American Eagle Mortgage Co.

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Contact Name: Ron Thomas

Your Title: Loan Officer

Company/Organization Name: American Eagle Mortgage Co

Phone Number: 740-654-6000

Web Address: www.aemc.cc

Address: 2682 N Columbus St. Suite B, Lancaster, Oh 43130

  • Please describe your business here:

American Eagle Mortgage Co provides home mortgage loans for purchase & refinance in all of Ohio, providing conventional, VA, FHA, & USDA loans along with down payment assistance programs.

  • How did you come to faith in Christ? I had the privilege of growing up with Christian parents who prayed, read scripture & faithfully attended Church. I made a profession of faith in Christ in 1964 at the Billy Graham Crusade in Columbus that year. I continued to grow spiritually through College and seminary, and later having the opportunity to pastor in 2 local churches.
  • How does your faith impact the way you do business?  I believe that every believer is a minister wherever the Lord places him or her. As I am equipped to do “the work of the ministry”, I then reach the lost where the LORD had placed me, in the “marketplace”. As a result, I represent the LORD in doing the very best for the benefit of my customers. In my vocation, that means the best home loan terms possible, and even directing them to other lenders if I cannot provide them with what is best for them. Scripture tells me that I am to love my neighbor as myself, and the work I do is an expression of that love. I work “as unto the Lord”, which effects the integrity, honesty, kindness, & servanthood that reflects the character of God in all I do.
  • Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer.

I do many loans for customers who are not able to get home loans anywhere else. One customer was buying a house after her husband passed away unexpectedly, and she needed someone to come alongside her in the loan process. She had never bought a home by herself, and her husband had handled all the finances previously. It was a very emotional process for her, but as I was able to help her get to the closing table, it was a blessing to me to be able to be Christ’s representative to her in the process, and for her to have a home where she knew that the Lord had provided this home for her.

Premier Clean

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Contact Name:   Ric & Melissa Bridgett

Your Title: Owners

Company Name: Premier Clean

Phone Number: (614)772-4270 (Ric)/ (808)783-5042 (Melissa)

Web Address: www.premierclean.biz

Please describe your business here:

Premier Clean is a veteran-owned, customer-focused cleaning company dedicated to providing tailored residential and commercial cleaning solutions. Premier Clean understands how important TRUST and CHOICE are when considering a service provider, using the company’s Core Values as the benchmark with every customer engagement. Premier Clean uses off-the-shelf, environmentally approved cleaning products to ensure quality results with minimal risk to the customer. Premier Clean understands the customer is the cornerstone of success and strives to deliver an exceptional service experience, every time.

How did you come to faith in Christ?

Ric – Originally when he was in 8th grade during an altar call when attending a church service with a neighborhood friend.

Melissa – Originally in 7th grade during church Confirmation/Catechism classes.

Ric & Melissa (together) – Ric started attending a Men’s Bible study group in late 1995, while working at the Post Office. Melissa was a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids under 3 and unable to attend church activities until they both started attending a couples’ Bible Study in January 1996. The leader of the group identified that if a person had already accepted Christ in his/her heart, the next step would be water baptism. Ric & Melissa were both baptized on February 20, 1996 and began their walk with Christ together. On September 4, 2005, Ric & Melissa re-affirmed their faith as their 3 children decided to be baptized – resulting in the entire family being “baptized” in the Pacific Ocean at Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii by their church pastoral staff during open baptisms (New Hope Windward).

How does your faith impact the way you do business?

As a family that lives by faith, this company was founded on faith. While we have been in public service roles for decades as part of our individual careers, we have always been entrepreneurs at heart. This business was born approximately 9 years ago, as our relationship with our own personal house cleaner was beginning and the idea was introduced. Over the past 3 years, we felt God had called us to be obedient with numerous parts of our lives. Our obedience paved the way for the idea to become a plan, and the subsequent launch of Premier Clean. This company represents more than just a business for us, it’s an opportunity to have more freedom and to serve as a couple. This business represents our opportunity to develop relationships and continually serve those that we interact with and those we serve. Finally, it allows us to pursue other areas of the small business world, including leaving a legacy for our children and grandchildren. As we step out in obedience in this new adventure, our faith continues grow as does our reliance on Christ. He’s never failed us yet and continues to lead us down paths to new relationships, just as He’s done with The Christian Blue Pages!

Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer.

This business has been in the making for 9 years, first through Ric & our lead cleaner, Celma. Five years later, Melissa and Celma discussed the vision of the business. Ric had been living out of state since 2009, only coming home on weekends, holidays and some occasional remote weeks. 2 ½ years ago, we felt prompted by God to “downsize” by selling our larger home, moving into a temporary apartment for a year and move back into our “old” home (that had been a rental for 13 years) after it had been flipped/rehabbed. We moved back into our home in 2017 and the only step “left” was for Ric to secure employment somewhere in Central Ohio, which ended up being a job at Wright-Patterson AFB. Side note, Ric had been trying on his own to get a job at WPAFB for the previous 9 years, to no avail.

We both prayed and felt like God was still stirring the business idea within both of us. We prayed and said that Ric needs to be in Ohio for this business to become a reality. That was earlier in 2018. In July 2018, Ric was “by-named” to a key position at WPAFB by a former supervisor, with whom he worked with 5 years ago. Once he secured the job (perfect in his role/duties and in pay), we both realized that God had answered a HUGE prayer and we had our part to do by starting the business. We stand here today, just 3 ½ months after starting the process!

