SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of April 19, 2020 – April 25, 2020


What it Means to be Crucified with Christ


(24) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (25) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. — Matthew 16:24-25 (KJV)

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV)

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

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

Sister Ethel Hayes – April 22 – Class 01

Sister Inez Speight – April 23 – Class 09/10

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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   There are many false prophets in the world causing people to err. However, we, the children of God, must speak the oracles of God. The Holy Spirit will reveal His truth in us to speak when the odds are against us. Pray that this truth will set men free.

Monday  These are troubling times. Therefore, we must pray and trust God to quiet our souls. Let’s band together as we sing psalms and spiritual songs to edify one another.

Tuesday –  Remember, we are the redeemed! As friends of God, we ourselves must repent of any wrongdoing. In doing so, this demonstrates our love and appreciation to God that He calls us His friends. Consequently, begin to live out this life so others may see God in us. 

Wednesday We are God’s prize creation. He has even created the seas to provide for us. Always have an attitude of gratitude as we praise God for His bountiful blessings toward us.

ThursdaySaints of God, this is not the time to isolate ourselves, instead, insulate. God created us to be relational, not alone and sad. Let’s stand firmly together when life’s headwinds gust our way.

FridayFinally, if we can’t seem to make heads or tails out of life’s confusion, we must begin to distance ourselves from our circumstances. Look to God’s greatness.  in time, He will unfold everything to align itself with His plan and purpose for our lives. 

***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 19, 2020 – The Forecaster’s MistakeJeremiah 23:16-22

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Bible; False Teaching

Monday, April 20, 2020 – The Singing RevolutionPsalm 42:1-5

Focus: Pray and trust God to quiet our souls in times of trouble. Let’s unify and sing spiritual songs to overcome the tyranny of despair.

Scripture(s): Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19-21

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Life Struggles; Trust in God

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – Friends AgainRomans 5:6-11

Focus: Jesus redeemed us from sin. As friends of God, let’s reciprocate His love by repenting of any wrong. Afterwards, let’s celebrate our life-long friendship with Him. 

Scripture(s): John 15:14; James 4:4-10

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Repentance; Sin

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – A World of Provision Psalm 104:10-18, 24-26

Focus: God’s wondrous creation, even the seas, provide for us. Let’s praise God for His bountiful blessings.

Scripture(s): Genesis 1:30; Genesis 1:26-28

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Creation; God’s Care

Thursday, April 23, 2020 – The Saddest GooseEcclesiastes 4:9-12

Focus: God created us to be relational, not alone and sad. We must stand firmly together when life’s headwinds gust our way.

Scripture(s): Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 5:19-21

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Encouragement; Living with Other Believers

Friday, April 24, 2020 – Divinely AlignedRomans 11:33-36

Focus: When life seems confusing, we must distance ourselves from our circumstances. Look to God, in time He will unfold everything to align with His purpose.

Scripture(s): Ephesians 1:9-12; Romans 8:18, 28

Daily Bread Topic: Fear; Trust in God

Saturday, April 25, 2020 –  Run Toward Challenge 2 Kings 6:8-17

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

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

Singing at the Midnight Hour

The midnight hour is more than the twelfth hour of the night.  It is the hour of transition from night to morning.  When your situation looks dismal, and you are tied up in chains, and have nowhere to turn, worship God.  Give God the praise at the midnight hour.  This is when your life is the greatest testimony. 

When confronted with impossible circumstances, remember that prayer and praise can powerfully deliver and set you free.  As you approach midnight, do not fear.  Do not give up.  Keep singing.  Keep praying.  Keep looking for the intervention of God. 

As you press through the darkness of the midnight hour, remember the midnight brings on the morning joy.  Let’s sing to the Lord as long as we live.  We will sing praises to our God while we have our being.  We will sing to the Lord for He has been good to us!

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.  Acts 16:25

“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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