Friday

And my God will meet all your needs

according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 4:19 (NIV) ~


The arrangements for the wake and funeral services for Mr. Jason “Bully” Schwartz are still not available. I’ll post them when they become available.

Flood Relief Focus Shifting Toward ‘Mud-Out’
By Staff


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (BP)–The focus of Southern Baptist relief operations in America’s flooded Midwest may be shifting toward “mud-out” recovery teams — a ministry that weary residents will be deeply grateful to receive, according to Southern Baptists in the region.

“The feeding operation seems to be decreasing in most of the areas in which we are currently operating,” said Mike Morgan, manager of the North American Mission Board’s Disaster Operations Center. “We have had no additional requests for feeding teams at this time. Requests for the mud-out recovery teams — that go in and clean the homes so people can get back in them and rebuild — are increasing extensively, especially in Iowa and Indiana.”

President George Bush scheduled a June 19 to visit the region, where volunteers still are piling sandbags atop river levees in a frantic effort to forestall the disaster that has engulfed so many communities to their north. At least 20 levees have been overcome by floodwaters this past week and emergency management officials expect another 30 may be overflowed in the next few days, according to the Associated Press.

Storms and flooding in six states have claimed 24 lives and caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage. The Associated Press reports a 280-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between Fulton, Ill., and Winfield, Mo., is expected to remain closed for at least 10 more days because of flooding. Almost 2,000 members of the National Guard have been deployed in riverfront communities of Missouri and Illinois.

More assessment teams are moving into the area to identify additional needs in towns that don’t have recovery operations in them, Morgan said. “We are still finding areas that even though the recovery need is there, the water hasn’t receded enough for us to do any work yet,” he added.

Richard Nations, editor of the Iowa Baptist newspaper, has been on the road in eastern Iowa, interviewing both flood victims and Southern Baptist relief workers who have come to their aid. He said residents whose homes and businesses have been flooded out are grateful others are coming to help and relief workers are just glad to lend a hand.

“I spoke to Brad Oberreuter, who had chest-high water in his house in Cedar Rapids,” Nations said. “They were pretty much emptying the house of everything. There is mold and the smell is horrible. I could smell the mold. I could smell the rotting food. It just singed your nose as you walked into his house.

“I also met the son of Marcene Pollet, who is a 75-year-old member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids. She lost her house, which was about 100 years old, to the flood,” Nations added. “Her son-in-law stopped by the church when he saw the Texas Baptist disaster relief unit. He said, ‘She doesn’t want to accept any help, but I know this is her church and I wanted to thank you for what you are doing.”

Much of Pollet’s furniture had been moved to a nearby town, where the owner of a storage facility gave her two months’ free rent on a unit, Nations reported.

Nations also had an opportunity to meet Tommie Brown, a Southern Baptist retiree from Plains, Texas, who was serving as a volunteer in a feeding unit that had been deployed to Cedar Rapids for 10 days.

“Tommie was washing dishes and stopped for a minute to talk with me,” Nations said. “She told me this is her seventh or eighth deployment in four years of working in disaster relief. She said she was just glad to be able to help.”

Nations said Brown told him: “I don’t want to just sit down and wait for death to come. I want to feel needed and used. If I get tired, that’s a good thing. I enjoy this work and it’s a good tired. I am ready to be tired. I’m here to roll up my sleeves and work.’

Individuals and churches interested in donating or helping with relief efforts in Iowa may contact the Iowa Baptist Convention office at (515) 278-1566 or Baptist Convention of Iowa, 2400 86th St., Suite 27, Des Moines IA 50322; or, visit http://www.bcisbc.com and click on “Disaster Relief Give Now.” Donations for disaster relief also may be directed to the North American Mission Board by visiting http://www.namb.net and clicking on “Give Now.”

Compiled by Mark Kelly, an assistant editor with Baptist Press.

KOMpray

June 20, 2008

“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

THEY SPEAK A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE

We are Kids on Mission in Togo, West Africa. We live at a school in Togo where Africans from a lot of different countries come to learn about Jesus and the Bible. They move here with their families, so my sister and I have a lot of other kids to play with. We love to play soccer and throw rocks at the mango trees so that we can knock down the mango fruit and eat it. My sister likes to play dolls and climb trees. The hard part is that none of our friends speak English. They all speak French in this part of Africa. We are learning to speak French too so that we can talk to them. Will you pray that God helps us to learn this language? My sister and I really want to be able to tell our friends about Jesus. LOGAN and ELIZABETH, age 6 and 4 (West Africa)

MORE PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MISSIONARY KIDS
Please pray that all my friends would come to Christ. Pray that the Central Asian government will let us keep living in our country. ERIC, age 12 (Central Asia)

