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. 

Luke 14.26-27, 33 commands, If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. LSB

So succinctly does God tell us what He requires from us to be His disciple. We tend to ignore Him on this topic, choosing instead to downplay the severity of His requirements. Like the people in His previous parable, we tend to find other things to do rather than passionately and fully follow Jesus into His life and ministry after being invited into His kingdom.

 What does it look like to hate our families, our own lives, and our possessions in comparison to our love for God and the building of His kingdom upon the earth as it is in heaven? What does it look like to other women my love for my wife compared to them? What does it look like to those with children my love for my children compared to theirs? Time, care, focus, and service, among other behaviors, demonstrate to everyone what and who is most important to me. 

How do I demonstrate to God and men that I love Him most and first? What does my time with God and serving God look like? What does my time introducing people to Jesus consist of? How am I identifying my greatest love, my chief desire before others? Would those who know me say that I am a disciple of Jesus based upon His definition or would they say I love something more? 

What if God is serious about our expression of our commitment to Him? How can we encourage one another toward this end? Isn’t that the purpose of the church? Loving God and doing His work is not bad for us, or burdensome to us, it is why we were created in the first place and is the means to fulfilling that deep desire within us for purpose and significance. Obeying God in this manner is the secret to entering the life we have always wanted but have been looking elsewhere to find. 

Our Opportunities

New Monthly Meeting beginning September 13. CBMC Central Michigan presents Coffee Connections. Meet other Christian businessmen in Lansing to be encouraged in living out our faith in the marketplace. September 13th will be our first meeting from 7.30-8.30am at Alaiedon Collective. Our speaker will be Mr. Terry Hart, a local businessman of more than 30 years who recently published the book Your Business Matters to God: Kingdom Principles for Aligning Your Firm with the Great Commission. Register here so we have enough coffee, the event is FREE. 

You can partner with us here: https://give.idonate.com/cbmc-inc/lansing 

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

August 22, 2022 

Perspectives From Another Side

by Dr. Luis Cervino


In 2020, as we all know, a global pandemic broke out, a health crisis that resulted in part because of not knowing how to attack the disease. As the war against COVID – the coronavirus – began, another serious war also started: the war of information, ranging from debates over the origins, effects, and treatment protocols for this unprecedented crisis. This was particularly problematic for healthcare professionals like me and those I worked with, as we sought to provide the best possible care in an atmosphere of widespread confusion. 

As the pandemic progressed, it became evident that humanity was divided into large groups: the sick; the medical workers; the politicians; and those who regularly use – and abuse – the social networks. Those who were sick were afflicted by a contagion that moved with impressive speed. Doctors and nurses were fighting an enemy they had never encountered before. The politicians all claimed they were trying to control the situation, but it became apparent that many were exploiting the crisis for their own benefit. Social networks spread a lot of real information, accompanied by an abundance of false, inaccurate, and often alarmist disinformation. 

From a frontline medical perspective, I along with my wife and daughter, saw the pandemic at its very worst. Many people did not take care of themselves. Others chose to ignore well-considered care measures. This behavior was disappointing, making our job to treat the sick even more difficult. 

The rapid advance of the COVID pandemic has slowed, and we all hope its worst is over. But during this time, I came across another perspective, thinking about the huge number of people who are infected with an even more devastating “pandemic.” The Bible calls it “sin,” and its fatality rate is 100 percent. In the New Testament book of Romans, we see these declarations: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 3:23, 6:23). 

As a physician, like my colleagues I strive to provide healing treatment to my patients. However, I realize that despite all my best efforts, they – and all of us – will die one day. This raises the question, “What happens then?” Another verse from the book of Romans explains the “cure” God has provided for all who will accept it: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). 

I thought about our heavenly Father. He saw how His creation was acting in defiance and rebellion against His “prescriptions” for successful, fruitful living. In His Son, Jesus Christ, God sent the means to save them, but people still had to determine whether to accept this Cure. Many people insist on doing what they want, not thinking about or ignoring the eternal consequences they will inevitably face. 

If we are followers of Jesus Christ, we are God’s spiritual health personnel. We must work to bring the promise of His salvation by making disciples (see Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8). Along with helping people to receive Christ and His provision for spiritual death, it is also our duty is to disciple them, so that in due time they will “bear much fruit – fruit that will last” for eternity (John 15:16). As mentors, disciplers or teachers, we can do our part to fight the spiritual pandemic that no one can escape. 

Luis Cervino is a maxillofacial surgeon in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, where he resides with his wife, Rocio, and their two sons. He has been a CBMC/CPEC member in Mexico since 1997 and has been translating Monday Manna from English into Spanish since 1999. His translations reach readers in Spanish all over Latin America. 

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

August 22, 2022

Reflection/Discussion Questions 

  1. During the pandemic, did you contract the coronavirus? If so, what was your reaction to the healthcare professionals who were caring for you, seeking to bring you back to health? 
  1. What do you think of comparing the presence of sin – and its many manifestations – to a global pandemic, one that has only one cure, but one that is available to all through Jesus Christ? 
  1. Dr. Cervino states it is not enough to simply tell people about Jesus Christ and His payment for their sins on the cross. He says, based on the teachings of the Bible, that we also are given the responsibility to “make disciples”? What do you think that means? 
  1. Have you ever been discipled by another person? If so, what has that experience been like for you? If you have not, would you be interested in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ so you can begin to disciple others? 
  1. (For more information on this, you can go to www.advance.cbmc.com and click the link to “Operation Timothy” under the PRODUCTS heading.) 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages: Psalm 119:9-11; Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:2, 3:16-17; Titus 3:5 

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