Excitement Mounts in Schladming!

Our 40th Annual Ski Adventure is set to begin tomorrow, February 9, in the beautiful Austrian Alps.  Those of us who cannot be there are certainly anticipating photos and reports throughout the coming week.  We understand that several “first timers” will be among those attending.  As with any FCAP event, we covet your prayers … prayers for travel mercies, safety on and off the slopes,  the Ski Adventure leadership team, the Taurenhof staff (our hosts),  good weather, wonderful times of fellowship, encouraging relationship building, awesome time together in worship and in the Word, salvation of any participating who do not yet know our Savior, and a far-reaching impact for God’s glory.  We have asked them to please keep those photos coming.  So do check back in to our web site posts for more updates in the days to come!

Not Just Eight Hours

When applying for a higher position, some companies ask that applicants do satisfactory in their current positions. Some who don’t have such ambition consider what they do as just a job or “just eight hours.”  Many don’t care whether they perform satisfactorily in their current positions. I hope that none of us has that mindset because the latter missed the “God-sized view of work.” As far as Christians are concerned, it is not just a job when one’s work seems mundane. God is measuring our integrity to see if we have feet for ministry, or if He can entrust us with more excellent things. MM   Consider: “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” Luke 16:11-12 (NKJV)
This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.

Bearing His Witness in the Workplace

So what about your business/work life… what does it portray to the people around you? Is it telling them that you are obsessed with your job or position, and do they observe you idolizing yourself through your work? Maybe they see you being careless in your work and disrespectful toward your employer or those over you. Some Christians even believe they can neglect their job responsibility in order to do something spiritual to try to please God. Such idea and behavior is contrary to God’s view of work. If we think we have to do something spiritual at work to make our work valuable to God, then we lack in understanding why our work is honorable and valuable to Him.

So where did the idea of work come from? A proper understanding of the origin of work can directly affect our attitude and motivation in how we do our work. At the beginning of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, we read the account of God working to create the world. We are told that for 6 days He worked and on the seventh He rested and enjoyed what He made (Genesis 2:2-3). When He created man (Adam) and woman (Eve), He gave them the responsibility to work as caretakers of His garden (Genesis 2:8, 15). Catch this! The idea of work was not some concept that God made up apart from Himself, or some activity to occupy humans. Instead, the idea of work comes out of God’s character and nature. When He made humans, He created us in His image, and our bearing His image means work is part of our make-up and identity. This being true… then our work finds its ultimate purpose and meaning in our Creator and not in our transitory achievements, positions, and monetary gains. When we do our work wholeheartedly as unto God, we find our greatest pleasure and bear witness of His image to those around us (Colossians 3:10, 22-24).  PMC

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

 

 

National Bible Month in the Philippines

Leadership of FCAP-LTP/LTTP in the Philippines shares this encouraging news with us:  “A blessed day!  Let’s thank God because every January in the Philippines is “A National Bible Month.”  January 21-27 is the National Bible Week, January 27 is the National Bible Sunday, and on January 28 is the National Bible Day.  The latter is declared special working holiday.”

Every Thursday, FCAP-LTP/LTTP hosts a Fellowship and Bible Study every Thursday in the MM Conference Room from 12:05 pm-12:55 pm and welcome anyone able to attend.  They also appreciate our prayers for this time together and outreach among their co-workers there in the Philippines.

 

Greetings from Uganda

It was with great joy that we received words of greeting and this photo from FCAP’ers at the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.  They truly are shining lights for the Lord Jesus among their co-workers there.  Please remember to uplift them in prayer … as they are praying for all of us as well.  Thank you, our FCAP family in Uganda, for sharing this photo with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checking In At Work

Some Christians view ministry and work as two separate and incompatible categories. But did you know…that most of your life awake is spent in the workplace? The Bible classifies your performing your job description for your company as a service, or literally a ministry, rendered unto Christ. So the next time you check into work, remember you are checking into ministry (PMC). Consider this: “Do your work heartily as unto the Lord, rather than men…It is Christ whom you serve”  (Colossians 3:23-24).

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

 

 

Preparing God’s People for the Workplace

Preparing God’s People for the Workplace

We have embarked on an exciting opportunity through a booth at the G3 Conference in ATL on January 17-19.  Thousands attend this conference from all over globe (on Thursday alone there were reportedly about 4500 present) , and its purpose is to help churches and other organizations know how to better understand God’s mission field in today’s culture. Please pray for our team as they oversee our FCAP booth there and connect with representatives from churches and other mission organizations.  One of our passions is to help the local church understand how they can effectively equip their people for ministry within their respective work places.  Here are a few interesting facts to consider:

  • By the time a person retires from their job, he/she will have spent approximately 90,000 hours in the workplace.
  • At the same time, if they attended church regularly, they will have spent approximately 5,000 hours in church.  This means for every hour spent at church, they spent 18 hours at the workplace.

FCAP stands ready to help make training available in churches, businesses and schools.
Contact Us for more information.

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Work and Faith Connection

As an airline employee, you have been equipped to perform your job for your company. However, as a Christian, there is an added dimension you cannot afford to overlook. Your faith in the Lord should be integrated into the details of the job you have been trained to do. If not, than the job is not much more than a routine, and your faith becomes foreign to your work. But God has designed our faith in Him to operate at work, so that it brings significance to the routine of work, value to the little things we say and do, and a deep realization that something much bigger is being accomplished in it all. Does your job description have this added dimension to it?  (PMC)  Consider: “For the word of God has sounded forth from you…but also in everyplace your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything”  (1Thessalonians 1:8).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

An Influential Servant

In the ancient near East every religious Jew knew that the Jews don’t mix with the gentiles. Luke tells us a story on how the Jews summoned Jesus to go to a centurion’s (Gentile) house, to heal his servant (believed to be a Jew). This time it was not to trick Him, but it was a genuine request. According to Luke,“And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue” (Luke 7:4-5). This is the only time that the Bible says that someone deserved a miracle, and Jesus did not contest. When Jesus met the Centurion, He found out why. He has an influential servant that impacted his life which caused him to have faith in Christ. The Centurion said there are soldiers (Romans) under his command… but that particular servant (a Jew) is above and beyond.   Are your sick calls genuine? What does your boss think of you? (MM) Consider: “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:22-24)
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This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.
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