TUESDAY

What, then, shall we say in response to these things?

If God is for us, who can be against us?

~Romans 8:31~

HOSPITAL

Mrs. Mildred Birch is in the hospital in Greensburg for a few days. Her doctor thinks she has diverticulitis and is treating that. Please be in prayer for her and her family as well as the medical staff treating her.

RECENT DEATH

DIANE BUTSCHER RYAN , formerly a resident of Osyka and a long time teacher at KHS, passed away last week. I have not found an obituary, so if any of you locate one, please send me the link.

READ SCRIPTURE TODAY

Matthew 26: 17-30

Luke 22: 7-38

Had I heard Jesus’ words, I would have . . . .

PRAYER FOCUS

Today, let’s pray for the flood situations in our area because of the recent rain. I traveled east of town both Sunday and Monday and was surprised with the amount of water on the lower areas of land. Pray for this area as we will continue to have rain this week. Pray the Tangipahoa River basin and other river basins in southeast Louisiana will be able to contain the water.

Have a wonderful day.

Anna Lee

MONDAY

“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~

Today, I’m asking you to pray for the following people:

Mr. George Eddie Lee and Mrs. Alice Fay Lee

Mrs.. Velma Anthony

Andy and Betty Taylor

Nathan Daniels

Those facing important medical testing

Prayer Focus Today

Today, I ask you to pray for Sunday School teachers and those who lead various other classes and activities at church. As you pray, also thank God for their willingness to be in attendance weekly, giving time to prepare lessons, and for loving those in their class and activity.

I clearly remember a conversation about the offering when I was a child at church in Roseland. Up until that day, I believed the preacher and all the teachers got to divide the offering evenly each week! That is the day I learned about the dedication of teachers (and others) at church, and the word “volunteer”!

READ the BIBLE

Matthew 26: 1-16

Mark 14: 1-11

I feel like I one betrayed Jesus by . . . .

OCC WORKSHOP

Our monthly workshop will be Saturday at 9:00. in the fellowship hall.

This is planned for school-age children all the way up to adults. Children and youth will get to select a reward for helping. Adults (and children) will be rewarded by visiting each other and by visiting our “treat” table!

Come and help prepare items for the “Shoeboxes. There are various jobs to do at various levels of difficulty. Many tasks are as easy as cutting off tags or applying stickers over prices that are printed on some items. If you don’t like the activity you have, try another one! It can’t be much easier than that! Remember: Each item you work on will be placed in a “Shoebox” in a few months. Then, you can be a part of doing that too!

Special thanks to four ladies and one man who did additional work at home during the month or helped at the church with tasks such as counting for our inventory. Thank to the man who helped David move same tables before Sunday School yesterday. OCC Volunteers, your work is greatly appreciated!

Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions

Thank-you to those who have contributed to this offering. If you have not done so, it is never too late. Be sure to mark your envelope “Lottie Moon”.

The “Fifth Sunday Singing” last night was very well attended. There was variety in singing and performers from several churches. David and I surely enjoyed seeing friends from at least five churches. I must also say there was a big variety of soups and desserts last night and that the kitchen crew was very helpful as they served! Two more groups of people need to be mentioned, The sound and stage crew and those who moved tables and chairs both before and after the meal. Remember what I said about the word “volunteers” earlier. Those people are vital in our churches.

Another Thank You

Thank-you to those who again identified themselves as readers of The Prayer Link. It is so special and encouraging to know who reads daily. Without you, I would not be sitting here and doing this early each morning. Thank-you!

PRAYERS

I hope you have found some people/events to pray for today. It’s all about prayers! It’s all about those who pray! Be sure to remember some volunteers.

