FOCUS OF THE MONTH
The Fatherhood Of God
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? — Matthew 7:11 (KJV)
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! –– Matthew 7:11 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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Sister Deborah Mason – June 22 – Class 05
Sister Tolani Rufai – June 22 – Class 12
Sister Cynthia Barnaby – June 24 – Class 12
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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: Prayer
Reflect & Pray
What comes to mind when you think of a “lonely” place? When and where can you withdraw to simply spend time with the Father?
Thank You for the reminder, Father, of my need for time spent with You. I need Your grace and strength to renew my often-weary soul.
To learn more about spending time with God in prayer, visit ChristianUniversity.org/SF120.
What battles or challenges are you preparing for now? If your victory rests in God, why should you prepare for this life test?
Heavenly Father, as I approach life’s great tests, inspire me to prepare my heart so that You get the victory.
When you’ve had to “run,” whether literally or metaphorically, where did you go and to whom did you turn? How can you remind yourself of God’s presence in your life?
Father, You’re the One I can always run to. Help me turn to You first.
Read Who’s My Neighbor? at DiscoverySeries.org/Q0308.
Reflect & Pray
What changes can you imagine the God of restoration making in your life? What’s keeping you from believing in Jesus for life-change today?
God of restoration and renovation, You know what changes are needed in my life for me to look more like You. Please work in my heart and life today.
When has God helped you to share your faith with someone? How could you pray for someone today whom you wish would come to know God?
Loving Jesus, You work through my weaknesses to bring glory to Your Father. Move in my life today, that I might share Your good news of grace.
Is there someone in despair whom you can affirm as “wonderfully made” today? With whom can you share the offer of becoming a child of God?
Father, life in all its fullness is Yours alone to give. I open my hands to accept it.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Prayer
Reflect & Pray
When have you felt that God wasn’t listening? Why did you feel that way?
Dear God, thank You for hearing my prayers, though I may sometimes doubt it. Help me to trust Your promise that You listen to me.
Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
God’s Grace Is Sufficient
We don’t believe God’s grace is sufficient until we think we are insufficient. We have learned to be self-reliant, but we can’t receive God’s strength until we know we have weaknesses. We can’t receive the sufficiency of God’s grace until we know our imperfections.
God will help us through our troubles (weaknesses). We are made better because of these “weaknesses.” God uses our weak moments to allow us to grow closer to Him during hard times to teach us how to rely on Him and be strengthened by His grace.
God has enough grace to carry us through the storms of our lives. He is assuring us that He will not let go of us. That is what His grace is, and it is more than enough to meet any challenge. Once we admit that we are weak, God is there to carry us through troubled times.
If you are one of God’s Elect, the will of God will never lead you where the grace of God will not sustain you. God’s grace is sufficient for our every weakness, and His strength and provisions are more than enough for our every 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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