Hope for a Broken World

In light of the events that recently have transpired in the US and the reactions to those events, we would do well (regardless of political position) to consider the words of Jesus Christ when He said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). No nation of people can survive if governed with an attitude that says, “You must totally agree with me or make me your enemy.” History has plenty of stories describing the lives of leaders and movements that have adopted such undermining tactics. They lead by treachery and promote divisiveness and distrust in order to bring the change they desire. Sadly, history also shows that when a nation goes down this path, it eventually implodes and disintegrates from within. Both our nation (US) and the world are very fragile now… at a tilting point. All this tells us what we know… people need the Lord, and they need hope, the sustaining kind only God’s can provide (Romans 5:1-5).

Much is being talked about right now. I think the best words we/you can offer at this time is through our humble prayers to God… that our leaders and people would seek the Lord of the Universe at this time, humbling ourselves and asking Him for forgiveness and help. “God Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:25-27) PMC

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

Remember This During Christmas…

The baby in the manger, about whom prophecies were made centuries earlier, was a young boy found in the temple, was a hard-working master carpenter, lived perfectly under the law, was crushed on a cross and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Enjoy Christmas with great joy but also with a full knowledge of what Christianity is all about; “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) TCF

This thought was written by Tim Files, Delta Aircraft Systems Analyst based in ATL and also a member of our FCAP Board of Directors.

 

The True Message of Christmas – Part 3

The truth is… the events surrounding the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ were not considered a success story to the political system, religious institutions and celebrities of that day… nor is it in our day. Why? Humility most often is not a characteristic associated with world status. To the world, you gain status by using power and money to move and control people. God’s Son, Jesus, humbled Himself and took upon human flesh to show His great love for people.  He identified with their weakness and provided for their greatest need, forgiveness and life (Hebrews 2:14, 17). His love is a conquering force like no other, not by enslaving us but by freeing us, and becoming the motivating force of our lives (2 Corinthians 5:14). His birth in a stable shows He only occupies those places that would receive Him. To become one of His children, we must come to Him with a humble and contrite heart, acknowledging our need of Him as our Savior and Lord. It is the greatest gift one can receive. “But as many as receive Him (Christ) to them He gives the authority to become the children of God” (John 1:12). May the true meaning of Christmas…that God became flesh to bring us salvation…resonate in your heart and overflow with gratitude in your life. PMC

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

THOUGHT FOR THE WORK WEEK

The True Message of Christmas – Part 3:

The truth is… the events surrounding the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ were not considered a success story to the political system, religious institutions and celebrities of that day… nor is it in our day. Why? Humility most often is not a characteristic associated with world status. To the world, you gain status by using power and money to move and control people. God’s Son, Jesus, humbled Himself and took upon human flesh to show His great love for people.  He identified with their weakness and provided for their greatest need, forgiveness and life (Hebrews 2:14, 17). His love is a conquering force like no other, not by enslaving us but by freeing us, and becoming the motivating force of our lives (2 Corinthians 5:14). His birth in a stable shows He only occupies those places that would receive Him. To become one of His children, we must come to Him with a humble and contrite heart, acknowledging our need of Him as our Savior and Lord. It is the greatest gift one can receive. “But as many as receive Him (Christ) to them He gives the authority to become the children of God” (John 1:12). May the true meaning of Christmas…that God became flesh to bring us salvation…resonate in your heart and overflow with gratitude in your life. PMC

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

The True Message of Christmas – Part 2

Two thousand years ago God announced to a group of humble shepherds, through angels, the good news that was said to be for all people in all times (Luke 2:8-11). They were told that night that the Lord of the universe has come and entered the human realm, by being born as a baby. He grew up and lived a humble life, and as a servant He was obedient even to the point of dying a death, which He did not deserve, but for our redemption. He arose from the dead to prove His Lordship and offering salvation as a gift. We are told in Hebrews 2:14-15, “Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He (Jesus Christ) Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” Why did God do this extraordinary thing? We are told because He was rich in mercy, and out of His great love, He loved us.  PMC  “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

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

The True Message of Christmas (Part 1)

In a world where power and money seem to be the moving force of civilization and cultures, we are confronted at this time every year with a simple yet profound story still fixed in history. Think of it…a child was born in a small remote village and when He grew up declared that He was God and would be the Savior of the world. In whatever way, the world’s tries to somehow hit a “Delete Button” to cancel the facts and meaning of this, but that effort has been futile.

Everything surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ in history resonates with forethought instead of afterthought. His birth was not a surprise that somehow developed meaning over time. There were over 300 predictions, made hundreds of years before Christ, stating details about events surrounding His birth, birthplace and life. According to law of compound probability, the odds for one person fulfilling 60 predictions would be 1 chance in 1 with 157 zeros after it.

Actually the birth of Jesus Christ gives humanity a picture of how God works in the midst of human weakness.  Our Creator and God came with humility and seeming obscurity (Philippians 2:5-9). He came into our world, with all of its brokenness and spiritual bankruptcy, to identify with us (Hebrews 4:14-15; 5:2). The uniqueness of that coming is described in two ways in Isaiah 9:6. As a child, He would be born and as a son (Son of God), He was given to redeem us. This wonderful news that was proclaimed by an angel to shepherds the night of Christ’s birth has been heard and received by millions of people throughout history,Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord !” (Luke 2:10-11)  PMC

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

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.  

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.  

LIVING IN A CHANGING WORLD…

We live in a changing world… but this is no surprise to any of us. When change comes that seems beyond our control and wishes, we can become insecure and distressed. For people whose future lies in a so-called stable company, government or culture, change can be a dreadful threat.  However, for people who have had nothing but heartaches and perplexity, the prospect of changes can be seen as an opportunity for something new and different. All this points to the fact that our world, and we personally, are changing. But how is change in our world affecting us personally? What prevents us from being changed for the worst? God tells us that what we put our trust and hope in is what we let change us. If we trust in humans, institution, and governments to be sound in mind and make us feel safe and secure, then our stability is only as good as the object we are trusting in. The Bible tells us that God is immutable, meaning He never differs from Himself (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).  We can experience mood changes, and can be inconsistent in our character and responses to people, but God does not have this problem. He asks us to put our trust in Him (Psalm 118:8-9), and in His saving work. He promises that by doing so He will change us for the better by transforming our lives (2 Corinthians 3:16-18), making us stable people in an unstable and changing world.  What are you trusting in to change your life?  PMC

Consider: “And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is his treasure” (Isaiah 33:6).

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