A Daily Celebration

For the Christian thanksgiving should be a daily celebration. Our lives should be marked with gratitude…not a gratitude that speaks of our getting what we want from God, but a gratitude that recognizes all of what we have, whether little or much, is from the kind providence of God. Our boast is in the Lord, and any person, nation, or for that matter, any Christian Ministry that boasts only in what it receives has missed the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Our thanks should focus on the Giver and not the gifts themselves. Our lives are not made up of gifts, but the blessing of the Lord that provides us with love, joy, peace and other qualities that gifts cannot afford. “The blessing from the Lord make a person rich, and He adds no sorrow to it” (Proverb 10:22). I invite all of God’s people at this time, whatever nationality, to stop and remember to give thanks to our Almighty Father for His blessing and care for us, and to share the source and fruits of His blessing with others. This is the true meaning of Thanksgiving. PMC

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

 

 

Casting Call

“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.”  Mark 1:16 (NIV)
It’s impressive to watch videos of modern day fishermen casting their nets and see how far they throw and the perfect spread of the net when it touches the water’s surface.  What is immediately noticeable is how much force they use when casting. Indeed the first definition of “casting” in the Oxford dictionary is “throw, especially deliberately or forcefully”.  Also, no part of the net is to remain on the jetty or in the boat but, rather, the whole thing should land completely in the water.

Years after Jesus first called Peter to follow Him, that same fisherman wrote in a letter to Christians to “cast all your anxiety on Him [God] because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).  Whilst in the original Greek it is not the same word, the two words used both do mean “to throw” and both are translated as “cast” in many English translations. The word in 1 Peter is the same one used in Luke 19:35 when the people “threw” the coats on the colt for Jesus to sit on.

In the midst of COVID19 let us cast, let us throw our anxiety on God, for He cares for us. And remember, therefore, that once we have done so our worries need not be “in the boat” with us any more but have been deliberately and forcefully thrown to Almighty God, ruler of all, for His concern. CM

               
This thought was written by Chris McDonald, General Director of Airline Christian Network (ACN) in Australia.  

THREE WOMEN (Part 1)

It is a good thing that there is no formula or specific way in how we come to Christ. For those of us who’ve grown up in church, we can easily think or assume that salvation comes to us in Sunday school, bible club or youth group. But our path to Christ can look vastly different from one to another, whether a Sunday school grad or not.

Three women in the gospels had different encounters with Christ. Each were desperate for salvation whether they knew it or not. But the three had very different mindsets upon meeting Christ. I will call them: the Debater, the one Forced-in-His-Presence, and the Pursuer.

The Debater

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Jesus:  “Give me a drink.”

Woman:  “How is it that you, a Jew, ask me for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”

Jesus:  “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink’, you would ask him, and he would give you living water.”

Woman:  “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this ‘living water’? You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you?”

Jesus:  “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.”

Woman:  “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.”

Jesus: “Go call your husband and come back here.”

Woman:  “I don’t have a husband.”

Jesus:  “You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,’ for you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you say is true.”

Woman: “Sir, I see you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”

Jesus:  “Believe me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.”

Woman:  “I know that the Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Jesus:  “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”

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Most of us are familiar with the woman at the well. Her noon-day routine was to gather her daily supply of water. In her life, she may have been content or comfortable by doing what was familiar, avoiding the scorn other others. She could’ve been relieved to not be strapped to another broken marriage, and she might have been enjoying the company of her current relationship. This woman had her religion, she was knowledgeable in it, and she was living life her own way.

But the state of this debater’s heart was revealing when Christ encountered her. She had her guard up fearing the tension between her race and the Jews. She continually questioned Christ and asked him for his water that quenches, desiring the benefits yet wanting it on her own terms. She had knowledge in her faith and knew of the coming Messiah, but her life was tattered by failed marriages and she hid from Christ her current live-in. This woman was intentionally hiding her broken and sinful self while debating her knowledge with Christ.

Weary from his journey, Christ did not let a divine appointment pass him by. He saw her. He initiated the conversation with her first by begging for a cup of water; she responded. The woman questioned, and questioned, and questioned and Christ continually engaged with her.

There was no alter call, nor was she in a church or synagogue. The woman was going about her daily routine when encountered. Christ won over this debater’s heart as he loved and ministered to her right where she was at. She discussed, questioned and finally came to the end of herself; she met her Savior.

“Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of what the woman said when she testified, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’” John 4:39     

Many lessons can be drawn from this well known story; only the Holy Spirit knows what we need from the depth of his Word. That is the beauty of Christ. He meets us right where we are. He is a good, good God.

Taken from Matthew 4:1-42

Next time: Forced Into His Presence

 

 

 

Christian Unity at Work

Christian unity in the workplace is not merely Christians working for the same company under the same company goals. Christian unity is much bigger than this because what unites Christians is more personal and permanent. This especially becomes evident when company goals break down, and Christians choose not to become disillusioned and revert to anxiety, anger or fear. Instead, they are drawn to the true unifying source, God alone!  When Christians humbly unite together under God’s mighty hand, the fruit of their unity becomes glaringly evident to all in the workplace (PMC). Consider this: “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:8) “Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up at the proper time.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.  

FCAP Legacy Continues in Salt Lake City

For many, many years there was a very active FCAP group in the Salt Lake City area.  But with retirements and relocations, the group stopped meeting.  On November 6 we received word that one of the pilots who had been involved in FCAP-SLC before has a heart for restarting the group there. Please be in prayer as he and several other pilots are looking to the Lord to help them do just that.