Trends That Encourage Me

I am encouraged about many things, and I want to share some of these with you. I am encouraged about people who are turning to God for their problems. Our pastors get to see many people with deep problems. That is always sad, but it gives us a lift to hear people say, “I’ve realized […]

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Quotes You Can Use (January 20, 2012)

“If you don’t cross over from what-I-get to what-I-give, your church will become increasingly unsatisfactory to you”–James Macdonald. “Everything which really needs to be done in our souls can only be done by God”–C. S. Lewis. “To be a fisher of men, you must have two groups. The large circle which is filled with so many needs and the […]

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Jumping The Shark

I always did like Happy Days and the Fonz. The show became a classic and the Fonz became an icon. Then something happened that changed it forever–the Fonz jumped the shark. The show was never the same again. It had reached its peak–I would say overreached. From that point on the show slowly declined. Take […]

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John 3:16 and Tim Tebow

Last weekend the New England Patriots clobbered Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. The game was over quickly but the reaction to it is ongoing, primarily because of the faith of Tim Tebow. As a Heisman trophy winning quarterback of the Florida Gators, Tim Tebow routinely wore a Bible verse for all to see. John […]

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Growing Your Church Small

Originally published in www.sbctoday.com January 12, 2012 You have a goal that your church must accomplish. If you want your church to grow, you must keep it small. It’s neither an oxymoron nor a paradox. It is simply this: as the church grows larger, the fellowship must grow deeper. Deeper fellowship gives the church a sense of […]

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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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But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” — Luke 1:30-33 (NIV)