My brother goes to a boarding school and doesn’t live at home. I have a hard time with him gone. I know that this is God’s plan but I still have trouble. God has taught me not to take my family for granted all the time.
My last prayer request is for the villages that we go to. Pray that I can be a living testimony to the children and adults. MIRANDA (West Africa)

Please pray for the people of South Africa who are dying of HIV Aids. 40% of South Africans are dying of HIV Aids. Praise the Lord that many Zulu people are bringing Jesus into their hearts. COREY, age 11 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Please pray for me to be able to make friends where I live. Please pray for me to become a Christian. Please pray for me to be able to learn Thai so I can speak with the Thai kids where I live. RACHEL, age 9 (Pacific Rim)

There are many needs, spiritual, physical, financial, etc., in our community. Please pray for God’s solution and God’s timing for each need.

Anna Lee

Tuesday

“Be anxious for nothing,

but in everything by prayer and supplication,

with thanksgiving,

let your requests be made known to God.”

~Philippians 4:6~

There are several people undergoing tests again this week. Please keep these people in your prayers.

Mrs. Mildred Brooks Easley
(August 6, 1921 – June 16, 2008)

Mrs. Mildred Brooks Easley, died on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 11:58PM at her residence in Amite. She was 86, and a native of Chesbrough. She is preceded in death by Husband, Fleet J. Easley, former Mayor of Amite, and a Daughter, Evelyn K. Easley. Mrs. Mildred was also a former Mayor of Amite filling an unexpired term of her husband. Visitation will be at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, Wednesday, June 18, 2008 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM and Thursday, June 19, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services at 10:30AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment in the Amite Mulberry Cemetery.

Other information will be added later Tuesday.

Baptist Press

June 16, 2008

TENNESSEE–Polls: Evangelicals, Southern Baptists back McCain. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28292

IOWA–Iowa residents cope with disaster. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28293

GEORGIA–NAMB: Floods trigger multi-state relief effort. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28294

INDIANA–Crossover’08 reaches Hispanic communities. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28295

INDIANA–‘No one is exempt,’ Rankin tells Hispanics. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28296

INDIANA–NAMB president addresses Hispanic celebration. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28297

INDIANA–Calif. Hispanic couple models Gospel urgency. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28298

INDIANA–Black Servants report growth. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28299

INDIANA–Church needs Jewish believers, Messianics told. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28300

INDIANA–Baptist associations’ key roles underscored across the street. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28301

INDIANA–Don’t presume on God’s grace, Redmond says. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28302

ALABAMA–Alma Hunt, longtime WMU leader, dies. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28304

KENTUCKY–FIRST-PERSON (Charles E. Lawless Jr.): Evangelism & goal-setting. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28303

KneEmail
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor


THE STORY IS told of a prosperous, young investment banker who was driving his new BMW on a mountain road during a snow storm…

As he made his way around one particularly sharp curve, he lost control of his car and began sliding off the road toward a steep precipice. At the last possible moment, he leaped from his car, which then tumbled end-over-end to the bottom of the ravine. Though he had narrowly escaped with his life, the man suffered a dreadful injury. It seems his right arm had been caught near the hinge of the door as he jumped and had been yanked off at the shoulder.

A trucker witnessed the accident in his rearview mirror. He quickly brought his rig to a stop and ran over to see if he could help. He found the man standing at the edge of road, looking down at his mangled automobile in the ravine below. “My BMW! My new BMW!” the banker cried, oblivious to his awful wound. The trucker pointed at the banker’s shoulder and said, “Mister, you’ve got bigger problems than that car. We’ve got to find your arm so that the surgeons can sew it back on!” The banker looked where his arm had been and then groaned aloud, “Oh no! My Rolex! My new Rolex!”

While the story is fictitious, it serves to illustrate a sobering truth. Materialism deludes to such an extent that the physical appears to be of greater duration and value than the spiritual. This explains why so many are willing to swap their souls for that which the world has to offer (Matt.
16:26).

Paul warned that, “…those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare (trap)…” (1 Timothy 6:9). The Greek word for snare, pagis reveals the deceptive nature of materialism: “It refers to the way wild animals are caught. A hole is dug in the earth and filled with sharp stakes. Then it is covered with grass. Unawares, the helpless victim plunges in the hidden hole and is transfixed on the stakes. /1

The Psalmist wrote, “They served their idols, which became a snare to them” (Psalm 106:36). Materialism deceives! “And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). (Mike Benson)

1/ Mac Layton, “The Burden of Prosperity,” This Grace Also, pp. 136-137.

