Thursday

“Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life—they don’t know God.”

~1 Timothy 6:21 (TLB)~

 

 

 

Someone asked for Keith and Lori Rhodes’ address again yesterday.  I took the opportunity to send a card/letter to them.  You might want to encourage them too.

Keith and Lori Rhodes

214 Sherwood Lane

Haughton, LA 71037

 

 

 

Peggy Alford is coming home from caring for her daughter, Robin Alford, who broke an ankle three months ago.  Wendy Alford Fowler will take a shift as a caregiver.  Robin is recovering from two surgeries following a fall and is just now able to begin to put some weight on her ankle.  Please pray for Robin’s continued progress.  This has been a long, difficult progress, but did get Robin some company and lots of attention.

 

 

 

Please add Mr. Bob Pezant if he is not already there.

 

 

 

Louisiana seems to be the target for a hurricane this weekend.  Get informed and prepared.

 

 

 

The covid-19 virus is not over.  Please be aware and careful.

 

 

 

Pray for the people in big cities that have protests/riots.

 

 

 

Many people have unspoken prayer requests.  Please include these,  even on days when I do not specify them.

 

 

 

Louisiana Baptist are called to prayer today.  https://baptistmessage.com/horn-calls-louisiana-baptists-to-focused-prayer-on-thursday/

 

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Messagehttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – June 4

  • 2 Samuel 22:1-23:23
  • Acts 2:1-47
  • Psalm 122:1-9
  • Proverbs 16:19-20

 

 

Doing/praying for others blesses the person who prays and the person who is the focus of the prayers.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

~Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – June 3

  • 2 Samuel 20:14-21:22
  • Acts 1:1-26
  • Psalm 121:1-8
  • Proverbs 16:18

 

 

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Families have needs.  In the last few days, three families have asked for prayer.  Today, I hope we will pray for struggling families. I’m thankful they recognize their need and know that prayer can help them meet any need.  I’m not even sure what all these needs are, but I know my God does.

 

 

 

Our friend, Buddy Waller, needs out prayers.  I’m so thankful we got to know him.  He has such a sweet, gentle spirit.

 

 

 

Others. like Smiley Conerly, Buddy Morris, and Bryan Tate, have had a series of ups and downs.  Pray for these three men and others in a similar situation.

 

 

 

I know doctors and other medical professionals don’t often get to tell their patients they are going backwards, but it happened to David Monday.  He was told he was getting better and better, the unexpected in the world of oncology.  David’s blood level was 11.4 Monday, the best it has been in five years, a while before we knew about his big health problems.  We give God, and the many who have prayed for David, all the credit.  We are thankful for each day and try to make the best of each one.

 

 

 

Pray for churches as decisions are being made about “regathering” of area churches.

 

 

 

Let’s continue to pray for our country.   We need peace, love, understanding, love,  caring, calm, concern for others, etc.  All of these are available through Jesus.

 

 

 

I hope you pray daily.  It can be so much more than a good habit.  May we all learn to turn to God more often.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“Walk with the wise and become wise,

for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

~Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – June 2

  • 2 Samuel 19:11-20:13
  • John 21:1-25
  • Psalm 120:1-7
  • Proverbs 16:16-17

 

 

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This morning I ran across “Sammy Tippit” Ministries.  This started back when I was a teenager.  He wasn’t much older than me and was from Louisiana.  I remember seeing/hearing him several times.  I’m so thankful for those who set good examples and serve their lifetime continuing to do so.  https://www.facebook.com/watch/sammytippitministries/. I plan to spend some time today learning more about his current ministry of hope.  https://sammytippit.org/

 

 

Pray for our students, teachers, bus drivers, janitors, etc. who are officially beginning their real summer vacation.

 

 

 

Pray for our churches and staff to be leaders and examples of “light” in a time of darkness.

 

 

 

Pray for Christians to set/follow good examples of how to live in a country in turmoil.

 

 

 

Pray for parents and grandparents to set good examples for their younger generations.

 

 

 

Pray for our young adults, teens, and children to be good decision makers in the world they face daily.

