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Encouragement During the Government Shutdown


As the government shutdown continues another day, many Service Members are struggling with its ramifications. A military couple said this about the shutdown, "we count on the pay we earn from our monthly training. Without it, we don't have enough money to pay all of our bills."


Like this military family, you might have certain challenges in your life, possibly in your marriage that is causing you to feel anxious about how things might turnout. I want to let you know that despite how hopeless things may seem at times, with God's help all things are possible. He loves you and wants you to have a brighter future. You can overcome.


Gideon was a war hero who struggled with anxiety due to the enormous challenges he had to face. Convinced that God had abandoned him and his countrymen, he lived in constant fear of his enemy.


One day God asked Gideon to lead his countrymen into battle against an enemy he had feared for years. At first, Gideon questioned why God would even ask someone like him to lead an army, let alone when the survival of his people was at stake.


Gideon eventually said yes, gathered his men, and to make matters more interesting, God had Gideon send most of the men home before the battle. Though this turn of events would give anyone in his position anxiety, Gideon and his army were victorious because it was God who won the battle for them. After the battle was over, Gideon learned a valuable truth. He learned that the more he learned about God, the easier it was to believe that everything in the end was going to be okay (read Judges chapters 6-7).


Gideon discovered that as his relationship with God grew, the less anxious he felt. If you want to reduce the anxiety in your life, then learn from the life of Gideon, that the more you learn about God, the easier it will be for you to calmly proceed through life while others are drowning in stress.


Be encouraged my friend!


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Mar 07 2013

Military Marriage Conference Coming September 28 2013

Our next Military Marriage Conference will be September 28, 2013 in Indianapolis. More details to follow soon!

Dec 27 2012

A Special Message to All the Familes Who Serve and Protect The United States of America

Centurion’s Watch, Founder, Doug Hedrick, the members of the board of directors, and our volunteers want to wish all the families who serve and sacrifice for us and this great country a very special, memorable, meaningful and joyous Christmas and New Year. We pray continually that God’s peace, comfort and favor will rest on you and your families!

With Love, Centurion’s Watch.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.””
(Luke 2:8-14)

Oct 24 2012

Invitation to Centurion’s Watch 1st Annual Veterans Day Reception & Fundraiser

Centurion’s Watch founder, Doug Hedrick, personally invites you, your family, and friends to the 1st annual Veterans Day Reception and Fundraiser.  Register Today!

 

 

Please Join us as we Honor Yesterday’s Veterans, and show our gratitude for Today’s Patriots and Families

Wednesday November 14, 2012 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Indianapolis War Memorial | 431 North Meridian Street | Indianapolis, IN 46204

This event is FREE; bring your family and friends | Register Today!

 

Oct 02 2012

Fort Wayne Conference Helps Miltary Couples Build a Stronger Marriage

As we leave Fort Wayne Indiana, having just completed our “Fortified” military marriage conference, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to have met such wonderful military couples.  These military couples represent some of the finest men and women who serve our country as members of the United States Reserves and Indiana Guard.  The 20 plus couples who registered came to the Ft. Wayne conference hoping  to discover the secret of how to build a stronger marriage.  I think the facts speak for themselves:  Over 95% of the couples either made a re-commitment to the Christian faith and/or their marriage.  One couple commented, “by attending the conference, it helped us see that we are not alone.”  Another couple said of the conference, “this conference allowed us to connect and grow in ways we never have before.” And another couple commented that “it was nice to be part of a marriage conference with a military component but yet applied to veteran’s and civilians.”

As we complete more of these marriage conferences, we are seeing a growing desire from military couples wanting to be connected with other military couples.  “These couples desperately need a supportive community of people who understand what they go through and who can speak to their struggles from experience,” said Hedrick.  Centurion’s Watch will be beginning an new initiative in 2013 to help address this growing desire.

Stayed tuned to our website for a listing of the 2013 conference schedule.  We are hoping to double of the amount of conferences offered, including possibly going to Atlanta in the Spring of 2013.

 

Sep 18 2012

Join Us For The Centurion’s Watch 1st Annual Veterans Day Reception & Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This event is FREE! We hope you will join us for this special event; please bring your family and friends.

Please help us plan for the event; CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Aug 09 2012

Startling Update on Military Suicides and What Centurion’s Watch is Doing About It

Good morning,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer.  My kids are going back to school this week, which is hard to believe.

You might be unaware of this but in 2012, Army suicides are outpacing U.S. deaths in the Afghanistan combat zone. From Jan 1 to June 3 of this year, 136 troops died in Afghanistan; over the same period, 154 service members across the force killed themselves-just shy on one per day.  According to a recent USA Today article, it was reported that the leading trigger for soldiers ending their life was relationship breakups.

My not for profit organization Centurion’s Watch (CW) was formed to help reverse these trends.  CW is leading the charge to bring hope to military couples by giving them a Biblical perspective on how they can have a strong, healthy and lasting marriage.  The link below is a new 2 minute video highlighting our “Fortified” military marriage conference.  The young military couple featured at the end of the video were getting a divorce and had lost all hope.  They attended our Louisville, KY marriage conference in April of this year.  Their “issues” became so severe that the soldier had even attempted suicide but fortunately the gun misfired. Now notice the joy in his eyes after his wife reaches over to kiss him and announces she is coming home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2jgqNaYKJk&feature=plcp

CW is conducting the fourth installment of its “Fortified” military marriage conference September 22-23 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  CW is also making plans to go to Georgia in the spring of 2013.  I have a month and a half to raise $4,000 in scholarships so that 25 military couples will be able to attend the Ft. Wayne conference.  Would you please consider making a tax deductible contribution to Centurion’s Watch to help change the lives of our fellow citizen soldiers and their families?  To sponsor one couple to attend a “Fortified” military marriage conference is $200.

You can click on the link below to donate online or get information if you desire to donate by mail.  Thank you for your support.

http://www.centurionswatch.org/?page_id=55

 

Doug Hedrick, Founder & President 

Centurions Watch

 

 

Aug 03 2012

Centurion’s Watch Founder, Doug Hedrick, Speaks Directly to You

Major Doug Hedrick, Founder of Centurion’s Watch, and the Board of Directors of Centruion’s Watch, are passionate and dedicated to strengthening military marriages across America, including yours!  Doug would like to personally invite you and your spouse to attend an upcoming “Fortified” Military Marriage Conference, and to ask you to consider partnering with us, your local church, and local businesses to bring a conference to an area near you. We want your marriage to be healthy and strong, and we need your help to reach other military couples who need to discover the principles, tools, support, and encouragement they need to enjoy the marriage relationship that they desire and God intended.

Aug 01 2012

Personal Invitation for You to Fortify Your Marriage September 22-23 in Fort Wayne, Indiana

I recently ran across this photo from our April 2012 “Foritified” Military Marriage Conference in Louisville.  It brought back wonderful memories of all the couples who attended and the stories of God’s goodness. It also prompted me to extend this personal message and invitation to our upcoming conference…

Centurion’s Watch is excited to announce that the “Fortified” Military Marriage Conference is coming to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, September 22-23, 2012.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to have some time away with your spouse to have some fun, relax and rekindle the romance and passion you once had for one another? The “Fortified” Military Marriage Conference is designed to do just that plus much more:

  • Experience much-needed time away, without distractions, to focus on your marriage relationship and have fun together
  • Assess the realities of military married life, its impact and how your marriage can overcome
  • Incorporate lessons from fellow military couples and seasoned speakers to resolve conflict and strengthen your marriage
  • Apply insights on how to ignite passion and romance into your marriage

 

What past attendees have said:

  • “Attending this conference saved our marriage. We love life again and will now put God first in our marriage”
  • “This conference helped recharge our marriage and identify our life’s purpose”
  • “This conference reminded us why we fell in love in the first place”
  • “Despite dealing with depression and discouragement, this conference gave us hope”

 

If you register for this conference within the next 30 days you will save 15% off your registration fee by entering “fortified” in the space for the promotion code. Your registration fee covers an overnight stay at the downtown Ft. Wayne Hilton Hotel, conference & materials, meals, couples activity, parking and many other fun surprises. There are a limited number of scholarships available so please inquire if you are interested by contacting us at events@centurionswatch.org

This interactive military marriage conference coming to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, led by dynamic “seasoned” military speakers, will teach you valuable life lessons such as: how you can truly love being married; wearing the uniform without killing the home-front; resolving conflict; mastering communication by practicing the languages of love; why finding allies is so important for every marriage; and how understanding God’s purpose for marriage can set you on the course to experience fulfillment and joy in your life and in your marriage.

The Centurion’s Watch “Fortified” Military Marriage Conference is a wonderful opportunity for you to get away with your spouse and fellow warriors to have fun, reconnect and apply Biblical wisdom to fortify your marriage.

This conference is open to the first 25 couples to register. Please click on the link below to learn more about the conference and how you can register. Your marriage deserves your best, Register Today!

 

God bless,

Doug Hedrick
President
P.O. Box 26324
Indianapolis, IN 46226
317-506-3684
events@centurionswatch.org
www.centurionswatch.org

Jul 23 2012

Registration Opens For Centurion’s Watch September 22-23 Fortify Your Marriage Confernece In Fort Wayne, IN.

Centurion’s Watch is hosting it’s fourth “Fortified” marriage conference September 22-23 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference is designed to encourage couples with Biblical insights and guidance that strengthen marriages and help couples grow in their faith in order to build lasting marriages.

This is a Joint Service event. All Veterans and Active, Reserve and Guard Service Members are welcome. Whether you are engaged, newly married, or been married for 20 plus years, attending the Centurion’s Watch Military Marriage Conference will have a positive impact on your marriage.

 

Couples are invited to learn more about the conference and to register online by visiting the official event site.

The registration fee of $69 includes the conference and materials, a hotel room, ball room dancing, meals (except Saturday date night), and many other fun surprises. Registration is limited, so couples are encouraged to register early.

 

Centurion’s Watch is a non-denominational Christian faith-based nonprofit organization founded and committed to encouraging the men and women in the United States’ Reserve Components, and their families, by nurturing strong marriages based upon timeless Biblical principles. Our marriage strengthening programs give hope to military families by equipping them with Biblical guidance and insights that strengthen marriages and help Service Members and their spouses grow in faith in order to sustain healthy marriage relationships.

Learn more about the benefits of attending!

 

Jul 01 2012

Fort Wayne “Fortified” Marriage Conference Dates Announced

Centurion’s Watch has announced the dates for the Fort Wayne, Indiana “Fortified” marriage conference. The event will be held on September 22-23, 2012 at the Hilton Fort Wayne. Please stay tuned and check back soon for registration details.

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