The First Step in Learning to Speak in Public

Somewhere along the way, I heard that public speaking is the greatest fear that most people encounter. In fact, public speaking for most people is more fearful than death. That led someone to say that if you had the choice of dying or doing the eulogy for someone, you would choose to be the one in […]

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Bravery is Something You Do

My dad came from a  family of three boys and three girls. My father was the second child and the first son. The youngest child–his sister– is only a few years older than me.  As a young teenager, everything scared her. It really didn’t matter what it happened to be. It could be a bug […]

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A Sense of Hope and Excitement

I have been more excited about this August-September than any other since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Here’s what makes it so exciting. First, we have been blessed to see 36 people make professions of faith and follow Christ in baptism during August alone. This must be close to a record number for such a brief […]

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Be Careful What You Plant

Twenty years ago, Martha and I moved into our current house. We searched for months and finally selected our new home. While the house and lot were not ideal, we still felt good about what we had done. The house itself was great. The previous owners built it only a few years before and lived […]

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The Most Important Question for Tough Times

I have a friend who’s having a hard time letting go. Actually, I have a number of friends who are in that situation. It is a very tough situation to be in. It’s tough because until you deal with the past, it’s almost impossible to deal with the present. My friend simply can’t deal with […]

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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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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (NIV)