Speak to My Heart, Lord Jesus

I love James admonition to “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7). I love that it is such a strong exhortation. You might ask, “What do I need to do to be closer to God?” James’ answer is to follow the Old Testament idea of “Seeking God with all […]

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Staying Far from Temptation by Staying Close to God

The Apostle James prepared the people of his day and all those believers who have followed after to resist the devil and to live for God in a culture that opposes God. He gave amazing advice which fits any people at any time (James 4:7-10). So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he […]

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The Surprise about Repentance

Amazingly, the word “repentance” often has a negative connotation. Outside church and Christian circles, very few people use the term positively. The whole idea of repentance is a much maligned concept. You know, of course, that repentance is necessary in the life of a believer. The Gospel of Matthew gives us the preaching of John […]

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Elections Have Consequences

Barack Obama, and probably many more before him, famously said, “Elections have consequences.” Elections have always had consequences. The election this Tuesday, November 6, will either reaffirm the direction of the country or turn it in a new direction. What we decide and how we vote will affect the future of America. At this point […]

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Saul to Paul

Today we conclude our series on whether or not a person’s disposition can change. Over the week we have asked if we can change and how that can take place and we have looked at people who changed, beginning with the disciples James and John and concluding with John Mark. Today we look at the […]

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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 Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” — Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)