“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro

throughout the whole earth,

to show Himself strong

on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”

~2 Chronicles 16:9a~



Mrs. Theople Hurst was given a good report and released from the hospital late yesterday afternoon. Thank God for her good report.



I’ve been missing hearing from Frann Clark. I wrote her and had to wait to hear back. Now I know why . . . .

I fell July 11 & was in the hospital for eight days. Then I was transferred to a rehab hospital for two weeks. I came home this afternoon and will receive outpatient therapy three days a week. Please pray for do daily activities.

Riley is adjusting very well to the War Veterans Home in Jennings, LA. Kerry and the girls have visited home several times and he hasn’t asked to come home with them. Please pray that he will be happy there.

. . .

God Bless You



Dr. Chip Sloan is a former pastor at Roseland Baptist Church. He just returned from another mission trip to Romania.

Greetings! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We worked in cooperation with the Romania Chapel Project to build a church building in Insureti, about 45 minutes from Braila. Our ladies provided children ministry and women ministry, in addition to helping with the construction. Incredibly, we completed construction and dedicated the building Friday, July 25.

It was an eventful trip. As we loaded the bus to take the team of 17 to the airport, I twisted my knee. It swelled up and hurt like crazy but it didn’t keep me from fulfilling my role. Then the scaffolding collapsed dropping four of our men about ten feet onto the concrete floor. Miraculously, no one was seriously injured, though two of them were badly scrapped and bruised. Then on Friday, Martha suffered a kidney attack (stone or severe infection). She was in excrutiating pain. Bob and Gail Hill came to our assistance and got us to a clinic in Braila provided by Prestonwood Baptist Church. The story is too long to tell by email, but God provided. She is doing well.

While the trip was eventful, it was also insightful. We learned afresh the incredible commitment of our missionaries. They are subjected to inadequate medical care and willing to run the risk only because they love and trust the Lord. We also learned how God places each of us in the body, His Church, as He determines. It was special seeing how some of our team members blossomed in ministry to the Romany.

Thanks for your prayers. We needed them. God provided. We were blessed and I believe were a blessing.

. . .

His and Yours,

Bro. Chip




FBC Nursery Workers for August 3rd

  • Fay Shoemaker
  • J.C. Miller
  • Scott Miller
  • Katie Miller





Here are some tips on the subject of aviation:

* Takeoffs are optional. Landings are mandatory.

* If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull thestick back they get smaller. (unless you keep pulling the stick back– then they get bigger again)

* Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.

* The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.

* It’s best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.

* Every one already knows the definition of a “good landing” is one from which you can walk away. But very few know the definition of a “great landing.” It’s one after which you can use the airplane another time.

* The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.

* A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and reciprocating parts going up and down — all of them trying to become random in motion. Helicopters can’t really fly — they’re just so ugly that the earth immediately repels them.

* Trust your captain . . . . but keep your seat belt securely fastened.

* There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing:
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

* Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your takeoffs.

* Gravity never loses! The best you can hope for is a draw.

* It’s better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

Several of these tips lend themselves to spiritual application, but the one that jumped out at me was that last one. How much better it is to be on this earth with a mind set on “things above”, than to be anywhere with a mind set on “things below”!

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

Because we are surrounded by a world which we can see, it is easy to keep our eyes focused solely on that world. We will never grow as Christians, though, until we set our sights higher. Wherever your mind has been this morning, may this serve as a gentle reminder to set it on “things above”.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina




Tribute to an Old Breed of Hero

By Paul Chitwood

MOUNT WASHINGTON, Ky. (BP)–“Don’t make us go, Daddy!”

After a week of doing whatever they wanted — whenever they wanted — my 11-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter were less than enthusiastic about the way this second week of our summer travels was beginning.

They spent the first week swimming and fishing on the beaches of South Carolina. They would spend the second week in Richmond, Va., where I would oversee my first meeting as chairman of trustees for the International Mission Board.

We had barely unpacked our suitcases in the hotel room when the battle of wills began.

“We have to go,” I said. “Daddy has to be there and I want you to be there. Tonight we meet our heroes.”

For my son, that statement must have brought to mind some of his favorite movie superheroes. When he found out we weren’t going anywhere near a theater, the faint trace of excitement on his face quickly faded. Further protests were met with: “We’re going, no more complaining!”

They slouched in their chairs for the first half of the service — even when their father was speaking. I had to think: my oratory skills seem least appreciated by those who hear me speak most often.

When IMB President Jerry Rankin failed to get a reaction from my two preacher’s kids, I began to question my effectiveness as a spiritual leader in my own home. By the time Dr. Rankin and I were replaced on the stage by 55 retiring Southern Baptist missionaries, my children hardly seemed to notice and I began to inwardly acknowledge that I had failed as a father.

Then, one by one those emeritus missionaries began to tell their stories. Not the whole story, just tidbits and highlights — victories and sacrifices of those who had lived their lives on the mission fields of the world, some for more than 40 years.

Suddenly the two lifeless bodies beside me resurrected. Eyes once glazed began dancing with wonder. Whispered questions began to fire back and forth.

“Where is her husband now?” one asked. “Why did they kill him?”

“What did they say happened to his wife?”

“Why didn’t they bring their little boy back to America to bury him?”

“Why is he in a wheelchair?”

The questions continued on the van ride back to the hotel. Then I asked two questions of my own: “Who is glad we went to the service?”

“I am, Daddy.”

“Me, too!”

“Who wishes they had stayed at the hotel and watched cartoons?” I said.

“Not me, Daddy!”

“Me either!”

I am grateful my children found some heroes — an old breed of hero. Plenty of flying, but always on a plane. A few stopped bullets, but bullets that did their damage. Thousands upon thousands of perilous rescues — not from blazing buildings — but from the fires of hell.

I am glad their heroes are men and women, boys and girls, who accepted the costs associated with reaching lost people. I am glad their heroes are — in the words of the old Methodist catechism — those who chose to “spend and be spent” saving souls.

Paul Chitwood is pastor of First Baptist Church in Mt. Washington, Ky., and chairman of the board of trustees for the International Mission Board.

Have you got any heroes? Who are they?

Anna Lee


A man of many companions may come to ruin,

but there is a friend

who sticks closer than a brother.

~Proverbs 18:24 (NIV)~

Please continue to remember Mr. Frankie Gehringer as he slowly recovers from his heart issues.

Karen Miller’s brother, Aubrey Perry, had his surgery delayed until yesterday. The family did not have a report from the doctor yet following surgery. Please continue to pray for the Perry family.

Glen Magee, Jr. had a heart procedure yesterday. It seems to have been successful. Please continue to pray for Glen.

My good friend at work, Sara Badon, has a little boy who will be having heart surgery on September 16, to repair a hole in his heart he’s had since birth. Please put him on the prayer list. Also, remember his parents, Donnie and Sara, who need prayers of peace as they are very concerned about this open heart surgery. He’s a very smart and special little boy. He will be going into the 3rd grade. Thanks.

Pam Sellers

Continue to pray for little Tyler Easley and his family. His grandmother is Judy Easley. His parents are Joffrey and Moira.

Pray for Mr. I.W. Simmons. He has been diagnosed with cancer.

It’s not too late to get tickets for the Beth Moore Simulcast which will be Friday evening and Saturday. Call the church office (985-229-8111). A large number of ladies is expected.

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


YOU’RE LAZILY FLIPPING through the channels on your new flat screen TV…

Despite the vast array of viewing options, there’s nothing worth watching, at least for the moment. Your thumb stops on a random station. It’s a half-hour long commercial for “Feed the Children.”
The broadcast depicts a hungry African child. His arms and legs exhibit no muscle at all. He’s a veritable skeleton with dark brown skin stretched over the bones. Green bottle flies encircle his eyes and ears. His belly is unnaturally distended and swollen. He’s weak, pale, sickly, and frail. He’s had one “meal” in the past seven days. A small cup of rice.

A phone number flashes at the bottom of the television. You’re being asked to donate. Just the change out of your pocket. For the price of a cheap cup of coffee you could support this poor, starving child. You could put food in his growling belly. Your heart and emotions are aroused by this under-nourished youth. “How in the world does he make it?” you ask yourself. “He can’t live on one meal a week.” Determined to help, you pick up the phone and punch in the 800 number.

Stay with me for just a moment.

We all recognize that to be healthy, we must maintain a steady, balanced diet. We can’t skip meals for days on end. We certainly can’t live off of a single meal once a week. And yet, isn’t that exactly what we’re doing when our only source of spiritual nourishment comes from the Sunday morning sermon? When we habitually skip Sunday morning Bible class, aren’t we saying that we can be healthy and strong by eating just one meal a week? When we miss the Sunday evening and Wednesday night assemblies at church, and the only time we take in real, biblical sustenance is the 11 o’clock Lord’s Day message, aren’t we saying — at least by our actions — that a child of God only has to eat one meal every seven days? When we fail to open our Bibles at home and pour through the sacred Word each day, but then manage to “squeak in” at the last minute for that one hour worship assembly on the first day of the week, aren’t we communicating that a Christian requires little food for the soul? A small cup of rice, indeed. What we acknowledge in the physical realm, we tend to forget in the spiritual. Some of us are starving ourselves to death ( Hosea 4:6) and we don’t even realize it!

