“Enter through the narrow gate.

For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

~Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)~




Scripture Writing Plan – 2 Corinthians 5: 17, 20-21




“A Different Kind of Hope”

And this hope will never disappoint us …
-Romans 5:5





VBS – Some churches have ended their 2019 VBS.  Others are starting.  Even others  will not start for a month or more.  Make sure the children in your household get every opportunity to learn about Jesus!  That’s a big part of our responsibility to children.




Waylon Bailey, “They’re Everywhere”

God expects us to seek those who are not in His house each week!

Just as people are everywhere, so are churches in our area.  Find one to attend today if you do not have one.

Anna Lee







This is how we know what love is:

Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

~1 John 3:16~



Mr. J.D. Smith is home and doing very well.  His procedures have allowed him not to have leg pain.  His daughter, Debbie, is checking on him closely.  Pray for him to have a good day today.  He is appreciative of your prayers.




Carol B. Sealey is a real fighter and has always been that way.  Just ask anyone who play ball against her!  She is fighting for her life now.

Update on Carol. I know it has been a few days but we have been up and down and all over the place. Carol seems to be making improvements very slowly. She is responding a little more to us. I went to kiss her this evening and she tried to turn her head and kiss me. I know that she understands what I am saying because she nods to answer questions appropriately. Her kidneys still are not working and liver enzymes are still elevated. Doctors are very optimistic that those numbers will slowly get better. Thanking you all for your prayers. Please continue to remember her as this will be a slow journey. Thanking God for his Blessings and the improvements we have seen. I have to keep reminding myself that this is God’s timing and he doesn’t make mistakes!!  (Written by her sister, Barbara B. Gaines)




Doris C. Davis

February 02, 1929 – June 06, 2019

Doris C. Davis, of Hillsdale, LA, journeyed to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 6, 2019. 90 years young, Doris was born in Kentwood, LA on February 2, 1929. She loved her Lord, her family, her grandson and the church family she worshiped with at Hillsdale Baptist Church, where she was a long time member. Doris retired from St. Helena Hospital after 30 years of service. She enjoyed reading, watching tennis, and growing her tomato plants every spring and fall. She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-laws, Sandra Chapman and husband, Steve and Melanie Morgan and husband, Alan; one grandson, Davis Chapman and wife, Carly; and numerous friends. Preceded in death by her husband, Russell “Bean” Davis. Services will be held at Hillsdale Baptist Church from 9:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Interment will be at Roberts Cemetery, Highway 441, Hillsdale, LA. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Hillsdale Baptist Church or Roberts Cemetery. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite Stevens Durnin

April 28, 1926 – June 07, 2019

Marguerite Stevens Durnin, a resident of Hillsdale, LA, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born April 28, 1926 in Amite, LA and was 93 years of age. She was a member of Hayden Grove Church of Christ in Amite. She retired from the Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court’s Office in Amite. She was married to the love of her life for 60 years and was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all. She is survived by her son, Norman Steven Durnin and wife, Trudy Dees Durnin; 2 granddaughters, Kayla Nicole Durnin and Karly Blair Durnin; sister, Shirley Stevens Hayden.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman O. Durnin; parents, Robert Leon Stevens and Carrie Weeks Stevens; 3 brothers, Robert Leon Stevens, Jr., Jimmy Love “Rip” Stevens, and Charles Stevens; 2 sisters, Sue Stevens Lott and Willie Ruth Bennett. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Don McGee. Interment Roberts Cemetery, Hillsdale, LA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roberts Cemetery. For an online guestbook, visit





Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22




 Here for You (30 second video) – “God Blesses those who Mourn” –  Matthew 5:4




Baptist Press

I hope you find some time this weekend to spend reading some of these articles.




Pray for our grandson and his classmates who graduate from hight school tonight.  Pray for the family as they will doing a lot of traveling to get here in two weeks.




Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day.  Do what you can today to make getting to the Lord’s House easier tomorrow.

Anna Lee









Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through me.

