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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Acts

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“One of those listening (to Paul’s teaching of the Gospel) was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God.  The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.”  Acts 16:14   You may not be aware of this, but there’s some debate as to what came first, the chicken or the egg when it comes to our salvation.  By that I mean:   Some Christians think that the non-Christian – the ‘unsaved’ person – hears the Gospel message – that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for the...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – John

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5   I try my best to talk about just one verse, so today I was going to focus just on verse three: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made”.  But to explain verse...

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Holy Week – Day 10

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As you will see in this last entry of this series, ‘Day Ten’ isn’t really the tenth day of Christ’s life on earth (before His ascension) because after His resurrection Jesus spent forty days on earth, but His first appearance after the evening of His resurrection wasn’t until a week later.  I think you get the point….so, here’s what happened after our Lord resurrected on Easter morning, which we at Grace Christian Fellowship prefer to call ‘Resurrection Day’ (but calling it ‘Easter’ is okay with me!). As far as I know, there is no biblical data indicating that Jesus appeared to...

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Holy Week – Day 9

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Yesterday (Saturday) was a day of silence, grief, or reflection because – as far as the frightened disciples were concerned – their Messiah was dead and buried, and who knew what could possibly happen to them?  But as the songs and sermons say, “It’s Friday (or Saturday), but Sunday’s coming!”  Here are the events of the Grand and Glorious Resurrection Morning!  Again, please remember that the order of some of these events may be disputed because each Gospel writer is telling the story from his perspective.  The order may be debatable, but the Truth of the Resurrection is True –...

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Holy Week – Day 8

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Yesterday was the ‘Day That Changed the World’ when our Lord Jesus Christ was arrested, falsely accused, beaten, illegally convicted, crucified, and died – all for you and me.  Yes, Friday was quite a day.  But what follows the ‘Day That Changed the World’?  Well, actually….not much of anything…when you first think about it.  Saturday – the Jewish Sabbath – was a day of general inactivity in the grand scheme of Holy Week.  Let’s think about it a little more closely: The Jewish day begins at 6:00PM, so although I said yesterday that the last event on ‘Good Friday’ was that “Jesus...

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Holy Week – Day 7

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Today – Friday – is the day that changed the world.  It is the day that our Lord and Savior laid down His life as a ransom for many.  It is called ‘Good Friday’, and there is debate as to why it is called ‘Good’.  Some sources say it comes from the sense that the words ‘pious’ and ‘holy’ are also seen as ‘good’, while others contend that it is a corruption of ‘God Friday’.  Others will say that is simply because of the ‘good’ that came out of the horror of the crucifixion.  As horrific as this day was in the life...

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Holy Week – Day 6

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Yesterday was called ‘Spy Wednesday’ because the religious leaders plotted to kill Jesus, and Judas’ being was taken over by the devil and agreed to betray Jesus. Today (Thursday) is a very, very special day in the last week of Jesus’ life – Maundy Thursday.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the tradition of this special day, here’s a very brief description of the events that occurred. 1.  Nothing is really known about the activities of the bulk of the day, other than Jesus telling two of His disciples (Peter and John) to go into town and prepare...

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Holy Week – Day 5

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Jesus’ “Hump Day” in the last week of His life was a somewhat ‘quiet day’, since He only had a couple of events that were recorded – but they were significant events nonetheless.  Of course, traditionally Wednesday of Holy Week is not called “Hump Day”, it’s actually called “Spy Day”!  And you’ll understand why in a minute. Always keep in mind what I shared in my previous ‘Words’ from this week:  there is some debate as to the exact time of the week that certain events occurred, but most scholars and historians will say that Wednesday’s activities consist of these few events: 1....

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Holy Week – Day 4

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This was a very, very busy day for the Lord, especially in the teaching department.   We are so used to reading the Scriptures – especially the narratives (where an ongoing story is told) out of context, that we don’t realize the time frame of when particular miracles occurred, or as in this case, when Jesus told particular parables.  We usually say, “Yes, Jesus told us the Parable of the Wedding Feast”, but do we know when Jesus told that parable.  The timing may be quite significant.   So, this made me think:  here’s Jesus – fully aware that this is the last week of His life...

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Holy Week – Day 3

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1. Having spent the night in Bethany (after His grand entrance on Palm Sunday), Jesus returns to Jerusalem. 2. Jesus curses a fig tree (Matthew 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14) – some will say that Jesus cursed a fig tree on Sunday because it bore no fruit for He and His disciples to eat, and that on Monday the disciples discovered that the tree had withered, others believe it happened all at the same time. It doesn’t matter. The point was that Jesus’ cursing of the tree symbolizes the judgment of God upon a nation (Israel) that has the outward appearance of life,...

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