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How Shall We Pray?

[…]thorns in the flesh and they are uncomfortable. But my conclusion concerning “How then shall we pray?” is that we pray for the strength to obey the Lord’s will, to fulfill His purposes, and to bring honor and glory to His holy name. Yes I want victory in the GWOT, safe keeping for those fighting this war, families reunited, the sick healed, peace for those who grieve, and relationships reconciled. But as I pray for those things, I pray first and foremost that the purposes of God be fulfilled and that glory be brought to our Lord and Savior, Jesus […]

First Bible Studies

[…]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 a burden, then to a vision and finally to a plan. Leader’s Preparation In preparation for a group Bible Study, the leader […]

Service Separations

[…]when a father who has been looking forward eagerly to a reunion with his children comes home and discovers that they are hostile and resentful over him leaving them in the first place. Some child psychologists say that all children, even those who appear genuinely happy to see their fathers again, have both good and bad feelings toward the parent. Negative feelings can be expressed in many ways. The child may not let the father get near him emotionally for fear of being hurt again. Some try to repress their feelings, only to have them show up later as discipline […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: Retirees

[…]of OCF at a university’s ROTC or an installation with a need for OCF presence. Start with a Pray, Discover and Obey session. John Orosz: With the way military life works—PCSing all the time, deployments, etc.—OCF provides a easy way to fellowship and provide familiarity in unfamiliar situations. Based on my experiences with my little Bible study at COP Wilderness, I know that if I’m ever at a location without an OCF study, I’ll definitely start one.   Why OCF? Kit Vaughn: Gwynn received Jesus while reading the Bible, but most of his growth in Jesus came through OCF. We […]

Professional Perspectives for Senior Officers

[…]not give you a vision for your entire military service, or even for your entire unit, but if you pray and ask, He will give you vision for a specific task He wants you to do. Then pray that your vision will grow as you continue to mature in your faith and walk with Him. Be a person of faith, although you cannot see all of the details. We encourage you to ask God for a spiritual vision that includes the unique opportunities and capabilities that your position and rank afford the Body of Christ in your military unit and […]
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Support Your Chaplain

[…]and women in our command. Jesus’ Intercession More importantly, unity is Jesus’ command and prayer. He said, I pray that they might be one, as we are one.12 This is how our Lord prayed for His disciples and followers, including us. With so many churches, denominations, para-church organizations, and groups within Christianity, there are differences of theology and practice. But we know there is only One who makes us “in Christo” (i.e., Christian) and in Whom we are one as the Body of Christ–God and the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ. Conclusion and Challenge In a secular environment like the […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: Academies

[…]ministry of OCF? Burt: Look around, see where God is at work, and join Him there. Conduct your own Pray, Discover and Obey, and be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit shows you in the ways you should minister with the military. And then do it.  Austin: Keep your contact information updated with the OCF home office so that we can network more easily. It really helps our new officers to link up at their next post with another officer in OCF.   Why OCF? Burt: As a midshipman, when I was asking questions about who Jesus Christ was and […]

The Jungles of War

[…]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 and for others on our side. But what about the enemy soldiers–God’s creation–who were wearing different badges and carrying different weapons? Praying for Prisoners After several hours before the Lord in spiritual agony, I told Him I couldn’t go on without His answer. In my mind He spoke very plainly “Pray for prisoners.” I was puzzled at first; then I understood. Pray that we can do […]

Rescue on the High Seas

[…]for other possible pirate attacks. While I didn’t always have time for a nap, I did have time to pray–and that’s what I did whenever I felt exhausted, frustrated, or doubtful about the future. In my need I turned back to God for help, and His encouragement was the same every time, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.” It was enough for me, and I felt God’s presence as much as I ever had before. The “Alabama Eighteen” group of technicians, specialists, and other sailors carried out their duties with uncompromising professionalism and diligence, manning their weapons […]

OCF and Leadership

[…]training leaders, or are we focusing on vision? Is the question going into an installation Pray, Discover, and Obey, “How many Bible studies do we need?” or is it,”How are we going to build Christian leaders…families…fellowships at our installation?” The first is a process question, the second is a vision-a leadership-question. Ephesians 4:11-16 talks about the leadership model of the church. God gifted some individuals to be apostles, others prophets, evangelists, or pastor/teachers. That is leadership. To what purpose? “…To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…” (v. 12). Our […]
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