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Our Disciple-Making Journey
April 28th, 2022
As we at Chisholm Baptist continue growing in our purpose to love God, love others, and make disciples, we are on a journey toward a multiplication effort of Jesus followers out of love for God and others. He is our motivation for living and sharing the Good News of Jesus to the world. We are His disciples and are called to be disciple-makers.Being a disciple-maker, in its simplest form, is living...
Dealing with Doubt
April 28th, 2022
The summer of 1976 was a difficult time in my life. Even though our nation was marking its 200th anniversary, I was not in a mood to celebrate. My mind was struggling with some big questions. How do I know Christianity is true? Why should I believe what the Bible teaches? How do I know that God even exists? I had grown up in a Christian home and attended church almost every Sunday. I made a profes...
Demystifying Counseling
March 31st, 2022
Somewhere in childhood I caught a belief system that counseling was for those people who really needed help. It seemed clinical, something necessary for the chronically ill. I wouldn’t seek out counseling myself because it seemed like it was for people with extremely messed up lives: broken people, sick people, aggressively mean people. I was a proud, small town teenager. I didn’t want people to t...
Does Easter Really Make a Difference?
March 31st, 2022
Surveys reveal that most people in the U.S. believe that Jesus Christ really did rise from the dead. However, many of these same folks have a difficult time understanding how an event which occurred almost 2,000 years ago can still have significance today. As one man put it, “How does knowing Jesus rose from the dead help me pay my daughter’s college tuition?” True, there is no financial benefit i...
Throwing Away Those Bitter Pills
February 24th, 2022
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) Lately I’ve been thinking much about how life is very short. A recent funeral of my uncle reminded me of this. His life was one that was well lived. He was a simple but hard-working man who loved his family dearly.  Several of my cousins were together, and we...
True Satisfaction
February 24th, 2022
A couple weeks ago, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals to win Super Bowl LVI. Winning the championship of America’s most popular and prosperous sport is an important athletic accomplishment, yet what is the actual significance of winning a championship football game? When the game ends and the Lombardi trophy is handed out, what’s next?A few months after leading the New England P...
Where Do I Find Help?
January 26th, 2022
“I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-2 (CSB)I don’t know if you have been able to take a trip to the mountains. It is one of my favorite things to do—especially the high mountains with jagged, snow-capped peaks. Often you will see the mountains from far off in a distance, and they look like a l...
Being a "Good Christian"
January 26th, 2022
A few years ago, Will Willimon, then Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, got a call from a very upset parent. The father was furious because his graduate-school-bound daughter had just informed him that she was going to go do mission work with a Presbyterian Church in Haiti. "Isn't that absurd!" shouted the father. "She is throwing it all away. She has earned a bachelors degree in mechanical en...
An Attainable Goal
January 5th, 2022
Not that I have already attained this—that is, I have not already been perfected—but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the ...
Oz or God?
January 5th, 2022
“The Wizard of Oz” is one of the favorite stories and films of all time. Someone once suggested the reason for this is that most of us can relate well to Dorothy, because “we, too, find ourselves surrounded by brainless, heartless, and spineless people.”Actually, there are many important lessons found in the story that touch both our hearts and minds. However, we can be led astray if we take the t...
The Ten Commandments
November 26th, 2021
This sign was posted on the wall at the City Hall in Pikeville, Kentucky. It is entitled “The Hillbilly's Ten Commandments” and reads as follows:(1) Just one God(2) Put nothin' before God(3) Watch yer mouth(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin'(5) Honor yer Ma & Pa(6) No killin'(7) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal(8) Don't take what ain't yers(9) No tellin' tales or gossipin'(10) Don't be h...
The Focus of Our Thanksgiving
November 26th, 2021
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” James 1:17 (CSB)There is a story of a boy who was in church where they passed an offering plate. He realized he had no money to give. So, when the plate came around, he put the plate on the floor and stood inside of it. The man passing the plate asked the boy what he was do...
Unending Gratitude
October 28th, 2021
Bad news. We hear about it and see it every day in the news. We are surrounded by it every day. Our world doesn't share much good news either. We can't get what we want. We can't get what we need. We have concerns about health and basic living, work and school, finance, and relationships. All of this has taken a toll on our outlook on life and leads to feelings of stress, anxiety, and loneliness.H...
Are We More Than Protoplasm?
October 28th, 2021
Author Becky Manley was in a college biology class where the professor repeatedly insisted that human beings are nothing more than “fortuitous construct of meaningless protoplasm.” Becky tried to object to that perspective, but her statements were ridiculed as reflecting a “naïve, Christian viewpoint.” One day the professor came to the classroom obviously upset. He began his biology lecture, but a...
Live Life on Purpose
September 28th, 2021
Most people want their lives to mean something at the end of life. We want to have that feeling that it was worth it all, even in the most difficult of times. We want to pass something down to friends and family where someone will say, “that person really made an impact on my life” or “this advice or wisdom spoken is something I’ll never forget. It helps to guide my life.”For some, life may seem c...
What Matters Is What Is True
September 28th, 2021
Dr. William Willimon is a former Methodist Bishop who is now a Professor at Duke Divinity School. He was once voted one of the ten best preachers in the world. Early in his ministry, while he was serving as the pastor of a small congregation in rural Georgia, a relative of one of his members died. Willimon and his wife attended the funeral held in an old-fashioned, rural, Baptist church. Willimon ...
Crowded Isolation
August 25th, 2021
I recently heard a man talk about his commute in a large metropolitan area. It would take him two hours to go from one part of the city to where he was working. He decided that it might be best to take the metro transit light rail. He found out it only took him 30 minutes to get to his workplace and he saved 3 hours of time in travel in one day. He also thought it would be a great opportunity to g...
Coloring within the Lines
August 25th, 2021
Many people today long for “autonomous freedom” where they are accountable to only themselves. That is reflected in statements such as “I have to do what I feel is right,” or “No one has a right to tell me what I should believe or how I should live.” When that “no one” includes God, our thinking is leading us down a very dangerous road.Suppose your four-year-old son (or grandson) likes to color an...
How Disciple-Making Affects a Church
July 30th, 2021
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.  2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)Love God. Love others. Make Disciples. You will be hearing this simple purpose statement in our church more and more as God grants His grace to fulfill what we call “The Great Commandment” and the “Great Commission.” After Jesus was asked...
Are You On the Right Path?
July 30th, 2021
Many folks like to describe spiritual reality with this analogy: God resides on top of a steep mountain. At the base of the mountain are individuals trying to get up to Him by taking different paths. Some paths may be more direct than others, but they eventually all converge at the same location–God. From this perspective, it is a big mistake for travelers to become overly attached to a particular...

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