Anytime, anywhere.

“God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us” Acts 17:27

Have you ever prepared yourself to spend time with God and found that within minutes of settling down your mind turned to other things? You have your favourite chair, a Bible, high-lighter, a special pen and notebook, and you even have a cup of something hot to sip on. You feel you’ve done all you thought necessary to prepare yourself for some alone time with God, then you begin and your mind wanders. You start to think about things you have to do, or you become restless as your comfy chair is no longer comfortable. This confuses and possibly frustrates you. You know it is important to be with God, but you can’t seem to do it. During small group you’ve heard friends share how God has affected their lives or how they’ve heard from Him and you say to yourself, “I don’t know if God ever talked with me like He does with them”, or, “if He does, I don’t know if I hear Him”.  We compare ourselves to others who seem to be having an amazing life of prayer and might even begin to wonder if we are praying the right way. We can feel very lonely when we sense we are missing out on this prayer bond with God.

Slowing down and remaining focused is difficult for many yet, people can do it. Who has, or who knows someone who has binge-watched something on Netflix? Even after watching a series for several hours, the choice to hit CONTINUE when asked, “do you still want to continue watching a certain series” is easy. So why do people find prayer hard? Maybe we need to focus less on doing prayer correctly? Maybe some of us need to exam the self-imposed rules we have established to pray and get rid of some. Rules such as: must get up at 5:00 AM; always have a bible and paper handy or always ensure isolation from others. Be assured, God does not speak to us because of the routines we follow to set aside quiet time (Luke 11: 37-52). He listens and connects when we are receptive to Him. He’d prefer we connect with Him more often than we do and in the places we frequent every day such as our workplaces, classrooms, grocery stores, or even our homes. He is everywhere showing off His wonder and glory and He wants us to recognize Him and praise Him and bring Him to the attention of others. He wants us seeking Him during our waking hours and to respond when we recognize His presence. He loves it when we acknowledge Him and offer prayers of gratitude throughout the day. He knows that when we learn to walk with Him daily it will also teach us to sit with Him.

Don’t misunderstand this message. God loves the alone time with us but if it’s a struggle, we must rethink why and how we are doing it. It is important to set aside intentional time to be with God and for many, this takes determined practice to get into this habit. It’s important to engage in other spiritual practices and use aides or electronic tools designed to help us connect with God. We shouldn’t abandon the routines we have set in place to connect with God, but if we recognize they are ineffective, we should rethink how we seek to connect with God. We should try to connect more than just once a day or once a week. God is omnipresent (everywhere) and available to us 24/7 and if we can recognize and acknowledge this truth we can connect with Him in ways we had not imagined.

Our preference would be for God to show Himself every time we prayed so we could see Him, hear Him, and understand what He is telling us. It would make praying easier. However, that is not exactly how it works. Paul told us, about God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature would be clearly seen, understood, so that people would be without excuse.” Romans 1:20 NIV. He is near us, but many are not in the habit of looking for Him throughout the day. Seek Him everywhere you go, acknowledge what He does, and remember what you have seen. Start doing this and you will find your time with God changing and you will even be able to get back to spending that focused alone time with Him.

(Idea for message borrowed from Pastor Koch of Ransom Church South Dakota)

Pray with us.

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief” Mark 9:24b

Many people find prayer baffling, even those people we consider to be experts. Each day is a new journey with God making each conversation with Him new. We go to bed expecting life to be pretty much the same the next day however when we wake and go into the world, we encounter unpredictable people and circumstances that may bless us or try us; both reasons for new talks with God.

Prayer is often the conversation many don’t know how to start or wonder why they pray. Our perception of prayer can be confusing because of expectations we gleaned from scripture. For example, Jesus not only told us that we can ask for anything using the authority of His name, He said we’d receive it (John 14:13). He also tells us to keep asking (Luke 18:1-8). As so, we ask Jesus over and over again to heal our sickly child, help with our finances, mend broken relationships, and bring us peace of mind. Yet for many, nothing seems to change, and they wonder what happened. They doubt their faith and even their love of God and will erroneously wonder if they had the correct prayer posture or said the proper words. James offers a hint why our prayers seem to go unanswered when he shared, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives” (James 4: 3a). What can be selfish about wanting our spouse’s cancer to be healed or a child to stop being bullied at school?” Tearfully we may cry out “God what do you want me to say?”

