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Westside Church Of God - Seventh Day
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7th day, Sabbath-keeping group of believers and followers of Jesus Christ
7th day, Sabbath-keeping group of believers and followers of Jesus Christ

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Developing Mega Faith
Sermon Date: Sabbath 9/16/2017
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Pastor’s Corner for August 2018

By now you are halfway or more through reading the whole Bible in 2018. Don’t give up. Keep going, and here is some encouragement. I’m always saying to “read the Bible” for, as the book of I John says, then you will “know” it; know what to believe and how to live the righteous way and be ready for the Lord’s return. We know the Scriptures will make us wise unto salvation.

Sometimes a book like “Halley’s Bible Handbook” (23rd edition or older) can really be a great encouragement with a “Half Price Books” store price of $8.00. Halley’s also includes “How We Got the Bible”, “Church History” and where things went wrong along with a reason to go back to the Bible and “The Habit of Bible Reading”, with nine short pages if helpful ideas. Halley’s book has some misplaced ideas but also has many very good thoughts, tables, charts and illustrations. In our day, Bible helps abound and make the Bible more enjoyable to read and study.

Another source states that the Bible has about 70 passages that tell about reading, studying and knowing the Scriptures. The Bible uses the following thoughts and words about itself. It is known as: The Book; Book of the Lord; Book of the Law; Good Word of God; Holy Scriptures; Law of the Lord; Oracles of God; Scriptures; Scriptures of Truth; Sword of the Spirit; The Word; The Word of God; Word of Christ; Word of Life; Word of Truth.

The Word is referred to as the Seed and also as a two-edged sword.

The Scriptures tell that it should be read publicly and to honor it by standing while it is read or expounded upon, or the sense of it is told. To search is enjoined on believers and to be written on door posts or our homes. It is not to be added to or take away from its words. The Bible will convict sinners and the Bible is to be taught, used as a standard and not to be handled deceitfully.

The above ideas/reasons should convince/convict us to read the Holy Bible, attend church and study with others as well as on our own. Sabbath School Bible class and Wednesday night Bible Study will become a blessing to attend and a great encouragement as you serve our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

“...they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11

“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” Nehemiah 8:8

Pastor Ed
Westside Church of God
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Pastor’s Corner for July 2018

Many jokes have been told about people’s reaction to fear. The fear of falling or fear of heights is just a start of a long list. Most humans have some fear that can hold us back from doing something God wants for us. We fear public approval as in public witnessing for Christ. In Matthew 25:14–30, similar to Luke 19:11–27, Jesus gave a parable about a servant that feared his Lord and thus his fear caused him to do nothing. The lord of that servant called him wicked and had him put out of the kingdom. This idea takes us to Revelation 21:8 where the fearful will be among those put into the lake of fire.

The study of fear will show us other meanings of the word. The fear or awe of God is the beginning of wisdom or knowledge which will produce understanding and a means to obtain instruction from God through His Word, the Bible, which will guide and help us to keep His commandments. (See Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10) This kind of fear produces blessings for us, together with the way of salvation. In Luke 12:31, Jesus said, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Our blessings are just beginning when we are in awe of our Heavenly Father and do His will. We love and revere God, Jehovah. In the old English of the King James Bible, we can say we fear the LORD. Please dwell or ponder on the words of Malachi 3:16–17.

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”

God bless you as you obey Him.

Pastor Ed
Westside Church of God
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Pastor’s Corner for April 2018

This month I would like you to consider the tried and proven “Old Paths”. In Jeremiah 6:16, God says “Stand ye in the ways, (the pathways) and ask for the old paths (true teachings), where is the good way, and walk therein,…” Jesus gives us advice in Matthew 7:13-14. “Enter ye in at the strait (truth, righteous) gate … and narrow (correct) is the way, which leadeth unto life, (salvation) …” Continue and read verses 16 and 20, where Jesus says that you can know who to listen to or follow by this test, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

In the Old Testament the word “truth” is used 115 times and in the New Testament it is used 109 times. This is important in our spiritual growth. (See Leviticus 13:22, Proverbs 16:31.) “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary (gray) head … if it be found in the way of righteousness.” We should learn from the older ministers, some passed away, but others still living. What did they sing about, preach and teach about, and write about. We can learn a lot about their Biblical standards and truths that God revealed to them. My family and I have attended at least 12 ministers’ meetings, 14 national conferences, 5 Canadian district conferences and 24 American district conferences. All this has shaped who I am today. I would highly recommend that you find audio-video material, written material, and courses taught by the older ministers. There are at least four “Bible Home Instructors” of various eras; there was a Bible Correspondence Course of the ‘50’s and now a revised, up-dated version, called “The Steps to Truth”.

We know the Word of God, the Bible, does not change. The Bible teaches God has not changed. The history, prophecy and the plan of salvation have not changed. God tells us in the Bible that He does not change. Jesus, the Son of God, is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Westside Church of God (Seventh Day), Inc., has done a lot of work to preserve the old documents of the past. The old teachings and old Biblical standard once delivered unto the saints. Remember, you can still read and learn from the sermons and letters of the apostles and learn directly from Jesus by reading the Bible daily. See Acts 5:42 and Acts 17:11.

Pastor Ed
Westside Church of God
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