D1 Training – Cincinnati

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Contact Name: Chris Witzgall, Co-Owner

Business Name: D1 Training – Cincinnati

Business Address: 9573 Fields Ertel Road, Loveland OH 45140

Website: http://d1training.com/cincynorth

Business Phone: 5135492353

Business Description:
We are a non-traditional fitness training gym in Loveland that offers programs for all ages and every fitness level. From first-timers to professional athletes, we are dedicated to making a difference in your life and helping you achieve a common goal—being your best self. Our gyms offer customized, state-of-the-art equipment, sports science-backed programs, and workouts that target your specific goals. Stop in and discover why Men’s Health named us a Top 30 Gym.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I believe as a Christian that our greatest gift from God is our bodies. Like any of the gifts and talents He has given us, we are to be good stewards and use them to glorify Him. Taking care of our bodies through healthy lifestyle is a requirement for everyone and we started D1 Training to help others achieve this goal.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I was raised in the Catholic faith growing up, but truly became a Christian on February 28, 2016 when I was baptized and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
My faith gives our business a solid foundation on how to operate. We developed a set of guiding principles based on the Christian faith that mainly says it all belongs to God and we will use it to glorify Him and lead others to do the same.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We champion and support multiple causes with our business that include Cleats 4 Kids, Special Olympics, CancerFree Kids, and Women of Alabaster Ministry.
We champion these because we feel strongly that God has provided us the opportunity with the business to bless these causes.

Affordable Automation LLC and Affordable Analytics

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Contact Name: Gary Slaughterbeck, Owner

Business Name: Affordable Automation LLC and Affordable Analytics

Business Address: 1630 Mills Road Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Website: https://affordableautomation.us

Business Phone: 513-442-9210

Business Description:
Affordable Automation (affordableautomation.us) creates custom database applications for both desktop and the web.  We design and develop custom software for our clients that will meet the specific needs of their business.  Advantages of custom software include: it’s tailor made for your company, increases productivity, easier integration with existing software, and a smart long term investment.

Our mission at Affordable Analytics (affordableanalytics.us) is to empower businesses through analytics. Affordable Analytics gives our clients an affordable entry point into data analytics.  Every company has meaningful data. The question is whether you are using that data in a meaningful way. Most likely, a large amount of time, money, and effort has been spent in capturing this data. Since you already have the data, why not get a return on that investment?  We can link to your existing data in your existing applications. Also, we create dashboards accessible from anywhere, even smartphones!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I had worked in the corporate world for almost 23 years when I felt God calling me to leave that arena in 2008.  At first, I was not sure what God’s plan was for me, but eventually He showed me He wanted to lead me in starting a family business.  God knew what He is doing!  This has been an incredible spiritual blessing on my family.  I have been given the opportunity to work with all 3 of my sons, providing me precious time to disciple my sons for many more years than I would have otherwise.  Family life means so much to me and I feel very blessed God provided us the family business.  My hope and prayer is this business will continue for multiple generations.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I was raised in a small conservative farming community and regularly attended a local church, yet I had never heard about being born again.  I had this false notion that if I relied on my thinking and hard work, then life would go exactly how I thought it should.  By the time I reached the age of 25, I was completely to the end of myself.  This started me on a search to find out what was missing in my life.  About this time God brought into my life some spiritually mature and strong Christians who began to walk with me down the path to Jesus.  It wasn’t much long after when I met my future wife, and we both became born again Christians.

How does your faith in Jesus impact the way you do business?
“Do for others just what you want them to do for you.” Luke 6:31  We have lived this out to the best of our ability over the past 12 years.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
There have been two main areas of ministry the Lord has brought to our attention:

The first is feeding the hungry through supporting a local ministry called Project 5-2. They are a conduit of redistribution of food, clothing, Bibles and supplies from God’s hand to front line ministries who at times, in their communities, don’t have the resources to feed and clothe those in need.  http://pro52.org/

The other area of ministry we feel God has led us to is getting the word out on how loving our Heavenly Father is.  I think most Christians deep down in their hearts don’t really understand how much Abba Father loves them!  Once this knowledge moves from someone’s head to the heart, their life will be transformed.  The best resource we have found to help others deeply understand this is an amazing book called  He Loves Me! Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection  (by W. Jacobsen).  When we have the opportunity, we either give people this book or highly encourage them to get a copy.  After reading the book, most people come back and share how its message has really changed their walk with God for the better.  Just this week, we received word about a Christian who was struggling with depression, and reading the book really made an impact.  To God be the glory!  Please do yourself a huge favor…find a copy of this book and read it!!!!

Joseph’s Handyman Services, LLC

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Contact Name: Joseph Bily, Owner

Business Name: Joseph’s Handyman Services, LLC

Business Address: 8456 Island Pines Place Maineville, OH 45039

Website: http://josephshandymanservices.com

Business Phone: (513) 488-3947

Business Description:
I am a retired residential contractor with 30 years experience with skill in all facets of residential construction, including electric and plumbing. My previous wide range of experiences include home restoration and renovation; however, at this time  my primary interest is supplementing my retirement income and providing a service to our community. My reasonable rate is $65 per hour, while offering discounts for seniors and repeat customers. As an additional benefit, actual material costs are calculated directly for my customers without markup. The purchase of initial supplies is charged as a negotiated one-time fee at a reduced rate. At the completion of my work at your residence, consider my referral program that benefits both parties with rewards awarded based upon a complete and paid referral. I strive to a standard that you would recommend my work to friends!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My dad always made craftsman tools available to me growing up. I would follow him around the house as a young boy and learn how to use them. God gave me a gift of spacial orientation, and ability of nimbleness with my hands. Jesus put the desire on my heart to go into residential remodeling and use what He gave me. I worked with and studied computers for a view years, but always came back to working with my hands. The computer interest did prepare me for self employment and I feel God did that for a reason.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I was brought up as a Christian and rejected Christianity early in my adult life. Because of this I had a good familiarity with the Gospels during my estrangement. During this period of my life I feel Jesus was carrying me. Later my daughter gave me the book, “Beautiful Outlaw,” by John Eldredge. This brought the world of Jesus, as a person and relationship, to me. Then, one Easter Sunday about 10 years ago I watched “Passion of the Christ” again with my daughter. On the way home I felt the strong presence of Christ with me. For the first time in my life I took the works of Jesus personally. “He did that for me,” I said to myself and cried. This was the moment I was truly saved. From this moment on I became a “sponge” for reading spiritual writings with the Holy Spirit. I always make my best effort to keep His presence in mind and follow Him.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I see myself as no better than anybody else. Blessed with talents? Yes. All people are good at something. Jesus came to restore us and the world. This inspires me to do restorative work for others both worldly and spiritually. I want to do His work. I try to stay aware of the Spirit at all times, and help wherever I can. This enables me to establish trusting and loyal relationships with my clients. I try to keep contracts and business dealings fluid with nothing cut in stone, always living up to my job estimates.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I have an idea for a ministry that I need help with. I am currently seeking individuals who might like to get involved. Some trailer parks and neighborhoods have residents having difficult times with resources, to do simple repairs around their home. I would like to start a ministry of craftsmen that would address these issues maybe meeting two or three times a month at these troubled places. I know there are many details to work out, and this is why I am looking for help.

This bit of restorative work can go a long way to restore a person’s peacefulness and faith. We all know how frustrating it is when an item doesn’t work or is awkward to use. Many people live surrounded by frustrations reminding them of their present unfortunate circumstances. These acts of kindness could restore a person or families faith that someone cares, and many good things could come from it.

B-Informed Insurance

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Contact Name: Stephanie Ransom, Medicare Health Insurance Agent

Business Name: B-Informed Insurance

Business Address: PO Box 453 Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Website: http://www.MRC-OHIO.com

Business Phone: 833-672-6446

Business Description:
Offering Medicare options for ages 65 and over and those who are under 65 with qualifying disabilities.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
The opportunity to become a part of this industry first developed when I had to seek out Medicare options for my grandmother over 10 years ago.  I became aware of how vital it is to select a health care plan that is best suited for your unique healthcare needs.  B-Informed Insurance will help you make an informed choice regarding your health plan.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
As a child, I observed my grandmother’s relationship with the Lord.  She not only lead by words but was an example by the way she lived her life.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Prior to talking or meeting with my clients, I ask the Lord to work through me to be a blessing in educating and consulting my clients to empower them to make an informed decision regarding their healthcare coverage.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
B-Informed is in a sense a ministry as we pray for clients and their families daily.  Also, my family and I support World Vision ministry as a sponsor.

A Step Above Flooring & Installation

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Contact Name: Marty Dickhaus, Owner

Business Name: A Step Above Flooring & Installation

Business Address: 9634 Inter Ocean Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45246

Website: http://www.astepabovefloors.com

Business Phone: 513-889-3915

Business Description:
We are a local and family owned flooring company serving the Cincinnati Tri-State and surrounding areas since 2010. Our principles are simple: We provide excellent customer service, offer high quality and value-conscious products, do the ‘right’ thing, give back to our community, and build strong, long lasting relationships. We will not trade our values and will not compromise our commitment, honesty, or integrity. We do what we say and say what we do. Our team is key to our success with our customers and each other.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I’ve been in the flooring industry for 40 years and have never gotten out of it. I learned the trade under my brother and it sort of became a part of me. There are so many aspects in the flooring industry that it’s not just, carpet or hardwood. Flooring is something that stays with you overtime and we want to help people improve and enjoy their homes. I’ve really enjoyed working with people, always have, and always will… I hope they like working with me as well!

How did you come to faith in Christ?
My mom and dad were very involved in the church and it was very important that we as a family were brought up in the church as well. They were the foundation of building my faith in Christ. Years later, after getting married and having a family, we drifted away from the church and let other things take priority over our lives… school, sports, the usual. At God’s calling, my wife came to Christ and was baptized in December 2014 and  has brought our family back to the church. It was at this time that our faith began to play a very big role in every single aspect of our lives.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Our faith at work dictates our values, goals and view of the world. As business owners, we’ve been entrusted with gifts from God and with those gifts of business ownership means that we are to honor God with everything we do – This affects each decision we make on a daily basis. Wherever we go, whether it’s home, the workplace, the grocery store, or taking a walk in the neighborhood, we must always follow Jesus and live our faith every single day. Doing these things not only affect the way we do life outside of work but affects how we do our work.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We have come to know and support Milford Miami Ministries and their mission has made a huge difference in so many lives. They are supported by many churches within the community, as well as other groups that continue to make  a difference. They have a food pantry that is open during the week for families in need. It’s an amazing pantry and is so diverse that it’s like walking into a grocery store. They also provide financial aid for rent and utilities for those in need, as well as holiday meals and gifts for children. It’s a true blessing to work with the families in the community and to see how God blesses them each and every day.

Archadeck of Akron

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Contact Name: Patrick Sluss, Owner

Business Name: Archadeck of Akron

Business Address: 368 Cope Ave Akron Ohio 44319

Website: https://akron.archadeck.com/

Business Phone: 3307541044

Business Description:
Archadeck of Akron specializes in outdoor living spaces. We help customers with designing and building their dream outdoor space. We are one of the few outdoor living contractors.  We build decks, paver patios, concrete patios, porch roofs, screened rooms, pergolas, three season and four season rooms. We also build combinations of these projects, which tends is our specialty. Customers like only having to hire one company to do a combination project.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I grew up with a love of working with my hands. My hobby grew into a remodeling business. We still do remodeling (Sluss  Construction https://slussconstruction.com/) with the seasonality of outdoor work. Archadeck approached us and it was a good fit since we both believe in using quality products installed the best way to deliver a project that will last the test of time.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I grew up catholic and always believed in God. I didn’t know what it was like to have a relationship with God until I was in college. God lead to Grace Church and a life group at the University of Akron. The teaching clicked and I understood a lot more about God and what he did for me. I was also awesome to connect with other believers who where young adults.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We are a business for everyone so my faith is not shared with every customer directly. I love when customers open the door to share and talk about it directly though. What we do tends to be more indirect. We provide a quality project at a fair price and we stand behind our work. We treat customers how we would like to be treated. Construction is a very unregulated industry that really anyone who wants to pick up a hammer can be a contractor in Ohio. We do our best to elevate customer’s views and trust of the construction business.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
My wife and I have done a  trip to Mazatlan, Mexico every year for about 5 years now. Sometimes two trips in a year. The people there are awesome and really focus on relationships. It is amazing to see their fire and passion for God. The ministry is called shoulder to shoulder that we work with. They come alongside local churches and work with them to become all that God has called them to be. (https://www.hchmexico.com). It has had such an impact on us that we were married there two years ago. Really amazing worshiping the same God in a different language in another country. 

