“Enter through the narrow gate.

For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction,

and there are many who go through it.

How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life,

and few find it.”

~Matthew 7:13-14, HCSB~


I thought you might want to read Boyd Hatchel’s Facebook post and a comment by Jennie.

So grateful for individuals who spend their vacation time and money to come where we live. When their talents, experience, and sacrifice intersect with God’s power, lives are changed forever. It’s happened before, but it happened again this week. Using Upward basketball and a day camp, children and their parents heard once again God loves them, forgives them, and has great plans for their lives. When was the last time you left the known and familiar for the sake of God’s kingdom?

What a GREAT group! Thank you, Williams Boulevard Baptist Church!!!

David and I have enjoyed being at WBBC and seeing their awesome Upward basketball program.  They are certainly being used by God to reach out to many in the greater New Orleans area and now in the Europe.  May God continue to reach others through WBBC.

Speaking of Facebook, please read “Prayers for Eli”.  He’s having some difficult days.  I’m sure the family would appreciate your prayers.

Continue to pray for the local ladies at the Beth Moore conference as they meet today and travel home later.  May Bath Moore be able to inspire them with God’s Word today.

Mary Criswell suggested I post this obituary.  Thanks, Mary.

Thomas Talmadge Core

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalm 23:6. Thomas Talmadge Core, 70, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 and is now in Paradise with his Heavenly Father. Born at home to Thomas Jefferson Core and Laura Bell McKee Core on May 7, 1943 in Folsom, LA. Proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and had a long career with State Farm Insurance. Loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and time spent at his camp with family and friends. He was a Shriner and a member of the New River Lodge. He was larger than life and “the mold has been broken”. Survived by Kathleen Blank Core, his loving wife of 47 years, best friend and mother of his children. Also, survived by four children, their spouses and thirteen grandchildren. Tab and Jennifer Core – Hannah, Gabrielle, Caroline and Ella; John and Melissa Core Lee – Forrest, Rachel and Hunter; Chuck and Kristen Core – Madeline and Charlie; Chris and Julie Core Vasterling – Ben, Luke, Kathleen and Grace. Preceded in death by his parents and brother Jonathon Jerome Core. Also, survived by his siblings Mary C. Abell, Amelia C. Jenkins, Elizabeth C. Crow, Raymond R. Core and Chloe C. Coombe. Visitation will be held at Ascension Baptist Church, Gonzales, Louisiana on Friday August 23rd from 4 to 6 pm. A Memorial Service will follow. Many thanks to St. Joseph Hospice, especially the care given by Dawn and Emma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project or St. Joseph Hospice. – See more at:

Devotional – Our Daily Bread – “On My Side” –

Baptist Press –

Powerful articles again today!

Have a wonderful weekend.  Make it meaningful in God’s Kingdom!

Anna Lee

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