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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What I Learned About “Delight Yourself in the Lord’

Over the weekend, I preached from Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I have loved this passage of Scripture because of how it ministered to me through one of my friends at a time when I was struggling. My friend reminded me of this […]

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A Year to Delight in the Lord

Martha and I are happy to be home and thankful to be with you as we collectively seek to please God with all our ways. My sermon today comes from Psalm 37, an acrostic Hebrew poem that describes confident dependence on God. This psalm contains many well known verses, but to me the greatest is […]

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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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When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. — Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)