As the Heart Goes . . .

Jesus spoke clearly and authoritatively about the problems of rebellion, selfishness, and sin in our lives. He stated emphatically that sin comes from the heart. The heart was Jesus’ way of speaking about our inward being, which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders,  adulteries, fornications, […]

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Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” This demanding and astounding statement is found several times in Scripture. Humility comes near the very top of qualities which God desires of His people. This becomes very apparent in the way Jesus talked about pride, greatness, and humility. When the disciples asked who was greatest […]

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Essentials of Effective Faith

As a follower of Jesus Christ, how should my life look? What should be the essentials of how I live and serve my Lord? Simon Peter wrote his epistles to the dispersed and scattered believers of the first Christian century. As he neared the end of his first letter, Peter encouraged the church in the […]

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The ABC’s of Being a Christian

Sometimes we simply need to look again at the basics. Even those of us who have known Christ for many years need to hear again the fundamentals of the faith. That seems to be what James the Apostle sought to do as he wrote his epistle “to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations” (James […]

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The God of New Beginnings

Yesterday I had the privilege and joy of talking with a wonderful friend in ministry. We talked at length about what God is doing in his life and the blessings he has received in ministry. Before long, I was overwhelmed at how God had blessed him. I felt that way because I remember when he […]

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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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[The Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” — Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)