‘Life apps’



Being Filled With The Spirit

What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)?  Paul’s urgent command (it’s an imperative) has mystified believers and divided denominations, but it’s really very simple. Paul used language that makes the verse clear.  Paul emphasized the work of the Holy Spirit.   Paul’s letter to the Ephesians contains several important teachings about […]

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Why and How

We’ve discussed the “why” of moral purity.  Now we need to discuss the “how.”  How is it that we can do what we know we should? Paul called believers in Ephesus to live lives of moral purity (Ephesians 5:3-14), but it wasn’t any easier for them than it is for us.  Ephesus contained the massive temple […]

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Nothing Quite Works Like an Example

Nothing quite works like an example.  If you want me to do something, show me how.  It certainly works with technology.  If you do it for me, I can’t learn.  If you tell me how, I can’t learn.   If you show me, walk me through it, or demonstrate it, I most likely can learn to do […]

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God’s Spirit in You

Paul gives a fully developed view of the Holy Spirit.  Including such synonymous designations as “the Spirit of God” and “the Spirit of Christ,” Paul refers to the Holy Spirit over thirty times in his epistles.    In Ephesians, Paul refers to the Holy Spirit again and again.  Paul wants to remind us of the work […]

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As Much Truth as Sincerity

Months and years ago talk show host Harold Camping predicted the rapture of the church for May 21, 2011.  That obviously did not occur.  I have not seen any further word from him or his followers. My initial reaction is one of sorrow for those people who were caught up in his prediction.  Some of his […]

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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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God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” — John 4:24 (NIV)