“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


“Then He said to His disciples,

‘The harvest truly is plentiful,

but the laborers are few.

Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest

to send out laborers into His harvest.’”

~Matthew 9:37-38~



Monday, March 10, 2008



And He “gave some…pastors…

for the training of the saints

in the work of ministry,

to build up the body of Christ”

(Ephesians 4:11-12, HCSB).


Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for national pastors.

In a small, dry and dusty village in Mexico, a young man wakes up early to ride his bicycle an hour to work. Six days a week, he works 10 hours a day in a hot metal building, caring for chickens. He does this to earn money for his family. After he finishes work for the day, he begins studying God’s Word to help lead his church family. At times he feels inadequate for the task.

PT was one of the first Christians among the Tripura in his area of Bangladesh. Soon after he accepted Christ, he began to tell others about Jesus. PT has seen many Tripura baptized, but also knows many who have fallen away from the faith. He has a desire to organize the believers into thriving churches. One of his goals for 2008 is to see Sunday School classes for all ages in the churches.

Pastor C of Mtsala Baptist Church in Malawi was involved in seminary studies but was unable to continue due his lack of English; he was not able to keep up with the classes. Pray that he will not be discouraged but will continue to seek God’s guidance in his ministry, leading a Ngoni congregation.

Spring training has begun for church leaders in Luwingu, Zambia–not baseball teams, but church-planting teams are training specifically in the area of their prayer lives as they study God’s Word together every other week. Why prayer? Because it is the foundation of the work they will begin in the month of April, the work of going out in teams to start new churches in their neighboring villages.

* Please pray for national church leaders as they lay a foundation of personal prayer.

* Ask God to grant these leaders knowledge and wisdom as they invest hours in Bible study.

* Thank the Lord for pastors who faithfully build up the body of Christ.

Don’t forget to pray for Jesse and Majel Dean today as Jesse has knee surgery.

Peyton Alford, our granddaughter in Rome, GA had hit her head on the coffee table at her home. She had a big “goose egg”, but a scan showed her to be okay. Thank God for not allowing this injure to be more serious.

Pray for students all over the state as they take the state LEAP tests today. Pray the testing goes smoothly for everyone and students will be able to show what they have learned without being intimidated by the tests.

The F.B.C, Kentwood WMU will meet at 6:30 tonight. All ladies who are interested in missions are invited to attend.

DEAF OF COLOMBIA. A Colombia Hands for Life Team member shares: “‘Be patient’ is typically not a phrase we like to hear. In 2001, I was able to visit a Deaf school in one of the major cities. Shortly after that first visit, I was told that because we are Christians, we could not come back to visit. For the last seven years, we have been praying, you have been praying, and we have been waiting. Last year, this Deaf school called and asked for copies of the ‘JESUS’ film for their students. Recently representatives from the school came to visit us and asked us to take over the evangelism being done among their students and to give training in job skills. They will provide training and workshops for our teachers! Wow, what an awesome answer to prayer! Pray for us as we continue to work out the details for working together.”

HUNGARY. Easter is an important religious holiday in Hungary and is celebrated over the course of two days: Easter Sunday and Monday. On Monday, the men and boys visit their female friends and relatives, greeting them with a poem and a splash of cologne or water. The girls and women reward them with a hand-painted egg, baked goods, or some other treat. Please pray that traditions and rituals will not obscure the true meaning of this holiday. As the people are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, may they come to a new understanding of how much God loves them and calls them to a personal relationship with Himself through the blood of Christ.

(I think we should have the same desire that people know about Jesus, not just the Easter traditions, here in America.)

LAST FRONTIER. This month, missionary women serving among Last Frontier people groups in two nations will have the opportunity to attend a retreat designed to give them a break from the stress and rigors of living cross-culturally. The women will worship and study God’s Word together, and have various workshop choices designed to meet their specific needs. And they will have time for just relaxing, having fun, talking, and praying together. Pray that both of these retreats will be a blessed time of refreshment and encouragement. Thank God for the volunteers who are making the retreats possible, both with leadership and financial support. Pray that no roadblocks will come up to hinder God’s appointed time for these women.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Missionaries are looking for a house where they can begin full-time service among their people group. May God’s perfect will be revealed to them.


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

Mike Benson, Editor



HAVE YOU HEARD the story about the family who was moving from the East coat to the West coast…?

It seems that they were going to have to drive in two vehicles. The father was driving one vehicle, and his brother was driving the other. When it came time for the children to choose who to ride with, they chose their fun-loving uncle, to the uncle’s great delight. He was flattered that they had chosen him over their own parents.

However, before they left town, the little boy asked his uncle, “What happens if we get separated from mom and dad?” To which the uncle said, “Don’t worry, we won’t.” But the boy persisted, “Well, what if we do?” The uncle jokingly remarked, “Well, I guess we’ll never see them again.” After a moment of silence, the little boy said, “I think I’m going to ride with my mom and dad.”

