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Leaving a legacy of faith

[…]his profession and availed himself for God’s use. His characteristics as a “devout man” (Acts 10: 2) and his acts of prayer and giving alms pleased the Lord and are commemorated by Him. What about you? How are you consistently availing yourself for Christ’s service?   Thoughts to Ponder:   How would you like to be remembered by God…by others? What matters most to you, man’s impression or God’s?  Are you responsive to the legitimate needs of others when approached for help (non-monetary matters)? How are you using your time, talent and treasures for Kingdom building? No faithful act is […]

Speak my language

[…]misunderstandings and resentment can easily grow. Now we know that Rob’s love language is Acts of Service, which means he feels most loved when I do things for him, whether that’s cooking, bringing him coffee, or keeping the house tidy. My love language is Quality Time, so spending time in activities or conversation with him is what makes me feel most loved. But because we didn’t know this about each other when we first married, our efforts at expressing love often fell short. Here’s what happened:   Jocelyn: When Rob was out at sea, my love tank felt depleted. Every […]

Getting Intentional in Your Marriage

[…]and ask for forgiveness. Think the best of your spouse’s motives and intentions. In the Book of Acts, we are introduced to a married couple that moved in tandem, seamlessly serving others with humility and excellence-Priscilla and Aquila. “When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately” (Acts 18:26). They worshipped, studied, encouraged others, and even taught together. How exciting that on any given day God could use them individually or together for His purposes. In essence, this couple hosted an OCF fellowship in their home (1 […]

Leadership and the Christian Officer

[…]upon the commander’s own personality. The commander must win confidence and loyalty by his own acts. No one can do this for him. While he does certain things with the deliberate intent of gaining optimum control over his unit, and the maximum effort from it, his acts must nevertheless not be a front. They must represent the real man under the rank insignia. Confidence To inspire confidence the commander must be confident. Leaders must firmly believe that they can handle the job, seeing obstacles as challenges rather than a cause for apprehension. The commander must be able to understand and […]

Let His Light Shine!

[…]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 to hold up our hands and protect us from outside evil influences.  Prayer acts as spiritual anti-virus protection, culling out evil thoughts and evoking the Holy Spirit to keep the “hard drive” of our inner man unpolluted.  And by feasting on the Word, we password-protect our heart and mind with Scripture, locking and protecting our thoughts. As you continue to serve our nation, know that OCF was tailor-made to come alongside and provide you with the defense-in-depth […]

The Line Officer and the Chaplain

[…]the good news of God’s love and holiness. Like those the Apostle Paul encountered in synagogues (Acts 9:20, 13:5) and in places of prayer (Acts 16:16), these people may be open to the loving witness you offer concerning the grace and truth that can be found only in Jesus Christ. That may be why God drew them to your chapel! The chapel ministry offers you an open door to the personnel in your command. We sometimes overlook the potential for ministry of this rather obvious fact. Christian ministries authorized by the military allow a means for the gospel to be […]

Truth and the Christian Leader

[…]heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened” (Acts 5:5). A close reading of Acts 5:1-11, the account of Ananias and Sapphira’s deceit, should lead one to conclude that truth is the essential thing. In this perplexing story–which takes place as the early church was forming–maintaining a standard of truth and honesty proved to be the bedrock for the church and our Christian faith. Those endowed with leadership responsibility needed to set and safeguard ethical standards. Many are shocked at the decisive, harsh response to the couple’s duplicity. Yet neither Peter […]

Do you have a PCS sponsor—to heaven?

[…]“looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). Jesus’ promise to His distressed disciples the night before He was 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 […]

I Only See Green

[…]We all descended from Adam and Eve so no matter what race we are, we all come from the same blood (Acts 17:26). God wants to save all mankind, not just one race or two. Jesus showed in many ways that race did not impact His thinking. For instance, He did not hesitate to show love to a Samaritan woman with whom he as a Jew should not have associated. 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. 1LT (P) Kevin Polosky, […]

Leadership Moments: Are You Leading?

