January 2018

Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Haggai

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“Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways’”.  Haggai 1:5   Haggai is referred to as a ‘post-exilic’ prophet, meaning that he wrote to the Israelites (now called ‘Jews’ for the first time) as they have returned to their homeland to rebuild their temple and the walls around Jerusalem.   The southern kingdom of Judah was taken captive by the Babylonians in 586 BC. In 538 BC the Persians conquered Babylon, which meant the Israelites were now under the jurisdiction of Persia and their King Cyrus.   Shortly afterward, for political reasons that I won’t go into at this time, which includes...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Zephaniah

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"The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17   So often people – either those who don’t know the Lord, or those who do, but have a legalistic view of the Lord God as ONLY a Judge – find it difficult to see the Lord God as a loving and compassionate Father. Hey, let’s not be ignorant to the truth that the Father is also, Holy, Righteous, and Just. As we read in Habakkuk 1:13...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Habakkuk

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"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights."   Habakkuk 3:17-19   Oh, what a great little Book Habakkuk is – besides having the coolest names, Habakkuk is a wonderful prophet Book...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Nahum

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"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." Nahum 1:7   Nahum is an interesting and often ignored Old Testament Minor Prophet (Minor, as opposed to Major – Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah – are not ‘minor’ in importance, but simply because they are generally shorter), and his short Book is usually not read in context with the actual story that it describes. In other words, most people – most Christians – have no idea what Nahum is basically about.   Here it is in a nutshell: Approximately 150 years before the events...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Micah

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"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."   Micah 6:8   This verse has commonly been called “The Micah Mandate”. Anytime the Bible tells us that the Lord ‘delights’ in something, or that He ‘requires’ of us, then that’s a pretty good sign that we ought to pay more careful attention to it. Of course, all of God’s Word is authoritative, but you know what I mean.   So first, what’s the setting of Micah and this verse? Micah was a...

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