Virtues on Display…

Most of us have heard at one time or another people talk about the three Christian virtues… Faith, Hope and Love. We have put them in cards and on pictures; we hear about them in sermons, at weddings, and in drama plays. These three virtues have inspired our imagination and aroused our emotions. When the Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the people in Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 1:2-8), he used these three words/virtues, like action statements. They were more than abstract terms.  Instead he used them to characterized the life of those to whom he was writing. He described their lives as people who had a faith that worked, a love that labored, and a hope that persevered (v.3). This was not some Sunday ritual or a private meditation they performed. These three virtues radiated through their lives as they were experiencing hardships and sufferings (v.6). Their faith produced deeds that could be observed and were genuine. Their love was more than mere sweet sounding words… but actions that gave value to others. And their hope was not wishful thinking, but an enduring and consistent assurance that kept them moving ahead. But you may be wondering if this seems humanly impossible. It is! God does not want to show the world what humans can do for Him, but what He can do through people who trust and receive Him. PMC  Consider:  “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Thessalonians 1:3).

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

 

Cultural Influence

Culture is made up of a group of people who have conformed to a set of beliefs and practices that form their identity. Cultures are derived in different settings, whether nations, political systems, religions, or special interest groups. Whenever there is a change in beliefs and practices in any particular culture, it will change the culture. The workplace also is a culture because it is where people connect through common beliefs and practices within the company and develop relationships as people work together. Christians are said to be citizens of a heavenly culture, God’s kingdom, with a new set of beliefs and practices (Ephesians 2:19). They are called to be ambassadors sent into their earthly cultures, to represent their King and bring His influence into them. So, would you say that the culture around you is influencing your beliefs and practices, or is your heavenly citizenship bringing an influence to your earthly culture?  PMC  Think about it – “We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us…be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

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

 

 

Financial Stress Q&A With Dale Goodrich

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 Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel
presents

Q&A on Financial Stress
with Dale Goodrich

Thursday, October 29
9:30 am ET
(via Zoom)

“When household finances are out of control, more than money is at stake. Relationships suffer, patience grows thin, and happiness becomes a moving target!  I can help you change that once and for all.  You can regain control of your finances and experience:  less stress, the power to choose, and a sense of peace.”  – Dale Goodrich

 

Dale is a retired Air Force officer and United Airlines Pilot. He’s also worked as a Systems Engineer as well as a part-time Real Estate agent. His passion, however, is to help people avoid the financial potholes he found along the way. This can be a daunting challenge but the good news is that if you’ve graduated from first grade, you know all the math you need to win with money. Changed behavior is the hard part…he knows from personal experience. He can help you see the need for that and show you what changes to make.

Dale is a published author.  In 2005, he wrote a book entitled “So, Are The Skies Really Gonna Part?”  This book addresses his personal experiences as he was working in the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks.  Then in  2014, “In The Beginning…Steps to Take Before You Seek Wealth” was released (pictured above).

Dale has worked with groups and individuals for over ten years, teaching about the basic elements of debt reduction, cash flow management, and (most importantly) the need to dream.

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Meeting ID: 7704619320
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+1 646 876 9923 US
Meeting ID: 770461932

 

German FCAP Day of Prayer and Fasting – October 23

The following invitation comes from Bjoern Strotmann, FCAP Coordinator in Germany:

“Thank you for putting this day on your prayer list and even asking siblings in HGK to join by fasting, praying & being one in spirit. Bless you for that!  Because of Corona, we will not use the option to meet in person for this now, but all will be attending only via the online option here in FRA as well as whoever will join online in German speaking countries (in German language only)….  I think fear is really trying to sneak into many believers even more (also by loss of job), and by thinking we will obey the laws of our governments and Corona laws, we, the believers think even we are smart. And, of course, to a certain degree that is wise.  But on the other hand, I think we really need to discern between what is human thinking and what is wise before God. Unfortunately, fear and humanism in German Christianity already existed before Corona became strong, and yet I see many are still staying in it and maybe even becoming more trapped. They think they obey the laws of the government, but do not recognize that they are actually hiding their fears behind these ‘excuses.’

