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What the Church Must Be and Do

“There is power in our desperation. It is not enough to simply hold a meeting where we earnestly pray over our sin–we need to pursue repentance unto deliverance”–George Otis, Jr. “The man who loves his life will lose it . . . Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will…

What Makes A Person Change?

You and I know people who have become very different people from what they used to be. One of the joys of a long-term pastorate (I have been pastor of the same church for 27 years) is getting to see life-change taking place. I know of people who moved from rebellious, selfish, and angry to…

Why I Love My To-Do List

I love a to do list. I always have, but sometimes I get away from using this handy little productivity tool. Even when I am using my list, sometimes I keep my list electronically and other times I keep it the old-fashioned way. Right now, I have moved back to the old fashion way of…

Why I Love That Verse

Do you ever hear people saying, “I love that verse of Scripture”? That’s the kind of remark I hear all the time. In fact, I hear myself saying that very often. Yesterday morning I heard myself saying that about Isaiah 26:3: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he…

Four Ways You Can Bless Your Church

By: Waylon Bailey ~ The apostle Peter wrote to the persecuted and dispersed church about relationships. He told slaves how to get along with their masters. He helped husbands and wives, giving specific instructions to each. He even helped the church know how to survive in the midst of a hostile government and culture. Near…

Your Possessions and the Kingdom of God

Your possessions and the kingdom of God are amazingly intertwined. Last night I taught our church concerning the events in the ministry of Jesus recorded in Luke 18:18–30, a passage of Scripture commonly known as the Rich Young Ruler. Interestingly, no gospel calls this man the Rich Young Ruler. Luke simply tells us he was…

Is Your Church Trusting the Right Person?

Have you considered who you trust? What about your church? Are you trusting what God can do or are you trusting what you can do? Paul’s letter to the Ephesians contains at least two verses that challenge us about who we are and who we trust. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably…

A Life-changing Verse

Yesterday morning early I carried out my normal morning routine. I arose early and deliberately spent the time seeking the presence of God. By the way, being in the presence of God has more to do with us than with God. James the apostle told us to “Draw near to God and he will draw…

What Every Child Needs to Know

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Have you asked yourself the question, “What is it that my children and every child definitely needs to know?” It’s a good discipline to follow, that is, trying to decide what children need to know before they leave home. I have five suggestions concerning what children need to know as they…

Growing Like Christ

“I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer”–Charles H. Spurgeon. “Despite all of our faults, weaknesses and inabilities, there really is no limit to what God can do with us, if we will simply turn our lives completely over to Him and be…