Author: Randy Evans

Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Zephaniah

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"The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17   So often people – either those who don’t know the Lord, or those who do, but have a legalistic view of the Lord God as ONLY a Judge – find it difficult to see the Lord God as a loving and compassionate Father. Hey, let’s not be ignorant to the truth that the Father is also, Holy, Righteous, and Just. As we read in Habakkuk 1:13...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Habakkuk

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"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights."   Habakkuk 3:17-19   Oh, what a great little Book Habakkuk is – besides having the coolest names, Habakkuk is a wonderful prophet Book...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Nahum

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"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." Nahum 1:7   Nahum is an interesting and often ignored Old Testament Minor Prophet (Minor, as opposed to Major – Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah – are not ‘minor’ in importance, but simply because they are generally shorter), and his short Book is usually not read in context with the actual story that it describes. In other words, most people – most Christians – have no idea what Nahum is basically about.   Here it is in a nutshell: Approximately 150 years before the events...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Micah

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"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."   Micah 6:8   This verse has commonly been called “The Micah Mandate”. Anytime the Bible tells us that the Lord ‘delights’ in something, or that He ‘requires’ of us, then that’s a pretty good sign that we ought to pay more careful attention to it. Of course, all of God’s Word is authoritative, but you know what I mean.   So first, what’s the setting of Micah and this verse? Micah was a...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Jonah

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“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” Jonah 2:8-9   I could spend some good space here talking all about the story of Jonah, and by good space I mean a lot of pages, especially considering that some years ago I preached ten sermons on four short chapters. But I’ll make this brief and get right to the verses at hand.   As Jonah is repenting for disobeying the Lord who had told him to...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Obadiah

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The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down’, declares the Lord.   Obadiah 3-4   Here’s a short but hopefully encouraging insight taken from a short but encouraging prophetic Book. Obadiah is not dated with particular kings or other prophets, but most commentators believe that Obadiah was written around the same time as portions of Jeremiah...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Amos

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Hear this word the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel - against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt: ‘You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.’ Amos 3:1-2   Oh boy, is this going stir up some questions! I hope it does, because if any of us hope to get moving forward with the Lord and start maturing in our faith, then we’re going to have to be willing to look at some of the hard questions of life and of our faith.   Amos was one of...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Joel

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Joel   “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten - the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm… ‘. Joel 2:25   The prophetic Book of Joel is a bit of a mystery when it comes to nailing down a specific date when it was written. It was definitely written to the southern kingdom of Judah, but commentators aren’t positive if it was written prior to the exile or after Nebuchadnezzar took Judah into captivity. The Book of Joel is different from the other prophetic Books that were written to the divided kingdom, because...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Hosea

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It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them. Hosea 11:3-4   Hosea preached to the northern kingdom of Israel between the years 785-725 BC, during the reigns of the last of the wicked kings of Israel (all 19 were wicked): Jeroboam II, Zachariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah, and Hoshea. Hosea’s preaching (as was the case with all...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Daniel

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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’ Daniel 3:16-18   The Book of Daniel was written during Judah’s (the southern kingdom of Israel) Babylonian Captivity, which lasted from 609BC to 539BC. Part of the...

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