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.            

1 Peter 2.11-12 reminds, friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when He arrives. MSG 

The purpose of Christians remaining on earth after their being born again as children of God, is to win those unborn into the kingdom of God. Christians are not immediately taken into the presence of their Father in heaven because He desires they do the same work as His Son on earth. 

This work is to live as a servant of God and man, to partner with God, for winning men to His eternal point of view. As Jesus did not accumulate wealth or power so too the child of God is not to pursue these things. As Jesus did seek and save the lost so too the child of God is to seek and save the lost. 

The means to fulfilling our responsibility before God as His children is to live godly lives, pray for people, partner with other disciples, and share God’s love as He has revealed Himself to us. The goal of our lives, doing these things, is the salvation of all we know who do not know Jesus as their Savior. 

As Peter says above, we are not here to be successful according to the standards of this world, either in comfort or accumulation of things or experiences. Rather, we are to here work hard, give generously, love unconditionally, and serve sacrificially, in order to see people come to Jesus. 

We live godly lives as an example of our God’s life. We share His love with people by relating our own experiences of God while all the time praying for a positive response and proving our faith by our godly relationships within the extended family of God. 

The need of the hour is for us to focus on why we have been left on earth and then engage the mission of getting everyone to heaven. 

Our Opportunities

  1. Two new training studies are available for your spiritual development and effectiveness. Every Christian is commanded to make disciples. How will YOU do it? CBMC can make obedience to this command possible and effective. Over six weeks we will study:
    1. WHAT is Disciplemaking?
    2. WHY make Disciples?
    3. GOALS of Disciplemaking
    4. HOW to make Disciples
    5. USING Operation Timothy
    6. COST of Disciplemaking 

If you are interested in attending these sessions, contact me for further information and to register.

       2. Our second training opportunity centers around leadership. Every man is a leader. Leadership is initiative. This initiative takes place in two spheres: personal and relational. In this eight-week study you               will explore Scripture and learn practical means for growing as a leader both of your self and of those around you. Interested? Contact Mike for more information.


A service to the business community

A Publication of CBMC International

May 17, 2021 

The Wisdom of Examining Motives

by Rick Boxx 

One day my friend Don informed me that he had determined to begin acquiring businesses in related fields so he would be able to sell his customers more products and services – and be able to make more money. More sales can translate into more revenue, which usually means more profits. 

So the next time I saw Don, I asked how his acquisition strategy was going. He informed me that before putting it into action, he had discussed the strategy with his board. One of his wisest board members asked Don an important and profound question, one that put a new perspective on his plans: “Are you doing this for your ego, or for the good of the company?” 

That simple but penetrating question caused Don to honestly re-examine his expansion strategy and admit it had been based on only one factor: his pride, his own ego. “More is better” sounds good, but it is not always true. Would he be able to maintain the same level of quality, both in terms of products and services? If not, would “bigger” be the best decision? After careful reflection, Don chose to dramatically modify his plan. 

In business, we often focus on the “what” and the “how,” but it is just as important to ask the “why” questions: What are the motivations behind our decisions? Why are we determined to pursue the goals and objectives we have established? What is really in our hearts? Fortunately for Don, he had a wise, experienced board member who challenged him to answer those questions. 

The Bible has some interesting things to say about the heart – our inner motivations – and the value of seeking out wise counsel to make certain we are making decisions with the proper motives: 

Beware of self-deception. When we really want something, our feelings and desires can get in the way of sound reasoning. It becomes easy to rationalize our decisions, and we might not even be aware we are doing it. “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9). “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). 

Our motives are as important as our actions. Although we may be cautious to avoid doing the wrong things, it is also possible to do seemingly right things for the wrong reasons. From God’s perspective, why we do things is as important as what we do. “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord” (Proverbs 16:2). Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’?” (Proverbs 20:9). 

Sound, trusted counsel can safeguard against a deceiving heart. As Don did above, soliciting the counsel of friends who care about us and are honest to point out problems can protect us from misguided judgment. “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure” (Proverbs 11:14). “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15). 

It takes wisdom to be willing to accept counsel contrary to what we want to hear. We all have wrong motives at times. A wise leader seeks and listens to discerning advisors. “Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy” (Proverbs 12:20) 

Copyright 2021, Unconventional Business Network. Adapted with permission from “UBN Integrity Moments”, a commentary on faith at work issues. Visit www.unconventionalbusiness.org  for more info. 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

May 17, 2021 

Reflection/Discussion Questions 

  1. Have you ever had an experience of determining a course of action, only to have someone question your decision – or even your motivations, as was the case with Don? If so, what was that situation? Did it result in your reconsidering your plans or even changing them? 
  1. Why is it so difficult to seek the counsel of others once a decision has been made, and even to listen when the advice being given runs counter to what we would like to hear? 
  1. All this talk about motives and motivations – why do they even matter? Is it not enough to pursue profit and success, at any cost? Why or why not? 
  1. How does a person determine whom they should go to for counsel and advice? Can you think of any specific traits to look for in wise counselors? 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages: Proverbs 12:5, 13:1, 15:22, 19:20,27, 20:18, 21:2, 27:19, 28:14; Mark 7:20-23; Romans 1:21 

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