Living in the New Normal

Recently, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) has stood up a couple of Living in the New Normal (LINN) chapters in the Ft. Hood area, including Belton and Temple.  First Baptist Belton has been involved in the Belton chapter by providing some of the leadership, hosting a community forum, and participating in brainstorming sessions.  It is impressive what local churches … Read More

Jack HelmerLiving in the New Normal

Soldier of the Year – Scott Smiley

The story of CPT Scott Smiley is an inspiring example of courage, loyalty, duty, and faith.  As a platoon leader in Iraq, CPT Smiley faced down a charging suicide car bomber and sacrificed his body to save his men.  Now completely blind, CPT Smiley has fought to stay in the Army, returned to Active Duty status, and has recently been … Read More

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New Military Bible Needs Your Input

In 2008, B&H Publishing is coming out with a new KJV Military Bible for all four branches. They are looking to include new “Deployment Relevant” devotionals and sermons as ancillary material specifically targeted to service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more details, click here.

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Left Behind – OnMission

Recently, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) published a story about Military Ministry from the local church perspective in their OnMission publication called “Left Behind.” The main message of the article was that “churches in military towns have a unique opportunity to minister to families separated from loved ones deployed overseas.” Here is a portion of the article: “ Once … Read More

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Words from Iraq

A lot of times we are fed stories about soldiers losing their faith in Iraq. I remember reading the Newsweek article a couple months ago about a chaplain who had struggled with the issue of faith after a difficult deployment. The article described his struggle with almost losing his faith, and I remember waiting for the author to balance the … Read More

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Legacy Outfitters

For those of you in the Central Texas area and are into the outdoors (hunting, fishing, camping, etc), you need to check out Legacy Outfitters. This is an awesome organization that combines the outdoors with Christian brotherhood through fellowship and common bonds. Even if you are not the outdoors type, their next meeting (July 10 at 6:30PM) is featuring guest … Read More

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Fallen Heroes Part 2

Today Focus on the Family launched the second half of the moving interview involving 3 Gold Star Wives who are leaning on their faith in Jesus Christ in the wake of their husband’s death. If you missed yesterday’s broadcast of Part 1, check out “Focus on the Family Broadcast” and use the link provided. Part 2 continues the inspiring interview … Read More

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‘Black Hawk’ Hero Confronts Fear with Faith in Sovereign God

Written by Ken Walker COLUMBUS, Ga. (BP)–After facing death on several foreign battlefields, Jeff Struecker has overcome the fear of his own demise, not to mention less pressing concerns like financial difficulties or the childhood nightmares that followed his parents’ divorce. Still, he battles uncertainties, and at the top of the list is the possibility of a seventh trip to … Read More

Jack Helmer‘Black Hawk’ Hero Confronts Fear with Faith in Sovereign God

Focus on the Family Broadcast

A Tribute to Men of Honor – Part 1 aired this morning, and is an incredible testimony of faith from two women who have lost their husbands in Iraq and one who lost her husband (an Army SSG) to cancer. If you missed it on the radio, you can listen to it online at the Focus on the Family website. … Read More

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God and Country Concert ’07

Each Sunday before July 4th, FBC Belton puts on a concert celebrating God and Country with one of the division bands from Ft. Hood. This Sunday was the 36th time the church did this for the community and it was a special time. BG Christopher Tucker from Ft. Hood was the guest speaker, and the FBCB Choir performed the musical … Read More

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