Category Archives: Devotional


“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.”

~2 Timothy 4:17a NIV~


Today, let’s add Mrs. Mary Nell Kliesch to our prayer list.  She has spent some time at North Oaks, but may come home today.  I know she will be appreciative of your prayers.

James Wesley Lee, Jr.

November 11, 1959 – June 07, 2017


There will be no Friday Morning Bible Study this week of next week.


Baptist Press –


Bible Reading for Today – Proverbs 22-24 & Psalm 5


I’m looking forward to the VBS Friday night program at FBC, Kentwood.


The Sovereign LORD is my strength;

he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,

he enables me to tread on the heights.

For the director of music.

On my stringed instruments.

 ~Habakkuk 3:19 (NIV)~

Devotional  Thought – “What Would You Do with $524160.00?  –

Dr. Bailey shares very interesting thoughts on his daily blog.  You may choose to receive them, as I do.

May God Depend on You?


Pray for Bro. Wendell as she shares the plan of salvation with the older children at VBS today.

Anna Lee




LORD, you establish peace for us;

all that we have accomplished you have done for us.


Read the Bible – Joel, Psalm 125, and the “Joel” video found on



“Dear friends,

God the Father chose you long ago

and knew you would become his children.”

~1 Peter 1:2a TLB~

“Jesus, My Lord, Will Love Me Forever”/”Now I Belong to Jesus”

Romans 8:35-39

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

35 Who can separate us from Christ’s love? Can trouble or hard times or harm or hunger? Can nakedness or danger or war? 36 It is written,

“Because of you, we face death all day long.
    We are considered as sheep to be killed.” (Psalm 44:22)

37 No! In all these things we are more than winners! We owe it all to Christ, who has loved us. 38 I am absolutely sure that not even death or life can separate us from God’s love. Not even angels or demons, the present or the future, or any powers can separate us. 39 Not even the highest places or the lowest, or anything else in all creation can separate us. Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.

This morning I read a tribute from a former student for her mother and aunt.  I won’t share it, but I will say the twin sisters who died a day apart were strong in their faith and close to each other.  My former student is also strong in her faith and shared one of the greatest testimonies I have ever read.  These verses and this song fit their situation so perfectly.  I wish everyone facing death or the loss of a loved one could have such a testimony because of a faith that death cannot shake.

Anna Lee


“Come, let us return to the LORD.

He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us;

he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.

 After two days he will revive us;

on the third day he will restore us,

that we may live in his presence.


Jerry Doughty‘s heart valve replacement went well.  Thank-you for praying for him.

Jim Watson was still in the hospital the last we heard.  Please pray for Jim and Sylvia.



Margaret “Leilani” Adkins-Dean

December 30, 1939 – March 18, 2017

Jerry Lynn Ellzey, Jr.

March 21, 1958 – March 22, 2017

Louisiana Baptist Message –
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~Romans 6:23 (NIV)~
“Jesus Paid it All”
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering


A: In 1895, the first missions offering to benefit the work of home missions (now known as North American missions) was promoted and taken up by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). The Home Mission Board (now known as the North American Mission Board) asked for $5,000 toward its work. WMU efforts exceeded that goal. Today, more than $1 billion has been raised since the beginning of the offering, for North American mission efforts. Every dollar of the offering (named after missions advocate/WMU leader, Annie Armstrong, in 1934) goes to missionaries and their work of sharing the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the United States, Canada and their territories.
A: The North American Mission Board supports 5,684 missionaries in multiple categories. NAMB’s annual report provides missionary count information, as well as a summary of missions efforts. Visit
Read the Bible – I Samuel 21-24 & Psalm 84
Bible Study this morning at 10:00  –  Ezekiel 2

“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party – Tuesday at the Cafe at 11:00 A.M.


Thanks again to all those who donated paperback Bibles and Christian magazines.  They are are the hands of the people who lead a ministry at the jail.  We will continue to collect the PAPERBACK Bibles and Christian magazines for a future date.


Don’t forget to bring batteries and other items to the church so they can be used at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.  There is a list available at FBC,Kentwood and of the home’s website.


If you know of anyone who needs a Sunday School class for adults, youth, or children or a combination of the above I will be glad to help them or at least steer them in the right direction.  FBC, Kentwood has a paid nursery lady of Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, Wednesday nights, etc.

Anna Lee



Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

do not fret—it leads only to evil.  

For those who are evil will be destroyed,

but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

~Psalm 37:8-9~


Glen Magee, Jr. is back at work following his heart ablation.  Pray for both Glen and Lisa as they both have been dealing with heart issues.

Gloria Gill is back in A-fib and will have another heart conversion tomorrow at St. Tammany.  Pray this one is the one that will work.

Please continue to pray for Andy and Betty Taylor.  He will be having the cellulitis removed from his toe tomorrow in Franklinton.

Betty asks that we pray for her brother, Warren Zigler, 60, who is having some issues with blood flow in his neck.  Warren lives in Tennessee.

Betty also asks for continued prayers for her aunt, Billie Jean Booty.  She’s at Tulane now, but will be moved soon.

Donna Fay Miller is doing better now.  She was finally diagnosed with a viral, not bacterial problem.  This should end weeks of problems.  She thanking God for allowing her to find the care she needed.

Debi Bales mother, Mildred Jacobsen, is having a difficult season with health issues.  Pray for Debi’s family.

Pray for a former Amite resident and one of my former students, Joanne Seymour.  She has just had a port implanted so she can go through chemotherapy.

Pray for Peggy Luce, wife of Dr. David Luce.  She has completed his first chemo and only has 34 more to go.  They served in a church west of Amite, but now live out from McComb.

David saw his pulmonary doctor about the spot that had been on his lung at one time.  It is still gone.  Thank-you for praying for David and all his issues the last couple of years.  For now, he seems to be doing better with each problem.  God has blessed us again and again.


Robert E. Branch


Mary Evelyn Duncan Cutrer


Betty Jo Hughes
Mission Projects/Needs
  • The PAPERBACK Bibles will be delivered to the jail Thursday morning.  If you have some to contribute, please get them to the stairwell by the office entrance to FBC,Kentwood by noon Wednesday.  If you are unable to get them this time, please bring them for the next delivery.  There are 400+ prisoners in Amite with the population constantly changing, so we will never be able to stay “caught-up”.  There will be a continuous need.
  • Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home Special Needs – FBC, Kentwood distributed a blue half-sheet of paper with a list of need such as dishcloths and batteries.  If you have these items, you can continue to bring them to the office stairwell area.  I am in contact with the LBCH and will see they are delivered to the proper people.


Annie Armstrong Easter Offering – One of the missionary couples we saw and heard Saturday at M-Jam is supported through the AAEO.  They are doing a special work in a difficult area of New Orleans.  Pray and give so they can continue to do what God has called them to do.




Read the Bible in 2017 – I Samuel 13-14 and Psalm 81.  I think I may have forgotten to tell you to watch the videos on Ruth and I Samuel at

If you didn’t start this on January 1st, don’t fret.  You can start at day one at any time.  After a year of reading, you will have read the whole Bible.


“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

~Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)~

“His Eye is on the Sparrow” – This is one of my favorite songs.  I’m reading Billy Graham’s autobiography.  It’s easy to think about Ethel Waters singing this song at all the crusades.


Spend some time thanking God for all He does for you.

Anna Lee




I’m sorry to be late.  I had to wait for Jason to restart the server.

Love is patient,

love is kind.

It does not envy,

it does not boast,

it is not proud.

Don Meadows‘ surgery went well.  He’s home and doing well.  Thank you for praying for him.

Bettye Fussell‘s daughter shared this yesterday.

We just want to say a special “THANK YOU” to everyone that has called, text, sent flowers/cards and come to visit my Mom during this hard time. We are amazed at all of the love and support that everyone has shown her. Just to update everyone, she will hopefully be transferred this afternoon from Southwest to Ochsner’s in New Orleans to begin her chemo treatment. Please keep sending prayers her way as she begins this new journey. We know God is in control and we are ready to fight this fight!! Thank you and We love you all!!

Melinda Russell recently joined her husband in China where he is working.  Her mother passed away in Texas, so now she is flying back.  Pray for her as she travels and as the family celebrate her life.

Bro. Stan Statham requests prayer for a volunteer.

BASELA Family- please be praying for Bro. Michael, a Disaster Relief Volunteer from Arkansas who fell from a roof in New Orleans East yesterday while working on a home. He has significant injuries but is in good spirits. I will update after I visit him in the hospital later this morning. -Bro. Stan


Bible Reading Plan – Numbers 19-21 and Psalm 46


Bro. Stan shares information about Hope Center.

This will be our last week of 1/2 off our winter clothes, shoes and coats. We will be putting out our Spring/Summer clothes February 21st. Come visit us this week for some great values!! Open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. 985-247-2235


This is love: not that we loved God,  

but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

~1 John 4:10 (NIV)~

“Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know”


Mark your calendar for these extras.

  • Tonight – Children’s missions at 6 P.M.
  • Tomorrow  – Third Thursday Gathering at 6:30
  • Friday – Bible Study of John 19 at 10 A.M.
  • Tuesday – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at 11 A.M.


Enjoy a little cooler weather.

Anna Lee


Turn from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it.


David saw the retina specialist Friday afternoon.  David’s vision is very good, but the current issue is pressure in both eyes.  We’re thanking God for the vision improvement and praying the three medications he is using will get the pressure under control.  Thanks to all of you who have prayed for him and who ask about him when you see us.  We are very appreciative for the love you have shown us.

Susan Rimes continues to have back and arthritis issues. Pray she can get good mobility with minimum pain.

Please continue to pray for Debbie R. Miller and her family.

Please pray for Mike Catalaotto who has had a major stroke.  As you pray for him, please pray for his family.

Mrs. Margaret Callihan was at the church (wake) yesterday.  She is getting much stronger.  Her children are doing a good job of caring for her as her health continues to improve.

The service yesterday for Mrs. Kathryn Kuss was wonderful!  What a special, unique lady she was.  It was good to visit with all her family and hear some of them, the preachers, and Bernice Dickerson during the service.  “Miss” Kathryn was properly honored, but will be missed.


Bible Reading Plan (join the

Chapter 2 - God's Covenant with Abraham
• Read Leviticus 19-20
• Read Psalm 36
• Read Leviticus 21-23
• Read Psalm 37
• Read Leviticus 24-25
• Read Psalm 38
• Watch Torah: Leviticus
• Read Leviticus 26-27
• Read Psalm 39
Chapter 2 - God's Covenant with Abraham
• Watch Read Scripture: Numbers
• Download Poster (Mark it up as you read!)
• Read Numbers 1-4
• Read Psalm 40
• Watch Theme: Holiness
• Read Numbers 5-7 (skim)
• Read Psalm 41
• Read Numbers 8-10
• Read Psalm 42

You’ll likely find the second half of Leviticus less weird. You’ll read about all the different festivals Israel was to observe as a reminder of what God has done in their lives, as well as moral purity laws that are intended to set Israel and its priests apart from surrounding nations. Keep in mind, even though these laws aren’t as bloody as the sacrificial rituals, they are still exploring the same core ideas that you find in the first half of Leviticus. Chapters 1-16 lay out the rituals and symbols of God’s love and forgiveness for sin and defilement, while chapters 17-27 explore the new way of life the Israelites are to embrace (either turning away from sin, or avoiding it in the first place). These laws call Israel to a high degree of moral purity and social justice that were major steps forward in comparison to their Canaanite neighbors. As we jump into Numbers, we will begin with a great census as the Israelites mobilize for movement out from the shadow of Mt. Sinai.

Tornado Victims – If you have any items for the tornado victims, please get them to the stairwell at FBC, K tomorrow.

Suggestions – toiletries for the students in the dorm, toys for children, household items for kitchens and bathrooms.

For the word of the LORD is right and true;

he is faithful in all he does.

The LORD loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of his unfailing love.

~ Psalm 33:4-5 (NIV)~

“The Love of God”


Have a wonderful Lord’s Day.  Allow Him to be King today and every day.

Anna Lee


“The LORD is my strength and my defense;

he has become my salvation.

He is my God,

and I will praise him,

my father’s God,

and I will exalt him.

~Exodus 15:2~

Susie Sharkey has re-injured her shoulder.  Pray for her as she has a repeat shoulder surgery tomorrow.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

Rusty Williams is bette, but still sick.  Jimmy is better, thanks to his medications, but Elaina now has the flu too.  Expand your prayer list.

Carl Wayne Stevens is continuing to improve.  Keep praying for him.

David Lanier

October 03, 1934 – January 28, 2017

Joey Capdeboscq, Jr.

April 04, 1963 – January 27, 2017


Bible Reading for Today – Leviticus 5-7, Psalm 31, and Video on Atonement (Biblical Group – You may have to look to the left or right to fine the right one.)



Louisiana Baptist


“At daybreak, LORD, You hear my voice;

at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.”

~Psalm 5:3 HCSB~

“Joy Comes in the Morning”


Tornado Relief – Think of all the items you would need to replace if your home was destroyed suddenly.  Think of all the items you would need to replace if your dorm room was destroyed suddenly.  If this touches your heart and you are able to make some purchases to help, please do so and then bring your items to the stairwell at the office entrance of FBC, Kentwood.  The items will be delivered to Petal Baptist Church so they can be distributed to those who need them the most.  Thank-you for helping.