“And the cares of this world,

the deceitfulness of riches,

and the desires for other things entering in choke the word,

and it becomes unfruitful.”

~Mark 4:19~


Make today a good day no matter what happens to make it a bad day!

Anna Lee

Saturday

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,

where moth and rust doth corrupt,

and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,

where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,

and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is,

there will your heart be also.”

~Matthew 6:19-21, KJV~

 

 


The V.B.S. Family Night Program was wonderful. You could fee the excitement of the week of VBS. Parents and grandparents of the children were in abundance. I’m already looking forward to my next VBS! I’m sorry for those of you who do not get to participate in VBS. You’re missing out!

Thank God for the showers that were so needed. If you haven’t received one, maybe this will be the afternoon you get your turn.

I started reading the Baptist Press articles from the bottom of the list. Your heart will be blessed if you take the time to do the same.

Baptist Press
June 13, 2008

INDIANA–WRAP-UP: Messengers elect Johnny Hunt president, launch evangelism initiative. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28274

IOWA–Iowa facing ‘historic hydrological event.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28275

INDIANA–Weather affects registration total. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28276

INDIANA–Loving a leader is ministers’ wives’ topic. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28277

INDIANA–Cullen receives ministers’ wives’ award. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28278

INDIANA–Pastors’ wives hear from Donna Gaines. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28279

INDIANA–Top chaplain: Prayer keeps us on God’s agenda. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28280

INDIANA–Seminary luncheons draw alumni, guests. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28281

TEXAS–At 104, he aims ‘to be a blessing.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28282

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON (Tim Ellsworth): Hug your kids a little longer. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28283

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): Dream again, Daddy. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28284

INDIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Tony Kummer): It’s just a walk across the street. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28285

Ruby O. Hayden
(June 24, 1916 – June 12, 2008)

In loving memory of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Ruby O. Hayden. She died on her wedding anniversary on June 12, 2008. She was born to Walter and Edith Ford almost 92 years ago on June 24, 1916. She is survived by her daughter, Bettie Ziebarth, her 2 grandsons, Wesley and Dale Ziebarth, and her granddaughter, Tona Phillips. She is also survived by 4 great-grandson, Brandon, Van, and Kevin Ziebarth and Jacob Phillips, 2 granddaughters, Brianna Ziebarth and Sara Phillips, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed but not forgotten. Rest in Peace Grandmaw. We love you. Visitation at Oak Grove Church of Christ, Independence, from 9 a.m. on Saturday until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Bro. Dale Ziebarth and Brandon Ziebarth. Interment Loranger Cemetery, Loranger, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.

WATER AND DESPAIR FLOOD COLUMBUS, INDIANA
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains has deployed to Columbus, Indiana, approximately 40 miles south of Indianapolis. According to media updates, the floods have brought casualties, the hospital has been evacuated, millions of dollars of damage are estimated, and there are reports of looting arrests as residents attempt to dig out in the aftermath of the tragedy. It appears that most of the victims do not have flood insurance for their homes.

“We want to be a light in this community that was plunged into darkness and despair as the Haw Creek overflowed last week,” says Jack Munday, director of the Rapid Response Team. “In many cases people’s lives are shattered right now. Their homes are badly damaged or destroyed, along with the memories the home represents. Their feeling of safety and security is gone. They are badly in need of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation.”

Please pray:

* for those who lost their homes
* for the patients and employees of the hospital that was evacuated
* that many will come to know Christ in the midst of sorrow

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze

Isaiah 43:2

Thank you for your prayers and support. We also greatly value your financial support.

*Online – https://www.billygraham.org/donate.asp?d=40

*Check or money order – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,

1Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201

A PEOPLE OF OUR WORD

A duck walked into a feed store and asked the owner, “Do you have any duck food?”

The proprietor replied, “No, we don’t have any duck food.”

The next day the duck walked into the same feed store and asked the owner, “Do you have any duck food?”

The feed store owner was an ill-mannered, impatient man. He yelled at the duck, “I told you yesterday! We don’t have any duck food. Now get out of here and don’t come back or I’ll nail your webbed feet to the floor!”

Again, on the next day, the duck walked into the same feed store. This time he asked the store owner, “Do you have any nails?”

“Nope. We don’t have nails.”

“Then do you have any duck food?”

I suppose we’ve all made threats from time to time that we never intended to carry out. There have been many times I’ve heard a parent say to his or her child, “You better do this before I count to three or else!” only to count to three and, not seeing any response from the child, say, “This time I mean it — “You better do this before I count to three or else!” Our children catch on very quickly as to whether or not we intend to carry through on the promises and threats we make to them.

