Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

9 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:15 NASB  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Let me see if I can add a little bit of clarity to this verse so that we can know who and what it is talking about.  I believe the best way to do that is to let us read it from the Amplified Bible: Colossians 2:15 AMP  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.

Have you ever heard of a decisive victory?  Of course you have.  It means the one who won did not do it by just by a small margin but a BIG victory.  Well, that is what we have in this verse.  The Lord Jesus Christ WON the ultimate victory when he arose from the grave.  He won over hell, death and the devil, Satan.  “God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible (Acts 10:40 NASB).

Do you know what this one event says and means?  When Jesus arose from the grave, it means that EVERYTHING He ever said is true.  It is ALL true.  Why?  Because God validated everything that Jesus was saying all along.  When Jesus arose this verse becomes true: O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O  DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”  (1 Corinthians 15:55 NASB).  It means that we can HAVE new life in Christ.  Through faith in Him, He can change us and everything about us.  There is nothing that He can’t do.  He is the Victory we know, that overcomes the world.  It means that one day these verses are going to be true: Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory (1 Corinthians 15:51-54 NASB).

Jesus gave us several parables to picture His victory over death.  In one of them, He said it this way: “Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house (Matthew 12:29 NASB).  The strong man is Satan but God is stronger.  Satan was bound and made powerless when Jesus arose from the dead.  Death has no hold over a believer.  Even the threat of death has no power.  In fact, the Bible tells us that one day this verse will be true: Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14 NASB).

Do you know what Jesus says to us when we are in fear of death?  Here it is: When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades (Revelation 1:17-18 NASB).  Jesus doesn’t want us to live in fear of death.  He wants us to live in faith that death is only a stepping stone into a life of eternal victory with Him.  He has the keys of death and of Hades.  Therefore, He is the one who dictates the rules.  He is the one we need to understand and obey.  He is the one we need to follow.  He is the one whom we need to fear: “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! (Luke 12:4-5 NASB).

So because Jesus arose from the grave and because He has all power in heaven and earth, the question is: What does Jesus want us to do because He is the victor over death?  Here it is in simple English: Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him (John 9:35-38 NASB).  Jesus simply asks us one question: Do you believe in the Son of Man?  My friend, the answer to that one question makes all the difference in the world.  If you believe in Him, then I say to you: Trust Him with your very life.  Because He is the ONLY one who can conquer death.  Trust Him to get you through the tough times.  Believe in Him to carry you through the valley of the shadow of death.  Place all of your fears in His hands when you see that your world is crumbling around you. 

Here is what God says to you and I when we are facing death: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6 NASB).  And here is the result when we are anxious for nothing but trusting our Lord Jesus Christ for everything even our very lives: And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 NASB).

Lord, there are so many, many times and situations that Satan tempts me to worry and fret about even life itself.  But Lord, I am resolved to simply trust you.  The worst thing that can happen to me is death but you are the victor over death because the Bible, your Holy Word says to me: we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8 NASB).  So Lord, I am going to trust you this day for everything.  I ask you to direct my mind to think on things above and not about things on this earth.  Help me Lord, to love you more and trust you in everything.  Use me this day for your will and purpose.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


8 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:14 NASB  having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

What are you thankful for?  When you look at your life, your mate, your accomplishments, what are you thankful for?  And better yet, to whom are you thankful?  None of us are alone in this world and none of us got to where we are at in this life by our own ability, intelligence or power.  All of us, whether rich or poor, regardless of our station in life, need to be thankful to someone other than ourselves for where we are at today.

Sometimes we need to stop and reflect on who we are and how we got to where we are at this moment in time.  And for me, this VOTD makes me stop and think about what God the Father has done for me in my life through my Lord Jesus Christ.  And I pray that this verse does the same thing for you.  I want us to think about what He has done when He says that He has canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us.

Do you have financial debts?  Do you owe someone on your house, your car or your credit cards or other debts?  Do you have monthly payments?  How do you make those monthly payments?  Most of us MUST work at a job that pays us so that we can “pay as we go” on a month by month basis.  But what happens when you don’t have enough income to meet your required debts?  Pretty soon, you start getting letters and phone calls that what you must PAY!!!  Pay up or else….!!!  And if you can’t pay then what happens?  You have to declare bankruptcy.  You lose everything.  Everything you have worked so hard for, gone in an instant.  They come get your car.  You are evicted out of your home.  Your possessions are repossessed.  You have nothing.  Nota.  Zilch.  Zero.  And worse of all, many, many times the strain of the problems separate a husband and a wife.  They blame one another and go their separate ways.  It is the darkest time in a person’s life.  Why?  All because they could not meet their OBLIGATIONS.  They could not do what they had said that they were going to do.  They had failed to meet their promises.  No matter what the cause….. They had failed.

My friend, whether or not you realize it, we are BANKRUPT when it comes to paying our certificate of debt that we owe God.  We have no money, possessions or power to pay our certificate of debt that we owe to God the Father.  I want you to see where you and I are SPIRITUALLY in relationship to God the Father and paying for our spiritual freedom.  Can we pay?  Can we earn enough spiritual “points” to get us out of our spiritual certificate of debt?  Here is what the Bible says: 
Romans 3:9-20 NASB
(9)  What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;
(10)  as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
(11)  THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
(12)  ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”
(13)  “THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,” “THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”;
(14)  “WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”;
(15)  “THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
(16)  DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
(17)  AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.”
(18)  “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.”
(19)  Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God;
(20)  because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

You can’t work hard enough or long enough to pay your SIN debt.  You are spiritually BANKRUPT.  There is no hope.  There is nothing you can do.  You are doomed.

But then the Bible goes on to tell us: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) (Ephesians 2:4-5 NASB).  We all need to remember one fact of our Salvation:  You are saved by grace and by grace alone and not by anything else.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace (Romans 11:6 NASB). 

You who had NO HOPE of salvation because you were BANKRUPT and could not pay for your salvation, God the Father did what you could not do.  He did not do it because of anything you said or did.  He did it out of His grace and it was His grace alone that saved you.  It was not because you walked a church aisle or prayed a prayer.  It was not because you were baptized.  It was not because you made any promises to Him.  It was simply due to His grace and His grace alone.  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB).

Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith (Romans 3:27 NASB).  You have no personal spirituality and are nothing spiritually without Christ in your life.  You do not have any spiritual power.  And the only spiritual power that you have obtained is by the grace that was given you when God the Father canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

We ALL need to come to the point in our Christian walk that we can look back and say: …  I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day (2 Timothy 1:12 NASB).  And when we do that, God the Father is honored and glorified because you do the only thing He has asked you to do: Glorify His only begotten Son: Jesus.  That is the purpose of the Holy Spirit in you to glorify Jesus in you.  Jesus says to us:  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you (John 16:13-14 NASB).

So the bottom line question: What are you planning on doing this very day to GLORIFY JESUS?

Lord, I am so reminded of those precious words in your Holy Bible: Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this death?  Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Lord, I confess that I am nothing without you.  It is only by your grace and mercy to me that I am anything.  Lord, I love you so very, very much.  And I feel that I fail to tell you that enough.  God I want to be yours this day.  I want you to mold me and use me for whatever purposes you have for me.  Lord, I am so unworthy.  All I can do is beg you to change me and make me into the man that I should be.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


7 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:13 NASB  When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

I want us to focus on what this verse means.  This verse is not talking about a physical event but spiritual happening.  We as human beings are not only physical beings but we are also spiritual beings.  We are made up of three things: mind, body and spirit.  This verse tells us exactly like it is.  We are all dead in our transgressions and the uncircumcision of our flesh.  But then it goes on and tells us Christians, we who have been born-again by the Spirit of the Living God that a miracle has happened in our lives.  This verse tells us what happens the moment we trust the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior: He made you alive together with Him.  And as a result, He has forgiven us all our transgressions.

Now the above verse does not say it nor does it use the term but we know this as the new birth or being born again just like Jesus said: Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  (John 3:3 NASB).  When you are born again you can see the kingdom of God.  In other words, you can see spiritually.  One minute you could not see spiritually and then the next moment after you are born spiritually you can see spiritually.  It happens in the tinkling of an eye.  One moment you can’t see and the next moment you can see… spiritually.   Make no mistake about it.  If you KNOW Jesus as your Savor, then you were dead in your transgressions but now He made you alive together with Him. 

This is not the only verse that talks about the marvelous mystery that happens when we are born again.  No, no.  The Bible is full of symbolism that pictures this event.  It is even in the Old Testament.  Here is a vision that the Lord gave to Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 37:1-10 NASB
(1)  The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.
(2)  He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry.
(3)  He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
(4)  Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’
(5)  “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.
(6)  ‘I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.'”
(7)  So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
(8)  And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.
(9)  Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”‘”
(10)  So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

It is pictured in the parable that Jesus told us of the two sons, when the one son who went off and spent all his inheritance on riotous living and then finally realized his error and came back to his father.  The father says: for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate (Luke 15:24 NASB). 

The book of Ephesians pictures this event clearly when it says to us:
Ephesians 2:1-10 NASB
(1)  And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
(2)  in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
(3)  Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
(4)  But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
(5)  even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
(6)  and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
(7)  so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
(8)  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
(9)  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
(10)  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Bottom line: What is it that God expects from your new birth?  What does He want after He has caused you to be born of the spirit?  What does He want to achieve and desire to do in our lives?  It is stated in the last verse in Ephesians above when it says For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.  God has given us spiritual eyesight so that we might walk in a manner that is pleasing to Him.  We have been created in Christ Jesus for good works.  And the only way that we can ever do the good works is to walk by the spirit.  “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life (John 6:63 NASB).

Lord, I want to walk in a manner that is pleasing to you.  Lord help me to see, know and understand things in a spiritual manner.  Lord, you have made me into a new creature in Christ Jesus.  Now I need to walk and do what you want me to do.  Help me to exercise my faith in you so that you can lead me to do the things you want.  Help me to turn away from sin and walk by faith as you lead me to be the man you want me to be.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


6 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:12 NASB  having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

For a Christ-believing born-again Christian, this verse is full of symbolism in relationship to our old life in the flesh and our new life in the Spirit.  First it pictures your old life lived in the flesh as being buried with Him in baptism and then it pictures your new life as a new creature in Christ walking by faith as being raised up with Him through faith in the working of God.  These two thoughts are what the Christian Life is all about.

Do you remember what the pastor says each time a person is baptized?  It is probably something along these lines: “Based upon your profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I now baptize you in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost. Buried with Him in the likeness of His death, raised with Him in the likeness of His resurrection to walk in the newness of life.”   Why does the Pastor say those words?  Well, the first part comes from what Jesus said in Matthew 28:
Matthew 28:18-20 KJV
(18)  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
(19)  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
(20)  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
And the second part of what the pastor says is a picture of what is happening to the individual.  Each individual is symbolically berried with Christ in their death to the old life and then they are raised to walk a new life that is lived by faith in Him and His power.

Now comes the hard part.  The symbolism is real in baptism but the actuality is very difficult when it comes to the individual living out what has been pictured in their baptism.  Death to the old life and walking by faith is a life-long process of learning how to please the Lord in everything we say and do.  That is why the Bible teaches us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB).

Question: Why is it so difficult to die to the old life and to walk in our new life of faith?  Well, to me it is difficult for a couple of reasons.  Number one, it is difficult because we are creatures of habits, bad habits.  We have a sin nature and we have been following that sin nature for many, many years and in many different ways.  That sin nature wants us to please it and satisfy its longings and desires.  And that is what most of us have done for a long, long time in our lives.  And then when you try to break those bad habits and live like the Lord wants you to live, you find it very difficult to do.  It is like what the Lord tells us to do when He says: Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear (Ephesians 4:29 NASB).  Most of us, before we came to know Christ as our Savior and Lord, talked a lot of trash.  We had potty mouths.  But now the Lord says to us: Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth.  That includes not only cursing but talking bad about people as well as speaking negative about them and their actions and putting them down.  How does the Lord want us to talk about people?  The Bible tells us to: “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’  (Matthew 22:39 NASB).  You don’t curse yourself and talk bad about yourself.  You don’t talk negative about yourself.  You normally try to justify your actions and speak positive about why you did what you did.  So, we should do the same for our neighbor.  We should talk about them in a positive manner and not put them down.

There is a second reason why we find it difficult to “walk in newness of life”: Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4 NASB).  And that is because we find it difficult to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God like the scriptures say: Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you (James 4:10 NASB).  We have been in the habit of “doing our own thing” and now we find that if we are going to live like Christ wants us to live, we need to “humble ourselves” and seek His guidance, His grace, His will in everything we do.  It is a whole new way for us to think and live.  We need to start asking Him for His will instead of “doing our own thing.”  And the problem is compounded by our sin nature saying to us: “It’s not necessary.”  The problem is further compounded by when we have messed everything up buy doing our own thing, we are very reluctant to admit “we are wrong.”

