Westside Baptist Temple

Ten Ways To Love

By wsbt | July 17, 2014



1. Listen without interrupting.          Prov. 18

2. Speak without accusing.                 James 1:19

3. Give without sparing.                       Prov. 21:26

4. Pray without ceasing.                       Col. 1:9

5. Answer without arguing.                 Prov. 17:1

6. Share without pretending.              Eph. 4:15

7. Enjoy without complaint.               Phil. 2:14

8. Trust without wavering.                   1 Cor. 13:7

9. Forgiving without punishing.         Col. 3:13

10. Promise without forgetting.          Prov. 13:12

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One Nation UNDER GOD!

By wsbt | July 3, 2014


Red Skelton tells about a teacher he had when he was in the 7th grade:

“We were reciting the pledge of allegiance one day, our teacher, Mr. Laswell walked over and said, ‘I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the pledge of allegiance all semester and it seems that it has become monotonous for you.

If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word:

I- Me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge- Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

Allegiance- My love and my devotion.

To the flag- Our standard Old Glory, a symbol of freedom, wherever she waves, there’s respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, freedom is everybody’s job.

United- That means that we have all come together .

States- Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose: and that’s love for country.

And to the Republic- Republic: a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands-

One nation- One nation meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible- Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty- Which is freedom. The right of power to live one’s own life without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

And justice- The principle or qualities of dealing fairly with others.

For all- For all, which means boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the pledge of allegiance: UNDER GOD. Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said ,”that is a prayer”, and that would be eliminated from schools too?”

Pray for America!


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By wsbt | June 24, 2014


We will be celebrating our Church’s 36th Anniversary this Sunday and are so excited how God has blessed us throughout the years. 

Our first service was Sunday, June 28th, 1978 in a small office building on Castellano street.



Nine people, the Pastor  and his family and Missionary Eldon Tudor and his family, were present.


Our first service, June 1978



On January 28th, 1979, we formed our Charter Membership with 37 members. The only active members today are Pastor , Marilyn and Michelle. We met in another small office building on Sunland Park, then rented a building on Festival St. for a while. We then rebuilt a building on Shorty Lane in March of 1980 while we saved money for our land and building. We moved into our permanent location in November of 1992.

We have had 9 of our men surrender to God’s work. We have also started 7 Outreach Ministries which are:

- Missions Program

-Prison Ministry

-Rescue Mission Ministry (not currently active)

-Food Pantry

-Van Ministry

- Westside Baptist Temple Academy (just finished our 19th year!)

-Bible Institute

We pray for the completion of our gym and for the safety of those working on it. Thank you to all who are a part and have been a part of our wonderful Church Family.  Make sure your family and friends know where you go to church and bring them with you!

We have lots of pictures on our Facebook site. Check them out!

This is our Pastor and wife, Carl & Marilyn Chitwood:

Bro. Carl & Marilyn Chitwood



And our Assistant Pastor and school Principal and his wife Bro. Bob & Linda Babnick:




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A Christian Father’s Ten Commandments

By wsbt | June 3, 2014



1. Thou shalt hold no other group more important that the family unit, in all thy ways being faithful to it.

2. Thou shalt teach thy sons and daughters to love, respect, and obey their parents.

3. Thou shalt be a loving and considerate husband.

4. Thou shalt not speak in a manner unbecoming to a Christian gentleman.

5. Thou shalt, by example, make Sunday a special day set aside for God and for worship as a family.

6. Thou shalt provide for thy family-spiritually and physically- in an adequate manner.

7. Thou shalt promote and lead family worship in thy home.

8. Thou shalt be honest in all thy dealings.

9. Thou shalt respect the desires and freedoms of thy family as individuals.

10. Thou shalt be the head of thy household, while ruling it with love.


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Join with us Sunday, June 1st to hear Steve Weatherford!

By wsbt | May 8, 2014


Please join us Sunday, June 1st 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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A Mother’s Influence

By wsbt | May 1, 2014


Godly parents leave an unforgettable impression on their families. This is often evidenced by the love and respect they receive from their children. Take,for example, the thoughtfulness William McKinley showed to his mother. As a lawyer, congressman, Governor of Ohio, and President of the United States, he kept in touch with her every day. When he did not see her, he wrote or telegraphed. In mid-October of 1897, he quietly left the White House and took a train to Canton just so he could walk to church with her again. When she became ill, he arranged to have a special train standing by at full steam, ready to take him to her bedside. Then one night she did call for him. Immediately he wired, “Tell Mother I’ll be there.” Mrs. McKinley died December 12, 1897, in the arms of her 54 yr old sol. Her gentle, Christian virtues helped mold the President’s character, for when he was gunned down in Buffalo, New York, about 4 years later, he showed no bitterness toward his assassin. With Christian courage he said, “God’s will be done.”

Before he died, he asked to hear once again the hymn “Nearer, My God to Thee,” which his Mother had taught him. Perhaps you too have been blessed with a Chrstian heritage. But unlike McKinley, you have strayed from God. Let the precious memories of that special person in your life, who all these years has been pointing you to God, awaken in your heart a new desire to live for Him.

Do not turn your back on the influence of your godly Mother.

