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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Kings

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"At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ Solomon answered, ‘You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Samuel

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"When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.   David said, ‘Mephibosheth!’  ‘At your service,’ he replied.  ‘Don’t be afraid,’ David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness (grace) for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.’   Mephibosheth bowed down and said, ‘What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?’"   2 Samuel 9:6-8   My favorite Old Testament story.  Mephibosheth was the...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Samuel

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"David said to the Philistine (Goliath), ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s,...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Ruth

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"But Ruth replied, ‘Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God’."   Ruth 1:16   The Book of Ruth holds a very special place in the canon of Scripture.  Not only is it the only Book of the Bible that is specifically about a woman; but she is a godly and loyal woman; a Jewish proselyte (a Gentile who converts to Judaism); and the future great-grandmother to King David, and of course, a distant...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Judges

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"The Lord turned to Gideon and said, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.  Am I not sending you?’  ‘But Lord’, Gideon asked, ‘how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family’. The Lord answered, ‘I will be with you…’."   Judges 6:14-16a   What a great story that not only speaks of a humble man of God recognizing his frailty before the Lord and his inability to accomplish anything of heavenly value in his own strength, but this story also shows us how the...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Joshua

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"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."   Joshua 1:9  Every athlete can benefit from a good pep talk.  We all need an encouraging word as we are about to step out on center stage, whether it be a literal stage where one is acting, or a ball field, or any place or situation in which we have been called into action.  Imagine if you will, how daunting it would be for you to be placed in a position in...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Deuteronomy

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"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."  Deuteronomy 6:4-5  These verses (and verses six, seven, eight, and nine) serve as the first part of the ‘Shema’, which is one of only two prayers that are specifically commanded in Torah (the other is a prayer of grace said after meals).  It is the oldest fixed daily prayer in Judaism, recited morning and night since ancient times.  The three parts consist of three biblical passages – these verses in Deuteronomy...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Numbers

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"God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfill?"  Numbers 23:19 This verse from Numbers is jam packed with great news about the character and nature of the Lord God.  Funny thing – a lot of people – a lot of Christians – avoid the Old Testament because they don’t think it’s relevant.  But the truth is, you will learn more about Who our Lord God is by reading the Old Testament than you might from the New Testament.  Of course,...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Leviticus

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"For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life."  Leviticus 17:11   One of the primary or fundamental or foundational doctrines of the Christian faith is that of the atonement.  Atonement, in general, means to make satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; it usually involves some sort of payment, whether it be financial, work oriented, or more graphically, in the taking of a life, to make amends, pay back whatever harm had been caused by...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Exodus

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"And He (the Lord) passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin”.  Exodus 34:6-7a   Most unbelievers, and unfortunately a number of Christians, mistakenly believe that the New Testament God is all about love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness, while the Old Testament God is all about judgment, holiness, harshness, cruelty, law, and wrath.  They couldn’t be further from the truth.  The Old Testament – from Genesis through Malachi – is filled with God’s mercy towards His children and His desire...

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