Learning from the VMI ministry model to reach Generation Z

2022-07-26T19:44:32-06:00Categories: Episodes|

Today’s conversation explores a predominant topic of discussion among cadets and college students across the country today: anxiety. CH(COL) Bob Phillips, USA (Ret.), shares how he uses relationships and group Bible studies to address anxiety and point cadets back to Christ.

Biblical Truths from Life’s Experiences

2020-12-03T13:38:43-07:00Categories: Latest Articles, The Christian Officer|

What parables has God given to you through the simple circumstances of your life that you can share with others? Too often Christians do not share with others what God is teaching them and doing in their lives, things that can encourage other believers and make them sensitive to God’s moving in the world—and even in their own lives.

49. Character of a Leader—Holy?

2021-11-17T12:27:28-07:00Categories: LDNpodcast|

Take a minute and evaluate the presence of the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Which fruit is most abundant in your life right now? After reflecting on the abundance, think on the fruit you sense needs to be growing in you.

48. Daniel’s Wise Alternative

2021-11-17T12:27:51-07:00Categories: LDNpodcast|

Discerning wisdom is not an overnight process. Spiritual wisdom accompanies the practice of spiritual disciplines, particularly when prayer and Bible study are hallmarks.

39. In His Time

2020-09-18T06:36:06-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Little by little, in God’s time He performs His purposes. Some leaders, thrust into positions of greater responsibility as a reward for a job well done, fizzle in their performance because they lack the wisdom that seasoning and time bring.

38. Distractions

2020-09-18T06:29:43-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

How does one keep focus when distractions and discouragement come? Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Keep focus on the big picture and ask His help. Remind yourself that what you do is for His glory.

37. Nagging Circumstances

2020-09-09T21:13:42-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

God does not abandon us in the face of weighty circumstances and pressures. Consider God’s prevailing truth and rely on His presence during your times of need for deliverance from nagging circumstances.

36. Ready or Not

2020-08-03T16:11:28-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Paul’s admonition to “show tolerance for one another in love” is not a call to disregard others’ immoral practices, but to be ready to show compassion and to sow seeds of right thinking and being.

35. Desired End State

2020-08-03T16:07:53-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Are you seeking clarity from God on a matter but are uncertain that you are hearing correctly? Do not ask for something for yourself but ask that His will in that situation be done and earnestly desire to be part of the answer.

34. Justice, Mercy & Humility

2020-08-03T16:03:29-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

What is God speaking to your heart regarding the application of justice, loving kindness, and humility? God’s preferred sacrifice is a “broken spirit and a contrite heart.” He rejects self-justification but embraces compassion.

33. Himself For Me

2020-08-03T15:48:35-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Paul yielded to Jesus’ “all in” commitment. What about you? In your work, marriage, parenting…how are you responding to the one who was crucified so that you could live?

32. Restoration

2020-08-03T15:40:42-06:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Cleansing and restoration has everything to do with the integrity of who God is. As God completes His refining process, we must be mindful that if we want God to forgive us, we must be willing to forgive and help restore others.

12. Reality Check

2020-03-05T14:05:23-07:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Where do we, in our leadership zeal, draw the line when it comes to pushing our own agenda or totally acquiescing to God’s divine plan? Are we convinced that God has a plan, or do we “head fake” God by developing our plan then devoutly asking His blessing?

10. Any Volunteers?

2020-03-05T13:47:26-07:00Categories: Latest Articles, LDNpodcast|

Who around you needs your tutelage and encouragement? Let’s imitate what Paul did for Timothy. Don’t ask for volunteers, but encourage others to fulfill their calling or act of service.

54. Josh and Lindsey Bowen: The importance of small group fellowship

2021-02-09T11:38:42-07:00Categories: Episodes, Small Groups|

Today you're going to hear the story of Joshua and Lindsey Bowen, both captains in the Army. And, while their story contains a few themes, such as mentoring, leadership, and spiritual growth, the one common thread throughout their story is the small group fellowship and the importance that fellowship has played in their lives...going all the way back to when they first met.

50. Encore with Todd Plotner: 4 lessons for young warriors

2019-12-16T07:42:02-07:00Categories: Episodes|

The third and final encore episode comes from episode 27, with LTC Todd Plotner, USA (Ret.), who talks about leadership lessons for young warriors. The conversation was based on an article he wrote for Command magazine back in 2013 when he was the Army ROTC Professor of Military Science at Washington State University.

49. Encore with Ryan Menicucci: Are you a leader that God can use?

2019-12-13T18:01:36-07:00Categories: Episodes|

This encore episode harkens back to episode 9, with guest LT Ryan Menicucci, USA. There were three things we talked about: first, we must have faith in something that is worthy of our faith; second, we must know who we are in Christ; and third, we must be prepared to fight the good fight, as we engage in spiritual warfare.

42. Jeff Struecker: Trusting God in All Things

2019-08-12T10:11:17-06:00Categories: Episodes, Stages of Growing as a Christian|

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.

