“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,

where moth and rust destroy

and where thieves break in and steal.”

~Matthew 6:19, NKJV~

The California Baptist University team is all packed up and ready for their 3 week trip to Romania!
Please pray for them as they get ready to get on a plane this afternoon. Pray that all of their flights will be on time so that they can make all of their connections and also pray that all of their luggage will make it here at the same time as them!
Pray for them as a team will they are here. Pray that they will be flexible and open to learning what the Lord wants to teach them during this time. Pray for us as we travel around the city and outside the city. Especially be praying for the team for the few days they will be here on their own and their time at camp when they will be away from every kind of modern convenience and technology!
Pray for us as we continue to plan on this side of things and that everything will come together and that glory will be brought to His name through everything that we do. Pray for my neighbors as the 7 girls will be staying with me in my apartment. Overall I’ve gotten along well with them, but we’ve had our moments.

Thank you so much!


It is reported that the German controllers at Frankfurt Airport expect pilots to know their gate location and how to get there without any assistance from them. This conversation is said to have taken place between the control tower in Frankfurt and a British Airways 747 (radio call Speedbird 206) after landing:

Speedbird 206: “Good morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the runway.”

Ground: “Guten morgan, taxi to your gate.”

The British Airways 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops.

Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?”

Speedbird 206: “Stand by, ground, I’m looking up the gate location now.”

Ground (with impatience): “Speedbird 206, have you never flown to Frankfurt before?”

Speedbird 206 (coolly): “Yes, in 1944. But I didn’t stop.”

Things look different from the ground than they do in the air! (especially when the view from the air has crosshairs that get in the way 🙂 Our perspective makes all the difference in the world.

Which raises an interesting question — what is our perspective? Do we tend to look at things from an earthly point of view or from a heavenly point of view?

“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.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

Erwin W. Lutzer once said that, “Worldliness is excluding God from our lives and, therefore, consciously or unconsciously accepting the values of a man-centered society.” If things in your life aren’t looking so good from “ground level”, perhaps it will help to take a look at things from a heavenly perspective.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

There will be no activities or services at FBC, Kentwood tonight.

There will be a bridal shower for K.K. Womack, bride-elect of Job Hulkaby, this afternoon at FBC, Kentwood.

Keep the Lord in the Lord’s Day.

Anna Lee


Surely your goodness and unfailing love

will pursue me all the days of my life,

and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

~Psalm 23:6 (NLT)~

VBS at FBC, Kentwood begins Monday at 8:30. Children who are four through those who just completed sixth grade are invited to attend. If you have not already registered you child or grandchild, please do so Sunday.


Kids on Mission Pray

May 23, 2008

“Let the little children come to Me,

and don’t stop them,

because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,”

~Luke 18:16b~


On a bright sunny day, a missionary in Paraguay met a little girl on the street. She was standing at a table with her mom. The girl is a 6-year-old with a sad smile, long black hair, and a very thin body. The table and a chair is the mom’s office-no walls or bookcases or cash register-just a table and chair. The little girl smiled at Iracema Kunkel, the missionary, when she stopped to talk to her mother. The little girl usually stayed beside her mother for 12 long hours, playing with some ragged and dirty dolls. Iracema Kunkel talked with her mother and just knew she needed Jesus.

The missionary told her about the love of Jesus and the mother asked Jesus to be her Savior! Now this little girl spends half a day in school and the other half at her mother’s ‘office.’ But now she has a beautiful smile (and her mother does too) because she is learning about Jesus. They keep a Bible on the table where everyone can see. They go to a Baptist church near where they live. Please pray for this little girl and this mother that they will keep on studying God’s Word and trust God to take care of them every day.


Please pray for my sister who is going to university. I am homeschooled, please pray for my grades. MATTHEW, age 13 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Pray that more college students come to our summer program, SA101, and lots of people come to know Christ in India. ALLAN, age 13 (South Asia)

TR is my friend who lives in Japan. He has a younger sister and a younger brother. Please pray for them. He goes to my Japanese school and is in my class in 3rd grade. He’s funny. He loves nature and always talks about bugs and plants. We have a job in our classroom of taking care of all the nature stuff, like feeding the fish. I have been telling TR about Jesus, but he’s not interested in getting baptized. He doesn’t want to get baptized, because he doesn’t want to go under the water. I don’t know if he’s a Christian or not. I want him to be a Christian. Please pray for TR. RICKIE, age 8 (Pacific Rim)

My mom teaches my three brothers and me. Please pray for us and our homeschool. Pray for my dad. He is the Logistics Coordinator for Malawi-that means he helps other people who come to work in our country and he is really busy. ANNA, age 13 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Our next door neighbors have a daughter, AI, about fifteen years old. She and her family are Muslims and she goes to a school where she learns about the Koran. People have told AI and her family about Jesus, but they are still Muslims. Please pray that AI and her family will understand what they have heard about Jesus and that they would choose to believe in Him. ELIZABETH, age 17 (West Africa)

Please pray for me to learn more Thai and for me to read my Bible more. Ask God to help me to find a good friend. MORIAH, age 10 ½ (Pacific Rim)


Thanks to those of you who let me know about the mistake I made in Wednesday’s TFTD (you get brownie points for your Bible knowledge and skills of observation). I made reference to a question brought to Jesus by the Sadducees. I mentioned that the question involved one man married to seven women. The question, of course, actually involved one woman married to seven men (Matthew 22:23-33).

Thanks for helping to keep me straight. This feeble mind doesn’t always fire on all cylinders.

While I’ve got you, I may as well share a humorous story with you (no point, just humor):

One week a Sunday school teacher had just finished telling her class the story of the birth of Jesus — how Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem and how Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger. After telling the story the teacher asked, “Who do you think the most important woman in the Bible is?”

Of course, the teacher was expecting one of the kids to say, “Mary.” But instead, a little boy raised his hand and said, “Eve.” So the teacher asked him why he thought Eve was the most important woman in the Bible.

And the little boy replied, “Well, they named two days of the year after Eve. You know, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.”

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a great day!

Anna Lee



So don’t get tired of doing what is good.

Don’t get discouraged and give up,

for we will reap a harvest of blessing

at the appropriate time.

~Galatians 6:9 (NLT)~

David Lockwood, husband of Sumner teacher Phyllis Lockwood, is hospitalized with complications of radiation. He and his family need our prayers.

Jan Hammons

Please be in prayer for the Gideons this Monday. We will be going into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail to distribute Bible’s and New Testaments.

Thanks, Harrell and Susie

Please continue to pray for Jesse Dean’s sisters.

Patsy Benefield is in Kentwood Rehab. She is having back problems and can’t walk. Theresa Cutrer is in Southwest in McComb. She has a severe colon infection. They are both better, but still have a long way to go to be well.

Majel Dean

Jan Yarborough’s brother-in-law is doing well. Jan’s sister was to have surgery yesterday. Please continue to pray for this family.

Please continue to pray for Charley and Katheryn Kuss as they deal with health issues. Thank God for the sweet spirit they possess even in times of difficulty.

As always, there are several others who have concerns in their life that need to be addressed with prayer. Please always remember to take some time to remember the unspoken requests.

Somehow I managed to not mention that the Nason family lost a brother in North Mississippi the end of last week. Pray for Dorothy Gill, Theople Hurst, Mike Nason, and Bobbie Magee as well as other family members as they deal with the loss.

Havre Maru Newman Klein
Havre Maru Newman Klein of New Orleans passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2008. She was 85, born April 9, 1923, in Osyka, Miss., to Dennis and Leola Newman. She was a graduate of Joseph Kohn High School and Soule Business College. Mrs. Klein was a retired secretary, having worked in the construction industry for many years. Havre Maru is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Elvin Frank Klein; as well as numerous other loving family and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, on Saturday, June 7, at noon, with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. To sign and view the family guestbook, please visit

FBC, Kentwood will not have regular Sunday night worship during the months of June and July.


“At te name of Jesus every knee should bow…” Philippians 2:10

Mike Benson, Editor


“HERE IS A great eternal truth…

Life cannot be divided into compartments in some of which God is involved and in others of which He is not involved; there cannot be one kind of language in the church and another kind of language in the shipyard or the factory or the office; there cannot be one kind of conduct in the church and another kind of conduct in the business world. The fact is that God does not need to be invited into certain departments of life, and kept out of others. He is everywhere, all through life and in every activity of life. He hears not only the words which are spoken in His name; He hears all words; and there cannot be any such thing as a form of words which evades bringing God into any transaction. We will regard all promises as sacred if we remember that all promises are made in the presence of God.” (William Barclay)

“That you may approve the things that are excellent,

that you may be sincere and without offense

till the day of Christ.”

~Philippians 1:10~


So don’t get tired of doing what is good.

Don’t get discouraged and give up,

for we will reap a harvest of blessing

at the appropriate time.

