‘Pastoral Leadership’

Fear Is a Bully

“Fear is a bully that hounds us until it destroys us. When we give in to our fear, it grows and becomes even more menacing. You must deal with your fear”–Waylon Bailey. “What then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?–Romans 8:31. “If the […]

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How We Pray

“If I throw out a boat hook from the boat, and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God”–E. Stanley Jones. “No man […]

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How I Make Difficult Decisions

Someone famously said: “Either you’re in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or one is brewing and is on its way.” It seems so true doesn’t it? We seem often to be in crisis mode. I remember years ago that Martha and I were dealing with a major church crisis. As the days turned […]

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The Importance of Mothers and Fathers

The Christian family “is of course the keystone of any Christian society. Let Christ be truly worshiped and served at the family altar, and we need not tremble for the Christian future of any country”–Archibald M. Hunter. “For the most part, children do not create problems; they reveal them. Parents who cannot discipline themselves cannot discipline their children. If […]

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What Really Matters

“If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease?”–Leonard Ravenhill. “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good […]

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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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But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. — 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)