[…]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 […]

Making the ‘no greater love’ sacrifice

by Ben Ferguson Acts of uncommon valor in the arena of battle, those of valiant warriors risking their own safety and survival to come to the aid of their “battle buddies,” are at the very heart of Jesus’ proclamation that, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Four WWII chaplains, who had studied and served together, put into practice one February morning in 1943 what they preached. They gave their lives so others might live. The USAT Dorchester was a converted troop ship taking 902 souls from New York to war […]

On The Rock

[…]response come from the foundation of your spiritual life? Jesus said that everyone who hears and acts on His words is wise. That wise one will be the person all eyes turn to in the midst of tragedy and need. When I was a child, we played a game called Follow the Leader. As an adult, it is not a game. The world is watching, and those in our sphere of influence will follow our lead. The strength of our building materials will be revealed by how our life of faith is lived out when the rains fall and the […]

Preparing for Active Duty

[…]for and a commitment to the OCF vision, purpose, and mission. (Ephesians 4:11-13, Colossians 3:23, Acts 4:13) Air Force Academy “firsties” sometimes ask: “Why should I have to attend the Basic Course at Maxwell? It just  rehashes what I’ve spent four years learning.” Not true! You will build relationships that will last throughout your career, and for the last two weeks of the course, you will interact with NCOs from the Senior NCO Academy. Perhaps the right questions are: “Lord, what is it that You want to teach me while I’m at ASBC? Lord, to whom do You want me […]

Professional Perspectives for Senior Officers

[…]spiritual life? It is that which turns your focus away from the principal task of leading and distracts you with extraneous things. (A military deception plan seeks to accomplish this in the minds of the enemy commanders.) The world will set before you many other priorities. Some of them are good things in and of themselves. If they do not help you accomplish God’s purposes for you, however, they can lead you and those who follow you away from your true goal. Soon a confusion of commitments takes place, and a crisis arrives. You must set and sustain clear and […]
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Some Thoughts for Christians

[…]tell us about human government? Prescriptively: (see Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:15-22, and Acts 5:29) Government is God ordained. Thus, anarchy is ruled out. Government rightly has a responsibility to reward good and punish evil, using force when necessary. Believers ought to obey the law, render respect to officials, and pay taxes. Government’s rightful authority is always subordinate to the authority of God, and in situations of clear conflict between the two “we must obey God rather than men.” This is about all I find prescriptive or direct in Scripture about the role of government. There are several roles implied by […]

Spiritual Battle Plans

[…]yet daily intake of God’s Word. Prayer Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (ACTS). Also, make your prayer list realistic: split it into multiple parts and pray over one section per day. Ask God questions about your military leadership and everything on your heart; it reminds us to listen. When He answers it enables us to see His relevance in the practical aspects of our life. Journaling Capture God’s answers to prayer and His revelations of truth (Proverbs 29:18). This is how we actively listen, pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), grow, and demonstrate to God that we can be trusted […]

Support Your Chaplain

[…]OCF Constitution, Article II2 OCF Constitution, Article IV3 Matthew 9:37-384 2 Timothy 4:9-165 Acts 9:20-286 Proverbs 18:247 Psalm 23:48 1 Chronicles 12:329 Luke 9:49-5010 Ephesians 4:3-411 Hebrews 10:24-2512 John 17:2113 Jeremiah 29:5, 7Copyright 2004 – All rights reserved. Published by Officers’ Christian Fellowship of the U.S.A., 3784 S. Inca St., Englewood, CO […]

The Chaplaincy

[…]the God who died for them. I think of our work much like the ministry of Phillip in the book of Acts. He was called to leave the comfort zone of fruitful ministry in Samaria. The Angel of the Lord told him, “Take a walk on a deserted dusty road” (my paraphrase). Phillip obeys the angel’s voice and he is vectored to an Ethiopian government official ready to hear the words of salvation. In much the same way, as chaplains walk among the tents, eat in the chow halls, and ride in the convoys, the Lord vectors them to those […]

The Heartbeat of OCF

[…]thing is getting a group started so there is a safe place where you can encourage one another to acts of love, service and Christian maturity.  As commissioned officers and Christians in the Armed Forces of the USA, most every one of us can find a wingman to pray with about starting an OCF group.  Once you have a meeting day/time set up, you’re ready for the next step. If the group consists mostly of peers (age/rank/job location, etc.) or specific demographics (sex/marital status/retired, etc.), you should be well attuned to needs and preferences.  Check the OCF website home page […]

Ways to Give

[…]Springs, or to one of the Field Staff. Subsequently, for many members the receipt letter acts as a regular reminder for their next contribution. Military Allotment SystemAs a former Financial Management Officer in the Marine Crops, I know the advantages of this option. First, its perfectly fine under today’s regulations. Second, the money is taken out of your pay account before your paycheck is produced, so you don’t really miss it. Third, to participate there are no extra costs to you or fees that need to be paid by OCF. Contact your local Administrative Office or Finance Office and ask […]

What Works for New Officers?

