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Our Affection for the Cross

By: Waylon Bailey This is an adaptation of a post from several years ago. I hope you find it meaningful for your Good Friday. What is it that makes today “good?” Would anyone without knowledge of the Christian faith ever understand what makes this day good? We certainly can understand the dilemma that others have with…

How to Pray for the Next President

I am writing this on Tuesday afternoon, waiting for the polls to close and the votes to be counted. Sometime late tonight we will know who the next president of the United States will be. No matter who is elected (and yes, it does make a real difference to me) Christians have an obligation to…

Does It Matter Who Wins?

It’s election day. Does it matter who wins? I remember the first time I heard someone say, “I’m not going to vote. It doesn’t matter who wins. They are all corrupt.” I was 12 years old. Even at age 12, that statement didn’t make sense to me. It still doesn’t. Let’s examine the statement that…

Five Things I Try to Remember When I Am Afraid

Fear is an enemy that kills without firing a shot. Fear cannot grasp you, but it can paralyze you. Fear cannot choke you, but it can leave you gasping for air. Fear destroys. We know what it is to be afraid. From walking through a cemetery at night as a child to worrying about the…

Do You Want to Live Longer?

How long do you expect to live? How long would you like to live? Most people I know would like to live longer if they could live healthily and happily. You probably would, too. A few days ago USA TODAY published an article which cited the research of two colleagues at Harvard University. Building on…

Six Reasons You Should Read the Bible

We live in a world that is ignorant of Scripture, and therefore we live in a world in jeopardy. Here are six reasons why you should read the Word of God. First, reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on Scripture puts you in a position to hear from God. What could be more important than hearing…

What Would Malachi Tell Us Today?

Recently I have been studying the prophecy of Malachi. Malachi is widely understood to have been the last prophet of Old Testament times. From the time of Malachi to the beginning of New Testament times, there was no prophet speaking to the people of Israel. Malachi had a unique perspective and message. What would he…

America Should know This Verse

My Scripture reading and meditation yesterday morning came from the prophecy of Daniel. I have found Daniel to be very insightful about where we are as a nation. Yesterday I read Daniel 4–5, two chapters about the reign of Belshazzar in Babylon. Belshazzar was the son of Nabonidus and the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar. Belshazzar and…

It Is Time for America to Grieve and Weep

It’s time for America to weep and wail. Anyone who watched the Sunday night second presidential debate knows that something is terribly wrong in America. We have two terribly unpopular and unsatisfying candidates to be the president of the United States. Many people have become disgusted with the whole process and are vowing to vote…

What Makes A Person Change?

You and I know people who have become very different people from what they used to be. One of the joys of a long-term pastorate (I have been pastor of the same church for 27 years) is getting to see life-change taking place. I know of people who moved from rebellious, selfish, and angry to…