FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Signs Of The End Times As Revealed By COVID-19 And The Riots of 2020
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, — 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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Sister Lillian Hicks – September 15 – Class 04
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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: Eternal life; Forgiveness of sin; Salvation
Reflect & Pray
What do the single acts of Adam and Jesus tell you about the impact of sin? How does Jesus’ sacrifice ignite or renew your desire to live a life that honors Him?
God, thank You for providing salvation and eternal life through Jesus! Help me to reveal Your saving way to others.
How does knowing that you can “rest between his shoulders” increase your love for God? How does this deepen your understanding of who you are?
Loving Father, You created me and You hold me close. Let my identity as Your child permeate my thoughts and actions.
How do you initially react to outsiders and misfits? In what practical way might you go to Jesus “outside the camp”?
Thank You, Jesus, that You don’t show any favoritism. Thank You for going outside the camp for me.
Reflect & Pray
How can knowing that you’re a recipient of God’s mercy affect what you think, say, and do today? How can you submit yourself to His transformation?
Father, thank You for saving me and transforming me so that I’ll become more like Your Son, Jesus. Teach me to submit to Your Spirit’s work of transforming me.
When do you find yourself most prone to forget the “bigger picture” of your shared humanity with others? What helps remind you of our equal brokenness and need for Jesus’ love?
In hard times, Jesus, thank You for those moments when I see a glimmer of breathtaking beauty through the love and joy of others. Help me to live each day this way, regarding “no one from a worldly point of view.”
What new thing would God like to accomplish in your life? What new ground has God led you to and what will you do with it?
Merciful God, thank You for providing fresh perspective for my life in You. Refresh my sight to see new ground to walk with You.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Encouragement; Living like Christ; Relationships
Reflect & Pray
What do you think about the statement, “There are no neutral contacts”? What difference could it make in the way you view every contact and conversation throughout the day?
Fill me, Holy Spirit, with love, gentleness, and kindness toward others.
GOD IS DOING SOMETHING NEW
God is doing new things all around us. God breaks down strongholds, transforms dark places into light places, and makes hardened hearts into soft and compassionate hearts. God is giving wealth to the poor, bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, hope to the hopeless, and faith to the faithless.
God is doing a new thing everywhere. Three pharmaceutical companies created vaccines to halt and keep the virus at bay. The walls that once separated communities are now being laid down and made into bridges. God is giving power to the powerless by setting the oppressed free.
Everywhere we look, we can see God is doing new things. And if we look hard enough and discard the baggage and problems of our pasts that prevent us from seeing clearly, we can observe what God is doing with more clarity.
Yes, problems still exist. Yes, we still face our share of disasters. But if the owls and jackals can see, why can’t man see what God is doing? God says, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)
The Father gives us something new in His Son. Will we not perceive it and know what He can do in our lives? God is constantly doing new things through Christ, who is the Savior and Liberator of the world. Deserts are made fertile. Crooked places are made straight and rough places are made smooth.
Behold, God is doing a new thing! DO YOU SEE IT?
“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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