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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: Do We Know How to Blush?

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The Jews of Jeremiah’s day had no shame, they had forgotten how to blush (cf. Jeremiah 6:11-15; 8:8-12). God’s people need to know how to blush. A sense of shame will help to protect and correct in areas such as conduct, speech and appearance.

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Lessons Learned from the Remnant

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The book of Ezra records a remnant of Judah returning to the homeland after 70 years spent in Babylonian captivity. The reason they had been conquered by the Babylonians was their rejection of God. As Jeremiah put it, “Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number” (Jeremiah 2:32).

However, after 70 years (prophesied in Jeremiah 29:10), God stirred up the heart of King Cyrus to allow the Jews to return to their homeland (cf. Ezra 1:1). Not all were interested in leaving the place where they had lived for two generations. But, a remnant was moved by God (1:5), and returned to the land. Here the Jews reestablished their worship to God, and ultimately rebuilt the temple.

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Sermon: Our Response to Being Wrong

Sermon by Bob Ward.

The apostle Peter is used as an object lesson regarding how we should react when we realize that we are in the wrong.

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Sermon: Lessons Learned from Judas Iscariot

In Matthew 26 & 27, several important lessons are learned from the life, betrayal and death of Judas Iscariot.

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Sermon: The “Plan” of Salvation?

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The idea that there are things a man must do to be saved, some people contend to be a product of the legalistic theology of the 19th century. This lesson is a defense of the what the scriptures teach regarding the salvation of man.

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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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“Cannot See Afar Off”

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In 2 Peter 1:9, Peter describes a state of spiritual myopia. Those who have this condition have trouble seeing far behind or ahead, which is necessary to see far within, and effect change that will benefit their soul.

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Invitation: Godly Sorrow Described

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In Psalm 38, the Psalmist describes his great sorrow in sinning against his God.

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FB: A Broken Spirit

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“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2).

This text from David’s psalm shows his truly penitent spirit following his adultery with Bathsheba. Though it took a direct admonition from Nathan to bring him to his senses, there is no doubt that David felt remorse for his sin.

He said, “I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me” (3). This confession, accompanied with his godly sorrow provoked God’s tender mercies.

The Christian too, if he is truly sorrowful for the sins he commits, can receive forgiveness from God. He must acknowledge his sins, repent, and pray God’s forgiveness.

May each of us remember, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
a broken and a contrite heart — These, O God, You will not despise”
(17).

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Sermon: The Conversion of Simon the Sorcerer

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Acts 8:9-35 contains the narrative describing the conversion of Simon the Sorceror. This conversion followed the pattern established with all conversions in the New Testament. However, the unique circumstances of his conversion teach us some other important lessons.

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Sermon: The Bonfire of Repentance

The Bonfire of Repentance

The repentance of the Magicians in Ephesus teach us that true repentance is open, thorough and conclusive.

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Sermon: Escape from Sin

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Based on Matthew 5:27-30, the lesson examines sin, its cause, and the means of escaping both it and eternal punishment.

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How a common man can be special

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Many people in the world can be categorized as generally good. They may treat their families well, and behave in their interactions with their fellow man. They may exhibit kindness and generosity toward others. It is important for us to realize, however, that it is not kindness or generosity that saves our souls. Scripture clearly reveals to us that salvation is in Jesus Christ alone. Paul wrote, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:8-9).

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Sermon: How Do You Handle Your Sin?

ImageMen tend to handle the reality of their own sin in less than beneficial ways. Instead of hiding it, explaining it away or denying sin, we must confess that sin, and repent!

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

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Speaker: Nathan Quinn

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is actually a parable about two brothers, with two important lessons:

1) Return to God
2) Rejoice at the salvation of a lost soul

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