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. 

“so that although they look they may look but not see, and although they hear they may hear but not understand, so they may not repent and be forgiven…..” The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: Whenever they hear, immediately Satan comes and snatches the word that was sown in them. These are the ones sown on rocky ground: As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy. But they have no root in themselves and do not endure. Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away. Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the word, but worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it produces nothing. But these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”” Mark 4:12, 14-20 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/mrk.4.12-20.NET 

Many hear and have heard the gospel, but only a few will enter the kingdom of heaven. Quite amazing, really. God loves everyone, but few make it into heaven. Jesus died for everyone, but not many will receive the eternal life He died for and offers everyone. This no doubt explains the long duration between His first and second coming. Jesus, God Himself, does not say those who say a prayer will live forever with Him. Jesus begins with our need to repent and seek forgiveness. 

Repentance is recognizing we are disobeying God, admitting to that disobedience, and committing to cease disobeying God. We must confess, pray, with our mouths, that we need a Savior, ask His forgiveness, and receive His pardon. This is the beginning of our life with God, not the end of it. We now take up our cross and follow Him. Following Him is living as He lived on earth when He lived among us as one of us. His food was every word that came from the mouth of His Father. His will was to do the will of the Father Who sent Him. 

His identity was to serve the interests of God and not be served by men to fulfill His self-interest. Only the person who bears fruit, who applies God’s word to their lives by doing God’s will with their lives, will receive eternal life. This is not because these people have earned their way into heaven through their works but have proven their repentance and faith in the work of Jesus by denying themselves, no longer living for the temporary things of this world, and seeking the treasure of heaven that lasts for eternal life. 

Our Opportunities 

  1. Business Owners, don't miss your opportunity to learn more about how CBMC helps you through our Trusted Advisor Forums. These closed, monthly meetings help Christian business leaders craft strategies to handle tough issues with employees, customers, vendors, and competitors that incorporate best-in-business principles integrated with a Christian worldview. An informational meeting will be held on May 24 from 8-9 am at Taste Coffee in Okemos. Email me if you are interested in attending this event.

  2. HELP NEEDED. Our next special luncheon is ready to be scheduled, but our meeting location is no longer available to us. Do you know of an inexpensive place we can conduct our luncheons for 50-60 people? If so, contact Mike so he can schedule our June outreach luncheon. 
  1. CANCELLED. Join us on May 9th for our monthly coffee connections meeting. This event is free and an excellent opportunity to meet other Christian businessmen in Central, MI. Register here

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 8, 2023 

The Relentless, Unrewarding Pursuit of Success

By Robert J. Tamasy 

Many of us in the business and professional world have oriented our lives to a singular focus – the pursuit of success. But have you ever stopped to seriously consider what success really is? 

That thought reminds me of the dog that delights in chasing cars. One passes by and there goes the dog in rapid pursuit. But has the dog ever wondered what it would do if it actually caught the car? What would she do with it? In a sense, success is much the same. We embark on a career with certain goals and aspirations in mind, achievements we intend to attain. But what happens when we have attained them? 

This brings to mind the top executive who would talk about climbing the proverbial “ladder of success,” only to discover when he reached the top that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall. 

In my own career, I attained all of the goals I had established early on. Be editor of a newspaper? Check. Write a magazine article? Check. Be editor of a magazine? Check. Write a book? Check. I have been able to accomplish each of those. And much more. But did any of those, even combined together, give me a sense of total fulfillment, of ultimate success? No, because there was always more that I could have done, always other people who had achieved more than I had – at least to my way of thinking. 

Success can sometimes feel like competing in a race with the finish line being moved farther and farther away. Promotions, pay increases, professional recognition might satisfy for a moment or two, but then what? I have learned that true success ultimately is found only in the One who bestows the abilities, interests, gifts, and opportunities that we use each day. 

As we are admonished in Deuteronomy 8:17-18, “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth….” We may need is a new definition or perspective on success. I can think of no better source for this than the Scriptures: 

How do we find success? The Bible tells us success is not found in what we seek, but in Whom we seek. “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8). 

Success is setting the right goals. The apostle Paul, then known as Saul, had everything – prestige, prominence, power. But then, encountering Jesus Christ turned his values upside-down; his goals were changed forever, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” (Philippians 3:7-8). 

Success is still a lifelong pursuit. Paul gained a new understanding of what success means but remained devoted to it – his new mission – for the rest of his life. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me…. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14). 

© 2023. Robert J. Tamasy has written Marketplace Ambassadors: CBMC’s Continuing Legacy of Evangelism and Discipleship; Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace; Pursuing Life With a Shepherd’s Heart, coauthored with Ken Johnson; and The Heart of Mentoring, coauthored with David A. Stoddard. Bob’s biweekly blog is: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com. 

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 8, 2023

Reflection/Discussion Questions 

  1. How would you define success? How close do you think you are to attaining it?
  2. Why does it seem that for a lot of people success remains so elusive? Why is it that no matter how much some people accomplish, it never seems to be enough?
  3. If we consider – and believe – that it is God who truly gives us the ability to succeed, to produce wealth through our respective abilities, gifts, and opportunities, how should that affect the way we approach our work each day?
  4. In what ways would meditating on the “book of the Law” – the Bible, the Word of God – make it possible for us to prosper and achieve lasting success? 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages: Ecclesiastes 1:2-4,11, 2:24-26,5:18; 1 Corinthians 3:9-11; Colossians 3:17,23-24 

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