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Using Your Time Wisely

By: Waylon Bailey ~ We are all thrilled and amazed with people who make the most of their opportunities. We see them particularly in athletics. It’s wonderful and amazing to rejoice with those who rejoice. We also see people from difficult backgrounds who rise to the top of their professions or build a family when…

Your Relationships Are Everything

By: Waylon Bailey What could be more important for your happiness than good relationships with family, friends, and church? When people retire what do they miss most? Very few people miss the stress or pressure. Even less miss the inordinate demands a job can make, but almost everyone misses the people they have worked with…

Four Statements You Should Make to God

By: Waylon Bailey~ Not everyone believes in God and some do not want to believe in God. Those people may never know God, and that’s a bad thing. To know God and to get to spend your life with Him is a good thing. Here are four things I think everyone should say to God….

Who will you tell about Jesus?

By: Waylon Bailey As I preached yesterday I became acutely aware of John the Apostle’s depiction of how so many people told their friends and family about Jesus (John 1:35–51). It’s really amazing. You immediately begin to get an understanding of how the New Testament church grew. It was one person telling another person of…

My Takeaways from Christmas 2016

By: Waylon Bailey Amazingly, Christmas is now behind us, and as with all other years we now have to look to the future (and eat less!). Here are some of my takeaways for Christmas this year. First, I need Christmas. This is what I mean: I need the hope of Christmas and the joy of Christmas….

How can we know God?

By: Waylon Bailey We all have a problem. How can we know God? How can we know what He’s like and what matters to Him? These are fundamental questions about life. How do I know there really is a God, and how can I get to know Him? We understand the problem. John stated it…

Why Do People Reject Jesus?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I often hear people say they can’t understand why people reject Jesus. It often comes in the context of their having gone through great personal trials. It sounds something like this: “How do people deal with their hurts and troubles without Christ?” While we can’t give every reason, there certainly are…

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…