Bishop's Corner

A tribute to mothers


"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?


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


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


"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


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


"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...

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