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God's Will

I’ve made a transition in recent years in the way I think and talk about God’s will. The will of God is a mysterious, elusive and frustrating concept for many people. Too often, we have made it into a game that borders on God playing “keep away” with us. We speak of God’s will as […] Read More

I have never been one to make serious resolutions for each new year. I am not opposed to making such resolutions, and I am certainly not cynical about those who make them and seriously try to keep them; I have just never really felt the need to make them. Yet, as we begin the new […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on March 4, 2012. Daniel 7:13-18  Morning Prayer:   O God, we openly acknowledge as we pray this morning that we believe in your Son’s miracles.  We believe that the lame walked, that the blind were granted sight, and that hardened hearts were […] Read More

During my freshman year of college, our English professor overheard two students discussing the upcoming Iron Bowl. Each of the students expressed undying confidence in their team’s ability to win the big game. Finally, as the debate reached a stalemate, one of the student’s said, “Well this much is clear – God will ultimately determine […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series on discerning God’s will. Read the first part: “Why God Doesn’t Care If You Buy a Red Car.” How does God guide his people? The answer is simple – in an almost infinite variety of ways. We have pillars of fire in the night […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series on discerning God’s will. Guidance concerning God’s will pervades organizational life at BMS World Mission. Those who inquire about mission service with us speak readily of their conviction that God is calling them. We too will invoke the language of calling as a way […] Read More

I’ve made a transition in recent years in the way I think and talk about God’s will. For many people, the will of God is a mysterious, elusive and frustrating concept. Too often, we have made it into a game that borders on God playing “keep away” with us. We speak of God’s will as […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on May 1, 2011. Romans 8:18-23 Meditation Text: When good things happen, that is not a sign that human nature is good.  It is a sign that God is good and that he uses us to be his agents in the world.  When […] Read More

Just about every Sunday in our church, we lift our voices together and say the Lord’s Prayer. This is the prayer Jesus gave to his disciples in response to their request for him to “teach us how to pray.” Part of the prayer includes these words: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth […] Read More

Echo Chamber

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on July 11, 2010. Colossians 1:3-14; 3:23-24 The Academy Award winning movie, Gladiator, features a character named Maximus played by Russell Crowe, who was a general in the Roman army during the reign of Marcus Aurelius in the second century A.D.  As the […] Read More