‘Life apps’



“I Just Want to be Understood!”

How many times have I heard someone say, “I just want to be understood!”? Psychologists speak of understanding and being understood. These seem to be fundamental needs of every person. If we think someone understands who we are, how we feel, and why we act the way we do, we will cling to that person […]

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What the Psalms Tell Us about God

I have come to appreciate the Psalms. They are the praises of the Hebrew people and Christians through the ages. They are that and much more. One of the things I particularly appreciate about the Psalms is how they reveal the character of God. The revelation of God’s character is one of the major contributions […]

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Four Essentials for Worship

I spend a lot of time in the worship services at my church. You probably do as well. It’s not a chore for me, and I don’t want worship to become one. I want worship to be significant and meaningful. I want it to make a difference in my life, my family, and my community. […]

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The Surprise about Repentance

Amazingly, the word “repentance” often has a negative connotation. Outside church and Christian circles, very few people use the term positively. The whole idea of repentance is a much maligned concept. You know, of course, that repentance is necessary in the life of a believer. The Gospel of Matthew gives us the preaching of John […]

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As Long As

Yesterday, I remembered with our congregation the “Great Recession” which began ten years ago this month. It was a difficult and unnerving time in America. For most people in our congregation, it was the most unsettling economic situation they had ever faced. After relating a story about how Martha and I dealt with that difficult […]

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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 Armor of God] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. — Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)