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for those who are:

  • America, as a whole
  • Police officers
  • Firemen
  • National guard
  • Regular military
  • Political officials
  • Public citizens
  • Medical workers
  • Religious leaders
  • Political leaders
  • News people
  • Common everyday folks
  • Peaceful protesters (happened in Hammond yesterday)
  • Rioters to “see the light” and protest peacefully
  • Etc.

 

 

Zilpha Lea Varnado Smith

February 18, 1925 – May 27, 2020

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, of natural causes. She was 95 years old. Zilpha Lea was a devout Baptist who loved people, gardening, traveling, playing games, and spending time with her family and friends. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her loving daughters, Connie Oubre and husband, Bootsie, Cathy LeJeune and husband, Brian, Richelle Latham and husband, Bert; 4 grandchildren, Bruce LeJeune and wife, Jennifer, Kimberly Cleveland and husband, Darryl, Zachary Oubre and wife, Becky, Alisha Lee and husband, Dustin; 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ashford and Mae Varnado; her husband of 51 years, Dick Smith; brother, Donald Varnado; sister, Myrthe Erwin; and granddaughter, Monica Latham. The family would like to thank Golden Age Healthcare of Denham Springs for their loving care. Visitation will be held at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 10:00AM until 12:00PM with a service at 12:00PM conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery, Kentwood.  Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce LeJeune, Tyler Genre, Andrew Genre, Don Gates, Mark Varnado, and Dustin Lee. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Albert Wendell Blackwell

June 15, 1939 – May 29, 2020

Albert Wendell “Wimp” Blackwell, 80, of Amite, LA passed away at home surrounded by family on May 29, 2020. Wendell loved sports, especially football, and was a high school All American player, playing college ball at Delta State University and Mississippi State University and later drafted to the Kansas City Chiefs before a career ending injury. He was also a member of the state championship track team at Cleveland High School. Later in life he coached high school football teams at Bayou Academy, winning a state championship, Oak Forest Academy, earning district awards and Silliman Institute, also winning a state championship. Wendell’s other love was animals, especially horses. He was a horse trainer for many years and was well known for owning and standing the quarter horse stallion The Promoter. Wendell is survived by his sons, Clay “Rawhide” Blackwell (Sally) of Loranger, LA and Thad Blackwell of Amite, LA, sister Louise Tidmore (A.C.) of Merigold, MS, brother Phillip Blackwell (Linda) of Peachtree, GA, brother Gerald Blackwell (Ann) of Cheyenne, WY, granddaughters Samantha Lynne Perkins (Daniel) of Centreville, MS, Kasey Rae Blackwell of Pine Grove, LA, Macy Blackwell of Loranger, LA, Cher Blackwell of Loranger, LA, grandsons Ben Davis (Carie) of Westlake, LA and Trey Hill of Cullman, AL, great-granddaughters Jenifer and Lena Davis and great-grandsons Ayden Varnado and Stetsan Hill and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Cordell Blackwell of Cleveland, MS, his brother Harold Blackwell of Lafayette, LA and his son Wendell “Skeeter” Blackwell of Montpelier, LA. Memorial services for Wendell Blackwell will be held at Montpelier Baptist Church with visitation on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 10:00 A.M., and memorial service at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Jude for Wendell Blackwell I.D. # 12033429. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Lester Kirby Bennett

September 11, 1941 – May 30, 2020

Lester Kirby Bennett a resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA. He was born September 11, 1941 in Amite, LA and was 78 years of age. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Belinda Sylvester, Velvet Crowe and Vanessa Johnson; 1 son, Kirby Bennett; 12 grandchildren;13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Jones Hinze Bennett and Emma Bennett; brothers and sisters, Lawrence Bennett, Calvin Bennett, Leche Bennett, Dewitt Bennett, Bernice Bennett, Bobbie Jean Poirrier, Myrtle Lee Newland and Alma Bennett. Graveside Services will be held at Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite, LA at 11:00AM Friday, June 5, 2020. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading my words today.  May we all grow in the Lord today!

