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What Does “Praying Without Ceasing” Mean?

What does it mean to pray without ceasing? The Apostle Paul counseled the church at Thessalonica to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). I’ve met very few Christians who are completely satisfied with their prayer lives. We all know we need to pray. We all know we need to pray without ceasing, but what does…

How the Bible Can Help Your Marriage–and Your Life!

The Bible can help your marriage, but not in the way you may be thinking. The Bible is not magical. It’s not a good luck charm you carry around. It certainly doesn’t contain “secret” material that others aren’t privy to. For my views about this subject, click here. The Bible is God’s Word communicated to…

It’s Not a Secret!

Several years ago I read about a little boy who couldn’t get the zipper to work on his jacket. We’ve all been there with the zipper thing. We couldn’t get the zipper to lineup, our arms weren’t long enough, or for whatever reason it simply wouldn’t work. After several frustrating attempts, his grandmother said, “Here,…

Three areas to shore up your marriage

By: Waylon Bailey ~ To “shore up” means to prop up areas that need greater support and strength. We all need strong underpinnings for our marriages. Where do we need to start? First, begin with your relationship to God. Nothing will be more important in your marriage than understanding who God is and what He…

Human Wisdom and the Wisdom of God

“There are 3 truths we must believe about God before we can trustHim: He is completely in control, His wisdom is infinite, His love is perfect”–John Kincaid. “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not…

Are There Times You Shouldn’t Pray?

It almost sounds very strange to ask this, but are there times you shouldn’t pray? In fact there are times when prayer would be displeasing to God. Let me give you some examples. God is firm and explicit about many areas in His Word. For example, we know that adultery and stealing as well as…

My Way or the Highway

“My way or the Highway” is a popular way to describe football coaches, CEOs, or some other authoritarian leader. As long as we are not the ones on the end of the highway part, we often think this is the way to make decisions and to provide leadership. The problem is that “my way” often…

Are You Mentally Tough?

Recently I read an article by Justin Bariso about mental toughness. He discussed several different aspects of what makes a person mentally tough. I don’t have to tell you the importance of being mentally tough and being able to deal with the hard events and hard times of life. Among many other aspects, a mentally…

Does Baptism Matter?

By: Waylon Bailey Baptism matters. Seventy-four people yesterday determined that it does. Those 74 people were baptized in the Bogue Falaya River in Covington in obedience to the command of Christ and to take their stand as His followers. Why does baptism matter? First, it matters because of the example of Jesus. At the beginning…

Life Can Become Too Hard

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one, for God himself has given us right standing…