August 2018

Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Peter

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“We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”  2 Peter 1:16   Peter’s Second Epistle is very similar to the Letter of Jude; some verses are nearly identical, and the reason for this is that they were both writing about the same subject – false teachers in and around the church – and the scholarly consensus is that Peter had read Jude’s Letter and because Jude said certain things so well, Peter used those same points to get his message across.   2 Peter...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Peter

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“Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”1 Peter 2:17   I picked this particular verse (and I will take it in context with the surrounding verses in a moment) because it’s probably not a verse that is talked about much, but it has a lot to say to all of us.  Peter’s First Epistle or Letter was probably written from Rome around AD 62-63, just prior to the horrifying persecution by Nero.  Nero died in AD 68, so Peter’s Second Letter was written while he was waiting for execution just prior to this date. ...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – James

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‘What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.’James 4:14b   James, the author of this New Testament Book, is also referred to as James the Just, and he was a brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55), and leader of the Jerusalem Church.  Since James was executed for his faith in AD 62, the Book of James was probably written in the mid-40’s AD.  Some people have likened the Book of James to the Old Testament Wisdom Book of Proverbs because of the variety of subjects covered in a short Letter; it is filled with...

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