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Acts Chapter 1

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Acts Chapter 1

Study Notes and Questions for Acts 1

Unity of Command

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Do the military principles of war apply to Christian living?

Acts

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25. Your Every Need

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25. Your Every Need

“God will supply every need of yours” whether it is a financial concern, effective time management, or dealing with disgruntled people. Jesus is the resource for all our needs. As faithful followers, ours is to approach Him confidently for grace and help.

The Theological Implications of Addiction | Episode 23

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The Theological Implications of Addiction | Episode 23

What does scripture say about addiction? Can a Christian have an addiction? What does a biblical approach to recovery look like? Isn't Jesus enough? Our guest is Dr. John Thorington—a licensed professional counselor and is also certified as a Sexual Recovery Therapist by the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy.

Demonstrating Christlikeness

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Demonstrating Christlikeness

The Body of Christ must embody godly attributes in order to reflect Christlikeness (2 Corinthians 3:18) to the watching, waiting world.

Is God calling you to lead a small group?

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Is God calling you to lead a small group?

We reached out to two OCF small group leaders, LTC Tom Matelski, USA, and Lt Col Jim Wamhoff, USAF, and asked them to share their insights on starting and effectively leading a small group.

What is Stewardship?

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What is Stewardship?

In Part 1, we ask: What do you think of when you hear someone mention stewardship? Money, talents, or ownership? For many, money is the first thing on their minds and that often leads to uncomfortable feelings.

42. Jeff Struecker: Trusting God in All Things

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42. Jeff Struecker: Trusting God in All Things

Jeff Struecker's book, "The Road to Unafraid," is the centerpiece for today's conversation. Although several perspectives or themes can be found in the book, Jeff and I focused on trusting in God. In the face of fear and uncertainty at certain times throughout his life, I asked Jeff to talk about how God asked Jeff to trust Him and what that looked like in his life, particularly his military career.

Love Languages for Military Couples | Episode 016

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Love Languages for Military Couples | Episode 016

What comes to mind when you hear “Acts of Service?” How about “Words of Affirmation” or “Quality Time?” You might recognize them as 3 of the 5 love languages from the popular book first written by Dr. Gary Chapman back in 1995. In this episode, OCF managing editor Karen Fliedner chats with Jocelyn Green about Finding Your Love Language…at the intersection of faith, family, and profession.

Dear Chaplain

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Dear Chaplain

An open letter from chaplains answers questions about going to war, being deployed, families of deployed, and those considering the chaplaincy.

Finding certainty in an uncertain world

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We live in a hurting world of people desperate for answers. As a Christian, you already have the answer—Christ in your heart. If you have successfully guarded your face, heart and mind, when uncertainty strikes those you lead will look to you and find comfort and confidence. And they will also be curious about the source of your peace.

Finishing Strong, in Iraq and Life

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Finishing Strong, in Iraq and Life

Where were you in 2003? Most of us remember the United States' invasion of Iraq. The media covered our military's every move and with those reports came images none of us will forget.

God’s Children

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God's Children

Insight into the daily sacrifices of military children.

Professional Excellence

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Professional Excellence

The Christian officer should strive to be the very best professional officer possible within his abilities, and he or she should do this in accord with Christian faith and conduct.

Living out faith while in service to country | Episode 31

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Living out faith while in service to country | Episode 31

Major Will MacKenzie and Major Derek Brown, USA, discuss several topics during their conversation with LTC Colin Wooten, USA.—friendship, being a Christian in the military and killing an enemy combatant, serving in the military as Christians, and what it means to actively live out your faith and integrate your faith in all areas of life.

Allow God to heal the hidden wounds

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Allow God to heal the hidden wounds

We leaders often cope with stress by trying to survive our wounding rather than allow God to heal and refresh us to fully live. God doesn’t want us to simply survive. God’s mission field, after all, is your heart and mine.

Godly men who changed the course of history | Episode 019

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Godly men who changed the course of history | Episode 019

Recently, Crosspoint hit the road to interview COL Doug Mastriano, USA (Ret.), for a two-part episode. In part 1, COL Mastriano and his son, Josiah, talk about “Men God Used to change the Course of History” during World War I.

43. Seven Christian principles to help you steward your time

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43. Seven Christian principles to help you steward your time

Have you ever thought about what it means to be a good steward of your time? Maybe you can recall getting to the end of a day and thinking, “Why did I waste so much time?” Joining me on the show to talk about time stewardship is LTC Gil Jacobs, USA (Ret.).

The Challenge of Distress

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The Challenge of Distress

Life is full of disappointments, difficulties, and distress. It comes in many ways: relational conflicts, job issues, financial concerns, illness, injury, tragedy and a host of other predicaments. It is challenging, even as a Christian, to respond positively to these trials.

Service Separations

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You've heard the horror stories about what can go wrong when your husband leaves... but it doesn't have to be all bad.

The Role of Faith

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Many people feel emptiness when their families are separated or are in uncertain circumstances.

TTP – Character

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Character is the most important factor in Christian leadership.

