Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

27 February 2018 Verse of the Day

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  (1 John 1:5 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 Appeals to Caesar
Act 25:1
  Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem, 
Act 25:2  where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul. 
Act 25:3  They requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way. 
Act 25:4  Festus answered, “Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon. 
Act 25:5  Let some of your leaders come with me, and if the man has done anything wrong, they can press charges against him there.” 
Act 25:6  After spending eight or ten days with them, Festus went down to Caesarea. The next day he convened the court and ordered that Paul be brought before him. 
Act 25:7  When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them. 
Act 25:8  Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.” 
Act 25:9  Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?” 
Act 25:10  Paul answered: “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. 
Act 25:11  If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!” 
Act 25:12  After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!” 
Paul Before Agrippa and Bernice
Act 25:13  A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus. 
Act 25:14  Since they were spending many days there, Festus discussed Paul’s case with the king. He said: “There is a man here whom Felix left as a prisoner. 
Act 25:15  When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned. 
Act 25:16  “I told them that it is not the Roman custom to hand over anyone before they have faced their accusers and have had an opportunity to defend themselves against the charges. 
Act 25:17  When they came here with me, I did not delay the case, but convened the court the next day and ordered the man to be brought in. 
Act 25:18  When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected. 
Act 25:19  Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive. 
Act 25:20  I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges. 
Act 25:21  But when Paul made his appeal to be held over for the Emperor’s decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar.” 
Act 25:22  Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear this man myself.” He replied, “Tomorrow you will hear him.” 
Act 25:23  The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high-ranking military officers and the prominent men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 
Act 25:24  Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 
Act 25:25  I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome. 
Act 25:26  But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write. 
Act 25:27  For I think it is unreasonable to send a prisoner on to Rome without specifying the charges against him.” 

Paul’s Defense Before Agrippa
Act 26:1
  Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: 
Act 26:2  “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, 
Act 26:3  and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently. 
Act 26:4  “The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. 
Act 26:5  They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. 
Act 26:6  And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. 
Act 26:7  This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. 
Act 26:8  Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? 
Act 26:9  “I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 
Act 26:10  And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 
Act 26:11  Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities. 
Paul Tells of His Conversion
Act 26:12  “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 
Act 26:13  About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 
Act 26:14  We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 
Act 26:15  “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ “‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 
Act 26:16  ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 
Act 26:17  I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 
Act 26:18  to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ 
Act 26:19  “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 
Act 26:20  First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. 
Act 26:21  That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 
Act 26:22  But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 
Act 26:23  that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.” 
Act 26:24  At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” 
Act 26:25  “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 
Act 26:26  The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 
Act 26:27  King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” 
Act 26:28  Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” 
Act 26:29  Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” 
Act 26:30  The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. 
Act 26:31  After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.” 
Act 26:32  Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



26 February 2018 Verse of the Day

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.  (1 Peter 4:14 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:

Act 23:1  Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” 
Act 23:2  At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 
Act 23:3  Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!” 
Act 23:4  Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!” 
Act 23:5  Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.'” 
Act 23:6  Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” 
Act 23:7  When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 
Act 23:8  (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.) 
Act 23:9  There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 
Act 23:10  The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks. 
Act 23:11  The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” 
A Plot to Kill Paul
Act 23:12  The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 
Act 23:13  More than forty men were involved in this plot. 
Act 23:14  They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul. 
Act 23:15  Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.” 
Act 23:16  But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul. 
Act 23:17  Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” 
Act 23:18  So he took him to the commander. The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” 
Act 23:19  The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?” 
Act 23:20  He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. 
Act 23:21  Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.” 
Act 23:22  The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.” 
Paul Sent to Felix the Governor
Act 23:23  Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 
Act 23:24  Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.” 
Act 23:25  He wrote a letter as follows: 
Act 23:26  Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings. 
Act 23:27  This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen. 
Act 23:28  I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin. 
Act 23:29  I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law, but there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment. 
Act 23:30  When I was informed of a plot to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers to present to you their case against him. 
Act 23:31  So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. 
Act 23:32  The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. 
Act 23:33  When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him. 
Act 23:34  The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia, 
Act 23:35  he said, “I will hear your case when your accusers get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s palace. 

