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Happy Thanksgiving

May God bless you and your family with a happy Thanksgiving. Martha and I are gearing up for most of our family to be present with us today. Our daughters, their husbands, and our four grandchildren will be with us for most of the day. We have fun–and exhausting–activities planned for the afternoon. We are […]

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Thanksgiving is Good for You

“The more grateful you are the more likely you are to exhibit patience and self-control. College students who instituted methods for increasing gratitude such as keeping a gratitude journal slept longer and better. And couples who exhibit thankfulness tend to be more committed to each other and are more likely to remain in their relationships”–Jim […]

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How Should We Respond to A World of Violence, Immorality, and Selfishness?

“Before you go to sleep tonight, I challenge every single one of you to do something nice for a complete stranger. Our world needs that”–Bo Jackson. “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive our darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive […]

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Have You Ever Preached a Sermon?

Yesterday I asked our congregation what they would say if they were called on to preach. As long as it is an abstract idea, most of us have an idea how we might preach. I’ve had many people who have said something life this, “If they would give me a chance to preach, I would […]

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Gratitude is a Muscle You Strengthen

“A person who celebrates only the big stuff will have only fleeting moments of happiness, at best. On the other hand, a person who feels grateful for the small things in life will be happy a majority of the time. Virtually everywhere they look, they will find cause for celebration”–Ron Nelson. “We do hereby Dedicate […]

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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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There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18 (NIV)