Truth In Troubled Times – Week 3 Devotional

Maybe our best approach for communicating the Truth of Jesus to those whom we love is to…

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Truth In Troubled Times – Week 2 Devotional

Obeying the truth keeps me from bitterness, anger, resentment, lust, jealousy, pride, idolatry, and…

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TRUTH IN TROUBLED TIMES – WEEK 1 DEVOTIONAL

THE truth doesn’t shift. THE truth does not change.

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Take A Risk – Week 4

Jesus doesn’t call us to live comfortable lives. He calls us to live courageous ones. Following Jesus might mean you have to give…

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If You Can, Do! – Week 3

I’ve always considered myself a realist. I’m not a pessimist or an optimist, not negative but not blindly positive either. I’d say I’m just a guy who tries to use

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Don’t Worry What Others Think of You – Week 2

In the midst of my worry, I am choosing to remember that my God…

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Best of Both Worlds – Week 1 Devotion

The ironic part of me writing this devotion all about proper time management and use of time is that I am currently 18 minutes late…

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A Prayer for Teachers and Educators

Teachers, educators, PARENTS! God is for you and we are with you!

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What Drives You?

If you’ve fallen into the trap of an unhealthy motivater, self-reflection is the…

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I’m Not Under a Broom Tree

We wrongly think the way out of depression is to analyze ourselves, understand our past, focus on our needs. But, what we need is…

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Confessions of a Seminary Student

The Bible also gives us a clear picture of the character of God. If we truly want to rely on God more, then we need to get to know God better and know more about Him.

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SHINE LIKE STARS

People are responsible for their own actions. That includes us Christ followers. Cling to that Philippians verse and rise above…

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Heaven Is Heaven

If a loving God does exist, He would allow us to make our own…

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Thanks In Advance

“Thanks in advance…” Several emails or letters close with that phrase, whether it’s thanking someone in advance for their…

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Prisoners and Praisers

As people, it’s normal for us to feel the need to directly address a bad situation. Go to war against wrong in whatever way we know. Sometimes that’s exactly…

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Hurting Body

HURTING BODY The Bible speaks of the church functioning as a body, with each part having an important role.  We see this clearly when the body is working together well, but what happens when part of the body is hurting? We all experience seasons of brokenness, but that is not the place in which we […]

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What Does Love Require of Me?

What does love require of me? What does love require of you? It’s a seemingly simple question…

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WHY HAVE I NEVER SPOKEN UP BEFORE?

Why have I never spoken up before? Why have I never said…

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Acknowledging Suffering

ACKNOWLEDGING SUFFERING Do you ever feel like your pain is unseen? Jesus, the perfect Son of God, looks on us with compassion.  The One who could easily play the “one up” game on suffering extends His mercy and compassion to us. In John 11, we see one example.  Mary, the sister of Lazarus, tells Jesus […]

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Memorial Day

MEMORIAL DAY Memorial Day (May 25, 2020 – the last Monday in May) was early this year.  I don’t want us to miss the importance of this holiday. In 1868, former Civil War General and Murphysboro, Illinois native John A. Logan, established Memorial Day when he said this about the war dead, “We should guard […]

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Failure is not Final

FAILURE IS NOT FINAL I grew playing baseball and watching baseball. I love it. Have you ever stopped to think how difficult baseball is? Not sure if you’re aware of not, but that baseball is thrown very hard by the pitcher and it’s a challenge to keep up with the speed. Oh, you mastered high […]

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Make the Choice to Rejoice

MAKE THE CHOICE TO REJOICE Choosing a favorite verse or passage in the Old Testament is truly difficult, but if I had to choose, I would choose the passage Habakkuk 3:17-19. This passage includes Habakkuk’s reply to all that God has shown him throughout the book of Habakkuk. This book really resonates with us today […]

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Daily Devotional | May 25, 2020

by Bryan Springvloed

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Memorial Stones

…These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.

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Love Big in Small Ways

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THE GLAD GAME

I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart…

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Let’s get to work!

LET’S GET TO WORK! Have you ever felt like God has communicated directly to you through the words/actions of another person? Maybe on a Sunday morning during Jamie’s sermon you feel like he is speaking directly to you, addressing exactly what is stirring in your heart.  Maybe you have a friend that speaks truth to […]

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Festivus, for the rest of us

FESTIVUS, FOR THE REST OF US This past week comedian and actor Jerry Stiller passed away.  If you aren’t familiar with Jerry he is Ben Stiller’s dad, and known for his roles in the popular t.v. series King of Queens and Seinfeld.  Both of these shows are two of my favorites, but I absolutely LOVE […]

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Levels of Friendship

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Who Says?

