SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of April 26, 2020 – May 2, 2020


What it Means to be Crucified with Christ


(1) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. — Colossians 3:1-3 (KJV)

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.— Colossians 3:1-3 (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   God sings and rejoices over all His children. If we’re feeling down, begin to sing a new song with God for His love for us.

Monday  Many of us are facing deep waters. However, we must trust God to stay with us and to keep us from perishing.

Tuesday –  Despite our pain and suffering, let all the people praise God in a jubilant praise! Let’s ban together in a wave of worship each day and let’s not forget to pray for the lost.

Wednesday Prayer is a privilege for God’s people. Let’s write a letter to God from our mouths. Remember, whatever we’re going through, He is right beside us. He pities every groan and He is listening to our cry.

ThursdayIf we are struggling with any sinful habits to cope with life’s circumstances, cry out from the depths of our hearts to Jesus for deliverance. He will break every chain and will use us to tell others, how they too, can be set free.

FridayLet’s not be ignorant to Satan’s devices after being set free from our sinful ways. There are many pitfalls in life that can cause us to stumble. Therefore, instead of being on an emotional roller coaster, stay connected to Jesus and grounded in His love. Stand firm in our faith and let’s be strong in the power of Jesus’ might.

***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 26, 2020 – Our Father SingsZephaniah 3:14-20

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s Love

Reflect & Pray

How can you celebrate God’s love for you? What song is He singing over you and with you today?

Heavenly Father, we know that because of our allegiance to Jesus, You not only accept us but celebrate with us and delight in us as Your children. Thank You for Your love.

Monday, April 27, 2020 – Through the WatersIsaiah 43:1-7

Focus: If we’re facing a difficult future, trust God to be with us through the waters. He will keep us from perishing.

Scripture(s): Isaiah 41:10; Mark 4:35-41

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s care; Hopelessness; Suffering

Reflect & Pray

What deep waters are you facing? How does God’s promise to pass through them with you strengthen your heart today?

God, the water is deep, and I don’t see how I’m going to make it through. Thank You for promising to be with me and to carry me through!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – Let Us Praise!Psalm 67

Focus: Let all God’s people create a wave of worship each day. As we sing in jubilant praise, let’s also pray for the lost.

Scripture(s): Colossians 3:16; Psalm 150:6; Zephaniah 3:19-20

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Worship

Reflect & Pray

When can you take a few minutes today to praise God? What do you have to be thankful for?

God, You are worthy of all our praise!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – Right Beside YouDeuteronomy 4:5-8

Focus: Write a letter to God from your mouth. Remember, He is right beside us and He is listening to our cry.

Scripture(s):  Psalm 145:18-19; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 3:12

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Prayer

Reflect & Pray

God’s accessibility to us is a profound gift. How can you avoid taking it for granted? Who in your life needs to know of God’s readiness to hear their prayer?

God, You are bigger than the universe yet closer than a breath. Thank You for being so interested in us, attending to every prayer.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 – Free IndeedJohn 8:31-36

Focus: Cry out from the depths of our hearts to Jesus to break the chains of sin in our lives.  Then, tell others how He set us free.

Scripture(s): Romans 6:7-11; Galatians 5:1, 13-18

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Salvation

Reflect & Pray

How has Jesus set you free? What can you share with others about God’s liberating power?

Jesus, help me to believe that You can set me free.

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Living in the BranchesEphesians 4:14-24

Focus: We must stay rooted in Jesus’ love to avoid the pitfalls of life’s emotional roller coaster. Stand firm in our faith and stay strong.

Scripture(s):  Ephesians 6:13; John 15:1; Psalm 1:1-3

Daily Bread Topic: Fear; Life Struggles; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

When do you feel most “blown here and there” by life’s challenges? How might remembering your identity in Jesus encourage and strengthen you?

Jesus, thank You for the overwhelmingly good news that the strength needed to withstand life’s challenges isn’t our own. Help us to grow ever-deeper roots in Your love and our place in Your family.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 –  Community Memory Luke 22:14-23 

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Lord’s Supper; Unity

Reflect & Pray

Why is it valuable to take Communion with other believers in Jesus? How does the shared event remind you of Jesus’ sacrificial love?

Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Son. Thank You also that He has given us a tangible way to remember His sacrifice whenever we gather at the Table.

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Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

(Praise Him Daily)

One positive thing this Coronavirus has taught us is that praising God isn’t just something we do at worship service on Sunday morning at church.  It is associated with our everyday lives, especially as we go through this Corona-Storm.  Don’t allow our pain to paralyze our praise.  Let everyone that has breath, praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord when we achieve
Praise the Lord because we believe
Praise the Lord for we can smile
Praise the Lord, keep praising Him all the while
Praise the Lord for all things good
Praise the Lord for our daily food
Praise the Lord in every season
Praise the Lord without a reason

Every morning thank Him for His kindness and every evening rejoice in all His faithfulness.


“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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