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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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Deuteronomy

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"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."  Deuteronomy 6:4-5  These verses (and verses six, seven, eight, and nine) serve as the first part of the ‘Shema’, which is one of only two prayers that are specifically commanded in Torah (the other is a prayer of grace said after meals).  It is the oldest fixed daily prayer in Judaism, recited morning and night since ancient times.  The three parts consist of three biblical passages – these verses in Deuteronomy...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Numbers

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"God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfill?"  Numbers 23:19 This verse from Numbers is jam packed with great news about the character and nature of the Lord God.  Funny thing – a lot of people – a lot of Christians – avoid the Old Testament because they don’t think it’s relevant.  But the truth is, you will learn more about Who our Lord God is by reading the Old Testament than you might from the New Testament.  Of course,...

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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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