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A Different Kind of Checklist

Yesterday, I preached from Ephesians 1:3-4 about a “Checklist for Getting Close to God.” This passage is a great checklist for living close. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Just as He chose us in Him […]

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What the Church Gives

“The local church is the only organization I know that will provide all that it offers, for free, for anyone, for as long as they want”–Dan Reiland. The more I read that quote Thursday morning, the more significant it became for me. The church really is what Dan Reiland said. It really is the only […]

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Four Things to Make Your Church Better

I love the church. I always have. For all of my adult life, I have been actively involved in a local church. While I don’t have all wisdom or all knowledge, I have definite ideas of how you can make your own local church better in ministry, service, and impact. Let me give you four […]

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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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End of Year Report

2018 was an historic year for First Baptist church. Obviously, opening a new and amazing worship center would certainly make this an historic year at any place. But it’s also history making because the church reached record levels in 2018 in every measurable category. Worship attendance increased 13% last year over the previous year, averaging […]

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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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“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. — John 10:14-15 (NIV)