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What Every Church Needs

I love the church, and I often think about what it needs. I am currently preaching through Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. It is fascinating to see what he believed the church needed. It is also interesting to see how he emphasized the unity of the church along with church health and maturity. The wise […]

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Why Good Things Happen with the Church

I’ve spent most of my adult life in churches and in a seminary preparing ministers to work in the local church. I’ve always been interested in what makes churches tick. I’ve always wanted to know why good things happen at church. All of this comes to mind today because on Sunday we had really good […]

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Three Things I Wish All Church Members Knew

As a pastor, I have many things that I wish church members knew. Today, I would like to give you three areas that are essential to a healthy church. First, your church is only as spiritual, Godly, loving, kind, or evangelistic as you are. It’s so easy to talk about “they” or “them” but it’s […]

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A Final Look at How You Can Help Your Church

Since Easter I have been preaching a series of sermons concerning “The Future of the Church.” This series has been helpful for me to solidify my thinking about the church. I think it has helped my people to think seriously about who we are and what God has called us to do. I want to […]

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The Worst Thing You Can Do to Yourself

Life becomes exceedingly hard. You and I know that life is filled with disappointing, frustrating, and anxious moments. Some of those times are simply overwhelming. When those times come, there are things you can do to help and things you can do to make your experience worse. Today I want to write about “The Worst […]

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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 fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. — Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)