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  • What Is Wrong With Him?

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jun 7, 2012
    based on 4 ratings

    Sermon for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, Year B.

    What Is Wrong With Him? / Mark 3: 20 - 35 Intro: The musical South Pacific was based on the 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Tales of the South Pacific” by James Michener. The music was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. In 1949 the musical opened on Broadway winning 10 Tony more

  • Christmas Message

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Dec 22, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    Christmas Eve 6pm service

    Luke 2: 1 – 20 / Christmas Message Intro: It is Christmas Eve and following tradition, you gather with family to exchange and unwrap gifts. You are handed a small, beautifully wrapped present. You unwrap it carefully. The good news is that it is a voucher for $500. The bad news is more

  • From The Stable To The Table

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Dec 20, 2010
    based on 6 ratings

    A sermon for Christmas Eve evening communion service.

    Luke 2: 1 – 20 / From The Stable to the Table Intro: Many people travel at the holidays to be close to family and friends. It was no different with Mary and Joseph that first Christmas long ago. They were from the area of Bethlehem. The only difference was they were ordered home to more

  • Great Signs From Heaven

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Nov 12, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    We are called by Christ Jesus to live for today, hope for tomorrow and rest on the promise that Christ is coming in His due time. We cannot fear the future because it is in God’s hands. We cannot fear today because it is in God’s hands. So live and wa

    Luke 21: 5 – 11 / Great Signs From Heaven Intro: Whisper to one person in the congregation the following: “Jesus loves you! Jesus loves me!” --- Caution them to not tell anyone what they have been told. --- How many of you are even slightly curious about what I shared with more

  • Is Your Name Written In Heaven?

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jul 1, 2010
    based on 6 ratings

    This is an evangelism sermon about the responsibility of spreading God's word.

    Luke 10: 1 – 11, 16 – 20 / Is Your Name Written in Heaven Intro: Dear Abby once wrote in her column about a lifeguard who was being charged with the death of a teenager. The lifeguard was working at a large poll with two or three others each with a specific area to cover. He was more

  • And Yet

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jan 28, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    God had chosen to work with the nation of Israel and yet they refused to do as God asked.

    And Yet . . . / Luke 4: 21 – 30 Intro: There was once a family that owned a treasure that had been handed down from one generation to another for decades. It was a genuine antique Tiffany vase. It was kept on the mantel in the living room as a special object of enjoyment. One day when more

  • Questions

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jan 8, 2010
    based on 5 ratings

    There are numerous questions surrounding the life of Jesus. This sermon attempts to answer the question as to why Jesus submitted to baptism.

    Luke 3: 15 – 17; 21-22 – Questions Intro: Recently I received an email from a friend that was a sort of survey. It contained a lot of questions. Questions like, “What is your favorite color? What are you wearing right now? What kind of car do you drive?” Those more

  • You’re In Trouble Young Man!

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Dec 24, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    Being obedient to God’s call even when others do not understand.

    Intro: You’re In Trouble Young Man! I Sam. 2:18-20 / Luke 2:41-52 Intro: When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my mother took me Christmas shopping. Before we left the car she told me to pay attention to where the car was located and if we got separated to come back to the car and wait for more

  • Don't Be Alarmed

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Nov 12, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    We should have no regrets or fears when Christ returns if we are living as faithful disciples.

    Mark 13: 1 – 8 / Don’t Be Alarmed Intro: A young lady busied herself getting ready for a blind date. Dinner at an exclusive restaurant with live music and dancing. She went out to have her hair done, did her makeup, put on her best dress and was ready for her date’s arrival. His expected more

  • If Only

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Oct 30, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    An "If Only" attitude keeps us focused and living in the past. We are commanded by Christ to live with and for Him in the present.

    John 11: 32 – 44 / If Only . . . Intro: While pulling out of her driveway, Georgene noticed a mangled ball of fur laying in the street. She pulled the car back into the driveway and walked over to discover that her son’s cat had been run over by a car. Not wanting to upset Billie, she more

  • What You Want

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Oct 15, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    Discovering what the difference is between be a consumer Christian and a serving Christian.

    What You Want? Mark 10: 35 – 45 Job 38: 1 – 7, 34 – 41 Intro: “He who dies with the most toys, is still dead!” I believe the basic problem today is this: people wish to do as little as possible and to get as much as possible. / Start at the top and work their way down I. James and more

  • Eating With Dirty Hands

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Aug 28, 2009
    based on 11 ratings

    There is a huge difference between being and saying we are a disciple of Christ Jesus.

    Mark 7: 1 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 23 / Eating With Dirty Hands Intro: I would like everyone to look at your hands for a moment. Think for a moment about where those hands have been today. Are they clean? How do you know if they are clean or not? They might be covered with germs! --- Just in more

  • A Hard Teaching

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Aug 21, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    The words of Jesus are not always easy to understand; but, to live successfully in this world as God’s child we must listen and follow.

    John 6: 60 – 69 / A Hard Teaching Intro: A young man from the city was visiting a dude ranch and wanted to appear as if he was used to the surroundings. So he went out walking with one of the hired hands. Walking through the barnyard, the visitor tried starting a conversation: “Say, look at more

  • Works Of God

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jul 31, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    To experience the fullness of the Christian life, one must have a close, personal relationship with Christ Jesus, the Bread of Life.

    John 6: 24 – 35 / Works of God Intro: The young couple was out for a walk when the decided to sit on a part bench and rest. After a long pause, she asked, “Do you think my eyes are like stars?” “Yeah,” he replied. “And do you think my teeth are like pearls?” she continued. “Yeah,” he more

  • Finding A Quiet Place

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jul 16, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    We need to recharge our batteries by finding a quiet place in order to give our full attention and effort to serving the Lord.

    Mark 6: 30 – 34 / Finding A Quiet Place Intro: I would be willing to bet that the majority of you sitting here today are really sick! Let me describe some of the symptoms of your illness: 1) You complain you don’t have enough hours in the day, 2) at a stoplight, you get into the lane with the more

  • Careful Promises

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jul 9, 2009
    based on 5 ratings

    St. Thomas Acquinas said, "All of society is based on promises and trust." We must therefore be careful about the promises we make and our intentions to keep them.

    Mark 6: 14 – 29 / Be Careful What You Promise Intro: An Irishman had been drinking all night at a pub. The bartender announced the pub was closing so the Irishman stood up to leave and fell flat on his face. He tried again to stand with the same result; so, he decided to crawl outside and get more

  • Send Who?

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jun 12, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    Are you willing to go when and where the Lord wishes for you to go and do what the Lord needs to have done?

    Send Who? Isaiah 6: 1 – 8 Intro: A mother and father were at their wit’s end in dealing with a rebellious son and daughter. In utter frustration they turned to their pastor asking if she would speak to the children. The 8 year-old daughter was first to be ushered into the pastor’s office. more

  • The Beauty Remains. The Pain Passes

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Feb 20, 2009
    based on 7 ratings

    We can be changed into the people God wants us to be through the mountaintop and valley experiences of life.

    Mark 9: 2 – 9 / The Beauty Remains. The Pain Passes. Intro: The process of metamorphosis has always fascinated me. It is best seen in the life cycle of the butterfly which lays eggs on a leaf. A small larva emerges, molts a few times each time getting bigger. Finally, it becomes a pupa more

  • Somewhere Else

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Feb 5, 2009
    based on 11 ratings

    Making room for God in our busy lives can enable us to cope with the stresses and business of living in our hectic, modern world.

    Somewhere Else Intro: In 1975 I assumed my duties as the Pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in South Bend, IN. I was delighted to see new Bibles carefully placed in every pew. I opened one to see what version it was and in huge large, red letters these words were stamped inside the front more

  • Victor Or Victim

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jan 30, 2009
    based on 13 ratings

    Choosing to be tranformed by the words and authority of Christ can enable us to live as a victor or as a victim.

    Victor or Victim / Mark 1: 21 - 28 Intro: “A New York columnist set out to prove that no one really listened to what anyone said at a party. When he was invited to a party, he always arrived late. When the hostess greeted him, he explained his tardy arrival by saying, “I had to stop for a more

  • Twice Baptized

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jan 8, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    As God lead the Israelites through the wilderness and the waters of the Red Sea to the promised land; so, God can lead us through the waters of baptism into life lived under the power of the Holy Spirit.