Anna Lee

 

 

Monday

“Walk with the wise and become wise,

for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

~Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)~

 

 
For two morning, I asked for prayers for our country.  Today, I continue to ask for prayers for the USA.  Many people today are disappointed.  Our ancestors would be disappointed.  God is surely disappointed.  Please pray for the riots to end.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – June 1

  • 2 Samuel 18:1-19:10
  • John 20:1-31
  • Psalm 119:153-176
  • Proverbs 16:14-15

 

 

This morning I read that several other churches in our area are planning VBS this summer.  It seems July will be a busy month.

 

 

 

As far as I know, the Hope Center continues to be open only Tuesday through Friday.  Check them out this week at their new location.

 

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for those who have been on our prayer list lately.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

“Commit yourself to instruction;

listen carefully to words of knowledge.”

~Proverbs 23:12 (NLT)~

 

Please continue to pray for our country.

 

A Call to Prayer for our Country!

Today

Rev. Franklin Graham

  • We need to pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).
  • Pray for PERSPECTIVE, because “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).
  • Pray for PATIENCE, because of God’s “kindness and forbearance and patience” toward us all (Romans 2:4).
  • And pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.
  • We need to pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).

 

 

 

Most of out local churches will have services inside or outside their church buildings today at their usual time.

 

 

 

Wilbur Gene Parker

March 03, 1945 – May 27, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at his home. He was born March 3, 1945 in Osyka, MS and was 75 years of age. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran and a retired industrial electrician with IBEW Local #995. He is survived by his 2 brothers, Wesley Parker and John Parker (Janice); nieces and nephews, Travis Parker, Cassie Parker, Bridget Parker Magee (Juan), John Mitchell Parker (Tabby), Amanda Freeman, and Jason Parker (Tori). Preceded in death by parents, John Wesley Parker and Myrtis Newsom Parker; brother, Floyd W. Parker. A Memorial Service will be held at New Zion Baptist Church at 10:00AM on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Jerry Spring

June 16, 1934 – May 27, 2020

Jerry Spring, 85, of Amite, LA passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from natural causes. Jerry was born on June 16, 1934, to Mattie Lee Lewis and Samuel Emmett Spring in New Orleans, LA.  He attended Possum College in Amite, LA.  Jerry enlisted with the United States Air Force in December 1951, and served during the Korean War Conflict until he was honorably discharged in December 1955, as S/SGT.  He was a Lineman for LP&L.  At the time of his death, he lived in Westminster Albany Apartments where he made many friends.  His family says he was a simple man that loved joking and laughing.  He is preceded in death by his mother Mattie Lee Lewis, father Samuel Emmett Spring, and step-father William Claude Wilkinson.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Tonilyn Spring, grandchildren Remy and Danna, and numerous family members. A grave site ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 11:00am at Spring Cemetery in Amite, LA.  In lieu of flowers, his family asks that a donation be made in memory of Jerry Spring to Quad Area Community Action  Agency @ quadarea.org. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

The Hope Center is now open at its new location south of the big curve in highway 51 on the west side of the highway.  It is back from the highway, but visible from highway 51.  They are open Tuesday – Saturday.  The Hope Center is operated Two Rivers Baptist Association.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 31

  • 2 Samuel 17:1-29
  • John 19:23-42
  • Psalm 119:129-152
  • Proverbs 16:12-13

 

 

Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

~Matthew 5:9~

 

Minneapolis pastor leads in peaceful protests after Floyd’s death

http://www.bpnews.net/54876/minneapolis-pastor-leads-in-peaceful-protests-after-floyds-death

 

We watched the television in horror until the wee hours of the morning knowing there has to be a better way for people to express their opinions.  This article, the first one I found this morning, supplies answers.

May this young family and other Christian families continue to seek a way lead others in a peaceful way.  Pray for pastors and other Christians as they unite in an acceptable protests.

