“But know that the Lord has set apart

for Himself him who is godly;

the Lord will hear when I call to Him.”

~Psalm 4:3~

Aaron Hill

Posting for Aaron


Thank you, Natalie, for reminding me of this verse.

‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.’ Matt. 6:26-27.

God is still feeding Aaron this evening. He has had a very quiet day, resting and draining fluid. The doctors haven’t decided on starting to feed him yet, but hopefully they will start some form of nutrition after night rounds. They had to cut the nitric up again on his breathing assistance, but it seems to make him more comfortable and for that we are glad. His heart rate and breathing is less labored and we are thankful for that as well.

We still struggle with patience. However, we are grateful and thankful for Aaron’s stability today and his small progress. Thinking about patience and Job today, I read a devotional on thankfulness. The text was Job 42:10- ‘And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” I am so thankful for everyone’s continued prayers for Aaron and hope that God will bless each of you twofold for praying for us-as friends

(NOTE: One of the families mentioned today may be familiar to many of you.)

Baptist Press

March 26, 2008

WASHINGTON–‘Living together’ a statistical risk, experts say.

TENNESSEE–Churches help ease pain of flood victims.

CZECH REPUBLIC–Kids help mom & dad evangelize Gypsies.

NORTH CAROLINA–Gypsy outreach gets First Baptist boost.

NEW ORLEANS–Prof lends expertise to martyrs documentary.

KENTUCKY–Page warns against weak prayer lives.

DALLAS–FIRST-PERSON (Tamara Quintana): About those prescription meds …

Deacon Hospital Visitation

  • Jimmy Williams
  • James Rimes

Nursery Volunteers for Sunday, March 30th

  • Bobby Raborn
  • Wanda Miller
  • Susan Rimes
  • Paul Scott Schwartz

Church Council Meeting

  • Sunday, March 30 @ 4 P.M.
  • Room across from the Heritage Room

Birthday Celebration for Mrs. Mickey Cade’s 75th Birthday

  • Saturday, March 29th
  • 2 – 4 P.M.
  • Fellowship Hall
  • Your presence is your gift.

Migrant Health Kits

  • Soap, Washcloth, Shampoo, Comb, Deoderant, Toothpaste, Toothbrush
  • Place items in a gallon size Zip-loc bag.
  • The church will supply a Bible
  • Deadline: Wednewday, April 2

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

  • Our goal: $13,000.00
  • Received so far: $6,218.75

Boxes of Offering Envelopes

  • Available on the table underneah the soundroom stairs


  • Sunday during AWANA time
  • Each child is to bring 6 candy-filled plastic eggs

Associational Missions Fair

  • April 19th – FBC in Amite
  • April 20th – Individual churches


“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…”

(Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor

LIGHT AND DARKNESS are common Biblical themes throughout Scripture…

They express vividly the chasm between Christ and Satan. We would all do well to mine its depths in our own personal study.

We understand clearly physical darkness and light. Sighted people witness it daily. Darkness, dawn, daylight and dusk frame our lives. They hide or irradiate our existence. The lessons from them are bountiful.

Someone steps out of physical darkness into light. The contrast is clear in our minds. We are in one or the other. When mixed in between, we characterize it as being shaded in darkness or some such phrase. However, we do not say they are standing clearly in the light. Sometimes, we ponder what they are hiding. We sense danger when someone is remaining partially shadowed in darkness.

Criminals, like some vicious animals, use darkness as a cloak to hide their predatory behavior. Rebels who seek a break from proper society often employ an air of darkness and mystery.

Darkness obscures truth and clarity, replacing them with confusion and deception. Shady deals are those that employ the latter to steal money from their victims.

God brought physical light into the world through Christ (Genesis 1:1-4; John 1:1-3). “God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4, NKJV). The creation of light was an astounding moment that still reverberates.

God brought spiritual light to the world through Christ (John 1:1-5). “Jesus spoke again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life'” (John 8:12). Humanity will never be the same.

Christ throws open the shutters on the clandestine methods of Satan and his dark kingdom. Satan is the father of lies, an adversary that seeks to devour and deceive all of us (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9). He remains shrouded in darkness leading people to think he is a fairy tale while empowering them to do his will. His deception leads billions astray (Matthew 7:13-14; Psalm 82:5; Proverbs 4:19).

Christ offers life through the light (John 1:4). The path to heaven opens up before us. “Your word is a lamp to my feet [a]nd a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). We learn of Christ through Scripture and it becomes the path to salvation (John 12:48; Romans 10:17).

