Samson: The Weak Strong Man, or the Strong Weak Man?

The story of Samson from Judges 13 - 16 is, in some ways, confusing.  It causes one to feel conflicted.  In some instances, Samson is obviously a hero of superhuman proportions; while on other occasions he seems all too human.  Perhaps this PowerPoint lesson will allow us to have some "adult" perspectives on a "childhood" favorite bible character....and to learn a little bit more about ourselves in the process.

 

Is America a “Christian Nation”?

First, the disclaimer: this is NOT a political article.  It is hopefully a thought-provoking introspection of national beliefs and values, and therefore, identity, from a distinctly spiritual perspective. I could be wrong, but I think the term “Christian Nation” is typically used to describe America (by Americans) based upon the notion that either: a) the country was founded upon “Christian” principles and beliefs; or, b) “Christianity” is its most popular religious persuasion- that more people identify themselves as Christians than any other religious affiliation.  The merits or fallacies of either of these ideas will not be debated here.  Instead, it seems more spiritually profitable to examine what “Christian Nation” actually means, so let’s give that a whirl instead…

 

Spring Brings Blooms and Lessons

If you haven’t noticed the extraordinary amount of tissues being used lately (due to pollen/allergies), or the beauty of the Bradford Pear and Red Bud trees beginning to display their bouquets, Spring is upon us.  Soil is being turned and tilled for delicate green promises of future goodness.  Seeds are being meticulously pushed into what is hoped to be fertile soil.  And we’ve had some of those warm, sunny afternoons that make a man think about dusting off his fishing rod, and perhaps buying some “sure thing” lures.  You know, the ones that are probably designed more to catch men than fish!

 

The Pivot Point of Human History

From the spiritual perspective, the cross of Jesus is the pivot point of human history- everything prior looks forward to it in anticipation, and everything since looks back in appreciation.  Please notice the Word of God in these regards…

 

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Men’s One-Day Study: “How to Constructively Deal with Homosexuality”

This material was also presented as a part of our twice a year Men's One-Day Study.  As with previous efforts in this series, it was originally designed for preachers, but is open to any men interested in studying God's word in a more advanced way.  This particular study was specially written and delivered to help preachers, elders, deacons, and fathers deal with the subject of homosexuality in a constructive and productive way.  The session topics covered are: Thinking Through Homosexuality; Adolescent Motivations for Homosexuality; Homosexuality and the Bible; and Constructively Dealing with Homosexuality.  An Appendix of additional resource articles (both true and some that are included only for illustrative purposes) is also included.   After you download it, but BEFORE you decide to print it, please understand that this is a Word file consisting of 51 pages (over 24,500 words).

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VIDEO LESSONS Now Available!

Check out our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/southsidecoctx. Full length sermons (including PowerPoint presentations) recorded during our services are now viewable anytime.  View them yourselves, and share the link with your friends as a great teaching tool!

You can also visit us at https://www.facebook.com/southsidecoctx, where you'll find a daily Bible verse, humurous and or thought-provoking pics with captions and excerpts from our weekly bulletin, and links to other articles and video lessons.

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Daily Verse

“For the director of music. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”

- Psalm 14:1

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