FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Let Us Give Thanks Unto The Lord: Every Day Is A Day Of Thanksgiving
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. — Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. — Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!
Sister Frances Lambright – November 29 – Class 03
Sister Magdalen Harris – December 1 – Class 06
Min. Robert Coleman – December 4 – Class 01
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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: Judging; Love for Others
Reflect & Pray
How have others misjudged you, and how did you feel? When have you been critical of others whose pain you didn’t understand?
Father, like Job’s friends, I’m inclined to assume that the troubles of others are somehow deserved. Please help me live this day in the Spirit of Your Son rather than in the words and thoughts of the accuser.
What are some ways you’ve chosen to follow God “even if”? What are ways He’s been with you?
God, thank You for loving me so generously. Help me to follow You with joy even in the face of opposition.
How are you prone to experience darkness and despair? Consider this image of Jesus as the great light—how does this light renew you with hope?
God, there’s so much darkness. I fear sometimes that the darkness will overwhelm me. Be my great light. Shine on me with radiant love.
Reflect & Pray
What are the top four reasons you either go to church or don’t go? How does knowing “someone may need you there” make you feel about meeting together?
Heavenly Father, as I meet with others to worship and praise Your name, help me to also encourage others in Your name. Forgive me when I overlook the latter because I’m too preoccupied with myself.
Learn more about the importance of church.
When have you experienced the goodness of unity in Christ? How has it brought blessing?
Heavenly Father, help me do my part to live in unity with all of God’s people.
Learn more about loving those who are different from you.
What personal faults and past failings have you allowed to determine your identity? How can knowing you’re loved, chosen, and crowned as God’s child help you live in righteousness and love?
Loving God, thank You for reminding me that who I am is based on whose I am—Yours, simply Yours.
Learn more about your own identity.
Our Daily Bread Focus: Aging
Reflect & Pray
In what ways do you think you may have ignored or disrespected others from a different age group? How might you use the gifts God has given you to serve them?
Forgive me, Father, for not appreciating others in a stage of life different from mine.
Your Identity In Christ Is Certain
Your identity is not in your joy, and it is not in your suffering. Your identity is in Christ, whether you are experiencing joy or are suffering. Knowing who you are and where you are in Christ empowers you with the courage to push back against uncertainty and the winds of change.
When you implant God’s Word into your mind, you fill your brain with the powerful influence of God’s love, which directly impacts your physical and mental health positively.
Meditate on God’s Word, bask in the truth of the Scripture, seek an intimate relationship with the Creator. Then, choose always to believe everything God says about you and me:
You are a child of God. — (John 1:12)
You are Jesus’ friend. — (John 15:14)
You are His redeemed and forgiven. — (Colossians 1:14)
You are a new creature because you are in Christ. — (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You are the chosen holy people and loved by God. — (Colossians 3:12)
You are established, anointed, and sealed by God. — (2 Corinthians 1:21)
Your identity in Christ is specific and will not change despite what unforeseen circumstances surround you.
“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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