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Can You Be Grateful and Unhappy at the Same Time?

“It’s impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same moment in time. Any moment, hour, day, or week that you are unhappy, you have chosen to let your focus rest on something other than the gifts you have been given. Let your unhappiness serve as an alarm to redirect your focus and energy. If […]

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Can You Know the Will of God?

When I was a younger teenager, I distinctly remember being in a Sunday night discipleship class where we asked the question, “Can you know the will of God?” I have long forgot the contents of that hour, but I’ve not forgotten the question. Is it possible to know the will of God? That is still […]

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Who Is the Person Who is Blessed?

Many Old Testament scholars believe Psalm One was deliberately placed at the beginning of the Psalter. It describes the person who is blessed. We all want blessed lives. We certainly want God’s favor upon us. Who is the person who is blessed? What characterizes the blessed life? Psalm One is a brief and simple psalm. […]

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Life Can Become Too Hard

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one, for God himself has given us right standing […]

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Why I Am Feeling Better

These are discouraging times for American Christianity. Our freedoms – – guaranteed in the constitution and fought for since 1776– are being eroded. In my denomination, baptisms and church membership is down. It seems there are new and difficult issues every day. But the results of this week have made me feel better about the […]

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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 angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” — Luke 1:30-33 (NIV)