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What? Me, a Disciple?
August 3rd, 2022
Knowing what disciple is is crucially important. If we profess that we are Christians, then we are also disciples. How do we know this? In Acts 11:26, it says, “The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.” As you can see, the words “disciple” and “Christian” are synonymous. The word “Christian” simply means “follower of Christ” or “little Christ.” We cannot be a Christian without being ...
Remembering the Right Things
August 3rd, 2022
Two friends, Joe and Sam, were walking through the desert. After a while, they got into a heated argument and, in anger, Joe slapped Sam across the face. At that point Sam felt very hurt, but did not say a word. He simply knelt down and wrote these words in the sand: “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”The two men continued their journey and eventually came to an oasis. Hot, tired, and d...
More Than Just a "Good Man"
June 29th, 2022
Jesus Christ is admired by many in our world today. People are often impressed with His compassion for others, His brilliant teaching, His commitment to peace and justice, and His deep “spirituality.” In the eyes of some folks, Jesus is kind of a Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa all wrapped in one. Yet, many of the folks who admire Jesus, reject His claim to be the eternal Son of ...
One Name Under Heaven
May 26th, 2022
”Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)The name of Jesus is a powerful one. There are many that have different reactions to the name of Jesus today. His name and person both unites and divides. Who is He? What was His purpose? What did He come to do? Was He just a good teacher? The name of Jesus brings...
Knowing and Doing What Is Right
May 26th, 2022
A few years ago there was a story in USA Today about a woman in Texas who received a sizable check from the Veteran's Administration. The check was not made out to her, she did not know the person to whom the check was made out, nor had she ever been in the military.She put it back outside for the postman to pick up on his next round. Five days later she got it back in a different envelope. She te...
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...

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