Tuesday – Devotional

Kne Email


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


Mike Benson, Editor



ON MY RECENT trip to Oklahoma, I was privileged to also experience my first flight…

To most people, I assume, this would be a welcome new experience. For me, it was something akin to a claustrophobic being buried alive in an elevator shaft under a coal mine. I made no attempt to hide my fear. As we boarded I noticed damage to the tail of the plane. The carpet inside was somewhat frayed. I noticed everything. The stewardess I talked to had only been there a month and she was still nervous! Great!! As we pulled away from the terminal, I realized this was my last chance to go screaming down the aisle and get off. No, I would die with dignity. As we made the turn on the runway, we suddenly increased our speed to that of light and I asked God to forgive my sins. As we became airborne, the pilot began to welcome us. I didn’t want to be welcomed; I wanted him to pay attention to the plane! After a few minutes, we were informed of a few safety precautions in case we crashed into the earth at six hundred miles per hour. A few minutes after that, my son Billy asked me, “Isn’t this great and could I stop hurting his hand?” Sorry! I managed to glance out the window and again I asked God to forgive me. The stewardess asked if I was nervous. “No Ma’am, my knuckles are always white,” I replied.

After the pilot informed us we were at 36,000 feet a strange calm came over me. There was no turning back. It was, as they say, surreal. I began to look at the world in a “spiritual” way. I wondered what we must look like to God. All those people down there shopping, driving, mowing their yards, and they didn’t even realize that they were being looked at this way. Then, turbulence. The plane bounced, the wings bounced, everything bounced, and I asked God to forgive my sins. Then calm again. I realized that this was a golden opportunity for me to see how wrapped up we can become in the temporal instead of the eternal. I began to see the world rather than just the person in front of me. I understood a little better at how God looks at me. I began to think of God’s purpose for all our lives and how some will yield to it and others will not. I thought of how much better I could be and I prayed that God would help me be better. This was not only a flight from “point A” to “point B,” but a journey inside myself. It was a brief glimpse of how things really are before it again became clouded with the temporal. As we began to descend, the ride became rougher. Flaps went up and down and then the pilot reversed the thrust while I prayed for God to forgive me. We landed safely and I vowed I would not forget God’s protective hand or the value of what I had seen outside the plane and inside my life. Besides, there was always the ride back. (Tim Turpin)

“Who are these who fly like a cloud,

and like doves to their roosts?”

Isa. 60:8; cf. Matt. 6:12; Isa. 55:8-9; Deut. 26:15

Tuesday – Baptist Press

All the articles published yesterday were very good. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

February 18, 2008

ALABAMA–Ala. town hit hard by tornado. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27434

TENNESSEE–ELECTION 08: Calls for unity increase within GOP. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27435

TENNESSEE–Criswell ‘share-a-thon’: $50,000 for Union. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27436

TENNESSEE–Jewish folk singer to Christian music matriarch, Lily Isaacs’ journey of faith. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27437

LOUISIANA–‘Invest in New Orleans’: Plant a church. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27438

LOUISIANA–Snow in New Orleans? http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27439

LOUISIANA–New Orleans woman a beacon of the hope she received. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27440

LOUISIANA–N.O. evangelism: Hardest thing is first ‘knock.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27441

LOUISIANA–Personal trials prepare couple for N.O. missions. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27442

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Ambassadors for Christ. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27443


“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours,

and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain;

and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

And he prayed again,

and the heaven gave rain,

and the earth produced its fruit.”

James 5:17-18



The monthly share group meeting will be Thursday at the Alford cabin. Please feel free to join us at 6:30. If you need directions or more information, please contact me.



FULBE/FUTA JALON OF GUINEA (FUL-bay/FOO-tuh jah-lone). “Mom, I want to go out visiting women soon,” proclaimed the 15-year-old daughter of a Fulbe/Futa Jalon Team member. Her mother writes: “When I asked her MK (missionary kid) friend how her English classes were going (she is teaching a teenage Fulbe girl some conversational English), she said that it was going really well. The girls’ interest level is still high, which is good since they often will start something and then stop when they get a little discouraged. As my daughter and I go out visiting women in and around town, please pray that we will see where God is working and join Him there. Ask for my daughter to have confidence in her ability to speak and understand the Pular language. Pray that the Great Physician will heal the sick through our prayers, comfort the discouraged, and save the lost. As this other teenage MK teaches English to her Fulbe friend, please pray that their hearts will be united and that she will recognize opportunities to share her faith as well as her English.” http://www.fulbefouta.com/

PUNJABIS OF INDIA (pun-JAH-bees). J is a young Baptist pastor. He has a church, and he also works in several other villages. He wants to see God’s kingdom grow, but sometimes feels discouraged. “It is really hard work,” he says. One problem he faces is that many people come for prayer and healing but aren’t really interested in knowing Jesus. A Baptist representative is mentoring J and encouraging him to press on. J is looking for leaders in the other villages whom he can train to start and lead new churches. Pray for J and other pastors like him who need encouragement to keep pressing on, and ask that they will see good and lasting fruit. Pray for their church members to grow deep in their faith. Pray that the pastors will be able to train lay leaders to share in the ministry and start more churches. pr4punjabis@topicbox.com; http://www.go2southasia.org/

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Praise the Lord for a journeyman who will soon be joining a team serving among a Last Frontier people group. Intercede for him as he studies the local language in a major city for a few months. Pray that the Lord will enable him to get a good grasp of the language–better than what could be humanly possible–during this short time of language study.

