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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: 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 Chrissy 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 and twin daughters; and Jennifer lives in Channelview, 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 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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  • Take A Stand

    Contributed on Aug 8, 2018
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    This sermon encourages the listeners to rely on God to fight the good fight against evil in our community.

    Take A Stand Ephesians 6: 10 – 20 Intro: An old Arab folktale says that a man went to his tent one night. After lighting a candle, he reached over for a fig and saw that it was full of worms. He threw it away and reached for another. It also was full of worms. After several attempts to find ...read more

  • Who Will Cry At My Funeral

    Contributed on Aug 8, 2018
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    Sermon about concentrating on others and setting aside self.

    Who Will Cry At My Funeral? Ephesians 5: 15 – 20 Intro: I’m not fond of country music; but, I love some of the song titles that deal with living. I read some in a sermon by David Hill on SermonCentral titled, “How to Live Until I Die.” Here are a few: His Teeth Was Stained; But His Heart Was ...read more

  • One Hope

    Contributed on Aug 7, 2018
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    Churches and believers must act in ways that support what they believe.

    One Hope Ephesians 4: 1 - 16 Intro: The police officer said to the woman as she was escorted back to the booking desk, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him. ...read more

  • Strip Away

    Contributed on Aug 7, 2018
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    We must learn to give up old practices and habits to embrace God's will for our lives.

    Strip Away Ephesians 4: 25 – 5:2 Intro: A man received a call from his wife who was on a business trip. She asked: “How is my cat?” He answered, “Your cat is dead.” She responded, “How could you be so direct and heartless? You could have said my cat was on the roof and wouldn’t come down. ...read more

  • 2 + 5 = 5000

    Contributed on Jul 26, 2018
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    The main point of this sermon is that miracles can take place when we do our part and depend on God to direct the ministry.

    2 + 5 = 5,000 John 6: 1 – 21 Intro: Children can ask some really difficult questions regarding religion such as: “Who made all the planets?” or “How come God doesn’t do miracles any more?” I Perhaps God performed these miracles to demonstrate to humanity their inadequacy. A VS 7 “It ...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