When we go to the New Testament book of Acts, we find a group of folks who understood the correlation between regular Scripture “meals” and a strong, maturing faith. The text says, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” ( Acts 17:11 NIV). Did you catch that? The Bereans were more nobly disposed than the Thessalonians because 1) they received the spoken Word with great eagerness (A. T. Robertson says “eagerness” carries the idea of rushing forward/1), and because 2) they “examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Watch it! The Berean Jews were commended because they personally investigated the Old Testament prophecies to which Paul appealed on a DAILY basis. You might say the Thessalonians had a cup of rice once a week, while the Bereans ate “three squares” a day.

Dear Christian, if the Word is food ( Matthew 4:4; cf. Psalm 19:9,10; Jeremiah 15:16; John 6:26,63), and it is, shouldn’t we “pull up to the table” and fill our plates every day? If we can make time for television, sports, shopping at the mall, going to the movies, and a myriad of other fleshly pursuits, we certainly can make time to read and study God’s Word.

When would be the best time for you to delve into your Bible? At the breakfast table? During break at work? Before you go to bed after the kids are asleep? Pick a time that’s best for you and then enjoy the meal! (Mike Benson)

1/ Word Pictures in the New Testament, p. 274.

“These were more fair-minded

than those in Thessalonica,

in that they received the word with all readiness,

and searched the Scriptures daily

to find out whether these things were so.”

~ Acts 17:11~

Please feel free to contact me to share praises, requests, and updates. We would love to pray with you.

Anna Lee


Put on the new self,

created to be like God

in true righteousness and holiness.

~Ephesians 4:24 (NIV)~

Mrs. Avis Sullivan continues to progress nicely following surgery. Please continue to pray for her.

Tyler Easley, grandson of Judy Easley, remains in Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. Please remember him and his family, especially Joffrey and Moira, in your prayers.

Mrs. Jimmie Shaw continues to improve since her recent fall. Pray for her as she goes through rehabilitation for a few days.

Cliff Titus has had some more difficult days lately. Pray for Cliff and Lauree as they deal with his continuing health issues.

Continue to pray for those who are battling cancer daily. Pray for strength and hope.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

“Blessed are you when people hate you…

on account of the Son of Man!

Rejoice in that day…for behold,

your reward is great in heaven”

(Luke 6:22-23a, ESV).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, inviting you to pray for the people of Iran.

Fear is common for new believers in Iran. They do not know how to explain their new faith and are afraid of family response. Compounding the sense of isolation and fear is a reluctance to meet with other believers. “What if the others are only posing as believers and use information they find out about me to harm me?” Ask God to grant courage and boldness.

One Iranian Arab couple has refused to leave their country despite persecution, but remain in order to share the Good News. Pray for God’s protection over their lives.

V, on the other hand, is an Azeri of Iran who has had to flee and is not able to return to his family. He recently received a new version of the Bible in the Farsi language. He has found it much easier to read and has been sharing it with others.

MR is a Sorani-speaking Kurdish man from a key western city in Iran and leader of a small group of Kurdish believers. Recently MR was thrown in jail for his faith. The authorities tell him that he may be in jail for as long as six months. They also say that if he will discontinue his Christian activities and also expose other believers, his time in jail will be reduced. Please pray for MR to remain faithful and strong during his time in jail. Pray that he will fully experience the peace of God. Often during times of persecution, God calls out new leaders. Pray for believers to be attentive to His call during MR’s imprisonment.

* Please pray that these experiences will result in the growth of the church in Iran.

* Ask that the hearts of Iranian believers will be stirred to reach their people.

* Pray that these believers will rejoice in persecution for great is their reward.

On Mission is Kentwood in this Saturday. It’s not too late to sign up to participate in some way. There’s something for everyone. If you know of a project that needs our attention, please contact me or the church office.

Continue to pray for the children’s sports camp at church. Pray for safety and fun, but mostly for growth in relationships with God. Thank God for the young people from Simpson and Kentwood who gave of themselves to run the camp this week.

I just received an email from Jennie. She and the children are now home. Boyd remains with the International World Changers and will get them to the airport for the return trip home. Thank God for the opportunities of the last two weeks to impact the lives of the Roma. Remember there is a seven hour time difference, so pray today for the travelers as they return home tomorrow. Pray for Bro. Brady Haynes as he continues to minister to and influence the young adults in Birmingham. Thank God so many were willing to give of themselves to take the news of Jesus to an often overlooked people group.