James Stewart writes, “Christ is the redeemed man’s new environment. [The Christian] has been lifted out of the cramping restrictions of his earthly lot into a different sphere; the sphere of Christ…His spirit is breathing a nobler element. He is moving on a loftier plane.”

Salvation is only in Christ (John 14:6; Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 9:11-15). “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). Grace through faith and the sprinkled blood of Christ saves us from Satan’s clutches (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:6-11).

Christians must be actively faithful and obedient to God’s Word (Ephesians 2:10; John 14:15). “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). We are to walk worthy of Christ every day as we show his light to the world (Ephesians 4:1; Matthew 5:14-16).

We cannot try to stand in darkness and in light simultaneously. It will only be shady and deceptive. Christ demands that we follow him exclusively.

Darkness brings death while light brings salvation. Which path

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).


Jesse Dean

Jesse had a much better day yesterday. Thank-you for your continued prayers for him.

Joan Hagan
Joan’s surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 30th. Please keep Joan in your prayers.

Dustin Clark

please pray for my son, dustin clark. (frann clark’s grandson) he has a doctor’s appt regarding his colon.
thanks keith clark

Aaron Hill

Please pray for Faith & Scott. They are so tired. Pray for healing for Aaron & the right path for the doctors to take.
Frann Smith Clark

We have had a disappointing day so far. Aaron was given morphine throughout the night last night to calm him, as his crankiness was causing his heart rate to rise. This morning, they started giving him phenabarbitol to help with anxiety and to sedate him as well. His feeds still have not been increased. A chest x-ray showed some fluid in one side of his chest. Because of this and because of the elevated heart rate/pressure in his heart, they are doing another echo in a little while to check on things. Although his bloodwork and overall blood pressure seem okay, they have indicated they might need to do another heart catheterization to take a closer look at things since he isn’t getting better. Because of these issues, they won’t be taking out any of his pacemaker lines or heart medication lines today.
We are worried and sad. We know we can’t help the doctors sort these things out and trust that God will show us and the doctors the next step to help Aaron. We wish that God would just work His healing b/c we know He can and doesn’t need help from any doctors, drugs, etc. But that might not be His plan. When you pray for miraculous healing for Aaron, please pray for his peace and our patience.
Thank you so much…Faith

Just received a notice of a posting. Faith sounds so tired. Aaron was born Feb. 18 & it has been such a tiring time for all of them.
Some of you have asked my connection. Aaron’s grandfather is my 1st cousin. My mother (Myrtle Smith) & Aaron’s great grandfather were sister & brother.
Frann Smith Clark

“Today was a day filled with a lot of waiting. Not that every day isn’t that way to some extent, but today was especially difficult. We got kicked out after hearing Aaron would have an echo this morning so the physicians could do rounds. Then two post-operative babies came into Aaron’s room, so we had to stay out until 5. Aaron finally had his echo, which showed both positive and negative findings.
First, Aaron’s heart repair still looks good. His heart seems to be functioning fine. However, there is a moderate amount of fluid around his heart. This fluid is likely the reason for the breathing difficulty, his elevated heart rate and the increased pressure in his right atrium. Tonight, the doctors decided to stop giving him diuretics to see how he does overnight/if the fluid builds up again or if he can shed it. If he does not, they may have to go in and draw off the fluid from around his heart. If they do this, they will likely have to put him under anesthesia again/ventilate him again. For this reason, they have totally stopped feeding him-even the miniscule amount he was getting.

I know they are being conservative b/c he can’t have food on his belly if they have to intubate him, but it is so hard to see my child hungry and not be able to feed him. He has been hungry for over 2 days now and I want to give him what he needs instead of seeing them deal with his hunger by putting narcotics into his body to dull the hunger pangs.

God has been good. He has brought Aaron out of the rocky place and is continually healing him. He did not promise us an easy road. Please pray 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, that we may be able to offer Aaron the comfort that God has offered us. Thank you all for your continued prayers and messages of comfort and support.

Baptist Press
[Includes two more articles on the Roma (Gypsies)]
March 25, 2008

POLAND–Gypsy family ties conducive to outreach.

ROMANIA–He no longer avoids the Gypsies.

WASHINGTON–HHS challenges threat to pro-life physicians.

ISRAEL–Messianic pastor’s home targeted in bombing.

TENNESSEE–Spike in Baylor tenure denials protested.

KENTUCKY–Mohler tumor clear of cancer.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): Witnessing to a ‘CEO.’

Melvin L. Tate
McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, at 10 a.m.

Charles Adrian Bridges
The Lord’s Church, Kentwood, at 1 p.m.

The Real Meaning of the Cross

Rev. Billy Graham

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Jesus Christ died on a rugged cross for our salvation. We do not worship that cross; we worship Christ, who is alive. Yet among all the emblems of the world, the cross is admired with awe and wonder.

A Message From Billy Graham

The history of the cross goes back long before Christ came. But it was the Romans who used it on a massive scale to execute people. The victim was fastened to the cross by cords, or his hands were nailed, and he was left to die. Even with the heat of the sun, the pull of the body and the torture the victim had endured before being put on the cross, sometimes it took a week to die on a cross. It was one of the most terrible, painful ways to die.

God loves us all. His love extends … to the whole world.
But Christians started to use the cross as a symbol of Christianity. And every time the Gospel is proclaimed, those who hear the message and receive Christ as Savior come to faith by way of the cross.

Four dimensions of the cross come to my mind. First, I think about the breadth of the cross. The love of Christ is manifested in the cross to everyone. When I study the world population and see how fast it is increasing, I am staggered. Yet God loves us all. His love extends to Africa, to Asia, to Latin America, to Russia, to China, to the United States, to Canada-to the whole world. It includes you, whoever you are, whatever your religion, even if you have no religion. God says from the cross, “I love you.”

Then there is the length of the cross. It has no measure. It extends from eternity to eternity, from everlasting to everlasting. When Noah built the Ark, it was 450 feet long. When Solomon built the Temple, it was 60 cubits long. If you build a shed for garden tools, you can measure the lumber with a tape measure. But how can you measure God’s love for us on the cross?

The Bible says that God’s love surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:19). There is no way that our finite minds can even begin to understand the love God had for us when He gave His Son on the cross to die for us, because you and I deserve death. We deserve judgment and hell.

Then I think of the height of the cross-it extends to the throne of God. It doesn’t matter how high heaven is. Through the cross, God draws all people to Himself. But you have to make a decision about Jesus Christ.

And I think about the depth of God’s love for us on the cross. You can fall into the pit of sin and degradation. You can live like an animal. You can be a murderer, a rapist. But you can’t get beyond the love of God. The cross covers to the very gates of hell. How deep is God’s love? The Bible says, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Romans 11:33). It can draw every sinner up to the exalted height of heaven. Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32).

Think of the cross for a moment. Think of Christ’s suffering for you and for me. It’s said that Jesus endured five kinds of wounds: Concussion, when they beat Him on the head; laceration, when they bared His back, took long leather whips with steel pellets on the end and beat Him until He was bleeding from head to toe; penetration, when they crushed that crown of thorns on His brow; perforation, when they drove the nails through His hands and feet; and incision, when they put the spear in His side.

Think of Christ’s suffering for you.

Those nails through His hands and feet were driven by you and me and all the peoples of the world. We all had a part in the death of Christ because of our sins. Our sins put Him on the cross-and you participated.

You will never understand the Bible, you will never understand the death of Christ on the cross, until you understand that God is a holy and righteous and pure God. He cannot even look upon evil.

In that terrible time of the agony of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, a shadow came between God the Father and God the Son. God cannot look upon sin, and in that moment He was laying your sins and mine on Christ.

He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). That means that He had never known sin, never told a lie, never had an evil thought, never had any greed or lust. But all of the filth and dirt from your life and my life descended on Him. None of us will ever understand the mystery of that moment. It was God’s great love for each of us that allowed His Son to take that suffering.

He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us.

You and I have sinned against God. We have broken His laws. God told Adam that if he broke God’s law, he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). But Adam and Eve broke His law.

They sinned. We have all deliberately rebelled against God. God would not be God, He wouldn’t be just and righteous and holy, if He came along and patted us on the back and said, “You’re forgiven.” We either had to die for our own sins, or somebody who was qualified had to die for us. That Person who was qualified was Jesus Christ, and He volunteered to do it. He died in our place. People will do almost anything to get rid of their guilt. The place to get rid of guilt is at the cross. Jesus came to die. On the cross He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

God had given Jesus a work to do, and in the Gospel of John we read that Jesus said, “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4). We wonder why He didn’t feed everybody and heal everybody. He could have done it. He healed some people and fed some who were hungry, and He did that out of compassion. But His real work was the cross; there He was dealing with eternity.

Your body will go to the grave. Your soul, your spirit-the part of you that lives forever-will live on. Where will you spend eternity? Heaven or hell? That will be decided by what you do about the cross, because from the cross Christ is asking you to repent of your sin and receive Him as your Lord and Savior.
From the cross, Jesus reached out by His death and rescued us.
On the cross Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). They did not take His life from Him; He laid it down voluntarily. He gave up His Spirit to God the Father. And in saying this, He conferred upon every one of us the possibility of the gift of eternal life. You can have eternal life, too. Jesus’ invitation is to heaven.

