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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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Righteous Compassion

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I ask that you consider an interesting and important characteristic of God’s word. Time and again there is the call for fairness and honesty — an appeal for what most recognize as being simply right!

The book of Proverbs supplies a good example of this:

“He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord” (17:15).

God is appalled at both the mistreatment of the just, and the coddling of evil doers. It is amazing how often men are concerned about one of the two, but not the other. This can be illustrated by the political discourse of our time. Advocates of one party champion a toleration of that which God calls abominable, but is rightly critical of a lack of compassion that might be shown to the innocent by their opponents. The other party will rightly call for a respect for the rule of law, but in many instances will show little concern for the plight of those who need protection in our country.

Why can’t it be that we practice both righteousness and compassion? Abiding by law and being compassionate are not antithetical concepts. Jesus drove out the money changers, yet spoke with tenderness to the adulterous woman, even as He said, “go and sin no more” (John 8:11).

The phrase, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin” is defensible, and doable. God demands nothing less!

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Sermon: The Christian’s Responsibility to God

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The most important of our responsibilities is toward the eternal God of Heaven, our creator and the author of our redemption. We should worship, fear, obey & love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind.

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The Christian’s Responsibility to the Brethren

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The Christian has the responsibility to be hospitable, to see unity with fellow believers, to edify his brethren and to love them as well.

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The Christian’s Responsibility in the World

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The Christian has the responsibility to be a good citizen, to be a good influence, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to be a good neighbor to those who are in the world.

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Sermon: You have left your first love

Sermon by Brantley Gallman.

The Church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:2-ff) is accused by the Lord, “You have left your first love.” This phrase is discussed in this lesson.

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Sermon: Faith & Friendship

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Principles such as love, trustworthiness, empathy and honesty are discussed as we seek as Christians to deepen our friendships with one another.

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Sermon: Revive Me O Lord!

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The Psalm indicates for us that God is able to revive us through His word, His judgments, and His lovingkindness.

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Sermon: Respect

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Paul described himself, prior to becoming a Christian, as an insolent man. Pride and selfishness lead to disrepect of others. We must show respect to God, and our fellow man.

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Invitation: Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians

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In Ephesians 3, Paul’s prayer for them was that they might know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.

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Sermon: God’s Wisdom

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A discussion of how to implement the wisdom of God into the relationships we sustain in our lives. The key is humility, shown first in our acknowledgement of God, then in the selflessness we exhibit in our response to others.

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The Love of Christ Which Passes Knowledge

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In Ephesians 3:14-19 the apostle Paul uses the language of superlatives (but not hyperbole) to describe the nature of Christ’s love.

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Lovingkindness (Hesed)

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Lesson 7 of 9, Fall 2016 Gospel Meeting. Speaker: Jeremiah Cox.

The Old Testament Hebrew word “Hesed,” translated in Psalm 36:7 as “Lovingkindness” describes a wonderful concept regarding a righteous man’s interaction, both with God and with his fellow man.

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Sermon: Faith, Hope, Love

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The text of 1 Corinthians 13:13 is a famous one. However, Paul’s explanation of his intercessions for the Colossians (Colossians 1:3-7) gives interesting insight on how faith, hope and love work together for the Christian.

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Invitation: Love One Another

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Paul exhorts the Thessalonians in 1 Thessalonians 4:9 to love one another, increasing more and more.

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