Sometimes things happen that keep us from following through on a commitment. But that should be the rare exception, not the rule. The apostle Paul wanted to make sure that the Corinthians knew the difference. He had told them that he intended to visit them twice, but he was only going to be able to see them once. Some of his critics used this as an opportunity to accuse Paul of being fickle and untrustworthy. Here’s Paul’s response:

“I had originally planned two great visits with you – coming by on my way to Macedonia province, and then again on my return trip….That was the plan. Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my mouth – a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I try to be as true to my word as God is to his…” (2 Cor. 1:15-18, The Message)

What a powerful statement to make — “I try to be as true to my word as God is to his.” Can we say the same? As Christians, we need to be known as a people of our word. We shouldn’t have to play word games like, “Well, if I say it like this, then I mean what I say, otherwise I don’t.” We need to develop a reputation for being a people of our word.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Thanks for being there to pray each day. Please feel free to share praises, requests, and updates so we can all pray.

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“Lord, I have called daily upon You;

I have stretched out my hands to You.”

~Psalm 88:9b~

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

“[I pray] that the eyes of your heart

may be enlightened so you may know

what is the hope of His calling,”

~Ephesians 1:18a, HCSB~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for our field personnel that they will stay focused on their high calling.

Recently, I had the glorious and exhausting experience of cooking a three-course international meal from scratch. As I prepared, God reminded me of life on the field. On the one hand, I did have to be extra creative to find the right ingredients or substitutes that would not spoil the overall effect. On the field, the unusual foods were right there in the market. However, that other hand kept smacking me in the face.

Here, I drove from store to store locating chickpeas that can be eaten like nuts and the variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that made the table pop with color. On the field, I walked to the market, went to several different vendors, and slowly carried the heavy bags home. The fresh foods were cleaned in bleach water. Here, I bought meat wrapped in cling wrap and felt confident the meat was fresh. On the field, I looked for the hoof of a cow or a sheep to identify the slab sitting out under the hot sun. The meat was hacked off with an axe, and I lugged it home to clean out the bone shards and trim the fat. Here, it got pretty hot in the kitchen as I prepared soup, baked bread, seared the meat; but all I had to do was lower the thermostat to make things comfortable. On the field during the one hundred degree days, there was no air conditioning and frequently no electricity to run a fan.

God reminded me of the challenges, but He also kept placing the faces of national friends on my heart. They struggled daily with financial and physical strain but were only beginning to understand their spiritual weakness. These friends had heard the name of Jesus; but before field personnel came to their city, they had not heard the Truth.

* Please pray for the lost that their hearts would be open to hearing God’s Word.

* Ask God to bring a cooling breeze into the lives of those living in harsh summer conditions.

* Intercede for missionaries that their focus will remain on Jesus rather than circumstance.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (prahg). Members of the Prague Mega-City Team will join others from the Central Europe Field (CEF) this month for their annual general meeting. This will be a time of worship and fellowship together and opportunities to become better equipped for future ministries. As these IMB representatives meet, pray that their hearts will be ready to hear a word from the Lord, that they will be encouraged, and that they will have wisdom as they make strategic plans for starting churches. Pray for the volunteers from the United States as they prepare to minister. Pray also for the volunteers who will care for the children of the representatives. Pray for safety for IMB representatives and volunteers as they travel to and from this meeting. Pray that they will return to their areas of ministry refreshed and renewed, and ready to face the tasks God has given them. http://www.pragueteam.org/

Please be in prayer for the US volunteers flying to Hungary to minister to our children and us at our annual meeting. We just received the prayer request below for one volunteer’s son. Please pray for the Zinke family and the son as he recovers from a motorcycle accident. Thank you!

Melinda

Regina Zinke who was coming to work with the 7-9 year olds (Miles Haltchel’s class) is not able to come as her son was in a serious motorcycle accident yesterday. He has been unable to move his legs and that is all we know at this time. Please be praying for his complete recovery.

KENYA. “A miracle unlike anything I have ever known” is the way that one woman displaced by the recent post-election chaos in Kenya describes her return home last month. This woman, who has been attending a church in Nairobi during her time of being displaced, shared this testimony one week with the church that has offered her a temporary home: Trusting God that it was safe, she travelled last month to check on her Rift Valley farm for the first time since fleeing for her life in January. As she approached her house, a member of the ethnic group that had caused her to flee ran to meet her. Asking for her forgiveness, he said he had taken her donkeys, mattresses and chickens. With a repentant heart, he asked to return all her things at once. Accepting his apology, the woman shared that she had only come to see if she could return, which she now knew she could do! The man agreed to continue caring for her things until she returned home permanently. In this beautiful part of Kenya, where one can see for miles on a clear day or night, pray that this Christian woman will truly “shine like stars in the universe” as she holds “out the word of life” (Philippians 2:16) when she returns home to live among those who caused her to flee. http://omba4kenya.blogspot.com/

Big 10 from teamromany June 2008

1. Please pray for Lisa Kail and her team from Gibson County, Tennessee who will be leading a camp from Romany youth in Romania June 29-July 5. Pray that the teens who will attend will be encouraged and challenged to grow in their faith. The campers will be sharing their faith in communities near the camp. Please pray that those who hear the gospel will respond in faith.

