Author: Randy Evans

Holy Week Day 1 – Saturday

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Day By Day - The Last Week Of Jesus' Earthly Life The Gospel of John spends almost half of its twenty-one chapters (11 chapters) on the last week of Jesus’ life.  Obviously, a lot happened during that last week.  What I will be doing for the next week is sending out a ‘Words of Grace’ each day to explain - to the best of my understanding - what occurred on each of those days up to the Lord’s resurrection, and immediately afterwards.  Everyone (that matters) believes all of these events occurred, but there is some question as to when did they exactly...

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2,354 Leaves Forward, 1,975 Back

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I love teaching and preaching. I figure that in twenty-one years as a senior pastor preaching on Sunday morning; seven years as a youth pastor teaching on Wednesday nights; two different Bible studies every week for years; six years of teaching twelve different subjects in CCC’s Training Center; and the additional Sunday School lessons, and numerous other speaking/preaching opportunities, I have probably prepared 1750 different Bible-based messages of one kind or another. As much as I love teaching, it’s sometimes nice to take a few days off and let someone else share on a Sunday….and it gives me the opportunity...

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Sensing The Lord In Unsuspected Places

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When and where do you most often ‘feel’ or ‘sense’ or are ‘made aware’ of the Lord God’s presence? Is it when you are standing on the peak of one of the majestic mountains in the Smokies? image credit: flickr How about while standing in the trickling water of Virgin River looking straight up at the massive walls surrounding you at Zion National Park? Or did you sense the Lord when you sat alone on the warm sand of Cocoa Beach as the waves crashed in front of you? Or maybe while you are singing a heartfelt hymn during a worship service?...

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Survey Says…

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It’s been a while….a long while….too long….since I wrote a ‘Words of Grace’.  To be honest, I just haven’t been inspired.  The last thing I want to do is write something weekly just for the sake of writing something, because it’ll probably end up being some sappy drivel that doesn’t encourage anybody, and it’ll end up me just wasting our time and using up electrons with every cyberspace keystroke.   Now, of course, since I wasn’t inspired before, but NOW I’m feeling ‘inspired’ to write something, this means I’m setting myself up for possible defeat by somehow implying that THIS Words of...

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The Painful But Productive Practice Of Pruning

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In my last Words of Grace (Be Like a Tree and Let the Dead Leaves Drop) I wrote about my giant sycamore tree – the thorn in the side of my neighbors. My stately tree is viewed (I believe half-heartedly) as a nuisance to some because when the cooler and darker days of autumn arrive, the massive leaves of this tree flutter downwards, and more often than not, allow any gentle breeze to carry them into my neighbors’ yards. Actually, I don’t think it really bothers them – it just gives us something to talk and laugh about. Along with...

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Be Like A Tree And Let The Dead Leaves Drop

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So, as most of my church knows – as well as my neighbors – I have a giant sycamore tree in my front yard that I planted about twenty-four years ago. When I planted the tree it was about five feet tall; now it stretches a good sixty-plus feet into the air. The reason this tree would be known to both the church and my neighbors is because over the years this beautiful shade-producing tree has become a much talked about albatross around my neck.   Why? Because the sycamore sprouts giant leaves – millions of them – and they all fall...

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The Puritans, Dorothy Gale, & Looking Forward To Going Home

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A couple of weeks ago I shared a non-expository (although I used tons of Scripture!) sermon about Heaven in which I used the classic 1939 movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as a springboard.  The basic premise was that each character in the movie was trying to find their meaning, significance, purpose, and primarily peace in particular attributes, abilities, or personality traits that they felt were lacking in their life. The Scarecrow was under the false impression that education or intelligence would make him significant and give his life meaning. The Tin Man believed that if he had a heart, then he would...

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Really? No More Hardships Next Year?

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A friend from up north posted this meme (Technically called an ‘image macros') on Facebook a week ago, and thus inspired me to write a Words of Grace about it. He was just reposting it from someone else, and I spoke with him to make sure he understood that if and when I wrote about this so-called ‘God promise’ I wasn’t insulting him, but actually would hope that it would encourage him since he’s gone through a tough time physically/medically these past few years. He told me to go for it . We’ve all seen posts such as this (if you’re on...

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Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing, Baby

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I closed last Sunday’s sermon by talking about David Mullen’s song from 1989, “Heaven’s To Betsy”, but started the story by explaining how I went out into the garage and started digging through some boxes of older CD’s in order to find a particular CD (which I didn’t find!). That’s how I came across David’s wonderful CD called “Revival”, that ended up helping me close my sermon. Well, not only did I find David’s CD, but I brought into the house a few more treasures that I hadn’t heard in a while. One recording that I thought was a “treasure” was...

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Man Makes Plans – God Laughs…

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This past November, just before Thanksgiving, one of my favorite Christian artists of the 1980’s-90’s – Steve Taylor – put out a new album, his first album in over twenty years!  I could go into the fascinating history of Steve Taylor regarding his music, lyrics, his influence, and even movie making (He’s directed two movies – Michael W. Smith in ‘Second Chance’; and ‘Blue Like Jazz’), but for now I’ll just go to one particular song – ‘Comedian’ – the closing song from his new album ‘Goliath’.  Actually, the lyrics are rather nebulous to me, but then, I’ve never been...

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