~Galatians 6:9 (NLT)~

Anna Lee


Surely your goodness and unfailing love

will pursue me all the days of my life,

and I will live in the house of the Lord


~Psalm 23:6 (NLT)~

Pray for the family of Justin Mixon. Justin was killed in Iraq at the end of last week. His father is pastor of Friendship Baptist Church.

Please keep the following people on your prayer list:

  • Chuck Pittman
  • Blanch Wheat
  • Richard Dunn
  • Randy Fairburn
  • Aubrey Perry
  • Joann Carter
  • Linda Longoria
  • Darren Fairburn
  • Charley Kuss
  • Nat McKinney
  • Jimmie Shaw

Baptist Press

June 4, 2008

MINNESOTA–McCain & Obama: Where they stand on the issues.

CALIFORNIA–Calif. court won’t delay ‘gay marriage’ ruling.

IOWA–Relief workers still on call in Iowa.

TENNESSEE–Poll: Americans split on if homosexuality is sin.

NEW YORK–‘Fox on Faith’ podcast available.

TENNESSEE–SBC seminaries send forth their graduates.

LOUISIANA–Ph.D. couple sustained by God’s call.

GEORGIA–EDUCATION BRIEFS: NOBTS opens 3rd prison program; …

TENNESSEE–Dockery calls for consensus, renewal.

NORTH CAROLINA–Bob Carey to lead photographers’ assoc.

KANSAS–FIRST-PERSON (Phil Boatwright): Kirk Cameron is ‘Still Growing.’


FBC, Kentwood

Outrigger Island

June 9-13

Call the church office to register. (229-8111)

Cookies and Kool-Aid can be donated.

T-Shirts are now available – $6.00 each

Family Night – Friday, June 13th at 7 P.M. Please being homemade cookies and brownies.

Harold D. “H” Henderson, Sr.
(August 15, 1931 – June 4, 2008)

Mr. Harold D. “H” Henderson, Sr. died Wednesday,June 4, 2008 at 12:40PM at Hood Memorial Hospital, Amite. He was 76, a native and resident of Amite. Visitation will be at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM, Friday, June 6, 2008 and Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services at 11:00AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services conducted by the Rev. Mike Foster. Interment will be in Amite Memorial Gardens. Survived by: Son, Harold D. Henderson, Jr. and wife, Laura Leigh-Amite. 2 Daughters, Kathy Walker Rispone and husband, Jerry-Amite; Bonnie Sue Walker-Tickfaw; Grandchildren, Melissa Blair Rispone Latino and husband, Benny-Hammond, Jerry Vincent “Jero” Rispone, Jr., Amite, Hollie Dean Henderson, Amite, Harold Daniel Henderson, III-Amite; Great Grandson, Benny Joseph Latino, IV-Hammond. Preceded in death by; Parents, William L. & Minnie C. Henderson, First Wife, Ruby Dean Henderson, Second Wife, Donis P. Henderson and a Brother, Leslie “Jr” Henderson. An on-line Guestbook is available at Funeral Home is located at I-55N and HWY 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.


The story is told of a hospital’s Intensive Care ward where patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11 a.m., regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought that it had something to do with the supernatural. No one could solve the mystery… as to why the deaths occurred around 11 a.m. on Sundays.

So a world-wide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents. The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11 a.m., all doctors and nurses nervously wait outside the ward to see for themselves, what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits.

Just when the clock struck 11… Pookie Johnson, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so that he could use the vacuum cleaner.

The story isn’t true (despite what you may have heard to the contrary). But the principle is an important one — where there is no power, the results can be deadly.

I am reminded of what Jesus said to the Sadducees when they came to him asking a question about the resurrection. They asked the question — involving a convoluted situation with a man who married seven women who all died — because they hoped to demonstrate to Jesus that there could not possibly be a resurrection from the dead.

Jesus response was this: “”You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29).

Any time we deny (or limit) the power of God — denying what He can do if He wants to — we find ourselves on dangerous ground. The New Testament is filled with passages which emphasize God’s power. There is power in the gospel (Rom. 1:16), power in the message of the cross (I Cor. 1:18), and power in the resurrection of Christ (I Cor. 6:14).

If you’re noticing that others are spiritually dying around you (or maybe even that you yourself are dying), maybe it’s time to check the “power source.” Are you connected to the One through whom our power comes?

May you be filled with a knowledge of “the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,” (Eph. 1:19-20). Don’t underestimate (or unplug yourself from) the great power of our God!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Stay connected!

