Author: Randy Evans

Holy Week – Day 4

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This was a very, very busy day for the Lord, especially in the teaching department.   We are so used to reading the Scriptures – especially the narratives (where an ongoing story is told) out of context, that we don’t realize the time frame of when particular miracles occurred, or as in this case, when Jesus told particular parables.  We usually say, “Yes, Jesus told us the Parable of the Wedding Feast”, but do we know when Jesus told that parable.  The timing may be quite significant.   So, this made me think:  here’s Jesus – fully aware that this is the last week of His life...

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Holy Week – Day 3

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1. Having spent the night in Bethany (after His grand entrance on Palm Sunday), Jesus returns to Jerusalem. 2. Jesus curses a fig tree (Matthew 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14) – some will say that Jesus cursed a fig tree on Sunday because it bore no fruit for He and His disciples to eat, and that on Monday the disciples discovered that the tree had withered, others believe it happened all at the same time. It doesn’t matter. The point was that Jesus’ cursing of the tree symbolizes the judgment of God upon a nation (Israel) that has the outward appearance of life,...

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Holy Week – Day 2

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1. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9) and the people honor Him with their cloaks on the ground and waving palm branches as a sign of celebration of the coming of the King. (John 12:12-18; Matthew 21:8-11; Mark 11:7-10; Luke 19:35-38) 2. Pharisees react harshly to this display of praise (Luke 19:39-40; John 12:19) 3. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because of their lack of faith (Luke 19:41-44) 4.  Jesus cleans out the temple of the moneychangers for the second time.  Matthew, Mark and Luke mention only one time – this second event.  John mentions two – with three years in between...

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Holy Week – Day 1

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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 occur. So, what was going on the day or evening before...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Luke

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The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name”….(But Jesus said) “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17, 20   Everybody wants to be happy. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” Our nation’s Declaration of Independence says that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right of being an American. George Burns said that ‘Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city’. Yes, everybody wants to be happy, but unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is that happiness is...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Mark

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Whenever the evil spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God’. Mark 3:11   Mark was the son of a woman named Mary (Acts 12:12) and the cousin of the evangelist Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). Apparently, Mark had a close relationship with Peter (1 Peter 5:13), and there is considerable evidence that he wrote his Gospel account under the influence of that apostle. The Gospel of Mark is remarkably different from that of Matthew. It would appear that since Mark has to explain Hebrew traditions (Mark 7:2-4), this indicates that the material was for...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Matthew

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Matthew   “The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!’” Matthew 8:27   We now come to the New Testament and I already know that I am going to be hard pressed to find just one verse or one thought in each New Testament Book to promote as a ‘favorite’, so I guess I’m going to have to pray for some inspiration in my verse choice! And that’s exactly what I did as I turned one page over after another….and I came to this beautiful story. The disciples and Jesus are traveling...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Malachi

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"I the Lord do not change." Malachi 3:6   The Book of Malachi is usually dated around the time of Ezra and Nehemiah as the Jews were returning to the homeland, so this would make Malachi a ‘post-exilic’ prophet. When you get right down to it, the Book of Malachi is all about the covenant relationship that the Lord God had with His people Israel. They were dispersed and taken into captivity because of their consistent breaking of their covenant relationship with the Lord, and now that the Lord has been merciful to them by bringing them back to their home, they...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Zechariah

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“Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Take off his filthy clothes.’ Then he said to Joshua, ‘See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.’ Then I said, ‘Put a clean turban on his head.’” Zechariah 3:3-5a   This is like a courtroom scene similar to that in Job with the Adversary standing before the Lord accusing Joshua, who is the priest that represents all of God’s chosen ones. In the previous verse Zechariah mentions that Joshua is “a burning stick snatched from...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Haggai

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“Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways’”.  Haggai 1:5   Haggai is referred to as a ‘post-exilic’ prophet, meaning that he wrote to the Israelites (now called ‘Jews’ for the first time) as they have returned to their homeland to rebuild their temple and the walls around Jerusalem.   The southern kingdom of Judah was taken captive by the Babylonians in 586 BC. In 538 BC the Persians conquered Babylon, which meant the Israelites were now under the jurisdiction of Persia and their King Cyrus.   Shortly afterward, for political reasons that I won’t go into at this time, which includes...

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