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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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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