I also believe in serving at the local church. For 6 seasons now I have coached a 4-6th grade basketball team. I think it is important that they be exposed to God and shape their view of him at a young age.

State of the Christian Blue Network during COVID-19

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We wanted to let you know that the staff of the Christian Blue Network is following the Governor’s orders to stay at home during this coronavirus pandemic. During our staff prayer meeting this past Monday (via conference call), we continued praying for our clients, for specific prayer requests submitted via email, for those who have been infected with this virus, and for God’s protection for our country and world.  

These certainly are trying times, like none of us have ever seen before.  We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.  So as the people of God, let’s trust that He will get us through this, and, by His grace, that we will be stronger because of it.

Psalm 46:1 has been my daily meditation through this crisis, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.”  Let’s commit today to take this message of hope to a world that desperately needs it.  Now is the time for believers to rise up, love people, and make a clear defense of the hope that is found within us (1 Peter 3:15).  God will use our words – and our actions – to bring hope to the hopeless.

We especially need to stand together as the body of Christ during this time…I’m sure many of you who run or are employed in what they call “non-essential” businesses that had to temporarily close – are really struggling.  We wanted you to know that we at the Christian Blue Network are here for you.  You can email us your prayer requests to us at connect@trustbluereview.com.. Our staff will pray for you on Mondays.  Please connect with us…

But there are many other businesses that are still open, and I’m asking that you, as much as possible, support Christian owned and operated businesses during this time.  The Christian Blue PagesTrustBlueReview.com, and our Trust Blue Mobile app (free download) feature many of the types of businesses that remain open… Accountants, Appliance Repair, Attorneys, Counseling Services, Computer Consultants, Delivery Services, Electricians, Auto Repair, Plumbers, Roofing Contractors, Home Improvements, Chiropractors, Tree Service, Insurance, and many more…

Thank you in advance for supporting these businesses that are led by people like you who have committed to operate their businesses with excellence for the glory of God.

We trust you’ve noticed that, during these trying times, we’ve been bringing encouragement to you more regularly via video messages through Constant Contact, and in spots on your local Christian radio station.  We’ve also increased our communication through social media.  So we encourage you with this…Like Us on Facebook and keep connected with the Christian Blue Network as we strive to unite and bring hope to the body of Christ during this time of isolation. Our Facebook page delivers encouraging messages that will help activate your faith for everyday life.  Like us today and stay connected to this source of daily inspiration! 

And may God be your ever present help in this time of need…

Darrel Geis, President, Christian Blue Network

Lovins Painting Plus

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Business Name: Lovins Painting Plus

Contact Name: Randy Lovins, Owner

Business Address: Serving customers at their address

Website: http://www.lovinspaintingplus.com

Business Phone: 5132903793

Business Description:
We do Remodeling, Painting, Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and many other aspects of construction.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My Father Retired from Ford Motor Company and started a painting company.  When I was a child I helped my father in his business; we are a second generation painting and remodeling company.  As a teenager I worked several years as an electrician apprentice; I then went back to school for business; and then HVAC and Plumbing.  I am privileged to know the many facets of construction and we try to incorporate this with a professional approach in every job we take on.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
As a child, my grandfather on my Mothers side was a preacher.  We were made to attend church growing up.  And we have learned to appreciate what the Lord has done for us on Calvary.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Colossians 3:23-24

[23] And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; [24] Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. We always feel as to go the extra mile and to show compassion towards others. Anyone can do certain tasks but we desire to honor God and work a little harder to show appreciation for the customer deciding to use us. Because they could have called anyone.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
The great commission is one.  Whenever we have the opportunity to witness it is important to reach others with the truth, it’s not only eternity but the fact that there are people everywhere who need a little edification.

Grove Overhead Door, LLC

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Business Name: Grove Overhead Door, LLC

Contact: Doug Grove, Owner

Business Address: 1688 Case Rd Columbus, OH 43224

Website: http://www.groveoverheaddoor.com

Business Phone: 6145726505

Business Description:
Grove Overhead Door is a small family owned and operated garage door company.  We install, repair and sell garage doors and openers.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
Grove Overhead Door started as a dream for Doug who was fresh out of High School. He worked several years for a garage door company in Newark, OH. He spent about 10 years working in a factory but decided to return to the garage door industry in 1996. Grove Overhead Door, LLC was born 13 years later out of his garage and has been going strong since.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
That’s a funny story.  My wife had recently run into a high school classmate at a new church she’d started attending. The friend and her started talking a lot and then I started attending as well. Several months later I attended my first baptism celebration and asked the friend a silly yet sincere question.  I asked if they got a prize every time they helped a person get saved….which was met with the answer, “Yep, we get a toaster.”  So when I accepted Christ, of course I surprised him with a toaster!

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We live by Matthew 7:12, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. ”  We totally believe that you reap what you sow.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
There are two. The first is Total Health, based in Lewis Center (https://totalhealth.orghttps://youtu.be/-SbJDLZHZCE).  The second one is King’s Ransom Foundation (https://kingsransomfoundation.org) out of Texas.  Both organizations focus on serving the extreme poor in Central America, sending volunteers and supplies for much needed basic  medical care, dental care, food, water, building homes and rescuing kids out of the sex trade.  The one closest to our heart is Total Health who partners with Iglesia Gran Comision in La Ceiba, Honduras. We sponsor a little girl named Margarita, so she can attend an after school children’s center at the church where she’ll get to play, learn about God and get a hot meal each day.  My wife has  gone on 2 mission trips to serve in La Ceiba and her life has been forever changed by what she saw/experienced there.

Secure Future Advisors

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Business Name: Secure Future Advisors

Business Address: 4489 Far Hills Ave Kettering, OH 45429

Contact: Jeff Garnica, Financial Advisor

Website: http://www.securefutureadvisor.com

Business Phone: 937-853-7527

Business Description:
Secure Future Advisors is a retirement planning and financial solutions company dedicated to providing small business owners, pre-retirees, retirees, young professionals and their families unique processes, tools and investment and insurance solutions to help build a more secure future.   As an independent advisor, we are focused on using tax-efficient investment, insurance and planning solutions that support a fiduciary approach and  your best interests.