Prayer is not just a few words spoken to the Creator, but it is a way to experience Him. It is a practice that must become our way of life and requires an intentional mind shift on our part. God is everywhere, and we need to watch for Him in our life, the lives of others and in our daily circumstances. We need to get into the habit of looking for His grace and blessings wherever we are, then respond by talking to Him. We need to regard prayer as more than an activity we schedule into our day but a catalyst that governs our day. Prayers become the words and responses we offer throughout the day as we witness or experience both good and bad.

God knows that the world we will face each day has been corrupted. It is not the one He created or intended for us. He knows that it wants to corrupt us and that is why He wants us to talk with Him. He wants to bless us and show us His goodness that is still around us. God wants us to talk with him about our lives as well as the lives of others.  He knows prayer can be difficult for many because our quick turn around expectations have the need to slow down, see life around us and listen for God. In addition to the teachings found in scripture, there are numerous books that offer insight into prayer.  They reveal that prayer is an experience meant to be lived. It begins with the belief God wants to connect with us and not only does He listen to us, He will speak to us if we listen for Him. Those, whose life revolves around prayer, share that prayer creates, sustains, and strengthens the bond between Creator and created.

We believe in prayer and accept God’s invite to pray for others. The Shield (our monthly prayer suggestions) is offered to stimulate people to pray for our military community. We identify topics and suggest prayers all with the hope that you will look for God wherever you go and offer your own words to our listening Father. Join us this month as we invite God to change lives.

Choosing Jesus

I was recently asked, “Why did God place the tree in the garden if He knew Adam and Eve would choose to eat from it?” It’s a great question and if we take it further it leads us to also ask, “why God created Satan? or why God allows children to suffer? or why God lets evil people rise to power and destroy so many lives?” Did God create us to live in a world where humanity’s choices would lead to pain and suffering or does His plan offer something more wonderful?

When Adam and Eve were placed in the garden they knew that everything was good. They did not have to make difficult choices to better their daily lives as God provided everything He believed they needed to be content. However, if life continued this way, would their eventual response to His gifts become preconditioned? Would their gratitude become insincere? God wanted more than robotic behaviour and so He introduced choice into our lives. He wanted us to choose Him not because we had to but because we choose His way over all else.

In the 1890’s Dr Pavlov conducted experiments to show how preconditioning could work. He trained a dog to salivate at the sound of a bell vice in response to food before it. He was very successful. However, eventually the dog no longer salivated in response to the meal but to the presence of the Dr. What is not widely published about these experiments is how the dogs suffered horribly. Some had holes cut in their cheek, so the Dr could see if they were salivating. Some were unable to eat, let alone enjoy the food offered because of the alterations to their face. They became unable to choose to enjoy.

We were created as an act of love because God wanted to share His blessing with those who choose to see and accept His love. However, without choice, we could not love or praise God for His wonders because we would not have anything to compare it to. God knew that without choice, Adam and Eve’s response to His gifts could become preconditioned expressions of thanks without true gratitude. He created us in His image and gave us intelligence, senses and emotions to experience His blessings. He wants us to respond to Him from the basis of love, not routine. If God had not placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden and gave instructions not to touch it, would Adam and Eve ever have faced the choice between trusting God or themselves?

