The One Thing that Matters

Earlier in the week I gave an interview to a doctor of ministry student completing an assignment for his degree. His assignment required him to interview a veteran pastor about essentials for doing ministry today. The interview lasted for an hour and for the most part reflected the kinds of questions I would’ve expected him […]

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Living in Bitterness

I have a friend who’s going through some incredible bitterness. It’s hurting him deeply, and it’s keeping him from experiencing the joys of life. Why does bitterness affect us the way it does? First, bitterness keeps you from experiencing the joy of life. You simple can’t be filled with bitterness and filled with joy at […]

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Should I Forgive?

Over the last couple of years our church has emphasized forgiveness. Forgiveness in life, in Scripture, and our entire relationship with God is a really big deal. Learn to forgive and your life becomes much better; fail to forgive and you experience a constant dripping of bitterness and pain. As we have discussed forgiveness, we […]

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Men Who Serve

Each week I write an article to my church. It’s called “Lagniappe,” and it gives a “little something extra” to the congregation. Thanks for reading my posts, and thanks for letting me write today specifically to the members of my congregation. Each year First Baptist Church elects twelve deacons to serve a two year term.  […]

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How Christ Makes Us New

“The Holy Spirit guides and strengthens us to organize our lives into a Christlike pattern. Over time, maturing believers develop deeply ingrained habits of holiness. When crisis strikes, we will have inner resources available to respond in a Christlike manner. The Holy Spirit uses these habits to deepen our faith, renew our minds, and to desire […]

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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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Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. — Galatians 6:2 (NIV)