God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid

but a spirit of power

and love

and self-control.

~2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV)~

Ms. Molly Carter

Will you please add mom to the prayer list? she is in the hospital in LaComb. I will let you know tomorrow..
Thank you,

Rebecca Blades

Rebecca is continuing to do very well. Yesterday, she had the wires removed from around her mouth. This was initially planned for six weeks after the accident, but happened in two and a half weeks. Rebecca’s family is so thankful for the many prayers on her behalf and request you keep praying.

Joan B. Hagan

Joan received a good report in Covington yesterday. Her best news is that she lost sixteen and a half pounds in eight days. Please continue to pray for Joan.

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

PLEASE DON’T QUIT attending the services of the church when the preacher offends you…

Allow me to be personal. There may be times when you think my approach in a sermon was unwise, my attitude unkind, and my content unworthy. I will try to improve. Please don’t quit, “For God so loved the world.”

Please don’t quit when a brother or sister offends you. We’ve all said things that have hurt others; let’s try to do better. Good people can sometimes be very insensitive and hurtful. Whatever you do, please don’t quit for, “they crucified Him…”

Please don’t quit participating in the work of the church when things don’t go your way. Your wisdom in a particular decision may have been best, but it was not the path taken by the church. Your idea may have been shot down, and that experience can be disheartening. Please don’t quit cooperating in the work of the church, for God will “render to every man according to his deeds.”

If you are one who has already quit the church, citing one of the reasons above or something related, please listen closely. We miss you. Many love you, and it breaks our hearts that you have chosen to leave. Why leave God because of what man may have done to you?


Please come back. (Brent Smith)

“But as for you, brethren,

do not grow weary in doing good.”

~2 Thess. 3:13~


“As for me, I will call upon God,

and the Lord shall save me.

Evening and morning and at noon I will pray,

and cry aloud,

and He shall hear my voice.”

~Psalm 55:16-17~



Please pray for Frann Clark as she sees a doctor today about possible cataract surgery. Pray for her husband, Riley, as he requires more and more help on a daily basis.

Joan Hagan was able to get out of her house and about town for a while yesterday. She is recovering from her falls and her surgery at the same time. Please continue to pray for her.

Jesse Dean was able to be at church again Sunday. He is improving on a daily basis now. Please pray for continued improvement.




Melinda Russell shares an email from a relative.


Here is a note from M. Thank you for continuing to pray for her as she
prepares to begin treatment.

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 3:04 AM

Well, my dear friends we got some good news and some not so good news.
The good news is that the tumor is contained in the cervix and has not
spread to the surrounding tissue and there are no tumors anywhere else in
my body and the tumor is a stage 1. (PRAISE!!!)However, the tumor is a
neuro-endocrine tumor which is extremely aggressive and very rare. It is
so rare that less than 1% of all cervical cancers are of this type. So
the doctor wants to attack aggressively and radically…and so do I!!! He
believes that, most likely, cancer cells have already broken off from the
tumor and are running around in my body so he wants to start both
radiation and chemo at the same time. I am going to have 4-6 weeks of
daily radiation and for the chemo I will go into the hospital overnight
one night a week for the duration of the radiation. Then I will have the
same overnight chemo treatments every 21 days (at a much higher dose) for
3-4 months. I have an appointment with the doctor that does the radiation
next Monday, May 12 so I assume this will all start next week.

And then there is of course the great news that my God is bigger than
this tumor!!! I know that the next six months are going to be rough but
I am tough and I am going to get through this. I have a lot of living
left to do and I am not near done yet!!! I have all of you to love me,
support me, encourage me and pray for me so I know that I am not going
into this battle alone. Please remember me in all of your prayers!

My God is able!
Love you all,


GERMAN-BRAZILIANS OF BRAZIL. I. was 19 and known as a troublemaker in Herval when he became one of the first to accept believer’s baptism. He had lived there for only a few years before he earned the nickname of a renowned terrorist after an unsuccessful attempt to burn down the local high school when he received failing grades. As a high school dropout, I. did not have many opportunities to get ahead. He began working in the local shoe factory, but his reputation did not improve, as he continued to run with the wrong crowd, which was heavily involved in drugs. He returned to school and improved, passing in all subjects. Lately he has been struggling, and he finally shared with M. that he would not be coming to the meetings any longer. In three years, he had missed only two or three times. He shared that he was in the world again, doing drugs, and that he just could not keep coming while he was doing these things. He said, “I refuse to be a hypocrite. One day I plan on coming back to God, but right now I don’t have any way of stopping.” That night at the meeting, the story of the Prodigal Son was told and M. made an impassioned plea for I. not to do this. Both wept, and R. prayed over them as everyone sang “Agnus Dei” quietly. Please pray for I. to leave the things of this world and return to the Lord.



HUNGARIANS OF WESTERN HUNGARY. Pray along with Baptist representatives Larry and Melinda Ewing in Gyor, Hungary, for Z, who said yes to Jesus five years ago and is a very dynamic believer in western Hungary. He wants to be bold for Jesus in sharing his faith on his university campus. Pray that he will be able to move on to a new level of faith and commitment in this area of his walk and bring many of his countrymen to faith in Christ.

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA. In the southwestern corner of the county, believers are experiencing a renewed energy and vision for sharing the gospel of God’s grace. Thank you for your prayers for those who attended the church-planting conference on the Gulf of Finland. God is answering. Please continue to pray for them, as they are a bold witness.

PARIS, FRANCE. The Ile de France Team writes: “This month, we will say goodbye to two short-term couples. Please pray for them as they start the next chapter of their lives. Pray as they seek housing, jobs, cars and other things they will need. Intercede for them also as they re-adjust to life back in the United States after two years in France. Pray for safe, uneventful travel for their final trip home. We are thankful for their service and look forward to seeing how God will use them in the future.”

KARACHI, PAKISTAN (kah-RAH-chee). In a city of 16-18 million people, there are government and private hospitals, community medical clinics, medical colleges and a university hospital servicing the people. Doctors and nurses work hard and often put themselves at great risk to care for patients. Often the best doctors and nurses leave the city for work in Diaspora communities worldwide. Please pray for the medical community in the city. Lift up the followers of Jesus within the medical community who are teaching, training, servicing, caring and praying for the sick. Pray for the colleagues, students and teachers with whom they work and the patients they care for who may have a different set of beliefs. May God bring healing into lives that have never known the true healing of the inner heart.

LAST FRONTIER. Please pray that Christian business owners and leaders will gain understanding in using their skills to gain access with integrity into restricted-access countries. Pray that they will gain access, as well, to large numbers of people who would not otherwise hear or see a Christian witness. Pray that they will seek and respond to God’s leading as they partner with those on the field who serve God and work to expand His kingdom

AIDS. Situated on the other side of the mountain near the Managa Academy in the northeast section of Swaziland is a community of displaced people due to the taking of land by a sugar company. Although these people have been relocated, they have made an effort to live productive lives. Unfortunately, in this community lives a 16-year-old boy who is caring for his brothers and sisters because both parents died of AIDS. Neighbors try to help as much as they can, but so many are caring for extended family members as well. Because of AIDS, there are many homes with children and youth caring for children. Pray that the many orphans in Swaziland will have someone to care for them. Pray for an intense awareness by the Swazis to the cause and problems of AIDS and the responsibility of protecting friends and family members.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Missionaries Vivian and Ralph Boyle, who serve in Tanzania, ask: “Please pray for our adult daughter and her family, who are involved in a faith ministry in Montreal, Canada. They are struggling, yet see God working in the community and in an IMB church start that they pastor. Pray that our grandkids will enjoy their first time overseas (the family is involved in a ministry opportunity in Tanzania for three weeks in May) and that our fourth grandchild will be protected from any broken bones. He has osteogenesis imperfecta, a brittle-bones disease caused by a lack of collagen.”



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



I’VE OFTEN HEARD the title of this article spoken by a losing team following a ballgame with poor officiating…

However, yesterday this phrase took on a whole new meaning for me. Allow me to explain.

