The Spirit and His Fruit

Jesus strongly encouraged His followers to check the spiritual fruit of those who seek to lead in spiritual matters. He counseled the disciples to beware of sheep in wolves clothing. He knew that the good or bad fruit of those wolves would reveal who they really were. While we are not judges, we are good […]

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Are You Bearing Spiritual Fruit?

The Bible often talks about bearing spiritual fruit. Jesus spoke of it prominently. If this subject mattered to Jesus, it should matter to us. Are you bearing spiritual fruit? Is your life and activity profitable for the Kingdom of God? When I consider the subject of bearing spiritual fruit, these truths come immediately to mind. Jesus used […]

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What Makes A “Healthy” Church?

We certainly need healthy churches. I don’t have the answer, but God knows our needs and has provided everything we need. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi about the same subject he wrote to many other churches. He challenged the church to be of the “same mind” and to act in “full […]

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Making Decisions–Seeking God

Last Thursday I felt particularly burdened about many of the decisions we have as a church. These are not bad decisions we have to make. In fact, for the most part they are normal decisions churches–especially growing churches–have to make. As I moved through what became a busy day with even more decisions than I […]

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Why We Must Pray

“God commands men to pray, and so not to pray is plain disobedience to an imperative command of Almighty God”–E. M. Bounds. “Prayer is both the thermometer and the thermostat of the local church; for the ‘spiritual temperature’ either goes up or down, depending on how God’s people pray”–Warren Wiersbe. “I desire, then, that in […]

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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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But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. — 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)