Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

28 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  (Psalms 37:5 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:

 1Jn 3:1  See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 
1Jn 3:2  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 
1Jn 3:3  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 
1Jn 3:4  Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 
1Jn 3:5  But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 
1Jn 3:6  No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 
1Jn 3:7  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 
1Jn 3:8  The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 
1Jn 3:9  No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 
1Jn 3:10  This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 
Love One Another
1Jn 3:11  For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 
1Jn 3:12  Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 
1Jn 3:13  Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 
1Jn 3:14  We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 
1Jn 3:15  Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 
1Jn 3:16  This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 
1Jn 3:17  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 
1Jn 3:18  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 
1Jn 3:19  This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 
1Jn 3:20  If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 
1Jn 3:21  Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 
1Jn 3:22  and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 
1Jn 3:23  And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 
1Jn 3:24  The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 

Test the Spirits
1Jn 4:1
  Dear friends, 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. 
1Jn 4:2  This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 
1Jn 4:3  but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 
1Jn 4:4  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 
1Jn 4:5  They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 
1Jn 4:6  We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. 
God Is Love
1Jn 4:7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 
1Jn 4:8  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 
1Jn 4:9  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 
1Jn 4:10  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 
1Jn 4:11  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 
1Jn 4:12  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 
1Jn 4:13  This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 
1Jn 4:14  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 
1Jn 4:15  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 
1Jn 4:16  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 
1Jn 4:17  This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 
1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 
1Jn 4:19  We love because he first loved us. 
1Jn 4:20  Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 
1Jn 4:21  And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



27 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  (Psalms 37:4 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:

The Word of Life
1Jn 1:1
  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 
1Jn 1:2  The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 
1Jn 1:3  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 
1Jn 1:4  We write this to make our joy complete. 
Walking in the Light
1Jn 1:5  This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 
1Jn 1:6  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 
1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 
1Jn 1:8  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 
1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 
1Jn 1:10  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 

Christ Our Advocate
1Jn 2:1
  My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 
1Jn 2:2  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 
1Jn 2:3  We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 
1Jn 2:4  Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 
1Jn 2:5  But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 
1Jn 2:6  Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 
The New Commandment
1Jn 2:7  Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 
1Jn 2:8  Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 
1Jn 2:9  Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 
1Jn 2:10  Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 
1Jn 2:11  But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. 
1Jn 2:12  I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 
1Jn 2:13  I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. 
1Jn 2:14  I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 
Do Not Love the World
1Jn 2:15  Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 
1Jn 2:16  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 
1Jn 2:17  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 
Warning Concerning Antichrists
1Jn 2:18  Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 
1Jn 2:19  They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 
1Jn 2:20  But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 
1Jn 2:21  I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 
1Jn 2:22  Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 
1Jn 2:23  No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 
1Jn 2:24  As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 
1Jn 2:25  And this is what he promised us—eternal life. 
1Jn 2:26  I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 
1Jn 2:27  As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 
Children of God
1Jn 2:28  And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 
1Jn 2:29  If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



26 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  (Psalms 37:3 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:

False Prophets and Teachers
2Pe 2:1  But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 
2Pe 2:2  Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 
2Pe 2:3  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 
2Pe 2:4  For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; 
2Pe 2:5  if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 
2Pe 2:6  if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 
2Pe 2:7  and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 
2Pe 2:8  (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 
2Pe 2:9  if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 
2Pe 2:10  This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 
2Pe 2:11  yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord. 
2Pe 2:12  But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish. 
2Pe 2:13  They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 
2Pe 2:14  With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 
2Pe 2:15  They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. 
2Pe 2:16  But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. 
2Pe 2:17  These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 
2Pe 2:18  For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 
2Pe 2:19  They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 
2Pe 2:20  If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 
2Pe 2:21  It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 
2Pe 2:22  Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” 

The Day of the Lord Will Come
2Pe 3:1
  Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 
2Pe 3:2  I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 
2Pe 3:3  Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 
2Pe 3:4  They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 
2Pe 3:5  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 
2Pe 3:6  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 
2Pe 3:7  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 
2Pe 3:8  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 
2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 
2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 
2Pe 3:11  Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 
2Pe 3:12  as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 
2Pe 3:13  But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 
Final Words
2Pe 3:14  So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 
2Pe 3:15  Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 
2Pe 3:16  He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 
2Pe 3:17  Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 
2Pe 3:18  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



25 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  (Psalms 37:1 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:

Shepherd the Flock of God
1Pe 5:1
  To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 
1Pe 5:2  Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 
1Pe 5:3  not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 
1Pe 5:4  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 
1Pe 5:5  In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 
1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 
1Pe 5:7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 
1Pe 5:8  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
1Pe 5:9  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 
1Pe 5:10  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 
1Pe 5:11  To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 
Final Greetings
1Pe 5:12  With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 
1Pe 5:13  She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 
1Pe 5:14  Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. 

Greeting
2Pe 1:1
  Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: 
2Pe 1:2  Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 
Confirm Your Calling and Election
2Pe 1:3  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 
2Pe 1:4  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 
2Pe 1:5  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 
2Pe 1:6  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 
2Pe 1:7  and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 
2Pe 1:8  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
2Pe 1:9  But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 
2Pe 1:10  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 
2Pe 1:11  and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
2Pe 1:12  So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 
2Pe 1:13  I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 
2Pe 1:14  because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 
2Pe 1:15  And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 
Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word
2Pe 1:16  For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 
2Pe 1:17  He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 
2Pe 1:18  We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 
2Pe 1:19  We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 
2Pe 1:20  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 
2Pe 1:21  For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



24 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  (James 5:16 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:

Wives and Husbands
1Pe 3:1
  Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 
1Pe 3:2  when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 
1Pe 3:3  Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 
1Pe 3:4  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 
1Pe 3:5  For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 
1Pe 3:6  like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 
1Pe 3:7  Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. 
Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake
1Pe 3:8  Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 
1Pe 3:9  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 
1Pe 3:10  For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 
1Pe 3:11  They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 
1Pe 3:12  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 
1Pe 3:13  Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 
1Pe 3:14  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 
1Pe 3:15  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 
1Pe 3:16  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 
1Pe 3:17  For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 
1Pe 3:18  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 
1Pe 3:19  After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 
1Pe 3:20  to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 
1Pe 3:21  and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 
1Pe 3:22  who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. 

Stewards of God’s Grace
1Pe 4:1
  Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 
1Pe 4:2  As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 
1Pe 4:3  For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 
1Pe 4:4  They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 
1Pe 4:5  But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 
1Pe 4:6  For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 
1Pe 4:7  The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 
1Pe 4:8  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 
1Pe 4:9  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 
1Pe 4:10  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 
1Pe 4:11  If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 
Suffering as a Christian
1Pe 4:12  Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 
1Pe 4:13  But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 
1Pe 4:14  If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 
1Pe 4:15  If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 
1Pe 4:16  However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 
1Pe 4:17  For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 
1Pe 4:18  And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 
1Pe 4:19  So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



23 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  (Psalms 90:12 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:

Greeting
1Pe 1:1  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
1Pe 1:2  Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Born Again to a Living Hope
1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1Pe 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Called to Be Holy
1Pe 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 1:14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1Pe 1:17  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1Pe 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
1Pe 1:25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

A Living Stone and a Holy People
1Pe 2:1  Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
1Pe 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
1Pe 2:3  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1Pe 2:4  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1Pe 2:11  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
1Pe 2:12  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Submission to Authority
1Pe 2:13  Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
1Pe 2:14  Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
1Pe 2:15  For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
1Pe 2:16  As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
1Pe 2:17  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
1Pe 2:18  Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
1Pe 2:19  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
1Pe 2:20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1Pe 2:25  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



22 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  (Colossians 3:14 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:

Warning Against Worldliness
Jas 4:1
  What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 
Jas 4:2  You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 
Jas 4:3  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 
Jas 4:4  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 
Jas 4:5  Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 
Jas 4:6  But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 
Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 
Jas 4:8  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 
Jas 4:9  Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 
Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. 
Jas 4:11  Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 
Jas 4:12  There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? 
Boasting About Tomorrow
Jas 4:13  Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 
Jas 4:14  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 
Jas 4:15  Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 
Jas 4:16  As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 
Jas 4:17  If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. 

Warning to the Rich
Jas 5:1
  Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 
Jas 5:2  Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 
Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 
Jas 5:4  Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 
Jas 5:5  You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 
Jas 5:6  You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. 
Patience in Suffering
Jas 5:7  Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 
Jas 5:8  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 
Jas 5:9  Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 
Jas 5:10  Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 
Jas 5:11  As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 
Jas 5:12  Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned. 
The Prayer of Faith
Jas 5:13  Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 
Jas 5:14  Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 
Jas 5:15  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 
Jas 5:16  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 
Jas 5:17  Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 
Jas 5:18  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. 
Jas 5:19  My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 
Jas 5:20  remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



21 April 2018 Verse of the Day

bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.  (Colossians 3:13 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 Sin of Partiality
Jas 2:1
  My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 
Jas 2:2  Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 
Jas 2:3  If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 
Jas 2:4  have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 
Jas 2:5  Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 
Jas 2:6  But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 
Jas 2:7  Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? 
Jas 2:8  If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 
Jas 2:9  But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 
Jas 2:10  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 
Jas 2:11  For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 
Jas 2:12  Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 
Jas 2:13  because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 
Faith Without Works Is Dead
Jas 2:14  What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 
Jas 2:15  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 
Jas 2:16  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 
Jas 2:17  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 
Jas 2:18  But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 
Jas 2:19  You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 
Jas 2:20  You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 
Jas 2:21  Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 
Jas 2:22  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 
Jas 2:23  And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 
Jas 2:24  You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 
Jas 2:25  In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 
Jas 2:26  As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. 

