The Truth Does Set You Free

Jesus famously said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). What happened in Hawaii last week powerfully illustrates the importance of the truth. The State of Hawaii has an emergency notification system. It consists of message boards and text messages. One of those state-wide notifications went out Saturday, […]

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Seven Reasons Why You Need Holy Scripture

Scripture is God breathed (inspired) and intended to help us know God. In a very real sense, there’s nothing more important than knowing the One in whose image we are formed. Here are seven reasons why Scripture matters. First, Scripture comes from God Himself. It is His word of instruction, encouragement, and revelation to the […]

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What Are Your Values?

Everyone has values. They are what we live by. They are how we act day after day. They become the default setting of our lives. Let me give some of my values for First Baptist Church. I hope and pray they will become your values as well. First, everyone counts. We always are tempted to […]

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Heaven and Hell

“Earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, a region of Hell; and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself”–C.S. Lewis. “What matters last, matters most. When we are in heaven, the fears, worries, and distractions of this fallen […]

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2018 Best Practices #3

Resolutions don’t mean much. Which of your New Year’s resolutions from last year can you remember? We make resolutions but rarely do we resolve to do anything different. Let me suggest something different. Let me suggest you adopt “Best Practices for 2018.” Adopting practices for life with help you do things that will always make a […]

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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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Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. — 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)