‘Stories Worth Telling’



How Was Your Blue Monday?

Presumably, yesterday was Blue Monday and not just for fans of the New Orleans Saints. Yesterday is called “Blue Monday” for the following factors: Yesterday is one of the coldest, most miserable weather days of the year. Days are short in January and there’s not much daylight. We’re beginning to have to pay our Christmas […]

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Life’s Not Fair

I’m just like you. I don’t want any heartache or difficulty in my life. None of us wants to suffer or go through hard times, but our greatest witness occurs when we face difficulty. People who are not yet believers don’t seem to be impressed when our lives go well. Maybe they don’t even notice. What […]

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It’s Easy to Get Discouraged

It’s easy to get discouraged–when you are looking at the devil’s world and the devil’s work. When you look at what God is doing around the world, it is exciting, joyful, and encouraging. It’s so hard to take our eyes off what is happening around us and to look for the work of the Holy […]

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“God’s Got This!”

Last night I met a college student who is part of a new family at our church. She’s a senior in college and will be graduating this year. I asked her the kind of question that is normal to ask someone completing college,“So, what’s next?“ Her answer was surprising and right on. She said, “I […]

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How I First Experienced the Comfort of Holy Scripture

I well remember when I first experienced how God’s Word comforts His people. It was at the funeral of Martha’s father. I remembered all of this yesterday as we gathered as a family at the memorial service for Martha’s brother, Tommy Layton, her last surviving sibling. Martha and I were engaged to be married when […]

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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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[The Armor of God] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. — Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)