May 2018

Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Ephesians

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With my incredible love of the Book of Ephesians, especially the first two chapters that speak about the greatness, majesty, and divine pleasure and good purposes of the Lord in saving us, some of you may be surprised at my verse choice from this beautiful Letter written by the apostle Paul to the Church at Ephesus.   I deliberately didn’t pick a verse from the first two chapters, especially the first chapter, because I have written about a number of these same topics (grace, the Lord’s eternal decree in saving us, God’s sovereign grace, His pleasure and good purpose ordaining us to...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Galatians

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“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”Galatians 3:26-27   As I mentioned back when I was writing about 1 Corinthians, Paul often wrote to Churches because there may have been a theological, doctrinal, or behavior issue that needed to be addressed. Paul was a very wise man. He would start his Letters with some words of encouragement, emphasizing the church’s faith and their dependence on the Lord, and then he’d begin to bring correction. And that’s how we should deal with people also:  start...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Corinthians

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“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly guilt brings death.”2 Corinthians 7:10   The beautiful thing about 2 Corinthians is that for the most part Paul wrote this Second Letter commending many in the Church at Corinth for repenting of the things he harshly wrote to them about in his First Letter.   Although the Second Letter certainly acknowledges that they are finally ‘getting things right’ with themselves, their walk with the Lord, and with the Lord Himself, there are still other issues that Paul has to address.  He spends time encouraging them to endure during suffering....

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Corinthians

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“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31   Most of Paul’s Letters that he wrote to particular churches were in regards to some doctrinal issue that was in some way impacting that particular church.  The Churches in Galatia (Galatians) were dealing with the false teaching of the Judaizers; in Colossians the issue seems to be a spirituality that was to be added to Christ’s work on the cross that included observing a cycle of feasts and festivals; living an ascetic lifestyle by abstaining from certain foods and drinks,...

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