 Although our process is innovative, our team believes in a conservative approach to investing your money and allocating your hard earned retirement savings. Our practice is driven by our passion for creating a culture where we are more to you than just your advisor- we are your steward, your teacher and your advocate. We view our relationship with you as an ongoing journey and opportunity to share our wisdom in the hopes that you can build a more secure future.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My desire to be of service in such a critical area as protecting families, their children, businesses, and a sucure financial  future led me to the financial planning business.  My experience has shown too many times that a large portion of individuals aligned with an advisor are simply receiving rollover, portfolio or money management services and unknowingly paying much more than the market average.  Additionally, being properly prepared to execute a successful retirement, business succession plan, and accomplish financial goals demands a much broader strategy than a focus primarily on  low cost investments and market returns.   

Life has a way of changing, and so do  the circumstances of each individual, their health, marital status,  and other important factors require us to not only be aware but more importantly to be prepared.  My process involves mapping  out a plan and actions steps to accomplish goals and dreams, but will also include contingency strategies if everything does not go exactly how we hoped.   In order to get the correct answers and establish priorities, we have to ask the right questions.   My clients have planned for the best, but are appropriately prepared should that not happen.   I am comfortable asking the tough questions because I will not leave my clients vulnerable. 

I take my role as a steward and fiduciary for my client’s financial health very seriously.  It is important that everyday I  learn and grow and give everything I have to improve my skills and  knowledge to better serve and advise.  By educating my clients and empowering them with knowledge, together we can bring confidence and clarity to their financial affairs.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
My Mother blessed me as a wonderful role model of Christianity, service to others, caring deeply for their welfare, and a true love for humanity.  She taught me through her actions about sacrifice, generosity, and being present at the time of need.  I have experienced and witnessed miracles which can only be explained via divine intervention.  Personally, my life changed dramatically when I gave my life to Christ.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
My faith impacts my business every single day.  Having a grateful heart and knowing God will provide removes pressure and provides more focus and clarity in my thought processes. I truly enjoy being of service and helping people, and it is my desire to be a source of light and hope.    For me, this is not just a job, it is also my ministry.   Beyond improving a client’s financial health, it is my hope through God’s intervention to add to their emotional and spiritual health as well.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I have a heart for the hurting and have been blessed with the gifts of compassion and empathy.  One of my primary ministries is working with individuals that suffer from addiction issues and also the families of those impacted by a loved one that suffers from addition.
Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer…. 
I am very thankful for God’s influence in and on our business on a daily basis.   It is most felt in our guiding principles of Stewardship, Relationship, and Fellowship as outlined in our company mission statement.  As holistic advisors we desire to help our clients develop personally, spiritually, and financially.   

Freedom Bookkeeping Services

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Contact: Sherry Ellington, Owner

Business Name: Freedom Bookkeeping Services

Business Address: PO Box 256 Bethel, OH 45106

Websitehttp://www.freedombkservices.com

Business Phone: 513-456-2150

Business Description:
I help ministries and business owners know where there money is going so they can make informed decisions about their ministry or business. Most people do not start ministries and businesses to do the books. Yes, they are necessary but you started your ministry/business to do the a certain task or provide a service. Why not hire someone who specializes in doing the books like you specialize in what you do? Freedom Bookkeeping Services was started to help people. Customer services has so gone by the wayside in our day and age. I will do what I say, when I say. You can count on me.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I worked at a bank for several years early in my adulthood. Then I have done finances for public school systems and non-profits for almost 20 years. In 2017 I decided that I wanted to do this on my own and not for someone else. I wanted control on the level of customer service that I provide to my clients.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I grew up in a pastor’s home and knew the lingo from early on. But at the age of 14,  I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I realized then that I was a sinner. I also realized that only Jesus, dying on the cross and raising from the dead, could provide the wage for my sin. I now know that I have a home in glory one day.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I do everything in my life with the thought, “would this please God?” I don’t always succeed but I try my best with the Lord’s help. I am diligent in my work and strive to provide the best possible service to my clients so that they can see Jesus in me.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I attend First Baptist Church of Milford which is the home of Bearing Precious Seed, a Bible printing ministry.  They print Bibles in many language and send them to help missionaries win more for Christ all over the world. In 2019, they printed over 9 million copies of God’s Word. www.bpsmilford.org

Majestic Window Cleaning and More

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Contact Name: Rick Gibbs, Owner

Business Name: Majestic Window Cleaning and More

Business Address: 113 S. Highview Road
Middletown, OH  45044

Business Phone: 513-267-1361

Business Description:
Majestic Window Cleaning and More is family owned & operated for 21 years, offering window cleaning, pressure washing, and gutter cleaning.  Dependable and affordable.  Serving residential, businesses, and churches. Free estimates. State certified and insured. Member of the Cincinnati/Dayton Better Business Bureau. Majestic Window Cleaning and More – a name you can trust!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I always wanted to go into business for myself. I had the opportunity to work with my brother 21 years ago who had a window cleaning business. I enjoyed this type of work and decided to start Majestic Window Cleaning and More. I enjoy meeting people through my business, and it has been a good line of business for me.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I was raised in a Christian home and have been in church all my life.  In 1967, at the age of 9, I accepted Christ as my Savior at a revival meeting. The Bible says, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.” This is my favorite verse, and I try to live this daily.  I have been singing in church since a young boy and continue to glorify him through music today. People jokingly call me “The Singing Window Cleaner”!

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Everything I do, I do unto the Lord with integrity, and desire to follow His ways both personally and in business.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I am blessed to be able to glorify God through singing and teaching in churches and events. The Lord has led me to uplift and minister to others through music.

OwnerLand Realty

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Business Name: OwnerLand Realty

Contact Name: Tim Hoeweler

Title: Realtor

Business Address: 5540 Far Hills Ave. Suite 201,
Dayton, OH 45429

Website: http://ownerlandrealty.com/dayton-office/

Business Phone: (937) 212-0944

Business Description:

Tim Hoeweler of OwnerLand Realty specializes in residential real estate, and has been a realtor since 2003. He is a member of both the Dayton Area Board of Realtors and Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors.  

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?

I have always liked working on my home.  I began following real estate markets in Dayton.   I started working to own a second home to rent and thought I would enjoy getting more involved.   I like working with people and helping them with their real estate needs was the next step.  I wasn’t wrong.   I earned my real estate license in 2003.

How did you come to faith in Christ?

I grew up in the church.  I remember some significant events that made me want to know God more.  Not much happened though until high school.   There was a group of kids that all hung out together in my neighborhood.  I started to like one of the girls.  She and another girl in the neighborhood were going to a weekend event with Young Life and invited me to go.  I didn’t see her much there but I met Jesus in a new way.  I learned I could talk with Him and be with Him.  I learned for the first time what sin really was and knew I needed a Savior.  That’s when I responded to His love with a relational commitment.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?

