Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

29 March 2018 Verse of the Day

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  (Psalms 16:8 NASB)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Walk in Love
Eph 5:1
  Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 
Eph 5:2  and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 
Eph 5:3  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 
Eph 5:4  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 
Eph 5:5  For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 
Eph 5:6  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 
Eph 5:7  Therefore do not be partners with them. 
Eph 5:8  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 
Eph 5:9  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 
Eph 5:10  and find out what pleases the Lord. 
Eph 5:11  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 
Eph 5:12  It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 
Eph 5:13  But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 
Eph 5:14  This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 
Eph 5:15  Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 
Eph 5:16  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 
Eph 5:17  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 
Eph 5:18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 
Eph 5:19  speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 
Eph 5:20  always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Eph 5:21  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 
Wives and Husbands
Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 
Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 
Eph 5:24  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 
Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 
Eph 5:26  to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 
Eph 5:27  and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 
Eph 5:28  In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 
Eph 5:29  After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 
Eph 5:30  for we are members of his body. 
Eph 5:31  “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 
Eph 5:32  This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 
Eph 5:33  However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. 

Children and Parents
Eph 6:1
  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 
Eph 6:2  “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 
Eph 6:3  “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 
Eph 6:4  Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 
Bondservants and Masters
Eph 6:5  Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 
Eph 6:6  Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 
Eph 6:7  Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 
Eph 6:8  because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. 
Eph 6:9  And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. 
The Whole Armor of God
Eph 6:10  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 
Eph 6:11  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 
Eph 6:12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 
Eph 6:13  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 
Eph 6:14  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 
Eph 6:15  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 
Eph 6:16  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 
Eph 6:17  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 
Eph 6:18  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 
Eph 6:19  Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 
Eph 6:20  for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. 
Final Greetings
Eph 6:21  Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 
Eph 6:22  I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you. 
Eph 6:23  Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Eph 6:24  Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



28 March 2018 Verse of the Day

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  (Hebrews 11:1 NASB)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
Eph 3:1
  For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 
Eph 3:2  Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 
Eph 3:3  that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 
Eph 3:4  In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 
Eph 3:5  which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 
Eph 3:6  This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. 
Eph 3:7  I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 
Eph 3:8  Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 
Eph 3:9  and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 
Eph 3:10  His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 
Eph 3:11  according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
Eph 3:12  In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 
Eph 3:13  I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. 
Prayer for Spiritual Strength
Eph 3:14  For this reason I kneel before the Father, 
Eph 3:15  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 
Eph 3:16  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 
Eph 3:17  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 
Eph 3:18  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 
Eph 3:19  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 
Eph 3:20  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 
Eph 3:21  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. 

Unity in the Body of Christ
Eph 4:1
  As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 
Eph 4:2  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 
Eph 4:3  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 
Eph 4:4  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 
Eph 4:5  one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 
Eph 4:6  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 
Eph 4:7  But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 
Eph 4:8  This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 
Eph 4:9  (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 
Eph 4:10  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 
Eph 4:11  So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 
Eph 4:12  to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 
Eph 4:13  until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 
Eph 4:14  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 
Eph 4:15  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 
Eph 4:16  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. 
The New Life
Eph 4:17  So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 
Eph 4:18  They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 
Eph 4:19  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 
Eph 4:20  That, however, is not the way of life you learned 
Eph 4:21  when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 
Eph 4:22  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 
Eph 4:23  to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 
Eph 4:24  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 
Eph 4:25  Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 
Eph 4:26  “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 
Eph 4:27  and do not give the devil a foothold. 
Eph 4:28  Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 
Eph 4:29  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 
Eph 4:30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 
Eph 4:31  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 
Eph 4:32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



27 March 2018 Verse of the Day

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.  (Romans 8:19 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
Eph 1:1
  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: 
Eph 1:2  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Eph 1:3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 
Eph 1:4  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 
Eph 1:5  he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 
Eph 1:6  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 
Eph 1:7  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 
Eph 1:8  that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 
Eph 1:9  he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 
Eph 1:10  to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. 
Eph 1:11  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 
Eph 1:12  in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 
Eph 1:13  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 
Eph 1:14  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. 
Thanksgiving and Prayer
Eph 1:15  For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 
Eph 1:16  I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 
Eph 1:17  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 
Eph 1:18  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 
Eph 1:19  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 
Eph 1:20  he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 
Eph 1:21  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 
Eph 1:22  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 
Eph 1:23  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. 

By Grace Through Faith
Eph 2:1
  As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 
Eph 2:2  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 
Eph 2:3  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 
Eph 2:4  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 
Eph 2:5  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 
Eph 2:6  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 
Eph 2:7  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 
Eph 2:8  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 
Eph 2:9  not by works, so that no one can boast. 
Eph 2:10  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 
One in Christ
Eph 2:11  Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 
Eph 2:12  remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 
Eph 2:14  For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 
Eph 2:15  by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 
Eph 2:16  and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 
Eph 2:17  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 
Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 
Eph 2:19  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 
Eph 2:20  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 
Eph 2:21  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 
Eph 2:22  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



26 March 2018 Verse of the Day

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure; pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”  (Luke 6:38 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:

Christ Has Set Us Free
Gal 5:1
  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 
Gal 5:2  Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 
Gal 5:3  Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 
Gal 5:4  You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 
Gal 5:5  For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 
Gal 5:6  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. 
Gal 5:7  You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 
Gal 5:8  That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 
Gal 5:9  “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 
Gal 5:10  I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 
Gal 5:11  Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 
Gal 5:12  As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! 
Gal 5:13  You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 
Gal 5:14  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 
Gal 5:15  If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 
Keep in Step with the Spirit
Gal 5:16  So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 
Gal 5:17  For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 
Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 
Gal 5:19  The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 
Gal 5:20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 
Gal 5:21  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 
Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
Gal 5:23  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 
Gal 5:24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 
Gal 5:25  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 
Gal 5:26  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. 

Bear One Another’s Burdens
Gal 6:1
  Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 
Gal 6:2  Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 
Gal 6:3  If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 
Gal 6:4  Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 
Gal 6:5  for each one should carry their own load. 
Gal 6:6  Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 
Gal 6:7  Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 
Gal 6:8  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 
Gal 6:9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 
Gal 6:10  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. 
Final Warning and Benediction
Gal 6:11  See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! 
Gal 6:12  Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 
Gal 6:13  Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 
Gal 6:14  May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 
Gal 6:15  Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 
Gal 6:16  Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God. 
Gal 6:17  From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 
Gal 6:18  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



25 March 2018 Verse of the Day

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  (Philippians 3:20 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:

By Faith, or by Works of the Law?
Gal 3:1
  You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 
Gal 3:2  I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 
Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 
Gal 3:4  Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 
Gal 3:5  So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 
Gal 3:6  So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 
Gal 3:7  Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 
Gal 3:8  Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 
Gal 3:9  So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
Gal 3:10  For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 
Gal 3:11  Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 
Gal 3:12  The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 
Gal 3:13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 
Gal 3:14  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. 
The Law and the Promise
Gal 3:15  Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 
Gal 3:16  The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. 
Gal 3:17  What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 
Gal 3:18  For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. 
Gal 3:19  Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 
Gal 3:20  A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. 
Gal 3:21  Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 
Gal 3:22  But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. 
Gal 3:23  Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 
Gal 3:24  So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 
Gal 3:25  Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 
Gal 3:26  So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 
Gal 3:27  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 
Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 
Gal 3:29  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

Sons and Heirs
Gal 4:1
  What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 
Gal 4:2  The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 
Gal 4:3  So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 
Gal 4:4  But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 
Gal 4:5  to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 
Gal 4:6  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 
Gal 4:7  So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. 
Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
Gal 4:8  Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 
Gal 4:9  But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 
Gal 4:10  You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 
Gal 4:11  I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. 
Gal 4:12  I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong. 
Gal 4:13  As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, 
Gal 4:14  and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. 
Gal 4:15  Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 
Gal 4:16  Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? 
Gal 4:17  Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. 
Gal 4:18  It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. 
Gal 4:19  My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 
Gal 4:20  how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you! 
Example of Hagar and Sarah
Gal 4:21  Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 
Gal 4:22  For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 
Gal 4:23  His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise. 
Gal 4:24  These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 
Gal 4:25  Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 
Gal 4:26  But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 
Gal 4:27  For it is written: “Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.” 
Gal 4:28  Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 
Gal 4:29  At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 
Gal 4:30  But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” 
Gal 4:31  Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



24 March 2018 Verse of the Day

But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”  (Psalms 31:14 NKJV)

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

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Greeting
Gal 1:1
  Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), 
Gal 1:2  and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 
Gal 1:3  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 
Gal 1:4  who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 
Gal 1:5  to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. 
No Other Gospel
Gal 1:6  I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 
Gal 1:7  which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 
Gal 1:8  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 
Gal 1:9  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! 
Gal 1:10  For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. 
Paul Called by God
Gal 1:11  For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 
Gal 1:12  For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 
Gal 1:13  For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; 
Gal 1:14  and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. 
Gal 1:15  But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 
Gal 1:16  to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 
Gal 1:17  nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus. 
Gal 1:18  Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 
Gal 1:19  But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 
Gal 1:20  (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) 
Gal 1:21  Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 
Gal 1:22  I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; 
Gal 1:23  but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 
Gal 1:24  And they were glorifying God because of me. 

Paul Accepted by the Apostles
Gal 2:1
  Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. 
Gal 2:2  It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. 
Gal 2:3  But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. 
Gal 2:4  But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage. 
Gal 2:5  But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. 
Gal 2:6  But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me. 
Gal 2:7  But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised 
Gal 2:8  (for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), 
Gal 2:9  and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 
Gal 2:10  They only asked us to remember the poor—the very thing I also was eager to do. 
Paul Opposes Peter
Gal 2:11  But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 
Gal 2:12  For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. 
Gal 2:13  The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 
Gal 2:14  But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews? 
Justified by Faith
Gal 2:15  “We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; 
Gal 2:16  nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. 
Gal 2:17  “But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! 
Gal 2:18  “For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 
Gal 2:19  “For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. 
Gal 2:20  “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 
Gal 2:21  “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



23 March 2018 Verse of the Day

Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.  (Matthew 24:42 NASB)

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Final Warnings
2Co 13:1
  This is the third time I am coming to you. EVERY FACT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES. 
2Co 13:2  I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that if I come again I will not spare anyone, 
2Co 13:3  since you are seeking for proof of the Christ who speaks in me, and who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you. 
2Co 13:4  For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you. 
2Co 13:5  Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? 
2Co 13:6  But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test. 
2Co 13:7  Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved. 
2Co 13:8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. 
2Co 13:9  For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete. 
2Co 13:10  For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down. 
Final Greetings
2Co 13:11  Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 
2Co 13:12  Greet one another with a holy kiss. 
2Co 13:13  All the saints greet you. 
2Co 13:14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



22 March 2018 Verse of the Day

The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. (1 Samuel 2:6-7 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.

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Paul and the False Apostles
2Co 11:1
  I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me. 
2Co 11:2  For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. 
2Co 11:3  But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 
2Co 11:4  For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. 
2Co 11:5  For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles. 
2Co 11:6  But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things. 
2Co 11:7  Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? 
2Co 11:8  I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; 
2Co 11:9  and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so. 
2Co 11:10  As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. 
2Co 11:11  Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 
2Co 11:12  But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. 
2Co 11:13  For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 
2Co 11:14  No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. 
Paul’s Sufferings as an Apostle
2Co 11:16  Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little. 
2Co 11:17  What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting. 
2Co 11:18  Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also. 
2Co 11:19  For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly. 
2Co 11:20  For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face. 
2Co 11:21  To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison. But in whatever respect anyone else is bold—I speak in foolishness—I am just as bold myself. 
2Co 11:22  Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 
2Co 11:23  Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 
2Co 11:24  Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 
2Co 11:25  Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 
2Co 11:26  I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 
2Co 11:27  I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 
2Co 11:28  Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. 
2Co 11:29  Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern? 
2Co 11:30  If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness. 
2Co 11:31  The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. 
2Co 11:32  In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me, 
2Co 11:33  and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and so escaped his hands. 