Boyd Alton Bennett
A native and resident of Central, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. He was 82. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mildred N. Bennett; daughter, Janice B. Carpenter, Deville; son, David Bennett and wife Lois, Baton Rouge; brother, Levi and wife Elaine Bennett; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Laura Lee and Whitey Waters, of Central, Bobbie and Pete Neyland, of Baker, Marguerite Baudin, of Kentwood, and Louise and Barzie Fletcher, San Angelo, Texas; seven grandchildren, Ralph Carpenter Jr., Amanda Carpenter Cooksey, Eric Bennett, David Bennett, James Bennett, Lisa Bennett Langley and Michelle Bennett White; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father, James Bennett; mother, Margaret “Maggie” Browning Bennett; three sisters, Inez Ward, Annie Martin and Flarrie Baudin; and son-in-law, Ralph Carpenter. He was a retired route salesman for Holsum Bakery. He served during World War II in the 409th Quartermaster Depot Company as a cook. He was a member of the Central Masonic Lodge. In 1976, he was one of the founding members of the Central Volunteer Fire Department and in 1969, he was a Boy Scout leader. He was instrumental in the building and opening of Central Private School in 1968. He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Friday, July 25, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at the funeral home on Saturday from 8 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Danny Smith, pastor of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood. Interment in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ralph Carpenter Jr., Brandon Cooksey, Eric Bennett, David A. Bennett, James Bennett and Mike Neyland. Honorary pallbearers are Joseph White and Aaron Langley. Special thanks to Hospice of Baton Rouge and Dr. Say. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, the American Heart Association or Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area.
Published in The Advocate on 7/24/2008


George Burns once said, “Tennis is a game for young people. Until age 25, you can play singles. From there until age 35, you should play doubles. I won’t tell you my age, but when I played, there were 28 people on the court — just on my side of the net.”

I’ve talked some about the fears we have related to getting older. But, I want to close out this series by looking at the positive aspect of aging. In Proverbs 20:29, Solomon wrote, “The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.” The Bible has for us several examples of elderly people who refused to believe their usefulness was over just because they weren’t young anymore, who served God well despite their advancing years.

One of the greatest examples is found in the book of Joshua. Caleb was 85 years old. He had served the Lord faithfully for his entire lifetime. When he was 40, he, along with eleven other soldiers, sneaked into the land of Canaan to spy out the land that God had promised them. What they saw was frightening and ten of the soldiers concluded there was no chance of victory. Joshua and Caleb were the two faithful spies who stood firm in their conviction that God could give them Canaan despite the giants in the land.

Then for the next 40 years, that unbelieving nation wandered in the wilderness until Caleb and Joshua were the only adults left. Joshua led the Israelites in conquering the land of Canaan and Caleb had fought valiantly in securing the land. But by the time we get to the 14th chapter of the book of Joshua, Caleb is an old man — 85 years old. You would think he was ready to sit out on that porch swing, but listen to him:

“And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as he said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” (Joshua 14:10-12).

At the age of 85, Caleb was still looking for ways to serve God; he asked for a mountain full of giants to conquer. It was the most difficult spot in the whole land to be conquered. He deliberately chose the hardest task. Now if anyone in that nation had earned the right to retire and live the rest of his days in comfort, it was Caleb. But, he wasn’t ready for the shelf; he wanted a mountain.

What was his secret? There are several things that I think stand out. He was a man who obviously had a positive attitude and faith in God. It’s easy to become negative as we get older, looking back on “the good old days”. But Caleb refused to be negative. He had a positive faith in God. God said, “Even to your old age, I am he, and even to gray hairs I will carry you.” (Isaiah 46:4). Caleb truly believed that, that God is in control at every stage of our lives.

Here was a man who had a divine purpose. He was in his eighties, but he believed that God had something important for him to do. And he believed that with God’s help he could do it. He was a man who looked for ways to serve God despite his advancing age. There are tasks that an older Christian can do that a younger Christian just simply isn’t equipped to do.

But, above all else, Caleb was obedient to the Lord. It’s difficult for a person to obey God in his old age if he doesn’t establish a pattern of obedience in his earlier years. But it can be done. The important thing is to continue to give yourself to the Lord no matter what your age.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

The important thing is to continue to give yourself to the Lord no matter what your age.

I think that statement deserves an”Amen”!


Anna Lee


God is working in you,

giving you the desire to obey him

and the power to do what pleases him.

~Philippians 2:13 (NLT)~

Mr. Frankie Gehringer’s surgery went well. He may be able to come home today. Please keep him in your prayers.