We can’t give what we don’t have.  Jesus and His abundant life is the only real thing we have to give.  Colossians 1:27 says it is Jesus Christ who is the hope of glory in our lives.  Christ in us is the mystery of the gospel.  I want my words to be words of life to people, life that only Jesus can give.  To be in that space I need to just be with Jesus.  John 10 says to abide in Him, to rest in Him.  So, learning to work out of rest versus working to rest is a big difference.  Jesus says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  I want to be so rested in Him I can’t help but overflow His life. 

I would say also out of this abundance three values have developed.  One is humility is underrated.  If we have a God who can die for my sins and yours, I can work to love and serve people.  Second is to inspect what I expect and expect great things.  We can have all the tools in the world but if our expectations are not very high we will not accomplish much.  Learning to set your own expectations that most of the time exceed that of the clients speaks of the excellence our God has for us, His attention to detail in our lives shows all the more His love.  The third value is to finish well remembering your why’s.  We all have a “Why?” in life.  As a Christian, it is the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  We have a “Why” for taking a job and we have a “Why” when we are on the job.  I want to serve the people God has put in my path with excellence and finish well.  

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?

The Gathering of the Miami Valley’s mission is to connect men to men and men to God.  Did you know that when men come to Christ over 90% of the time their family does too?  We are all on a journey and at different points in our relationship with God.  If I can help someone along in that relationship I have served them.  I have found those involved in this ministry have that same heart.  Program wise we have a large breakfast event once or twice a year (this past breakfast Clark Kellogg spoke).  We have lunch series where 50-70 men gather.  We have weekly locker rooms or small groups that meet all over the place at different times and days.   I lead one that meets on Tuesdays at Chick Fil A in front of Costco.  There are ad hoc events too – a group went to Montana this past summer, Columbus Crew games, basketball and basement games, concerts, comedy nights, worship nights or just getting together.  We do life together. 
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The Joy Thief Known as Busyness

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By Jimmy R. Lewis

Fighting for joy in the midst of a busy schedule is sometimes difficult even for strong, mature Christians. As a young professional in Washington, D.C., I have experienced and struggled with some of the pitfalls surrounding busyness. In a city and society that views busyness as a badge of honor, these struggles are inevitable, but succumbing to them doesn’t have to be.

Whether you’re a soccer mom with a full-time job or a day trader on Wall Street, I know that busyness can easily steal your joy, if you aren’t vigilantly fighting for joy in Christ and striving to glorify him in all that you do.

Disclaimer to Busy People

First, allow me to state that being busy and productive are not sins. On the contrary, these things can be sanctifying works for the Christian. Proverbs is full of commands for God’s people to be diligent, hard-working, and not lazy (Prov. 6:910:4 14:2320:1321:5). Likewise, a major theme of Ecclesiastes is to find joy in one’s work (Eccles. 2:10243:225:18-209:9-10). However, busyness can have many negative effects on your spiritual life. Here are four:

Compromising Quality for Quantity

We are called to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31) and to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Col. 3:23). If busyness causes you to compromise the quality of your work, then you’re likely unhealthily busy and something needs to change. Anyone can be involved in and signed up for multiple clubs, jobs, events, internships, and classes, but not everyone can perform well in all of them. If you don’t know your limit and consistently stretch yourself too thin, causing a lack of quality in your work, then God is not being maximally glorified through your schedule or your work. There may be a great quantity of work in your life, but if the quality is compromised then the impact of the work is limited, counterproductive, and potentially self-destructive.

Misprioritization

If God is the center of your life and the source of your joy, then your schedule ought to reflect it. We must take time for ourselves to be led and fed spiritually (Mark 1:35Luke 5:16). Allow nothing to creep into the times in your day and week that are protected for Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship with other believers—to allow this is spiritual sabotage. Time spent with God ought to be a treasure nothing else eclipses. Often times, once the day begins it is difficult to find moments (much less minutes or hours) of solitude, especially for busy people, so scheduling and protecting time early in the morning before the day begins is often our best chance to set the tone for the day and set our minds on Christ.

Non-Holistic Living/Tunnel Vision

I’ve found that people often make themselves busy with things in one area of their lives (e.g. they focus on their intellectual life and spend all of their time reading and doing little else, or they focus on their physical life at the gym and their diet, or even busy themselves with their spiritual life and fill their schedule with nothing but church events and volunteering). The problem with each of these is that we aren’t merely intellectual beings, or physical beings, or even spiritual beings. As C.S. Lewis noted in Mere Christianity, “God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.”

Our greatest commandment is to love God with all we have; with our heart (emotions), soul (spirit), mind (intellect), and strength (body and wealth/resources). To neglect any of these capacities which God has given us is half-hearted Christianity and won’t do.

Blind to Our Spiritual Needs

Finally, busyness can also blind us from recognizing what we desperately need spiritually. We can be on spiritual autopilot for days, weeks, even months, or years; just coasting through life, accomplishing things in our professional and personal lives, without focusing on Christ and without hungering and thirsting for him whatsoever. Busyness steals joy from us by distracting us from the most important aspect of our lives—our reliance on Christ. We need Christ in order to have true joy, comfort, satisfaction, and a myriad of other spiritual blessings, but the busier we become, we often feel more self-sufficient and are blinded to our need for Christ.

Good time management is understanding how to orient and structure your time in such a way that enables you to serve God and others well. Time management can be an act of worship toward God, if you allow it to be. Finally, as Christians, everything we do should be for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31); this includes the way we arrange our schedules. Billy Graham once said, “Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.” I will be so bold as to say the same about a person’s calendar. Time is the greatest gift we can give, because it’s the only thing we’ll never get back. Let us be a people who live in light of this and devote our time to God and to the task of making him known to those around us.

