Refuse to Live Half Way

What does the Scripture mean that we should offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2)? In Romans 12, Paul moved from the meaning of the Gospel–Christ died for us on the cross to remove our sin burden–to the implication of the Gospel for Christian conduct. He exhorted the Roman Christians in the strongest terms to present […]

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Churches and the Favor of God

What makes a church grow? Here are some of the reasons that we know–good leadership, good preaching, good location (you can’t have 1000 people in church if you have 500 people in your community), outreach, evangelism. The list could go on and on. Churches grow for many reasons, but I can’t imagine churches growing without […]

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It’s A Baby!

Last week I received a newsletter from the Northlake Crisis Pregnancy Center in Covington. Northlake CPC is a wonderful ministry made up of caring, committed staff and volunteers. They have broad community support to care for mothers and the unborn. Rachel Adair, a young mother herself, serves as the Executive Director and wrote about her […]

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Think As God Thinks

Transformation comes by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:1-2). God wants us to think as He thinks. He wants to renew our minds. Look at this idea: http://waylonbailey.com/2011/07/why-you-must-renew-your-mind/ How do we renew our minds? First, think with the end in mind. This is the popular suggestion of Stephen Covey in Seven Habits of Highly […]

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Dealing With My Fear (Part Two)

Fear is a bully that hounds us until it destroys us. When we give into our fear, it grows and becomes even more menacing. You must deal with your fear.  What can we do to overcome our fear? First, Think Through Your Fear. Think rationally, not emotionally. Thinking emotionally leads to panic; thinking rationally leads […]

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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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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. — 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)