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I Love the Church

I love the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the church, I have found fellowship, encouragement, and strong leadership. Because of the church, I am a follower of Christ and a preacher of the gospel. What makes churches better? First, the church is stronger and better when we have a definite central purpose that […]

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One Great Thing

Recently I reread a quote from Vince Lombardi, the Hall of Fame football coach, about what makes a team work. It went like this: “Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi was well known for his belief that the […]

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Little Things That Make Me Smile

Martha often tells me, “It doesn’t take much to make you happy.” Sometimes I don’t know how to take that. Today, I want to write about a number of things that make me happy and when I think of them, I smile. As I write this, I’ve just walked through the Connection Center at First […]

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Raising Children Who Thrive

You may have seen the report of the Harvard University study about children who attend church, but I am certain you weren’t surprised. This scientific study reported what common sense and common knowledge have always known to be true. Children who attend church regularly (that is, once a week) are happier, better adjusted, and more […]

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What Makes Church Special?

I love the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. I always have. Even as a teenager when I thought I never would want to be the pastor of a church, I loved the church. We know why the church is special. It belongs to Christ. It is made up of those redeemed by the blood […]

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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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It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” — Romans 14:11 (NIV)