I was invited to present a seminar on Internet Safety at the Memorial Parkway church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama. My good friend and former co-worker, Reed Swindle is one of the preacher’s there. I left Glasgow immediately following Sunday worship service and arrived in Huntsville, Alabama at 3:30 p.m. I arrived at the building as the doors were unlocked and I entered and went to Reed’s office. I sat and talked with Reed for approximately 5 minutes when a wide-eyed man suddenly appeared in Reed’s doorway. He had on a hooded sweat jacket, a cap, and a bandana covering his face like in the old Western movies. He pointed a gun at both of us and demanded all our money! Reed and I both laughed at him at first. I thought it was one of the kids in his youth group and he thought I had brought someone with me who was playing a joke. As he pointed the gun at our heads, it eventually dawned on both of us that this wasn’t a joke, and that he was serious. We gave him all the money we had and as he kept the gun trained on us, he said as he was about to leave, “I’m sorry I have to do this.” At that point, I didn’t know whether he was sorry for having robbed us, or if he was telling us he was sorry for what he was about to do. Fortunately, it was the former. The young man then fled the building and Reed called the police. Fifteen minutes later I had to begin presenting four lessons on Internet Safety. Actually, I don’t remember much of what I said. I probably owe the good brethren at Memorial Park a do-over (but good luck getting me back down there! Ha!). (By way of side note, when the detective asked me what kind of pistol the man had, I said, “Pistol? From what I could see, it looked more like a bazooka!)

It is amazing how many thoughts flash through your mind while an event like this happens to you. I can’t begin to share all of them with you, but I’ll share a couple thoughts that occurred to me immediately followed this incident.
I was reminded of how quickly and unexpectedly life can be taken from you. I can certainly tell you that when I woke up Sunday morning, I didn’t think I’d have someone pointing a gun at me before the day was over, but I did. It caused me to reflect on how many people awaken every morning, having no idea that this day will be their last day on earth. Some day we will all awaken to our last sunrise. Will we be prepared when the day arrives?
Also, moments after this man ran from the building, I recalled the words written by the Bible commentator, Matthew Henry. On one occasion in his life, he was robbed. That very evening, he recorded the following words in his journal as he gave thanks to God. “I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.” As bad as things may be, there are plenty of reasons to give thanks if one chooses to do so.

Well, I’m certainly thankful that things worked out as they did. Reed and I are both fine. I’m back safely in Glasgow with a renewed appreciation for a lot of blessings I take for granted. (Steve Higginbotham)

“In everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

~1 Thess. 5:18; cf. Jas. 4:16~


“Then he said to his disciples,

‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,

to send out workers into his harvest field.’”

~Matthew 9:37-38, NKJV~

The children in the AWANA program last night showed how much they have learned. I am so proud of all of them!

Thanks to all who helped with the spaghetti fund raiser for the youth yesterday. I don’t know how much money was raised, but will let you know later.

Associational VBS Clinic

  • Tuesday, May 6
  • Spring Creek Baptist Church
  • 6:30 – Light Meal
  • 7:00 – Training Clinic
  • Volunteers still needed

Mother’s Day

  • Sunday, May 11
  • Parent/Child Dedication
    • Call the church office is you and your child would like to participate
  • No evening activities

Deacon Hospital Visitation

  • James Miller
  • Harrell Sharkey

Sunday School Leadership Meeting

  • Tuesday, May 13
  • 7:00 P.M.

Pearl Louise Mixon
(March 9, 1923 – May 3, 2008)

Died at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. She was a native of Bolivar and a resident of Baton Rouge. Age 85 years. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Beulah Cemetery, Tangipahoa. She is survived by her 2 sisters, Norma Varnado, Kentwood, and Agnes Mitchell, Tallulah; 2 nieces, Mary Lee Blanchard, Amite and Carole Frey, Simpsonville, SC; 2 nephews, Michael Varnado and his wife, Barbara, Zachary, and Bill Varnado and his wife, Angela, Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Lula Crawford Mixon; brother, Hilton Mixon; sister, Tincie Hayden.

