Our Mission 

To present Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to business and professional men and to develop Christian business and professional men to carry out the Great Commission.  

Hebrews 11.5-6 records, by faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

Enoch is one of only two men who never died, maybe three if Moses didn’t. What made Enoch special? He walked with God and God was pleased with him so much that God brought him to be with Him all the time.

Enoch believed in God but he also earnestly and diligently sought God. This is what men must do today. Christianity has been marketed as a onetime exchange rather than a lifelong journey. We pray to receive Jesus as Savior and are declared a Christian. For too many that is the end of their understanding and activity with God or for God.

While a prayer like that of the thief on the cross is enough for salvation, the command of God is to follow Jesus by dying to self and taking up His burden. Even the thief rebuked the mocker before he died to be with Jesus forever, on that fateful day our salvation was paid for by the blood of the Savior.

So too we need to be earnest, diligent, hardworking, toward knowing God and doing His will in the world. All of the saints listed in this chapter of the Bible were not merely believers in God but were servants of God, accomplishing His purposes on earth as they are in heaven.

The man who pleases God, loves God. He believes in the presence of God and works daily, and always to stay in step with God so that he can serve God by building the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

Our Opportunities

  1. Don’t let the Coronavirus keep you from giving. Help us win and disciple business men through your donations at: https://give.idonate.com/cbmc-inc/lansing
  2. Survey results: thank you for participating men in our recent survey. 58% of you said your time in the Bible has increased. Great job! 47% said your time in prayer has increased during this Covid-19 shutdown, wonderful! 

The number one request of service from CBMC was to hold a zoom call for encouraging one another. Therefore, we will hold a special CBMC zoom call for all interested parties on Friday May 15 at 1pm. Our agenda will be to:

  1. Share an encouraging verse you have been praying or experiencing through this shutdown
  2. Share a prayer request you have
  3. Share how you have experienced God in a new or fresh way during this shutdown.

The zoom meeting id for participating is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81909057822?pwd=RDVmS3VVcEs3ZnVLenFkQXpOOGEyZz09

CBMC Central Michigan 4407 W. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing 48917  / 517 481 5996 www.lansing.cbmc.com


A service to the business community

A Publication of CBMC International

May 11, 2020

Choosing Calm and Quiet In A World of Angry and Loud

by Rick Boxx

Three guests were invited to debate an emotional topic on a talk show program. The discussion among the two guests and the host became so heated that they began shouting at each other. (I know, this has become almost standard behavior on broadcast media these days, but I wanted to point out what happened next.)

Finally, after the shouting had gone on for several minutes, the host stopped the bickering by asking the third guest, who had been silent, for her opinion. Her quiet and thoughtful words suddenly brought order to the chaos. Not only that, but her demeanor also made her seem more credible than the others with their shrill shouting. In our world today, with noise coming at us from all directions, some have decided that the one who shouts the loudest wins. It is another take on the adage, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” But in reality, a calm and collected approach to communicating is still the most effective and most of the time, carries the most impact.

This is hardly a new revelation. The Bible, which some have considered as the greatest book on business and professional practices, has much to say about the strengths, weaknesses and pitfalls of the spoken word. For instance, Proverbs 15:1 states, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Another passage says, “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction” (Proverbs 16:23).

Such admonitions are not limited to TV and radio talk show programs. Years ago, civic leaders gathered in a major city to discuss the possibility of making a proposal to host the Summer Olympics. Discussion turned negative, with most participants focusing on the potential problems hosting such a massive event could cause.

After interaction had gone on for more than two hours, the meeting’s leader turned to one of the newest members of the group. This individual had yet to offer any comments, so the moderator pointed asked, “Ted, you have not said anything. What do you think?” With everyone else in the room sitting quietly and expectantly, he calmly and quietly responded, “Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean.”

Only two or three minutes passed, but it seemed like hours as everyone else in the room pondered what Ted had just said. Suddenly, someone excited said, “You know, he’s right!” And from that point, the whole course of the meeting changed. Ted did not tell them his reply was a direct quote from the Bible, Proverbs 14:4, but his meaning was clear: No manure, no milk. Or to put it into better workplace terms, to accomplish anything of importance, you have to be willing to confront inevitable challenges.

The Scriptures tell us God’s preferred way of communicating with His people is to do so softly, not by shouting or giving dramatic messages. In 1 Kings 19, we read about Elijah, who had been used by God in a series of miracles. Afterward, physically and emotionally depleted, the prophet had fled upon learning the vicious queen Jezebel sought to kill him. After resting and being refreshed, Elijah had waited for God’s next instructions. There came a powerful wind, then an earthquake. Verse 12 tells us, “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

God had chosen to communicate with Elijah through quiet words only the attentive prophet could hear. For all of us in the marketplace, the application is simple: To sell our product or idea, sometimes a gentle whisper is better than a shout. And if you pray about a major decision, maybe God wants to wait for His whisper.

© 2020, Unconventional Business Network Adapted with permission from “Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx,” a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more, visit www.unconventionalbusiness.orgHis latest book, Unconventional Business, provides “Five Keys to Growing a Business God’s Way.”

CBMC Central Michigan 4407 W. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing 48917 / 517 481 5996  lansing.cbmc.com


A service to the business community

A Publication of CBMC International

May 11, 2020

Reflection/Discussion Questions

  1. How do you react when you observe two or more people in a loud, angry exchange – whether it is in listening to a talk show, or watching this kind of interaction during a business meeting?
  1. Why do you think some people seem to believe the louder they yell, the more likely they are to persuade or influence those who disagree? Do you agree with this? Explain your answer.
  1. Can you think of a time when you observed someone communicate a point effectively in a very calm, quiet manner? Has this type of approach ever been effective for you?
  1. Has there ever been a time when God has communicated with you about something important in a quiet way, even a whisper? If so, what was that experience like – and how did you respond?

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages: Proverbs 16:24, 17:14,28, 18:13,21, 21:23, 22:11, 25:11,15; Matthew 5:3-8

CBMC Central Michigan 4407 W. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing 48917 / 517 481 5996  lansing.cbmc.com