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God Makes No Mistakes

By wsbt | April 24, 2014



Oppressed by the noonday heat, a tired farmer sat under a walnut tree to rest. Relaxing, he looked at his pumpkin vines and said to himself, “How strange it is that God puts such big heavy pumpkins on a frail vine that has so little strength it has to trail on the ground!”

And then looking up into the cool branches of the tree above him, he added, “How strange it is that God puts small walnuts on such a big tree with branches so strong they could hold a man!”

Just then, a breeze dislodged a walnut from the tree. The tired farmer wondered no more as he rubbed his head and said, “It’s a good thing there wasn’t a pumpkin up there instead of a walnut.”

Hopefully when the breezes of life blow, you will remember that God, who is great and wise, makes no mistakes. He deserves our praise under any circumstances.

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When the Blind Man Saw the Cross

By wsbt | April 10, 2014

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“What is all the noise on Golgatha that the people are runnig toward?”

          -”They go to crucify two men and a deceiver.”

-”Thieves, murderers, plunderers, notorious criminals.”

          -”And who is the deceiver whom they crucify with them?”

-”Ask the Pharisees, it’s their business.”

          -”I will go to see…”

When I said “to see”, I was reminded of the years that I was blind! O, now I remember the moment that He stood before me and, with compassion knelt and took mud from the ground and rubbed it onto my eyes. He told me to go to the pool of siloam and wash them. When I first saw the Light-giver in front of me, I saw all the beauty of the world in His face and in His eyes, hope. I looked all around with my two eyes and saw everything-the ground, every rock, and every living, breathing form. What life, what joy the light has He brought to me ! But let me now go to see this deceiver who will be nailed to the cross. Towards the hill people go, scoffing and clamorous and confused. Thousands of voices rumble together like one voice-like a curse. Where are they going? To the side, three mourners hold a fainting one. She may be the poor mother!

     Suddenly, the noisy crowd is silenced. Whack! They nail. Agonizing groans drown out the pounding, and the first two crosses are raised. Whack! Again they nail, but no groans are heard. Look! The third cross is raised. What! Is it You who gave me sight that they call a deceiver? And is the fate of my eyes to see this and to cry? What do I need with the beauty of the earth and sky? Take away the light You gave me, and make me blind again!


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Be here Sunday, April 6th at 6:30pm to hear the Dartts!

By wsbt | March 27, 2014

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Gospel Song-Writing Legend on tour and performing here Sunday, April 6th!

Tracy Dartt and his musical family group, “The Dartts” are a treat to the ears of music lovers everywhere, especially if you’re a fan of Gospel music. Their song list flows from one style of music into another- built from a catalog of original Gospel songs they’ve written themselves- and it’s all delivered with a smooth vocal blend and beautiful harmonies too!

Tracy is the author of the #1 hit song, “God On The Mountain”. This, and many of his other songs have been recorded by some of the world’s top Gospel musicians, including the Cathedral Quartet, Jason Crabb, The McKameys, Jake Hess, Lynda Randle, The Dixie Melody Boys, and countless others. The group consists of Tracy Dartt and his wife, Sharon, their youngest son,Stone Mountain Dartt, and long-time group member, BJ Speer.

The Dartts travel full time throughout the USA and abroad, doing around 200 concerts a year. Their brand new album, “Get Up and Get Your Shoes On” is a wonderful collection of freshly written songs that audiences everywhere seem to love. It’s available in the iTunes Store or you can get the CD or mp3 album directly from www.DarttMusic.com. The Dartts invite you to check out their full-length movie, “The God On The Mountain Legacy”-it’s been aired on television, it’s been featured in multiple magazines and websites, and it’s available on DVD from www.DarttMusic.com. The film celebrates the inspiring legacy of Tracy’s #1 hit, Dove-nominated song, “God On The Mountain”, featuring many personal stories from the artists who have been involved with the song’s success. The movie’s conterpart album, “The God On The Mountain Legacy-Music From the Motion Picture”, features 4 new recordings by the Dartts, plus the digitally remastered orginal recording of “God On The Mountain” by the author himself, Tracy Dartt. Visit www.DarttMusic.com to see a preview of the film, listen to samples of the album, and to order the DVD of this one-of-a-kind movie, “The God On The Mountain.”

Look for the music of “The Dartts”, “Tracy Dartt” and “BJ Speer” online at www.darttmusic.com.

You can also find them on iTunes and Facebook.

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God’s Want Ad

By wsbt | March 20, 2014



If God wrote a want ad, perhaps it would read like this:

“Kingdom workers needed immediately. Urgency of task and shortage of workers makes it mandatory that we expand our labor pool immediately. Recent resignations have left many openings. Frequency absenteeism will force us to make unwanted cutbacks in services unless we expand work force immediately, plus an excellent training manual is available. Training manual has been tried and proven over the past two thousands years.

We hire regardless of sex, race or age. Diverse backgrounds welcome and even helpful. In the past, we have used peasants and poets, kings and fig pickers, fishermen and doctors, harlots and queens, young lads and wise old men.

Main qualifications: Firm faith in Christ, a soft heart and thick skin. Work not suitable for everyone. Must be able to withstand criticism of fellow workers and shirkers who often insist on their rights while ignoring their responsibilities.”

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