hosting a 6-part study on “The Concept of ‘Calling’ and its Relevance to the Military Professional” with a focus on military families. Base access is required, as we are hosting this study in our home. In order to support the desired family demographic, we will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, will be offering dinner from 1700-1800, then shifting to a focused discussion from 1800-1900. Both time slots are of course flexible, but we’re aiming to keep […]

Soldiers of Faith: Washington

[…]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 character of a Patriot, he […]

For All Leaders

[…]are. Be competent in your profession and give God the glory. David, one of the greatest warrior-leaders of all time, provides us an outstanding example in Psalm 144:1, “Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.” David demonstrated excellence as a warrior and glorified God in the process. Let those you lead know early on that you are a Christian. You can do this in several ways. Symbols in your office can reflect your faith, but your words and actions will make your Christian character evident to all over time. Expect […]

My Early Christmas Gift

[…]to adequately thank you, and not enough money to compensate you for the gift you provide each one of us…a blanket of freedom in which we can worship our Heavenly Father and the birth of His Son! During this season of giving and celebration, we say a prayer of thanksgiving for you and your families and praise the Lord for men and women like you who have willingly answered the call to serve our nation and our Lord.  As we give thanks to our Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He would sacrifice His one and only Son […]

Spiritual Success

[…] only person to whom a soldier or sailor will listen to about Christ. Be the “aroma of Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14-6). Never do anything to cover up that aroma in an effort not to offend anyone. Ultimately, you will be the fragrance of life to those who are being saved. Develop healthy relationships. Seek out like-minded Christians and participate in a chapel, a church congregation, a Bible study, or para-church organization. Read the Bible and pray daily if possible. Do it like Physical Training. Find a prayer partner to get with every week. When you are given the opportunity […]

TTP – Vision and Leadership

[…]“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’.” That is the foundation of integrity-say what we mean, mean what we say, and do the right thing even when no one is watching. From verse 13 of chapter 15 of John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” That illustrates service before self for all time. We pledge to lay down our lives for our friends, our nation. That’s what we do. In addition, according to Paul in his epistle to the church at Ephesus, chapter […]

Waging Another War

[…]integrity for men. Every Man’s Battle, the men’s study book I chose to use, promotes Bible-based abstinence through God’s word: no pornography, adultery, sex outside of marriage, or masturbation.  The battle of sexual integrity is won only by achieving sexual purity. As defined in Every 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 […]

We Honor Them

[…]the Honor Guard moved to lift each case. At this time the Commander and I saluted (ceremoniously-a slow, three-second move) as they moved the case to the open doors of the hearse. We did this for each soldier being honored. Then one last salute as the hearse started to drive away. We all then followed, in step, the slow moving hearses back towards the morgue where they will process the soldiers’ remains for transport home to their final resting places. Further, when the cases arrive and depart the morgue, all the morgue workers come outside to stand at attention and […]

What’s Your Altitude

[…]month I had the unique opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a C130 as it took off and flew out of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. When the plane was making its climb over the mountains, I heard a female voice say, “Altitude. Altitude.” Pilots know that this is a warning they are starting to get too close to the ground. When the voice warns them, they respond accordingly. Followers of Jesus Christ need to listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice when it warns us, “Altitude. Altitude.” But as Christ’s followers, this is not a warning we are getting […]

Was it Failure or Success?

[…]when credit is due and hold up the godly standards on which this nation was built. You get my point. When credit is due, glorify Him. In spite of our flux and failures, He can use us. Don’t be afraid to approach Him or feel unworthy of His use. He uses committed believers and Christian leaders to achieve the kingdom work of drawing others to Him. “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” In the face of failure, Simon did not give up. His was not a blind faith. He trusted Jesus for the things he […]

The Five Myths of Mortgaged Rental Property

[…]that will go 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 […]

What is Required of Me?

