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Why You Should Love the Church

I love the church. I always have, and I always will. You should love it, too. Here’s why. First, it is the body of Christ. Any reasonable understanding of that term and the way it is described in the New Testament makes clear the fact we cannot be part of Christ unless we are part […]

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Living Without Dread

“But he who listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of evil” (Proverbs 1:33). This verse came on my radar this week as I read about the “first” church shooting which occurred September 15, 1999 (20 years ago). It occurred at the Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. […]

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How Can I Have a Better Outlook on Life?

One study after another shows the benefits of having a positive outlook on life. People who are positive generally live longer, have healthier lives, and enjoy life more. With those benefits, I must ask, “How can I have a better outlook on life.” Obviously, even a genuinely happy and positive person should seek to have […]

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Fear Kills–God Delivers

In football, pundits love to say, “speed kills.” It’s a metaphorical saying, but there is another saying that is more than a metaphor. It is this, fear kills. It does so by paralyzing people. It keeps us from doing our best, taking a risk, or just going on with life. Almost everyone who takes their […]

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How Did You Spend Your Labor Day?

How did you spend your Labor Day? I think it’s safe to say that the concept of “Labor Day“ in America has changed. Early on, Labor Day was the day for labor unions to parade and for people to honor those who labor with their hands. That has changed. I read a report yesterday that […]

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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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Verse of the Day

[On Not Loving the World] Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. — 1 John 2:15-16 (NIV)