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OCF Council Elections Now Underway

[…]for as many as five candidates. Vote Yes or No for the proposed OCF Constitution change. At the spring council meeting in April, the Council passed the following motion to amend the Constitution: Motion: That the following amendment to the OCF Constitution be submitted to the membership for approval: “Replace the current OCF Statement of Participation with the following language (changes to current statement indicated by bold underline): ‘I am committed to the Purpose of OCF: to glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society. As […]

Do you have a PCS sponsor—to heaven?

[…]Weimer, United States Navy, Retired Military men and women are well acquainted with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders that transfer them from one duty station to another across the globe.   And as they will attest to, sponsors are crucial for such reassignments, those advocates welcoming them as they report to a new command by introducing them to command leaders and personnel, and befriending and making them feel at home. But what about the day when we transfer out of this world to that actual permanent change of station ahead on the horizon for every one of us when […]

Finding certainty in an uncertain world

[…]they find friends there? Adding to that list of uncertainties are our contemporary culture’s changes to the make-up of our military. What will the military lifestyle look like five, ten, twenty or more years down the road from the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell and the legalization of same-sex marriage? All this begs the question, “How do we find certainty today in an uncertain world?” Examining Philippians 4:4-9, we find Paul’s outlined three-pronged formula for the how-to of adaptation to life’s uncertainties by guarding your face, heart and mind: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: […]

Professional Perspectives for Senior Officers

[…]to which you have made commitments. When this occurs, you should attempt within the institution to change those rules. If you cannot do so, you may face the decision of whether to remove yourself from leadership, or perhaps even from the institution. In responding to such situations, you will be judged in two ways, on the basis of the facts and on the basis of perceptions. Even though a perception may be wrong, it appears as truth in the mind of the perceiver, until it is changed. A senior military officer clearly understands the professional implications of this principle. Give […]
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Service Separations

[…]separation helps. Discuss your anxieties with your husband. Let him know you expect to find him changed in some ways. Remind him that he will probably find changes in you as well, but stress the fact that you feel these changes have been for the better (let’s hope they have been!) and that you are trusting the Lord to make the adjustment as easy as possible. After all, who wants to remain static and stagnant all their lives! “But what if he disapproves of the way I’ve handled the money?” “What will he say when he finds out I couldn’t […]

Situational Awareness

[…]the actions and attitudes of thousands. Emotionally your career experience has seen unprecedented change. Your life has spanned the dependable pace of the Cold War, the revved up tempo of the 1990s peacekeeping and stability operations, and now the frenzy of the Global War on Terrorism. More than modernization, your byword is transformation. Each branch of service is undergoing major shifts in organization and culture. The impact of continuous change can leave service members and their families mentally adrift and stressed to the breaking point. You have great opportunities in this environment to provide the stability that only a relationship […]

Was it Failure or Success?

[…]a master plan. Failure is a part of living. As leaders, however, we have the ability to serve as change agents–and what agents for change we can be! Having been bounced around from shop to shop, a young NCO once said to me, “At some point, someone has got to give me a chance.” Christ gives us chance after chance to demonstrate faith in His ability to make our lives productive. Christian leaders not only have a chance to help others live productive lives, but we also get to show that we are more than “just another Joe.” We are […]

Families should develop a support system

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Man of the In-Between

by Stu Weber No Kidding. “Rotcy” changed my life. It opened the door for me to the single most potent educational experience of my life–a brief stint on active duty in the U.S. Army. In retrospect, military service proved to be more mindshaping for me than four years of college. And more soul-strengthening than seminary. As I write these words, I glance up at the wall above my computer–and smile. There are no sheepskins there. But there is a faded Ranger school diploma and an old set of Vietnamese jump wings. And pictures of young men. Hal Moore said it […]

Mortal Enemies

[…]death as a substitute for my wickedness and so in prayer, I requested Him to forgive my sins and change me from a bitter, disillusioned ex-pilot into a well-balanced Christian with purpose in living. On that day I became a new person. My complete view on life was changed by the Christ I had always hated and ignored before. Soon friends and family learned of my decision to be a follower of Christ, and they could hardly understand it. New Life in Christ Big headlines appeared in the papers: “Pearl Harbor Hero Converts to Christianity.” Old war buddies came to […]

OCF Groups and You

by Beth Dowty Summer can be an exciting time of change in military life. For those of you who just commissioned—hallelujah! You’re already at or are looking forward to your first assignment. While some have completed ACSC, while others are PCSing. Many of you left a great OCF group behind, but there’s no OCF study where you are or else the Bible study is very different. Now what? What should an OCF fellowship group look like in this new place? An OCF fellowship group can look like a lot of things—there is no “authorized” cookie-cutter model. However, sometimes it involves […]

Six Generations: 1

[…]as a pillar of moral character and spiritual strength that would powerfully and positively change all those he encountered. New Cadet Jon Shine experienced the blur of “R” Day or Reception Day, like thousands before him; survived it, and was assigned to a room with two roommates, for their first night of “Beast.” To Dave Jamison, his new roommate from Arkansas, Jon was “the first person I talked to ‘as an equal’ that night.” Dave was overwhelmed and confused by the craziness and chaos of that day and could only think about why he had gotten himself into this mess. […]

Time, Talent, Treasure: OCF small group fellowships

[…]clothing store ministering to both local and global physical needs. The “how you shop can change a life” store features artisanal clothing and accessories created by impoverished women, produced by companies who educate and help them earn livable wages. A portion of the shop’s net proceeds is donated to charities helping women and children escape human trafficking. The boutique also hosted a study of The Purpose Driven Life in an effort to reach local, unchurched women with the Gospel. Other outreach activities include with a local food bank, Operation Christmas Child, and a Habitat for Humanity project, where this past […]
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Two Greedy Institutions

[…]informed. b. Be involved in family decision making. c. Make time to do it. Discipline yourself to change your emotional focus on the way home at the end of the day to give real attention to the family. Take time with the children. (e.g., playing with them before supper; putting them to bed). Sometimes come home for supper and spend some time with the family. Then, if necessary, return to the office to finish the day’s work. Pray together. Practice little expressions of love. Recognize your need for God’s grace. Pray for his grace to lead and love your family. […]

What is Required of Me?

[…]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 how? Influence first by example. People will notice as you serve your earthly and heavenly commanders with excellence. When they eventually see that Christ is the difference, […]

Will you embrace the Christ of Christmas?

[…]peace with God:   Tell God you are sorry for your sins and that you are willing to have Him change your way of living. Ask Jesus to be your Savior and Lord. The Officers’ Christian Fellowship statement of faith serves as a simple, yet eternally profound prayer to use: Inasmuch as I am a sinner and deserve the wrath of God, and since Jesus Christ died for my sins, was buried, and has been bodily resurrected, according to the Scriptures, I have accepted Him as my personal Lord and Savior and am saved by His grace alone. Seek out other believers and a Bible-based […]

Wrestling with Depression

[…]member of one who does, can be stressful. The sacrifices, separations and situations we face can change us. I recently heard Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Carver, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, say that the three main reasons soldiers are killing themselves are because of personal shame, failed relationships, and being isolated from community. Honesty is a common value of all the services. In the seasons of “everything under the sun,” there is a time to drive on and a time to ask for help. Acknowledging that your spirit, soul, or body is in pain is the right thing to do […]

Fervent Desire for Peace

[…]military service, it was properly suited for a nonviolent use. Man forms instruments for war. God changes them into tools of peace. That is at the heart of this promise in the Book of Isaiah. “Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD– He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths…’ They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:3-4). Today the world finds […]
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