~John 14:6~




Last week, Mr. J.D. Smith told me he was having circulation issues.  Now, he is hospitalized at St. Tammany to have his circulation improved.  Let’s pray correctable solutions can be found and used.




Cheryl Hughes Green had four by-passes done yesterday.  All went well.  Today, we need to pray for her recovery from surgery to go well.





Please pray for Darryl Ray Carruth.  He is having cornea rejection issues.




Mrs. Annebert Ory was living in Roseland when I was a child.  Later, she was a foreign language teacher when I was at SLU.  In recent years, I have kept up with her through FB and her daughter, Caroline.


Annebert B. Ory, age 96 of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Summerfield Senior Living Center in Hammond. She was born on Friday, August 25, 1922, in Mingolsheim, Germany to Friedrich Robert and Karolina Leitzig Bender. Annebert loved to volunteer and following her retirement as a Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, volunteered for several years at the Fuller Shop Thrift store in Hammond and teaching French at the Hammond Recreation Center. She also loved traveling, swimming and gardening, but she especially loved spending time with her family.

Annebert is survived by her son, Fritz Ory and his wife Lindaree, her daughter, Caroline Thompson, her grandchildren, Amy Harrell, Laura Giancola, Lillie Brooks and her husband Josh, Amanda Brendt Bonura and her husband Courtney, Brandon Ory and his wife Katy, Jacqueline Ory, Natalie Ory, Emily Ory and Gabrielle Ory, her great grandchildren, James, Jackson and Davis Brooks, Alex Ory, Michael Ory, Everett, Mette and Sully Bonura, also many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Annebert was preceded in death by her parents, Friedrich Robert and Karolina Leitzig Bender, her husband, John H. Ory, Sr., her daughter, Marlise Harrell, her son, John H. Ory, Jr., her great grandson, Freddy Ory and her sisters, Marlise Keilman and Hannefriede Dauer.

A Visitation for Annebert will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond. A Funeral Service Celebrating Annebert’s Life will immediately follow visitation at 12:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery #1, 1950 Soniat St. in New Orleans.

Annebert’s guest book can be viewed at





Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I Am in Christ” – 2 Timothy 1: 7, 9-10




FBC, Kentwood will have the last day of 2019 VBS today and the program for parents and others tonight.  I’m not sure of the time, but you can call the church office to get the time.




We are expected to get more rain.  Most of us don’t expect flooding, but if you should drive to an area with water running across the road, turn around.  Be safe!  Pray for those who do have flooding and help them if you can.

Anna Lee





Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through me.

~John 14:6~



Cheryl Hughes Green‘s angiogram showed the need for by-pass surgery.  Pray for her as she will soon be checked into OLOL for surgery.




Mrs. Ruby Dillon is feeling better the last few days.  Please continue to pray for her and Mr. “Cete”.




Lisa Taylor of Greensburg will be having knee replacement surgery next week on the 12th.  She asks for your prayers.




Update on Carol B. Sealey

When you go day after day with no real forward movement in care you start to get down. Well today is not one of those day. They were able to extubate Carol and remove the vent….Praise God. She is on CPAC mask for 2 hours then nasal cannula for oxygen. Can’t thank everyone enough for prayers. Need to keep praying that her kidneys will go to working as well as liver. Will be doing dialysis today if nothing changes!! Good day!!!

                                                                                                                      Barbara Bennett Gaines
Read and Write the Bible – “Who I am in Christ” – I Peter 1: 3-6
Here for You – “Pure in Heart” video – Matthew 5:8 –
The money given through VBS this year at FBC, Kentwood will be used to purchase items for our OCC shoeboxes.  Thank you, boys and girls, for helping children receive a shoebox and have the opportunity to learn about Jesus, much as you have done in VBS.
I’m a believer in telling others about Jesus.  Shoeboxes can be the seed planted in many lives each year!
Anna Lee


“‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing.

But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.’” 

~Luke 5:5 NLT~

After their obedience, God gave them more fishing success than they ever imagined.




“You’ll Miss the Bus” – Matthew 5:3 –




Baptist Press




VBS – Day 3 – I am really missing VBS this year, but hope all the kids and workers will be ready today for a wonderful day!




Read and Write the Bible Today – I John 5: 4, 11-12, 18




Students learn Bible truths in retrofitted school bus

This is a “think outside the box” idea and a great one!  The Bible tells us to go and to tell.  I think that is what this article is about.




Where will we go?  Who will me tell?  God doesn’t expect all of us to cross oceans to other countries!   He does expect us to go and to tell.  The article surely describes going and telling.  Let’s pray for the continued success of BREAK.  Now, what can we do in our area and on our scale?  Who will give?  Who will tell?

Anna Lee


“Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father” 

~Colossians 3:17 GNT~



Mr. John Phillips continues to be in rehab, which will be a long ordeal for him with both arms broken.  Please continue to pray for him and for his family.



Carol B. Sealey Updates from her sister, Barbara Gaines

Update on this strong willed fighter. Carol is starting dialysis this morning for the next 4 hours. She opened her eyes for me this morning and blinked to let me know she understood me. Baby steps at this time, I will take any little improvement. Keep praying that we will continue to head in the right direction making these little baby steps.

Praise God Hallelujah prayers are working. Doctor was very upbeat and positive Dialysis is doing good. Going to start working on getting Vent off. Will continue dialysis waiting to see if we can get kidneys to working. Keep praying God is still performing a miracle in Carol!!!




Pray for Cheryl Hughes Green.  She will have a heart cath tomorrow morning.  The doctor suspects one or more blockages.




Larissa Sharkey Dean has a surgical procedure yesterday and did well.  She will be back “on her feet” and going strong by the end of the week.




Micah Simpson is going through the process of joining the marines.  Pray for him and his family.




Today, we will have a Tuesday morning drive in addition to the one yesterday.  David will receive more blood today.  Pray for the traveling and the infusion process.




Read and Write the Bible – “Who I Am in Christ” – I john 4: 4, 16




I don’t have any VBS reports, but know God was honored and children’s lives were touched by VBS, one of my favorite outreach activities.



Don’t forget your OCC purchases and projects.  Without your help, ….

Anna Lee





Be very careful how you live.

Do not live like those who are not wise.

Live wisely.

I mean that you should use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times.

So do not be foolish with your lives.

But learn what the Lord wants you to do.” 

~Ephesians 5:15-17 ICB~




Pray for Mrs. Mildred Birch as she has a back procedure at North Oaks this morning.  Pray the surgery is successful in relieving her back pain.




Carol Bennett Sealey had another round of dialysis and a unit of blood.  She tolerated these procedures and is back in ICU.




Pray for the family of Mr. Kent Davis who lived in our neighborhood.  Pray for his wife as she makes decisions about her life without him.





I’m thankful we were able to attend church yesterday and even to eat lunch with friends.  Many friends made a special effort to speak with David.  They will never know how much that means to us.  We get to remember them in our conversations and prayers.

I’m so thankful for my sister, Julie, who has chosen to make many trips to the doctors with us.  I’m also thankful for our son and his family who spent part of last week with us and for our Texas granddaughter who was also with us last week.  Please pray for her as she begins a summer job as a medical assistant today.  Our daughter-in-law and two Georgia grandchildren will spent this week at Centrifuge.  I’m so thankful for these family members and the meaningful lives they have chosen to live.




Read and Write the Bible – “Who I Am in Christ” – I Corinthians 12: 27-31




Pray for all the students, teachers, and other workers as VBS begins this morning at FBC, Kentwood.  Several other churches are also having VBS this week, mostly in the evenings.  I know there will be a number of students who will get a “double dose” of VBS this week.  I think that is good.  We never heard of that when our children were of VBS age, but I see nothing wrong with getting the kids in church twice a day all week.




Operation Christmas Child item to purchase this month – TOYS!  You can leave your purchases in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room.  Thanks!




God has given us this Monday!  What will we give to Him though others this Monday?

Anna Lee