What Jesus Meant by Becoming “Fishers of Men”

~by Waylon Bailey “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19, KJV). Many people react negatively to this passage of Scripture. They somehow see some malevolent intent in the words of Jesus, As if Jesus means to “hook” or “trap” or something worse. But Jesus never manipulated or trapped anyone. Instead, …

What Can One Person Do?

~by Waylon Bailey With 7.6 billion people in the world and problems beyond measure, what can one solitary person do? It seems there is nothing we can do to make any difference. Fortunately, the Word of God is filled with examples of people who made a difference for God. They lived for the glory of God and for the good …

Praying Specifically

~by Waylon Bailey I often find that my prayers, while sincere and fervent, are too general in nature. It’s easy to pray for all the missionaries when we could be praying for real people in real situations. Paul’s prayers were specific and targeted. He wanted the churches to follow Christ devotedly and completely. He prayed for their spiritual growth and …

A Different Kind of Checklist

~by Waylon Bailey Yesterday, I preached from Ephesians 1:3-4 about a “Checklist for Getting Close to God.” This passage is a great checklist for living close. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Just as He chose us in Him before the …

Four Special Blessings for the Church

~by Waylon Bailey Luke wrote two volumes about Jesus and the work of the church. His second volume known as “The Acts of the Apostles” chronicles the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. Luke’s special contribution is a series of summaries which show the blessings for the church and its growth all over the world. “So the church …

Living in Hope

~by Waylon Bailey I recently read this statement: “Just a little bit of hope will keep you going in life.” I believe the truthfulness of that statement. If you have hope you can continue in life. If you don’t have hope, life has little meaning. At the direction of God, Jeremiah sent a letter to the Jewish exiles in Babylon. …

Your Three Choices

~by Waylon Bailey When the Prophet Jeremiah struggled with the hard times of life, it seems that he saw three choices (Jeremiah 20:1-13). Jeremiah had been obedient to God, but he suffered because of his obedience. Anytime we do something right and it doesn’t turn out well for us we struggle with the outcome. While you and I may not …

Life is Filled with Many Disappointments

~by Waylon Bailey Life is filled with many disappointments. We all know what they are. We hurt because of loss of employment, physical problems, and relationships. One of the most difficult is the hurt within families, both in marriages and among children. How do we handle such disappointments? Jeremiah suffered because he lived obediently before God. He obeyed God and …

Some Times You Have to Speak Up

~by Waylon Bailey There are times in life when you have to speak up. Some of those times are the very hardest, but they are also the most important. Jeremiah found himself in that situation as God’s prophet to the people of Jerusalem and Judah. The personality of Jeremiah is well known. He did not choose to be a prophet. …

A Trip to the Potter’s House

~by Waylon Bailey Jeremiah‘s trip to the potter’s house (Jeremiah 18:1-12) showed him the work and plan of God. What message did God give Jeremiah in this passage of Scripture? First, God showed the prophet the sovereignty and power of God. As Jeremiah watched the potter at work, he received God‘s message showing that God is at work in nations …