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OCF Crosspoint is a production of Officers' Christian Fellowship and is dedicated to sharing stories of military life at the intersection of faith, family & profession. Some stories will be informational, educational, inspirational...or maybe all three. OCF's vision is the military community positively impacted through Christ-like leaders. OCF engages military leaders in Biblical fellowship and growth to equip them for Christ-like service at the intersection of faith, family, and profession. For more information, visit the OCF website at www.ocfusa.org.

OCF Crosspoint Podcast OCF Crosspoint

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

OCF Crosspoint is a production of Officers' Christian Fellowship and is dedicated to sharing stories of military life at the intersection of faith, family & profession. Some stories will be informational, educational, inspirational...or maybe all three. OCF's vision is the military community positively impacted through Christ-like leaders. OCF engages military leaders in Biblical fellowship and growth to equip them for Christ-like service at the intersection of faith, family, and profession. For more information, visit the OCF website at www.ocfusa.org.

    Amanda Yashack, part 2: “God is healing me and he is giving me my life back”

    Amanda Yashack, part 2: “God is healing me and he is giving me my life back”

    Hope and healing. If you've ever experienced a trauma, you need both.
    But how do you know when healing has actually begun? For Capt Amanda Yashack, United States Air Force Reserve, the genesis of the hope and healing that she so desperately needed could have easily gone unnoticed. It began in the back of a church after Sunday services, as a stranger offered Amanda a tissue and sat silently with her as she cried.
    In the previous episode, Amanda shared the first part of her story, which centered on the trauma she experienced as a result of a sexual assault. If you missed that part of her story, be sure to go back and take a listen. As I mentioned last episode, if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please get help. Consider starting with the National Sexual Assault Hotline. They offer confidential 24/7 support, and their number is 800-656-4673.
    In this episode, Amanda concludes her story by sharing how God began to radically heal her heart and change her life through a series of events.
    As you listen to Amanda’s story of military life at the intersection of faith, family, and profession, here are a few questions to ponder:
    The kindness and dignity given her from an unknown lady at church, or the pilot school classmates’ “by a different playbook” life of faith that she wanted for herself—those are some of the ways other Christians impacted Amanda during her faith journey to Christ. Have you ever thought about how the way you live your life impacts others, both positively and negatively? Amanda came to believe that “God gives us the free choice to choose Him because real love does not force anybody to do anything.” By first recognizing God’s “free and loving choice to forgive me,” Amanda was moved “to understand that I can freely and lovingly forgive the people who assaulted me.” Is it possible to forgive others outside of loving them? What would need to change for forgiveness in love to happen? Amanda participated in RMH, an outdoor leadership program largely for young officers. What do you think this mentor’s statement from their Bible study sessions, “We shouldn’t live our lives to be better Christians but that we should seek Christ with everything, and the rest will follow”? In this episode, Amanda also mentioned:
    Episode 47, “Building Community in the Military Sisterhood” (47. Kristin Goodrich: Building community in the military sisterhood - Officers' Christian Fellowship (ocfusa.org)) Rocky Mountain High, OCF’s premier leadership development program for cadets, midshipmen, junior officers and Christian leaders (Rocky Mountain High – Spring Canyon Conference Center)

    • 32 min
    Amanda Yashack, part 1: “That morning at PT something inside me just completely broke.”

    Amanda Yashack, part 1: “That morning at PT something inside me just completely broke.”

