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Church Security

I well remember when and why First Baptist Church, Covington, began church security. It was in the 1990’s long before we moved to our present location in 2001. The incident that precipitated our decision to establish security measures–both internal and external–was a shooting at a Baptist church in Fort Worth, Texas, on a Wednesday night. […]

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Your Church’s Security

I’ve been thinking about church security since the 1990s. I distinctly remember when it  became a major item on my radar. It was a Wednesday night when we heard of a church shooting in Fort Worth, Texas. It was a Baptist church whose Wednesday night service seemed very similar to what we did at that time on a Wednesday […]

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Evil in Our World

I am stunned, and I am deeply grieving. It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone wouldn’t be the same today. Of all the places we go, church seems to be the safest and happiest place we can be. I often say that I want every child who attends my church to be able to […]

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How to Live as Sheep in the Midst of Wolves

Last year on tax day, I wrote about my favorite verse of Scripture. It really isn’t my favorite verse, but it certainly is a very helpful verse. It’s helpful because it equips us to relate to an unbelieving world. Jesus and Paul as well as other biblical writers did their best to prepare us for […]

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How to Act When You Are Persecuted

You may be surprised to learn my favorite verse of Scripture. Actually, it’s not my favorite as such, but I find it helps me deal with many of the tough situations of life. Jesus called the twelve and sent them out with authority over unclean spirits and to heal every disease and infirmity. He at […]

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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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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. — Colossians 3:15 (NIV)