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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…

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…