It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Anna Lee


The LORD gives strength to his people;

the LORD blesses his people with peace.


Luther Terrell may have had back surgery Wednesday, but he was at church both yesterday morning and again last night.  He will be home a while before he gets clearance to return to his truck driving job.

Please pray for Andy Taylor as he sees a lung specialist and undergoes tests tomorrow.

Frances Gay is scheduled for outpatient surgery Wednesday at Ochsner clinic in Covington.  Please pray.

Bobby Forbes will have several by-passes at Ochsner hospital in Covington tomorrow.  Pray for him, his surgeon, the medical staff, and the family as they wait.


Continue to pray for all the people who have be injured or lost family members in the storm that has crossed the southeast USA over the last week.  Pray for them to be able to get damaged homes, businesses, schools, and churches restored and replaced.  Many people from area churches are helping in disaster relief.  If you would like to contribute some needed items, bring them to FBC, Kentwood.  They will be passed on to an area in need.  Our usual spot to leave such items, is just inside the door to the office entrance under the stairwell.  Suggested items are:

Food Items:

Manual Can-openers
Plastic Food Containers
Zip-lock Baggies
Baby Supplies:
Personal Care

Personal Care:

Feminine Products


Bottled Water
Pet Food & Supplies
Phone Chargers

Household Items:

Cleaning Supplies – Pinesol, Lysol, Trash Bags, Buckets,
Mops/Brooms/Dust Pans
Paper Products
Laundry Detergent
Hand Cleaner
Dawn Dish Liquid
Disinfectant Wipes
Rubber Gloves

Shelter Supplies:

Roofing Nails
Rakes/ Shovels/Brooms
Plastic Totes W/Lids
5 Gal Buckets W/Lids
Trash Cans
Duct Tape
Hand Tools – Hammer/ Pliers/ Screwdrivers/Saws
Rain Ponchos
Work Gloves
First Aid Kits

Please bring these items as soon as possible.  Thanks!


Scripture Reading – Exodus 20-21, Psalm 23, and video on Exodus 19-40



“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

And let us not neglect our meeting together,

as some people do,

but encourage one another,

especially now that the day of his return is drawing near”

~Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT, 2nd ed.~

“To the Work”


Have a great week serving the Lord!

Anna Lee


For I know the plans I have for you,”

declares the LORD,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.



Jeffrey Brister had surgery on a knee Saturday and on his shoulder that had four breaks yesterday.  Pray for a complete recovery over time.

Luther Terrell will have back surgery on Wednesday.  His procedure will be out-patient.

Pray for the Pittman/McDaniel family as Gail has brain surgery this morning at North Oaks.

Pray for Phillip Strickland and his family as he begins week two of treatment.


Scripture Reading – Genesis 48-50 and Psalm 16.


The Two Rivers Association WMU will meet at 10 this morning at East Fork.  The leadership team will meet at 9:00.  We will be honoring the WMU service of Rachel “Cis” Cox, Shirley Gregot Lane, and Aileen Young.


David and I invite you to come to the cabin Thursday night at 6:30 for a meal, a time of fellowship, enjoying some great music, and a sweet devotional and prayer period.  As I often say, “It’s my favorite time of the whole month”!  We  simply call it the Third Thursday Gathering.




Men’s Day – Next Sunday at FBC, Kentwood.  Start with breakfast and devotional and end with men leading the worship service.



“Put on the new self,

created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

~Ephesians 4:24 NIV~

“My Faith has Found a Resting Place”


God is good, especially during our biggest trials of lives!

Anna Lee





Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,

for the LORD your God goes with you;

he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Mrs. Wilma Welch told someone to tell me to add Jennifer Cotes, 36, of Maringouin, to the Prayer Link.  She is the granddaughter of Mr. Eddie Welch and the mother of of two.  She  was just diagnosed with a tumor in her brain and one on her eye.  Prayers will be very much appreciated.

Please continue to pray for Mrs. Juanita Booty.  She is undergoing more tests and treatment at the same time.  Pray she can get some rest.  Pray for the family too.

Jeffrey Brister was in a motorbike accident in Tickfaw.  He broke his shoulder in four places and also broke his knee.  He had knee surgery yesterday.  Pray for him as he awaits shoulder surgery.


Bible Reading Plan – Genesis 46-47 and Psalm 15



Thom S.


Third Thursday at the Cabin – 6:30 this Thursday



 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said,

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

~John 8:31-32 (NIV)~

“Footsteps of Jesus” – one of the first hymns I learned to play


Whose footsteps do you desire to follow today?

Anna Lee