Tim Tebow, Faith, and Football

“Those who honor me, I will honor” 1 Samuel 2:30. Those were the words of a man of God concerning Eli and Eli’s sons. Eli and his sons had disdained and dishonored the call of God on their lives. They used the sacrifices given by the people of Israel for themselves. Actually, Eli’s sons were […]

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Electing Leaders

Each year First Baptist Church elects twelve deacons to serve a two year term.  The deacons are called by the church to help in pastoral ministry and to model consistent Christian living before the congregation. Pastors (also known as elders and bishops) and deacons are the two scriptural offices in the church.  Therefore, those who […]

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The Most Important Principle for Christian Growth

What is the most important principle for Christian growth and sanctification? In order to grow, you must begin to serve. The second principle is similar. The one who teaches is the one who learns. This only makes sense. Serving means that you give what you have received. Most people simply don’t receive until they begin […]

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

What do you have on your Bucket List? You know, the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” Last week, I received email from a woman who talked about her bucket list. Last spring, we had another woman who visited in one of our worship services who had a visit to our […]

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A Sense of Hope and Excitement

I have been more excited about this August-September than any other since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Here’s what makes it so exciting. First, we have been blessed to see 36 people make professions of faith and follow Christ in baptism during August alone. This must be close to a record number for such a brief […]

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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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[Life by the Spirit] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. — Galatians 5:13 (NIV)