Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

9 March 2018 Verse of the Day

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (James 1:2-3 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
1Co 1:1
  Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 
1Co 1:2  To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: 
1Co 1:3  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Thanksgiving
1Co 1:4  I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 
1Co 1:5  For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 
1Co 1:6  God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 
1Co 1:7  Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 
1Co 1:8  He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
1Co 1:9  God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Divisions in the Church
1Co 1:10  I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 
1Co 1:11  My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 
1Co 1:12  What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” 
1Co 1:13  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 
1Co 1:14  I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 
1Co 1:15  so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 
1Co 1:16  (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 
1Co 1:17  For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
1Co 1:18  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 
1Co 1:19  For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 
1Co 1:20  Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 
1Co 1:21  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 
1Co 1:22  Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 
1Co 1:23  but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 
1Co 1:24  but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 
1Co 1:25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 
1Co 1:26  Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 
1Co 1:27  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 
1Co 1:28  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 
1Co 1:29  so that no one may boast before him. 
1Co 1:30  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 
1Co 1:31  Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 

Proclaiming Christ Crucified
1Co 2:1
  And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 
1Co 2:2  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 
1Co 2:3  I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 
1Co 2:4  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 
1Co 2:5  so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 
Wisdom from the Spirit
1Co 2:6  We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 
1Co 2:7  No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 
1Co 2:8  None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 
1Co 2:9  However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— 
1Co 2:10  these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 
1Co 2:11  For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 
1Co 2:12  What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 
1Co 2:13  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 
1Co 2:14  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 
1Co 2:15  The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 
1Co 2:16  for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



8 March 2018 Verse of the Day

If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.  (Mark 3:25 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:

The Example of Christ
Rom 15:1
  Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 
Rom 15:2  Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. 
Rom 15:3  For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.” 
Rom 15:4  For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 
Rom 15:5  Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 
Rom 15:6  so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Rom 15:7  Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. 
Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles
Rom 15:8  For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, 
Rom 15:9  and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, “THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES, AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.” 
Rom 15:10  Again he says, “REJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE.” 
Rom 15:11  And again, “PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES, AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM.” 
Rom 15:12  Again Isaiah says, “THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE, AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES, IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE.” 
Rom 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 
Paul the Minister to the Gentiles
Rom 15:14  And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. 
Rom 15:15  But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, 
Rom 15:16  to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 
Rom 15:17  Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God. 
Rom 15:18  For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, 
Rom 15:19  in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 
Rom 15:20  And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 
Rom 15:21  but as it is written, “THEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE, AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL UNDERSTAND.” 
Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome
Rom 15:22  For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; 
Rom 15:23  but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you 
Rom 15:24  whenever I go to Spain—for I hope to see you in passing, and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while— 
Rom 15:25  but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints. 
Rom 15:26  For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 
Rom 15:27  Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things. 
Rom 15:28  Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain. 
Rom 15:29  I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. 
Rom 15:30  Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, 
Rom 15:31  that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; 
Rom 15:32  so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. 
Rom 15:33  Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. 

Personal Greetings
Rom 16:1
  I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; 
Rom 16:2  that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well. 
Rom 16:3  Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 
Rom 16:4  who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles; 
Rom 16:5  also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia. 
Rom 16:6  Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. 
Rom 16:7  Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 
Rom 16:8  Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. 
Rom 16:9  Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. 
Rom 16:10  Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. 
Rom 16:11  Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord. 
Rom 16:12  Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord. 
Rom 16:13  Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine. 
Rom 16:14  Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with them. 
Rom 16:15  Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 
Rom 16:16  Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. 
Final Instructions and Greetings
Rom 16:17  Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. 
Rom 16:18  For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. 
Rom 16:19  For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. 
Rom 16:20  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. 
Rom 16:21  Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. 
Rom 16:22  I, Tertius, who write this letter, greet you in the Lord. 
Rom 16:23  Gaius, host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus, the brother. 
Rom 16:24  [The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.] 
Doxology
Rom 16:25  Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, 
Rom 16:26  but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; 
Rom 16:27  to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



7 March 2018 Verse of the Day

Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.  (Ecclesiastes 5:19 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:

Submission to the Authorities
Rom 13:1
  Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 
Rom 13:2  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 
Rom 13:3  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 
Rom 13:4  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 
Rom 13:5  Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 
Rom 13:6  This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 
Rom 13:7  Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. 
Fulfilling the Law Through Love
Rom 13:8  Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 
Rom 13:9  The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 
Rom 13:10  Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 
Rom 13:11  And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 
Rom 13:12  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 
Rom 13:13  Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 
Rom 13:14  Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. 

Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another
Rom 14:1
  Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 
Rom 14:2  One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 
Rom 14:3  The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 
Rom 14:4  Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 
Rom 14:5  One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 
Rom 14:6  Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 
Rom 14:7  For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 
Rom 14:8  If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 
Rom 14:9  For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 
Rom 14:10  You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 
Rom 14:11  It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” 
Rom 14:12  So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. 
Do Not Cause Another to Stumble
Rom 14:13  Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 
Rom 14:14  I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 
Rom 14:15  If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 
Rom 14:16  Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 
Rom 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 
Rom 14:18  because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. 
Rom 14:19  Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 
Rom 14:20  Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 
Rom 14:21  It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. 
Rom 14:22  So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 
Rom 14:23  But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



6 March 2018 Verse of the Day

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.  (Malachi 3:10 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:

The Remnant of Israel
Rom 11:1
  I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 
Rom 11:2  God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 
Rom 11:3  “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? 
Rom 11:4  And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 
Rom 11:5  So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 
Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 
Rom 11:7  What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 
Rom 11:8  as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” 
Rom 11:9  And David says: “May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them. 
Rom 11:10  May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.” 
Gentiles Grafted In
Rom 11:11  Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 
Rom 11:12  But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! 
Rom 11:13  I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 
Rom 11:14  in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 
Rom 11:15  For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 
Rom 11:16  If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 
Rom 11:17  If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 
Rom 11:18  do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 
Rom 11:19  You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 
Rom 11:20  Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 
Rom 11:21  For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. 
Rom 11:22  Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 
Rom 11:23  And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 
Rom 11:24  After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree! 
The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation
Rom 11:25  I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 
Rom 11:26  and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 
Rom 11:27  And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” 
Rom 11:28  As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 
Rom 11:29  for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 
Rom 11:30  Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 
Rom 11:31  so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 
Rom 11:32  For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. 
Rom 11:33  Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 
Rom 11:34  “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” 
Rom 11:35  “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” 
Rom 11:36  For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. 

A Living Sacrifice
Rom 12:1
  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 
Rom 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
Gifts of Grace
Rom 12:3  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 
Rom 12:4  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 
Rom 12:5  so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 
Rom 12:6  We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 
Rom 12:7  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 
Rom 12:8  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. 
Marks of the True Christian
Rom 12:9  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 
Rom 12:10  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 
Rom 12:11  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
Rom 12:12  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
Rom 12:13  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 
Rom 12:14  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
Rom 12:15  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
Rom 12:16  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 
Rom 12:17  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 
Rom 12:18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
Rom 12:19  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 
Rom 12:20  On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 
Rom 12:21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



5 March 2018 Verse of the Day

Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”  (James 4:15 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:

God’s Sovereign Choice
Rom 9:1
  I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 
Rom 9:2  I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 
Rom 9:3  For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 
Rom 9:4  the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 
Rom 9:5  Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen. 
Rom 9:6  It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 
Rom 9:7  Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 
Rom 9:8  In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. 
Rom 9:9  For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.” 
Rom 9:10  Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 
Rom 9:11  Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 
Rom 9:12  not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 
Rom 9:13  Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 
Rom 9:14  What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 
Rom 9:15  For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 
Rom 9:16  It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 
Rom 9:17  For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 
Rom 9:18  Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 
Rom 9:19  One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 
Rom 9:20  But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'” 
Rom 9:21  Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? 
Rom 9:22  What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 
Rom 9:23  What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 
Rom 9:24  even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 
Rom 9:25  As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,” 
Rom 9:26  and, “In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.'” 
Rom 9:27  Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. 
Rom 9:28  For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality.” 
Rom 9:29  It is just as Isaiah said previously: “Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.” 
Israel’s Unbelief
Rom 9:30  What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 
Rom 9:31  but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 
Rom 9:32  Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 
Rom 9:33  As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 

Rom 10:1  Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 
Rom 10:2  For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 
Rom 10:3  Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 
Rom 10:4  Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. 
The Message of Salvation to All
Rom 10:5  Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” 
Rom 10:6  But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) 
Rom 10:7  “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 
Rom 10:8  But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 
Rom 10:9  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
Rom 10:10  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 
Rom 10:11  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 
Rom 10:12  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 
Rom 10:13  for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 
Rom 10:14  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 
Rom 10:15  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” 
Rom 10:16  But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 
Rom 10:17  Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. 
Rom 10:18  But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: “Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” 
Rom 10:19  Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, “I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.” 
Rom 10:20  And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” 
Rom 10:21  But concerning Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



4 March 2018 Verse of the Day

For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (John 3:20-21 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:

Released from the Law
Rom 7:1
  Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 
Rom 7:2  For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 
Rom 7:3  So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man. 
Rom 7:4  So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 
Rom 7:5  For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 
Rom 7:6  But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. 
The Law and Sin
Rom 7:7  What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 
Rom 7:8  But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 
Rom 7:9  Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 
Rom 7:10  I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 
Rom 7:11  For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 
Rom 7:12  So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 
Rom 7:13  Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. 
Rom 7:14  We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 
Rom 7:15  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 
Rom 7:16  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 
Rom 7:17  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 
Rom 7:18  For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 
Rom 7:19  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 
Rom 7:20  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 
Rom 7:21  So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 
Rom 7:22  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 
Rom 7:23  but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 
Rom 7:24  What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 
Rom 7:25  Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. 

Life in the Spirit
Rom 8:1
  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 
Rom 8:2  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 
Rom 8:3  For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 
Rom 8:4  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 
Rom 8:5  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 
Rom 8:6  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 
Rom 8:7  The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 
Rom 8:8  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 
Rom 8:9  You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 
Rom 8:10  But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 
Rom 8:11  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. 
Heirs with Christ
Rom 8:12  Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 
Rom 8:13  For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 
Rom 8:14  For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 
Rom 8:15  The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 
Rom 8:16  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 
Rom 8:17  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 
Future Glory
Rom 8:18  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 
Rom 8:19  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 
Rom 8:20  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 
Rom 8:21  that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 
Rom 8:22  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 
Rom 8:23  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 
Rom 8:24  For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 
Rom 8:25  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 
Rom 8:26  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 
Rom 8:27  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 
Rom 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 
Rom 8:29  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 
Rom 8:30  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 
God’s Everlasting Love
Rom 8:31  What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 
Rom 8:32  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 
Rom 8:33  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 
Rom 8:34  Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 
Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 
Rom 8:36  As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 
Rom 8:37  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 
Rom 8:38  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 
Rom 8:39  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



3 March 2018 Verse of the Day

“Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers!; to the LORD, I will sing, I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel.  (Judges 5:3 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:

Peace with God Through Faith
Rom 5:1
  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
Rom 5:2  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 
Rom 5:3  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 
Rom 5:4  perseverance, character; and character, hope. 
Rom 5:5  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 
Rom 5:6  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 
Rom 5:7  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 
Rom 5:8  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
Rom 5:9  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 
Rom 5:10  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 
Rom 5:11  Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
Rom 5:12  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— 
Rom 5:13  To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 
Rom 5:14  Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. 
Rom 5:15  But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 
Rom 5:16  Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 
Rom 5:17  For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! 
Rom 5:18  Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 
Rom 5:19  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 
Rom 5:20  The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 
Rom 5:21  so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Dead to Sin, Alive to God
Rom 6:1
  What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 
Rom 6:2  By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 
Rom 6:3  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 
Rom 6:4  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 
Rom 6:5  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 
Rom 6:6  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 
Rom 6:7  because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. 
Rom 6:8  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 
Rom 6:9  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 
Rom 6:10  The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 
Rom 6:11  In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 
Rom 6:12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 
Rom 6:13  Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 
Rom 6:14  For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. 
Slaves to Righteousness
Rom 6:15  What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 
Rom 6:16  Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 
Rom 6:17  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 
Rom 6:18  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 
Rom 6:19  I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 
Rom 6:20  When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 
Rom 6:21  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 
Rom 6:22  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 
Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



2 March 2018 Verse of the Day

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  (1 John 1:8 NIV)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

God’s Righteousness Upheld
Rom 3:1
  What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 
Rom 3:2  Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God. 
Rom 3:3  What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 
Rom 3:4  Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” 
Rom 3:5  But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 
Rom 3:6  Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 
Rom 3:7  Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 
Rom 3:8  Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—”Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just! 
No One Is Righteous
Rom 3:9  What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 
Rom 3:10  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 
Rom 3:11  there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 
Rom 3:12  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” 
Rom 3:13  “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” 
Rom 3:14  “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 
Rom 3:15  “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 
Rom 3:16  ruin and misery mark their ways, 
Rom 3:17  and the way of peace they do not know.” 
Rom 3:18  “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 
Rom 3:19  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 
Rom 3:20  Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 
The Righteousness of God Through Faith
Rom 3:21  But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 
Rom 3:22  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 
Rom 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 
Rom 3:24  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 
Rom 3:25  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 
Rom 3:26  he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. 
Rom 3:27  Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 
Rom 3:28  For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 
Rom 3:29  Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 
Rom 3:30  since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 
Rom 3:31  Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. 

Abraham Justified by Faith
Rom 4:1
  What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 
Rom 4:2  If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 
Rom 4:3  What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 
Rom 4:4  Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 
Rom 4:5  However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 
Rom 4:6  David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 
Rom 4:7  “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 
Rom 4:8  Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” 
Rom 4:9  Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 
Rom 4:10  Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 
Rom 4:11  And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 
Rom 4:12  And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. 
The Promise Realized Through Faith
Rom 4:13  It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 
Rom 4:14  For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 
Rom 4:15  because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression. 
Rom 4:16  Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 
Rom 4:17  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. 
Rom 4:18  Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 
Rom 4:19  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 
Rom 4:20  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 
Rom 4:21  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 
Rom 4:22  This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 
Rom 4:23  The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 
Rom 4:24  but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 
Rom 4:25  He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



1 March 2018 Verse of the Day

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  (1 John 1:7 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.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Greeting
Rom 1:1
  Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 
Rom 1:2  the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 
Rom 1:3  regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 
Rom 1:4  and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Rom 1:5  Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. 
Rom 1:6  And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. 
Rom 1:7  To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Longing to Go to Rome
Rom 1:8  First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 
Rom 1:9  God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 
Rom 1:10  in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. 
Rom 1:11  I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 
Rom 1:12  that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 
Rom 1:13  I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. 
Rom 1:14  I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 
Rom 1:15  That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. 
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 
Rom 1:17  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” 
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
Rom 1:18  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 
Rom 1:19  since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 
Rom 1:20  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 
Rom 1:21  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 
Rom 1:22  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 
Rom 1:23  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 
Rom 1:24  Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 
Rom 1:25  They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 
Rom 1:26  Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 
Rom 1:27  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 
Rom 1:28  Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 
Rom 1:29  They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 
Rom 1:30  slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 
Rom 1:31  they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 
Rom 1:32  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. 

God’s Righteous Judgment
Rom 2:1
  You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 
Rom 2:2  Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 
Rom 2:3  So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 
Rom 2:4  Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 
Rom 2:5  But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 
Rom 2:6  God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 
Rom 2:7  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 
Rom 2:8  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 
Rom 2:9  There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 
Rom 2:10  but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 
Rom 2:11  For God does not show favoritism. 
God’s Judgment and the Law
Rom 2:12  All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 
Rom 2:13  For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 
Rom 2:14  (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 
Rom 2:15  They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 
Rom 2:16  This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares. 
Rom 2:17  Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God; 
Rom 2:18  if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 
Rom 2:19  if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 
Rom 2:20  an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 
Rom 2:21  you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 
Rom 2:22  You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 
Rom 2:23  You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 
Rom 2:24  As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” 
Rom 2:25  Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. 
Rom 2:26  So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? 
Rom 2:27  The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker. 
Rom 2:28  A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 
Rom 2:29  No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



28 February 2018 Verse of the Day

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  (1 John 1:6 NIV)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Paul Sails for Rome (see map below)
Act 27:1
  When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 
Act 27:2  We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. 
Act 27:3  The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs. 
Act 27:4  From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 
Act 27:5  When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. 
Act 27:6  There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board. 
Act 27:7  We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. 
Act 27:8  We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea. 
Act 27:9  Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them, 
Act 27:10  “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 
Act 27:11  But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 
Act 27:12  Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest. 
The Storm at Sea
Act 27:13  When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 
Act 27:14  Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 
Act 27:15  The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. 
Act 27:16  As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, 
Act 27:17  so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. 
Act 27:18  We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 
Act 27:19  On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 
Act 27:20  When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved. 
Act 27:21  After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 
Act 27:22  But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 
Act 27:23  Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 
Act 27:24  and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 
Act 27:25  So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 
Act 27:26  Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.” 
Act 27:27  On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 
Act 27:28  They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep. 
Act 27:29  Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 
Act 27:30  In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 
Act 27:31  Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 
Act 27:32  So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away. 
Act 27:33  Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. 
Act 27:34  Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 
Act 27:35  After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 
Act 27:36  They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 
Act 27:37  Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 
Act 27:38  When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea. 
The Shipwreck
Act 27:39  When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 
Act 27:40  Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 
Act 27:41  But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf. 
Act 27:42  The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 
Act 27:43  But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 
Act 27:44  The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely. 

Paul on Malta
Act 28:1
  Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 
Act 28:2  The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 
Act 28:3  Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 
Act 28:4  When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 
Act 28:5  But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 
Act 28:6  The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. 
Act 28:7  There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. 
Act 28:8  His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. 
Act 28:9  When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. 
Act 28:10  They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed. 
Paul Arrives at Rome
Act 28:11  After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux. 
Act 28:12  We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. 
Act 28:13  From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. 
Act 28:14  There we found some brothers and sisters who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome. 
Act 28:15  The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged. 
Act 28:16  When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him. 
Paul in Rome
Act 28:17  Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: “My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 
Act 28:18  They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death. 
Act 28:19  The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people. 
Act 28:20  For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.” 
Act 28:21  They replied, “We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of our people who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you. 
Act 28:22  But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.” 
Act 28:23  They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. 
Act 28:24  Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. 
Act 28:25  They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet: 
Act 28:26  “‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” 
Act 28:27  For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 
Act 28:28  “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” 
Act 28:30  For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 
Act 28:31  He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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