Everything Has Changed

By Waylon Bailey It’s one of those strange times in history. Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. Everything has changed because of the Covid-19 virus and the stay at home orders. For that reason, we missed at least a quarter of school, churches have not met, jobs have been lost, and businesses shuttered. Now we find ourselves trying to …

When You Pray

By Waylon Bailey. Jesus emphasized prayer but not in the way commonly done. For Jesus, prayer was not about being seen or convincing God to do what He wanted. He encouraged us to pray. He repeatedly said, “When you pray” (see Matthew 6:5-12). Jesus saw prayer as a time of deep intimacy with God. The pharisees prayed openly three times …

You are the Key Concerning God’s Word

By Waylon Bailey.  God’s Word will change your life for the better, and it will do more than you can imagine. One of the first apostles gave this testimony: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and …

As the Church Regathers

By Waylon Bailey. Soon churches in America will regather for public worship. We can all be thankful that we have done our best to be good citizens who cooperated with those in authority to “flatten the curve” and not overwhelm our healthcare professionals. We can be very proud to have been a part of that. But now we have the …

What Jesus Didn’t Say

By Waylon Bailey. There are a lot of things Jesus didn’t say. Some of those things are said about Him and about His teaching everyday. Sometimes we hear these things so often that we assume Jesus had to say them. Think with me about some of the things Jesus didn’t say. He didn’t say, “All you have to do is …

The Greatest Goal of All

By Waylon Bailey. Goal making is vital for life. It truly is amazing how setting goals will propel you through life. If you set the right goals and work to achieve them, it is amazing how you will see your goals fulfilled. With that in mind, let me encourage you to set a goal that will underwrite all of your …

We Have An Enemy

By Waylon Bailey. We have an enemy who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. He is the prince of this world, and he does not give up territory without a fight. Therefore, we can expect hard times ahead. But this is an exciting time to be in the fight for God. God is doing amazing things. You can see it …

Don’t Let Your Trouble Get the Best of You

Jesus famously told His disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). His disciples found that encouragement difficult to understand and accept. We find it hard as well. Life is filled with trouble and anxiety. Life with all its complexity gets us down. More than ever, we need to hear the counsel of Jesus to not let our hearts …

How Faith Fits with Works

~by Waylon Bailey Last week I had a wonderful conversation with a man who I am getting to know better and who is obviously growing in his faith and knowledge of God. That is, of course, exactly what God wants to happen. Paul often prayed for the churches that they would grow in their love and knowledge of God. My …

A Plan that Works

~by Waylon Bailey One of the most exciting stories in the life of Jesus occurred in his home town of Capernaum. As Jesus taught in what may have been the house of Simon Peter, four men carried their paralytic friend to the rooftop, tore the roof away, and lowered their friend right in front of Jesus. You probably know the …