FOCUS OF THE MONTH
The Message of the Cross
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. — 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) (ESV)
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Sister Senior Ree Austin– April 16 – Class 04
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Sunday – Wherever we are in life’s journey right now, remember God has not forgotten to be compassionate. If we feel that hope is lost, ask God to restore our joy.
Monday – This is all the more reason why we should tighten our relationship with Jesus who is our companion for life! We then, will be prone to love one another and this my friend marks true friendship in the body of Christ.
Tuesday – Be celebratory for an awesome God who is so creative in His wondrous works that He created us in His image and likeness. Think of ways to use our time and talents to bring Him glory as we enjoy all that He has created.
Wednesday – Life is fragile and joyful moments seem to pass by quickly. While we live, let’s flourish like a flower and praise God for lovingly watching over every detail of our lives.
Thursday – It’s important to know that whatever matters most to us in the moment, we must express it in love and in deed.
Friday – In all things give thanks to God for Jesus who opened the way for us to be saved from our sins. The veil was torn in two, that is, Jesus’ flesh. Therefore, let’s enjoy our relationship with Christ, be hopeful and walk in the light as we share the good news of salvation with others.
***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….***
Our Daily Bread Topic: Hope
Focus: Let’s tighten our relationship with Jesus, who is our companion for life by loving one another. This marks true friendship.
Scripture(s): James 2:22; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 John 4:7-8
Our Daily Bread Topic: Obedience
Focus: As we celebrate our Creator and all that He’s given us to enjoy, let’s be mindful to use our time and talents in a creative manner that brings Him glory.
Scripture(s): Psalm 24:1-4; Psalm 104:1-5, 23-24
Our Daily Bread Topic: Creation
Focus: Joyful moments of our lives seem to pass by quickly. Flourish like a flower and praise God for watching over every detail of our lives.
Scripture(s): Psalm 90:5-6, 12; Psalm 92:12-15
Our Daily Bread Topic: God’s Love
Focus: Whatever matters most to us in the moment, let’s express it in love by word and deed.
Scripture(s): 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:18
Our Daily Bread Topic: God’s Love
Focus: Jesus opened the way for us to be saved from our sins through the torn veil, that is, His flesh. Be thankful and walk in the light.
Scripture(s): (Use scriptures in the story.) 1 John 1:5-10
Our Daily Bread Topic: Christ; Death; Savior
Our Daily Bread Topic: Repentance
Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
The Three Crosses of Calvary
Three crosses rose on Calvary’s hill against the sky
Each with its burden, each with its human cry
Three crosses surrounded by an angry mob
Two crosses bore two dying thieves
And the center cross bore the Lamb of God
Two crosses bore two dying thieves who justly suffered shame
The center cross bore God’s sacrifice
The Lamb of God for sinners slain
One thief received the dying Lamb repented of his sin
The other one refused to hear and would not enter in
“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia