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Titus West | December 2, 2022
There’s a saying, “No one is too bad to go to church; neither is anyone good enough to stay away.” As I pay attention to what people outside of Christ think about church, it seems that they think the opposite of this saying. They believe they are too bad to go and those who do go will be fine to “skip” whenever they want, so to speak. This frame of thought comes from a misconception about what chu...
Titus West | October 21, 2022
If you are ever in any church service and want to suck the air out of the room, bring up modesty. Unfortunately, that word causes intense debate in the Christian community, but it shouldn’t. Modesty is actually a very attractive trait and something all Christians should strive for. So, why is it so controversial to talk about in the church? Because it gets down to the very heart of the individual....
Titus West | October 14, 2022
It’s been said, “If you have nothing for which to be thankful, make up your mind that there’s something wrong with you.” As Christians, we are called to be giving constant thanks to the Lord. I think we have a hard time understanding what it means to give constant thanks. As a people, it’s very easy to focus on all the negatives and trials and sweep the positives under the rug. We constantly focus...
Titus West | September 29, 2022
Most people have some sort of streaming service in this period in time and everything out there has ads. Whether it’s coming from our phone or tv while we’re watching movies, shows, listening to music or playing games, very dark content is delivered straight to our minds through ads. This content glorifies Satan, demons, blaspheming of God, torturing people, doing hardcore drugs, having inappropri...
Titus West | August 25, 2022
The word ‘goodness’ is agathos in Greek and it describes that which, a person being good in character or constitution, will be beneficial in its effect on others. Goodness or the act of being good is looked down on in mainstream society. Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) yet, goodness is an old-fashioned quality and is now synonymous with being lame. It’s much better to be edgy, pop...
Titus West | July 15, 2022
It’s 6:30-7am. You open your eyes after getting a great night’s sleep and see the dawn light coming through the blinds. After stretching, you roll over and put your feet on the floor, and you go to make your coffee. As your coffee brews, you look around your home and it’s peaceful. The kids are still sleeping, it’s clean and tidy which invites you to enjoy it. You pour your cup of coffee and step ...
Titus West | May 26, 2022
This month our congregation has been focusing on prayer. There has been something selected each day this month to be in prayer about. This Sunday, our focus of prayer is on new Christians. In the last year we have baptized several into Christ from young to old. No matter where one is in their stage of life, if they are capable of understanding, one who believes and wants to follow Christ is baptiz...
Titus West | May 6, 2022
Mother’s Day. A day when mother’s all over America are celebrated by their children and spouses. Today, I’d like to concentrate on a sub-group of mothers that have neither spouses nor children, the lonely mothers. The mothers that have outlived their family or been abandoned by them. Mothers who have lost children before they had a chance to live their lives. I’d argue that these mothers are the s...
Titus West | April 22, 2022
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, th...
Titus West | April 14, 2022
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, it was reported that the Chicago Zoo placed a special bar along its gorilla cages to keep visitors further from the windows. This is to prevent the visitors from showing their phone screens to the gorillas inside. The zookeepers did this because they noticed the 3 “teenage” gorillas were showing signs of anti-socialism and extreme distractedness. One gorilla was distrac...
Titus West | March 17, 2022
I’ve heard the Bible verse about God and time mentioned loosely a few times lately. At least enough in our class discussions to have it on my mind. 2 Peter 3:8, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” This is an interesting description, but what does it mean? For that we need context; let’s continue read...
Titus West | February 11, 2022
There is an old saying, “Be careful who you trust, the devil was once an angel.” This saying comes from the interpretation by some scholars that Satan was once an angel or cherub in the Garden of Eden-Ezekiel 28:1-19. Although this is an interesting subject, I’d like to focus on the meaning of the saying rather than the theology of that passage. This saying carries a heavy weight with it. If an an...
Titus West | January 28, 2022
There are at least 46 verses in the bible that contain the word “zeal.” The definition of zeal is: a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something. This word is often used to describe people in the church as well as local churches themselves. One would think that a word like zeal would always be a good thing for the Christian, but that isn’t ...
Titus West | January 14, 2022
One of the most common things I hear in our society about God is that he can help us achieve anything including the impossible. This claim is not unfounded as angels, Jesus, and even God himself make this claim throughout the Bible. Focusing on just one instance in Mark 9:14-29, a man asks Jesus to release his son from the bonds of an unclean spirit that had taken over the boy’s body. The man goes...
Titus West | December 10, 2021
It’s that time of year when the scene all around us changes. Leaves have changed into beautiful colors and fallen off the trees. It’s chilly in the mornings turning into the perfect 72 degrees by mid-day. The days have gotten shorter leaving us with more time to look up at the stars. It’s hard for a Christian to come into the Fall season and not be in awe of the creation in which we live. I often ...
Titus West | November 12, 2021
Recently, I had an encounter with about 10-12 of our teenagers. They had been asked a simple question, “If someone asked you what you believed in, how would you answer?” After several minutes of silence, it was clear they did not know how to respond. At another activity they were asked, “Who said, ‘I am not my brother’s keeper?’” and again, no response. Now, I’ve been in and taught the younger cla...
Titus West | November 5, 2021
Delusion is the belief or altered reality that is persistently held despite evidence or agreement to the contrary, generally in reference to a mental disorder. Self-delusion is the act of deluding oneself on purpose. Someone who retreats into a false reality to escape the one around them. In our society, self-delusion is an accepted way of life. We spend our time obsessed with tv shows, video game...
Titus West | September 24, 2021
This morning’s lesson will be over our spiritual gifts. To help us apply what we will learn and to prepare us for the week, I would like to share with you what I believe is the most important aspect of the gifts that we have Christians. That is the nature by which we come to use our gifts. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pag...
Titus West | August 6, 2021
As you may know, the Choctaw Church of Christ has been studying and learning about evangelism this quarter. Part of learning is putting into practice the things that one has learned. After almost 2 months of being taught by our Shepherds about evangelism, another opportunity to put into practice, the sharing of Jesus with our community, has arrived by the simple act of offering people a bottle of ...
Titus West | June 18, 2021
In April of 2016, my wife and I discovered we were going to become parents. When I learned this, being the best possible father was the only thing that really mattered to me. I wanted, and still want, to provide the best possible life I could for my child to come. I had no idea where to begin, but now I have been a father for four years and this Father’s Day, I would like to share with you two thi...