“The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me.

Everyone abandoned me.

May it not be counted against them.

But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear.”

~2 Timothy 4:16-17 (NLT)~

Ruthie Elaine Dykes

December 31, 1964 – September 23, 2021

A resident of Bolivar, La. passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021. She was born December 31, 1964 and was 56 years old. She is survived by 1 sister, Martha Faye Carney; 3 brothers, Edward Dykes, Jerry and Kathy Dykes, all of Mt. Hermon, La., Jacky Dykes and Vicki Wall of Osyka, MS; step mom, Pearl Travis Dykes of Kentwood, LA; 2 care takers, Jack and Mindy Barnette of Independence, LA; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Ruthie is preceded in death by her parents, Coy Dykes Jr. and Martha C. Traylor; step dad, Jim Traylor; 6 brothers, Eugene and Janice Travis, Phil Cole Dykes, William Henry Dykes, Carl Ray Dykes, Tommy Lane Dykes, and Jimmy Wayne Dykes Sr.; 2 sisters, Shirley Rae Cooper and Lila Jean and David Watson Sr.; grandparents, Coy Dykes Sr. and Emma Dykes, Richard Henry and Eunice Cooper. Graveside services will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 2:00PM in the Tangipahoa Cemetery. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.

Pray for Ruthie’s sister, Faye, that she may win the battle with Covid and also be able to attend the funeral.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

September 30th Readings
LUKE 5:1-11
MARK 1:40-45
LUKE 5:12-16
MARK 2:1-12
LUKE 5:17-26
MARK 2:13-17
MATTHEW 9:9-13
LUKE 5:27-32
MARK 2:18-22
MATTHEW 9:14-17
LUKE 5:33-39

Baptist Press

Most Americans see churches as helpful during pandemic

My church has been helpful to us by providing online services three times a week that we could view from home. They had started this service before the pandemic and have improved it as time passed. Thank-you, for allowing us to be involved while staying at home.

Today’s Prayer Focus – Pray for all families who do not attend church regularly. Pray the online services will encourage them to become more involved.

David and I are blessed to have TV service again. It serves as a connection to the world news, a source of entertainment, and a good weather information source. It was like having a long-lost friend as we had our coffee this morning. Thanks to a friend for helping speed up the process for us. We feel blessed.

Anna Lee