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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…

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…

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…

A View of Eternity

By: Waylon Bailey ~ The apostle Paul shows us a picture like no other in world history. He shows us not only what happened on earth but also what happened in heaven. He does so in his magnificent Christology in Philippians 2: 5–11. In this ancient poem Paul pictures Christ “emptying” himself. Many biblical scholars…

I Love the Church

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I love the church, and I have great admiration for the church which Jesus established. My parents also loved the church and did all they could to be a blessing to the church. My love and admiration for the church is not naïve. Through the years, I have seen the church…

Life Has Never Been Easy

By: Waylon Bailey Life has never been easy, and it is certainly not easy now. We have to deal with human sin and with our enemy who goes to and fro seeking to steal, kill, and destroy. How do we deal effectively with our common problems? First, we must recognize reality. Too many people want to…

Three Things to Know Before You Die

By: Waylon Bailey 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…

What You Should Do in Times of Trouble

By: Waylon Bailey One of the things we all can agree about is that life is full of trouble. Job in the Old Testament said it this way, “Man born of woman is short of days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). If anyone had a good picture of trouble, it was Job. Think of…

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!”…