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The Child Who Would be Born

When Gabriel came to Mary, he made two astounding announcements. Not only did he describe a virgin giving birth, he also described the child which would be born. While we often focus on the amazing and unique conception and birth of the Messiah, we should even more focus on the child who would be born. […]

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The Surprise about Repentance

Amazingly, the word “repentance” often has a negative connotation. Outside church and Christian circles, very few people use the term positively. The whole idea of repentance is a much maligned concept. You know, of course, that repentance is necessary in the life of a believer. The Gospel of Matthew gives us the preaching of John […]

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Learning to Take Risks

Jesus was the great risk taker. He risked all for the sake of those who did not deserve anything He had to give. God wants us to be risk takers as well–not for glory or adventure–but for the sake of His name and the advance of the Kingdom of God. Learning to take risks is […]

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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 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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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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[Mary’s Song] And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. — Luke 1:46-47, 49 (NIV)