Paul Before Felix at Caesarea
Act 24:1
  Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor. 
Act 24:2  When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: “We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation. 
Act 24:3  Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude. 
Act 24:4  But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly. 
Act 24:5  “We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect 
Act 24:6  and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. 
Act 24:8  By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.” 
Act 24:9  The other Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true. 
Act 24:10  When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: “I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense. 
Act 24:11  You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 
Act 24:12  My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. 
Act 24:13  And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. 
Act 24:14  However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, 
Act 24:15  and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 
Act 24:16  So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. 
Act 24:17  “After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings. 
Act 24:18  I was ceremonially clean when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance. 
Act 24:19  But there are some Jews from the province of Asia, who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me. 
Act 24:20  Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin— 
Act 24:21  unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: ‘It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.'” 
Paul Kept in Custody
Act 24:22  Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.” 
Act 24:23  He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. 
Act 24:24  Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. 
Act 24:25  As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” 
Act 24:26  At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. 
Act 24:27  When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



25 February 2018 Verse of the Day

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  (Philippians 4:11 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:

Paul Goes to Jerusalem
Act 21:1
  After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Kos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. 
Act 21:2  We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail. 
Act 21:3  After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. 
Act 21:4  We sought out the disciples there and stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 
Act 21:5  When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. 
Act 21:6  After saying goodbye to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home. 
Act 21:7  We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day. 
Act 21:8  Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. 
Act 21:9  He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. 
Act 21:10  After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 
Act 21:11  Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.'” 
Act 21:12  When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 
Act 21:13  Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 
Act 21:14  When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” 
Act 21:15  After this, we started on our way up to Jerusalem. 
Act 21:16  Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and one of the early disciples. 
Paul Visits James
Act 21:17  When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly. 
Act 21:18  The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. 
Act 21:19  Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 
Act 21:20  When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 
Act 21:21  They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. 
Act 21:22  What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 
Act 21:23  so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 
Act 21:24  Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. 
Act 21:25  As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.” 
Act 21:26  The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them. 
Paul Arrested in the Temple
Act 21:27  When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, 
Act 21:28  shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place.” 
Act 21:29  (They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple.) 
Act 21:30  The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut. 
Act 21:31  While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. 
Act 21:32  He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 
Act 21:33  The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 
Act 21:34  Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. 
Act 21:35  When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers. 
Act 21:36  The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Get rid of him!” 
Paul Speaks to the People
Act 21:37  As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks, he asked the commander, “May I say something to you?” “Do you speak Greek?” he replied. 
Act 21:38  “Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the wilderness some time ago?” 
Act 21:39  Paul answered, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people.” 
Act 21:40  After receiving the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaic: 

Act 22:1  “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.” 
Act 22:2  When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said: 
Act 22:3  “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 
Act 22:4  I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, 
Act 22:5  as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished. 
Act 22:6  “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 
Act 22:7  I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’ 
Act 22:8  “‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. “‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. 
Act 22:9  My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. 
Act 22:10  “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. “‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ 
Act 22:11  My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me. 
Act 22:12  “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 
Act 22:13  He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. 
Act 22:14  “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 
Act 22:15  You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 
Act 22:16  And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ 
Act 22:17  “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 
Act 22:18  and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’ 
Act 22:19  “‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 
Act 22:20  And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ 
Act 22:21  “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'” 
Paul and the Roman Tribune
Act 22:22  The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!” 
Act 22:23  As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 
Act 22:24  the commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. 
Act 22:25  As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?” 
Act 22:26  When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “This man is a Roman citizen.” 
Act 22:27  The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” “Yes, I am,” he answered. 
Act 22:28  Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.” “But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied. 
Act 22:29  Those who were about to interrogate him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains. 
Paul Before the Council
Act 22:30  The commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews. So the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the members of the Sanhedrin to assemble. Then he brought Paul and had him stand before them.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



24 February 2018 Verse of the Day

I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.  (Psalms 77:11 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:

