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.

Don’t Drink the Water

I have a funny story. There was once a “grace pastor” who wanted to take me under his wing. I won’t name any names. We’ll just call him the Legalist Pretending to be a Grace Pastor. He was kinda interesting to analyze sometimes. You know the type. He’d say he had no dominion over your ...

Hold Fast!

2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 2Ti 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. First, Paul says to Hold fast the form of sound words. What ...

Rapture Context

I once read an E.W. Bullinger book called 10 Sermons on the Second Advent, which he had preached in the 1800’s at Oxford. I wanted to know what a Bullinger sermon sounded like. And (surprise, surprise!), a Bullinger sermon was pure exegesis from beginning to end. I then fell in love with Bullinger’s fifth sermon ...

That Pool at Bethesda

What are we to make of this angel that stirred up the pool of Bethesda, which healed the first one who jumped in? Joh 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Joh 5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is ...

Angels Ascending and Descending

Why did the Lord tell Nathaniel “ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man” and when did that happen? John 1:43-51 Joh 1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Joh 1:44 Now Philip ...

Grace in Your Prayer Life

Consider 1 Tim. 2:1-2 in which Paul writes, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Notice how these two verses ...

Christ’s Unapproachable Light

1Ti 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Webster: “IMMORTAL’ITY, noun The quality of never ceasing to live or exist; exemption from death and annihilation; life destined to endure without end; ...

My Life Verse

Do you have a life verse? My life verse hasn’t changed over the years. A long time ago, I fell away from the Lord. I came back. I sat down to read Paul’s epistles for the first time in ages. And as soon as I came across this verse, I knew this would be my ...

Logos, the Word

John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Christ was with God, and He was God. We know from Joh. 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us… full of grace and truth.” The Greek word for Word is Logos, ...

The Eternity of God

Everything about our eternal life hinges upon the fact that God is incorruptible, unchangeable, and eternal in His essence. You can find enormous comfort just by meditating upon the eternity of God. Then you can rest in the certainty of His promises because He is an eternal God. Consider the opening to Psalm 90. Psa ...

The Day of the Lord

What is the Day of the Lord? When does it start and when does it end? To those out there who think you know the answer to those questions, I’ll bet you’re wrong. Hey, I may be wrong! So I challenge you. (Yeah, I’m talking to you, Bryan Ross! David Reid! Fred and Hal Bekemeyer! ...

The Existence of God

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the ...

Divine Intervention

Does God intervene today? Absolutely. Did God not intervene when He called you by His gospel? Did God not intervene when you were convicted by His Holy Spirit and you chose to embrace His gospel by faith? Did God not intervene when the Spirit indwelt you and baptized you the moment you believed? Did God ...

The Judgment Seat of Christ

Have you ever studied the word reward in Paul’s epistles? First, all the blessings of grace that were showered on us when we got saved is one great big reward. Paul said in Col. 2:18, “Let no man beguile you of your reward.” Everything we’ve already received by His grace is His reward for our ...

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 ...