From Anger to Freedom

How can any nation or people survive when hatred controls their normal way of life? God described how unchecked anger turns into hatred, and none of us are exempt from this. It starts by entertaining angry thoughts, which when left unchecked reproduce themselves and become hatred. This will affect our character, making us erratic and impulsive in our response to others. When hatred rules our life, we lose our ability to perceive what is good and wholesome. Instead we go so far as to accuse, hurt, and even destroy innocent people. Jesus Christ once addressed a group of religious leaders who were angry at him, because he told them that their anger was the seeds that produce murder (Matthew 5:22). Within a few years after saying this, these same religious leaders, who tenaciously pursued to kill him, falsely accused him before Roman authority and had him executed by crucifixion. The good news is that the love of God through Jesus Christ is the only cure for conquering such anger and hatred. This heart condition is not something we can fix, but only God can solve… when we humbly acknowledge our need of Him to set us free by His saving grace. Consider: “Everyone who continues to commit sin is a slave of sin. But, if the Son (Jesus Christ) sets you free, you will be really free” (John 8:34, 36).

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

Men’s Fellowship Over Zoom- June 23

                                                                                                                                                     …over Zoom

A time to share and pray for one another…
A time to encourage one another in the things of God…

Join Us!
Tuesday, June 23

Time: 9:30 am Eastern Time in U.S.
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Q&A with Jake – Tuesday, June 30 at 9:30am EDT

“Fear Versus Faith”

What do we cling to when everything around us falls apart?
What do we hold on to when what the world offers us fails?
Is there truly anything this world can offer in which we can wholeheartedly trust?

Like many, you may be facing many challenges and uncertainties in life.  You are invited to join Jake Joseph and others as answers to the above questions and others are explored. during a Q&A session on Tuesday, June 30, at 9:30am EDT.  Jake is a pilot with Alaska Airlines and also serves on our FCAP Board of Directors.  Sign-in information for this zoom session is as follows:

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Checking the Facts

We have so much information coming at us. While most of it claims to be the facts on how and why things happen, it is hard to know what are the true facts. Of course, we have available “Facts Check,” which is available through Google, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, political parties, and various news medias. The problem is they often contradict one another. How can we possibly know the truth about the facts?

God’s has given us a “Facts Check” of a different kind. It is more like a Facts Reality or Facts Act. God advises us to look more at the fruits of facts by going beyond what is stated and look at behavior. Jesus once engaged with a group of people who saw themselves to be wise and experts at analyzing people’s character. These analysts went to great extent to eloquently talk about peoples faults and failings. Jesus pointed out that the real facts about a person’s life is not simply in the information they express about themselves or others, but in the fruits that come from what they demonstrate in their actions (Matthew 7:15-19).  People may say how they have compassion and concern for others. But when the fruit of their life shows the contrary (i.e. ongoing selfishness, demeaning responses, domineering behavior, etc.), the real fact is, what they claim is not how they live (Romans 12:9). The facts that make up who we are are more than a single deed we do, more than a passionate cause or slogan we hold.  Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:20).  Let’s start, not by looking at others, but by asking the Lord to produce the fruit of the Spirit in our actions.  Consider:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

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

 

 

Launching of “On the Job…God’s Way” Seminar in Spanish Over Zoom

Launching of “On the Job…God’s Way” Seminar in Spanish Over Zoom

On June 10 an exciting milestone was experienced in FCAP.  Our first Workplace Seminar over Zoom was facilitated by our brother in South America, Diego Suarez Morales. There were 10 participants from numerous locations.  One American Airlines flight attendant from Chile joined us here at the FCAP office so she could be a part of this.  Session 2 of this “On the Job…God’s Way” seminar in Spanish will be conducted on June 17 at 11:30 a.m. ET.  Details (in Spanish) can be found on the home page of this web site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Pursuit of Life and Peace

Suffering and trials are what the Church is made for. Nothing that recently has happened in the world is shocking, as we’ve been forewarned of it within the Scriptures. The heart of man is exceedingly wicked; there are none that fear God; the flesh is at enmity with Him; and man is not simply indifferent to holy things, he’s hostile toward them. However, the church isn’t called to merely survive in times of virus and violence, she is encouraged instead to thrive.

Paul says in Romans 8:6, “For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace.”  And so Christians are able to see wickedness, injustice, sickness, and death through the filter of hope … not in a temporal sense, but through an eternal expectation that God will be glorified.

Our earthly duties remain … spend much time in prayer, love your neighbor, be charitable as needs arise, and work as unto the Lord. Life is abundant and abounds in peace only as your foundation is secure in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Grace to all.  TCF
   
This thought was written by Tim Files, an Aircraft Systems Analyst with Delta Air Lines. Tim also serves as Secretary-Treasurer of our FCAP Board of Directors.