Paul in Ephesus
Act 19:1
  While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 
Act 19:2  and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 
Act 19:3  So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. 
Act 19:4  Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 
Act 19:5  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 
Act 19:6  When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 
Act 19:7  There were about twelve men in all. 
Act 19:8  Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 
Act 19:9  But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 
Act 19:10  This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord. 
The Sons of Sceva
Act 19:11  God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 
Act 19:12  so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. 
Act 19:13  Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 
Act 19:14  Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 
Act 19:15  One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 
Act 19:16  Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. 
Act 19:17  When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 
Act 19:18  Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 
Act 19:19  A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. 
Act 19:20  In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. 
A Riot at Ephesus
Act 19:21  After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. “After I have been there,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.” 
Act 19:22  He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer. 
Act 19:23  About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 
Act 19:24  A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. 
Act 19:25  He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. 
Act 19:26  And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. 
Act 19:27  There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” 
Act 19:28  When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 
Act 19:29  Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together. 
Act 19:30  Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. 
Act 19:31  Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater. 
Act 19:32  The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. 
Act 19:33  The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front, and they shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. 
Act 19:34  But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 
Act 19:35  The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? 
Act 19:36  Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash. 
Act 19:37  You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. 
Act 19:38  If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. 
Act 19:39  If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. 
Act 19:40  As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of what happened today. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.” 
Act 19:41  After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly. 

Paul in Macedonia and Greece
Act 20:1
  When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 
Act 20:2  He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 
Act 20:3  where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 
Act 20:4  He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 
Act 20:5  These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 
Act 20:6  But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days. 
Eutychus Raised from the Dead
Act 20:7  On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 
Act 20:8  There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 
Act 20:9  Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 
Act 20:10  Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 
Act 20:11  Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 
Act 20:12  The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted. 
Act 20:13  We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot. 
Act 20:14  When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene. 
Act 20:15  The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus. 
Act 20:16  Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost. 
Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders
Act 20:17  From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 
Act 20:18  When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 
Act 20:19  I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. 
Act 20:20  You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 
Act 20:21  I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. 
Act 20:22  “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 
Act 20:23  I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 
Act 20:24  However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. 
Act 20:25  “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 
Act 20:26  Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 
Act 20:27  For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 
Act 20:28  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 
Act 20:29  I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 
Act 20:30  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 
Act 20:31  So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. 
Act 20:32  “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 
Act 20:33  I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 
Act 20:34  You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 
Act 20:35  In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” 
Act 20:36  When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 
Act 20:37  They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 
Act 20:38  What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



23 February 2018 Verse of the Day

constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,  (1 Thessalonians 1:3 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.

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Paul and Silas in Thessalonica
Act 17:1
  When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 
Act 17:2  As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 
Act 17:3  explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. 
Act 17:4  Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women. 
Act 17:5  But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. 
Act 17:6  But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 
Act 17:7  and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” 
Act 17:8  When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 
Act 17:9  Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go. 
Paul and Silas in Berea
Act 17:10  As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 
Act 17:11  Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 
Act 17:12  As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. 
Act 17:13  But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 
Act 17:14  The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 
Act 17:15  Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. 
Paul in Athens
Act 17:16  While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 
Act 17:17  So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 
Act 17:18  A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 
Act 17:19  Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 
Act 17:20  You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” 
Act 17:21  (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) 
Paul Addresses the Areopagus
Act 17:22  Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 
Act 17:23  For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. 
Act 17:24  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 
Act 17:25  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 
Act 17:26  From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 
Act 17:27  God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 
Act 17:28  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 
Act 17:29  “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 
Act 17:30  In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 
Act 17:31  For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” 
Act 17:32  When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” 
Act 17:33  At that, Paul left the Council. 
Act 17:34  Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others. 

