Tuesday

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 = https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering-resources

 

 

 

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 http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

 

 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

Tuesday

“For to me, to live is Christ

and to die is gain.” 

~Philippians 1:21 NIV~

 

 

 

David had lab work, saw a NP, and got his weekly injection of Procrit yesterday.  The good news is that his blood level held at 8.6, which is good for him.  As always, we are so thankful for your prayers.  Please feel free to continue to pray for us.

 

 

Jonathan Edward Serigne

Jonathan Edward Serigne, AKA Batman, took final flight October 4, 2019. As a Holy Cross alumnus of 2001, he made it just in time to get the best seats for the hundredth game against Jesuit. Jonathan always lived life to the fullest and encouraged others to do the same. His infectious smile, confident personality, and caring demeanor attracted friendships everywhere he went. Even in his final days, he kept a smile on his face. Along with Holy Cross, he loved his LSU tigers, Nicholls Colonels, fraternity TKE and Saints. He leaves behind a wife, Randi Rousseau Serigne, two children, Jacques and Stella Serigne, his father and mother, Jack and Bonnie Serigne, brother and sister, Jack Serigne III and Stephanie Kostopoulos, and dozens upon dozens of grieving and loving family and friends. Losing him has left a void in all of us and is apparent by the number of people who’ve prayed and reached out to him. Just like Batman, he has one super power, he never gave up! He fought to stay with those who loved him till the very end. We all hope to see him again, as Jonathan would say, “same bat time, same bat channel.” Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will begin at 2:00 PM. Interment will be private. To celebrate and honor the life of Jonathan, the family requests guests wear their favorite Batman inspired attire.

(Jonathan is the son-in-law of our friend, Darryl Rousseau of Ponchatoula.)

 

 

 

Scripture Writing for October 8 – Jeremiah 33: 2-3

 

 

 

Today, I would like to share this inspirational thought shared by Pastor Rick Warren.  I hope you will take time to read this.

“Happiness Habit: Give Your Life Away”

https://pastorrick.com/happiness-habit-give-your-life-away/?roi=echo7-36164328694-54695940-5f611e740859c52b84bbf39fabc76d44

 

 

 

Cooperative Program article from Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/53709/cooperative-program-sealed-for-missions

 

 

 

Baptist Pressbpnews.net

 

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Messagehttps://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

Reading articles and sites like these give information and enlighten our minds.  Spend some time each day reading good articles.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 

~Romans 8:28 NIV~

Here is a devotional by Rick Warren that goes along with the verse.

https://pastorrick.com/dont-miss-this-call/?roi=echo7-36003251876-54569685-32947b10be69614aad48df1f43cfbda4

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for the Bill Ichter family.  This is the post from his daughter, Alana.  The second half is written in Portuguese.

Update on my Dad – Bill Ichter – August 28
Dad is very weak, not resting very well and his kidneys are not working like they should. A lot of family is coming to be with him over the next few days. Just keep praying for all of us! We sure love him! ❤️
Meu pai está fraquinho, e não está conseguindo dormir bem. Os rins não estão funcionando como deveriam. Muito familiares estão chegando a partir de hoje e nos próximos dias. Por favor continuem orando por todos nós. Amamos muito esse homem! ❤️

 

 

 

David has had a busy week.  Monday, his blood level was 8.1 with normal being 14-18. His is low, but an improvement over where it has been lately.  He also saw a nurse practitioner and got his Procrit injection.  The Procrit is improving the blood level.  Wednesday, David saw the cardiologist and got a good report.  Then, we were seen by the family doctor during his lunch break.  David now has shingles!  We did have the shingles shot!  We appreciate your prayers, which are certainly helping us get through all the curves and bumps in this journey.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing – August 29 – Psalm 19:1

 

 

 

Please remember to pray for all the students of various ages who will be involved in playing football, cheering, etc.  Pray for safety and for good experiences because of wonderful coaches and teammates.

Anna Lee

Monday

“A branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.

Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.

For apart from me you can do nothing.”

 ~John 15:4-5 NLT~

 

 

 

Last night, I tried to write TPL for today because we were leaving for Baton Rouge at 5:45 this morning.  I didn’t get it done. During the night, I once again thought I was going to write it, but again it didn’t happen.  We are home from Ochsner and a very good stop at Dollar Tree near the hospital.  I love shopping for Operation Christmas Child and getting to answer questions about what I am doing.  Two ladies provided me most of the money I spent today.  Thank you C. and A.!

Yesterday, two ladies turned in the boxes they chose to pack individually.  Other ladies turned in items that will help to fill several boxes.  One sweet, faithful class turned in many bags of items that were purchased last week.  Thanks to all of you.

I will be working in the OCC room some this week.  If you would like to help, please contact me so we can schedule a suitable time.

 

 

 

 

Today, David‘s blood level was 8.1, the highest it has been in months.  The increased dosage of Procrit is helping!  The early drive and the rain made the drive more difficult than usual, but with thankful hearts, we are glad to be home again.  Your regular prayers are getting us through these days.

Several others from Kentwood are also doing well amid treatments.  Please continue to pray for Bryan Tate, Linda Callihan, and Buddy Morris.

Gaylon Cutrer is having a few more problems than usual, so spend some extra time on your prayers for him.  He and his family will be very appreciative.

Today, with a heavy heart, I share that Lori Rhodes has some serious health issues.  Lori and her husband, Keith, served in our church working with the youth.

“Lori has been diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy. This rare disease is in the Parkinson’s family, but Lori does not have Parkinson’s She has MSA-C (c standing for cerebellum). There is no cure. Life expectancy ranges from 6 years to 15 years based on the onset of symptoms (we really don’t know when her symptoms began but could be up to 5-6 years ago).”

The full report on Lori is on my facebook page.

I also what to share there has been another death, a man from Greensburg.  I’ll post the complete obituary when it becomes available.

Thomas Dover

July 25, 1952 – July 16, 2019

 

 

Jeff Van, the pastor of South McComb Baptist Church, share quotes that seem to touch my heart often.  Today’s quote is:

“It’s easy to praise Him in the sunshine, but your breakthrough comes when you praise Him in the dark…He’s there, we must simply trust the process.”

                                                                                                                              -Tony Evans

Thankfully, my family and the families of many of you understand praising God “in the dark”.  If you don’t, please locate someone who can help you get to this point in your life.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing – August 26 – Habakkuk 3:3-4

 

 

 

Yesterday, I was asked about what size cans of food were needed for the LA Baptist Children’s Home in a few weeks.  The answer, is buy items like you would for your family.  The man is going to buy a couple cases of canned goods.  That plan might work for you too!  The pick-up time at FBC is early Monday morning, three weeks from today.

 

 

 

Enjoy the sound of the rain again, but please try to stay dry.

Anna Lee

 

Sunday

“Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body.

We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do.

So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others” 

~Romans 12:4-5 TLB~

 

 

 

This is one of my favorite verses.  I like to think of the people who attend church and see them as the individual parts – the one who made the curtains, the ones who help in the kitchen, the ones who volunteer in the nursery, the ones who pick up in the sanctuary for a funeral, the one who fixes squeaky doors, the ones who help others who need help getting in and out, the ones who welcome newcomers faithfully, the ones who handle the money each week, the ones who teach a class regularly, the ones who fix anything that is broken, etc.  I also love the quiet spirit with which they work.  Look at your church.  Don’t look at the big picture.  Look at all the individuals who do the little things that make your church run smoothly.

Church is not all about what you receive.  It is also about what you do/give of yourself.  Look at your church family in a new light today.  Appreciate each part.  Thank people for their contribution.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing for August 25th – Isaiah 6:3.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Tuesday

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)~

 

 

 

From Frances Gay –

Lisa Carrier, who lives in Amite, is in Houston for appointment at M.D. Anderson concerning a mass found in her ovary. She would be appreciative of prayers on her behalf and all concerned. Lisa works at North Oaks in the lab. She has been a friend of my family for many years. Please add her to the prayer list. Thank you

Lisa is one of my former students.  I have enjoyed seeing her and her siblings several times in recent years.  Let’s keep Lisa in our prayers.

 

 

 

Morria Reynolds, father of Deanna Reynolds, will have a leg amputated on 9/4/19.  Your prayers for him and his family will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Caleb Estay is still waiting for a decision about the next medical step.  Pray for him and his family as well as the medical staff of Children’s Hospital.

 

 

 

Gaylon Cutrer continues to improve following his recent hospital stay.  He and his family would appreciate your prayers.

 

 

 

 

David’s blood level yesterday was 8.0, the highest it has been in two months.  We are thankful for his good report.

 

 

 

 

Florene Cureton Pate

December 11, 1928 – August 11, 2019

A resident of Fluker, LA, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 11, 1928 in Brownsfield, TX and was 90 years of age. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. She was a member of Walter T. Ott #217 Order of  Eastern Star and retired from the Louisiana State Tourism Center in Kentwood. Florene was a member of Tangipahoa Baptist Church where she was voted Mother of the Year. She is survived by  husband of 74 years, Robert Pate, Sr.; 4 children, Robbie Lynn Pate, Deborah Pate Ragan (Devon), Lisa Pate Ginn (Grant) and Robert Pate, Jr.; 7 grandchildren, Robert Bridges, Stephanie Novak (Tony), Heather Monoc (Marco), Jessica Westmoreland Stogner (Edward), Kristen Bonds (fiancé, Josh Barnhill), Brandon Kuyrkendall (Zandrea) and Curtis Ginn; 9 great- grandchildren, Madison Bridges, Hadley Doin, Loic Doin, Silas Novak, Arden Novak, Berend Kuyrkendall, Emma Monoc, Leona Kuyrkendall and Eleonor Rose Stogner; twin sister, Lorene Windham. Preceded in death by her 2 daughters, Sarita Pate and Rebecca Pate Bonds; parents, Robert and Rosa Cureton; 2 brothers, Robert and Gene; 3 sisters, Hazel, Doris and Joyce. Visitation at Tangipahoa Baptist Church from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Tuesday and from 8:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Greg Stewart. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

I saw Mr. Robert Pate a week ago today as I was buying gas for David’s trip to Baton Rouge a week ago today.   We had a sweet visit. He asked us to pray for his wife.  Now, we need to pray for Mr. Robert and other family members.

 

 

 

Adrian Phillips

Arrangements for Adrian Phillips Tuesday 5-9 and Wednesday 8-10 at Pine Ridge Methodist Church in Kentwood, LA.

 

 

 

 

Build an OCC “Shoebox” online!’

 

 

 

Scripture Writing – August 13 – Isaiah 33:2

 

 

 

Keep the prayers coming.  Your prayers make a big difference in many lives.

Anna Lee

 

Monday

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

~2 Corinthians 4:6~

“This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine.”

“Hide it under a bushel, no!”

“Shine all over Kentwood.”

“Let it shine ’till Jesus comes!”

Today, let’s pray for Debbie Wilkinson as she is at MD Anderson.  One test trial will end today and another test trial will begin.  Pray for Debbie to maintain her wonderful attitude and spirit!  Her “light” shines brightly every time I see her.
Last night at church, we talked about El Shaddai, which means “God is sufficient”.  He is!  If you doubt that, use your Bible, phone, or computer to look up verses that tell us God is sufficient.  Find some that speak to your heart and claim them for your own.  Write them in your Bible, around your house, and in your heart!
Two weeks ago, the lab tech who drew David’s labs gave his a bracelet that says “Never Give Up!”.  I wear it because it doesn’t fit him.
Pray for me as we go back today.  Pray that I might pray of each patient at the cancer center that I see.  May each one of them know that “God is enough” to meet every need they have!
Read and Write the Bible Today – Luke 6: 27-31
The Sunday morning church service from my church is available on the church’s Facebook page, “Kentwood First Baptist Church”.  It is available live at 10:30 on Sundays and stays there for you to see as you choose.  I always share it, so it is available on my FB page and the pages of several others.
There is “work in progress”, so please overlook any little problems you see.  They are being addressed so the final product is of good quality.  In the meantime, I know you can get the message and be blessed through the preaching and the singing.
Several other local churches are also broadcasting live, so check them out too.  You will be able to participate in “church” all week long.  I love to use and to see how others use technology to share Jesus with others.  You might find a way to do so too!
Anna Lee