Ethan O’Brian, grandson of Joan Hagan, has an unexplained rash. Pray for a diagnosis so proper treatment can begin.

Mrs. Avis Sullivan is progressing at North Oaks. Please keep her in your prayers.

Mr. Bobby Raborn was able to come home last night. Pray for him as her continues to recover from double knee surgery.

Mrs. Faye Price has has some good days. Pray for her as she has additional tests today.

Marvelous Monday was again marvelous! The services have all.been very good. Next week, we will be led by Dr. Steve Echols and Rev. Ronnie Nielson. Services begin at 7 P.M. followed by a time of food and fellowship.

On Mission in Kentwood will be Saturday at 8:00 A.M. Feel free to join us for a time of giving of ourselves in the Kentwood area. You will be richly blessed for your participation.

The Sports Camp at FBC, Kentwood went well yesterday. If you have children in grades K-6 be sure to have them at the church by 8:30 this morning. They will have a good time and learn a lot.

Continue to pray for Rev. Brady Haynes and his group from Birmingham as they work with International World Changers in the Czech Republic. They are ministering to the Roma, Gypsies, with the Hatchel family. Pray for life-changing decisions among the Roma and the young adults ministering to them.


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


Life itself is a series of surprises, good and bad. The unexpected brings us both the trivial and earth-shaking. Be it a flat tire at an inconvenient moment or a terminal illness, we can’t and don’t anticipate today’s events.

The disciples were shattered when Jesus was arrested and crucified. They scattered, they ran, they hid, they followed from afar. All had one question in mind: “How could this happen?” After all, he was the Messiah-to-be, the one who would put all things right. And things went so wrong!

But the death of Christ should not have caught them unawares. Time and again he told them he would go to Jerusalem and die. And be raised from the dead. With their preconceived ideas and their own agenda, they discounted his warnings. His words were unintelligible, nonsensical, forgettable.

And then the unexpected happened.

With their world in pieces, some gravitated back to what they did before Jesus called them. Peter went fishing. But there was no return for some like Levi, where another was sitting in his tax office.

And then the unexpected happened again.

Jesus rose from the dead.

The heavenly messengers reminded them. “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise” (Luke 24:5-7 ESV).

Around the Table of the Lord, we listen again to the risen Son of Man who tells his disciples that he will come again. Our eating and drinking signals our hope in his return.

And because we eat the bread and drink the cup, his manifestation will not catch us unawares. We live for him and speak the Good News to all. We may not know the day and hour, but we know the fact of his coming.

No more angels will remind us what he said. They will trumpet his return, but there will be no more chiding. Only judgment.

So today we rejoice that, in spite of our daily surprises, good and bad, large and small, for us the Unexpected will not happen again. For ours is hope in the Awaited One.

(J. Randal Matheny at:

“For as often as you eat this bread

and drink this cup,

you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”

~1 Cor. 11:26~

Have a fantastic day!

Anna Lee




“But you are a chosen generation,

a royal priesthood,

a holy nation,

His own special people,

that you may proclaim the praises of Him

who called you out of darkness

into His marvelous light.”

~1 Peter 2:9~

Friday, July 18, 2008


“And in every work that he began

in the service of the house of God…

he did it with all his heart,

and prospered.”

~2 Chronicles 31:21, KJV~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for volunteer teams serving in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

During the month of July, several volunteer teams will minister through events, such as prayerwalking, Scripture distribution, sports evangelism, and English ministries. Already, a team from Alabama served in Kharkov, Ukraine, sharing Jesus through Backyard Bible Clubs and helping with construction projects at the church.

A group from Arkansas is now in Irbeet, Sverdlovskaya oblast on a construction project, serving through July 25. The Prague Mega-City Team of the Czech Republic is sponsoring a City Day Camp (July 19-26) as well as English Camp Benecko 2008 in the mountains north of Prague.

Volunteers from Mississippi will minister through medical teams in Kharkov, Ukraine, this coming week. Pray that the Ukrainian believers working alongside the volunteer team will build strong relationships with nonbelievers.

The small Baptist church in Puspokladany, Hungary will hold a sports camp. Please pray that the Lord will use this camp to strengthen ongoing friendships from past projects. Pray, also, that it will be an encouragement to the eight-member church as they serve as salt and light in this town of 17,000.

Another project with volunteers from North Carolina runs July 19-31. Team Bratislava in Slovakia will reach out to young and old alike with activities, including English courses, sports and games, and community work projects.