Making choices can be difficult. God has made it possible for us to choose wisely. Scripture offers stories and teaching on choices and Jesus’ earthly ministry reminds us that we can make good choices. If we choose, we can even access the Holy Spirit to assist us to identify good choices without forcing us to make them. But not everyone knows God; many don’t realize or care if they are making poor choices. The MCF wants to help our military community make good choices. We want to help them find Jesus. We want to introduce them to His offer of peace, joy, contentment and a full life while they are on this earth, and an unimaginable wonderful eternity with their creator when they pass on. We want to help them see that some choices they are making are offensive and harmful to themselves, to others, and to the One who created them. We want to help them experience and benefit from God’s blessings such that their hearts will cause them to praise God. We want to help them choose Jesus, because we know it is the correct path. We want to tell them that the desire God has planted in their souls will reveal to them Jesus is the only choice worth making. Join us as we pray and serve our military.


Did Jesus mean what He said about prayer or was he just chatting while waiting for His impending arrest and death? How about other references to praying that are scattered throughout the Old and New Testament scripture; are they just bible-babble? Why don’t we pray? This may seem an odd question to follow this empowering scripture which tells us God wants to hear from us, but surveys, conducted by Pew and Barnacle Research Centres, found 70% of believers surveyed state they struggle with praying. These respondents suggest they are not satisfied with their prayer practices and when asked about the cause of their dissatisfaction, some suggested they are confused as to the value of prayer. They have argued with themselves about their understanding of God’s role in the universe. They wonder if God’s will control all that happens then will He not do what He thinks is required. Why pray if God is going to do what He wants? This unfortunate mindset conflicts with instructions to pray given by Jesus, who is God.

The Gospel of John records that on the night before Jesus was to die, He ate a meal with His disciples and offered words of hope. He knew His earthly ministry was about to end and as a loving teacher, He went over some of His previous teachings with His disciples. He said that when we ask in His name we will get what we ask for. He made statements that reinforced the necessity to call on Him; to pray. He said that we will do even more than He did during His earthly ministry. We know prayer preceded His earthly work and that would suggest that because we will be doing more, we probably should be praying more. Jesus said we can talk toHim about everything and anything, anytime. So why aren’t people praying?

The Apostle Paul tells to boldly approach the throne of the omnipotent, omniscient God, not because God must listen to us but because God is waiting to hear from us. The One who is all powerful and needs nothing, and who knows all, including what His creation needs to survive, does not need us nor does He need us to pray. He, however, desires to involve us in the flow of our lives and even the direction in which the world moves. Unfortunately, too many have forgotten that it is also His desire that we talk to Him. God is self-sufficient and does not need us, but He chooses to use us and our prayers to bring about His glory on earth. When we attribute our existence and blessings to Him, He is glorified. When we seek to know and align His will to ours, He is shown to be righteous. When we acknowledge that God already knows what we need, yet still choose to talk with Him about our own desires and concerns, He is shown to be a caring Father who wants what is good for His children. Prayer does not cause God to change His mind. It does tell Him that we are interested in being used to bring about the good He desires for all His children.

Do you pray? Do you need to realign your thinking about prayer and truly believe God wants you praying?  I can speak from my own experiences, that of friends I know who pray, I’ve read of stories about people who have made prayer a staple of their life. I can even reference scripture that shows from the garden to the cross and beyond, that God has been asking us to talk to Him. But these experiences are worthless if people don’t see the value of prayer. That is why I want to say that to recognize the value of prayer you need to experience the impact of prayer.

I challenge you to talk to God every day, so you can experience this power. I’m not suggesting that daily prayer will turn you into a rich, popular Christian with superpowers to fix lives. I’m saying that when you get into the daily practice of prayer, you will begin to see the purpose in your life and will seek to fulfil it. Not in the habit of talking with God, then consider reading a Psalm. Turn David’s talks with God into your prayer.  Read a translation, such as the Message, that uses language we hear every day. After you have read a Psalm, think about what you’ve read and ask yourself “is that what I also want to say to God?”  If you set aside a few minutes each day to read and reflect on a Psalm, and if you approach this time with a desire in your heart to talk to God and not do it as a ritual, you will begin to sense something new. You will find you have your own words that you want to say to God. Before long you will talk with God about everything and at all hours of the day. You will become bold in your faith and will even ask God not only to change things in your life but in the lives of others. You will talk about healing sickness, strengthening relationships, and asking God to help you deal with the brokenness you encounter. You will talk with Him about choices and decisions that you want to make. You will experience life to the fullest because, regardless of what is happening to you and around you, your connection to God will replace fear and doubt with joy and hope.

Let prayer change your mind about who you are and what God wants for you. God is wanting to hear from you.

Quid est veritas – “What is truth?”

Pontus Pilate has an odd historical persona. All four gospels share accounts of him lobbying to have Jesus released yet he was the one who condemned Christ to die. Historian Josephus recorded that Pilate wanted to keep peace in Jerusalem by allowing Mosaic laws and customs to be practised. Yet, he lost his role as Prefect because of his brutal treatment of the Samaritans. They were looking to view artefacts allegedly buried by Moses on Mount Gerizim; the mountain where they worshipped God. Pilate exercised political and military might and was accustomed to trying to determine the truth in situations requiring his action. If his life was anything like present-day politicians, he must have been frustrated by the distortion of information. The gospel of John records him asking Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38 a) in response to Jesus’ statement, in John 18:37.  Was Pilate’s question to Jesus sarcasm or was it a question asked by someone struggling to know, “What is truth?”

The BBC news service recently showed a short video of a Chinese artists studio being torn down by government officials. He had designed the “birdsnest” stadium which hosted the 2008 Olympics but today is considered an enemy of China. My interest in his story was sparked by the question, “how a dissident could be allowed to leave China”. I went looking for the facts behind the story and went to my regular internet information sources. The accounts of his life story and interaction with the Chinese government was very subjective and I found myself asking, “What is truth?” The search for an answer opened my eyes to the reality that we are living in an age where, despite having access to a lot of information, the truth is hard to find. It seems that much of the information we read is produced by those more interested in their own notoriety vice the facts. However, the truth that is truly important does not come from man’s words but God’s. Jesus’ truth is far more than facts. It’s not just something we act upon. It acts upon us. We can’t change the truth, but the truth can change us.

Jesus stated on several occasions that He was the truth. The truth He spoke about and represents is rooted in an eternal God who is all powerful and unchangeable. A loving Father who, even after He placed His first children in a garden of paradise and they chose the lie of the deceiver over His truth, He did not abandon them. The MCF does not hide the fact it has a self-interest agenda. We want to expose Jesus as the truth. A truth that starts with belief in His Lordship, the need for acceptance and repentance of sin, and recognizing Him as a Saviour who forgives thereby allowing us to reclaim a place beside our Father. We want people to know that scripture contains a truth they may not want to hear. A truth that states that from the beginning we chose the lie of a deceiver over the truth of God. A truth that reminds us that when we were created, God saw us as good and wants to restore us to that status. The truth is found in a God who wants what is good for His children. Even as He expelled us from the garden, He promised salvation in the form of a future offspring who would crush the head of the defeated deceiver Satan.

Jesus is the truth. Truth personified. He is the source of all truth, the embodiment of truth and therefore the reference point for evaluating all truth-claims. Pilate both witnessed and heard the truth as Jesus stood before him. However, he chose to listen to the lies of the jeering crowds and his political consciousness and missed the truth. Jesus’ death on the cross did not stop the truth from being heard. He rose from death, as He said He would, validating His claim of a special connection with the Father. Allowing the truth to be shared with the world.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that God has written His truth on human hearts, in the conscience (Romans 2:16). We feel shame and twinges of conscience when we recognize that truth has been violated. When our family and friends hear truth, if spoken graciously, they can be drawn to it. The heart longs for truth, even the heart that rejects it. Stand with us as we tell others the answer to Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”

Making the right choice!

Genesis 4:7 – What is right?

Recently I volunteered in an accommodation office and had to calculate the bill of an individual checking out earlier than planned. The arithmetic seemed simple. All I had to do was apply the daily rate to the number of nights stayed as well as remove the discount that would have applied if the individual stayed the full duration.  I mumbled to myself as I worked out the total in my head and then stated a number. When I made eye contact with the client I noted a look of skepticism on their face and knew they did not believe me. I knew I was not going to convince them that my figure was correct unless I performed the dreaded act our mathematics teachers demanded of us every time we took a test; I needed to show my work.

We know scripture does not share everything said between God, Adam and Eve in the garden, but we can read the conversation that occurred when God asked Adam and Eve about their choice to eat the forbidden fruit. Their teacher (God) had taught them about choices. There were probably many days in the garden when they could have taken the fruit but knew the answer was no. However, when Satan confronted them and presented their choice in a problem format, they failed the test. It didn’t matter that Eve’s initial response suggested she knew the answer to be no. Both Adam and Eve proved they truly did not understand that the lesson was about obedience, not about fruit. When challenged by God for an answer about their choice, they could not show their work. They knew the answer was no but, with flawed thinking, tried to explain how they reached their decision.

I don’t profess any mathematical prowess that allowed me to boast my initial answer should not be challenged. To ensure the clients were comfortable that I was not just going through the motions of providing a figure, I had to prove what I was sharing was correct. I wrote out my calculations and showed the individual how I came up with a figure. When I slowed down and wrote out the calculation and explained why I used the figures I did, I proved I understood the problem as well as the mathematics necessary to find a solution. It didn’t matter that my calculation resulted in the same figure I presented from the top of my head or that I had never given the individual any reason to distrust me before that encounter. I had to show my work; I had to show that I knew that I understood what I was doing.

We can’t make the right choices if we don’t understand why a choice might be wrong. Our relationship with the Holy Spirit, our study of scripture, and our prayers and worship practices are the work we must do to make good choices. They are especially valuable when we are tempted to do something that we know the answer is NO. If we allow Him, the Holy Spirit will nudge us to reflect on our choice. We will realize that what we are about to do would be offensive to God, to another person, or to ourselves. The Holy Spirit need not bring the Book of Leviticus to our minds, but He will certainly remind us that we know what the right choice should be.

A disciple seeks to learn what the master teaches and applies it to their daily lives, this way they show the work of their learning. So, when they face life issues they will be able to choose the path and show they understand why and what they were taught. God was not trying to trick Adam and Eve by presenting them with a choice they could not make correctly. Satan turned a simple choice into a complicated one. If we never seek to understand what God teaches, we will continually struggle with choices.

Don’t ignore what is around you

“Romans 1:19-20”  People are without excuses.

What is consciousness? Why are 10% of the human population left-handed? Why do we yawn and why is yawning contagious? Why do humans love music? How do magnets work? Science has many answers to the mysteries of the world but it does not have them all. Richard Dawkins, a strong proponent of the theory of evolution, has suggested Darwin’s theory of natural selection is the blind, unconscious, automatic process for the existence of all forms of life. Dawkins has suggested that natural selection has no purpose in mind. Yet, he has also stated biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose. While admitting that living things give the appearance of purposeful design, Dawkins does not consider the obvious—that, if they appear to have been designed, maybe they were designed.
(Notes are taken from website Beyond Tomorrow).

Can you believe in God while also believing in science? Absolutely. Science has aided our curious nature in trying to understand the world around us. Galileo, who contributed much to the formulation of modern science, had his belief in God challenged by his church. He responded, “I don’t feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect, has intended us to forgo their use”. In its infancy, many in the scientific community believed in God and accepted there was the unexplainable that could only be explained with acknowledgement of divine intervention. However, they now feel they must explain in a way the world will accept even if it does not make sense to them.

God provides answers as to why there is a world, why its flora and fauna exist, why gravity prevents everything from floating into space, and why our atmosphere has the right chemical combination to allow life to flourish; He designed it that way. God not only answers how humans came into existence, but He goes further than science and shares the purpose for our existence.

We were formed in our mother’s wombs, not in some primordial mud puddle. The world wants us to accept science as the reason for our existence whereas God wants us to see He is the reason. Accepting God requires faith; God will help with that faith. God will help us see and live our purpose. Enjoy science and the world, but don’t ignore God.

