“Would You Be My Neighbor?”

Yesterday, I wrote about learning how to give thanks and to be a more grateful person. Then later in the day I saw Fred Rogers (you know, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”) give an acceptance speech when he received a lifetime achievement award for daytime television. This is what he said. He mentioned the many people who […]

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Learning to be Grateful

People who have an abundance often have difficulty expressing thanksgiving. So do people who have very little. Thanksgiving and gratitude are difficult for fallen human beings. How, therefore, can we get beyond our own selfishness and move to the kinds of gratitude God wants us to have? First, ask God to give you an attitude […]

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Praying Specifically

I often find that my prayers, while sincere and fervent, are too general in nature. It’s easy to pray for all the missionaries when we could be praying for real people in real situations. Paul’s prayers were specific and targeted. He wanted the churches to follow Christ devotedly and completely. He prayed for their spiritual […]

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Report from Our Congregational Meeting

Last Wednesday evening (November 20, 2019) the church met for our fourth and final congregational meeting for the year. This was an important meeting for the church. Here are the major items we discussed and executed: First, the church extended a unanimous call to Adam Watson to serve as Worship Pastor. Adam has accepted our […]

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Seven Things I Never Get Tired Of

While life is filled with hurts and tragedies, it is also filled with joys and happiness. God has given us wonderful blessings which are filled with joy. Years ago Martha and I sat down with a yellow legal pad and began to write everything for which we were thankful. The list became too long to […]

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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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[Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time] Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” — Matthew 20: 17-19 (NIV)