This world contains many things that are flashy, fun, and exciting which capture our attention, but when it comes right down to it, I wouldn’t want any of those things if it meant that I would be separated from my heavenly Father forever. Maybe we ought to take a moment and think about the one with whom we are riding. (Steve Higginbotham)

“Do not love the world or the things in the world.

If anyone loves the world,

the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh,

the lust of the eyes,

and the pride of life —

is not of the Father but is of the world.

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it,

but he who does the will of God abides forever”

~ 1 John 2:15-17~


“We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!

For Your wondrous works declare

that Your name is near.”

~Psalm 75:1~




Joan Hagan

Joan Hagan continues to get reports that will allow her surgery to proceed. Pray for her as she again in waiting for a surgery date.



Cleon Wilburn Blades

A native of Kentwood and a longtime resident of Tunica, he died Thursday, March 6, 2008, at age 76. He was a retired correctional officer at Angola, where he served for nearly 35 years. Visitation at Charlet Funeral Home Inc. in Zachary on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. until service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Michael Wells Sr. Burial in Rogillio Family Cemetery. Survived by a daughter, Linda Bordelon and her husband, Darren, of Angola; two sons, Wilburn Jesse Blades and his wife Patricia, of Tunica, and Charles Blades and his wife, Cortney, of Smithdale, Miss.; three brothers, Henry Blades, Clovis Blades and Royal Blades; and three grandchildren, Darren Bordelon Jr., Todd Bordelon and Catherine Blades. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Mattie Blades; four brothers, James, Joe, Doc and Luther Blades; and his ex-wife, Pearl Anderson Blades. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Share sympathies, condolences and memories online at




Mary Ann Cutrer

(Thanks, Mary Ann.)


Friday, March 7, 2008

“So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures

and explained the good news about Jesus.,”

~Acts 8:35, CEV~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, encouraging you to pray for women as they hear God’s Word.

A chance encounter turned out to be a relationship for which to praise God. A woman in South Asia met two Christian women on a South Asian street and asked why they lived in her country. They told her that they were storytellers. “We are followers of Jesus, so our favorite stories to tell are about Him!” On her first visit to their home, after exchanging usual greetings, this woman was in the chair for less than two minutes before she said, “OK, tell me a story about Jesus.” Since then, the women have had ample opportunities to share not only how Christ changed their lives, but also many stories from the Word.

A few Tibetan women in a refugee carpet factory have shown an interest in hearing audio stories from the Bible. On occasion, international Christian workers have played Tibetan praise songs and Bible stories on a CD player for them while they make rugs. The songs and stories resound throughout the factory, and the women listen intently as they sit, weaving the heavy rugs.

Three groups of North African women are meeting weekly to study the Bible. Pray for the women to continue to grow in their faith and for their daughters and friends to join them as they share their faith with others.

A volunteer from Canada has traveled to Turkey to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to Persians. Pray that many women will come to the classes and will be drawn to God through her sharing and testimony.

* Please pray for women to respond positively to the Good News that they are hearing whether directly from the Bible, through stories and music, or from personal testimonies.

* Intercede for believers that they will share faithfully.

* Ask God to open your eyes to unusual places where you can share His Word.


This month, two new workers joined the ministry team on a small island nation. They are studying at the local university and have already immersed themselves in the local culture, experiencing many of the wondrous oddities that living in a different country can offer. Please pray for these young people as they strive to be a light for the Lord in the midst of much spiritual darkness. Pray for their safety as they travel by public transport, for understanding of the local dialects, for comprehension of their school studies, for personal strength and growth in the Lord, for adjustment to the new climate, time zone and diet, and for unity with other believers. Praise the Lord for young people willing to step way outside their “comfort zones” to serve Him wherever He calls!




F.B.C. Members:

Don’t forget the community outreach at 10:00 this morning and the missions lunch tomorrow.




Resort Missionary Brad Lartigue


Holds Big Job in Big Sky


By Mickey Noah

BIG SKY, Mont. – Because his mission field is based in Big Sky, Mont., where Lone Mountain stretches 11,000 feet high, Brad Lartigue reports to work every day sky-high – geographically and spiritually.

For 20 years, Lartigue has served as a North American Mission Board missionary — the last 17 as a resort missionary in Big Sky during the ski season in winter and at Yellowstone National Park in summer. Big Sky is nestled near three interconnected mountains, high in Montana’s Gallatin National Forest.

Lartigue is one of more than 5,000 missionaries in the United States, Canada and their territories supported by the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American Missions. He is one of eight NAMB missionaries featured as part of the annual Week of Prayer, March 2-9, 2008. This year’s theme is “Live with Urgency: Seize Your Divine Moment.” The 2008 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering’s goal is $61 million, 100 percent of which is used for missionaries like Brad.

