“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.

IOWA–Iowa facing ‘historic hydrological event.’

INDIANA–Weather affects registration total.

INDIANA–Loving a leader is ministers’ wives’ topic.

INDIANA–Cullen receives ministers’ wives’ award.

INDIANA–Pastors’ wives hear from Donna Gaines.

INDIANA–Top chaplain: Prayer keeps us on God’s agenda.

INDIANA–Seminary luncheons draw alumni, guests.

TEXAS–At 104, he aims ‘to be a blessing.’

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON (Tim Ellsworth): Hug your kids a little longer.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): Dream again, Daddy.

INDIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Tony Kummer): It’s just a walk across the street.

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.

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 –

*Check or money order – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,

1Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201


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


“Lord, I have called daily upon You;

I have stretched out my hands to You.”

~Psalm 88:9b~

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.

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!


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.

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.


‘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

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


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


~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.

CALIFORNIA–Calif. court won’t delay ‘gay marriage’ ruling.

IOWA–Relief workers still on call in Iowa.

TENNESSEE–Poll: Americans split on if homosexuality is sin.

NEW YORK–‘Fox on Faith’ podcast available.

TENNESSEE–SBC seminaries send forth their graduates.

LOUISIANA–Ph.D. couple sustained by God’s call.

GEORGIA–EDUCATION BRIEFS: NOBTS opens 3rd prison program; …

TENNESSEE–Dockery calls for consensus, renewal.

NORTH CAROLINA–Bob Carey to lead photographers’ assoc.

KANSAS–FIRST-PERSON (Phil Boatwright): Kirk Cameron is ‘Still Growing.’


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 Funeral Home is located at I-55N and HWY 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.


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


“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.

CHINA–China quake assessment focuses on pure water.

KENYA–FIRST-PERSON (Sue Sprenkle): A child’s scream in a Kenyan shack. you like sports or have an interest in Christian athletes, you may enjoy read about Tim Tebow.

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 Funeral Home is located at I-55 and Hwy16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.



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



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


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.

KANSAS–Students focus on Christ alone at ‘Paradise.’

VIRGINIA–WRAP-UP: NAMB trustees review evangelism initiative.

IOWA–Iowa Baptist unit to aid tornado victims.

TENNESSEE–ELECTION 08: Obama’s extreme record on abortion could be issue.

TENNESSEE–Union graduation marks God’s grace.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): ‘You visited me in prison.’

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.


“Go into all the world

and preach the Good News to everyone.”

~Mark 16:15 (NLT)~


Billy Ray Johnson

(July 17, 1930 – May 22, 2008)

The angels came and carried Billy Ray Johnson from the Hammond Nursing Home. A Loving wonderful husband and soulmate to Ruby Johnson for more than 35 years. A doting father to Tommy Ray Johnson, Greensburg, LA., Larry and Sybil Brenner, Laplace, LA., Granddaughter and Husband Rebecca Brenner Hicks & Ralph Lee Hicks Jr. of Abita Springs, Grandsons Lawrence Brenner Jr. and Wayne Daigrepont, Kenner. Sister and brother in Law, Mary Lou and Joe Cutrer, Greensburg along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was a retired truck driver and US Air Force veteran, who loved horses and old western movies. Preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Edith Carter Johnson. Services conducted by Rev. Elester Raines and Rev. Nita Jenkins @ McKneely Funeral Home at Amite, LA. On May 26, 2008 from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM, in funeral chapel. Burial at Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. To follow the chapel services. Family and friends invited for the services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to family at PO Box 7, Amite, LA. 70422. He was a member of College Town Baptist Church, Hammond, LA.

Baptist Press
May 23, 2008

MEXICO–Mexico City barrios tug at their hearts.

MEXICO–Kindling hope among Mexico City’s homeless.

MEXICO–Unshackling Mexico City to meet Jesus.

FLORIDA–At 48, he’s a new Navy chaplain.

THAILAND–Training manual to bolster Myanmar relief.

ETHIOPIA–Wildfire heightens Ethiopia hunger crisis.

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Remembering America’s fallen.


I’ve heard two stories lately with a common theme:

Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick tells a story from his own childhood days. His father had said to his mother, upon leaving the house one Saturday in the morning hours: “Tell Harry that he can cut the grass today, if he feels like it.” Then, halfway down the walk, his father turned once more to add: “And tell Harry that he had better feel like it.”

A similar story:

A new elementary school was raising the American flag for the first time. To make the day special, they had invited a Marine Corps color guard to come out and perform the duty for them. The day before the ceremony, the Marine in charge of the unit called to confirm directions to the school. After doing so, he was asked by the school secretary whether he was sending Marines who like children. There was a brief pause on the other end of the line before the man replied, “Ma’am, if I tell them to like children, they will like children.”

Both of those stories emphasize the point that there is a big difference between doing something and wanting (or liking) to do it. And, as much as a father or a Marine sergeant may command someone to enjoy what they’re doing, it’s just not that simple!

I wish that it was! I can make Christians attend worship, but what I really desire is for them to WANT to attend worship. I can make Christians give more, but what I really desire to for them to WANT to give more. I can make Christians serve in a variety of capacities, but what I really desire is for them to WANT to serve more. It’s so much harder to change what people want to do than it is to change what they do.