So, what are we to do?  Here is the answer straight from the Word of God: Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near (Isaiah 55:6 NASB).  We need to develop the habit of calling upon Him before we get into any situation.  We need to tell Him our faults and ask Him to get involved in our lives BEFORE we start off on the wrong road.  It is like looking at a map before you take a trip.  You are preparing for what is ahead.  You are planning on doing it right.  So, before you start saying something bad about your neighbor, pray in the morning for your neighbor.  Before you do something wrong or stupid, pray beforehand for the Lord’s guidance.  Start developing the habit of “in everything by prayer and supplication”: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6 NASB).  Then and only then can you have what the next verse says: And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 NASB).

Bottom line: If you are going to live the Christian life and live it pleasing to Him, then you are going to have to die to your old sinful natural life and start calling upon the Lord to lead and guide you every step of the way.  The choice is yours.  Question is: Will you let Him lead you?

Lord, I can’t please you in my sinful flesh.  And the truth is, you never meant for me to.  You have shown us how to live our lives when you told us that you did everything to please your Father.  So Lord that is exactly what I want to do.  I want to please you in all that I say and do.  Lord, help me to remember to call on you to enable me to die to my will and to follow your will.  Help me to live for you in all that I say and do.  Strengthen me and empower me to live the Christ-filled life.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


5 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:11 NASB  and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;

I would like for us to think about just one little short phrase in this VOTD.  I want us to think about the phrase in Him.  Why?  Because we have seen this phrase repeatedly in the last few verses: Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ (Colossians 2:6-11 NASB).

What does it mean to be in Him?  How does it happen?  Why does it happen?  When does it happen?  How does a person know if they are in Him?  Oh, so many, many questions come to mind about this short but powerful phrase in Him.

First, let’s look at the Bible and see how this phrase in Him is mostly used?  If I do a search in the NASB for the exact phrase in Him, I find that it is used in 97 times in 94 verses in the New Testament.  Most but not all of the verses refer to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Here is just a sampling of some of the verses where in Him is used and they refer to our Lord Jesus Christ:

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men (John 1:4 NASB).

This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him (John 2:11 NASB).

“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life (John 3:14-15 NASB).

And of course, the most famous verse in all the Bible uses this precious phrase: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16 NASB).

And the point of all of this is: ONLY in Him do you find life, hope and the security of salvation that changes us from a “wretched man that I am” into a person where there is now no condemnation: 

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?  (Romans 7:24 NASB).

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1 NASB).

Do you want to know the verse that is right in the middle of these two verses above?  Here it is: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! …  (Romans 7:25 NASB).  When the Bible says through Jesus Christ our Lord it is saying the same thing as in Him.

Now the question comes back to mind: How do we get to be in Him?  Well, let me see if I can answer that question with another question.  How do you get into your friend’s house?  You walk up to the door and you knock or ring the doorbell.  Your friend comes to the door, opens it and invites you in.  And all you do is walk in.  You didn’t have to pay or do some ritual song or dance.  No, no.  You just walked right in.  Why?  Because he, your friend invited you in.  He opened the door and invited you in.  You didn’t have to force your way in.  You didn’t have to crawl through a window or give him something.  No, no.  You just walked right in and probably said some nice words as you shook his hand.  Now, while you are “in your friend’s house, you abide by his rules.  You are under his roof and protected by his “house.”  Now let’s reverse the procedures.  Jesus comes to the door of your heart and starts knocking.  ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3:20 NASB).  How does He get in?  You open the door of your heart and invite Him in.  It is as simple as that.  You bow your head, and admit that you are a sinner and you need Jesus in your life.  You confess that you believe in Him and simply “ask Him” to come in by a prayer of faith in Him.

But in truth, when He knocks, He is actually inviting us to come into Him.  He wants us to be in Him.  For when we are in Him, we have all the safety and the security and the blessings of being in Christ, in Him.

