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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…

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…