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How Should We Use Our Words?

One of the themes of the Epistle of James is the proper use of words. James kept coming back to the theme of using words wisely. How should we use language, and what does James want us to understand? First, your speech reflects who you are and the God you serve. Since lost people don’t […]

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Four Essentials for Sermons

Like almost all pastors, I am enamored with the whole idea of preaching. Preaching is God’s plan. Paul laid out the conundrum for us. It is by the foolishness of preaching that God works among us. “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he […]

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Have You Ever Preached a Sermon?

Yesterday I asked our congregation what they would say if they were called on to preach. As long as it is an abstract idea, most of us have an idea how we might preach. I’ve had many people who have said something life this, “If they would give me a chance to preach, I would […]

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What Makes A Good Pastor?

Yesterday I had a delightful conversation with a young deacon of a church I know in another city. He was gushing about how much he appreciated his new pastor (the pastor has been at this church for 1-2 years). I could hear the deacon smiling over the phone as he spoke about how the pastor […]

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Why Your Preacher Should Tell Good Stories

In my sermon Sunday, I used an event that happened to me many years ago for the second time. I really didn’t think much about it. After all, maybe half of the congregation hadn’t heard it before, and I thought the other half might not remember it. Boy, was I wrong. Between the services I […]

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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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