FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Signs Of The End Times As Revealed By COVID-19 And The Riots of 2020
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. — 1 John 2:18 (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: God’s Love & Care; Holy Spirit
Reflect & Pray
Where do you struggle to follow God faithfully and obediently? How can you ask God to heal you and help you?
Loving God, thank You for Your merciful love that enables me to be holy like You are. Please help me to let Your Spirit heal me of my faithlessness and transform my heart.
Read Filled with the Spirit at DiscoverySeries.org/Q0301.
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 have you sought spiritual fulfillment through people instead of God? How does Jesus’ completing you change your view of marriage and singleness?
Jesus, thank You for making me complete through Your death, resurrection, forgiveness, and restoration.
Reflect & Pray
Is God calling you to do something for Him? What’s hindering you from responding?
Jesus, thank You for calling and enabling me to serve You. Help me to see this as a privilege and to serve You willingly.
To learn more about the Trinity.
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.”
Who could use some encouragement from you today? How could you put the interests of others above your own, just as Jesus did for us?
Dear Jesus, thank You for saving me. May Your Spirit transform me into Your image. In my attitude and actions, help me to take on Your humility and sacrificial love. May it result in a greater unity with other believers in my life.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Bible, authority; Joy
Reflect & Pray
What paths have you taken in trying to find joy? How can wisdom lead you to joy?
When I might take a rocky road, loving God, please point me back to Your path of wisdom and joy.
Learn more about joy here.
COMPELLED BY LOVE
Most believe that love is the strongest emotion. It is more significant than hate and more potent than fear. Love overcomes and overpowers them all. It was God’s love that overcame our sin and made way for us to be right with Him again. God the Father exemplified true love.
Love compelled Jesus to embrace the cross. Love drew Him there, and love held Him there. That’s how much God loves us. He loves us so much that nothing can or will separate us from His love. So now, if Jesus was motivated by love to bring hope to a broken world, then love should be our motivation as well.
The most powerful force on earth is God’s love. It was God’s love for the world that motivated Him to send His Son, and it is God’s love for us that will compel us to share the hope we have with the people in our lives.
Your love compels us, Lord
To give as You would give,
To speak as You would speak,
To live as You would live.
Your love compels us, Lord,
To see as You would see,
To serve as You would serve
To be what You would be.
The most powerful force on earth is love powered by God!
“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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