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God Changes Lives

While the Epistle to Philemon is one of the shortest books in Scripture, it is one of the most powerful. We would miss so much without Paul’s letter to the slave owner about the slave. This book shows the power of God to cause people to change and move out of their comfort zone. Notice […]

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Learning from Philemon

Paul’s Letter to Philemon is unique among all of his writings because it is a private letter addressed to an individual. While we would not assume this was Paul’s only private letter, it is the only one which has survived and been incorporated into the New Testament Canon. This letter is also a powerful demonstration […]

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Be Encouraged

Last month, Martha and I were in a business to make a purchase which took several minutes to complete. We met a delightful man who waited on us and did a good job showing us what we needed to know. After several minutes, I had this intense urge to ask him where he went to […]

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We All Have a Job to Do

As I have reflected on the amazing feat of traveling to the moon and back, three things have struck me as significant–the faith of Buzz Aldrin (which you can read of here), the fact that a nation built on faith and not an atheistic nation should be the fitting discoverer, and the importance of one […]

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The Most Helpful Book I’ve Read

I have now lived enough years to have read a fair amount of books, and my work as a preacher and pastor also demands that I read. For that reason, I am often asked, “Which books have helped you the most?” I usually don’t have a ready answer for what turns out to be a […]

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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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[On Not Loving the World] Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. — 1 John 2:15-16 (NIV)