All posts by Joel Hayes

Pastor Joel grew up in grace churches. Fell away. Hit bottom. Came back to the Lord. Became Fellowship Bible Church's Librarian. Then Associate Pastor. (He barely graduated from "The Bekemeyer Grace School of Hard Knox.") Began preaching. Stumbled into podcasting. Wrote a book. And he absolutely loves everyone. Seriously. He does.

International Persecution

For a couple of years now, the night before every podcast, I usually peruse anywhere between 45-90 Christian news sites, and I am still consistently shocked at the mass volume of Christians around the globe who are tortured and killed daily for simply having faith in Christ, particularly from articles on websites like Persecution.org, Christian ...

Holy Water?

Do you know how so-called “holy water” is made? I stumbled upon an article recently that laid bare the secret process of making “holy water”. Are you ready? A Catholic priest by the name of Richard Tomlinson first explained, “Well, Holy Water is water that has been blessed by a priest, though other clergy (such ...

Here’s a Verse to Meditate Upon

1 Tim. 1:5 “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned…” Paul provides us in this passage God’s divine strategy on how to win friends and influence people: charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of ...

Hygge (hyoo guh)

As I was prepping for Monday’s podcast, I stumbled across an article by Mark Arnold over at Europe’s Evangelical Focus called “Self Care in the Darkness.” Mark first makes the point that in many parts of the world, we’ve reached that time of year in which “the nights start drawing in, the weather starts getting ...

Philemon – A Light of Grace

[Below are the notes to my second Philemon conference message at Grace Life Bible Church. Check out part one here. These notes are also available for download here. Philemon is awesome! Enjoy!] Philemon 10-14 10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 11 Which in time past was ...

Intro to Philemon

[Below are the notes to my first Philemon conference message at Grace Life Bible Church. These notes as well as the PowerPoint (with really really pretty photos) are also available for download here. Philemon is awesome! Enjoy!] Here we have the story of the servant who betrayed his master. He stole some valuables and ran ...

101 Spiritual Blessings The Moment We Believed

We are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 3:24, Tit 3:7) We are “justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Rom 3:28, Rom 5:1) Our “faith is counted for righteousness.” (Rom 4:5) We “have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:1) We ...

Exceeding Greatness of His Power

Eph. 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, ...

The Ultimate Expression

In that horrific scene of Christ hanging on that cross, we find the ultimate expression of both hatred and love, of sin and grace. Christ hanging on that cross was the most vile display of evil, the worst conceivable expression, of man’s hatred against God. However, from God’s perspective, Christ hanging on that cross was ...

250 Things the Holy Spirit Does for Us

The Gospel is the power of God to us revealed through the Spirit (Rom. 1:16). The Word of God that He inspired affirms the timeless principle of faith (Rom. 1:17). He also affirms those things we already knew instinctively: that God exists, that He created all things, as well as His eternal power and Godhead ...