I Love the Church

I love the church, and I have great admiration for the church which Jesus established. My parents also loved the church and did all they could to be a blessing to the church. My love and admiration for the church is not naïve. Through the years, I have seen the church do less than what […]

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I Could Not Have Made This Any Better

“If I could have scripted today, I could not have made it any better.” Those were the words I wrote to our pastors and administrative staff Sunday afternoon about the successful launch of our new schedule. I could also say that it was better than I could hope or imagine. Thank you for helping make […]

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Learning to Battle Sin

“There are many things that bind us! As long as we hold on to them, their power over us continues. It is only by letting go that we become free”–John Dee Jeffries. “Christ has saved you from sin, but the temptation to keep dabbling in it will keep you busy the rest of  your life. […]

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Matthew the Tax Collector

Recently, I have been fascinated by Matthew the Tax Collector. By the way, “Matthew the Tax Collector” is how he identified himself (Matthew 10:3). I assume that what the early believers said about the author of the First Gospel is correct. Second generation Christians gave us what they knew about the authors of the books […]

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Why Good Things Happen with the Church

I’ve spent most of my adult life in churches and in a seminary preparing ministers to work in the local church. I’ve always been interested in what makes churches tick. I’ve always wanted to know why good things happen at church. All of this comes to mind today because on Sunday we had really good […]

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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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My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. — 1 John 2:1 (NIV)