MUSLIMS: PRAYING BEYOND THE WALL. Pray for East African Muslims of Western Europe. Even after a century of immigration to Western Europe, many of the East African communities are closed to outside influence and are difficult to penetrate. They have not integrated well into their host communities and are suspicious of Western involvement. This makes it difficult to reach them with the gospel. Pray for those working with East Africans in Western Europe to be able to engage this community creatively. Pray that they will not become discouraged by the slow progress. http://btw.imb.org/



Monday Afternoon

Willie Mae McIntyre White
(January 20, 1923 – February 17, 2008)

Died at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was a native of Bolivar and a resident of Amite. Age 85 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until Memorial Services at 8 p.m. on Tuesday conducted by Rev. Danny Smith. She is survived by her son, Gene “Butch” White and his wife, Maria, Amite; 2 daughters, Trudy Nelson and her husband, Mark, Lakeland, FL and Candy Wallace and her husband, Rhett, Amite; 5 grandchildren, Christina Maria Mosser, Landon Rhett Wallace, Sarah Camille Wallace, Kimberly Grace Nelson, and Kevin Michael Nelson; 2 great-grandchildren, Ryan Andrew Mosser and Graysen Layne Wallace; brother, Arthur Gates, Kentwood; aunt, Christine Wall, Kentwood; In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org

Monday Update

Jan Hammons said Sidney Ricks just talked with her. The child who was injured was 12 year old Taylor who is a fifth grade student at Spring Creek. Please be in prayer for the Ricks family. They have had a number of tragedies that most families never have to deal with.

….She lost part of her colon and muscles that control bladder. .. She will be in the hospital for at least two weeks. …

Monday’s Devotional

Kne Email

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

Mike Benson, Editor

PLAY AN IMAGINARY game with me for a moment…

Let’s imagine that we live in another time and place, and that we have different friends and acquaintances than we do now.

What would it say about you if you lived in Germany in 1940 and one of your friends was Hermann Goering? What if you lived in Russia in the 1920’s and you counted as one of your friends Joseph Stalin? What if you lived in California in the 1960’s and one of your friends was Charlie Manson?

“Now wait a moment,” you might protest. “Just because we were friends doesn’t mean I was guilty of the evil things they did!” And you’re right. But friendship with those people would still say something about your character, wouldn’t it? Like it or not, our friendships say a lot about us.


When there is a war going on, it is hard to remain friends with both sides. In our imaginary world, being friends with Winston Churchill would probably put a strain on your friendship with the ubiquitous Mr. and Mrs. Goering. And vice versa. There must have been Christians in James’ day who felt they could remain on friendly terms with the “world” and retain their relationship with God.


Being friends with the world has nothing to do with whether or not you are an environmentalist; it refers to society to the extent it is antagonistic toward God. There is a war going on, and there casualties. The “body bags” are being brought home all the time; and we speak here, not of something so temporary as physical death, but of spiritual loss. These casualties affect eternity. Little children are led astray by our compromises. Weak and young Christians are confused by our insistence on fraternizing with the enemy. Is it possible that even we are being unwittingly affected and weakened?


You can’t “aid and abet” the enemy in a time of war and expect your own side to look kindly on it. The problem is that we so easily forget what is at stake, and the enemy is very successful at convincing us that we are not at war. So, who are your friends? (Stan Mitchell)


“Adulterers and adulteresses!

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

Jas. 4:4


Thank God the tornado that struck between Arcola and Fluker did not take any lives and the damage was not any greater. Pray for those who had damage as they progress through the clean-up process. Pray no injuries will occur during this clean-up time.

Randy Blades had his lower leg removed as planned. While still hospitalized, he fell and broke an arm. Pray this set-back will not slow his recovery too much.

Rusty Williams is progressing. With continued antibiotics and more rest, he should be able to be up in a couple of weeks. Please pray for Rusty as he continues to heal.

Dr. Landrum Salley called last night. He was checking to be sure Peggy Alford’s brother, Leroy Stringfield, was okay. Dr. Salley had heard there was a tornado in the Alabama town where Leroy lives. Since Peggy was still at choir practice, Dr. Salley and I had a nice visit. I sent emails to both Leroy and Peggy, but have not heard back from them yet. Dr. Salley and his wife are both doing well, but having some of the usual difficulties of aging. During that time Dr. Salley and I talked, he told me the youth from his church in Nashville are going to Greece this summer to minister to the Roma (Gypsies). He and I are interested in a possible connection to Boyd and Jennie’s ministry. What a small world. Thank God for telephones and computers so we can keep in touch.

Pray for Bethel Baptist Church as they are in the early stages of adding a fellowship hall to their church. Pray for the process to run smoothly.

Sunday Evening

Please pray for Michelle Ricks (about 13) who was accidentally shot when a shotgun fell this afternoon. She is in surgery now. Michelle is the daughter of Percy Ricks. Prayers for the family and the medical staff would also be greatly appreciated.

Please continue to pray for Bro. Butch Reviere. He had a difficult day today and will be hospitalized at least another day or two.