The Father of the Bride

Earlier this week Martha and I watched the movie “The Father of the Bride”–the 1950 original, not the more recent remake. This version starred Spencer Tracy as the father of the bride and Elizabeth Taylor as the bride. We loved watching it. It made me a bit melancholy (so Martha said). I agree that it […]

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The Sum of All Our Decisions

We live in a world of decision making. One way to describe life is that life is the sum of all our decisions. From our earliest remembrances until our death bed, we are decision makers. While we can think that we have a myriad of options, in reality we only have two. There are two […]

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Three Proverbs That Have Blessed My Life

Have you really read the biblical book of Proverbs? I would encourage you to read and to absorb the teaching of this Old Testament book. There are many different ways to read the Bible. Many people read the Bible through in a calendar year. Others read a book at a sitting. For example, you could […]

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A Scary Verse of the Bible

I love the powerful teaching of Proverbs, “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death“ (Proverbs 14:12). While I love this verse, I also find it sometimes frightening. I don’t want to be on the wrong side of what “seems right to a person.” Life […]

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When Good Things Happen at Church

Many years ago I preached a sermon entitled, “When Good Things Happen at Church.” At that time, our church had many good things happening and I wanted to encourage our people to be faithful in serving God and continuing doing those things that make good things happen at church. The reasons for those good things […]

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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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I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” — Psalm 40:8 (NIV)