A Better Way

It is so interesting how our world typically is driven by goals and projections that we strive to achieve to keep things orderly and yet bring change. And then one day a virus shows up and turns our projections to fears and disorder. It seems that we are either boasting about our achievements or paralyzed by our fears. There is a better way. PMC  Consider: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are just a vapor that appears for a while and then vanishes away.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that.’  But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.  Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17)

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

From Fear to Peace

What we are learning through the present pandemic is that people are quickly moved by fear, and the results can be far more devastating than what they feared. Fear is something we all face, but we must ask, “Have these fears become a driving and motivating force in our life?” If so we need to humbly turn to God and acknowledge that He gives us (through the Holy Spirit) a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind to overcome our spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:15).  PMC   Consider: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27).

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

What Are You Transmitting?

Statistics in general can be impersonal…they represent figures and sum totals. Just looking at the growing statistics of the coronavirus and the rippling effects are overwhelming; people feel vulnerable and concerned that they could become part of them. All of this reinforces their fear. Additionally, the current public mood is changing us personally. Yes, we need to use hygiene and precautions with one another, but are we looking at people as transmitters, and treating them coldly, as potential threats. As Christians we need to realize that God asks us to be transmitters of something in a different way. We have opportunity to spread comfort and show concern in these times. But in order to become this kind of God-infused transmitter, we must embrace God and possess His comfort so we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4). Then we must be willing to show that by being kind, considerate and concerned for others around us.

There are many ways to show this, but one way is to ask coworkers or neighbors how they are doing in light of the pandemic. Then ask if you could pray for them or maybe with them. But don’t force it on them… just ask if you could pray for God’s mercy and protection for us today, including yourself. I have seen atheists accept my invitation to pray with them is similar situations. Prayer is our humbling ourselves unto God. He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6-10). So please don’t preach at people… instead show how God’s comfort within you is transmitted to them. From this will come opportunities for you to give them a reason of why you have hope (1 Peter 3:15).  PMC

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

Out of the Darkness

As Christians, God’s presence is said to reside in us (Ephesians 1:13-14; John 14:17). This means our presence at work represents God’s solutions for those who work around us. Not that we are the answer to people’s problems. But rather, we embody and portray God’s saving grace from the power of enslavement to sin, as we demonstrate His presence working in us. As we humble ourselves to Him, His work and power in us provides us the ability to demonstrate to those around us God’s patience and kindness, instead of our frustration and disdain. Our presence in the workplace should give a reflection of the God who created and redeemed us. (PMC) Consider: “But you are… a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

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

The latest news and statistics about the Coronavirus and where it may be heading next has captured the attention of millions of people around the world. We hear how many are being infected by it, and sadly, that people have died from it. All this is having a paralyzing effect on many. This is not only impacting the lives of people personally, but also it has affected areas of commerce where business is being cancelled. The airline industry worldwide feels this, flights are being cancelled and employees are not working as much, which means reduced pay. We are watching the make-shift securities, that seem to support, protect and comfort our lives, slowly erode away. So how should we view and respond to these threats?  First, do not become overly obsessed by all the news reports. These reports can be overstated and listening to them constantly breeds fear. Instead, act responsibly and use precaution by following common sense health guidelines of good hygiene. Most important is that God invites us to enter into the greatest fear, that of fearing Him. The Bible speaks repeatedly of the importance of “fearing the Lord.” When we “fear” God, we respect and trust His ways and provisions. It does not make us more fearful, because we understand His great power and His love for us (1 John 4:16-19). Actually, fearing God is what dispels all of the other fears that enslave us.  Read Full Article …

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

 

 

God’s Strategy at Work

God’s strategy of providing opportunities for His people in their workplace can be much different from how the world promotes opportunity. The world wants to put on a big show of status and power. It portrays people who seem to have the upper hand and are the movers and shakers of grand events and happenings.  In contrast, God makes opportunities, at times, by placing His people in situations where they feel weak and vulnerable, and where it looks as though they are victims of circumstances. And it may even seem as those who oppose them look to have the upper hand. But it is here when God shows up, where He strengthens His people in the inner person, and where they show their faith and confidence in His greater resources. Remember, God’s way of showing up through you in the workplace may mean He is making a path for you where there doesn’t seem to be one. (PMC)  Consider:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.  Thus says the Lord who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, I will make a new way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert(Isaiah 43:2,6,19).

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