BUT, Jesus will keep shaking the nations, also us believers, and we will see who still stands in faith after it, and who was not willing to pay the price.  May He forgive our sins, distrust, not obeying Him & luke warmness. And He will for everyone who turns more to Him, instead of shying away. He is love, and truly wants us to love Him more than man, thereby setting us free to experience His love. He is love and gives us the chance daily to choose Him and His freedom, rather than choosing other gods that lead us into bondage. May we all be closer to Him than before Corona.

I think fasting is important, especially for now, as it is casting down our unbelief and allowing His Spirit to take over (Matthew 17:21)/   I believe this refers to our unbelief and not to the demon in the child, meaning fasting casts out our unbelief.  Fasting seems like a lost art in the western world. May Jesus lead us again to it more and more, as we hunger more for Him alone. As we went to get rid of all carnal unbelief and schemes and live in the Spirit only.  For those who do great times are ahead … so that He truly gets ALL the glory!  In Jesus name,  Bjoern”

Contact bjoern.strotmann@gmail.com for more information about the German FCAP Day of Prayer and Fasting.

 

Feeling Out of Place?

Do you sometimes feel like a foreigner where you live and where you work? As the people of God, we are said to be God’s possession (1 Peter 2:8). We reside in places like work and neighborhoods, and yet feel sometimes like aliens and strangers there. We may feel scattered like sojourners, but actually we are positioned by the hand of God (1 Peter 1:1-2).
The following quote is from an anonymous Christian who wrote it in 2nd Century AD: “Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind by either country, speech, or customs…They reside in their respective countries, but only as aliens. They take part in everything as citizens, and put up with everything as foreigners. Every foreign land is their home, and every home a foreign land…They find themselves in the flesh, but do not live according to the flesh. They spend their days on earth, but hold citizenship in heaven.”  PMC

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

Learn more on the home page of this web site about online opportunities and resources designed to help and encourage Christians in today’s airline/aviation workplace.

Financial Q & A With Denise

JOIN US
Thursday, October 15       9:30 am ET
for a
FINANCIAL Q & A WITH DENISE
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Meeting ID: 770461932

Denise advises her clients on a variety of financial matters retirement planning, estate planning, investment planning, employee benefits and risk management. She strives to develop strategies for individuals, families and businesses to reach financial security as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Denise has held the designation of Certified Financial Planner since 1999. She is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative for Royal Alliance.

Denise heads the Georgia office of a financial services group, where she currently serves over 400 clients specializing in Financial Planning with an emphasis on Retirement and Investment Planning..

Denise and her husband, Gary, reside in Georgia, where she is active in her community. She founded the Southern Crescent Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, and is a member of the Henry County Rotary Club. Denise serves on the Board of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce as the Chair of the Cultural Development Committee.

Securities licensed to serve residents in the states of: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, South Carolina, Texas. 

 

 

 

 

The True Gospel

What’s happened to the “get rich quick” and “instant success” seminars and celebrities…where are they? It seems their message has been silenced or does not resonate during a global pan economic failure. Why? Their message of financial freedom and success sounds promising when everything is running great… but in times like these their promises and techniques do not hold up or provide answers for support.

Throughout the Bible there are warnings of false messages that seemingly come from God, when actually they are counterfeits (Deuteronomy 13:1-4; 1John 4:1-3). They are heralded in many ways, but often as ones promising health, prosperity and achievement. The success of the ones proclaiming these messages often comes from the sales of their propaganda and by asking people for generous support. In contrast, the “real” message, the Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ, is free, genuine, and hopeful. It is genuine because it explains the actual state of humans… facing the helpless condition of sin and living in a broken and dying world (Romans 8:20-23). It is hopeful in that it provides the only cure that can free individuals from their lost condition. No other ideology, philosophy, or religion offers this or can do this. If anybody tries to alter or add to this Gospel message, it becomes a gospel of another kind (Galatians 1:6-9). The Gospel liberates us from a self-serving life and brings us into a relationship with the living God (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Contentment and joy no longer come from successful circumstances… but from experiencing God’s purposes and provisions through the good and difficult situations of life. PMC   Jesus said… “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world(John 16:33).

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.  
On Wednesday, October 14, you will have opportunity online to learn more about
“HOW TO SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY AND THE GOSPEL” 
Facilitated by Bjoern Strotmann, FCAP Coordinator in Germany.