“My place of work is basically the outdoors,” he says. “Our sanctuary is in the mountains that rise above us, among the trees and the animals that God has created. That’s where worship happens for us.

“I believe that my area of special ministries in resort and leisure settings is a good place to present the Gospel to people,” he said. “After all, our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the example and foundation for ministering to people outside the walls of the church.

“Jesus spoke to the multitudes from the bow of a boat, from the mountainsides, in the gardens, in the marketplaces. He met people where they were, in times of work and play. It’s a wonderful thing to have the opportunity of using God’s creation as a ministry tool to point people past that creation and toward the Creator.”

Supported and commissioned by NAMB and the Montana Southern Baptist Convention, Lartigue leads worship services and campfire devotionals, marries couples, dedicates babies and even conducts funeral services on the powdery snow of Big Sky. He witnesses to tourists who wouldn’t be caught dead inside the walls of a brick-and-mortar church.

During the peak ski season — between Thanksgiving and Easter — some 5,000-6,000 people a day come to Big Sky to challenge the world-class ski slopes, which get blanketed by 400 inches of new snow each year.

“Every Sunday when I ride the chairlift going up the mountain to do my worship service, I meet people who have no intention of going to a worship service. They’re coming to find a place for recreation and to relax — not for a place of worship or for a minister. But when I ride the chairlift, I never ride without speaking to someone about why they are here and what we are doing here.

“I think it means a lot to people to see a minister snowboarding, skiing, or cross-country skiing, who takes the effort to hone these skills to meet people where they are,” he said.

Citing the Apostle Paul’s admonition to “be all things to all people so that we might reach some,” Lartigue recently invited a couple of young men on college break to his worship service.

“They saw me on my snowboard and said, ‘Oh, you’re the shred chaplain.’ Shredding is ski slang for snowboarding. I think God gives us passions in our lives that drive us to do the things we do. God has given me the passion to snowboard, cross-country ski and go backpacking in the wilderness.

“And each of us can reach one because of the various passions He gives us,” Lartigue said. “People come here to relax, rest and be rejuvenated. And what better place to do ministry than a place where people can be inspired, because God and his creation are inspiring.”

It’s a long way from the sultry summers of Lake Charles, La, where Brad was born and raised, to the crystal-blue skies and frosty air of Big Sky, Mont.

He grew up in a Christian home in Lake Charles, a bayou town in the heart of southwest Louisiana’s Cajun country, where his father serves as pastor of a Southern Baptist church and with a devoted preacher’s wife for a mom. With a French surname and rich family bloodlines of black, Cherokee Indian and Italian lineage, Brad is proud of his heritage. One of five children, he accepted Christ at age 14.

Always interested in adventure and public service, Lartigue was active in the Baptist Student Union at McNeese State University in Lake Charles. While at McNeese, he cut his missions “teeth” while serving as a summer missionary on Hawaii’s Big Island and as a US/C2 resort missionary at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico.

After graduating from McNeese State, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where he earned a master’s degree in religious education and church recreation. In 1990, he accepted a career missionary position at Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park from NAMB and the Montana Southern Baptist Convention. He’s been there ever since.

“When people think of Big Sky or Yellowstone National Park, they think of the beauty and what a pristine place it is,” said Lartigue. “But people don’t realize that behind the scenes, there are hurting people – people very much disillusioned about who God is. I come across alcoholics, those into drugs, the promiscuous, those whose lives need to change.”

As with any Southern Baptist pastor, Sunday is a long and busy work day for Lartigue.

“I am part of three worship services on Sundays,” he said. “I begin the day with an outdoor worship service at 9:30 a.m. at the Moonlight Basin Ski Resort. Then I drive back down to the Big Sky Christian Fellowship worship at 11 a.m., and back up to Mountain Village to conduct the skier/snowboarder worship service in the snow at 1:30 p.m.,” Brad said.

After a few hours of skiing or snowboarding, he closes out the day by directing a youth ministry for junior high students on Sunday nights. He also is active in Yellowstone Innovator/park employee worship in campgrounds, hotel worship services and home Bible studies.

During summer, he shifts the focus of his ministry to Yellowstone – about 50 miles away — where he supervises college and seminary volunteers called “Innovators,” full-time summer missionaries appointed by NAMB and sponsored by the First Baptist Church of West Yellowstone, who work full-time alongside park employees in a secular environment. They intentionally share their faith in Christ through lifestyle evangelism, Bible studies, hiking, backpacking and “one-to-one” witnessing.

In October, Brad is a swimming instructor and coach for the local elementary school in Big Sky, and a lifeguard instructor in Bozeman, about 45 miles north of Big Sky. With Thanksgiving comes the return of ski season.

