Learning to Think Like Jesus

Today begins a new sermon series on Godliness.  Godliness is learning to think like Jesus. Recently I preached  a series of sermons on holiness. This is the definition I gave: holiness is doing everything God wants and nothing He doesn’t. Godliness comes after holiness and is closely associated with it. Godliness describes thinking, acting, and […]

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The State of First Baptist Church

Happy Easter and welcome to First Baptist Church! In the past we have thought that Easter was a time when many unchurched people attended church. Recent surveys have shown that Easter is a day when primarily church people all attend church at the same time. Since Easter is one of the few days when we […]

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The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

I don’t think I remember anything about Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities beyond the opening line: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Many times in life seem that way. This week certainly seemed that way. It has been the worst of times as we have seen the human tragedy […]

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We Can Have Another Great Awakening

America’s spiritual heritage has been formed by two great revival periods in history. The First Great Awakening occurred in the 1730s and 1740s and set the tone for what would be the next 300 years in American life. The Second Great Awakening began in the late 1700s and extended to the early 1800s and reinforced […]

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An Opportunity to Make a Difference

Several weeks ago, First Baptist Church was contacted by the New Orleans Baptist Association about an opportunity to do ministry and to make a difference on the Southshore. We have been asked to accept the New Orleans Korean Baptist Church as a campus of our church. As you know, we have a campus located in Metairie […]

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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

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. — Romans 13:9-10 (NIV)