How to ask the right questions | Episode 011

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How to ask the right questions | Episode 011

In this episode, we focus on how to ask the right types of questions for your next Bible study, class, or seminar by sharing a pitfall question to avoid, and then offering a solution to help ask the right type of question.

47. Kristin Goodrich: Building community in the military sisterhood

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47. Kristin Goodrich: Building community in the military sisterhood

What do you think of when I say, “Military Sisterhood”? That was the question Kristin Goodrich posed to about 50 women at the beginning of a weekend retreat last March at OCF's White Sulphur Springs Conference Center. One West Point cadet’s response stood out amid the varied responses, "Sisterhood? What sisterhood?" We'll answer those questions and more.

Courageous Command: Beyond Battlefield Boldness

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Courageous Command: Beyond Battlefield Boldness

Only by trusting God and His plan for our lives can we lead courageously in our duty as both officers and Christians. It’s time to build a strategy that calculates the risks of leadership minefields and faces them with a moral courage that matches the bravery of those we lead on the battlefield.

Follow Me

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The key to serving others is to have a humble heart.

Keep the End in Mind

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Looking ahead motivates us to live, work, and plan while we wait--and it is the key to living in the present with energy and hope.

Share My Calling

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Share My Calling

When Rob shared his vision with me, I had been an Army wife for nearly eleven years—all of our marriage. I would have described myself as supportive of his career. I understood a fair amount about the military, had attended countless functions, and attempted to make the most out of each move. Wasn't that enough? What else did he need from me?

Spiritual Battle Plans

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Spiritual Battle Plans

I didn't realize what a difference my weekly Bible study and chapel service made until I went nearly four months in Iraq without them.

Stewards of God’s Image

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Stewards of God's Image

Christian military women can become influential leaders by embracing the fullness of their identities as women made in Christ's image.

The Greengrass Twins

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The Greengrass Twins

Lack of contentment comes from entertaining lies.

The Unconditional Love of a Father

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Father's Day is the perfect venue to consider those who first loved us--especially our Father in heaven.

The Wounded Healer

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The Wounded Healer

A co-worker named Diana is a Gold Star mother. This remarkable woman lost her oldest son to combat action in Iraq, leaving behind a grieving wife, their baby, and other heartbroken relatives and friends. Despite her faith, and the support of family and community friends, Diana’s wounds are profound, constant companions she will likely carry with her until her dying day. By embracing her wounds through the loving embrace of the great Suffering Servant, Diana has become His partner in the lives of others. Still carrying the scars of her wounds, Diana is a visible instrument of God’s healing for others. 

Worrying or waiting?

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Life in general is complicated. Life in the military is extremely difficult and challenging and carries with it an increasing amount of angst with the operations tempo, separations, threats to life and limb, and the increasing challenges from within our own nation.

Becoming a Christ-like military leader first starts with thinking of others

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Becoming a Christ-like military leader first starts with thinking of others

By surrendering their spring break of relaxation to instead labor for the impoverished, the mission field experiences help cadets and midshipmen hone skills of selflessness and sacrifice that are essential to becoming effective Christ-like military leaders.

How have you set your sails?

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How have you set your sails?

All leaders experience both fair and foul winds. The Christ-honoring leader has been given stewardship of people, missions, and things for the Master’s gain and pleasure.

Five Christ-like ways to serve those you lead

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Five Christ-like ways to serve those you lead

Whether the most junior leader or a four-star flag officer, leaders come to their assignments with choices to be made in opportunities to serve.

Acts Chapter 12

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Acts Chapter 12

Study Notes and Questions for Acts 12

4. Faithful Leadership

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4. Faithful Leadership

From a leadership perspective, I must ask: What enables Christian leaders to maintain the charge when all around us say, “Give up?” Oaths, contracts, and legal agreements bind some to the task, but that which binds the Christian and Christian leader is God’s demonstrated faithfulness.

13. A Firm Foundation

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13. A Firm Foundation

The servant leader’s challenge is to display a Christ-like response when life changing moments arise, and thus be seen as the “wise man” with a firm foundation.

Ruth Chapter 3

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Ruth Chapter 3

Study Notes and Questions for Ruth 3

One question will shape how you view what freedom means

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One question will shape how you view what freedom means

Does God really exist? Our answer to that question shapes how we think about freedom. After all, if He does not exist, then we are free to pursue as much self-gratification as possible before death. However, Christians recognize that freedom means we have freedom from fear of judgment as we seek to glorify Him and gladly submit as servants of Christ.

About

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About

Being a spiritual point man

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Being a spiritual point man

There may be times when you're discouraged, when your spiritual strength and confidence may be shaken, or when you grow tired from the high spiritual operational tempo. Do not lose hope!

Can’t Take it with You

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You can't take it with you. But you can send it on ahead.

Mortal Enemies

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Mortal Enemies

An incredible story of how the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor found new life in Christ!

Rescue on the High Seas

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I was a modern-day Jonah trying to escape the grasp of God rather than make Him my priority and obey Him.

Thoughts for Young Officers

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There's a great deal of talk about servant leadership in the military today, but few Christian officers are actually practicing it as the Lord prescribed.

Waging Another War

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Waging war against sexual impurity starts in the battlefield of the mind.

