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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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  • The Way

    Contributed on May 8, 2020
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    Jesus is the way, truth and life.

    The Way John 14: 1 - 14 Intro: (Show picture of Barbar, the elephant). Could you use this picture to explain what a real elephant looks like to a person who had never seen one? What you would say? I This passage and what follows is known as the “Farewell Discourse.” It contains much of the ...read more

  • Known To Them

    Contributed on Apr 23, 2020
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    Christ Jesus can be known to us in the common places of our lives.

    Luke 24: 13 - 35 Intro: The story is told of a woman of modest means who received a letter from Jesus informing her of his impending visit. She cleaned her small home, took what money she had and purchased food to fix and serve Jesus when he arrived. One the way home from the store, she met a ...read more

  • Jesus Among Us

    Contributed on Apr 15, 2020
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    If a shut tomb could not hold Jesus in, a shut church cannot keep him out!

    Jesus Among Us John 20:19 - 31 Intro: If I had written the story of the resurrection of Jesus, I would have done it a little differently. When John returned from the empty tomb he would confront Peter and excitedly say, “Peter, I have some good news and I have some bad news!” Peter would have ...read more

  • Seeing Through Tears

    Contributed on Apr 9, 2020
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    We want to see Jesus with our head and not our hearts.

    Seeing Through Tears John 20: 1 - 18 Intro: At the close of a college science class right before Easter, a young student asked her professor what he was going to do over the Easter break. He responded saying that Easter was a myth, there is no God, and there’s no way a person rises from the ...read more

  • After The Parade Passes By

    Contributed on Apr 2, 2020
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    Knowing the truth of the gospel of Jesus is not the same as DOING the truth.

    After The Parade Passes By Matthew 21: 1 - 11 Intro: On March 1, 1962 the largest ticker-tape parade ever given in New York City took place. It was for astronaut John Glenn after he became the first American to orbit earth in a spacecraft. After the parade, the sanitation department of New York ...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