Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

8 January 2018 Verse of the Day

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? (Romans 6:1-2 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:

Traditions and Commandments
Mat 15:1
  Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 
Mat 15:2  “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” 
Mat 15:3  Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 
Mat 15:4  For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 
Mat 15:5  But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 
Mat 15:6  they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 
Mat 15:7  You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 
Mat 15:8  “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 
Mat 15:9  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'” 
What Defiles a Person
Mat 15:10  Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 
Mat 15:11  What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” 
Mat 15:12  Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” 
Mat 15:13  He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 
Mat 15:14  Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 
Mat 15:15  Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” 
Mat 15:16  “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 
Mat 15:17  “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 
Mat 15:18  But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 
Mat 15:19  For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 
Mat 15:20  These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” 
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
Mat 15:21  Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 
Mat 15:22  A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 
Mat 15:23  Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 
Mat 15:24  He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 
Mat 15:25  The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 
Mat 15:26  He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 
Mat 15:27  “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 
Mat 15:28  Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. 
Jesus Heals Many
Mat 15:29  Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 
Mat 15:30  Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 
Mat 15:31  The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. 
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
Mat 15:32  Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” 
Mat 15:33  His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” 
Mat 15:34  “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” 
Mat 15:35  He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 
Mat 15:36  Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 
Mat 15:37  They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 
Mat 15:38  The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 
Mat 15:39  After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan. 

The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs
Mat 16:1
  The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. 
Mat 16:2  He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 
Mat 16:3  and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 
Mat 16:4  A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away. 
The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees
Mat 16:5  When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 
Mat 16:6  “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 
Mat 16:7  They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” 
Mat 16:8  Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 
Mat 16:9  Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 
Mat 16:10  Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 
Mat 16:11  How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 
Mat 16:12  Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
Mat 16:13  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 
Mat 16:14  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 
Mat 16:15  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 
Mat 16:16  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 
Mat 16:17  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 
Mat 16:18  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 
Mat 16:19  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 
Mat 16:20  Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. 
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
Mat 16:21  From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 
Mat 16:22  Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 
Mat 16:23  Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” 
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
Mat 16:24  Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 
Mat 16:25  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 
Mat 16:26  What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 
Mat 16:27  For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. 
Mat 16:28  “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”   (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



7 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.  (Romans 13:10 NASB)
 
Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Parable of the Sower
Mat 13:1
  That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 
Mat 13:2  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 
Mat 13:3  Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 
Mat 13:4  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 
Mat 13:5  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 
Mat 13:6  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 
Mat 13:7  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 
Mat 13:8  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 
Mat 13:9  Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 
The Purpose of the Parables
Mat 13:10  The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 
Mat 13:11  He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 
Mat 13:12  Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 
Mat 13:13  This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 
Mat 13:14  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 
Mat 13:15  For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 
Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 
Mat 13:17  For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed 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 Sower Explained
Mat 13:18  “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 
Mat 13:19  When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 
Mat 13:20  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 
Mat 13:21  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 
Mat 13:22  The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 
Mat 13:23  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” 
The Parable of the Weeds
Mat 13:24  Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 
Mat 13:25  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 
Mat 13:26  When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 
Mat 13:27  “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 
Mat 13:28  “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 
Mat 13:29  “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 
Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'” 
The Mustard Seed and the Leaven
Mat 13:31  He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 
Mat 13:32  Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 
Mat 13:33  He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” 
Prophecy and Parables
Mat 13:34  Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 
Mat 13:35  So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” 
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
Mat 13:36  Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 
Mat 13:37  He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 
Mat 13:38  The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 
Mat 13:39  and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 
Mat 13:40  “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 
Mat 13:41  The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 
Mat 13:42  They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 
Mat 13:43  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. 
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Mat 13:44  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value
Mat 13:45  “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 
Mat 13:46  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. 
The Parable of the Net
Mat 13:47  “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 
Mat 13:48  When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 
Mat 13:49  This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 
Mat 13:50  and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 
New and Old Treasures
Mat 13:51  “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. 
Mat 13:52  He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” 
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
Mat 13:53  When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 
Mat 13:54  Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 
Mat 13:55  “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 
Mat 13:56  Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 
Mat 13:57  And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” 
Mat 13:58  And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. 