The 2nd story relates to a customer. Our 4th customer since starting the business 6 weeks ago. The customer called Melissa’s personal cell phone and asked about the cleaning services. During the conversation, it was realized that the customer needed a One-time deep clean, in order to get their home “Market ready” the day after the clean. The call came in on Thursday afternoon and the main cleaning team was to be out of the office until Tuesday evening. The customer wanted the cleaning to occur on a Monday, as their house was to be put on the market on Tuesday morning. While talking to the customer, Melissa felt very strongly that she and her husband were to go and clean the home, in place of the lead clean team. Having another job, her prayer was that her schedule would be clear in order to have time to go clean. Her main job’s meeting schedule was adjusted by her Director, leaving Monday completely open to clean. Melissa, Jamie (the Office Administrator) and Ric (who took a half day off) all cleaned this family’s home from 10am – 6pm. After the cleaning was finished, the customer made a comment that he had never had his home professionally cleaned before, although his wife had been asking for this service. He said, “From here on out, I will never have my house professionally cleaned again UNLESS it is your company or my wife or myself.” “The reason being is that if the OWNERS can come and clean my home on their hands and knees, that tells me about the dedication and integrity you both have, as well as the nature of your business!” He then asked for more than a handful of business cards so he could pass them out!

What we didn’t realize going into this job was the valuable lesson our leadership team would learn as the result. It really opened our eyes to the level/amount of work we are asking our teams to complete. That day, we learned the value of doing work the right way, not cutting corners for the sake of saving time, and what we’re asking of our staff. It was definitely an eye-opening experience and at the same time a tremendous blessing!

Prayer | October 2018 Word from the President

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The staff of the Christian Blue Network has had the privilege over the past 23 years to open our work week on Monday mornings with staff prayer. During that time, we’ve committed to praying systematically through the alphabet for our business clients (businesses whose names start with “A” one week, B the next, etc.), and other prayer concerns that come into our office regularly. As a result, God has shown us, time and time again, that the prayers of the righteous do avail much (James 5:16).

During our prayer time this week, I shared about the 40 Day Prayer Covenant, a Cincinnati, Ohio based, international prayer movement which focus on 10 areas of prayer for believers in Christ – Grace, Love, Compassion, Repentance, Worship, Commitment, Dependence, Influence, Discipleship, and Authority.

Having recently attended a Christian business networking meeting where Stephen Eyre, Executive for Ministry Support shared about their 40 Day Prayer Covenant, I was greatly inspired by their Bible-centered prayer ministry, so I’m led to share it with you.

The mission of the 40 Day Prayer Covenant is to inspire and encourage Christ-centered covenant prayer partnerships among adults and children that empower discipleship, transformation and evangelism. Their vision is to see the Prayer Covenant be a catalyst for an awakening to the supremacy of Jesus Christ as Lord throughout His church and His world.

Here are the 10 prayers they recommend you pray daily for 40 days…

Grace – Dear Father, thank you for your grace that has made me one of your dearly loved children.

Love – By your grace, make being with you, loving you and obeying you my highest priority.

Compassion – Empower me to love others the way you love me.

Repentance – Wash me clean of every sin.

Worship – Enable me to Praise You, O Lord, with all my heart.

Commitment – Jesus, be Lord of my life today in new ways, and change me any way you want.

Dependence – Fill me with your Holy Spirit.

Influence – Make me an instrument of your grace, truth, forgiveness, righteousness and justice.

Discipleship – Use me today For Your Glory, as a witness to your kingdom, and to invite others to follow Jesus Christ as Lord.

Authority – Gracious father, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

So, if you feel led, visit www.theprayercovenant.org to find out more about how to incorporate this prayer covenant into your daily walk with the Lord.

May God bless you abundantly in all that you do, in Jesus’ name!

Darrel Geis
President
Christian Blue Network

Work, Dignity, and the Source of Our True Value

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By Daniel Darling, originally posted August 20, 2018.

Because we live in a Genesis-3 (fallen) world, we are tempted to think wrongly about our work in two ways.

First, we can make our work everything: an object of worship and devotion instead of the good gift God created it to be.

Our careers are often seen as a marker of identity and worth. Consider the way a conversation goes when you meet someone for the first time. Next time you greet a visitor at church or strike up conversation on the train or meet a new family in your neighborhood, you will likely, without even thinking, ask, “So, what do you do for a living?” Their answer will, to some extent, inform the way you think of them.

I spend much of my time in either Nashville or Washington, D.C.—two cities where this question takes on heightened significance. In Nashville, a city blessed with a vibrant artist community, people are often defined by their creative acts. I’m a songwriter. I’m working on a project with so-and-so. I’m working in marketing for this or that label/company/nonprofit. In D.C., it’s a power game, where business cards are exchanged and contacts are stored to leverage influence. I work on the Hill on Ways and Means. I just started at this think tank. I work at this government agency.

Think about the questions work often provokes:

  • Is my job significant?
  • Does it give me influence?
  • Do people know what I do and do they think it matters?

We don’t ask these questions out loud, of course, but we think them, subconsciously.

And so it is very easy to end up worshiping work as that which gives us our significance, our ultimate fulfillment. Sometimes it’s important for us to step back and see what work, when worshiped as an idol, demands of us. We don’t just leave it at the office or the factory floor—we take it home. It is in our pocket, always pulling us away from our family and friends with one more check of our email, one more phone call, one more quick project. Work whispers in our ears that we are God-like, without a need for rest.

If we are not careful, we will load our vocations with the weight of a significance they were not meant to bear. As long as we are working, productive, and influential, we think we are happy. We often don’t even realize we’ve worshiped this faceless god until we’ve looked up and seen all of the unnecessary sacrifices we’ve made to it.

Work matters, and it matters to God, but it makes a poor god. We were not created in the image of our salaries or our positions or the organization for which we work. These good things will one day pass away, leaving us, if we are not careful, empty and unfulfilled.

This is why we must return, again and again, to the truth that our identity is not dependent on our utility or our influence or our paycheck, but is grounded in the love God has for his image-bearers. And in Christ, we know we are not merely laborers for corporations, but co-heirs with him forever. Tim Keller says that “faith gives you an inner ballast without which work could destroy you.”

As much as we are tempted to exalt our work, we are tempted to diminish it as well.

I’ve heard variations of this sentiment in the churches I have served: “Pastor, I wish I could really serve Jesus like you do. I have to sling it in a factory or stuff bags on an airplane or serve coffee to college students.”

