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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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Sermon: Marks of True Devotion

Marks of True Devotion

A discussion of Romans 12:1-8, indicating the need for self examination to ensure we are diligently sacrificing ourselves to our Lord as transformed individuals. This requires us to be active in our service to Him.

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“Speak to us smooth things”

Speak to us smooth things

Some people have a problem with truth. Not all truth, just truth they find objectionable. By refusing to listen to it, they fail to hear what is needed to convict and convert them from sin to righteousness. Are you one of those people? Am I?

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FB: A New Creation

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In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he wrote, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (5:17).

This is both a statement of fact (acknowledging the new birth), and a statement of wonder! When one becomes a child of God, everything changes! Where once we were dead in sin, we are now dead to sin. Where once we had no hope, we now have eternal hope. Where once we had no purpose to our lives, now we rejoice in our singular desire to serve God in all things.

As Paul, “we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (vs. 20). It is a commitment you will never regret!

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Sermon: The TRUE Daniel Plan

Image There is a new diet book out called, The Daniel Plan. It references a passage from Daniel 1:8, where Daniel refused the diet of the king of Babylon. There is a true plan found in the book of Daniel, which if followed, will bring spiritual benefits and health.

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Sermon: Admonitions to Young Preachers – 4

In this final of four lessons on the subject, the sermon discusses Paul’s admonition to Timothy to contend for the truth as a young preacher.

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Invitation: The Character of the New Man

Invitation delivered by: Justin Carrell

Justin gives a paraphrase of Colossians 3, as Paul describes the character of the new man of Christ.

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From the Preacher’s Pen: Love and Tolerance are Different Things!

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While on the internet earlier this week I came across a quote by Rick Warren. There are many things that Warren teaches that are not true, but he got it right with this statement:

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense.

You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

This truth can easily be demonstrated with the parent/child relationship. Many children grow up to embrace beliefs or practices that their parents reject. The parents will express disapproval and may be intolerant of such rebellion, but that in no way indicates a lack of love.

The same thing is true regarding our interactions with one another as Christians. Paul wrote (cf. Galatians 6:1-2) that it is the spiritual man’s duty to correct his brother who is in sin. To do so is an expression of love.

It is also an expression of love to convict the alien sinner of his personal guilt when it comes to sinning against God. It is our duty to the world to seek to save their souls from sin. When we condemn their sin and call them to repentance, we are not hating them. We are practicing charity!

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Invitation: Be Who Jesus Knows You Can Be

Invitation delivered by: Armando Vera

Jesus is certain we can make it to heaven. That’s why he prepared those mansions for us. We can have confidence too, and live for Him. All men can be saved!

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Sermon: Two Cons

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Gospel Meeting May 5-10, 2012
Speaker: Chip Foster

Two concepts are examined, using Jeroboam as an example (1 Kings 12:25-30). The first, CONvenience. The second, CONviction. Good application is made to Christians in our time.

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In the News: Pragmatism VS Idealism

ImageI am not particularly fond of politics, but I have been casually following the debates and campaigns of the Republican candidates for the Presidency. Many are aware that for a time Newt Gingrich had enjoyed a lead in the polls, as the Iowa Caucuses neared. However, political analysts believe that a series of attack ads by a political group that is backing Mitt Romney led to a change of sentiment by voters, and a disappointing 4th place finish for Gingrich in Iowa.

Gingrich has been very civil toward other candidates during debates and campaigning, taking the high road, and eschewing negative campaigning to this point. He has called for other candidates to do the same. However, indications are that things have changed. After his disappointing finish, Gingrich has made clear that he will begin to be more pointed in his criticism of Romney’s policies and history as governor of Massachusetts.

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Invitation: Almost Persuaded is Eternally Lost

Invitation delivered by: Joshua Scroggins

Josh uses the text of Acts 26:28 and the lyrics of the song “Almost Persuaded” to exhort the audience to make the decision to serve Christ acceptably while time and opportunity remains.

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Sermon: Lessons from David and Goliath

This lesson describes some wonderful applications we can make from the narrative of David’s battle with Goliath (1 Samuel 17).

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Sermon: Keith Greer Meeting Sermons (November 7-12, 2009)

I am going to include in this post all of the sermons preached by brother Keith Greer in our recent meeting, November 7-12, 2009.

The Perils of Postponement (Saturday)
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Rise Above Minimal Service (Sunday Class)
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Prayerlessness (Sunday AM)
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Uncompromising Faith (Sunday PM)
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Will God Bless America? (Monday)
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Same Principles in Every Age (Tuesday)
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Keys to Joy (Wednesday AM)
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Gratitude (Wednesday PM)
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God Said, But… (Thursday)
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Brother Greer did a fine job this past week, and I commend each of these lessons to you!

Sermon: Practical Suggestions for Young People

The sermon discusses a number of practical suggestions regarding prayer, study and personal conviction that will benefit any Christian, but especially those who are young, and young in the faith.

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In The News: Can A Christian Be President

inthenewsThe question of our title is similar to other questions that have been asked. Can a Christian be a lawyer? Or, can a Christian tend bar?

Those questions speak of the morality of the two occupations. While I believe that a Christian could certainly practice law, there are certain types of lawyers who seem, if they do their job successfully, to violate Christian morality.

However, when I ask the question, “Can a Christian be President?” I am not so concerned with the ethics of the job; rather, I am referring to the electability of a Christian. I am convinced that one who truly holds to the teachings of Jesus Christ would be considered an extremist, and would have no chance of being elected to the highest office in America.

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