SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of April 5, 2020 – April 11, 2020


What it Means to be Crucified with Christ


I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. — Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. — Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

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

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

Sister Gloria Baskin – April 8 – Class 08

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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   As we commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, let us give thanks to God for an amazing gift, our King, Jesus. Also, let us offer ourselves as a living sacrifice as we learn more about the One who saved us.

Monday  We are saved by grace through faith in what Jesus did alone on Calvary. Keep in mind that no human effort could ever give us access into heaven. Thank God for providing the way for all who accept Jesus to be saved.

Tuesday –  It is the power of the cross, the Holy Spirit who has radically changed our lives. Therefore, out of a grateful heart, let’s allow Him to help us to stop doing what is wrong and to commence to walk in the newness of life as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday God forgave us of all our past sins and we are innocent of the sin debt. It bears repeating that, out of a grateful heart, we must now live out our new found identity by following Jesus’ example as we point others to Him.

ThursdayWe are God’s workmanship and wherever He calls us to serve, we must purpose to surrender our all. These are the times that we must share the love of Christ in word and deed.

FridayEven in our quest to win souls, family and friends may abandon us, however, we must stand firm in our faith. Remember, to always thank God for Jesus and continue to pray for peace.

***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 5, 2020 – The One Who SavesJohn 12:12-18

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Christ, Savior/Messiah

Monday, April 6, 2020 – A Good ManRomans 3:10-18

Focus: Works alone are not good enough to allow us access into heaven. Let’s be thankful that Jesus alone made the way for all who accept Him.

Scripture(s): James 2:17-18; 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Salvation

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – A New Calling2 Timothy 1:6-14

Focus: The power of Christ will radically change our lives. Let’s stop doing wrong and walk in the newness of life as we share the gospel.

Scripture(s):  1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 John 1:7

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Living for Christ; Salvation

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – Innocence Found2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Focus: God has forgiven us for past sins. Live out our new found identity, imitate Jesus and point the lost to Him to be set free.

Scripture(s): Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Evangelism; Salvation

Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Surrendering AllMark 10:26-31

Focus: Wherever God calls us to serve, let’s submit totally to Him. Let’s be inspired to share the love of Christ with others in word and deed.

Scripture(s):  Matthew 16:24; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 1 John 3:16-18

Daily Bread Topic: Living for Christ

Friday, April 10, 2020 – Standing FirmMark 15:33-41

Focus: If family and friends abandoned us during our trials, stand firm on God’s sure promises. Be thankful for Jesus and continue to pray.

Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 15:58; Proverbs 10:25; Ephesians 6:10, 11, 13, 18

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Persecution; Salvation

Saturday, April 11, 2020 –  “Feed My Sheep” John 21:15-19

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Evangelism; Forgiveness of Sin; God’s Love

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

Passion Week – In Pursuit of Jesus

So many times, when we reach the end of our rope, we turn to prayer.  When our prayers are not instantly answered, we give up.  This Easter, I want to encourage you to not only pray, but to pray persistently.  Don’t stress out trying to make things happen on your own, give it to God as you pray.  Remember, Jesus promised that when we seek Him, we will find Him.  Let’s pray and pursue Him with all our heart like the deer panteth after the water, may our souls panteth after Him.

When the pursuit of God becomes our reason for being, the central thought on our mind when we wake up every day will be the driving joy of our day to tell others to taste and see that the Lord is good.

If Jesus Christ is God and died for us, then no sacrifice can be too great for us to make for Him.  The pursuit of God is our thirst of the Divine for the deep things of Him and the riches of His grace.  The pursuit of Jesus starts with allowing Him to pursue us.

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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