It is not good for man to be alone.

Genesis 2:18 NIV “The Lord God said:”

I am eight week’s post knee replacement surgery and each day I find myself feeling stronger and more positive about my fitness. I thank God for my improvement but I also credit others. People have prayed for me and therapists, who have been constantly monitoring my progress, have adapted my physio and pushed me. There is also another group of people who have helped. I have interacted with them for several hours a week; my Knee Class. All participants have had the same surgery and have experienced life before it, and life after it. We developed a relationship.

Our passage identifies how relationships add to our well being. God noticed Adam needed something and initially presented helpers who turned out to be unable to meet the need God placed in us; the need for relationship. God knew that life would be better and easier if we had someone like us to do life with. In Genesis, God suggests that we desire human companionship because of what we have in common. We experience life with similar responses and reactions as other humans. We are all blessed according to God’s will and none are exempt from struggles. The way we face the good and bad of life can bring us together especially if we lived it under similar circumstances and environments.

I bonded with my classmates because of what we have in common. We did not know each other before surgery but we recognized what we could offer each other. During the class,we exercise and talk. We talk about our struggles and pains. We hear how others have had the same struggles and survived. By week three, not only did we talk about our knees we talked about our families, our jobs and in some cases our beliefs. Some have gotten together after class to have coffee while others have visited each other’s home. Our common bond opened the door to a relationship just as God anticipated.

Military life is what holds the MCF together and it can open doors to others in the military community. If we can recognize what we have in common with the military community we will be able to recognize the opportunities to create relationships. Eve was not created to make Adam’s life easier. She was created to help him fulfil his purpose, which included Adam helping Eve fulfil hers. Our purpose is to worship God. Our mission is to take the gospel to the military, both the saved and the lost. This is a community who experience life in a way we understand. We need to help them find their purpose and to do that, we need to get closer. There are so many ways to initiate and maintain contact with at least one member, couple, or family in our community. It can start with a simple hello, a conversation about nothing special, or an invite to share a beverage together. Leave the Christian talk and bible at home and let God direct your relationship.

Just like Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we are meant to be in a relationship with others. Our common military interests pave the path to a possible long-term,mutually beneficial relationship where God can be revealed. Call someone today and start the connection you were created to make.

Don’t forget who is always on your side

1 Samuel 17:11 – Dismayed and terrified

The story of David and Goliath is often discussed as an underdog story. We see a contest where a smaller, weaker opponent faces a much bigger, stronger adversary. David, because of how this story plays out, often gets top billing in sermons and devotionals. However, have you wondered why the God loving, God worshipping, God-fearing Israelites and their King, stood looking at Goliath “dismayed and terrified”. The Hebrew words used to describe their response to Goliath’s presence implies scared, terrified, discouraged, to the point the Israelites fear is portrayed as a reverence for Goliath prowess. King Saul certainly knew God was on his side so what happened to bring about this seemingly lack of faith and trust?

Have you ever been “dismayed and terrified” when facing life? Have you taken a child for a medical checkup and leave the examination frightened at the news your child has a disease or illness that will bring pain and misery to them? Have you sat before a boss and heard the words “you’re a great worker but we are downsizing and your services will no longer be required”? We are horrified at this type of news and can collapse emotionally because the challenge seems impossible to overcome. We struggle with this news even though we have been a faithful follower of Christ for many years. We may have even been a source of encouragement and comfort to many in our church family, yet upon hearing the news of our child or job loss, some can become paralyzed with fear. Some become so disheartened that God becomes an afterthought and they forget the times they experienced His grace, love and support. What happened to bring about this lack of faith in God?

