Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

28 January 2018 Verse of the Day

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:18-19 NASB)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Lord’s Prayer
Luk 11:1
  One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 
Luk 11:2  He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 
Luk 11:3  Give us each day our daily bread. 
Luk 11:4  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'” 
Luk 11:5  Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 
Luk 11:6  a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 
Luk 11:7  And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 
Luk 11:8  I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. 
Luk 11:9  “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 
Luk 11:10  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 
Luk 11:11  “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 
Luk 11:12  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 
Luk 11:13  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” 
Jesus and Beelzebul
Luk 11:14  Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 
Luk 11:15  But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” 
Luk 11:16  Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven. 
Luk 11:17  Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 
Luk 11:18  If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 
Luk 11:19  Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 
Luk 11:20  But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 
Luk 11:21  “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 
Luk 11:22  But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. 
Luk 11:23  “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 
Return of an Unclean Spirit
Luk 11:24  “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 
Luk 11:25  When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 
Luk 11:26  Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” 
True Blessedness
Luk 11:27  As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” 
Luk 11:28  He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” 
The Sign of Jonah
Luk 11:29  As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 
Luk 11:30  For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 
Luk 11:31  The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. 
Luk 11:32  The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here. 
The Light in You
Luk 11:33  “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 
Luk 11:34  Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 
Luk 11:35  See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 
Luk 11:36  Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” 
Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers
Luk 11:37  When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 
Luk 11:38  But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. 
Luk 11:39  Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 
Luk 11:40  You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 
Luk 11:41  But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you. 
Luk 11:42  “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. 
Luk 11:43  “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. 
Luk 11:44  “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.” 
Luk 11:45  One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” 
Luk 11:46  Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. 
Luk 11:47  “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. 
Luk 11:48  So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 
Luk 11:49  Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ 
Luk 11:50  Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 
Luk 11:51  from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. 
Luk 11:52  “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.” 
Luk 11:53  When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, 
Luk 11:54  waiting to catch him in something he might say. 

Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees
Luk 12:1
  Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 
Luk 12:2  There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 
Luk 12:3  What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. 
Have No Fear
Luk 12:4  “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 
Luk 12:5  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 
Luk 12:6  Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 
Luk 12:7  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 
Acknowledge Christ Before Men
Luk 12:8  “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 
Luk 12:9  But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 
Luk 12:10  And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 
Luk 12:11  “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 
Luk 12:12  for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” 
The Parable of the Rich Fool
Luk 12:13  Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 
Luk 12:14  Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 
Luk 12:15  Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 
Luk 12:16  And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 
Luk 12:17  He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 
Luk 12:18  “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 
Luk 12:19  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”‘ 
Luk 12:20  “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 
Luk 12:21  “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” 
Do Not Be Anxious
Luk 12:22  Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 
Luk 12:23  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 
Luk 12:24  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 
Luk 12:25  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 
Luk 12:26  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 
Luk 12:27  “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 
Luk 12:28  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 
Luk 12:29  And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 
Luk 12:30  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 
Luk 12:31  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 
Luk 12:32  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 
Luk 12:33  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 
Luk 12:34  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
You Must Be Ready
Luk 12:35  “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 
Luk 12:36  like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 
Luk 12:37  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 
Luk 12:38  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 
Luk 12:39  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 
Luk 12:40  You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 
Luk 12:41  Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” 
Luk 12:42  The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 
Luk 12:43  It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 
Luk 12:44  Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 
Luk 12:45  But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 
Luk 12:46  The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 
Luk 12:47  “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 
Luk 12:48  But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. 
Not Peace, but Division
Luk 12:49  “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 
Luk 12:50  But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 
Luk 12:51  Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 
Luk 12:52  From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 
Luk 12:53  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” 
Interpreting the Time
Luk 12:54  He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 
Luk 12:55  And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 
Luk 12:56  Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? 
Settle with Your Accuser
Luk 12:57  “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 
Luk 12:58  As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 
Luk 12:59  I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



27 January 2018 Verse of the Day

and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  (Romans 5:5 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:

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
Luk 9:1
  When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 
Luk 9:2  and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 
Luk 9:3  He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 
Luk 9:4  Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 
Luk 9:5  If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 
Luk 9:6  So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere. 
Herod Is Perplexed by Jesus
Luk 9:7  Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, 
Luk 9:8  others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. 
Luk 9:9  But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him. 
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Luk 9:10  When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 
Luk 9:11  but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. 
Luk 9:12  Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.” 
Luk 9:13  He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 
Luk 9:14  (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 
Luk 9:15  The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 
Luk 9:16  Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 
Luk 9:17  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
Luk 9:18  Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 
Luk 9:19  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” 
Luk 9:20  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” 
Jesus Foretells His Death
Luk 9:21  Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 
Luk 9:22  And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” 
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
Luk 9:23  Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 
Luk 9:24  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 
Luk 9:25  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 
Luk 9:26  Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 
Luk 9:27  “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” 
The Transfiguration
Luk 9:28  About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 
Luk 9:29  As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 
Luk 9:30  Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 
Luk 9:31  They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 
Luk 9:32  Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 
Luk 9:33  As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 
Luk 9:34  While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 
Luk 9:35  A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 
Luk 9:36  When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen. 
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
Luk 9:37  The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 
Luk 9:38  A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 
Luk 9:39  A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 
Luk 9:40  I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” 
Luk 9:41  “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” 
Luk 9:42  Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 
Jesus Again Foretells His Death
Luk 9:43  And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 
Luk 9:44  “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” 
Luk 9:45  But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it. 
Who Is the Greatest?
Luk 9:46  An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 
Luk 9:47  Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 
Luk 9:48  Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” 
Anyone Not Against Us Is For Us
Luk 9:49  “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” 
Luk 9:50  “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” 
A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus
Luk 9:51  As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 
Luk 9:52  And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 
Luk 9:53  but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 
Luk 9:54  When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 
Luk 9:55  But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 
Luk 9:56  Then he and his disciples went to another village. 
The Cost of Following Jesus
Luk 9:57  As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 
Luk 9:58  Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 
Luk 9:59  He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 
Luk 9:60  Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 
Luk 9:61  Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 
Luk 9:62  Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” 

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
Luk 10:1
  After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 
Luk 10:2  He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 
Luk 10:3  Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 
Luk 10:4  Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 
Luk 10:5  “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 
Luk 10:6  If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 
Luk 10:7  Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 
Luk 10:8  “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 
Luk 10:9  Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 
Luk 10:10  But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 
Luk 10:11  ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 
Luk 10:12  I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 
Woe to Unrepentant Cities
Luk 10:13  “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 
Luk 10:14  But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 
Luk 10:15  And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. 
Luk 10:16  “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” 
The Return of the Seventy-Two
Luk 10:17  The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 
Luk 10:18  He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 
Luk 10:19  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 
Luk 10:20  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 
Jesus Rejoices in the Father’s Will
Luk 10:21  At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 
Luk 10:22  “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 
Luk 10:23  Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 
Luk 10:24  For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” 
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Luk 10:25  On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 
Luk 10:26  “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 
Luk 10:27  He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” 
Luk 10:28  “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 
Luk 10:29  But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 
Luk 10:30  In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 
Luk 10:31  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 
Luk 10:32  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 
Luk 10:33  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 
Luk 10:34  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 
Luk 10:35  The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 
Luk 10:36  “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 
Luk 10:37  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” 
Martha and Mary
Luk 10:38  As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 
Luk 10:39  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 
Luk 10:40  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 
Luk 10:41  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 
Luk 10:42  but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



26 January 2018 Verse of the Day

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; (Romans 5:3-4 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:

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
Luk 7:1
  When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 
Luk 7:2  There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 
Luk 7:3  The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 
Luk 7:4  When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 
Luk 7:5  because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 
Luk 7:6  So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 
Luk 7:7  That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 
Luk 7:8  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 
Luk 7:9  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 
Luk 7:10  Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. 
Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
Luk 7:11  Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 
Luk 7:12  As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 
Luk 7:13  When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” 
Luk 7:14  Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 
Luk 7:15  The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 
Luk 7:16  They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 
Luk 7:17  This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. 
Messengers from John the Baptist
Luk 7:18  John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 
Luk 7:19  he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 
Luk 7:20  When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?'” 
Luk 7:21  At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 
Luk 7:22  So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 
Luk 7:23  Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” 
Luk 7:24  After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 
Luk 7:25  If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 
Luk 7:26  But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 
Luk 7:27  This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 
Luk 7:28  I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 
Luk 7:29  (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. 
Luk 7:30  But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.) 
Luk 7:31  Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 
Luk 7:32  They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’ 
Luk 7:33  For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 
Luk 7:34  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 
Luk 7:35  But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” 
A Sinful Woman Forgiven
Luk 7:36  When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 
Luk 7:37  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 
Luk 7:38  As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 
Luk 7:39  When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” 
Luk 7:40  Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. 
Luk 7:41  “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 
Luk 7:42  Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 
Luk 7:43  Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. 
Luk 7:44  Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 
Luk 7:45  You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 
Luk 7:46  You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 
Luk 7:47  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 
Luk 7:48  Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 
Luk 7:49  The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 
Luk 7:50  Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” 

Women Accompanying Jesus
Luk 8:1
  After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 
Luk 8:2  and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 
Luk 8:3  Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. 
The Parable of the Sower
Luk 8:4  While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 
Luk 8:5  “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 
Luk 8:6  Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 
Luk 8:7  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 
Luk 8:8  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” 
The Purpose of the Parables
Luk 8:9  His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 
Luk 8:10  He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’ 
Luk 8:11  “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 
Luk 8:12  Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 
Luk 8:13  Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 
Luk 8:14  The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 
Luk 8:15  But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. 
A Lamp Under a Jar
Luk 8:16  “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 
Luk 8:17  For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 
Luk 8:18  Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” 
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
Luk 8:19  Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. 
Luk 8:20  Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 
Luk 8:21  He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” 
Jesus Calms a Storm
Luk 8:22  One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 
Luk 8:23  As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 
Luk 8:24  The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 
Luk 8:25  “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” 
Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
Luk 8:26  They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 
Luk 8:27  When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 
Luk 8:28  When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 
Luk 8:29  For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. 
Luk 8:30  Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 
Luk 8:31  And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 
Luk 8:32  A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 
Luk 8:33  When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. 
Luk 8:34  When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 
Luk 8:35  and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 
Luk 8:36  Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 
Luk 8:37  Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. 
Luk 8:38  The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 
Luk 8:39  “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. 
Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter
Luk 8:40  Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 
Luk 8:41  Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 
Luk 8:42  because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 
Luk 8:43  And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 
Luk 8:44  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 
Luk 8:45  “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 
Luk 8:46  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 
Luk 8:47  Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 
Luk 8:48  Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” 
Luk 8:49  While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” 
Luk 8:50  Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 
Luk 8:51  When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 
Luk 8:52  Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” 
Luk 8:53  They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 
Luk 8:54  But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 
Luk 8:55  Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 
Luk 8:56  Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.   (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



25 January 2018 Verse of the Day

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.  (Proverbs 15:4 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:

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
Luk 5:1
  One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 
Luk 5:2  He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 
Luk 5:3  He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 
Luk 5:4  When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 
Luk 5:5  Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 
Luk 5:6  When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 
Luk 5:7  So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 
Luk 5:8  When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 
Luk 5:9  For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 
Luk 5:10  and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 
Luk 5:11  So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. 
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Luk 5:12  While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 
Luk 5:13  Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 
Luk 5:14  Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 
Luk 5:15  Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 
Luk 5:16  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. 
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
Luk 5:17  One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 
Luk 5:18  Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 
Luk 5:19  When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 
Luk 5:20  When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 
Luk 5:21  The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 
Luk 5:22  Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 
Luk 5:23  Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 
Luk 5:24  But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 
Luk 5:25  Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 
Luk 5:26  Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” 
Jesus Calls Levi
Luk 5:27  After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 
Luk 5:28  and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. 
Luk 5:29  Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 
Luk 5:30  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 
Luk 5:31  Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 
Luk 5:32  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 
A Question About Fasting
Luk 5:33  They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” 
Luk 5:34  Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 
Luk 5:35  But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.” 
Luk 5:36  He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 
Luk 5:37  And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 
Luk 5:38  No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 
Luk 5:39  And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.'” 

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
Luk 6:1
  One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 
Luk 6:2  Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 
Luk 6:3  Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 
Luk 6:4  He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 
Luk 6:5  Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 
A Man with a Withered Hand
Luk 6:6  On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 
Luk 6:7  The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 
Luk 6:8  But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there. 
Luk 6:9  Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” 
Luk 6:10  He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 
Luk 6:11  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus. 
The Twelve Apostles
Luk 6:12  One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 
Luk 6:13  When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 
Luk 6:14  Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 
Luk 6:15  Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 
Luk 6:16  Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 
Jesus Ministers to a Great Multitude
Luk 6:17  He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 
Luk 6:18  who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 
Luk 6:19  and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all. 
The Beatitudes
Luk 6:20  Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 
Luk 6:21  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 
Luk 6:22  Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 
Luk 6:23  “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets. 
Jesus Pronounces Woes
Luk 6:24  “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. 
Luk 6:25  Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 
Luk 6:26  Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets. 
Love Your Enemies
Luk 6:27  “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 
Luk 6:28  bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 
Luk 6:29  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 
Luk 6:30  Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 
Luk 6:31  Do to others as you would have them do to you. 
Luk 6:32  “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 
Luk 6:33  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 
Luk 6:34  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 
Luk 6:35  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 
Luk 6:36  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 
Judging Others
Luk 6:37  “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 
Luk 6:38  Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 
Luk 6:39  He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 
Luk 6:40  The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. 
Luk 6:41  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 
Luk 6:42  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 
A Tree and Its Fruit
Luk 6:43  “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 
Luk 6:44  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 
Luk 6:45  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 
Build Your House on the Rock
Luk 6:46  “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 
Luk 6:47  As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 
Luk 6:48  They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 
Luk 6:49  But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



24 January 2018 Verse of the Day

The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.  (Proverbs 10:7 NIV)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Luk 3:1
  In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— 
Luk 3:2  during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 
Luk 3:3  He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 
Luk 3:4  As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. 
Luk 3:5  Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. 
Luk 3:6  And all people will see God’s salvation.'” 
Luk 3:7  John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 
Luk 3:8  Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 
Luk 3:9  The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” 
Luk 3:10  “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. 
Luk 3:11  John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” 
Luk 3:12  Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” 
Luk 3:13  “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. 
Luk 3:14  Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.” 
Luk 3:15  The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 
Luk 3:16  John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 
Luk 3:17  His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 
Luk 3:18  And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them. 
Luk 3:19  But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, 
Luk 3:20  Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison. 
Luk 3:21  When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 
Luk 3:22  and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
Luk 3:23  Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, 
Luk 3:24  the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 
Luk 3:25  the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 
Luk 3:26  the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josek, the son of Joda, 
Luk 3:27  the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 
Luk 3:28  the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 
Luk 3:29  the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 
Luk 3:30  the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 
Luk 3:31  the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 
Luk 3:32  the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 
Luk 3:33  the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 
Luk 3:34  the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 
Luk 3:35  the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 
Luk 3:36  the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 
Luk 3:37  the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, 
Luk 3:38  the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. 

 The Temptation of Jesus
Luk 4:1
  Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 
Luk 4:2  where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 
Luk 4:3  The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 
Luk 4:4  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.'” 
Luk 4:5  The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 
Luk 4:6  And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 
Luk 4:7  If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 
Luk 4:8  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'” 
Luk 4:9  The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 
Luk 4:10  For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 
Luk 4:11  they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” 
Luk 4:12  Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” 
Luk 4:13  When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. 
Jesus Begins His Ministry
Luk 4:14  Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 
Luk 4:15  He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
Luk 4:16  He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 
Luk 4:17  and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 
Luk 4:18  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 
Luk 4:19  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 
Luk 4:20  Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 
Luk 4:21  He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 
Luk 4:22  All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. 
Luk 4:23  Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'” 
Luk 4:24  “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 
Luk 4:25  I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 
Luk 4:26  Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 
Luk 4:27  And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” 
Luk 4:28  All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 
Luk 4:29  They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 
Luk 4:30  But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. 
Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Demon
Luk 4:31  Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 
Luk 4:32  They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. 
Luk 4:33  In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 
Luk 4:34  “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 
Luk 4:35  “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. 
Luk 4:36  All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” 
Luk 4:37  And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area. 
Jesus Heals Many
Luk 4:38  Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 
Luk 4:39  So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. 
Luk 4:40  At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 
Luk 4:41  Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. 
Jesus Preaches in Synagogues
Luk 4:42  At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 
Luk 4:43  But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 
Luk 4:44  And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



23 January 2018 Verse of the Day

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.  (Romans 16:17 NIV)

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

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Dedication to Theophilus
Luk 1:1
  Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 
Luk 1:2  just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 
Luk 1:3  With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 
Luk 1:4  so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. 
Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
Luk 1:5  In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 
Luk 1:6  Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 
Luk 1:7  But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. 
Luk 1:8  Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 
Luk 1:9  he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 
Luk 1:10  And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. 
Luk 1:11  Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 
Luk 1:12  When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 
Luk 1:13  But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 
Luk 1:14  He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 
Luk 1:15  for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 
Luk 1:16  He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 
Luk 1:17  And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 
Luk 1:18  Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 
Luk 1:19  The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 
Luk 1:20  And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” 
Luk 1:21  Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 
Luk 1:22  When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. 
Luk 1:23  When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 
Luk 1:24  After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 
Luk 1:25  “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” 
Birth of Jesus Foretold
Luk 1:26  In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 
Luk 1:27  to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 
Luk 1:28  The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 
Luk 1:29  Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 
Luk 1:30  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 
Luk 1:31  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 
Luk 1:32  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 
Luk 1:33  and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 
Luk 1:34  “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 
Luk 1:35  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 
Luk 1:36  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 
Luk 1:37  For no word from God will ever fail.” 
Luk 1:38  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. 
Mary Visits Elizabeth
Luk 1:39  At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 
Luk 1:40  where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 
Luk 1:41  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 
Luk 1:42  In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 
Luk 1:43  But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 
Luk 1:44  As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 
Luk 1:45  Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” 
Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
Luk 1:46  And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 
Luk 1:47  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 
Luk 1:48  for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 
Luk 1:49  for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 
Luk 1:50  His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 
Luk 1:51  He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 
Luk 1:52  He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 
Luk 1:53  He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 
Luk 1:54  He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 
Luk 1:55  to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” 
Luk 1:56  Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. 
The Birth of John the Baptist
Luk 1:57  When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 
Luk 1:58  Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. 
Luk 1:59  On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 
Luk 1:60  but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” 
Luk 1:61  They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” 
Luk 1:62  Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 
Luk 1:63  He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 
Luk 1:64  Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 
Luk 1:65  All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 
Luk 1:66  Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him. 
Zechariah’s Prophecy
Luk 1:67  His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 
Luk 1:68  “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. 
Luk 1:69  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 
Luk 1:70  (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 
Luk 1:71  salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— 
Luk 1:72  to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, 
Luk 1:73  the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 
Luk 1:74  to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 
Luk 1:75  in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 
Luk 1:76  And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 
Luk 1:77  to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 
Luk 1:78  because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 
Luk 1:79  to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” 
Luk 1:80  And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel. 

The Birth of Jesus Christ
Luk 2:1
  In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 
Luk 2:2  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 
Luk 2:3  And everyone went to their own town to register. 
Luk 2:4  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 
Luk 2:5  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 
Luk 2:6  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 
Luk 2:7  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 
The Shepherds and the Angels
Luk 2:8  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 
Luk 2:9  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 
Luk 2:10  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 
Luk 2:11  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 
Luk 2:12  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 
Luk 2:13  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 
Luk 2:14  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 
Luk 2:15  When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 
Luk 2:16  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 
Luk 2:17  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 
Luk 2:18  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 
Luk 2:19  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 
Luk 2:20  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. 
Luk 2:21  On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. 
Jesus Presented at the Temple
Luk 2:22  When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 
Luk 2:23  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 
Luk 2:24  and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” 
Luk 2:25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 
Luk 2:26  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 
Luk 2:27  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 
Luk 2:28  Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 
Luk 2:29  “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 
Luk 2:30  For my eyes have seen your salvation, 
Luk 2:31  which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 
Luk 2:32  a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 
Luk 2:33  The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 
Luk 2:34  Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 
Luk 2:35  so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 
Luk 2:36  There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 
Luk 2:37  and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 
Luk 2:38  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. 
The Return to Nazareth
Luk 2:39  When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 
Luk 2:40  And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. 
The Boy Jesus in the Temple
Luk 2:41  Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 
Luk 2:42  When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 
Luk 2:43  After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 
Luk 2:44  Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 
Luk 2:45  When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 
Luk 2:46  After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 
Luk 2:47  Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 
Luk 2:48  When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 
Luk 2:49  “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 
Luk 2:50  But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 
Luk 2:51  Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 
Luk 2:52  And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.   (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