This reflects an underdeveloped view of work, as if only what we do on Sundays when we meet as a church “counts” as Christian service, and work is just the way we get a paycheck and the place we go to try to evangelize.

Sadly, much of this exists because of misguided teaching and preaching. We pastors have often failed to teach a robust doctrine of work and have often elevated our own vocations higher on the heavenly org chart than God does. When we reduce the significance of our callings to mere utilitarian purposes, we diminish our own dignity. God did not create us as mere money-generating bots, but as creators, even if much of our creating seems mundane and monotonous.

Perhaps I’m particularly sensitive to this because I felt that everyday vocations such as my father’s were considered second-class by the church culture in which I grew up. It is too easy for those of us who receive paychecks from Christian organizations to consider our callings more sacred than those of the people we serve.

Constructive work is in and of itself a way we live as image-bearers. And the way we work can be a way we demonstrate that we understand the value of those we work alongside, and those we interact with. Our work is how we love and serve our neighbors.

When my father gave full attention to installing plumbing systems that work, he was serving the family whose house he worked on, and thus the community and the world. A craftsman should make good products because fellow image-bearers will use them. A baker should produce delicious baked goods because they will be consumed by fellow image-bearers. A retail employee should stock shelves with excellence because those shelves will be perused by fellow image-bearers looking to purchase goods. And in all of this, our Father is watching, pleased with our honest labor (Col. 3:23).

This article is copied with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics ( www.tifwe.org ). The original article appeared here. IFWE is a Christian research organization committed to advancing biblical and economic principles that help individuals find fulfillment in their work and contribute to a free and flourishing society. Visit https://tifwe.org/subscribe to subscribe to the free IFWE Daily Blog.

Prime Accounting Services, LLC

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Contact Name: Tom Strauss
Your Title: Owner
Company Name: Prime Accounting Services, LLC
Phone Number: 317-804-1174
Web Address: www.myprimeaccounting.com
Address: 3501 Westfield Rd (St Rd 32), Westfield, IN 46062

1) Please describe your business here:
Prime Accounting Services, LLC provides bookkeeping, tax return preparation and IRS representation to individuals and small businesses. Prime Accounting Services was started to assist small businesses with the many financial issues they encounter. This is in addition to preparing personal federal and state income tax returns. As an Enrolled Agent for the IRS, you can feel confident that Tom Strauss will be able to handle your particular tax situation, including helping you with resolving back tax issues and dealing with the IRS. When you are ready to learn more about how you can be helped, please feel free to contact Tom Strauss.

2) How did you come to faith in Christ?
There was this girl I wanted to get to know, and early on I discovered she was a Christian. I decided that to really know her, I had to understand her faith. The process of learning about the faith she displayed was my own personal journey of encountering and, eventually, accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Oh, Sherry and I did get married, in July of 1998!

3) How does your faith impact the way you do business? 
My current and potential clients are my mission field. The way I interact with them can have an eternal impact on their lives. I try to treat everyone as Christ has treated me: with love, as a servant, willing to put their needs ahead of mine. Every client is a person, loved by God. To Him, every one of them has immeasurable worth. I strive to view them the same way, as a unique child of God, rather than just a client paying for my services.

4) Please share a story where you saw God move in your business, or impacted a customer.
Just a few years ago, I was working my business on a part-time basis while holding down a full-time job. My business grew, by word of mouth, each year. Two years ago, it had gotten to the point where I wouldn’t be able to accept any more clients and continue working full-time. I asked God to give me some direction; I wanted to be an entrepreneur but wasn’t sure that’s what He had planned for me. Well, He answered by taking away my job! And ever since, my business has thrived. I had prepared myself with all the necessary training in tax preparation, and when He saw that I was ready, He made it happen for me! What an awesome God we serve!

Logan Bravard, Realtor with Coldwell Banker King Thompson

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Contact Name: Logan Bravard
Your Title: Realtor
Company Name: Logan Bravard, Realtor with Coldwell Banker King Thompson
Phone Number: 614-216-1980
Web Address: www.buyorsellhomeswithlogan.com
Address: 960 N. Hamilton Rd. Gahanna, Ohio 43230

1) Please describe your business here:

Logan Bravard, Realtor® with Coldwell Banker King Thompson proudly serves the Central Ohio Area representing Sellers and Buyers of real estate. A client of Logan Bravard’s is typically someone who wants to sell their home for the highest net possible. As a listing agent, stats are what set him apart; he has a 102% sold price vs. list price average. A full 5% higher than the average for the entire Columbus market which is 97%. Working with Logan Bravard and Coldwell Banker King Thompson is a great way to ensure your experience in real estate is excellent.

2) How is your business different from others in the same line of work?

How does that difference benefit your customers? : We help Sellers make more substantial financial profits by selling their homes for 5% more than the average in the Columbus Market. We are also very blessed to help buyers find and win their dream home in this very crazy and competitive real estate market. Another area that God has blessed me as a listing agent is my average days on market which is currently six, where the total in Columbus averages forty-two days on the market. I know I am very blessed. My business stands out with the many successes God has provided my clients and me.

3) How did you come to faith in Christ?

I was called to Christ during my junior year in high school. I confessed Jesus as my savior then, but never really followed him or sought him. Luckily for me, God never stopped pursuing me! I was called back to Christ again in 2012, was baptized, and fully committed to Him, and my life as a follower of Christ has changed the course of my life in every way possible for the better.

4) How does being a Christian affect how you conduct your business?

It takes faith in general to be a real estate agent, I have faith that God will continue to bless my Sellers and buyers, and me through them. I know that each client entrusted to me, it is another opportunity to worship God, by serving my client’s needs, accomplishing their goals, and by providing excellence for them.

5) What ministry/cause is near and dear to your heart, and why?

My ministry is to try daily to show people Christ in me. The cause that is most dear to me is the Children’s ministry at my church, Faith Life, in New Albany, Ohio. They (Faith Life) genuinely understand how crucial it is to have these younger generations keep a relationship with Christ. I have two sons Asher and Judah, and they love learning about Jesus there!

