Bishop's Corner

Closed on Sunday?

10/9/2015

"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common." (Acts 2: 42-44) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES Jr. In this age when all things sacred and holy often are secondary to personal cravings and whims, it’s refreshing to see businesses remain that honor the Sabbath Day by closing their doors. ...


The connection blesses

9/18/2015

By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES Jr. Stepping away from my daily job, I embarked upon my sabbatical leave in July to seek renewal and rest. I was excited and did some things that I’ve always wanted to do. Near the end of my time away, I began to dread the mountain of emails, calls, letters, and meetings that awaited my return. But there, in the pile of paperwork on my desk, was a letter that inspired and moved me to tears. It is a letter of triumph and tragedy, joy and pain. And within the lines, ...


A RESPONSE FROM BISHOP HAYES TO THE SUPREME COURT DECISION REGARDING SAME-GENDER MARRIAGES

6/30/2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Oklahoma Area:   The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court striking down all state bans regarding same-gender marriage has intensified a debate that has been at the center of public discussion for a long time.  There are many people who firmly feel that the decision of the Court was right, while others express profound disappointment over the ruling.    For over four decades, The United Methodist Church has struggled — just as our society has — over ...


On fire to serve

6/26/2015

By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES Jr. As I look out upon you today, the words of a gospel anthem written by Albert Goodson in 1963 come to mind. I pray these words help stoke the fire within you for greater service in God’s name. The hymn declares: "We’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord, trusting in His holy word; He’s never failed us yet!" Indeed it is not by our own strength that we find ourselves here — it has been by leaning upon God, who has blessed us and all along the way has kept ...


A tribute to mothers

5/8/2015

"I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also." (II Timothy 1:5, NIV) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR. One Sunday morning, 7-year-old Marcia was scheduled to recite a short speech for her class at church. She had rehearsed it so many times; she knew it by heart. But when she stepped to the stage and looked out at all the people, her mouth went dry, her mind went blank, and she trembled, on the ...


What difference did Easter make?

4/17/2015

"It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, He’ll do the same thing in you that He did in Jesus, bringing you alive to Himself?" (Romans 8:11, Peterson’s Translation) By Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. Well, another Easter has come and gone. The lilies have been taken home, and the Easter eggs that once littered the church grounds have all been found — at least we hope so. Any leftover bulletins have been gathered and thrown...


No Man’s Land is God’s land

3/27/2015

"Once you enter the land that God, your God, is giving you as an inheritance and take it over and settle down, you are to take some of all the first fruits of what you grow in the land that God, your God, is giving you, put them in a basket and go to the place God, your God, sets apart for you to worship Him." (Deuteronomy 26:1-2, The Message) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES Jr. Throughout the month of March, I have been visiting our United Methodist churches in far northwest Oklahoma, including those...


Discovering your purpose

3/6/2015

"Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify, your name." (John 12:27-28, NIV) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR. A customer walked into a sporting goods store and asked for a compass. The clerk responded, "Sir, do you want the kind of compass that takes you places, or do you want the one that only makes circles?" In our culture, perhaps one of the greatest tragedies is that so many people ...


Risking all to pursue Christ

2/13/2015

"There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’" (John 3:1-2, 4, NKJV) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR. My grandmother Marie Hayes was a brilliant woman. Born in the early 1880s in Georgia and reared in Mineola, Texas, she was the wife of a ...


Without hesitation

1/23/2015

"As (Jesus) walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him." (Matthew 4:18-20, New International Study Bible) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR. Sometimes one word is all you need. One word, carefully placed, often can convey as much as an entire sentence of words strung ...


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