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Lord's Prayer

Many years ago when we were trying to sell our house, a real estate agent gave us a long list of small things we could do to improve the house’s appeal to potential buyers.  One tip was to bake bread before a showing. “It makes a house smell like a home,” she said. Bread, home and […] Read More

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. July 28, 2013 Psalm 85:1-13; Luke 11:1-13 We don’t know the professions of all of Jesus’ disciples. The most notable, of course, were fishermen. That’s what Simon and Andrew, James and John were doing  – fishing – when Jesus called to them […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., July 28, 2013 The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 11:1-13 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on April 1, 2012. Mark 15:33-41 Morning Prayer: O Loving God, you know both our deepest longings and what is best for us even when they are different.  Do not let us shrink back from the commitments that we made on clearer days.  […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on March 25, 2012. Mark 14:32-42 Morning Prayer: O God, we have offered our prayer and song already, but we add the prayers of our hearts today to ask that by your strong hand you would deliver us.  Deliver us from the darkness […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on March 18, 2012. Matthew 18:21-35 Morning Prayer: O God, even though we do not need to tell you, we admit that we fail daily, but we do acknowledge and confess that each new day finds our commitments weakened and our will to […] 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

The Lord’s Prayer, as Matthew presents it, asks that God’s kingdom would come, as God’s will is done on earth as it is done in heaven. What happens on earth, Jesus suggests, mirrors what is happening in the heavens. It would seem that as we make this prayer to God, we are recognizing that with […] Read More

Although it is possible, perhaps even likely, that Jesus used the Aramaic word “abba” in addressing God, the word that is used for the Father in the two Gospel accounts of the Lord’s Prayer is the Greek word “pater.” That fact should be taken into account as interpreters seek to understand the meaning of this […] 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