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Unity of Command

[…]CINC–Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul said, “Join with others in following my example” (Philippians 3:17) and “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9). Spiritual UOC works when Christians look to their leaders and follow them as they follow Christ. The military may have learned more regarding unity during the last twenty-five years than the church has. The expeditionary nature of today’s military involves multiple deployments of units from all branches of the military working together. For example the military member […]

Finding certainty in an uncertain world

[…]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: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near (vv. 4-5). Guard your face. We can tell the difference as to whether someone possesses true joy or is worried about the future. Paul tells us to rejoice in God because He is near. Do you feel God’s presence? Are […]

Finishing Strong, in Iraq and Life

[…]he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6). Whether a military mission or in life itself, who doesn’t want to finish strong? Like the Iraqis, we have choices to make to ensure we finish our race with strength and dignity. There are some practical concepts for us from this passage in Philippians that can lead us to God’s finish line: remember each other; pray for one another; be joyous; be a partner; be confident; and do good work. We are all called to be the kind […]
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