God’s intentions for the small group

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God's intentions for the small group

While we may be accustomed to defining the essence of our Christian faith in other ways, Christianity involves not only a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, but also an entirely different outlook on life that is grounded in the hope we have for all that God has promised.

Personal Bible study preparation for the leader

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Personal Bible study preparation for the leader

Small groups and Bible study may take place in a variety of settings, from foxholes to comfortable homes. Only one book is essential to the study—the Bible.

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God

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Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God

How does a faithful walk with Jesus give life, context, and direction to the exercise of military leadership? What opportunities do I have for doing good for others’ welfare and for God’s glory?

What’s So Amazing About Grace | Episode 003

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What's So Amazing About Grace | Episode 003

In this episode, OCF Managing Editor Karen Fliedner chats with Col Art Athens, USMC (Ret), about amazing grace—specifically, the four-part message Col Athens shared at a weekend retreat at White Sulphur Springs in 2004

Thriving in the Unbalance | Episode 005

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Thriving in the Unbalance | Episode 005

When it comes to the various parts of your life—family, military profession, friends, relationships with others, and your relationship with God—should you be striving to find a balance among all those things? Or should you learn to thrive in the unbalance?

Developing your character muscle | Episode 006

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Developing your character muscle | Episode 006

The topic of today’s show is character, and our guest for this episode likens character to a muscle that must be continually developed if we’re going to conduct our lives as Christians in a way that pleases and honors God.

4 Tactics for tackling deployments | Episode 025

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4 Tactics for tackling deployments | Episode 025

In this episode of Crosspoint, we talk with Planting Roots Director Kori Yates about deployment and tactics for dealing with this season of life when your spouse is deployed.

Louisa Buxton: ‘She was a jewel’

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Louisa Buxton: 'She was a jewel'

Louisa Buxton, widow of the then-Officers’ Christian Union’s first general secretary (executive director), Cleo “Buck” Buxton, who as her family said, “helped shepherd Buck’s dreams into reality,” joined her husband in heaven in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on 14 June. Louisa was 96 years old.

Ruth Chapter 1

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Ruth Chapter 1

Study Notes and Questions for Ruth 1

Ruth

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51. Col Darren Duke: Examining a life transformed

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51. Col Darren Duke: Examining a life transformed

Col Darren Duke, USMC, talks about personal transformation and what a life transformed by God might look like for believers serving in the military.

A Cannonball Life in a Toe-Testing World

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A Cannonball Life in a Toe-Testing World

Jump on in! Living completely sold out to God is a lot like doing a cannonball into a pool--not on the edge of toe-testing mediocrity.

Always Faithful

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It's important to be a proper steward of the finances God entrusts to Officers's Christian Fellowship.

Central to Spirituality

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Do you try to separate your faith from your finances, or are they central to your spirituality?

Fervent Desire for Peace

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Man forms instruments for war. God changes them into tools of peace.

Giving God’s Way

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There are three things you need to believe if you are to give the way God wants you to give.

God’s restoration for the wounded soldier, healing warrior

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God’s restoration for the wounded soldier, healing warrior

Since warfare in and of itself is ultimately the warfare of our soul and spirit, we have the choice of allowing our healing to proceed through our spiritual maturation instead of succumbing to substance abuse to mask problems. Ultimately our ability to be healed, or at least cope with our issues, is based upon spiritual healing.

Heroes on the Homefront

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Sometimes the heroes are the ones who stay behind.

How Shall We Pray?

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How Shall We Pray?

I have asked myself, how should we pray? There is no easy answer.

6 parts that make up the ‘substance’ of leadership

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Leadership is the defining skill of a military officer. Intellect and education are important. Indeed, in our technological profession, they are prerequisites. But professional performance and progress depend fundamentally on how well you master the art and science of leadership.

Letter to My Sergeant

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You fell on the battlefield today, and we grieved.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

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An officer who was there takes a step back to view the big picture.

Investing & Markets

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Investing & Markets

In Part 5, to get beyond tithing and on to gifting you need to multiply His blessings. This is the purpose of investing, and the better we do it, the more we can give back to His work.

Smart Christian Giving

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Smart Christian Giving

In Part 6, God expects us to use what we need then multiply and return the rest. The blessings of stewardship are in the giving. Knowing when and how to do it is our responsibility.

So You’ve Been Passed Over

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So You've Been Passed Over

I found being passed over to be the most freeing thing that has happened to me in my walk with Christ

Speak my language

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Speak my language

Marriage is hard enough for the everyday civilian. But add in the unique challenges of deployments, frequent moves, and high-pressure situations, and it’s no wonder military marriages are under stress.

Superhero’s Faith

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"Follow me!" sounds like an adventure--the full life that Jesus brings!

The Chaplaincy

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In a combat zone soldiers can rarely say, "Chaplain, you just don't know what I'm going through."

Through A Glass Darkly

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The rituals that helped Sarah Hemingway's daughters stay connected to their father when he was in Vietnam.

War on Spiritual Terrorism

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When we go to war, we are fighting both a physical foe and a spiritual enemy.

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