6) What is one interesting thing about you or your business that most people would not know?

I love to sing; I was a voice major at The Ohio State University

7) Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network?

I felt God led me to advertise with the Christian Blue Network; God can continue to bless the work of my hands and bless my clients if more people know about me. I find a lot of joy and honor in helping God’s people Sell and Buy homes. It is an honor to serve people in their real estate needs.

Shank & Company, CPA

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Contact Name: Randy Shank

Your Title: President

Company/Organization Name: Shank & Company, CPA

Phone Number: 513-535-0100

Web Address: www.shankandcompanycpa.com

Address: Harrison, Ohio 45030

  • Please describe your business:

Shank & Company, CPA is a state of the art public accounting firm specializing in taxation, budgeting, payroll, and accounting for businesses and individuals. The firm is small enough to be personal, yet experienced in all facets of business. Shank & Company, CPA currently has clients in 37 states, specializing in business start-ups all the way through third generation well-established businesses.

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?

As a young boy, I was raised attending Euclid Nottingham Baptist Church, in Euclid, Ohio, and not only had a fine pastor, but a number of excellent Sunday School teachers who influenced me. Because of them, I received Christ as my Savior at 8 years of age.

  • How does your faith impact the way you do business?

My Christian values are evident in every facet of my life, whether it be family, in my business, public areas as well as in church. My faith is visible in my business by how I treat people. I attend Friendship Baptist Church in Cincinnati where Brother Gary Jackson is my pastor. My parents raised me to treat people the way I want to be treated. This means I understand folks experience personal difficulties, illnesses, unemployment, and other life situations. Life sometimes just happens regardless of how much we try to plan for it, but it’s important to try to plan so that everything isn’t a surprise. We help take the peaks and valleys out of businesses and individuals’ lives, economically. After thirty seven years in business we run with the expectation of honesty. We are going to be honest with you and you must be honest with us. We handle any and all correspondence with any governmental entity so that you won’t have to, at no additional charge to our clients. Because of this, most of the time we can eliminate problems before they become serious issues for our clients.

  • Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer.

Shank & Company, CPA has been a leader in our industry by being among the very first to not charge any active US military personnel for income tax preparation. We have a stack of thank you notes from clients for things we have done for them, but perhaps the best one I could share would be this one. We picked up a new tax client who was going through a divorce. The taxpayer and her husband were selling the house, and it sold the same week it went on the market. I advised the client to contact one of my connections in real estate, but the house closed so quickly, there was no time for that. She called me and said, “I have to move in one week. We closed on our house!” I picked up the phone and called a friend, and found her a home to lease in the same community so that her daughter could stay in the same school system and could continue to play softball on her local team. The daughter is now the recipient of a sports scholarship she might never have gotten, had her mom had to move to another community. God made that vacancy at my friend’s property. This was this client’s first time to do business here. All of this transpired within three days. Only God can work things out with that kind of timing.

Integrity Automotive Service

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Contact Name: Pete Esposito

Your Title: Owner

Company/Organization Name: Integrity Automotive Service

Phone Number: 513-727-8191

Web Address: www.integrityautoshop.com

Address: 1320 Elliott Dr., Middletown, OH 45044

  • Please describe your business:

A full-service automotive repair facility which provides honest and consistent service and repairs on most makes and models while always putting the customer’s needs and concerns first and foremost. Customer service goals of complete satisfaction with Integrity is our aim.

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?

23 years ago I had a crisis in my personal and professional life that landed me at a crossroad…a decision to surrender all to my Maker or simply run away from my problem(s). Thankfully, I chose Christ and my life was totally transformed from that day forward.

 

  • How does your faith impact the way you do business?  Simple. The Lord has shown me through His awesome power how to serve others. My faith in Christ has made that a pretty easy task. Put other first in your life, and at work, that means my customers!

 

  • Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer.

Our parking lot was in severe need of repairs in 2016. The best quote I got to blacktop it was $5,500.00. I prayed about getting a loan for the project because I didn’t have that amount of  ‘extra’ money in our account. I decided to go ahead with the repairs as the bank informed me they could loan me the money. When the project was near completion, I got a ‘Refund’ check in the mail from the Bureau of Workman’s Compensation (BWC) that I had no idea I was getting. The check amount was $5,496.00……only God can do that!

Our Rally Cry | Word from the President

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As the summer of 2018 winds to a close, I am excited to share with you an update on our ministry here at the Christian Blue Network. This summer, while our team worked diligently to update the logos of our core brands, we began to dialogue on how we could more effectively engage Christians with our mission and purpose – so we can more faithfully serve you. By God’s grace – through much discussion and prayer – we’ve updated our mission statement to better reflect the heart of why we do what we do:

Our mission is to rally the body of Christ in support of one another in business and ministry – to make connections, meet needs, and honor God.

We believe the word “rally” more clearly beckons our team – and brothers and sisters in Christ – to place more urgent attention to the Biblical exhortation to love one another and be united under the “banner” of Jesus.

As our world gets darker, this battle cry must get louder. We must stand together as believers in Jesus, commit to encouraging one another, supporting one another, and showing the world that we are Christians because of our love for one another (John 13: 34-35).

Although we are too often divided denominational and racially on Sunday mornings, the marketplace is a great place to bridge the gap and take new ground for the kingdom of God together.

Will… you… join us?

In addition, every month in our newsletter, we carefully select articles and features that are meant to challenge and inspire you as you seek to integrate your faith and work. Therefore, I urge you to read on in this newsletter, especially the article “Work, Success, and the Parable of the Talents” by Hugh Whelchel of the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics in Washington, D.C. Hugh has contributed a number of articles for our newsletters – his insights are extraordinary, and certainly worth a couple minutes of your time to explore.

Have a safe, restful Labor Day weekend!

Darrel Geis

President

Christian Blue Network

Work, Success, and the Parable of the Talents

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By Hugh Whelchel, originally posted September 3, 2012.

Recently I saw a bumper sticker that read,

He who dies with the most toys wins, but he is still dead.  

