Yearly Archive
for: ‘2018’



Four Essentials for Worship

I spend a lot of time in the worship services at my church. You probably do as well. It’s not a chore for me, and I don’t want worship to become one. I want worship to be significant and meaningful. I want it to make a difference in my life, my family, and my community. […]

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Getting Ready for the Future

2018 has been an historic year at First Baptist Church. We have had record attendances in Connect Groups, Worship Services, and new members while building facilities to carry us far into the future. When I reflect over these and several other significant events, I am moved to gratitude to God for His goodness and appreciation […]

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It’s Easy to be Proud

It’s easy to be proud. It has to be because we see so much of it and because God speaks so much against it. The Proverbs tell us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, 29:23). Both James and Peter picked up these words from the Old Testament and […]

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Speak to My Heart, Lord Jesus

I love James admonition to “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7). I love that it is such a strong exhortation. You might ask, “What do I need to do to be closer to God?” James’ answer is to follow the Old Testament idea of “Seeking God with all […]

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Staying Far from Temptation by Staying Close to God

The Apostle James prepared the people of his day and all those believers who have followed after to resist the devil and to live for God in a culture that opposes God. He gave amazing advice which fits any people at any time (James 4:7-10). So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he […]

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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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Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)