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It’s Different Now

We all know things are different. We can feel it all around us. In my opinion not even the 60s were like this. While there were riots and police officers were often called “pigs,” I don’t remember anything like what we are feeling and seeing today. I spent the weekend with two of my grandsons….

I feel intense grief

By: Waylon Bailey ~ What can we say about such unspeakable acts? First, never return violence for violence. Neither you nor I have the authorization to do so. “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable” (Romans 12:17). Punishment is the duty of…

Learning to Live in a Different America

By Waylon Bailey ~ I lived through the 60s. Those were my teenage years. They were very difficult. This past week was also very bad. Maybe I’ve forgotten a lot, or, maybe this really has taken racism, anger, and bitterness and reset it to a whole different level. How do we learn to live in…

Can You Imagine?

Can you imagine a world like this–a world apart from God and cut off from the things of God? Can you imagine never being convicted of sin? Those who are without Christ and without the testimony of the Holy Spirit have no real understanding of sin. They are not convicted by their sinful actions and…

I Need Days Like This

I’m writing (actually dictating) this sitting on the front porch of my house after a strenuous time of working in the yard on the Fourth of July. I’ve decided that I really like working around my house. I’ve always liked physical exercise, probably because that’s the way I grew up and because I don’t get…

How Can We Best Serve America?

In his 1961 inauguration address, newly elected President John F. Kennedy challenged the American people to “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” His challenge ignited a whole generation to think differently about the country. Those first patriots, most of whom suffered greatly and lost much,…

Our Time Away

Martha and I are grateful to have time to be away during the month of July. We have found this extended period is a great refresher for us as we look forward to the fall. I am excited about August and the next two years as we complete the expansion of our building. We anticipate…

God and the Fourth of July

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that thes liberties are the gift of God?”–Thomas Jefferson. “Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by…

What Makes You Happy?

Everyone wants to be happy, and I fit in with that sentiment. As I counsel with young couples preparing to be married, it is clear that they all want happiness. What makes you happy, and how do we get it? Those are questions we all want answered. Early yesterday morning, I read a devotional based…

What Is Occupying Your Time?

Good things in life can keep you from the best things. It happens in every part of life. You become preoccupied with things which are good and they keep you from the things which are best. I often see this in my schedule. It’s not that I’m not doing good things, but it is that…