If there must be protests, let them be peaceful.  Let’s pray for all the destructive protests to end.  May others see and follow the examples of this and other peace-loving pastors.  P

Pray for the families involved, the police, the judicial and political leaders, and each person who needs to express their opinion.  Pray for the owners of businesses damaged and destroyed.

May God’s people be able to lead others in a way that causes no more harm to people or property.  May others choose to follow good examples.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 30

  • 2 Samuel 15:23-16:23
  • John 18:25-19:22
  • Psalm 119:113-128
  • Proverbs 16:10-11

 

 

Make wise decisions about worship services this weekend.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Friday

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6

 

 

 

VBS at FBC, Kentwood

  • July 6-10 (Not June) – delaying for a month
  • 8:30 – 10:30 A.M.
  • PS4 – 5th Grade
  • Focus on small groups
  • Wearing of masks is optional.
  • Registration at FBC, Kentwood

 

 

Please pray for Easton Strickland, Tommy Strickland’s youngest grandchild.

  • Need prayers for my youngest grandson, Easton Strickland, he was blown off a inflatable water slide. He has a skull fracture and is being sent to BR pediatrics. (May 25th)
  • Update on Easton Neurologist cleared him and took off his neck brace. He should go home today. He has to stay on the couch for 12 weeks. A little swelling in his liver, she said? The cracked skull, concussion, bruises, and scrapes.. Other than that, he’s ok. He doesn’t remember it, or almost anything for several hours after. They said he probably never will.
    Thanks for the prayers (May 26th)

 

 

Robbie Lynn Callihan is celebrating seven years of being clear of pancreatic cancer.  Thank God for this awesome report.

 

 

 

Scott Tolleson (Shreveport, LA)

Scott is my first cousin who is in his early 60’s.  He is now on hospice care for Huntington’s Disease.  Please pray for Scott and his family during this very difficult time.  He has several family members who are also dealing with this horrible disease.  Please pray for Scott and is family.  I wish I could erase HD from existence!  Is is a very cruel disease and continues to show its terrible power in the Tolleson family.

 

 

Zilpha Lea Varnado Smith

February 18, 1925 – May 27, 2020

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, of natural causes. She was 95 years old. Zilpha Lea was a devout Baptist who loved people, gardening, traveling, playing games, and spending time with her family and friends. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her loving daughters, Connie Oubre and husband, Bootsie, Cathy LeJeune and husband, Brian, Richelle Latham and husband, Bert; 4 grandchildren, Bruce LeJeune and wife, Jennifer, Kimberly Cleveland and husband, Darryl, Zachary Oubre and wife, Becky, Alisha Lee and husband, Dustin; 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ashford and Mae Varnado; her husband of 51 years, Dick Smith; brother, Donald Varnado; sister, Myrthe Erwin; and granddaughter, Monica Latham. The family would like to thank Golden Age Healthcare of Denham Springs for their loving care. Visitation will be held at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 10:00AM until 12:00PM with a service at 12:00PM conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery, Kentwood.  Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce LeJeune, Tyler Genre, Andrew Genre, Don Gates, Mark Varnado, and Dustin Lee. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Phyllis Adams Yarbrough (sister of Nancy Stokes)

Phyllis Adams Yarbrough, 61 a native of Lockport and resident of Mathews, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020.

She is survived by father, Adolph Joseph Adams; her sons Joshua Hill and Tyler Yarbrough and daughter Michele Hill Wilson; sisters Martha Boone Kozen, Christine Adams Melancon, Nancy Adams Stokes, Dale Adams Comeaux, and brother Dan Adams; grandchildren Cullen and Abigail Hill and Cody and Cash Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her mother Hilda “Sue” Gibbons Adams; sister Kathleen Adams Baudoin and brother John Paul Clifton.

The family will have a private memorial service.

I am in Christ and Christ is in me. Claim that all day every day. -Phyllis Yarbrough

Samart-Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 29th

  • Exodus 8:1-9:35
  • Matthew 19:13-30
  • Psalm 24:1-10
  • Proverbs 6:1-5

 

 

 

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Louisiana Baptist Messagehttps://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

 

Make today count for something, someone important to you!

Anna Lee