The Pursuit of Happiness

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · The Pursuit of Happiness Two hundred and forty-five years ago, the United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain. With its declaration and subsequent war, the United States emerged as a beacon of liberty and freedom. While at times not living up to our ideals, theContinue reading “The Pursuit of Happiness”

Advent: Jesus Gives Us Joy

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Advent: Jesus Gives Us Joy In the TV show Mad Men, advertising executive Don Draper said the secret to advertising is happiness. While I have never watched an episode of this show, I believe he’s on to something. Advertisers know that we want happiness, but what is happiness?Continue reading “Advent: Jesus Gives Us Joy”

The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” In the Fourth Commandment the Lord told His people to “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” They kept it holy by refraining from work (Ex 20:10) on the Sabbath and taking it asContinue reading “The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11)”

Learning to be Content (Philippians 4:10-13)

We learned in our previous sermon that if we surrender the battlefield in our mind to our enemy, we will become miserable, resentful, bitter, ineffective, and unfruitful in our service for Christ Jesus. One dangerous result for a Christian is to be discontent. Discontentment is dangerous for a Christian because it is the state ofContinue reading “Learning to be Content (Philippians 4:10-13)”

Exhortation to Humble Service (Philippians 2:1-11)

Humility is a virtue that we usually commend in others. We, on the other hand, are more likely to defend ourselves rather than humble ourselves. We are quick to justify ourselves and our actions because we don’t want to admit our faults. In Philippians, Paul wants the church in Philippi to have a joyful faithContinue reading “Exhortation to Humble Service (Philippians 2:1-11)”

To Live is Christ (Philippians 1:19-26)

In a recent survey of the most common phobias (fears), a few of the most common are: Mysophobia—Fear of Germs, Acrophobia—fear of heights, Ophidiophobia —fear of snakes, and Arachnophobia—fear of spiders. What isn’t always at the top of the list but should be is Thanatophobia—fear of death because the main reason we are afraid ofContinue reading “To Live is Christ (Philippians 1:19-26)”

Charity that is Pleasing to God (Matthew 6:1-4)

Have you heard about the recipe for misery? Chas Kingsley once said, “If you wish to be miserable, think about yourself; about what you want, what you like; what respect people ought to pay you; and then to you nothing will be pure. You will spoil everything you touch; you will make misery for yourselfContinue reading “Charity that is Pleasing to God (Matthew 6:1-4)”