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

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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

Jack HelmerWords from Iraq

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

Jack HelmerFallen Heroes Part 2