From July 22-31, youth from across Kamchatka, Russian Federation, will come together for a Wilderness Camp at the base of two volcanoes outside of Petropavlovsk. Activities will include daily opportunities for Bible study and worship, as well as exploring nature, rock climbing, and hiking to the top of a volcano. Pray especially for the youth who will attend; they will be from various backgrounds, ranging from “church kids” to children from the local orphanage.

* Please pray for these volunteers serving in Central and Eastern Europe as they serve Jesus with their whole hearts.

(Of course, every team serving in Central and Eastern Europe is not listed. One such team is a group of 75 International World Changers from Brady Haynes church in Birmingham. Pray for them as they minister to the Roma (Gypsies). Brady is a former youth minister of FBC, Kentwood. He will be working with Team Romany which includes the Hatchel family.)

Major Bernard “Ben” R. Williams, Jr., USAF Retired, of Osyka, died peacefully at his home on Friday, July 18, 2008, from pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 21, at Osyka Baptist Church from 2-6 PM and services will follow at 6 PM. Burial will be at Osyka Cemetery.

(Ben was the husband of Linda Williams who has worked in the Pupil Appraisal section of the Tangipahoa Parish School System for many years. Please be in prayer for Linda and her family.)

Baptist Press

July 18, 2008

CHINA–Olympic torch ventures to China’s last frontier.

CHINA–China pastor, wife forced from home, living on streets.

MISSOURI–McCain raises public profile of pro-life views.

KENTUCKY–Builder helps churches enlarge their passion.

WASHINGTON–LIFE DIGEST: Mother eliminates children to gain cancer-free baby.

TENNESSEE–Church to vote on Sutton retirement.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Kelly Boggs): The election & the Supreme Court.

CALIFORNIA–FIRST-PERSON (David Jeremiah): Assurance of salvation.



Children touring a retirement home were asked by a resident if they had any questions. “Yes,” one girl said. “How old are you?”

“I’m 98,” she replied proudly.

Clearly impressed, the child’s eyes grew wide with wonder. “Did you start at one?”

In the last couple of TFTD messages, I’ve talked about our fears of growing older. I suggested that one reason we’re afraid of growing older is that many of us live in a culture that glorifies youth. Another reason we’re afraid of growing old is because of our concept of old age. We have a tendency to think of old people in a nursing home who are poor, isolated, sick, unhappy, and senile. It’s no wonder we find the prospect of growing old unattractive! But it’s an unfair evaluation. Yes, there are some old people who find it necessary to live in nursing homes. And some do become senile, although it’s a very small percentage (about 8 percent). But I really believe that most elderly people are about as happy as they were when they were younger people. If you find a cantankerous old man, chances are he was a cantankerous young man, too!

One perspective on age was offered by an elderly man who said, “Now it takes me longer to rest than it does to get tired. Often I have to sight against something to see if I’m moving….All my younger years I bemoaned the fact I was so short. Now every morning when I waken and everything hurts, I can be grateful. If I was tall, there would be so much more to hurt.”

But then as we heard it said so often, “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative!” So, what about it? Is growing old a good thing or a bad thing? Is it something to dread or something to look forward to? Well, that all depends.

At the end of the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon begins to draw some conclusions from his observations about what’s really important in this life. He says, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

Solomon says, “Follow God while you are young.” And that’s important. It’s important that those of you who are young to make a conscious decision to commit yourselves to God, to surrender yourselves to his will, to faithfully obey God’s instructions beginning right now while you’re still young.

But there’s a part of us when we’re young that wants to say, “What’s the rush? Why not wait until you’ve sown a few wild oats? Why not wait thirty or forty years until you’ve had a lot of fun doing things your own way and then turn to God? That way you get the best of both worlds.”

Solomon doesn’t waste time answering that kind of reasoning. He says to remember God “before the difficult days come”. When we’re young, it’s easy to think we’ll be young forever. Our bodies play tricks on us, trying to convince us that we’ll always feel just as good as we do when we’re young. But, of all the pains that we have to deal with as we get older, the ones that hurt the most are the regrets of things we’ve done. I’ve never known anyone who is old who said, “I should have disobeyed God more when I was young. I missed out on a lot!” I’ve known many older people, though, who have said, “If I had listened to God when I was young, it would have saved me a lot of heartache.”

“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:31)

(to be continued)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Alan Smith certainly passed on some words of widsom today. I hope you will apply them to your life and share them with others.

Anna Lee


“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

~James 5:16b~

Mrs. Avis Sullivan is in North Oaks, but may be able to return home soon. After a couple of weeks at home, she’ll have surgery. Please keep “Miss” Avis, one of our special friends, in your prayers. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Ann Trappey called to request prayer for the son of a friend. Brett Errickson of LaPlace was in the new base in Afghanistan that was overrun by militants this weekend. His family has not heard from him and requests prayers for Brett and the others serving to protect us.

