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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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Three Facts about Baptism

Every church baptizes people and every church observes the Lord’s Supper. While all churches practice these two ordinances, they often disagree about the mode of baptism or the meaning and practice of the Lord’s Supper. What can we say about baptism? First, Jesus commanded His followers to preach the Gospel and to baptize those who […]

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The Strange Life of Simon the Magician

The first ten chapters of the Book of Acts contains two strange and tragic incidents. Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple, lied to the Holy Spirit about their gift of land for the care for the needy and died (Acts 5). Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8) sought to use the gift of the Holy Spirit […]

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No Church is Perfect

No church is perfect. We all know that every church has flaws, and that each church is in need of growth, repentance, and healing. At the same time that we know no church is perfect, we also know that every church can change. How does that take place? I would like to give three ways […]

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It’s 2017! Are Your Relationships Right?

We all love the new year. I just heard someone say that the beginning of the new year is like a new birth. It does feel that we have a chance to start over and to do better than we have in the past. Is that really possible? What should we do in the new […]

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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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