West Side Church of Christ

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Read the Proverbs through in a month,
one chapter per day.
Read the Psalms through in a month,
five Psalms per day.

See today's reading schedule & excerpts from the Psalms & Proverbs at the end of this page

A Non-denominational Church

Our congregation is dedicated to worshipping God in spirit and in truth as closely as we can ascertain from the New Testament. We search the scriptures for guidance and authority on how we ought to live our lives in order to be pleasing to God.

To learn more about us, or to get in touch with us — stop by in person or send us an email at:

wscoc@wschurchofchrist.org .
Or Call (216) 671-1759.


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Sunday AM Sermon

Sermon from Jun 28, 2020
Speaker: Kevin Cleary



Sunday PM Sermon

Sermon from Jun 28, 2020
Speaker: Kevin Cleary



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Blessed Are The Poor
Our Sunday Morning Class

The Poor & Poor in Spirit

Luke 6:20 says,

"Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God."

Matt. 5:3 says,

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (NKJV)

The poor have no influence, power or help, therefore, they are downtrodden and oppressed by men. The poor put their trust in God. Thus, they are "poor in spirit." They realize they are dependent on God. There is no haughtiness of attitude thinking they have no need for anything or knowledge. But they look to God for their every need, especially spiritual needs.

That is why Jesus said,

"For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

From,
Mike Mathis


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Jesus Arose From the Dead
Our Wednesday Night Class

Jesus' post resurrection, post ascension body

In order to convince His unbelieving disciples that He had risen from the dead, Jesus chose a form of body that they were familiar with the most, His earthly human body. The women followers had no problem accepting that Jesus had risen from the dead, but the men needed more proof, and that is exactly what Jesus gave them. He said to them,

"Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn't have flesh and bones, as you see that I have." (Luke 24:39)

He then ate in front of them, a very 'alive' thing to do. Jesus even performed a post resurrection miracle that 'sealed the deal' for their belief, He met His disciples by the Sea of Galilee while they were fishing (with nothing to show for their effort) and told them where to cast their net, which they did, and hauled in a huge catch of fish. John immediately recognized his Lord, and after that meeting all of the disciples were believers.

Jesus had changed His form in the past, in the transfiguration He presented Himself as Jesus God in His glorious state. In O.T. times Jesus appeared in many different forms; the Angel of the Lord, as a man who wrestled Jacob, as the Captain of Jehovah's Army, a pillar of fire and a pillar of smoke, a voice from the midst of a burning bush, just to name a few. So Jesus deliberately chose the form He did for His post resurrection body to convince His disciples it was really Him. They had to be sure of the resurrection in order to be faithful, reliable witnesses of His. After all, the entire gospel is based on a Living Savior!

Paul tells us that our resurrected bodies will be like that of the angels, a spiritual body. Jesus' body, post ascension, is His Glorious and Majestic Heavenly body that He revealed to Peter, James and John. We saw from the transfiguration that Moses and Elijah appeared in glorious spiritual bodies as well, a little glimpse of our future bodies. —Jim


Paul's conclusion on the resurrection

Chapter 15 of 1st Corinthians gives us a true insight to Paul's intellectual prowess and his Spirit lead defense of the gospel of Christ by vanquishing the false teachings of heretics and restoring peace to the flock at Corinth.

The arguments presented by Paul against them were both awe inspiring and entertaining.

  • Awe inspiring because observing Paul use truth, logic and the word of God as both an offensive and defensive weapon to dispatch the foolishness of doctrinal despots amazes me and makes me want to be a better teacher and defender of the gospel
  • and entertaining because it was done with such ease and force it was better than watching Moe of the Three Stooges handle the foolishness of Larry and Curley with face slaps, head cuffs and eye pokes!

After studying this subject for months we find that it is Paul who gives us the clearest picture of the resurrection process. What he most wants his readers to understand is this; that the gospel is as reliable as truth itself, and that we don't have to worry about death because death will be swallowed up in victory through Jesus Christ because of the resurrection. We will rise never to die again. As God clothed our naked soul in the womb with a body of flesh, God will clothe our souls once again after death with a glorious spiritual body, one that will never wear out, one suited for eternity.

After his long defense of the resurrection, Paul's conclusion on the subject is in verse 58, and it is this; be steadfast and immoveable in your faith in God and the gospel of Jesus our Savior, and be busy for the Lord, because this work is not in vain.

Let us have the attitude of our Lord,

Luke 2:49 (NKJV) "And He said to them, 'Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?'"

—Jim


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Friday, July 10, 2020

Excerpts from Proverbs 10 and Psalms 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

Read the Proverbs through in a month,
one chapter per day.
Read the Psalms through in a month,
five Psalms per day.

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Proverbs 10:8-14,
(World English Bible)

  • The First Collection
  • of Solomonic Proverbs
  • continued
  • Proverbs 10:1 - 22:16
  • 8) The wise in heart accept commandments,
  • But a chattering fool will fall.
  • 9) He who walks blamelessly walks surely,
  • But he who perverts his ways will be found out.
  • 10) One winking with the eye causes sorrow,
  • But a chattering fool will fall.
  • 11) The mouth of the righteous is a spring of life,
  • But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
  • 12) Hatred stirs up strife,
  • But love covers all wrongs.
  • 13) Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has discernment,
  • But a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding.
  • 14) Wise men lay up knowledge,
  • But the mouth of the foolish is near ruin.
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    Psalm 47:1-9
    Book 2 (Psalms 42-72)
    (World English Bible)

  • For the Chief Musician.
  • A Psalm by
  • the sons of Korah.
  • 1) Oh clap your hands, all you nations.
  • Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
  • 2) For Yahweh Most High is awesome.
  • He is a great King over all the earth.
  • 3) He subdues nations under us,
  • And peoples under our feet.
  • 4) He chooses our inheritance for us,
  • The glory of Jacob whom he loved.
  • Selah.
  • 5) God has gone up with a shout,
  • Yahweh with the sound of a trumpet.
  • 6) Sing praise to God, sing praises.
  • Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
  • 7) For God is the King of all the earth.
  • Sing praises with understanding.
  • 8) God reigns over the nations.
  • God sits on his holy throne.
  • 9) The princes of the peoples are gathered together,
  • The people of the God of Abraham.
  • For the shields of the earth belong to God.
  • He is greatly exalted!
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