Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

8 April 2018 Verse of the Day

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; (Colossians 2:9-10 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:

Qualifications for Overseers
1Ti 3:1
  Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 
1Ti 3:2  Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 
1Ti 3:3  not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 
1Ti 3:4  He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 
1Ti 3:5  (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 
1Ti 3:6  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 
1Ti 3:7  He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 
Qualifications for Deacons
1Ti 3:8  In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 
1Ti 3:9  They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 
1Ti 3:10  They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. 
1Ti 3:11  In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. 
1Ti 3:12  A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 
1Ti 3:13  Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. 
The Mystery of Godliness
1Ti 3:14  Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 
1Ti 3:15  if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 
1Ti 3:16  Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. 

Some Will Depart from the Faith
1Ti 4:1
  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 
1Ti 4:2  Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 
1Ti 4:3  They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 
1Ti 4:4  For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 
1Ti 4:5  because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 
A Good Servant of Christ Jesus
1Ti 4:6  If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 
1Ti 4:7  Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 
1Ti 4:8  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 
1Ti 4:9  This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 
1Ti 4:10  That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. 
1Ti 4:11  Command and teach these things. 
1Ti 4:12  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 
1Ti 4:13  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 
1Ti 4:14  Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 
1Ti 4:15  Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 
1Ti 4:16  Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



7 April 2018 Verse of the Day

And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.  (Genesis 21:6 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:

Greeting
1Ti 1:1
  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 
1Ti 1:2  To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 
Warning Against False Teachers
1Ti 1:3  As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 
1Ti 1:4  or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 
1Ti 1:5  The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 
1Ti 1:6  Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 
1Ti 1:7  They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. 
1Ti 1:8  We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 
1Ti 1:9  We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 
1Ti 1:10  for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 
1Ti 1:11  that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. 
Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners
1Ti 1:12  I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 
1Ti 1:13  Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 
1Ti 1:14  The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 
1Ti 1:15  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 
1Ti 1:16  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 
1Ti 1:17  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
1Ti 1:18  Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 
1Ti 1:19  holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 
1Ti 1:20  Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme. 

 Pray for All People
1Ti 2:1
  I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 
1Ti 2:2  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 
1Ti 2:3  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 
1Ti 2:4  who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 
1Ti 2:5  For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 
1Ti 2:6  who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 
1Ti 2:7  And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles. 
1Ti 2:8  Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 
1Ti 2:9  I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 
1Ti 2:10  but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. 
1Ti 2:11  A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 
1Ti 2:12  I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 
1Ti 2:13  For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 
1Ti 2:14  And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 
1Ti 2:15  But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



6 April 2018 Verse of the Day

May the LORD reward you for what you have done, and may you receive a full reward from the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”  (Ruth 2:12 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:

The Man of Lawlessness
2Th 2:1
  Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 
2Th 2:2  not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 
2Th 2:3  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 
2Th 2:4  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 
2Th 2:5  Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 
2Th 2:6  And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 
2Th 2:7  For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 
2Th 2:8  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 
2Th 2:9  The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 
2Th 2:10  and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 
2Th 2:11  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 
2Th 2:12  and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 
Stand Firm
2Th 2:13  But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 
2Th 2:14  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
2Th 2:15  So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 
2Th 2:16  May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 
2Th 2:17  encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 

Pray for Us
2Th 3:1
  As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 
2Th 3:2  And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 
2Th 3:3  But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 
2Th 3:4  We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 
2Th 3:5  May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 
Warning Against Idleness
2Th 3:6  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. 
2Th 3:7  For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 
2Th 3:8  nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 
2Th 3:9  We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 
2Th 3:10  For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 
2Th 3:11  We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 
2Th 3:12  Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 
2Th 3:13  And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 
2Th 3:14  Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 
2Th 3:15  Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer. 
Benediction
2Th 3:16  Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 
2Th 3:17  I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write. 
2Th 3:18  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



5 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.  (Proverbs 18:12 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:

The Day of the Lord
1Th 5:1
  Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 
1Th 5:2  for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 
1Th 5:3  While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 
1Th 5:4  But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 
1Th 5:5  You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 
1Th 5:6  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 
1Th 5:7  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 
1Th 5:8  But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 
1Th 5:9  For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
1Th 5:10  He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 
1Th 5:11  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 
Final Instructions and Benediction
1Th 5:12  Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 
1Th 5:13  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 
1Th 5:14  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 
1Th 5:15  Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 
1Th 5:16  Rejoice always, 
1Th 5:17  pray continually, 
1Th 5:18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 
1Th 5:19  Do not quench the Spirit. 
1Th 5:20  Do not treat prophecies with contempt 
1Th 5:21  but test them all; hold on to what is good, 
1Th 5:22  reject every kind of evil. 
1Th 5:23  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
1Th 5:24  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 
1Th 5:25  Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 
1Th 5:26  Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 
1Th 5:27  I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. 
1Th 5:28  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 

Greeting
2Th 1:1
  Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 
2Th 1:2  Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Thanksgiving
2Th 1:3  We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 
2Th 1:4  Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 
The Judgment at Christ’s Coming
2Th 1:5  All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 
2Th 1:6  God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 
2Th 1:7  and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 
2Th 1:8  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 
2Th 1:9  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 
2Th 1:10  on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. 
2Th 1:11  With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 
2Th 1:12  We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



4 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,  (Ephesians 5:25 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:

1Th 3:1  So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 
1Th 3:2  We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 
1Th 3:3  so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. 
1Th 3:4  In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 
1Th 3:5  For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain. 
Timothy’s Encouraging Report
1Th 3:6  But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. 
1Th 3:7  Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 
1Th 3:8  For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 
1Th 3:9  How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 
1Th 3:10  Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. 
1Th 3:11  Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 
1Th 3:12  May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 
1Th 3:13  May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 

A Life Pleasing to God
1Th 4:1
  As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 
1Th 4:2  For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 
1Th 4:3  It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 
1Th 4:4  that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 
1Th 4:5  not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 
1Th 4:6  and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 
1Th 4:7  For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 
1Th 4:8  Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. 
1Th 4:9  Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 
1Th 4:10  And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 
1Th 4:11  and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 
1Th 4:12  so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 
The Coming of the Lord
1Th 4:13  Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 
1Th 4:14  For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 
1Th 4:15  According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 
1Th 4:17  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 
1Th 4:18  Therefore encourage one another with these words.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



3 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.  (Romans 15:7 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:

Greeting
1Th 1:1
  Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. 
The Thessalonians’ Faith and Example
1Th 1:2  We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 
1Th 1:3  We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 
1Th 1:4  For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 
1Th 1:5  because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 
1Th 1:6  You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 
1Th 1:7  And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 
1Th 1:8  The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 
1Th 1:9  for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 
1Th 1:10  and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 

Paul’s Ministry to the Thessalonians
1Th 2:1
  You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. 
1Th 2:2  We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 
1Th 2:3  For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 
1Th 2:4  On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 
1Th 2:5  You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 
1Th 2:6  We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. 
1Th 2:7  Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 
1Th 2:8  so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 
1Th 2:9  Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 
1Th 2:10  You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 
1Th 2:11  For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 
1Th 2:12  encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. 
1Th 2:13  And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 
1Th 2:14  For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews 
1Th 2:15  who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 
1Th 2:16  in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last. 
Paul’s Longing to See Them Again
1Th 2:17  But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 
1Th 2:18  For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 
1Th 2:19  For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 
1Th 2:20  Indeed, you are our glory and joy.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



2 April 2018 Verse of the Day

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’  (Isaiah 41:10 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:

Put On the New Self
Col 3:1
  Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 
Col 3:2  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 
Col 3:3  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 
Col 3:4  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 
Col 3:5  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 
Col 3:6  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 
Col 3:7  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 
Col 3:8  But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 
Col 3:9  Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 
Col 3:10  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 
Col 3:11  Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 
Col 3:12  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 
Col 3:13  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 
Col 3:14  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 
Col 3:15  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 
Col 3:16  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 
Col 3:17  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 
Rules for Christian Households
Col 3:18  Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 
Col 3:19  Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 
Col 3:20  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 
Col 3:21  Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. 
Col 3:22  Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 
Col 3:23  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 
Col 3:24  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 
Col 3:25  Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. 

Col 4:1  Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. 
Further Instructions
Col 4:2  Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 
Col 4:3  And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 
Col 4:4  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 
Col 4:5  Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 
Col 4:6  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. 
Final Greetings
Col 4:7  Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 
Col 4:8  I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 
Col 4:9  He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here. 
Col 4:10  My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 
Col 4:11  Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 
Col 4:12  Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 
Col 4:13  I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 
Col 4:14  Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 
Col 4:15  Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 
Col 4:16  After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. 
Col 4:17  Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” 
Col 4:18  I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



1 April 2018 Verse of the Day

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  (Matthew 16:26 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:

Greeting
Col 1:1
  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 
Col 1:2  To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. 
Thanksgiving and Prayer
Col 1:3  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 
Col 1:4  because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 
Col 1:5  the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 
Col 1:6  that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 
Col 1:7  You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 
Col 1:8  and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. 
Col 1:9  For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 
Col 1:10  so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 
Col 1:11  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 
Col 1:12  and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 
Col 1:13  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 
Col 1:14  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 
The Preeminence of Christ
Col 1:15  The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 
Col 1:16  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 
Col 1:17  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 
Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 
Col 1:19  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 
Col 1:20  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 
Col 1:21  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 
Col 1:22  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 
Col 1:23  if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. 
Paul’s Ministry to the Church
Col 1:24  Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 
Col 1:25  I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 
Col 1:26  the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 
Col 1:27  To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 
Col 1:28  He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 
Col 1:29  To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. 

Col 2:1  I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 
Col 2:2  My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 
Col 2:3  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 
Col 2:4  I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 
Col 2:5  For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. 
Alive in Christ
Col 2:6  So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 
Col 2:7  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 
Col 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. 
Col 2:9  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 
Col 2:10  and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 
Col 2:11  In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 
Col 2:12  having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 
Col 2:13  When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 
Col 2:14  having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 
Col 2:15  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. 
Let No One Disqualify You
Col 2:16  Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 
Col 2:17  These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 
Col 2:18  Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 
Col 2:19  They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. 
Col 2:20  Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 
Col 2:21  “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 
Col 2:22  These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 
Col 2:23  Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



31 March 2018 Verse of the Day

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.  (Revelation 22:20 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:

Righteousness Through Faith in Christ
Php 3:1
  Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 
Php 3:2  Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 
Php 3:3  For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 
Php 3:4  though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 
Php 3:5  circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 
Php 3:6  as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. 
Php 3:7  But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 
Php 3:8  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 
Php 3:9  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 
Php 3:10  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 
Php 3:11  and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 
Straining Toward the Goal
Php 3:12  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 
Php 3:13  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 
Php 3:14  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 
Php 3:15  All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 
Php 3:16  Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 
Php 3:17  Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 
Php 3:18  For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 
Php 3:19  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 
Php 3:20  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 
Php 3:21  who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. 

Php 4:1  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! 
Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer
Php 4:2  I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 
Php 4:3  Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 
Php 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 
Php 4:5  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 
Php 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
Php 4:8  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 
Php 4:9  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. 
God’s Provision
Php 4:10  I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 
Php 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 
Php 4:12  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 
Php 4:13  I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 
Php 4:14  Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 
Php 4:15  Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 
Php 4:16  for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 
Php 4:17  Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 
Php 4:18  I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 
Php 4:19  And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 
Php 4:20  To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
Final Greetings
Php 4:21  Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 
Php 4:22  All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. 
Php 4:23  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



30 March 2018 Verse of the Day

My son, keep your father’s commands. Don’t turn away from your mother’s teaching.  (Proverbs 6:20 NIrV)

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
Php 1:1
  Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: 
Php 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Thanksgiving and Prayer
Php 1:3  I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 
Php 1:4  always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 
Php 1:5  in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. 
Php 1:6  For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 
Php 1:7  For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. 
Php 1:8  For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 
Php 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 
Php 1:10  so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 
Php 1:11  having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 
The Advance of the Gospel
Php 1:12  Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, 
Php 1:13  so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, 
Php 1:14  and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 
Php 1:15  Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 
Php 1:16  the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 
Php 1:17  the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. 
To Live Is Christ
Php 1:18  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 
Php 1:19  for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 
Php 1:20  according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 
Php 1:21  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 
Php 1:22  But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 
Php 1:23  But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 
Php 1:24  yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 
Php 1:25  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 
Php 1:26  so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again. 
Php 1:27  Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 
Php 1:28  in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 
Php 1:29  For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 
Php 1:30  experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me. 

Christ’s Example of Humility
Php 2:1
  Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 
Php 2:2  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 
Php 2:3  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 
Php 2:4  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 
Php 2:5  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 
Php 2:6  who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 
Php 2:7  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 
Php 2:8  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 
Php 2:9  For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 
Php 2:10  so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
Php 2:11  and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 
Lights in the World
Php 2:12  So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 
Php 2:13  for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. 
Php 2:14  Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 
Php 2:15  so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 
Php 2:16  holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 
Php 2:17  But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 
Php 2:18  You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me. 
Timothy and Epaphroditus
Php 2:19  But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 
Php 2:20  For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 
Php 2:21  For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 
Php 2:22  But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. 
Php 2:23  Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 
Php 2:24  and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly. 
Php 2:25  But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; 
Php 2:26  because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 
Php 2:27  For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 
Php 2:28  Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you. 
Php 2:29  Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 
Php 2:30  because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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