This must be a post-modern version of the late 1990’s original, which simply read, “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

If bumper stickers are a reflection of the soul of our culture (and I am not sure that is true) are we in the 21st century moving away from the idea that the acquisition of “things” and the pursuit of pleasure are the driving forces and measuring rods of a successful life?

If so, what does success look like today?  What is the measure of success? Does it look different for Christians? What is the Biblical definition of success?

I was asked to preach this weekend as part of the Labor Day Weekend Service at my church. I set out to try to answer these questions.  My sermon title was “The Biblical Meaning of Success,” and I used the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25:14-30 as my text.

I told the congregation they had been lied to. Two great lies have been told to them by everyone from their kindergarten teacher to the U.S. Government:

  1. You can be anything you want to be.
  2. You can be the best in the world.

These two lies distort the Biblical meaning of success, and set all of us up for disappointment and failure.

The antidote for these two great lies is the Parable of the Talents, which teaches us three important lessons:

1.  We are called to work while we wait for the return of the King.

The Parable of the Talents teaches us how to work while we wait for the second coming of Christ. Many Christians believe that our salvation is a bus ticket to heaven, and what we do while we wait for the bus makes little difference. The parable makes it clear this belief is false.

One of my favorite quotes is spoken by General Maximus in the opening scenes of the film, “Gladiator.” General Maximus tells his troops, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”  While this may not have been true about them, it is certainly true for Christians. Our work matters to God.

2.  We are given everything we need to do what God has called us to do.

Do you know what a talent is worth in today’s dollars? Somewhere between five hundred thousand and a million dollars.  Even the servant that was given only one talent was given more than enough to set up a business and produce the expected return for the master.

God has given each of us unique resources and talents to be used in everything we do, especially our vocational callings. The master gave out a different number of talents to each servant “according to the servant’s ability.”  The one talent servant was not expected to produce five talents.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:10,

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We seldom associate this verse with our vocational work, but we should.

3.  We will be held accountable for what we do with what God has given us.

As Christians we work “as unto the Lord,” not for an earthy boss. The Parable of the Talents shows us we will be held accountable for what we do while we wait for the return of our King. Thankfully, we are not held to some arbitrary standard. What God expects from us is based on what he has given us.

However, it will take just as much effort for the two talent servant to produce two additional talents as it does the five talent servant to produce five additional talents. This is why the reward for both is the same. This is the great lesson of this story.

So what does this parable tell us about the Biblical meaning of success?

We are called to use all the resources God has given us and work diligently at our callings, maximizing the return for the Master while we expectantly await His return.

The late John Wooden, the most successful college basketball coach in history and a committed Christian, was asked how he would define success. He replied:

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

This is what the Parable of the Talents is all about.

We labor at the pleasure of the Lord God Almighty. Our work is driven by our love of the Master. Our only desire should be to hear his praise at the end of our days on this earth:

Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the master.

What do you think? What does the Parable of the Talents say to you about your work? About success? 

This article is copied with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics ( www.tifwe.org ). The original article appeared here. IFWE is a Christian research organization committed to advancing biblical and economic principles that help individuals find fulfillment in their work and contribute to a free and flourishing society. Visit https://tifwe.org/subscribe to subscribe to the free IFWE Daily Blog.

Faith Christian Bookstore

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Contact Name: Todd Anderson

Your Title: Owner

Company Name: Faith Christian Bookstore

Phone Number: 937-878-1073

Address: 4 E Main Street Fairborn, OH 45324

 

  • Please describe your business:

Faith Christian Bookstore has been providing Fairborn and the surrounding areas with faith-based gifts, music, Bibles and church supplies for over 35 years.

  • How is your business different from others in the same line of work? How does that difference benefit your customers?

We offer a more intimate shopping experience than other larger stores. We are committed to taking the time required to meet each of our customer’s individual needs. This commitment to our customers encourages more personal relationships that ultimately allow us to better serve them.

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?

I was raised in a Christian home but chose to turn my back on God and run away believing I could hide. After years of this, I found myself lost and wandering without any sense of purpose. It was then that Christ in His mercy reached down and pulled me up and opened my eyes. He showed me that He was the truth I had been seeking.

  • How does being a Christian affect how you conduct your business?

We are representatives of Christ in all we do. As Christians, we are called to be a Light in a dark world. We place this duty at the forefront of all our business practices.

  • What ministry/cause is near and dear to your heart, and why?

Miami Valley Women’s Center is near and dear to our hearts. Abortion and the right to life are principal to our missions as Christians and in this country being informed about the connection between our healthcare system and abortion should be vital to our walk with Christ. Miami Valley Women’s Center is a Christ-centered outreach that has become a prominent force informing our community about these very real issues.

  • Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network?

Christian Blue Network is our go-to source for finding Christian services offered in our area, therefore, we want to be part of this wonderful Christian networking system.

 

Word from the President – July 2018

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Growing up in the 70s, my siblings and I used to love watching the School House Rock educational songs on television. From School House Grammar’s “Conjunction Junction”, “Interjections”, and “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing”, to their America history lessons like “I’m Just a Bill”, “No More Kings – A Shot Heard Round the World”, and “The Preamble (to the Constitution)”, the Geis kids all joyfully sang along, and learned some valuable lessons along the way.

The American history songs seemed to impact me the most and made me proud to be an American.   Having just participated in the city of Montgomery, Ohio, 4th of July parade with the staff of the Christian Blue Network (and our mascot, Trusty the Lion), I was amazed at the thousands of people – young and old, wealthy and (seemingly) not – of all ethnicities – that had gathered to celebrate our nation’s independence. It was truly remarkable, and humbling at the same time.

For some reason, God, by His sovereign grace, chose for each of us to be born in the most wealthy and free country in the world, at the most prosperous time in human history. While we know (and read in the news) that all is not right in the United States, nor anywhere else on the planet, we do (still) have one freedom that daily illuminates our lives as believers – religious freedom, ensured by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.

In this month’s guest blog “To Whom Much Is Given: Celebrating Freedom and America’s Independence Day”, our dear friend and regular contributor Hugh Whelchel of the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics, poses the question “How are we stewarding this (religious) freedom?” As followers of Jesus Christ, we acknowledge that true freedom can only be found in a relationship with Him, so we, therefore, have an ongoing moral and civic responsibility to engage our culture.

I encourage you to read on, and, like me, be enlightened by Hugh’s perspectives.

Darrel Geis

President

Christian Blue Network

 

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

To Whom Much Is Given: Celebrating Freedom and America’s Independence Day

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By Hugh Whelchel, Originally posted July 2, 2018

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Declaration of Independence

Former U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall challenged Americans, “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” As we prepare to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the United States of America, the question is, how are we stewarding our freedom?

The week Congress voted to declare independence, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, declaring the events he had just witnessed would “be the most memorable Epoch, in the History of America.” He went on to write:

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

And celebrate we have. But over the years, have we forgotten the most important, self-evident, unalienable right alluded to by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence and codified by Madison in the U.S. Constitution: the right to religious freedom?

Freedom and Flourishing

We see the best examples of human flourishing today where people enjoy religious freedom, which we believe is foundational for economic freedom and self-government. Unfortunately, our exercise of this inalienable right, as defined by Jefferson, Madison, and America’s founders, is under attack today.

There are those who would replace religious freedom with religious tolerance or worse—allow anti-discrimination laws to trump religious freedom completely. Those who should be most uneasy with this development—people of faith—seem unaware or unconcerned. As Os Guinness writes in A Free People’s Suicide, the long-held truth of America’s founders, that “freedom requires virtue, virtue requires faith, and faith requires freedom,” has been lost, even by the faithful.

At IFWE, we believe religious, economic, and political freedom form the basis of uniquely American values and are essential to the flourishing we have enjoyed as a nation. Among these freedoms, religious freedom—our “first freedom”—is one of the most important things the American experiment gave the world.

Legal scholars throughout American history have believed that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution recognized the right to lead a life according to our faith and religious moral code, not only in our churches but also in our homes, our places of work, and in the public square. Yet, in recent years, that belief has been challenged.

We view this attack on religious freedom as an alarming development because it threatens to negate the guarantee of individual liberty afforded every person, regardless of their faith. Left unchecked, it will threaten the culture of freedom upon which our system of republican government was founded. Religious freedom provides a strong foundation for limited government because it is the bedrock for all human freedom. Freedom of conscience not only demands but ultimately justifies limited government.

Freedom and Responsibility

Conversely and consequently, limited government requires individual responsibility. Religious freedom necessitates the engagement of the moral responsibility of every person. In a free society, religion is an ally of good government as it forms the moral character of individuals and communities.

Today, a culture that exhibits an ever-decreasing sense of individual moral and civic responsibility seems to be pervasive. Religious liberties we took for granted twenty years ago are now being challenged in the courts. Ironically, those who support religious tolerance over religious freedom are proving the subtle danger of this concept by becoming intolerant of and excluding views other than those deemed politically correct in the public square.

In his first year as president, President Ronald Reagan was asked by Parade magazine to write about what Independence Day meant to him. The article, written in Reagan’s own hand, after describing his memories of the Fourth of July as a child, ends with the following:

In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history. Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government. Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.

Free Indeed

As followers of Jesus Christ, we acknowledge that true freedom can only be found in a relationship in him. As Jesus said in the Book of John, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). We, among all people, should understand the importance of religious freedom, not just for Christians but for everyone, whether at home or work.

In our diverse, pluralistic culture, everyone must be free to live out their beliefs in matters of conscience, both in private and in the public square. If we all are not free to do thisnone of us are free to do this. The former was the vision of our founding fathers, and we should not allow that vision to be lost.

 

This article is copied with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics ( www.tifwe.org ). The original article appeared here . IFWE is a Christian research organization committed to advancing biblical and economic principles that help individuals find fulfillment in their work and contribute to a free and flourishing society. Visithttps://tifwe.org/subscribe to subscribe to the free IFWE Daily Blog.

WNPQ RADIO  95.9  “The Light”

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Contact Name:  Tom Bishop

Your Title:   General Manager

Company/Organization Name:    WNPQ RADIO  95.9  “The Light”

Phone Number:  330-492-9590

Web Address:    thelight959.com

Address:   3969 Convenience Cir. N.W.  Canton, Ohio  44718

  • Please describe your business here

WNPQ 95.9  is a Christian Contemporary radio station serving Canton, Ohio and surrounding counties since 1999.  We also carry  Focus on the Family, Charles Stanley, Dennis Rainey and more.  And we air broadcasts of area churches.   

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?

I was raised in a Christian home. And at age 15 during a revival at our church, I stepped forward one night and professed my faith in Jesus and was baptized. That was April 16, 1966.

  • How does your faith impact the way you do business?

Part of my job as Manager of WNPQ is to contact area businesses and churches in reaching our listeners with their message.  I have always used the Golden Rule in my business relationships.  Treat others as I would want to be treated.  To keep my word,  To say what I will do, And to do what I say.   I also try to respect my client ’s time.  They have busy days.  And to be dependable on keeping any promises made. My favorite verse is Romans 8:28.  I realize that things don’t always work out the way I would like. But God is in control.  He has my back.

  • Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer.

In October 2011 a regional representative for Focus on the Family was driving through our area and heard Jan Markowitz,  our Afternoon air personality talk about our “Marriage Appreciation Month “promotion and how WNPQ was honoring couples who had been married for 30 or more years with prize giveaways.   The local representative liked what he heard and our station was later named a “Station of the Year”  by Focus on the Family. We received an award at the National Religious  Broadcasters  Convention in Nashville that year.  God blessed our station then and those blessings continue today.

Forest Park Chiropractic and Acupuncture

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Contact Name: Dr. Reed Moeller

Your Title: Chiropractic Physician/owner

Company/Organization Name:  Forest Park Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Phone Number: 513-742-0880

Web Address: www.drreedmoeller.com

Address: 1250 W Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240

  • Please describe your business here:

Dr. Reed Moeller has been providing health and well-being with natural healing at Forest Park Chiropractic and acupuncture for nearly 30 years. The past 4 years, Cincinnati magazine has awarded him as one of the top chiropractors in the city voted by his peers. In addition to successfully treating thousands of patients, Dr. Moeller is a Wellness Speaker of America providing health talks to large companies and social groups around town.

 

  • How is your business different from others in the same line of work? How does that difference benefit your customers?

What separates Dr. Moeller from other chiropractic physicians is his constant striving to learn and improve. Currently, he is working on a functional neurology degree to treat serious brain disorders. He studied pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, then chiropractic, acupuncture, and now functional neurology. His office has state-of-the-art equipment and the newest technology. In addition to the Chiropractic and acupuncture, they do nutrition, physiotherapy, trigger point and myofascial release, sitting and laying down spinal decompression, PEMF and light therapy, and brain tap which cause comes the stressed-out mind. Why have back surgery and live on harmful dangerous pain medication when you can heal the condition naturally?

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family, and my dad still does the readings for his church. I feel my work was a calling from God. I was in my last year of pharmacy school when I injured my back. I went the medical route with drugs, epidural shots and PT, but when they wanted to do surgery, I tried chiropractic. I healed quickly, and it changed my life.

  • How does being a Christian affect how you conduct your business?

Being a Christian affects everything in my life. I live through Him and pray He works through me to heal my patients. I pray each day that my patients feel His presence every time I place my hands on them. He blessed me to be in a profession that helps improve people’s lives.

Having the values of a Christian means unconditional love and support for my patients. Honesty, integrity, and compassion are cornerstones of my care.

  • What ministry/cause is near and dear to your heart, and why?

I am involved with in Chiro Mission which is a group of chiropractors that go to poor countries and provide health care to the needy. Last year, we went to the Dominican Republic and I personally treated over 500 patients a day for 3 days. It was an incredible experience seeing these people’s faces light up with joy after an adjustment.

  • What is one interesting thing about you or your business that most people would not know?

One interesting thing many people don’t know is my Pharmacy background. I went from being a drug specialist to a drug-free healer.

  • Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network?

I love the Christian Blue Pages because Christians are my kind of people. They make ideal patients because they are honest kind considerate loving people. They make my work enjoyable, and who better would you want to treat?

Rebecca J. Allf, Attorney at Law

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Contact Name: Rebecca Allf

Your Title: Attorney At Law

Company/Organization Name: Rebecca J. Allf, Attorney at Law

Phone Number: (513) 521-1494

Web Address: www.AttorneyAllf.com

Address: 11311 Cornell Park Drive, Suite 110, Cincinnati Ohio 45242

  • Please describe your business here:

Rebecca J Allf, Co., Ltd, is a small boutique law firm located in Blue Ash, Ohio, that specializes in domestic and family law, including adoptions, juvenile court, divorce and dissolution, as well as business law, including corporate and LLC formation and purchase/sale agreements.  Rebecca has been an advertiser in the Christian Blue Network for 17 years.

  • How is your business different from others in the same line of work? How does that difference benefit your customers?

Many law firms are completely focused on “winning” no matter what. I believe this can be harmful to the participants in many legal situations. Not every case needs to be a battlefield. This is not always possible, depending upon the parties and their counsel. If we need to do battle, we over-prepare you for the courtroom experience. But our initial focus is on helping to facilitate communication so that the parties are still on speaking terms when it is over, especially if children are involved.

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?

It was at a young Life weekend at Camp Kern, near Cincinnati. I had been going to church all of my life, but, never experienced personal interaction with Jesus on a regular basis. After participating in worship and listening to speakers, we all went outside to be alone for a while and I asked Jesus into my heart. Since then it has been a journey of learning how to listen and follow.

 

  • How does being a Christian affect how you conduct your business?  Being a Christian affects every area. I turned my practice over to Jesus from the beginning, so he’s the CEO and I follow his lead.

 

  • What ministry/cause is near and dear to your heart, and why?

City CURE has always been near and dear to my heart which is now City Gospel Mission. I love working with young people and seeing them mature into thriving adults who are following the Lord. I have enjoyed the leadership I have worked with there and their truly God-centered lives and approach to ministry.

 

  • What is one interesting thing about you or your business that most people would not know?  I am a part-time EMT/firefighter and still enjoy working at the fire station one or two nights per week.

 

  • Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network?

One of the main things I enjoy is just the camaraderie of the different people I’ve met through being involved with the Christian Blue Network – not only clients, but other advertisers, whether it’s another lawyer or a vendor that I do business with. I enjoyed connecting with other believers who are looking for that, and are wanting to do business with a Christian attorney.

FSR Landscape, LLC

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Contact Name: Arlin Filbrun

Your Title: Owner/President

Company Name: FSR Landscape, LLC

Phone Number: (937).313.1184

Web Address: www.fsrlandscape.com

 

  • Please describe your business: FSR Landscape LLC, offers complete residential and commercial landscaping services, from design to completion, including hardscapes, retaining walls, pergolas, water features, constant care, mowing, and snow removal.

 

  • How is your business different from others in the same line of work?  We stand behind our world work with integrity and strive to listen carefully to each client’s need.

 

  • How did you come to faith in Christ? By seeing God at work in others lives and then in my own.

 

  • How does being a Christian affect how you conduct your business? Always do everything with integrity. 80% of FSR’s work comes from satisfied clients or neighbors watching the work ethics of the crew.

 

  • What ministry/cause is near and dear to your heart, and why? Foster care — Serving the community.

 

  • What is one interesting thing about you or your business that most people would not know? Out of high school, Arlin started a snow removal business. He still has his original client today that he had in 1992.

 

  • Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network? Because people want to be able to trust they are going to get quality work and someone who stands behind mistakes made or other issues that might occur.

