‘Life apps’



The Surprise about Repentance

Amazingly, the word “repentance” often has a negative connotation. Outside church and Christian circles, very few people use the term positively. The whole idea of repentance is a much maligned concept. You know, of course, that repentance is necessary in the life of a believer. The Gospel of Matthew gives us the preaching of John […]

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As Long As

Yesterday, I remembered with our congregation the “Great Recession” which began ten years ago this month. It was a difficult and unnerving time in America. For most people in our congregation, it was the most unsettling economic situation they had ever faced. After relating a story about how Martha and I dealt with that difficult […]

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A Tragedy in the Church

Yesterday I did something I don’t ever remember doing before. I asked people to raise their hands if they knew someone who once was faithful to God and His church but had become alienated from the church. Even I was amazed at how many hands went up. Restoration is obviously an important and vital subject […]

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Keys to Success

My dad was a businessman, and I’ve always liked business and businesses. As a pastor, I enjoy hearing how people make a living and what they do as a career. It’s simply fascinating. We all have to make business decisions. We no longer live in simple times or in an agrarian society. We must all […]

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Take Your Sin Seriously

James the Apostle made one of the strongest appeals in Scripture for us to take our sin seriously (James 4:1-12). He called on believers to ask themselves why they had problems with relationships. He suggested that there is a war going within our lives. We struggle with relationships and create havoc for ourselves and the […]

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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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[Mary’s Song] And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. — Luke 1:46-47, 49 (NIV)