Taming the Tongue
Jas 3:1
  Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 
Jas 3:2  We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 
Jas 3:3  When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 
Jas 3:4  Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 
Jas 3:5  Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 
Jas 3:6  The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 
Jas 3:7  All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 
Jas 3:8  but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 
Jas 3:9  With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 
Jas 3:10  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 
Jas 3:11  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 
Jas 3:12  My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. 
Wisdom from Above
Jas 3:13  Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 
Jas 3:14  But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 
Jas 3:15  Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 
Jas 3:16  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 
Jas 3:17  But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 
Jas 3:18  Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



20 April 2018 Verse of the Day

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;  (Colossians 3:12 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:

Sacrifices Pleasing to God
Heb 13:1
  Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 
Heb 13:2  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 
Heb 13:3  Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 
Heb 13:4  Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 
Heb 13:5  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 
Heb 13:6  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” 
Heb 13:7  Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 
Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 
Heb 13:9  Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 
Heb 13:10  We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. 
Heb 13:11  The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 
Heb 13:12  And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 
Heb 13:13  Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 
Heb 13:14  For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 
Heb 13:15  Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 
Heb 13:16  And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 
Heb 13:17  Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. 
Heb 13:18  Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 
Heb 13:19  I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon. 
Benediction
Heb 13:20  Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 
Heb 13:21  equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
Final Greetings
Heb 13:22  Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly. 
Heb 13:23  I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you. 
Heb 13:24  Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings. 
Heb 13:25  Grace be with you all. 

Greeting
Jas 1:1
  James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. 
Testing of Your Faith
Jas 1:2  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 
Jas 1:3  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 
Jas 1:4  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 
Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 
Jas 1:6  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 
Jas 1:7  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 
Jas 1:8  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 
Jas 1:9  Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 
Jas 1:10  But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 
Jas 1:11  For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 
Jas 1:12  Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 
Jas 1:13  When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 
Jas 1:14  but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 
Jas 1:15  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 
Jas 1:16  Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 
Jas 1:17  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 
Jas 1:18  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. 
Hearing and Doing the Word
Jas 1:19  My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 
Jas 1:20  because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 
Jas 1:21  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 
Jas 1:22  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 
Jas 1:23  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 
Jas 1:24  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 
Jas 1:25  But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 
Jas 1:26  Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 
Jas 1:27  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



19 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.  (Joshua 24:23 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:

By Faith
Heb 11:1
  Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 
Heb 11:2  This is what the ancients were commended for. 
Heb 11:3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 
Heb 11:4  By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. 
Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 
Heb 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 
Heb 11:7  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. 
Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 
Heb 11:9  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 
Heb 11:10  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 
Heb 11:11  And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 
Heb 11:12  And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 
Heb 11:13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 
Heb 11:14  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 
Heb 11:15  If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 
Heb 11:16  Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 
Heb 11:17  By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 
Heb 11:18  even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 
Heb 11:19  Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. 
Heb 11:20  By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. 
Heb 11:21  By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 
Heb 11:22  By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. 
Heb 11:23  By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 
Heb 11:24  By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 
Heb 11:25  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 
Heb 11:26  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 
Heb 11:27  By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 
Heb 11:28  By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. 
Heb 11:29  By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. 
Heb 11:30  By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. 
Heb 11:31  By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. 
Heb 11:32  And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 
Heb 11:33  who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 
Heb 11:34  quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 
Heb 11:35  Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 
Heb 11:36  Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 
Heb 11:37  They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 
Heb 11:38  the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. 
Heb 11:39  These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 
Heb 11:40  since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. 

Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
Heb 12:1
  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 
Heb 12:2  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Do Not Grow Weary
Heb 12:3  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 
Heb 12:4  In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 
Heb 12:5  And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 
Heb 12:6  because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” 
Heb 12:7  Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 
Heb 12:8  If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 
Heb 12:9  Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 
Heb 12:10  They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 
Heb 12:11  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 
Heb 12:12  Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 
Heb 12:13  “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. 
Heb 12:14  Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 
Heb 12:15  See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 
Heb 12:16  See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 
Heb 12:17  Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done. 
A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken
Heb 12:18  You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 
Heb 12:19  to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 
Heb 12:20  because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 
Heb 12:21  The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” 
Heb 12:22  But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 
Heb 12:23  to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 
Heb 12:24  to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 
Heb 12:25  See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 
Heb 12:26  At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 
Heb 12:27  The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 
Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 
Heb 12:29  for our “God is a consuming fire.” (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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