 

 

3C Counseling & Consulting Services

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Contact Name: Carole Bower

Your Title: Clinical Director/Owner

Company Name: 3C Counseling & Consulting Services

Phone Number: (513)573-3550

Web Address: www.3ccounseling.com

Address: 3532 Irwin-Simpson Rd., Mason, OH 45040

 

  • Please describe your business: 3C Counseling & Consulting Services provides individual, couples and family therapy, Psychological testing and assessment, Chemical Dependency Assessments and counseling, Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, and trainings and consultation for organizations and agencies.

 

  • How is your business different from others in the same line of work? How does that difference benefit your customers? 3C stands for Competent, Compassionate, Connecting Families. Our staff are warm and compassionate and are competent Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. We utilize the best Evidence-based therapies from a Biblical worldview.

 

  • How did you come to faith in Christ? I was a child and was drawn to Jesus by His love shown through teachers and others in the church. I committed my life to Christ at the age of ten and have not looked back.

 

  • How does being a Christian affect how you conduct your business? We see each person who comes to us as a child of God with a purpose for his or her life. We promote the value of marriage and raising children with family structure.

 

  • What ministry/cause is near and dear to your heart, and why? Heavenward Farm and Horsemanship, where we provide therapeutic programs for the hurting and underserved. Voice of the Martyrs, serving our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

 

  • What is one interesting thing about you or your business that most people would not know? We provide Equine-assisted Therapy as an option—Think outside the office!

 

  • Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network? We want consumers to know that we are a practice of Christian professionals who are here for them.

Word from the President – June 2018

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In last month’s newsletter leading up to Memorial Day, I shared the poignant words penned by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg address. His words have inspired generations to reflect on the great sacrifice made by the men and women of our Armed Forces over the years.

As we approach the celebration of the 242nd birthday of the United States of America, I thought it fitting to revisit the foundational document that helped shape our country to become a land like no other on the face of the earth – the Declaration of Independence. Reflect with me on some excerpts from these courageous, history changing words from our Founding Fathers:

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….

…We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

One can glean many takeaways from the Declaration of Independence, but here are three that stand out to me:

  • Tough decisions need to be made in life – and some will be offended. But when our consciences – before God – are seared with the belief that the status quo is no longer a viable option, action must be taken.
  • We must be determined that racial prejudice finds no vacancy in our hearts. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”.
  • We must be committed – as believers in Christ – to stand together in the battle for our culture. We can start by “mutually pledging” to form relationships through supporting one another in business and ministry – across the denominational, racial, and ethnic lines that too often divide us on Sunday mornings.

And finally, in light of the freedoms we celebrate on the Fourth of July, let us remember that true freedom is found only in the person of Jesus Christ. May we remain ever compelled to share this good news with our neighbor:

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

Have a wonderful Independence Day holiday!

 

In Christ,

Darrel Geis
President
Christian Blue Network

 

For the entire text of the Declaration of Independence, visit http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

Claiming Peace

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By Nancy Cotterill, Claiming Peace

http://www.uniteindy.org/claiming-peace/

I remember a book I read called The Poisonwood Bible in which a family of fiercely evangelical missionaries go to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They took with them everything they believed they would need from home, but find nothing but sorrow and loss in the cruelty of the African wild. Nothing works, people die, crops fail, and wars erupt.

At the end of the book, the two surviving children land back on U.S. soil. They exit the terminal and are stopped, awestruck, at the wonder of the yellow striping at the edge of the street. After decades in the wildness and unpredictability of the mission field, this simple painted line slaps them in the face with a culture so organized and so tamed that IT PAINTS YELLOW LINES ON THE SIDES OF ITS ROADS.

I felt that way recently. I lost my phone.

As ridiculous as this comparison may be, for one brief moment I was shattered. The organization of my personal life-culture is pretty much on that phone. For me, it was going from the comfort of an organized environment to the wildness and unpredictability of loss. Loss of important names. The phone numbers that I used to keep in my head, now rest in the marrow of my SIM card…I cannot remember one of them, they were lost. I had lost my schedule. All the addresses. My map to get to places that are new to me. Lost.

Frankly, I am amazed at how bad I felt. After a few hours, the phone was located. But still, the fear reverberated somewhere in my chest. I claim peace. I really have it most of the time. But in this crazy world, most of us have filled every hour of every day to the limit with things that need doing. We are like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland who keeps looking at his watch muttering, “I’m late, I’m late…

What were the trappings of a highly evolved culture to the missionary sisters in the form of striping on roadways is nothing for us in the 21st century. We believed the Microsoft and Apple “scripture” that said computers and blackberries and cell phones would lighten our workloads, instead, they have allowed us to work around the clock—falling asleep with a half-written email in process, our computers on our laps in bed.

Remember Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Well, the “time for completion” has reached about 18 hours, seven days a week. Even our Bibles (every version imaginable) is on our phones. So turn now on your Bible App to Exodus 20:18. It says, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Some of you might be able to look back…maybe when you were children when Sunday was a day of rest. You could be chastised by a neighbor if you so much as started your lawn mower on a Sunday. (This was mainly because you would be interrupting his day of rest.) But this is no joke. Sundays were to be quiet and restful—no phones needed.

The Poisonwood Bible, I will tell you, was written by Barbara Kingsolver. I give you this bit of information so you don’t have to Google it, and hopefully, that will give you a few more nanoseconds of peace in your particular day. Meanwhile, I am trying to take better care not to lose my phone. As for that peace, I want so much…maybe after church on Sundays, I won’t turn my phone’s ringer back on, or maybe I’ll just take some time to stare at the yellow lines on the side of the road. That might just do it.

Claiming peace,

Nancy

Nancy Cotterill is Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, and co-founder of UNITE INDY, an organization that mobilizes volunteers, expertise and other resources on behalf of urban churches, ministries and other charities that are struggling to meet the ever-growing needs of those they serve. Nancy is an award winning editorial writer, and spent 20 years as Editor and Editorial Director of several magazines and newspapers, and served as Publisher of Indianapolis Business Journal. For more about UNITE INDY, visit http://www.uniteindy.org/about