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James 2:19 observes, “It’s good that you believe that God is one. Ha! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble with fear.” Rather than using the more commonly translated – “Good!” or “Good for you!” – the Common English Bible renders as the middle line in the well-communicated English term as “Ha!” That verse […] Read More

While nearly 90 percent of U.S. adults believe in some kind of “higher power / spiritual force,” only slightly more than half (56 percent) believe that higher power is “God as described in the Bible,” according to a Pew Research Center report released on April 25. In response to the question, “Do you believe in […] Read More

The biblical stories are replete with calls to believe and people who choose to believe or not to believe in God. Of course, the more familiar expression we use in speaking of this act of believing is to have faith. Whether we read stories of individuals in Israel’s history, ancient Israel’s history as a nation […] Read More

All of us have a lot of beliefs about a lot of different things. Our most basic beliefs might be called our presuppositions, those ideas that are rooted in our worldview or faith commitment. But why do we believe what we believe? Where does our faith come from? Faith or beliefs are the result of […] Read More

In the interest of best serving small to medium churches, I go to great lengths to build bridges with all constituencies, some with whom I vehemently disagree. Toward that end, I attended a men’s conference in Richmond, Va., with a group from the church I was serving. The format was predictable, a kind of knock-off […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Ark., on November 14, 2010.   Isaiah 65:17-25     For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on September 12, 2010.  Micah 6:1-8  Morning Prayer: O God and Father of us all, make quiet our fretful minds today.  Help us not to focus on the problems that beset us but help us only to consider your promises.  Remind us completely […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on September 5, 2010. Mark 9:14-25 Morning Prayer: We confess, our Father, that our faith is not always what we want it to be.  We confess that we have not always finished the commitments that we started.  We have not always acted or […] Read More

We are in the midst of the Easter season. Christians everywhere continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We have heard the Gospel stories about the crucifixion and the empty tomb and continue to hear with gladness words like, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” Preachers preach enthusiastically that the Bible is a dependable […] Read More