Anna Lee


For I’m already being poured out like a drink offering,

and the time has come for my departure.

I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

~2 Timothy 4:6-7 (NIV)~




Sharon Martin’s sister, Elaine (almost 50), had an angiogram Sunday morning. She good news is that her blockage did not require surgery or stints. She will be treated with medication. Pray for Elaine as she makes some adjustments in her life to help prevent additional heart problems.

Sharon Martin tripped in a hole and fell as she was going into the hospital Sunday morning for Elaine’s procedure. She is thankful she did not break anything.

John W. Notariano
(October 29, 1960 – June 2, 2008)

Mr. John W. Notariano, 47, died June 2, 2008 at the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, McComb, Ms.

Other arrangements are incomplete at this time.
McKneely-Vaughn Funeral Home

Juanita Morris Guerin

Mrs. Juanita Morris Guerin died Sunday, June 1, 2008, at her home in Amite. She was a former employee of Domino’s Pizza and a native of Mount Hermon. Her survivors include her husband, Thomas Guerin; children, Ray Tresch, Sidney Tresch, Kim Mooney, Steve Tresch, Sandy Jarreau and Karen Tresch; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Gwen Chustz, Tammy Lynn Guerin, Julie Simmons, Troy Guerin and JoNell Vessier; sisters, Cora Lawson, Elaine Penton, Effie Reinike and Christine Quinn; and brother, Thomas Morris. Preceded in death by her first husband, Sidney Tresch Sr.; and parents, Clinton M. and Edna Patrick Morris. Arrangements by Geisler Funeral Home, Hammond. Condolences may be expressed online at http://www.

Deacon Hospital Visitation

  • Jesse Dean
  • David Alford




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


BEFORE ENTERING THE broadcasting field, Jim Valvano led the North Carolina State University basketball team to a national championship…

Then cancer developed in his lower back. Invited to address the Duke University squad, Jim had this to say: “Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.”

God gives us an urgent directive in Hebrews 3:13, “Exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Why is there such a strong insistence on today?

It may be that today, this very day, could be the last one in our time here on earth. Today may be your last opportunity to obey God’s plan of salvation, or to share His love with a friend or loved one.

James has this warning about presuming upon our tomorrows: “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (4:14).

Seize the opportunities that God gives you today. That’s sound advice-not just for basketball players, but for all of us. (Vernon C. Grounds)

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (Jas. 4:14).


At my first defense,

no one came to my support,

but everyone deserted me.

May it not be held against them.

But the Lord stood at my side

and gave me strength ….

2 Timothy 4:16-17 (NIV)

James Rimes said John Nototoria had surgery at SMMH and was in stable condition. Please continue to pray for him.

Ms. Jason “Bully’ Schwartz as been ill a number of times lately. He is not receiving care in Amite. Please pray for him, his family, and those caring for him.

Lisa Davis, sister of Susan Rimes, continues to need our prayers. Lisa lives in Arkansas.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Goal: $13,000.00

Received: $13, 030.30

Deacons for the Week

Tom Tolar

Raymond Cutrer

Nursery Volunteers for Sunday

Velma Anthony

Jill Brister

Patty Hoffstadt

Emily Daniels

Baby Shower

Elisabeth H. Daniels

Sunday, June 1

2-4 P.M.

FBC, Fellowship Hall

Bridal Shower

KK Womack, Bride-elect of Job Hulkaby

Sunday, June 8

2 P.M.

FBC, Fellowship Hall

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

IN AUGUST OF 1799 a Frenchman named Bouchard discovered an ancient stone near the town of Rosetta, in Egypt, about thirty miles from Alexandria…

The stone contained inscriptions in two languages, Egyptian and Greek, and they were written in three different alphabets, including Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphic, a kind of writing using pictures as symbols.

Prior to the discovery of the stone, linguists were limited in interpreting hieroglyphics, for they had no key to their meaning. But now, with this passage in hand which contained the same words in hieroglyphics and in the known language of Greek, scholars were able by comparison to establish the meaning of the hieroglyphic signs and thus to read other Egyptian inscriptions written in hieroglyphics. The Rosetta stone, then provided the means of knowing what those ancient Egyptian writers had to say.

THOUGHT: In a similar way, the Bible serves as the Rosetta stone for knowing what God has to say, a message which we could not know without the Bible, for only through it does God communicate with man. By reading and studying it man can learn what God wants him to do for his happiness and salvation. (John Parker)

“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 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 except the 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. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Cor. 2:10-13).

