My Most Popular Story For December

Anyone who knows me knows that I like stories. I love stories worth telling. I love to hear them, read them, and tell them. Stories are particularly powerful in the context of a sermon. Probably much of the reason for why I like stories is that I like to see people connect with the story. […]

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Passion For The Game

“I’m afraid he doesn’t have the work ethic and passion for the game to progress at the next level,” said Mike Mayock, color analyst for the NFL Network. He was speaking of a rookie with unlimited upside who was squandering his opportunity to be “something special.” This player wasn’t willing to work to be the best. […]

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Who Will You Follow?

I have found three truths in leadership. (1) Everything rises and falls on leadership (John Maxwell). (2) Leadership makes the difference in every group and organization. (3) The group becomes like the leader. If these are indeed truths, we must decide who we will follow. Let me give you two scenarios. First, you can follow someone with […]

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Why Should a Church Grow?

It’s been my life–thinking about church and what makes church better. I grew up in a family that loved church and did their best to make it better. I think about church all the time. Therefore, it was natural when I wrote a post several weeks ago about how churches grow. The post was specifically about […]

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A Look Backward and Forward

Each year at significant milestones, I report to the church where we are and where we are going. This allows the church to reflect and look back as well as look forward. Part of my responsibility is to lead the church in understanding God’s vision. One way that I do so is to have a […]

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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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My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. — 1 John 2:1 (NIV)