“The LORD brings death and makes alive;
he brings down to the grave and raises up.
The LORD sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.
This verse doesn’t say so, but he also sends the rain and the sunshine.
Tropical storm “Cindy” will soon be here. I think I should ask you to be prepared for lots of rain. My neighborhood will not flood, but I pray for those facing more flooding, especially those who have not recovered from the flood of last August yet. Remember to take precautions ahead of time. http://www.actionnews17.com/news/tangipahoa-parish-government-monitors-tropical-weather-2124411
Continue to pray for the leaders of our world and our country.
Thank God for the many Vacation Bible Schools in our area this summer. I love seeing the many pictures posted on Facebook. I think VBS is the greatest thing churches do for children all year long. Thankfully, most churches have VBS and invest time, money, and love into it each year.
Read the Bible – Jeremiah 14-17 & Psalm 17
Baptist Press – bpnews.net
Friday Morning Bible Study will be at 10 A.M. Friday in the fellowship hall of FBC.
Operation Christmas Child will send “shoeboxes” to thousands of children in November IF we make our purchases and pack the boxes for shipment. To do this in a big way means we need to shop in a big way beginning now. Smart shoppers always have their eyes open for sales and for seasonal items. Those who shop now are welcome to bring their items to my Sunday School room. I will store them until we pack the boxes. We want to help some needy children have some special items and INTRODUCE THEM TO JESUS!
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
~Colossians 3:2 NIV~
“When they Ring those Golden Bells”
FBC, Kentwood has their bells(chimes) ringing at times that give people who attend church, but live out of town, get to hear them. People in town can enjoy them every day. Thanks to those who undertook to purchase the bells years ago and to those who keep them going today. The music is certainly beautiful.
Make a point of hearing some of the songs that first impacted your live.
Come to Me,
all of you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
~Matthew 11:28 HCSB~
Read the Bible – Jeremiah 4-6 and Psalm 14
Pray for all the children, including my to GA ones, who are headed off to camp in the next few days. I know of several groups headed out to several different camps. I pray they are safe and well-fed spiritually. I also pray for the youth leadership attending camps with them. May they have abounding love and patience as well as wisdom in dealing with all the situations they will face.
VBS finished at some churches and begins at others. Pray for young lives to be changed in the VBS opportunities.
I have noticed the music in some stores the last couple of days. Thankfully, I heard “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” and other wonderful hymns in one. It made my day happy.
Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
I forgot to share David‘s good news from Friday afternoon. His eyes are doing great! The retina specialist said he was graduating David to six months without an appointment.
Speaking of graduating, Mallory did that yesterday, but we did not get to watch it. The church did not have the wi-fi necessary. We did see a few pictures and hope to hear a report from the family today.
There have been a couple of area deaths, but I’m waiting for obituaries from the funeral home before I share them.
Read the Bible today – Ecc. 9-12 & Psalm 10
Vacation Bible School is available at several churches today/this week for your children/grandchildren.
Bible Drill class for children will be tonight at 6 P.M.
There will be no Third Thursday Gatherings this summer, but we will resume in September. I do have my piano in the cabin thanks to a wonderful group of young, strong friends from church. I’ll be looking forward to a good ole hymn singing time. Come with a list of favorites!
Have a blessed Lord’s Day!
“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.
There will be no Friday Morning Bible Study this week of next week.
Baptist Press – bpnews.net
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? – http://waylonbailey.com/2017/06/07/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.
The one who is victorious will, like them,
be dressed in white.
I will never blot out the name of that person
from the book of life,
but will acknowledge that name
before my Father and his angels.
It’s Vacation Bible School time! In the coming weeks, almost all our churches will be going “all out” to bring in children and teach children about God and His Word. The themes will be different, the decorations will vary, the workers will not be the same, but the reasoning is the same in each case. I encourage you to support the VBS in your church and in other churches. It’s not about “my church” and “our VBS”, but about helping children learn about God and to come to a personal relationship with Him!
FBC, Kentwood will begin Sunday with a registration party from 5-7 P.M. Bring the family so they will learn to be comfortable with our church and our people. VBS will begin Monday morning at 8:30 in the sanctuary and conclude at 11:30 in the sanctuary. Parent night is Friday. Come see some of what your child/children have learned. Lend us to us each morning for a week. I know their lives will be greatly impacted in a positive way.
Later, this summer, as other churches have VBS, you will soon realize there are many different themes that will be used this summer. It’s okay for children to participate in more than one VBS. Neither my children or I did that, but I certainly see the advantage of being in different programs in different churches. Each church only wants to be a part the life of the children. Give your child/children all such opportunities that will work for your family. That can make a “heavenly and eternal” difference!
Read the Bible – Proverbs 7-9 and Psalm 150.
You may enjoy reading this Baptist Press article about Tim Tebow, http://bpnews.net/48973/tebow-preps-homeschoolers-for-impressionable-times.
Remember to keep the Lord in your weekend.
P.S. The server needed to be rebooted for me to get into The Prayer Link today. Jason has already left for a fishing tournament by the time I realized there was a problem. I was able to tell him about it as soon as he called after the tournament, but he had to travel home to do what was necessary. By that time, I was sidetracked. I decided to post what I had written as a Google document this morning.
I want to add the link to the Waylon Bailey document. It seems like he has VBS thoughts this morning just like I did. David and I did spend some time at the church this afternoon preparing my room for teaching missions during VBS.
The link is http://waylonbailey.com/2017/06/03/next-gen-vbs/.
“Love your enemies,
bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you,
and pray for those who spitefully use you
and persecute you.”
Dorothy Fussell graduated from using a walker to using a cane as she recovers from a broken hip. Thank God for her progress.
Bettye Fussell had a reaction when she was given her treatment this week. Thank God she was able to have a treatment though.
Please continue to pray for the Dillons, Mr. “Cete” and “Miss” Ruby. Recovery is a slow process.
Read the Bible – Proverbs 4-6 & Psalm 149
Friday Morning Bible Study – Ezekiel 12
VBS Registration – Sunday from 5-7 P.M.
. . . It is not by sword or by spear that the LORD saves,
for the battle is the LORD’s.
~1 Samuel 17:47 HCSB~
“Battle Hymn of the Republic”
Make the Friday more than a square on the calendar.
Thanks for understanding I was controlled by a cough for the last two days. Thankfully, I’m better now.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
Good News! Bettye Fussell’s blood count was good enough for her to be able to get her fifth treatment this week. Pray for her as she moves forward in beating the cancer!
Oler “Ann” Page Tyrney
April 30, 1936 – May 29, 2017
Kenneth Lee Wheeler
July 15, 1939 – May 27, 2017
Read the Bible – Job 40-42 & Psalm 146
The Lord’s Church has officially changed its name after much consideration and prayer. It is now Taylor Creek Baptist Church. Nothing concerning their leadership or focus has changed, only the name. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Don Meadows.
The Hope Center in Roseland is updating paperwork for those who receive food baskets each month. If you know of anyone who needs to update their information, please remind them to do so as soon as possible.
“You made my whole being;
you formed me in my mother’s body.”
~Psalm 139:13 NCV~
“He Leadeth Me”
Baptist Press – bpnews.net
Tonight – Children in Action for children up to 5th grade. Learn about missions at 6 P.M.
Pray for the children and teachers as they make the most of their summer holidays. Pray for wise choices for the summer days and for safety in all they do.
Pray for Bobby Spinks and others from NOBTS as they travel to the Amazon to share the message of Jesus with those who do not know him. You may not be traveling to the Amazon, you you surely can take Jesus with you this week wherever you go.