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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…

Is Your Church Healthy or Unhealthy?

We all want health in any institution or relationship. Healthy institutions thrive and help their communities. This is especially true in the church. Of all the things you could say about your church, being healthy is one of the best. Recently, Thom Rainer of Lifeway Christian Resources says that there are two practices which characterize…

Five Things I Try to Remember When I Am Afraid

Fear is an enemy that kills without firing a shot. Fear cannot grasp you, but it can paralyze you. Fear cannot choke you, but it can leave you gasping for air. Fear destroys. We know what it is to be afraid. From walking through a cemetery at night as a child to worrying about the…

Do You Want to Live Longer?

How long do you expect to live? How long would you like to live? Most people I know would like to live longer if they could live healthily and happily. You probably would, too. A few days ago USA TODAY published an article which cited the research of two colleagues at Harvard University. Building on…