2. Please pray for our team as we make final preparations for FARM 2008. Pray that the summer missionaries will be blessed and will be a blessing to others in the areas where they will serve.

3. International World Changers volunteer teams will serve with teamromany in both Romania and Czech Republic this summer. We will have nearly 300 students serving alongside us. Pray for us and for the leaders in the US as we make final preparations for these events.

4. Please pray for the Banks family as they move to Braila and begin serving with teamromany. Thank God with us that He provided a nice apartment for them. Pray for the Hills as they help the Banks in this time of transition.

5. The enemy is working hard to destroy, discourage and divide some of our national partners. Please pray that God would reconcile, rebuild, and restore.

6. Please pray for Katie Steele, a student summer missionary from Missouri who will serve in the Czech Republic. Pray that she will develop meaningful relationships with Romany girls that will allow her to share her faith.

7. Pray for the Silby family as they continue orientation in Virginia in preparation for joining us in the Czech Republic. Pray for them as they say good-bye to extended family and friends in the US.

8. Pray that we will be able to find a suitable apartment for the Silby family. Rental property in Brno is scarce.

9. Please be in prayer for American students who will attend Lifeway’s Centrifuge camps this summer. Their missions’ emphasis will be on the Roma. Pray that those who attend will learn more about the Roma, be encouraged to pray more for the Roma, and will give generously to the missions offering.

10. Please pray for Daniel as he returns to Romania. Thank God for the opportunities he has had to share about God’s work among the Roma while in the US. Pray for Daniel’s strength and energy as he will be hosting 3 volunteer teams in the first three weeks he is back on the field.

Blessings,
Jennie

‘Give It Away,’Gaither tells Baptists
By Erin Roach

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–Bill Gaither of gospel music’s Gaither Vocal Band told Southern Baptists the answer to the nation’s economic pressures is not a political solution but a spiritual solution based on God’s people learning to “give it away.”

“I think it starts with us, and I think when the church of Jesus Christ gets organized, we’ve got the resources to do it, and we can do it when we put our heads together,” Gaither told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Indianapolis June 10.

As part of the Executive Committee’s morning report, the Gaither Vocal Band emphasized stewardship by singing their hit song “Give It Away,” and then Gaither spoke briefly about the importance of giving.

He said he and his wife Gloria still live in the same house about 50 miles north of Indianapolis where they lived as schoolteachers during the first decade of their 45-year marriage.

“We’ve tried to model for our three kids and now they’re trying to model the same thing for their kids the joy of giving, and I’m convinced that when we find the joy of giving we will find the joy of living. It’s built into the universe,” Gaither said.

“My granddad told me this years ago and my dad told me the same thing, ‘Bill, you’ve got to make up your mind. There are two kinds of folks in the world, takers and givers,'” he added.

The lyrics to the song Give It Away include: “If you want less lonely and a lot more fun and deep satisfaction when the day is done, throw your heart wide open and give it away. If you want more happy than your heart can hold, if you want to stand taller, if the truth were told, take whatever you have and give it away.”

In remarks to Baptist Press backstage, Gaither, a member of the Church of God, said he has “felt right at home” with Southern Baptists since the beginning of his singing career and didn’t mind emphasizing stewardship during his time at this year’s convention.

“You don’t follow Jesus very long until you get into the area of giving. It’s all about giving. In fact, He says, ‘Come follow Me and die,'” Gaither said. “By the time we’re done, we’ve given it all away. We’ve spent everything we’ve got. We’ve spent every bit of energy we’ve got, we’ve spent every bit of resources we’ve got, we’ve spent every bit of health we’ve got.

“It’s over, and we go home to be with Him,” Gaither said. “That’s the basis of it. That sounds rather tough, but in the long run it’s the only way to joy and real happiness and total fulfillment.”

Gaither said he is grieved by what he called the tragic pursuit of happiness at all costs that is so evident in today’s culture. Jesus, he noted, said anyone who wants to save his life must lose it.

