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.

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 ...

The Great Love Chapter

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, how about we dive deep into the great love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13? 1 Cor. 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 13:2 And though I have the gift ...

Paul’s Autobiography – In His Own Words!

What you’ll be reading below is Paul giving his life story in his own words taken entirely from verses in his epistles or the book of Acts. Every word he speaks is a Bible verse, and any alterations to the text are in [brackets]. This is a rewritten and expanded version of J.C. O’Hair’s attempt ...

Saying No to Militancy

I’d like to share one of my favorite articles by Pastor Hal Bekemeyer. This guy has been around the grace movement about as long as I’ve been alive (yes, he’s that old but don’t tell him I said that). He is also a regular co-host on our Grace Life Podcasts. I crack jokes and Hal ...

The Lame Take The Prey

Consider these verses in Isaiah 33: 33:21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will ...

You’re Free

Here’s the text to the message I gave last Saturday at the wonderful Florida Regional Grace Conference. If you’re not interesting in reading this rather long(ish) article, you’re welcome to watch the message here. Plus, you can watch all the messages, including 3 by Pastor Richard Jordan, here. We also had Pastor Jordan with us ...

Doug Dodd on Stopping Sin

Below is my all-time favorite article by Pastor Doug Dodd, who graduated to be with the Lord a few years ago. This beautiful piece of writing helped me to realize that, yes, Joel, Paul is telling you in Romans 6 that you’ve literally been freed from the power and bondage of sin. PTL! Some of ...

Do We Have New Hearts?

I for a long time had questions about our hearts because E.W. Bullinger once repeatedly wrote about “a new heart” in his “Two Natures of the Child of God” booklet. Do we have new hearts? On the one hand, Bullinger would highlight in that booklet the fact that unregenerate man has a “natural heart,” which ...

Do You Feel Awe?

We had a podcast not too long ago in which awe was the theme, because there was an article that had been published in the Washington Post that asked the question, Do you Feel Awe? I loved this topic so much I did a sermon about this last Sunday. Below are some of the notes. ...

That Fantastic Question About Elijah

When Peter, James, and John witnessed the transfiguration of the Lord (Matt. 17:1-8), they also saw Moses and Elijah. A question occurred to them. A fantastic question, in fact. Consider this. After the transfiguration, we read in Mat. 17:10, And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? ...

The Godhead

One of my favorites studies this year was on the triune Godhead. I walked away concluding that the whole idea of God as 3-in-1 is really not so hard to comprehend. Yes, I’m serious. They are separate. They are equal, and yet, they also operate as one unit. They are 3 operating as 1. Everything ...

All ye Persecuted, Preach the Word

Every day, as I prep for podcasts, I am consistently moved by the sheer volume of stories across Christian news sites about the massive persecution of Christians around the globe right now. This is religious persecution that ranges from the relatively mild, like the online censorship we’re encountering in the U.S., to extreme forms of ...

Grace, Love, & Forgiveness

I was moved by a story I came across the other day via Faithwire about Shelby Houston, the teenage daughter of a police officer who died in the line of duty. Her father’s name was Richard Houston. He was a 21-year veteran of the Mesquite Police Department. He was shot and killed responding to a ...