We were lost, confused, without purpose or meaning in life, without assurance of a future life. But from the cross Jesus reached out by His death and rescued us. We can say to Him today, “Lord,” “Savior.” Are you sure that He is your Lord and your Savior? Thousands of people attend church, but they are not sure that they have committed their lives to Christ.

The crowd at the cross was shouting, “Save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross” (Matthew 27:40). Others were saying, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save” (Matthew 27:42). They were mocking, jeering, laughing.

Christ was on the cross for six hours between two thieves (Luke 23:39-44). They both deserved to die, according to Roman law. But one of the thieves looked at Jesus, and he saw that Jesus was different. He must have said to himself, “He has to be the Son of God. He has to be Lord.” He said, “We deserve what we are getting, but He does not-He hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he turned to Jesus and said, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). What an act of faith!

Jesus was different.

And what did Jesus say? “Today you will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). That thief will be in heaven. Jesus forgave him by His death on the cross.

The forgiveness and the mercy of God are so far beyond our comprehension that we can hardly even talk about them.

Do you know Christ? Do you know the forgiveness of the cross and the power of Christ’s resurrection? Are you forgiven? Have you received new life, resurrection life? I am asking you to make your commitment to Christ. God will help you, if you are willing.




“I pray that from his glorious,

unlimited resources

he will give you mighty inner strength

through his Holy Spirit.”

~Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)~



Faith, Scott, and Aaron

Monday nightPlease pray for Faith & Scott. This is so difficult for them. Also pray for healing of Aaron

Frann Smith Clark

Well, Aaron only got 3 small bottles today and now he is cut off again. Ever since they started letting him try a bottle, his heart rate has been way up in the high 170s. They were also trying to wean down his heart medication (hoping to take out the medication line going directly into his heart tomorrow) and the nitric into his breathing tubes. He has been very agitated ever since. They have gone back to feeding him through his NG tube in the hopes that this will be easier for him. Even though he has been off narcotic pain relief for about 48 hours, they decided tonight to give him a dose of Fentanyl in the hopes of bringing his heart rate down and relaxing him some. We are very hopeful that this evens him out again. We really were hoping they would take out his pacer wires tomorrow, but with his heart rate so elevated, they may not do this.

We are glad they are being extra careful, but we keep hoping every day will be the day we get to hold him again. Please pray for Aaron’s heart rate, his peace and the continued healing of his heart. It is easy to forget sometimes that he is still a very sick little boy and that his body is still adjusting to its new heart.

Thanks to all of you-Faith

Carl Wayne Stevens

Carl Wayne continues to progress following his recent stroke. Pray he will continue to see progress in this process.

Jesse Dean

Jesse had a difficult day yesterday. Majel will continue to stay home with him even though her school resumes today. Please keep both of them in your prayers.

Seasonal Allergies

Pray for the many people who are having difficulties with seasonal allergies. I’ve been among that number, but am much better now. Some way to spend my Easter holidays! I love the beautiful weather and being outdoors, but the pollen gets the best of me! It seems like I would remember that from year to year and stay inside, but I can hardly wait for this time of the year. A few days outside brings a few days of misery inside!

Baptist Press

You will notice the first three articles are about the Roma, Boyd and Jennie’s people group. Baptist Press will release more Roma articles today and tomorrow.
March 24, 2008

ROMANIA–Missionaries make inroads with Roma Gypsies.

BRAZIL–Same people group, different continent.

VIRGINIA–Roma live on the fringes of society.

WASHINGTON–ELECTION 08: Obama’s church printed pro-Hamas editorial.

GEORGIA–New churches needed to combat ‘evangelistic deficit’ in U.S.

TENNESSEE–$270,000 gift to aid Union students.

KENTUCKY–FIRST-PERSON (Russell D. Moore): Should we miss our church graveyards?


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

Mike Benson, Editor

WHAT KID HASN’T dreamed about being Superman or Spiderman or (insert your favorite superhero)…?

It’s those superpowers: x-ray vision, super speed or strength. We can imagine all kinds of neat applications of such powers. But, alas, here we are, just ordinary, common folks with nothing any more extra special about us then anyone else. Really?

A group of Jesus’ disciples were once quite excited because of the powers they had received from Him. This group was the seventy Jesus had sent out in pairs to preach. When they returned to Jesus they were excited because “even the demons are subject to us in your name” (Luke 10:17). This was something for which people had marveled at Jesus (Mark 1:27-28). In that day demons were recognized as beings beyond human control. To be able to exercise authority over them demonstrated extra-human power. No wonder the disciples got excited.

Jesus’ response to that is surprising. If we are to rejoice about anything, He said, it should be that our “names are recorded in heaven.” That’s something worth being excited about. We tend to thrill at something that would set us apart from everyone else (isn’t that what makes a superhero a superhero?). The most thrilling thing is actually something that is available to everyone else, though not many find it (Matt. 7:13-14). Our names recorded in heaven is really what it’s all about. Although I still think x-ray vision would be pretty cool. (David Deffenbaugh; Bill McFarland)

“Behold, I give you the authority

to trample on serpents and scorpions,

and over all the power of the enemy,

and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Nevertheless do not rejoice in this,

that the spirits are subject to you,

but rather rejoice

because your names are written in heaven.”

~Luke 10:19-20~


Have a great day, but watch out for the pollen!
Anna Lee


Jesse Dean

Jesse is home. He had a long day yesterday. Majel is scheduled to return to school Tuesday. Please continue to pray for both of them

Aaron Hill

Aaron’s echo this morning showed a little too much pressure in the right side of his heart. They had cut his nitric oxide in anticipation of extubating him today, but that was evidently too hard on his heart and lungs. Also, b/c his urine output has been low, he was getting rather swollen. They have now given him another diuretic to help him get rid of the extra fluid and have told us they are going to take things really slow to give him plenty of time to adjust. We are impatient (as is Aaron) b/c we really want to hold him again and the removal of the ventilator, chest tube, catheter, etc., are the steps we want to take in that direction. We know Aaron doesn’t like the tube down his nose/throat (he tries to cry but can’t make sound because of the tube), so that makes us anxious to get rid of it even more. We don’t like to see him hurt and hate that we can’t comfort him when he cries. We must pray for patience for ourselves and little Aaron as we wait for his body to be ready for these steps.

Happy Good Friday to everyone. Don’t forget to celebrate the reason for this Easter weekend!


Someone that David and I have known all our lives and most of you have know for many years has developed a serious health issue. Please pray for this individual.

Becki and the children made it safely home yesterday afternoon. Thanks for praying for them as they traveled. Pray for all those who have miles to travel and stops to make in the coming days.

Baptist Press – Thursday

TENNESSEE–Resurrection of Christ is the heart of the Gospel.

TENNESSEE–Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

NORTH CAROLINA–2 thieves represent mankind, pastor says.

GEORGIA–Proclaiming Easter’s message all year long.

TEXAS–Judge dismisses suit against Southwestern.

KENTUCKY–Mohler recovering from surgery.

TENNESSEE–Extreme winter calls for quick response.

WASHINGTON–LIFE DIGEST: Pro-lifers should avoid ‘Idol Gives Back,’ leader says.

TENNESSEE–Still hospitalized, prayer lifts UU duo.

LOUISIANA–Jena embraces ‘whatever God wants.’

SOUTH CAROLINA–FIRST-PERSON (Frank Page): A 10-year evangelistic strategy.

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Resurrection power.


“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.

See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,

waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

You also be patient.

Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

~James 5:7-8, NKJV~



Lawyer John Buckley, Sr.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but until all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8. A retired entrepreneur, road service tire repairman and a photographer, Lawyer died at his home on Saturday, March 8, 2008. He was 68, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Osyka, Miss. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home on Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Dewitt Brock. Interment in Gilbert Memorial Park. Survived by his two sons, Lawyer John Buckley Jr. and Kendrick Shropshire; two daughters, April Donald and Darcelle Shropshire; four sisters, Undean Reed, Maytee Buckley, Martha Shepherd and Dorothy Domingue; four brothers, the Rev. Earl Buckley, Raymond Buckley, Alton Buckley and Larry Buckley; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Buckley; father, Arcell Buckley; mother, Stella Buckley; and three brothers, Melton, Edward and Preston Buckley.



Easter Worship Musical

“The Risen Christ”

FBC, Kentwood

Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, March 16 @ 6 P.M.

Monday, March 17 @ 7 P.M.




First Baptist Church of Arcola


“The Celebration of Easter”

  • i-55 Frontage Road, Arcola
  • No admission charge
  • March 14-15, 2008
  • 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
  • Twelve live drive-through scenes of the life of Christ


Jena, La. has received a lot of bad press lately. I thought you might want to read these two articles that show a different side of Jena than you have seen in the press:


Baptist Press

March 12, 2008

LOUISIANA–This time, Jena makes spiritual headlines.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Craig Franklin): Good news from Jena, La. Thank God for this revival. May it spread to other towns and cities!




After buying her kids a pet hamster, after they PROMISED they would take care of it, the mother, as usual, ended up with the responsibility.

One evening, exasperated, she asked her children, “How many times do you think that hamster would have died if I hadn’t looked after it?”

After a moment, her youngest son replied quizzically, “Once?”

Well, that didn’t help make the mother’s point but, technically, their answer was correct — not only for hamsters, but for us as well. The Hebrew writer said, “And as it is apponted for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” (Heb. 9:27).

The fact that we are appointed to die once is both sobering and promising. IOn the one hand, it means that there is no way that we can escape death (“it is apponted for man to die”), but on the other hand it is something that we will have to experience only once. While there are a few notable exceptions in the Bible, everyone who has ever lived on the face of this earth has died, but only once.

But the real point of this passage in Hebrews has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with Jesus Christ. The Hebrew writer says that Jesus is just like us. He, too, only had to die once. The significance of that is that once was enough. Unlike the sacrifices of the Jews which had to be offered over and over, one sacrifice was sufficient to take away all of our sins — forever! With that knowledge comes this beautiful promise:

“…so Christ was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people. And he will come a second time, not to offer himself for sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Heb. 9:28, NCV)

Praise be to Jesus Christ for the effectiveness of his death and for the promise of his return!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Thank you for being there to pray each day. You mean so much to so many!

Anna Lee


“Declare His glory among the nations,

His wonders among all people.”

~1 Chronicles 16:24~

PAISA OF COLOMBIA (PIE-sah). The “Pied Piper,” for whom you have been praying, is a man who has a heart for the children of one of the poorest and most dangerous parts of a major city. He faithfully goes each Saturday to tell Bible stories to the children. On Sundays, he has been going early to this area to ensure that the children are dressed and ready to travel the long distance to the Baptist church down the mountain. Join the Paisa Team in giving thanks that on February 3, the Pied Piper started church services on Sundays in the area where the children live so they no longer have to travel down the mountain. Pray that the parents of the children will attend the services since they are now more accessible to them. Also pray that the hearts of all who hear the Bible stories will be open to the gospel message.

HANDS ON: CENTRAL, EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA. Missionaries serving on the Eastern Metropolitan Evangelism Team in Johannesburg, South Africa, ask: “Please pray for the ‘Hands On’ missionaries who have recently arrived and are working with many of our field personnel. Pray specifically for the missionary supervisors to have wisdom, patience and understanding as they plan and direct meaningful gospel ministry. Ask God to open doors for the gospel in many new neighborhoods, and pray for Him to call those ‘Hands On’ missionaries to a lifetime of service in missions as a result of their time here.”

KEKCHI OF GUATEMALA (KEK-chee). Hearing God’s Word proclaimed over the four Kekchi radio stations has brought many unbelievers to a saving faith in Christ Jesus. During 2007, these stations aired in its entirety the stories from both the Old and New Testaments. The workers at these stations met at the beginning of the new year to discuss a burden they all have for teaching their people how to share their faith on a day-to-day basis. As a result of this meeting, a new radio evangelism course, complete with nine lessons, was birthed. Intercede for the broadcast of these lessons all over the Kekchi area. May many believers be encouraged and challenged to tell others about Jesus. Pray for many to be saved as a result of this new ministry and for new works to open up.

PACIFIC RIM MEDIA. Video is the medium of choice in today’s visual culture. Many of the media specialists in the Pacific Rim are being asked to learn videography. Pray for wisdom and quick acquisition of these skills for people who are trained in other areas, such as photography and writing. Ask God to call videographers to the Pacific Rim. Pray for wisdom to use the right level of technology to tell our Pacific Rim stories effectively.

Billy Roy “Poppy” “Woodsie” Allen Sr.

“A golden heart stopped beating and hard working hands were put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.” A longtime resident of Jackson and a native of Kentwood, he died Monday, March 10, 2008, at his residence. He was 72, retired for 17 years from the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, Jackson, with 33 years of service. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, on Wednesday, March 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting continues at First Baptist Church in Jackson on Thursday from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Alvin Hall. Burial in Second Baptist Church Cemetery. A loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 52 years, Willie Jean Williams Allen; son, Billy Roy Allen Jr., of Jackson; three daughters and their spouses, Brenda and Harvard Brian, of Slaughter, and Debbie and Jimmy Norsworthy and Tracy and James “Peanut” Stevens, all of Jackson; six grandsons, Jason Allen, whom he raised as his own, his wife, Carla Connell Allen, and their children, Rileigh, Olivia and Jason “Jace” Allen Jr., all of Jackson, Josh Perkins, of Slaughter, James Allen Stevens and Adam Allen, both of Jackson, and Cody Rollins and Matthew Thomas, both of Norwood; three granddaughters, Jeana Perkins, of Slaughter, and Jaci Stevens and Anna Allen, both of Jackson; stepgrandson, Jamey Norsworthy, of Jackson; stepgranddaughters, Toby Kay Edwards, of Central, and Victoria and Grace Brian, both of Slaughter; stepgreat-grandchildren, Slade and Isabella Edwards, both of Central, and Talon and Jake Norsworthy, both of Jackson; sisters, Jewel Easley, of Kentwood, and Sybil “Sam” Marcantel, of Jackson; and stepfather-in-law, Edward “Coonie” Fontenot. He enjoyed reading his Bible in the early morning hours and always enjoyed spending time with his family gathered on his back porch, where lots of lessons were learned. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and listen to his rabbit dogs. He always had a large garden and you could always find him piddling with something outside. He definitely knew the value of a hard day’s work and if you hung with him, you would, too. He loved them Tigers, his first love being the Centreville Academy Tigers, then the LSU Tigers. His all-time favorite was watching his grandsons play ALL sports for the CA Tigers. He would even (sometimes) watch his granddaughters dance and cheer, but his biggest passion was the football game. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Minnie Hurst Allen; mother-in-law, Helen Fontenot; father-in-law, Collins Williams; four brothers, Luther Reed Allen, Charlie Ray “Bo” Allen, John Freeman Allen and Felix Warren “Peter Rabbit” Allen; and two sisters, Rena Weigand and Robbie Allen Bueche. Pallbearers will be Jason Allen, Josh Perkins, James Allen Stevens, Adam Allen, Jamey Norsworthy, Joe Allen Easley, Mitch Allen and Joe Bueche. Honorary pallbearers are James “Peanut” Stevens, Jimmy Norsworthy, Harvard Brian, Edward Fontenot, Bill Hurst, Cliff Hurst, Brian Lea Hurst, David Stevens, Fred Allen and Gerald Connell. Special thanks to his family and friends with whom he has been so blessed to have: Dr. Chaillie Daniel, Dr. Michael Castine, Dr. Ryan Majoria, Feliciana Home Health and St. Joseph Hospice and Nurse Tanya Tillman. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at



Baptist Press

March 11, 2008

TENNESSEE–China harasses Christians ahead of Beijing Olympics.

TENNESSEE–Chinese Christians forced into labor camps.

HAWAII–Missionaries see Hawaii’s less exotic side.

TENNESSEE–America must not forget history, Bush tells NRB.

OHIO–Fired Cedarville prof wins initial appeal.

TENNESSEE–RESOURCE: New study Bible helps defend the faith.

TENNESSEE–RESOURCE (Gregory E. Ganssle): God & evil.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON(Keith Manuel): It’s block party time.

The Way to Salvation

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Man is obligated by God to do certain things to receive the benefits of Christ’s sacrifice. We are saved by grace, which is the unmerited favour of God in that we have nothing inherent within us that can save us from the penalty of sin which is death. God has provided a specific way for our salvation in the bible:

BELIEVE: Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved, you and your household (Acts 16:31)

REPENT: Unless you repent you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3)

CONFESS THAT: Thou art the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:16) For with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 10:10)

link arrowBE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST: And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name (Acts 22:16)

link arrowLIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1Cor 6:9-10)

Upon your obedience to these steps the following wonderful possessions are yours:

ALL your sins are forgiven

Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name every one who believes in Him has received forgiveness of sins. (Acts 10:43)

YOU shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge (2 Cor 1:21-22)

YOU are a member of Christ’s body the church

For even as the body is one, and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. (1Cor 12:12)
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink one spirit” (1Cor 12:13)

YOUR future sins are forgiven through repentance and prayer to God through Christ who is now your intercessor

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9)

YOU will inherit ETERNAL LIFE (1John 2:25)

And this is the promise which He himself made to us: eternal life. (1John 2:25)

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36)

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life. (John 5:24)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Have a great day!

Anna Lee

Friday Afternoon

There is no fear in love;

instead, perfect love drives out fear,

because fear involves punishment.

So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.

We love because he first loved us.

~1 John 4:18-19 HCSB~






Kids on Mission Pray

Prayer Requests


“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

Friends of Jesus…

There is a special club in South Africa for children. It’s called Friends of Jesus. Please pray for the grown-up leaders—some of them are missionaries and some are South Africans. They are starting new groups so pray that children will be eager to come. They will learn about the best friend they can ever have: Jesus!

