A Salvage Job by Pastor James Collins

Pastor James Collins

A Salvage Job

And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? Nehemiah 4:2

For the past several weeks, I have been remodeling our house. Amanda and the kids are supposed to be helping me. Instead, they usually find something else to do.

The other day, they went to the fairgrounds to work in the 4-H Building. When they left, Amanda said, “We will be back around lunchtime.” Thinking that they would be back soon to help me, I started a big project of ripping out old carpet. They came home around dark.

I looked at them and said, “I am going to start calling you all ‘blisters.’” The kids looked at me funny. One of them said, “Why are you going to call us ‘blisters?’” I said, “Because you show up when the work is done!”

Amanda and I purchased an old house when we moved to Fort Scott. It is a unique Victorian House that was built in 1887. We really loved the character of the old house. As we have been remodeling, we really wanted to salvage as much of the original parts of the house as possible. Instead of putting in new doors, we are cleaning up and re-oiling the pocket doors. Instead of putting in new floors, we are sanding and refinishing the old hardwood floors. Instead of putting in new windows, we are cleaning up and repainting the old windows.

Have you ever tried to build anything with salvage materials? It is much easier to use new materials than to salvage old materials. In the process of remodeling, I have pulled nails out of warped 2 x 4s. Then I have tried to straighten out and re-use those old nails and boards. I have pulled up linoleum flooring. Then I have scrapped glue off the hardwood floors, so they could be sanded and refinished. I have taken off door hinges and hardware. Then I have cleaned the layers of paint off the old hinges and hardware, so I could reuse them. It would have been much easier to use new materials.

About 2,500 years ago, God sent Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. When Nehemiah rebuilt the walls, he didn’t have nice new materials. He had to rebuild the walls out of the old burned up materials. He had to rebuild the walls out of trash. He had to rebuild the walls out of rubbish.

This Sunday, I would love for five, nice, tithing, soul-winning, families who got saved when they were kids to walk in the door of our church and say, “We’re here to join the church!” But that is not the way God works. Instead, we might have a woman who is living with a man who is not her husband. We might have some guy who is on drugs. We might have some drunk. We might have somebody who is going through a divorce. We might have someone who is addicted to pornography. That is who the Lord will send. But God can build a church with those people. He can “revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish.”

The point is: The Lord Jesus Christ is in the salvage business. I don’t know about you, but I am a salvage job. I was as lost as a snake in tall grass. I was lost in my sin, and I was going to bust the gates of hell wide open and sizzle like a sausage. But Jesus Christ saved my soul, and He can save yours too!

Jesus Christ is in the salvage business. Let Him remodel your life into something beautiful.

Pastor James Collins serves at Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. He can be reached at (620) 223-2986 or through the webpage www.thepointis.net.

Obituary of Hudson Bagnall

Hudson Crew Bagnall, 16 day old son of Nathan and Lisa Bagnall, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 28,2019, in Overland Park, Kansas.  Survivors include his parents, Nathan and Lisa Bagnall; his brother, Nathan and three sisters, Ashlynn, Addisyn and Bradleigh.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, June 19th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Cremation will follow services.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Kenna Elliott

Kenna Kay Elliott, age 57, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg, KS.

She was born March 24, 1962, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Charles Raymond Wilson and Sharon Kay Simons Miller and George Kepley Miller.

She married Charles Ernest Elliott, Jr. on June 1, 1979, at the Nazarene Church in Ft. Scott. Kenna worked for many years as a nurse and later in life became a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and maintaining her home and land with Charlie and took great pride in the beauty of their home.

Survivors include her husband Charlie of the home; three daughters, Candace Martin and husband Anthony; Rachelle Smith; and Kayla Hall and husband Dustin, all of Ft. Scott; eight grandchildren, Alyssa Martin, Konner Kim, Logan Smith, Gavin Smith, Mallorie Hall, Libbie Hall, Grayson Hall and MaKenna Martin. Also surviving are two sisters, Jennifer Lemley and husband Jeff, Arlington, TX, and Denise Miller and husband Bryan Baker, Tallahassee, FL; a brother John Miller and wife Lori Reesor, Middleton, WI; and her mother, Sharon Miller and adopted father George Miller.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Raymond Wilson; and a brother, Charles Raymond (Poncho) Wilson, II.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 18th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Monday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Bourbon County Commission Special Meeting at 11:30 a.m. June 14


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: June 14th, 2019

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

11:30-Signing of a Hemp Letter

Justifications for Executive Session:

          Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

          Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

          Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

          Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

          Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

Meet The Author: Ronda Hassig, June 25

Join Hedgehog.INK!

for an Author-talk and Book-signing

with Ronda Hassig

June 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in her home at 512 S. Judson,

(former home of Ken and Charolette Lunt)

Ronda Hassig is a retired middle school librarian and author.  She is a 5th generation Kansan born and raised in Lawrence. She has always loved history and she and her husband Rob have traveled the world collecting artifacts from the Civil War, Civil Rights, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the Cold War.  

