Author: Randy Evans

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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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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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Romans

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“So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.  And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”  Romans 11:5-6   Insight: Oh boy, did I have a plethora of verses from Paul’s Letter to the Romans to choose from, but I eventually boiled it down to these two powerful verses, which in many respects has been a cornerstone of my walk with Christ.   Let me start by sharing an illustration that I shared with the church a while ago.  I was watching an episode of Family Feud...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Acts

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“One of those listening (to Paul’s teaching of the Gospel) was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God.  The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.”  Acts 16:14   You may not be aware of this, but there’s some debate as to what came first, the chicken or the egg when it comes to our salvation.  By that I mean:   Some Christians think that the non-Christian – the ‘unsaved’ person – hears the Gospel message – that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for the...

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