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A Final Look at How You Can Help Your Church

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Since Easter I have been preaching a series of sermons concerning “The Future of the Church.” This series has been helpful for me to solidify my thinking about the church. I think it has helped my people to think seriously about who we are and what God has called us to…

What Should A Church Be Like?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Sometimes when people come to a church for the first time they have preconceived notions that don’t have much to do with reality. They think church is going to be very different from what it really is. What should a church be like? The Apostle Peter gives us a fairly good…

We Are God’s Priests

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Two things usually shock young believers or others without a strong biblical background – – the church is made up of saints and priests. The word “saint” refers to someone who has been set apart for God’s purpose. Throughout the New Testament, but especially in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, Christians…

Three Truths about Changing Your Life

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I have noticed through the years that two kinds of people miss out on the blessings of God. God wants all to be saved and no one to perish, but many people miss out on God’s kingdom. Who are these? The first group is comprised of those who think they don’t…

Four Encouraging Trends for the Church

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I’m a pastor, and I give almost all of my attention to my local church. I don’t survey all churches, and I certainly don’t know where they are going. But as a pastor, I sense four encouraging trends for the church. First, I see a renewed desire to know the Word…

No Church is Perfect

By: Waylon Bailey ~ No church is perfect. We all know that every church has flaws, and that each church is in need of growth, repentance, and healing. At the same time that we know no church is perfect, we also know that every church can change. How does that take place? I would like…

What Makes A Healthy Church?

We certainly need healthy churches. I don’t have the answer, but God knows our needs and has provided everything we need. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi about the same subject he wrote to many other churches. He challenged the church to be of the “same mind” and to act in “full…

I’m Looking for Good Church Members

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I’m looking for good church members. So are you. We are all looking for people who can be a blessing to the church and to those who are outside the church. We are looking for people who will make the church what God desires it to be. Let me give you…

What Is Your Picture of the Church?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ When you think of a church, what picture do you have in your mind? You most likely see some picture from your childhood, maybe a small, quaint building set at the edge of a forest. In your mind you may be seeing “the little brown church in the vale.” How do…

What Kind of Neighbors Do You Have?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ As I write this, I’ve just walked back into my house from having the opportunity to help a new neighbor move some heavy furniture into his house. You probably know some of the feelings I had as I walked back across the street. Isn’t it amazing what it does for us…