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Have You Preached a Sermon?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Yesterday I asked our congregation what they would say if they were called on to preach. As long as it is an abstract idea, most of us have an idea how we might preach. I’ve had many people who have said something life this, “If they would give me a chance…

How You Can Bless the People Around You

By: Waylon Bailey Very few things in life are more important than being blessed. When Jacob stole the blessing from Esau, Esau’s pain was deep and intense. When Esau came to his father and realized that Isaac had given Esau’s blessing to his brother Jacob, he cried out in pain “bless me also my father!”…

Are You Leading In Your Church?

By: Waylon Bailey God is looking for leaders in His church. He is looking for people who want to lead and make a difference. In many churches, the church has leaders but not according to God’s plan. Many of these leaders are interested in power and prestige rather than pleasing God. How are you leading?…

I had an interesting day yesterday.

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I had an interesting day yesterday. First, Martha and I worshiped with my mother at the church where I grew up and where I remained a member until I became pastor of my first church. It’s always a joy to worship with other people and especially people you’ve known through the…

Why Love, Patience, and Kindness Go Together

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Love, patience, and kindness appear to be intertwined. They also show up together. Is this true? Why is this the case? Let’s notice two passages of Scripture. The first is the famous passage known as “The Love Chapter” found in 1 Corinthians 13. The middle section of this chapter (1 Corinthians…

Making God Smile

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Half the year is now behind us. Two questions immediately come to mind. First, where has the year gone? How did it get by so fast? Is it July already? But, there is also a second question. This question is of a different nature. What have I done in this year?…

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…