This article is reprinted with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (www.tifwe.org). The original article appears here

Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance

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Business Name: Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance

Business Address: 1106 W Main St
Troy, OH 45373

Website: http://www.ksdins.com

Business Phone: 937-339-4119

Contact Name: Todd Niswonger, Church Insurance Specialist

Business Description:
Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance is an Independent Insurance Agency serving you with six convenient offices in Troy, Tipp City, Piqua, New Carlisle, Covington, and Greenville, Ohio.  They specialize in Home, Auto, Life, Church and Business Insurance as well as Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplements.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
The opportunity to work with my father-in-law.  I knew that since he had a long and successful career, he would be able to help me be successful.  I worked for him and learned the ropes so to speak.  Now, I am Independent and have the opportunity to help as many people find the proper coverage and take the time to answer as many questions as they have.  Helping people understand their coverage adds value to what I do over the companies that offer products through 1-800.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I had reached an extremely low point in my life and was not able to make anything work in trying to get ahead.  I had gotten to the point where the only option I had was Jesus and at that time, he was the only one still there for me.  I gave my life to Christ in June of 1990 at a Sunday morning service and cannot imagine life without Him.  I know I did not find Him because he was never lost, but I am sure glad he found me.  He is my Lord and Savior and King and best friend who never leaves my side.

How does your faith impact the way you do business? I want to treat everyone as an individual, made in the image of our creator, special and having value.  I want to listen to their needs and take the time to answer their questions.  I want them to experience the difference between having an agent and dialing 1-800.  The Golden Rule has to be goal I shoot for and I want them to feel comfortable referring their friends and family to me.

What cause/ministry do you champion and why? 
I like supporting Mission work.  I know the Great Commission and I am not out there directly making an impact but I know I can help those who are with financial support.  We are getting so close to the Bible being in every language that I feel we will see the Commission fulfilled in my lifetime.   Jesus is coming back and it will be a glorious day.  

Three Tips for Building Trust-Based Work Relationships

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By: Dr. Art Lindsley 

In the many vocational interviews I have done over the years, I have heard numerous stories about difficult bosses and strained relationships at work.

Even in the organizations working for the highest causes, the tone of the corporate culture does not always match the lofty vision of their group.

According to Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal, this disconnect between an organization’s cultural values and the reality of what an employee experiences firsthand can lead to high turnover rates and job dissatisfaction, especially among millennials. She reports,

Some 7% of workers ages 24 to 36 say they dislike their employer’s culture so much that they intend to quit their jobs in the next two years, according to a 2019 survey by Deloitte of 13,416 millennial employees.

Likewise, you might have expected to get more out of work relationships.

You can have great relationships at work, allowing you to work closely with others and even have fun doing so. Part of wisely building work relationships is understanding what it means to develop nuanced and careful trust with people.

Here are three guidelines that can help us to set reliable expectations about relationships at work (and in life).

1. Love Is Never Safe Apart from Character

How can we risk loving our co-workers, friends, spouses, neighbors, and fellow citizens when we are unsure of whether we can fully trust them?

Sometimes, we are called to love without regard for our own safety, as when we obey Christ’s command to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44). However, it is wise before entering into a relationship to consider the other person’s character.

We need to exercise godly caution when entering into business partnerships. I have heard many stories about people having been burned by trusting the wrong person.

One friend wanted to help another believer and helped set him up in a small business. Unfortunately, he neglected to do a background check, only later finding out that the person had a criminal record. Because of his partner’s dishonesty, he was saddled with a very large debt.

Building different levels of trust in work relationships should depend on discerning character.

2. Relationships Can Only Rise as High as the Character of Those Involved

Plato argued that you cannot be good friends with a bad person because sooner or later, your friend’s bad character will manifest itself. Your relationship can only rise as high as the lowest level of character between the two of you.

For instance, a friend got a large personal loan from a business associate, and gave his house as collateral. Despite assurances that he would never do so, the man took his house when he couldn’t keep up his payments.

Even though someone claims to be a Christian doesn’t necessarily mean they will be good to their word. But how can you know how much you can trust a business associate?

3. Look at Whomever the Person in Question Has Treated Most Poorly

To discern a person’s character, look at whomever that person has treated most poorly, and you will see the degree to which his or her character can descend.

It is not wise to trust the person beyond that level of their character. Given enough time and opportunity, they will likely do to you what they have done to others.

The book of Proverbs warns us to distinguish between people who pretend to be our friends and those who are the real thing.

Some friends play at friendship but a true friendship sticks closer than one’s nearest kin (Prov. 18:24).

For instance, it would not be wise to trust someone who is habitually a liar or has been violent in other relationships.

Can People (and Their Character) Change?

Does this mean people cannot change?

No. People can change their patterns of behavior (their character).

I have worked with former inmates working at Prison Fellowship and have found a number who have demonstrated exemplary behavior.

However, it would be unwise to trust much beyond the evidence that they are trustworthy. A person can be a true believer and yet have remaining weaknesses, making it difficult for them to move forward at work or in relationships outside of work.

To close on a positive note, one example of a former inmate who demonstrates character, and has had an immense impact, is Chuck Colson.

When he was at the White House, they called him Nixon’s “hatchet man.” He was said to be willing to run over his own grandmother. He went to prison as a result of the Watergate investigations.

Yet he became a believer and was a “burning and shining light” during his life after prison. He wrote many books, started Prison Fellowship, a ministry that still ministers to inmates worldwide, and was a consistent, reliable friend.

I got to know him very early in his faith journey at the Ligonier Valley Study Center with R.C. Sproul. In the many interactions I had with him over the years, he proved to be a generous and gracious friend. Even those who were initially skeptical of his conversion were later persuaded of its genuineness.

I’m sure you can think of further examples. However, we need to be wise and not naïve when we trust someone. Jesus said that we need to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves (Matt. 10:16).

The key is that relationships at work can grow if there is a foundation of well-evaluated trust between people. Entering serious partnerships should be done based on reason to believe that the partner is trustworthy. Trust can be built a little at a time to prevent taking large risks on little trust.

On the other hand, there is no steadfast rule to determining trust. People can prove that they have changed, even after they have made a mistake. Relationships at work can grow if there is a level of trust that matches the issue at hand.

This article is reprinted with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (www.tifwe.org). The original article appears here

How to Read Your Job Well

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By Steve Lindsey

Whether a book, the news, or someone’s facial expression, we all read things regularly in our daily lives.

But have you ever considered reading your work? This type of reading requires discovering wisdom about what practices and principles best apply to your unique job.

This skill of reading our job can lead to flourishing and prevent impoverishment.

Mis-reading Our Work

When we lack the specific insights over the structures, skills, and processes most appropriate for our type of work, we often swim upstream and impede progress.

We all have examples of this from our lives:

  • We over systematize our business and get bogged down in bloated and inefficient bureaucracy, driving overhead way out-of-line and threatening profitability;
  • We under systematize and lack the structure and organization to manage the complexities of daily work and provide clear direction on how to get essential things done.

