Present & Pleased Devotional DAY TWENTYFOUR
May 7th, 2021
Years ago, a pilot crossing the Atlantic saw a rat chewing on some wires in the cockpit. The pilot suspected the rat was a stowaway in a box loaded before takeoff. The pilot was worried, not knowing what wires those sharp teeth might be cutting. It was two hours back to the airport.But then the pilot remembered rats couldn’t survive in higher altitudes where oxygen is low. A rat is not made for th...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY TWENTYTHREE
May 6th, 2021
The song WE YOUR PEOPLE comes from a story found in 2 Kings.The prophet Elisha and his servant are trapped. The city they are staying in is surrounded by an enemy army sent specifically to capture them.2 Kings 6:15 "When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cri...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY TWENTYTWO
May 5th, 2021
GO WITH THE STRENGTH YOU HAVEThen the Lord turned to him and said "Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!" Judges 6:14God chose Gideon to lead a measly army of 300 men to fight against their enemies, the Midianites. There was nothing significant about Gideon. He was not an experienced army commander. He was a wheat-thresher! “What if the strength I h...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY TWENTYONE
May 4th, 2021
Something we should look at often is our journey from the past to the present. Reflecting on the past, what was, helps guide us into a new future. Reflecting on the past gives us wisdom, courage, and motivation to keep moving forward into the future.Central Christian Church is 168 years old. God has lived in the lives of thousands of people who found their relationship with Jesus at this church. T...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY TWENTY
May 3rd, 2021
Have you ever felt like God has communicated to you through the wordsor actions of others? I have had those moments too! Something powerful happens when God aligns listening ears to faithful hearts. God can indeed use the vulnerability, faithfulness, wisdom, and love of others to share who He is and what He is doing. But don’t forget, He can do that through you too.Are you open to the work God is ...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY NINETEEN
May 2nd, 2021
I am not much on yard work. It feels to me like a necessary evil. I enjoy mowing the yard, but everything beyond that is a major chore. Pulling weeds, gardening, and landscaping are all things I would rather avoid. Personally, I am not the best at keeping plants and such alive. In order for some plants to keep living you have to cut them back and nurture them along the way. Producing healthy branc...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY EIGHTEEN
May 1st, 2021
Serving God is not optional. Ouch. Hold on, stay with me. People have all kinds of excuses: too old, too young, too busy, too tired, too sick—and the list goes on. But, we can't ignore the evidence in the Bible that believers are  "created in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:10Service isn’t dependent upon your health, age, or experience. I've see...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY SEVENTEEN
April 30th, 2021
Are you familiar with old Israelite campsites? If you aren’t, that’s okay...that makes two of us! A long time ago, after Moses led the people out of Egypt, some 40 years of wandering, it was finally time to cross over into the Promised Land. The Israelites camped at a place called Acacia Grove. The next day they crossed the Jordan River, entered the Promised Land, and set up camp at a place called...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY SIXTEEN
April 29th, 2021
What makes a church successful? What comes to mind first - a dynamic speaker, amazing venue, or an engaging worship experience? God intended for His bride, those who claim His name, to be much more than what comes to our mind. He cares most about the faithfulness, of His bride. He cares about whether people are lovers of Him.While Jamie might be able to get people in the doors of Central with his ...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY FIFTEEN
April 28th, 2021
There was a study done a while back with children. The purpose of the study was to see if there was a connection between deferred gratification in kids and long-term success. It was called “The Marshmallow Test”. Researchers brought children into a room individually and offered them a single marshmallow. If the child could resist eating the one marshmallow, they were promised a reward of two marsh...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY FOURTEEN
April 27th, 2021
There are many things that I wish I knew better. I wish I knew Spanish better so that I could communicate with my son-in-law’s family. I would love to know more about engines so that I could fix my car or lawn mower whenever there is trouble. And I would love to know how to cook better so that I could impress my friends and family with my culinary skills. But until I take steps to learn Spanish, t...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY THIRTEEN
April 26th, 2021
"God rewards those who sincerely seek Him."  Hebrews 11:6I heard about a little boy who whistled real loudly in church during the preacher’s prayer one Sunday morning. His mother was mortified; she pinched him in the side. After the service, she said, “Why in the world did you do that?” He said, “I’ve been praying for God to teach me to whistle, and He just then did.”Faith doesn’t mean we’re guara...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY TWELVE
April 25th, 2021
In the Bible book of Acts we read about two men who are imprisoned for good things they are doing for Christ. Matter of fact, they had just cast out an evil spirit in the Name of Jesus! Turns out the town’s reaction wasn’t exactly overwhelming gratitude…Acts 16:22-23 "A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were se...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY ELEVEN
April 24th, 2021
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'" Revelation 21:3-4 (NIV)The hope of Heaven is ...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY TEN
April 23rd, 2021
Many times, in life we are desperate for God’s help! We need His presence in our lives to fight the many battles we face and to withstand the many temptations Satan places before us. So many times, God’s people faced difficult, desperate situations.Noah learned to look ahead to tomorrow after spending 370 days on the ark. God closed the door seven days before He sent the rain; but Noah handled the...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY NINE
April 22nd, 2021
Carrying the weight of the world is a burden we were not meant to bear, but HOW do we conquer seasons of brokenness and despair?Psalm 18:6, David writes “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.”Call on the name of the Lord! Jesus, our Savior, is with us through every circumstance, fighting on our beh...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY EIGHT
April 21st, 2021
We all go through stretches in our lives where we can’t seem to get it right. Ever feel like you’re trying to do the right things but it appears you’re simply spinning your wheels? It happens to all of us.The apostle Paul also battled the same thing. Listen to his words from Romans 7:15-16 “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I ha...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY SEVEN
April 20th, 2021
Kingdom Fall is a call to surrender. It’s a call for us to lay down our selfish pursuits. It’s a call to reignite a once brightly burning passion for the Lord. It’s a call to magnify God’s Kingdom instead of our own.CHORUS: Tear down the walls that have stood for too long / Take all our pride and our shame that has stolen our song / With desperate hands lifted high we surrender our all / Let our k...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY SIX
April 19th, 2021
Read (or sing!) the following lyrics from You Are Who You Say You Are from Central Worship’s new album…Jesus You alone are LordYou are who You say You are----Jesus Jesus JesusThere’s just something about that Name Jesus Jesus JesusLet all Heaven and Earth proclaim----Kings and kingdomsThey will all pass awayBut there’s somethingAbout that Name----There IS something about that name! Jesus’ name in ...
Present & Pleased Devotional DAY FIVE
April 18th, 2021
THE GOD WHO SEES ME“I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 (NIV)Hagar was forced to conceive a child with her master [Abraham] at the request of his barren wife [Sarah], and then once the word is out that she is pregnant they aren’t happy with her. Tired of being mistreated, she ran away.As Hagar sat next to a spring in the desert pondering her next move, God met with her. The angel o...