Balancing relationships and Bible study in a small group

2022-09-07T09:50:19-06:00Categories: Episodes|

In this episode of OCF Crosspoint, JB Kump shares what has made small groups so impactful in his own life, practical tips for those interested in leading small groups, how his passion for those local fellowships led to his current post-military career, and more.

Embracing GRACE relations in the body of Christ

2022-07-12T18:19:26-06:00Categories: Episodes|

To say race relations is a complex issue is an understatement, and every facet of this topic cannot be covered in just one episode. So, we started here: How do I minister to the person in front of me who’s hurting from an ethnic or cultural incident?

One question will shape how you view what freedom means

2020-08-17T13:49:46-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, Leader Touch, Leading|

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.

27. What Do You Want From Me?

2020-06-02T16:32:40-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

What does Jesus want from you? That your faith not fail, that you keep turning to Him, and finally, that you lead by encouraging and strengthening others who face similar circumstances. Be encouraged, Jesus stands by you.

26. Loyalty

2020-06-02T16:29:43-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Jesus paid the price of his commitment to us on the cross. Are we willing to pay the price of loyalty to Him? More aptly, why am I willing to pay the price of constancy to Christ?

25. Your Every Need

2020-06-02T16:26:00-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

“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.

24. Are You Leading?

2020-06-02T16:21:06-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Faith and leadership are more appropriately modeled through keeping sight of how to achieve God’s purposes in and out of the workplace through godly influence, using softer tones, quieter approaches and direct resolve to see the mission through. Simply acting or reacting is not necessarily an effective leadership quality.

23. What Say Ye?

2020-06-02T16:14:57-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Are you discerning God’s voice when you find yourself speaking to many, a few, or one on one? Just as Jesus spent much time in prayer and solitude with God, the basis of our responses may be proportional to the time we spend with God in study of the Scriptures.

22. Lasting Influence

2020-05-06T19:06:44-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Positive influence on others requires full obedience. I am impressed that Noah’s influence over his sons was greater than the negative influences around them. Noah honored God, and his sons followed suit.

21. Commander’s Intent

2020-05-06T19:02:25-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

When faced with matters that seem insurmountable, revisit the full text of God’s mission for Moses, move ahead in faith, and walk confidently in the assurance of God’s presence in demanding circumstances. Courageously strive to fulfill His intent.

20. Big-Picture Perspective

2020-05-06T18:58:36-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Jesus said He “did not come to destroy lives but to save them.” If one’s tendency is to write people off when there is disagreement, might this have the same effect as “commanding fire” or wishing another dead, spiritually dead that is. The gospel message is for all people and the servant leader does not withhold the message at the first sign of personal rejection.

19. Faith Rhythm

2020-05-06T18:53:46-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Faith, like any muscle, requires exercise. Faith enlarges our leadership effectiveness, enables us to achieve the mission, and makes us more capable of serving others. Those who follow your lead will note your faith in action and prayerfully glorify God.

4. Faithful Leadership

2020-01-03T11:58:44-07:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

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.

3. A Double Portion

2020-01-03T11:39:31-07:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Great leaders are not satisfied with the status quo or content with mediocre gains. As a leader in the home and workplace, how comfortable are you in asking God for big things?

May we bear His image faithfully

2020-01-16T15:05:43-07:00Categories: Leader Touch|

We need much wisdom from the Holy Spirit to bear His image faithfully. As an image bearer of God, may your identity in Christ motivate you to be a worthy representative of our Father to all who see Christ in you, the hope of glory.

1. The Leader and Mercy

2020-01-03T11:38:24-07:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

As Christ followers one of the questions we must consider is “Do we find it hard to show mercy?” In striving to live out one’s faith in one’s profession, Christian leaders must rightly handle this issue.

Calling all Daniels: Stand firm in the faith

2020-12-03T13:01:51-07:00Categories: Godly Character|

What does that look like today? How are you courageously standing firm personally and in your family? Are you modeling an integrated life of faith, family, and profession to your family, those around you personally, and in the workplace?

  • Photo by Eric Powell, USN

Calling All Daniels: Do You Know God?

2020-12-03T13:01:52-07:00Categories: Loving God|

The world desperately needs to hear about Jesus, and we’ve been called to share Him. I encourage you to become competent in your knowledge of Him. Draw people through your professional excellence. Be prepared through your life and words to shine His life-saving light.

Worrying or waiting?

2020-12-03T12:59:06-07:00Categories: Stages of Growing as a Christian|

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.

The world needs solid, biblical leadership

2020-12-03T12:59:07-07:00Categories: IFP Rejected|

In my thirty years on active duty, I witnessed phenomenal leaders who inspired, encouraged, and built teams that accomplished great things. Sad to say, I’ve also seen those who used their positions to advance their own agendas, bully others, and feed their own egos—always at the cost of those around them.

Finding certainty in an uncertain world

2020-12-03T12:59:07-07:00Categories: IFP Rejected|

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.

How do you see others?

2020-12-03T12:59:09-07:00Categories: Military Leadership|Tags: |

Do you see others as the Lord sees them, as diamonds waiting to be set free to achieve their full potential? Steward leadership is taking care of the people who have been “given” to you, developing their full potential, and earning you those wonderful words from the ultimate Steward Leader, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”

  • Photo by US Army

How do others see you?

2020-12-03T12:59:09-07:00Categories: Leadership, The Christian Officer|

How do others see you fulfilling your dual commissions? Do they see a leader who cares for them with the heart of Jesus, who is humble, grace-filled and selfless, and who ultimately serves the One and only Lord? As you serve your nation and serve your Lord, you will have ample opportunities to shine the Light of Christ through your love and service to others.

How does the Lord see you?

2020-12-03T12:59:09-07:00Categories: Stages of Growing as a Christian|

Not many of us give much thought to that question on a daily basis. And truthfully, some days I may not really want to know the answer. But knowing how the Lord sees us is something we must consider because the answer dramatically affects our calling. 

The Lord—your refuge in a high optempo

2018-06-23T17:39:05-06:00Categories: Loving God|

As Christians, we have the privilege of serving the King of kings and Lord of lords. But He also invites us to come aside and just enjoy being His children. That time will stoke the brightness of His light within us and our faces will reflect that glory He gave us! Where’s your refuge?

What you do and how you lead does matter

2020-12-03T12:59:10-07:00Categories: The Christian Officer|Tags: |

Congratulations to the OCF Class of 2012! We who have gone before welcome you to the profession of arms and the start of your great race the Lord has set before you. Crossing the threshold, you now carry two commissions simultaneously: one conferred on you from our Commander in Chief and one from the King of kings. 

  • Ruins of Masada. Photo by Flickr user LSG05

Passion for Leadership

2018-06-28T16:50:58-06:00Categories: Military Leadership, ROTC|Tags: |

The godly leader is indeed a powerful witness for Christ. When we follow Christ's example—and let Him take the reins of our leadership—we will experience a calling that is fulfilling beyond measure, and one in which the results are undeniable.

Battle Rhythm

2018-06-25T09:39:54-06:00Categories: Loving God|

How are you doing when it comes to sorting through the competing priorities in your life? What's your battle rhythm?

Three Looks

2018-06-25T16:34:33-06:00Categories: Leadership, Military Leadership|

As Christian officers desiring to exercise biblical leadership -- faced with constant flux and in the process of growing in our capacity to lead -- how can we best prepare for our next leadership role?

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