There’s far more here than meets the eye.

The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow.

But the things we can’t see now will last forever.

~2 Corinthians 4:18 (MSG)~

Jesse Dean is home again.  Please continue to pray for Jesse and Majel.

Adam Carter is doing very well with his recovery.  Thank you for praying for him.

Scott Lindsay’s surgery went well yesterday.  The family thanks you for praying.

Yesterday, Daddy got a good report from the test that was done the day before.  I hope he’s on the way to a full recovery.

Orin Davidson
(November 27, 1917 – May 18, 2010)


MAY 21, 2010

“Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;

You will prepare their heart;

You will cause Your ear to hear.”

~Psalm 10:17~

WORLD LEADERS. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray today for President Johnson Toribiong of Palau (islands in North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines).

CENTRAL THAI OF THAILAND (tie). Please pray for the small Christian church on Sri Chang Island. This is a congregation of approximately 20 people. They are the only church on the island and experience resistance and spiritual warfare continually. Still, the members are determined to grow and serve God. They continue to have weekly discipleship sessions and now have begun a Friday night Bible study in the very small home of two members in town. Since almost all members are new believers, it is complicated. Some couples have been living together for years out of wedlock. They want a Christian marriage, but sometimes that is a challenge since previous marriages were not officially ended through the legal system, yet they have a sincere desire to do what God wants them to do in their lives. Pray for God to grant wisdom to leaders in how to address the many complicated issues that arise. Pray for the continued spiritual growth of the church members, and ask that they will use the witness training and small-group training they have been taught to win souls to Christ and begin new groups in homes. Pray for the lost of this island to have their hard, resistant hearts broken and opened to the Word of God. Pray for a dramatic, spiritual event to take place that will shake the entire population with a movement toward God and His salvation.

COAL CITY, CHINA. J first heard the Gospel almost a year ago and has been a believer for about nine months now. He is burdened for those around him, having already shared with many of his friends and family, and as a result, his wife is also a believer. Although a young believer, J has been faithful in regularly praying and reading the Word. Please pray that J will continue to be faithful in his witness, and ask that the Lord will bless him and allow him to see fruit as a result. Also pray that J will have confidence as he begins training other new believers using the same lessons he has been trained in and that, as a result, a church will form soon.


The following story comes from John Kanary in “Chicken Soup for the Soul”:

Charlie Boswell was blinded during World War II while rescuing his friend from a tank that was under fire.  He was a great athlete before his accident and in a testimony to his talent and determination he decided to try a brand new sport, a sport he never imagined playing, even with his eyesight .!

Through determination and a deep love for the game he became the National Blind Golf Champion!  He won that honor 13 times.  One of his heroes was the great golfer Ben Hogan, so it truly was an honor for Charlie to win the Ben Hogan Award in 1958.

Upon meeting Ben Hogan, Charlie was awestruck and stated that he had one wish and it was to have one round of golf with the great Ben Hogan.  Mr. Hogan agreed that playing a round together would be an honor for him as well, as he had heard about all of Charlie’s accomplishments and truly admired his skills.

“Would you like to play for money, Mr. Hogan?” blurted out Charlie.

“I can’t play you for money, it wouldn’t be fair!” said Mr. Hogan.

“Aw, come on, Mr. Hogan…..$1,000 per hole!”

“I can’t, what would people think of me, taking advantage of you and your circumstance,” replied the sighted golfer.

“Chicken, Mr. Hogan?”

“Okay,” blurted a frustrated Hogan, “but I am going to play my best!”

“I wouldn’t expect anything else,” said the confident Boswell.

“You’re on Mr. Boswell, you name the time and the place!”

A very self-assured Boswell responded:  “10 o’clock . . . tonight!”

Timing is everything!  As Solomon said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” (Eccl. 3:1).  But the problem for me has always been doing or saying something at the right time.  So often, I’ll leave a conversation and hours later be thinking, “That’s what I should have said!”, but it’s too late, the time has passed.