“That is total giving,” Gaither said. “I think somehow we’ve got to start teaching our young kids at a very, very early age the importance of giving. We’re not going to live until we learn how to give.”

A model for giving was set by his father and grandfather as he was growing up, Gaither told BP.

“I never saw two people who lived for others like they lived for others,” he said.

Gaither remembers witnessing his grandfather signing his name to the church mortgage note, taking responsibility to keep the doors of the church open, he said.

“But it didn’t stop at the church. It went home with little deeds of kindness in the community,” Gaither said. “When my dad passed away at 91, the community people said, ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do now without George here removing our snow during winter.'”

Onstage, Gaither told Southern Baptists he often advises young musicians to examine their lifestyles and make sure they don’t buy cars or houses they can’t afford.

“Save something to give away. A tenth is just the beginning, and after that there’s so much joy in learning how to give,” he said.

At Gaither Vocal Band concerts, Gaither said they’ve been giving away $1,000 each night to five different people, and they ask those people to take the money back to their communities and give it away.

“Giving is the Christian theology lived out at its fullest,” Gaither told BP.

The SBC Executive Committee’s stewardship division has emphasized in recent years “It’s a New Day,” a financial freedom initiative intended to help church members get out of debt and learn to manage their finances according to the counsel of God’s Word.

Erin Roach is a staff writer for Baptist Press. For more information, visit www.sbc.net/newday.

If you are interested in reading about the SBC annual meeting, click on “Baptist Press” at the right.

Pray for day 3 of VBS. All seems to be going well. I’m having fun in the missions classes.

Anna Lee

Thursday

Surely your goodness and unfailing love

will pursue me all the days of my life,

and I will live in the house of the Lord

forever.

~Psalm 23:6 (NLT)~

Pray for the family of Justin Mixon. Justin was killed in Iraq at the end of last week. His father is pastor of Friendship Baptist Church.

Please keep the following people on your prayer list:

  • Chuck Pittman
  • Blanch Wheat
  • Richard Dunn
  • Randy Fairburn
  • Aubrey Perry
  • Joann Carter
  • Linda Longoria
  • Darren Fairburn
  • Charley Kuss
  • Nat McKinney
  • Jimmie Shaw

Baptist Press

June 4, 2008

MINNESOTA–McCain & Obama: Where they stand on the issues. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28183

CALIFORNIA–Calif. court won’t delay ‘gay marriage’ ruling. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28184

IOWA–Relief workers still on call in Iowa. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28185

TENNESSEE–Poll: Americans split on if homosexuality is sin. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28186

NEW YORK–‘Fox on Faith’ podcast available. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28187

TENNESSEE–SBC seminaries send forth their graduates. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28188

LOUISIANA–Ph.D. couple sustained by God’s call. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28189

GEORGIA–EDUCATION BRIEFS: NOBTS opens 3rd prison program; … http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28190

TENNESSEE–Dockery calls for consensus, renewal. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28191

NORTH CAROLINA–Bob Carey to lead photographers’ assoc. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28192

KANSAS–FIRST-PERSON (Phil Boatwright): Kirk Cameron is ‘Still Growing.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28193

VBS

FBC, Kentwood

Outrigger Island

June 9-13

Call the church office to register. (229-8111)

Cookies and Kool-Aid can be donated.

T-Shirts are now available – $6.00 each

Family Night – Friday, June 13th at 7 P.M. Please being homemade cookies and brownies.

Harold D. “H” Henderson, Sr.
(August 15, 1931 – June 4, 2008)

Mr. Harold D. “H” Henderson, Sr. died Wednesday,June 4, 2008 at 12:40PM at Hood Memorial Hospital, Amite. He was 76, a native and resident of Amite. Visitation will be at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM, Friday, June 6, 2008 and Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services at 11:00AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services conducted by the Rev. Mike Foster. Interment will be in Amite Memorial Gardens. Survived by: Son, Harold D. Henderson, Jr. and wife, Laura Leigh-Amite. 2 Daughters, Kathy Walker Rispone and husband, Jerry-Amite; Bonnie Sue Walker-Tickfaw; Grandchildren, Melissa Blair Rispone Latino and husband, Benny-Hammond, Jerry Vincent “Jero” Rispone, Jr., Amite, Hollie Dean Henderson, Amite, Harold Daniel Henderson, III-Amite; Great Grandson, Benny Joseph Latino, IV-Hammond. Preceded in death by; Parents, William L. & Minnie C. Henderson, First Wife, Ruby Dean Henderson, Second Wife, Donis P. Henderson and a Brother, Leslie “Jr” Henderson. An on-line Guestbook is available at http://www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com. Funeral Home is located at I-55N and HWY 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.