[…]the author identifies four kinds of Christians that caused him to recoil from the faith: “In-your-face” Christians-inopportune, uninvited “drive-by shoutings” “Greeting card” Christians-shallow, simple-minded clichés “Holier-than-thou” Christians-smug, self-righteous, better than others “Cosmetic” Christians-skin-deep faith, no change in behavior, attitudes He then defines a fifth: the Christians who had the biggest impact on him and were a factor in his journey to know the Lord were the “Costly Christians” who lived their lives in a way that demonstrated their faith without regard to the personal costs.[iv] Should we evangelize throughout the military society? The answer is absolutely yes, but when and […]

First Bible Studies

[…]the local fellowship “on board” with what you are seeking to do at your installation. Because of the above point, this study is a great introduction for your group to have a follow-on Pray, Discover, and Obey (also see the Pray, Discover and obey Leader’s guide). The obvious next step would be to schedule a “Pray and Obey” where you would draw aside for a “season” of prayer to ask God to show you how He sees your installation (the walls of Jerusalem), and in prayer, discern His leading as you progress from a concern for others in the military, to […]

Getting Intentional in Your Marriage

[…]the dialogue box-and keep it open Seek to understand your wife or husband’s need, goal, or point of view Commit to caring for the other’s concerns Catch, pray for, and cooperate with God’s vision Serve each other with proper motives Following an interactive session, a young spouse asked us, “So how do you grow together spiritually?” Our response was to start with these basics of good communication: Routine spiritual pulse check. Safeguard from serving on an empty tank. Weekly calendar merge. Share, know, and be involved with what each other is doing. Inquire about what your husband or wife is […]

How does the Lord see you?

[…]gun turret about issues at home, or ensuring a family is being cared for during a deployment. The officer’s point—feeling God’s pleasure wherever He’s called us to serve—resonated with me years ago during a conversation I had with the pastor who performed my daughter’s wedding. I loved his response to my question of when he felt the calling to go into the ministry, “I was first called to be a godly man; then I prayed for the Lord to use me for His purposes.” These stories remind me of the two commandments Christ emphasizes over all others in Scripture, “Love […]

Leadership by Example

[…]and as leaders of character. Let me explain. In a few minutes, by swearing to the oath of office, you will assume the awesome responsibilities of your formal commission. The oath itself is simple and deliberately unconditional, a whole of five parts. In sequence you will swear: To support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. To bear truth, faith and allegiance to the same. That you take this obligation freely, without mental reservation or purpose of evasion. That you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you […]

Let His Light Shine!

[…]my active duty days–cyber-war, in which we would initially defend against by employing “defense-in-depth.”  This defense-in-depth consisted of a firewall, providing a perimeter of defense to keep out the bad guys, and anti-virus software patrolling within the perimeter to ensure nothing had slipped through to do damage, steal information, or render you useless. The last line of defense was the user who employed a password or other measures to encrypt and protect their information.  In the spiritual world, we can draw the same analogy-our defense-in-depth measures include fellowship, which acts as our perimeter defense, surrounding us with brothers and sisters […]

Predicting the Future

[…]us a different aiming point. Focusing on just today, tomorrow, or next year may pull our eyes off the long-term race we run. King Solomon had it right when he said all this is meaningless. He said our lives are like a blade of grass, which soon withers and disappears. Jesus brings order out of disorder…wholeness out of brokenness. Codes, from whomever the ancient secular author might be, are man’s attempt at ordering the future and removing the unknowns. God’s insurance plan is simple … it comes in the form of God’s Son Himself who came to earth to save […]

Question Authority

[…]on earth: Pray. When Jesus was anxious, He prayed. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mark 14:34). Desire God’s will. “Abba! Father! Everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36). Rest confidently in Him. “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me” (John 11:41-42). I had a friend who, in response to matters he […]

Satisfaction

[…]came from engaging this marginalized outsider and in crossing cultural barriers for the sake of a race of people who needed the message of salvation. The result was marvelous! Many Samaritans believed. Jesus went out of His way to encounter this woman. He modeled what a good leader does by making himself fully available, speaking the truth in love, spending time with people, and seeing lives changed. Jesus was so committed to His service that, metaphorically, it served as His physical nourishment. What about you? Does your stalwart service satisfy you that much? May your selfless service today be your […]

