Then I said: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,

~Nehemiah 1:5~




Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer.  You are invited to join other Christians across our country from 8-10 P.M. using live-streaming from the Billy Graham Library as we pray that God is glorified by our nation, communities, and homes.  You can click on this link to connect.

Of course, praying throughout the day tomorrow is also very important, as is praying any day.




FBC, Kentwood will live-stream prayer meeting tonight at 6 P.M.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 6

  • Ruth 2:1-4:22
  • John 4:43-54
  • Psalm 105:16-36
  • Proverbs 14:26-27



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Some of the members of FBC, Kentwood for you to pray for during this pandemic.  I will not try to list all of the people of this age group, but you get the idea.  Pray for them as they deal with children out of school and college who are home for parental instruction, businesses that have been closed, parents working from home, extra cooking responsibilities, too much television and computerized games, aging patents, etc.

  • Frank and Chinero Fowler
  • Gretchen Simpson
  • Jason and Larissa Dean
  • Jody and Laura DeBlanc
  • Leslie McKenzie
  • Robert and Jill Brister
  • Brett and Susan Frazier
  • Jeff and Deana Simmons
  • Dan’l and Natalie Johnson
  • Dwaine and Jana Creel
  • Scott and Kristi Womack
  • Robert and Shontell Strickland
  • Lionel and Michell Estay



Ollie Simmons is doing much better.  Thank God for Ollie’s improvement.




Buddy Morris has completed the cycle of radiation.  Now, he will resume care at Ochsner.  Pray for the family as the await more information today.




Pray for all the families who have been touched by Covid – 19, medical personnel who have helped others fight this problem, families who have been separated due to the virus, etc.



Enjoy the beauty of spring flowers!

Anna Lee






God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

~Psalm 46:1 (KJV)~





Train up a child in the way he should go,

and when he is old he will not depart from it.

~Proverbs 22:6~

If you have children in your circle at home, spend some of the extra time together teaching them/reading and discussing the Bible.  It will be a real blessing for you and for them.  After reading, pray.  Teach them home to make a simple craft journal and how to use it.





Mrs. Gertie Cutrer passed away yesterday morning.  I’ll post her obituary when it becomes available.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 5

  • Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
  • John 4:4-42
  • Psalm 105:1-15
  • Proverbs 14:25



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I don’t know when churches in our area will open their doors for corporate worship again, but it is coming soon.  Churches will be adjusting the ways things are done.   Pray for church leaders in each church as they determine how to safely worship without the spread of the virus.

Some people will choose to wait a little longer to attend in person.  Respect their needs.  



Let me know as you learn of churches returning to their regular schedules.  I’ll post them here to make others aware of their opportunities. 

Anna Lee








“If you want better insight and discernment . . .

learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting him . . .

He shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time.”

~Proverbs 2:3-5, 9 (TLB)~




Get ready for church today.  It may come as live-streamed, a drive in, a talk from a kitchen table, or a rocking chair on a front porch.  Our local pastors have really been creative.  This is a good thing.  I’m so glad the doors of the the churches were not locked and pastors all took a look vacation.  You can make you decisions now about what service or services you plan to attend.

FBC, Kentwood will livestream at 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. today.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 3

  • Judges 17:1-18:31
  • John 3:1-21
  • Psalm 104:1-24
  • Proverbs 14:20-21



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    Every dollar given goes to train and resource thousands of missionaries involved in church planting and compassion ministries who share the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ across the United States, Canada and their territories.

    What is this year’s theme, scripture verse and national goals?

    The 2020 theme is “It’s All About the Gospel”. The scripture verse is “For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures.”(1 Corinthians 15:3-4 CSB). The national goal is $70 million.



Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee



“Each of us will give an account of himself to God . . .

Try to live in such a way that you will never make your brother stumble by letting him see you doing something that he thinks is wrong.”

~Romans 14:12-13 (TLB)~




I have two BIG requests this morning.  I think most of you will want to put in extra prayers.

  • Lisa Zachary Klemm, formerly of Amite, asks for prayers for her dad, Mr. Lester Zachary, of Amite.  He has tested positive for Covid – 19, but seems to be doing okay now.  Mr. Lester is a resident of Tangi Pines, the nursing home in off Duncan Avenue, in Amite.   Please pray for everyone who lives or works there.
  • From Keith Rhodes, former youth minister at FBC, Kentwood.  They live in the Shreveport area.  Lori is his precious wife.  This link is to a picture.It’s been a while since many of you have had an update on Lori.As you may, or may not know, Lori was diagnosed with MSA-C (Multiple System Atrophy – Cerebellum) in August after a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. If you don’t know what it is, Google it so you’re up to speed.

    This picture was taken at my parent’s 50th anniversary in December. At this point, she was using her walker daily. We would only use a chair when we went out. The disease has progressed since then.

    Lori is now in a wheelchair all the time. We are able to move her, with her help, in and out of the chair. Her legs seem to get weaker every day and standing is becoming more of a challenge.

    We are fortunate to have a hospital bed for her now. That has really helped her get a better nights sleep. Getting in and out is a challenge, but we are still working together and making that happen.

