FOCUS OF THE MONTH
God Wants A Personal Relationship
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,
and open the door, I will come in to him,
and will sup with him, and he with me. — Revelation 3:20 (KJV) (ESV)
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Sister Mildred Brown – June 05 – Class #08
Sister Joan Crump – June 07 – Class #01
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Sunday – We are God’s image bearers regardless of what we look like on the outside. As we introduce others to Christ, let’s reflect His glory and live so they too, will desire to be transformed.
Monday – In our quest to win souls for Christ, there are times that we will need restoration. In the still of the night watches, cling to God’s presence and cry out to Him with any concerns to find solace.
Tuesday – Again, rather than worry, we must learn to relax. Take a deep breath and reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness. Trust the Holy Spirit to give us peace.
Wednesday – Our message of hope lies in the hidden treasures of God’s Word. Share with the lost, God’s gift of His Son, forgiveness of sins and Kingdom benefits for Kingdom children that are beyond our and their imagination.
Thursday – There are dry seasons that we all will encounter. However, stay rooted in God’s love, appreciate His glorious presence and continue to rejoice and bloom in that desert place. God is able to encourage us and bring sunshine and warmth.
Friday – As we continue to be God’s image bearers, don’t miss the chance to pause, look, listen to the heavens and skies. Share with our children and others God’s handiwork as we worship and celebrate Him together.
***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: Creation
Focus: In the still of the night watches, cry out to God with your concerns. Cling to His presence and find solace.
Scripture(s): Psalm 61:1-8; Psalm 4:4
Our Daily Bread Topic: God’s Care; Trust in God
Focus: Instead of worrying, learn to relax in God’s goodness and the Holy Spirit will give you peace.
Scripture(s): Psalm 29:11; Psalm 27:13-14
Our Daily Bread Topic: Trust in God; Worry
Focus: God offers forgiveness through Jesus Christ and other benefits beyond your imagination. Share this found treasure with others.
Scripture(s): Philippians 3:7-9; 1 Corinthians 4:3-6
Our Daily Bread Topic: Fellowship with God; Salvation
Focus: Trust God through your seasons of drought. Stay rooted in His love, appreciate His glorious presence and continue to bloom in the desert.
Scripture(s): Psalm 63:1-5
Our Daily Bread Topic: Heaven; Life Struggles
Focus: The heavens and skies reveal the glory of God. Don’t miss the chance to look, listen and begin to worship His handiwork.
Scripture(s): Romans 1:20; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 148:1-5
Our Daily Bread Topic: Creation; Worship
Our Daily Bread Topic: Joy; Love for God
Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
Bloom Wherever You Are Planted
We can’t always choose the cards we have been dealt, but we can learn to play them to the glory of Christ Jesus. Like a flower that grows through a crack in the cement, sometimes we have to make the best of our situation and bloom where we have been planted. You may not realize it, but where you are now, is providing you with vital life lessons for your next adventure.
To truly blossom, we must stop complaining. Our circumstances may not be ideal right now, but you have to decide for yourself what you can change and what you cannot. Also, look for ways to be a blessing to somebody else, while in your trials and tribulations. Your struggles have prepared you to be in the path of someone who needs what you know and, what you can give. You must decide, whether or not, to be a blessing despite your own circumstances, and in doing so, inspire the life of someone else.
Learn to bloom where you are planted. Even if you find yourself under some concrete at the moment, look for the crack in the concrete to find your way out. Despite all odds, choose to bloom anyway. There is a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.
“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia