Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

18 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.  (Luke 6:30 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Traditions and Commandments
Mar 7:1
  The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 
Mar 7:2  and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 
Mar 7:3  (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 
Mar 7:4  When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.) 
Mar 7:5  So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” 
Mar 7:6  He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 
Mar 7:7  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ 
Mar 7:8  You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” 
Mar 7:9  And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 
Mar 7:10  For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 
Mar 7:11  But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 
Mar 7:12  then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 
Mar 7:13  Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” 
What Defiles a Person
Mar 7:14  Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 
Mar 7:15  Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” 
Mar 7:17  After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 
Mar 7:18  “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 
Mar 7:19  For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) 
Mar 7:20  He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 
Mar 7:21  For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 
Mar 7:22  adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 
Mar 7:23  All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” 
The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
Mar 7:24  Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 
Mar 7:25  In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 
Mar 7:26  The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. 
Mar 7:27  “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 
Mar 7:28  “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 
Mar 7:29  Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” 
Mar 7:30  She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. 
Jesus Heals a Deaf Man
Mar 7:31  Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 
Mar 7:32  There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. 
Mar 7:33  After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 
Mar 7:34  He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 
Mar 7:35  At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. 
Mar 7:36  Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 
Mar 7:37  People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” 

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
Mar 8:1
  During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 
Mar 8:2  “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 
Mar 8:3  If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” 
Mar 8:4  His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” 
Mar 8:5  “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. 
Mar 8:6  He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. 
Mar 8:7  They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 
Mar 8:8  The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 
Mar 8:9  About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, 
Mar 8:10  he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. 
The Pharisees Demand a Sign
Mar 8:11  The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 
Mar 8:12  He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” 
Mar 8:13  Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side. 
The Leaven of the Pharisees and Herod
Mar 8:14  The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 
Mar 8:15  “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” 
Mar 8:16  They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” 
Mar 8:17  Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 
Mar 8:18  Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 
Mar 8:19  When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. 
Mar 8:20  “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” 
Mar 8:21  He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” 
Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida
Mar 8:22  They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 
Mar 8:23  He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 
Mar 8:24  He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” 
Mar 8:25  Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 
Mar 8:26  Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” 
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
Mar 8:27  Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 
Mar 8:28  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 
Mar 8:29  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 
Mar 8:30  Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. 
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
Mar 8:31  He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 
Mar 8:32  He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 
Mar 8:33  But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” 
Mar 8:34  Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 
Mar 8:35  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 
Mar 8:36  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 
Mar 8:37  Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 
Mar 8:38  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



17 January 2018 Verse of the Day

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,  (2 Corinthians 4:17 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
Mar 5:1
  They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 
Mar 5:2  When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 
Mar 5:3  This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 
Mar 5:4  For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 
Mar 5:5  Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 
Mar 5:6  When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 
Mar 5:7  He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 
Mar 5:8  For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” 
Mar 5:9  Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 
Mar 5:10  And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. 
Mar 5:11  A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 
Mar 5:12  The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 
Mar 5:13  He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. 
Mar 5:14  Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 
Mar 5:15  When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 
Mar 5:16  Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 
Mar 5:17  Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. 
Mar 5:18  As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 
Mar 5:19  Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 
Mar 5:20  So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. 
Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter
Mar 5:21  When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 
Mar 5:22  Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 
Mar 5:23  He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 
Mar 5:24  So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 
Mar 5:25  And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 
Mar 5:26  She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 
Mar 5:27  When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 
Mar 5:28  because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 
Mar 5:29  Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 
Mar 5:30  At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 
Mar 5:31  “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?'” 
Mar 5:32  But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 
Mar 5:33  Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 
Mar 5:34  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” 
Mar 5:35  While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 
Mar 5:36  Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 
Mar 5:37  He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 
Mar 5:38  When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 
Mar 5:39  He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 
Mar 5:40  But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 
Mar 5:41  He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 
Mar 5:42  Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 
Mar 5:43  He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. 

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
Mar 6:1
  Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 
Mar 6:2  When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 
Mar 6:3  Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 
Mar 6:4  Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 
Mar 6:5  He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 
Mar 6:6  He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
Mar 6:7  Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. 
Mar 6:8  These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 
Mar 6:9  Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 
Mar 6:10  Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 
Mar 6:11  And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 
Mar 6:12  They went out and preached that people should repent. 
Mar 6:13  They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. 
The Death of John the Baptist
Mar 6:14  King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 
Mar 6:15  Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.” 
Mar 6:16  But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!” 
Mar 6:17  For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 
Mar 6:18  For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 
Mar 6:19  So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 
Mar 6:20  because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him. 
Mar 6:21  Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 
Mar 6:22  When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” 
Mar 6:23  And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 
Mar 6:24  She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered. 
Mar 6:25  At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 
Mar 6:26  The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 
Mar 6:27  So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 
Mar 6:28  and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 
Mar 6:29  On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb. 
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Mar 6:30  The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 
Mar 6:31  Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 
Mar 6:32  So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 
Mar 6:33  But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 
Mar 6:34  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. 
Mar 6:35  By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 
Mar 6:36  Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 
Mar 6:37  But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” 
Mar 6:38  “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” 
Mar 6:39  Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 
Mar 6:40  So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 
Mar 6:41  Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 
Mar 6:42  They all ate and were satisfied, 
Mar 6:43  and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 
Mar 6:44  The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. 
Jesus Walks on the Water
Mar 6:45  Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 
Mar 6:46  After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. 
Mar 6:47  Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 
Mar 6:48  He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 
Mar 6:49  but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 
Mar 6:50  because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 
Mar 6:51  Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 
Mar 6:52  for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened. 
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
Mar 6:53  When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 
Mar 6:54  As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 
Mar 6:55  They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 
Mar 6:56  And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed. (NIV) 

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



16 January 2018 Verse of the Day

My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:11-12 NKJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

A Man with a Withered Hand
Mar 3:1
  Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 
Mar 3:2  Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 
Mar 3:3  Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 
Mar 3:4  Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. 
Mar 3:5  He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 
Mar 3:6  Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. 
A Great Crowd Follows Jesus
Mar 3:7  Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 
Mar 3:8  When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 
Mar 3:9  Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 
Mar 3:10  For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 
Mar 3:11  Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 
Mar 3:12  But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him. 
The Twelve Apostles
Mar 3:13  Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 
Mar 3:14  He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 
Mar 3:15  and to have authority to drive out demons. 
Mar 3:16  These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 
Mar 3:17  James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 
Mar 3:18  Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 
Mar 3:19  and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 
Mar 3:20  Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 
Mar 3:21  When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
Mar 3:22  And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” 
Mar 3:23  So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 
Mar 3:24  If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 
Mar 3:25  If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 
Mar 3:26  And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 
Mar 3:27  In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 
Mar 3:28  Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 
Mar 3:29  but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” 
Mar 3:30  He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.” 
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
Mar 3:31  Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 
Mar 3:32  A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” 
Mar 3:33  “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. 
Mar 3:34  Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 
Mar 3:35  Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” 

The Parable of the Sower
Mar 4:1
  Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 
Mar 4:2  He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 
Mar 4:3  “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 
Mar 4:4  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 
Mar 4:5  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 
Mar 4:6  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 
Mar 4:7  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 
Mar 4:8  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 
Mar 4:9  Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” 
The Purpose of the Parables
Mar 4:10  When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 
Mar 4:11  He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 
Mar 4:12  so that, “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'” 
Mar 4:13  Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 
Mar 4:14  The farmer sows the word. 
Mar 4:15  Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 
Mar 4:16  Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 
Mar 4:17  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 
Mar 4:18  Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 
Mar 4:19  but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 
Mar 4:20  Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” 
A Lamp Under a Basket
Mar 4:21  He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 
Mar 4:22  For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 
Mar 4:23  If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” 
Mar 4:24  “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 
Mar 4:25  Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” 
The Parable of the Seed Growing
Mar 4:26  He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 
Mar 4:27  Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 
Mar 4:28  All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 
Mar 4:29  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” 
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Mar 4:30  Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 
Mar 4:31  It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 
Mar 4:32  Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” 
Mar 4:33  With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 
Mar 4:34  He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. 
Jesus Calms a Storm
Mar 4:35  That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 
Mar 4:36  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 
Mar 4:37  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 
Mar 4:38  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 
Mar 4:39  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 
Mar 4:40  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 
Mar 4:41  They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



15 January 2018 Verse of the Day

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  (John 12:25 KJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Mar 1:1
  The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 
Mar 1:2  as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— 
Mar 1:3  “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'” 
Mar 1:4  And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 
Mar 1:5  The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 
Mar 1:6  John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 
Mar 1:7  And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 
Mar 1:8  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 
The Baptism of Jesus
Mar 1:9  At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 
Mar 1:10  Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 
Mar 1:11  And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 
The Temptation of Jesus
Mar 1:12  At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 
Mar 1:13  and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. 
Jesus Begins His Ministry
Mar 1:14  After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 
Mar 1:15  “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” 
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
Mar 1:16  As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 
Mar 1:17  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 
Mar 1:18  At once they left their nets and followed him. 
Mar 1:19  When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 
Mar 1:20  Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. 
Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit
Mar 1:21  They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 
Mar 1:22  The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 
Mar 1:23  Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 
Mar 1:24  “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 
Mar 1:25  “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 
Mar 1:26  The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. 
Mar 1:27  The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 
Mar 1:28  News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee. 
Jesus Heals Many
Mar 1:29  As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 
Mar 1:30  Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 
Mar 1:31  So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. 
Mar 1:32  That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 
Mar 1:33  The whole town gathered at the door, 
Mar 1:34  and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. 
Jesus Preaches in Galilee
Mar 1:35  Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 
Mar 1:36  Simon and his companions went to look for him, 
Mar 1:37  and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 
Mar 1:38  Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 
Mar 1:39  So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Mar 1:40  A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 
Mar 1:41  Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 
Mar 1:42  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. 
Mar 1:43  Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 
Mar 1:44  “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 
Mar 1:45  Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere. 

Jesus Heals a Paralytic
Mar 2:1
  A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 
Mar 2:2  They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 
Mar 2:3  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 
Mar 2:4  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 
Mar 2:5  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 
Mar 2:6  Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 
Mar 2:7  “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 
Mar 2:8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 
Mar 2:9  Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 
Mar 2:10  But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 
Mar 2:11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 
Mar 2:12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” 
Jesus Calls Levi
Mar 2:13  Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 
Mar 2:14  As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. 
Mar 2:15  While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 
Mar 2:16  When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 
Mar 2:17  On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 
A Question About Fasting
Mar 2:18  Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?” 
Mar 2:19  Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 
Mar 2:20  But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast. 
Mar 2:21  “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 
Mar 2:22  And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” 
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
Mar 2:23  One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 
Mar 2:24  The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 
Mar 2:25  He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 
Mar 2:26  In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 
Mar 2:27  Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 
Mar 2:28  So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



14 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Commit your activities to the LORD, and your plans will be achieved.  (Proverbs 16:3 HCSB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jesus Delivered to Pilate
Mat 27:1
  Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 
Mat 27:2  So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor. 
Judas Hangs Himself
Mat 27:3  When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 
Mat 27:4  “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” 
Mat 27:5  So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. 
Mat 27:6  The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 
Mat 27:7  So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. 
Mat 27:8  That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 
Mat 27:9  Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 
Mat 27:10  and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” 
Jesus Before Pilate
Mat 27:11  Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 
Mat 27:12  When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 
Mat 27:13  Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 
Mat 27:14  But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor. 
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
Mat 27:15  Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 
Mat 27:16  At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. 
Mat 27:17  So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 
Mat 27:18  For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him. 
Mat 27:19  While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” 
Mat 27:20  But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. 
Mat 27:21  “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. 
Mat 27:22  “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” 
Mat 27:23  “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” 
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
Mat 27:24  When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” 
Mat 27:25  All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!” 
Mat 27:26  Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. 
Jesus Is Mocked
Mat 27:27  Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 
Mat 27:28  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 
Mat 27:29  and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 
Mat 27:30  They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 
Mat 27:31  After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. 
The Crucifixion
Mat 27:32  As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 
Mat 27:33  They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 
Mat 27:34  There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 
Mat 27:35  When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 
Mat 27:36  And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 
Mat 27:37  Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 
Mat 27:38  Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 
Mat 27:39  Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 
Mat 27:40  and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 
Mat 27:41  In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 
Mat 27:42  “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 
Mat 27:43  He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'” 
Mat 27:44  In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him. 
The Death of Jesus
Mat 27:45  From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 
Mat 27:46  About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 
Mat 27:47  When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 
Mat 27:48  Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 
Mat 27:49  The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” 
Mat 27:50  And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 
Mat 27:51  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 
Mat 27:52  and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 
Mat 27:53  They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 
Mat 27:54  When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” 
Mat 27:55  Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 
Mat 27:56  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons. 
Jesus Is Buried
Mat 27:57  As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 
Mat 27:58  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 
Mat 27:59  Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 
Mat 27:60  and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 
Mat 27:61  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. 
The Guard at the Tomb
Mat 27:62  The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 
Mat 27:63  “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 
Mat 27:64  So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” 
Mat 27:65  “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 
Mat 27:66  So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. 

The Resurrection
Mat 28:1
  After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 
Mat 28:2  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 
Mat 28:3  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 
Mat 28:4  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 
Mat 28:5  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 
Mat 28:6  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 
Mat 28:7  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 
Mat 28:8  So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 
Mat 28:9  Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 
Mat 28:10  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” 
The Report of the Guard
Mat 28:11  While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 
Mat 28:12  When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 
Mat 28:13  telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 
Mat 28:14  If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 
Mat 28:15  So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day. 
The Great Commission
Mat 28:16  Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 
Mat 28:17  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 
Mat 28:18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 
Mat 28:19  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
Mat 28:20  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



13 January 2018 Verse of the Day

for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.  (1 Thessalonians 3:8 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Parable of the Ten Virgins
Mat 25:1
  “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 
Mat 25:2  Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 
Mat 25:3  The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 
Mat 25:4  The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 
Mat 25:5  The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 
Mat 25:6  “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 
Mat 25:7  “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 
Mat 25:8  The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 
Mat 25:9  “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 
Mat 25:10  “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 
Mat 25:11  “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 
Mat 25:12  “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 
Mat 25:13  “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. 
The Parable of the Talents
Mat 25:14  “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 
Mat 25:15  To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 
Mat 25:16  The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 
Mat 25:17  So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 
Mat 25:18  But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 
Mat 25:19  “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 
Mat 25:20  The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ 
Mat 25:21  “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 
Mat 25:22  “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ 
Mat 25:23  “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 
Mat 25:24  “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 
Mat 25:25  So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 
Mat 25:26  “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 
Mat 25:27  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 
Mat 25:28  “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 
Mat 25:29  For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 
Mat 25:30  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 
The Final Judgment
Mat 25:31  “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 
Mat 25:32  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 
Mat 25:33  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 
Mat 25:34  “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 
Mat 25:35  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 
Mat 25:36  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
Mat 25:37  “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 
Mat 25:38  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 
Mat 25:39  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 
Mat 25:40  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 
Mat 25:41  “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 
Mat 25:42  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 
Mat 25:43  I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 
Mat 25:44  “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 
Mat 25:45  “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 
Mat 25:46  “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” 

The Plot to Kill Jesus
Mat 26:1
  When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 
Mat 26:2  “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” 
Mat 26:3  Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 
Mat 26:4  and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 
Mat 26:5  “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” 
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
Mat 26:6  While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 
Mat 26:7  a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 
Mat 26:8  When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 
Mat 26:9  “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 
Mat 26:10  Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 
Mat 26:11  The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 
Mat 26:12  When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 
Mat 26:13  Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” 
Judas to Betray Jesus
Mat 26:14  Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 
Mat 26:15  and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 
Mat 26:16  From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. 
The Passover with the Disciples
Mat 26:17  On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 
Mat 26:18  He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.'” 
Mat 26:19  So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. 
Mat 26:20  When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 
Mat 26:21  And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 
Mat 26:22  They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” 
Mat 26:23  Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 
Mat 26:24  The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 
Mat 26:25  Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” 
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
Mat 26:26  While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 
Mat 26:27  Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 
Mat 26:28  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 
Mat 26:29  I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
Mat 26:30  When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 
Mat 26:31  Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 
Mat 26:32  But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 
Mat 26:33  Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” 
Mat 26:34  “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 
Mat 26:35  But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. 
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Mat 26:36  Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 
Mat 26:37  He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 
Mat 26:38  Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 
Mat 26:39  Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 
Mat 26:40  Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 
Mat 26:41  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 
Mat 26:42  He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 
Mat 26:43  When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 
Mat 26:44  So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 
Mat 26:45  Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 
Mat 26:46  Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” 
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Mat 26:47  While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 
Mat 26:48  Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 
Mat 26:49  Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 
Mat 26:50  Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 
Mat 26:51  With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 
Mat 26:52  “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 
Mat 26:53  Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 
Mat 26:54  But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” 
Mat 26:55  In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 
Mat 26:56  But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. 
Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council
Mat 26:57  Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 
Mat 26:58  But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. 
Mat 26:59  The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 
Mat 26:60  But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 
Mat 26:61  and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'” 
Mat 26:62  Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 
Mat 26:63  But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” 
Mat 26:64  “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 
Mat 26:65  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 
Mat 26:66  What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered. 
Mat 26:67  Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 
Mat 26:68  and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?” 
Peter Denies Jesus
Mat 26:69  Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 
Mat 26:70  But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 
Mat 26:71  Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 
Mat 26:72  He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 
Mat 26:73  After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 
Mat 26:74  Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 
Mat 26:75  Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. 

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



12 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  (1 John 4:1 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees
Mat 23:1
  Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 
Mat 23:2  “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 
Mat 23:3  So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 
Mat 23:4  They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 
Mat 23:5  “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 
Mat 23:6  they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 
Mat 23:7  they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. 
Mat 23:8  “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 
Mat 23:9  And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 
Mat 23:10  Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 
Mat 23:11  The greatest among you will be your servant. 
Mat 23:12  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. 
Mat 23:13  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 
Mat 23:15  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are. 
Mat 23:16  “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 
Mat 23:17  You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 
Mat 23:18  You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 
Mat 23:19  You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 
Mat 23:20  Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 
Mat 23:21  And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 
Mat 23:22  And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it. 
Mat 23:23  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 
Mat 23:24  You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. 
Mat 23:25  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 
Mat 23:26  Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. 
Mat 23:27  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 
Mat 23:28  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. 
Mat 23:29  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 
Mat 23:30  And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 
Mat 23:31  So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 
Mat 23:32  Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started! 
Mat 23:33  “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 
Mat 23:34  Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 
Mat 23:35  And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 
Mat 23:36  Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation. 
Lament over Jerusalem
Mat 23:37  “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 
Mat 23:38  Look, your house is left to you desolate. 
Mat 23:39  For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'” 

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
Mat 24:1
  Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 
Mat 24:2  “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 
Signs of the End of the Age
Mat 24:3  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 
Mat 24:4  Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 
Mat 24:5  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 
Mat 24:6  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 
Mat 24:7  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 
Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of birth pains. 
Mat 24:9  “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 
Mat 24:10  At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 
Mat 24:11  and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 
Mat 24:12  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 
Mat 24:13  but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 
Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. 
The Abomination of Desolation
Mat 24:15  “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 
Mat 24:16  then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 
Mat 24:17  Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 
Mat 24:18  Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 
Mat 24:19  How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 
Mat 24:20  Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 
Mat 24:21  For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. 
Mat 24:22  “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 
Mat 24:23  At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 
Mat 24:24  For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 
Mat 24:25  See, I have told you ahead of time. 
Mat 24:26  “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 
Mat 24:27  For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 
Mat 24:28  Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 
The Coming of the Son of Man
Mat 24:29  “Immediately after the distress of those days “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 
Mat 24:30  “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 
Mat 24:31  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Mat 24:32  “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 
Mat 24:33  Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 
Mat 24:34  Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 
Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 
No One Knows That Day and Hour
Mat 24:36  “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 
Mat 24:37  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 
Mat 24:38  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 
Mat 24:39  and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 
Mat 24:40  Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 
Mat 24:41  Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 
Mat 24:42  “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 
Mat 24:43  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 
Mat 24:44  So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 
Mat 24:45  “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 
Mat 24:46  It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 
Mat 24:47  Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 
Mat 24:48  But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 
Mat 24:49  and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 
Mat 24:50  The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 
Mat 24:51  He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



11 January 2018 Verse of the Day

He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.  (Revelation 3:5 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Triumphal Entry
Mat 21:1
  As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 
Mat 21:2  saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 
Mat 21:3  If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 
Mat 21:4  This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 
Mat 21:5  “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” 
Mat 21:6  The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 
Mat 21:7  They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 
Mat 21:8  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 
Mat 21:9  The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 
Mat 21:10  When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 
Mat 21:11  The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” 
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Mat 21:12  Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 
Mat 21:13  “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.'” 
Mat 21:14  The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 
Mat 21:15  But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. 
Mat 21:16  “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” 
Mat 21:17  And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night. 
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
Mat 21:18  Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 
Mat 21:19  Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. 
Mat 21:20  When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. 
Mat 21:21  Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 
Mat 21:22  If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” 
The Authority of Jesus Challenged
Mat 21:23  Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” 
Mat 21:24  Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 
Mat 21:25  John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 
Mat 21:26  But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 
Mat 21:27  So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 
The Parable of the Two Sons
Mat 21:28  “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 
Mat 21:29  “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 
Mat 21:30  “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 
Mat 21:31  “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 
Mat 21:32  For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. 
The Parable of the Tenants
Mat 21:33  “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 
Mat 21:34  When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. 
Mat 21:35  “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 
Mat 21:36  Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 
Mat 21:37  Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. 
Mat 21:38  “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 
Mat 21:39  So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 
Mat 21:40  “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 
Mat 21:41  “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.” 
Mat 21:42  Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? 
Mat 21:43  “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 
Mat 21:44  Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” 
Mat 21:45  When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 
Mat 21:46  They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet. 

The Parable of the Wedding Feast
Mat 22:1
  Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 
Mat 22:2  “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 
Mat 22:3  He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 
Mat 22:4  “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 
Mat 22:5  “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 
Mat 22:6  The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 
Mat 22:7  The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 
Mat 22:8  “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 
Mat 22:9  So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 
Mat 22:10  So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 
Mat 22:11  “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 
Mat 22:12  He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 
Mat 22:13  “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 
Mat 22:14  “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” 
Paying Taxes to Caesar
Mat 22:15  Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 
Mat 22:16  They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 
Mat 22:17  Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” 
Mat 22:18  But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 
Mat 22:19  Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 
Mat 22:20  and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” 
Mat 22:21  “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 
Mat 22:22  When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away. 
Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
Mat 22:23  That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 
Mat 22:24  “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. 
Mat 22:25  Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 
Mat 22:26  The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 
Mat 22:27  Finally, the woman died. 
Mat 22:28  Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?” 
Mat 22:29  Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 
Mat 22:30  At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 
Mat 22:31  But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 
Mat 22:32  ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” 
Mat 22:33  When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching. 
The Great Commandment
Mat 22:34  Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 
Mat 22:35  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 
Mat 22:36  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 
Mat 22:37  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 
Mat 22:38  This is the first and greatest commandment. 
Mat 22:39  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
Mat 22:40  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 
Whose Son Is the Christ?
Mat 22:41  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 
Mat 22:42  “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. 
Mat 22:43  He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, 
Mat 22:44  “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”‘ 
Mat 22:45  If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 
Mat 22:46  No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. 

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



10 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.  (1 Timothy 6:17 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Teaching About Divorce
Mat 19:1
  When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 
Mat 19:2  Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 
Mat 19:3  Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” 
Mat 19:4  “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 
Mat 19:5  and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 
Mat 19:6  So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 
Mat 19:7  “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 
Mat 19:8  Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 
Mat 19:9  I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” 
Mat 19:10  The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.” 
Mat 19:11  Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 
Mat 19:12  For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” 
Let the Children Come to Me
Mat 19:13  Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 
Mat 19:14  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 
Mat 19:15  When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. 
The Rich Young Man
Mat 19:16  Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 
Mat 19:17  “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 
Mat 19:18  “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 
Mat 19:19  honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'” 
Mat 19:20  “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 
Mat 19:21  Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 
Mat 19:22  When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 
Mat 19:23  Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 19:24  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 
Mat 19:25  When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 
Mat 19:26  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 
Mat 19:27  Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” 
Mat 19:28  Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 
Mat 19:29  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 
Mat 19:30  But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. 

Laborers in the Vineyard
Mat 20:1
  “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 
Mat 20:2  He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 
Mat 20:3  “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 
Mat 20:4  He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 
Mat 20:5  So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 
Mat 20:6  About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ 
Mat 20:7  “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ 
Mat 20:8  “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ 
Mat 20:9  “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 
Mat 20:10  So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 
Mat 20:11  When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 
Mat 20:12  ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ 
Mat 20:13  “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 
Mat 20:14  Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 
Mat 20:15  Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 
Mat 20:16  “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” 
Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time
Mat 20:17  Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 
Mat 20:18  “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 
Mat 20:19  and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” 
A Mother’s Request
Mat 20:20  Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 
Mat 20:21  “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” 
Mat 20:22  “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. 
Mat 20:23  Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” 
Mat 20:24  When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 
Mat 20:25  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 
Mat 20:26  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 
Mat 20:27  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 
Mat 20:28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
Mat 20:29  As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 
Mat 20:30  Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 
Mat 20:31  The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 
Mat 20:32  Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 
Mat 20:33  “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” 
Mat 20:34  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. 

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



9 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, (Hebrews 10:19-20 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Transfiguration
Mat 17:1
  After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 
Mat 17:2  There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 
Mat 17:3  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 
Mat 17:4  Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 
Mat 17:5  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 
Mat 17:6  When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 
Mat 17:7  But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 
Mat 17:8  When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. 
Mat 17:9  As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” 
Mat 17:10  The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” 
Mat 17:11  Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 
Mat 17:12  But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 
Mat 17:13  Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist. 
Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon
Mat 17:14  When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 
Mat 17:15  “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 
Mat 17:16  I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 
Mat 17:17  “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 
Mat 17:18  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. 
Mat 17:19  Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 
Mat 17:20  He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” 
Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection
Mat 17:22  When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 
Mat 17:23  They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief. 
The Temple Tax
Mat 17:24  After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” 
Mat 17:25  “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” 
Mat 17:26  “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 
Mat 17:27  “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” 

Who Is the Greatest?
Mat 18:1
  At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 
Mat 18:2  He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 
Mat 18:3  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 18:4  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 18:5  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. 
Mat 18:6  “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 
Temptations to Sin
Mat 18:7  Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 
Mat 18:8  If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 
Mat 18:9  And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. 
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Mat 18:10  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 
Mat 18:12  “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 
Mat 18:13  And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 
Mat 18:14  In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. 
If Your Brother Sins Against You
Mat 18:15  “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 
Mat 18:16  But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 
Mat 18:17  If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. 
Mat 18:18  “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 
Mat 18:19  “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 
Mat 18:20  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” 
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Mat 18:21  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 
Mat 18:22  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 
Mat 18:23  “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 
Mat 18:24  As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 
Mat 18:25  Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 
Mat 18:26  “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 
Mat 18:27  The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 
Mat 18:28  “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 
Mat 18:29  “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 
Mat 18:30  “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 
Mat 18:31  When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 
Mat 18:32  “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 
Mat 18:33  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 
Mat 18:34  In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 
Mat 18:35  “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” 

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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