FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Signs Of The End Times As Revealed By COVID-19 And The Riots of 2020
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. — 2 John 1:7 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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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: Persecution; Suffering
Reflect & Pray
What problem is causing you stress? Tell Jesus that you believe His promise to stay with you through this trial. Let Him carry you.
Jesus, You’re stronger than any storm. Please carry me through the one I’m facing!
What relationships in your life can Jesus help restore? What will it mean for you to be restored by Him?
Jesus, thank You for seeking me when I was lost in sin and for redeeming my messed-up life.
Take a moment to recollect a time when someone was falsely accused. What was the damage, and how was the wrong made right?
God, with things moving so fast these days, it’s often hard to know what’s real. Help me to listen, pay attention, and speak only the truth.
Reflect & Pray
What’s on your mind right now that you should share with God? How are you encouraged by the truth that He knows and understands what you’re facing?
Thank You, God, that You know my heart. I love You for that and many other reasons. Help me to express my thoughts to You and to trust You to understand.
How have you experienced freedom in Jesus? What other images help you to visualize joy?
Jesus, help me to live joyfully as I remember the freedom only You provide.
Reflect & Pray
What’s a “whatever” story that’s encouraged you lately? Who might want or need to hear your story?
Father, I know that behind whatever is excellent and praiseworthy is You. I love You.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Despair; Emotions
Reflect & Pray
What emotion have you tried to hide from God? Why is it often hard to be honest with God about difficult or overwhelming emotions?
Unchanging Father, thank You for assuring me that You know I feel and need to process my ever-changing emotions.
REJOICE IN THE LORD, EVEN DURING THE PANDEMIC
One of our admonishments as Christians is to rejoice in the Lord always. Even during the tremendous devastating pandemic of 2020. Our Father calls us to rejoice in Him. It’s a command, not a suggestion, AND it’s a call to action to honor our Father. We are rejoicing in the Lord when we make up our minds to serve Him, regardless of our circumstances, as we find joy in His love. It’s an intentional lifestyle of worship that we display in our lives.
Events are happening in our world these days that we find hard to rejoice in. Maybe some things are happening in your life right now that you find challenging or complex. But we can still delight in the Lord.
God is always faithful, full of love, grace, and mercy, and He is always there for us. Therefore, we can always rejoice amid the pandemic because we can always rejoice in the Lord.
No matter what is happening in our lives—no matter how bad it might seem—we have a God who loves us, a savior who died for us, and a promise from our God to be with us always. That’s why we can always rejoice.
REJOICE in the good times. REJOICE in the bad times. REJOICE when you have a reason to. REJOICE even when you don’t. Rejoicing in the Lord is one of the hallmarks of spiritual maturity.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” — Philippians 4:4 (ESV)
“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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