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for: ‘January, 2018’



Is It Worth Dying For?

I live in the New Orleans area, and we have had a high profile murder trial going on all week. The trial has to do with the murder of a college and professional football player – – Joe McKnight. I’m sure most people have an opinion about the outcome of the trial. I am not […]

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Hospitality Matters Because People Matter

Last weekend we had a “Hospitality Matters” conference for our local congregation. We emphasized hospitality because we are on the verge of opening a new worship center and a new area devoted to believers spending time with other believers – – what Christians often called “fellowship.“ We had a wonderful presenter named Mark Waltz. Mark […]

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The Truth Does Set You Free

Jesus famously said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). What happened in Hawaii last week powerfully illustrates the importance of the truth. The State of Hawaii has an emergency notification system. It consists of message boards and text messages. One of those state-wide notifications went out Saturday, […]

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Seven Reasons Why You Need Holy Scripture

Scripture is God breathed (inspired) and intended to help us know God. In a very real sense, there’s nothing more important than knowing the One in whose image we are formed. Here are seven reasons why Scripture matters. First, Scripture comes from God Himself. It is His word of instruction, encouragement, and revelation to the […]

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What Are Your Values?

Everyone has values. They are what we live by. They are how we act day after day. They become the default setting of our lives. Let me give some of my values for First Baptist Church. I hope and pray they will become your values as well. First, everyone counts. We always are tempted to […]

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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[The Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” — Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)