Take Small Bites

Yesterday, I spent most of the day in central Louisiana at a meeting of Louisiana Baptist leaders. Many of those are pastors of churches. Anytime pastors get together they talk about the demands of the job. How do you finish large projects? How do you prepare three or four sermons or Bible studies a week? […]

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Pushing at the Gates of Hell

I find Matthew 16:13-19 to be one of the most fascinating passages of Scripture. It contains profound meaning for the church and several difficult exegetical issues. One of the areas that is difficult to interpret is what Jesus meant by “the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). We have recently seen […]

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What Is Your Picture of the Church?

When you think of a church, what picture do you have in your mind? You most likely see some picture from your childhood, maybe a small, quaint building set at the edge of a forest. In your mind you may be seeing “the little brown church in the vale.” How do you think of the […]

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The Future of the Church

Christians want to know about the future of the church. Many believers are anxious about the what is happening in the world. What is the future of the church in the Middle East? What about America itself? With the rise of secularism, we are worried about the church’s future. Over the next several weeks, I […]

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It’s Time to Decide Your Life’s Priorities

“The time for us to decide our life priorities is before they are tested. Only then can we be ready for challenges when they come”–Jim Denison. “We make our decisions, and then our decisions turn around and make us”–Frank Boreham. “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day […]

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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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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (NIV)