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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: Faith Demonstrated in Esther’s Life

Sermon by Brantley Gallman.

The lesson is an examination of the first half of the book of Esther with applications regarding faith as illustrated by her.

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Sermon: A Blind Man Healed

Sermon by Armando Vera.

The lesson examines John 9, and applications that can be learned from the healing of the blind man by Jesus.

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Sermon: Man, Prophet, Savior

A textual study of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman, with an emphasis on her changing view of him as their conversation progressed. First as a man, then a prophet, and finally the Savior of the world.

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Sermon: Shadow and Substance

Shadow and Substance

An examination of the Type/Antitype relationship that appears throughout the Bible, especially those types that prefigure the Messiah.

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Partisanship and Morality

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President Trump is a lightning rod for controversy. His pugnacious personality, outsider status and vulgarity is shocking to the sensibilities of both media and political opponents.

The criticisms of the President are well deserved on his part, as he is not a pleasant person. What is obvious to the unbiased, however, is that partisanship plays a large role in the criticism.

It is striking how often there is a willingness to overlook the failings of one’s own champion, while excoriating any perceived imperfection in the opponent’s man or woman.

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Sojourners and Pilgrims

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The apostle Peter made an impassioned petition to the Christians to whom he wrote in 1 Peter 2:11-12, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles…” What are these fleshly lusts?

First, the terms defined. 1) “fleshly” (sarkikos) under the control of the animal appetites; 2) “lusts” (epithumia) craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden. (Thayer). So, in our context, fleshly lusts are those desires that come from the basest parts of man — desires that are forbidden by God.

The Bible explicitly names many of these. A partial list includes: premarital and extramarital sex, including homosexuality; covetousness; murder; strife; deceit; violence; pride; gossip; anger; willfulness; rebellion; envy; idolatry; lewdness; hatred; jealousy; drunkenness; partying (revelries); extortion; stealing (cf. Romans 1:28-32; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:3; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

When we become Christians, we become new creatures. This world is no longer our home, and our lives should mirror that reality. When we live righteous lives, we will be thought strange by those who act on those fleshly lusts. No matter, for our desire is for our Lord. We are pilgrims in a strange land — heaven is our home!

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Sermon: Mary and Martha

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The lesson is an examination of Luke 10:38-42, and a comparison of the two sisters who Jesus loved.

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Sermon: The Christian and Recreational Drug Use

The Christian and Recreational Drug Use

A discussion of the Christian’s responsibility toward the use of recreational drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and caffeine. Topics discussed: Legality, Addiction, Intoxication, Companionship, and Influence.

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Sermon: The Relationship Between God and Man

The Relationship Between God and Man

Our God is Sovereign and Holy. He requires holiness of us. When we do good, He blesses us. When we choose to do evil, God’s righteous nature requires punishment. But, it is His desire the men be saved, not lost.

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Sermon: A Father’s Touch

A Father's Touch

The lesson shows the importance of the father in the family relationship, as a friend, teacher, protector and leader of his family.

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“He Gave Ear to Me”

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“I cried out to God with my voice—To God with my voice; and He gave ear to me” (Psalm 77:1).

The Psalmist’s trouble is one we feel from time to time. He states that “in the day of my trouble I sought the Lord” but that “My soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed” (2-3).

We too can be so troubled that it seems to us God has forgotten us! “Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore? Has God forgotten to be gracious?” (7-9).

But, if we consider carefully, we will remember the continued faithfulness of God. “Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders…” (13-14).

When we consider that God is able to help us, and that He is willing to give ear to our petitions, we can ultimately trust in His compassion, strength and redemptive work in our lives. As the Psalmist wrote, “You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph” (15); we too can proclaim that our God loves us, and has redeemed all men through His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Truly, God gives ear to those who are His!

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Sermon: Jesus – Prince, Captain, Author (archegos)

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Sermon by Jeremiah Cox (Visiting preacher)

An examination of the greek term (archegos) as it is used to refer to Jesus. Wonderful lessons are learned by the designations given to our Lord.

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The Day of the Lord

The phrase, “the day of the Lord” is one that is used to indicate a coming judgment from God.  Isaiah used it to refer to God’s impending judgment of Babylon (Isaiah 13).  Jeremiah (46:10), Ezekiel (30:3) and Obadiah (15) all use the phrase in a similar fashion.

Such judgment was not reserved for the enemies of Israel.  Numerous prophets used this same phrase in reference to God’s judgment of His own people.  Consider these words from the prophet Joel, “Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand; It shall come as destruction from the Almighty” (Joel 1:15). Interestingly, there is the promise of deliverance that is given to the faithful even in that day (cf. Joel 2:32).

In 2 Peter 3:10, the phrase is used to designate a final judgment of God.  “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”  In that day, there is the promise of deliverance!  “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (vs. 13).

Turn to God and serve Him.  Then give praise to Him as you bask in the promise of His glory!

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Sermon: The Woman About to be Stoned

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This lesson discusses an example of Jesus’ masterful dealing’s with man. We see His ability to deftly handle the efforts of His enemies to destroy His reputation, to convict the hearts of men, and His great compassion and love for the souls of men.

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Sermon: What Will You Do in the New Year?

What Will You Do in the New Year

A lesson on committment and zeal as a new year begins. The thoughts were inspired by a free form poem written by a young Christian girl named Kelsey Harris. She passed away after battling a malignant brain tumor at the age of 16 in 2009.

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