Our Need for a New Awakening

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, this many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied […]

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The Emperor Nero and the Word of God

Recently I became fascinated reading about the Roman Emperor Nero. We are all familiar with Nero because we all know the expression “fiddling while Rome burned.” Unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the Roman Emperor Nero. We need to know about Nero because he was the Roman emperor during one of the most significant […]

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What Learning to Ride a Bicycle Can Teach You About Life

Learning to ride a bicycle can teach you a lot about life. Last week Martha and I had a delightful time visiting with our children in South Florida. We were blessed to visit with Brad, Emily, Reagan, and Luke. Luke is about to turn 3 and has matured so much since we last saw him. […]

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The Church’s Place in Mental Health

America and the world face tremendous challenges in the area of mental health. The church is society’s first responder for mental health. Those were the two main takeaways from yesterday’s summit on mental health. I was both discouraged at the enormity of the problem and encouraged at the opportunity for the church to touch so many hurting […]

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I Want To LIve Richly

We all want to live richly. Though we may define it differently, our aspirations are to live a rich life filled with meaning. God sent His Son to give us eternal life. Eternal life is a rich life filled with meaning and permanence. How do we find the life we’ve always wanted? First, desire a […]

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About Waylon

I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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[Life by the Spirit] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. — Galatians 5:13 (NIV)