The First Words of the Day

By Waylon Bailey. How did your day start? I’ve long encouraged people to rise a little earlier than they really have to in order to start the day with God. That practice may be the most meaningful part of my day. Starting the day with God can take several forms. You can pray, read Scripture, meditate and memorize Scripture, or …

“It’s Not Time to be Invisible”

By Waylon Bailey. The last six weeks have been remarkable. We will never forget this time in our lives. One of the positives that has come from this time is the necessity to connect with people other than in our weekend worship services. So many of us connect simply–and wonderfully–by passing someone in the hallway, smiling, and moving on. That …

You Can Make A Difference

Your example can make a difference in someone’s life. Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at the Alabama Baptist Pastor’s Conference in Montgomery. It’s always a joy to get to preach to pastors. I really don’t feel like the great baseball player Dizzy Dean who said when addressing a group of pastors, “I feel like a lion in a …

The Best Twenty Years!

Last week I had the opportunity to meet a man I had heard of but never met. He is in the construction industry – – an industry that I have a lot to do with right now. For several minutes we talked about the construction project. When that was complete, he changed the subject. He knew I was a pastor …

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s not easy being green. Kermit the Frog on the kid’s show Sesame Street used to sing a song saying “it’s not easy being green.” You may remember a golfer named Hubert Green. He was a very good golfer – – still is I think. I got to know of Hubert through his sister who taught history at Samford University. …

What’s On Your Bucket List?

The Bucket List was a popular movie released in 2007 starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was about two men who had terminal illnesses and decided to live out their adventures before they kicked the bucket. The movie created a new way to discuss the end of life. Many people ask me, “What’s on your bucket list?” I also …

It’s Not a Secret!

Several years ago I read about a little boy who couldn’t get the zipper to work on his jacket. We’ve all been there with the zipper thing. We couldn’t get the zipper to lineup, our arms weren’t long enough, or for whatever reason it simply wouldn’t work. After several frustrating attempts, his grandmother said, “Here, let me help you. I’ll …

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 quite a young lady. She’s smart and …

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 a parachute or any guidance …

How Do You “Gut Out” a House?

If you’ve watched any TV lately, you have seen the debris piled in front of houses in countless neighborhoods in Louisiana. The Louisiana Flood of 2016 is of historic proportions. Many areas of Louisiana received half of their normal yearly rainfall in a 24–36 hour period of time. It made for unprecedented flooding. Houses flooded – – even whole neighborhoods …