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I’m Thankful for These Men

Each year First Baptist Church elects twelve deacons to serve a two year term.  The deacons are called by the church to help in pastoral ministry and to model consistent Christian living before the congregation. Pastors (also known as elders and bishops) and deacons are the two scriptural offices in the church.  Therefore, those who […]

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Pursuing Godliness

“Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and to play at their worship”–Gordon Dahl. “If it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the […]

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How I’ve Changed My Preaching Language

Over the past several months, I’ve changed my church language. Actually, this is something I’ve had to do over the course of my years as a preacher and a pastor. If you get stuck in the past or if you get stuck in old language, you lose much of your congregation. I fear that teachers, […]

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Do You Know Truth When You See It?

What is the truth? Two Saturdays ago I DVRed a late Saturday football game. I did so because the game I wanted to see started at 6 PM, the same time when I am preaching in our Saturday night worship service. When I arrived home after 8 PM I fired up the DVR ready to […]

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Living at Peace in a Fighting World

The statistics are astounding. They’re actually hard to believe. The world is at war today, and it has always been at war. Our sin nature makes the human race prone to war. Since Cain killed Abel, we have been at war with each other and at war with God. These are the statistics: since 3500 […]

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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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[BOOK I Psalms 1–41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. — Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV)