Posts by Billy Hayes

Posts by Billy Hayes

A New Way in a New Year

As I remember it, this is the story. A preacher took his position in the pulpit and preached a wonderful sermon on the subject of being prepared for the Judgment Day. As the congregation filed past him, they told him how good of a job he did with that sermon. The next Sunday rolled around, and the same preacher preached on the same topic. The congregation found that to be a little odd, but, just like the previous week, they…

A New Look at the Charging Station

This week, I spent a little time at the Verizon store. I would not recommend this process to anyone, ever! But the fact of the matter is that sometimes we have to go to those type of establishments. That being said, I noticed the “perk” offered by this company inside their storefront- the charging station. The purpose for this station, I think, is to keep the patron occupied as not to realize how long of a wait is ongoing. After…

A Look at Death – Hebrews 9

The Bible helps us understand some of those things that are foreign to us. One such topic is death. It is a doorway to the Eternal. It seems to be a scary idea because we just do not understand it fully. Today let’s look at death according to Hebrews 9. (NOTE: It would profit for you to read Hebrews 9 before reading this article.) The first death mentioned in Hebrews 9:27-28 is the MANDITORY death. All those men and w…

John 19:1

The sentence is a simple one. Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. Within that small and simple sentence, lies a great deal of information. The public action of beating, known as scourging, in the Roman world was vastly different from the Jewish world. For the Jewish nation, the regulation was set by God. A convicted man was struck at a maximum of forty times. However, if a man was struck more than forty times, then the person lashing the other…

Bible Math

As our teens gather every other week for a devo on Monday nights, we study a different topic yearly. This year’s study is Bible Mathematics. As we all were taught mathematics, it all begins with understanding numbers. Take a moment to understand the numbers we have studied so far. #1- Ephesians 4:4-7 The 7 Ones are located in this passage. One body, Spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism, and God. This is the foundational principle of the New Testament system of…

Family Bible Passage

As you and I study through God’s Word, we find ourselves being blessed and blessed. One of the blessings we have, is an eldership that cares about the flock, over which they shepherd. Our eldership has proven this statement to be true time and time again. Yet another way the Eldership of the 70 West church of Christ cares about us is to challenge us with memory verse. Please understand the more of God’s Word we can place into our…

Psalm 38

As you and I study the Psalms, we are constantly confronted with the fact that David is just a man. We vault him to a grand position but facts are facts. David was the man, with the help of God, who defeated the Giant. He was the exalted “king” of Israel. David ushered in the Golden Age of Israel. We are exposed to the emotional side of this man by the inspiration of God to let us understand that mankind…

Don’t You Know:

That God loves you? Acts 20:28, 1st Corinthians 14:1 That God is good? Psalm 33:5 That God is generous? Romans 8:32 That He supplies our needs? Matthew 1:21, Hebrews 2:9, Psalm 46:1, Mark 10:29-30 That God sent the Savior for us? Hebrews 5:8-9 That God allows us to choose? Genesis 2:15-17 The God CANNOT lie? Titus 1:2 That God always keeps His promises? 2 Corinthians 1:19ff Knowing all these things about God, will you serve Him faithfully or will you…

I Went to Hollywood Road

The effort to help our brother and sisters in Houma, Louisiana was an eye-opening experience. I had the opportunity to take the goods on Monday, October 4th. As I made my way down south, I began to notice the terrain change. With that change of terrain, I saw the change in safety. I turned off at exit 202 on Interstate 90 and was immediately hit in the face with a view I did not expect to see. I saw billboards…

The Truth of God’s Word

The effort to proclaim the whole counsel of God’s Word is an arduous task. At times, it can seem like an impossible task. We teach the Word of God in several way. We can personally study with a friend or invite them to a bible class lead by another at our building. We can invite them to a worship service were the lost have a chance to hear the Gospel proclaimed. Yet another way to teach is through songs. Consider…

The Enemy (Part 2)

The goal of Satan is to have us fall to our own lusts, whatever it is. Satan does not care that you and I are not following Satan as long as we are not following God. Our lusts are very specific to each of us and we all must be on guard to avoid how our lust works against us. Today, let’s notice the operation of lust. James 1:14-15, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of…

The Enemy (Part 1)

The greatest enemy to your faithfulness unto our Holy God sits in your seat right now. Without lust, there is no sin. Without sin, there is no death. Yet, we live in a world surrounded by men and women who are dying, both physically and spiritually. In James 1:13-16, the author makes us painfully aware of these truths. Notice some of the following thoughts… Lust is an odd concept. It dwells in us all but it is completely unique to…