[…]Don’t feed your face until you feed your soul. God’s Word will kindle a prayer response (Acts 17:11). 10. If all else fails, rest in the knowledge that GOD IS FAITHFUL. Think of all the times when He has carried you through a situation and you didn’t realize it until later. TIP: In faith you will learn to be certain of what you do not see. Trust Him. Rely on Him (Phil. 4:4, Heb. […]

Fort Lee

Local Leader: CAPT Tom and Ann Swift, USNR (Ret), Cell: (804) 381-7579, Email: [email protected], Day & Time: Wednesday at 1800 to 1930, Bunker Hall Rm B-200 (also known as “The Birdcage”) at Ft. Lee AHG (Holiday Inn Express). Contact us for more info. If you are unable to reach me, please contact the ALU […]

Keesler Air Force Base

Local Leader: Dan and Hope Blankenship Cell: 228-806-7011 (Dan) or 907-240-4954 (Hope) Email: [email protected], [email protected], 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 […]

White Sulphur Springs Conference Center

White Sulphur Springs is OCF’s Eastern Conference Center located in the foothills of the Allegheny mountains near the town of Bedford, Pennsylvania. We seek to be a caring Christian retreat center, set apart to provide an environment where our guests can be refreshed, challenged and strengthened in their Christian faith and relationships. God is equipping our guests to return to their military or civilian communities as ambassadors for Christ, prepared to “step out” in faith for His glory. Email: [email protected] Day & Time: Bible Study meets Sep – May at 1930 Thursday Where will you host your next Bible study? […]

Fort Knox

Local OCF Leader: LTC Bob Deckard, USA (Ret) Email: [email protected] Bible study leader: Dr. Tim Murphy Email: [email protected] Day & Time:  Tuesday’s @ 1900-2030. Ft. Knox Religious Education and Religious Support Office Bldg. 4768, Room 7, 226 South 8th Armored Division Drive across the street from Prichard Place Chapel. Men and women’s discipleship study groups are available along with […]

NCR West / Arlington

Area Coordinator:  CAPT A.J. Reiss, USN (Ret) Email:  [email protected] Phone: AJ – 703.244.5931; Dana – 831.277.4395 Contact us regarding home and work fellowship groups in NCR West, including the Pentagon. Join us for a monthly Open House Military-friendly Christian Fellowship (MCF) featuring fellowship, food, song, study, and prayer. We aim for “first Fridays”, but please confirm via telephone or […]

Nellis Air Force Base

Local Leader: Capt Stephen and Capt Molly Mellinger, USAF, Email: [email protected], Phone: (561) 281-8114, Day & Time: Please contact for more information. We meet in rotating member’s homes for potluck the last Sunday of each month. Children of all ages are welcome. Potluck followed by separate men and women’s Bible studies. Contact for more information or check the Facebook page Creech/Nellis OCF. […]

Rhema Cafe: Kaiserslautern

Leader: Pastor Tim Carentz, Email: [email protected], Day & Time: Rhema Cafe, open Sun 0900-1800, Mon-Sat 0600-2300. Christian café which hosts 5-10 classes a day, daily events, and training. Have 4 pastors on site. Nondenominational. All helping services are free and funded by donations. Visit us at TheKMRC.com and TWL.org, or look us up on […]

Butler

Local Leader: CH(1LT) Matthew Lower, USAR Email: [email protected] Phone: (607) 742-4200 Please contact me for fellowship details. I am an Army Reserve Chaplain and C&MA pastor here in Butler. Feel free to stop on by for prayer, fellowship or if you want to chat over coffee, this is the place to go! Would love to host […]

Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station

Local Leaders: Buzz and Miroslava Bingham, Email: [email protected], Phone: (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 […]

Seymour Johnson

Local Leader: Capt Cato McKenzie USAF, Email:[email protected] , Phone: (859) 699-6587, Day and Time: Sunday from 1730-1830, We host Seymour Christian Fellowship weekly at our house on base. Contact me for more details but we would love to have you no matter what phase of life or walk with Christ. Food is provided and kids are welcome to attend but will play outside/upstairs with our kids during the devotional part of the […]

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Local Leader: 1st Lt, Anna Demoret, USAF, Email: [email protected], Phone: (321) 506-4255, Day & Time: Mondays at 1900, Women’s Bible Study, Occurs at the off-base military housing. Most of the group is affiliated with the military. Mix of 20-30 single/married women. Light refreshments. No childcare […]

University of Colorado (Boulder) (ROTC)

