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Jim Hays

Jim Hays is the preaching minister for the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Buda, Texas. He is a student in the M.A. in Theological Studies degree program at Austin Grad, having recently completed his bachelor studies at Austin Grad and Abilene Christian University. He was previously the minister for the Church of Christ in Goldthwaite, Texas and the North Oaks Church of Christ in Santa Clarita, CA. Prior to entering ministry, he spent 30 years managing radio stations in markets like Odessa, El Paso, Fresno, and Columbus. He was most recently a program manager for Westwood One Radio Networks in Los Angeles.
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Beware the Yeast Beast!

Posted by Jim Hays on November 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

“Jesus cautioned them, saying, ‘Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod’” (Mark 8:15).

Each year, the Jews were required to clear out every bit of leaven in the house—to start over with a fresh loaf of bread with no leaven. It was flat bread, unleavened bread. This annual event became known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread which coincided with Passover. In scripture, leaven is used to symbolize a corrupting influence. In a couple of his letters, Paul quotes an ancient proverb that says, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.” That proverb is full of truth. When you work leaven into the dough, it influences all that it contacts. It’s also true in life. Evil always spreads and damages everything it contacts.

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