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Friday Devotion

In Revelation 5, John presents a description of Jesus that is significant: “The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,” (v. 5, ESV). This is a reference to Genesis 49:9, describing the blessing over the tribe of Judah, and how like a lion he “goes up from his prey” and no one should dare to “rouse him,” (ESV). Often, Jesus is thought of as simply meek and mild, yet there is a fierceness to him that cannot be ignored. However, it needs to be noted the difference between what John just heard (The Lion of the tribe of Judah) and what he ends up seeing. Verse 6 notes that what John sees is quite different than a lion, but it is a Lamb that appears to have been slain. Putting these two id

Update on Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry on the Move! By permission of the Board of Stewards, our youth ministry has taken advantage of the great weather and opened up one of its ministries this summer, “HEADING OUTSIDE!” Practicing CDC & State recommendation’s, along with church board requirements has been challenging, but the work has been worth it in order to be safe AND to have opportunity to have Bible study and time with our youth. We will be meeting for our FOURTH of seven times tonight in two outdoor locations to maximize numbers and health—in our church’s new parking lot and at Margaret Park, on the Eastside. Our schedule goes something like this... 6:15 Staff set up 6:30 GREET students with a bottle of wat

Tuesday Devotion

We Always say “Sir” To The Rock! For years I had the privilege of growing up in a church whose youth group was filled with yearly adventures to the Boundary Waters, bike trips as simple as to Taylors Falls or as massive & challenging as the circuit route around Lake Superior, and rock climbing and orienteering adventures that could be a one day event to Minnesota’s Interstate Park or for 14 days in the mountains of southern Colorado near Sand Dunes National Park, taking on the Crestone Needles or Blanca Peak, both at over 14,000 feet. We learned terminology like “taking a screamer”, for the unfortunate climber who loses their foothold but hopefully is being skillfully belayed and anchored sa

Friday Devotion

One warm summer day a tiny, determined, little snail began climbing an apple tree. As the little snail moved further up the tree, he was careful to dodge all the beautiful blossoms. Then, a voice called out him, “Don’t be silly! There’s absolutely no reason for you to climb that tree. There are simply no apples up there.” Looking around, he noticed a vocal and doubtful worm basking in the glow of the sun. Returning his attention back to the task before him, he kept climbing and shouted back to the worm, “Maybe so, but there will by the time I get up there.” Positive thinking and trust eventually filled the snails belly. A great example of positive thinking was Noah. Remember, “God warned him

Tuesday Devotion

1 Corithinans 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” My life verse. Pretty much the first verse that I really spent time committing to memory and pondering for hours and days about what it means to me, and what it means to followers of Christ. I still ponder this verse more than any other verse. Standing on its own, the verse can speak for itself. As we consider what we are to do in our lives, there are three basic principles to guide us. First, we are to be steadfast and focused on our work. We are to give ourselves fully to that wor

Update from the Board of Stewards

Greetings Central Family, Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to text, call, and email with words of encouragement about the Board’s announcement calling Steve and Linda Schoepf to Central. We are very excited to have them join us! His official start date will be in early August; we’ll let you know what specific date that will be as soon as it has been determined. In the meantime, Steve is beginning some preliminary groundwork, including meeting in person with our Staff. The Schoepf’s home in Cedar Rapids is officially on the market, and they have made a few offers on homes here in the Twin Cities. Steve and Linda have told me they’re seeking a home that would “serve our souls, serv

Friday Devotion

In my previous devotional, I wrote about prayer, and today I want to further this discussion by providing another window into a practice that has proved beneficial to me for my own prayer life. As I started to study Biblical prayer more intensely, I decided to read the prayers of Paul to inquire the ways that he had prayed. Through this process, I noticed some reoccurring themes in Paul’s prayers which convicted me of the areas in my own prayer life that I had been neglecting. Dissecting Ephesians 1:15-22 will suffice in understanding these themes. I will break this prayer into three sections: 1. Introduction (vv. 15-16); 2. Prayer for Spiritual Understanding and Strength (vv. 17-19); 3. Wor

Tuesday Devotion

I would expect that most of you have heard about studies that have been done around the importance of human touch, especially in babies and young children. A little investigating revealed something extremely interesting to me regarding the significance of human touch for adults. There are three big advantages of human touch, and they may surprise you: 1. Human touch inspires thinking and expands trust. 2. Human touch reduces social anxiety and stress. 3. Human touch boosts the immune system and lowers blood pressure. Isn’t that fascinating? Here we are, in the middle of a pandemic, where we are told over and over again to keep social distance, to keep our hands off of others and off of thing

The Goodness of God Taken for Granted

In Luke 17: 11-19, we find the story of the ten lepers who were cleansed of their ailments. This passage has a few takeaways worthy of our attention. First, the ten lepers jointly make their appeal known to the Messiah, “have mercy on us.” What takes place next is quite remarkable indeed. Jesus doesn’t lay hands on them, but rather tells them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests. Well, as the story goes, all ten were summarily healed as they went about their way. Interestingly, the reader may find it shocking that out of the ten only one returned to the Messiah, “rejoicing & giving praise to God.” And to add insult to injury, we soon discover that this “one” is none other than a Samaritan

Update from Board of Stewards: New Interim Pastor

Greetings Central Family, On behalf of the Board of Stewards, it is my honor and joy to announce that Steve Schoepf has accepted the role of Intentional Interim Pastor at Central Baptist Church. Steve and his wife Linda Schoepf (pronounced “chef”) currently reside in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Steve grew up on a farm in Iowa, and Linda grew up here in the Twin Cities. They met while they were undergraduate students at what was then Northwestern College in Roseville, MN, and recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. Steve and Linda have three adult children, all married, and five grandchildren, who live in New York, Becker, MN, and Minneapolis, MN. Steve received his Master of Divinity fro

Tuesday Devotion

“Now you are my friends.” Just recently, when getting ready to re-start our summer youth Bible studies, I came across this website: Link I won’t list all 74 quotes, and there certainly were other websites with even far more, but I wanted to share a few that I enjoyed and that seemed appropriate for our devotion today. Take a peek. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested

Friday Devotion

God is never silent. Look for Him in the pandemic, in the stillness, in the storms and in the mundane moments. How fast the world has changed because of this crazy little thing we call COVID-19! At times it can be frightening, can’t it? The United States and the world alike went from being globally connected to closed in just a few weeks. The Pandemic's toll on life and normalcy keeps mounting. Every time I look at my news feed, I prayerfully hope situations are getting better not worse around the world. A new, awkward, uncomfortable and surreal normal took over in just a few weeks. A few weeks that has now turned to months. The practice of social distancing has become our standard operation

Update from the Board of Stewards

Greetings Central Family, I want to thank all of you who took the time to respond to our survey; it was enormously helpful. We had responses from 118 individuals representing households that collectively total 256 people! The information you provided us is so important as we consider plans for regathering. Currently 27% of you have said you do not plan to join in person worship, 26% said you would occasionally, and 46% of you said you would attend often. Be assured that our online Sunday worship is here to stay, even as we discuss coming together again. Please know that we also read each and every comment and piece of feedback you provided, both about the worship service itself, as well as o

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