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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…

I’m Looking for Good Church Members

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I’m looking for good church members. So are you. We are all looking for people who can be a blessing to the church and to those who are outside the church. We are looking for people who will make the church what God desires it to be. Let me give you…

What Is Your Picture of the Church?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ When you think of a church, what picture do you have in your mind? You most likely see some picture from your childhood, maybe a small, quaint building set at the edge of a forest. In your mind you may be seeing “the little brown church in the vale.” How do…

What Kind of Neighbors Do You Have?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ As I write this, I’ve just walked back into my house from having the opportunity to help a new neighbor move some heavy furniture into his house. You probably know some of the feelings I had as I walked back across the street. Isn’t it amazing what it does for us…

What Did You Do for Easter?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I hope you had a great Easter. I certainly did. Let me tell you what we did for Easter. The most wonderful part and the most exciting was getting to worship with God’s family as we celebrated our Lord’s resurrection from the dead. I got to do that four times. (It…

Our Affection for the Cross

By: Waylon Bailey This is an adaptation of a post from several years ago. I hope you find it meaningful for your Good Friday. What is it that makes today “good?” Would anyone without knowledge of the Christian faith ever understand what makes this day good? We certainly can understand the dilemma that others have with…

Did Jesus Really Die?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Somehow, the question almost seems silly. When you look at the biblical record and when you remember the common experience of all mankind, you wonder how anyone could think otherwise. The actual facts are that many people in the first and second centuries questioned whether or not Jesus died. For the most…

Women and the Crucifixion

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Women played a vital part in the message of Jesus and His sacrifice for the sins of the world. Women were the last at the cross and the first to witness the empty tomb and the band of angels who questioned why the women were seeking the living among the dead….