FOCUS OF THE MONTH
We Show Glory To God By Serving Him With Our Lives
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. — Hebrews 13:15 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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Sister Regina Robinson – August 30 – Class 09/10
Sister Lynn Frederick – September 1 – Class 09/10
Brother Edward Shanklin – September 2 – Class 01
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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: Christ, Savior; Salvation
Reflect & Pray
As you read Paul’s opening words to the Romans, what phrases describe the good news to you? (1:1–7). Why would Paul, who had once hated Jesus so much, now want everyone to believe in Him? (see Acts 26).
Loving God, thank You for the good news. Give me the boldness to share the gospel with those around me.
What mercies have you seen from God that you never anticipated? How does the thought that He’s able to bring about unexpected good give you hope today?
Heavenly Father, I praise You for never changing. Your mercies are “new every morning!” (Lamentations 3:23). Help me to look forward to what You have for me today.
What has God done in your life that you can share with another? How has He equipped you to present the good news?
Jesus, thank You for setting me free from my sins. Help me to be ready to tell others of Your good news.
Read Evangelism: Reaching out through Relationships at DiscoverySeries.org/Q0913.
Reflect & Pray
In what areas do you need the Holy Spirit to make real, heart-based improvement in you through His leading and strength? How will you get started?
Loving God, thank You for making me a new creation in Christ. Help my actions, through Your guidance, to reflect the change You’ve made in me.
Learn more about the Trinity.
Why is it important to recognize each portion of Scripture as a fragment of God’s bigger story?
Father, please help me to see You and Your work more clearly.
Grow deeper in your understanding of the Bible.
How does it make you feel that because Jesus has paid your sin debt, you can receive forgiveness for all your sins? If you’ve never received this forgiveness, what’s keeping you from accepting this gift through Jesus?
God of heaven, help me to receive and enjoy the forgiveness You’ve provided through Your Son, Jesus.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Prayer
Reflect & Pray
How does God view the humble prayers of His children that may be less than eloquent? How can you make prayer a part of your daily life?
Father, thank You for the blessing of prayer and Your acceptance of me whenever I call on You.
Grow deeper in your understanding of prayer.
Life Is A Puzzle
I love putting jigsaw puzzles together because it takes every piece to complete the picture. Every part of the puzzle is important, so every piece has its gift to share. When you are putting a puzzle together, don’t throw any leftovers away. In the “puzzle of life,” there are many odd-shaped pieces in puzzles. Each puzzle piece is vital. You, as part of life’s whole picture, are missed when you don’t reveal yourself. Your contribution is needed.
Our importance in life is precisely what the Apostle Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, “For as the body is one and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit, are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” We can only see one piece of the puzzle at a time, but God sees the entire picture. He is omniscient.
A series of more minor things bring about significant accomplishments. As members of the body of Christ, we are the one puzzle piece, while God is busy working the entire puzzle together to create a beautiful masterpiece for His glory.
We are a part of the puzzles of life. A piece of a mystery in someone’s life to be positioned by God if we listen to the Holy Spirit. You may never know where you fit. But someone’s life may never be complete without you in it, and vice versa. So even in our weakness, we are essential pieces in the body of Christ.
“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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