A Need for Compassion

The people we work around need something more from us, as Christians, than just our opinion of them. We tend to look at people who oppose us, or who act very differently than us, and form an attitude toward them by the way we think of them. God instructs us not to dwell on their behavior, as wrong as it may be, but to seize the opportunity to pray for them … and when an occasion is presented, show them the kindness God has shown us. (PMC)   Consider: “When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest’ (Matthew 9:36-38).

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

2019 Greek Sailaway

2019 Greek Sailaway

The first FCAP Greek Sailaway, under the very capable leadership of Todd and Missy Billingsley, has set sail!  Please be in prayer for God’s blessings and protection upon this adventure … and for a special time of fellowship among participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking with God

Being out of fellowship with God in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean you are stealing from the company or treating people wrongly.  It could also mean that you just don’t walk with God there because you don’t think He is interested in the details of what is happening in your workplace. If you feel this way about God there, then you probably won’t be praying to Him about what is going on around you. And if you don’t approach God at all, then you won’t experience fellowship with God there. Interestingly, God describes our relationship with Him as a walk. Walking is the most basic thing we do as humans on a regular basis. God asks us to walk with Him. How is your walk with God in the workplace? (PMC)  Consider: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk in Him.” (Colossians 2:6)

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

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A Witness Beyond Words

God is not calling us to bring evangelism programs into the work culture, He is asking us to be His witnesses there. A witness is a person who testifies because they are a part of what has or is happening. To be a witness of Christ in the work culture starts by God’s working in my life. My being a witness of Him is genuine and convincing to people around me when they see how God’s presence in my life affects the ways I do my work, and by the way I respond to people and situations. When my conduct speaks louder than my words, then when I use words to testify, it presents a convincing witness about the God I love and serve through my job. (PMC).  Consider: “Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.(Proverbs 20:11). “For our reason for confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, with pure motives and sincerity, which are from God – not by human wisdom, but by the grace of God – we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you(2 Corinthians 1:12).

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

Our FCAP “On the Job…God’s Way” training expounds on how to accomplish this principle … and so much more.  To discover more about the training, see the section above entitled FCAP Workplace Training and make plans to join us.

 

 

Differing Worldviews

Recently I participated in a “Praise, Prayer and Testimony” meeting at the US headquarter of an international mission organization. It was very inspiring to hear testimonies from their people in different parts of the world, and how they are crossing cultural obstacles to bring the Gospel within cultures where the Gospel is foreign. I was the last one to speak, and when my time came, I shared how incredible it been to hear the various and creative ways God is using His people. I started… “But what about the workplace … is it a viable mission field and does it have its own kind of cultural obstacles?”  Interestingly, many of the obstacles that missionaries face are not problems in the workplace. We do not need to learn another language, nor do we need to initiate relationships for they are established for you with coworkers and customers. Communication is active, as people must collaborate to work together and addresses situations that come up.  But then I thought about it… there are cultural obstacles that Christians face in today’s workplace. In today’s workplace, two different worldviews emerge. One is impersonal and solely based on productivity and profit, and employee value is based upon statistics. The other worldview is personal and centers on God and His design of work, by giving value to workers and honoring diligent work. PMC   Consider:  “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)

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

 

 

Bringing Christ’s Identity to the Workplace

Christ is building His church today out in the world by using His people to convey the same question He asked His disciples… “Who do you say that I am?” There are two basic ways we bring Jesus’ identity to people. We can use words to tell about Him or our lives can demonstrate His identity through our actions. One way is not better than the other and each complements the other. The content of the Gospel message is endowed with the power of God, which leads a person to salvation. We can also use words to point people to Christ by sharing what He means to us personally or by asking them a question that would invite them to consider Christ. However, remember your effectiveness is not based on how well you can argue for Christ and how loud or boldly you can state your case, but how well you point the way. Also, just stating our points requires no personal interaction with people. Christ never intended to send us out to act like a video recording to people. If He wanted that, He could have written His message on stones or in the sky or have the birds sing it. We are said to be God’s personal invitation to people and He is making His appeal to the world through us; “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Just as God has endowed the Gospel message with power, He endows with power and influence to be His witnesses. (Acts 1:8) People will observe our faith in the Lord by the way we do our work and the way we treat people. Our conduct can also trigger the right kind of questions about God in people’s minds. Does your good behavior at the workplace pose a question in people’s minds about what you believe?

This thought is an excerpt from Paul Curtas’ book, “When God Shows Up At Work”.  Paul is General Director of FCAP.

Stability In An Unstable World

In Peter’s first epistles he described God’s people as “elect sojourners” (1 Peter 1:1). The literal translation emphasizes God’s choice in placing His people out in the world. The word that is used speaks as though God is scattering them about and moving them around, like a sojourner. We naturally like to see things stay the way they are… but the truth is, things in our world and cultures are changing constantly.  Peter told God’s people that though they are not permanent residents here on earth, as God’s elect sojourners, they represent that which is permanent and lasting. The people of God are said to be HIS eternal possession, who are declaring His glory out in a world that is confusing and deteriorating (1 Peter 2:9). Though we may feel at times like strangers at our workplace, in our neighborhood, and in our own culture… actually we are placed there by the hand of God to show His stability and everlasting work in an unstable world.  (1 Peter 1:1-2). The following quote was from an anonymous Christian who wrote it in the 2nd Century AD: “Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind by either country, speech, or customs…. They reside in their respective countries, but only as aliens. They take part in everything as citizens, and put up with everything as foreigners. Every foreign land is their home, and every home a foreign land…They find themselves in the flesh, but do not live according to the flesh. They spend their days on earth, but hold citizenship in heaven.”  PMC

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