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What Is The Royal Law?

The Apostle James speaks prominently of the “Royal Law.” What does he mean, and what does that mean to us? James called on the church not to show partiality or favoritism. He called on believers not to look on “the face” but to look on who our fellow believers are. They are those who belong […]

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What Matters to God?

You may have asked yourself or someone else, “I wonder what matters to God?” Based on James’ letter to the dispersed church, I can answer the question in two ways. First, everything matters to God. He is not simply the God of Sunday or the God of the worship service. His concern cannot be limited […]

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You Don’t Have to Sin

I have really good news. You don’t have to sin. Sometimes we think we simply must rebel against God and that we don’t have any resources to keep us in obedience to Christ. That is simply not true. It is not inevitable that you sin, and it is not beyond the power of God to […]

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What Should I Do With Wisdom?

Throughout Scripture, wisdom is magnified and encouraged. Psalms, Proverbs, the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and James are all examples of wisdom literature. God obviously wants us to hear wisdom and live by it. What should I do with wisdom? First, seek it with all your heart. God wants to give it to you. […]

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How Can I Have “Pure Joy?”

I don’t think I’m the only one who wonders how and why the apostle James said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds“ (James 1:2). I don’t want to debate whether or not it should be pure joy. I deeply believe that all of God’s Word 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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A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! — Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)