It’s Time to be a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ

By Waylon Bailey From prison where he would suffer execution, Paul challenged Timothy (and us) to teach truth, be strong in the grace of Christ, and join Paul in hardship by being a good soldier of Jesus Christ. “You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things which you have heard from …

Wasting Time or Pleasing God?

By Waylon Bailey Today, for much of the country, begins an unprecedented time in American history. Schools will be closed and people’s lives will be disrupted. People will have to make gut-wrenching choices about crucial parts of their lives. The church will have to find new ways to do its ministry and carry out its mission. Will we please God …

How Should We Treat Others?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ If we ask our brothers and sisters in Christ how we should treat other people, I believe you would get three really good answers. First, we should love others as you love yourself. This is, of course, exactly what God says in Scripture (Leviticus 19:18) and what Jesus told us to do. This law of love …

If You Want to be a Leader

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Many people run from leadership while other people run toward it. Some people have a healthy view of leadership while many others (whether they aspire to leadership or not) have a very unhealthy view. Here are some teachings from God’s Word about leadership. First, leadership will encounter opposition. Any person who thinks that leadership is a …

What Nehemiah Teaches Us about Leadership and Teamwork

By: Waylon Bailey ~ The Book of Nehemiah is an ancient book with a contemporary message. It teaches us about leadership, teamwork, and relationships with others.Here are some of the lessons God teaches us through the Book of Nehemiah. First, Nehemiah shows us the absolute necessity of leadership. Before Nehemiah journeyed to Jerusalem, the walls of the city had been …

What Prayer Does

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. It is indispensable in living a life of devotion to God and a necessity for understanding God’s will. What specifically does prayer do for us? First, prayer causes us to acknowledge who God is. When Nehemiah prayed, he called on the Lord (the personal name for God …

Learning to Wait on God

By: Waylon Bailey ~ We don’t like to wait. We have learned to think that everything should be waiting for us when we show up. That kind of mentality affects our relationship with God as well. Instead of thinking that we exist to serve God, we begin to think that God exists for the purpose of giving us what we …

What Will Change the World?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ We all want to see the world changed, and we all want to see it changed for good. How can that happen? First, we must look at the world realistically. World history has shown us plenty of people and groups who wanted to change the world to fit their view of what the world should be. History …

Drop the Blanket

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Last week, I saw something I had never really seen before. My son-in-law Chris showed me an amazing and astounding discovery in A Charlie Brown Christmas.  It’s hard to find someone who isn’t familiar with this program. It aired in 1965 in prime time and, I suppose, has been seen every year since. It has become as …

Our Affection for the Cross

By: Waylon Bailey This is an adaptation of a post from several years ago. I hope you find it meaningful for your Good Friday. What is it that makes today “good?” Would anyone without knowledge of the Christian faith ever understand what makes this day good? We certainly can understand the dilemma that others have with our faith. After all, how …