June 2018

Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Thessalonians

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“He (the Lord God) called you to this (salvation) through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by Letter.”  2 Thessalonians 2:14-15   Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians (his First Letter is mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:15) was written shortly after the First Letter (around 51AD) and probably from Corinth, as the First Letter was.  Paul’s main point in writing was to still clarify doctrinal issues that he started to teach them while...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Thessalonians

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“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.”1 Thessalonians 4:13-14   The apostle Paul probably started The Church in Thessalonica during his second missionary journey that also took him through Philippi, then Thessalonica, and then to Berea (Acts 17).  We know from Acts 17 that Paul was able to preach Christ on three successive Sabbaths,...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Colossians

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“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.  Colossians 1:27   Once again, so many powerful and encouraging verses to chose from in Paul’s Letter to the Christians at Colossae, but I decided to go with one that isn’t spoken about often, and I haven’t spoken about in different ways in the other verses I have written about.   When the scriptures, especially the New Testament, speak of a mystery, it isn’t referring to some dark and mystical doctrine or belief that is only known to...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Philippians

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I just read through the entire Letter to the Philippians (it didn’t take that long!), and once again I found myself in the same dilemma that I’ve found myself in numerous other times as I’ve written about favorite verses from each Book of the Bible:  there were about fifty verses I wanted to write about!  Verses about being confident that the Lord will finish the work He started in us; verses about the divine nature of Christ our Creator; verses about the humility of Christ that we should emulate by esteeming others greater than ourselves; verses that reminded us that...

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