Central Daily Devotion for May 14, 2020

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Safe Distance Christianity

SAFE DISTANCE CHRISTIANITY Recently, I was potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus.  This meant that I needed to be in quarantine for 2 weeks – no close contact with any human or even my dog, Bo.  My wife and Bo stayed with her mom next door (Yes, I live next door to my mother-in-law). It […]

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Do you remember them?

Our faithfulness to the mission is greater than the circumstances we find…

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Ritz Bits

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A Gift From the Heart

It’s not about the gift. It’s about the giver.

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I’VE GOT TO GET OUT

I can’t say I ever thought I’d start a devotional quoting Jerry Seinfeld, but he sums up our…

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ADDERS AND LADDERS

Scriptural instruction for a critical culture.

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Childlike Faith

So today let’s let the children of our church remind us of the joy having a…

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We Your People

We your people sing, we your people bow, we your people need you now…

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When Lightening Strikes

May we all soak our roots in Jesus, the Living Water. He doesn’t dry up.

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No Matter What…

Devotional for April 30, 2020

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Pain Tolerance

Making it through another month of shelter in place.

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Heart Check

“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

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Devotion for April 27th, 2020

Devotion for April 27th, 2020

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Be The Good

Let it be said of me – let it be said of all of us – that in the midst of a bad time, we chose to be the…

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PRAY4:01

GOD, OPEN MY EYES TO ONE PERSON THAT NEEDS YOUR LOVE TODAY AND GIVE ME THE COURAGE TO…

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TOO MUCH JUNK

A little something to chew on.

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Confidence through Jesus

CONFIDENCE THROUGH JESUS Does your guilt keep you from God’s presence? I have been leading small groups for high school students for many years, and I have often heard students say things like “I have made too many mistakes” or “How could God forgive me?” These questions are difficult to work through, but fortunately we […]

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The Blessing Devo

THE BLESSING DEVO In discouraging seasons where do you find encouragement?  I know for me I am constantly uplifted and encouraged by music.  Song lyrics seem to cut through any situation and speak directly to the soul.  What I love most is the truth that is declared through song.  We can declare God’s promises in […]

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April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

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Peace During Worrisome Times

The word “declutter” means “to remove unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.” So, for the next few weekends, my sermons will focus on some things we need to remove…

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Prepared

These unsettling times have taught us to always be prepared.

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We’re Learning

We’re learning how to overcome new struggles.

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His Resurrection Changes Everything

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the hinge of history. The Christian faith stands or falls on the…

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Disruptions

A devotional by Executive Pastor Bryan Springvloed

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Unsatisfied

Jesus is the Living Water that will quench our thirsty souls no matter how dry our season may be.

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Connection Through Jesus

While our connection to the Father might seem altered or even lost, He is still there.

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DOES GOD HAVE WINGS?

Remembering a moment of revelation.

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Attitude of Expectancy

Powerful prayers can come from a place of waiting. Let’s be expectant for God to…

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Community Matters

No I don’t need a building to experience Jesus, but I’m realizing I need the people in the building to…

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April 02, 2020

A devotional from Central’s Women’s Pastor, Maria LeCrone.

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Help During Tough Times

During this difficult time, and at all times, Christians have an amazing source of strength and power…

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Seeing What I Couldn’t See

What it means to give your worries and cares to God.

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More Than a Song

Jesus is the light in this dark time. If you need some help trusting and finding hope during this time, then keep playing this song that is wrapped up…

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Focus

How can we be thankful during this time of…

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An Unfinished Life

Many people have the time to reflect now, on who they are, what they really believe, Who they really follow. So often the things we thought were…

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Sowing And Reaping

After every season of sowing, there is always a season of reaping. God turns our tears…

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First Night Home

A note about a night of newfound fear.

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Keeping in Step with the Spirit

Galatians 5 gives great insight in to the types of spiritual fruit the Holy Spirit wants to produce in us. And if we…

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Disrupted and Frustrated.

I’m disrupted, I’m frustrated, but I’m listening, and I am learning…

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Hope’s Firm Foundation

How are you holding up when life throws curveballs…

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God’s Provision Brings Glory

Self-sufficiency can greatly hinder your ability to experience God and bring Him honor. The next time you are…

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