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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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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Genesis

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"But Joseph said to them (his brothers), 'Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.' And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them."  Genesis 50:19-21   Joseph’s brothers (the future tribes of Israel) were jealous of Joseph so they plotted to kill him, but then decided to sell him into slavery in Egypt instead.  One thing led to another - many painful things after...

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But What About Our Christian Faith?

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At this particular moment in time (October 28, 2016) there are numerous ‘big events’ occurring. Here are just four of them: Halloween (October 31) Reformation Day (October 31, 499th anniversary of the birth of the Protestant Church) The World Series - The Chicago Cubs versus The Cleveland Indians The Presidential Election On Monday the 31st a lot of attention will go to the ‘celebration’ of Halloween….yawn (although Grace Christian Fellowship is having Trunk or Treat from 6:00PM until 8:00PM….come on by!).   The World Series is going on right now. At this moment the Series is tied 1-1, with the first two games...

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Thunderclap Migraines, The Plans Of Men, And The Providence Of God

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Why does it sometimes appear that the best-laid plans of man, or at least parts of these well thought out plans of ours end up failing miserably and get heaved onto the dung heap of life, and by no apparent fault of our own? Or, to take it a level deeper: Why do some of our most sincere efforts, especially those sincere efforts that we believe are being done to the best of our humble understanding and ability for the glory of God…why are those undertakings sometimes squashed right before our eyes like a blood-bloated, aged, and enfeebled mosquito that...

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Baseball’s Opening Day And The National Day Of Prayer

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What in the world does Opening Day of baseball season have to do with the National Day of Prayer? Well, I’m sure that some people at the ball game were praying, especially when the Rays were down 5 to 3 in the bottom of the ninth inning; and it is true that we hold our National Day of Prayer at Brighthouse Field, where the Phillies and the Threshers play, but that’s not the connection I’m talking about.   Let’s take them one at a time. This morning (Thursday) at 11:30AM I attended a lunch/prayer meeting with about 60 pastors or ministry leaders...

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Holy Week Day 10 – Easter Monday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life   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...

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Holy Week Day 9 – Resurrection Sunday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life   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...

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Holy Week Day 8 – Holy Saturday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life 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...

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Holy Week Day 7 – Good Friday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life 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...

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