SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of April 11 – April 17, 2021

The Risen Savior


And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.  — Mark 16:6 (KJV)

And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:6 (ESV)

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

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

Sister Carole Brown – April 14 – Class 08 

Sister Senior Ree Austin – April 16 – Class 04

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The Weekly Scripture & Focus and the Tuesday Facilitators Review is currently changing its style and format. So expect periodic changes. The first change is that there will not be a “This Week’s Overview” for the foreseeable future. In its place, we will add a Weekly Personal Growth Plan (PGP).

Thank you for your patience, support and prayers. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Yours in Christ,
Pansy Wells, Co-Founder & Tuesday Review Facilitator

***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….***

Personal Growth Plan (PGP)

Each day jot down one or two things in your life that focus on the Our Daily Bread Topic for that day that you need God/Jesus to help you master in your life.  

Sunday, April 11, 2021Imperfect PlansProverbs 19:20-23

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s love & care; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

How do you respond when your plans don’t work out or when your expectations are unmet? What might God want you to learn through those experiences?

God, I believe You’re in control of everything. Help me to live wisely in this world, committing all my plans to You.

Imperfect Plans

Monday, April 12, 2021 – Serving The LeastMatthew 25:31-40

Focus: Serving the least is the same as serving Him; have a willing heart to do so.  Show love for others in serving. 

Scripture(s): 1 John 3:17-18

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Love for others; Service

Reflect & Pray

Who comes to mind when you hear the phrase “the least of these”? What’s something you could do for them?

King Jesus, I’m afraid I make serving You harder than it is. Your words are clear—You call me to the least and the littlest, perhaps in Nicaragua or maybe in my neighborhood. Give me courage to serve.

Serving The Least

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – The Frosting Of Faith2 Timothy 1:1-5

Focus:  Let your faith become the “frosting” in your life so others will want the faith you have.

Scripture(s): Titus 2:3-5; Acts 19:1-2, 6

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Mentoring

Reflect & Pray

How have you been influenced by the faith of others? How are you living out your faith so that others might be influenced?

Dear God, help me to invest my time in living out my faith before others.

The Frosting Of Faith

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Live Like It’s MorningEphesians 5:1-9

Focus:  As believers in Jesus, you are to truly reflect Him in your life.  Live out of step with this world and walk in the way of love.

Scripture(s): Ephesians 4:22-24; Romans 12:1-2

Our Daily Bread Topic:   Living like Christ

Reflect & Pray

Where have your actions and choices lined up too closely with the world around you? What would the fruit of goodness, righteousness, and truth look like in your life?

Jesus, wake me up to the new day that has come in You. Fill me with Your power to live in a “different time zone.” Open my eyes to choose goodness, righteousness, and beauty.

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Live Like It’s Morning

Thursday, April 15, 2021 – The Baggage ActivityLeviticus 19:32-34

Focus:  As a believer you should always treat those God puts in your path with the respect and understanding that you, yourself, desire. 

Scripture(s): Hebrews 13:1-2; 1 John 3:17-18

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Love for Others
Reflect & Pray

Who around you might need your empathy for the burdens they carry? How can you “love them as yourself”?

God, You know the weight in my heart and You graciously unburden me as I put my trust in You. Help me to offer care and compassion toward those in my life.

The Baggage Activity

Friday, April 16, 2021 – Extending MercyLuke 17:1-5

Focus:  As believers your faith should increase as you wrestle in prayer over those areas where you are weak. 

Scripture(s): Matthew 6:14-15, 18:21-22

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Conflict & confrontation; God’s love and care

Reflect & Pray

If someone who wronged you later repented, how did you react? How could God help you to forgive in these situations?

Jesus, thank You for releasing me from the consequences of my sin through Your death on the cross. I give You the glory!

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Extending Mercy

Saturday, April 17, 2021 –  WindowsIsaiah 55:6-13

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Evangelism; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

Would you say your life is more wall or window? Why? Is there a person or situation you need to be more open to?

Almighty Father, flood my heart with the confidence of Your love.


Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  


My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to you and I will look up.  Psalm 5:3

Morning by morning, as members of the 5AM Bible Study Ministry, we direct our thoughts to the Lord and lift up our voices in prayer and praise to the God of our salvation.  Day by day, we discover that God’s mercies were fresh and new every morning, for we know that the Word of the Lord endures forever and ever – Great is His faithfulness!  Moment by moment, we reflect on the Word of Truth, contemplating the glory of God, praising the Lord for His many precious promises, and trusting God to deliver us from our enemies.

So, we come joyfully saying:  GOOD MORNING JESUS!    Knowing that You are beside us in all we need to begin our day.  Indeed, there is no better way to start our day with morning glory to Jesus!

Let’s begin this day together.  This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24 

“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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