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What Makes A Church?

I get asked a lot of questions about church–both from people in the church and out of the church. People often want to know how the church works (people in the church) and who runs the church (people on the outside). Those are valid questions. You may want to know the same. After my sermon…

Our Reward

“The highest reward for a faithful life is not what you get for it but what you become by it”–Warren Wiersbe. “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done”–Proverbs 19:17. “Here’s the amazing paradox: Obedience to God is seldom rewarded on this fallen…

Be Careful How You Think of Yourself

How are you thinking of yourself? How we think of ourselves is massively important. Remember, as a person thinks in his heart, that’s who he is. Therefore, how you think about yourself truly has long lasting significance. With that in mind, let’s look at two things we need to be careful about as we think…

It Will Never Let You Down

I love working outside in the yard, but I don’t always have the time I need to do it. Last Friday evening was one of those times. I was working hard with my weed eater (it’s really not a Weed Eater brand, but you get the idea). Even though it was late in the afternoon…

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Today is my mother’s 87th birthday. I had the chance to visit with her yesterday. We had a great time. Everyone wants to know how she’s doing. She had a little scare in June that sent us hurrying home to check on her, but she has recovered nicely and is doing well. For the most…

The Church That Pleases God

By: Waylon Bailey ~ It’s fairly easy to look at church through the eyes of selfishness. In fact, it sometimes seems it is the only way people look at church. The apostle Paul noted it as well. He pointed out that he had no one that would look at church except for their own interests….

It Is All About Relationships

Martha and I had a great time away, but we are excited about being back. Today marks the beginning of the new school year. In many respects, this is a more significant time then January 1 because this is really the way our year revolves. It’s all about school beginning and ending. For that reason,…

What the Church is Established to Do

“The church has nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore, spend and be spent in this work”–John Wesley. “It is significant that Jesus attracted sinners while the Pharisees repelled them. (What does this say about some of our churches today?). Lost sinners came to Jesus, not because He catered to them or compromised His…

How to Get Off the Treadmill

You can get off the treadmill! How many times have you felt like the hamster in the wheel, running and running but not really getting anywhere? Unfortunately, most of us feel that way from time to time. I find myself having to refocus and look for creative ways to be able to accomplish all that…

Living on the Treadmill

Recently, I’ve been thinking about comedy routines. You may have seen yesterday’s post about “Larry, Darryl, and Darryl.” You can read it here. The two iconic comedy routines that come to my mind are “Who’s On First?” by Abbott and Costello and that hilarious routine from I love Lucy about the candy factory. You can…