Westside Baptist Temple

Did You Know?

By wsbt | August 27, 2015

Holy Bible

Your church is what you make it.

If it is a growing church, it is because you come regularly with your family to learn from God’s Word.

If it is a scriptural church, it is because you will settle for nothing less.

If it is a friendly church, it is because you are friendly and make it so.

If it is a giving church, it is because you give with a heart of love.

If it is a praying church, it is because you regularly and consistently pray for your church and its ministries.

If it is a spiritual church, it is because you daily walk in the Spirit and abide in Christ.

If it is a Bible-believing church, it is because you study to show yourself “approved unto God….rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Please remember that your church will be exactly what you make it!

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Back To School Words of Wisdom

By wsbt | August 20, 2015


Faith is the ability to not panic. (With God, all things are possible)

If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry. (This is very important in regards to test taking)

As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home everyday. (Going away to college? Keep in touch with your parents, and your Savior daily)

Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape. (Doing it over again and again until the teacher says its right)

A grudge is a heavy thing to carry. (You are responsible for your own actions)


School for the Academy starts Monday the 24th! 

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“Why God Has Blessed America” by A. E. Crowell

By wsbt | July 22, 2015



“-America was founded by those who came to worship God in liberty of conscience.

-The laws of our country were founded upon God’s laws given in His word

-Our money is stamped “In God We Trust”

-Our national hymn ends with “Great God Our King”

-We hold an annual day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God, observed by no other nation

-We have never carried on an unjust war for personal gain

-We have shown great acts of Christian benevolence to other nations

-The Bible was formerly read, and prayer offered, daily in all our schools

During the years of my education from about 1865 to 1885, Bible reading and prayer were as much a part of our daily program as our lessons. Now the Bible is gone from our schools, generations have grown up and are growing up who are no longer taught that God is their Creator, and that they are responsible to Him for their conduct, and that the blood of His dear Son is the only grounds for their salvation. There is no reason to think that we Americans can defy the Divine Laws and continue to exist, anymore than did the nations of old, who rejected God and perished from the face of the earth.

If we forsake God, God will forsake us.”

Bible and prayer

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One Nation Under God

By wsbt | July 4, 2015


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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Happy 37th Anniversary to our Church!!

By wsbt | June 5, 2015



We will be celebrating our Church’s 37th Anniversary Sunday, June 28th  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, 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 present Church 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 20th 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  founding and current 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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Why we celebrate Memorial Day!

By wsbt | May 21, 2015



Memorial Day,originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our Nation’s service. While Waterloo, N. Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May of 1966.  It is about reconciliation: it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimeed on May 5th 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cememteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored and neglected. But, what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred spirit back to Memorial Day, is for a return to its traditional day of observance.

Thank God for our Soldiers!


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We Need More Pocket Watch Christians!

By wsbt | May 14, 2015


Many Christians are like wheelbarrows; no good unless pushed

Others are like canoes; they need to be paddled

Some are like kites; if you don’t keep a string on them, they fly away

Still others are like balloons; full of wind and just waiting for a chance to explode

Then there are others like footballs; you can’t tell which way they will bounce

But praise the Lord, many Christians are like good pocket watches; with open faces and busy hands, they are well regulated and full of good works.

Christians like this are the back-bone of every church!


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Happy Mother’s Day!!

By wsbt | May 7, 2015

A Mother’s Example



If someone wants to know if your are a perfect mother, they need only look at our children. Many of our faults can be seen in them. How can we judge our children when we instill in them, their most defining characteristics.

We work so hard to teach them right from wrong, but it’s our actions and characteristics that really stick. Many times when they do something that irritates us, it’s possible they’re doing exactly what they see us do.

We’d like to say “do as I do, not as I do”, but unfortunately, their minds seem to process actions more than commands.

We as mothers sometimes teach our children things that we never meant to. When our children grow up and say “my mother taught me this”, it would be nice not to be embarrassed because of it. We need to make sure our actions match what we’re telling them to do. It has to be very confusing to a child to try and decide which they should do, what mommy does, or what she says. How do we punish them for acting like us? We need to show them more than scold them.

We may be the mothers of the next President, the next great Preacher to set the country on fire for God, the scientist who discovers the cure for cancer, the missionary that reaches those who would have never know the love of God.

Should we be so careless with their futures?

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Be here this Sunday April 26th to hear Steve Weatherford!

By wsbt | April 21, 2015



Please join us this Sunday,April 26th 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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The Greater Love

By wsbt | March 26, 2015


Borderland Road is under construction and cannot be accessed from Upper Valley road. We don’t know yet how long it will be torn up, but you can get here by using Westside Drive.  Stay on Artcraft (instead of turning right on Upper Valley rd to get to Borderland) and go one light past Upper Valley and turn right on Westside Drive then right on Borderland Road. If you have any questions, please call the Church at 877-3667 or Michelle at 526-0959.

“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.

cross with thorns

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