Anna Lee

SUNDAY

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

~~~~~Zechariah 4:6~

READ THE BIBLE TODAY

Matthew 21: 1-17

Luke 19: 28-48

Jesus’ tears in His triumph show me . . . .

TODAY’S PRAYER FOCUS

Let’s spend some time today praying for those who take what is not theirs .

OCC THANKFULNESS

Today, I am thankful for a husband who went to a wake yesterday and did OCC shopping on his way home. He made some good purchases. We also were able to purchase a number of items earlier in the week. I am also thankful I had some time alone to group, organize, and write instructions for purchases we will be working with Saturday morning, our monthly workday.

I’m also thankful to a ladies’ class that has turned in a big box of sewing kits. They did a great job collecting money and letting one member do the shopping this month.

I’m thankful for a lady who turned in some purchases for OCC and also took on the big task of dividing many packages of filler paper so it will fit in folders.

I’m also thankful for a couple who worked with us one afternoon this week. We were able to get more done because of their help.

PERSONAL PRAYER LISTS

I want to encourage you to have a personal prayer list so you can pray daily. Having one and praying from it is a wonderful habit to have. This can be as simple as a stack of paper you fold or staple together or an old composition book that has unused pages. My current one is a medium size composition book of graph paper that I purchased in Romania. I started using it last month when I filled my last notebook.

Have a meaningful Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

SATURDAY

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

~PHILIPPIANS 3: 10-11~

OBITUARIES

Carolyn Jane McElveen Baham

August 4, 1929 – January 17, 2023

Carolyn Jane McElveen Baham, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away on January 17, 2023. She was 93 years old, and throughout her life was known for her nurturing, kind, and thoughtful ways. She was a person of very strong faith and a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Independence, Louisiana. She truly had the heart of a servant and was always there to support, encourage, and advocate for anyone in need. In early adulthood she was employed by Lallie Kemp Hospital in Independence, where she took X-ray dictation and worked in the business office. Later in life she was part owner of Buster’s Furniture in Amite, Louisiana, serving primarily as office manager and administrator. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.E. “Buster” Baham, and her brother, R.E. McElveen, Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Martha Buchanan and Rebecca Fabre (Jody), her granddaughter, Colleen Fabre, siblings Elsie Danley and Jerry McElveen (Sue), and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Due to recent exposure to Covid among family members, a private graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Amite Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life service for family and friends will be planned and announced at a later date. Her family gratefully acknowledges the kind and loving care provided by New Hope Manor skilled nursing facility in Cedar Park, Texas and Silverado Hospice of Austin, Texas. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Helen Hunter

September 20, 1931 – January 26, 2023

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at The Lodge at Tangi Pines in Amite, LA. She was born September 20, 1931 in Rayville, LA and was 91 years of age. She is survived by daughter, Diane Booty (Clyde); son, Robbie Hunter (Sharon); 2 grandchildren, J. Clyde Booty, III (Barbara) and Robbie Hunter, Jr. (Shellie); 5 great-grandchildren, Taylor Felder (Christian), Jathen Hunter, Chloe Guidry (Randy), Jay Booty, and Carson Booty (Stephanie); 2 great-great-grandchildren, Cam and Cason Guidry; 3 step-grandchildren, Darlene Doss (Jim), Donnie Owens, and Randy Fowler; and 8 step-great-grandchildren; 4 step-great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, Elias and Allie Salsbury; 4 sisters and 1 brother, Ouida McCarty, Jena Cordell, Elias Salsbury, Sadie Evans, and Patricia Brown; and grandson, Ryan Foy. Visitation at New Jerusalem United Pentecostal Church, Kentwood, from 10:00AM until religious services at 2:00PM on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. Matt Booty and Rev. Jay Mennoa. Interment New Jerusalem Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

ILLNESS

Please say special prayers for Jane Wickham. Her illness causes her a lot of pain. Pray the pain level decreases so Jane is able to do more of the things she enjoys in life.

CLOSE CALL.

Yesterday morning, David and I both were almost hit by a vehicle which was like a minibus-large SUV cross. The elder driver was driving too fast for a parking lot and did not see us crossing to get to our vehicle. David and I both had to move very quickly to avoid being run over. Then, David yelled at the man to slow down. The driver had not seen us and was as shaken and thankful for our safety as we were. The driver came to the car and apologized after he parked his vehicle. We had a car load of OCC purchases. I suppose God wants us to continue shopping for and packing “Shoeboxes”! We thanked/thank God for his protection.

TODAY’S PRAYER FOCUS

Today, let’s say a special pray for all drivers to be alert and aware of the situation they are driving in each time they get behind the steering wheel.

