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for: ‘April, 2019’



Welcome to First Baptist Church

I want to welcome you to First Baptist Church! As I often say, “Thank you for attending. We are glad you are here.” We recognize what a special day this is. While many of our regular attenders are visiting family out of town, many of you are guests worshiping with us on this special day. […]

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“And They Crucified Him”

I am always amazed as I read the Gospel accounts of the trial, the crucifixion, and the death of Jesus. I am amazed at how simply the gospel writers identified this event. “And they crucified him“ (Mark 15:25). In someways it simply doesn’t seem right. How could something so momentous be expressed so simply? How […]

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He Swears to His Own Hurt

When my grandfather Wallace died, I had the honor of preaching his funeral message. My mother’s father was a great man of God. He was deeply respected and appreciated by the people who knew him, particularly by his church community. For this reason, his memorial service was a time of joy and victory. I’ve never […]

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When No Decision is Good

I’m sure you have been in the kind of situation that I am going to describe. It’s a time when any decision you make will not be a perfect decision, maybe not even a good decision.There are times when you simply can’t win. In one sense, that was where Jesus was in the Garden of […]

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Who Was Simon of Cyrene?

Mark’s gospel tells us of Simon of Cyrene who was compelled to carry the cross (horizontal beam) of Jesus. Who was this man and who are Alexander and Rufus (Mark 15:21)? Simon is a common Hebrew name. This Simon of Cyrene is the man the Romans conscripted to carry the cross of Jesus. This is […]

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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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For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. — Romans 1:20 (NIV)