Why Was “the Good Hand of God” on Nehemiah?

Of all the things that impress me about Nehemiah, “the good hand of God” intrigues me more than anything else. After Nehemiah had fasted and prayed about what God had placed on his heart to do for Jerusalem, he went to the king of Persia and asked permission to rebuild Jerusalem. The king gave his permission […]

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Why I Am Impressed with Nehemiah

“What impresses you about Nehemiah?” What a great question to be asked. Actually, there is a lot about Nehemiah that impresses me. Let me answer that question for you. First, I am impressed with Nehemiah’s emphasis on prayer. Nehemiah prayed fervently and with importunity (as Jesus emphasized when He told us to keep on asking, […]

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Me and My Messy Desk

Yesterday morning I spoke to many of our men at our Tuesday Men’s Breakfast. They are very interested in what they should do in service to God and how they should do it. They want to know how to make the most of every opportunity (Colossians 4:5). They know that emergencies, responsibilities, and life itself […]

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Don’t Waste Your Time

Several years ago I read an article with a title something like this, “Five ways Not to Manage Your Time.“ I’m not sure that was the exact title but that was the idea. The author wanted to point out ways  that keep us from getting the most out of the time we work and serve. […]

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Lessons for Leadership and Life

We all want to get things done, and we all need to be effective in doing the right things. I am convinced that God wants us to be leaders. In fact, all of us are leaders. Someone is following our leadership. This is especially true of moms and dads. Nehemiah was one of the greatest […]

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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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Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. — Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)