Friday – Hatchels

We took the Hatchels (plus 13 suitcases/crates, 2 carry-ons, 4 backpacks, and 2 computer bags) to the airport today. We were surprised to learn the first flight was canceled (even though Boyd had confirmed it last week). The three flights were rescheduled. The old iteniary is “out the window”.

They will be arriving in Prague later than first expected. Please continue to pray today, tonight, and tomorrow night. I’ll let you know when we hear from them.

You can also pray for it heat up quickly in their house. The outside temperature should be about freezing. The inside temperature will be that cold too!

As always, your prayers are greatly appreciated!

Friday’s Devotional





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

Mike Benson, Editor

RUBY THOMPSON OF St. Louis Missouri got the flier in the mail one morning…

It was with all the other junk mail. She remembers receiving one personal letter that day — a note from her mother — and a pile of garish-colored, mostly meaningless junk mail, messages from salesmen and businesses and politicians all seeking her patronage.

There was one card that caught her attention; it was for a CPR class to be held at a nearby primary school. Now there, she thought, is something I really should learn. She filed the junk mail under “13” and put the CPR advertisement on the mantelpiece above the fireplace. She would phone the number on the card — tomorrow.

Of course she didn’t. A week passed by, then another. Once in a while, when she was on the road, perhaps, or in a quiet moment by herself, she remembered the card, and thought to herself, “I really should learn CPR. One day I’ll need it.”

She did. One afternoon she was picking up her child from school when a car hit her ten-year-old son. She remembers his blond hair and how still the little body lay on the pavement. She ran to the quickly-gathering crowd of school children, moaning to herself, “Why? Why? Why?” and in a flash of remorse, she knew that this was why she had wanted to take the class.

As she pushed the by-standers aside, and fell to her knees before her son, she saw a schoolgirl administering the “breath of life” to her son.

Jeff was all right. He suffered some bruises, but the little girl, who had taken a course at school, had saved his life.

That day, Ruby enrolled in the CPR class!

We always need God. We need him, as that great song says, “every hour.” The problem is, we don’t always realize it. There may be many reasons for this, but the most common one is pride. We can manage life ourselves. We have the answers, at least we think we do, until a moment of crisis arrives, and our helplessness is absolute. There is nothing more humbling than to realize that we cannot help either ourselves or our families. But it is in those times that we are reminded of the power of God.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10).

It’s not so much that God demands humility as a prerequisite for his accepting us. It’s simply that unless we are humble enough to turn our desperate pleas towards him, we won’t listen to his guidance anyway.

Don’t put this article down until you have decided to act on it. This is not the “J” word! It’s important. Have you listened to his words lately? You need to. Don’t file it away. Don’t leave it on the mantle shelf of your mind. (Stan Mitchell)


“Draw near to God, and he will come near to you” (James 4:8).




May you draw nearer to God today.
Anna Lee


“For everyone who asks receives,

and he who seeks finds,

and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

~Matthew 7:8~



Kids on Mission Pray

“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

Everyone Loves Music!

People who sing well or play a musical instrument get to go places and perform. Many South Korean Christians travel all over the world and play concerts. Please pray for these Christians who want to go to countries near South Korea to play music and tell others about Jesus. Pray for those who listen to the beautiful songs that they will also be singing praise to Jesus soon.

Portugal Musical Center

Almost halfway around the world from South Korea is the country of Portugal and Emily lives there. Emily Rose is a journeyman—that means she is a young missionary who is living overseas for two years. She works with teenagers (12-17 years old) in Lisbon, Portugal. Emily and some friends are trying to open a community musical center where teens can get involved in music and art. They will have groups that sing, play instruments, act in dramas, and pantomime. The center will have a coffee-bar too. Well, it will when they find a place to meet. Please pray that Emily and her friends will be allowed to go to high schools and meet teenagers there. They really want to work with teenagers who come from broken homes. Ask God to help them make contact with teachers who will help them start the community musical center. Pray for the teenagers in Lisbon, Portugal. Pray they will understand that Emily and her friends love them and want to help. Pray they will learn to play music together and will hear about the love of Jesus.


Pray for me to be a healthy and happy little boy. I have a new little brother. CLINT, age 3 (South Asia)

Dear God. Help me to learn Chinese. JM, age 10 (East Asia)

Please ask God that I would be nice to others and make friends with my neighbors. ALISSA, age 11 (South Asia)

My grandpa died four years ago and I still haven’t gotten over it. Please pray that I feel better soon. AL, age 9 (East Asia)

Pray that I will be a light and speak truth to my friends at the park. Also pray that I can learn to control my anger and think of others. BRENDAN, age 10 (South Asia)

Pray for the youth and college & career age students as they attend a conference in Hattisburg this weekend.

Pray for the Hatchels as they begin their journey home today. As always, your prayers will be appreciated.

Carl Wayne Stevens, a former resident of this area, had a stroke last week while undergoing a procedure. He will be in rehabilitation in Jackson for the next 18 days. Pray for him and his family during this time.

Thursday – WMU (March)


WMU Schedule for March

FBC, Kentwood

March 2-9: Annie Armstrong Week of Prayer for North American Missions
National Goal – $61million
FBC Goal – $13,000

March 2 : Story of Annie Armstrong in AWANA

March 3: Prayer Time at Mojo’s – 6:30 A.M.

March 9: Foods Across America after morning worship

March 10: WMU meets in fellowship hall at 6:30 P.M.

March 20: Association WMU meeting at Hillsdale Baptist Church
(North American Mission Study)

Thursday – Obituary

William Eugene “Bill” Muth
(September 1, 1956 – February 26, 2008)

Died on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, LA. He was a native of New Orleans, LA and a resident of Kentwood, LA. Age 51 years. Memorial Services will be held at First Baptist Church, Kentwood, LA at 2:00PM Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Butch Reviere. Survived by wife, Rachel Morris Muth, Kentwood, LA, 3 step-daughters, Lauren Fowler, Kentwood, LA, Jennifer Hastings, Kentwood, LA, Keri Lynn Gravois, Kentwood, LA, 1 sister, Sharon LeBlanc, Atlanta, GA, 2 brothers, Mike Muth, Destrehan, LA, and Wade Muth, Kenner, LA. Preceded in death by father, William Peter Muth, and mother, Anna Mae Muth. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.

Thursday – FBC

“Live with Urgency” is the theme for the Annie Armstrong Week of Prayer for North America Missions. The goal is $61 million.

Nursery volunteers for March 2

  • Scott and Kristi Womack
  • Tammy Borrelli
  • Nancy Stokes

Calling All Men

  • Camp Living Waters (Loranger)
  • Monday, March 3 @ 6 P.M.
  • Dr. Waylon Bailey, Speaker
  • Love offering
  • Psalm 139:23
  • See Bro. Joey is you would like to attend.

Church Council

  • Sunday, March 2
  • 4:00 P.M.
  • Heritage Room

Acts 1:8 Challenge

  • Our Jerusalem
  • Our Judea
  • Our Samaria
  • Our world!

Thursday – Baptist Press

February 27, 2008

Articles I found interesting: