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A sermon delivered by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., on January 6, 2013. The Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 The only two Gospels that tell the story of Christmas are Matthew and Luke, and they tell it in different ways.  Luke tells us about the night Jesus was born, when Mary […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, First Baptist Church, Pastor, Rome, Ga., on February 5, 2012. Mark 2:1-12 Morning Prayer: O God, our Father, we do not know how to ask for forgiveness as we should.  Our pride will not let us speak the need too dramatically.  Yet our hearts will not let us off […] Read More

Not Even Death

A sermon delivered by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx., on January 22, 2012. Luke 7:11-17 Sometimes it is the numbness of silence. Sometimes it is the throbbing pressure of a heart that feels like it will explode. Sometimes it is a lump in your throat that, try as you might, just will […] Read More

What’s a great wedding without lots of wine? That seems to be Mother Mary’s question to Son Jesus at the reception following the ceremony in Cana, which was somewhere in Galilee but we still don’t know exactly where. According to the second chapter in the Gospel of John, it took a somewhat surly Jesus a […] Read More

Sometimes a sense of awe is lacking nowadays in society. The story of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 is awesome. In our calloused, high-tech, nothing-surprises-us society, miracles are often considered spiritual artifacts from the ancient world. You just don’t see the Red Sea part anymore. Or do you? People don’t walk on water anymore. Until we […] Read More


Langston Hughes wrote of what takes place when a dream is deferred. He used graphic terms, like rotten meat and running sores. But sometimes a dream deferred is a fire that burns in a person. “Miracle” tells the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. We are given an inside look at how it […] Read More