22 January 2018 Verse of the Day

For the LORD is our judge, The LORD is our lawgiver, The LORD is our king; He will save us;  (Isaiah 33:22 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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Jesus Delivered to Pilate
Mar 15:1
  Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. 
Mar 15:2  “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 
Mar 15:3  The chief priests accused him of many things. 
Mar 15:4  So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” 
Mar 15:5  But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed. 
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
Mar 15:6  Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 
Mar 15:7  A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 
Mar 15:8  The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did. 
Mar 15:9  “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 
Mar 15:10  knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 
Mar 15:11  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead. 
Mar 15:12  “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. 
Mar 15:13  “Crucify him!” they shouted. 
Mar 15:14  “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” 
Mar 15:15  Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. 
Jesus Is Mocked
Mar 15:16  The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 
Mar 15:17  They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 
Mar 15:18  And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 
Mar 15:19  Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 
Mar 15:20  And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. 
The Crucifixion
Mar 15:21  A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 
Mar 15:22  They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 
Mar 15:23  Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 
Mar 15:24  And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 
Mar 15:25  It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 
Mar 15:26  The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 
Mar 15:27  They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 
Mar 15:29  Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 
Mar 15:30  come down from the cross and save yourself!” 
Mar 15:31  In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 
Mar 15:32  Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. 
The Death of Jesus
Mar 15:33  At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 
Mar 15:34  And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 
Mar 15:35  When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 
Mar 15:36  Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 
Mar 15:37  With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 
Mar 15:38  The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 
Mar 15:39  And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” 
Mar 15:40  Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 
Mar 15:41  In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. 
Jesus Is Buried
Mar 15:42  It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 
Mar 15:43  Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 
Mar 15:44  Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 
Mar 15:45  When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 
Mar 15:46  So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 
Mar 15:47  Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid. 

 The Resurrection
Mar 16:1
  When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 
Mar 16:2  Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 
Mar 16:3  and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” 
Mar 16:4  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 
Mar 16:5  As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 
Mar 16:6  “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 
Mar 16:7  But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'” 
Mar 16:8  Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. 
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
Mar 16:9  When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 
Mar 16:10  She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 
Mar 16:11  When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it. 
Jesus Appears to Two Disciples
Mar 16:12  Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 
Mar 16:13  These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. 
The Great Commission
Mar 16:14  Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. 
Mar 16:15  He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 
Mar 16:16  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 
Mar 16:17  And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 
Mar 16:18  they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” 
Mar 16:19  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 
Mar 16:20  Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



21 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.  (Psalms 62:1 KJV)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
Mar 13:1
  As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” 
Mar 13:2  “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 
Signs of the Close of the Age
Mar 13:3  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 
Mar 13:4  “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” 
Mar 13:5  Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 
Mar 13:6  Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 
Mar 13:7  When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 
Mar 13:8  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. 
Mar 13:9  “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 
Mar 13:10  And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 
Mar 13:11  Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 
Mar 13:12  “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 
Mar 13:13  Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 
The Abomination of Desolation
Mar 13:14  “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 
Mar 13:15  Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 
Mar 13:16  Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 
Mar 13:17  How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 
Mar 13:18  Pray that this will not take place in winter, 
Mar 13:19  because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again. 
Mar 13:20  “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. 
Mar 13:21  At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 
Mar 13:22  For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 
Mar 13:23  So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. 
The Coming of the Son of Man
Mar 13:24  “But in those days, following that distress, “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 
Mar 13:25  the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 
Mar 13:26  “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 
Mar 13:27  And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. 
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Mar 13:28  “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 
Mar 13:29  Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 
Mar 13:30  Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 
Mar 13:31  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 
No One Knows That Day or Hour
Mar 13:32  “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 
Mar 13:33  Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 
Mar 13:34  It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 
Mar 13:35  “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 
Mar 13:36  If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 
Mar 13:37  What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!'” 

