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Present & Pleased Devotional DAY ONE

40 days in the transition of Central

What a privilege it is to build on the foundation of 168 years of Jesus-centered ministry at Central Christian Church! God truly has done amazing things in and through this body of believers. Now, as we stand on the shoulders of the faithful followers who have gone before us, we are asking God to do even greater things in the days and years to come.
 
The Bible is pretty clear, some things only happen as a result of prayer AND fasting. (Luke 2:37, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 14:23) As we move into this new period of ministry at Central, this church is asking God to move in a mighty way. That our Heavenly Father would smile as we stretch ourselves a little. That our faith grows and we experience His unstoppable power, unprecedented favor, and undeniable presence. In doing this, we, the Central family, will dedicate time to seek Him with great anticipation for what He has in store. From April 14 to May 23, we will embark on a 40-day corporate fast.
 
While most Biblical fasting is abstaining from food, there is definite spiritual significance in fasting from anything that occupies our usual attention. You are not being asked to miss every meal for 40 days. But would you consider giving up food for even one day and sacrificing something else for the entirety of the fast as you pray for the season we are stepping into as a church?
 
The concept is simple. An intentional shift of focus physically and mentally, in order to seek something spiritually. Moses did it. Daniel did too. Jesus Himself fasted as He prepared for powerful ministry. Let’s follow His example in this, and all we do.
 
Now, and always, may the Living God be present AND pleased with us… HIS CHURCH at Central!


JON HENNINGER
lead pastor

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