FOCUS OF THE MONTH
God Wants A Personal Relationship
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. — John 14:23 (KJV)
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. — John 14:23 (ESV)
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Sister Johnnie Jackson – June 10 – Class #04
Sister Kathleen Barringer – June 12 – Class #09/10
Brother Dondi Randolph – June 12 – Class #06
Sister Eloyce Wood – June 14 – Class #05
Sister Carmen Blackman – June 14 – Class #05
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Sunday – Instead of praying just for family members and those close to us, God commands us to bear one another’s burden. We must pray in the Spirit for all people, especially those in authority.
Monday – When we have the opportunity to help refresh the needy, let’s give generously as God has prospered us. We should willingly give not expecting anything in return.
Tuesday – God’s message of hope is for all people. We must allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us as we declare in unity, that God is in control and He reigns!
Wednesday – If we were left to ourselves, we too, would experience darkness and confusion. However, God’s grace through Jesus Christ destroyed the shroud of sin for us to now see clearly, how to navigate through life. Let’s live in the light to show others that we have hope and are no longer bound.
Thursday – God chose us to show His glory to all people. Let’s not be partial, instead, let’s be purposeful to honor God by winning souls for the Kingdom.
Friday – Our prayer life must be intense to accomplish this task. Therefore, when we don’t know how to pray, allow the Holy Spirit to intercede on our behalf. He knows clearly how to communicate with the Father and interpret His will and give us peace that surpasses all understanding.
***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: Prayer
Focus: God commands us to help refresh the needy. Therefore, we must give generously, not expecting anything in return.
Scripture(s): (Use scriptures in the story); Psalm 112:1-6
Our Daily Bread Topic: Giving
Focus: God’s message of hope is for all people. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us as we declare in unity that God reigns!
Scripture(s): Revelation 7:9; Ephesians 1:19-23; Psalm 99:1-3
Our Daily Bread Topic: Salvation
Focus: God’s grace through Jesus Christ removed the darkness of sin. Let’s live in the light to show others that we have hope and are no longer bound.
Scripture(s): John 9:25; Matthew 5:14-16; Galatians 5:1
Our Daily Bread Topic: Injustice
Focus: God chose us to show His glory to all people. Let’s not show partiality, instead, follow Jesus’ example as we win souls for the Kingdom.
Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; James 2:1-9
Our Daily Bread Topic: Salvation
Focus: If we struggle in our prayer life, allow the Holy Spirit to intercede on our behalf. He knows the purpose and will of God for our lives.
Scripture(s): John 14:26; Philippians 4:6-7
Our Daily Bread Topic: Holy Spirit; Prayer
Our Daily Bread Topic: Loving Like Christ
Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
God’s Special Possession
Most of us spend our entire lives trying to earn acceptance. We want to earn it from the people we respect and even people we envy. And, contrary to popular belief — we even want to be accepted by our enemies. This desire to be accepted by man, drives us to do all kinds of things, that do not represent the spirit of the Lord. That desire may influence the type of clothes we wear; the kind of cars we drive; the kind of homes we buy; and even the careers we have chosen. We love the euphoric feeling of being accepted, belonging.
Being accepted and chosen does tremendous things for our self-esteem. 1 Peter 2:9 states, “we are a chosen people”. That ought to raise our self-esteem! Christ has accepted us, not based on our performance, He simply says: “I chose you.” We may have accepted Jesus into our lives, but have we ever realized that Christ has accepted us? You don’t have to earn it and you do not have to prove yourself.
It feels really good to be God’s special possession. There is real comfort in knowing there is absolutely nothing good He withholds from us. It is equally comforting that we fit together, perfectly for what He has prepared for us to do.
“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia