Wednesday, August 5, 2020
TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Don Anderson

I was meditating Philippians 1:6 recently. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” When Paul wrote this verse, he was bound in prison in Rome, chained to a Roman soldier. Paul hadn’t seen the Philippians since he visited there ten years earlier when the fledgling church began. Through Paul’s efforts and those that God raised up there, the church began to flourish. Paul learned of this while in prison and this was a great comfort to him.
 
But how could Paul say that he was confident God would complete what he started in their lives after having had so little contact with them?
 
The phrase “being confident” means to be persuaded, to have faith, or to believe. Paul was fully persuaded that God would finish what He started because he knew how God worked. This is why Paul can easily say with confidence that God would finish the good work that He began, even the work that He began before the foundation of the world!
           
What, then, is the “good work” that God began in us so long ago? The word “work” speaks of an act, deed, or thing done. Interestingly, the phrase in Greek reads “the good work,” meaning that it is a very specific work that God is accomplishing! This is the work of sanctification. Sanctification is simply the process of making us into the image of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
 
Note that it is God who is doing this work; only God can do this in us! It is for His purpose and glory that He is working this good work in us. Isn't it amazing that the creator of the universe is working individually in us to accomplish His specific purpose for our lives? And all for His glory! Truly amazing!
           
Is there a chance that God might not be able to finish this work in us? No, not a chance. God forbid! The word “will perform” in Philippians 1:6 means to bring to an end, to accomplish, or complete. The idea is that God will carry His work forward to completion. In Greek, the word is intensified meaning that it will be fully finished.
           
Can we truly trust God to finish what He started? Yes, absolutely. Check out Philippians 2:13: “For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” It is God who is doing the work in us and nothing can thwart His efforts, not even ourselves. If we can't trust God, who can we trust?
           
How long will this process go on and when will it finally be finished? The verse says until the day of Jesus Christ. In other words, until the rapture of the church when we will be “caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
           
So, you see, Paul could be absolutely assured that God would finish the good work He began in the Philippian believers. And we can be absolutely assured that God will finish the good work that He has begun in each of us!
NEW THINGS COMING TO YOUR GOOD MORNING EMAIL
To freshen things up we want to add some new segments to our emails,
BUT WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP!

PASTOR SCOTT'S MYSTERY GUEST
Periodically, Pastor Scott will interview someone from our church. Who it will be will always be a surprise.

ASK THE PASTOR
Have a Bible or theology question? Send them to us and one of our pastors will (attempt) to answer your question to the benefit of all.

WATCH US (try to) MAKE YOUR RECIPE
Send us a favorite recipe (for anything) and we will film one of the staff trying to make it and show you the result.

We need you to send us your questions and recipes for this to work.
CREATIVE CHURCH
During this time of shut-downs to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have been challenged to find creative ways to do the sacraments.

It's Never too Late to be Baptized
Marie Holland asked to be baptized. Since we are not able to do baptisms at church and probably will not be able to until sometime next year, we went to her. Marie was thrilled as Pastor Phil poured water over her head as he baptized her, proclaiming the Lord's forgiveness through His death and resurrection.
Marie Holland with husband W.B. after being baptized

Communion
Sunday morning we had "Drive-Thru Communion"...sort of. Our members had the opportunity to drive by the church and pick up prepackaged communion elements to take home and use as they watched the Sunday service video. It was so good to see many of you as you came by!
can food
FOOD COLLECTION ALL WEEK
for St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank

The need continues to be great. You can bring non-perishable food items and drop them off in the grey tub just outside the doors under the west side portico anytime this week.
SHARE YOUR ART
"Pansy Parade"
Painting by Beverly Green
WE NEED MORE OF YOUR SHARING!

Please share with us your:
  • Artwork (painting, drawing, photography, craft work)
  • Favorite Recipe (and if there is a story behind it, share that as well)
  • Favorite Quote (and who it's from)
  • Favorite Bible Verse
  • Garden Picture (if you do your own gardening)
  • TESTIMONY! (We will help you write it if you would like.)

Send your contributions with your full name to 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com.
In Loving Memory of Sandy & Edie

Two of our wonderful ladies passed on to heaven this weekend. Sandy Winters passed into glory on Saturday evening (August 1) and Edie Pryor followed on Monday night (August 3). Please keep the families of Sandy and Edie in your prayers.
If you have a need, don’t keep it a secret! If you need prayer, if there is an emergency, if you need help, if you need groceries, if you are going crazy and just need to chat, call or email us.

Call us at 916-771-4447 (Please leave a message if no one answers.)
Send Prayer Requests to prayerandpraisetree@gmail.com
Write us at 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

Blessings, PGCC staff
HOW TO GIVE TO PGCC

You can GIVE by:
  1. Mail addressed to the Church at 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747.
  2. Online through our website, www.pgcc.church or by clicking on the blue button below.

If you need assistance setting up your Online Giving, please call Cyndi at the office, Mon-Thu, 916-771-4447. Leave a message if no one answers.
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1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
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