“God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” 

~Philippians 4:19 ESV~




Sherrill Caraway had to stay another night at the hospital.  Hopefully, today is the day he will be able to return to Greensburg.  Keep praying for him.




Christian Ratliff will be having  implants in his ears to help improve hearing loss due to his illness.  Surgery is this morning at seven.  Please pray for hearing improvements.




I don’t have an update on Irene Lascaro.  Please continue to pray for her though.




The Two Rivers Associational WMU meeting will be at 10:00 this morning at East Fork Baptist Church.  ALL LADIES are invited to attend.




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 20

  • Genesis 41:17-42:17
  • Matthew 13:24-46
  • Psalm 18:1-15
  • Proverbs 4:1-6



The January Bible Study at New Zion Baptist Church will continue focusing on Jeremiah.  Bro. Darryl Miller will continue to lead the group through Wed.  The meeting begins at 6:30 each night.




Be alert in the colder temperatures the next couple of days.  Stay warm and healthy.

Anna Lee


“May [God] keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path that he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors.”

~1 Kings 8:58 The Message~




Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, January 4

  • Genesis 5:1 – 10: 32
  • Matthew 4: 12-25
  • Psalm 4: 1-8
  • Proverbs 1:20-23




A large number of people at FBC, Kentwood picked up a daily Bible reading guide.  There were only a couple left yesterday, so more were printed and are now available.  I’m thankful that many are interested in reading together this year.  Let’s keep it up for the entire year.  If you miss a day, just read extra the next day.  If you didn’t start yet, it’s not too late,  You can get a copy of the plan Sunday and make Sunday day one or read a little extra each day for about a week and be caught up by this time next week.  It doesn’t even matter if you choose to read at a slower pace as long as you choose to read your Bible.  Remember, extra copies are available at church for those who didn’t get one yet.




My sister, Julie, and I worked on cutting and sewing the cutest wash cloths I have ever seen yesterday.  We made 182 before running out of fabric.  I’ll be purchasing more soon.  Who would want a plain wash cloth when they can have a colorful one with dogs, balls, etc.?  We also made them in varying sizes for the three different age groups.  I think they will be a big hit!  We will be working again in two weeks to make more so we will have enough for all the “shoeboxes” we pack. 

I also was able to make a number of matching games yesterday.  I didn’t get a count yet.  I love the idea of  working together to make items that will lead to boys and girls learn about Jesus.  Isn’t it wonderful how God can use simple things like washcloths, games, tooth brushes, school supplies, and even soap to help introduce children around the world to Jesus?   Remember, each “shoebox” impacts and average of seven lives for Jesus!

You can be a part of this ministry too.  Let me know how you want to contribute – items, shopping time, labor, funds.   I will also be happy to show any of you our project/storage room.  It will bring a smile to your face.  I know it did for my sister yesterday.  It is very rewarding to us to realize the eternal value of this mission project.

Please be in prayer for this ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.  It has grown so much and now reaches out to more and more people each year.  It’s easy and very rewarding to be a tiny part of sharing Jesus with others.  If you know of anyone who needs help getting started packing “shoeboxes”, I will be glad to help them get started.

Bro. Joe Baugh has a saying he uses to encourage people to get involved.  It goes something like this: “If you are not excited about ________. your firewood must be wet!”



I love telling others about Jesus.  Our mission is to go and tell.  I think “shoeboxes” do an excellent joy of giving us an unlimited opportunity to go and to tell.

Anna Lee





Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him.

As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

~Hosea 6:3~




Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for International Missions – Day 3 – Gospel on the Move =




Emilie McKenzie‘s second arm surgery went well.  Emilie was able to return to Kentwood without a cast!




Carl Wayne Stevens passed away late yesterday.  His funeral services will be in Laurel.  I’ll post an obituary when one becomes available.




Katelyn Brooke Marcotte

April 16, 1996 – December 01, 2019

Katelyn Brooke Marcotte, a resident of Livingston Parish, passed away Sunday, December 1st, 2019. She was 23 years young, born April 16th, 1996. Katelyn had a heart of gold and full of life. She had a personality that could brighten any room. She loved to make life fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime, especially with her children and her mama. Katelyn was always happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She will forever be loved in our lives and we will cherish the memories she helped create. Katelyn will be joining her brother, Dustin Corey McDaniel in heaven. She was survived by many loved ones, including her mother and father, Julie and James Holton. She leaves behind her 3 beloved children, Bradley Scott, Ryan James, & Brooklyn Grace. She also leaves her older brother, Raymond Dakota Gill and fiancé Linda Bugg and 4 nieces and nephews, Danica, Riley, Charleigh, and Corey Gill; her older sister Kelly Holton and 4 nieces and nephews, Jason and Kalisa Andrews and Jehovah and Johanas Dillon; and older sister, Nikki Holton with a niece and nephew, Savannah Holton and Brayden Thorton; Aunt Brandi Hilbun, Kyler and Brittany Rayborn, Kristin Sincard, & Raquel McDaniel. Katelyn had numerous additional cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends who will miss her tremendously. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, December 6, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough, LA. For an online guestbook, visit





 Scripture Writing – December 3 – Isaiah 11: 1-5




Luke 3

John the Baptist prepares people to meet Jesus

1 This report is about John, the son of Zechariah. It happened when Tiberius Caesar was ruling the Roman world. He had ruled for about 15 years. Pontius Pilate was ruling the country called Judea. And Herod was ruling the land called Galilee. Herod’s brother Philip was ruling the countries called Iturea and Trachonitis. Lysanias was ruling Abilene. 2 At this time, the leaders of the priests were Annas and Caiaphas. John was living in the wilderness. While he was there, God spoke to him.

3 John went to many places near the river Jordan and spoke a message from God. ‘You have done many wrong things,’ he taught everybody. ‘You must turn away from them and change how you live. Then God will forgive you and I will baptize you.’

4 The prophet Isaiah wrote this message from God in his book:

‘Somebody’s voice is shouting in the wilderness,

“The Lord will come soon, so prepare a way for him to follow.

Make the paths straight for him.

5 Fill in every valley and make every mountain and hill flat.

Take away every curve so that the road is straight.

Take away all the rocks so that the road is flat.

6 Then everyone will see how God can save them.” ’

7 Crowds of people were going out into the wilderness. They wanted John to baptize them. He told them, ‘You are like dangerous snakes! God is angry. You are trying to run away from him. But he will soon punish people like you. 8 You have to show that you are sorry. Change how you live. Stop doing things that God does not like. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We are in the family of Abraham. God will surely not punish us.” Listen! God can take these stones and make children for Abraham out of them! 9 You are like trees that have bad fruit. God has an axe ready to use. He will cut down every tree that does not make good fruit. He will throw those trees into the fire.’

10 ‘So, what should we do?’ the crowd asked.

11 John answered, ‘If you have two shirts, give one away. Give it to someone who does not have even one shirt. If you have some food, give some of it away. Give some to someone who has no food.’

12 In the crowd, there were people that took taxes on behalf of the government. These men also wanted John to baptize them. They asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ 13 John told them, ‘You must take the right amount of money from people. You must not take more money than the rules say you should take.’

14 Then some soldiers asked John, ‘What about us? What should we do?’

‘Do not rob people of their money,’ John replied. ‘Do not say that a person has done something wrong, if he has not. It is wrong to get money by doing that. You should be happy with the money that you receive for your work.’

15 At this time people were thinking, ‘Is John the Messiah that God has promised?’ They were all hoping that he might be. 16 John knew what they were thinking. He said to them, ‘I baptize you with water. But someone else is coming soon. He is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to undo his shoes for him. This other person will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 He is like a farmer that brings the wheat home from his field. He uses a special tool to throw the wheat up in the air. He does this to make the wheat seeds separate from what remains. Then he cleans his yard. He carefully stores all the seeds to keep them safe. But he burns everything else in a great fire that nobody can put out.’

18 John said many more things to the people. He was telling them the good news about how God could change their lives. 19 One day John told the ruler Herod that it was wrong for him to marry Herodias. Before that, she had been the wife of Herod’s brother. John also told Herod that he had done many other bad things. 20 So then Herod did an even worse thing; he locked John up in prison.

John baptizes Jesus

21 While John was still baptizing all the people, he also baptized Jesus. When he did that, Jesus was praying. Then the sky opened. 22 The Holy Spirit came down on to Jesus. When he came down like that, he looked like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son and I love you. You make me very happy.’

The ancestors of Jesus

23 Jesus was about 30 years old when he began his work. People thought that he was the son of Joseph.

Joseph was from the family of Heli.

24 Heli was from the family of Matthat.

Matthat was from the family of Levi.

Levi was from the family of Melchi.

Melchi was from the family of Jannai.

Jannai was from the family of Joseph.

25 Joseph was from the family of Mattathias.

Mattathias was from the family of Amos.

Amos was from the family of Nahum.

Nahum was from the family of Esli.

Esli was from the family of Naggai.

26 Naggai was from the family of Maath.

Maath was from the family of Mattathias.

Mattathias was from the family of Semein.

Semein was from the family of Josech.

Josech was from the family of Joda.

27 Joda was from the family of Joanan.

Joanan was from the family of Rhesa.

Rhesa was from the family of Zerubbabel.

Zerubbabel was from the family of Shealtiel.

Shealtiel was from the family of Neri.

