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Who Is “The Word” and What Does He Do?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ The Apostle John famously began his gospel with these words, “In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1–2). Of all the writers of the New Testament, only John the Apostle referred to Christ…

Community Evangelism Faith Sharing Training at First Baptist Covington

How Many Ministers Do You Have?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Sometimes I get asked, “How many ministers do you have at First Baptist Church?” I understand what they mean by that question. They want to know how many full-time pastors we have at the church. I sometimes want to answer in a biblical fashion rather than what they mean. Ministry in…

It Means Something to be A Christian

By: Waylon Bailey ~ To be a Christian means something. We all know this is true, but sometimes we miss the significance of our Christian faith. What does it mean to be a Christian? Among the many accurate and truthful ways you could answer this question, I want to emphasize what Paul wrote to the…

You Can Make A Difference

Your example can make a difference in someone’s life. Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at the Alabama Baptist Pastor’s Conference in Montgomery. It’s always a joy to get to preach to pastors. I really don’t feel like the great baseball player Dizzy Dean who said when addressing a group of pastors, “I feel…

Can you know the will of God?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Can you know the will of God? When I was a younger teenager, I distinctly remember being in a Sunday night discipleship class where we asked the question, “Can you know the will of God?” I have long forgot the contents of that hour, but I’ve not forgotten the question. Is…

Four Possible Blessings of a Trump Presidency

I don’t have to tell you that America has a new president-elect and that it happened in dramatic fashion. Almost no one who is supposed to be an expert foresaw the election of Donald Trump. What will a Trump Presidency look like? The Internet is filled with articles trying to answer that question. I want…

How to Pray for the Next President

I am writing this on Tuesday afternoon, waiting for the polls to close and the votes to be counted. Sometime late tonight we will know who the next president of the United States will be. No matter who is elected (and yes, it does make a real difference to me) Christians have an obligation to…

Does It Matter Who Wins?

It’s election day. Does it matter who wins? I remember the first time I heard someone say, “I’m not going to vote. It doesn’t matter who wins. They are all corrupt.” I was 12 years old. Even at age 12, that statement didn’t make sense to me. It still doesn’t. Let’s examine the statement that…

If You’re Going to Give . . .

By: Waylon Bailey ~ If You’re Going to Give . . . We all understand God is the giver, and He wants us to be givers as well. But before you give, there are some things you must understand. First, give yourself as you give your money.  Many people make giving a legalistic enterprise. Or,…

Why Prayer Counts

“When Robert Louis Stevenson was four years old he announced a great discovery. “Mamma,” he said, “you cannot be good without praying.” “How do you know?” his mother asked. “Because,” said he, “I have tried”–Parker and St. Johns, Prayer Can Change Your Life, 116. If you use prayer “as a spare tire, only when an…