You Cannot Do It Alone…

We often have seen our work as something that provides us with a sense of purpose and stability. Then something happens to disrupt all of that and life becomes uncertain and we feel insecure. Through our responses to this we begin to see more of what is inside of us, our inner thoughts and emotional patterns. We can become more vulnerable, and quickly give in to temptation. Before we realize it…we are trapped and are dragged downward by either fear, anger, jealousy, or hatred. We feel helpless, with no ability to deliver ourselves from the circumstance. The Apostle Paul was thinking of people who also had become trapped through life’s circumstances when he wrote “if a person is caught in a fault, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness” (Galatian 6:1-2). The original word for caught portrays a person who is suddenly caught by circumstance … like that of a fisherman, when throwing out his big fishing net, suddenly realizes his foot was caught in the net. He knows that without help it could drag him down into the deep. The word restore can depict a skilled person who comes and gently puts back in place a dislocated joint and mend a broken bone.

What each of us must realize here is that any one of us can fall as we go through a difficult situation, and without the help of another person we could become trapped and spiral downward. God created the Body of Christ, the church, to connect His people together for mutual support and encouragement (Ephesian 4:15-16). The church is not simply a meeting we attend, it is an engaging support network, and essential for our spiritual health and growth. God has also provided spiritual people who are skilled and mature and who can give us counsel in areas needing more specific attention (Proverb 20:5). How are you doing through these difficult times… are you connected to a support network with people? FCAP provides various support groups as well as assistance in personal and financial counseling.  Don’t try to do this alone… God has provided through His people. PMC

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

Learn more about the personal and financial COUNSELING ASSISTANCE available through FCAP.

 

 

Error Can Come in Pairs

Often error comes into the world in pairs… pairs of opposites. In his unique way, CS Lewis in his book Mere Christianity describes how this works. “Satan always sends errors into the world in pairs – pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.”  Do you feel paralyzed at times with the many opposite and extreme views being presented to us today? Our purpose as Christians is clear… we have been given a high calling to live for the purpose and glory of God. We are told to advance in God’s purposes by keeping our eyes on the goal (Philippians 3:13-14). How do you see God’s purpose defining every area of your life? PMC  Consider this: “We make it our ambition to be pleasing to God” (2 Corinthians 5:9).

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

 

 

 

Counseling Assistance Now Available!

In light of current events and their effect on the airline industry,  FCAP is available, through God’s gracious provision, to assist with counseling needs in the lives of those needing new direction and  hope.  Currently we have three recommended counselors in place, two for personal counseling and one for financial counseling.  To learn more…

 

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The Fruits of Our Beliefs

In my twenties, I had the wonderful opportunity to study in Switzerland under a Christian apologist named Francis Schaeffer. On more than one occasion I can remember him talking about the fruit of what we believe. He shared… there are people who advocate certain beliefs that sound accurate, fair, and compassionate, but if you look at their lives and see how they treat people over the long run, it will give you a better idea of what they really believe. This is so applicable for our times. There are people in an uproar over issues like significance, fairness, and tolerance, but looking closer at how they themselves actually treat people will reveal the true basis of their belief and its fruit. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were masters at presenting a facade to appear one way but actually lived the opposite. Jesus said you will know if a person’s belief is good or bad by its fruit. (Matthew 7:16-20).

Being “nice” is not necessarily the gauge of whether someone’s belief is “right,” as not all people who behave nicely believe what is right, and some people who believe what is right can behave not very nicely. What is certain is that whether we are nice or not so nice, believing the wrong things over time eventually will produce bad fruit in our lives. But on a positive note… the life lived in God’s truth produces good fruit that we and others can enjoy. Jesus went on to say that without Him we cannot produce good lasting fruit in this life (John 15:4-5). He asks that we trust Him and learn to abide in Him and His words. PMC   Consider: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)

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

 

 

 

Upcoming Event – DCA & IAD Area

You are invited!
Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel
September 27, 2020
4 pm – 7 pm

Join us for relaxing fellowship in our
Backyard Garden.

S’mores, hot dogs & beverages will be provided.
Bring yard games & snacks.
Your family and co-workers are invited as well.

