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Five Hundred Years

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 1517, marked the date when a Roman Catholic monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther never intended to leave the Roman Catholic Church. He wanted to reform it. […]

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Make the Most of Every Day

Martha and I lost a dear friend this week. Stevie (Stephanie) Hoppen passed away this week at a much too early age. We lost a wonderful friend who has been a part of our lives since our children were little. Three families met together for Halloween and Christmas, birthdays and celebrations of every kind. There […]

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Gospel Conversations

As Louisiana Ambassador for the North American Mission Board, I have a close association with that organization. The North American Mission Board is Southern Baptists doing the work of missions right here in North America. The mission board (NAMB) has two main focuses. They plant churches, known as the Send Network, and they minister to […]

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From Saul to Paul

Not many things anywhere are more significant than the call and salvation of the person we know as Paul the Apostle. The salvation and dramatic change of Saul of Tarsus is one of the seminal events in the history of the Christian church. After Paul came to know Christ, he went on to write half […]

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A Little Light in Great Darkness

My family loves exploring caves. Actually, we don’t  really explore as much as we take guided tours. We rarely pass a cave on vacation without stopping and spending a couple of hours inside the cave. In some ways, you might think if you’ve seen one cave you’ve seen them all.  On the other hand, each […]

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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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[Trials and Temptations] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. — James 1:2-3 (NIV)