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The Wounded Healer

[…]to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1).  And sometimes suffering is simply the effect of living in a fallen world where evil can strike anyone. Yet none of the aspects of suffering limit God’s capacity to use pain in a redeeming fashion. Isaiah’s prophesy about the greatest Suffering Servant declares, “By His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus’ wounds and suffering are the venue through which we have been redeemed. Believers can rejoice because through our own lives, God uses the mystery of pain and suffering through which His eternal work […]

Spiritual Battle Plans

[…]your spiritual gifts; we grow when we do (1 Timothy 4:14). Make no provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14) Take care of your personal needs (sleep is crucial). Sneak a few minutes of relaxation when possible. Exercise as regularly as possible. Some of my assumptions regarding my deployment to Bosnia have, thankfully, not been true thus far. I have been blessed with a Christian brother and with a weekly church group. However, God is still providing opportunities for my spiritual growth through the implementation of these measures. I am thankful for His provision and for the Christian brothers and sisters […]

Preparing for Active Duty

[…]demonstrates proper balance in his or her stewardship of resources. (1 Corinthians 4:2, Luke 16:11) Outreach An individual who can carry the gospel message through the medium of ordinary relationships within the military community. (Romans 1:16-17, 1 Peter 3:15-16) Ownership (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 […]

Predictions for 2011

[…]he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness'” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God’s promises will still be true. “Does he [God] speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19). God will still be faithful and good. “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). His blood will still have the power to forgive sins and justify for eternity. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance […]

Part of an amazing lineage

[…]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 […]

Three Words

[…]fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Al retired from the Army after 27 years of service, was a Commandant of Cadets at Culver Military Academy for 10 years, and currently lives in Carlisle, PA, where he and his wife, Sandra, are active in OCF and the U.S. Army War College chapel. He has been active in OCF since coming to Christ as a West Point Plebe in 1960. Address by Colonel Alexander Shine, United States Army, Retired, at the USMA OCF spiritual commissioning […]

Interview with Chaplain Beach

[…]blesses where there is obedience to proper authority (Romans 13:5) and the practice of justice (2 Corinthians 4:2). From a command perspective, OCF is a religious organization. Decisions that protect the rights of one legal group also protect the rights of others to meet on base. Christian ethics require our strict accountability in such matters. How can chaplains and laypersons work together to exalt Jesus Christ in our military society? A comprehensive description of roles and relationships in military ministry requires a thorough study of the New Testament. Here are some possible actions. Build a friendship and maintain contact with […]

Getting Intentional in Your Marriage

[…]or together for His purposes. In essence, this couple hosted an OCF fellowship in their home (1 Corinthians 16:19). As they opened their home and lives, the members of their small group fellowship would have likely seen in them how couples grow together spiritually and keep pace with each other for the sake of the gospel. As a spiritually smart couple in today’s military and society, what do you need to add or remove to be intentional about God’s priorities for you? Open the dialogue with your spouse and discuss what you believe is God’s purpose for your marriage. Get […]
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