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Professional Perspectives for Senior Officers

[…]2:2. You need food–energy to perform. EPHESIANS 6:10-17. You need protection and weapons. EPHESIANS 5:19 and 6:18,19. You need to communicate–up, down, and laterally. CONTINUE EACH DAY to read God’s Word and to commit your circumstances to Him in prayer. If you have never established this practice, you will need it all the more to maintain His perspective on your situation. If you are a new Christian, and you have not had the opportunity to develop your faith and testimony as you progressed in rank, find a Christian peer who will disciple you. Other Christians will have well-intentioned expectations of […]
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The Line Officer and the Chaplain

[…]with one another (Psalm 133:1). When Christians are eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3), the chapel offers opportunities for exciting Christian ministries in growth and outreach. In such a congregation, few are concerned about the denominational background of the others. Their focus (praise God) is on the Lord Jesus Christ and on being His church! As you advance in your career, you will one day be a military commander. One or more chaplains will be on your unit’s staff. If you’ve served Christ in chapel programs before your command assignment begins, you’ll have a much deeper […]

Why We Serve

[…]also entrusted to us a larger family. This responsibility also requires our service or work. In Ephesians 2:8 Paul said, “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.” We 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 […]

Predictions for 2011

[…]through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7). His love for you will still be an everlasting, unfailing love. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness” (Jeremiah […]

Preparing for Active Duty

[…](Ministry) An appreciation 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 […]

Support Your Chaplain

[…]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 […]

Part of an amazing lineage

[…]lineage.  As we stand at the foot of the Cross, have we lived up to a life worthy of the call (Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 5:20)? The God of the Universe, creator of all things, has invited you to partner with Him in His kingdom in the places He has you right now. If we really grasp the enormous truth of His calling on each one of us, we should be passionate and excited about the mission He has for us […]

OCF and Leadership

[…]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 purpose is to build up the body of Christ in the military (in concert with chaplains, Cadence, CCC, Navs, PWOC, et al.) by exercising our gifts of leadership. That means we need to understand and practice servant leadership. […]

Members: Cast your vote now for OCF Council

[…]God, so that you will be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13). Nominated by: Col Kim Hawthorne, USAF; CDR Steve Hoffman, USN; Lt Col Scott Nowlin, USAF; CAPT Mike Patterson, USN […]

Truth and the Christian Leader

[…]sends a compelling message to others to “put off falsehood” and to speak truth to every man. (Ephesians 4:25) As with Peter, the Christian leader would do well to allow everyone involved a chance to tell his/her side of the story. “Audi Partem Alterum” — hear the other side. Leaders need not fear truth but must pursue it. Truth is the fabric of what we stand for and is what we as Christian leaders are called to practice.   Copyrighted by Officers’ Christian Fellowship and Larry Simpson. For personal reflection and growth. Not for […]

Waging Another War

[…]“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 a weekly study at the FOB chapel. With only about three months left in theater, I wanted to help the soldiers prepare to be able to meet their wives with pure hearts. We discussed the previous week’s reading assignment and corresponding questions from the book’s study guide. Four other Every Man’s Battle study groups also started up at nearby Patrol Bases (PBs). This was the first sign that these […]

War on Spiritual Terrorism

[…]ethical, and spiritual strength” required for combat. As Christian leaders we must comprehend Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” To survive in this battle, our prayer orders become just as important as our operations orders. Major General Ellis W. Williamson, the commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam noted, “Combat is a horrible experience. No commander that is close to it could ever enjoy it. However, all is not […]
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