SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of October 3, 2021 – October 9, 2021

A Season Of Change


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: __ Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: — Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)

Wednesday Corporate Fasting Scripture – Isaiah 58 (ESV); Isaiah 58 (KJV)

Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)

Sister Barbara Mitchell – October 3 – Class 06

Sister Venise Williams – October 3 – Class 09/10
Sister Cynthia Smallwood – October 4 – Introduction Class
Sister Mildred V. Hatton – October 5 – Introduction Class
Sister Victoria Young – October 7 – Class 09/10
Sister Chiquita Bennett-Clark – October 9 – Introduction Class

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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….***

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Sunday, September 26, 2021The Dwindles2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Our Daily Bread Focus:  Christ, return; Hope; Resurrection of believers

Reflect & Pray

What “dwindles” are affecting you or someone you love right now? What can help you maintain your faith and hope during seasons of struggle or discouragement with health issues?

Father, even as our bodies “waste away,” help me to see those physical struggles through the lens of our hope in Jesus and the glory He promises.

The Dwindles

Monday, October 4, 2021 Wherever We WorshipJohn 4:7-24

Our Daily Bread Focus:  Worship

Scripture(s):  Philippians 3:3; Jude 1:20-21

Reflect & Pray

Where do you enjoy worshiping God? How do you enjoy His presence and experience joy while worshiping Him?

Amazing God, please help me worship You as I rejoice in who You are, what You’ve done, and all You promise to do.

Wherever We Worship

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 With Us In The ValleyPsalm 23

Our Daily Bread Focus: Death, God’s Love and Care, Grief, Suffering

Scripture(s): John 16:32-33; Romans 8:35-39; Isaiah 41:10

Reflect & Pray

How does it comfort you to know that Jesus our Shepherd is always with you? How can you share that hope with someone today?

My Shepherd, thank You for Your perfect faithfulness and kindness to me. Help me to stay near You today.

With Us In The Valley

Wednesday, October 6, 2021Helping Each Other1 Thessalonians 5:11-25

Our Daily Bread Focus: Encouragement

Scripture(s): Galatians 6:10; Hebrews 10:24-25

Reflect & Pray

In what ways have others encouraged you? How can you prepare yourself to receive and give support to others?

I love being a part of Your family, God. Show me how I can have a part in the lives of others.

Helping Each Other

Thursday, October 7, 2021 Current BattlesPhilippians 3:12-16; 4:1-2

Our Daily Bread Focus: Unity

Scripture(s): James 1:4-5; Proverbs 3:5-7

Reflect & Pray

How can you apply God’s grace and wisdom to a current battle of personal preferences? Why is prayer vital as you face this conflict?

Dear God, life is complicated. I have a situation, and I’m not sure which way to go. Please help me discern, with the help of the Holy Spirit, what to do next.

Current Battles

Friday, October 8, 2021 No Such Thing As OrdinaryHebrews 11:1, 32-40

Our Daily Bread Focus: Identity in Christ, Living for Christ

Scripture(s): 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Corinthians 2:5; Habakkuk 2:4

Reflect & Pray

In what area of your daily life might God be calling you to exercise faith in Him? How can He help you be more obedient and faithful in what you do every day?

Faithful God, please help me to trust and obey You always.

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No Such Thing As Ordinary

Saturday, October 9, 2021 The Need For Wisdom – Exodus 18:17-24

Our Daily Bread Focus:  Mentoring; Serving

Reflect & Pray

In what ways have you benefited from sage advice? Who might you come alongside?

Heavenly Father, help me to seek out and listen to wise counsel from the people You’ve put in my life.

The Need For Wisdom


Extraordinary Faith is a “Now Faith” for living in the now. God wants us to live an abundant life and enjoy our walk with Him, growing in His grace and love and flourishing in our Faith. The Bible talks about “Now Faith” because many times when we step out in Faith, it requires that intentional moment with no hesitation, but we are prepared and positioned to step out in boldness. 

Hebrews mentioned “Now faith is …” in the present tense, meaning that “Now Faith” is in operation. Not yesterday’s Faith, not tomorrow’s Faith, but today’s Faith

When we activate “Now Faith” in our lives, we will be able to flow with the Holy Spirit and step out and do great things for God. Everything we do for God requires Faith because otherwise, we will be doing something in our strength.

Are you ready to step out in “Now Faith” today? If yes, let’s remember that Now Faith is like Wi-Fi, it’s invisible, but it has the power to connect you to what you need.

“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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