‘Pastoral Leadership’



Why Faith Matters

“Nothing worth proving can be proven”–Alfred Lord Tennyson. “We walk by faith, not by sight”–2 Corinthians 5:7. “While we live in the present, it is hard to envision eternity. But one day soon, eternity will be all there is and we will be forever grateful that we chose faith”–Jim Denison. “Without faith, it is impossible […]

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Why We Must Pray

“God commands men to pray, and so not to pray is plain disobedience to an imperative command of Almighty God”–E. M. Bounds. “Prayer is both the thermometer and the thermostat of the local church; for the ‘spiritual temperature’ either goes up or down, depending on how God’s people pray”–Warren Wiersbe. “I desire, then, that in […]

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The Joy of Staying

I’ve had the joy of being a pastor at the same church for a long time – – 28 years and counting (hopefully). My wife and I both agree this has been the most joyful and rewarding part of our ministry. Though some people would disagree (I recently saw in print the railings of a […]

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Wisdom Worth Hearing

“Popular wisdom is often more popular than wise. True wisdom comes from our Creator more than His creation”–Jim Denison. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths”–Proverbs 3:5-6. “But the wisdom that comes from […]

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What You Do in Private

On the Wednesday of Passion Week, “Jesus spent this day [Wednesday] in private. . . . preparing himself for what would soon become the most public of events. In contrast to the solitude of this day, he would soon drag a cross through crowded streets and be executed in full view of the multitudes that […]

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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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[Life by the Spirit] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. — Galatians 5:13 (NIV)