Faith Comes by Hearing
by Chuck Hayes
That They May Hear Ministries
preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ from our front door to the ends of the earth
Answer: To be saved, they must first hear the gospel: "Faith comes by hearing" (Romans 10:17)
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Recent postings
Changing the World One Bible at a Time
by Chuck Hayes
July 2013
Several years ago, while serving at a Gospel Rescue Mission, I was presented with a priceless question regarding the salvation of those who have never heard of Jesus Christ. I responded with the biblical answer and issued a challenge to the entire group during chapel that night. This is an outline of how our discussion went:

Question: What about those people in remote, unreached areas who have never heard the gospel? Will they eventually be saved and go to heaven?
How many Bibles do you own?

Research shows that the American Christian has anywhere from three to nine Bibles. In my office alone, I have over a dozen Bibles with different translations. In my work area, I have four different study Bibles from various scholars at my fingertips. On my bookshelf I have four brand-new Bibles still in the box (they discontinued this particular type so I bought as many as I could find). And . . .   I have a smart phone with a Bible app. You get the picture.
While we sit here with an abundance of Bibles readily available, many Christians in third world countries meet and worship without one complete Bible.

Recently this ministry received the following letter from a group in Nigeria:
                   We have been reading from your website for a while but just for reading sake, and none of us has ever
                   concluded to give our lives to Christ but one day something so serious happened. There was a
                   misunderstanding and eight of our close friends were murdered in a cool blood. Brother, these eight
                   friends of ours died without Christ. So today 120 of us don’t want to die like our eight friends. You see,
                   because of the message 120 of us have been reading and re-reading from your website and because of the
                   death of our eight friends 120 of us have now completely surrendered our whole lives to Christ....And we
                   all are ready to witness for Jesus but our main problem now is lack of Bibles.

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Give Yourself to Reading
by Chuck Hayes
August 2013
“Out of love for the Word of God often flows a love for literature that strengthens our love for the Word and the God of the Bible.”

I’ve heard this statement and I agree. Christians love to read. First, the Bible. And second, Christ-centered books. Books that drive us back to the Scriptures, deepening our love and understanding of God.
Reading the Scriptures: A Supernatural Desire

Before God saved me, the only “literature” I read was the sports page. Afterward, I remember sitting at my desk where I worked and longing to read the only Bible I had-The Good News Bible lying on the counter behind me. (I still remember those stick figures.) Why? God had done a supernatural work in my life changing even my desire to read. Truly, this was what Peter meant when he wrote, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1Peter 2:2-3). Indeed, I had tasted the Lord’s grace!

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The Day of the Lord | Part 1 of 3
by Chuck Hayes
July 2014
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Anyone watching the news lately has probably heard of basketball star LeBron James’s decision to leave Miami and return to Cleveland. What you may have missed, however, is the sign a fan held up behind an ESPN reporter that read, “THE KING HAS RETURNED!” Having played basketball most of my young adult life, I still watch a game from time to time. And although I admire good talent, this sign struck me as absolutely ridiculous. The return of a basketball star may be big news to some, but it in no way compares to the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16), who is going to return one day, raise the dead, judge the small and great, and make all things new!

His Promise

In his second epistle, Peter looks to stir up the elect pilgrims (2 Peter 3:1) by reminding them of the ever-approaching “day of the Lord” (3:10, 12) foretold by the prophets and apostles (3:2). Although no one knows when, the Lord will return (Matthew 24:36-44; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Furthermore, as it was when the flood came in Noah’s day, people will be busy about the things of life, when, like a “thief in the night” (2 Peter 3:10), He will come on the “clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). This is His promise!

His Judgment is Imminent

Until then, scoffers (mockers) will trouble many with their “destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1), “destructive ways” (2:2), and “deceptive words” (2:3). They will trouble the minds of people, saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation” (3:4). Peter explains that the scoffers “willfully forget” that the world “perished, being flooded with water” (3:5-6) and is now “reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (3:7). Also, Peter states, “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (3:8). Hence, the judgment is imminent!

The Day of the Lord | Part 2 of 3
by Chuck Hayes
July 2014
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”[1]

Franklin, a friend, companion, and supporter of George Whitefield, the great revivalist preacher of the eighteenth century, enjoyed Whitefield’s ministry. Sadly, however, Franklin never made a public confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10). He wrote, “Mr. Whitefield used, indeed, to pray for my conversion, but he never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard. Ours was a mere civil friendship, sincere on both sides, and lasted to his death.”[2] In any case, he was right about the certainty of death (I’ll leave the subject of taxes to those more qualified). With that said, however, there is another certainty Franklin failed to mention: the day of judgment!

All Things Will Be Dissolved by Fire!

Wanting to stir up the elect pilgrims (2 Peter 3:1), Peter reminds them of the promise of Christ’s coming (3:9-10), the reason for His delay (3:9), and the dangers of scoffers (3:3-4). He then describes the events that will soon take place: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (3:10).
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The Day of the Lord | Part 3 of 3
by Chuck Hayes
August 2014
People who live along the Atlantic Coast begin to get a little nervous between June 1 and November 30. While this period may not mean anything to most people, meteorologists (and avid storm watchers like myself), and those who live in this area pay particular attention to it. The reason: This is hurricane season.

Each hurricane season brings with it the possibility of property damage, injury, and loss of life. For this reason, the National Weather Service (NWS) helps educate, prepare, and protect the public. “The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches.” [1] And that, of course, is the key: being ready!

Okay, humor me for a moment. If the apostle Peter were a meteorologist, he might say something like this: “Given the inevitability of a hurricane, ‘what manner of persons ought you to be?’” That is, are you taking action to make a family plan, acquire needed supplies, including a medical kit, and so on? Are you ready? Similarly, Peter said that given the inevitability of the coming “day of the Lord” (2 Peter 3:10), “What manner of persons ought you to be?” (3:11). Are you taking action, with the empowering help of the Holy Spirit, to put away sin and worldliness while loving righteousness? Are you ready?

The Preacher
a poem by Chuck Hayes
January 2015
The singing ended and the seasoned servant appeared,
With no notes, no power point - only a worn out Bible in hand.
On his way to the pulpit, he stroked his short beard.
With fear and trembling, the pastor took his stand.

"Please take your Bibles and turn..." said the old-fashioned preacher.
No phones or tablets buzzed, only the sound of pages so dear.
The fluttering was heard by the faithful and their teacher;
There was no sweeter sound to that minister's ears.

But, for some, folly and bunk are the wisdom of words.
No jokes! No entertainment! Only Christ crucified will do!
Where are the smart, the deep thinkers, strange things absurd?
The gospel's power doesn't need fads and trends so new.

So when the next Lord's Day comes and you hear the Good News.
Show the preacher some gratitude when he walks by your pew.