Now the question is: How do I know if I am in Him.  There is only one way to know if you are in Him.  Look at your life.  Look at your fruit.  Look at your wants, your desires, your hopes and dreams.  What are they all about?  Do you crave the things of the flesh or do you crave the things of the Spirit?  Do you want to drink and get drunk and feel good?  Do you want to go fishing and hunting and play sports and forget about the things of the Lord?  Do you want to party and have a good time?  Do you want to be accepted by the worldly people and laugh and play with them?  Do you count them as your “good friends”?  What are your hopes for the future?  What is it that you really want?  My friend, if all you want is just a little bit of religion to soothe your conscience then I am afraid you are NOT in Him.

But, if you have a desire to please Him in all things, if you want to invite Him into all that you say and do, if you want and hope to have Him say those precious words to you “Well done thou good and faithful servant” then there is hope for you.  Why?  Because the Bible says: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB). 

There is a statement that the Bible makes and it is true that shows whether you are in Him or not.  What is the statement?  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8 NASB).

Bottom line: God knows those that are His and those that are in Him.  How?  By your fruit. “So then, you will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:20 NASB).  Just remember one thing: As long as you have a breath left in your mortal body, it is never too late to repent and trust Christ to save you and change you.  Just don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Lord, I want to be pleasing in your sight.  Lord, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am in Him because I have a desire to please you in all things.  But Lord, I still have a problem.  I still see my sin nature cropping up every once in a while.  Lord, please put me to death so that you might come shining through.  Lord, burden my heart for your will and then motivate me and empower me so that I will do your good will and pleasure.  Lord, please use me as only you can.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


4 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:10 NASB  and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;

Let’s review just a little bit.  We are still talking about the subject of being Alive in Christ:  Colossians 2:6-9 NASB
(6)  Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
(7)  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
(8)  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
(9)  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

My friend, you are in the powerful presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is in you through faith.  He has caused you to be born-again to a living hope.  He is all power in heaven and earth.  He is all you will ever need to succeed in this life.  Faith is the victory we know that overcomes the world, the flesh and the devil.  Therefore, our VOTD says: in Him you have been made complete.  You lack nothing and you have no excess baggage.  He is all you will ever need in this life because in Him… get that… in Him you have been made complete. 

Now let’s think about that for a little bit.  Webster’s says that complete means: Having no deficiency.  Finished; ended; concluded; as, the edifice is complete. To finish; to end; to perfect; as, to complete a bridge, or an edifice; to complete an education.  To fill to accomplish; as, to complete hopes or desires.  To fulfil; to accomplish; to perform; as, the prophecy of Daniel is completed.

Your and my salvation is complete…. In Him.  That means that we don’t have to DO something else to get or gain salvation.  It is just like Jesus said on the cross: …  He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit (John 19:30 NASB).  We don’t need another sacrifice.  Why?  Because Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for us.  We don’t need another offering?  Why?  Because Jesus gave His all for us.  When we think of being complete in Christ, it is just as Spurgeon says: We are (1) Complete without the aid of Jewish ceremony. (2) Complete without the help of philosophy. (3) Complete without the inventions of superstition. (4) Complete without human merit.

But that is not what the false religions preach about Jesus.  No, no.  They teach that YOU MUST DO something MORE to get forgiveness.  You have to fast.  Or you have to say so many “hail Mary’s” or give so much or DO Something.  But that is NOT what the Holy Bible teaches.  God’s Holy, Infallible, Pure and Righteous Word says: in Him you have been made complete.  Plus nothing and minus nothing.  Complete is complete.

When a job is complete, you don’t need to do something else, do you.  If you notice a burned out light bulb, what do you do.  Well, first, you turn off the light switch.  Then you remove the bad bulb and put in a new bulb.  Lastly, you turn on the light.  And the job is finished.  It is complete.  Why?  Because there is nothing else you need to do to get the light you need.  The job is complete. 

Why am I stressing the word complete?  It is because I want to do what this verse says: See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ (Colossians 2:8 NASB).  Because whether we believe it or not this verse is still true: For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist (2 John 1:7 NASB).  And when it says many deceivers it is also talking about deceivers that want you to do something else for your salvation or to try to please God.  But instead of following their deception, I want you to realize that in Him you have been made complete.  Finished.  All done.  Complete.

Then our VOTD goes on to say: He is the head over all rule and authority.  You have heard of the saying that “the buck stops here.”  Meaning that that person or that office is the final authority or has the final say on what is going to happen.  Well, the truth is that the final rule and authority is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ himself.  It is not done until He says it is done.  It is not complete until He says it is completeHe is the head over all rule and authority and it is done and complete when He says so.