28 Neri was from the family of Melchi.

Melchi was from the family of Addi.

Addi was from the family of Cosam.

Cosam was from the family of Elmadam.

Elmadam was from the family of Er.

29 Er was from the family of Joshua.

Joshua was from the family of Eliezer.

Eliezer was from the family of Jorim.

Jorim was from the family of Matthat.

Matthat was from the family of Levi.

30 Levi was from the family of Simeon.

Simeon was from the family of Judah.

Judah was from the family of Joseph.

Joseph was from the family of Jonam.

Jonam was from the family of Eliakim.

31 Eliakim was from the family of Melea.

Melea was from the family of Menna.

Menna was from the family of Mattatha.

Mattatha was from the family of Nathan.

Nathan was from the family of David.

32 David was from the family of Jesse.

Jesse was from the family of Obed.

Obed was from the family of Boaz.

Boaz was from the family of Salmon.

Salmon was from the family of Nahshon.

33 Nahshon was from the family of Amminadab.

Amminadab was from the family of Ram.

Ram was from the family of Hezron.

Hezron was from the family of Perez.

Perez was from the family of Judah.

34 Judah was from the family of Jacob.

Jacob was from the family of Isaac.

Isaac was from the family of Abraham.

Abraham was from the family of Terah.

Terah was from the family of Nahor.

35 Nahor was from the family of Serug.

Serug was from the family of Reu.

Reu was from the family of Peleg.

Peleg was from the family of Eber.

Eber was from the family of Shelah.

36 Shelah was from the family of Cainan.

Cainan was from the family of Arphaxad.

Arphaxad was from the family of Shem.

Shem was from the family of Noah.

Noah was from the family of Lamech.

37 Lamech was from the family of Methuselah.

Methuselah was from the family of Enoch.

Enoch was from the family of Jared.

Jared was from the family of Mahalalel.

Mahalalel was from the family of Cainan.

38 Cainan was from the family of Enosh.

Enosh was from the family of Seth.

Seth was from the family of Adam.

Adam was from God.

I trust you are enjoying reading Luke.  This prepares us for Christmas.
Anna Lee


But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart;

consider what great things he has done for you.

~1 Samuel 12:24~




Baby Hudson Hobgood continues to improve.  Please continue to pray for him and those caring for him.




Pray for Emilie McKenzie as she has surgery on her arm again today.




Smiley Conerly will be having surgery a week from today.  Please begin to pray for him if you have not already done so.




Scripture Writing – December 2 – Isaiah 9: 6-7




Lottie Moon – Day 2 of Week of Prayer – A Season of Change




Luke 2 – Easy English Bible

Jesus is born

1 At that time, Caesar Augustus was ruling the whole Roman world. He made a law and told his men, ‘Count everyone who lives in the Roman world.’ 2 This was the first time that the Romans had made a list of everyone’s names. Quirinius was the Roman ruler of Syria when it happened.

3 Everyone went to his own home town for the Romans to count them. 4 So Joseph went to his home town, Bethlehem. He was living in the town called Nazareth, in Galilee. Bethlehem was in Judea. King David had been born there, so Bethlehem was called the town of David. Joseph belonged to the family of David. That is why he went to Bethlehem.

5 Joseph took Mary with him so that the Romans could count them. She went because she had promised to marry him. She was going to have a baby.

6 While they were in Bethlehem, after some time, her baby was born. 7 This was her first baby, and it was a boy. She put cloths round him. Then she put him in an animal’s feeding box. She did this because the rooms for visitors were full of people.

Some shepherds leave their sheep to go and see Jesus

8 That night some shepherds were living out in the fields near Bethlehem. They were keeping their sheep safe. 9 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to them. A bright light from God shone all round them. That frightened them very much. 10 The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Listen! I bring you good news. This news will make everyone very happy. 11 Something happened today in the town of David. Someone special was born. He is the one who will save you. He is the Messiah. He is the Lord. 12 I will tell you how you will know this baby. You will find him with cloths round him. He is lying in an animal’s feeding box.’

13 Just then many more angels appeared in a great crowd. They were praising God. They said:

14 ‘God is great! He lives in the highest place.

He will be good to the people on earth that make him happy.

They will have peace in their minds.’

15 After that, the angels went away and returned to heaven. Then the shepherds said to each other, ‘We should leave the sheep and go to Bethlehem immediately! The Lord God has sent his angels to tell us what has happened. We want to see this baby.’

16 So they went in a hurry to Bethlehem. When they got there, they found Mary and Joseph with the baby. The baby really was lying in a feeding box. 17 After they had seen the baby, they told everybody about him. They told them what the angel had said to them about him. 18 Many people heard what the shepherds said. They were very surprised. 19 Mary remembered everything that the shepherds had said. She thought about it all for a long time. 20 The shepherds then went back to their sheep. As they went they praised God. ‘How great you are!’ they said to him. ‘How good you are! Everything that the angel told us was true! We have heard good news. We have seen very special things!’