Year-round, Lartigue works as a firefighter and chaplain for the Big Sky Volunteer Fire Department. He also is a certified emergency medical technician (EMT), a CPR instructor and a volunteer for the Big Sky Ski Patrol. Regardless of the hat he wears, he ministers to all, all the time.

Dean Hall of Helena, Mont., is a fellow EMT on the Big Sky Ski Patrol team.

“I’ve known him (Lartigue) for five or six years now,” Hall said. “He’s a minister, a youth minister, a resort minister. He’s a very well trained EMT. He’s well-respected and a wonderful, kind, gentle man. The kids love him. He’s a great asset to the community here and to the Big Sky Ski Patrol, both as a chaplain and as a trained EMT.

“I think all resorts need somebody like him,” continued Hall. “This is sort of a la-la land in many respects. There’s lots of alcohol, lots of drugs. Brad is an anchoring force and some of these young people need that.”

What does the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering mean for Brad?

“This offering does things in so many different ways, and offers so many different opportunities that we will never, ever see the results until we’re in heaven. I feel privileged to be able to minister in a place where I can focus on ministry and not worry about how I’m going to sustain myself.

“I love what I do because it is making an eternal difference in people’s lives and I look forward to seeing these people in our heavenly home for all of eternity.”




Devotional Thought


The Fern and the Bamboo…..


(This was shared by Mr. K.K.Kennedy. I do not know who wrote it.)

One day I decided to quit…. I quit my job, my relationship, my Spirituality.. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have One last talk with God.

“God”, I said. “Can you give me one good re ason not to quit?”

His answer surprised me…

“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”

“Yes”, I replied.

“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, Nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo”.

He said. “In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.

In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.

He said. “Then in th e fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had Spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave It what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a Challenge it could not handle.”

He said to me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have Been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on The bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don’t compare yourself to others.”

He said. “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern, yet, they Both make the forest beautiful.”

“Your time will come, ” God said to me. ” You will rise high!”

“How high should I rise?” I asked.

“How high will the bamboo rise?” H e asked in return.

“As high as it can?” I questioned.

“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”

I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you…..

Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you Happiness. Bad days give you Experiences. Both are essential to life. Keep going… Happiness keeps you Sweet, Trials keep you Strong, Sorrows keep you Human, Failures keep you Humble, Success keeps You Glowing, But Only God keeps You Going!

Have a great day! The Son is shining!!

God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love, and so small He can curl up inside your heart.



LUKE 6:31



Remember, He provides what we need when we need it!

Anna Lee

Saturday Evening – Hatchels

The “eagle has landed”!

Jennie called to say they were home and about to get in their own beds. They had water; the heat was working. It will be warm later. All the luggage arrived with them.

They had several experiences (rough landing, bad weather, malfunctioning plane that had to be replaced, etc.) that continued to complicate their trip, but God was faithful to get them safely home.

Thank-you for being so faithful to pray. Your prayers are always appreciated!

Saturday Afternoon – Hatchels

If the Hatchels were able to make all connections and weather conditions did not delay any flights, the Hatchels should have completed their third flight now. They needed to go through customs and get all their luggage. Hopefully, a friend brought them a van to use to transport the family two hours away to their home.

The process is long and very tiring. Pray for them as they travel and hopefully get home in the next few hours. Pray that when they get there, things will go smoothly. Pray everything is okay in their house, the heating system quickly heats the house, and everyone can get some much needed rest.

Jennie told me it to “Assume things are going smoothly unless you hear otherwise”. I haven’t heard “otherwise”, so I’m praying and trusting that wherever they are God is watching over them, providing for and protecting them. Thank God for that assurance He gives His children.


“Great are the works of the LORD,

studied by all who delight in them.

Full of splendor and majesty is his work,

and his righteousness endures forever.”

~Psalm 111: 2-3, ESV~


The Hatchel family should be on their second flight by now.

Some people we need to pray for daily:

  • Mr. Henry Harris
  • Mr. Charley Kuss
  • Smiley Conerly
  • Chuck Pittman
  • Randy Fairburn
  • Margaret and Randy Hart
  • Aubrey Perry
  • Billy Wilkinson
  • Sammy Broyles

Friday – Hatchels

We took the Hatchels (plus 13 suitcases/crates, 2 carry-ons, 4 backpacks, and 2 computer bags) to the airport today. We were surprised to learn the first flight was canceled (even though Boyd had confirmed it last week). The three flights were rescheduled. The old iteniary is “out the window”.

They will be arriving in Prague later than first expected. Please continue to pray today, tonight, and tomorrow night. I’ll let you know when we hear from them.

You can also pray for it heat up quickly in their house. The outside temperature should be about freezing. The inside temperature will be that cold too!

As always, your prayers are greatly appreciated!