Advent: The Hopes & Fears of all the Years (Ruth 2)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Advent: The Hopes & Fears of All the Years (Ruth 2) When we left Naomi at the end of chapter 1, she felt empty and believed that the Almighty was against her (1:21). If someone would have counseled her that there is still hope, she would have responded,Continue reading “Advent: The Hopes & Fears of all the Years (Ruth 2)”

Advent: O Little Town of Bethlehem (Ruth 1)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Advent: O Little Town of Bethlehem (Ruth 1) O little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie!Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go byYet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting lightThe hopes and fears of all the years are met in theeContinue reading “Advent: O Little Town of Bethlehem (Ruth 1)”

Abounding with Thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Abounding with Thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7) On October 3, 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that a National Thanksgiving Day be held on the last Thursday of November. He called for this day because “we are prone to forget the source from which [our blessings] come.”Continue reading Abounding with Thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7)

The Continual Need for Reformation (Nehemiah 13)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · The Continual Need for Reformation (Nehemiah 13) At the end of Chapter 12, Nehemiah went back to Susa to report to the king after spending 12 years in Jerusalem. “After some time” (13:6), Nehemiah asked the king to allow him to return to Jerusalem. When Nehemiah arrived backContinue reading The Continual Need for Reformation (Nehemiah 13)

The Need for Reformation (Nehemiah 11-12)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · The Need for Reformation (Nehemiah 11-12) October 31st is a very popular day. Many people immediately recognize it as Halloween, but there is a much more significant aspect to this day. 505 years ago a German monk named Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door ofContinue reading The Need for Reformation (Nehemiah 11-12)

The Renewal of the Heart (Nehemiah 9-10)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Renewing the Heart (Nehemiah 9-10) When we last left the Israelites they were celebrating God’s goodness through the Feast of Booths. The Feast of Booths was a time to rejoice and remember how God led the Israelites through the wilderness into the Promised Land. Now that the feastContinue reading The Renewal of the Heart (Nehemiah 9-10)

And There was Great Rejoicing! (Nehemiah 8:1-18)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · And There was Great Rejoicing (Nehemiah 8) In 586 BC, Jerusalem’s wall had been torn down and the gates had been burned by the Babylonians. Jerusalem was desolate and God worked through Nehemiah to rebuild. In 445 BC (141 years later), the walls were rebuilt in 52 daysContinue reading And There was Great Rejoicing! (Nehemiah 8:1-18)

Rebuilding the Walls: Part 3 – The Assembly (Nehemiah 7)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Rebuilding the Walls: The Assembly (Nehemiah 7) The book of Nehemiah does more than share with us the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. It also shows us the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem; namely, the people. It is not enough that the city walls and gates are rebuilt.Continue reading Rebuilding the Walls: Part 3 – The Assembly (Nehemiah 7)

Rebuilding the Walls – Part 2: The Attacks (2:9-10; 2:19-20; 4:1-6:14)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Rebuilding the Walls: The Attacks (Nehemiah 4-6) Nehemiah has a burden to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem. He has secured permission from the king and rallied the workers. Things started well so it is not a surprise that they encountered significant opposition. Warren Wiersbe noted: “WhenContinue reading Rebuilding the Walls – Part 2: The Attacks (2:9-10; 2:19-20; 4:1-6:14)