A Different Way to Look at Christmas

Sometimes we think of Christmas as a nice story or a wonderful idea. Who wouldn’t want to have a time when families gather and children are blessed? Actually, the Christmas message is a story of sacrifice and commitment. Think of those who sacrificed for us. First, Mary gave up her reputation to be obedient to […]

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What Can I Give to Jesus?

Christmas is a time of giving. Most of the giving is short-term and without much thought. It is also giving toward those who give to us. In other words, it is a quid pro quo. But there is another kind of giving. It is giving with an expectation of nothing in return. It is not […]

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Before . . . Then

“Before I met Christ, sin was fully in charge. It pulled my strings like an evil puppet master, causing me to dance like a helpless marionette. Enslaved to his dark choreography, I flopped here and there, going through the motions of life. On the outside I appeared as though I was in control, but in […]

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The Forgotten Man

It’s not Christmas yet, but I’ve already had a great Christmas. We’ve decorated the house and have had time to enjoy it. We’ve spent time with friends and enjoyed singing carols and thinking about the coming of our Lord. One of the activities that has blessed me is reading Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. These […]

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Bitter is the Right Word

I do a fairly good job of remembering people’s names. At least I try hard. But sometimes I really can’t get the name in my mind. It’s usually because the person is named something that doesn’t seem to fit. I see the person one way and their name is something else. There is something that […]

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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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Verse of the Day

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. — Luke 2:8-11 (NIV)