Have a wonderful day. Please feel free to share praises, requests, and updates to be shared on The Prayer Link.

Anna Lee


“Blessed be God,

who has not turned away my prayer,

nor His mercy from me!”

~Psalm 66:20~

Thank you for your continued prayers. I am improving daily. Go to see the neurosurgeon Wednesday and hope he has something else we can try. Still having difficulty walking because it hurts to put pressure on my left leg. My bag hurts if I stand too long-like cooking.

Riley continues to decline in his ability to do things. Continues to be pleasant and eats & sleeps well.

I am thankful for the beautiful sunny days but it is a little HOT in DeRidder and even hotter when the AC goes out. Thankful that we had a nice man who would get out on a Saturday of a Memorial Day Weekend & repair the AC. Surely did help my myasthenia. It was beginning to be a little uncorporative because heat & myasthenia don’t get along too well.
thanks for your prayers
Frann Smith Clark

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (joh-HAHN-is-burg). “A Deaf believer shared her story of a recent encounter during a week-long literacy training seminar,” writes the Deaf Evangelism Team. “When one Deaf man mocked his Christian friend, she jumped in, saying that she was a believer too. The Christian friend tried to share the story about Paul from Acts 8 but mixed up some of the details. She shared the full story about Paul’s testimony with them, and the man who had mocked then said that every story from the Bible being told in sign language should be videotaped so that every Deaf person will ‘see’ God’s Word in a new light. God is moving, as a group of interested Deaf believers have now gathered and prayed about this possibility of videotaping the Bible stories in their heart sign languages. Pray that God will guide us and give wisdom, patience and understanding as we work with this group who are committing themselves to this project.”

SOUTH AFRICA. Please be in prayer for the country of South Africa. South Africa has long been thought of as an economically and politically secure country. However, over the last several months, much change has occurred here. Due to various reasons, power supplies have reached a critically low point and now South Africa is suffering the power outages that often occur in other parts of Africa. It has reached such a critical level that the country is now experiencing daily, rotating power outages. Unfortunately, this has already had a devastating effect on small business and employment, in a country that already has a huge unemployment rate. Immigration requests from the country have quadrupled since November. There are also nervous “rumblings” about how this will affect the 2010 Soccer World Cup, since it looks like a solution will be years in coming. All of this has had an unsettling effect on all people and has started a time of economic as well as political unrest with the coming elections. Please be in prayer for South Africa. Intercede for the people as they struggle through difficult times. Pray for the government as they struggle to solve a seemingly insurmountable problem. Ask for the Lord’s intervention and care. Pray for many to seek the Lord’s hand and guidance in South Africa.

ZAMBIA. It might be a school break, but it’s no holiday. The students of the Baptist Theological Seminary of Zambia are on their “break” between terms–but no one would say that they are on holiday. Those who are full-time pastors are using this time to focus more of their time and energy on the churches that they serve. Others are in the process of planting a church during this break. One student is beginning to bring to reality his calling of building an orphanage/training center in the bush by surveying possible sites and purchasing the land where God directs him. Give thanks to God for students who see “holidays” as “holy days”–days set apart for His glory and honor, extra opportunities to follow Him in faithful obedience.

LAST FRONTIER. “I was recently again reminded of the privilege of growing up in a country, and in a family, where there was freedom to hear and share the Good News,” writes a worker serving among a Last Frontier people group. “Utilizing the help of a recent short-term volunteer team, we took the opportunity to share the Resurrection Story with multiples of people over a one-week period. These short-term volunteer friends and I were amazed at the number of people who had never heard the Story. In several situations, the hearers were visibly moved. We ask you to pray for those who have heard these Truths. Pray that the seeds of Truth will take root and begin to grow new life in their hearts. Pray that the enemy will not steal these seeds of life away.”

MUSLIMS: PRAYING BEYOND THE WALL. Pray for brothers and sisters who are experiencing persecution because of their commitment to follow and serve Jesus Christ. Pray for them to experience joy in Christ in the midst of treachery. Ask that they will be completely enveloped by God’s peace. Pray for wisdom, grace and courage to share God’s Truth with those who oppose them. Pray for those who are determined to torment believers to be won over and transformed by God’s love expressed through His children.

