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  • Scott Bayles

    Contributing sermons since Nov 7, 2003
Scott's church

Blooming Grove Christian Church
Palmyra, Illinois 62674
217-436-2554

About Scott
  • Education: I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, a small Church of Christ in TN.
  • Experience: I began preaching part-time when I was just fifteen years old, however it was when I was just three years old that I knew I would one day be a preacher. I continued to preach for a small congregation in Illinois all through high-school and then another, in Tennessee, while in college. After graduating I began preaching full time in northern Illinois, then moved to Saint Louis, then southern IL.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Use anything you want! No need to give me credit, all the credit goes to Jesus!
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I can't think of any one particular sermon or series, but I owe so much to radio preachers/teacher such as John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanely, David Jeremiah, and Hank Hannegraaff. I also owe much to my own personal pastors and teachers, such as Ray Exum, Billy Smith and Mike Root.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: It’s a quote I use often from Mark Twain. He once said, "Be careful to take from an experience only the wisdom that is in it."
  • Family: My wife, Ashley, and I have been happily married since February 2005, are thankful everyday for Jesus and his matchless grace, and are the proud parents of three adorable little ankle-bitters (Yeshua, Sarai, & Avigayle).
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My mom is very proud. My grandpa said I preach "better than Billy Graham." lol
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I don't know... she rarely hears them since she's pre-occupied with children's church. But she has many compliments when she does get to hear me.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "If you can see yourself doing something else, then do it. Being a preacher requires complete dedication."
  • Books that have had an impact: Just Like Jesus; 3:16; Next Door Savoir; Apocolypse Code; The Promise
  • Hobbies: I am a huge comic book/superhero enthusiast. I even dress in spandex twice a year: once for the annual Superman celebration in Metropolis, IL and once for Halloween.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God loves. God gives. We believe. We live.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: One time when I was asking for prayer requests, a little boy who was visiting for the first time said, "My sister needs prayer because she lies. One time she was flashing her flashlight in my eyes when I was trying to sleep. Finally I took it away and flashed it in her eyes and told her 'how do you like it.'"
  • What I want on my tombstone: He loved God and loved the people God gave him.
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  • Thanksgiving 2015

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2019
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    In Psalm 95, the pslamist invites believers to give thanks for God's character, God's creation, and God's care.

    Thanksgiving 2015 Scott Bayles, pastor Blooming Grove Christian Church: 11/15/2015 There is a lot to love about Thanksgiving. I love the turkey and stuffing. I love pumpkin pie. I love spending time with family and playing football in the backyard. But the best part of Thanksgiving is that it ...read more

  • Rejoice! (Part 4)

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2019
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    In Philippians 4, Paul encourages beleivers to expereince true joy in communion, concentration, and Christ.

    Rejoice! Choosing Joy in the Midst of our Mess (4) Scott Bayles, pastor Blooming Grove Christian Church: 10/25/2015 I came across a Peanuts cartoon this week. Charlie Brown and his friend Linus are gazing off into the distance overlooking a short brick wall, when Charlie asks, “Do you ever think ...read more

  • Rejoice! (Part 3)

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2019
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    In Philippians 3, Paul encourages beleivers to expereince joy by relying on grace and reaching for the goal!

    Rejoice! Choosing Joy in the Midst of our Mess (3) Scott Bayles, pastor Blooming Grove Christian Church: 10/18/2015 Charles Spurgeon, instructing a group of seminary students on sermon delivery, said, “When you speak of heaven, let your face light up with a heavenly gleam. Let your eyes shine with ...read more

  • Rejoice! (Part 2)

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2019
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    In Philippians 2, Paul encourages beleivers to expereince joy through solidarity, selflessness, and shining the light of Christ.

    Rejoice! Choosing Joy in the Midst of our Mess (2) Scott Bayles, pastor Blooming Grove Christian Church: 10/11/2015 Have you ever wondered why some people seem to experience deep and authentic joy in their daily lives—even in the toughest times—while others can’t seem to find it no matter how hard ...read more

  • Rejoice! (Part 1)

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2019
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    In the book of Philippians, Paul tells us how to experience true joy by focusing on partnerships, the positive, and purpose.

    Rejoice! Choosing Joy in the Midst of our Mess (1) Scott Bayles, pastor Blooming Grove Christian Church: 10/4/2015 What makes you happy? What brings a smile to your face and joy to your heart? You might think it would be money, power or fame. We may fantasize about going on a tropical vacation, ...read more

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  • Even Billy Graham Doesn’t Win Them All. ...

    Contributed on Dec 18, 2012
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    Even Billy Graham doesn’t win them all. There’s a story about Billy Graham when he was visiting a city for one of his crusades. He had written a letter to his wife and was looking for a place to mail it. Outside the lobby of his hotel, he came across a young boy. He asked the boy if he knew how to ...read more

  • The Forbidden Fruit

    Contributed on Jun 28, 2012
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    THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT And the first thing God told Adam and Eve was: "Don't." "Don't what?" Adam replied. "Don't eat the forbidden fruit," God said. "Forbidden fruit? We got forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve . . . we got Forbidden Fruit!" "No way!" "Yes WAY!" "Don't eat that fruit!" said ...read more

  • Beautiful Feet?

    Contributed on Mar 14, 2012
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    BEAUTIFUL FEET? The Bible says, in Romans 10:15, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace..." (NKJV). I don't know about you, but when I think about beautiful things, feet don't rank very high on my list. Feet are sweaty and stinky. Did you know that your feet have ...read more

  • We Often Don't Realize How Good We Have It Here ...

    Contributed on Dec 1, 2011
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    We often don't realize how good we have it here in America. The film, End of Spear, tells the true story of five missionaries--including Jim Elliot and Nathan Saint--who were speared to death by the murderous Waodani tribesman living in the jungles of Ecuador. Amazingly, the wives and children ...read more

  • I Don't Want To Be A Saint...

    Contributed on Dec 1, 2011
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    "I DON'T WANT TO BE A SAINT..." So the Bible clearly teaches that everyone who has been sanctified and set apart by God is a saint. I read a story earlier this week about a Wisconsin mom who was trying to teach her kids how God sees them. She told them that when they receive Jesus as Savior that ...read more