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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: More than Conquerors

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Acts 12 records a despotic King, Herod, determining to “harass some from the church.” He executed James, the brother of John, and we are told his actions “pleased the Jews.” Their approval spurred him on, and he siezed Peter as well, and put him in prison. (vv. 1-3).

Two lessons can be learned from this:

1) Though we are fortunate not to be the subjects of governmental persecution, that can change. Christians will always be the subject to the ungodly impulses of evil men. It is for this reason we are called to be virtuous in standing when our faith is tested.

2) Ultimately, God wins! So, it is in our best interest to serve Him. Not all who are evil will get their punishment in this life (though Herod did, as God struck him worms, and he died, vs. 23). But, rest assured that the ungodly will be punished, and those who believe will receive the reward of heaven.

As Paul wrote, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

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Sermon: Spiritual Maturity

This sermon by Josh Cox examines the text of 2 Peter 1:5-11 to determine the characteristics that make for Spiritual Maturity. (Virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love).

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AOTS: Daniel’s Bout with the Lions

AOTS Number 71

Daniel’s courageous stand for God even in the face of persecution is a wonderful example for us as Christians.

 

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Podcast: Pure Young Ladies

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Podcast Number 54

Young men want to marry young ladies who have kept themselves pure, and are modest. Young men then, should respect young ladies, and not take advantage of them. Too, young ladies must respect themselves, and keep themselves pure.

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AOTS: The Old Paths

AOTS Number 11

A poem praising the virtues of past days where the Bible and God were respected, and there was less evil in the world.

 

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Sermon: Enduring Sound Doctrine

The term “endure” normally intimates a negative, such as eduring temptation or trial. However, in 2 Timothy 4:3, the apostle refers to those who are unwilling to “endure” sound doctrine. The truth of God is a positive thing, and it is a rather peculiar statement that it is something that must be endured. The concept is examined in this sermon.

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“I Press Toward the Goal”

In his epistle to the Philippians, the apostle Paul expressed his attitude toward his service to Christ. Simply put, he wasn’t about to “count his chickens before they hatched.” In his own words, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

The reason for this single-minded approach in his service to the Lord is stated in the preceding verses, “that I may gain Christ, and be found in him” (vs. 8b-9a). Further, he longed for the result of such a fellowship with his Lord, “if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection of the dead” (vs. 11).

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Podcast: Cleanse Yourself

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Podcast Number 29

The Apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 7:1 admonishes Christians to purify themselves from filthiness,
and perfect holiness. This lesson describes and explains how this can be accomplished.

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In The News: T.O. & Lord Byron

inthenewsA couple of weeks ago two events happened on the same day, that represented the best and worst of our society.

First, former pro golfer Byron Nelson passed away from natural causes after having led a long and eventful life. Second, Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Terrell Owens was admitted to the hospital after overdosing on pain medication.

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Podcast: The Ideal Christian

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Podcast Number # 15

The twelfth chapter of Romans gives a list of characteristics, identifying the ideal for a Christian.

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Take a Stand Like Josiah

The historical account of Josiah’s reign as king of Juda (640-609 BC) is a wonderful read. Josiah became king of Judah at the age of 8, at the death of Amon. In contrast to Amon’s idolatrous reign, (cf. 2 Chronicles 33:21-24), Josiah early in his life turned to serve God. 2 Chronicles 34:3 says, “For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images.” Continue reading » Take a Stand Like Josiah

Virtue

The apostle Peter, in his second epistle gives a list of characteristics that we are to “add to” our faith, that we might be supplied an entrance into “the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1: 5-11). The first of these characteristics that we are to add to our faith is “virtue.”

The term translated in the NKJV “virtue” is the greek word (arete). Vine says that the term “properly denotes whatever procures pre-eminent estimation for a person or thing; hence, intrinsic eminence, moral goodness, virtue” (Vol. IV, pg. 189).

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Ruth and Naomi: Paragons of Virtue

One of the most beautiful passages in all of scripture, illustrating the exalted virtue of loyalty, is found in Ruth’s statement of love for her mother-in-law Naomi.

“But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, {or to} turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people {shall be} my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if {anything but} death parts you and me.'” Ruth 1:16-17

Certain aspects of this relationship between a woman and her daughter-in-law strike me as especially notable.

The Selflessness of Naomi

Naomi had endured a great deal of hardship in a very short period of time. A famine had hit Judah, necessitating that the family of Elimelech go to the country of Moab to survive. While in that country, Naomi lost Elimelech to death. Naomi’s two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, had taken wives from the daughters of Moab, Orpah and Ruth. After ten years spent in Moab, both of Naomi’s sons died as well. Naomi determined to return to the land of Judah, the famine being over. Now, just imagine for a moment the grief and loneliness of this woman as she was about to undertake her journey. All alone, her family buried in a foreign land.

It is from this backdrop we read her entreaty to her daughters-in-law. “And Naomi said to her two daughters in law, ‘Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.’ Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept” (Ruth 1:8-9). Others may have implored that they stay, but Naomi, even in the midst of her grief and loneliness, concerned herself with the needs of those two women she dearly loved. Truly, she put them before herself.

The Loyalty of Ruth

It would be wrong to say that Orpah was disloyal to Naomi by giving heed to her, and returning to her mother’s house. She did no wrong, and her actions are completely sustainable. However, the loyalty of Ruth, crystallized in the beautiful speech above, is remarkable. A young maiden, willing to go to a foreign land, willing to give up the ties of her past, because of her love of this godly and virtuous woman.

After returning to Judah, she went into the fields of Boaz, and gleaned barley, to feed and support herself and her mother-in-law. The character of Ruth serves as a sterling example to all women, and men, concerning the comeliness of loyalty to others.

The Reward of Loyalty

The ending of this story is familiar to all. Boaz married Ruth, she bore a son named Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David (cf. 4:17). Thus a Moabite woman, a foreigner to Israel, became a link in the lineage of our Savior, Jesus the Christ (cf. Matthew 1).

Surely, this teaches us all the importance and rewards of fidelity and love. Brethren, think on these things.

Going Along with the Crowd

Our young people are constantly being pressured to go along with the often illicit and inappropriate behavior that characterizes their peers. Dancing, drinking, drug use, immodesty, profanity, and promiscuity are the norm rather than the exception, and teenage Christians are often ridiculed for abstaining from such activities.

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