Baham, Julia Ann

(October 25, 1945 – May 24, 2008)

Died at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at Our Lady Of The Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a native of Springfield, LA and a resident of Greensburg, LA. Age 62 years. Visitation on Monday, May 26, 2008 from 9 a.m. until religious services at 3:00 p.m. at Red Bluff Baptist Church, Greensburg. Services conducted by Rev. Starat Cleveland. Interment Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg, LA.Survived by, her husband, Douglas Baham, her daughter, Julie O’Brien, her sons, Pee Wee Baham, and Mickey Baham, her sisters, Ella Welch, Mable McMaree, and Dollie Frazier, all of Greensburg, her brothers, Albert Rodriguez and Dewitt Effler both of Livingston, 4 grandchildren, Amanda Allen, Bridgette Baham, Brittainy Baham, Stephanie O’Brien, great grandson, Micheal Ray Allen, numerous nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren

On Mission in Kentwood

Yesterday, fifteen volunteers worked to help others in our community and let them know God loves them and we love them. It was a very heart-warming experience. You might consider participating next time. You will certainly be blessed.


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

LARRY AND JANE Hudson are dear friends from the Main Street church…

They recently invited me to Sunday dinner following the AM worship assembly. This special couple was celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and so they asked me to go along and commemorate the happy occasion.

Our destination…? Owensboro, Kentucky and Moonlite Bar-B-Q.

Everybody in this neck of the woods knows about Moonlite. Think “casual dining.” Think “family feel.” Think “all-you-can-eat” BBQ buffet. Underline the word “all.” Hungry guests stand in line with a plate and then help themselves to a smorgasbord of tasty, home-style dishes.

Buffet. Choose what you want. Skip what you don’t want. Go back as many times as you wish. This is gastronomical heaven. I loaded my plate with country favorites — mashed potatoes, pulled pork, and green beans, but then skiped the macaroni and cheese, gravy and rolls.

I left the restaurant full as the proverbial tick. Okay, maybe not full — I stopped just one bite shy of gluttony.

The meal was great. The Christian company was even better.

It occurs to me that many preachers treat the Word like a trip to Moonlite. They fill their theological dinner-ware with perennial favorites. They “eat” what their doctrinal belly desires (Phil. 3:19), but then pass over those food items which their denomination deems unpalatable. For instance, some heap their plate with faith, but then consciously omit what the Scriptures teach about baptism. They select SOME of God’s word but not the SUM of God’s word. They claim to be “Bible-believing,” but then do a “Moonlite” on those passages which teach the necessity of immersion.

Does the New Testament require baptism? No? Look again. According to Matt. 28:19-20 baptism is involved in my becoming a disciple of Christ. According to Mark 16:15-16 baptism is something I must engage if I want to be saved. According to Acts 2:37-38 baptism is something I must undergo in order to be forgiven of my sins. According to Acts 8:12-13, 38 baptism is something I must submit to, even if it means changing my religion. According to Acts 10:48 baptism is something I must obey because it has been commanded. According to Acts 16:14-15, 33 baptism is something I will yield to — immediately — in order to be faithful to the Lord. According to Acts 22:16 baptism is something I must do if I desire my past sins to be taken away (cf. Acts 9:6). According to Rom. 6:3-7 baptism is that which makes a difference (slave of sin vs. slave of righteousness) in my life. According to 1 Cor. 12:13 baptism is the means by which I enter the body or church (cf. Eph. 1:22-23). According to Gal. 3:26-27 baptism is the way that I become a child of God. According to 1 Pet. 3:21 baptism saves.

Got your Bible handy? Read through Jeremiah 36. Jeremiah prophesied during the closing days of the Southern kingdom of Judah. On one occasion, the prophet received a divine message from God and then had the words written on a scroll (vv. 1-3). This inspired document was later read to king Jehoiakim by Jehudi (vv. 21). When Jehudi read that the kingdom-nation would be overthrown by the Babylonian empire, Jehoiakim decided he couldn’t “stomach” anymore. The arrogant ruler took a scribe’s penknife, cut up the scroll, and then cast it into the fire until it was consumed (vv. 22-24).

Jehoiakim would have liked Moonlite. Eat what you want. Skip what you don’t want. Mashed potatoes “yes,” dinner rolls “no.” Authoritarian rule “yes,” servile bondage “no.” Faith “yes,” baptism “no.”

Dear reader, the Bible is not a self-serve restaurant. We can’t pick out the parts that we like and then reject or cut out the portions that don’t strike our fancy. We must declare and consume (Jer. 15:16) the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27; cf. 2 Tim. 4:2-4), including those passages which teach the necessity of baptism. (Mike Benson)

“The sum of your word is truth,and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (Psm. 119:160).

Have a wonderful Lord’s Day! Be sure you remember it is SONday!

Anna Lee