West Side Church of Christ

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West Side Church of Christ

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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 bottom 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 Jan 23, 2022
Speaker: Kevin Cleary

Sunday PM Sermon

Sermon from Jan 23, 2022
Speaker: Kevin Cleary

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Hebrews - A Change in the Priesthood
A Message From Scott

The Messiah Would Be A Priest!

We are told the Christ would be a King. God calls His Son God and then sets Him above his companions by anointing Him with oil, making Him King. Psa 45:6,7

In addition to being a King, the Messiah would also be a priest, but not in the order of Aaron.

  • The LORD has sworn
    • and will not change his mind:
  • “You are a priest forever,
    • in the order of Melchizedek.” Psa 110:4

The Hebrew writer asks:

  • If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood… why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. Hebrews 7:11,12

A change in the priesthood drives (requires) a change in the law.

The Former Law Was Weak, Useless

What's the purpose of the priest? To make atonement for transgressions of the law. It's the solution, the remedy, to our transgressions (ie sins) of the law. Hebrews 2:17,18

The former law had flawed priests who were unable to make the worshipper perfect because the law made nothing perfect. However, the perfected Messiah, as our great high priest was made our remedy with an oath (from God). Because of this oath He can guarantee a better hope and since He lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Heb 7:18-24,28

  • Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:25,26

A new priest, a new law, a good thing!

In God's love, Scott

Christianity Under Assault
What Did Jesus Say?

"Haven't you read that God from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall join to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?' So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don't let man tear apart." Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9 (WEB).

According to Jesus there are two genders male and female and in marriage a man shall join his wife.

What does the Bible Say?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (WEB) 9 Or don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you, but you were washed. But you were sanctified. But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God.

What Does Man Say?

Canadian pastors are warning that a new “conversion therapy” bill, just passed by parliament, will likely ban them from teaching that homosexuality and transgenderism are sins according to the Bible.

The bill, known as C-4, unanimously passed both the House of Commons and the Senate before receiving Royal Assent.
[it officially became law on Jan 8.]

In the Preamble of the Bill, it says that the belief that “heterosexuality, cisgender gender identity and gender expression that conforms to the sex assigned to a person at birth are to be preferred over other sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions” is a “myth.”

Check out these links for more info:

It is God who reserves the right to declare what is right and wrong by right of creation, Isaiah 45:18-19.

Now more than ever we need to be out informing our neighbors of God's message. Jeremiah 7:1-34

In God's love, Scott

Walk in the Light
Not in the Darkness, 1 John 1

  • 1 John 1-10 (WEB)
    • 1 That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we saw, and our hands touched, concerning the Word of life 2 (and the life was revealed, and we have seen, and testify, and declare to you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was revealed to us); 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us. Yes, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 And we write these things to you, that our joy may be fulfilled.

    • 5 This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don't tell the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

    • 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we haven't sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

  • God Is Good, I love you all, and blessings beyond your imagination. Love you all, In Jesus Name , Amen and amen.

  • Kevin J.

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Kevin's 2 Cents
A Message From Kevin

The Christian & The Government

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

  • Or do you* not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be misled...

Romans 13:1-14

  • Let every soul be subject to the authorities which are superior to him; for* there is no authority if not from God, and the authorities which are, have been appointed by God. So-then, he who is resisting the authority is standing against the commandment of God, and those who are standing against it will receive judgment for themselves...

We are told to stand with the government because it is commanded. We are not to protest, riot, or speak evil of the leader of our people.

This is what the apostle Paul said when he was ordered to be slapped by the high-priest

Acts 23:3

  • ...Paul said, Brethren, I did not know that he was the high priest; for* it has been written, ‘You will not speak evilly of a ruler of your people.’ (Ex. 22:27)

I am not here to talk against the government. I do care about the government passing bills that would allow God’s people to be persecuted because of truth?... the point is to show love toward those who are in sin and help lead them to Christ. By doing this we are saving a soul that is dead. It is not to condemn the government for its poor choice of thing to approve of.

