Gracious Under Fire

It’s not easy being gracious under fire, when you’re caught off guard, or when something happens that you never expected. That happened Sunday night at the Oscars. You probably know the story by now. Somehow the envelopes for the best picture award – – the finale at the end of the night – – were […]

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Are You Having an Oscars Moment?

According to all accounts, the Oscars ceremony Sunday night was a fiasco. Based on who you talked to or what you read, it may have been a fiasco across the board. It certainly was in the awarding of the signature Oscar of the night–the Best Picture Award. The award went to La La Land, uh, […]

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Why Church Matters

I know church matters, but sometimes I know it more than others. Just such an occasion happened yesterday. Martha and I have taken several days vacation. It’s a perfect time of the year in Louisiana – – beautiful weather and the middle of Mardi Gras season. Sometimes it feels that as many people leave Louisiana […]

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Christ In You

I am thankful for all the pastors I work with at First Baptist Church. They are faithful and hard-working. They’re the very best, and they make me look good. Today as Martha and I are taking some days off, Chris Kroll will be preaching in my absence. Chris is our youth pastor and leads that […]

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How Sharp is Your Ax?

“Give me six hours to cut down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax”–Abraham Lincoln. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”–Proverbs 4:23. “In a short while the whole of the country was aflame,” he said. “Every church was stirred to its depths. Strong […]

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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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The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. — Psalm 121:7-8 (NIV)