READ SCRIPTURE TODAY

January 28 – Matthew 25: 31-46

The Sheep and the Goats (NIV Version)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

I reach out to others by . . . .

Tomorrow Morning’s Sermon Topic and Bible Passages

January 29 @ 10:30 @ FBC, Kentwood

“Teaching is Not for the Timid”

Janes 3:1

If you or your class have purchased some items for the “Shoeboxes”, please place them in the collection basket at the front of the sanctuary in the morning.

OCC Workday

One week from today at 9:00 A.M. I’m looking forward to another great day and hoping to have more children and youth to help us.

Anna Lee

FRIDAY

Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”

~Joshua 10:25~

READ THE BIBLE

January 27 – John 12: 37-50

If Jesus examined my heart right now, he would find . . . .

Pray Focus for Today

Today, let’s thank God for a pastor, Bro. Darryl Miller, who not only shares God’s Word from the pulpit, but also serves our people is so many ways . He gladly makes coffee, locks and unlocks doors, leads the music, always has the right words to help those with problems or broken hearts, visits those with physical and spiritual needs, moves bulletin boards, puts in new lights, folds blankets in the pews, meets members and guests at the top of the steps and speaks to them before they enter the church, stands outside the front door to shake hands and hears from people as they leave church after every service, takes out the garbage, attempts to meet all visitors, and so many more things. He deserves our continued appreciation, love, and support . He also deserves our words of encouragement and prayers. Spend time today thanking God for a pastor who gladly does so much more than preaching three sermons a week. All these things and many more he does in a quiet, humble manner. May God continue to bless his ministry.

Bro.. Darryl, you are loved and greatly appreciated by your church family

Church family, thank God for your pastor and cover him with your prayers!

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Anna Lee

THURSDAY

Taste and see that the LORD is good;

blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

~Psalm 34:8~

TIME CHANGETI CHANGE

Sunday night’s service, a fifth Sunday singing, will be help at Spring Creek Baptist Church beginning at 5 P.M. A meal will be served following the singing.

OBiTUARIES

Jade Buckley’s mom’s service will be at 3:00 this afternoon at FBC, Kentwood.

Cynthia Ann Roberts

August 11, 1956 – January 17, 2023

Cynthia Ann Roberts, of Roseland, LA formerly of Metairie, LA, died Tuesday, January 17, 2023 in her home, peacefully asleep. She was 66 years old. She was the only daughter of Leroy Adele Wilson and Jacquelyn Veronica Greig Wilson. She was born in New Orleans, LA on August 11, 1956. She graduated from Boothville Venice Highschool. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include a son Curtis Allen Roberts, Jr. and wife, Tiffany, a daughter Jade Andrea Buckley and husband Taylor. Two brothers Leroy Wilson and wife Sue and Craig Wilson and wife Tanya. Five grandchildren who were all her favorites and two precious great grandchildren. She was a sweet soul who loved football, crawfish boils and spending time with her family. Memorial Services at 3:00PM on Thursday, January 26, 2023. Services conducted by Bro. Daryl Miller. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Dorothy Easley Monk

August 27, 1928 – January 14, 2023

Dorothy Easley Monk, a resident of Kentwood, LA passed away January 14, 2023 at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by parents, Beatrice Lee and Walter Easley, sisters, Rema Biondo (Anthony), Nan Anderson (Roy), and Odette Sitman (Alphy). Brothers, Worth Easley (Irene) and D.J. Easley (Ola Mae) and husband Jim Monk. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Burial in New Zion Cemetery. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

READ the BIBLE

Matthew 5

“One area I am going to improve today is . . . . “

PRAYER FOCUS TODAY

Today, let’s focus on the illegal drugs, especially those coming into our country through our open border, that are killing so many young people. Pray for the sources to dry up and for the young people of our country to realize the danger of the drugs and to stop taking them. At the same time, pray for the many families touched by this problem every single day. Pray people will choose God over drugs.

MISSION FOCUS

Today, let’s pray for Ellen Burford nd her personal ministry, MOVING MOUNTAINS MINISTRY, which is housed in our church. I thank Bro. Darrell for allowing her to use our church to store all the many things she needs so they will be available when a child goes into a new home. I’ve seen her “in action” a number of times as she helped the foster mothers and as she struggled to keep her room organized despite all the opportunities to give items away.

You may want to become more familiar with Ellen and her wonderful ministry. Check out her site, https://movingmountainsla.com/.

YOUR TURN – God uses people in many ways. How does he use you? How does he want to use you? Are you willing to be used?

Anna Lee

WEDNESDAY

 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

Ephesians 3:16

OBITUARIES


Jason Wayne Addison

December 23, 1981 – January 19, 2023