Mr. Jimmy Tolar is doing well following his latest back surgery. He was able to be at church last night. Keep praying.

Mrs. Anne Hurst is now associated with the North American Mission Board. She is excited to be able to serve in ministry again. Keep her in your prayers as well as those with whom she will minister.

Braden Alford had a good day yesterday with no apparent problem from the head injury. Thank God his fall did not create a bigger problem.

Please continue to pray for the many volunteers, including International World Changers, as they minister around the world this summer. Pray many lives will be touched because of those who care to give of themselves to help minister to others. The Hatchels are working with one team this week and another one next week. Pray for all the IMB personnel as they coordinate volunteer teams. Pray for safety as traveling involves many miles and different countries. Pray for luggage and ministry materials to arrive safely and on time. Pray for receptive hearts.

Marvelous Monday was again a very special night. I hope you were able to be there. The service was followed by a time of fellowship that was well attended. The next Marvelous Monday will be led by Dr. J.P. Miles, Dennis Walker, and Bob Raborn. I’m already looking forward to another special service.

Even though a specific country is named in this request, you can replace that country with numerous other country names and still have a very important prayer request. Add a few other country names to this request as you pray.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Pray for a missionary as he transitions from language school in Bangkok to life and ministry in another part of Thailand. Pray that the Lord will help him grow in his comprehension and speaking ability and that he will build good relationships with local people, both believers and non-believers. Ask the Lord will use Him mightily to further His kingdom in that province.

Patsy M. Smith
Smith, Mrs. Patsy M. First Baptist Church, Amite, at 1 p.m.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

Harry Herman Helmrich Jr.
Born Nov. 28, 1936, in Amite, to the late Irma Ellen Anthony Helmrich and Harry Herman Helmrich Sr., he passed away Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Baton Rouge, at age 81. Mr. Helmrich was a forester and a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II who proudly loved and served his country in the invasion of Okinawa. He was member of First Christian Church, Society of American Foresters, Nicholson Post 38 of the American Legion and the Cruisin Cajuns. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Yvonne Perrin Helmrich; two sons, Michael Harry Helmrich and companion Jackie Marie Nigro, and Orien Mark Helmrich and spouse, Catherine Farrar Helmrich; and three grandchildren, Christopher Mark, Catherine Rebecca and Philip Casey Helmrich. Visitation at First Christian Church, 8383 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, 70809, on Thursday, July 17, from 9 a.m. until memorial service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the music ministry of First Christian Church of Baton Rouge.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

Edgar Eugene Adams Sr.
Adams Sr., Edgar Eugene McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, at 11 a.m.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

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

A GOOD FRIEND of mine recently sat in my office thinking out loud about whatever came to mind…

The topics ranged from his marriage (which had its share of disappointments), to his future plans for ministry, to the quality of his walk with the Lord. As the conversation continued his mood became increasingly thoughtful — not gloomy, but quietly and deeply reflective, the kind of mood no one ever feels in a fast-food restaurant.

My friend, I should point out, is a committed Christian, a gifted counselor, and an unusually clear thinker. His life has known a few trials, but nothing remarkably different from what most middle-aged men have experienced. His friends describe him as friendly, hardworking, loyal, and sincere. A few see his spontaneous fun-loving side. Everyone agrees he’s a solid, well-adjusted Christian.

After nearly an hour of reflective rambling, his thoughtful mood shifted into a profoundly sad, almost desperate, loneliness. As though talking to no one in particular, he quietly said, “I wonder what it would be like to feel really good for just ten minutes.” (Larry Crabb)

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the LORD,

the Creator of the ends of the earth,

neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak,

and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

and the young men shall utterly fall,

but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint.”

~Isa. 40:28-31~



Thanks for being there to pray each day. Your prayers mean so much to so many. Also, feel free to share praises, requests, and updates so others will know how to pray.

Anna Lee

Sunday Evening

Eleanor Morris continues to battle pneumonia and complications from the medications she is taking. Pray she improves soon.

Mrs. Faye Price has been admitted to North Oaks for observation. Please continue your prayers for her.

Susan Rimes said her sister had a better week last week than the week before. Pray for Lisa as continues her battle with cancer.

Our grandson, Braden Alford, is in the emergency room of a hospital in Rome, Georgia to get staples in his head. He fell in the preschool department at church tonight. Pray Braden doesn’t have any complications from the injury.

