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Welcome to First Baptist Church

I want to welcome you to First Baptist Church! As I often say, “Thank you for attending. We are glad you are here.” We recognize what a special day this is. While many of our regular attenders are visiting family out of town, many of you are guests worshiping with us on this special day. […]

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Words for Graduates–Both Present and Past

Yesterday we celebrated with over 40 high school seniors at our church. We recognized them in the morning worship and rejoiced with them and their families at a luncheon afterwards. Graduate recognition is a fun time to preach. It seems that people are more ready to hear than at other times. At the worship services […]

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How to Choose a Church

Millions of Americans choose a church every year. Most do so because they relocated to a different area, but some do so because of dissatisfaction with their current church. None of us likes the idea of “church shopping,” but we certainly have to have criteria for making a decision. Let me give you five ideas […]

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The Arm of the Lord

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”–Maya Angelou. “Sometimes, we can’t truly understand the Bible until we obey it”–Eugene Peterson. “I am so thankful for the quiet written Word, for the history and presence of the church of the Lamb, […]

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Why the Bible Matters

Yesterday, I met with a nice couple who started talking about why church is helpful. This is what he said: “The Bible gives you tools for dealing with your problems.” It’s not a biblical description of Scripture, but it is a very practical way to look at the Bible. I couldn’t help but agree with […]

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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)