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The Theological Implications of Addiction | Episode 23

What does scripture say about addiction? Can a Christian have an addiction? What does a biblical approach to recovery look like? Isn't Jesus enough? Our guest is Dr. John Thorington—a licensed professional counselor and is also certified as a Sexual Recovery Therapist by the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy.

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God

How does a faithful walk with Jesus give life, context, and direction to the exercise of military leadership? What opportunities do I have for doing good for others’ welfare and for God’s glory?

What ‘Right’ Looks Like

One simple request from a platoon leader in one small group at one location on a single evening. But when multiplied over the weeks and miles of hundreds of Christian fellowships, just consider how the Spirit might work!

Is ‘fellowship’ a verb or noun?

This raises a question: “Are we merely in a fellowship or do we ‘fellowship?’”

Sometimes you just need a Sherpa

We all could use a Sherpa when facing new and formidable challenges. Junior leaders and young couples with their abundance of zeal and energy, but with limited experience, particularly benefit from a seasoned guide as they break new ground in life.

Who planted the seed of leadership in your mind?

Do you recall when someone spoke into your life and a vision was cast? Are you intentionally doing the same with those you serve?

Tips for new group leaders

For those who have never led a small group, the prospect of starting such an endeavor might appear daunting and overwhelming given the busy lifestyle of those in the military. Here are tips for the new leader to consider both before and after his or her first meeting.

Dealing with an emotionally needy personality

In the Bible-study group, the support group, the discipline group, or the fellowship group, an attitude of love and other-person-centeredness provides a Christlike atmosphere. This is why the small group leader must learn to be able to identify and deal with certain potentially disruptive personality types, such as the emotionally needy personality. An emotionally needy personality, which may not be nearly as obvious as that of the dominating know-it-all, can be equally disruptive to

Dealing with a know-it-all personality

Traditionally, Christian small-group activities are more positive, edifying, less contentious, and less confrontational than their secular or non-Christian counterparts. Both Christ and the Scriptures teach civility, peace, selflessness, and concern for the feelings and welfare of others in the Christian group context. However, it is important for the small group leader to be able to identify and deal with certain potentially disruptive personality types. One such personality is the know-it-all. Someone who is a

Growing small groups through division

The OCF mission is to engage military leaders in Biblical fellowship and growth to equip them for Christ-like service at the intersection of faith, family, and profession. One element of seeing military community positively impacted through Christ-like leaders should be a network of small groups.This network provides opportunities for more people to be involved and more leaders to gain experience. It also lays a larger numerical foundation for other special events and establishes a

19 practical tips for leading the small group

1. Start and end on time. Starting on time will establish a practice of people coming on time. Timeliness on both ends shows respect for people. 2. Make sure the room setup is such that everyone can see everyone else. In most homes, this will be a limiting factor as to the number of people in the small group. Having people sit on a stairway or in an alcove usually inhibits them from participating.

Preparing to lead the Bible study

The type of Bible study that OCF seeks to encourage is one where people approach God’s Word and discover for themselves the truths contained in it. Researchers continually point out that people retain truth and information that they discovered themselves at a much higher rate than if they had simply been told that same truth or information. Therefore, the leader needs to see himself or herself as a facilitator, not as a lecturer.

Personal Bible study preparation for the leader

Small groups and Bible study may take place in a variety of settings, from foxholes to comfortable homes. Only one book is essential to the study—the Bible.

The role of groups in relationships

Most everyone who has ever participated in small groups can bear testimony to a particular small group that was their favorite.

Categories: Refining, Small Groups|

God’s intentions for the small group

While we may be accustomed to defining the essence of our Christian faith in other ways, Christianity involves not only a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, but also an entirely different outlook on life that is grounded in the hope we have for all that God has promised.

Categories: Refining, Small Groups|

Three types of prayer for the small group

“Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging

Categories: Refining, Small Groups|

Following a certain God in an uncertain world

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?

Categories: Chaplains, Embracing the Culture|

Making the ‘no greater love’ sacrifice

The Four Chaplains, also referred to as the "Immortal Chaplains" or the "Dorchester Chaplains," were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship USAT Dorchester sank on February 3, 1943, during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out.

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