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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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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Ezekiel

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I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:26-27   The Book of Ezekiel is a wild ride of spiritual imagery written in 571BC, and was written to announce judgment upon the southern kingdom of Judah to allow them one more opportunity to repent. It also foretells of the coming deliverance of God’s people from captivity in Babylon, and speaks of...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Lamentations

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Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.   Lamentations 3:22-23   First, two preliminary things:   Most people aren’t aware that there even is a short Book in the Bible called “Lamentations”.   Even more people aren’t aware that the official name of this Book is “The Lamentations of Jeremiah”.   The Lamentations of Jeremiah are a group of five poems, believed to have been written by the prophet Jeremiah, concerning the downfall of the southern kingdom of Judah, the destruction of Jerusalem, and Judah’s captivity by the Babylonians. They...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Jeremiah

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This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight’, declares the Lord.   Jeremiah 9:23-24   There are fifty-two chapters and fourteen hundred verses to pick from in Jeremiah, but there’s no doubt as to the verses I would choose to write about – Jeremiah 9:23-24. And speaking...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Isaiah

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"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock Eternal.”   Isaiah 26: 3-4   Once again – and I know that this will happen forty-three more times – it is hard to pick just ONE verse out of sixty-six chapters of Isaiah, because this Book from the seventh-century BC prophet Isaiah is non-stop incredible Words from the Lord. There are a lot of portions dedicated to prophecies concerning the Messiah Jesus – just read Isaiah 9 and 53, and you’ll be amazed...

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