Westside Baptist Temple

Please Join Us For our 36th Annual Missions Conference February 19th-21st

By wsbt | January 14, 2016

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   “There was a man sent from God…”

John 1:6

We will have with us:

Evangelist- Dr. Herb & Helen Hutchinson

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Bro. Hutchinson was Pastor at Temple Baptist Church  in Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1978-2010.

Missionaries to Durban, South Africa-Jeff & Robin Demarest

 

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Bro. Jeff & Robin have been Missionaries to Africa since 1990. They recently moved to Durban, South Africa after working in  Kenya and Uganda.  Along with church planting, starting a Bible Institute, and training Pastors,they are involved in Scripture ministry and distribution.

www.demarest-africa.com

 

Missionaries to the Philippines-Mark & Jen Cruz

 

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Bro. Mark Cruz will be starting a church in Tagaytay City in the Philippines. Along with soul winning, teaching and preaching, they also plan to start more churches in neighboring countries.

Click here to watch his presentation video

www.youtube.com/channel/UCDNi5Esu6e1QE4SM7bUwxKg

 

Speaker & Service Schedule

Friday- 19th: 7pm Bro. Jeff Demarest

7:45pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

Saturday- 20th: 7pm Bro. Mark Cruz

7:45pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

Sunday- 21st: 10am Bro. Jeff Demarest

11am Dr. Herb Hutchinson

6:30pm Bro. Mark Cruz

7:15pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

*there will not be Sunday School for the older classes on Sunday the 21st

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Happy New Year from Westside Baptist Temple!!

By wsbt | January 1, 2016

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Our excuses & God’s answers for the New Year

“I’m not going to work as hard in the Church this year as I did last year”- Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Rev. 2:10

“Somone else can do it better than I can”- Then Peter, turning about, seeth John and saith to Jesus, Lord and what shall this man do ? Jesus saith unto him what is that to thee? Follow thou me. So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God. John 21:20-22:Romans 213:12

“I’m not qualified for the job-not educated-I can’t talk before people.”- My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.11Cor 12:9

“I have too many other community activities.”- Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Matt. 6:23

“I’ve been working hard, I want to rest awhile.”- If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoseoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23-24

“Someone criticized me.”- Not as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.  Ephesians 6:6-7

“I don’t feel like it. I have to rest when I get home from work.”- And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And He prayed,saying, not my will but thine be done. Matt. 26:39

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Merry Christmas from Westside Baptist Temple!

By wsbt | December 25, 2015

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Merry Christmas! May you know God’s love through His Son.

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Be Here This Sunday for our Christmas Cantata in the morning and our Christmas play in the evening!

By wsbt | December 17, 2015

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The Oberndorf Chapel in Austria

The story begins in 1818 in a church in the little Austrian town of Oberndorf. Shortly before Christmas Eve, a mouse ate a hole in the leather bellows of the church organ, effectively silencing it. The itinerant organ mender was not due in town for months, and music was needed for the Christmas Eve service. In three and one-half hours, Franz Gruber, the organist, composed music for a poem written by Josef Mohr, a priest. It began, “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” “Silent Night, Holy Night). On Christmas Eve, the two men sang their composition accompanied by a guitar and children’s chorus. They were a great success.

The following May, when the organ mender turned up, Gruber gave him a copy of the song, which the man then circulated in his travels. By 1831, the Strasser & Rainer family quartet was billing “Silent Night” one of their numbers, “Author Unknown”. In 1839 they sang “Silent Night” in front of Wall Street’s Trinity church in New York City.

Time went by, and soon the now popular song was being attributed to several famous composers. In 1854, the leader of the king’s orchestra in Berlin wrote to the choir director of the Benedictine school in Salzburg, asing for a copy of “Silent Night” by Michael Haydn, brother of the more famous composer Franz Joseph Haydn. The choir director asked a student-who just happened to be Felix Gruber, Franz Gruber’s son- to find a copy, And you can guess the rest!

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Bring A Torch, Jeanette,Isabella

By wsbt | December 10, 2015

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The words and music to the sixteenth century French Provincial Carol, “Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella,” “(Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella“) were written by Émile Blémont and translated into English by  Edward Cuthbert Nunn, a British organist and composer.

The carol tells the story of two milkmaids, Jeanette and Isabella, who went to milk their cows in a manger in Bethlehem, only to find the baby Jesus sleeping in the hay. The two girls ran to town to tell the village of the coming of Christ, and the townspeople came with their own torches to view the sight for themselves. However, they had to keep their voices down so little Jesus could enjoy his dreams. To this day in the Provence region, children dress up as shepherds and milkmaids, carrying torches and candles to church on Christmas Eve while singing the carol.”

