A “Must” for Good Public Speaking

I want to give you one, essential tool for good public speaking. Being able to speak well in public demands hard work, practice, and attention to the details. It also has a hidden part that makes all the difference in good public speaking. Begin well and end well. You will get only one chance at […]

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Guidelines for Better Relationships

Keeping good relationships—both in families and in life in general—is not easy. To see how difficult good relationships are simply look at the Scripture. Adam and Eve rebelled against God and sin entered the world. Immediately, we see problems with relationships. Cain killed his brother Abel. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. The disciples argued […]

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

What do you have on your Bucket List? You know, the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” Last week, I received email from a woman who talked about her bucket list. Last spring, we had another woman who visited in one of our worship services who had a visit to our […]

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Making It to Five O’clock

Years ago when I taught at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, I frequented the Baptist Book Store (the predecessor to Lifeway Christian Stores) often. Having been a student and then a faculty member, I came to know most of the staff. Those were warm, kind relationships. One day I walked in to pick up some […]

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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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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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[BOOK I Psalms 1–41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. — Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV)