Making Church Membership Meaningful

We often talk about making church membership meaningful. At our church’s Discovery Class we sometimes, ask the question, “What makes church membership meaningful?” Then we try to answer the question to help new and prospective members. Last week I read a report in Baptist Press, concerning a church in Kentucky that sought to make church membership […]

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The Campuses of First Baptist Church

Last week, I mentioned to you our desire to reach locally and to reach globally. We believe that this is exactly what Jesus told us to do. As He ascended into heaven, He commanded His followers to “be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth“ (Acts 1:8). As part of […]

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When Life Becomes Hard

Whenever I write about the difficulties of life, I receive a relatively large number of comments. I understand why. We all face difficulties in life. You probably know the oft quoted saying about troubles. “You are either in the midst of trouble, you are coming out of a period of trouble, or you about to […]

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How to Treat the People Around You

We see people everyday. We are always interacting with others–at church, home, work, shopping, or traveling. We are always dealing with people. How should we treat the people around us? Recently, I had a friend ask what I learned from my grandparents. I began to tell about all four of my grandparents, but I majored […]

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Valerio and the Natural Man

Last Saturday morning news came from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans that a jaguar had escaped his enclosure and in the process killed six animals and wounded three others. Four alpacas, an emu, and a fox were killed by the jaguar. Since the initial attack another alpaca has died. The Audubon Zoo is a […]

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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)