Why You Need a Church and Why You Need Friends

You need a church, and you need friends. From the very beginning, God put people together to worship, serve, and follow Him. While you find this throughout Scripture, it is particularly evident with the apostles and disciples of Christ. What would Paul have done without Aquila and Priscilla? How would he have carried out his […]

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Why North Korea Matters

Yesterday was an historic day in American history. Like the fall of the Berlin Wall, I assumed I would never see the president of the United States and the leader of North Korea meeting and talking peace. The two signed a statement in which “President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and […]

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Why I’m Happy to be at the SBC (and Why It’s Hard to be a Pastor)

Martha and I are enjoying a few days in Dallas at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. We are enjoying this time of business and fellowship. Here’s why. First of all, we are enjoying seeing so many people we’ve known through the years and who do the kinds of things we do. At […]

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How the Church Stands in the Midst of Opposition

The church will face opposition. Jesus made this plain. He warned His disciples about impending persecution and opposition. He knew the opposition would come, and He prepared them for the future. Jesus warned His disciples that if the world hated Him it would hate them also. He prepared them for persecution but assured them that […]

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A Great Week

It’s been a great week! Vacation Bible School has gone really well. We’ve had a great group of volunteers, and we’ve seen a number of children come to know Christ. On Friday, I spoke with a grandmother who has had two of her grandchildren that don’t go to church accept Christ. What a blessing that […]

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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)