Situational Awareness

[…]is certain. A popular conception says there are no absolutes. Situational ethics can override long-held rules of conduct. Individual experience has replaced science and reasoning as the foundation for truth. By socialization through parenting, education practices, and peer pressure, populations raised within these eras hold the perspectives and ideologies of that era. Because you share attributes with the populations of both eras you may have occasional difficulty relating with those older or younger than yourself. These characteristics also make you a versatile product in God’s economy. You have the unique ability to reach out to either side with equal ease […]

Some Thoughts for Christians

[…]between a secular officer of good character whom you know to be a top-notch leader, or a brother-in-Christ who is a good man and a hard worker, but just isn’t the natural leader the other man is. Which one would you select? In choosing leaders for the church, their beliefs and quality of Christian walk ought to be our first criteria. But in selecting leaders for our secular society they ought to be a factor we consider, but not the only factor. Finally, let us consider how politics can relate to evangelism. A person comes to our church, chapel, or […]

Speak my language

[…]Though we never questioned each other’s faithfulness, between the separations and daily high-stress of Rob’s new position, we had a much harder time both showing and feeling love. The fact that I co-authored The 5 Love Languages Military Edition book with Dr. Chapman doesn’t mean I’ve always known how to express love effectively. Here are two things Rob and I wish we’d known from day one of our relationship: First, the things that make you feel loved may not also help your spouse feel loved, and second, you can learn to love your spouse the way he or she can […]

Striving

[…]to go before the board. But I did it, leaving the outcome in the Lord’s hands. And after twenty-one years of service, I retired as a major in the Air Force Reserve. I learned a mighty lesson about the power of Almighty God who moves beyond any obstacle. And because He is in control, I learned to leave the struggling, pushing, and prodding in His hands. This wasn’t the first time I faced obstacles. Some were overcome, such as my promotion to major even though I had missed it on two previous boards. Some were not, such as missing the […]

Superhero’s Faith

[…]Freeze is a First Class Cadet at the United States Military Academy (USMA ’05) and the Cadet-In-Charge of OCF at West Point this year. He wrote this devotion to all of OCF at the beginning of the school year to encourage his fellow cadets to fall in love with Jesus again and renew their relationship with the Father. Jim branched Armor in October and expects to get stationed at Ft. Hood, TX after graduation this […]

The Lord—your refuge in a high optempo

[…]and the pleasure of spending time with the Lord begins to fade in all the noise. I’m reminded of the true-life story of Jim Morris in the movie The Rookie, a high school baseball coach who achieves his dream of making it to a major league farm club after being challenged by his players to try out. But the simple joy of just playing baseball begins to fade in the minor league world of travel, low pay, and concern for his struggling family’s welfare. On the verge of giving up, Morris’ wife dissuades him from quitting by recounting their young […]

The Wounded Healer

[…]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 have guided sinners for centuries, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1).  And sometimes suffering is simply the effect of living in a fallen world where evil can strike anyone. Yet none of the aspects of suffering limit God’s capacity to use pain in a redeeming fashion. Isaiah’s prophesy about the greatest Suffering Servant […]

Three Words

[…]forums, you will seek to carry out the Great Commission. All of us are called to be active parts of the Body of Christ, “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” and always being “prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have . . . with gentleness and respect.” In the military we share our message of hope and salvation. Finally, “Jesus is Lord” will affect your attitude towards the end and legacy of your life. “As men and women of God we seek a […]

Two Greedy Institutions

[…]part of it. We need [especially from our spouse] recognition of the sacrifices we make as spouses of an officer-Christian. Examples: The cost to us of separations, temporary single parenting, sharing of the officer with his/her soldiers, the stress on the officer and its impact on the home, etc. The possibility that we might have to limit our career, education, or interests to fill our role as a military spouse. Recognizing that the officer’s service is a God-given calling and demands much of him/her, it is critical to the spouse that the officer at the same time show the spouse […]