Takeaways About Prayer

~by Waylon Bailey Prayer is at the heart of our Christian faith. In Scripture, we find many examples of prayer including and culminating with Jesus’ model prayer (the Lord’s Prayer). We also find exhortations to pray, and we find different aspects of prayer. One of the great passages about prayer is Paul’s writing to the Ephesians. In this passage, Paul …

The Two Ways

~by Waylon Bailey “Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed is the …

What God Wants in Our Worship

~ by Waylon Bailey All of us want certain things when we go to the place of worship. For example, we expect to hear a well-prepared message based on the Word of God. We want everything done “decently and in order.” We want to be challenged about our ministry, conduct, and service. All of these are good things. God also …

Can I Trust God?

~ by Waylon Bailey Though no one really talks about it much, it’s one of the basic questions of life–“Can I trust God?” Of all the things we really need to know, this question comes close to the most important in life. We want to know if God knows us and if He will be there when we need Him. …

We All Fear Something

Fear is universal. We all fear something. The man of God is not any different. Jeremiah dealt with fear just as you and I do. When God set apart Jeremiah to serve Him, Jeremiah protested that he could not speak because of his youth. God told him not to say that he was a youth, and God told him not …

What Jeremiah Taught Me About Serving God

God’s call of Jeremiah to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1:4-10) to the nations is a treasure chest for understanding service to God. Though Jeremiah had no special abilities or background, God called him to go to the nations with the message of God. His call teaches us about serving God. What are those special lessons about serving the Lord? First, …

What Should A Worship Service Look Like?

~by Waylon Bailey If Christians care about anything, it’s our worship services. We have shown that care by our prayers but even more so by our arguments. In many respects we have acted as if we are being the one worshiped rather than God. In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul instructed the church in Christian conduct, first toward other believers (5:12-15) …

What I Learned About “Delight Yourself in the Lord”

~by Waylon Bailey Over the weekend, I preached from Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I have loved this passage of Scripture because of how it ministered to me through one of my friends at a time when I was struggling. My friend reminded me of this verse and …

The Legacy of Apollo 11

The Legacy of Apollo 11

~by Waylon Bailey Apollo 11’s flight to the moon was 50 years ago. It’s hard to believe it has been that long. It’s not just the passage of time that is amazing. It is also the fact that landing on the moon and returning safely could have been done in such a relatively primitive time in computing. We are always …

On Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Other Hard Things in Life

On Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Other Hard Things in Life

~by Waylon Bailey Over the weekend, folks in Louisiana dealt with Hurricane Barry while folks in California are still jittery over the two recent earthquakes. Both of these strike fear and concern. The folks in Louisiana say, “At least you know when a hurricane is coming.” The folks in California are very aware their state has a major earthquake every …