The Death of John the Baptist
Mat 14:1
  At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, 
Mat 14:2  and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 
Mat 14:3  Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 
Mat 14:4  for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 
Mat 14:5  Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet. 
Mat 14:6  On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much 
Mat 14:7  that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 
Mat 14:8  Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 
Mat 14:9  The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 
Mat 14:10  and had John beheaded in the prison. 
Mat 14:11  His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 
Mat 14:12  John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. 
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Mat 14:13  When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 
Mat 14:14  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 
Mat 14:15  As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 
Mat 14:16  Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 
Mat 14:17  “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 
Mat 14:18  “Bring them here to me,” he said. 
Mat 14:19  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 
Mat 14:20  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 
Mat 14:21  The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. 
Jesus Walks on the Water
Mat 14:22  Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 
Mat 14:23  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 
Mat 14:24  and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 
Mat 14:25  Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 
Mat 14:26  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 
Mat 14:27  But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 
Mat 14:28  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 
Mat 14:29  “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 
Mat 14:30  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 
Mat 14:31  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 
Mat 14:32  And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 
Mat 14:33  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” 
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
Mat 14:34  When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 
Mat 14:35  And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 
Mat 14:36  and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed. (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



6 January 2018 Verse of the Day

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.  (Joshua 1:8 NASB)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Messengers from John the Baptist
Mat 11:1
  After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. 
Mat 11:2  When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 
Mat 11:3  to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 
Mat 11:4  Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 
Mat 11:5  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. 
Mat 11:6  Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” 
Mat 11:7  As John’s disciples were leaving, 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? 
Mat 11:8  If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 
Mat 11:9  Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 
Mat 11:10  This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 
Mat 11:11  Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 
Mat 11:12  From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. 
Mat 11:13  For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 
Mat 11:14  And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 
Mat 11:15  Whoever has ears, let them hear. 
Mat 11:16  “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 
Mat 11:17  “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 
Mat 11:18  For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 
Mat 11:19  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” 
Woe to Unrepentant Cities
Mat 11:20  Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 
Mat 11:21  “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 in sackcloth and ashes. 
Mat 11:22  But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 
Mat 11:23  And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 
Mat 11:24  But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” 
Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest
Mat 11:25  At that time Jesus 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. 
Mat 11:26  Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 
Mat 11:27  “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 
Mat 11:28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
Mat 12:1
  At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 
Mat 12:2  When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” 
Mat 12:3  He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 
Mat 12:4  He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 
Mat 12:5  Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 
Mat 12:6  I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 
Mat 12:7  If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 
Mat 12:8  For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 
A Man with a Withered Hand
Mat 12:9  Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 
Mat 12:10  and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 
Mat 12:11  He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 
Mat 12:12  How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 
Mat 12:13  Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 
Mat 12:14  But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. 
God’s Chosen Servant
Mat 12:15  Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 
Mat 12:16  He warned them not to tell others about him. 
Mat 12:17  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 
Mat 12:18  “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. 
Mat 12:19  He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. 
Mat 12:20  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. 
Mat 12:21  In his name the nations will put their hope.” 
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
Mat 12:22  Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 
Mat 12:23  All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” 
Mat 12:24  But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” 
Mat 12:25  Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 
Mat 12:26  If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 
Mat 12:27  And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 
Mat 12:28  But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 
Mat 12:29  “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. 
Mat 12:30  “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 
Mat 12:31  And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 
Mat 12:32  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. 
A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit
Mat 12:33  “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 
Mat 12:34  You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 
Mat 12:35  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 
Mat 12:36  But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 
Mat 12:37  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” 
The Sign of Jonah
Mat 12:38  Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” 
Mat 12:39  He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 
Mat 12:40  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 
Mat 12:41  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. 
Mat 12:42  The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here. 
Return of an Unclean Spirit
Mat 12:43  “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 
Mat 12:44  Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 
Mat 12:45  Then it goes and takes with it 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. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” 
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
Mat 12:46  While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 
Mat 12:47  Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 
Mat 12:48  He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 
Mat 12:49  Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 
Mat 12:50  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



5 January 2018 Verse of the Day

And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.  (Romans 5:11 NASB)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jesus Heals a Paralytic
Mat 9:1
  Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 
Mat 9:2  Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” 
Mat 9:3  At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” 
Mat 9:4  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 
Mat 9:5  Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 
Mat 9:6  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, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 
Mat 9:7  Then the man got up and went home. 
Mat 9:8  When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man. 
Jesus Calls Matthew
Mat 9:9  As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 
Mat 9:10  While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 
Mat 9:11  When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 
Mat 9:12  On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 
Mat 9:13  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 
A Question About Fasting
Mat 9:14  Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 
Mat 9:15  Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. 
Mat 9:16  “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 
Mat 9:17  Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” 
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
Mat 9:18  While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 
Mat 9:19  Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. 
Mat 9:20  Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 
Mat 9:21  She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 
Mat 9:22  Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. 
Mat 9:23  When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 
Mat 9:24  he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 
Mat 9:25  After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 
Mat 9:26  News of this spread through all that region. 
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
Mat 9:27  As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 
Mat 9:28  When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 
Mat 9:29  Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 
Mat 9:30  and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 
Mat 9:31  But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. 
Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak
Mat 9:32  While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 
Mat 9:33  And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” 
Mat 9:34  But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.” 
The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few
Mat 9:35  Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 
Mat 9:36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 
Mat 9:37  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 
Mat 9:38  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” 

The Twelve Apostles
Mat 10:1
  Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 
Mat 10:2  These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 
Mat 10:3  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 
Mat 10:4  Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 
Mat 10:6  Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 
Mat 10:7  As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 
Mat 10:8  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. 
Mat 10:9  “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 
Mat 10:10  no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 
Mat 10:11  Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 
Mat 10:12  As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 
Mat 10:13  If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 
Mat 10:14  If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 
Mat 10:15  Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. 
Persecution Will Come
Mat 10:16  “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 
Mat 10:17  Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 
Mat 10:18  On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 
Mat 10:19  But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 
Mat 10:20  for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 
Mat 10:21  “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 
Mat 10:22  You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 
Mat 10:23  When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 
Mat 10:24  “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 
Mat 10:25  It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! 
Have No Fear
Mat 10:26  “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 
Mat 10:27  What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 
Mat 10:28  Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 
Mat 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 
Mat 10:30  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 
Mat 10:31  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 
Mat 10:32  “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 
Mat 10:33  But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. 
Not Peace, but a Sword
Mat 10:34  “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 
Mat 10:35  For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 
Mat 10:36  a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ 
Mat 10:37  “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 
Mat 10:38  Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 
Mat 10:39  Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. 
Rewards
Mat 10:40  “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 
Mat 10:41  Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 
Mat 10:42  And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” 

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



4 January 2018 Verse of the Day

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  (Romans 5:10 NASB)

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

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Judging Others
Mat 7:1
  “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 
Mat 7:2  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 
Mat 7:3  “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? 
Mat 7:4  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 
Mat 7:5  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 
Mat 7:6  “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. 
Ask, and It Will Be Given
Mat 7:7  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 
Mat 7:8  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 
Mat 7:9  “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 
Mat 7:10  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 
Mat 7:11  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 good gifts to those who ask him! 
The Golden Rule
Mat 7:12  So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. 
Mat 7:13  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 
Mat 7:14  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 
A Tree and Its Fruit
Mat 7:15  “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 
Mat 7:16  By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 
Mat 7:17  Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 
Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 
Mat 7:19  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 
Mat 7:20  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 
I Never Knew You
Mat 7:21  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 
Mat 7:22  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 
Mat 7:23  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 
Build Your House on the Rock
Mat 7:24  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 
Mat 7:25  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 
Mat 7:26  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 
Mat 7:27  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 
The Authority of Jesus
Mat 7:28  When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 
Mat 7:29  because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. 

Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Mat 8:1
  When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 
Mat 8:2  A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 
Mat 8:3  Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 
Mat 8:4  Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 
The Faith of a Centurion
Mat 8:5  When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 
Mat 8:6  “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 
Mat 8:7  Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 
Mat 8:8  The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 
Mat 8:9  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.” 
Mat 8:10  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 
Mat 8:11  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 8:12  But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 
Mat 8:13  Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. 
Jesus Heals Many
Mat 8:14  When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 
Mat 8:15  He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 
Mat 8:16  When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 
Mat 8:17  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” 
The Cost of Following Jesus
Mat 8:18  When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 
Mat 8:19  Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 
Mat 8:20  Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 
Mat 8:21  Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 
Mat 8:22  But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 
Jesus Calms a Storm
Mat 8:23  Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 
Mat 8:24  Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 
Mat 8:25  The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 
Mat 8:26  He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 
Mat 8:27  The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” 
Jesus Heals Two Men with Demons
Mat 8:28  When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 
Mat 8:29  “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” 
Mat 8:30  Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 
Mat 8:31  The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 
Mat 8:32  He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 
Mat 8:33  Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 
Mat 8:34  Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region. 

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



3 January 2018 Verse of the Day

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  (Matthew 5:6 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 Sermon on the Mount
Mat 5:1
  Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 
The Beatitudes
Mat 5:2  and he began to teach them. He said: 
Mat 5:3  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 5:4  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 
Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 
Mat 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 
Mat 5:7  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 
Mat 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 
Mat 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 
Mat 5:10  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 5:11  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 
Mat 5:12  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 
Salt and Light
Mat 5:13  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 
Mat 5:14  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 
Mat 5:15  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 
Mat 5:16  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 
Christ Came to Fulfill the Law
Mat 5:17  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 
Mat 5:18  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 
Mat 5:19  Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 5:20  For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. 
Anger
Mat 5:21  “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 
Mat 5:22  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. 
Mat 5:23  “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 
Mat 5:24  leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. 
Mat 5:25  “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 
Mat 5:26  Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. 
Lust
Mat 5:27  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 
Mat 5:28  But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 
Mat 5:29  If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 
Mat 5:30  And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. 
Divorce
Mat 5:31  “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 
Mat 5:32  But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 
Oaths
Mat 5:33  “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 
Mat 5:34  But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 
Mat 5:35  or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 
Mat 5:36  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 
Mat 5:37  All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. 
Retaliation
Mat 5:38  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 
Mat 5:39  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 
Mat 5:40  And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 
Mat 5:41  If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 
Mat 5:42  Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. 
Love Your Enemies
Mat 5:43  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 
Mat 5:44  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 
Mat 5:45  that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 
Mat 5:46  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 
Mat 5:47  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 
Mat 5:48  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

Giving to the Needy
Mat 6:1
  “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 
Mat 6:2  “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 
Mat 6:3  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 
Mat 6:4  so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
The Lord’s Prayer
Mat 6:5  “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 
Mat 6:6  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
Mat 6:7  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 
Mat 6:8  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 
Mat 6:9  “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 
Mat 6:10  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
Mat 6:11  Give us today our daily bread. 
Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ 
Mat 6:14  For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 
Mat 6:15  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. 
Fasting
Mat 6:16  “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 
Mat 6:17  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 
Mat 6:18  so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
Mat 6:19  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 
Mat 6:20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
Mat 6:22  “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 
Mat 6:23  But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 
Mat 6:24  “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. 
Do Not Be Anxious
Mat 6:25  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 
Mat 6:26  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 
Mat 6:27  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 
Mat 6:28  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 
Mat 6:29  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 
Mat 6:30  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 
Mat 6:31  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 
Mat 6:32  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 
Mat 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 
Mat 6:34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



2 January 2018 Verse of the Day

The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.  (Deuteronomy 32:4 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:

John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Mat 3:1
  In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 
Mat 3:2  and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 
Mat 3:3  This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'” 
Mat 3:4  John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 
Mat 3:5  People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 
Mat 3:6  Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 
Mat 3:7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 
Mat 3:8  Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 
Mat 3:9  And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 
Mat 3:10  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. 
Mat 3:11  “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 
Mat 3:12  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 
The Baptism of Jesus
Mat 3:13  Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 
Mat 3:14  But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 
Mat 3:15  Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 
Mat 3:16  As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 
Mat 3:17  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 