    4 – 11 / Twice Baptized Intro: When I get my friendly little reminder from Betsy Cooper that it is time to do my article for the newsletter, I sometimes sit in front of the computer thinking, “What the heck am I going to write about this month?” --- Getting that first sentence typed is always more

  • Go Into The Light

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Dec 11, 2008
    based on 10 ratings

    As witnesses our concern should be leading troubled "souls" into the presence of the light of Christ.

    John 1: 6 – 8; 19 – 28 / Go Into The Light Intro: A grandfather decided to share with his 4-year-old grandson the way he had found a Christmas tree during his youth. He took his grandson to the woods to select the perfect tree. They tramped all over; but the boy couldn’t find one that suited more

  • The Beginning

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Dec 4, 2008
    based on 9 ratings

    A communion meditation on why one must receive the Holy Spirit before testifying to the power of God in your life.

    Mark 1: 1 – 8 / The Beginning Intro: Listen to these words from an old hymn: “Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide. In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side, some great cause God’s new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight, and the choice goes by more

  • What'cha Gonna Do?

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Nov 13, 2008
    based on 12 ratings

    What are you going to do when fears overtake you?

    4 – 30 / What’Cha Gonna Do? Intro: The word phobia = fear. Do you know what the following words mean: pelado phobia = fear of baldness / aero phobia = fear of drafts / porphyro phobia = fear of the color purple / levo phobia = fear of objects on the left side of the body / dextro phobia = fear more

  • Prepared

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Nov 6, 2008
    based on 10 ratings

    It is easier to SAY you are prepared for the return of Christ Jesus than it is to LIVE prepared.

    Matthew 25: 1 – 12 / Prepared! Intro: The story is told of a photographer who was also a skydiver. He jumped from a plane along with several friends and filmed the group as the each dove out of the plane and opened their parachutes. The cameraman jumped out of the plan enjoying himself and was more

  • Troublesome Tenants

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Oct 5, 2008
    based on 6 ratings

    We are tenants of God’s kingdom and our choice is either to be troublesome or devoted.

    Troublesome Tenants - Matthew 21: 33-46 Intro: When considering purchasing rental property, here are a few things to keep in mind: 1) A tenant’s ability to see dirt and damage is much greater when they move in than when they move out. 2) Everything in your rental will break 100 times more

  • Who?

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Aug 22, 2008
    based on 6 ratings

    Ultimately, each person must answer for themselves the question of who Jesus really is.

    Who? Matthew 16: 13 – 20 Introduction: The old childhood game, “HERE’S THE CHURCH. HERE’S THE STEEPLE. OPEN THE DOORS AND SEE ALL THE PEOPLE” took on new meaning for me while I was pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in South Bend, Indiana. I had just sat down to enjoy my lunch when more

  • Abandon Ship

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Aug 7, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    It takes faith in Christ Jesus to abandon ship and walk on water out into the unknown of life.

    Matthew 14: 22 – 33 / Abandon Ship Intro: Jed felt that his who life misfortune had been his lot; yet, he never complained / wife ran off with hired hand / daughter ran off with traveling salesman / son was lynched / fire burned down barn / cyclone blew away house / hail storm destroyed crops / more

  • The Kingdom Is Like . . .

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jul 28, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    Five parables summarize for the Christian our relationship to the Kingdom of God.

    Matthew 13: 44 – 52 / The Kingdom of God is like . . . (Part 2) Intro: Have you ever wanted something? I mean really longed for it? Desired, needed, craved, hungered for something so bad that it hurt? I. The first 2 parables deal with growth for seemingly modest or insignificant beginnings. more

  • The Art Of Sowing

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jul 11, 2008
    based on 10 ratings

    The various soil types mentioned in the parable of Jesus relate to a person’s receptivity to the Word of God.

    Matthew 3: 1 – 12 / It’s Just Beginning Intro: In Directions, James Hamilton writes: Before refrigerators, people used icehouses that had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door to preserve their food. In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, more