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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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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Song of Songs

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Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.   Song of Songs 2:15   I was originally going to go with the very next verse (verse 16) which states, “My beloved is mine and I am his”, but I thought I’d go with verse fifteen because – once again – this is one of the Top Ten verses that I quote to people – and here’s why:   The Song of Songs, often called ‘The Song of Solomon’, has over the centuries been a rather controversial Book of the Bible for a few reasons, one...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Ecclesiastes

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Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12   Ecclesiastes is a one of the Wisdom Books, along with Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Songs, and has been misunderstood for centuries. Some have...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Proverbs

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 "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."  Proverbs 19:21   The Proverbs – mostly written or compiled by Solomon – are not necessarily all promises from the Lord, but rather they should be viewed as godly principles. Principles refer to how life ought to be lived, and in God’s providence, if the principles are lived out practically and sincerely, the principle will often prove to be true in actuality.   But I believe that this particular proverb is not a principle or a promise, but rather a fact. This verse speaks of the Triune God’s...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Psalms

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"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."  Psalm 34:18   How can you pick a ‘favorite’ verse out of the entire Book(s) of Psalms! Well, I narrowed it down to probably the one verse that I have shared with more people in more situations than any other verse in Psalms. As a pastor I often find myself in the sad situation of needing to comfort or encourage someone who is going through a tough time, and for the believer, this one verse is not only true, but it is a beautiful reminder of God’s love, mercy, and...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Job

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"I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes - I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!"  Job 19:25-27   At Grace Christian Fellowship we have been going through this amazing Book bit by bit, and it is full of wonderful spiritual gems, but these couple of verses are the crème de la crème of this Book. Job is suffering far more than any human (other than Jesus Christ) has suffered....

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Esther

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"When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: ‘Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’"  Esther 4:12-14    I started by telling the incredible story of Esther, but it was getting too long….please read it for yourself….it’s an amazing story with plot twists, intrigue,...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Nehemiah

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"We will not neglect the house of our God."  Nehemiah 10:39   The children of Israel have been allowed to return from their Babylonian/Persian captivity and rebuild Jerusalem. In Ezra they rebuilt the Temple; in Nehemiah they rebuilt the walls around Jerusalem. When they were finished all the people rejoiced and committed themselves to the Lord, to His worship, and to His service. This verse (it’s actually the last sentence of a longer thirty-ninth verse) concludes a long covenant promise made by the leaders and people, which is the entire tenth chapter.   This verse “We will not neglect the house of our God”...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Ezra

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"For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel."  Ezra 7:10   The northern kingdom of Israel has been dispersed by the Assyrians; the southern kingdom has been taken into captivity by the Babylonians, who were later overtaken by the Persians. It has been 70 years since the Israelites had lived in Jerusalem, so in God’s providence great numbers of Israelites were allowed to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple (and the next Book – Nehemiah – is about the rebuilding of the walls...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Chronicles

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“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”   2 Chronicles 20:15, 17   For many years now, because of their rebellion, Israel has been divided into the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. The northern kingdom of Israel had nineteen kings and not one of them was...

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