Paul’s Visions and His Thorn
2Co 12:1
  Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 
2Co 12:2  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 
2Co 12:3  And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— 
2Co 12:4  was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 
2Co 12:5  On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. 
2Co 12:6  For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me. 
2Co 12:7  Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 
2Co 12:8  Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 
2Co 12:9  And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 
2Co 12:10  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 
Concern for the Corinthian Church
2Co 12:11  I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. 
2Co 12:12  The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. 
2Co 12:13  For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong! 
2Co 12:14  Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 
2Co 12:15  I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? 
2Co 12:16  But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit. 
2Co 12:17  Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I? 
2Co 12:18  I urged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit and walk in the same steps? 
2Co 12:19  All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved. 
2Co 12:20  For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; 
2Co 12:21  I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



21 March 2018 Verse of the Day

How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!  (Psalms 31:19 NASB)

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

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The Collection for Christians in Jerusalem
2Co 9:1
  For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints; 
2Co 9:2  for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 
2Co 9:3  But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, as I was saying, you may be prepared; 
2Co 9:4  otherwise if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to speak of you—will be put to shame by this confidence. 
2Co 9:5  So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a bountiful gift and not affected by covetousness. 
The Cheerful Giver
2Co 9:6  Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 
2Co 9:7  Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 
2Co 9:8  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 
2Co 9:9  as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” 
2Co 9:10  Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 
2Co 9:11  you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. 
2Co 9:12  For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. 
2Co 9:13  Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, 
2Co 9:14  while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 
2Co 9:15  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 

Paul Defends His Ministry
2Co 10:1
  Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 
2Co 10:2  I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh. 
2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 
2Co 10:4  for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 
2Co 10:5  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 
2Co 10:6  and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. 
2Co 10:7  You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. 
2Co 10:8  For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame, 
2Co 10:9  for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters. 
2Co 10:10  For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.” 
2Co 10:11  Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are also in deed when present. 
2Co 10:12  For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. 
2Co 10:13  But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. 
2Co 10:14  For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ; 
2Co 10:15  not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, 
2Co 10:16  so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another. 
2Co 10:17  But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD. 
2Co 10:18  For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



20 March 2018 Verse of the Day

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.  (1 Corinthians 15:20 NASB)

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2Co 7:1  Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 
Paul’s Joy
2Co 7:2  Make room for us in your hearts; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one. 
2Co 7:3  I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. 
2Co 7:4  Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction. 
2Co 7:5  For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. 
2Co 7:6  But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 
2Co 7:7  and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more. 
2Co 7:8  For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it—for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while— 
2Co 7:9  I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. 
2Co 7:10  For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 
2Co 7:11  For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter. 
2Co 7:12  So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the offender nor for the sake of the one offended, but that your earnestness on our behalf might be made known to you in the sight of God. 
2Co 7:13  For this reason we have been comforted. And besides our comfort, we rejoiced even much more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 
2Co 7:14  For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I was not put to shame; but as we spoke all things to you in truth, so also our boasting before Titus proved to be the truth. 
2Co 7:15  His affection abounds all the more toward you, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. 
2Co 7:16  I rejoice that in everything I have confidence in you.

Encouragement to Give Generously
2Co 8:1
  Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, 
2Co 8:2  that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. 
2Co 8:3  For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 
2Co 8:4  begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, 
2Co 8:5  and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 
2Co 8:6  So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well. 
2Co 8:7  But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also. 
2Co 8:8  I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. 
2Co 8:9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 
2Co 8:10  I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it. 
2Co 8:11  But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 
2Co 8:12  For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 
2Co 8:13  For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality— 
2Co 8:14  at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; 
2Co 8:15  as it is written, “HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK.” 
Commendation of Titus
2Co 8:16  But thanks be to God who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus. 
2Co 8:17  For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. 
2Co 8:18  We have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches; 
2Co 8:19  and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness, 
2Co 8:20  taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift; 
2Co 8:21  for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 
2Co 8:22  We have sent with them our brother, whom we have often tested and found diligent in many things, but now even more diligent because of his great confidence in you. 
2Co 8:23  As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ. 
2Co 8:24  Therefore openly before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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