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You Don’t Have to Sin

I have really good news. You don’t have to sin. Sometimes we think we simply must rebel against God and that we don’t have any resources to keep us in obedience to Christ. That is simply not true. It is not inevitable that you sin, and it is not beyond the power of God to […]

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Praying for What You Don’t Have

Sometime back in my teen years, my mother taught me about prayer. She said that many people pray what she called “Gimme, gimme, gimme” prayers. In case you missed the point, she meant that people are always asking God for things, usually selfish and trivial in nature. They are praying “Give me” prayers. What should […]

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The Urgency of Being Filled with the Spirit

It is urgent that you are led by the Spirit. Paul made this very clear in his epistle to the Ephesians, “but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This short command contains an urgency we all should understand. The Greek for “be filled” is packed with meaning. First, it is an imperative command. This […]

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A Disastrous Decision

Acts five contains one of the most tragic, sobering, and shocking passages in all of Scripture. This passage is closely akin to the death of Achan in Joshua seven which occurs for roughly the same reason. You may recall the events. Ananias and Sapphira, two married believers in the early church, sought to receive the […]

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What is a Spirit-filled Church?

We hear a lot about Spirit-filled churches– – and we should. You might ask whether a church can really be a church without being Spirit-filled. I want to give you a biblical definition and characterization of a Spirit-filled church. Actually, there would be several biblical definitions and examples of what a Spirit-filled church really is. […]

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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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My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. — 1 John 2:1 (NIV)