SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of March 14 – March 20, 2021


Jesus’ Journey To Calvary


 (26) And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. (27) And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;  — Matthew 26:26-27 (KJV)

(26) Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” (27) And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,Matthew 26:26-27 (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 – We must not allow fear to distort our vision. Remember, Jesus cares deeply for us. We must look through eyes of faith when we’re facing various storms in our lives and trust Jesus.

Monday   Despite our struggles, those who belong to God are admonished to show forth the praises of Him who delivered us out of darkness into His marvelous light.  He left His Word to encourage us in this life. However, we must purpose in our hearts to read God’s letters daily.  In doing so, not only will we have hope but we will be able to impart this encouragement to others.

Tuesday –  God is our ultimate and eternal strength. In our times of difficulties and challenges, trust God. He will strengthen our hearts and give us peace in our frailties. He’s more than enough!

Wednesday By the power of the Holy Spirit, we must share the gospel of Jesus, our hope of glory with others, whether in good times or challenging times. In doing so, may they witness our joy and exuberance that will, perhaps cause them to see Jesus in us.

ThursdayWhether we think our gifts are insignificant or great, we are co laborers with God. We must intentionally take courage and witness in the power of Jesus’ might.

FridayRemember, we all stand in the need of prayer. Let’s start a coalition to band together in these perilous times to pray for one another. Most importantly, trust God for the resolve.

***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, March 14, 2021Storms of FearMark 4:35-41

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Despair; Hopelessness

Reflect & Pray

What storms are you facing right now? How can you entrust your fears and emotions to Jesus when the winds blow and the waters rise?

Loving Savior, thank You that You’re always present in the storm. As I move through life’s scary moments, help me each day to talk to You and entrust You with my fears.

Storms Of Fear

Monday, March 15, 2021 – Caring Letters1 Peter 2:4-10 

Focus: God cares for His children so much that He left letters (bible) to encourage you. Read His Word daily and share this hope with others.

Scripture(s): Philippians 2:3-4; Acts 13:46-48

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Bible, authority; Bible, inspiration; God’s love and care

Reflect & Pray

How does reading the Epistles as caring letters help you receive God’s encouragement? How will you share the hope of God’s caring letters today?

Loving God, thank You for the caring letters in the Bible!

Caring Letters

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 – A Strong HeartPsalm 73:21-28

Focus: In your times of difficulties and challenges, trust God to strengthen your heart and to give you peace. 

Scripture(s): Psalm 18:32; Psalm 143:3-8

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s love and care; Creation; Despair

Reflect & Pray

How is your metaphorical heart like your spiritual heart? When you feel like you’re “losing heart,” how can you find strength in your loving, caring Father?

Heavenly Father, I thank You that when I’m weak, You’re strong. That when I’m overwhelmed, You’re enough. That when I’m confused, You have perfect clarity. 

A Strong Heart

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – It’s Jesus!Colossians 1:27-29, 2:6-10

Focus: God chose you to share with others the hope of glory (Jesus) with exuberance! You have joy that the world needs to see.

Scripture(s): Philippians 2:10-11; Scriptures in the story

Our Daily Bread Topic:   Holy Spirit; Joy

Reflect & Pray

What blessing of Jesus’ presence in your life encourages you today? How might you share Him as the reason for your hope and joy?

Jesus, thank You for making my heart Your home. Please help my life to reflect Your presence.

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It’s Jesus!

Thursday, March 18, 2021 – Small Yet MightyEphesians 2:4-10

Focus: God designed you to uniquely contribute to His Kingdom. No matter how great or small your gifts are, take courage and witness in the power of Jesus’ might.

Scripture(s):  Hebrews 13:21; Zechariah 4:8-14

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Living for Christ
Reflect & Pray

Is it easy or difficult for you to see yourself as God’s marvelous handiwork? Why? In what areas of your life might remembering this truth give you renewed confidence and courage?

God, thank You for the incredible way You’ve designed me to live with joy and purpose. Help me to believe, and find courage in, the truth of who I am in You.

Small Yet Mighty

Friday, March 19, 2021 – The Purple ShawlRomans 15:23-33

Focus:  We all become weak and lonely at times. As you become partners in ministry, pray for one another by faith and trust God for the resolve.

Scripture(s): 2 Corinthians 1:11, 11:9; James 5:13-16 

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Prayer; Spiritual disciplines

Reflect & Pray

Who has God used to encourage you through intercessory prayer? Who can you pray for today?

Loving God, thank You for the gift of intercessory prayers and for assuring me that You hear me and care for me wherever I go.

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The Purple Shawl

Saturday, March 20, 2021 –  Loving CorrectionLuke 10:38-42

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Conflict and confrontation; Humility

Reflect & Pray

How do you usually respond to loving correction from your heavenly Father? What correction have you received from someone that’s made a significant difference in your life?

Father, help me learn to graciously accept Your loving correction so I can grow in wisdom and understanding.

Loving Correction

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  


The condition of one’s heart is just as important in the spiritual realm as it is in the physical realm.  It’s for this reason why Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”  The spiritual condition of one’s heart will determine how one responds to the Lord and, ultimately, it will have a huge impact on each of us in eternity.

Our heart condition depends on the things we allow into our hearts.  These things form our thoughts and attitudes that shape the deepest part of our being.  No matter what your circumstances are, IF your heart is right, you are going to be okay. 

But if wrong things in our hearts go unattended, they will become deeply rooted and harder to deal with.  The quicker you can detect a wrong heart condition and get it straightened out, the better you are.

So how is your heart today, in a spiritual sense?  If your heart has been faithfully following the Lord, “Praise His Name!”  May we all seek to apply the wise counsel from Solomon to “keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”

“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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