The Temptation of Jesus
Mat 4:1
  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 
Mat 4:2  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 
Mat 4:3  The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 
Mat 4:4  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” 
Mat 4:5  Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 
Mat 4:6  “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” 
Mat 4:7  Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” 
Mat 4:8  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 
Mat 4:9  “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 
Mat 4:10  Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'” 
Mat 4:11  Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. 
Jesus Begins His Ministry
Mat 4:12  When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 
Mat 4:13  Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 
Mat 4:14  to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 
Mat 4:15  “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 
Mat 4:16  the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” 
Mat 4:17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
Mat 4:18  As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 
Mat 4:19  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 
Mat 4:20  At once they left their nets and followed him. 
Mat 4:21  Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 
Mat 4:22  and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 
Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds
Mat 4:23  Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 
Mat 4:24  News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 
Mat 4:25  Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



1 January 2018 Verse of the Day

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  (Romans 8:28 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:

Yellow Creek Baptist Church is starting a new family read the Bible through.  So, I thought it would be appropriate to reset our VOTD Read the Bible through to coincide with that program.  That way we can all read the same scriptures and all be together as we worship our Lord in our daily quiet time.  These verses are from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible for easy reading.

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
Mat 1:1
  This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: 
Mat 1:2  Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 
Mat 1:3  Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 
Mat 1:4  Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 
Mat 1:5  Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 
Mat 1:6  and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, 
Mat 1:7  Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 
Mat 1:8  Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 
Mat 1:9  Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 
Mat 1:10  Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 
Mat 1:11  and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. 
Mat 1:12  After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 
Mat 1:13  Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 
Mat 1:14  Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, 
Mat 1:15  Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 
Mat 1:16  and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah. 
Mat 1:17  Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah. 
The Birth of Jesus Christ
Mat 1:18  This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 
Mat 1:19  Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 
Mat 1:20  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 
Mat 1:21  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 
Mat 1:22  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 
Mat 1:23  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 
Mat 1:24  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 
Mat 1:25  But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. 

The Visit of the Wise Men
Mat 2:1
  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 
Mat 2:2  and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 
Mat 2:3  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 
Mat 2:4  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 
Mat 2:5  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 
Mat 2:6  “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'” 
Mat 2:7  Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 
Mat 2:8  He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 
Mat 2:9  After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 
Mat 2:10  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 
Mat 2:11  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 
Mat 2:12  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. 
The Flight to Egypt
Mat 2:13  When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 
Mat 2:14  So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 
Mat 2:15  where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 
Herod Kills the Children
Mat 2:16  When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 
Mat 2:17  Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: 
Mat 2:18  “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” 
The Return to Nazareth
Mat 2:19  After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 
Mat 2:20  and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” 
Mat 2:21  So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 
Mat 2:22  But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 
Mat 2:23  and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



31 December 2017 Verse of the Day

Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. (Isaiah 26:8-9 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 me in 2 years:

When Brothers Dwell in Unity
Psa 133:1-3  A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!  (2)  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.  (3)  It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
 
Come, Bless the Lord
Psa 134:1-3  A song of ascents. Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD.  (2)  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.  (3)  May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



30 December 2017 Verse of the Day

But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,  (Psalms 103:17 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 me in 2 years:

I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul
Psa 131:1-3  A song of ascents. Of David. My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.  (2)  But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.  (3)  Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.
 
The Lord Has Chosen Zion
Psa 132:1-18  A song of ascents. LORD, remember David and all his self-denial.  (2)  He swore an oath to the LORD, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:  (3)  “I will not enter my house or go to my bed,  (4)  I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,  (5)  till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”  (6)  We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:  (7)  “Let us go to his dwelling place, let us worship at his footstool, saying,  (8)  ‘Arise, LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.  (9)  May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.'”  (10)  For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your anointed one.  (11)  The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne.  (12)  If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever.”  (13)  For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,  (14)  “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.  (15)  I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food.  (16)  I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.  (17)  “Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.  (18)  I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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