Ronda has a passion for primary sources and uses them in all of her books.

Ronda and her husband have recently moved to Fort Scott.

The Greatest Test of Courage follows Edward Mack during World War II. Stationed in the Philippines, his life changed forever on December 7, 1941.

Learn about Edward Mack’s story and how his ring found in California in 2007, prompted the writing of his story.

Giftedness by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

Ask a pastor to name his greatest frustration as a church leader, and typically the answer will be people who complain but never step up to make a difference. One woman blogged that her father pastored a church in which a member approached her mother, saying that the pastor and his wife should put curtains in the nursery. The writer’s mother, knowing the complainer was a seamstress, said, “That sounds like a great idea. Why don’t you get on that right away?” The windows never got curtains.

As the body of Christ, we all have a role in the church. Tithing is necessary to keep the church functioning, but Scripture makes it clear we all have been created for different purposes beyond that. Look at what 1 Corinthians 12: 14-20 says about our giftedness: … the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.   In verse 27, Paul summarizes what he has just written: Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. Last year when I pulled up to the front of the church I attend in Fort Scott, a middle-aged couple was re-landscaping the area around the entryway fountain. The day was hot, the work laborious, but when I thanked them for volunteering to take on such a task, they shared that it was their gift and they were glad to help. I was grateful for their generosity, knowing that it definitely is not my gift, since anything green, flowering and of the plant kingdom dies rapidly when I add my black thumb to help. Unfortunately, there are those who never volunteer. Too many times the comment “Don’t you think we ought to…?” really means, “Don’t you think YOU ought to…?” (You know, too many chiefs, not enough Indians.) There was a time I volunteered for everything…even gardening. “No” was not in my vocabulary because I was all about earning grace points, pleasing God, no matter how out-of-my-area-of-expertise the task was. Dave, my husband, constantly asked me to put on the volunteer brakes, but, for goodness sakes, there was a need, and SOMEBODY had to meet it. When I really began to understand the meaning of the verses in 1 Corinthians, I realized that I was denying someone else the opportunity to use his/her gift instead of focusing on where I should be utilizing my talents. For most people, that is not the issue. Churches are full of Sunday-only pew-sitters who never volunteer. Here in Florida where I will live for the next few months, the church I attend is determined to “plug in” all of its 14,000 members somewhere. Four classes are scheduled each month to introduce newcomers to the church dogma, to test people’ spiritual gifts, and to offer places where those gifts can be used. From parking lot attendants to equestrian experts to members of the sex-trafficking team to prayer warriors, the seemingly endless list recognizes the need for everyone to contribute. If you are curious as to where you have been spiritually gifted, there are dozens of tests on line. And here’s the cool part: where God has equipped you is probably something you love to do…which is why, not surprisingly, gardening was found nowhere on my list.

National History Day 2019: FSMS

Fort Scott Middle School students attended the National History Day competition June 9-13th in College Park, Maryland.

Katelyn Dancer. Submitted photo.

Participating for the first time were Kaitlyn Leavell, Kaitlin Hardwick and Adelynn Nolan.

From left to right. Kaitlin Hardwick, Adelyn Nolan, Katelyn Dancer, Kaitlyn Leavell.

The group competed in the junior group performance category with a project titled “We will not be silent: the triumph through tragedy of the White Rose Resistance Group”.


Katelyn Dancer competed for her second year at National History Day as a junior individual performance with her project “Radium Girls: triumph despite tragedy”. Dancer received the top junior project award for the Kansas delegation, and finished fourth in the nation in junior individual performance. Both projects were well received by their judges and received high marks.

“After all the hard work, extra practices and numerous revisions of both script and annotated bibliographies, all four girls can’t wait to try again with next year’s theme, ‘Breaking through Barriers’,” Angie Kemmerer said.

State parade of competitors before the National History Day awards ceremony in Maryland. Submitted photo.