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for: ‘May, 2018’



Get Behind Me, Satan!

Jesus famously rebuked Simon Peter by saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” What did He mean by this statement? Matthew’s gospel records Simon Peter pledging that he would never let Jesus be taken by the authorities and killed (Matthew 16:21-28). Jesus immediately rebuked Peter with this statement and saying that Peter was “a hindrance to me; […]

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Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

A number of years ago an advertisement dealing with automobile repair said, “You can pay me now or pay me later.” That’s a takeoff from a very real rule of life. Here’s  the rule. You can play now and pay later, or you can pay now and play later. If you choose to play now […]

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Words for Graduates–Both Present and Past

Yesterday we celebrated with over 40 high school seniors at our church. We recognized them in the morning worship and rejoiced with them and their families at a luncheon afterwards. Graduate recognition is a fun time to preach. It seems that people are more ready to hear than at other times. At the worship services […]

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We’re Glad You’re Here!

For the last 29 years I have written this article entitled, Lagniappe, a term meaning “a little something extra.” While every now and then I have to find something to write, most of the time I haven’t even had to consider to write  because I use this column to write about where we are in […]

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The Necessity of Unity

“We all owe our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. We worship the same Lord and receive guidance, wisdom, and power from the same Spirit. We have the same goal of helping other people know Christ. We are quite unified. In short, our unity comes from who God is instead of who we are or where […]

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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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[A Church Divided Over Leaders] I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. — 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)