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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…

You Can’t Argue with a Four Year Old

You simply cannot argue with a four year old. Well, actually you can, but you can’t win the argument. It’s simply best to leave well enough alone. I learned this amazing truth when Brad and Emily (my daughter) Kirby and their two children came to visit this summer. Reagan is eight years old and becoming…

Jumping from 25,000 Feet

You may not know the amazing story of Luke Aikins, but you should. It really is almost unbelievable. In fact, it would be unbelievable except for the fact that it actually happened. You can watch this event unfolding by clicking here. What did Luke Aikens do? He jumped from an airplane at 25,000 feet without…

Do You Have Character?

Sometimes we wonder if we know what character looks like. At other times, we wonder if character even matters. Ted Turner famously denigrated the ten commandments a number of years ago. He decided they were outmoded in America. Maybe he was thinking about things like “Thou Shalt Not commit adultery.” With as much intellectual property…

Having Difficult Conversations

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Life is filled with difficult situations. I don’t have to tell you that. Most people only have to go a little way into adulthood to realize how difficult life can be. How can you make the most of difficult situations? First, make sure you are doing what you should do. It’s…

The Problem of Money

“[Money is] an article which may be used as a universal passport to everywhere except heaven, and as a universal provider for everything except happiness”–The Wall Street Journal. “Money is also a provoker of covetousness and competition, a wonderful servant but a terrible master. The love of money is still ‘a root of all kinds…