    A caution for listeners: This episode deals with a topic that may affect some listeners. Part of my guest’s story involves trauma resulting from sexual assault. If you’ve experienced a similar trauma, if you have children around, or if you might be around someone who has experienced trauma, please consider coming back to this episode later and using caution when listening.
    If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please get help. If you’re unsure about where to get help, consider starting with the National Sexual Assault Hotline. They offer confidential 24/7 support, and their number is 800-656-4673.
    It’s been just over a year since I interviewed Capt Amanda Yashack, United States Air Force Reserve. In fact, at that time, she was still Amanda Blaschko and was just weeks away from getting married.
    Amanda’s story will be divided into two parts. In this episode, Amanda will talk about how her life spiraled out of control when she was in ROTC, largely as a result of the trauma she experienced, and then how that led to burnout, compartmentalizing her pain, and as she calls it…rock bottom. In the next episode, you’ll hear her story of hope and healing as God began doing a mighty work in her life.
    As you listen to Amanda’s story of military life at the intersection of faith, family, and profession, here are a few questions to ponder:
    We often hear from others that we can “be anything we want to be, do anything we set our minds to.” Are those true statements? How do they stack up against Jesus’ statement that “I am the vine; you are the branches…apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, ESV). Amanda describes suppressing her sexual assault experiences and instead relying on “all the little victories” in pursuit of her dreams as “building a world on a foundation of sinking sand.” Read Matthew 7:24-25. In what ways do you think building our lives on the rock that is Christ sustains us through the storms of life? Amanda cautions that “if you have anything you haven’t dealt with, it’s not a matter of if but when it will bubble to the surface.” By not dealing with her sexual assault experiences, Amanda says the “place I was in got even darker.” Is there anything in your life that has you trying to live life as if nothing happened? Does pride, fear, or embarrassment keep you from seeking help? Tune in next episode when Amanda shares the rest of her story.

    • 32 min
    Sam Alexander: “I realized that I need to really focus on bringing God into my work”

    Sam Alexander: “I realized that I need to really focus on bringing God into my work”

    A few months ago, I received an email from LT Sam Alexander, USN, wanting to tell me how much appreciated hearing the stories on this podcast—especially in a hectic environment where it's not always easy to make time for the Lord, as he says.
    Today, Sam will share some of his story, and he’ll give a peek into submarine culture, how isolation can have an impact on one's faith, and the importance of developing a spiritual support system or a mentoring relationship.
    As you listen to Sam’s story of military life at the intersection of faith, family, and profession, here are a few questions to ponder:
    Reflect upon a time when you felt isolated, whether by the circumstance of life or because of duty requirements. Was your focus on only getting through it, or allowing God to speak to you through the circumstances? Would you react differently today if confronted with a similar situation? When the struggles of life come upon us, why is it easier to focus on a job, or the busyness of life, rather than spend time with God? What does our response to that say about our relationship with Him? Sam refers to Nehemiah and his leadership in the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem, that it was not about him, but rather focused on the mission and the king he served. Why is a kingdom mindset of mission and focus upon those you both serve and lead so important in Christlike leadership? Get to know your sailors. Be approachable. Be vulnerable—unafraid to share your fears. In what ways do those leadership attributes Sam mentioned contribute toward building community among those in isolated duty stations? Sam talks about the iron sharpening iron power (Proverbs 27:17) “that can mold you into something better” from seeking out community, valuing deep friendships, and in mentoring. What keeps you from these relationships if you avoid them—fear, distrust, self-sufficiency? Have you ever thought about bringing this before the Lord?

    • 18 min
    Hannah Johnson: “In order to glorify God, I have to have it all together”

    Hannah Johnson: “In order to glorify God, I have to have it all together”

    Today you're going to hear from LT Hannah Johnson, USN, as she talks about her struggles with spiritual perfectionism, and as she says, the fear of being a fraud or being found out.

    • 40 min
    Grant Johnson: “Your identity is not wrapped up in the aircraft that you're flying.”

    Grant Johnson: “Your identity is not wrapped up in the aircraft that you're flying.”

    As we continue this multi-episode focus on the topic of identity, you’re going to hear from LT Grant Johnson, USN, as he shares his story of dreaming to be a jet pilot, only to come up short

    • 32 min
    Lynda Johnson: “I no longer see myself as the star of my movie”

    Lynda Johnson: “I no longer see myself as the star of my movie”

    Lynda Johnson's identity was shaken after she was told she couldn’t run anymore unless she wanted to risk more damage to her health. Today, you’ll hear both her life story and the story of how she found her identity in Christ as she shares her testimony of military life at the intersection of faith, family, and profession.

    • 29 min

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BrokenRunner17 ,

Great Podcast!

Greatly enjoyed hearing the podcast on service to our country. Would love to hear more about what it means to have a Christian view on combat.

Knubes ,

Cross point

A great idea to encourage and network an learn who we are -serving the Lord in the military-
But could do without the OCF advertising with each pod cast - why not one on the OCF to get the word across?

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Art Athens: What’s so amazing about grace

Excellent and encouraging reminder to Jesus’ call to “follow me” and what that means... abide in Christ!

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