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What Happened to Herod the Tetrarch?

Herod Antipas became Tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea at the death of his father Herod the Great in 4 BC. He reigned until he was deposed by the Romans in AD 39. Herod Antipas is probably best known for beheading John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1 –12). He was a weak man with unlimited ambition. His […]

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Who Was Herod the Tetrarch?

Matthew 14 introduces us to Herod the Tetrarch. The text is written in such a way that Matthew assumes everyone knew who he was and the significance of his life and reign. That was true of his day, but it is not true for you and me. Who was Herod the Tetrarch? Herod the Tetrarch […]

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Who Was Herod the Great?

The Gospel of Matthew introduces us to Herod the Great and his family. Herod’s family is prominent in the Gospels because of their cruel and barbaric rule. To get a real understanding of the times of Jesus’ birth and ministry, you have to know about Herod and his progeny. Who was Herod the Great? Herod […]

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Finishing the Story

In some ways,  the last paragraph of Matthew Chapter Two seems superfluous.  After all, the child has been protected and those who wanted to kill him are dead, but that’s not the end of the story. In fact, the story is only beginning. This passage of Scripture seems very important to me for two reasons. […]

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The Why of Christmas

The Christmas narrative found in the Gospel of Matthew is much different from the narrative in the Gospel of Luke. It’s not contradictory, but it is different. It’s as different as men and women. Luke’s gospel gives us the events of the birth of Jesus from the point of view of Mary. This tells us […]

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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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Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. — 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)