Location:  317 1st Street, Berryville, VA
(parking available on paved driveway or front lawn)

FCAP Reps Eugene & Christina Kraybill
(540) 955-1711 home; (717) 332-9689 Eugene; (717) 332-9683 Christina

Please let us know if you plan to join us.  Share with your co-workers too!

 

 

 

Additions to Wall of Fame – BOI Airport Chapel

The Boise Airport Chapel recently celebrated the addition of three more names to their “Wall Of Fame” plaque in the chapel.

First there is the addition of  Molly Kennedy, who passed away several months ago after fighting a battle with ALS. She was a TSA Inspector who lived out her faith in the workplace and was respected by all, despite the fact that airlines and other airport businesses don’t eagerly look forward to inspectors on the property. Molly was a very pleasant woman and loved by all.

The second person added is Addison King, manager of custodial services in the airport. A practicing Christian who was instrumental in helping at the Pentagon after the 9/11 terrorist attack, Addison has a great love and care for his employees and also has shared often with us about his desire to be a godly leader in his family.  Finally,  there is the addition of Daniel Nedich, who accepted Christ in the Boise Airport Chapel over two years ago.  Dan is a United airlines manager who actually is being transferred to Portland due to company cutbacks.  Dan also showed great concern for his staff, has a very calm, warm personality and has won the respect of his peers and his employees in the airport.He has persevered in caring for his wife as she struggled with cancer and eventually passed away on New Year’s Eve this past January. Dan now is a single dad while handling his responsibilities at work, a very godly man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellowship in the Herzberg Forest

Fellowship in the Herzberg Forest

This report comes to us from Bjoern Strotmann following a recent fellowship time in the Herzberg Forest in Germany:  “Saturday we had a good time together.  Prayer, wonderful walk in the forest (Herzberg), delicious food, as well as evangelistic encounters.  Four different areas of the aviation industry were represented by us (see fcap-germany.org) Thank you, Jesus!  Thank you, Gottfried!”

 

 

 

 

 

Stepping Into the Light

Faith is not a leap in the dark … it is a step in the light. The faith that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4) is a combined response. First, it is a response to trust God … that He is up to something even though I feel in the dark. And secondly, faith is our taking steps according to God’s Word, when He has instructed me to respond to situations in His prescribed way … even when it defies my being self-assured or self-assertive. There is a vast difference between the way of the flesh and the way of faith. One is prone to strengthen my flesh and darken my heart. While the other is prone to strengthen my spirit and brighten my countenance even when things around me seem dark. PMC   Consider…”If I say, ‘surely the darkness will overcome me and the light around me will be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you and the night is bright as the day” (Psalm 139:11-12).

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

 

 

 

 

The Agenda Makes the Difference!

An agenda is a planned list of things drawn up for a group to be done or acted upon. It points to the purpose and what is important regarding the task at hand. No doubt, there are a lot of agendas being thrown at us regularly.  So what or whose agenda should Christians live by? There are two extremes that Christians should avoid. One is when our agenda becomes so “heavenly minded” it cannot relate to people and problems on earth. The other extreme is when our agenda becomes so inspired by the things of the world that we lose the distinctive of our relationship as the people of God. Either extreme will distort our life. But when we learn how heavenly truths and outlook relate to our dealings with people and problems in our world, God’s agenda becomes clear.  We will recognize what ultimately unites and motivates us.

Why is this important? Jesus once summarized His agenda in two ways. First, we are to love the Lord God with our entire being, and secondly, we are to love people as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). These two were designed to work together. Loving God should not isolate us from showing our concern and love for people and their needs. If it does, there is something wrong with our agenda of loving God. But also, if our concern for a cause becomes such an obsession that God is no longer first in our lives, then our agenda will become distorted and our motivations tainted. There are certain causes or movements that attract each of us. Their agenda can be seen by what in general is drawing people to unite, and how it motivates them to act. So live your life first of all by God’s agenda… compelled by His love which drives out fear and hatred. PMC

Consider:  “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen”  (1 John 4:19-20).

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