FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Always Give Thanks
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. — Psalm 136:1 (KJV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. — Psalm 136:1 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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This Week’s Overview:
Sunday – There are no impossible obstacles that God can’t handle. By faith, put our trust in God and He will help us to overcome. Be encouraged and encourage others to do likewise.
Monday – There may be times when we want to give into our natural instincts for personal gains. However, if we earnestly trust God, He will instruct us to humbly look out for the interest of others rather than ourselves. Remember, God will take care of us!
Tuesday – Keep in mind, when the storms of life come our way, we must not fall apart. Instead, call on the name of Jesus, our Shepherd. He will give us strength and He will carry us through.
Wednesday – God gives each of us assignments in His Kingdom. Never boast or put false confidence in ourselves or our abilities. Instead, we must glory in God’s grace and His love for us.
Thursday – Remember, Jesus laid down His life that we might live eternally with Him. How much are we willing to lay down our lives for mankind? The best way to show our gratitude is to offer the gospel to those who are lost.
Friday – While witnessing for Christ, it’s important to know that everyone won’t agree with the gospel of Jesus Christ. What’s crucial is, that we turn from conflict, rid ourselves of preconceived thoughts or ills of the heart and seek ways to reconcile differences. It’s imperative that we forgive one another and unite the body of Christ.
***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: Life Struggles; Trust in God
Reflect & Pray
How can you become more courageous in the face of an impossible task? How do you feel when you’ve accomplished something you didn’t think you could do?
Father, thank You for being the Author and Perfecter of my faith, so that the measure of my faith when I face obstacles is reliant on Your strength, not my own.
Focus: Rather than give in to our natural instincts for personal gain, let’s begin to humbly look out for the interest of others.
Scripture(s): Matthew 22:36-39; Romans 12:10-13; Philippians 2:3-5
Our Daily Bread Topic: Serving; Love for God
Reflect & Pray
How are you showing the “fruit of the Spirit” in the way you treat others? How can you better love your “neighbor”?
Dear God, my natural desire is to look out for myself. Help me to serve others out of love for You.
Focus: When the storms of life cause us to fall apart, call on Jesus. He will give us strength and carry us through.
Scripture(s): Psalm 31:1-4; Psalm 27:13-14
Our Daily Bread Topic: Hope; Trust In God; Fear
Reflect & Pray
When have you felt vulnerable and unable to fix a situation? How did you see God come through for you?
It seems there’s always something for which I need extra strength from You, O God. Help me to remember that without You I can do nothing.
Focus: We must never boast and put false confidence in ourselves or abilities. Instead, glory in God’s grace and love for us.
Scripture(s): Isaiah 2:17-18; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Our Daily Bread Topic: Pride
Reflect & Pray
What would it look like to trust in God’s grace today? How can you live and work from a place of rest and trust in His love for you?
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your love for me. I set aside the scorecards of self-justification. Those are misguided grounds of confidence.
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Focus: Jesus laid down His life so that we could live eternally with Him. Let’s show our gratitude by sharing the gospel with everyone.
Scripture(s): Matthew 28:19-20; 1 John 3:16-18
Our Daily Bread Topic: Christ, Savior; Love for Others
Reflect & Pray
How do you reveal that you truly love those around you? How can you show Jesus’ love to someone through your actions today?
Jesus, there aren’t words grand enough to thank You for demonstrating the greatest act of love there is. Thank You for giving Your life away so I might live. Help me to show Your love to others no matter how much it costs me.
Friday, November 20, 2020 – Turning From Conflict – Ephesians 4:26-32
Focus: We must rid ourselves of ills of the heart by turning from conflicts. Reconcile our differences and unite the body of Christ.
Scripture(s): Colossians 3:12-13; Romans 13:8-11
Daily Bread Topic: Conflict and Confrontation
Reflect & Pray
How can God help us deal with conflict? To honor Him and your church, what conflict should you let go?
Loving God, when I face conflict, remind my heart to turn my anger over to You.
Our Daily Bread Topic: Conflicts and Confrontation; Relationships
Reflect & Pray
In what personal conflicts do you need the light of God’s wisdom? How can His peace enable you to be a peacemaker when people around you choose to fight?
Father, Your light penetrates the deepest darkness and Your peace calms the most troubled heart. Help me know Your wisdom and peace and carry it to others in their struggles as well.
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Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
Modern Day Job
Psalm 28:2 says “Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry unto thee, when I lift my hands toward thy oracle.” Imperfectly flawed and fabulously created by our Heavenly Father, He has heard our cry! He has answered our prayers!
God has called us the salt and the light of the world. Therefore, we must flourish and engage in cultural and political processes. At the core we will always be God’s children. Joe Biden is reminiscent of a modern day Job. A man of great patience. A man who “waited” on the Lord. A man whose absolute faith in God remained unshakable despite the numerous afflictions set upon him and his family.
Job and Joe showed us how to keep the faith regardless of how grim the circumstances may be. Both men were angered by their circumstances, but they listened to God and allowed God’s will to be done. Job and Joe were 😌 tested by God and eventually greatly blessed by Him. After Job’s test, God gave him twice as much as he had before. After 3 presidential attempts, over 40 years in politics, at the right time, God has allowed President Elect Joseph R. Biden a country to govern and to heal.
So thankful for a leader who puts God first. A president of the people, for the people, and by the people. To everything there is a season. A time to heal.
“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia