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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.

James 3.13 observes, if you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.

Everyone wants wisdom, or at least we always want to make the right decision. Always making the right decision is not really wisdom from God’s perspective. Wisdom from a Biblical perspective is knowing God’s Word and properly applying it to our lives.

Most of the decisions we want wisdom for are things like jobs, spouses, residency, investments, all important to us, all significant to our lives, but not really things for which we need wisdom. Take marriage for example. Praying for wisdom for the right spouse is pretty common. Again, the fear is choosing the wrong spouse.

Wisdom is praying to apply God’s word to our lives so that we are the right spouse. Wisdom is understanding the character that God defines as godly and seeing it lived in the life of our potential spouse.

God is clear about who we should be. God is clear about the character, nature and behavior of the person who would make a godly spouse. Finding this person and being this person requires knowing God’s Word and applying it to our lives and seeing it in the lives of others.

Wisdom in this case is not some special supernatural revelation that will save us from potential calamity. Biblical wisdom in this case is working to become a life-long spouse and looking for that same obedient-to-God nature in our potential spouse.

This is an entirely different way of understanding and applying wisdom. God expects us to know His will and do it. The person who does this is wise in the eyes of God. Why is this person wise? Because God knows that He plans to judge every person by how they lived in this life.

The wise person knows this too because God said He would do this in the Bible. The wise person orients their life around the will of God so that they live a life pleasing to God. It is the fool who doesn’t believe in God or believes but ignores the will of God recorded in the Word of God, the Bible.

God gives us the Bible so we can know Him and do what pleases Him so that when we face Him He can say to us well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master. The person who lives with God forever is truly wise!

His Opportunities

    1. Tuesday, May 17th at the City Rescue Mission from noon until 1pm is your next CBMC Rescue Luncheon. This is your opportunity to serve lunch to the men and women who depend upon the Mission for their meal. Commit Here

    2. June 2nd is the next CBMC Special luncheon at the Country Club of Lansing. Details to follow soon but mark your calendars and begin to pray for the men you will bring so they can hear how faith in Jesus changes lives!


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May 16, 2016

Actions That Speak Louder Than Words

by Robert J. Tamasy

We live in a world in which prominent leaders in every field of endeavor make loud and brash promises. They tell us what we want to hear and presume that will earn our trust. Unfortunately, too often words are not backed up with the levels of performance we were led to expect.

The adage, “Actions speak louder than words,” remains true. Bob Doll, chief equity strategist for an asset management firm, has expressed it this way: “You build your testimony when you are the best at what you do, your occupation and calling, and the best in the way you do it…how you treat people, your actions and attitudes.”

Recently we have had several renovation projects underway at our home. The men who have been doing the work – a painter, plumber and contractor – all came highly recommended. Thankfully, the assurances we received about the quality of their workmanship have been confirmed. They obviously take pride in their craft, and we are pleased with the changes they are making.

For those of us who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, this should always be true as well. The God we serve has created the world around us and all we see with excellence. As people created in His image (Genesis 1:26), one of the ways we can demonstrate that is through the quality of our work, whatever that might be. In serving as what CBMC likes to call “marketplace ambassadors,” what the people we work alongside every day see in us can easily influence their attitudes toward Christ. Here are some things the Bible says about how we communicate our faith to others not just through the words we speak, but even more powerfully, through the actions we undertake:

Recognize who it is we are working for. Often our attitude at work is if we can satisfy our immediate supervisor, that is sufficient. But followers of Christ have an even higher standard:“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23).

Work for others as you would want them to work for you. When we are the role of customer, we expect the people providing products or services to us to give us the best they have. In the same way, when we perform work for others – whether the persons we report to, our peers, customers, or the company as a whole, we have an obligation to offer them the best we can give. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you… ”(Matthew 7:12).

Good work will be recognized. Looking around us, many people seem content with doing only the bare minimum in their work, enough to retain their jobs but hardly enough to require intense effort. In this environment, consistent and dedicated work cannot help but be noticed.“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men” (Proverbs 22:29).

Demonstrate that our work is as good as our word. The world offers us many empty promises, ones that never will be fulfilled. Being someone who keeps promises – even strives to exceed expectations whenever possible – will build a strong reputation, and have no lack of work in the future. “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23).

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