And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,

because you were slain,

and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

~Revelation 5:9~

Mr. “Cete” Dillon got a good report on his new heart valve yesterday in New Orleans. Thank God for how He takes care of Mr. “Cete” and other senior adults in our community.

Robin Alford, daughter of Walton and Peggy, is recovering from her recent repeat surgery. Pray for her as she begins to put pressure on her foot and begins physical therapy.

My cousin, Fran and her husband, Willie Hebert, were involved in an accident. They live at Toleto Bend. Although both of them were injured, they are now both improving. Thank God for His protection for Fran and Willie.

David’s sister, Bonnie A. Newman, is not doing well. She is in Biloxi, MS. Please be in prayer for her family.

Muriel Broussard Woodward
January 12, 1936 – April 02, 2021

Muriel Broussard Woodward, a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born January 12, 1936 in Gretna, LA and was 85 years of age. She is survived by son, Marshall Woodard; daughters, Agnes Warren, Linda Knight, Theresa Erzinger and Sherry Noland; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 4 great great-grandchildren; sister, DeeDee Lea; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Lawerence and Theresa Broussard; husband, Joe Woodward; grandchildren, Joe “Bobo” Knight and Bobby Garantine, Jr.; great-grand-daughter, Ashley Moreau. Visitation at Taylor Creek Baptist Church from 10:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Bobby Eugene Stephens

October 03, 1943 – April 04, 2021

Bobby Eugene Stephens

Bobby Eugene Stephens of Bogalusa, Louisiana passed away at the age of 77 on Sunday, April 4, 2021, following a courageous battle with a debilitating disease. He was born on October 3, 1943 in Darbin, Mississippi to Ben and Iva Stephens. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Carrol Stephens, and sister, Geraldine Ratliff.

Bobby was a dedicated instructor at Sullivan Vocational-Technical School where he worked tirelessly as sponsor for the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA). His home office wall is covered with plaques recognizing him for his service to the students and organization. Bobby helped produce generations of successful leaders.

Bobby was a true sports fan. Some of his favorite activities were basketball, dirt track car racing, fishing, and bowling. He spent years as a Little League coach, going so far as to pick up kids who otherwise couldn’t make it to practices or games. Later in life, Bobby found a passion for golf and spent many hours on the greens with his golfing buddies. Of course, when he was at home, there was always a sporting event on TV.

But most of all, Bobby was a devoted family man whose true love was his beautiful wife, Barbara. Their relationship could only be described as a storybook romance, and their true, deep, unconditional love has inspired everyone who knows them.  Bobby and Barbara were married for 57 wonderful years and had two daughters, who have continued their legacy of love.

Bobby is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Lambert Stephens, children Theresa (Frank) Glenn and Susan (Matt) Newman, grandchildren Kody Glenn, Nick (Lindsey) Glenn, and Miranda Newman, great-grandchildren Myles Glenn, Reagan Glenn, Mayson Bencheck, Adilea Riley, and Gavin Glenn. He is also survived by his former granddaughter-in-law Kristin (Bent) Bickham and sisters-in-law Patricia Lambert and Linda Lambert and as well as numerous nieces and nephews who looked up to him.

Despite his passing, Bobby will not be forgotten. His dry wit, kind, generous, and loving nature, along with his true heart of gold will continue to be remembered in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Ponemah Cemetery.

(Susan is married to David’s nephew, Matt, whose mother, Bonnie, is very ill. That’s a double burden for Matt and Susan this week.)

Saturday, April 24 is the work day for Operation Christmas Child “shoebox” missions at FBC, Kentwood. It will be 9 A.M. – Noon. That same day there will be a benefit for the backpack ministry that provides food for Kentwood’s children each weekend. It will be at the Kentwood Co-op from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.

The Annie Armstrong East Offering will be collected all this month at FBC, Kentwood. You can support North American missions there or at any Southern Baptist church. One hundred percent of your gift through this offering goes to support this work.

Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – April 7

RUTH 1:1-4:12

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Today’s Prayer Focus

Thank God for His provisions for our needs and many of our wants each day. He loves us all! He is our Father!

Anna Lee