But it’s not just hard to change it in others — it’s hard to make that change in my own life as well. I often find myself thinking that I need to pray more, study more, visit more, when what I’d really, really like to find such joy in those things that I WANT to do them more.

When you peel away the outer layers of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and get to the core of what Jesus is saying, this is the principle you find. Jesus doesn’t just want followers who don’t murder; he wants his followers to WANT to live in love. He doesn’t just want followers who don’t commit adultery; he wants his followers to WANT to be people of commitment and integrity. He doesn’t want followers who merely DO the right thing; he wants followers who WANT to do the right thing. He doesn’t just want the actions; he wants the heart.

“Now the purpose of the comamndment

is love from a pure heart,

from a good conscience,

and from sincere faith.”

~I Timothy 1:5~

I continue to struggle with how to change people’s hearts. I continue to struggle with how to change my own heart. May we seek to submit ourselves to the only One who can shape and mold us into what we were made to be.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Show your love for people by helping with On Mission in Kentwood this morning.

Anna Lee


“Blessed be God,

who has not turned away my prayer,

nor His mercy from me!”

~Psalm 66:20~

Jan Yarborough called to ask us to pray for her sister and brother-in-law. Jan’s sister, Jackie McDaniel, is going to New Orleans today to have her pacemaker checked. Depending on what the doctors find out today, Jackie may have to have surgery. Jackie’s husband, Don McDaniel, is in Summit Hospital in Baton Rouge. He will be having by-pass surgery Monday to correct several blockages. Please be i prayer for this couple and their extended family as they deal with two patients in two cities. Your prayers will be appreciated.

Friday, May 23, 2008

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits,

who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases.”

~Psalm 103:2-3, ESV~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, interceding with you for people with AIDS.

As the thin, gaunt man lay on the mat on the floor, he could barely speak. The room he lay in was small and stifling hot. His right arm was drawn up toward his chest. A caregiver had cleaned him up and was now doing exercises to prevent his arm from staying in that position. No family members were around, and he apparently had no one left. This is the scene in many rural villages in South Africa. People are dying at an alarming rate from AIDS. Pray for the Spirit of God to move evangelical churches to care for and witness to those infected and dying from AIDS. Only Jesus can change a culture.

A 16-year-old boy in Swaziland is caring for his brothers and sisters because both parents died of AIDS. Neighbors try to help as much as they can, but so many are caring for extended family members as well. Pray that the many orphans in Swaziland will have someone to care for them.

In Malawi, K has fallen in love with the youth, and God has made provision for her to teach here for six weeks: English, AIDS education and “True Love Waits” (an abstinence program). She will shine the light of Christ into the lives of dozens of girls, teaching them that they, too, can have the strength and courage to live a life of purity. K can offer hope for forgiveness for those who desire a real heart change.

*Please pray for K and others like her as they encounter young people ready to hear the message of Jesus’ life of purity.

*Intercede for people, asking that they will take responsibility for protecting friends and family members.

*Plead with the Lord for healing from spiritual depravity that leads to this terrible disease.

Baptist Press

May 22, 2008

WASHINGTON–British Parliament backs human-animal hybrids.

VIRGINIA–Church planters among 119 commissioned.

VIRGINIA–Jeffery Ginn selected as SBCV’s exec.

TENNESSEE–Wiley Drake to be SBC president nominee.

FLORIDA–Fla. Baptists to pray for rain June 1.

TENNESSEE–Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter killed by car.

VIRGINIA–WORLDVIEW (Erich Bridges): Hope in the rubble.

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

UNDOUBTEDLY, ONE COULD find more contrasts than comparisons between Christ’s birth and death…

Yet, a study of both reveals some interesting parallels. Both changed the world and have altered the impact of eternity. Consider the following:

1) At both, He was rejected of men (Luke 2:7; Mark 15:15).

2) At both, He was cast “outside” (Luke 2:7; Hebrews 13:12).

3) At both, Mary was there (Luke 2:7; John 19:26).

4) At both, myrrh was present for use upon Him (Matt. 2:11; John 19:39).

5) At both, there was darkness (Matthew 2:10,14; Matt. 27:45).

6) At both, His body was wrapped in clothing (Luke 2:7,12; Mark 15:46).

7) At both, a Herod becomes curiously involved (Matt. 2:7ff; Luke 23:7ff).

8) At both, there was worship-though the first was genuine and the second mocking (Matt. 2:11 and Luke 2:13-14; Mark 15:19).

9) At both, wise men recognized His deity (Matthew 2:1ff; Mark 15:39 and Luke 23:41)

10) At both, Jew and Gentile were there.

11) At both, He was hailed as King-though one was in earnest and the other in jest (Matt. 2:2; Mark 15:26,32).

12) At both, an “honorable” man named Joseph was present (Matt. 1:19 + Luke 2:16; Mark 15:43).

13) At both we find the chief priests and scribes involved (Matt. 2:4-6; 27:1ff). (Neal Pollard)


“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,

and we beheld His glory,

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,

full of grace and truth.”

~John 1:14~

Thanks for praying. Your prayers mean so much to so many.

Anna Lee