Working for God’s Glory

There are two ways through which Satan will cleverly try to ruin your work and professional life. Either he will lead you to believe that work is only a necessary evil you must put up with… and being negligent and sloppy in your work is not so bad. Or he will lead you to believe that the epitome of your work is found in achieving professional goals that will make you proud to the point of becoming conceited. Both place extreme focus only on self, and neither one of them gives credit to God in the way work is performed or by what is achieved through it. Beware of anyone who talks about being spiritual at work but downplays the importance of diligence and excellence in their work. Also be careful of anyone who promises you success through their techniques, while giving little or no recognition to the Lord of the workplace. Our work will find its greatest meaning and be most rewarding as we… “Do all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) (PMC) Consider:He (the Lord) must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

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

 

 

Chicago!

Chicago!

The Chicago Fellowship meeting held on April 3 at O’Hare International Airport proved to be a wonderful time with 6 Flight Attendants representing Eastern, United, American Airlines and Sky West (3 active and 3 retired).  Our Office/Ministry Manager, Jenni Ashmore, flew up to help facilitate this meeting and was so blessed by her time there.  The group prayed and chatted about FCAP and the long history of meetings held there in the past and how those present at this meeting could be used of God in the present in our mission field in the airlines and aviation industry.  They have all agreed to stay in touch.  Please join with FCAP staff and leadership in lifting them up in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit will work in and through them to revitalize the Chicagoland Fellowship.

We extend thanks to the ORD Chapel, Dr. Ken Botton, and Susan Schneider (Office Manager) for their hospitality.  To God be the glory!

As mentioned above, Chicago extends way back in the history of FCAP.  Individuals from Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis were instrumental in the formation of this ministry in the early 1970’s.

 

 

 

Transformed by Christ

The Gospel of Jesus Christ penetrates the most difficult barrier, that of a hardened heart. It conquers the darkest dominion, that of shame, hatred and death. When faced with the Gospel of Christ, it will bring a person to their knees, not to dreadfully enslave them, but humbly free them to serve out of gratitude and love. Religion, philosophy and political systems strive to alter human behavior. However, the Gospel of Christ is God’s powerful work of transforming a person’s life from the inside to the out (PMC).  Consider the Gospel: “By which you are saved…that Christ died for our sins according the scripture…that He was buried and was raised from the dead on the third day, according the Scripture” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.

God’s Word in its Greatest Form

We utilize a variety of ways to remind us of God’s Word. We put it in pictures on social media, we systematize it in books or allegorize it in stories. You can even hear voice recordings of it on your phone or device. Though all of these avenues serve as reminders to us, the effectiveness of God’s Word is seen in its greatest form when it is written in our hearts, spoken from our lips, and seen through our lives as living epistles. (PMC)   Consider: “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the Word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13); “But we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the Word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:2).

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

Fellowship Opportunity in Chicago – April 3!

This is a special invitation for airline/aviation personnel based in Chicago … or simply passing through.  Please make plans to come join in this time of connection with other believers. For more information, please contact jenni@fcap.org or call the FCAP International Office at 770.461.9320.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Expressing His Image Through Our Work

God made humans in His image. We bare His likeness in ways that animals and nature do not. One of the ways we express His image is through our work. He created this world with resources for us to cultivate (Genesis 2:15, meaning to work and arrange it in an orderly way). God also gave us dominion over these resources so we can create good things from them to serve people and ultimately glorify God through our work. At times humans have used their creativity in work to create evil things and become oppressive. However, do not let that obscure your vision from seeing the many wonderful things humans have created and cultivated to help bring order to our world, provide comforts, and bring relief from hardships. The idea of work originated from the character of God. If you choose to remove God from work you end up forming an image of it that distorts it and makes it an idol, and eventually you will end up sacrificing your integrity and relationships to it. Our work will find it most lasting satisfaction from the hand of God (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20). PMC  Consider:  “So whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

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

 

Heaven Gains Another Angel!

Heaven Gains Another Angel!

Heaven has gained another angel!  We are certain this angel was greeted with the words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).

On the evening of March 15, our dear Pat Ivey transitioned to her heavenly home.  Hearts here on earth are sad for our loss, but we can only rejoice that she is now out of pain, is face-to-face with the Savior she knew, loved and served so well, and is reunited with a host of loved ones who have gone before her.  Among those are her husband, Joe; twin sister, Felicia; and a host of other family members and friends.

As news of Pat’s home going has reached our FCAP family, several immediately recounted how when they first met Pat she greeted them with a warm embrace and made them feel so welcomed, secure, and loved.  That was our Pat!  She was a wonderful helpmate for Joe over these past 10+ years, embraced his life, family and ministry, and was a faithful prayer warrior.  Her words of encouragement, love, and reassurance in prayer brought hope and peace into the lives of many.

Please pray for Pat’s son and daughter-in-law (Seth and Daphne Brown), Pat’s three granddaughters and grandson,  and the Ivey family in this time of grief and transition to Pat not being in our midst.

 Obituary…

 

 

 

 

Workplace Training in ATL

Workplace Training in ATL

On Saturday, March 9, our Workplace Training 1 was held at the Hearth House in Fayetteville, GA .  Normally the training is held on a weekday, but in consideration of those who work Monday-Friday shifts, we want to periodically schedule one on Saturdays.  It was well received with seven in attendance (in addition to facilitators) and many others expressing interest but unable to attend this particular one.  One of those attending was the son of facilitator Bentley Morris.  Thank you, Isaiah, for taking part in this time along with your dad … it was a joy having you with us.

Watch the home page of our web site for announcement of future dates and locations.

 

 

Responding to Those in Authority

 

 

 

 

Sometimes our attitude about our company leaders is driven by our criticism of them instead of our concern for them. This often develops when we focus on a disagreement we have with them. However, God tells us not to respond by passing judgment on them, but instead by praying for them. One of the distinct marks of the church’s presence in the workplace is when Christians pray for their leaders (PMC).  Consider: “I urge you that all prayers and petitions, with thanksgiving, be made for all men…for all in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

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