Posts by Billy Hayes (Page 3)

Posts by Billy Hayes (Page 3)

Our Eldership

We are very blessed here at the 70 West congregation. Many times, we are not fully aware of all of the benefits that are afforded to us. As a part of our Teenage class on Wednesday night, we have had a huge treat. Each elder of our eldership has spoken directly to this group. The theme for this class has been: “If I had 30 minutes to talk to you , I’d tell you…” This has been an eye-opening experience…

New Year’s Resolutions

It is THAT time of the year again. You know, the time we each look at ourselves and say “I need to be doing more of_____ .” Whether our New Year’s resolution is weight loss, stopping a bad habit or just generally trying to live longer—we all have them. We may not tell a soul about them or we may ask everyone to hold us accountable for our actions, but we all have a New Year’s resolution. As a general…

If Christ is Still in the Grave

In 1st Corinthians 15, Paul wrote a chapter by the inspiration of God, in order to teach us about the truth of the relevance of the Gospel. The Gospel is God’s saving power for man-Romans 1:16. God could have chosen any plan to save man, and He chose to save man by the Gospel. Take an opportunity to read 1st Corinthians 15 and search for these four points. I. If the Christ is still in the grave, then Paul is…

How ODD Are You?

Study 1st Peter 2:9-10. Really dissect those verses. Tear apart those words and hear what God is saying to you. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”…

THAT Criminal Next to Him

So many folks look at the cross of Jesus and focus in on certain things. I guess we all may be guilty of this perspective. One of the more dangerous focuses is any man who will focus on everything except that middle cross where the body of the Son of God was hanging. Some look at the cross of a criminal and say “I want to be saved like the thief on the cross”. Let’s take some time and notice…

Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?

In 1985, the Country and Western artist George Jones released a song entitled, “Who’s Gonna Fill their Shoes”. The underlying theme of this song, as far as I know, is who will be the next Country and Western stars. I would like to use this idea as a spring board for this article. Let’s explore who’s gonna fill their shoes- spiritually. Recently, we have laid to rest some good Soldiers of the Cross. We have had a tough few weeks.…

Eternity

Very often, we as people, think of life in the aspect of time. We think of minutes, hours, days, and years. As Job would write in Job 14:1, “man is of few days…”. David wrote that a man’s life will be about “three score and ten”. Then James, the half brother of Jesus, wrote that “life is a vapor” (James 4:14). There is no shock to us to find out we have a difficult time with the comprehension of Eternity.…

12 Days Until Blaze

BLAZE 2020 is sneaking up very quickly. We need to be prepared. There are a few things YOU can do to lend a hand in helping with this undertaking. This weekend will be upon us very quickly. We need to be prepared for this weekend. Here are a few helpful hints to be prepared: 1. Bring your Bible and notebook. There will be a ton of lessons this weekend, really 12 lessons. Take notes so you can go back and…

BLAZE 2020

BLAZE 2020 is sneaking up very quickly. We need to be prepared. There are a few things YOU can do to lend a hand in helping with this undertaking. Youth- For all of you, I need you to invite, invite, invite. We had about 100 folks last year. Our goal for this year is 125 people in attendance. The only way this will happen is if you invite your friends. I have invitations for you to hand out over the…
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The Transformation 

This world has amazing transformations around us constantly. We see caterpillars change into butterflies. We see tadpoles change into frogs. We see leave change color. We see our children grow from babies into adults. When we see these changes many times we don’t even give them a second glance. We are so accustomed to seeing these changes. Change is a good thing. We, however, do see change when a person obeys the Gospel. Notice how Paul was inspired by God…
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The Song of a Soul Set Free- Psalm 32 

It has been very well said throughout the years that sin will take you further than you ever wanted to go. Sin will keep you longer than you ever intended to stay. Sin will cost you more than you ever wanted to pay. Sin will require of you more than you ever wanted to give. In our modern culture, the word sin is rarely, if ever, used. However, God’s Word speaks plainly to the idea of sin. Sin is the…
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KFC & Jr. Jam

This has been a strange and weird time for everyone, especially our young groups. We all have gotten very comfortable with summer fun, weeks of camp, VBS and evangelistic efforts to other states. When the pandemic of COVID 19 hit our nation and the subsequent quarantine, everything changed. It is important to live after the following motto: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”  Under this motto, we reinvented the wheel. Every Tuesday morning for the past two months, we…