‘Stories Worth Telling’

The Marshmallow Test

Several years ago, I read of one of the most intriguing behavioral studies ever. It was led by a Stanford researcher by the name of Walter Mischel. Mischel studied four year olds at Stanford University’s Bing Nursery School. He studied more than 500 children to see how they could handle willpower. During the tests, children […]

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The Best April Fools’ Prank

Children–and adults–love April Fools’ pranks. At least, some adults do. No one seems to know how April Fools’ Day originated. It appears to have something to do with the spring of the year and the need to laugh. The best April Fools’ prank I ever experienced occurred when Martha and I were dating. We are […]

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“Marriage Is Good But You Have To Work At It”

I can still see him in my mind. He’s a tall, thin man standing on his raised front porch. I am his pastor and have visited in his home as part of my pastoral relationship. We’ve had a nice time visiting and he walks me to his front door. I’m standing next to my car […]

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It’s Not How You Start . . .

Over the last couple of years I have driven through tiny Port Barre (pronounced Barry), Louisiana, a number of times. In fact, I usually stop at one of the service stations for a cup of coffee or a bag of peanuts. Port Barre is one of those great places in Louisiana filled with cajun accents […]

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Love, Sex, and Marriage

We’ve learned at church to put “sex” in the title and more people will attend the class. This post isn’t about sex–at least not overtly. It’s about marriage and the people who have worked hard to make their marriages work. One day soon I will write about the best advice I ever received about marriage. […]

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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 those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. — Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)