The Plot to Kill Jesus
Mar 14:1
  Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 
Mar 14:2  “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” 
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
Mar 14:3  While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. 
Mar 14:4  Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 
Mar 14:5  It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. 
Mar 14:6  “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 
Mar 14:7  The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 
Mar 14:8  She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 
Mar 14:9  Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” 
Judas to Betray Jesus
Mar 14:10  Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 
Mar 14:11  They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over. 
The Passover with the Disciples
Mar 14:12  On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 
Mar 14:13  So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 
Mar 14:14  Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 
Mar 14:15  He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 
Mar 14:16  The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 
Mar 14:17  When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 
Mar 14:18  While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” 
Mar 14:19  They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” 
Mar 14:20  “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 
Mar 14:21  The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
Mar 14:22  While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 
Mar 14:23  Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 
Mar 14:24  “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 
Mar 14:25  “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
Mar 14:26  When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 
Mar 14:27  “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 
Mar 14:28  But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 
Mar 14:29  Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” 
Mar 14:30  “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” 
Mar 14:31  But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. 
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Mar 14:32  They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 
Mar 14:33  He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 
Mar 14:34  “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” 
Mar 14:35  Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 
Mar 14:36  “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 
Mar 14:37  Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 
Mar 14:38  Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 
Mar 14:39  Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 
Mar 14:40  When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him. 
Mar 14:41  Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 
Mar 14:42  Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” 
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Mar 14:43  Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders. 
Mar 14:44  Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 
Mar 14:45  Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 
Mar 14:46  The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 
Mar 14:47  Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 
Mar 14:48  “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 
Mar 14:49  Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 
Mar 14:50  Then everyone deserted him and fled. 
A Young Man Flees
Mar 14:51  A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 
Mar 14:52  he fled naked, leaving his garment behind. 
Jesus Before the Council
Mar 14:53  They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 
Mar 14:54  Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire. 
Mar 14:55  The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 
Mar 14:56  Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. 
Mar 14:57  Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 
Mar 14:58  “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.'” 
Mar 14:59  Yet even then their testimony did not agree. 
Mar 14:60  Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 
Mar 14:61  But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 
Mar 14:62  “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 
Mar 14:63  The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 
Mar 14:64  “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. 
Mar 14:65  Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him. 
Peter Denies Jesus
Mar 14:66  While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 
Mar 14:67  When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. 
Mar 14:68  But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. 
Mar 14:69  When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 
Mar 14:70  Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 
Mar 14:71  He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” 
Mar 14:72  Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.   (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



20 January 2018 Verse of the Day

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.  (Job 19:25 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 Triumphal Entry
Mar 11:1
  As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 
Mar 11:2  saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 
Mar 11:3  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'” 
Mar 11:4  They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 
Mar 11:5  some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 
Mar 11:6  They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 
Mar 11:7  When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 
Mar 11:8  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 
Mar 11:9  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” 
Mar 11:10  “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 
Mar 11:11  Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. 
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
Mar 11:12  The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 
Mar 11:13  Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 
Mar 11:14  Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. 
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Mar 11:15  On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 
Mar 11:16  and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 
Mar 11:17  And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'” 
Mar 11:18  The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. 
Mar 11:19  When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. 
The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree
Mar 11:20  In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 
Mar 11:21  Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” 
Mar 11:22  “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 
Mar 11:23  “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 
Mar 11:24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 
Mar 11:25  And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” 
The Authority of Jesus Challenged
Mar 11:27  They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 
Mar 11:28  “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” 
Mar 11:29  Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 
Mar 11:30  John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!” 
Mar 11:31  They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 
Mar 11:32  But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) 
Mar 11:33  So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” 

