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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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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Chronicles

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"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work."   1 Chronicles 28:9-10   King David wanted to build a House of Worship for the Lord – the Temple – but the Lord said that because David was a man of war, he would...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Kings

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“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lordopened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.   2 Kings 6:16-17 As Elisha and his servant awoke one morning they discovered that the city was completely surrounded by the enemy. The servant began to panic because he naturally figured that two of them were no match when compared to an entire army. But the servant...

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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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