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Thanksgiving is a Lot of Things, But It’s Not Easy

You can say a lot of things about Thanksgiving Day. It’s fun. It’s nice to have a day off. It’s wonderful to have family together. I love the football games. You probably have many other ideas you could add about Thanksgiving Day and being thankful. One thing you cannot say is that giving thanks is […]

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Thanksgiving Then and Now

I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. May God continue to bless you and your family. Sometimes we forget how Thanksgiving Day–a uniquely American holiday–began. In 1621, Governor William Bradford of Massachusetts decreed December 13, 1621, as a day of feasting and thanksgiving to God for His provision and protection. This decree came on […]

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As Long As

Yesterday, I remembered with our congregation the “Great Recession” which began ten years ago this month. It was a difficult and unnerving time in America. For most people in our congregation, it was the most unsettling economic situation they had ever faced. After relating a story about how Martha and I dealt with that difficult […]

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“How Can I Say Thanks?”

You probably know the song by Andrae Crouch that begins, “How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me?” So, on this weekend of the opening of our new worship center, how can I (we) say thanks for all those who have made this possible? Without trying to write individual names, […]

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Why You Need to be Grateful–Today!

Over the weekend I read an article by Jennifer Breheny Wallace about the importance–I would say necessity–of gratitude and why it should be a big part of our lives. The article ostensibly had to do with entitled children and their expectation that all of the world should revolve around them. But it soon became an […]

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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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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (NIV)