Prayer for the Armed Forces

Lord God of grace and power, stretch forth your almighty arm to strengthen and protect all those in the armed forces of our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in times of peace keep them safe from evil. Endue them with courage and loyalty, and grant that they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. … Read More

Jack HelmerPrayer for the Armed Forces

Lord’s Prayer For The Military Wife

Lord, Grant me the greatness of heart to see, the difference in duty and his love for me. Give me the understanding to know, That when duty calls he must go. Give me a task to do each day, to fill the time when he is away, And Lord, when duty is in the field, Please protect him and be … Read More

Jack HelmerLord’s Prayer For The Military Wife

A Soldier’s Prayer

Almighty and all-present power Short is the prayer I make to Thee I do not ask in battle hour For any shield to cover me. I ask no help to smite my foe I seek no petty victory here The enemy I hate, I know, To Thee dear Lord are also dear. The vast unalterable way From which the stars … Read More

Jack HelmerA Soldier’s Prayer

Scripture for Deployment

Before I deployed in 2003, my wife and I decided to choose a bible verse and make it our official deployment verse. We promised each other to mediate on this verse daily for two purposes. The first was to have some sort of connection knowing that each day we were reading the same verse, and secondly to give us an … Read More

Jack HelmerScripture for Deployment

Carver officially promoted to Army chief of chaplains

Jul 17, 2007 | by Marie Travis FORT MYER, Va. (BP)–Doug Carver remembers the day he held a pair of bloody dog tags in his hand. That same hand recently rested on the Bible his wife Sunny gave him for college graduation as he was sworn in as the 23rd U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains. Carver was promoted to major … Read More

Jack HelmerCarver officially promoted to Army chief of chaplains

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

Jack HelmerSoldier of the Year – Scott Smiley

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.

Jack HelmerNew Military Bible Needs Your Input

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

Jack HelmerLeft Behind – OnMission

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

Jack HelmerWords from Iraq