Secrets Churches Keep

After looking at the title of this blog, you may be thinking about things which are sinister or unhealthy. I’m actually thinking of things which are very healthy. It is my conviction that the Holy Spirit has put within us the desire to be like Christ and to grow in our faith, knowledge, and service. […]

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Happy 90th, Mama!

Martha and I are blessed today to be in my hometown, visiting my mother and celebrating her 90th birthday. We should have a wonderful party with my brother, at least two of Mama’s sisters, many of her nieces and nephews (my cousins) and their children and grandchildren. We are truly blessed. We are also blessed […]

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The Gospel Applies to Life

By some people, church and the message of the Gospel is accused of not being relevant to the modern situation. Paul’s Letter to Philemon crushes that viewpoint. What Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus did demonstrates how the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives and brings us to do things that many–maybe most–people think is impossible. Yesterday […]

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God Changes Lives

While the Epistle to Philemon is one of the shortest books in Scripture, it is one of the most powerful. We would miss so much without Paul’s letter to the slave owner about the slave. This book shows the power of God to cause people to change and move out of their comfort zone. Notice […]

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Learning from Philemon

Paul’s Letter to Philemon is unique among all of his writings because it is a private letter addressed to an individual. While we would not assume this was Paul’s only private letter, it is the only one which has survived and been incorporated into the New Testament Canon. This letter is also a powerful demonstration […]

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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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Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. — 1 John 4:11-12 (NIV)