Thanksgiving Day

My favorite quotation about thanksgiving comes from Matthew Henry (1662-1714), a Presbyterian minister and famous Bible expositor. After he was robbed, Matthew Henry prayed this prayer: “I thank thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, although they took my all, […]

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Getting Started in Your Private Worship

How do you get started in your private worship? That seems to be the number one question about a quiet time, devotional, Bible reading, or personal time with God. The second question is very similar: “How do I keep it going?” I hope to be able to help you with these questions. A previous post […]

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A Devotional Life That Pleases God

Last Sunday at First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, I preached on worship. I gave our folks goals I desire for all those who are part of our church. I want our folks to experience large group worship, small group ministry, and individual, private times of worship. Large group worship should be a weekly encounter with God in […]

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Worship In America

Recently, I met with a group of pastors in our state from churches of similar theology and similar size. We discussed many of the topics that you would expect from the pastors of these churches. We talked about worship. Actually, we talked about the lack of worship in the churches. This is what one of […]

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Getting Ready For Sunday

How do you get ready to worship God? When we really consider it, getting ready for worship is a daunting task. Can we really come into the presence of God? Can we really expect to hear God speak to us through the Holy Spirit? Today, I want to make a practical suggestion to help you […]

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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)