FOCUS OF THE MONTH
A New Season and A Fresh Anointing
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. — Luke 4:18 (KJV)
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, — Luke 4:18 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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Sister Florence Owens – January 2 – Class 03
Sister Ruby Brown – January 5 – Class 03
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Minister Cornelia Booker – January 7 – Class 06
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***The English Standard Version (ESV) stands in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over half-millennium. The fountainhead of that stream was William Tyndale’s New Testament of 1526; marking its course was 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). Faithfulness to the text and vigorous pursuit of accuracy were combined with simplicity, beauty, and dignity of expression in that stream. 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 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 translating 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 the structure and meaning of the original as directly as possible. More about the ESV translation philosophy….***
Our Daily Bread Focus: Salvation
Reflect & Pray
How have you seen the fresh start effect at work in your life? What’s stopping you from receiving God’s gift of a new life now?
Jesus, I give up my own plans to follow Yours. Please give me a fresh start!
To gain a better understanding of the Bible this year.
How does your availability to others reflect God’s faithful love for them? In what ways can you follow His example by making time for others today?
Father, thank You for Your perfect love. Please help me to praise You for it and to share it with others today.
Read God Is Love.
How does obedience demonstrate your trust in God? In what areas of your life are you standing on the shifting sands of disobedience to Him?
Jesus, please help me develop resilient faith. Empower me to demonstrate my trust through loving obedience to You.
Reflect & Pray
In what ways do you sense you need to get back to the basics? How will you put this into practice in the new year?
Father, may Your Spirit show me the places where I need to put others before myself. Help me love You with all my heart.
Consider a time when you were quick to criticize a friend or a stranger. What was the result? What could you have done differently to honor God and the individual?
Heavenly Father, I know I fall short of Your glory every day. Thank You for Your unconditional love. Help me strive to be more like You by being patient and gentle with others.
Whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist, what situations cause concern in you? Why is hope better than either optimism or pessimism?
God, this world is distressing and confusing, and many voices want to drive me to a perspective that feels void of hope. Help me to root my heart in the promise and power of the resurrection of Jesus, who holds the future.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Salvation; Story of the Bible
Reflect & Pray
In what ways are you aware of being drawn near to God? How does that truth bring you joy?
Thank You, Jesus, for making it possible for me to be drawn near to God always.
To learn how to draw nearer to God this year.
A New Season and a Fresh Anointing is Coming in 2022
As the dawn breaks on a New Year,
Let’s give thanks for all we hold dear, such as,
Our health, our family, and our friends.
Let’s release our grudges, our anger, and our pains.
You see, these are nothing but binding chains.
Let’s live each day in the most loving way
And listen to God and what He has to say.
Let’s serve all who are in need
Regardless of race, color, or creed.
We are in a new season; it’s a new day
A fresh anointing is flowing our way.
Lord, we need a fresh anointing. We cannot borrow from yesterday. So come and feed us Holy Spirit, teach us about Jesus, His will, and His way.
There is a shift in the atmosphere. Something unique is on the way! A fresh anointing from God is on the way. It’s coming! God is preparing to pour out a blessing our arms won’t have enough room to receive!
Get ready! Stay ready! Believe!
“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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