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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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I Have Learned

I don’t know what’s going on around the world, but I know America is filled with discontent. You can see it on every hand. We feel that we’ve been left out or forgotten. We live with anxiety and concern about the future. We live with envy and jealousy of others. While we struggle in all […]

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Can I Really “Count It All Joy?”

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about trials, troubles, and difficulties. I’ve been teaching about troubles, and I have thought very much about the testing of our faith. James wrote about testing (James 1:2-4). Isn’t it amazing that almost the first words of his letter to the dispersed believers was about trials? This was a group […]

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My Faith Has Been Tested

I can count on it. It always happens. Yesterday I wrote about “my greatest stress reliever.” My blog had to do with the wonderful experience I had with God Monday morning. I spent time in praise and worship and in prayer and Bible reading. It was a blessing to my life, and I experienced resting […]

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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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[Mary’s Song] And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. — Luke 1:46-47, 49 (NIV)