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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…

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…