Paul in Corinth
Act 18:1
  After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 
Act 18:2  There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 
Act 18:3  and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 
Act 18:4  Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. 
Act 18:5  When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 
Act 18:6  But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 
Act 18:7  Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. 
Act 18:8  Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized. 
Act 18:9  One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 
Act 18:10  For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 
Act 18:11  So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God. 
Act 18:12  While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. 
Act 18:13  “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.” 
Act 18:14  Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. 
Act 18:15  But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law—settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” 
Act 18:16  So he drove them off. 
Act 18:17  Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever. 
Paul Returns to Antioch
Act 18:18  Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken. 
Act 18:19  They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 
Act 18:20  When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 
Act 18:21  But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.” Then he set sail from Ephesus. 
Act 18:22  When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch. 
Act 18:23  After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. 
Apollos Speaks Boldly in Ephesus
Act 18:24  Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 
Act 18:25  He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 
Act 18:26  He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. 
Act 18:27  When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 
Act 18:28  For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



22 February 2018 Verse of the Day

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  (Matthew 16:25 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 Jerusalem Council
Act 15:1
  Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” 
Act 15:2  This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. 
Act 15:3  The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad. 
Act 15:4  When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them. 
Act 15:5  Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.” 
Act 15:6  The apostles and elders met to consider this question. 
Act 15:7  After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 
Act 15:8  God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 
Act 15:9  He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 
Act 15:10  Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 
Act 15:11  No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” 
Act 15:12  The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 
Act 15:13  When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 
Act 15:14  Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. 
Act 15:15  The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 
Act 15:16  “‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 
Act 15:17  that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’— 
Act 15:18  things known from long ago. 
Act 15:19  “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 
Act 15:20  Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. 
Act 15:21  For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” 
The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers
Act 15:22  Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers. 
Act 15:23  With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings. 
Act 15:24  We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. 
Act 15:25  So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 
Act 15:26  men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Act 15:27  Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 
Act 15:28  It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 
Act 15:29  You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell. 
Act 15:30  So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. 
Act 15:31  The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. 
Act 15:32  Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. 
Act 15:33  After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them. 
Act 15:35  But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord. 
Paul and Barnabas Separate
Act 15:36  Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 
Act 15:37  Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 
Act 15:38  but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 
Act 15:39  They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 
Act 15:40  but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. 
Act 15:41  He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. 

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
Act 16:1
  Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. 
Act 16:2  The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 
Act 16:3  Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 
Act 16:4  As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 
Act 16:5  So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. 
The Macedonian Call
Act 16:6  Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 
Act 16:7  When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 
Act 16:8  So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 
Act 16:9  During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 
Act 16:10  After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 
The Conversion of Lydia
Act 16:11  From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 
Act 16:12  From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. 
Act 16:13  On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 
Act 16:14  One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 
Act 16:15  When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us. 
Paul and Silas in Prison
Act 16:16  Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 
Act 16:17  She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 
Act 16:18  She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. 
Act 16:19  When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 
Act 16:20  They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 
Act 16:21  by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” 
Act 16:22  The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 
Act 16:23  After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 
Act 16:24  When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 
The Philippian Jailer Converted
Act 16:25  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 
Act 16:26  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 
Act 16:27  The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 
Act 16:28  But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 
Act 16:29  The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 
Act 16:30  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 
Act 16:31  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 
Act 16:32  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 
Act 16:33  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 
Act 16:34  The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. 
Act 16:35  When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 
Act 16:36  The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.” 
Act 16:37  But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” 
Act 16:38  The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 
Act 16:39  They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 
Act 16:40  After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



21 February 2018 Verse of the Day

The fear of the LORD is what wisdom teaches, and humility comes before honor.  (Proverbs 15:33 HCSB)

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

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Barnabas and Saul Sent Off
Act 13:1
  Barnabas, Simeon (called the Black), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (a close friend of Herod since childhood), and Saul were prophets and teachers in the church in Antioch. 
Act 13:2  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set Barnabas and Saul apart for me. I want them to do the work for which I called them.” 
Act 13:3  After fasting and praying, Simeon, Lucius, and Manaen placed their hands on Barnabas and Saul, and released them from their work in Antioch. 
Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus
Act 13:4  After Barnabas and Saul were sent by the Holy Spirit, they went to the city of Seleucia and from there sailed to the island of Cyprus. 
Act 13:5  Arriving in the city of Salamis, they began to spread God’s word in the synagogues. John Mark had gone along to help them. 
Act 13:6  They went through the whole island as far as the city of Paphos. In Paphos they met a Jewish man named Barjesus. He was an astrologer who claimed to be a prophet. 
Act 13:7  He was associated with an intelligent man, Sergius Paulus, who was the governor of the island. The governor sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. 
Act 13:8  Elymas, whose name means astrologer, opposed them and tried to distort the meaning of the faith so that the governor wouldn’t believe. 
Act 13:9  But Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit. He stared at Elymas 
Act 13:10  and said, “You are full of dirty tricks and schemes, you son of the devil! You hate everything that has God’s approval. Quit trying to distort the truth about the way the Lord wants people to live. 
Act 13:11  The Lord is against you now. For a while you will be blind, unable to see the light of day.” Suddenly, Elymas couldn’t see a thing. He tried to find people to lead him. 
Act 13:12  When the governor saw what had happened, he believed. The Lord’s teachings amazed him. 
Paul and Barnabas at Antioch in Pisidia
Act 13:13  Paul and his men took a ship from Paphos and arrived in Perga, a city in Pamphylia. John Mark deserted them there and went back to Jerusalem. 
Act 13:14  Paul and Barnabas left Perga and arrived in Antioch, a city near Pisidia. On the day of worship they went into the synagogue and sat down. 
Act 13:15  After reading from Moses’ Teachings and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders sent a message to Paul and Barnabas. The message said, “Brothers, if you have any words of encouragement for the people, feel free to speak.” 
Act 13:16  Then Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and said, “Men of Israel and converts to Judaism, listen to me. 
Act 13:17  The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors and made them a strong nation while they lived as foreigners in Egypt. He used his powerful arm to bring them out of Egypt, 
Act 13:18  and he put up with them for about forty years in the desert. 
Act 13:19  Then he destroyed seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to his people as an inheritance. 
Act 13:20  He did all this in about four hundred and fifty years. “After that he gave his people judges until the time of the prophet Samuel. 
Act 13:21  “Then the people demanded a king, so God gave them Saul, son of Kish, from the tribe of Benjamin. After forty years 
Act 13:22  God removed Saul and made David their king. God spoke favorably about David. He said, ‘I have found that David, son of Jesse, is a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’ 
Act 13:23  “God had the Savior, Jesus, come to Israel from David’s descendants, as he had promised. 
Act 13:24  Before Jesus began his ministry, John the Baptizer told everyone in Israel about the baptism of repentance. 
Act 13:25  When John was finishing his work, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I’m not the person you’re looking for. He will come later. I’m not even good enough to untie his sandals.’ 
Act 13:26  “Brothers-descendants of Abraham and converts to Judaism-the message that God saves people was sent to us. 
Act 13:27  The people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers didn’t know who Jesus was. They didn’t understand the prophets’ messages, which are read every day of worship. So they condemned Jesus and fulfilled what the prophets had said. 
Act 13:28  Although they couldn’t find any good reason to kill him, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 
Act 13:29  When they had finished doing everything that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and placed him in a tomb. 
Act 13:30  But God brought him back to life, 
Act 13:31  and for many days he appeared to those who had come with him to Jerusalem from Galilee. These people are now witnesses and are testifying to the Jewish people about him. 
Act 13:32  We are telling you the Good News: What God promised our ancestors has happened. 
Act 13:33  God has fulfilled the promise for us, their descendants, by bringing Jesus back to life. This is what Scripture says in the second psalm: ‘You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.’ 
Act 13:34  “God stated that he brought Jesus back to life and that Jesus’ body never decayed. He said, ‘I will give you the enduring love promised to David.’ 
Act 13:35  Another psalm says, ‘You will not allow your holy one to decay.’ 
Act 13:36  After doing God’s will by serving the people of his time, David died. He was laid to rest with his ancestors, but his body decayed. 
Act 13:37  However, the man God brought back to life had a body that didn’t decay. 
Act 13:38  “So, brothers, I’m telling you that through Jesus your sins can be forgiven. Sins kept you from receiving God’s approval through Moses’ Teachings. 
Act 13:39  However, everyone who believes in Jesus receives God’s approval. 
Act 13:40  “Be careful, or what the prophets said may happen to you. 
Act 13:41  ‘Look, you mockers! Be amazed and die! I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if it were reported to you!'” 
Act 13:42  As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak on the same subject the next day of worship. 
Act 13:43  When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas talked with them and were persuading them to continue trusting God’s good will. 
Act 13:44  On the next day of worship, almost the whole city gathered to hear the Lord’s word. 
Act 13:45  When the Jews saw the crowds, they became very jealous. They used insulting language to contradict whatever Paul said. 
Act 13:46  Paul and Barnabas told them boldly, “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject the word and consider yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, we are now going to turn to people of other nations. 
Act 13:47  The Lord gave us the following order: ‘I have made you a light for the nations so that you would save people all over the world.'” 
Act 13:48  The people who were not Jews were pleased with what they heard and praised the Lord’s word. Everyone who had been prepared for everlasting life believed. 
Act 13:49  The word of the Lord spread throughout the whole region. 
Act 13:50  But Jews stirred up devout women of high social standing and the officials of the city. These people started to persecute Paul and Barnabas and threw them out of their territory. 
Act 13:51  In protest against these people, Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet and went to the city of Iconium. 
Act 13:52  Meanwhile, the disciples in Antioch continued to be full of joy and the Holy Spirit. 

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
Act 14:1
  The same thing happened in the city of Iconium. Paul and Barnabas went into the synagogue and spoke in such a way that a large crowd of Jews and Greeks believed. 
Act 14:2  But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up some people who were not Jewish and poisoned their minds against the believers. 
Act 14:3  Paul and Barnabas stayed in the city of Iconium for a long time. They spoke boldly about the Lord, who confirmed their message about his good will by having them perform miracles and do amazing things. 
Act 14:4  But the people of Iconium were divided. Some were for the Jews, while others were for the apostles. 
Act 14:5  In the meantime, Paul and Barnabas found out that the non-Jewish people and the Jewish people with their rulers planned to attack them and stone them to death. 
Act 14:6  So they escaped to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding territory. 
Act 14:7  They spread the Good News there. 
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
Act 14:8  A man who was born lame was in Lystra. He was always sitting because he had never been able to walk. 
Act 14:9  He listened to what Paul was saying. Paul observed him closely and saw that the man believed he could be made well. 
Act 14:10  So Paul said in a loud voice, “Stand up.” The man jumped up and began to walk. 
Act 14:11  The crowds who saw what Paul had done shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come to us, and they look human.” 
Act 14:12  They addressed Barnabas as Zeus and Paul as Hermes because Paul did most of the talking. 
Act 14:13  Zeus’ temple was at the entrance to the city. The priest of the god Zeus brought bulls with flowery wreaths around their necks to the temple gates. The priest and the crowd wanted to offer a sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas. 
Act 14:14  When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they were very upset. They rushed into the crowd 
Act 14:15  and said, “Men, what are you doing? We’re human beings like you. We’re spreading the Good News to you to turn you away from these worthless gods to the living God. The living God made the sky, the land, the sea, and everything in them. 
Act 14:16  In the past God allowed all people to live as they pleased. 
Act 14:17  Yet, by doing good, he has given evidence of his existence. He gives you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons. He fills you with food and your lives with happiness.” 
Act 14:18  Although Paul and Barnabas said these things, they hardly kept the crowd from sacrificing to them. 
Paul Stoned at Lystra
Act 14:19  However, Jews from the cities of Antioch and Iconium arrived in Lystra and won the people over. They tried to stone Paul to death and dragged him out of the city when they thought that he was dead. 
Act 14:20  But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day Paul and Barnabas left for the city of Derbe. 
Act 14:21  They spread the Good News in that city and won many disciples. Then they went back to the cities of Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch (which is in Pisidia). 
Act 14:22  They strengthened the disciples in these cities and encouraged the disciples to remain faithful. Paul and Barnabas told them, “We must suffer a lot to enter the kingdom of God.” 
Act 14:23  They had the disciples in each church choose spiritual leaders, and with prayer and fasting they entrusted the leaders to the Lord in whom they believed. 
Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria
Act 14:24  After they had gone through Pisidia, they went to Pamphylia. 
Act 14:25  They spoke the message in the city of Perga and went to the city of Attalia. 
Act 14:26  From Attalia they took a boat and headed home to the city of Antioch in Syria. (In Antioch they had been entrusted to God’s care for the work they had now finished.) 
Act 14:27  When they arrived, they called the members of the church together. They reported everything God had done through them, especially that he had given people who were not Jewish the opportunity to believe. 
Act 14:28  They stayed for a long time with these disciples.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



20 February 2018 Verse of the Day

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? (Luke 16:10-11 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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Peter Reports to the Church
Act 11:1
  The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 
Act 11:2  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 
Act 11:3  and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 
Act 11:4  Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: 
Act 11:5  “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. 
Act 11:6  I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. 
Act 11:7  Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ 
Act 11:8  “I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 
Act 11:9  “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ 
Act 11:10  This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again. 
Act 11:11  “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 
Act 11:12  The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 
Act 11:13  He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 
Act 11:14  He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’ 
Act 11:15  “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 
Act 11:16  Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 
Act 11:17  So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” 
Act 11:18  When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.” 
The Church in Antioch
Act 11:19  Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 
Act 11:20  Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 
Act 11:21  The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 
Act 11:22  News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 
Act 11:23  When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 
Act 11:24  He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. 
Act 11:25  Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 
Act 11:26  and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. 
Act 11:27  During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 
Act 11:28  One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 
Act 11:29  The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 
Act 11:30  This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. 

James Killed and Peter Imprisoned
Act 12:1
  It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 
Act 12:2  He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 
Act 12:3  When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 
Act 12:4  After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. 
Act 12:5  So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. 
Peter Is Rescued
Act 12:6  The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 
Act 12:7  Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. 
Act 12:8  Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 
Act 12:9  Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 
Act 12:10  They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. 
Act 12:11  Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” 
Act 12:12  When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 
Act 12:13  Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 
Act 12:14  When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” 
Act 12:15  “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” 
Act 12:16  But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 
Act 12:17  Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place. 
Act 12:18  In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 
Act 12:19  After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed. Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 
The Death of Herod
Act 12:20  He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply. 
Act 12:21  On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 
Act 12:22  They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 
Act 12:23  Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. 
Act 12:24  But the word of God continued to spread and flourish. 
Act 12:25  When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



19 February 2018 Verse of the Day

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.  (2 Samuel 22:37 KJV)

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

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The Conversion of Saul
Act 9:1
  Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 
Act 9:2  and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 
Act 9:3  As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 
Act 9:4  He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 
Act 9:5  “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 
Act 9:6  “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 
Act 9:7  The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 
Act 9:8  Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 
Act 9:9  For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. 
Act 9:10  In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 
Act 9:11  The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 
Act 9:12  In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” 
Act 9:13  “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 
Act 9:14  And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 
Act 9:15  But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 
Act 9:16  I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 
Act 9:17  Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 
Act 9:18  Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 
Saul Proclaims Jesus in Synagogues
Act 9:19  and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 
Act 9:20  At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 
Act 9:21  All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 
Act 9:22  Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. 
Saul Escapes from Damascus
Act 9:23  After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 
Act 9:24  but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 
Act 9:25  But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. 
Saul in Jerusalem
Act 9:26  When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 
Act 9:27  But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 
Act 9:28  So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 
Act 9:29  He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him. 
Act 9:30  When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. 
Act 9:31  Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. 
The Healing of Aeneas
Act 9:32  As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 
Act 9:33  There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 
Act 9:34  “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 
Act 9:35  All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 
Dorcas Restored to Life
Act 9:36  In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 
Act 9:37  About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 
Act 9:38  Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 
Act 9:39  Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 
Act 9:40  Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 
Act 9:41  He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 
Act 9:42  This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 
Act 9:43  Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon. 

