Acknowledging the Giver

(Due to a technical error within our web site, we were unable to post this thought as intended last week … and we did not want you to miss it.  The message certainly remains applicable as we prepare our hearts for Christmas and to begin a New Year.)
What are you thankful for?” Responses from almost everyone who is asked this question contain objects that we have received, but we cannot only be thankful for things. Most of those things are fine in and of themselves.  For example, I am indeed thankful for my family, my job, my home, and my health. We would never diminish the fact that we enjoy those things that bring us great pleasure while here on earth. But perhaps the more important question would be, “Who am I thankful to?” Here the psalmist raises our awareness to the proper reply … that it is “to the LORD” we give thanks, and to the reason why … He is good, and His loving kindness is everlasting. This reply moves us from the physical realm into the supernatural realm, and identifies characteristics of God that are eternal. And so we become even more thankful as we acknowledge the One who is the Giver.  This Thanksgiving remember to be thankful for everything, but especially for the attributes of God that lead us to repentance.  TCF

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His loving kindness is everlasting.  Psalm 136:1

 

This thought was written by Tim Files, Aircraft Systems Analyst with Delta Air Lines.  Tim also serves on our FCAP Board of Directors.

Always Employed by God

Recently I spoke at two of our FCAP groups in Europe. In attendance at one of the groups was a lady who has been very involved in FCAP over the years and served on the leadership team. Now she is retired from the airline industry. I had made a comment during my message about God’s view of our being employed… Whether we are actively employed by a company, unemployed, between jobs, or retired, with God we are always employed by HIM. She came up and told me how God has now opened new doors and is involving her in unique opportunities within her area. It started out one day when she said her coffee no longer tasted good to her. She decided to go up to the local corner café close to her apartment building. She met some people there and entered into casual conversations with them. So she decided to go back on a regular basis. Now she is a part of that “café culture” with regular people that eat there. They not only know her but also, through these ongoing conversations, doors are naturally opening up to talk with them about her faith in God. Ministry is not complicated when we are willing to make friends with people and engage in normal conversations with them. This is part of being employed by God. PMC Consider: “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.(Philippians 1:6)

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

In the Interest of Others

Could your co-workers be getting the impression that you really are not interested in them until they somehow agree with what you believe? A good friend once told me that he saw no real opportunities to share his faith with his co-workers.  I asked him to describe such a conversation when he tried to do so.  He explained that often times during these talks controversial subjects would come up, then he would let the other person know about his Christian views on the subject. Most of these conversations would turn into an argument to the point where they could no longer talk to one another. I explained that his approach was drawing an invisible line between himself and his co-worker. He was communicating to his colleague that before he would take a real interest in him, he must first agree with his views. Jesus tells us to have compassion for people, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless…” (Matthew 9:36).  Do you tend to draw such lines between yourself and your co-workers? Why not erase them, by first finding out about them and taking interest in their needs! (PMC)

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

In Whom Do We Trust?

Trusting in our own strength does not produce God-sized miracles. Operating or walking in the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and timing accomplishes far more than we could ask for or dream. Stand and see the hand of God working when we align ourselves with His Word through faith. (LHN)   Consider Isaiah 12:2 KJV … “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid: for THE LORD JEHOVAH IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG.”

This thought is written by LeeAnn Hurrle-Nelson, Delta Flight Attendant and FCAP Board member.

Sowing and Reaping Together

Many Christians evaluate their effectiveness to evangelize by how they can bring a person to a final decision about Christ. However, God’s evangelism strategy is much broader than this. The Holy Spirit draws each person to Christ by using a network of believers to sow and cultivate through their words and deeds. At times it could merely be by showing kindness to someone in need or patience to those who don’t like you. Or it could be your praying regularly for a coworker. Maybe an opportunity will open for you to say something brief and fitting about the Lord. As the Holy Spirit works on that person, He may provide you or another believer an opportunity to take the conversation further into the things of God. Yes, God is using a network of people, maybe 20, 50 or even a 100, in His evangelism strategy, and everyone involved will someday be rewarded equally for reaching that person. The question to you is…do you see how God uses the little things you do or say in the name of Christ as part of His bigger network? (PMC)   Consider:  “He who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together… For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps’ … Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” (John 4:36-38) 

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

Where There Seems To Be No Way

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 43:2,16,19
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.