SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of April 12, 2020 – April 18, 2020


What it Means to be Crucified with Christ


(3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. — Romans 6:3-4 (KJV)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. — Romans 6:3-4 (ESV)

Wednesday Corporate Fasting Scripture – Isaiah 58 (ESV); Isaiah 58 (KJV)

Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)

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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   Let’s celebrate and tell others about the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He’s able to overturn their grief when they accept the truth that He is alive forevermore.

Monday  Once a person seeks God and desires to know Him better, their thirsty soul will be satisfied. The Holy Spirit will begin to draw them closer to the Lord.

Tuesday –  When witnessing to the lost, remember how encouraging words were spoken to us before we became saved. Therefore, we too must offer words of life to those who need to be healed of their sin debt.

Wednesday We’re living in very difficult, cold and uncertain times. Trust God to stay by our side and clothe us with His warm presence as we do His bidding in the earth. He will turn our pity to praise.

ThursdayThough we may face persecution for being salt and light in a dark world, God is with us. We must continue to delight in knowing God’s Word and obey all that is written therein as we share the gospel.

FridayFor our consolation, there is no suffering or temptation that the children of God will encounter that Jesus is not acquainted with. God’s people must pray and believe that He is able to help us in every area of our lives. Walk in our new identity and don’t give up!

***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….***

Sunday, April 12, 2020 – Grief OverturnedJohn 20:11-18

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Christ, resurrection; Grief; Joy

Monday, April 13, 2020 – Seeking GodPsalm 63:1-8

Focus: Seek the Lord and desire to know Him better. He will satisfy our thirsty souls as the Holy Spirit draws us nearer to Him.

Scripture(s): Zephaniah 2:3; Psalm 119:2-3; Psalm 42:1-4

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God, fellowship with; Holy Spirit

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Healing WordsProverbs 16:20-24

Focus: Just as others have spoken encouraging words into our lives, we too, must offer words of life to those who need to be healed. 

Scripture(s): Psalm 68:11; Matthew 8:7; Isaiah 50:4-5

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Bible; Encouragement

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – From Pity to Praise2 Timothy 4:9-18

Focus: In difficult, cold and uncertain times, we must trust God. He will stay by our side and clothe us with His warm presence.

Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 10:13; Isaiah 41:10; Habakkuk 3:16-19

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Friendship; God’s Love

Thursday, April 16, 2020 – Hungry for GodJeremiah 15:15-21

Focus: Those who are hungry for God must delight in His Word. Despite persecution, continue to share the gospel. God is with us.

Scripture(s): Proverbs 27:6-7; Psalm 34:10; Matthew 5:6, 9, 11-12

Daily Bread Topic: Bible; Joy

Friday, April 17, 2020 – Able to HelpHebrews 2:14-18

Focus: Jesus is acquainted with our griefs and sufferings. He is able to help us in every area of our lives.

Scripture(s): Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 10:13  

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s Care; God’s Love

Saturday, April 18, 2020 –  Being Cared For John 21:15-19

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s Care; Life Struggles; Trust In God

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson

The Hope of Easter

Christ’s Resurrection,

  • Changed Mary from a mourner to a messenger;
  • Changed Thomas from a doubter to a believer;
  • Changed Peter from a denier to a preacher; and
  • Changed Paul from a persecutor to a missionary.

For the early Christians, the Easter event became an experience.  It was a cleansing, life changing, and transforming experience!  Today in 2020, that Easter event is still the Greatest Hope in a world filled with fear and confusion.

Easter cannot and will not be cancelled.  Two thousand years ago, all the forces of hell tried that.  They failed. 

Easter is not about the bunny, it is all about the LAMB.

“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia

***The Daily Devotionals are taken from Our Daily Bread Ministries and the Scriptures are from the BibleGateway.***

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