FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Always Give Thanks
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you — 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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This Week’s Overview:
Sunday – Ask Jesus to open our eyes, ears and heart and show us those who are destitute and are of “little account”. Let’s serve them as we have opportunity with the resources that God has made available to us.
Monday – If we feel helpless to meet some of those needs, don’t stop praying for them. God hears our prayers and though sometimes they are delayed, our prayers are never lost. Wait on God’s timing even if we feel spiritually dry. We will be refreshed if we continue to drink from the fountain of life.
Tuesday – God will see to it that we bear fruit in our season. We must be like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water and meditate on God’s Word daily.
Wednesday – If we become distracted by the world’s demand on our time, get quiet, slow down and relax with purpose. Ask God for wisdom and to give us a proper balance between work and rest. Then begin to spend quality time with Him and family.
Thursday – In that quiet moment of meditation, pause and thank God for Jesus’ life, death and resurrection! He redeemed and liberated us from the pressures of this world. Thank Him for working behind the scenes of our lives, revealing His love, compassion and mercy every day.
Friday – Take some time to name some of the sweet spiritual fruit that our branches are producing for God’s Kingdom since we are now, connected to the Vine.
***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: Serving
Reflect & Pray
Who in your life are little in the eyes of the world? What’s something small you can do today to serve these “little ones”?
Jesus, give me eyes to see and ears to hear today, so that I can serve, even in a small way, the least of these who cross my path.
Focus: God hears all of our prayers. Though the answer may be delayed, our prayers aren’t lost. Wait on God’s timing.
Scripture(s): Psalm 37:4-5; 1 John 5:14-15; Daniel 10:12-13
Our Daily Bread Topic: God’s Love; Prayer; Trust in God
Reflect & Pray
What does it mean to you that God cares enough to listen to your prayers? How will you thank Him for His faithfulness to hear you today?
Father, how amazing You are to always hear my prayers! I praise You because my prayers are precious to You.
Focus: In order to bear spiritual fruit, we must stay rooted in God’s Word. If we become dry, drink from the fountain of life.
Scripture(s): Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 63:1-5
Our Daily Bread Topic: Fruit of the Spirit; Spiritual Disciplines
Reflect & Pray
Where and how do you sense your soul being tended by God? What do you do to “delight” in Scripture?
O Gardener God, I yield my stunted places to Your pruning and watering, surrendering my dry places to grow green and revived in You.
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Focus: Pray, ask God for wisdom to help us balance work and rest. Purpose to spend quiet, quality time with Him and family.
Scripture(s): Proverbs 12:15; Mark 6:31; Proverbs 13:10-12, 22
Our Daily Bread Topic: Rest
Reflect & Pray
How are you balancing work and rest? Would those closest to you say that you love them? Why or why not?
Jesus, Your love frees me for productive work and meaningful rest.
Focus: Jesus died and was resurrected to save us from sin. Pause and thank God for His love and the victory that we have in Jesus!
Scripture(s): Luke 24:6-7; Revelation 1:8
Our Daily Bread Topic: Christ, life and teaching
Reflect & Pray
What emotions do you usually associate with Jesus’ “cleansing of the temple”? How can you see something more merciful and compassionate now that you understand what Jesus meant?
Father in heaven, please help me to believe that You’re always working in the background doing far more—and much better—than I know or understand.
Focus: Name some of the sweet spiritual fruit that our branches are producing since we are connected to the Vine.
Scripture(s): Matthew 7:17-20; Jeremiah 17:7-8; 2 Peter 1:3-8
Daily Bread Topic: Spiritual Growth
Reflect & Pray
How does remaining connected to Jesus produce love in your life? What are the other blessings of being connected to Him?
Jesus, thank You for creating good fruit in my life as I remain connected to You. May Your life flow through me to produce an even greater harvest of love.
Our Daily Bread Topic: Salvation; Evangelism
Reflect & Pray
Picture your name written on God’s heart. How does that encourage you to carry on when things go well? And when things go wrong?
Thank You, God, when You grant me victory over my enemies, but also help me to be strong when I fail. I’m grateful to be in Your family.
Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
During October our Focus Of The Month was about “Reaping a Harvest Through Witnessing”. God commands us in His word to witness unto Him. You have obeyed God’s command. Are you now waiting to reap a harvest in your life; in healing, financing or in your family? Although you planted your seeds, you realize that your job isn’t over! You see, an abundant harvest doesn’t happen automatically.
Our harvests in life depend on what and where we sow seeds; what type of water is used and how often we water them. Once we have sown seeds into fertile spiritual ground through witnessing, we must water the seeds by fervent prayer, study, meditation and by applying of the Word of God. During the time between planting and harvesting, it’s very important not to neglect the seed. You will reap an abundant harvest if you don’t give up.
God has designed a process of growth through seed, time and harvest. If your harvest doesn’t happen right away, don’t get discouraged. Let faith and patience guide you through the process.
Your mind is a garden.
Your thoughts are the seeds.
You can grow flowers.
Or You can grow weeds.
Nourish your garden with the Word of God
“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia