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Temptation, Trouble, and the Presence of God

“Any voice that promises total exemption from suffering and failure is most certainly not God’s voice. In recent years innumerable spokespeople for God have offered ways we can use God and his Bible as guarantees of health, success and wealth. The Bible is treated as a how-to book, a manual for the successful life in…

America Should know This Verse

My Scripture reading and meditation yesterday morning came from the prophecy of Daniel. I have found Daniel to be very insightful about where we are as a nation. Yesterday I read Daniel 4–5, two chapters about the reign of Belshazzar in Babylon. Belshazzar was the son of Nabonidus and the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar. Belshazzar and…

What is Yom Kippur?

Today is the Jewish observance of Yom Kippur, the Old Testament Day of Atonement. I’ve never really thought much about Yom Kippur. I’ve studied it, of course, and noted it on the calendar, but it’s never been vital in my life. After all, Jesus is the once and for all sacrifice for sin. He is…

It Is Time for America to Grieve and Weep

It’s time for America to weep and wail. Anyone who watched the Sunday night second presidential debate knows that something is terribly wrong in America. We have two terribly unpopular and unsatisfying candidates to be the president of the United States. Many people have become disgusted with the whole process and are vowing to vote…

I love the Church

By: Waylon Bailey ~ I love the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. I always have. I grew up in a small town in a small church. My parents attended there before I was born. Though they were young, they were very active in the church. We attended every week, and we loved being part…

The Best Twenty Years!

Last week I had the opportunity to meet a man I had heard of but never met. He is in the construction industry – – an industry that I have a lot to do with right now. For several minutes we talked about the construction project. When that was complete, he changed the subject. He…

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s not easy being green. Kermit the Frog on the kid’s show Sesame Street used to sing a song saying “it’s not easy being green.” You may remember a golfer named Hubert Green. He was a very good golfer – – still is I think. I got to know of Hubert through his sister who…

What’s On Your Bucket List?

The Bucket List was a popular movie released in 2007 starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was about two men who had terminal illnesses and decided to live out their adventures before they kicked the bucket. The movie created a new way to discuss the end of life. Many people ask me, “What’s on…

How Should You Treat Non-Believers?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Our lives are intertwined constantly with people who don’t know Christ and do not see Him as the Lord of their lives. At the same time, we are told by Christ to go into all the world and make disciples. How should we treat nonbelievers? How should we live so that…

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…