Is spiritual warfare real? Episode 35

2019-05-14T14:41:17-06:00Categories: Episodes, Spiritual Warfare|

Today, we’re talking about spiritual warfare, and our guest is MG Kurt Fuller, USA (Ret.). MG Fuller served 26 years as a paratrooper, 12 years in the Ranger Regiment, and 6 years in combat, including Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, Haiti, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The Scars of Moral Injury | Episode 014

2022-07-25T12:09:39-06:00Categories: Enduring Hardship, Episodes|

Former OCF director of field operations LTC Tom Schmidt, US Army (Ret.), sat down with COL Dave Batchelor, USA (Ret.), in the faculty lounge of the US Army Command and General Staff College, where COL Batchelor shared the candid story of his personal struggle with moral injury.

Go Make Disciples | Episode 010

2019-05-10T20:42:00-06:00Categories: Episodes, Mentoring and Discipling Others|

Life moves fast. And in the high-tempo, transient lifestyle of the military, do we really have time to pour into someone else and answer the call to make more disciples? The guest for this episode is COL Scott Kelly, USA, and he’ll share his insights on the topic of discipleship.

Be a Leader God Can Use | Episode 009

2019-05-10T20:42:01-06:00Categories: Episodes, Military Leadership|

In this episode, we chat with 1LT Ryan Menicucci, USA, about what it takes to be a leader that God can use. The context for the conversation comes from a weekend ROTC retreat at OCF's White Sulphur Springs Conference Center in 2017. 1LT Menicucci recalls three important lessons learned that weekend: We must have faith in something that is worthy of our faith; we must know who we are in Christ; and we must be prepared to fight the good fight, as we engage in spiritual warfare.

Growing your affections for Christ | Episode 007

2019-05-10T20:42:02-06:00Categories: Episodes, Loving God|

LTC Tom Schmidt, USA (Ret.), chats with CH(MAJ) Mark Winton, USA, on the topic of “affections for Christ.” Our affections are typically rooted in our answer to this question: “What are our heart longings for?” As CH Winton suggests, our answer ultimately shows what drives our hearts and where our affections lie.

What is OCF?

2018-06-24T07:28:38-06:00Categories: Leadership, May A Christian Be A Warrior?|

It’s not unusual to hear people ask, “What is OCF?” or “What does OCF do?” They may wonder if OCF is a club of officers like-minded in their Christian faith, or just the local Bible study fellowship they attend.

Following a certain God in an uncertain world

2018-06-23T12:25:59-06:00Categories: Chaplains, Embracing the Culture|

As our culture continues drifting further into a post-Christian neo-pagan worldview, Christ-followers may be tempted to spiritual panic attacks. Especially for those of us striving to integrate faith and biblical worldview into our military profession, how can we remain faithful to our call when policies and programs appear to oppose higher principles and priorities?

Perspectives on servant leadership

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

The term “servant leadership” evokes a varied range of impressions as to what that really means, looks like, and how it plays out in real life. At first glance, the seemingly incongruous servant leadership concept appears especially contrary in business settings or military circles where typically bosses lead, employees serve.

Part of an amazing lineage

2020-12-03T12:59:08-07:00Categories: Godly Character|

Don’t you love it when the Lord reveals something new through His Word? I have read Matthew many times. And I’ll admit that I usually skim past the genealogy to get to the “meat” proclaiming the birth, life and good news about our Savior. Recently, however, my eyes were opened to two truths that penetrated my heart, ensuring that I will never again fast forward past these verses and forever ponder my lineage and legacy.

God, are you with me?

2018-10-11T08:26:35-06:00Categories: Communicating with God, Enduring Hardship|

The following short story was written by OCF member MAJ Mario Miglietta, USA. It is based on a story told during an OCF Bible study that he attends. A person in the Bible study told of a Soldier from his battalion who had fallen on hard times, but who found encouragement and hope from a letter he received from his little sister. Mario says he was inspired by that story and wrote about what the Soldier had gone through—"how I imagined the story evolved."

  • West Point Cadets hug at the completion of the 2014 graduation and commissioning ceremony at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)

Four lessons in leadership for young warriors

2018-06-25T12:16:10-06:00Categories: Military Leadership, ROTC|

When commissioned at an OCF bar-pinning ceremony twenty years ago, I was ready to take on the world, but acutely aware I knew little about leadership and military service! Through mistakes and the Lord’s patient refinement, I learned that the Bible is the greatest leadership manual ever written, but we must apply its timeless truths to the circumstances of our lives.

The Wounded Healer

2018-06-25T16:33:30-06:00Categories: Latest Articles|

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. 

A Man of Faith and War

2018-06-26T08:17:41-06:00Categories: May A Christian Be A Warrior?|

One Christian of distinction, who fought in five wars, was U.S. Army Brigadier General Gustavus Loomis. In Loomis is the ideal balance of Christian faith, devotion to family, and excellence in military service.

Stoking the Fire

2018-06-23T17:39:09-06:00Categories: General, Loving God|

Got fire for the Lord? Keep it burning by stoking your flame. We must tend to the fire-to the love relationship with our Lord. Anything less is abandonment. Remembering, repenting, and returning stokes that fire and results in peace and power.

Being a spiritual point man

2018-06-23T17:39:13-06:00Categories: Spiritual Warfare|

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!

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