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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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  • 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