FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Reaping a Harvest Through Witnessing
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. — Matthew 9:38 (KJV)
therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” — Matthew 9:38 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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This Week’s Overview:
Sunday – We all must quiet ourselves and listen beyond the stars, where God sits on the throne. He sees and knows all things. If we’ve turned away from Him, repent, begin to seek Him first and receive His love and forgiveness.
Monday – If our struggles have been trying to cope with injustices and senseless persecutions, remember, love is stronger than hate. Pray for those who have wronged us and allow the love of Jesus to triumph!
Tuesday – Many of us have been broken and have secret scars. However, God’s grace has sustained us and is sufficient. Let’s share our glorious testimonies to help liberate others who are in despair.
Wednesday – You see, the only way that we can be effective witnesses for Christ is to first examine ourselves. If we have sinned against God, we are the problems in the world! Pray for God to deliver us from secret sins. He will forgive us and give us grace to live godly lives.
Thursday – Afterward, He will supernaturally, equip us with the power of the Holy Spirit to go everywhere to tell everybody that Jesus is Savior, Lord, Deliverer, Healer and King!
Friday – We have the message of the cross! Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and He led captivity captive, Jews and Gentiles. We were all alienated from God but now through the blood of Jesus are sons and daughters. We can now walk in the newness of life! Praise Jesus!
***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: Discipleship; Fellowship with God; Prayer
Reflect & Pray
Why is listening to God so vital in your life? In what ways do you plan to take time for Him?
Help me to be quiet before You today, loving God, even if it’s only for a moment! Nothing matters more than being with You!
Focus: Love is stronger than hate. We must pray and forgive those who have wronged us. Allow the love of Jesus to triumph.
Scripture(s): Matthew 5:43-45; Romans 12:17-21
Our Daily Bread Topic: Forgiving Others; Love For Others
Reflect & Pray
When have you found it hard to love someone? Is there someone you find it hard to forgive now? What steps might you take?
Father, forgive me when I find it hard to forgive others. Help me to demonstrate that love is stronger than hate.
Focus: Through our secret scars and brokenness, allow God’s grace to strengthen us. Then, share with others about God’s healing power.
Scripture(s): Isaiah 40:29; Psalm 40:1-3
Our Daily Bread Topic: Spiritual Growth; Suffering
Reflect & Pray
What are some weaknesses you try to keep hidden from the world? How has God revealed His power through your weakness?
God, may all my scars become golden as You heal and repair me in ways that bring glory to Your name.
Focus: The problem with the world is sin. We must trust God to deliver us from secret sins. Ask Him for grace to live godly.
Scripture(s): 1 John 1:9; Micah 7:18-19; Psalm 19:12-14
Our Daily Bread Topic: Guilt; Salvation; Spiritual Transformation
Reflect & Pray
What is wrong with the world? Can you own the answer Paul and Chesterton gave? What is one way you can accept that without sliding into self-hatred?
God, thank You for Your immense patience with me, a sinner. To You be honor and glory forever and ever.
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Focus: We must go everywhere to witness to everyone that Jesus is Savior and Lord! Remember, we’re never alone.
Scripture(s): Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8; Isaiah 29:10-14, 18
Our Daily Bread Topic: Evangelism; Prayer
Reflect & Pray
Where can you go in your neighborhood today to proclaim Christ? How could His powerful presence enable you?
Jesus, enable me to proclaim Your good news today—everywhere.
Focus: God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to save the Jews and gentiles. Let’s witness to all people about the power of HIS resurrection!
Scripture(s): Psalm 46:4-7; John 3:16-18
Daily Bread Topic: God’s Love
Reflect & Pray
What reason is given twenty-six times for this song? What lyrics show that the heart of God reaches beyond those who sing the words?
Unseen Father, thank You for giving me reasons to believe that Your vision and love for all are better and wider than my love for myself and my own.
Our Daily Bread Topic: Fellowship with God
Reflect & Pray
How has God sustained you in times of drought? What can you do today to drive your roots more deeply into relationship with Him?
Life-giving God, You’re my sustainer. Thank You for giving me what I need to navigate my struggles and hardships.
Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
The Great Commission
We are all called to be witnesses for Christ. It is not about a building, titles, or qualifications. We are the church without walls. The Great Commission was given to each and every believer of Jesus. If we, are His followers, we are commissioned to go and make disciples of others.
For many Christians, the Great Commission has instead become the “Great Omission”. So, how are we doing with our part in fulfilling the Great Commission into our world? The Commission is not to wait for the world to come to us — it is for us to go into all the world.
Our Great Commission may be just down the street, instead of in foreign lands. It is bringing your unsaved friends, family and neighbors to the Lord. Let this be the fruit of our hands.
The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). A great field of harvest could be reached by one little seed that each of us have sown.
The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it’s a command to be obeyed.
“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia