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.

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 ...

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 ...