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In the Darkest Times

As a child I was never taught to “put on a happy face,” “look on the bright side,” or expect a ‘silver lining” for every cloud. I heard those expressions but never from my parents. That doesn’t mean I was raised by brooding or pessimistic people. In fact, it was just the opposite. My parents […]

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How Can I Have “Pure Joy?”

I don’t think I’m the only one who wonders how and why the apostle James said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds“ (James 1:2). I don’t want to debate whether or not it should be pure joy. I deeply believe that all of God’s Word is […]

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The God of New Beginnings

Yesterday I had the privilege and joy of talking with a wonderful friend in ministry. We talked at length about what God is doing in his life and the blessings he has received in ministry. Before long, I was overwhelmed at how God had blessed him. I felt that way because I remember when he […]

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The Emperor Nero and the Word of God

Recently I became fascinated reading about the Roman Emperor Nero. We are all familiar with Nero because we all know the expression “fiddling while Rome burned.” Unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the Roman Emperor Nero. We need to know about Nero because he was the Roman emperor during one of the most significant […]

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The Blessings of 9/11

September 11 certainly has a lot of sorrow associated with it. We will never forget the thousands of people killed on 9/11. We will not forget that our country was under attack that day. Who could ever forget the brave members of the New York Fire Department and the New York Police Department who ran […]

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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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A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! — Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)