...[T]he Lord... never once condemned the government of His day.... If we set our eyes on Christ, then we will be at peace in our tormented souls.

God is good, I love you all, in Christs name, Amen and amen. Kevin J.

God's Word Describes Sin As Shameful
We Should Be Ashamed to Sin

  1. Daniel 9:8 - O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
  2. Jeremiah 3:25 - We lie down in our shame, and our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God ... and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.
  3. Jeremiah 17:13 - “O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake You shall be ashamed. ...”

    Sinning against God is shameful. All who disobey and forsake God's way ought to be ashamed.

  4. Exodus 32:25; 2 Samuel 13:13; Ezra 9:6; Psalm25:3; 31:17; 35:26; 97:7; Proverbs 13:5; 19:26; 29:15; Isaiah 42:17; 45:16; Jeremiah 2:26; 8:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:14

Yet Some People Are Not Ashamed To Sin

  1. Jeremiah 6:15 - "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore, they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down," says the Lord. [8:12]
  2. Jeremiah 3:3 - ...You refuse to be ashamed.

    Too many people in our society enjoy sin and are determined to follow their own way rather than God's way. They rejoice in wickedness, insist on continuing to practice it, and in many cases ridicule those who are godly. God's word says that all such conduct is shameful, and those who refuse to be ashamed of it now will be ashamed in the judgment.

  3. Zephaniah 3:5; Philippians 3:19

In Jesus Name, Amen and amen, Kevin J

I Write These Things
That You May Not Sin, 1 John 2

  • 1 John 2:1-6 (WEB)
    • 1 My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a Counselor {Greek Parakleton: Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, and Comfortor.} with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. 2 And he is the atoning sacrifice {"atoning sacrifice" is from the Greek "hilasmos," an appeasing, propitiating, or the means of appeasement or propitiation - the sacrifice that turns away God's wrath because of our sin.} for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.

    • 3 This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments. 4 One who says, "I know him," and doesn't keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn't in him. 5 But whoever keeps his word, God's love has most assuredly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him: 6 he who says he remains in him ought himself also to walk just like he walked.

  • God Is Good, I love you all, and blessings beyond your imagination. Love you all, In Jesus Name , Amen and amen.

  • Kevin J.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Excerpts from Proverbs 25 and Psalms 121, 122, 123, 124, 125

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

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    Proverbs 25:1-7
    (World English Bible)

    • Proverbs of Solomon Collected by Hezekiah
      • Collected by Hezekiah
      • Proverbs 25:1 - 29:27
    • 1) These also are proverbs of Solomon,
      • which the men of Hezekiah
        • king of Judah copied out.
    • 2) It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,
      • But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
    • 3) As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
      • So the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
    • 4) Take away the dross from the silver,
      • And material comes out for the refiner;
    • 5) Take away the wicked from the king's presence,
      • And his throne will be established in righteousness.
    • 6) Don't exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
      • Or claim a place among great men;
    • 7) For it is better that it be said to you,
      • "Come up here,"
    • Than that you should be put lower
      • in the presence of the prince,
        • Whom your eyes have seen.

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    Psalm 121:1-8
    Book 5 (Psalms 107-150)
    (World English Bible)

    • A Song of Ascents.
    • 1) I will lift up my eyes to the hills.
      • Where does my help come from?
    • 2) My help comes from Yahweh,
      • Who made heaven and earth.
    • 3) He will not allow your foot to be moved.
      • He who keeps you will not slumber.
    • 4) Behold, he who keeps Israel
      • Will neither slumber nor sleep.
    • 5) Yahweh is your keeper.
      • Yahweh is your shade on
        • your right hand.
    • 6) The sun will not harm you by day,
      • Nor the moon by night.
    • 7) Yahweh will keep you from all evil.
      • He will keep your soul.
    • 8) Yahweh will keep your going out
      • and your coming in,
    • From this time forth, and forevermore.

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