“I pray that from his glorious,
he will give you mighty inner strength
through his Holy Spirit.”
~Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)~
Faith, Scott, and Aaron
Monday nightPlease pray for Faith & Scott. This is so difficult for them. Also pray for healing of Aaron
Frann Smith Clark
Well, Aaron only got 3 small bottles today and now he is cut off again. Ever since they started letting him try a bottle, his heart rate has been way up in the high 170s. They were also trying to wean down his heart medication (hoping to take out the medication line going directly into his heart tomorrow) and the nitric into his breathing tubes. He has been very agitated ever since. They have gone back to feeding him through his NG tube in the hopes that this will be easier for him. Even though he has been off narcotic pain relief for about 48 hours, they decided tonight to give him a dose of Fentanyl in the hopes of bringing his heart rate down and relaxing him some. We are very hopeful that this evens him out again. We really were hoping they would take out his pacer wires tomorrow, but with his heart rate so elevated, they may not do this.
We are glad they are being extra careful, but we keep hoping every day will be the day we get to hold him again. Please pray for Aaron’s heart rate, his peace and the continued healing of his heart. It is easy to forget sometimes that he is still a very sick little boy and that his body is still adjusting to its new heart.
Thanks to all of you-Faith
Carl Wayne Stevens
Carl Wayne continues to progress following his recent stroke. Pray he will continue to see progress in this process.
Jesse had a difficult day yesterday. Majel will continue to stay home with him even though her school resumes today. Please keep both of them in your prayers.
Pray for the many people who are having difficulties with seasonal allergies. I’ve been among that number, but am much better now. Some way to spend my Easter holidays! I love the beautiful weather and being outdoors, but the pollen gets the best of me! It seems like I would remember that from year to year and stay inside, but I can hardly wait for this time of the year. A few days outside brings a few days of misery inside!
You will notice the first three articles are about the Roma, Boyd and Jennie’s people group. Baptist Press will release more Roma articles today and tomorrow.
March 24, 2008
ROMANIA–Missionaries make inroads with Roma Gypsies. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27685
BRAZIL–Same people group, different continent. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27686
VIRGINIA–Roma live on the fringes of society. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27687
WASHINGTON–ELECTION 08: Obama’s church printed pro-Hamas editorial. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27689
GEORGIA–New churches needed to combat ‘evangelistic deficit’ in U.S. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27691
TENNESSEE–$270,000 gift to aid Union students. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27688
KENTUCKY–FIRST-PERSON (Russell D. Moore): Should we miss our church graveyards? http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=27690
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
WHAT KID HASN’T dreamed about being Superman or Spiderman or (insert your favorite superhero)…?
It’s those superpowers: x-ray vision, super speed or strength. We can imagine all kinds of neat applications of such powers. But, alas, here we are, just ordinary, common folks with nothing any more extra special about us then anyone else. Really?
A group of Jesus’ disciples were once quite excited because of the powers they had received from Him. This group was the seventy Jesus had sent out in pairs to preach. When they returned to Jesus they were excited because “even the demons are subject to us in your name” (Luke 10:17). This was something for which people had marveled at Jesus (Mark 1:27-28). In that day demons were recognized as beings beyond human control. To be able to exercise authority over them demonstrated extra-human power. No wonder the disciples got excited.
Jesus’ response to that is surprising. If we are to rejoice about anything, He said, it should be that our “names are recorded in heaven.” That’s something worth being excited about. We tend to thrill at something that would set us apart from everyone else (isn’t that what makes a superhero a superhero?). The most thrilling thing is actually something that is available to everyone else, though not many find it (Matt. 7:13-14). Our names recorded in heaven is really what it’s all about. Although I still think x-ray vision would be pretty cool. (David Deffenbaugh; Bill McFarland)
“Behold, I give you the authority
to trample on serpents and scorpions,
and over all the power of the enemy,
and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this,
that the spirits are subject to you,
but rather rejoice
because your names are written in heaven.”
Have a great day, but watch out for the pollen!