THE POWER OF GOD

The story is told of a hospital’s Intensive Care ward where patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11 a.m., regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought that it had something to do with the supernatural. No one could solve the mystery… as to why the deaths occurred around 11 a.m. on Sundays.

So a world-wide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents. The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11 a.m., all doctors and nurses nervously wait outside the ward to see for themselves, what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits.

Just when the clock struck 11… Pookie Johnson, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so that he could use the vacuum cleaner.

The story isn’t true (despite what you may have heard to the contrary). But the principle is an important one — where there is no power, the results can be deadly.

I am reminded of what Jesus said to the Sadducees when they came to him asking a question about the resurrection. They asked the question — involving a convoluted situation with a man who married seven women who all died — because they hoped to demonstrate to Jesus that there could not possibly be a resurrection from the dead.

Jesus response was this: “”You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29).

Any time we deny (or limit) the power of God — denying what He can do if He wants to — we find ourselves on dangerous ground. The New Testament is filled with passages which emphasize God’s power. There is power in the gospel (Rom. 1:16), power in the message of the cross (I Cor. 1:18), and power in the resurrection of Christ (I Cor. 6:14).

If you’re noticing that others are spiritually dying around you (or maybe even that you yourself are dying), maybe it’s time to check the “power source.” Are you connected to the One through whom our power comes?

May you be filled with a knowledge of “the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,” (Eph. 1:19-20). Don’t underestimate (or unplug yourself from) the great power of our God!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Stay connected!

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,

for You will answer me.”

~Psalm 86:7~

 

 

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. “Return, O LORD! How long? And have compassion on Your servants” (Psalm 90:13, NKJV). Missionaries often pray this verse, perhaps without even realizing it. When a new missionary moves to a country and starts settling in, they might think the first task to accomplish is getting a phone. After several trips to the phone company and experiencing interminably long lines, the priority may change–and I’m sure the missionary has often prayed, “O Lord! How long?” The same missionary begins language training and learns word after word after word, and then proudly heads to the market to shop. How frustrating to have the sentences so well formed–”I would like one kilo of tomatoes please”–then not understand the clerk’s response! Again, the missionary prays, “O Lord! How long?” Suddenly one day, the missionary looks around to realize that the phone has been hooked up and the language flows pretty easily. God has answered prayer. But that Scripture passage is still needed. National friends and co-workers do not know Jesus. They may have heard the Word of God, but it is falling upon deaf ears. Many have never had a chance to hear, and the missionary longs for more opportunities, more hours in the day to share. “O Lord! How long?…Have compassion on Your servants….And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:13, 17b).

Baptist Press

(I only included three Baptist Press articles, but I suggest you read all three. Your heart will be touched.)

June 3, 2008

KENYA–As Kenya strife eases, refugee still suffer. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28177

CHINA–China quake assessment focuses on pure water. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28178

KENYA–FIRST-PERSON (Sue Sprenkle): A child’s scream in a Kenyan shack. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28182If you like sports or have an interest in Christian athletes, you may enjoy read about Tim Tebow.

http://www.bpsports.net/bpsports.asp?ID=5858

Mr. John W. Notariano, 47, died June 2, 2008 at the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, McComb, MS. Visitation will be at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Thursday, June 5, 2008 from 5:00PM until 9:00PM and from 8:00AM until Religious Services at 10:00AM, Friday, June 6, 2008 at the Funeral Home Chapel. Services conducted by Bro. Jason Skipper. Interment will be at the Wilmer Baptist Church Cemetery. He is survived by his Wife, Sherri Creel Notariano, Kentwood; Son, John Phillip Notariano & Wife, Mandy, Amite; 2 Daughters, Stacy Notariano Costa & Husband, Eric, Independence; Kylie Callihan Sharkey & Husband, Danny, Kentwood; 3 Grandchildren, Savanna Klair Notariano, Luca Andrew Costa, Klinton Rilee Sharkey; Special Nephew, Kole Graham; 2 Brothers, Charles “Pat” Notariano & Wife, Bobbie, Loranger; Anthony Notariano & Wife, Elaine, Ponchatoula; 3 Sisters, Gloria “Gay” Notariano Huber & Husband, Eddie, Hammond; Kathy Notariano Apperson & Husband, Mark, Robert; Rose Ann Notariano Zimbro & Husband, Marvin, Ponchatoula; Numerous Nieces & Nephews & Extended Family. Preceded in death by Parents: Anthony & Millie Pierson Notariano, and a Nephew. An on-line Guestbook is available at http://www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com. Funeral Home is located at I-55 and Hwy16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.

