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.

Ecclesiastes 3.14-15 describes, I know that everything God does will be forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it—God has so worked that men should fear Him. 15 That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, yet God seeks what is pursued.” (LSB)

God’s work is eternal. This is good news as we remember Easter. The work He accomplished that we remembered on Good Friday, the work of dying for the sins of all humanity for all time, done. This work cannot be added to nor taken away from. This is such good news for us because it means we cannot sin so greatly that He cannot pay for it, not from our birth to our death, can we, have we, committed a sin for which He did not suffer and die for upon the cross.

It is dishonoring to God to try and add to His work on the cross or to diminish His work on the cross to think we must do more good than He did for us or that we have done too much bad that He could not pay for us. The work of God accomplished for us on the cross is finished and this work makes possible for us to be forgiven forever.

When men pursue Him, today, God engages, making this past work current in our present. This good news accomplished two thousand years ago is new every day among every person who turns to God for the pardon of his sins against God. Likewise, every child of God who works with God to help others reconcile to God find God with them working through them to accomplish by them this work of reconciliation to Him of men to God.

The gospel is new every day when presented new to every person who has yet to receive this old work that transforms men from death to life, making them new creations in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our Opportunities

Our first luncheon is scheduled for May 12th. Download a flyer and register here, then pray fervently for men to join you on May 12th to hear our speaker and come to saving faith in Jesus the Lord.

The City Rescue Mission Needs YOU.  Join the Team We are in need of individuals desiring to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in our community. Positions at the Mission are in-person and mostly evenings and weekends. Please pray that we can fill the more than 24 open positions at the Mission. If you are unable to serve as staff but willing to volunteer, there are openings available to assist staff in most of these positions. Note: times vary and hours are flexible.  Call 517.485.0145 or email volunteers@BEaRESCUER.org for information.

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

April 18, 2022 

Starting a Business God’s Way Part II

By Rick Boxx 

(Editor’s Note: This is the second of two articles on how to start a business God’s way.) 

Last week we started to explore biblical principles for starting a business. In this edition of “Monday Manna,” we will look at three additional principles. The fourth principle I would suggest is, “What will you provide customers that no one else provides?” 

A friend was describing for me how he viewed his niche in providing retirement plans for Christian organizations. His firm has specialized in developing investment options for their clients that screen out investment opportunities that are not in alignment with biblical values. He took a product that many companies need and added to it biblically responsible investing options many Christians would prefer. 

Romans 12:6 teaches, “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.” Just as God has given you unique gifts, He also has a unique plan for your business. Determine those gifts and use them to carve out a niche for your business. 

When I was a banker, I met with hundreds of entrepreneurs. It was not uncommon when I asked how much they needed to fund their new business, to hear, “How much will you give me?” This usually meant they ether had no plan or had not taken the time necessary to fully formulate a business plan. 

Kent, however, was different. He knew exactly how much it was going to cost to build his manufacturing business, when he was going to hire staff, and how much he wanted to borrow. His plan gave me, as his lender, confidence that he might succeed – and he did. 

Proverbs 21:5 teaches, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.” This leads to principle #5: If you’re starting a new business, develop a plan that answers the question, “How will you fund, staff, build and maintain your idea?” 

In my experience, patience does not seem to be a virtue for many aspiring entrepreneurs. Once they have an idea for launching a new business, they often want to start today, even though they have not considered the optimal timing or starting their enterprise and have not yet arranged for the necessary funding to see it through to profitability. 

Sometimes God gives us an idea in advance so that we can save and prepare for the future launch. When we attempt to shortcut this process, it usually results in an underfunded business or settling for a less than desirable location. 

Lamentations 3:25 affirms the wisdom of patiently waiting on God, both for His perfect timing and His sufficient provision. It teaches, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.” 

When starting a new business, follow principle #6 by being prepared to answer the question, “When and where will this take place?” Be careful not to get ahead of God in the process. This will enable you to avoid considerable risk – for yourself and for your business startup.

Copyright 2022, Unconventional Business Network. Adapted with permission from “UBN Integrity Moments,” a commentary on faith at work issues. UBN is a faith at work ministry serving the international small business community. 

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

April 18, 2022

Reflection/Discussion Questions 

  1. If you were to evaluate your own business – or the idea for a business startup you have been considering – how would you explain what you can (or will) provide customers that no one else provides? 
  1. The percentage of new businesses that fail, usually within the first year or two, is startling? To what degree do you think this could be due to the entrepreneurs’ failure to plan adequately for funding, staffing, growing, and maintaining the enterprise? 
  1. Is it really important, in your view, to give careful evaluation to the timing for a new enterprise, giving serious consideration to the when of its inception – as well as where it should come about? What are some of the possible pitfalls of failing to do this? 
  1. What difference would it make, do you think, if more talented entrepreneurs, before launching their new enterprises, would stop to consider – and pray about – God’s interest, His will, in what they are planning to do? Explain your answer. 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages: Proverbs 11:14, 15:22, 19:20, 20:18, 24:3-6; Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 14:28-33 

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