Could We Just Live In Ephesians 4?

I love Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Ephesians is a letter concerning the church. Its themes are church themes and its teaching blesses the work and unity of the church. One of my favorite parts of Ephesians is Ephesians 4:24-32. Paul begins this section by reminding believers that we are new and that we should […]

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God is Great, God is Good

My earliest prayer was, “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food.” For most of my life I have thought of that as a childish prayer. Now, I’ve changed my opinion. Yes, I know that prayer should be more than “saying grace” over a meal. I also know that prayer […]

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What’s A Church?

America is made up of churches, but the wide range of differences in churches makes me wonder what the church really is . Where should we go to decide what the church is and what it should be? As I’ve often told my congregation, my mother reminded me often that “We are a New Testament […]

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Is There Hope for Religious Freedom?

Yesterday’s United States Supreme Court decision brought hope that religious freedom in America may indeed continue. You probably know the particulars in the case. In 2012, a gay couple asked a Colorado baker to prepare a cake celebrating their same-sex wedding. The baker declined on the basis of his deeply held religious belief that same-sex […]

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Miracles and the New Testament

As a child I assumed that miracles were on every page of the New Testament. After all, that’s what we studied in Sunday School. We read about Moses and the children of Israel. We heard stirring stories about Elijah and Elisha. And, of course, we studied the ministry and work of Jesus. The connection of […]

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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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Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. — 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)