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.

Daniel’s 70 Weeks

[Today, I thought I’d share my notes from last Wednesday’s message. -j] First, when we get into the breakdown of the years, you might want to check out Larken’s Chart on Daniel’s 70 Weeks. It’s totally epic. Daniel 9:20-27 Dan 9:20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin ...

Torah Observant Christians

What is a Torah Observant Christian? The first five books of Moses is sometimes called “the Pentateuch,” which means five books, or the Torah, which means teaching or law. So a Torah Observant Christian is a Christian who observes the Old Mosaic law. Wikipedia says, “There is a variety of practice within Messianic Judaism regarding ...

The Prodigal Son

Luk 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: Luk 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. Luk 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took ...

Your Spiritual Life is Like a Racetrack

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Cor. 9:24) Just imagine your spiritual life is like a racetrack set before you. A straight road as far as the eye can see. And this is the only road you ...

Elect of God & Predestination

Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:14 And above all these things put on ...

The Tomb 3 Days Later

So far every Tuesday, we’ve taken the four Gospel accounts and combined them into a single narrative to cover the Lord’s tempting in the wilderness, His Agony in the Garden, His arrest and trial, and His crucifixion. Today, we’re going to look at the resurrection of Christ, specifically the events at the tomb, which is ...

The Passion

“To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not ...

His Arrest & Trial

After the agony in the garden, Judas and many men arrive. John would tell us that Judas “received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees” (John 18:3).It’s generally thought, because of Josephus’ writings, that due to all the people who came to Jerusalem for the Passover, these men the Pharisees ...

His Agony in the Garden

Let’s now explore the Lord’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane the hour before His arrest and trial, because this moment is intimately tied to His tempting in the wilderness. “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And ...

The Tempting in the Wilderness

We considered last week, the Lord’s incarnation to set the stage for The Tempting of Jesus Let’s read the account in Matthew 4:1-11. “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. ...

The Lord’s Incarnation

Over the next few weeks, I’d like to look at the Lord’s tempting in the wilderness, His agony in the Garden, His arrest and trial, and then His crucifixion. What I’d like to do is take the four accounts in the Gospels and bring them together into a single narrative for each event. But before ...

Dead, Buried, & Risen with Him

I’m so thrilled that people can now get a hard copy of my book, “Empowered by His Grace!” You can order it here. Shipping starts April 11! If you’d like to order bulk copies, email Randy at randy@trusthousepublishers.com, and he’ll give you a discount. This book was three years in the making. We’ve talked about ...

Seek Those Things Above

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. If Ye Then Be Risen With Christ First, Paul says “if”. Does the “if” mean that it’s a big question as to whether we’ve been risen with Christ? No, of course ...

Where’s the Grace?

We must take care to treat each other with grace, speech ALWAY with GRACE seasoned with salt, speaking truth in LOVE. We cannot afford to act like the world. There’s a certain model in worldly channels on places like YouTube, in which someone disagrees with someone else about whatever. And in a video, they take ...

5 Points about the Last Days of Grace

Consider these mighty verses in 2 Timothy 3: 2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are ...

The Holy Spirit Crazy Transportation Service

I daresay that no one in all of Scripture had more extraordinary, life-altering experiences with the Holy Spirit than the great Ezekiel. We’d discover that the Holy Spirit filled him twice (Ezek. 2:2, 3:24), came upon him once (Ezek. 11:5), verbally spoke to him on at least three occasions (Ezek. 3:12,24, 11:5), took away his ...

Mike Moriarty’s “Christ: My All in All”

How about some spiritual comfort food via my fellow MAD BAD podcaster, Mike Moriarty? He once put this list together, which you can also download as a Word doc. over here at our website along with a few other grace goodies. Mike totally rocks. -Joel —————————————————————— “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27) ...

Satan vs. God

After the temptation in the garden of Eden and the fall of mankind into sin, you have this fascinating back-and-forth in a spiritual warfare between God and Satan. When man fell into sin (Gen. 3), God by His grace sought man out, sacrificed animals, clothed them with skins, and told Satan that a redeemer would ...

7 Principles of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a timeless principle across all ages. You might remember the story of Esau forgiving Jacob after he stole his birthright. When they met again in Gen. 33, Esau had 400 men with him, ready to destroy him. But when he saw his brother bow to him repeatedly in humility, Esau forgave him. Gen ...

That Epic J.C. O’Hair Poem

THE GOD OF ALL GRACE “The God of all grace” is a wonderful name:What a privilege it is, His grace to proclaim;To tell forth the gospel at home and abroad,To teach guilty sinners the great love of God. How He planned it in heaven, to send from aboveHis bosom Companion, the Son of His love,To ...