Local Leader: Cadet, Mackenzie Brenner, ROTC, Email:[email protected] Phone: (270) 307-9531, Additional Information: Air Force, Army, and Navy Cadets/Midshipmen Bible study fellowship group. Subject to change each semester. Typically meets in leaders’ home. Call or text for current meeting day and […]

Pueblo CO/Doss Aviation/Initial Flight Training Facility

Local Leader: Major Richard E and Glena G Walker, USA (Ret) Email: [email protected] Phone:(719) 557-0060 Day and time: Pueblo Memorial Airport, Thursdays at 1800. Please contact for more […]
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Cleveland

Local Leader: LT Mark Funke USCG, AD, Email: [email protected], Phone: (864) 554-5508, Day & Time: 3rd Friday of the month at 1800. Light refreshments will be provided. We have two children and a playset in the backyard if anyone would like to bring their children. We will host outdoor gatherings once a month for the summer and indoor Bible Study twice a month starting in […]

Schriever SFB

Local Leader:Lt Col Aaron and Sarah Lynch, USSF Email: [email protected] ,or [email protected], Phone: (307) 421-9256, Day & Time: Contact for more information. Anyone seeking fellowship, interested in growing in their faith, and/or seeking out a way to better prepare for leadership in our military as a Christian is more than welcomed! Children may attend the fellowship and we are located on […]

Fort Rucker

Local Leader: LTC(Ret) Mark and Jill Taylor, Email: [email protected], Phone:(334) 447-8767, Day & Time: Wed at 0700 on Fort Rucker or 1900 at our home. Contact for more information. Officers assigned to the Aviation Center and your families, this fellowship is for you. Once restrictions are eased, we will have access to one of the Chapel facilities on Fort Rucker. Until then, we have the option of meeting in our home or online as […]

Yuma

Local Leader: Maj Dan and Lisa Abney, USMC. Email: [email protected] Phone: (407) 924-5728. Additional Information: Tuesdays from 1700-1900 (dinner and Bible study). We meet whenever possible on Tuesday nights for dinner and Bible study. Due to the requirements of the semiannual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course held at Yuma in the Spring and Fall, we typically do not meet in March, April, September, and October. But please reach out anyways during those four months and we would love to either connect you to a local church or share a meal with […]

Ramstein Air Base

Local Leaders: Jessica & Michael Rangoonwala and Gared & Julia Bowers, Email: [email protected], or [email protected], Phone: via WhatsApp +491605257485,for the most updated information Day and Time: Thursdays @ 1900 Additional Information: We are a group of Officers and their families, along with some civilians. No childcare provided at this time but kids are welcome. We study a book or theme of the Bible and grow together in the body of Christ. One Thursday of the month, we try to do a potluck to fellowship. Contact us for location. *No meetings during the summer. We intend to resume meeting at the […]

Germany

Country Coordinator : Matt and Heather McWhirter , Email : [email protected] , Phone:  WhatsApp +1-206-234-4850   German Cell +49 1522 9892794, Additional Information: Heather and I are happy to assist anyone moving to Germany. Please reach out if you have any questions and will do our best to provide answers or get you to the right […]

Camp Hansen

Local Leaders: Michael & Keri Pittman Email: [email protected] Phone:(757) 358-1032 Day & Time: Friday Nights at 1800, Additional Information: We are located in Kin Seaside Village. please text before coming so we can give you more detailed directions. Kids and all ranks and duty status are welcome. We will provide dinner and fellowship from 1800 to 1900 and bible study till […]

Carlisle Barracks

Local Leader: CH(COL)Doug and Sarah Ball, USA, Email: [email protected], Phone: (719) 362-7485, Day & Time : Sunday @ 1800 to 2000, Focused on and open to all Army War College AY22 Students and Families. We meet weekly for food, fellowship, bible study, and prayer. Link up at the Carlisle Chapel (outside at the Pavilion during decent weather) – we start with the larger group and then break into smaller discussion […]

Camp Lejeune

Local Leaders: Capt Vinnie and Mrs. Tara Curley, USMC Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Phone: (912) 441-1233 Day & Time: Fridays at 1800. Dinner provided – meals on rotation from hosts and regular attenders of the study. Families are welcome – those with children from ages six months to teens typically […]

Schofield Barracks

Contact: 2LT Audrey McDaniel , USA Email: [email protected] Phone:  (630) 796-1340 OCF contacts are available to provide local information. If you are new to the island or visiting for a time (ROTC, USMA) I would love to help get you plugged in with a great group of believers! We have a wonderful church community that is quickly growing. Non-regular fellowship opportunities happening as […]