‘Questions Christians Ask’

How Is Christ the Firstborn?

The Scripture affirms without equivocation that Christ is the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15 is descriptive of this designation: “Who [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (KJV). The New International Version has almost the same wording: “He [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn […]

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Do I Have to Go to Church?

Not everything about being a pastor is fun, but I love being a pastor. I feel called to serve as a pastor. A few weeks ago I leaned over to Martha during one of our worship services and told her: “I was created to do this.” That’s the way I felt at age 17, and […]

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Why I Pray

Last week one of the viewers of “Foundation for Life,” the television ministry of First Baptist Church, asked why we pray. He affirmed we do not try to change God’s mind when we pray. Therefore, he wanted to know the value of prayer. Actually, he answered his own question as he suggested that praying helps […]

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Why Egypt Matters

Early yesterday I heard Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina talk about the dangerous and frightening situation in Egypt. We don’t know what the future will hold but at this moment the situation in Egypt is spiraling downward and seems out of control. Should this affect us? After all, Egypt is half way around the […]

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Why There Are Some Things I Don’t Do

A few mornings ago on Facebook my friend Dennis Watson posted these words: “These verses are why I don’t indulge in some activities.” He then quoted from 1 Corinthians 8. “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone with a weak conscience […]

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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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Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. — James 1:12 (NIV)