 

KneEmail

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


Day

HAVING A BAD day…?

This morning you woke up tired and grumpy, and things haven’t gone right from that moment. You took the dog out and he wouldn’t come back in, so you spent a lot of time coaxing him in the house. Either you didn’t have time for breakfast, or it burned. Traffic on the way to work was horrific. Now you’ve opened up your computer, and it’s giving you one of those messages that you can’t interpret but you know means you can’t do your work until you find out what’s wrong.

We all have days that go awry, ones where we’d like to be able to go back to bed, pull the covers over our heads, and sleep away twenty-four hours. It’s hard to recognize on tough days that this, too, is a day God made and one He made to benefit us. But unless the day is already gone, it’s not beyond repair. Turn around your less-than-impressive day by giving it back to God (Pamela McQuade).

“This is the day which the LORD has made,

we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

~Psm. 118:24~

Wednesday, hump day, may normally get you down. Don’t let that happen. God created Wednesdays for our benefit. Find the benefits!

Anna Lee

Wednesday

Because of the service

by which you have proved yourselves,

men will praise God for the obedience

that accompanies your confession

of the gospel of Christ,

and for your generosity in sharing with them

and with everyone else.

~2 Corinthians 9:13 (NIV)~

Vesta Louise Gill Walker
(January 20, 1941 – May 26, 2008)

Died at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 26, 2008 at her Residence in Baton Rouge. She was a native of Tangipahoa and a resident of Baton Rouge. Age 67 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Ray Varnado. Interment Mixon Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA. Survived by, her daughter and son in law, Angela and Bart Wilson, Baton Rouge, her brother, Alfred “Buddy” Gill, Kentwood, her grandson, Evan Michael Walker, preceded in death by her parents, Layton and Winnie Ricks Gill

Catherine Eugenia Vining Thompson
(November 17, 1916 – May 27, 2008)

Catherine Eugenia Vining Thompson passed away at 5:23 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. She was born on November 17, 1916, a native and resident of Amite. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Thursday conducted by Rev. Darrell Miller. Interment will be at Roberts Cemetery, Hwy 441, Amite. She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Miller and her husband, Carlton Miller of Walker and Cherie Moss and her husband, George Moss of Hot Springs, Ark.; one son, Roy Galen Thompson and his wife, Susan Thompson of Amite; a daughter-in-law, Linda Ann Thompson Watts and her husband, C. L. Watts of Livingston; four granddaughters, Karen Thompson Boatner, Dara Moss Mooney, Heather O’Connell and Dallas Moss Pomeroy; five grandsons, Donald Earl Thompson Jr., Roy Anthony Thompson, Dana Thomas Boyd, David Keith Thompson and Jeremiah Thompson; nine great granddaughters; four great grandsons; and numerous dearly loved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Earl Thompson; her parents, John and Annie Elizabeth Vining; a brother, Thomas Vining; three half sisters; four half brothers; a son, Donald Earl Thompson; and a granddaughter, Catherine Elise Boyd. During World War II, she worked as a welder in the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans. She retired from Hammond State School. She was a member of Hillsdale Baptist Church and the Eastern Star Organization. She was an avid sports fan, an excellent cook, and an enthusiastic traveler. One of her favorite quotes was, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12). She lived her life with that promise in mind. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hillsdale Baptist Church, Hwy 1045, Amite, La. 70422. The family would like to thank the Staff of Landmark Nursing Home, North Oaks Medical Center and Hospice of Hammond for their dedicated care.

Baptist Press

May 27, 2008

VIRGINIA–Baptists respond to world hunger crisis. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28127

KANSAS–Students focus on Christ alone at ‘Paradise.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28128

VIRGINIA–WRAP-UP: NAMB trustees review evangelism initiative. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28129

IOWA–Iowa Baptist unit to aid tornado victims. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28130

TENNESSEE–ELECTION 08: Obama’s extreme record on abortion could be issue. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28131

TENNESSEE–Union graduation marks God’s grace. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28132

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): ‘You visited me in prison.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28133

He Made Him

Billy Graham speaks about why

Jesus Christ went to the cross:

The Bible says that God gave His Son on the cross. And He made Him to be sin for us. You think of Jesus, now…He’d become sin. Not His sins, but yours and mine. And God had laid on Him the iniquity of us all, who His own self bear our sins on the cross. And the Bible says that if we are to ever get to heaven, and ever have the peace of God in our hearts, you’ll have to come to Him. Has that ever happened to you?

How do you answer Mr. Graham’s question? Have you ever come to Jesus Christ by faith? We’re the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. To begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, call us toll free at 866-JESUS-CARES.