Those First Ten Minutes

“Guests decide whether or not they will return to a church within ten minutes of turning into the parking lot.” Martha and I spent our Sunday yesterday with our pastor son-in-law and daughter and their children at their church in northern Virginia. We arrived Thursday. It has been rainy or cold or both ever since. […]

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Connect Groups!

Each week I write this “little something extra” (Lagniappe, pronounced lan-yap) for the members and attenders of First Baptist Church. I use it to keep each one up to date on where we are as a church. We believe strongly that small group Bible study is a major function of the church. When we gather […]

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You Can’t Really Live Without God

“Humans were created to need intimate relationship with our Creator”–Jim Denison. “God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our […]

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What Happened to Herod the Tetrarch?

Herod Antipas became Tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea at the death of his father Herod the Great in 4 BC. He reigned until he was deposed by the Romans in AD 39. Herod Antipas is probably best known for beheading John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1 –12). He was a weak man with unlimited ambition. His […]

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Who Was Herod the Tetrarch?

Matthew 14 introduces us to Herod the Tetrarch. The text is written in such a way that Matthew assumes everyone knew who he was and the significance of his life and reign. That was true of his day, but it is not true for you and me. Who was Herod the Tetrarch? Herod the Tetrarch […]

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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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Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. — James 1:12 (NIV)