Learning the principles of what works best in a given work environment is reading our work well.

Reading Creation

Daniel Doriani, in his recent book Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation, provides some excellent explanations and examples of this concept. As Christians, we learn in church that God provides two ways to understand ourselves and the world: special and general revelation.

We are given special revelation (the Bible) to teach us about God’s unfolding plan, purpose, and redemption in the world and general revelation (the created world) to learn the nature of what he has made and how we can shape and use it to fulfill God’s purposes.

We intuitively know there is a treeness to trees, a wetness to water, and flightness to birds of the air simply from observation.

God has similarly made human work with built-in natures. There is a schoolishness about an institution of learning, a scientific method for doing research, a need for composition while creating a painting, and proper stakeholder considerations in conducting business.

How does God teach us these built-in principles and align our fields of work for his good purposes? Unlike reading the Bible, learning to read the nature of our work requires experimentation, observation, and discovery.

Whether it’s learning to farm through soil preparation and care, proper seeding and irrigation, and timing the cycle of planting and harvest, farmers must apply their accumulated learning and ongoing improvements to farm well.

Reading Our Job Well

Maybe you’re wondering: is this something we do independent of God so we can get on with the more important tasks of church activities and serving our neighbor?

Farming, some might say, is just farming after all, and there is no Christian farming to learn.

The sad miss in this statement is that even though it is true, as Doriani points out, that “there is no Christian potato, and there is no Christian light bulb,” we love our neighbor best and worship God the most when we partner with him to discover and creatively leverage the resources and principles of our work to further his ongoing plan and work in the world.

Doriani rightly directs us to the words of Isaiah 28:23-29.

Give ear, and hear my voice; give attention, and hear my speech. Does he who plows for sowing plow continually? Does he continually open and harrow his ground? When he has leveled its surface, does he not scatter dill, sow cumin, and put in wheat in rows and barley in its proper place, and emmer as the border? For he is rightly instructed; his God teaches him. Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin, but dill is beaten out with a stick, and cumin with a rod. Does one crush grain for bread? No, he does not thresh it forever; when he drives his cart wheel over it with his horses, he does not crush it. This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.

Whether we acknowledge it or not, as Doriani points out, “…God instructs farmers so they know how to raise good crops in their time and place.”

It is God who is instructing us when we discover how to do our job in the way that both works well and honors him.

This is the reading of creation or more specifically reading our job that we desire. Sin and the lack of a written manual for each area of labor make this a much more difficult pursuit than reading scripture alone. Yet, scripture guides us in the purpose and direction for our labors.

Doriani continues, “…each sphere of life has its expertise. Each needs to keep others from intruding, yet each needs to learn from the others, since every aspect of life is connected.” This view allows us to connect the presence and desire of God to every type of work as we strive for a job well done.

Thoughtful Christians reflect on God’s heart and learn to enjoy exploring his design for their sphere of work. They iterate on improvements and learn to ask better questions as they seek to best apply their efforts at work.

Do the Same Principles Work Everywhere?

It’s important to note that applying principles that work well in one area indiscriminately to other areas can cause disastrous results.

For example, are we selfishly seeking to run our schools like a business rather than having the student’s best interest the top priority? Do we sit back and expect the government to be the primary agent in loving the poor instead of taking up the mantel as a church for our local community’s needs? Do we design buildings to maximize leasable work areas rather than promote an ideal mix of functional and beautiful workspace suited to the nature of users?

As Doriani illustrates well, “For Michelangelo, The Pieta is sacred because of the subject matter. But Vermeer’s milkmaid is sacred because he respects her and her labor, and he adorns her with light and color.”

Let’s adorn our work today with the respect, light, and color the nature of our work deserves, knowing God is partnering with and instructing us each step of the way.

Editor’s note: This article was republished with permission from the Center for Faith and Work Los Angeles. See the original article here.

Coldwell Banker West Shell

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Contact Name: Jack Schrand, Real Estate Agent

Business Name: Coldwell Banker West Shell

Business Address: 6700 Ruwes Oak Drive Cincinnati, OH 45248

Website: http://www.jackschrand.cbintouch.com

Business Phone: 513-258-6006

Business Description:
I’ve been helping homeowners in  Southwest Ohio including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties for over forty years. I use my experience and my understanding of the market to serve my clients and honor my Lord while I assist them with their real estate needs. I get very good results and happy clients while protecting my buyers and sellers in their own search for real estate success. 

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I’ve been selling real estate since my early 20’s.  I enjoy helping clients and associates, and it’s something I’m pretty good at. I was in real estate management for much of my career; and I enjoyed training and helping others succeed in the business. I’m also very active in the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. I have served on many different leadership committees and I still serve in that capacity today.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
Before we were married, my wife, Gail was a wonderful witness of Christ to me. As a result, during a summer business trip to Colorado Springs and as a result of her example, I sat under the mentor ship of a Godly man who took me under his wing and gently and systematically shared scripture with me and introduced me to Jesus. I made Christ my Lord and I’ve been growing ever since. I can honestly say that Christ is at the center of everything I’m about.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I consciously and purposely seek God’s counsel in whatever I do. I also assist other business people and professionals in our mutual desire to honor God in how we conduct our business. I am a Gideon (have been since I was 26 years old), a facilitator at MC2 (Marketplace Christians Making Connections) and BCC (Business Cross Connections) and I’m an active member of my local church.  I’ve been very active in church ever since I accepted Christ as my savior. I’ve led small groups in my home and attended others in various locations and homes. I’m currently involved with a small group of brothers early Wednesday mornings at Chick-fil-A shortly after they open. I’m also involved with two other men’s groups during the week. I’ve had the privilege of serving on the board of trustees with City Gospel Mission for 32 years until a few years ago.   I enjoy being involved with At Work On Purpose marketplace ministry and its 2nd Monday Collaboratory. I guess I just enjoy being around God and His people. The one person I most enjoy being around is my wife, Gail. We both put God 1st and everything else behind each other. We also enjoy our son, Jon and his wife, Lizzy and our granddaughter, Claire Joy. They live in North Carolina. We’re blessed!

