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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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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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