‘Stories Worth Telling’

The Worst of Times and the Best of Times

I simply can’t imagine what happened on a Wednesday night in Charleston. It’s hard for me to imagine anything more sad than people praying, studying the Bible, and openly demonstrating Christian love and being gunned down. The more I think about it the worse it becomes. The members of the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in […]

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What Makes A Church Great

Some stories are really worth telling. This is one of those stories. In the mid-1950s, the church I pastor had its only disruption since the time of World War II. Little is known about the history of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana,  prior to World War II. We simply know that it was a small, […]

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Have You Been Disrespected?

R E S P E C T. Arethea Franklin sang it beautifully. We all want respect. Recently I read a news article saying that most of the murders in the inner city of Birmingham, Alabama, were over a perceived lack of respect. Birmingham, like most cities, has a serious problem with homicides. Maybe you, like […]

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My Sportscar

Years ago, I wanted to buy a used sports car. I fell in love with this car and thought I had to have it. Martha and I discussed the car, and we were ready to purchase it. Then, something happened that made me understand the car was not for me. I was disappointed, but it was the right decision. That […]

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I Was Struggling

I was 17 years old, and I was struggling. No, not struggling with life, but struggling with my future. Deep down inside I knew God was leading me in places I had never been before. I can assure you that I had never considered being a pastor or a preacher of the Gospel. I grew […]

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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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So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. — Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV)