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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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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Hebrews

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“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God…”.  Hebrews 12:2   If I had more time and I didn’t feel the pressure to write and finish this before midnight I would say a whole lot more about the Book of Hebrews itself, but I really can’t – I’m tired.  I will say this much, Wow, what an amazing Book!  It’s hard to just read a ‘verse or two’ without reading an entire...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Philemon

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Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.  Philemon 7   We come now to my ‘life verse’.  All of God’s Word should be special to us, but of course we are going to have ‘favorite’ verses, or verses or portions of Scripture that have been especially close to our hearts throughout our Christian experience. Maybe there was a difficult time that you were going through and someone shared a particular verse to you; or you were simply reading the Word during that difficult time, and the Lord just simply spoke peace, encouragement,...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Titus

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“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things…”.  Titus 3:4-8a   Paul is the champion of run-on sentences, and because of that it has been difficult for me to write about one verse from each of...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Timothy

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“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction.”  2 Timothy 4:1-2 I failed to mention in my ‘insight’ to 1 Timothy that it (and 2 Timothy) were written by the apostle Paul to a young pastor named Timothy. Timothy had been a traveling companion of Paul on his second missionary journey and was with Paul when he established churches in Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Timothy

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“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.”  1 Timothy 1:15-16   Before his conversion to Christ, the apostle Paul was a Pharisee, a very law abiding Jewish man of dignity who was respected among his peers.  Paul speaks about how confident (we should say ‘over-confident’) he...

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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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