FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Helping the Needy
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. — Proverbs 31:20 (KJV) (ESV)
July 29 – Sister Evelyn Postell – Class #12
August 02 – Sister Trivia Payne – Introduction Class
August 02- Sister Almetta Williams – Class #08
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Sunday – When we’re weighed down with confusion or grief, turn to Jesus. He will open our eyes to the light of hope and will give us comfort.
Monday – Keep in mind that God has a plan and purpose for each of us. When facing overcoming challenges, pray for strength to persevere. God will equip us with the skills we need to get the job done for His glory.
Tuesday –We must never forget that we were all sinners, however, Jesus welcomed each of us by name. Therefore, we too, must witness and extend the same invitation to the down and out into the family of God.
Wednesday –As we stand in awe of God’s love without limits, remember, He saved a wretch like us. God, who has compassion on all that He made, also desires for all to be saved.
Thursday – So, when we become burdened down with the confusion and cares of this world while witnessing to the lost, turn to God. He will send a healing flood into the dry places of our lives. This refreshing water will quench our thirst and restore us back into fellowship with Jesus again.
Friday – Consequently, we will be able to continue our God-given tasks to encourage others that we love and those that we don’t know personally in the things of God. Let’s get busy today by showing our love to a friend.
***The English Standard Version (ESV) stands in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the past half-millennium. The fountainhead of that stream was William Tyndale’s New Testament of 1526; marking its course were the King James Version of 1611 (KJV), the English Revised Version of 1885 (RV), the American Standard Version of 1901 (ASV), and the Revised Standard Version of 1952 and 1971 (RSV). In that stream, faithfulness to the text and vigorous pursuit of accuracy were combined with simplicity, beauty, and dignity of expression. Our goal has been to carry forward this legacy for a new century.
To this end each word and phrase in the ESV has been carefully weighed against the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, to ensure the fullest accuracy and clarity and to avoid under-translating or overlooking any nuance of the original text. The words and phrases themselves grow out of the Tyndale-King James legacy, and most recently out of the RSV, with the 1971 RSV text providing the starting point for our work. Archaic language has been brought to current usage and significant corrections have been made in the translation of key texts. But throughout, our goal has been to retain the depth of meaning and enduring language that have made their indelible mark on the English-speaking world and have defined the life and doctrine of the church over the last four centuries.
The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. It seeks to be transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original. More about the ESV translation philosophy….***
Focus: God gives us skills to do various tasks for His glory. When facing overcoming challenges, seek the Lord and pray for strength to persevere.
Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 28:9, 10
Focus: We all were sinners; however, Jesus welcomed each of us by name. We too, must extend the same invitation to the down and out into the family of God.
Scriptures: Matthew 18:14; Luke 14:12-14
Focus: We should stand in awe of God’s love without limits. Remind ourselves that God has compassion on all he has made and desires for all to be saved.
Scriptures: Romans 5:8; Jeremiah 31:3
Focus: When we are burdened with the cares of this world, turn to God. He will send a healing flood into our situation to quench our thirst and restore us again.
Scriptures: Isaiah 43:19-21
Focus: We must never stop encouraging those who we love and those that we don’t know personally. Show our love by contacting a dear friend today.
Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Romans 15:1-6
Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
Jesus, Our All In All
Jesus, you are our strength when we are weak.
You are the treasure that we seek.
When we fall down you pick us up.
When we run dry you fill our cup.
Jesus, you are our all in all.
You are the guiding light
That makes our day so bright.
You are our love, our life, the air that we breathe.
You are our joy, our hope, the all that we need.
Jesus, you paid it all, all to you we lift up our lives to take up our call
To say: You are our everything, You are our all in all.
***The Daily Devotionals are taken from Our Daily Bread Ministries and the Scriptures are from the BibleGateway.***