“No one can serve two masters . . .

You cannot serve both God and money.” 

~Luke 16:13 NIV~




David and I saw two ladies from New Zion who asked for prayers for Donald Duncan and Harlon Toney.  Donald has had one problem after another.  Mr. Harlon has a leg problem.




Jeanna Lee-Newton learned late yesterday that she will be moved from Hood Memorial to North Oaks for a procedure today.




Bryan and Rita Tate have gone to Texas so he can be evaluated again as Bryan gets closer to the end of his treatment.  Pray for a good evaluation and safe travels.




Let’s continue to wrap our prayers around Donald Alford and Smiley Conerly.




David’s blood level as 10.7 yesterday!   That’s the highest it has been.  We are so thankful for doctors and medication and friends and strangers who have prayed for him.  God has been good to us even on the most difficult days.




Donald Lynn Graves, II

July 18, 1959 – February 01, 2020

Donald Lynn Graves II, a Database Administrator for DXC Technology, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Beloved husband of Cheryl Wattigney Graves. Father of Donald Lynn Graves III, Christopher Michael Graves, and Mary Elizabeth Graves. Brother of Dane Lee Graves, Derrick Miles Graves, and Kelly Rae Graves Collette. Son of the late Donald Lynn Graves I and Linda Rae Longnecker Graves. Also survived by 15 nieces and nephews, 25 great nieces and nephews, and several aunts and uncles. Age 60 years, a resident of Kentwood, Louisiana. Don, also known as ‘Chico’ or ‘Gus,’ loved to coach his son’s ball teams and attend his daughter’s pageants and recitals. Regardless of the activity, he made sure you always kept your eyes on the ball. He always had a large garden with corn, tomatoes, watermelons and cantaloupe he would give to family and friends, as well as, those in need. His passions included his family, horses, and laughter. Don was an avid believer in Christ and spread joy everywhere he went. His joy and love for life will be forever missed. Visitation at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Tuesday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Dr. Michael Townsend. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Joseph “Jody” Charles Ratliff, Sr.

May 16, 1942 – February 02, 2020

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at his home. He was born May 16, 1942 in Roseland, LA and was 77 years of age. He is survived by his children, Carolyn Dupont and husband, Donald, Theresa Ficklin, Cheryl Ratliff, Cynthia “Cindy” Ratliff, Scott Ratliff and wife, Joni; grandchildren, Brad Dupont and wife, Julia, Donnie Dupont and wife, Jennifer, Aaron Dupont, Elizabeth Dupont and husband, Eric, Cathryn Dupont, Caitlyn Dupont , Chloe Dupont, Charles “ Chad” Maurer, Amy Leigh Maurer, Joseph “ Joby” Lamarca, Wayne Ratliff and wife, Catherine, Shayne Ratliff, Christopher Ratliff and Brittany, Brittany Morse and husband Corey, Derrick Rick, Chance Rick and wife, Carla, Megan Cockerhan, Joseph C. Ratliff, III “Trey” and wife, Bethany, Katie Roy and husband, Shaun, Kimber Watkins and husband Delton, Joshua Wade Ratliff, David Withrow, Stephanie Withrow, Marlee Ratliff, Abby Ratliff and Christian Ratliff; 52 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; sister, Lenora Cook; mother of his children, Jackie Genco; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews including special niece, Susie Hall. Preceded in death by mother, Annie Morgan Ratliff; father, John “J.R.” L. Ratliff; children, Patricia Ann Rick, Joseph “ J.R.” C. Ratliff, Jr. and Tommy Joe Ratliff; brothers, John L. Ratliff, Jr., Oliver Stevens and Pete Ratliff; sisters, Betty Smith, Pearl Wagner and Ruby Cuti; grandparents, Amanda and John L. Ratliff, Sr. and Charles Morgan. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Services conducted by Chaplain Wayne Ratliff. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA . For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 4

  • Exodus 19:16-21:21
  • Matthew 23:13-39
  • Psalm 28:1-9
  • Proverbs 7:1-5