Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Philippians

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I just read through the entire Letter to the Philippians (it didn’t take that long!), and once again I found myself in the same dilemma that I’ve found myself in numerous other times as I’ve written about favorite verses from each Book of the Bible:  there were about fifty verses I wanted to write about!  Verses about being confident that the Lord will finish the work He started in us; verses about the divine nature of Christ our Creator; verses about the humility of Christ that we should emulate by esteeming others greater than ourselves; verses that reminded us that...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Ephesians

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With my incredible love of the Book of Ephesians, especially the first two chapters that speak about the greatness, majesty, and divine pleasure and good purposes of the Lord in saving us, some of you may be surprised at my verse choice from this beautiful Letter written by the apostle Paul to the Church at Ephesus.   I deliberately didn’t pick a verse from the first two chapters, especially the first chapter, because I have written about a number of these same topics (grace, the Lord’s eternal decree in saving us, God’s sovereign grace, His pleasure and good purpose ordaining us to...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Galatians

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“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”Galatians 3:26-27   As I mentioned back when I was writing about 1 Corinthians, Paul often wrote to Churches because there may have been a theological, doctrinal, or behavior issue that needed to be addressed. Paul was a very wise man. He would start his Letters with some words of encouragement, emphasizing the church’s faith and their dependence on the Lord, and then he’d begin to bring correction. And that’s how we should deal with people also:  start...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Corinthians

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“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly guilt brings death.”2 Corinthians 7:10   The beautiful thing about 2 Corinthians is that for the most part Paul wrote this Second Letter commending many in the Church at Corinth for repenting of the things he harshly wrote to them about in his First Letter.   Although the Second Letter certainly acknowledges that they are finally ‘getting things right’ with themselves, their walk with the Lord, and with the Lord Himself, there are still other issues that Paul has to address.  He spends time encouraging them to endure during suffering....

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 1 Corinthians

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“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31   Most of Paul’s Letters that he wrote to particular churches were in regards to some doctrinal issue that was in some way impacting that particular church.  The Churches in Galatia (Galatians) were dealing with the false teaching of the Judaizers; in Colossians the issue seems to be a spirituality that was to be added to Christ’s work on the cross that included observing a cycle of feasts and festivals; living an ascetic lifestyle by abstaining from certain foods and drinks,...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Romans

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“So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.  And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”  Romans 11:5-6   Insight: Oh boy, did I have a plethora of verses from Paul’s Letter to the Romans to choose from, but I eventually boiled it down to these two powerful verses, which in many respects has been a cornerstone of my walk with Christ.   Let me start by sharing an illustration that I shared with the church a while ago.  I was watching an episode of Family Feud...

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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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