Play along with me on this one: Right now, close your eyes and take 30 seconds for each of the areas below and imagine how much different your life could be? What does it look like in your minds eye? 

  • Family
  • Finances
  • Career
  • Personal 
  • Health
  • Relationship with Jesus

Time goes by so fast, but it was probably about 6-7 years ago I met this mid 20 some year old named Ben Peterson who at that time was just getting connected to a CBMC Trusted Advisors/Forums Team. 

Ben was an Iraqi war veteran and high energy young professional that I would compare to a wild horse with endless potential. 

Since that first meeting, we’ve stayed pretty close to each other. I’ve always had the belief that time put into Ben was an investment. Men in Ben’s CBMC Trusted Advisor and Young Professionals groups have felt the same way; discipling, mentoring, teaching, cheering on, and holding Ben accountablefor what he committed to. 

CBMC Northland’s purpose: To develop businessmen to be ambassadors for Christ and spiritual reproducers.  

During those times he couldn’t on his own, we’ve seen for Ben through the PTSD that his active military service brought on, we’ve seen beyond the insecurity of him just not feeling “right” where he was at in career even as a successful business man.  We’ve seen beyond the challenges with family, finances, and the fear of not yet realizing God's plan for the “right” lady friend in Ben’s life. 

Since CBMC Northland’s first group formed in 1939, there have been tens of thousands of men with similar stories to Ben. 

I just want to say- Thank you Jesus- for seeing beyond the here and now for all of our lives. Thank you Jesus for inspiring so many supporters that give their time, talent, prayers, and financial gifts to CBMC which you’ve used to do “immeasurably more” in the lives of every guy that has been developed through discipleship, small groups, and CBMC training and events. 

While the story isn’t finished yet- here is an update on how your investment as a supporter for CBMC is bearing fruit that will last for eternity with Ben:

A few days ago I and several other CBMC men attended the Engage Your Destiny gala. 

What began as a vision God laid on Ben’s heart about 3 years ago, has grown into a full blown ministry that has already reached thousands of active and veteran military members from around the country. As Ben shares the gospel of Jesus in large group settings, he collaborates with local church’s to get these new believers plugged into small group and discipling relationships. 

God has plans and is able to do immeasurably more than anything you or I or Ben can possibly ask or imagine. 

To see His power at work in your life, draw nearer to Him by  spending time reading/listening to the Bible, in prayer and surrounding yourself in small group with other followers of Jesus. 

Now, close your eyes again- and imagine- how different your life could be? 

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.~ Philippians 4:13

P.S. This is a great time to take a look back at 2018 and look ahead toward 2019. Click here for a quick/helpful exercise to go through on your own or even better with your small group. 

Alan Smith
CBMC Northland Area Staff


Help Us Keep The Momentum!

Would you please prayerfully consider partnering with CBMC Northland for the first time or with a special year end gift? Here are the two best ways you can help:

  • Support for overall Northland budget. It’s really simple, go to this link and select the Alan Smith option 
  • The David’s Mighty Men group has generously committed to a $40,000 matching grant for Vision 220 giving between now and year end. Your gift is matched dollar for dollar using this secure link and select the Vision 220 option. If you would like to discuss other giving options, please contact me directly

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