FOCUS OF THE MONTH
A Season Of Change
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’ — Jeremiah 5:24 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!
Minister Nadine Cager – October 19 – Introduction Class
Sister Angenette Littlejohn – October 23 – 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: Holy Spirit; Prayer
Reflect & Pray
What are some portions of the Bible you have found difficult? List them and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into better understanding of those Scriptures.
God of all truth, help me to rest in the Spirit of truth that I might better understand the wisdom You’ve provided.
Why is it important not to be silent during discussions about injustice? What hinders your willingness to engage in such dialogue?
Dear God, release my tongue and heart from the enemy’s grip. Equip me to see and feel the harm of injustice so that I may speak up for those hurt by this sin.
When have you made a sacrifice for the sake of others? What needs around you call for the Holy Spirit’s fruit today?
Holy Spirit, fill me afresh today and make me a person of virtue.
Reflect & Pray
What’s the first step in identifying sin in your life? Why is it vital that you confess your sin to God?
Father God, I thank You for the gift of Your forgiveness that eliminates the guilt of my sin. Help me to first examine my own heart before I concern myself with the sins of others.
What are some Old Testament Scripture passages that you recognize as “testifying” about Jesus? What better habits do you need to develop to become a better student of the Scriptures?
Father, open my eyes to see Jesus in all of Scripture so that I might love, obey, and serve Him more.
How can you rely on God to help you serve others today? In what way has God been nudging you to serve Him that seems too big for you to handle alone?
Faithful Father, please give me all I need to serve You by loving others with my words and actions today.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Stewardship & Giving
Reflect & Pray
Who does Jesus want you to serve today? How might you creatively use your skills, money, or time to bless this person?
Jesus, I want to give to others for You.
THE JOY OF SERVING OTHERS
So many times, we say that we can’t serve God because we lack whatever ability is needed. We believe we are not talented enough or innovative enough or whatever. Still, if we are in covenant with Jesus Christ, He is responsible for covering our weaknesses, for being our strength. Therefore, Jesus will give us His abilities for our disabilities.
Jesus measures greatness in terms of service, not status. God determines our greatness by how many people we serve, not how many people help us. We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving Him or others. There is no higher calling than to be a servant. As disciples, we are in the world, like Jesus was, to serve. Serving others is a natural expression of our love for our neighbors. WE LOVE! WE GO! WE SERVE!
When we set aside the burden of judgment, then our hands are free to serve others joyfully. Colossians 3:23 tells us to work hard and cheerfully in whatever ye do as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people. Jesus says in Matthew 25:40, “…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren; ye have done it unto me.”
Even if our troubles are significant, we should still serve. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet on the way to the cross. He said, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15
“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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