Solomon also said, “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!” (Prov. 15:23), or as the NCV translates it,  “People enjoy giving good advice.  Saying the right word at the right time is so pleasing.”

Father, may the words I speak today be “the right words at the right time” both to be of help to others and to be a glory to You.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

May you end your workweek with a smile on your face!

Anna Lee


Love never gives up, never loses faith,

is always hopeful,

and endures through every circumstance.

~1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)~

The Harrells, Mr. Philip and “Miss” Annie Belle, are doing better.  Continue to keep them in your prayers.

Pray Daddy learns today his heart is clear of bacteria, or at least clearing.

Brenda Brumfield
(November 27, 1950 – May 19, 2010)

A resident of Amite, she died at 3:19 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at her residence. She was born November 27, 1950 and was 59 years of age.

McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, entrusted with arrangements.

All IMB personnel in Thailand are safe.

IMB welcomes 46 new missionaries in final appointment of Rankin’s career

Make this day a better day for someone else!

Anna Lee

Tuesday Evening

There are still no arrangements posted for Mr. Orin Davidson.  I have relieved some pleasant memories of Mr. Orin over the last forty-five or so year as well as our last visit as he sat on a bench at the front of Walmart.

Pray for us as we see a doctor tomorrow to get results of a test/procedure Daddy had done today.

Continue to pray for Mr. Billy Brabham and his family as they make lots of trips to Hammond for his treatments/appointments.

Pray for Mr. Shorty Carter of the New Zion area.  He is also facing a series of treatments.

Don’t forget to meet us for food, fellowship, and a sweet devotional time led by Jan Hammons tomorrow night at 6:30.  I know you will be blessed by joining the special people who come.


Through Jesus, therefore,

let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise –

the fruit of lips that confess his name.

~Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)~

Continue to pray for Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell and her family.

Jesse Dean had a good day and is on the way to being released from the hospital early next week.  Please continue to pray for Jesse and his family.

Continue to pray for my parents as Daddy is recovering at home.

Mr. Billy Brabham is continuing his treatments in Hammond.  Pray for him and for his family as they take turns helping with transportation and appointments.


I heard about a lady (I won’t speculate as to what color her hair was) who went into an auto parts store.  She asked for a seven-ten cap.

The employees all looked at each other and say, “What’s a seven-ten cap?”

She says, “You know, it’s right on the engine.  Mine got lost somehow and I need a new one.”

“What kind of a car is it on,” they ask.  Perhaps it was an old Datsun 710 but no, she says, “It’s a Buick.”

“OK, lady, how big is it?”

She makes a circle with her hands about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

“What does it do?” they ask.

She says, “I don’t know, but its always been there.”

One of the employees gives her a note pad and asks her if she can draw a picture of it.  So she makes a circle about 3 1/2 inches in diameter and in the center she writes 710.

The guys behind the counter are looking at it upside down as she writes it…and they just fall down behind the counter because they are laughing so hard.

One guy finally says, “I think you want an oil cap.”

She says, “Seven-ten cap, oil cap, I don’t care what you call it, I just need one, and I don’t see what is so funny about it.”

(by the way, in case you haven’t figured it out by now, the word “OIL” upside down looks like “710”)

Perspective makes all the difference.  Things look differently when we look at them upside down.  I’m reminded of the Christians in Thessalonica who were accused of turning the world upside down (Acts 17:6).  The truth, though, they were turning the world right-side up.  We live in a world that looks at things upside-down.

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20).

The world looks at material things and calls them “items of great value.”  It looks at sin and immorality and calls it “good and right.”  It looks at lies and calls them “truth.”  It can be very confusing unless we realize the need to turn things around and look at them from an eternal perspective.

If things in your life “don’t look quite right,” perhaps you’ve been looking at things upside-down and you need to allow God to help you to turn things around.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a great day of preparation for the Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee


“Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord.

As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey.”

~Psalm 119:33 LB~

Jesse Dean was moved to a private room at North Oaks.  He is doing better and will be monitored through Tuesday.  Please continue to pray for Jesse and his family.