The Parable of the Tenants
Mar 12:1
  Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 
Mar 12:2  At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 
Mar 12:3  But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 
Mar 12:4  Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 
Mar 12:5  He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed. 
Mar 12:6  “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 
Mar 12:7  “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 
Mar 12:8  So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 
Mar 12:9  “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 
Mar 12:10  Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 
Mar 12:11  the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 
Mar 12:12  Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away. 
Paying Taxes to Caesar
Mar 12:13  Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 
Mar 12:14  They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? 
Mar 12:15  Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 
Mar 12:16  They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 
Mar 12:17  Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him. 
The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
Mar 12:18  Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 
Mar 12:19  “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 
Mar 12:20  Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 
Mar 12:21  The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 
Mar 12:22  In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 
Mar 12:23  At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” 
Mar 12:24  Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 
Mar 12:25  When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 
Mar 12:26  Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 
Mar 12:27  He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!” 
The Great Commandment
Mar 12:28  One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 
Mar 12:29  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 
Mar 12:30  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 
Mar 12:31  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 
Mar 12:32  “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 
Mar 12:33  To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 
Mar 12:34  When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. 
Whose Son Is the Christ?
Mar 12:35  While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David? 
Mar 12:36  David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”‘ 
Mar 12:37  David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight. 
Beware of the Scribes
Mar 12:38  As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 
Mar 12:39  and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 
Mar 12:40  They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” 
The Widow’s Offering
Mar 12:41  Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 
Mar 12:42  But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 
Mar 12:43  Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 
Mar 12:44  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”   (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



19 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.  (Psalms 103:5 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:

Mar 9:1  And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” 
The Transfiguration
Mar 9:2  After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 
Mar 9:3  His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 
Mar 9:4  And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 
Mar 9:5  Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 
Mar 9:6  (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) 
Mar 9:7  Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” 
Mar 9:8  Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. 
Mar 9:9  As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 
Mar 9:10  They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant. 
Mar 9:11  And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” 
Mar 9:12  Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 
Mar 9:13  But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.” 
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
Mar 9:14  When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 
Mar 9:15  As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. 
Mar 9:16  “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. 
Mar 9:17  A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 
Mar 9:18  Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” 
Mar 9:19  “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” 
Mar 9:20  So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 
Mar 9:21  Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 
Mar 9:22  “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 
Mar 9:23  “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 
Mar 9:24  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” 
Mar 9:25  When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 
Mar 9:26  The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 
Mar 9:27  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. 
Mar 9:28  After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 
Mar 9:29  He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” 
Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection
Mar 9:30  They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 
Mar 9:31  because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 
Mar 9:32  But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it. 
Who Is the Greatest?
Mar 9:33  They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 
Mar 9:34  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 
Mar 9:35  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 
Mar 9:36  He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 
Mar 9:37  “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” 
Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us
Mar 9:38  “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” 
Mar 9:39  “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 
Mar 9:40  for whoever is not against us is for us. 
Mar 9:41  Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. 
Temptations to Sin
Mar 9:42  “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 
Mar 9:43  If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 
Mar 9:45  And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 
Mar 9:47  And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 
Mar 9:48  where “‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 
Mar 9:49  Everyone will be salted with fire. 
Mar 9:50  “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” 

Teaching About Divorce
Mar 10:1
  Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. 
Mar 10:2  Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 
Mar 10:3  “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 
Mar 10:4  They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 
Mar 10:5  “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 
Mar 10:6  “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 
Mar 10:7  ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 
Mar 10:8  and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 
Mar 10:9  Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 
Mar 10:10  When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 
Mar 10:11  He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 
Mar 10:12  And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.” 
Let the Children Come to Me
Mar 10:13  People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 
Mar 10:14  When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 
Mar 10:15  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 
Mar 10:16  And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. 
The Rich Young Man
Mar 10:17  As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 
Mar 10:18  “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 
Mar 10:19  You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.'” 
Mar 10:20  “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 
Mar 10:21  Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 
Mar 10:22  At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 
Mar 10:23  Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 
Mar 10:24  The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 
Mar 10:25  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 
Mar 10:26  The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” 
Mar 10:27  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” 
Mar 10:28  Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!” 
Mar 10:29  “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 
Mar 10:30  will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 
Mar 10:31  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” 
Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time
Mar 10:32  They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 
Mar 10:33  “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 
Mar 10:34  who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” 
The Request of James and John
Mar 10:35  Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 
Mar 10:36  “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 
Mar 10:37  They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 
Mar 10:38  “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 
Mar 10:39  “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 
Mar 10:40  but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 
Mar 10:41  When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 
Mar 10:42  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 
Mar 10:43  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 
Mar 10:44  and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 
Mar 10:45  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 
Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus
Mar 10:46  Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 
Mar 10:47  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 
Mar 10:48  Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 
Mar 10:49  Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 
Mar 10:50  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 
Mar 10:51  “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 
Mar 10:52  “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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