ARCpoint Labs

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Contact Name: Scott McGarvey, President/Owner

Business Name: ARCpoint Labs

Business Address: 8174 Mall Road Florence, KY 41042

Website: http://www.arcpointlabs.com/florenceky

Business Phone: 859-444-6700

Business Description:
ARCpoint Labs is a trusted provider of Testing Solutions for Your Family, Your Workplace, Your Life. We offer DNA Paternity testing, Blood testing, and Drug/Alcohol screening for individuals and a variety of services for your business. Workplace services include Drug/Alcohol testing, Department of Transportation (DOT) program management, DOT Physicals, Background Checks, On-site and Mobile service, After Hours Emergency service, Flu shots, Titers, TB Testing and more!

ARCpoint Labs employs a talented and customer focused group of Nurse Practitioners/Certified Medical Examiners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Phlebotomists to serve your needs. All individuals are trained in Federal guidelines for workplace drug and alcohol testing and we uphold the highest standards as set by the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA). We take great pride in the work we do!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
There were really two things that led me to start this franchise location in 2012. First, I have a background in Operations, Training, and Human Resources and wanted to stay connected to my many friends in HR. Second, I previously worked for a supervisor that had an alcohol addiction that ultimately led to his death. Both of these have continued to shape my work life.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I was raised in the church and maintained involvement through my high school years with an active Youth Group. It was really through these younger years that I realized the importance of Christ in my life and committed myself. As I moved on to college, I still maintained a church connection, but it was admittedly a tough time to stay involved with the many changes in my life at that age. Since those years, I have continued my focus on God and have tried to prioritize this relationship. I am now happily married with two kids who are being raised in the church.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I am a huge believer that Christians have a responsibility to care for each other. I also believe that the work we do can change peoples lives. While we don’t treat substance abuse, we deal with individuals that are often in very difficult life situations due to its presence in their lives. That is why, even though I have a business that is compliance based, we still look at everyone as an individual and treat them with respect.

God Watches the Way You Work

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By John Lennox

A Weighty Decision

It is our heavenly Father who provides food for birds and clothing for flowers. We, who are more valuable to him, are therefore to trust him for the necessities of life.

Anxiety and fear are real. Many years ago I was in Hungary and met a man whose demeanor impressed me greatly, a humble man of great grace and warmth. I was eager to hear his story. In the communist era he had been a village-school mathematics teacher, but he was also active in the local churches in the area, much in demand as a teacher of scripture. One day he was summoned to the police station and questioned about his employment.

“You are a math teacher,” they said, “but you are also a Bible teacher, is not that so?”

“Yes, indeed,” he said, “I do that in my spare time.”

“And you get paid for it?” they asked.

“Not at all,” he said, “it is my contribution completely freely given.”

“We do not believe you,” they replied. “You must therefore choose. Either you continue as a school teacher or as a Bible teacher but not both, and you must give us your decision very soon.”

He went home that night to his family with a heavy heart. He had a large family, and it was not easy to feed them all, yet he decided to discuss the matter with them. He called them together and said, “I never want you children to be able to say that they were not consulted by their father in big decisions affecting family life.” So he outlined to them the choice he faced. What should he do?

The youngest boy in the family said, “Dad, I cannot imagine you without a Bible in your hands.”

The decision was made and he had to leave the school. Finding work was difficult, and in the end he had to content himself with the backbreaking work of lifting and carrying heavy slates in a quarry. The slates had sharp edges, and his wife told me that many an evening she had to dress his hands with bandages so that the blood from his many abrasions would not drip onto the Bible he was using in the pulpit.

One day he was called into the manager’s office. “I hear that you once taught mathematics?”

“That’s right.”

“Well,” said the foreman, “I am underqualified for my job, and under new regulations we all need basic qualifications in mathematics. How would you like to teach me, instead of working in the quarry?” He jumped at it and discovered to his joy that his pay was more than he had received as a teacher in the school.

It was a magnificent example of what it means really to serve the Lord in daily work, and I was not surprised to discover that his influence was felt throughout the entire country.

Motivation

This story illustrates that there is more to be considered in Jesus’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. He speaks of motivation, contrasting two attitudes: “The Gentiles [pagans] seek. . . . [You] seek . . .” This strikes us as strange at first. Surely we are all to seek food and clothing by working, as God has ordained. That is true, of course, which means that it is not the point Jesus is making. Jesus is adding two further dimensions, the spiritual and the moral, to the quest for food and clothing, which is normally undertaken through our work. It is perhaps easiest understood when we think of it in the context of our motivation for doing that work.

One common motivation is simply to work in order to get money to live. On the other hand, Jesus says that the believer should “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” in the process of gaining the wherewithal to live. The things necessary for living will be added as well, and here is the point—they are no longer the main motive for doing the work. For the believer, the main motive is to experience God’s kingdom, that is, his rule in our everyday lives. In practical terms that will mean seeking his righteousness. Every job, every kind of work, whether paid or not, whether in a hospital, a factory, or a church, gives rise to moral problems, issues of personal and corporate probity.

Think of it this way: There are two aspects to work for a believer, not just one. First, the goal of work (as just mentioned): seeking God’s rule; and then the by-products of work: food, clothing, housing, etc. The sad tragedy is that many people confuse the goal of work with the by-product of work. For them the main goal of work is food, clothing, housing, and all the rest of an inexhaustible list of private possessions, up to private aircraft, yachts, palaces, and even football clubs. Their prime motivation is to get these things. The danger is that their desire to possess them may overrule moral qualms, and they may give in to the temptation to acquire them by dishonesty, cheating, corruption, theft, and a thousand other different ways of manipulating the system.

Character Development

What such people do not realize is that although they may well have gained goods and property, they have lost the main objective for which work was intended by God in the first place—experiencing his rule and righteousness. God is interested in character far more than possessions. His intention is that our work becomes an integral part of the process of character development.

My Hungarian friend exemplified this memorably. Another vivid example I came across is that of a young man in his twenties who had trained as an electrician. After just a few weeks in his first job doing the electrical wiring in new houses, he was summoned to see his boss, who angrily accused him of laziness in that he had wired fewer houses than his workmates. He replied that he could not work any faster, since the wiring under the floors had to be done especially carefully to fulfill the regulations regarding fire hazards. The boss angrily retorted: “Who sees under the floorboards?” “My Lord does,” answered the young man without hesitation. He was fired on the spot but got a new job soon afterward.

This incident captures exactly what Jesus teaches. The young electrician was seeking God’s rule and righteousness in his daily work. He was not prepared to cut moral corners because he believed God was interested in his character. God was watching the way he worked.

Content adapted from Joseph by John Lennox. This article first appeared on Crossway.org; used with permission.