Why is that statement true?  Why is He over all rule and authority?  Because He is the head.  He is the final authorityHere is what the Bible has to say about His rule and authority:
Colossians 1:16-18 NASB
(16)  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.
(17)  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
(18)  He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Ephesians 1:20-23 NASB
(20)  which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
(21)  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
(22)  And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
(23)  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

As a result and since Jesus is the head over all rule and authority, we find these verses to be true: … “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” (Revelation 5:12-13 NASB)

Final question for us to answer: Will you recognize that you are complete in Him and that He is the head over YOUR rule and authority?  The only way you can do that is by putting yourself under His rule and authority.  And you do that by surrendering your will to His will.  You follow His leadership.  You allow Him to tell you what to do and what to say and how to say it.  You let Him tell you where to go and where not to go.  You let Him tell you how to think and how not to think.  Jesus says to us: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life (John 6:63 NASB).  Will you let Him give you life by being obedient to Him and His will for your life?

Lord, I want you to be my Lord this day.  I want you to have all rule and authority over my life.  I want to submit myself to your will, your way and your purpose.  Lord, please give me your thoughts.  Please burden my heart with your ideas and your wants and desires.  Lord, please motivate me to do what you want me to do in the manner that pleases you.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


3 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Sorry, no VOTD today.  Due to technical difficulties with an update to my electronic Bible program, I will not be able to send out the VOTD today.  I should be able to start sending it out again tomorrow.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


2 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:9 NASB  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

Did you have a hero in your childhood?  When you were growing up, did you have someone you looked up to, admired and even worshiped?  We are talking about a wide range of possibilities here.  It didn’t have to be a real person or it could have been so some sports figure or even a family member.  The point is, it just has to be someone you respected and thought a lot of and even admired.  My childhood hero was Superman.  I mean he could do it all and no one could stop him.  Why he could even fly and stop bullets as well as bend steel.  What more could you ask for…???  But then he wasn’t real.

But you want to know what….???  As an adult, I have even a better hero.  I have one that can do more than Superman and he is not allergic to kryptonite.  You know His name Jesus!!!  YEA!!!  Jesus is my hero.  And do you want to know why?  Because He is alive and He is real and there is NOTHING impossible for Him.  He has all power in heaven and earth.  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18 KJV).

Now our VOTD says that in Him that is in Jesus all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.  What does that mean: all the fullness of Deity?  Well, let’s define Deity.   Webster’s says: Godhead; divinity; the nature and essence of the Supreme Being; as, the deity of the Supreme Being is manifest in his works.  That doesn’t help us much unless we do what it says.  Let’s look at His works.  For when we see what Jesus can do, is when we start to marvel and get excited about the possibilities and the potential of what He can do in our lives.

So when you think about Jesus’ miracles, what do you think about?  Here are just a few things that Jesus in His Deity can do:

And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea (Matthew 14:25 NASB).  Jesus can walk on water.  And let me remind you, this was not a calm sea.  No, no.  This was a turbulent sea because in the previous verse it says: But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary (Matthew 14:24 NASB).

And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm (Mark 4:39 NASB).  In another incident, Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat and the disciples woke Him up because they were afraid.  After he calmed the sea, they wondered “who is this”: They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”  (Mark 4:41 NASB).  You and I can answer that question: This is Jesus: God in the flesh of a man.  Why do we know that?  Because He is who He says He is: The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:25-26 NASB).

You know about many of Jesus’ miracles.  When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill (Matthew 8:16 NASB).  But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all (Matthew 12:15 NASB).  And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was (Mark 1:34 NASB).  In fact, when I do a search on how many miracles that Jesus did, I am told that He did 37 miracles.  But that is not the whole truth because I personally believe He did many, many more.  Why?  Because God’s Holy Word says He did more: And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they *were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself *would not contain the books that *would be written (John 21:25 NASB).  And that is the way it is with Deity. He can do MORE than we can possible think or ask.  Why do I say that?  Because God has more resources than we even know about, just like Jesus says: “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?  (Matthew 26:53 NASB).  You talk about POWER… WOW… God can do it all.  And Jesus is God in the flesh.  Why do I say that?  Because it is true.  “I and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30 NASB).  Jesus *said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  (John 14:9 NASB).