    I noticed that her stridor (Google that one too) seems to have returned when she sleeps. I noticed this about 2 months ago. Three days ago, she was having trouble speaking and became hoarse. We thought it may be allergies, but scheduled an appointment with her ENT just to be safe.

    That appointment was yesterday. We learned the reason for the stridor and voice issues. Her right vocal cord is not moving anymore. Her left one in still moving, but not as well as a healthy vocal cord.

    Those of you who know Lori know that she loves to talk. She loves to sing. She could not wait to read books to our grandson and sing to him. Not being able to do either has been hard on all of us. But that’s not what upset her the most yesterday. Watching her, what broke her more than anything was the knowledge that saying the words, “I Love You!” is something she won’t be able to say too much longer to everyone.

    This has been an emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting week for all of us. But in the midst of the challenges that keep arising, God has been so faithful.

    As much as I’d like to be teaching my kids at school, I get to be here to take care of Lori 24/7. It’s a joy to spend every second with my beautiful bride.

    Lori always says, “Someone out there has it much worse than we do.” She always finds a way to make our challenges seem small in comparison to everything else going on.

    For us, we just take one day at a time.

    What can you do? Pray for Lori Lantz Rhodes. Pray that God will continue to strengthen her and ultimately, heal her. Send her a message or text of encouragement. Please don’t call because talking is something she can’t do over the phone.

    Right now, while you still can, call someone and say, “I Love You!” Don’t text it or email it. Actually say it to them. Never take that simple gift for granted.

    We love each of you and are thankful that you are (or at one point were) in our lives.



Thursday, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer

In 1952, a joint resolution of the United States Congress established a National Day of Prayer. In 1988, President Reagan set that day as the first Thursday in May.

On this day, Americans from all walks of life join together around the country to call out to God for Him to work in and through our country.

Next Thursday, May 7, we ask you to join us for this day of prayer.

The SBC Executive Committee has created a prayer guide for you and your church, to pray for Seven Centers of Influence in America for the National Day of Prayer.

This prayer guide is available for download below. We encourage you to use it and join us in prayer for our nation next week.

(The download for praying is found at




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 1

  • Judges 13:1-14:20
  • John 1:29-51
  • Psalm 102:1-28
  • Proverbs 14:15-16



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Thank you for joining your prayers to many other prayers.

Anna Lee


“‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive.”

~1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV)~





Austin and Brittany McDaniel got to take their son, Jameson, home for the first time yesterday.  Please continue to pray for this little family.




Leonard “Tank” Genco, Jr. – I taught with Coach Genco at IHS.  
  • August 2, 1940 – April 28, 2020
  • Hammond, Louisiana
  • Leonard “Tank” Genco Jr., of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the age of 79. He was born on August 2, 1940, in Amite, Louisiana, the son of the late Leonard Genco Sr. and Rose Balisteri Genco. Tank was a lifelong educator in Tangipahoa Parish. He touched many lives through football, teaching, and as a member of the school board. Tank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and he will be greatly missed.

    Tank is survived by his wife of 28 years, Nedra Martello Genco; children, Ronald Genco and wife Lisa, and Mary Genco Parker and husband Chuck; step-children, Brigitte Martello and Bradley Fettes; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Catherine Gioia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

    In addition to his parents, Tank was preceded in death by his brother, Sammy Genco, and granddaughter, Jaidyn Coslan.

    Services will be held privately. Family and friends are encouraged to send condolences and share memories online.

    Tank will be laid to rest at Pompeii Cemetery in Tickfaw, Louisiana.

    An on-line guest book is available at





Thomas Charles Morgan

I taught  Tom Charles.

December 7, 1962 ~ April 21, 2020

Thomas Charles Morgan, age 57 passed away peacefully on April 21, 2020 at Elizabeth House Hospice in Flatrock, North Carolina after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tom had recently made Brevard, North Carolina his home. Tom was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 7, 1962, and spent most of his life in South Louisiana. He graduated from Oak Forest Academy in Amite, Louisiana and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond where he served two terms as student body president. He later earned his juris doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School and became a certified public accountant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Some of Tom’s proudest work was with Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in which he served as 37th national president in addition to multiple local and regional offices. He championed the effort to expand Sig Tau chapters and made scores of friends through his connections with the fraternity nationally. Tom was an avid history lover who loved to debate historical topics, he was a dedicated gardener, loved reading, and had recently begun writing science fiction novels. Some of Tom’s greatest joys were caring for their cats and dog Gracie.

Preceded in death by his father Edgar Lea Morgan and his mother Irma Hyde Morgan, Tom had recently relocated to North Carolina with his husband and partner of 23 years David Wright. Tom and David were fiercely devoted to one another and it is comforting to know that David remained steadfastly by his side throughout his final hours on this earth. Tom will be sorely missed by his family, fraternity brothers, and his many friends in southeast Louisiana and nationwide.

Tom will be laid to rest at the Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, North Carolina in a private graveside service. Due to current travel and gathering restrictions, a celebration of Tom’s life is being planned for later in the summer to offer family and friends an opportunity to share in the blessing of having known Tom.

