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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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Is Peace Possible?

I want to live at peace. This may be as important as anything in my personal life. Would you have the same desire? Do you have a goal of living at peace? When I wake up in the morning, I don’t want to be anxious. If I wake up in the middle of the night, […]

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Can I Really Forgive?

Can I really forgive? I get asked this question repeatedly. People want to know, “can I forgive?” They also want to know, “do I have to forgive?” Most of the time they are talking about the difficulty of forgiveness. We all know how difficult it is to forgive. Sometimes people refer to the difficulty of […]

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An Easter Moon

Tuesday morning for just a few seconds I watched the moon (either full or almost full) setting in the west. It was a clear day and the moon was a bright orange like it often is when the full moon rises. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. It reminded […]

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Failing Forward

“I believe in the sun even when its not shining. I believe in love even when I don’t feel it. I believe in God even when he is silent”–lines scratched into a wall at Auschwitz. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”–Winston Churchill. “1) I am […]

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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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Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. — James 1:12 (NIV)