Living in Hope

I recently read this statement: “Just a little bit of hope will keep you going in life.” I believe the truthfulness of that statement. If you have hope you can continue in life. If you don’t have hope, life has little meaning. At the direction of God, Jeremiah sent a letter to the Jewish exiles […]

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Big Goals and Small Ones

My sermon for this weekend is from Jeremiah 29:1-14, a letter which God gave to Jeremiah to send to the people of Jerusalem who were exiled in Babylon. God told them to settle down and carry on the normal processes of life–they were going to be in Babylon a long time. He encouraged them to […]

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The Word for Today (November 1, 2019)

“You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities” (Amos 3:2). The words of the Prophet Amos must have seemed strange to the people of Israel. They saw themselves as God’s chosen people and assumed that God had to do good to them. […]

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Living Creatively

How do you live with the ups and downs and disappointments of life? As I wrote about Jeremiah yesterday, I mentioned that everyone has three choices. These three choices are evident in Jeremiah 20:7-13. In these verses Jeremiah “confessed” his feelings before God. For a time he accused God of making him proclaim judgment and […]

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Your Three Choices

When the Prophet Jeremiah struggled with the hard times of life, it seems that he saw three choices (Jeremiah 20:1-13). Jeremiah had been obedient to God, but he suffered because of his obedience. Anytime we do something right and it doesn’t turn out well for us we struggle with the outcome. While you and I […]

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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)