‘Stories Worth Telling’



For the Beauty of the Earth

Martha and I recently returned from a long awaited trip to Yellowstone National Park. I went to Yellowstone when I was 15 or 16 years old. All we did at that time was drive through the park. After this visit, I realized I didn’t see much of it. Martha has never been to Yellowstone, but […]

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An Encouraging Supreme Court Decision

Last month the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that has significant meaning for churches and Christians as they seek to communicate their faith in Christ through preaching and personal conversations. At first look the decision has nothing to do with churches or with Christians being able to communicate their sincerely held religious beliefs. […]

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Real Persecution–Real Prayer

Monday, June 26, 2017, I received this email. It is from one of our ministry partners of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, who lives and ministers in India. Out of an abundance of caution, I am leaving out the names and pertinent information about the event. I will tell you that persecution of Christians has […]

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Pray Big

Several weeks ago as I enjoyed my morning time in devotion with God, I received a clear thought in my mind, “Your prayers are too small. Pray big.” I became very convicted that I indeed pray too small. While “pray big,” may not be Scriptural language, it certainly fits the teaching of Scripture. God tells […]

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The Worst Thing You Can Do to Yourself

Life becomes exceedingly hard. You and I know that life is filled with disappointing, frustrating, and anxious moments. Some of those times are simply overwhelming. When those times come, there are things you can do to help and things you can do to make your experience worse. Today I want to write about “The Worst […]

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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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A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! — Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)