Pleasant Valley Assembly of God

 

 

 At Pleasant Valley Assembly of God:

     We believe in the importance of living with a "heart for Christ", and our goal is to witness of God's saving grace and love.  We hope enforce the importance of allowing God to have providence in our every day lives, and this approach to daily living allows us to do God's will.

     We strive to offer Bible-based principles through our worship services and group bible studies.  Through our ministries, we hope to teach the importance of keeping God first and developing a deeply personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

      • Live a life transformed by God's grace
      • Discover unlimitless strength
      • Gain wisdom for vibrant, healthy relationships
      • Understand the value of service
      • Free yourself from sin, addiction, and abuse
      • Realize the glory of God's ultimate plan


 


 



 

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Going through the Motions

Read Isaiah 1:1 through 4:6

“I’m sitting on the outside, but I’m standing on the inside,” said a preschooler whose mother had repeatedly told him to sit down. He had gone through the motions of obeying, but his attitude wasn’t right.

In Isaiah’s day, people rebelled against God with their attitudes even while they went through the motions of bringing sacrifices and praying. This disgusted God.

When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening (Isaiah 1:15).

Later Isaiah pinpointed the issue: They “come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (29:13). Like the preschooler, they did what looked correct on the outside, but their hearts were not truly responding to God.

Many people today simply go through the motions of worship, but their inward attitudes are far from pleasing to God. And God’s reaction to such empty worship is the same—disgust. He desires our sincere worship from a truly thankful heart.

Thought for Today: Do I need an “attitude adjustment”?

Quicklook: Isaiah 1:11–17


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