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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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FB: The Cure for Despair

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Despair is a condition common to man. Even those who are strongest spiritually come across circumstances and times where they can cope only with the help of the Lord. The Psalmist felt this way, and said:

“To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: do not be silent to me, lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit” (Psalm 28:1).

Can you imagine crying out to a God who has no concern for your welfare? To make your petition known, only to expect and receive no help? Fortunately, we know and understand that God loves His children. Those who are His can:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

The Psalmist knew of the tender mercies of His God. In the midst of his despair he cried out, expected and received an answer from His God:

“Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him” (Psalm 28:6-7).

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Sermon: God of All Comfort

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Paul reveals God as the source of all comfort, in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. His comfort for us allows us in turn to offer comfort to others.

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“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

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Lesson 9 of 9, Fall 2016 Gospel Meeting. Speaker: Jeremiah Cox.

A helpful explanation of the Lord’s words on the cross when He died for our sins. The text of Psalm 22 is used to explain the phrase.

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Seeing the Unseen

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Lesson 4 of 9, Fall 2016 Gospel Meeting. Speaker: Jeremiah Cox.

An exegetical study of 2 Corinthians 4, emphasizing the importance of keeping our focus on spiritual, eternal matters – so that we do not become discouraged.

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Sermon: Despair – A Motivation to Share the Gospel

ImageSo many are lost in sin and despairing, not knowing where to turn. The gospel is a beacon of hope. As Christians, we should be motivated to share that precious message of salvation.

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Invitation: A Matter of Perspective

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The apostle Paul shows in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, that regardless of our affliction in this life, there is no need to lose heart.

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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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Sermon: Defeatism

In this sermon by Bob Ward, Bob discusses the defeatist attitude which can harmfully effect the Christian’s life and profession of faith.

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From the Preacher’s Pen: We Are Not Alone!

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In 1 Kings 19:10, Elijah lamented to God, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” He had in rapid order celebrated a great victory over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, and experienced the terror of Jezebel’s mortal threat, as she vowed to have his head by the next day.

Elijah was a great man, but this was a moment of weakness and despair. While we do not wish to judge him harshly, his despair led to self-pity. His belief that he alone remained faithful to God was mistaken. The Lord later appeared to Elijah, and said, “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him” (vs. 18).

This is a good lesson for us, as we sometimes may despair in our service to God. In our difficulties, it may seem that our trial is unique, and it simply is not. In a similar vein, Paul wrote, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). In reality, our circumstance is similar to that of other men, and especially of fellow Christians. This knowledge should give us both strength and comfort.

We are not alone, God and His people are with us. May we faithfully labor in His vineyard!

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