The family has asked that all gifts be made in Tom’s honor to the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation or to the athletes of Special Olympics. Gifts can be made online at by completing the tribute information near the bottom of the donation form.




“The Greatest Journey” – A Bible Game for Kids

If you have not already downloaded this for your children or grandchildren, you may want to do so.




Read the Bible in 2020 –  April 30

  • Judges 11:1-12:15
  • John 1:1-28 P
  • salm 101:1-8
  • Proverbs 14:13-14



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If you missed hearing the message from Daniel last night, turn in today to hear it for yourself.



Have a great day.  Stay healthy.

Anna Lee


 The LORD is with me;

I will not be afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?

~Psalm 118:6~




I’m happy to share that Ollie Simmons went home yesterday.  He will be seeing his doctor today.




Sherrill Caraway is having health issues again related to his heart rhythm.  Please pray for him and his family.  They live in the Greensburg area.




Jan Yarborough has been hospitalized at North Oaks since Saturday.  She is having kidney problems.  Plans are for her to come home today  and see her doctor Friday to schedule a procedure.




Alice Faye Lee fell an home resulting in 8 stitches in her head.  Please pray for God’s protection for those who have balance and other issues that might lead to falls.




Please keep Martha Griffith in your prayers,  Her health problems are continuing issues.




Betty Catherine Hatcher needs our prayers for strength as she continues her long battle.  She is able to maintain a sweet spirit through her tough times.




Paul Morgan had a heart attack two and a half months ago.  He was able to go to work Monday and was surprised with a furlough.  Pray for him to be able to keep a positive attitude and regain more strength and endurance during this time.




Josiah Huckaby/ Written by KK, his mother

Josiah is always obsessed with coffee cups. He even has his own little toy coffee cup so we can have our morning coffee together. I might have let him try a small drop of my coffee this weekend & apparently that was all the motivation he needed. This morning he took his first steps & cruised down the (in)side of the crib.




Please remember to keep these senior adult couples in your prayers, just because.

  • Buddy and Eleanor Morris
  • Smiley and Carol Jean Conerly
  • Andy and Betty Taylor
  • “Cete” and Ruby Dillon
  • Kenneth and Yvonne Birch
  • Roy and Diane Turner
  • George Eddie and Alice Faye Lee
  • Lloyd and Alcyon Hayden
  • Bro. Joe and Barbara Baugh
  • Donnis and Alice Mary Honeycutt
  • Tom and Gail Brister
  • Earl and Nadine Council
  • Robert and Ora Lee Wilson
  • Glen and Bobbie Magee
  • Henry and Virginia McKenzie
  • Robert and Linda Callihan
  • James and Susan Rimes
  • Frank and Barbara Erwin
  • Bobby and Betty Simpson
  • Lea and Wanda Smith
  • Gerald and Martha Griffith
  • George and Debbie Bales
  • David and Anna Lee Alford



Read the Bible in 2020 – April 28

  • Judges 8:18-9:21
  • Luke 23:44-24:12
  • Psalm 99:1-9
  • Proverbs 14:9-10

If you want a hard copy of the Bible reading list for the next four months, please check with the church office.



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I’m thankful for those who are working hard to make the stay-at-home life easier for all of us during this time.  Please remember those who make this possible for us as you remember those who have the coronavirus.

Anna Lee




“Your word is a lamp for my feet,

a light on my path.”

~Psalm 119:105 (NIV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 27

  • Judges 7:1-8:17
  • Luke 23:13-43
  • Psalm 97:1-98:9
  • Proverbs 14:7-8




Nita Russell Miller is doing better and now tests negative for the virus.  She is not allowed to go back to the nursing home for thirty days, so she will be staying in the hospital as she regains her strength.  Pray for her and her family as she continues to improve.  Thank God for her improvement.




Lloyd Hayden of Arcola had a light stoke that has only left a little weakness.  He is scheduled to return home today.  Pray for him as he returns home for recovery.  Lloyd will get good care from four generations of ladies in his family.  Thank God for Lloyd’s good news.




Ollie Simmons is also doing better.  (Maybe I should call today Good News Monday.)  He has improved and will probably “bust out” of the hospital today.  This is another reason to thank God today.




While I’m on this line of thinking and thanking God, I would like to share again how much David has improved.  From being too weak to get up from a chair, needing blood (23 units), hospitalizations, a walker, a cane, tremendous weight loss, no appetite, malnourishment, more trips to the. doctor than I can count, etc., he is GREATLY improved.  Our neighbors are even reporting to other neighbors that he is working in the yard (and LOVING it).  I send Jennie pictures of him outside and working.  Her first word is “AMAZING!”.  We have an amazing God who has decided He has a reason to leave David here for His purpose.  We are so blessed.




I hope you were able to watch and enjoy some church services yesterday.  We were.  I want to remind you that the church services from numerous churches are available  online for us to view on other days of the week, not just on Sundays.




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Giving helps give those millions an opportunity to live for Jesus!

Anna Lee