Peter and Cornelius
Act 10:1
  At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 
Act 10:2  He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 
Act 10:3  One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” 
Act 10:4  Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 
Act 10:5  Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 
Act 10:6  He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.” 
Act 10:7  When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 
Act 10:8  He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa. 
Peter’s Vision
Act 10:9  About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 
Act 10:10  He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 
Act 10:11  He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 
Act 10:12  It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 
Act 10:13  Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 
Act 10:14  “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 
Act 10:15  The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 
Act 10:16  This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. 
Act 10:17  While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 
Act 10:18  They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. 
Act 10:19  While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. 
Act 10:20  So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” 
Act 10:21  Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?” 
Act 10:22  The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” 
Act 10:23  Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 
Act 10:24  The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 
Act 10:25  As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 
Act 10:26  But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” 
Act 10:27  While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 
Act 10:28  He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 
Act 10:29  So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?” 
Act 10:30  Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 
Act 10:31  and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 
Act 10:32  Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 
Act 10:33  So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.” 
Gentiles Hear the Good News
Act 10:34  Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 
Act 10:35  but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 
Act 10:36  You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 
Act 10:37  You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 
Act 10:38  how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 
Act 10:39  “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 
Act 10:40  but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 
Act 10:41  He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 
Act 10:42  He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 
Act 10:43  All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” 
The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles
Act 10:44  While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 
Act 10:45  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 
Act 10:46  For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, 
Act 10:47  “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 
Act 10:48  So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



18 February 2018 Verse of the Day

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.  (Deuteronomy 33:27 KJV)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Stephen’s Speech
Act 7:1
  Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?” 
Act 7:2  To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. 
Act 7:3  ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’ 
Act 7:4  “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. 
Act 7:5  He gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child. 
Act 7:6  God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated. 
Act 7:7  But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.’ 
Act 7:8  Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs. 
Act 7:9  “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 
Act 7:10  and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace. 
Act 7:11  “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food. 
Act 7:12  When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit. 
Act 7:13  On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family. 
Act 7:14  After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all. 
Act 7:15  Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died. 
Act 7:16  Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money. 
Act 7:17  “As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. 
Act 7:18  Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.’ 
Act 7:19  He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die. 
Act 7:20  “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family. 
Act 7:21  When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 
Act 7:22  Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. 
Act 7:23  “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 
Act 7:24  He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 
Act 7:25  Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 
Act 7:26  The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’ 
Act 7:27  “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? 
Act 7:28  Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 
Act 7:29  When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons. 
Act 7:30  “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 
Act 7:31  When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: 
Act 7:32  ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look. 
Act 7:33  “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 
Act 7:34  I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’ 
Act 7:35  “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 
Act 7:36  He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness. 
Act 7:37  “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’ 
Act 7:38  He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us. 
Act 7:39  “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. 
Act 7:40  They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’ 
Act 7:41  That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. 
Act 7:42  But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets: “‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel? 
Act 7:43  You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek and the star of your god Rephan, the idols you made to worship. Therefore I will send you into exile’ beyond Babylon. 
Act 7:44  “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 
Act 7:45  After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, 
Act 7:46  who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 
Act 7:47  But it was Solomon who built a house for him. 
Act 7:48  “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: 
Act 7:49  “‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? 
Act 7:50  Has not my hand made all these things?’ 
Act 7:51  “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 
Act 7:52  Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 
Act 7:53  you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.” 
The Stoning of Stephen
Act 7:54  When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 
Act 7:55  But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 
Act 7:56  “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 
Act 7:57  At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 
Act 7:58  dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 
Act 7:59  While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 
Act 7:60  Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. 

Saul Ravages the Church
Act 8:1
  And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 
Act 8:2  Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 
Act 8:3  But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. 
Philip Proclaims Christ in Samaria
Act 8:4  Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 
Act 8:5  Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 
Act 8:6  When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 
Act 8:7  For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 
Act 8:8  So there was great joy in that city. 
Simon the Magician Believes
Act 8:9  Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 
Act 8:10  and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 
Act 8:11  They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 
Act 8:12  But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 
Act 8:13  Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. 
Act 8:14  When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 
Act 8:15  When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 
Act 8:16  because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 
Act 8:17  Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 
Act 8:18  When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 
Act 8:19  and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 
Act 8:20  Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 
Act 8:21  You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 
Act 8:22  Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 
Act 8:23  For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” 
Act 8:24  Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.” 
Act 8:25  After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages. 
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
Act 8:26  Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 
Act 8:27  So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 
Act 8:28  and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 
Act 8:29  The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 
Act 8:30  Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 
Act 8:31  “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 
Act 8:32  This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 
Act 8:33  In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 
Act 8:34  The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 
Act 8:35  Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 
Act 8:36  As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” 
Act 8:38  And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 
Act 8:39  When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 
Act 8:40  Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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