I posted information about Mrs. Ann Chapman’s brother’s death, but never did include an obituary. I’ll include it tonight.

Charles Lee Abernathy
Charles Lee Abernathy, died at his residence in Pearl River, Thursday, July 3, 2008. He was 79 and a native of Kingsland , AR. He retired after 30 years as a Coach Operator with Greyhound Bus Lines and was a graduate of Amite High School. Visitation will be Monday, July 7, 2008 at First Baptist Church Pearl River from 9AM until service time at 12 noon conducted by Rev, Alvin Waller. Graveside Services will be Monday, July 7, 2008 at 3PM at Roseland-Arcola Cemetery in Arcola, LA conducted by his nephew, Rev. Deloy Chapman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pearl River and Amalgamated Transit Union. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Pearl River Building Fund, P.O. Box 729, Pearl River, LA 70452 He is survived by his wife Betty Ruth Breeland Abernathy. Daughter Barbara Jean Pack. Former son-in-law Marc Pack. Son Russell Lee Abernathy. Sister Martha Ann Chapman. Brothers James Garland Abernathy, and John Beamon Abernathy. Grandchildren William Charles Pack and Darion Eleanor Pack, 4 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, 4 sisters-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents Lucille and Hosea Abernathy. Brother William “Billy” Riley Abernathy. Sisters Nellie Jean Morris, Mary Frances Rick and Betty Sue Williamson. Pallbearers are Mickey Seale, Mitchell Rick, Jonathan Randall, Deloy Chapman, Todd Abernathy, Audie Pettit. The Honorary Pallbearers are Quincy Chapman, Mark Pack, Monroe “Buster” Rick, Jr. Michael Rick, Peter Abernathy, and Pete Williamson. Seale Funeral Service, Inc., Denham Springs in Charge of Arrangements. 1-225-664-4143
Published in The Times-Picayune from 7/6/2008 – 7/7/2008

Mrs. Patsy Smith was a long-time family friend and a champion for missions. Pray for her family and church family as they cope with her sudden death.

Mrs. Patsy M. Smith
(October 12, 1938 – July 12, 2008)

Mrs. Patsy M. Smith entered this life on October 12, 1938 and went to be with the Lord at 11:45PM, on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was 69, a native of Shreveport, LA and a resident of Amite. She was preceded in death by W. David Smith, her husband of 49 years. Mrs. Patsy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amite where she was a vital part of the FBC Senior Adults, she served as WMU Association Director for many years, and was always a great help to FBC Youth. Visitation will be at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Monday July 14, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and at First Baptist Church, Amite, on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 from 9:00AM until Religious Services at 1:00PM with services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. Interment in Amite Memorial Gardens. She is survived by 3 Sons: D. Mark Smith and wife, Leigh-Amite; J. Matt Smith-Amite; and Michael A. Smith and wife, Cindy-Amite. 1 Sister: Meredith “Aunt Coot” Luman and husband, Fred-Benton, LA. 1 Brother: Jim Montgomery III, and wife, Betty-Benton, LA 6 Grandchildren: David M. Smith, Jr. and wife, Monica; Katie Smith Spearman and husband, Matt; Adam “Bear” Smith and wife, Toni Jo; Cody Alan Smith; Michael A Smith, II and Emily Catherine Smith. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Husband: W. David Smith and Parents: Haywood & Lois Montgomery. Pallbearers will be David Smith, Adam Smith, Cody Smith, Craig Coker, Greg Coker, George Smith, Matt Spearman & Andy Montgomery. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the FBC Building Fund or the Mission Fund at FBC at 117 E. Olive St., Amite, LA 70422. An On-line Guestbook is available at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggin-Gentry Ford.

Lillie Catalanotto Campo
(August 6, 1916 – July 13, 2008)

Died at 2:40AM on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg, LA. She was a native and resident of Amite, LA. Age 91 years. Funeral Arrangements are pending at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, LA.

Edgar Eugene Adams, Sr.
(January 29, 1937 – July 13, 2008)

U.S. Veteran Died at 6:04AM on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Walker, LA. Age 71 years. Mr. Adams was a U. S. Navy Veteran and retired from Exxon. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Tuesday until religious services at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by 3 sons, Edgar Eugene Adams, II, Walker, Paul Lawrence Adams, Independence, Michael Anthony Adams, Walker, 1 brother, Robert Carl Adams, Holden, 2 grandsons, Vincent and Matthew. Preceded in death by sisters, Jeannette and Betty Jean, half- sister, Maxine, half-brother, Carl and Charles

FBC, Kentwood Deacons for the Week

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