Mary and Joseph take Jesus to God’s Great House

21 When the baby was eight days old, it was time for the priest to circumcise him. His parents gave him the name Jesus. The angel had told Mary that they must give him that name. He told her that before she had the baby inside her.

22 Long ago, God gave Moses rules for his people to obey. One rule told people how to become clean after a baby was born. The time came for Mary and Joseph to do this. So, they took the baby Jesus to God’s Great House in Jerusalem to show him to the Lord.

23 This is the rule which Lord gave to his people: ‘The first male baby born to a woman belongs to me. So you must bring him to me. 24 When you do this, also bring two special birds for the priest to kill.’ So that is what Mary and Joseph did.

25 At this time, a man called Simeon was living in Jerusalem. He was a good man and he obeyed God. He had waited a long time to see the special person who would save Israel’s people. The Holy Spirit was with him. 26 The Holy Spirit had told him, ‘You will not die yet. You know that the Lord God has promised to send his Messiah. You will see him before you die.’ 27 Now the day had come. The Holy Spirit told Simeon that he should go to God’s Great House. Mary and Joseph were bringing the baby Jesus to do what God’s rule said. 28 Simeon went to them. He took Jesus and he held him in his arms. Then he thanked God. He said:

29 ‘Master, I am your servant.

You have done what you promised to me.

Now I can die with no trouble in my mind.

30 I really have seen the person that you have sent to save your people.

31 You have sent him to the world and people everywhere will know about him.

32 He will bring light to people so that they can know you.

He will show you to those people who are not Jews.

He will also show that your people of Israel are very special.’

33 That is what Simeon said about Jesus. His message surprised Mary and Joseph very much.

34 Then Simeon asked God to be good and kind to Mary and to Joseph. After that, he spoke to Mary, the mother of Jesus. He said to her, ‘God has chosen this baby. Many people in Israel will become worse because of him. And many of them will become better again because of him. He will be like a sign that points to God. But many people will speak against him. 35 This will show their secret thoughts about God. This will make you very sad, too. It will seem like a sharp knife is cutting into you. That is how sad you will be’.

36 A very old lady called Anna was also there in God’s Great House. She spoke messages that the Holy Spirit gave to her. She was the daughter of Phanuel, who belonged to the family of Asher. She had lived with her husband for seven years and then he had died.

37 After that, she had lived alone until she was 84 years old. Now she never left God’s Great House. She stayed there day and night to pray to God. Often she went without food so that she could pray better.

38 At that moment, Anna came to where Mary and Joseph were standing in God’s Great House. When she saw the baby, she thanked God for him. Then she began to speak about him to other people there. Many people were waiting for God to make Jerusalem free. These were the people that she spoke to about the child, Jesus.

39 When Mary and Joseph had finished everything that God’s rules said, they returned home. That was in the town called Nazareth in Galilee. 40 There the child grew up. God was good and kind to him and he became strong. He learned many things and he could understand them well.

Jesus visits God’s Great House as a young boy

41 Every year, Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival.

42 When Jesus was 12 years old, his parents took him with them to Jerusalem. They went as usual for the festival. 43 When the week finished, Mary and Joseph left Jerusalem to return home. But Jesus stayed behind and his parents did not know this. 44 They thought that he was with their group on the way home. They travelled for a whole day. Then they began to look for him among their family and friends.

45 They could not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem. They looked for him there. 46 After three days, they found him in God’s Great House. He was sitting there among the teachers. He was listening to what they were saying. He was also asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard Jesus was very surprised. He understood so many things and he could answer difficult questions. 48 When his parents saw him there, they were also very surprised. His mother said to him, ‘My son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have looked everywhere for you. We have had a lot of troubles in our mind.’

49 Jesus answered them, ‘You should not really have had to look for me. I must be doing what my Father wants me to do. Really, you should have known that.’ 50 But they did not really understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then Jesus returned to Nazareth with them. He did what they wanted. His mother, Mary, was careful to remember all the special things that had happened. She thought about them a lot. 52 Jesus grew up into a man. He became strong and he could understand more and more things. People thought he was a good man. God also thought well of him.

I know many of you have read and studied these verses, but do yourself a favor and take some time each daily to find a quiet spot and read them again.  Let them put you in the real Christmas spirit.  Go back to Luke I and read 1 and 2 today if you missed yesterday.
Find that quiet spot.
Anna Lee


Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods.  

Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”

~2 Kings 17:38-39~




Please continue to pray for Emilie McKenzie.  She will have another surgery on her arm Monday.  She’s looking forward to not wearing a cast soon.  Pray for Emilie and those involved in her surgery.




Wesley C. Ryals

July 18, 1958 – November 15, 2019

Wesley C. Ryals, a resident of Kentwood, LA died peacefully in his sleep, November 15, 2019. He was born July 18, 1958 on an Airforce base in Cambridgeshire, England. Wesley was a quiet soul except for his huge, wonderful laugh. He enjoyed a simple life with friends and family. He is survived by brother and sisters: Brenda Prudhomme and husband Michael, Jerome Ryals and wife Irena of Adelaide, Australia, Gina Carver, and Michelle Brisbois; nieces and nephews: Kellie Prudhomme, Wendy Baron, Marta Sproles, Jaime Ryals, Emily Ryals, Hannah Carver and Joshua Ryals. Preceded in death by father Jerry Ryals, mother Charlene McKenzie Brisbois, grandparents; W.O. and Minnie Ryals, Price and Maude McKenzie, infant sister Deborah Ann Ryals, and infant brother Jerry Jay Ryals. A graveside military ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at New Zion Cemetery, 2 New Zion Road, Tylertown, Mississippi at 10:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest next to his daddy. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture for today – Luke 1 (East English Bible) – One chapter each day until Christmas!

Luke 1

Luke writes the facts about Jesus

1 Many people have written about the things that have happened in our country. 2 Some people were present when these things started to happen. They saw everything that happened and they told us about it. They are the people who wrote down the Good News for us. 3 I have checked the facts about what really happened. So now, I know about all the things that happened from the beginning. I am writing to make the facts clear to you, my important friend Theophilus. 4 People have already taught you about these things. Now you can be sure that they are true.

What happened before John the Baptist was born

5 There was a man whose name was Zechariah. He lived when Herod was king of Judea. Zechariah was a priest and he belonged to a group of priests from the family of Abijah. He had a wife called Elizabeth. She also was from the family of the priest called Aaron.

6 Zechariah and Elizabeth obeyed God all the time. They obeyed God’s rules and they did not do wrong things. They lived in a way that pleased God. 7 But they had no children. Elizabeth could not have a baby and they were both getting old.

8 One day, Zechariah’s group was working at God’s Great House. He had a special job to do there. 9 The priests chose one of their group to go into a special room inside God’s Great House. This time they chose Zechariah. His job was to burn incense there.

10 While Zechariah was burning incense in the special room, many men were outside in the yard. They were praying to God.

11 The incense was burning on a special altar, when one of God’s angels appeared to Zechariah. The angel was standing at the right hand side of the altar.

12 When Zechariah saw the angel, he was very surprised and very afraid. 13 The angel said to him, ‘Zechariah, do not be afraid. God has heard what you prayed. He will give you what you asked for. Your wife Elizabeth will give birth to a baby boy. You will call him John. 14-15 He will be very important to the Lord God. So, he will make you very happy. Many other people will also be very happy because he has been born. He must never drink anything with alcohol in it. From the time that he is born, the Holy Spirit will live inside him.

16 He will teach many people in Israel. Then they will turn their lives back to the Lord their God and they will obey God again. 17 John will prepare the people for the Lord to come to them. The Holy Spirit will lead John as he led Elijah. John will do powerful things as Elijah did. He will help fathers to love their children. He will teach people who do not obey God. Then they will know what things are right. And they will do them. Then they will be ready when the Lord comes.’

18 Zechariah asked the angel, ‘How can I be sure about this? You know that I am an old man. My wife is also old.’

19 The angel answered, ‘I am called Gabriel. My place is to stand in front of God. I am always ready to work for God. He has sent me to speak to you. He told me that I should tell you this good news. 20 Now listen to me. Because you did not believe my message, you will not be able to speak. You will not speak again until the time that your son is born. My message will really become true at the right time.’

21 While this was happening, the people outside were waiting for Zechariah. They were thinking, ‘Why has Zechariah stayed for such a long time in the special room? Why has he not come out yet?’ 22 When he did come out, he tried to talk to them. But he could not speak. So they knew that God had showed him something special in the room. He was moving his head and his hands about, to tell them what had happened. But still he could not speak.

23 When Zechariah had finished his work in God’s Great House, he returned home. 24 Soon, a baby was growing inside his wife Elizabeth. She stayed in her house for five months. 25 ‘The Lord has now given me a baby,’ she said. ‘He has been kind to me. Because of this, other people cannot say bad things about me now.’

What happened before Jesus was born

26 When Elizabeth’s baby had grown inside her for nearly six months, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth. Nazareth is a town in Galilee. 27 Gabriel went there to visit a young woman. Her name was Mary. She had never had sex with anyone. She had promised to marry a man called Joseph. He belonged to the family of King David.

28 Gabriel went to Mary and said, ‘Hello, Mary. The Lord God loves you very much. He is very near to you.’

29 Mary had a lot of problems in her mind about what Gabriel said. She did not understand why he said it. 30 ‘Do not be afraid, Mary,’ Gabriel went on to say. ‘God has been kind to you. 31 Listen! A baby boy will grow inside you. When he is born, you will call him Jesus. 32 He will be great. People will call him the Son of the powerful God who is over all. The Lord God will make him king. He will rule as his ancestor King David ruled. 33 He will rule over the family of Jacob for all time. He will be king for all time, without end.’

34 Mary asked, ‘How can this happen? I have never had sex with anyone.’ 35 Gabriel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of God who is over all will cover you like a shadow. So, your child will be special to God. He will be completely good. He will be called God’s Son. 36 Another thing! Your cousin, Elizabeth, is very old. People said that she could not have a baby. Listen! She also will have a son. The baby has grown inside her now for nearly six months. 37 There is nothing that God cannot do.’

38 Mary answered, ‘I am the servant of the Lord. I have heard what you have said. I want it to happen to me just like that.’ Then the angel left her.

Mary visits Elizabeth

39 After that, Mary prepared herself to travel. She hurried to a town in the hills of Judea. 40 When she arrived at the home of Zechariah, she said, ‘Hello’ to Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary speak, she felt her baby move quickly inside her. The Holy Spirit filled her. 42 She spoke to Mary in a loud voice, ‘God has made you very happy. He has been good and kind to you more than to other women. He has also been good and kind to your baby. 43 You are the mother of my Lord and I am not an important person. So it is very good that you have visited me. 44 Listen! When I heard you say, “Hello” to me, my baby moved quickly inside me. He was very happy. 45 The Lord has told you what will happen. And you believed what he told you. Because of that, God has made you a happy person.’

Mary’s song

46 Then Mary said,

‘All of me wants to praise God and say,

“Lord, how good and great you are!”

47 I thank God because he is the one who saves me.

48 I know that I am not an important person.

God knows this, and he has been kind to me.

Listen! From now on, all people will say that God has made me happy.

49 Yes, God has done great things for me.

He is very powerful and strong. He is good in every way.

50 He is kind to people who respect him.

He will always be kind to people like that.

51 He has shown how strong he is to do great things.

Some people think that they are very important.

But he has sent them away in different directions.

52 Some people were ruling countries.

But he has taken their power away from them.

He has given power to people who do not feel important.

53 He has fed hungry people with good things to eat.

But he has sent rich people away with nothing.

54 He promised that he would be kind to his people, Israel.

Now he has come and helped them.

55 He made a promise to Abraham and to our other ancestors.

Now he has done what he promised.’

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months. Then she returned to her home.

John the Baptist is born

57 The time arrived for Elizabeth to have her baby. She had a son. 58 Her family and the people who lived near her heard about her baby. They knew that the Lord had been very kind to her. They saw that she was happy. So they were happy too. 59 When the child was eight days old, people came to circumcise the child. They wanted to call the child Zechariah. This was the same name that his father had.

60 Elizabeth said, ‘No. His name will be John.’

61 They replied, ‘But you do not have anybody in your family called John. That cannot be right.’ 62 So they used signs and asked his father. They wanted to know the boy’s name.

63 Zechariah asked for something to write on. He wrote, ‘His name is John.’ Everyone was very surprised at what he wrote. 64 Immediately, Zechariah could speak again. He could speak without difficulty. He began to thank God loudly.

65 The people who lived near Zechariah and Elizabeth were very surprised. They saw how great God was. Many people who lived in the hills of Judea also talked about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard about these things thought about them. They asked each other, ‘When this child becomes a man, what will he be?’ They could see that God really was with him.

Zechariah’s song

67 The Holy Spirit filled John’s father, Zechariah, so that he spoke God’s message:

68 ‘The Lord God of Israel is a great God.

He has come to save his people. He has come to make them free.

69 He has sent a very strong person who will save us.

This person comes from the family of his servant, King David.

70 Long ago, God promised that he would do this.

He gave his own prophets this message to speak.

71 God will save us from our enemies.

He will save us from everyone that hates us.

72 He has promised to be kind to our ancestors.

He will remember to do the things that he promised.

73 Yes, he will remember the strong promises that he spoke to Abraham.

74 God said, “I will keep you safe from your enemies.

Then you can serve me and not be afraid.

75 You can live in a way that is good and right.

You can do this all your lives.” ’

76 Zechariah then spoke to John:

‘You, my child, will be called a prophet of the powerful God who is over all.

You will go in front of the Lord to prepare a way for him.

77 You will tell God’s people how God can save them.

They have done wrong things but God will forgive them.

78 Our God will forgive us because he is very kind.

He will send someone from the highest place.

When this person comes, it will be like the sunrise for us.

79 He will bring light to people who are living without God.

It is like those people are living in the dark. They are afraid to die.

But he will shine on them.

He will show us how to live so that we will not be afraid.’

80 Zechariah’s child grew. God made him strong in his mind. He went into the wilderness and he lived there for many years. Later, God sent him to Israel’s people, to teach them.




Someone whose “shoeboxes” were packed in Dallas said her boxes went to Equador.  That’s a good indication some, if not all. of our boxes went there too.  I’ll check with the church secretary Monday to see what our tracking shows.




Thankfulness, one more time. – I thought I was finished writing my “thankfulness” thoughts since I only planned to do it for the month of November, but God had other plans for me.  Yesterday, David and I were at an ATM and drove toward the street.  The next person in line behind us started blowing and blowing his horn.  Yes, the card was still in the machine.  I’m thankful the right person was behind us in line and there right as we finished!  God was watching out for us, another “God wink”!  He wants us to be aware of all He does for us, even if November is now history!




There is a new list for Scripture writing.  You can get a copy at FBC, Kentwood.  If not, stay tuned.  I’ll post each day.

Scripture Writing for December 1 – Isaiah 7: 14 – 17.




Today, we begin the week of prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas offering for international missions.

Day 1 – “Here to Serve”




God has a plan for our service and a location for us to serve.  Are you serving others  for Him or just trying to be served by others?

Anna Lee

















“‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing.

But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.’” 

~Luke 5:5 NLT~

After their obedience, God gave them more fishing success than they ever imagined.




“You’ll Miss the Bus” – Matthew 5:3 –




Baptist Press




VBS – Day 3 – I am really missing VBS this year, but hope all the kids and workers will be ready today for a wonderful day!




Read and Write the Bible Today – I John 5: 4, 11-12, 18




Students learn Bible truths in retrofitted school bus

This is a “think outside the box” idea and a great one!  The Bible tells us to go and to tell.  I think that is what this article is about.




Where will we go?  Who will me tell?  God doesn’t expect all of us to cross oceans to other countries!   He does expect us to go and to tell.  The article surely describes going and telling.  Let’s pray for the continued success of BREAK.  Now, what can we do in our area and on our scale?  Who will give?  Who will tell?

Anna Lee

Lord’s Day

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.

You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.”

~Matthew 16:24 The Message~




We had a very good missions project day yesterday.  I think it may have been the most productive one yet.  Special thanks to all who came and helped!



Today, there will be a new mission opportunity.  At 5 P.M. in the missions classroom in the L-wing, we will officially begin Youth on Mission for middle school and high school students.  This will be a project/activity focused group.



Please continue to pray for all those who are sick, receiving treatments, and undergoing tests.  Do something to show your concern.  Prayer is always appropriate!



Continue to pray for students as they begin a new school year.  Many post-high school students will begin classes tomorrow.



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 27
  • Song of Solomon 1: 8-17
  • I Timothy 5



Have a wonderful Lord’s Day.   Draw closer to Him through Bible study and worship.

Anna Lee



















For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. 

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

~Lamentations 3:31-32~


Today is a new day for all who are sad, weary, and grieving.  Start the day with faith, confidence,  and hope.


Polly Miller Sullivan

March 22, 1938 – August 10, 2018

A resident of Amite passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born March 22, 1938 in Magnolia, MS and was 80 years of age. Polly was a Amite High School graduate of 1957 where she was Homecoming Queen and Miss Amite High. She is survived by daughter, Kay Suzanne Sullivan Bankston; son, Paul Raymond Sullivan, Jr.; grandson, Cameron James Bankston; sisters, Dorothy Maxine Lee, Shirley Kay Young, and Patsy Ann Gray. Preceded in death by, parents, Pete and Bertha Miller; sisters, Betty Sue Boyd, Linda Gay Miller, and Mary Frances Jinks. Graveside Services will be held at Mulberry Street Cemetery in Amite at 10:00AM Monday, August 13, 2018. Services conducted by Mark Gray. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Coming in one week – Project day!

  • Telling the Story through missions!
  • Come learn something new!  Develop some new skills.
  • Make an item for a “shoebox”
  • Paint a witness rock!



“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • August 28 at 11 A.M.
  • The Cafe, Kentwood
  • Honors “young” ladies celebrating birthdays this month



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 20
  • Psalm 97
  • 2 Thessalonians 1



Friday Morning Bible Study

I’m considering changing the time to early afternoon.  How will this work in your schedule?  Please let me know.

