Pleasant Grove Community Church

June 22, 2020
TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

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A Devotional Thought by Don Anderson

Renewing the Mind, Part 3

In a previous post, I wrote about the importance of renewing our minds, that is, removing the programming of the world and replacing it with God’s Word. The word “renewing” means to renovate, to remove the old and replace it with the new. The idea is similar to the renovation of an old house where the old furnishings are replaced with new. It is no secret that the enemy wants our minds to be filled with the things of this world. Yet God wants our minds to be filled with the truth of His Word. How can we begin to fill our minds with God’s Word and renovate our minds of the things of this world?
           
God’s way to do this is through scripture meditation. The word meditation means “the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind.” In our case, meditation is the turning or revolving of scripture in our minds. Let’s take a look at scripture meditation to see why it is so important and how we go about it?
           
The Navigators have a great illustration of the five methods of taking in God’s Word and the importance of meditation. It uses the fingers of a hand to diagram the points. It begins with the little finger, the weakest and proceeds to the thumb, which with all of the other fingers can grasp with strength.

The “little” finger represents Hearing the Word. However, as in a hand, hearing is the weakest method of remembering scripture. Next is the “ring” finger; it represents Reading . Reading the Word is a stronger method of remembering but not by much. The “middle” finder is next, which represents Study . Studying the Word is stronger yet but once a subject has been studied and we move on to the next subject, it is quickly forgotten. Memorization is represented by the “first” finger. It is one of our strongest fingers and one of the best ways to remember God’s word. But the problem with memorization is that unless we continue to work on a passage, it begins to fade away.

Finally, we have the “thumb.” It represents Meditation . When the thumb is used together with the other four fingers we are able to grasp something. This represents the most powerful way to retain scripture. Meditation involves all of the fingers and thumb working together for maximum strength, or in our case, retention.
           
Think of meditation like charging a battery; say the battery in your phone. You put it on the charger and it charges to full. When you go to use your phone, the battery begins to run down. When you get to 10% or so you decide you had better recharge it. If you don’t, your phone will stop working. Memorization is like that. When you learn a passage of scripture, it is like charging your mind. As you go about other things, that memory begins to fade. It is necessary to recharge the scripture from time to time in order to retain it in your mind. And that is what meditation does. If you continue to meditate on scripture, it will stay fresh in your mind and be ready for the Holy Spirit to use in the renovation process.
          
Why is meditation important? It is only as we meditate on God’s Word consistently that we will experience the transformative power of scripture. It is through meditation that the process of renovation takes place. The Holy Spirit uses the Word to renew our minds. And this is why Paul commands us to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind" (Ephesians 4:23).
REOPENING INFORMATION

 Sunday Services Begin June 28th!
Two Services @ 9:30 and 11:00 AM

Each service will be limited to 100 people per CA guidelines
RSVP required to manage attendance

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Once a service is full, you will not be able to register for that time.
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We will add an 8 AM service if needed.
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Please do NOT arrive sooner than 15 minutes before service.
Face masks will be required when you arrive, leave your seat, sing and depart.
Keep 6' apart. No hugging, handshaking or physical contact (sorry).
Leave 3 empty chairs on both sides between you and the
next person (unless they live with you).

PLEASE STAY HOME IF...
You feel the least bit sick or have a fever.
You don't feel it is safe for you to be out and around others.
We love you and don't want to take any risks with your health.

You will still be able to watch video recordings of our services!
We will record on Sunday morning and make the service video available on our website and YouTube channel by Monday evening each week.

We hope to be able to show our services LIVE online sometime in August!
These A/V upgrades will be paid for by 20/20 campaign contributions.
Thank you for giving!
SHARE YOUR FAVORITE VERSE
Roberta Mitchell's favorite verses

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee
because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in the
Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
Isaiah 26:3-4 KJV  

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 17:22 KJV .

For me the two go together. My trust in the Lord makes it possible for to have peace, a merry heart and the joy of the Lord not only in good times, but especially when facing illness, surgery, sorrow, or adversity. My faith brings hope and healing (like a medicine) to body and spirit.
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