Praying for Wisdom

All of us need God’s wisdom, even if we don’t always acknowledge that we do. How many times in your life have you said, “I just wish someone would tell me what to do?” Life can get very distressing. We truly do need God’s wisdom. Here is the good news. God has all wisdom, and […]

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Praying for What You Don’t Have

Sometime back in my teen years, my mother taught me about prayer. She said that many people pray what she called “Gimme, gimme, gimme” prayers. In case you missed the point, she meant that people are always asking God for things, usually selfish and trivial in nature. They are praying “Give me” prayers. What should […]

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Making Church Membership Meaningful

We often talk about making church membership meaningful. At our church’s Discovery Class we sometimes, ask the question, “What makes church membership meaningful?” Then we try to answer the question to help new and prospective members. Last week I read a report in Baptist Press, concerning a church in Kentucky that sought to make church membership […]

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The Campuses of First Baptist Church

Last week, I mentioned to you our desire to reach locally and to reach globally. We believe that this is exactly what Jesus told us to do. As He ascended into heaven, He commanded His followers to “be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth“ (Acts 1:8). As part of […]

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When Life Becomes Hard

Whenever I write about the difficulties of life, I receive a relatively large number of comments. I understand why. We all face difficulties in life. You probably know the oft quoted saying about troubles. “You are either in the midst of trouble, you are coming out of a period of trouble, or you about to […]

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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 Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” — Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)