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September 12, 2017 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

I did a lot of highway travel this summer and have been amazed by the glut of attorney advertisements along the interstates of this fruited plain. I began to think that if I were a visitor from another country (or another planet), and I was trying to determine what was important in this culture, billboards and television commercials would in... Keep Reading

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Ingratitude is one of the official symptoms of this age. In fact, ingratitude made the noxious list of behavior that characterizes living in the last days (2 Timothy 3:2-4). We are warned in Scripture that ungrateful hearts are often unbelieving hearts.... Keep Reading

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Reflections on Another Birthday

July 5, 2017 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Yesterday we celebrated the 241st anniversary of the United States of America. We should be grateful for the manifold blessings that God has poured out upon this country. The freedoms we enjoy to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the envy of many in this world.... Keep Reading

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

December 14, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

In my tenure as a pastor of a local congregation, I have preached over a hundred Christmas sermons through the years. I have often thought that if someone attended our worship services only at Christmastime, they may think, “Wow, this Church and its leadership are in a rut. Every year it’s the same thing. They need to turn the pa... Keep Reading

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The Hand of the Lord

November 2, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

In the fall of 2002, the terror of the Beltway snipers was front and center on the national news and for good reason. We witnessed during those three weeks the impact of what two men, John Allen Muhammed and Lee Boyd Malvo, could do traveling the beltway of our nation’s capital and assassinating innocent people from the trunk of their ... Keep Reading

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The God Who Answers By Fire

October 25, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

One of the criticisms often leveled at Christians is that we are negative, pessimistic, and worse, we don’t bring anything to the table by way of constructive ideas to resolve perplexing problems. Our perceived negativity often leads to the charge that we are judgmental and hypocritical. This is true in some instances, but only serves ... Keep Reading

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Let's Play Stump the Counselor

October 18, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Some years ago, I read an article by Jay Adams in which he described a typical scenario of a married couple, John and Mary, who came to their pastor for counseling. While they didn’t announce it, or perhaps couldn’t even articulate it, nevertheless they came to play a popular game with their pastor called, “Stump the Counse... Keep Reading

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Ending the Body Count

October 11, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

I was once asked to read I Corinthians 13 at a wedding. I Corinthians 13, of course, is the greatest essay on the subject of love in all of literature. After the ceremony, a young woman in the wedding party came up to me and began to complement me on the words that I shared. After a little probing, I discovered that she thought that I h... Keep Reading

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Singing the Lord's Song in a Foreign Land

October 5, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

We are 34 days away from a monumental election in the United States, and one that will set the trajectory for this country for decades to come. With great velocity, we have witnessed in the last decade the advancement of a progressive agenda in America that has been astonishing. Recently, I was attending a symphony concert with a number of ... Keep Reading

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When You Pass Through The Waters,I Will Be With You Written by Pastor Jim Law I have lived in south Louisiana since 1988 and have been through a number of disasters. Hurricane Katrina has redefined life for those of us along the I-10 corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Often conversations in our area are prefaced with, “Sin... Keep Reading

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I'm Not the Master of My Fate, Nor the Captain of My Soul Written by Pastor Jim Law William Ernest Henley was an influential poet, critic, and editor in the late 1800’s. His life was marked by sorrow and struggle. His greatest battle was with tuberculosis which eventually took his life at the age of 53. Henley was best known for his... Keep Reading

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Resurrection +

April 21, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Resurrection + Written by Pastor Jim Law Following the invasion of Normandy in World War II, many historians chronicled the Allies progress through Europe as D-Day + (the number of days from June 6th 1944). For the Christ follower, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the most important weekend in the history of the world and in ... Keep Reading

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Take Hold of That Which Is Truly Life

January 21, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

For the last few months I have been sharing pastoral reflections from twenty-two years with the same congregation. In previous posts we have discussed Gospel centrality; the priority of prayer; spiritual leadership; spiritual sweat; and healthy relationships in church life. Each of these posts mirrored the Apostle Paul’s instruction in... Keep Reading

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In this Christmas season, once again the question of the ages is, “Who was the baby in the manger?” If he was in fact God in human flesh, and his life was lived in the monumental way in which it was lived, what are we supposed to do with that information? The Apostle John wrote his gospel to answer that question:“so that yo... Keep Reading

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Healthy Relationships in Church Life

December 15, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp have written a helpful book entitled Relationships: A Mess Worth Making. In one of their chapters, they ask the question, “Why bother?” Of course, they are asking “why bother” with relationships at all in light of how they are often painful and troubling. Lane and Tripp argue stron... Keep Reading

Spiritual Sweat

December 2, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

From the age of five until I was twenty-two, I spent most of my time either on a ball field or in a gymnasium. Through my youth, I was involved in hundreds of practices and games. Athletics was very much at the center of my life, and from those experiences I learned the importance of commitment, teamwork, and discipline. When I came to savi... Keep Reading

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Spiritual Leadership

November 12, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

This is the third installment of articles that are pastoral reflections on twenty-two years with the same congregation. I am following a series of themes that emerge from Paul’s pastoral letter of First Timothy and have found this New Testament letter to be crucial in forging my ministry philosophy as well as our church’s practic... Keep Reading

The Priority of Prayer

October 9, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Some years back, I had a friend who was serving on the pastor search committee of her church. She shared with me her discouragement with the whole search process as she bemoaned the fact that the team commissioned by the church for this very important assignment seemed devoid of any commitment to pray. When she expressed her burden that the ... Keep Reading

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Gospel Centrality

September 24, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

I mentioned in my last post that I would be sharing a series of articles on pastoral convictions that have been forged in the context of local church ministry. In my case, a twenty-two year journey with the same congregation. These brief articles will be based on the book of I Timothy where the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy on how to fulfil... Keep Reading

Reflections on 22 Years With the Same Congregation

September 15, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Today I pass my 22nd year pastoring the same congregation. This is really an answer to prayers offered long ago as my wife and I walked around our seminary campus. As we were finishing our time of ministry preparation and seeking God’s direction, we asked the Lord to lead us to a place where we could invest our lives with a people and ... Keep Reading

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Reflections on Katrina Ten Years Later

September 2, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

On Sunday, August 28th 2005, the First Baptist Church Gonzales, La. gathered for worship with a foreboding outlook on the next 24 hours. As we closed the worship service, I addressed the congregation by stating the obvious, namely that the radar and forecast were troubling, and that we should make final decisions regarding the storm. My last... Keep Reading

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Life is Short, Don't Have an Affair

August 24, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

We could rightly call this week’s Ashley Madison debacle a category 5 with regard to moral storms, and its effects most certainly will be catastrophic. The explosion of Internet immorality into multi-billion dollar business seems to have come together like a perfect storm as spiritual decline coupled with the jettisoning of biblical t... Keep Reading

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Throughout their history, Israel's greatest enemies were not the Philistines or the Assyrians or the Babylonians. Israel's greatest enemies were the false prophets who stood in the gates and told the people what they wanted to hear. However, Jeremiah was not cut from that cloth of duplicity...... Keep Reading

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