And do you want to know the best part of all???  Jesus, God in the flesh, is not imaginary nor is He dead.  HE’s ALIVE.  It is just like the song says:

He’s alive yes He’s alive
Yes He’s alive and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s alive yes He’s alive

And even better yet, He is still doing miracles, every day.  He lives.  He works and He is working in our lives, doing His good will and pleasure.  All we have to do is submit to His Leadership; His Lordship and His Holiness.  The only question that remains to be answered is: Will we?  Will we go where He says to go?  Will we say what He wants us to say?  Will we do what He says to do?  Will we be obedient to do as He instructs us by His Holy Spirit that lives in every born-again believer?

Lord, please forgive me for those times that I have not been obedient like I should.  I want to say and do as you instruct me, as you lead and guide me.  Lord, please help me to humble myself before your throne of grace and worship you through my obedience.  Lord, left on my own, I go astray every time.  But when I will simply follow your leadership, I am blessed beyond measure.  Lord, please use me this day.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


1 November 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:8 NASB  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

Do you have a GPS?  Has it ever led you astray?  Mine has.  When we were traveling and in a strange city, it led us down a dead end street.  Just like people can do to a Christians when they take them captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men.  Now let’s define some terms via Webster’s dictionary:

Captive: One who is charmed or subdued by beauty or excellence; one whose affections are seized, or who is held by strong ties of love.

 Philosophy: a general term denoting an explanation of the reasons of things; or an investigation of the causes of all phenomena both of mind and of matter. When applied to any particular department of knowledge, it denotes the collection of general laws or principles under which all the subordinate phenomena or facts relating to that subject, are comprehended.

Deception:
The act of deceiving or misleading.  All deception is a misapplication of the established signs used to communicate thoughts.

Tradition: That which is handed down from age to age by oral communication. The Jews pay great regard to tradition in matters of religion, as do the Romanists. Protestants reject the authority of tradition in sacred things, and rely only on the written word.

The facts are clear: There are men and women out in the world who will lead you astray by their own brand of teaching about the Bible and what it says to the Christian.  Jesus warned us about them when He said: Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves (Matthew 7:15 NASB).  And: And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  (Matthew 16:6 NASB).  And we understand that the leaven He was talking about was their teaching from the verse that says: Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 16:12 NASB).

Paul warned the Christians at Ephesus when he said to them: “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them (Acts 20:29-30 NASB).  And so it has been down through the ages.  So the question comes to us: How do we know truth from error?  How do we know when men are seeking to do what our VOTD warns us about when it says: See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ?

Baptist have always been Christians that lived their lives by the Book, the Bible.  If it is taught in the Gospels and practiced in the Acts of the Apostles and preached in the Epistles, then it is a good thing to follow in your Christian walk.  To be sure, there are men that would take us captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men just like Jesus warned us: “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:8 NASB).  Thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.” (Mark 7:13 NASB). 

But there are good traditions that have been handed down to us.  Paul tells us to: Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you (1 Corinthians 11:1-2 NASB).  And: So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us (2 Thessalonians 2:15 NASB). 

So the question remains: How do you know which is a good tradition and which is a bad tradition as you seek to follow Christ?  I said it once and I will say it again: If it is taught in the Gospels and practiced in the Acts of the Apostles and preached in the Epistles, then it is a good thing to follow in your Christian walk.  Remember we walk by faith not by sight just as the Bible tells us: for we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7 NASB).  If there is anything that is contrary to the Will of God in our lives, He will convict us of it: “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:8 NASB).

If you want to know what Baptists believe, I would recommend that you pick up a copy of the Baptist Faith and Message.  You can get one by asking Pastor or myself for one.  It helps us understand lots of different subjects like: The Scriptures, God as He is revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It deals with subjects like Man, Salvation, God’s purpose of Grace and The Church.  There are lots of other subjects and all of the subjects are backed up by scripture references.  You might be asking yourself: Why was it written when we have the Bible?  Here is an answer right out of the booklet: Baptist are a people of deep beliefs and cherished doctrines.  Throughout our history we have been a confessional people, adopting statements of faith as a witness to our beliefs and a pledge of our faithfulness to the doctrines revealed in Holy Scripture.

