Humbled or Hardened? (John 7:40-52)

Would it surprise you to hear that a significant amount of the Gospel of John centers around conflicts Jesus had during His ministry. From Herod’s wrath at Jesus’ birth to angry mobs seeking His death, Jesus was acquainted with grief (Is 53:3). John prepared us for this reality when he wrote: “The true light, whoContinue reading “Humbled or Hardened? (John 7:40-52)”

A Woman of Faith (2 Kings 4:8-37)

Today is Mother’s Day; a day to honor our mothers and the women in our lives that have impacted us for good. Mothers, we celebrate you. It has been said that a mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go. An old Jewish proverb says, “A mother understands what a child does not say.” MiltonContinue reading “A Woman of Faith (2 Kings 4:8-37)”

He Satisfies My Soul (John 7:37-39)

Some Bible translations print the words of Jesus in red. Some in black. There is even a version of the New King James that prints Jesus’ words in blue. J.C. Ryle said concerning our text this morning: “It has been said that there are some passages in Scripture which deserve to be printed in lettersContinue reading “He Satisfies My Soul (John 7:37-39)”

Stiff-necked and Hard-hearted (John 7:1-36)

One characteristic of Jesus’ ministry is that a lot of people didn’t know what to think of Him. He defied expectations and shattered preconceived notions. One out of many examples is that Jesus didn’t drive the Romans out of Jerusalem, but drove the Jews out of the Temple. Speaking of defying expectations, the Galileans wereContinue reading “Stiff-necked and Hard-hearted (John 7:1-36)”

Complaining about Bread from Heaven (John 6:22-71)

What do you do when someone doesn’t do what you want them to do? One common, sinful response is to complain. Complaining, grumbling, moaning, groaning, bleating, whining, and bellyaching (whatever you wish to call it) are sins. Complaining is sin because it is unloving. You cannot criticize someone and love them at the same time.Continue reading “Complaining about Bread from Heaven (John 6:22-71)”

Walking on Water (John 6:15-21 & Matt 14:22-33)

After miraculously feeding 5,000 people, the crowd cried out: “This really is the Prophet who was to come into the world!” (John 6:14). Jesus knew that the people “were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king…[so]…He withdrew again to the mountain by Himself” (John 6:15). Mark tells us that HeContinue reading “Walking on Water (John 6:15-21 & Matt 14:22-33)”

The Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-14) 

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-15) We all know that tests are important, but that doesn’t mean we have to enjoy them. It has been said that during a test, “people look up for inspiration, down in desperation, and left and right for information.” After a particularly painfulContinue reading “The Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-14) “

Conflict at a Feast of the Jews (John 5:1-47)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Healing at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5) In the movie Braveheart, Mel Gibson plays the Scottish hero William Wallace. William Wallace is fighting for Scottish independence from England. In one memorable scene before a battle, William Wallace rides out to meet the English captains. When asked whereContinue reading “Conflict at a Feast of the Jews (John 5:1-47)”