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

A STORY IS told of a man whose wife had deserted him for another man…

She had succeeded in taking away their children. The estranged husband had given into depression and lost his business. Broken hearted and ruined, he became obsessed with the enormity of his troubles and refused every offer of encouragement and hope. The day came when he heard a great sermon on Christ having been “in all points tempted like as we are,” but rather than being comforted he resented the sermon and told the preacher. “Yes, Jesus suffered many things, but he never had a wife and family stolen from him. He was never married, never had children, so that’s suffering he never knew.”

The preacher wisely responded, “You have seen an accomplished violinist play a great variety of music. There are only four strings on his violin, but they can produce both dances and dirges. The same four strings can cover the whole range. No, Jesus did not experience your trials in the same details, but he endured the broad range of disappointment, desertion, grief, pain, and even dying, so that the strings of his heart can vibrate with all the sad songs of life’s bitterest experiences.” (David Pharr)

“For we do not have a High Priest

who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,

but was in all points tempted as we are,

yet without sin.”

~Heb. 4:15~

Sunday Afternoon

Judy Fowler sent:

Frances (Gay) fell yesterday off her deck and received a cut under her eye (had to have stitches) and a few other bruises and scrapes. Other than being sore and a few pains, she is doing OK.

Frann S. Clark has been have a number of bad days lately. Please pray for her. She has several important appointments coming up.


“But you shall receive power

when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;

and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,

and in all Judea and Samaria,

and to the end of the earth.”

~Acts 1:8~

This is dedicated to all Sunday School teachers as well as the parents and grandparents who teach faithfully. Others will “stand on your shoulders” until the reach of your work is much further than you ever expected.


Townsend, the developer of the laser, was once asked if he didn’t have a tremendous sense of achievement in all he had accomplished with his invention, such as methods for precision measurements, laser disc, and weapons technology.

He remarked, “Not really.” He said that he could easily identify with the beaver and relayed the following story:

A beaver and a chipmunk happened upon the Hoover Dam while out strolling one day. They were caught off-guard, completely overwhelmed with amazement and awe at the size and magnificence of this structure.

Once the beaver recovered, he remarked, “Well, actually, I didn’t build it myself, but it’s based upon an idea of mine.”

Like much of scientific advancement, I see spiritual growth as a building process. I took the spiritual training my parents gave me and have built upon it, and I expect my children to take the training that I give them and build upon that. I fully expect them to accomplish some great things in their lives, things that I may not have built myself, but which are based on spiritual principles which I have shared with them.

Paul was referring to this process when he said of Timothy, “I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” (I Timothy 1:5). I wonder if Lois and Eunice ever even imagined all that that little boy Timothy would accomplish in his lifetime?

You may not feel like you’re accomplishing much, but if you are instilling in your children (or others) a faith in God, who knows what they may accomplish in the years ahead!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolinav

Saturday Evening

Joan Hagan is doing well. She plans to be back at church in one week.

She asks for us to remember her younger daughter, Rachel O’Brian, in our prayers. Rachel has injured her back.

Helen C. Brumfield

(September 3, 1912 – May 3, 2008)

Died at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. She was a native and a resident of Amite, LA . Age 95 years. Visitation at First Baptist Church, Amite, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 3 p.m. Monday. Services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. Interment Amite Cemetery, Amite. She is survived by her son, Tom Ed Brumfield and wife, Irene, Amite; nephew, Earl Cefalu, Jr., Amite; 3 nieces, Mary Helen Lokey, Dallas, TX, Kathy Cefalu, Winston Salem, NC and Martha Lee Palotta, Baton Rouge; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Lee Brumfield; brother, Earl Cefalu, Sr.; parents, C. Thomas and Nellie Helmers Cefalu. She was a graduate of Amite High School in 1930 as Valedictorian and Class President, a graduate of H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1934, received her Master’s Degree from Louisiana State University in 1931 and received her Certification in Special Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1962. She taught English and Spanish at Amite High School where she became the school’s first Guidance Counselor. She later worked at Amite Elementary in Special Education and Testing. She retired from Southeastern Louisiana University as Director Emeritus of Testing and Orientation in 1976. She was the longest living member of First Baptist Church of Amite and was a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Florida Parishes Skeet and Gun Club for over 30 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church of Amite.