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The Gospel Applies to Life

By some people, church and the message of the Gospel is accused of not being relevant to the modern situation. Paul’s Letter to Philemon crushes that viewpoint. What Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus did demonstrates how the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives and brings us to do things that many–maybe most–people think is impossible. Yesterday […]

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God Changes Lives

While the Epistle to Philemon is one of the shortest books in Scripture, it is one of the most powerful. We would miss so much without Paul’s letter to the slave owner about the slave. This book shows the power of God to cause people to change and move out of their comfort zone. Notice […]

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Learning from Philemon

Paul’s Letter to Philemon is unique among all of his writings because it is a private letter addressed to an individual. While we would not assume this was Paul’s only private letter, it is the only one which has survived and been incorporated into the New Testament Canon. This letter is also a powerful demonstration […]

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Can We Prove the Gospel?

Can the power of the Gospel be proven? Two devotionals that I read regularly are both emphasizing Saint Paul’s letter to Philemon. The letter of Philemon is one of Paul’s prison epistles. It is written to an individual rather than a church. Philemon was a prominent man in the community and a faithful brother in […]

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The Power of God to Change Lives

Last night I taught from Paul’s Letter to Philemon. While Paul wrote letters to churches, he also wrote personal letters–the most personal of all was the letter to Philemon. I hope you will read the letter. It’s only 25 verses. It will bless you, and it will cause you to give thanks for the power […]

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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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Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. — 1 John 5:12 (NIV)