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While it doesn’t seem quite possible, the year 2022 is fast approaching. I want to share with you some of my goals for the coming year. Most of my goals are rightly spiritual, goals for me personally and goals for the church. For example, I have goals for my own growth and sanctification and goals for you and for the …

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By Waylon Bailey As pastor of First Baptist Church Covington, one of the things that God calls me to do is to be a good “Ad-minister” of the church.  This means that God wants me to love and carefully lead the church. As an “Ad-minister,” I must look at the finances of the church.  Here is what I want you …

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Why “Lagniappe“? Early in my ministry I heard this bit of wisdom, “People do well with information and poorly without it.”  Over the years I have seen the truth of that statement. That’s why I started writing a weekly column when I became pastor of First Baptist Church. Not long after, I started using the title “Lagniappe.” The word Lagniappe …

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By Waylin Bailey I had this asked recently, “How do you do ministry during pandemics and hurricanes?” The questioner implied that ministry really can’t be done in the age of Covid. While I completely sympathize with my friend, I can’t imagine the Apostle Paul thinking that he couldn’t do ministry because he was in prison, or because of persecution, or …

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Recently we’ve been singing a new song – O Come to the Altar. The first lines say this, “are you  hurting and broken within?”  Every time we sing it, I find myself saying, “Absolutely!”  Many of you have had awful hurts and pains during this time.  What do we do with all these pains? What do we do when church …

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I want to commend you for your faithfulness, obedience, and perseverance during this very trying time. In the midst of suffering and difficulty, you have been generous and caring toward others. We asked you to give specific items and offerings, and you have done both admirably. We have made several trips to Houma and other areas to our south with …

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Things of Note . . . We have much to give thanks for. God truly blessed us with His mercy and protection. I am grateful that we had no loss of life in our congregation from Hurricane Ida. I am also grateful for God’s continual blessings and care. We have much to do. Would you join me in looking for …

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Next weekend is our annual “River Baptism” at the Bogue Falaya Park in downtown Covington. I hope you will join us to celebrate, and if you have not followed Christ in baptism, I hope you will consider being baptized. Why should you be baptized, and what does it mean? Here are some answers to both questions. First, Jesus began His …

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One Week Away . . . Interested in becoming a member of FBC? Would you like your questions answered about baptism and membership? Do you have questions about our mission – in the church, in the community, and in the world? Do you want to know how and where you can get connected or volunteer? Do you wonder what our …

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Where do we go from here? The Christian church is rooted in the past but always living in the present and looking to the future. This makes the church unique – and it gives it its power: Our power is in Christ alone He is our hope He is our future. I love the words of the great hymn, “O …