The Word for Today (September 20, 2019)

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed […]

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Takeaways from “Be Strong in the Lord”

I wear an armband that reminds me to “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11). I often pray that God would deliver me from the evil one. We […]

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Living Without Dread

“But he who listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of evil” (Proverbs 1:33). This verse came on my radar this week as I read about the “first” church shooting which occurred September 15, 1999 (20 years ago). It occurred at the Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. […]

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How Can I Have a Better Outlook on Life?

One study after another shows the benefits of having a positive outlook on life. People who are positive generally live longer, have healthier lives, and enjoy life more. With those benefits, I must ask, “How can I have a better outlook on life.” Obviously, even a genuinely happy and positive person should seek to have […]

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What God Wants in Our Worship

All of us want certain things when we go to the place of worship. For example, we expect to hear a well-prepared message based on the Word of God. We want everything done “decently and in order.” We want to be challenged about our ministry, conduct, and service. All of these are good things. God […]

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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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Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. — Galatians 6:2 (NIV)