Pleasant Grove Community Church

June 12, 2020
TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
A Devotional Thought excerpted from Max Lucado
found on maxlucado.com

Recent racially charged incidents including the tragic death of George Floyd have stirred ensuing riots and torn open the rawest of wounds–racism. Judging a person according to skin color is an ancient sin. For that reason, God gave this ancient solution.

In the earliest words of Scripture, God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth” (Genesis 1:26 MSG). Embedded in these words is the most wonderful of promises: God made us to reflect his image.

Sin has distorted this image, but it has not destroyed it. The image of God is sometimes difficult to discern. But do not think for a moment that God has rescinded his promise or altered his plan. He still creates people in his image to bear his likeness and reflect his glory.

How much sadness would evaporate if every person simply chose to believe this: I was made for God’s glory and am being made into his image.
Would you let this truth find its way into your heart? You were conceived by God before you were conceived by your parents. You were loved in heaven before you were known on earth.

You are made in God’s image. Print that on your resume. You are a diamond, a rose, and a jewel, purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. In the eyes of God you are worth dying for. Would you let this truth define the way you see yourself?

Would you let this truth define the way you see other people? Every person you see was created by God to bear his image, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. This means that all people deserve to be seen for who they are: image-bearers of God.

Imagine the impact this promise would have upon the society that embraced it. What civility it would engender! What kindness it would foster! Racism will not flourish when people believe their neighbor bears God’s image.   Will a man abuse a woman? Not if he believes she bears the stamp of God. Will a boss neglect an employee? Not if she believes the employee bears a divine spark. Will society write off the indigent, the mentally ill, the inmate on death row, or the refugee? Not if we believe, truly believe, that every human being is God’s idea. And he has no bad ideas.

Parents and grandparents understand the implications of this truth. I recall when my daughter Jenna was pregnant with our first grandchild. She was round as a ladybug. Long before Jenna gave birth to Rosie, I loved our granddaughter. I’d never seen her, but I loved her. She’d done nothing to earn my love. But I loved her. She’d never brought me coffee, or called me Papa. She’d never sung me a song or danced me a dance. She’d done nothing!

Yet I loved her already.

I would do anything for her. That is not hyperbole.

Why? Why did I love her so? Because she carries some of me. A small part for sure, but a part of me, nonetheless.

Why does God love you with an everlasting love? It has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with whose you are. You are His.

How can we respect our neighbors? What is God’s solution to angry racism that gives birth to violence and bloodshed? Government programs might help. Lectures might enlighten. But, in the end, God’s plan is the only plan: see every person on the planet as God’s idea.

And He has no bad ideas.
BIG 20/20 ANNOUNCEMENT
Coming Sunday In Our Sunday Worship Video
For FATHER'S DAY
 We want to put together a video for Father's Day. So, men, please
send us a picture of you wearing your favorite (or wildest):
SHIRT , or HAT , or TIE
We need your picture by Wednesday
FOOD DRIVE
for St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank

We are collecting food all week .

You can drop nonperishable food at the west entrance of the church, under the portico. There will be a large, grey tote next to the bench.
SHARE YOUR FAVORITE VERSE
Brandon Young's favorite passage

"What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[ a ] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death."
Philippians 3:8-10
 
Philippians 3 has profound meaning for me in every area of life. It is my reminder that nothing on this earth should hold worth to me compared to knowing Christ. Paul's exclamation of wanting to know Christ is one that I seek to reflect all of my days.
WE NEED MORE OF YOUR SHARING
Please share with us your:

  • Artwork (painting, drawing, photography, craftwork)
  • 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 (if you do your own gardening)

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Blessings, PGCC staff


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