Goliath was certainly known to the Israelites before their encounter that day. He was a fierce foe with strength and power. His physical size and presence was intimidating and brought about the same shock and awe effect that WWI troops experienced when facing the first battlefield tanks. Have you wondered why the Israelites did not rush Goliath and take him down? In their attack strategy, they could have assigned 5, 10 or even 20 men to focus on Goliath while the remainder fought the Philistines? Goliath unsettled them and sought a one-on-one challenge which he certainly would win. For whatever reason the Israelites let that thought get to them. Saul had no solution to the problem facing him and even when David stepped up and accepted Goliath’s challenge, the Israelites mannerism did not seem to change. There was no cheering, back-slapping, or sense of confidence running up and down the Israelite lines. They had given up hope and possibly saw David as the sacrifice needed to delay the eventual onslaught by Goliath. Satan reminded the Israelites of Goliath’s history and presence and they forgot about the God who walked with them, who provided for them, and who promised to be with them if they followed and worshipped Him.

Satan uses real adversaries to bring about doubt. Too often Christians fall into a sense of hopelessness when facing problems. They become overwhelmed because Satan likes to remind us that we don’t have the solution to many of life’s sets backs. But he is a defeated enemy of ours and we need to remember that. We also need to establish habits to help us focus on God both during good times and bad. In fact, how we approach God during the good times will certainly help us seek Him during the rough times.

God does not expect us to face life alone. The Holy Spirit is available to guide and comfort us but we must not forget that God has gifted and blessed others who can help us. We don’t know why Saul responded to Goliath as he did but we do know that God did not leave him to tremble in fear. He provided a solution which Saul could choose to accept or ignore. God does not change and today, when His children are backed into a corner, He offers His presence which we can choose to accept or ignore. Too often we believe our adversaries are bigger and better equipped than us but remember “you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world” 1 John 4;4. Seeking God is the most sensible option we have when life gets rough.  God wants to replace our fears with hope but we need to ask.

Join God’s mission to the military

Galatians 5:13 Called to be Freedom.

Two interesting and difficult realities of military service is the continually moving around and the temporary family separations caused by deployments and training. We know this places stress on family life and we believe God is calling His military children to be a source of comfort and hope to their community. Postings disrupt the sense of normality in our military family as does the other major disruption of taking a family member away for weeks or months at a time to attend a course, or go on deployment. Families adapt to the change if they have a sense that the change will not take away all that they enjoy. They adapt even quicker if they have someone like them to walk with during these times.

The Military Christian Fellowship recognizes the strain put on families and wants to help. It knows that in addition to continually looking for a new doctor or dentist, getting children adjusted to new schools, and finding new places for social interactions, families also want their spiritual concerns looked after. Families want a place to worship but they also want fellowship with people like themselves. They’d like to know believers who live the similar transient life. They want to be able to find solace in another brother or sister while on deployment, on course, or even while doing their day-to-day work. Spouses want fellowship with other spouses when they are left minding the fort while the military spouse is away servicing their country nearby or afar. Our military Christian families do find fellowship in their churches but sharing with those who undergo similar day-to-day experience, with other military believers, has its rewards.

The primary mission of the MCF is to take the gospel to the unsaved in the military community. However we are also deeply concerned for our serving and retired Christian military community. We know the value of being able to fellowship with those likeminded. Only the community truly knows what life is like in service to their country and we want to find ways to connect that
community with other military brother’s and sisters. We want to build on the network of Christians already within the community to be there for one another. We also want them to join our mission, God’s mission, to take the gospel into our military community. We of course have a concern for all those who do not call Jesus Lord, whether they are in the military family or not. But, we believe because the community has common experiences, struggles and joys, God will use that bond to strengthen and grow it.

Prayer is the backbone of the MCF and we want our military community to come along side us and pray with us for the military. We have prayer partners with no affiliation with the military, other than a concern for those who serve, and we want our Christian military brothers and sisters to have that same passion. We have recognized the need to be more strategic in our prayers for the military and have developed War Rooms (prayer groups) to battle the enemy . Additionally we will develop and distribute prayer lists we call The Shield, to focus our prayers efforts. Prayer will open doors to other MCF undertakings. It also causes people to change their involvement in God’s mission.

Will you take some time to reflect on your role as a Christian in the military community?Will you talk with God about His desire for you regarding this community? Will you pray with us as we seek to serve our military family? Will you use your freedom in Christ to help free others?