Bishop's Corner

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 ...


The centerpiece of time

1/2/2015

God, it seems you’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, long before you brought earth itself to birth, from "once upon a time" to "kingdom come" — you are God. You’ve got all the time in the world — whether a thousand years or a day, it’s all the same to you. (Psalm 90:1-2,4; The Message) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES Jr. As you replace your 2014 calendars with new ones for 2015, let me pass on a few thoughts about a related subject, seldom discussed. The days and months ...


One knee up, one knee down

12/12/2014

"They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshipped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh." (Matthew 2:11, The Message) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES Jr. So many wonderful segments of the Christmas story have survived the centuries, but the one I like best is the narrative about the three wise men. Scriptures do not go into great detail about who they were, but there are a few facts that help us ...


God welcomes your call of thanksgiving

11/21/2014

Some stories stay with you forever. One that I will remember always is the wonderful account of a man who attempted to call the editor of a large metropolitan newspaper. The editor worked in an exclusive, private office. All incoming phone calls were screened. To reach the editor, a caller first had to speak with a secretary in an outer office, then a subordinate in an inner office, and finally the personal administrative assistant to the editor. When the man called, the secretary in the outer ...


Living in the tension

10/31/2014

"I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1-3) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES Jr. Today I feel compelled to address what I believe is the most volatile issue in U.S. culture and within our denomination: human sexuality. More specifically: homosexuality and...


Desire a radiant faith

10/10/2014

"Rejoice in the Lord always and, again, I say: Rejoice." (Philippians 4:4) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR. How inspiring to see a devoted follower of Christ meet life’s challenges with a cheerful outlook and determination to overcome any circumstance! When you encounter people like that, your own burdens seem lighter and you gain incentive to go another round. But how discouraging to see an equally dedicated disciple engulfed in hopelessness! I have seen both during my ministry. The difference ...


Wonderfully made

9/19/2014

"I’ve concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear. Whatever was, is. Whatever will be, is. That’s how it always is with God." (Ecclesiastes 3:14-15, The Message) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR. Let me begin with a confession: The older I get, the less patience I have with people who want to argue about the existence of God. What world are...


The joy of being called

8/29/2014

"As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.’" (Matthew 4:18-20, NIV) By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR. Bill is a dear friend who, like me, enjoys memorable quotations. Since my college days, I have collected a great number of books that contain ...


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