By wsbt | March 26, 2015
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
A story tells of a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion. The doctor had explained that she had the same disease the boy had recovered from two years earlier. Her only chance for recovery was a transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the disease. Since the two children had the same rare blood type, the boy was the ideal donor.
“Would you give your blood to your sister Mary?” the doctor asked. Little Johnny hesitated, his lower lip started to tremble, and then he smiled and said, “Sure, for my sister.”
Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room–Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and healthy. Neither spoke, but when they met, Johnny grinned. As the nurse inserted the needle into his arm, Johnny’s smile faded. He watched the blood flow through the tube.
With the ordeal almost over, his voice slightly shaky, broke the silence. “Doctor, when do I die?” Only then did the doctor realize why Johnny had hesitated, why his lip had trembled when he’d agreed to donate his blood. He’d thought giving his blood to his sister meant giving up his life. Though, in reality, it was not necessary, he was willing to give his life for his sister. In that brief moment, his love for his sister, caused him to make his great decision.
Let us remember that there was one
who laid down His life for us.
By wsbt | March 12, 2015
We all know that churches have had problems, most of which have had disastrous results. But some church problems should be energetically sought. What kind? Consider:
- The problem of not enough parking spaces, class rooms and pews. Wouldn’t it great if we ran out of them?
- The problem of requests for so manyhome Bible studies we can’t handle them. What if we had so many people asking us to teach them the Word of God we had to put some of them on a waiting list? Would that be great or what!
- The problem of too many members of the church wanting to teach Bible classes. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had to take numbers and wait in line just to get to teach the Bible?
- The problem of so many youngsters who attend Bible classes we need to add on classrooms. We need such a problem now!
- The problem of wanting to support more missionaries than are available to go into other countries to minister. What a lift it would be if we had so much surplus money that we had to seek out men to support.
- The problem of preachers debating the best way to do personal evangelism and convincing sinners to believe in Christ, repent of their sins and be baptized.
You agree these are good problems? You also agree we have had more than enough of the other kind? If you can cause us to have these problems, get busy!
By wsbt | March 5, 2015
One: Don’t miss the boat.
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four: Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you’re stressed, float a while.
Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals
Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.
By wsbt | February 20, 2015
Our Mission’s Conference is over, but it is still Mission’s month here at Westside.
15 Things Every Missionary Needs
1. Love for God
2. Love for Others
3. A Deeper Relationship with God
4. Spirit-Controlled lives
5. The Fruit of the Spirit
6. Wisdom and knowledge
8. Receptive Hearts
10. Strong Faith
12. Strong Family
14. Material Needs
15. Health and Strength
7 Ways to Pray for Your Missionaries
Day 1-Relationship with God; Strong Prayer Life
Day 2- Physical & Emotional Needs; Safety in danger
Day 3- Family Relationships;Family life as a model to nationals
Day 4- Ability to Communicate; Language Study
Day 5- Effective Ministry;Open doors
Day 6- Team Relationships;Nationals
Day 7- Country and Government;Political situations
By wsbt | January 8, 2015
“I Have Sent Thee”
We will have with us:
Evangelist- Dr. Herb Hutchinson
Bro. Hutchinson was Pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1978-2010.
Missionary Dennis Terry with Rock of Ages Prison Ministry
Missionary to the Navajo Indians- Wilson Calvin
Speaker & Service Schedule
Friday- 13th: 7pm Bro. Wilson Calvin
7:45pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson
Saturday- 14th: 7pm Bro. Dennis Terry
7:45pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson
Sunday- 15th: 10am Bro. Wilson Calvin
11am Dr. Herb Hutchinson
6:30pm Bro. Dennis Terry
7:15pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson
*there will not be Sunday School for the older classes on Sunday the 15th
By wsbt | December 26, 2014
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
By wsbt | December 19, 2014
Join with us this Sunday evening at 6:30 pm to see the Biblical Christmas Carol!
This is adapted from Charles Dickens’ immortal The Christmas Carol. It is a story of how a lonely old man, after years of hearing friends and loved ones repeatedly of the grace of God, retires to bed on a very lonely Christmas Eve. He dreams of voices out of the past, remembers the Grace he has spurned, and recognizes the great weight of sin which will soon accompany him into eternity. His speculation on the future and reality breaks his will and he kneels at the Cross to received God’s Unspeakable Gift. His new birth now opens up a new life of blessing to all who faithfully and patiently stood by.
By wsbt | December 12, 2014
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!
By wsbt | December 4, 2014
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.
By wsbt | November 13, 2014
Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
“Whereas,It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;
Whereas, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness”!
Now, therefore, I do recommend next, to be devoted by the people of the states to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be, that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country.”
-President George Washington
Please join us Sunday,November 30th 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