My friend, the bottom line is this: … I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day (2 Timothy 1:12 NASB).  I pray that you know in whom you believe so that you will NOT be led astray through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

Lord, I want to worship you in Spirit and Truth.  I want to please you in all aspects of my life.  I want to bless you in everything I say and do, think and feel.  I want you to be pleased with my worship, my habits and my practices.  The only way I know to do that is by doing it according to your Holy Word.  Your Word teaches me to walk by faith and to be faithful in my walk.  Help me Lord to correctly interpret your Word.  Help me to see any errors that are not pleasing unto you.  And Lord, help me especially be a “doer of your Word” and not a hearer only.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


31 October 2016 Verse of the Day

Colossians 2:7 NASB  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

As you can tell by the first word of our VOTD, we need to put it in context by looking at the previous verse to get the complete thought.  In fact, let’s look at both verses together:  Colossians 2:6-7 NASB
(6)  Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
(7)  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

As we can now see, we are talking about how we received Christ Jesus the Lord and that was our subject yesterday: FAITH.  We walk by faith in Him.  So we can start today with having been firmly rooted.  Now when you think about being rooted, you think about plants and such that are living things that grow and get their nutrients from the soil.  They grow best when they are firmly rooted instead of being shallow rooted.  Our faith needs to be firmly rooted in Him in the good soil, just like what Jesus told us:  “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance (Luke 8:15 NASB).

If our faith in Him is going to grow, then it must be nourished in the good soil.  If it is in rocky soil, it can’t grow because it has no depth just as Jesus tells us: “Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. “But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away (Matthew 13:5-6 NASB).  To me, the rocky soil is the hardened places in a life that doesn’t let Christ in by their lack of faith in Him.  Our faith in Him can’t be planted in the soil that has too many weeds because it can’t grow there either. “Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out (Matthew 13:7 NASB).  The thorns are representative of the sin that we don’t “weed out” of our lives.  It can have devastating effects on our faith in Him.  The fact is that if our faith in Him is going to grow, it must have an honest and good heart, and hold it fast so that it can bear fruit with perseverance. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 11:15 NASB).

God the Father wants our faith in Him to be built up in Him.  How do we learn to be a better swimmer?  By swimming?  How do we learn to be a better carpenter?  By being a carpenter and putting our best efforts into our job every day.  How do we learn to be a better husband or wife?  By striving to be the best that we can be every day and every time.  So, my question to you is: How do you build up your faith in Him?  Simply by placing your faith in Him.  Over and over, again and again, time after time.  You seek, you strive, you labor and toil to please Him in all that you say and do.  Do you get it right all the time?  No.  Why?  Because you are building and you make mistakes.  You are trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.  But one day, your faith in Him will be built up just like the sky scraper that is built by daily efforts, one beam at a time.  And then you can look at your faith in Him and know that it is established because you have placed all of your hope, faith and trust in Him.

Why do we go to Church?  Fellowship, that’s good.  But to Worship, that’s the real reason.  But as we go to worship, we receive instruction from the Lord on how we can walk by faith in Him.  Our VOTD tells us about how we are to walk by faith in Him and then it goes on to say: just as you were instructed.  Where did this instruction come from?  It came from Paul and Epaphras and others.  Men who were called by the Lord to give us instruction.  We need instruction.  We need guidance.  We need to understand the right way that we are to build up our faith in Him.  We can build with the proper materials: gold, silver and precious stones.  Or we can build with the wrong materials.  We can build on wood, hay or straw.  It is just like Paul tells us: Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15 NASB).  My friend, we need to stop and examine our building materials and see how we are building our faith in Him to see if we are using the right materials.

Then finally, there is an outcome to our building of our faith in Him.  And that is we come to a point in our lives where we are overflowing with gratitude.  We are always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father (Ephesians 5:20 NASB).  We are giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light (Colossians 1:12 NASB).  We are overflowing with gratitude so that we become the people that: Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father (Colossians 3:17 NASB).

My friend, are you a person that can be described as overflowing with gratitude as you walk by faith in Him.  If not, then it is not too late to start giving thanks to Him for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, please help me to be thankful in all things.  Lord, your Holy Scriptures tell me to give thanks for all things for this is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus.  So, Lord, I do want to always remember to be thankful for all things because I know that you are causing all things to work together for good.  Lord, help me to build my faith in you with the right material and let it always be in good soil.  Lord, please point out any hard places that I have and especially any sinful ways that I have.  Lord I want to be pleasing to you in all things I say and do.  Lord, I love you.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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