Friday – Obituary

Carol Ann Carter, 49 years old of Tickfaw, LA, died Thursday, February 21, 2008 in North Oaks Medical Center. Carol was born on Wednesday, June 18, 1958 in Independence. She was a Secretary at Midway School for 21 years. Surviving are ; husband, Mitchell Ray Carter; daughter & son-in-law, Keri Rivers Puls and Travis Puls Sr.; son & daughter-in-law, Ryan C. Rivers Sr. and Mindy Rivers; son, Dustin Ray Carter; mother, Frances Leto Rocha; 4 grandchildren, Ryan Rivers Jr., Layne Rivers, Travis Puls Jr.and Noah Rivers; 3 sisters, Linda Alessi, Debbie Cascio and Jeanette Patanella; Uncle Joe Leto; Carols dog Champ Carter; mother and father-in-law, Jimmy Ray and Lavearn Mills Carter. She is preceded in death by ; father, Pete Rocha ; grandparents, Annie Costa and Joe Leto Sr.. Friends will be received Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond from 6p.m. until 9:00p.m. and on Monday from 8:00a.m. until 9:30a.m. Services will be held at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Monday, February 25, 2008 at 10:00a.m. Interment will follow in the Colonial Cemetery, Independence, Louisiana 70443.

Friday’s Devotional



“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).

Mike Benson, Editor

THE STORY OF “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” has the fair-haired heroine in search of what suited her perfectly; not too hot, not too cold, not too hard, not too soft…


It all had to be just right. That’s pretty typical of human nature is it not? We prefer things to be just right. But how do we know? Isn’t it just a matter of our preferences? That might work for things like porridge or beds, but it doesn’t work for everything.


When the Bible gives the warning that the word of God isn’t to be added to or taken from, it is saying it is just right. We may not always agree with what God has to say in the Bible. We might prefer that it said some things differently. Altering God’s word carries some pretty serious consequences (Revelation 22:18-19). This actually identifies one of the key issues of mankind’s relationship with God. When a discrepancy exists between His word and our preferences, what will happen? What will change? Us? Or will we try to change God’s word? Or, will we just walk away as if nothing were amiss?


The fact is, God’s word does not change. Actually, it cannot change. If we attempt to alter it, it’s no longer God’s word, but ours. His word still stands. That is what is behind Jesus’ words, “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).


God’s word, as it is, is just right. If we’re not comfortable with it, it is us, not it, that needs to change. God’s word is just right to make us just right (David Deffenbaugh, Bill McFarland)

“Whatever I command you,

be careful to observe it;

you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”

Deut. 12:32


I hope you are finding time to read God’s word on a regular basis.
Anna Lee

Friday – Baptist Press

If you have been keeping up with Union University, you will enjoy reading these articles. I especially enjoyed the fourth one.

February 21, 2008

TENNESSEE–Union classes restart with optimism.

TENNESSEE–Union to break ground for student housing.

TENNESSEE–Union service marks new beginning.

TENNESSEE–Precious possession recovered from rubble.

TENNESSEE–Tornado unites Lady Bulldogs, rivals.

TENNESSEE–Textbook donations exceed expectations.

TENNESSEE–Collegians nationwide rally to help Union.

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON: ‘Union’ speaks truth in its name.

Friday – Death

Nathaniel “Nate” Shropshire Sr.


A resident of Baker and a native of Osyka, Miss., he died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at 3:45 a.m. at Lane Regional Medical Center, Zachary. He was 63. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 23, from noon until religious service at 2 p.m., conducted by Mark Dillard, pastor. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife, Marzettie Berry Shropshire; daughter, Sylvia Daniels; five sons, Aaron Shropshire, Nathaniel Shropshire Jr., Antione Deemer, Lawrence Berry and Troy Berry; three sisters, Annie Coleman, Rose Shropshire and Mary Owens; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and godchildren, Juanicka Trusclair, Karlencia Calvin, Jericka James and Tamika Piper. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Shropshire; father, Lee Taplin Sr.; brother, Lee Taplin Jr.; and son, Gregory Shropshire. Please sign the guestbook at


All of you should be of one mind,

full of sympathy toward each other,

loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.

1 Peter 3:8 NLT

Billy Carl Strickland said his shoulder is now doing much better. Thank you for your prayers for him.

Mr. Raymond Anthony continues to have several health issues. Please be in prayer for him.

Ben Trappey is making a decision about a mission opportunity between the time he completes his medical classes and graduates. Pray for him and his family as he follows the Lord’s leadership in this important decision.


Kids on Mission Pray

February 22, 2008


“Let the little children come to Me,

and don’t stop them,

because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,”

Luke 18:16b



Give thanks to God for a chance to have an English club in a Central Asian village. Christian workers met with the regional school superintendent, and he listened with a half-frown on his face. The workers told him why it would be good for students to learn English. It can help when tourists come to town and want go sightseeing. The Christians waited for the superintendent’s answer when we asked, ‘Will you let us have a club like this for children in the village school?’ With the same strict look on his face, he barked out, ‘I allow it!’.

He said they could have a club at every school in the region. They were told they could use any of the classrooms. Wow! That was more than the workers had hoped for. Pray that God uses these clubs to help Christians make friends with teachers, students and families. Pray for this superintendent that he will learn about Jesus and learn to love Him. Pray for all the children that they will fall in love with Jesus too.


e are moving up north. Please pray for my hamsters to live on the plane. RB, age 10 (East Asia)

My dad goes to many places teaching and training the Indian believers. He helps them see how they can begin churches and help people believe in Jesus. Pray for my dad as he travels lots now. Pray that we can have good family times. RACHEL, age 10 (South Asia)

I need help speaking the language. PRESTON, age 8 (Central and Eastern Europe)

One family went with a church group of Bangladeshis to a slum in their city. A few days before, a cooking stove had been left on by accident and a fire broke out. 18 families lost everything. The church group gave each family some food, clothes, and a Bible in Bangla. Please pray for the people in this slum that they may learn to trust God and accept Jesus as their Lord. CHARITY, age 11 (South Asia)

Please pray that my family will stay strong and healthy. SL, age 9 (East Asia)

Thursday Afternoon – Obituary

Joe Rick

(June 16, 1925 – February 21, 2008)

Mr. Joe died at 6:30AM, Thursday, February 21, 2008 at his residence in Roseland. Visiation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services at 10:00AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services Conducted by Bro. Gary Martinez. Interment in the Hughes Cemetery. Survived by 2 Daughters: Patricia Sparacello, Loranger, Elaine Weaver, Amite. 4 Sons: Joseph “Joe” Rick, Jr., DeRidder, Dorman A. “Drew” Rick, Sr., Loranger, Tennis L. Rick, Roseland, Chris A. Rick, Kentwood. Preceded in death by his wife: Melva Hughes Rick, Grandson, Scottie Rick. Mr. Joe was an avid Hunter & Fisherman.