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What We All Need

Yesterday morning I started my day with just what I needed. First, I spent time with God, praying for the day and all the things I had to get done. Then I prayed for discernment and understanding to deal with some very difficult issues. You can read about some of those issues here. Then, almost […]

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Is Your Church Healthy or Unhealthy?

We all want health in any institution or relationship. Healthy institutions thrive and help their communities. This is especially true in the church. Of all the things you could say about your church, being healthy is one of the best. Recently, Thom Rainer of Lifeway Christian Resources says that there are two practices which characterize […]

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Churches and Health

“Church members are much more likely to criticize rather than evangelize. I call it “the great distraction.” I wish we could have a rule in churches that you can’t say anything critically until you have shared the gospel with someone. It would be a great source of church unity”–Thom Rainer. “The person who loves their […]

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My Four Grandchildren

My four grandchildren are all part of the generation being born in America right now. Many people call this generation “Generation Z,” because the two previous generations have been known as Gen X (my daughters and their husbands are part of this generation) and Gen Y (also known as the Millennials). These are children who […]

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Why Church Matters

“When a church goes into a community, the entire quality of life in the area goes up”–Thom Rainer. “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy their community, but the person who loves those around them will create community”–Dietrich Bonhoeffer. “And I also say unto you that you are Peter, and on this […]

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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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And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. — 1 John 4:16 (NIV)