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Why did God send His Son as a baby?

By wsbt | December 1, 2015

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Paul Harvey tells the story about a family on Christmas Eve. This family had a tradition where the Mother and children would go to the Christmas Eve service, and the Father would stay home and read the paper. When the family returns home from church,they would all gather to open up their presents.

The Father was not an evil man, but he just couldn’t believe in the childhood stories anymore of God coming as a baby in a manger. As the the family left for church, he opened up the evening paper and began to read by the fireplace. Suddenly, he heard tapping on the window. It was a bird flying against the glass of his window trying to get out of the snow in to the warmth of his home. The man had compassion on the bird, and he went outside, hoping to bring it in. 

As he approached the bird, the bird just flew against the window even harder. Pretty soon, the bird flew into the bushes below the window, half frozen, yet too afraid to be caught by this huge man. The more the man tried to reach for the bird, the more the bird flew frantically into the snow and thorns of the bushes.

After a few minutes in the cold and seeing the bird continue to injure itself, the many yelled out in frustration, “Stupid bird, can’t you understand that I’m trying to help?” The man paused and thought, “if only you understood, you wouldn’t fly away…if only….if only I could become a bird, and get you to understand.”

Just then, the church bells rang, as they always have on the hour. But when the man heard the bells this time, he fell to his knees and began to cry, saying, “Oh, God, I didn’t understand. Oh, God, I didn’t understand.”

God’s Son came in human form that we might understand from where we have come, for what reason we were separated and how we could be restored to God.

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Be here this Sunday, November 29th to hear Steve Weatherford!

By wsbt | November 28, 2015

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Please join us this Sunday,November 29th at 11am & 6:30pm to hear Steve Weatherford.

The following text is taken from Steve’s website:

“As some of you know, in May -2013 Lily Fern Weatherford decided to retire from touring in the Weatherfords after 70 years, It’s a break well deserved. I have decided to continue to tour and sing as much as the Lord will allow. I have been asked if I am going to start a Quartet or go out as a Soloist. My answer is simple. I’m going out on my own until I’m at the point where the Lord sends the right people and the right environment for a Quartet or even a trio. I’m not quite ready for that. But I have prepared my whole life to be where I am now. I am enjoying life and being with my family and getting chances to sing at some of the places we have always gone, as well as getting some opportunities to go to new places. I have always tried to let the Lord lead in what I do. I am thankful beyond measure for those who have supported me in my continuation. I could not do it without you. Some have helped financially , some have offered to find a place will to host a concert and MANY have sent up prayers and for that I am deeply grateful. I do have a whole new program, I still sing a few of the classics that folks love to hear. I’ve added several songs from the old days that I have not done in years. I’ve also added some new songs to the program I’ve always wanted to sing, songs that have blessed me over the years. I really enjoy them. I think you will too. “

We are so excited to share in this new chapter in the Weatherford history and pray that you’ll be here too!

For more information on the Weatherfords, please go to their website

www.theweatherfords.com

or

www.steveweatherford.com

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Happy Thanksgiving from Westside Baptist Temple

By wsbt | November 19, 2015

 

Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln’s Thansgiving Proclamation of 1863:

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“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven;we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity, we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But, we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us. We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

How blessed our Nation would be, if our leaders had this amazing wisdom today!

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The Pilgrims

By wsbt | November 12, 2015

 

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During the summer of 1621, the Pilgrims suffered a severe and extended time of drought. They knew that without a change in the weather, there would be no fall harvest. The winter would surely bring severe starvation and death to their community. Therefore, Gov. William Bradford gathered the Pilgrims together for a time of prayer and fasting. Shortly thereafter, a gentle rain began to fall. Gov. Bradford explained in his History of Plymouth Plantation:The rain came without either wind or thunder or any  violence, and by degrees in abundance, as that the earth was thoroughly wet and soaked therewith, which did so apparently revive and quicken the decayed corn and other fruits as was wonderful to see, and made the Indians astonished to behold; and afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchanged of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing. The rain saved the corn.”

One of the Indians who saw this miracle remarked: “Now I see that the Englishman’s God is a good God; for He hath heard you, and sent you rain, and that without such tempest and thunder as we used to have with our rain; which after our Powawing for it; breaks down the corn; whereas your corn stands whole and good still; surely, your God is a good God.”

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Thank you Veterans!!!!!

By wsbt | November 11, 2015

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“Throughout the course of American history, courageous men and women have taken up arms to secure, defend, and maintain these core principles upon which our Nation’s freedoms depend”George Bush

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