FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Signs Of The End Times As Revealed By COVID-19 And The Riots of 2020
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, — 1 Timothy 4:1 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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Sister Arnette Jackson – September 30 – Class 09/10
Sister Ironia Broyles – October 2 – Class 06
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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: Emotions; Rest
Reflect & Pray
How does viewing rest as a relationship rather than a regulation change your view of rest? In what area of your life is Jesus calling you to rest in relationship with Him?
Dear Jesus, thank You for the rest You call me to in an ongoing relationship with You.
How will you draw on God’s unlimited strength today? (vv. 29–31). In the midst of your tasks and deadlines, how will you pause to worship the infinite One?
Loving God, You’re the unlimited One who’ll accomplish all You’ve promised.
What do you think it means for God to give us His glory? How have you experienced it?
Dear Father, thank You for revealing Your glory through Jesus. Make me mindful of Your presence throughout this day.
Reflect & Pray
Which areas of your thought life are most in need of God’s transforming power? How willing are you to act when you clearly understand His will for your life?
Dear God, I invite You to transform me by renewing my mind today. Thank You for all that’s possible when I surrender to You.
What’s one thing lacking in your life that you feel would make you whole? How can you surrender it to God and find satisfaction in Him as your portion?
Father, thank You for making me complete in Christ. Help me to say along with the psalmist, “As for me, it is good to be near God” (Psalm 73:28).
How does your reputation match up against your character? How well is your character reflecting who you are in Jesus?
Father, I believe I am who You say I am. Help me to live as Your child.
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Our Daily Bread Focus: Relationships; Trust in God
Reflect & Pray
How has God’s wisdom helped you grow in your relationship with Him? In what area of your life do you need to heed His wisdom?
Loving God, help me to trust that You know what’s best for me.
RENEWING OF OUR MINDS
The mind is a battleground where the war for our emotions, purpose, and fullness of life is won or lost. Our minds are attacked daily by the enemy. It’s our minds that the world is trying to influence for its benefit. Yet, it’s our minds that the Lord desires to renew for us to live in a fruitful relationship with Him. So, since the mind is indeed a battleground, how do we win? How do we come out victorious over Satan and his plans?
Romans 12:2 states that to achieve victory over our minds, the mind must renew continually by the power of God’s Word. God says being conformed to the world is in opposition to being transformed by the renewal of our minds. Our minds are either being won for the Kingdom of God or lost to the world. We are either thinking conforming thoughts to God or not.
If we allow God’s Word to be the foundation of our thought life by spending our first moments of each day meditating on Scripture, then we will win the battle for our minds, thus a win for God’s Kingdom. The negative thoughts and insecurities we face will flee from us in the glorious light of God’s truth.
Take time today to meditate on Scripture and experience the transformative power of grace over our thoughts.
“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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