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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: The Benefits of an Increasing Faith

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As our faith grows, and with it we mature spiritually, it enables us in various ways. It gives us the ability to: 1) Discern good and evil; 2) Resist temptation; 3) Forgive; 4) Deal with those who oppose the truth; 5) Cope with physical decline; and 6) Face death.

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FB: Do not give place to the Devil!

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In Ephesians 4:26-27, Paul wrote, “‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.”

There are many ways we can “give place to the devil.” Mentioned in the text are lying, stealing, all types of evil speaking, bitterness, clamor and malice. In verse 26 the problem Paul addresses is anger.

We all get angry. But, we must control it when it comes, and rid ourselves of it as soon as possible. Otherwise, Satan will use it to cause us to sin. Do not give place to the Devil!

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Invitation: Overcoming Temptation

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In 1 Corinthians 10:13 Paul notes that temptations are common to all men. We must resist temptation, and if we do we have the assurance that God will help us.

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Invitation: God was not well pleased

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In 1 Corinthians 10:1-5,11, the apostle Paul refers to the Israelites as an admonition to us, for God was “not well pleased” with them. From this, Paul makes three applications in verses 12-14. 1) Pride is a problem; 2) God is faithful; 3) Flee idolatry.

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Sermon: Know Your Enemy

ImageWhile powerful, the devil is not the evil antithesis of God. While God is omniscient, the devil is limited in knowledge, and is fallible. His pride is his downfall. We can be successful in resisting him.

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Sermon: Be Wary of Corrupting Influences

Image The world we live in is truly profane. As Christians we need to take care that we not be corrupted by worldly influences.

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Sermon: Derailed While Young

ImageThere are many pitfalls that may befall a young person who is not sufficiently spiritually minded. The sermon considers 10 such dangers.

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Invitation: Steadfastly Set Your Face!

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In Luke 9:51, the gospel writer reveals a very difficult moment in the life of Jesus. Knowing the end was near, Jesus “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.”

What a wonderful example for us. When times of difficulty present themselves in our lives, will we face them steadfastly, and serve the Lord?

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“Sinful Nature” VS “Flesh”

There is a song that we occasionally sing, Amazing Grace, that was written by a man who believed the Calvinistic concept of inherited depravity. When he wrote the words, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…”, he meant something other than what the scriptures teach concerning sin, grace and redemption. However, because he used scriptural language in the text of the song, we may sing it with a good conscience and an honest heart because we take the words to mean what is taught in scripture rather than what was intended by the author of the song. If the language he had used had clearly indicated his incorrect views, we would not be able to use the song.

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Sermon: Our God is Able

The sermon begins in Daniel 3, and demonstrates that Our God is able to:

  • Give and sustain life
  • Save our souls
  • Deliver us
  • Reward us
  • Punish the disobedient

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Invitation: Why God’s Armor is Needed

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Using Ephesians 6:12, Stan explains why the armor of God is needed.

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Invitation: What it Means to be Courageous

Invitation delivered by: Armando Vera

Sin and temptation is everywhere in our society. In the face of all this temptation, it is important for all of us to be courageous in standing against sin. James 4:1-10.

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From the Preacher’s Pen: Politeness and Choice

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In the Fort Worth Star Telegram on the crosswords page, there are two “jumble” type puzzles, where you have to rearrange letters to uncover the intended words. Each of them have a “payoff” word that comes with a clue. I liked the “Scramlets” puzzle from Tuesday. The clue was:

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.

Wisdom comes from the most unexpected places. The quote acknowledges that everyone has thoughts that are rude or inappropriate, but a polite person chooses carefully those thoughts he will express.

This reminds me of James’ thoughts regarding temptation and sin in James 1:14-15, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings for death.”

All are tempted to sin. No matter the enticement, no matter the desire, sin is avoided when we choose not to pursue it. The choice is not always easy to make, and is made easier only as a Christian matures spiritually. However, two things are indisputably true. First, we can resist the temptations to sin. Paul wrote, “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Second, we are accountable for the choices we make! “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

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Invitation: The Methods of Satan

Invitation delivered by: Ron Doss

In this talk, Ron discusses what the scriptures reveal about Satan’s attempts to destroy the faith of Christians. Whether deception, persecution or temptation, we must be on guard against his devices.

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Sermon: 7 Promises of God

The sermon first establishes that all of God’s promises are sure. Then, discusses the following promises of God:

  1. To supply every need we have.
  2. That His grace is sufficient for us.
  3. That His children will not be overtaken in temptation.
  4. Victory over death.
  5. That all things work together for good to those who love Him.
  6. Those who believe and are baptized will be saved.
  7. Eternal Life.

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