Jesus is the Better Hope

It seems as if there are two major companies competing in America for consumer hearts when it comes to electronics, Apple and Samsung. In the hope of getting the latest gadget from Apple, people camped out in front of stores for more than two weeks before the product came out. It was not any different for the Samsung S8 because of the camera that is in it. They waited for hours in the hope that their new device will help make their lives easier by offering features that did not exist in the earlier models. As soon as the device is revealed, there is always a better one coming out to give the consumer a better hope.   “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God… because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God…  Not only that, but we also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.  For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Romans 8:19-25). When He comes again, things will change forever … and there will be no need for a better hope. MM

Consider: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.

 

Fellowship Continues in the SFO Bay Area

Fellowship Continues in the SFO Bay Area

Dick Kalman shares this from their recent time together, “There were five FCAP members that met at the Redwood, CA Harry’s Hofbrau Restaurant on October 13 for fellowship.  Though the group was small in size, we enjoyed the opportunity to catch up on the many activities in our lives since our last meeting and to recall the blessings of past FCAP conventions.  Prayer was given for the ‘great commission’ that signifies the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel world-wide outreach in the airline industry.  Prayer was also given in appreciation for the dedicated FCAP staff members,  We shared how much we missed others of our local FCAP members who could not join us for various reasons but remained in our prayers.  It was a special time of sharing.”  Thank you, Dick and Tom, for orchestrating this event.  A person new to the area and the airline workplace had planned to join them but was unable to do so.

Even in retirement, connections made with others over the years through the airline/aviation industry can continue to be a blessing and a ministry. These retirees have a wealth of experience, both vocationally and spiritually, to share with those still in the workplace, or perhaps just starting out.  It is our prayer that those involved with FCAP in the past will continue to be a part of this ministry in the days to come.  Ask God to show you how you can do that in your local area.  We are available here at the FCAP Office to help … contact edward@fcap.org.

 

Acts of Kindness Matter

Did you know that God works in multifaceted ways to reach people? He is using conversations and responses to everyday situations in the workplace to point the way. We tend to look at brief encounters with people, like short chats or a kind gesture, as something not big enough to be considered ministry. But the opposite is true! Our words and gestures can be like billboards, pointing people to the Lord. Think about the many brief conversations and encounters you have with people every day. Do not underestimate the importance of your words or gestures expressed in the name of Christ, for according to God they have eternal significance.(PMC)   Consider: “So, whatever you do, do all for the glory of God. …Showing all good faith, so that the teaching of God our Savior will be attractive”  (1 Corinthians 10:31; Titus 2:9-10).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

The Gift of Vision

In support of my co-worker’s mission trip to a small hilltop church in Haiti, God’s Holy Spirit convicted me to donate what seemed to be a small thing, 20 pair of reading glasses.  I wondered how they would be received.  Staying behind at work the week of the trip I prayed for God’s covering for everyone’s safety and for God to be glorified.  Upon his return, my co-worker shared amazing stories of God’s hand of provision and protection.   He said the folks were filled with tradition but not the Word, something that can unfortunately be said of many churches worldwide.  Their focus for the week was Ephesians 5: 18b, “…be filled with the Spirit.” I was grateful to see photos of smiling faces of the faithful trying on new reading glasses to illuminate God’s Word.  To God be the glory! (Anonymous)

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”   2 Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV)
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Knowledge and Wisdom

 

Knowledge is facts and information you have learned and stored.  Wisdom is how you apply it in life’s situations. God tells us there is a difference between His wisdom and the world’s wisdom. Here is a litmus test God gives to distinguish between the two (Proverbs 9:10):

 

  • First, worldly wisdom can produce in our lives bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. Jealousy is focusing on what someone else has with a growing desire to have it. Selfish ambition is when my life becomes consumed with ME and my ways above anything or anyone else. Both of these end up bringing confusion and make life cheap (James 3:14-16).
  • On the other hand, God’s wisdom (truth from His Word) comes from above. When applied to our life, it produces what is pure — clear, without contradiction; peaceable — not disruptive but calming; gentle – not harsh but kind; reasonable — respectfully engaging; full of mercy — not demeaning but forgiving; and unwavering without hypocrisy — more than just a slogan we stand for… but something we live daily. (James 3:17)

Your ability to be an influence at your work comes as you adapt in your heart and apply through your life…God’s wisdom. (PMC)  Consider: James 3:13; Colossians 1:9-10.

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

 

 

Equipped to Do Excellent Work

There is no doubt that every believer knows that the Holy Spirit gives to people the utterance to speak and proclaim the Gospel. The phrase “filled with the Spirit” is very common in the New Testament. On the day of Pentecost Peter, being filled with the Spirit, preached and 5000 souls were saved. We know that all the prophets of God in the Old Testament also were filled with the Holy Spirit. But, what many of us may have missed is that the Holy Spirit was given to people to do work to show God’s glory. “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship’ ” (Exodus 31:1-5 NIV)This is the mindset that we should go to work with and a presence that helps us to do excellent work. (MM) “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.

Who Holds Your Future?

Life can bring many worries. People have been brought up to look to secure their future in a good job or career. I guess financial security, a good retirement plan or 401K, and a job that pays well are the concepts of a prosperous future. Can all of the above provide a worry-free life? We have seen the American dream crash, companies go under, and the stock market crash.   We have entered a recession/depression in our lifetime which has negatively affected the financial future for some. There is no guarantee in anything this world can offer, except to trust in the One who holds the future. Even though Scripture asks us to work wholeheartedly for whatever company we may work for, our future belongs to God. Listen to what God uses the mouth of the Prophet to say, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you”. (Isaiah 46:4) (MM)   Jesus reiterates “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)

This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.

Remembering 9/11 … Remembering our Calling

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8: 38-39

In memory of our fellow crew members who perished on September 11, 2001.  In honor of the first responders and others who also lost their lives that fateful day.  May we, who know Christ, continue to make Him known to all as we walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, enjoying His presence and possessing His power to be “salt and light” on the job God has given us in the airlines/aviation industry.

 

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