Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Revelation

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“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,and they will reign on the earth.”  Revelation 5:9-10   As we come to the end of our journey through the sixty-six Books of the Bible, we now find ourselves at the mysterious Book of Revelation – sometimes referred to as “The Revelation of Jesus Christ to the Apostle John.  It is believed to have been revealed...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Jude

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“Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ….To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy - to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”  Jude 1, 24-25   Today’s verse/verses are sandwich verses, and by that strange moniker I mean that these three verses are the opening (verse one) and the closing (verses twenty-four and twenty-five)...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 3 John

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“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”  3 John 4   This verse is very, very special to me because it is one of those verses that is particularly “personal”; and by that I mean that it is a verse that I can say from my heart as if I wrote it myself.  You’ll understand in a moment.   John was an elderly man by the time he had written this Letter.  Many believe that he had pastored a church in Ephesus, and not only was he influential in leading many people to Christ, but...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 John

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“…because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever…”.  2 John 2 The Apostle John’s Second and Third Letters are the shortest Books in the Bible.  Since you asked:  in the original language, 3 John has 219 words, and 2 John 245 words.  All three of John’s Letters are certainly important or else they wouldn’t have been included in the Bible, and all three in one way or another are dealing with the false teaching of Gnosticism and Docetism. Both of these are strange teachings that I don’t have the time or the space to explain in detail,...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 John

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“We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19   Anyone from my church who is reading this will say, “Oh, of course Pastor Randy would pick this verse; he quotes it just about every Sunday!”  Yes, it’s true, but as you will see, there is a very, very good reason why I quote this verse so often.   The three Letters of John were all written with one general concern in mind:  there were false teachers – early proponents of Gnosticism - who were minimizing/denying the deity of Christ by saying that Jesus the Messiah didn’t come in the flesh; and they...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Peter

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“We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”  2 Peter 1:16   Peter’s Second Epistle is very similar to the Letter of Jude; some verses are nearly identical, and the reason for this is that they were both writing about the same subject – false teachers in and around the church – and the scholarly consensus is that Peter had read Jude’s Letter and because Jude said certain things so well, Peter used those same points to get his message across.   2 Peter...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Peter

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“Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”1 Peter 2:17   I picked this particular verse (and I will take it in context with the surrounding verses in a moment) because it’s probably not a verse that is talked about much, but it has a lot to say to all of us.  Peter’s First Epistle or Letter was probably written from Rome around AD 62-63, just prior to the horrifying persecution by Nero.  Nero died in AD 68, so Peter’s Second Letter was written while he was waiting for execution just prior to this date. ...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – James

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‘What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.’James 4:14b   James, the author of this New Testament Book, is also referred to as James the Just, and he was a brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55), and leader of the Jerusalem Church.  Since James was executed for his faith in AD 62, the Book of James was probably written in the mid-40’s AD.  Some people have likened the Book of James to the Old Testament Wisdom Book of Proverbs because of the variety of subjects covered in a short Letter; it is filled with...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Hebrews

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“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God…”.  Hebrews 12:2   If I had more time and I didn’t feel the pressure to write and finish this before midnight I would say a whole lot more about the Book of Hebrews itself, but I really can’t – I’m tired.  I will say this much, Wow, what an amazing Book!  It’s hard to just read a ‘verse or two’ without reading an entire...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Philemon

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Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.  Philemon 7   We come now to my ‘life verse’.  All of God’s Word should be special to us, but of course we are going to have ‘favorite’ verses, or verses or portions of Scripture that have been especially close to our hearts throughout our Christian experience. Maybe there was a difficult time that you were going through and someone shared a particular verse to you; or you were simply reading the Word during that difficult time, and the Lord just simply spoke peace, encouragement,...

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