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This is the teaching site of the West Side church of Christ in Fort Worth, TX. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials were written and prepared by Stan Cox

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From the Preacher’s Pen: Just Enough

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I came across a poem of sorts on the internet the other day. It is intended to be an expression of hope for blessings to another. The woman who was overheard reciting the verse introduced it with the following words, “When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.” Here is the poem:

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

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A pretty sentiment. It reminds me of Paul’s words to Timothy, “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:8). Of course, the threshold of “just enough” can not be reached unless God is present in one’s life. And if God is there, then any amount we receive suffices! Remember Jesus’ words, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

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Sermon: It’s All About Jesus Christ

The Apostle Paul in dire conditions or in times of abundance, depended upon Jesus Christ, his Savior, for comfort and fulfillment. This is evident from a textual study of Philippians 4, and gives us a wonderful lesson as application.

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Sermon: The Best Way to Live Your Life

The wise man of the book of Ecclesiastes describes the despair of a life lived without God, the best way to be content while living upon the earth, and his final conclusion concerning the best way to live your life, for God (Ecclesiastes 12:9-13).

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From the Preacher’s Pen: The Problem with Contentment

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“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, ESV).

The Bible calls us to be content in our lives. Jesus said, “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” (Matthew 6:31). The apostle Paul exemplified this attitude, even while imprisoned, in his epistle to the Philippians, “…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, bot to abound and to suffer need” (4:11-12).

However, as our initial text notes, there is one area where contentment can be detrimental to the Christian, and that is self-satisfaction in the area of his Christian walk. While it would be unfortunate for us to doubt the Lord’s promises of blessings to his followers, we should never be satisfied with where we are in our journey to heaven. It is necessary that we continue to press forward, lest we falter.

The Hebrew writer warned about neglect, and exhorted his readers to “give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away” (2:1). He noted that some of them had “become dull of hearing” (5:11). For the Christian, diligence is the watchword. Contentment and self-satisfaction are the enemies of faithfulness!

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Sermon: Contentment (Joshua Cox)

Guest speaker Joshua Cox establishes from scripture that as Christians we are to live lives of contentment. The pursuit and love of money is problematic in the Christian life.

One exception to note: A Christian must not be content with regard to his knowledge of God’s word. He must press on, and strive for perfection.

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AOTS: The Truly Wealthy Person

AOTS Number 39

The truly wealthy person is the one who is content with what he has. Godliness with contentment is great gain!

 

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Sermon: Precious Promises

Lesson based on text in 2 Peter 1:3-4. God promises us to forget our sinful past, to help us resist and overcome temptation, to hear our prayerful petitions and to grant us an eternal inheritance through His son Jesus.

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