‘Pastoral Leadership’



The Highest Reward

“The highest reward for a faithful life is not what you get for it but what you become by it”–Warren Wiersbe. “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done”–Proverbs 19:17. “Here’s the amazing paradox: Obedience to God is seldom rewarded on this fallen […]

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Get Behind Me, Satan!

Jesus famously rebuked Simon Peter by saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” What did He mean by this statement? Matthew’s gospel records Simon Peter pledging that he would never let Jesus be taken by the authorities and killed (Matthew 16:21-28). Jesus immediately rebuked Peter with this statement and saying that Peter was “a hindrance to me; […]

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The Necessity of Unity

“We all owe our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. We worship the same Lord and receive guidance, wisdom, and power from the same Spirit. We have the same goal of helping other people know Christ. We are quite unified. In short, our unity comes from who God is instead of who we are or where […]

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Yikes! Where Does the Time Go?

Early yesterday I received an email asking me to reserve dates for later in the year. As I added them to my calendar, I realized these are not “far off” dates at all. They are “close by” dates. The dates are for August, September, and October of 2018. Somehow in my mind I don’t that […]

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Christians and Hollywood

Martha and I have rekindled our interest in movies. Early in life we both went to the movies. I remember seeing the original Ben Hur with its electrifying chariot race. As we dated we often went to a Sunday afternoon movie. But then something happened. Christians deserted Hollywood in the 1960’s and movies become darker […]

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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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[On Not Loving the World] Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. — 1 John 2:15-16 (NIV)