Yearly Archive
for: ‘2013’



Life Can Be A Struggle

Life can be filled with difficulty and pain, and serving God can seem beyond our abilities. The prophet Jeremiah understood these realities. Jeremiah experienced almost every kind of difficulty and persecution imaginable. Because he was faithful to God’s message, he was excommunicated from the temple, thrown in a dungeon, and locked up in stocks. He […]

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Searching God’s Will For The Church

Obviously and completely, a church should seek God’s guidance and direction. Church cannot be what I want or what I think, it must be about God and His desires for His local body of believers. In all our ways we should acknowledge Him in order that He may direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). As we […]

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Loving God

“God being who He is must always be sought for Himself, never as a means toward something else (God must be loved for Himself). . . . Whoever seeks God as a means toward desired ends will not find God. The mighty God, the maker of heaven¬†and earth, will not be one of many treasures, […]

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Make Gratitude the Dominant Impulse of Your Life

What is the king or queen of the virtues? Love, joy, integrity all come to mind, but maybe gratitude should be in the list as well–and not just at Thanksgiving. What is it that makes gratitude near the top of the list? Why should gratitude be a default impulse in your life? First, gratitude increases […]

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Go The Second Mile

An old adage says to go the second mile because it has less traffic. Last Sunday a football fan at the Oakland Raiders’ stadium went the second mile and saved someone’s life in the process. At the conclusion of the game when the stadium was mostly empty, a distraught woman threatened to jump 45 feet […]

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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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Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” — Mark 9:35 (NIV)