A resident of Independence, LA, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born December 23, 1981 in Independence, LA and was 41 years of age. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Raymond and Donna Callahan; mother, Ellen Belinda Addison; step-father, Joseph Rumfala; brothers and sisters, Joey Addison, Jennifer Addison, Matthew Addison, Twyanna Callahan, Raymonda Callahan, Iriael White, Shavanna Burton, Dwayne Watkins, and Diontae Cannon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by grandparents, Gertrude Sharp and Sam Rumfalo. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Friday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Interment Durbin Cemetery, Independence, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Mary Lindsey Strickland

August 14, 1940 – January 22, 2023

A resident of Hammond, LA, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born August 14, 1940 in Greensburg, LA and was 82 years of age. She is survived by her 2 brothers and 1 sister, John Leon Lindsey, Margie Lindsey Lascaro and husband, Anthony and Tommy Lindsey and wife, Becky; sister-in-law, Barbara Lindsey; brother-in-law, Warren Coates; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Harold Strickland; parents, John and Elaine Lindsey; 3 sisters and 1 brother, Nell Matherne and husband, Leroy, Pearline Williams and husband, Bob, Fred Lindsey, and Lida Coates; sister-in-law, Barbara Lindsey. Pallbearers are Tommy Lindsey, Anthony Lascaro, Corey Smith, Curtis Matherne, Scott Lindsey, and Fred Lindsey. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Henri Melindy Sumner

December 26, 1956 – January 15, 2023


A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023 at University Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. She was born December 26, 1956 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 66 years of age. She is survived by her 2 sisters, Rindy Williams and husband, David and Cindy Landry; 1 nephew, Nathan Williams; 1 niece, Mikel Brown; 1 great-nephew, Jayton; 2 great-nieces, Asia and Stella. Preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Melba Whidden; husband, Brady Sumner. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

PRAYER FOCUS TODAY

Today, we need to thank God for sparing us from the potentially disastrous weather that came through last night. It could have been so much worse for us individually and as a community. Pray for those who were not so fortunate.

We also need to pray for others who had damage to their homes and communities. Then we need to “Put feet to our prayers”. That means we need to help others though Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief and other proven organizations that use their funds to help those in need. It also means you can use the skills you learned through Louisiana Baptist

READ the BIBLE

John 8: 15-58

I need to be set free from . . . .

TEXT for PRAYER MEETING

Tonight at FBC, Kentwood

“The Downfall of Man”

Romans 6: 12-21

OCC DONATIONS

Your gifts for OCC can be placed in the basket in the front of the sanctuary tonight or on Sundays. Thank-you for giving school supplies and other items. If in doubt, ask me. I will be glad to give ideas to chasses or individuals. Thanks to those who have already stepped up to help bring items to fill our 400 “Shoeboxes”.

Anna Lee

TUESDAY

He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

~Isaiah 40: 29~

READ THE BIBLE TODAY

January 24

John 6: 25-59

Of these promises, the one that is most significant to me is . . . .

HEALTH CONCERNL

BRETT FRAZIER is slightly better, but continues to need our prayers for his neck problem.

OBITUARIES

Mary Lindsey Strickland

August 14, 1940 – January 22, 2023


A resident of Hammond, LA, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born August 14, 1940 in Greensburg, LA and was 82 years of age. She is survived by her 2 brothers and 1 sister, John Leon Lindsey, Margie Lindsey Lascaro and husband, Anthony and Tommy Lindsey and wife, Becky; sister-in-law, Barbara Lindsey; brother-in-law, Warren Coates; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Harold Strickland; parents, John and Elaine Lindsey; 3 sisters and 1 brother, Nell Matherne and husband, Leroy, Pearline Williams and husband, Bob, Fred Lindsey, and Lida Coates; sister-in-law, Barbara Lindsey. Pallbearers are Tommy Lindsey, Anthony Lascaro, Corey Smith, Curtis Matherne, Scott Lindsey, and Fred Lindsey. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Pamela Morris Smith

October 23, 1964 – January 21, 2023

A resident of Holden, LA, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at her home. She was born October 23, 1964 and was 58 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Wall and husband, Joseph; 2 granddaughters, Jayde and Jolie Wall; sister, Vickie Futrell; niece, Jennifer Martin; nephew, Jase Martin; and brother, Phillip Morris and Debbie Rhodes. Preceded in death by husband, Kerry V. Smith; son, Jason Phillip Smith; parents, James E. Morris and Mary Kathryn Morris; brother-in-law, Mitch Futrell. Graveside Services will be held at Montpelier Cemetery at 1:00PM Thursday, January 26, 2023. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

PRAYER FOCUS FOR TODAY

Today, let’s focus our prayers on those around us who don’t know Jesus. Let’s focus on one thought, “What more can we do to lead them to Jesus?”

LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING

Remember one fact: 100% of the funds you give through your church go directly to missionary work around the world as the missionaries represent us in telling the lost about Jesus. That is my mission thought for the day!

Anna Lee

Monday

I can do all this through him who

gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13

Update on Barbara Hutchinson

“Miss” Barbara is home and feeling much better. She will be going back to the doctor for one more test. Keep on praying.

Prayer service for Donald Duncan

The prayer service for Donald Duncan and his family was just that, many prayers by friends. If you were unable to attend, you can pray for him now, wherever you are. God hears every prayer we utter, no matter wen or where we pray.

Prayers needed by Mrs. Laurie Miller

Pray for Laurie, Bro. Darryl’s wife, as she endures back issues. Her plans are to wait until the end of the school year to have back surgery. Pray her pain becomes more endurable or she finds a way to have surgery sooner. We missed her at church yesterday.

Obituaries


Joseph “Jody” Columbus Abbott

October 31, 1949 – January 20, 2023

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 at The Butterfly Wing in Baton Rouge, LA. He was born October 31, 1949 in Pride, LA and was 73 years of age. He is survived by daughter, Jennifer Abbott Blackwell and husband, Craig; 3 granddaughters, Reagon Campbell and husband, Chase, Raini Blackwell, Brooke Perry and husband, Adam; 4 great-grandchildren, Windham Perry, Rowdy Perry, soon to be George Perry, and Lane Campbell; 3 sisters, Ovelene Spears, Janice Hutchinson, and Charlotte Boyer; 1 brother, James Abbott. Preceded in death by parents, Columbus and Margaret Abbott; 4 sisters, Wilmagene Abbott Powers, Jenny Willie, Evelyn Umfress, and Carnelia Stidham; 5 brothers, Paul Abbott, Charles Abbott, Lowell Abbott, Olan Abbott and Timothy Abbott. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5:00PM until 8:00PM with a funeral service at 6:30PM on Wednesday January 25, 2023. Interment will be private at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Pamela Morris Smith

October 23, 1964 – January 21, 2023


A resident of Holden, LA, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at her home. She was born October 23, 1964 and was 58 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Wall and husband, Joseph; 2 granddaughters, Jayde and Jolie Wall; sister, Vickie Futrell; niece, Jennifer Martin; nephew, Jase Martin; and brother, Phillip Morris and Debbie Rhodes. Preceded in death by husband, Kerry V. Smith; son, Jason Phillip Smith; parents, James E. Morris and Mary Kathryn Morris; brother-in-law, Mitch Futrell. Graveside Services will be held at Montpelier Cemetery at 1:00PM Thursday, January 26, 2023. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Prayer focus for today

Today, lets pray for our country. Several places in our country had terrible events harming and/or killing innocent people. Pray for those who are struggling with desires to commit such crimes. Pray for families as they are left to a life with injured/traumatized loved ones or without their loved ones. Pray for troubled family members. May troubled people learn to trust in God and that actions like these are not the solution to their problems. Trusting God will guide them to finding better solutions

READ the BIBLE TODAY

  • Matthew 12: 46-50
  • * Mark 3: 31-35
  • *The area of my life that I have difficulty submitting to God’s will is . . . .
  • (This was discussed in my Sunday School class yesterday. Some people said “WORRY” was hard to turn over to God and leave it with Him. Others have learned to “give worry to Him and to move on”. I think recognition of a shortcoming is a step toward working through the issue. I thank God for Sunday School classes and the lessons we study each week.

Today is a good day to take action! You might want to do one or more of the following:

  • Call to check on someone who is not feeling well.
  • Visit someone you have missed at church and deliver a Sunday School book or magazine.
  • Take a portion of your meal or fast food to someone who might not be cooking today.
  • Deliver a plant to gift certificate to them.
  • The list is endless. Do what fits your and your lifestyle best.

Taking Action

I was always taught that words without actions somethines do not have the same effect/benefit. My mother set a good example for me by delivering cookies or a pie as we visited church friends and family members.

Think about that. Maybe, you need to take action to help others in some way this week. Sometimes small actions on our part make a big difference to others. It may even dry an example fort your children and/or grandchildren.

Anna Lee

Sunday

The LORD gives strength to his people;

the LORD blesses his people with peace.

~Psalm 29:11~

READ and WRITE THE BIBLE TODAY

*Matthew 12: 1-8

*Mark 2 :23-28

*Luke 6: 1-5

When religious people try to “trap me”, I . . . .

PRAYER FOCUS TODAY

Pray for yourself and others in church today. May each person have open ears and an open heart to what they hear.

The adult Sunday School Scripture is Genesis 3: 1-6.

Bro. Darryl’s message is”Worship is Wonderful” from Nehemiah 9: 5-6.

I hope to see many of you in God’s house today. I’m excited as I anticipate being there and hope you feel the same way.

Don’t forget the prayer service for Donald Duncan today. Donald has been diagnosed with a blood disease. The service be at New Zion Baptist Church at 2 P.M.

Anna Lee