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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.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Almost every Sunday morning I begin my sermon with a cute or funny story. This morning I start with a sad story. Bob and Betty were 2 of my dearest friends in Indiana. A strong, loving example of what a married couple should be. However, this couple was always at least 15 minutes late for everything: church, fellowship dinners, or parties. Bob contracted cancer and died. The funeral was to be in the church sanctuary. That afternoon, the funeral director came to my office all upset. Betty was outside in the limo and would not get out. I went out to the limo expecting Betty to be upset not wanting to accept the reality and finality of Bob’s death. I pleaded with Betty to get out of the limo. She insisted she was NOT getting out. Finally, clinching her teeth, she looked at me and said, “That man made me late for everything for 45 years because he waited to the last minute to prepare and I will not be on time for his funeral.” (A true story whose names have been changed to protect the guilty.)
  • 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 Tomball, Texas, our single son Andrew lives in Houston; 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 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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  • Prepared

    Contributed on Nov 5, 2020
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    The delay in the return of Christ Jesus represents the present period lived between the first coming of Jesus and his expected return.

    Prepared Matthew 25:1 - 13 Intro: Almost every Sunday morning I begin my sermon with a cute or funny story. This morning I start with a sad story. Bob and Betty were 2 of my dearest friends in Indiana. A strong, loving example of what a married couple should be. However, this couple was ...read more

  • Humility Or Hypocrisy

    Contributed on Oct 30, 2020
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    As followers of Christ Jesus, we should be more concerned about the orientation of our heart and lives than we are about outward appearances.

    Humility or Hypocrisy Matthew 23: 1 - 12 Intro: A story is told of a Texas rancher who met up with a Wisconsin dairy farmer. The 2 men talked about their land & the dairy farmer told the rancher that he operated his farm on 125 acres. The Texan, not to be outdone said, “Yankee, that ain’t ...read more

  • In A Nutshell

    Contributed on Oct 22, 2020
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    The job of a Christian is to love everything that God loves.

    In A Nutshell Matthew 22: 34 - 46 Intro: A story is told of a rather stout lady with wild hair who came storming into the County Clerk’s office. She slammed the door and thrust a piece of paper at the clerk saying, “Did you or did you not issue this license for me to marry John Jones?” The ...read more

  • Why Is The Sky Blue?

    Contributed on Oct 15, 2020
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    Jesus answers his adversaries difficult question with a creative answer.

    Why Is The Sky Blue? Matthew 22: 15 - 22 Intro: Anyone who has interacted with children knows they can ask a lot of difficult questions. Examples: Why do leaves change different colors? / If shampoo comes in so many colors, why is the lather on your head always white? / If the No 2 pencil is so ...read more

  • Wicked Tenants

    Contributed on Oct 8, 2020
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    God expects us to give service to His kingdom by telling others of his son, Christ Jesus. (Sermon delivered on October 4, 2020, World Communion Sunday)

    Wicked Tenants Matthew 21: 33 - 46 Intro: A young Wyoming State Trooper was on patrol. He stopped a car that may have been involved in a bank robbery. Before the officer could get out of the car a bullet pierced the windshield and hit the officer in the eye. The gunman came to the patrol car ...read more

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  • Prepared

    Contributed on Nov 5, 2020
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    Almost every Sunday morning I begin my sermon with a cute or funny story. This morning I start with a sad story. Bob and Betty were 2 of my dearest friends in Indiana. A strong, loving example of what a married couple should be. However, this couple was always at least 15 minutes late for ...read more

  • 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