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  • Gaither Bailey

    Contributing sermons since Nov 17, 2004
Gaither's church

First Presbyterian Church of Palestine, Texas
Palestine Texas , 75801
502-863-5955

About Gaither
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts, Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, PA. Master of Divinity, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. Master of Science in Administration, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. Certificate in Public and Environmental affairs, Indiana University, South Bend, IN.
  • Experience: North Lincoln Westminister Parish, Silex, MO. Co-Pastor Memorial Presbyterian Church, South Bend, IN. Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Gary, IN. Interim Head of Staff Hobart Presbyterian Church, Hobart, IN. Interim Co-Pastor Heritage Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX. Co-Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, TX. Pastor Trinity Presbyterian Church, Port Neches, TX. Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, KY Pastor / Head of Staff
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: You may go to www.amazon.com to obtain a copy of my latest book. The title is "Living The Parable Of The Talents". If you use one of my sermons or sermon ideas, would you please email me at gaitherbailey@bellsouth.net to let me know how it was received?
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Living the Parable of the Talents - I challenged Trinity Presbyterian Church to live and serve God with their "talents" by raising $100,000 toward liquidating indebtedness. They raised over $91,000 in about a year.
  • Family: Married to Barbara Lynn Mynar Carr. We have a blended family of 5 children: four boys and a girl. All of our children are grown. We have two married sons: Jon and Julie live in Houston, as does our single son Andrew; Christopher and Tori live in Dallas; Richard lives in Austin; and Jennifer lives in Cleveland, Texas. We are proud of all of our children.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My father is deceased. He was very proud of me and my preaching. My mother is a little more critical. She has said that my sermons have made her think.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: My spouse thinks my sermons are often thought-provoking and inspired. Barbara believes God speaks through me and gives God’s message to the people gathered. She says my sermons usually have a differnt slant than most she has heard and they expand her consciousness and make her think in new directions about God’s word.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Let go and let God while being faithful to your self and your relationship to God.
  • Books that have had an impact: The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson. When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change by M. Craig Barnes
  • Hobbies: I play the piano to "unwind." I enjoy writing and have written children’s books, short stories and am currently working on a novel. I have just completed and published a short book titled, "Living The Parable Of The Talents". It is available through Amazon.com
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: You are the only "gospel" someone may read so do it well!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: A man lit a cigarette and a little lady in the church hit him with her purse.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He tried!
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  • Our Function As A Christian Is To Scatter The "Seeds" Of Faith Wherever We

    Contributed on Jun 19, 2018
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    Man sows and God grows.

    Fear Mark 4:35- 41 Introduction: 2003 in Paris with Jennifer at Eiffel tower. --- Level 1, Level 2. Another GLASS ELEVATOR! Clung to pole in center listening to my heart pounding. Wasn’t afraid. I WAS TERRIFIED!! What are you afraid of? I. VS. 35 “Let us go across to the other ...read more

  • Umbrella Faith

    Contributed on Jun 11, 2018
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    Man plants the seeds of the kingdom and God causes the growth.

    Umbrella Faith Mark 4:26 – 34 Intro: PASTOR: “There is nothing we can do but pray for rain. Go home, pray, believe and come back next Sunday ready to thank God for sending rain. NEXT SUNDAY PASTOR: “We can’t worship today because you do not believe.” MEMBER:”Pastor, we prayed and we do ...read more

  • Carefully Taught

    Contributed on Jun 6, 2018
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    Racism, materialism, and all the other "isms" in our experience must be taught.

    Carefully Taught Mark 3: 20 - 35 Intro: 1949 – South Pacific – song that nearly derailed the debut of the musical. “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear. You’ve got to be taught from year to year. It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear. You’ve got to be carefully taught. ...read more

  • As I Have Loved You

    Contributed on Apr 2, 2015
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    A sermon for Maundy Thursday based on the Words of Institution.

    I Corinthians 11: 23 – 26 As I Have Loved You Intro: Some time ago there was a television commercial that ended with, “Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven.” That is especially true of bread. Nothing smells as wonderful as bread baking in the oven. In ...read more

  • Sheep Or Goats

    Contributed on Nov 22, 2014
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    We judge people by their outward appearance. God judges us by what we have done for "the least of these.l"

    Sheep or Goat – Matthew 25:31-46 Intro: Raise your hand if you would: Like to loose 20 pounds. Like to be taller? Like to be seen as a prize Persian when you are really an old alley cat. Perhaps you know someone who thinks they are a prize poodle when they are really just a ...read more

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  • Jack Was An Impressionable 15 Year-Old. He ...

    Contributed on Oct 16, 2010
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    Jack was an impressionable 15 year-old. He attended the local Presbyterian Church with his family since he was a baby. He studied for confirmation and was confirmed taking his place in the congregation. He attended youth group meetings and sat in church every Sunday. His 16th birthday was fast ...read more

  • Funambulist - Jean Francois Gravelot (The Great ...

    Contributed on Oct 2, 2010
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    Funambulist - Jean Francois Gravelot (The Great Blondin) On June 30, 1859, at 5 pm, Blondin made his first journey across the Falls. Blondin utilized a 1,300 foot long, 3 inch diameter manila rope stretched from what is now Prospect Park in Niagara Falls, New York to what is now Oakes Garden in ...read more

  • When I Was First Ordained, My Mother Would Write ...

    Contributed on Jan 15, 2010
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    When I was first ordained, my mother would write or call to tell me about someone she knew who was having a problem or who was ill. She would say, “Just write them a little note and put in a nice prayer for them.” It used to irritate me to death so I can imagine how Jesus felt when his mother ...read more

  • It Never Fails To Happen. You Are Just Sitting ...

    Contributed on Dec 15, 2009
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    It never fails to happen. You are just sitting down to dinner, have just said the blessing and are ready to dive into your favorite meal and the phone rings. You answer to discover it is a telemarketer wanting to tell you that you have been chosen to receive a special opportunity. What really ...read more

  • History Books Report That Ww Ii Began On Sept 1, ...

    Contributed on Dec 15, 2009
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    History books report that WW II began on Sept 1, 1939 when German armies invaded Poland. The original plan was to invade on August 26th. The order was sent out to stand down because of a last minute change in plans. All units but one received the news. That unit moved forward on the 26th, ...read more