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Continuing the legacy of Rev. Charles B. and Mrs. Geneva A. Bailey

Continuing the legacy of Rev. Charles B. and Mrs. Geneva A. Bailey

Words to Live By
These are just a few of the memorable quotes and words of wisdom that Rev. and Mrs. Bailey imparted to the world during their 50 years of active ministry.

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Rev. Charles B. Bailey said:



I’ll preach to a naked bumble-bee.


(What’s a naked bumble-bee?)  One that ain’t got no clothes on!


God can take lightning and give you a haircut without touching your ear.


Anything’s better than them foxholes.

Time for monkey business is out.

Try Jesus!


A man without Jesus is like a dog.


I know God is good ‘cause I got shoes on both feet.


You can’t make grown folks do nothing.


God can make a bow-legged ant drive an Amtrak train.


I got good sense.


There are 3 kinds of preachers: God-called; Devil-called; and one that goes on his own.  Ain’t nobody called him he just went.


Seek the Lord while He may be found.  Call upon Him while He is near.


You got a witness!


There’s a difference between union and unity.  If you tie a cat’s tail to a dog’s tail you’ll have union but I declare you ain’t got no unity!


You smile like you love Jesus.


Don't ever say what you won't do.  You don't know what you're gonna do until the test comes.

That stuff will burn you up!


You’d better know God for yourself.


It’s working.


Pray for the preacher.

Mrs. Geneva A. Bailey said:

If you don’t have time to do it right, you will have time to do it over.


By the grace of God, there go I. 

You don’t “have” to do it, you “get” to do it. 

What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.

Don’t settle for God’s good when you can have God’s best.

Don’t take me back to Egypt!


It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.


What parents allow in moderation, kids do in excess.


What the head forgets, the feet will remember.


Since you can’t remember not to slam the door, why don’t you practice opening and closing the door until I get tired.


If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.


All things are lawful but not all things are expedient.


He that knoweth to do right and doeth it not, to him it is a sin.


Sometimes you have to eat the fish and spit out the bones. 


What you don’t use you lose.

Children will be the product of both parents.

The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get.

Lord, if that ain’t a heap of mess.


Get the good and leave the rest.

I’m doing tolerably well.


What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve.

If the church has no youth it will die.

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