“May God Protect Us All”

Hurricane Irma, with its 185 mile per hour winds, made landfall on the Caribbean islands of Barbuda and Antigua early this morning. You know by now that Irma is the most fierce storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean (storms even more fierce have been in the warmer waters of the Caribbean Sea and the […]

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No Camping for Me!

Before I was an older teenager, I camped out quite a bit. It all started with my family going on a camping trip with my best friend’s family. Imagine four adults and four boys on a camping trip in one station wagon! I also did a lot of hiking and camping with my Boy Scout […]

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Three Things to Know Before You Die

The Apostle Paul faced the very real prospect of an imminent death. He had been arrested, jailed, and placed on trial. He waited to find out the verdict. While we can’t be completely sure, most biblical scholars assume that Paul was acquitted and released from prison. Later, he was arrested again and executed by Rome […]

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“Now, It’s Our Turn”

I want to be writing today about the opening of our new preschool and children’s building and our new schedule beginning next Sunday. I am excited to see how God has brought us so far and blessed us immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. But, I can’t. The human needs are too […]

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The Day They Gave A Standing Ovation at IHOP

The awful devastation of Hurricane Harvey made me remember something that happened twelve years ago. Twelve years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It has taken these twelve years to recover. Like me, many people in my home area recall the devastation and anxiety associated with such a great disaster. […]

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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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A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! — Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)