Christmas Eve

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Galatians 4:4-5

“Do not be afraid.

I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Luke 2:10-11 NIV

 

 

Read the Christmas story – Luke 24

 

 

Read the Bible today – Reflect on God as Emmanuel.

 

 

 

Nancy Pledger’s sister passed away after having had dementia for more than sixteen years.  Nancy’s brother-in-law faithfully cared for his wife every day.

 

 

 

My friends in Indonesia are fine.  The tsunami did not cause then any concern.  Pray for the families who have lost loved ones though.

 

 

Pray for my college friend, Fannie Seal.  She is having knee replacement surgery today.

 

 

 

 

FBC, Kentwood, like many other area churches will have a candlelight service this evening at 6 P.M.  You are invited to attend and bring your company with you.

 

 

 

Pray for the many people who will be traveling to celebrate Christmas with their family today.

 

 

Remember, this day and this holiday is about Jesus.  

Anna Lee

 

 

Sunday

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

~Isaiah 9:6~

 

 

Pray for families with loved one who are hospitalized this time of the year.

 

 

Pine Ridge will be serving breakfast at 8 A.M. in exchange for helping with a needy cause.

Many area churches are having Christmas programs this morning and this evening.  Check with the churches where you would like to participate for dates and times.
The Sixth Ward Volunteer Fire Department made and delivered 76 fruit and candy baskets yesterday.  It is wonderful have local community groups share the Christmas spirit each year.
Read the Christmas story – Luke 16
Read the Bible today
  • Micah 4-5
  • Proverbs 26
  • Matthew 14

 

 

Share some Christmas joy this holiday season.

Anna Lee

 

Friday

[The Birth of Jesus Foretold]

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.

The virgin’s name was Mary.

The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

~Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Last night I tracked some of the shoeboxes FBC sent.  I learned some went to Mexico, Haiti, Ecuador, and some went to “Hard to Reach Areas”.  That last area had never appeared on my list before, so I did some research.  This is what I found.

You can go to the following site to learn more about hard to reach areas.

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child-countries/hard-to-reach-areas/

This excites me.  I pray the boys and girls who receive the shoeboxes will learn about and accept Jesus into their hearts.

 

 

Jimmy Williams is to be released from the hospital today with surgery scheduled for next Wednesday.  Please pray for Jimmy and Linda.

Ok, I just got the word on Jimmy’s
open heart surgery. He will be discharged tomorrow and we will have to come back early, next Wednesday the 19th and surgery will be at 7 am. We cannot thank all of you enough for your thoughts and prayers. 
This will be the 2nd time he’s gone through this. The first was almost 10 years ago.

 

 

Read the Christmas story:  Luke 14

 

 

Read your Bible today

  • Jonah 3-4
  • Proverbs 25
  • Matthew 12

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Message: http://baptistmessage.com/

 

Today is a good day to do a random act of kindness. 

Anna Lee

 

Tuesday

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 

~Philippians 4:13 ESV~

 

 

Rev. David Cutrer has some blockages checked, but will not need anything else done.  Thank God for David’s good report.

 

 

My David received another good report yesterday.  David saw his retina specialist who helped him be able to see following cataract surgeries.  Yesterday, the doctor checked David’s eyes and said it was another miracle that they eyes are not experiencing more problems.  We thank God for the good report and for the wonderful Christian doctor who helped David get through a very difficult experience.

 

 

 

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Read the Christmas Story – Luke 12

 

 

Read the Bible Today 

  • Obadiah
  • Proverbs 24
  • Matthew 10

 

 

There are many Christmas programs scheduled for local churches.  Connect with one or more and be blessed.

Anna Lee

 

Sunday

“In this way they will know God’s secret, which is Christ himself.

He is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge.” 

~Colossians 2:2-3 GNT~

 

 

Please continue to pray for Eric and Missy Lee.

 

 

Susie Sharkey‘s pneumonia is better.  Pray she can stay well,

 

 

Gayle Owens (Shared by Johnny)

I would like to thank everyone again for all the prayers, concern and comments for Gayle Owens. She is doing better, still in hospital. Has a bad bacterial infection in her stomach which is very contagious. Those of you who asked about visiting please do not do so at this time. Trying to get her over it and not give it to anyone else. She walked a little on Saturday but very weak. Her stats were good when walking, heart beat got up but came down quickly as it should. Still having some shortness of breath issues. Her cough came back but meds did their job and stopped it. She may be here for another day or so just do not know at this time. I am hoping she will not be released until the infection is gone and she is walking better and stronger. She will probably disagree…Thanks again for everything.

 

 

Jules Tanksley ( Shared by SariBeth Sitman Tanksley)

After 38 days… little girl we are so happy to bring you home to the most wonderful place on earth! Thankful for all of our amazing CHNOLA family. You saved her life and we will forever be grateful… round 1 down and many more to go! A wonderful Christmas present for our family came early and we couldn’t be happier. God bless Baby Jules!

 

 

Read the Christmas Story – Luke 9

 

 

Read the Bible

Amos 6-7

Proverbs 23

Matthew 7-8

 

 

 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – Day 8https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering-resources

 

 

 

Youth on Mission will meet at 5 P.M. in the missions room.  Please tell your youth to bring their Bibles with them.

 

 

Children in Action will meet Wednesday night at 6:00 in the missions room.

 

 

 

Share the message of Jesus this holiday season.  If you are not in attendance at a church this morning, please consider watching a live broadcast from FBC Kentwood or another church.

Anna Lee

Saturday

4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,

5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

~Titus 3:4-7~

 

 

Mr. Jimmy Tolar is feeling better, but still having issues with fluid.  Keep him and his family in your prayers.

 

 

Mrs. Bessie Hayden is home!  Call or visit with some encouraging words.

 

 

 

The theme for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year is “Every church, Every nation”.

 

 

 

The video for day 7 is “Keeping the Well from Running Dry”
Read the Christmas Story – Luke 8
Daily Bible Reading
  • Amos 4-5
  • Psalm 140
  • Matthew 6

 

 

Churches are presenting wonderful programs.  I hope all of you get to attend at least one of them.

Anna Lee

 

 

Wednesday

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure;

then peace-loving,

considerate,

submissive,

full of mercy and good fruit,

impartial and

sincere.”

 ~James 3:17 NIV~

 

 

Update from the Sylvester Humphrey:

Endosonographic finding today for Sylvester. Today’s exam consistent with invasive cancer. It is a stage T1b tumor in the upper 1/3 of the esophagus. Preferred curative treatment is surgical resection. If Sylvester is averse to this, which he is, could consider referral to Ochsner NO for evaluation of endoscopic resection/treatment with photodynamic therapy vs Radio frequency therapy. The ENT just called and she will be getting in touch with someone at Ochsner NO in the next day or so. Thank you all for your prayers. We love all of you. Trusting God to do what is best and give us and the doctors discernment.

(You may know Sylvester from the Amite post office or the Hope Center in Roseland.

 

 

Reminder – Senior adult holiday lunch at FBC, Kentwood at 11 A.M.

 

 

Christmas Bible Reading – Luke 5

 

 

Read the Bible 

  • Hosea 13-14
  • Provers 21
  • Matthew 3

 

 

I’m looking forward to teaching the boys and girls in Children in Action tonight.  We will learn about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  See you at 6 P.M.

 

 

“A Piece of the Puzzle” – Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

 

 

Do something today to make the holiday season extra special for someone.

Anna Lee