The Urgency of Being Filled with the Spirit

It is urgent that you are led by the Spirit. Paul made this very clear in his epistle to the Ephesians, “but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This short command contains an urgency we all should understand. The Greek for “be filled” is packed with meaning. First, it is an imperative command. This […]

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A Disastrous Decision

Acts five contains one of the most tragic, sobering, and shocking passages in all of Scripture. This passage is closely akin to the death of Achan in Joshua seven which occurs for roughly the same reason. You may recall the events. Ananias and Sapphira, two married believers in the early church, sought to receive the […]

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How Was Vacation Bible School?

All this week I have been asked, “How was Vacation Bible School?” Those who asked wanted to know everything. How many enrolled, how many kids, how did the building work out for VBS? The interesting thing about these questions is that they primarily came from senior adults or older, working people. You would think that […]

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Why You Need a Church and Why You Need Friends

You need a church, and you need friends. From the very beginning, God put people together to worship, serve, and follow Him. While you find this throughout Scripture, it is particularly evident with the apostles and disciples of Christ. What would Paul have done without Aquila and Priscilla? How would he have carried out his […]

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Why North Korea Matters

Yesterday was an historic day in American history. Like the fall of the Berlin Wall, I assumed I would never see the president of the United States and the leader of North Korea meeting and talking peace. The two signed a statement in which “President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and […]

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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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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (NIV)