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  • Gaither Bailey

    Contributing sermons since Nov 17, 2004
Gaither's church

First Presbyterian Church of Palestine, Texas
Palestine, Texas 75801
903-729-5730

About Gaither
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts, Waynesburg University, 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 / First Presbyterian Church of Palestine, TX, Stated Supply, Head of Staff
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: If you read one of my sermons, it would be helpful to me to have you rate it. Thanks! 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 Bailey. We have a blended family of 5 children: four boys and a girl. All of our children are grown. We have three married sons: Jon and Chrissie live in Houston, as does our single son Andrew; Christopher and Tori live in Pilot Point, TX; Richard lives in King of Prussia, PA with his wife, Alyssa and twin daughters; and Jennifer lives in Channelview, Texas with her husband, Seth. 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 deceased but was a little more critical. She 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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  • Being Ready

    Contributed on Nov 30, 2019
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    We must live each day ready to receive Christ Jesus when He returns.

    Being Ready – Matthew 24: 36 - 44 Intro: One day a bishop was approached by his assistant priest who said, “A woman claims to have seen a vision of Christ Jesus in the church sanctuary. What should we do?” Without hesitating a second the bishop answered, “Look busy!” --- The bishop’s answer ...read more

  • Heaven Is . . .

    Contributed on Nov 21, 2019
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    Belief in the resurrection to eternal life is at the heart of our faith.

    Heaven Is . . . Luke 20: 27 - 38 Intro: I have a question for you this morning. Can God create a rock so big that He can’t life it? It’s a trap. It’s a trick question. If you answer, “NO, then you have UPHELD God’s POWER; but, discredited God’s ABILITY. / If you answer YES, then you have ...read more

  • Live, Hope And Rest

    Contributed on Nov 21, 2019
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    We should not be concerned about the future.

    Live, Hope and Rest Luke 21: 5 - 19 Intro: Two gas company employees were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck at the end of the street and worked their way to the other end. At the last house, that was a woman looking out her kitchen window watching the 2 ...read more

  • A Righteous Branch

    Contributed on Nov 21, 2019
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    God has sent John the Baptizer to point us to Christ, the King.

    A Righteous Branch Luke 1: 67 - 78 Intro: Thanksgiving is coming. It is that time of year when many people travel to be with family. These and many other questions prevail as weary parents travel being trapped in a car with their small children. “Are we there yet?” “How much longer?” “Can we ...read more

  • Out On A Limb

    Contributed on Oct 31, 2019
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    This is a different look at the character of Zacchaeus as portrayed in the gospel of Luke

    Out On A Limb Luke 19: 1 - 10 Intro: A fitness center offered $1,000 to anyone who could demonstrate that they were stronger than the owner who would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass. He would then hand the lemon to the challenger saying that he would pay $1,000 it they could ...read more

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  • He Had A Hat

    Contributed on Oct 4, 2019
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    During a tornado a mother was crying for help. It seems that her son was taken up into the tornado and blown away. The mother turned to heaven and shouted a prayer: “Please, Lord, bring back my son! He’s all I have. I’ll do anything to get him back.”--- Suddenly, her son fell from the sky right at ...read more

  • 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