He came to that which belonged to Him

[to His own—His domain, creation, things, world],

and they who were His own did not receive Him

and did not welcome Him.

But to as many as did receive and welcome Him,

He gave the authority (power, privilege, right)

to become the children of God ….

~John 1:11-12 (AMP)~

Stacey Scarle

We went to the Dr today. They did not remove the drains or the stitches. We have to go back Monday. The pathology report was not as good as we had hoped. 3 of 8 lymph nodes had cancer cells so she will have to have radiation. Please continue to pray for her as she goes through this process.

Jadon’s Story

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I sure did. It was definitely much better than last year. Last year my brother and I were both in the hospital with RSV and my brother had pneumonia so this Christmas was much better. I went to my Mar and Paw’s house Christmas eve. After we opened presents and ate we went to Paw Paw Ike’s house. I even watched fire works. Can you believe I liked these? They are so loud and I was laughing and having a great time. I left a picture of me watching the fireworks. The other pictures are of Christmas morning. I love my new car and I liked the paper the best. After we had Christmas at our house we went to Aunt Rae Rae’s house in New Orleans. Uncle Michael cooked lunch for us and we got to see my Mimi and her side of the family. It was really a great Christmas. Now on to my seizures. We have noticed a little decrease. I’m having about 100 seizures a day. Yesterday morning I woke up and only had 32 by lunch. Well after lunch I had a cluster of 60. Yes VERY upsetting and disappointing. Today I’ve already had about 40 and it’s only 8:00. My seizures are so unpredictable and so random. We have done nothing different the last two days but my seizures are so different. Basically we celebrated me only have 32 yesterday morning and then the disappointment but we will celebrate the good times even if it’s followed by disappointment. I got my new meals from Boston and feeding time is much easier. I now each a meat and then a baby food vegetable or fruit. I love eating them and the portion size is much better. We so wish we would have been able to do this two months ago. I also got my new stuff from my herbologist. I started it yesterday so I will let you know how I do on the new stuff. I have gotten the ok from our dietitian to use these supplements so we know they are not messing up the diet. I gotta go because I have blood work today to make sure my carbon dioxide level is better. I will update you very soon. Thanks for praying for me!!!

Mr. Earl Dees

Mr. Earl is now home and continuing to improve.  Pray for him as he recovers from his surgery last week.

Mark your calendar.

Mug & Muffin

FBC, Kentwood

Saturday, January 8th

10 A.M.

Ladies from 5 – 105 are invited.

Baptist Press Stories for Dec. 30, 2010
Take time to read some recent releases from Baptist Press.
‘Black Christmas’: Nigerian pastor, church members slain

Poll: Many Americans still reject evolution

Stroke survivor finds beauty in suffering

Grammys to honor George Beverly Shea

Iraqi Christians mark somber Christmas

FIRST-PERSON: 12 spiritual tips for 2011

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan.  It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people.  Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening.  Suddenly, the Native American said, “I hear a cricket.”

His friend said, “What?  You must be crazy.  You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!”

“No, I’m sure of it,” the Native American said, “I heard a cricket.”

“That’s crazy,” said the friend.

The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing.  He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket.  His friend was utterly amazed.

“That’s incredible,” said his friend.  “You must have super-human ears!”

“No,” said the Native American.  “My ears are no different from yours.   It all depends on what you’re listening for.”

“But that can’t be!” said the friend.  “I could never hear a cricket in this noise.”

“Yes, it’s true,” came the reply.  “It depends on what is really important to you.  Here, let me show you.”

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk.  And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.

“See what I mean?” asked the Native American.  “It all depends on what’s important to you.”

What’s important to you?  What do you listen for?  Are there times that you fail to listen to God or see what God is doing in your life because you are focused on other things that are more important to you?

Jesus said, “For the hearts of this people have grown dull.  Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.  But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.” (Matt. 13:15-16)

Father, we pray at the beginning of this new year — amidst all the distractions of the world all around us, may our ears always be open to your voice, and our eyes open to your glory.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith

Have a great ending to 2010!
Anna Lee

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