Evil and the Birth of Christ

By: Waylon Bailey ~ We live in a world of evil. We don’t even have to read news reports to understand that evil is all around and constantly with us. The birth of Jesus shows us the magnitude of that evil. Jesus was born when Herod the Great was king. He was a king like the most awful dictators of …

Why We Need Christian Fellowship

By: Waylon Bailey ~ When Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, he concluded his letter by asking the church at Philippi to greet all the saints in his name. He also passed along the greetings from the saints in Rome and especially those from the household of Caesar. You find the same situation in the last chapter of Paul’s …

What Did Paul Mean by Being Content?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ One of the most amazing statements in Scripture is when Paul said,“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation“ (Philippians 4:12). He then went on to say, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength“ (Philippians 4:13). What did he mean by being content, and how should we apply this to …

I Love This Passage of Scripture!

By: Waylon Bailey I love the fourth chapter of Philippians! I once had a seminary professor who was a great teacher of the Bible. We asked him one day, “What is your favorite book of the Bible?“ He responded rather quickly, “My favorite Bible book is the one I’m studying right now.“ That has often been my sentiment as well, …

Lessons About Church Unity

By: Waylon Bailey ~ The letters of the New Testament are filled with instructions for church unity. Paul’s letters to the churches particularly target this need for the church. One of the churches which heard much about unity was the church at Philippi. Paul addressed the issue several times, but none was as riveting as his call to two women of …

Why You Need Examples

By: Waylon Bailey ~ The apostle Paul famously told many of the churches where he ministered to follow his example. Many modern day Christians are astounded at what Paul said. They are amazed at this command for two reasons. First, they don’t see themselves as a proper example, and they wonder if Paul could be. Second, I often hear Christians …

There’s An Answer to Your Problem

By: Waylon Bailey ~ We all have difficult problems that need long-term solutions. How do we get beyond the surface and truly deal with the deep problems we face? The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi about dealing with the real issues of life. Isn’t it amazing how often we obsess over the minor issues and ignore the …

What Every Church Needs

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I love the church, and I often think about what it needs. I am currently preaching through Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. It is fascinating to see what he believed the church needed. It is also interesting to see how he emphasized the unity of the church along with church health and maturity. The wise pastor …

There’s Hope

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Sometimes life gets so hard that you wonder if there’s any hope. For example, after a near miss with Hurricane Nate (near miss from my point of view not from all of my friends and readers in South Mississippi), there is another system in the Atlantic. When we reflect on Las Vegas, we wonder if there …

What Makes Christians Shine Like Stars?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ The apostle Paul encouraged the believers at Philippi to “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Paul meant that our salvation cannot be static and only in the past. It must also be very much in the present and in the future. Paul did not mean that you work for your salvation …