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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…

Larry, Darryl, and Darryl

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I loved the Newhart show. That sitcom had an amazing number of characters, three of which were brothers named Larry, Darryl, and Darryl. Larry almost always spoke and introduced themselves in this way: “I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl.” Whenever I think of…

I Want to Live Happily Ever After

I’ve met plenty of people who are unhappy, but I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want to be happy. Every couple I’ve counseled with before marriage had every intention of being happy. That’s why the ending of Cinderella is so appealing. The idea that we can do anything and live happily ever after strikes us…

You Can Do It!

“But it’s always too soon to give up on God. . . .Whatever your Father calls you to do, he will empower you to do. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).”–Jim Denison. “When we work, we work; but when we pray, God works”–Max Lucado. “God will do nothing on…

“I Think I’ll Run Away”

I have grandchildren home with us this week–eight and four years old and we’re having a ball. Each night I get to read books. Last night I read “A Baby Sister for Frances.” It’s a delightful book about the big sister, Frances, who is feeling a little bit left out. Everything comes to a head…