FOCUS OF THE MONTH
We Show Glory To God By Serving Him With Our Lives
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. — 2 Corinthians 5:9 (KJV)
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. — 2 Corinthians 5:9 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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***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 Focus: Holiness; Injustice; Living like Christ
Reflect & Pray
When have you most felt like getting even with someone? How can David’s response guide you as you seek justice for yourself and others?
Jesus, lover of our enemies, may I seek justice Your way.
Visit odbu.org/SF107to learn more about finding personal peace in forgiveness.
How can you begin to show love to those who aren’t very loving? When have you been loving to a difficult person and then found them softening?
Father, may the waves of Your love crash over me, producing a torrent that streams to others through me.
How has God provided for you in the past? How can you continue to lean on His provision in the present?
Loving Father, You’re a generous provider. Help me to trust You to meet my needs.
Reflect & Pray
If your parents are still living, how would you describe your relationship with them? Regardless of what kind of job they did as parents, what are some ways you can take care of them right now?
Father, give me grace and mercy as I seek to care for those who cared for me. And help me to remember the reason I’m doing it.
Why is rejecting Jesus such a serious thing? How have you chosen to respond to His call?
Heavenly Father, thank You for providing salvation through Jesus. And thank You for sending warnings to remind me of the importance of putting my faith in Him.
How has God shown you His goodness through other people? Why is it so easy to give people credit for what God has done in your life?
Dear God, I worship You as the all-powerful God who hears my prayers. Thank You for sustaining my life and caring for me.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Christ, return
Reflect & Pray
How does the certainty of knowing Jesus is coming again help you live for Him today? What excites you the most about Christ’s promised return?
Come, Lord Jesus! Come!
God’s Grace And Mercy Brought Us Through
Often, we don’t realize we are experiencing God’s Grace and Mercy at work for us. However, once we take time and look back at the past 18 months and what we experienced with COVID-19, we will realize that God has kept His hand on our lives and that His Grace and Mercy brought us through.
If we didn’t have His Grace and Mercy, we would not be where we are now. We realize that some of the things we went through and are still going through could have turned out very different without His Grace and Mercy working for us.
The Scripture reminds us that the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. So I encourage you today as the COVID-19 virus is again on the rise, remember YOU are walking in the Grace and Mercy of the Lord every day of your life.
Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s Grace and Mercy.
Your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s Grace and Mercy.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” — Hebrews 4:16
“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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