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

Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives So Our Nation Could Be Free

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As we approach Memorial Day 2018, we are reminded that freedom is never free and that many that have gone before us have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to protect this country and the freedoms we hold so dear. Nowhere is this better stated than in the words of Abraham Lincoln, as he delivered the Gettysburg address during the height of the Civil War:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863

This Memorial Day, let’s pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service to this country, taking “increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion”, and attend a Memorial Day ceremony or parade in our area. It is certainly altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

Also in this newsletter, we feature an interview with the Christian Blue Network’s own Gary Stanton, who, along with his wife Cindy, recently returned from a guided tour of Israel. I believe you’ll find the observations of his visit to the Holy Land intriguing, so I encourage you to read on.

Walking Where Jesus Walked – My Trip to the Holy Land

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By Gary Stanton, Walking Where Jesus Walked – My Trip to the Holy Land

Traveling all the way to the Holy Land and experiencing scripture come alive was a great confirmation of what I believe as a Christian. Being able to actually visit the locations of some of the greatest successes and laments of biblical history reinforced my faith of 57 years in Jesus.

My wife, Cindy, and I embarked on our journey April 26 with a group of 31 other people from mostly Cincinnati. Our experienced host, Keith Thomas, from the Vineyard Church in Cincinnati, has led groups to Israel 6-7 times.  After the lengthy flight, we arrived in Israel to meet our local tour guide who narrated all the sites, explained the geography and infused the historical perspective.  Israel is diverse in various religions (Jewish, Messianic Jews, Arab Christian, Muslims), which is why it is important to have a local guide who is educated in the differences. Keith did a great job with more in-depth spiritual aspects by reading scripture and providing time for us to pray.

There were so many highlights of the trip. Seeing ruins that were over 2,000 years old and experiencing the history of Israel was something that I will remember forever. We took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus asked Peter “do you love me?” three times, saw where Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, visited Mt. Carmel where Elijah defeated the 400 Prophets of Baal, and also visited Caesarea Philippi where Peter proclaimed that Jesus is Christ. In addition, we were baptized in the Jordan River and were able to float in the Dead Sea. Being in the Garden of Gethsemane and also seeing olive trees over 1,000 years old growing on the Mount of Olives, were some of my favorite parts.

There are many arguments about where the tomb of Jesus actually is, but it has been said to be at the Place of The Skull, which is a big rock that looks like a skull. Our tour guide would give us a scale between 1 and 4 of how accurate they believed the locations were, but just being in the vicinity of where Jesus walked, lived and died was so powerful to me.

When we visited Shiloh where the Ark of the Covenant laid before it was taken, we were able to worship there in song and spend some quiet time in prayer. This was an incredibly holy place where the last tabernacle stood. Only the High Priest was allowed to go into the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was. While we were there, I was overcome by the presence of God. I could feel the holiness of God all around me. There are times in our lives that God allows us to feel His presence more than others, and that was a defining moment for me.

Since the Jewish people have not accepted Jesus as the Messiah, they gather at the Wailing Wall to read the Old Testament and pray for the Messiah to come. Men and women have separate areas where they were allowed to be on the Wall. People from all over the world have prayed there. I was able to pray for my family and friends. My feeling around the Wailing Wall was probably quite different than many others – I was deeply saddened for the Jewish people and prayed that they would come to accept Christ as Lord.

My advice to you if you are considering visiting the Holy Land is to be flexible and be open to whatever God wants you to experience. Don’t try to be in control, and allow God to lead! But most importantly, go. Go and walk where Jesus walked to experience His presence in a whole new way.

Cru Community Outreach

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Contact Name: Matthew Marcum

Your Title: Community Outreach Director

Company/Organization Name: Cru Community Outreach         

Phone Number: 513-255-2325                  

Web Address: lifeizministry.com

 

 

  • Please describe your ministry here:

Cru community outreach is a ministry that partners with families and local businesses around Cincinnati. Community adults are equipped to serve as mentors to youth 14-22 years old to be the one relationship that will deliver the gospel in relational, academic, and professional areas. This link is a great place to find students testimonials and learn how to get involved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOiOBzykpXo&authuser=0

 

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

Our ministry has the distinct ability to take the individual testimony, profession, and location of our mentor volunteers and adapt them to use in their home community as they serve one life. We are also blessed to have our students job shadow, co-op, and intern at locally-owned businesses we are partnered with, creating a mutual benefit for students and our wonderful partners.

 

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?

My sister invited me to attend church with her at the age of 15. My life and family environment was so dark and broken, that when Christ was revealed to me by the Holy Spirit there was no doubt in my heart I had been offered hope eternal. That light burns brighter every day, fueling every ounce of who I am and how I serve others.

 

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

Christ’s call for us to achieve greatness by being a servant to all guides every relationship I build in every area of my life. Through serving in hospice nursing for 15 years, the Lord gave me the honor of serving the richest/poorest, faith-filled/faithless, inner city/rural, and every unique heart that fills our communities. I put that experience to use as our community-based ministry serves in every crack and corner of the Cincinnati area, building our focus to the story spoken by each life.

 

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

My heart is that each life would know their value in impacting the life of another. That is why I learn the story of every mentor and student to best align their path together, as they shall both be redeemed and sharpened through the years they spend investing in one another.

 

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

My wife also owns a dance studio that deeply and persistently impacts the Oxford, Ohio community. Our older teen daughters also teach there.

 

  • Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network?

Isolation is the great obstacle our ministry seeks to overcome, as many men, women, and children have no redemptive relationship. It is also true of partnering with other gospel-centered organizations, that we are stronger when we join together, as “a cord of three strands is not easily broken.”

Joseph E. Budde, ESQ

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Contact Name: Joe Budde

Your Title: Attorney at Law

Company Name: Joseph E. Budde, ESQ     

Phone Number: 614-764-0000                    

Web Address: http://www.budderealestatelaw.com/

Address: 259 W Schrock Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

 

 

  • Please describe your business here:

Joseph E. Budde, ESQ has the experience and knowledge to help with real estate law matters, title insurance, probate, and basic estate planning. An expert in real estate law, Mr. Budde is committed to providing the highest level of service to his clients, whether his is working on the preparation of purchase contract, deeds, affidavits, land contracts or lease purchase agreements. Quite personable, he assists with probate work for estates, wills, powers of attorney and other estate planning documents. Mr. Budde is licensed in the state of Ohio and proudly serves clients in Northeast Columbus and surrounding cities.

 

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

Joseph E. Budde, ESQ is highly rated by past clients and colleagues. His years of hands on experience in the real estate field assure clients of practical and effective assistance in their real estate, probate and estate planning matters.

 

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?

Even though Attorney Budde attended Catholic grade school and high school, he did not meet and accept his Savior until his early 50s. As with many seekers in crisis, his failing marriage brought him to the doorsteps of various churches and his visit to Vineyard Church in Westerville was life changing. Through relationships developed there and in the community of believers, Attorney Budde, studied, grew and became a frim believer who now gives back though a mentoring program at his church.

 

  • How does being a Christian affect how you conduct your business? (this will be the lead question shown in your feature in our newsletter so you may want to give a good amount of thought into this answer).

How else does a service minded believer help those in need but by being as Christ like as possible when encountering an opportunity to help. Integrity, honesty and a commitment of service to others in the hallmark of a Christian.

 

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

Mr. Budde serves in the Lay Mentoring Ministry and his role is to walk along side of men who struggle with situations similar to the struggles he has experienced in his life. He acknowledges what a blessing it is to meet, talk with, share with and learn from his brothers who are experiencing difficulties.

 

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

Mr. Budde’s career includes 30 years working in banking and mortgage lending that provided exposure to practical, real life situations from which he draws to help his clients.

 

  • Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network?

What a thrill when a caller answers the question – how you heard about us – and the answer is The Christian Blue Pages or the Christian Blue Network.

