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How the Church Stands in the Midst of Opposition

The church will face opposition. Jesus made this plain. He warned His disciples about impending persecution and opposition. He knew the opposition would come, and He prepared them for the future. Jesus warned His disciples that if the world hated Him it would hate them also. He prepared them for persecution but assured them that […]

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What Makes a Biblical Church?

Acts two gives us the birth of the church. With the disciples waiting in Jerusalem for the gift of the Father, God gave them the Holy Spirit. Each of the disciples spoke in other languages or dialects and people from all over the Mediterranean world heard the gospel in their own language. The disciples made […]

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Should We Just Cast Lots?

Various churches are governed differently. What is the correct way? After reading the New Testament, should we just cast lots and get it over with? In a word, no. While we find an instance of casting lots in the New Testament, all of the evidence points to this instance (Acts 1:26) as the last such […]

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What is a Spirit-filled Church?

We hear a lot about Spirit-filled churches– – and we should. You might ask whether a church can really be a church without being Spirit-filled. I want to give you a biblical definition and characterization of a Spirit-filled church. Actually, there would be several biblical definitions and examples of what a Spirit-filled church really is. […]

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Real Persecution–Real Prayer

Monday, June 26, 2017, I received this email. It is from one of our ministry partners of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, who lives and ministers in India. Out of an abundance of caution, I am leaving out the names and pertinent information about the event. I will tell you that persecution of Christians has […]

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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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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (NIV)