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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….

One of My Heroes

By: Waylon Bailey ~ One of my heroes is a man named Joseph. You might know him as Joseph of Arimathea, the rich man who asked for permission to take the body of Jesus from the cross and give him a proper burial (Luke 23:44-56). What he did was almost unheard of and quite courageous….

Three Amazing Statements from the Cross

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Jesus uttered seven recorded statements from the cross. Those statements are found across the four Gospels. Each statement is filled with meaning and significance, but three of these are astounding in nature. Please look with me at the statements and their significance. First, Jesus cried out the words of Psalm 22:1,…

What Are You Putting in Your Mind?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ What  Are You Putting in Your Mind? Last week Martha and I saw a brief video clip of a young dad and his daughter. The mom was obviously taking the video as the father prepared his daughter for school. The daughter seemed to be in the first grade or so. It…

What Does “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” Mean?

By: Waylon Bailey One of the most difficult passages of Scripture is the saying of Jesus from the cross when he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The gospel writer Matthew recorded this penetrating and poignant question (Matthew 27:46). Though Matthew does not give the reason for this “cry of…

Why Church Matters

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I know church matters, but sometimes I know it more than others. Just such an occasion happened yesterday. Martha and I have taken several days vacation. It’s a perfect time of the year in Louisiana – – beautiful weather and the middle of Mardi Gras season. Sometimes it feels that as…

What Jesus Teaches Us About Generosity

By: Waylon Bailey Generosity is at the heart of God. As He is loving, kind, merciful, and just, He is also generous. He is the giver of all good gifts, and He is faithful to meet our needs. Jesus teaches His followers to be generous. The following are some of the things He wants us…

Five “First Steps” to Help Your Friends Know Christ

By: Waylon Bailey We all have friends and family who are unchurched and apart from God, and we all want them to know Christ. Before you can take major steps to their hearing the Gospel, you often have to take baby steps or first steps. What are the first steps we can take to help…

People From Every Tribe

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Last week Martha and I had the privilege of going to a missions conference in Southern California. The conference was the Send Conference 2017 sponsored by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the International Mission Board. Both of these entities are Southern Baptist and have been around for over 100…

Three Ways Not to Pray

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Prayer is central to our faith. In fact, prayer seems to be a common practice of all peoples. Prayer is important because it’s essential to getting in touch with God. Even many atheists admit to praying in difficult times. If prayer is so necessary and important, are there ways we harm our…