A Club at School…

Some children of missionaries attend a large, public high school in Cape Town, South Africa. Many of the children are not from Christian homes. You can guess—there are many problems like smoking and alcohol at the school. The school principal is not a Christian, but the government wants schools to let children meet in a Christian club if they want. There isn’t a club meeting right now. Please pray for a teacher to plan activities and meetings. Ask God to help missionary kids who will go to the club. They can invite their friends and tell them about Jesus. Pray for the principal to become a Christian too!


My prayer is that more people may love Jesus, my sister may get better, and my brother may grow big. JL, age 8 (East Asia)

Please pray that I would be kind to others when they are mean to me. PE, age 9 (East Asia)

Kenji is one of my best friends and he doesn’t know the Lord. We have been praying for him for a while and I wanted to ask you to pray for him too. Pray that he will come to know Christ and that he will be able to share Jesus with his family once he becomes a Christian. Please pray for me to have lots of chances to witness to him. ADAM, age 12 (Pacific Rim)

Please pray for the country of Venezuela. There are problems with a bordering country, Colombia; and it is getting worse every day. There are soldiers on the border and even trouble in Ecuador. Please pray that the leaders of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador will find a peaceful answer to their argument and that these countries will not go to war. Ask God to give peace of mind to the foreigners living in these countries. KIERA, age 17 (South America)

(Note: I was unable to complete posting this morning because of the satellite and the bad weather, but others have been praying. I just heard this problem has been resolved in the last hour. I think Kiera’s request and many people praying was part of the bring about a solution!)





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

Mike Benson, Editor

As I listen to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, my emotions are greatly stirred. But since there are no words that accompany the work, I receive no understanding from it. Any ideas that come into my mind as I listen were there before hearing the music.

When I listen to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA,” my emotions are again stirred powerfully. This time words have communicated ideas that led to my emotions. If the listener has no loyalty to the USA, perhaps their emotions are aroused in a different direction, if at all.

All will agree that music has the power to stir emotions. But does it also communicate understanding? That depends on (a) whether there are words that accompany the tune, and (b) whether the singers focus on the words or on the melody.

God’s desire for those under the new covenant is understanding as the result of our worship. Paul made this clear in 1 Corinthians 14 as he dealt with abuses of miraculous gifts. Some were “showing off” their ability to speak in languages they had never studied. They experienced a rush of emotions as they delivered a message in another language. Even those who didn’t understand the language being spoken likely also felt that rush, if they knew a miracle was unfolding before them.

As Paul contemplated such a scene, his advice was simple: Don’t do it.

“What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. … yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue” (1 Corinthians 14:15,19, NKJV). Verse 28 brings to a close Paul’s remarks on the subject: “But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.”

God’s instructions on music for the assembled church of Christ is that praise be offered through singing. This is obvious from passages such as Colossians 3:16 where the emphasis is not on beautiful melodies but understanding: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Careful students will note that every mention of music in the Christian covenant specifies singing.

Worship in many churches has become emotion-driven. Some trust their feelings above what God has revealed. Granted, emotions are from God; they can be useful in many realms of life. But unless they come through the channel of understanding, emotions may not be appropriate. Our first priority is to understand God’s will, and then to obey (Matthew 7:21-23). Only then will the emotions of joy and gladness be valid. (Tim Hall)

KneEmail: “What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15).

Easter “08


Community Outreach


  • Saturday, March 8 @ 10 A.M.
  • Give away a New Testament, a FBC brochure, a list of local churches, and an invitation to the Easter musical presentation

Daylight Savings


Time Returns


Set your clock forward one hour when you go to bed Saturday, March 8th.








  • Church-wide
  • “Foods across America”
  • Sunday, March 9 after worship
  • Kick-off for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Nursery Volunteers – March 9th


Ora Lee Wilson

Sonya Brouillette

Stephanie McKenzie

Jimmy Tolar




Deacon Hospital Ministry – March 9-15

Tom Tolar and Raymond Cutrer




Monthly Meeting

Monday, March 10 @ 6:30

Fellowship Hall



Easter Worship Musical

“The Risen Christ”

FBC, Kentwood

Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, March 16 @ 6 P.M.

Monday, March 17 @ 7 P.M.





First Baptist Church of Arcola


“The Celebration of Easter”

  • i-55 Frontage Road, Arcola
  • No admission charge
  • March 14-15, 2008
  • 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
  • Twelve live drive-through scenes of the life of Christ

(Note: I have been going since they began this ministry. You will be blessed if you take the time to go.)



Easter Schedule

FBC, Kentwood

8:15 – Worship
9:15 – Sunday School
10:30 – Worship




March 16 & March 23 – Will not meet

March 30 – Surprise Easter Egg Hunt




Check out the Baptist Press articles for today. I think you’ll find several that are worthy of your time and effort. You’ll find a link in the column to the right.