Memorial Day and Our Summer Schedule

On this Memorial day weekend, we must remember and give thanks for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. I hope you will do more than just take a day off. I hope that you will also remember. We are rapidly approaching our summer schedule. Vacation Bible School begins Monday, June 4. We hope […]

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What Are Extraordinary Miracles?

What are “extraordinary miracles?“ For me, Acts 19:11-20 is one of the most fascinating passages in all of Scripture. What makes it so fascinating is Luke’s description of “extraordinary miracles“ that occurred during Paul’s Ephesian ministry. Ephesus was one of the major cities of the Mediterranean world. While Athens could be called the center of learning and […]

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I Need A “Get Out of Jail Free” Card

I grew up with board games. We didn’t have many board games, but the ones we had were fun. We played “Sorry!,” Risk,” and several others. The one I remember the best was “Monopoly.” I wasn’t the only one who liked Monopoly. Monopoly is one of the first board games and one of the most […]

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Should We Just Cast Lots?

Various churches are governed differently. What is the correct way? After reading the New Testament, should we just cast lots and get it over with? In a word, no. While we find an instance of casting lots in the New Testament, all of the evidence points to this instance (Acts 1:26) as the last such […]

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The Importance of Leadership

John Maxwell has famously stated: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” That may be true in the business world, politics, or sports, is it also true in matters of faith. As I prepared to preach from Acts 1, I became aware of the importance of leadership. After all, what did Jesus do? According to Luke’s […]

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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)