Anna Lee



But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

~Romans 5:8~



David and I have been able to share three of the beautiful quilts given for people going through cancer treatment, either chemotherapy or radiation.   We have one more to share today.  We feel so honored and blessed to be the deliverers.  May God richly bless each family as they go through these difficult times.  May God bless each person who stitched the wonderful quilts.



Three Obituaries:

Mrs. Jeanette Herring Pevey

February 14, 1965 – August 4, 2018

Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Jeanette H. Pevey took her final breath on Saturday, August 4, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born in Hattiesburg, MS on February 14, 1965.
Jeanette was an avid shopper and had a heart for people. She volunteered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and served in Korea on a mission trip. Her three grandchildren, Gemma, Abram and Aislinn, were lucky to call her Nanny. Jeanette was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed.
Surviving are her husband of 32 years, David Pevey, daughters & sons-in-law, Lauren and B. J. Hill, Taylor and Arvind Yertha, daughter, Olivia Pevey and her boyfriend Ty Scott, son, Gabriel Pevey, grandchildren, Gemma Hill, Abram Hill, and Aislinn Yertha, parents, Edsel and Imogene McLemore Herring, sister, Belinda Patterson and her husband Tony , brothers, Mitchell Herring, brother, Darrell Herring, cousin, Clara Brown and her husband Brad.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm and on Tuesday August 7, 2018 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula.
Services honoring Jeanette will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Ponchatoula.
Interment will follow in the Rosaryville Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
An on-line guest book is available at


Greg S. Curry

October 29, 1967 – August 03, 2018

Greensburg, Louisiana

Greg S. Curry passed away Friday, August 3, 2018. He was a life long resident of Greensburg, where he served as pharmacist at Curry Pharmacy and St. Helena Parish Hospital for many years. Greg was a 1985 graduate of Oak Forest Academy and a 2002 graduate of Xavier University College of Pharmacy. He is survived by his wife, Paige Brooks Curry, daughter, Kelsey and son, Clark. He is also survived by his mother, Betty Curry; brothers, Kyle and wife Sally, Stephen and wife Kim, and sister Jennifer Curry Baggett and husband Bryan, as well as multiple Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Lamar Curry. Visitation will be held at House on the Rock Church in Amite on Tuesday, August 7 from 9-11am with funeral service to follow. Burial will take place at Greensburg Cemetery. Donations in his memory can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Ishmell Smith

December 13, 1930 – August 04, 2018
Greensburg, Louisiana
Benjamin Larry Ishmell Smith, a resident of Greensburg, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018. He was born December 13, 1930 in Cornith, MS and was 87 years of age. He is survived by his daughter, Karan Walker (Garnet); 7 grandchildren, Kimberly Wood (Ed), Laurie Smith, Walter Smith (Amanda), Scott Walker (Brandin), Hope Walker (Chris Lea), Jordan Walker (Laeken), and Levi Bridges; 10 great grandchildren, Haylie and Jase Wood, Tatum, Piper and Andrew Walker, Layla and Lilly Lea, Anna Smith and Hunter and Alana Smith; sister, Edna Stewart (Joe Bonadventure); brothers, Bob Smith (Easter), Mack Smith (Beverly) and Jack Smith (Elaine); numerous nieces and nephews and his dearest friend for almost 70 years, Mary Vickers. Preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Ruthie Smith; son, Larry Smith; and sisters, Louise King, Earline Lanehart, Artie Graham, Ella Flowers and Jennie Lou Wells. Graveside Services will be held at Smith Cemetery, 251 Museum Rd, Greensburg, LA 70441, at 11 AM Monday, August 6, 2018. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 15
  • Job 38
  • I Thessalonians 1



My Sunday School lesson is based on Revelations 1.  I trust you have prepared a lesson to discuss with others this morning.

Anna Lee


Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD.

“Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.

~Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV)~



Mr. Jimmy Tolar not only was released from the hospital, he was back in church yesterday!



Mr. Buddy Morris has an appointment with an oncologist in Covington tomorrow.  Pray for good questions and answers as well as peace of mind.



Linda Callihan will be at home with Robbie Lynn keeping her company.  The next appointment at MD Anderson will be in three weeks to get biopsy results which will determine the radiation treatment.



Read the Bible – Reflect on God as Perfector and catch up on readings.



The “Young” Ladies Birthday Party will be tomorrow at 11:00 A.M. at The Cafe.  If you like to fellowship and eat with a group of ladies, this is a good monthly event.  Honoring ladies on their birthdays is always a worthy event as the years add up.  After that, there will be a time to work together at the church braiding jump-ropes for Operation Christmas Child.



There will be no Friday Morning Bible Study for the next few weeks.  I’ll notify you when we get ready to complete Romans.



Have a wonderful day of recognizing your blessings!

Anna Lee