Pleasant Grove Community Church
May 14, 2020

Mr. Green peered over his fence and noticed that the neighbor’s little boy was in his backyard filling in a hole. Curious about what the youngster was up to, Mr. Green asked, “What are you doing, Jimmy?”

Tearfully, little Jimmy replied, “My goldfish died, and I’ve just buried him.”

“That’s an awfully large hole for a goldfish, isn’t it?” Mr. Green said.

Patting down the last bit of earth, little Joey replied, “That’s because he’s in your cat.”

A Devotional Thought by Don Woods

Make an awareness of the presence of God, your daily practice  

Although God is not visible to us, He can still become the most reliable, trusted and very loving reality in our life!

King David said, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? ... For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Psalms 139:7-14). David was inspired by God’s presence being everywhere and that God was an all-knowing and all-wise God. 

When we do not feel close to God or have a conscious awareness of His presence, we may blame God for the feeling of separation. However, this feeling of separation may come from our lack of openness to God, or just plain forgetfulness. The good news, though, is that God never forgets us and is open to us. He is always available to us if we “seek Him with all of our heart” (Deuteronomy 4:29).   

Intentionally Drawing Near to God to Experience His Presence 

“It is good for me to draw near to God and make God my Refuge” (Psalms 73:28, paraphrased). 

Drawing near to God requires following Biblical directives rather than personal preferences. Personal preferences may be a cover for our inhibitions or fears. Those fears and inhibitions are acutely revealed when there is an unwillingness to respond to the directives of the Bible.  

When we live by faith and love in response to God's word, we are freed from fears and inhibitions. In Psalm 62:8, it states “pour out your heart to him,” and in Psalm 66:17, “I cried out to God with my mouth.” Pouring out our hearts with words from the depths of your heart is an effective way to seek God with all of your heart and be released from inhibitions and fears. When I have expressed my feelings in words and tears in a deep way, I have experienced the near presence of God; sometimes called the manifest presence of God. It was a liberating experience and I felt release from my fears and inhibitions.
Psalms 65:3-4 gives us additional instruction that can help us draw close to God and be aware of His presence. It says, “My lips will glorify you ….and praise you…and I will lift up my hands in your name....” Notice from this verse how our heart, verbal expression and body language all are involved and work in harmony in worshiping God. The Bible in multiple places instructs us to worship God with our soul, heart, mind, spirit and body, all inclusive. Worship is meant to be a wholistic spiritual experience. 
You can intentionally respond to these Scriptures  right in your own home . Try practicing these verses each day, by pouring out your heart to God and praising Him out loud with words, not just in your mind, and allow your whole body to express that praise through raising your hands in surrender to God. Give some room to experience God in new ways through the teachings of the Bible. Practice this teaching daily and notice the difference it will make in your awareness of the presence of God.
The Road Less Taken
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Today is Giving Thursday, a day when we remember all the blessings we have received and thank God for His faithfulness.

Give time to reading your Bible and prayer
Just this morning I reread the story of the angel of the Lord speaking to Mary about the son she would be giving birth to. Mary questioned the angel about how this could happen and the angel responded, “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) Nothing is impossible for our God! I find that very reassuring in these uncertain times, don’t you?

That is what being in God’s Word does for us. It encourages us. It also guides us by providing specific examples and teaching on the everyday challenges we face. It also provides correction for us when we fall short of honoring God in our words and deeds.

Similarly, spending time in prayer encourages us and enriches our relationship with Him as we personally communicate with God. Put the two – Bible reading and prayer - together and we have a powerful, daily routine that will help keep us on track and focused on what really matters. Spend time today in God’s Word and in prayer.
Give time to reach out to someone
l heard in a news report that this week is National Hospital Week 2020. After doing some research, I learned that one focus of the week is to acknowledge health care workers and that the theme this year is A Week of Thanks .

I’d like to propose that this week we take a few moments to send a thank you card, note or email to our primary and secondary care (and/or specialty care) physicians who work with us. For example, we likely all have a primary care doctor and may also have a podiatrist, a pulmonary doctor, a diabetic nurse or an oncology specialist who helps manage these areas of our care. Send a card, note or email to each one of them, thanking them for their sacrifice and continued commitment to helping to keep you and our community healthy! I sent an email thanking the 4 doctors who manage my care and received a personal response from each one of them thanking me for thinking of them. 

Continue to give your offering to the Church
Thank you for your continued support of us and ministry through Pleasant Grove Community Church. Every day we are blessed by your faithfulness. Please continue to give your tithes and offerings in one of these two ways:  

Send your check to PGCC, 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

Go to our website, , select the COMMUNICATE tab at the top right, then select “ Giving Made Easy ” from the drop down menu. Have your checking account number and bank routing number handy then follow the directions through the process of setting our online giving up. Be sure to fill out the profile form before entering the amount you want to give. It is easy, fast and secure.
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