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Be here Sunday night at 6:30pm to see “A Biblical Christmas Carol”

By wsbt | December 19, 2014

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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.

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The Story of Silent Night

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!


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Why Did God Come as a Baby?

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.


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Happy Thanksgiving!! Join us Sunday November 30th to hear Steve Weatherford

By wsbt | November 13, 2014


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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

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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




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Thank you to all Veterans!

By wsbt | November 6, 2014

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In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, now Veteran’s Day, with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

This Veterans Day, remember to make it a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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A Story Of Two Angels

By wsbt | October 30, 2014





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There is a story about two angels who were sent to earth to gather up the prayers of men. One was to fill his basket with the petitions of mankind. The other was to gather their prayers of thanksgiving. Sometime later, they went back to the Father’s house. One had a basket heaped high, and running over with the innumerable petitions of men. The other returned with a sad and heavy heart, for his basket was almost empty. The thanks of men were heard but rarely on earth even though the angel had searched diligently. Do not let us forget the thanksgiving side of your prayers.

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Seven Things You Can Do For Your Pastor

By wsbt | October 23, 2014

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1. Build his spiritual power by praying for him.

2. Build his reputation by speaking well of him. He has weak and strong points. His influence will depend on which of these you stress.

3. Build his morale by encouraging him.

4. Build his pulpit power by hearing him.

5. Build his leadership by cooperating with him.

6. Build the church treasury by following God’s plan of church financing-that of tithing.

7. But the greatest thing you can do for your minister is to follow the Christ the preachers by the Holy Spirit.

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My Name Is Time…

By wsbt | October 16, 2014


My name is time. I haven’t always been and I won’t always be, but right now I’m on the move, measuring out life.

Men wait for me, submit to me, fear me; but no one can stop me except God. He is in control and He says I am running out.

Most men think I’m on the move forever. But I’m not. When I stop, eternity will keep right on going… And it will be too late-too late for repentance, too late for getting right with God through Jesus Christ His Son, too late for faith-just “forever” left for tears and anguish regrets.

Now is the day of salvation. Will it be that day for you? My name is TIME and I’m on the move. I’m nearing the end. And I’m taking you with me…into Eternity.

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Don’t forget Pastor Appreciation Sunday, this Sunday the 12th!!

By wsbt | October 9, 2014

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We Thank God for our Pastors!!

Our Founding Pastor

Dr. Carl E. Chitwood

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Our Assistant Pastor and School Principal

Bro. Bob Babnick

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About 120 yrs ago, someone asked Charles Spurgeon the secret of his overwhelming success as a pastor. Gesturing toward the prayer room of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, he answered, “My people pray for me.” Over and over again in the Epistles, the apostle Paul exhorted his readers to pray for him. 

We need to pray for our Pastors every day.

Here are some things that we can specifically pray for:

-Give him a growing love for God and His Word

-Bless his family

-Give him physical health and strength, moral courage, and spiritual power to faithfully proclaim God’s Word

-Give him wisdom in all decisions which need to be made

-Bind the satanic forces which attack and tempt him

-Keep and protect him from wicked and unreasonable persons

-He will glorify God in everything he thinks, does and says

-Anoint him with the power of the Holy Spirit to teach, lead and oversee the ministry of God’s church

-He will have a genuine love for people

-God will touch and fill his wife with His Spirit as she ministers to their family and the women of this fellowship

-He will give wisdom and power to the officers and other staff members as they assist in the ministry to which God has called them

-Keep him from discouragement

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For Safety’s Sake

By wsbt | September 24, 2014





DO NOT ride in automobiles: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents.

DO NOT stay home: 17% of all accidents happen in the home.

DO NOT walk on the streets or sidewalk: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians in these areas.

DO NOT travel by air, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these.

Only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are related to previous physical disorders. Hence, the safest place for you to be at any time is in church.


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