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In February of 2014, I stood at my younger brother Alex’s side as he sadly passed away at the age of 48 due to complications from years of alcohol abuse. He had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver that previous September, went through a detox program in October, and had been clean and sober since. By God’s grace, he had experienced a true conversion to Christ through involvement in Teen Challenge Cincinnati years ago. We were as hopeful for his physical recovery as we had been for his spiritual one…

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Kingdom Family Dentistry

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Contact Name: Dr. Monica Swope

Your Title: Owner

Company Name: Kingdom Family Dentistry                         

Phone Number: 513-742-2322

Address: 772 Waycross Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240

Web Address: www.drmswope.com

 

  • Please describe your business here:

Kingdom Family Dentistry is a faith-based Christian dental practice that keeps Christ first. Since 1990, their goal is to provide each patient with the very best dental care in the most supportive and nurturing manner possible. Their office has a family-friendly atmosphere that will immediately put you and your children at ease.

 

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

We start every morning in prayer with the staff. If there are any specific requests, we petition those before Our Father. There are times when patients are asking us to pray for a specific need. We corporately lift up our patients needs as well.

 

  • How did you come to faith in Christ?   I was introduced to Christ at a tender, young age. My walk with the Lord became intimate shortly after moving to Cincinnati and under the teaching of Bishop Michael E. Dantley. I saw how God moved in my life after turning my cares over to Him. My faith walk was intensified in that season of teaching, fasting and praying.

 

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

I am bold with my profession and Love of the Lord. The patients may be scheduled for dental treatment but then will confide in me on a personal level. I have no reservation to lay hands on my patients and pray over them when the need arises.

 

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

Tender Mercy: I have a heart for the mentally ill. At Tender Mercy, they are reaching those clients and making a difference in their lives. I have faithfully served there with my son for 5 years.

 

  • Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network? Advertising with Christian Blue Pages is a great way to reach out to believers who are in need of dental services.

Damon’s Appliance Repair

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Contact Name: Josh Damon

Title: Owner

Company Name: Damon Appliance Repairs 

Phone Number: (614) 256-0520

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/DamonsApplianceRepairLLC

 

What does your business do?

We diagnose and repair household appliances; washers, dryers, fridges, dishwashers, stoves, and ovens.

 

Why did you choose to advertise in Christian Bluepages?

I operate my business with integrity. I want people to know they can trust the service they are getting from us and aligning with Christian Bluepages was a good way to express that to my customers.

 

How is your business different than others in the same line of work, how does your business stand out?

Well, sometimes I might advise against doing the repair. If it is a really costly repair on an older machine that will probably need more work later, it’s better to take that money and put it into a new machine. I’m willing to do the work anyway, I just want to make sure you know everything up front so you can make an informed decision. I prioritize people over profit.

 

How does being a Christian affect how you do your business?

It might be my name on the business card, but this is God’s business. Everything I have is from him and so I want to give him the glory in what I do. It is important to me to represent him in my work through quality and honesty.

McSwain Carpets & Floors

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Contact Name: Jason McSwain

Title: President

Company Name: McSwain Carpets & Floors

Phone Number: 513-771-1400

Web Address:  www.McSwainCarpets.com

Address: 2430 E. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241

 

 

Business Description:

McSwain Carpets & Floors is Cincinnati, Dayton & Northern Kentucky’s premier flooring provider. This year McSwain celebrates our 50th Anniversary. We are proud to be a local and family-owned company. We still operate today based on our founding principles of providing the best possible service, exceptional product selection, outstanding value and high-quality goods to our customers. With premium flooring selections and services, exclusive products and warranties and an expert team of trained product professionals, McSwain takes the confusion out of your flooring purchase. Over the last 50 years, McSwain has earned an outstanding reputation for honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness.

 

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

McSwain is different because of our specialization across all flooring installations. Over our company’s history, significant investments have made our commercial division, hardwood division, build new construction, residential replacement, and apartment division top in our market. This unique specialization needed for commercial installation application regularly brings knowledge and superior solutions for residential customers. The residential customer care approach our service men possess becomes a significant value for a new homeowner of one of our builder partners.  What makes McSwain unique, we gain focus towards customers with established divisions; yet leverage the knowledge and resources across all customers.

 

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

our business values equally all associates and customers with high regard and respect. Each person being created in the image of God leaves no margin for disrespect or carelessness.  We are a people business, serving the needs of people; Errors will be made and job site conditions do have unforeseen curveballs. We purpose to adjust and resolve with integrity. All customers extending trust to our team will have associates that respect and value them.

 

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

City Gospel Mission is a regional ministry that is impacting lives and families of Cincinnati, Middletown, and Northern Kentucky. Changing lives one person at a time is the heartbeat of every ministry within City Gospel Mission.  It is a privilege and honor to serve with the Godly women and men of the board and staff; serving Cincinnati youth and families in unique ways.
Very few organizations I have experienced listening to God’s direction and guidance as intentionally as CGM.

 

Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network?

It is a great media to connect with people in need of flooring solutions.

F.C. Tucker Company

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Contact Name: Sharon Robinson

Your Title: Realtor

Company Name: F. C. Tucker Company

Phone Number: 317-696-8443

Web Address: Sharon.robinson@talktotucker.com

 

 

 

1) Please describe your business here:

Your home is one of the largest investments you will ever make, and Sharon wants to make sure every decision is right for you. Sharon’s CONCIERGE approach to handling your very important and personal real estate transaction is what separates her from the majority of real estate agents. Take advantage of Sharon’s training, 35 years of experience, negotiating and problem-solving skills, and sincere heart to give you the best performance possible. There is a good reason why a majority of Sharon’s business is repeat business and referrals.

 

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

How does that difference benefit your customers? A Christian in business should ask not only what will maximize the bottom line, but also what service could be done, given the core competencies under his control and the assets he is managing, that would best serve his community.

 

3) How did you come to faith in Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family with loving parents who by example showed me the life I needed to live to give glory to my God, those I love, and my community. Page 2 of 2 (Sharon Robinson, Realtor, F.C. Tucker Company) Christian Business Spotlight & Out of the Blue Radio Interview Questions.

 

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

Be guided by the Holy Spirit in every business decision. The answer to every dilemma is in the heart of the believer.

 

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

The whole point of getting wealth is to give it away. I feel scholarship is important particularly in struggling communities.

 

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

Having been a successful realtor for 35 years, other realtors look up to me and might follow my example. Be the best. Be honest. Be straightforward. For me, the greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be who I pretend to be.

 

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

When business organizations commit themselves to the pursuit of excellence, they exalt the Word of God. And as the Gallup and National Research Center study revealed, they also demonstrate God’s power to transform lives, not only through the people within the company but with their customers as well.

 

Weichert, Realtors – The Alt Company

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Contact Name: Stratton Alt

Title: Broker / owner

Company Name: Weichert, Realtors – The Alt Company

Phone Number: 614-268-5080

Web Address: www.ALTREALTORS.COM

Address: 3637 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

 

Please describe your business here:

Weichert, Realtors – The Alt Company seeks to serve buyers and sellers of Central Ohio Real Estate (residential, investment, and commercial) by knowing the local market, communicating quickly and effectively, and listening intently to our client’s needs.

 

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

We have the local connections and national presence so no matter where you are looking to do real estate we can help. How does that difference benefit your customers? We are your one source for all real estate needs and we have a team of agents ready to assist.

 

How did you come to faith in Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home where Christ was honored and we were involved in our local church. I first professed Christ at the age of 4. I then re-committed my life to the Lord at a youth conference in 7th grade.

 

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

The tagline for our company is “Bringing your real estate dreams into focus” and this embodies our goals as a real estate company. My faith drives me to work towards this goal. When selfishness creeps in, I’m reminded of Christ’s commands to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and the to love your neighbor as yourself. This is what I am about in my real estate dealings. Our goals are the goals of our clients. We are called to speak the truth in love (no matter if it means not getting the sale). We tell our clients the good, the bad, and the ugly about each and every opportunity because of our call to the greatest commandments is greater than our desire for the sale.

 

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

I am currently involved in working with Awana at Grace Polaris Church because my 3-year-old son is also involved. It’s a blessing to share God’s truths with them each Wednesday evening and be reminded of His truths in my life as well. As a family, we have participated financially with ministries that include PDHC, Lower Lights Ministries, and Victory Ministries.

 

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

I am a 2nd generation broker.

 

 

Why do you advertise in the Christian Blue Network?

CBN advertising an opportunity for us to share the talents and passions that God has given us with other believers. Our goals are the same.