SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of December 4, 2022 – December 10, 2022


FOCUS FOR THE MONTH

Count your blessings with a grateful heart


SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. — John 12:46 KJV

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. — John 12:46 ESV


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

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


MEMBERS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. — Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
Blessed Birthday Song by Minister Nadine Cager

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Invitation – Introduction Class
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Open Invitation – Intercessory Prayer
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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….***


PRAISE & WORSHIP


Sinach’s Way Maker by — Maranda Curtis

Wait On You | Elevation Worship & Maverick City

Tasha Cobbs – Fill Me Up / Overflow (Medley) [Live]


DAILY DEVOTIONALS



Sunday, December 4, 2022A LABOR OF LOVE – Colossians 3:23-24

Our Daily Bread Focus:  Living for Christ; Serving

Reflect & Pray

When have you felt the good you did went overlooked? How can you practice keeping God at the forefront of your activities?

Heavenly Father, thank You for calling me to do good things for You. Help me to focus on what You’ve called me to do.

For further study, read Get Outside—Work. 

A Labor of Love

Monday, December 5, 2022  –  DAILY DEPENDENCEMatthew 6:6-13

Our Daily Bread Focus: Prayer

Scripture(s): John 5:19, 15:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

Reflect & Pray

What’s the “bread” you’re praying for today? How do you reveal your trust in God as you call out to Him?

Dear Jesus, You’re my Creator and my Sustainer. Please help me to trust in You.

Daily Dependence

Tuesday, December 6, 2022  GREAT EXPECTATIONS –  Luke 2:25, 36-38

Our Daily Bread Focus(es): Aging; Christ’s birth; Waiting on God; Hope and joy

Scripture(s): Isaiah 7:14, 8:6; Psalm 62:5; Matthew 1:23

 

Reflect & Pray

What lessons have you learned from elderly believers about God’s faithfulness? How does their hopefulness inspire you?  

Dear faithful Father, when I lose hope, remind me to wait expectantly for You.

Great Expectations

Wednesday, December 7, 2022  GOD’S SURE PURSUITPsalm 23

Our Daily Bread Focus(es):  God’s love and care; Love for others

Scripture(s): 2 Peter 3:9; Zephaniah 3:17

Reflect & Pray

Do you believe God’s goodness is actually pursuing you? If not, why not, since Scripture includes the word surely?

Good Shepherd, thank You that Your goodness and love pursue me always.

For further study, read The Lord Is My Shepherd: Rest and Renewal from Psalm 23.

God’s Sure Pursuit

Thursday, December 8, 2022  FAST-FOOD ENCOURAGEMENTRuth 2:15-20

Our Daily Bread Focus: Encouragement

Scripture(s): Romans 15:5

 

Reflect & Pray

Is there someone around you today that you might invite to “glean” from the abundance in your life? Ask God to reveal the needs around you that you might respond with His heart.

Dear Father, show me who needs me to extend Your love to them today.

For further study, read Living Justly, Loving Mercy: A Biblical Response to Our Broken World.

Fast-Food Encouragement

Friday, December 9, 2022  –  LIGHTEN THE LOADGalatians 6:1-10

Our Daily Bread Focus(es): Family of God; Influencing people; Mentoring; Serving

Scripture(s): Philippians 2:4; Ephesians 4:2

Reflect & Pray

Who’s suffering around you? How can you lighten their load today?

Dear God, thank You for walking alongside me no matter what I face. Help me love others in that way today.

Learn how to care for others spiritually. 

Lighten the Load

Saturday, December 10, 2022 RUNNING TO OUR SHELTER2 Samuel 22:1-7

Our Daily Bread Focus:  God, character

Reflect & Pray

What fear are you dealing with these days? How can God help you face it and deal with it?

Dear God, when I’m afraid, remind me to trust You—to depend on You—and praise Your name.

For further study, read Hope: Choosing Faith Instead of Fear.

 
Running to Our Shelter

THIS WEEK’S INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS BY SISTER CLOVIA


JESUS IS OUR BURDEN BEARER – Thoughts By Sister Clovia – 12 04 2022

JESUS IS OUR BURDEN BEARER

Isaiah 53:4 says, “Surely, He hath borne our grief and carried our sorrows.” It is that truth that tells us Jesus is our burden bearer. He has promised He will lift our burdens. 

He said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).   There is a place we can flee to when the burdens of life get heavy and oppressive. That place is Jesus Himself!

God never intended for us to bear loads of life alone! However, we have a personal Savior acquainted with all our grief and sorrows. The Lord says He “hath” borne our grief and sorrow. 

If the Lord has already taken care of these things, then when we have a burden or a need, God has a solution ready; Philippians 4:19 tells us, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Jesus Christ, Our Lord, and Savior, already meets our needs. Jesus knows all our tomorrows and has already made provisions for anything you will face. 

Whatever your “griefs and sorrows,”; take them to Jesus. He will lift your burden and lighten your load! 

You come, and He will meet with you right now.


“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia



CHRISTIAN-BASED MOVIE OF THE MONTH



A Black woman with white skin struggles to fit in with society. | War of Colors


***The Daily Devotionals are taken from Our Daily Bread Ministries and the Scriptures are from the BibleGateway.***

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