Ivy Keith Forrest

(October 7, 1955 – May 13, 2010)

Ivy Keith Forrest was born October 7, 1955 and passed away at 7:50 p.m., Thursday, May 13, 2010 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Keith was 54, a native of McComb, MS and a resident of Kentwood.

Additional information will be added on Friday.

MAY 14, 2010

“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” (Psalm 5:3)

WORLD LEADERS. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray today for Chairman Kim Jong Il of North Korea (eastern Asia, between China and Japan).

HAITI EARTHQUAKE. Thank you for praying for the medical team from Georgia as they ministered tirelessly on March 22-26 in Haiti. Their clinic was held at the Carrefour (pronounced car-FOO) Baptist Church, in an area where the earthquake had left thousands dead and thousands of homes destroyed. The team treated more than 1,200 patients, and volunteers prayed individually with each patient. Many came to be seen by a doctor because of stomach disorders. Volunteers listened intently as IMB missionary nurse Delores York translated the patients’ stories of grief and stress and their fears of sleeping in their homes. Volunteers learned that teachers had moved their classrooms outside the building into the open air because of children and parents’ fears. God worked through the volunteers’ prayers, listening ears, and comforting words intertwined with medical care. An unforgettable scene occurred at the conclusion of one day when Haitians began singing hymns and volunteers joined them. One group sang in Creole and the other in English, blending their voices to make beautiful music to the Lord. Give thanks to God for the volunteers and for four Haitians who surrendered their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ. Intercede for those living in Carrefour to experience God’s salvation and His peace, enabling them to heal from their emotional scars. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’” (Psalm 91:1-2).

TSWANA OF BOTSWANA (t’SWAN-ah). On dusty dirt roads, missionaries, volunteers and national believers prayerwalk villages in the country of Botswana. They come across people who are desperate financially, physically, but most of all, spiritually. The evil one has confused the minds of many. Alcoholism, witchcraft and apathy are just a few of the strongholds. Please pray that missionaries and national believers will clearly share the Gospel daily. Pray that new believers will live out this truth: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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death.jpg“WHEN YOU’RE MARRIED so long, you know what the other person is thinking before he even speaks…

Your minds are so close that you miss that too, ” says Nancy after the death of her husband.

What a blessing to have someone who knew you so well and who loved you just the way you are.

Let God fill this need in your life. He knows you inside and out. He knows even the number of hairs on your head ( Luke 12:7). Nothing about you is hidden from God. Bill Dunn and Kathy Leonard in Through a Season of Grief, 124

“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.”

Psalm 139:1-4

Posted by Mike Benson at May 13, 2010

Have a fantastic Friday!

Anna Lee


“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father

and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit.”

~Matthew 28:19a~

Pray for Rev. Bobby Eads as he has heart surgery on May 26th in Alabama.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Stacey Scarle has a port and will meet with the oncologist on May 19th.  Again, your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Caleb Estay was seen by a specialist yesterday.  He continues to be a living miracle!  Thank God for this little miracle.

Jesse Dean had a check-up and seems to be past that set-back he experienced.  Continue to pray for Jesse and his family as they work to get Jesse better.

Harrell Sharkey continues to have back pain.  He will have an important appointment next week to determine his treatment.  Hip surgery will probably be scheduled at that time.  Pray for relief from pain.

Please pray for Mason Carter.  He has an infection and is out of school for a while.

Both my parents seem to be doing better.  Thank-you for praying for them and asking about them.  The family appreciates you.


IT SEEMS STRANGE that one can know for sure the basic laws of the land, but he cannot know the basic laws of God…

All people are in agreement that their automobile should have a state license tag. They agree that they should drive their automobile on the right side of a two-way street in the United States. They agree that a traffic light showing red is an indication for them to stop. It may be true that all people do no abide by these traffice rules, but it is not because they cannot know what they should do.

To say that one can know the laws of the land and yet cannot know the laws of God is a reflection on God. Is God incapable of revealing truth that man can understand? Obviously not. The problem is not with the Author of truth, but with man who is the subject of truth. William Wardlaw

KneEmail: “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God exceptthe Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11-12

Posted by Mike Benson at May 11, 2010

“Count Your Blessings” today!

Anna Lee


“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.”
~Psalm 4:1~
Daddy is home!  It will still take weeks to kill the bacteria in his bloodstream.  Please continue to pray for him and for our family.
Mrs. Catherine Yatborough’s sister and sister-in-law
Alma McNabb Ashford passed away Thursday, May 6, 2010, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. She was 89, a native of St. Helena Parish and a resident of Baton Rouge. She retired from Baton Rouge Credit Bureau and was a member of Zoar Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Bordelon, and Nola Burleson and husband Robert Burleson; three grandchildren, Debra Bordelon, Kelli Jumper and husband David, and Jody Burleson and wife Jan; and three great-grandchildren, Troy and Trey Burleson, and Matthew Jumper. She is also survived by two sisters, Marry Kelley, of Baton Rouge, and Catherine Yarbrough, of Kentwood; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon S. Ashford; son-in-law, Ronald Bordelon; parents, George and Ethel McNabb; brothers, Claude McNabb, Frank McNabb and Fred McNabb; sisters, Emma Gardner, Sally Nettles, Mamie Allen, Moute Edwards, Joyce Travis, Alline McNabb and Allie McNabb. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Monday, May 10, from 9 a.m. until chapel funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Pallbearers will be Bob Burleson, Jody Burleson, Troy Burleson, Trey Burleson, David Jumper and John Perdue. Honorary pallbearer is Matthew Jumper. The family thanks the many friends and family who have made her life so special. Also many thanks to the staff and friends at St. Claire Manor who have been so kind and caring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Zoar Young At Heart or Baptist Children’s Home.
Published in The Advocate on May 8, 2010
Louise Violet Tate McNabb
A former homemaker and a retired LPN with Baton Rouge General Medical Center and LSU Earl K. Long Medical Center (labor and delivery), she died Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at her home in Baton Rouge after a long battle with lupus and Sjorensen’s syndrome. She was 81, a native of Tickfaw and a resident of Baton Rouge since 1953. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. until service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Glen Miers, of Zoar Baptist Church. Graveside service at Tangipahoa Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. She is survived by two daughters, Linda McNabb Shaffer, of Baton Rouge and St. Francisville, and Phylis McNabb Richmond, of Amite; a son-in-law, Harrison Shaffer Jr.; six grandsons, Charley and wife Michelle Richmond, of Denham Springs, Randall Richmond, of Hammond, Shawn and wife Kristie Shaffer, of Covington, and Franklin, Stirling-Alexander and Christopher Shaffer; great-granddaughter, Savannah Richmond, of Denham Springs; an expected great-grandson, Jackson Richmond, scheduled to be born May 10; stepgreat-granddaughter, Victoria Richmond, of Dothan, Ala.; sister, Irene Stewart, of Albany; and brother, the Rev. Jesse Tate, of Hammond. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Frank McNabb; parents, William Thomas Tate and Sarah Jane Blount Tate; and siblings, Julia Tate, Ouida Bankston, Ella Carrol, Johnnie Hutchinson, Eula Nails and Nancy Bankston. Pallbearers will be her six grandsons. She was a member of Zoar Baptist Church.
Published in The Advocate from May 7 to May 8, 2010

I spoke with Jesse Dean.  He sound great!  Pray for him as he continues to improve.

Continue to pray for Larry Bankston of Arcola as he recovers from heart surgery.

Join the George “Porgy” and Joanie Scarle family in praying for their daughter, Stacey, who has cancer.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Please continue to pray for those who share God’s love to others, those who serve to make our world a better place, and for those who have experienced tragedies lately.

I invite you to this website to read a devotional that may help you see others in a better way.

Have a great day as you prepare for the Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee