Thursday

“But know that the Lord has set apart

for Himself him who is godly;

the Lord will hear when I call to Him.”

~Psalm 4:3~

Aaron Hill

Posting for Aaron

Frann

Thank you, Natalie, for reminding me of this verse.

‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.’ Matt. 6:26-27.

God is still feeding Aaron this evening. He has had a very quiet day, resting and draining fluid. The doctors haven’t decided on starting to feed him yet, but hopefully they will start some form of nutrition after night rounds. They had to cut the nitric up again on his breathing assistance, but it seems to make him more comfortable and for that we are glad. His heart rate and breathing is less labored and we are thankful for that as well.

We still struggle with patience. However, we are grateful and thankful for Aaron’s stability today and his small progress. Thinking about patience and Job today, I read a devotional on thankfulness. The text was Job 42:10- ‘And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” I am so thankful for everyone’s continued prayers for Aaron and hope that God will bless each of you twofold for praying for us-as friends

(NOTE: One of the families mentioned today may be familiar to many of you.)

Baptist Press

March 26, 2008

WASHINGTON–‘Living together’ a statistical risk, experts say. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27699

TENNESSEE–Churches help ease pain of flood victims. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27700

CZECH REPUBLIC–Kids help mom & dad evangelize Gypsies. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27701

NORTH CAROLINA–Gypsy outreach gets First Baptist boost. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27702

NEW ORLEANS–Prof lends expertise to martyrs documentary. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27703

KENTUCKY–Page warns against weak prayer lives. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27704

DALLAS–FIRST-PERSON (Tamara Quintana): About those prescription meds … http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=27705

Deacon Hospital Visitation

  • Jimmy Williams
  • James Rimes

Nursery Volunteers for Sunday, March 30th

  • Bobby Raborn
  • Wanda Miller
  • Susan Rimes
  • Paul Scott Schwartz

Church Council Meeting

  • Sunday, March 30 @ 4 P.M.
  • Room across from the Heritage Room

Birthday Celebration for Mrs. Mickey Cade’s 75th Birthday

  • Saturday, March 29th
  • 2 – 4 P.M.
  • Fellowship Hall
  • Your presence is your gift.

Migrant Health Kits

  • Soap, Washcloth, Shampoo, Comb, Deoderant, Toothpaste, Toothbrush
  • Place items in a gallon size Zip-loc bag.
  • The church will supply a Bible
  • Deadline: Wednewday, April 2

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

  • Our goal: $13,000.00
  • Received so far: $6,218.75

Boxes of Offering Envelopes

  • Available on the table underneah the soundroom stairs

AWANA Party

  • Sunday during AWANA time
  • Each child is to bring 6 candy-filled plastic eggs

Associational Missions Fair

  • April 19th – FBC in Amite
  • April 20th – Individual churches

KneEmail

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…”

(Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor


LIGHT AND DARKNESS are common Biblical themes throughout Scripture…

They express vividly the chasm between Christ and Satan. We would all do well to mine its depths in our own personal study.

We understand clearly physical darkness and light. Sighted people witness it daily. Darkness, dawn, daylight and dusk frame our lives. They hide or irradiate our existence. The lessons from them are bountiful.

Someone steps out of physical darkness into light. The contrast is clear in our minds. We are in one or the other. When mixed in between, we characterize it as being shaded in darkness or some such phrase. However, we do not say they are standing clearly in the light. Sometimes, we ponder what they are hiding. We sense danger when someone is remaining partially shadowed in darkness.

Criminals, like some vicious animals, use darkness as a cloak to hide their predatory behavior. Rebels who seek a break from proper society often employ an air of darkness and mystery.

Darkness obscures truth and clarity, replacing them with confusion and deception. Shady deals are those that employ the latter to steal money from their victims.

God brought physical light into the world through Christ (Genesis 1:1-4; John 1:1-3). “God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4, NKJV). The creation of light was an astounding moment that still reverberates.

God brought spiritual light to the world through Christ (John 1:1-5). “Jesus spoke again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life'” (John 8:12). Humanity will never be the same.

Christ throws open the shutters on the clandestine methods of Satan and his dark kingdom. Satan is the father of lies, an adversary that seeks to devour and deceive all of us (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9). He remains shrouded in darkness leading people to think he is a fairy tale while empowering them to do his will. His deception leads billions astray (Matthew 7:13-14; Psalm 82:5; Proverbs 4:19).

Christ offers life through the light (John 1:4). The path to heaven opens up before us. “Your word is a lamp to my feet [a]nd a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). We learn of Christ through Scripture and it becomes the path to salvation (John 12:48; Romans 10:17).

James Stewart writes, “Christ is the redeemed man’s new environment. [The Christian] has been lifted out of the cramping restrictions of his earthly lot into a different sphere; the sphere of Christ…His spirit is breathing a nobler element. He is moving on a loftier plane.”

Salvation is only in Christ (John 14:6; Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 9:11-15). “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). Grace through faith and the sprinkled blood of Christ saves us from Satan’s clutches (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:6-11).

Christians must be actively faithful and obedient to God’s Word (Ephesians 2:10; John 14:15). “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). We are to walk worthy of Christ every day as we show his light to the world (Ephesians 4:1; Matthew 5:14-16).

We cannot try to stand in darkness and in light simultaneously. It will only be shady and deceptive. Christ demands that we follow him exclusively.

Darkness brings death while light brings salvation. Which path

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).


Friday Afternoon

Aaron Hill

Well, Aaron had a pretty good night and morning. His heart rate is now down in the 150s to 160s, an improvement from the past couple of days. Although we thought they might take him off the ventilator, he is more swollen today and the drs don’t think his kidneys are functioning well enough to take him off just yet. We are disappointed, particularly b/c having that tube down his nose and throat is really bothering him. Plus, they don’t want to put in his feeding tube and give him a real meal until they have extubated him. So, we continue to wait on that big step… They came around and did an echo earlier, but we don’t know the results from it yet, so we wait on that as well.

A continued thanks for each post and prayer. A special thank you to Amy from Jackson–a HRHS mommy whom I have never met– for your sweet call this morning. There is so much sadness here. More than many would ever imagine. It truly is a giant blessing to have so many prayers going up for Aaron each day. We would be lost without them.

Betty Taylor

  • Continues to improve
  • Still sore, but much better each day
  • Said “God is so good!’
  • Thanks you for praying for her

First Baptist Church, Kentwood

Nursery Volunteers

  • Sunday, Marc 21
  • Justin & Wendy Fowler
  • Eleanor Morris
  • Gretchen Simpson
  • Lily Edwards

Nursery Volunteers are Needed

  • 8:15 Service
  • Sunday, 3-23-08

Business Meeting

  • Wednesday,Marc 26th

Birthday Celebration

  • Mrs. Mickey Cade
  • 75th birthday
  • Saturday, March 29th
  • Fellowship Hall
  • 2:00 – 4:00

Migrant Health Kits

  • Shampoo
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Church will provide a Bible
  • Place items in a gallon size Ziploc bag
  • Deadline – Wed., April 2

Easter Schedule

  • 8:15 Worship
  • 9:15 Sunday School
  • 10:30 Worship
  • No evening activities

AWANA

  • Surprise Easter Egg Hung
  • Sunday, March 30th
  • During AWANA time
  • Bring 6 candy-filled plastic eggs.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

  • Goal: $13,000.00
  • Received: $2,058.00
  • Bring your “Annie” eggs Sunday!

Thursday

“Not all people who sound religious are really godly.

They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’

but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.”

~Matthew 7:21 (NLT)~

You are invited to a share group at the Alford cabin tonight at 6:30.

Pray for all those who will travel in the next 7-10 days.

Jesse Dean received two more units of blood. He’s having some problems, but they should not keep him in rehabilitation any extra days.

Larry Bankston of Arcola had three stents put in his heart this week. Pray for him as he needs to make some lifestyle changes.

Ralph E. Owens, Jr.

March 16, 1958 – March 18, 2008

Died at 6:05 PM on Tuesday March 18, 2008 at his residence. He was 50, a native of Baton Rouge and a resident of Mt. Nebo. Visitation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite on Thursday, March 20, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and 10:00AM until Religious Services at 1:00PM Friday, March 21, 2008 in the Funeral Home Chapel, Conducted by Rev. Gary Weiborg. Interment at the Dees Cemetery. Survived by his Children-John Lewis, Clifford, & Robin Brooke-Amite, Mother-Gayle D. Owens-Mt. Nebo, Sister-Donna Owens, Mt. Nebo, Brother-John Owens-Petal, MS. Preceded in death by: Father-Ralph E. Owens, Sr., Grandparents-Theopolis & Rosaline Owens and Perry & Lena Mae Dees. Ralph, Jr. enjoyed spending time with his friends & family, cooking, telling stories, but really enjoyed cooking for others (mystery meat was his specialty). He will be sadly missed by many. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the American Cancer Society or a Charity of your choice. McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home is located on I-55 & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford. An on-line Guestbook is available at http://www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com

 

 

COMPLAIN OR FISH?


A game warden noticed how a particular fellow named Sam consistently caught more fish than anyone else, whereas the other guys would only catch three or four a day. Sam would come in off the lake with a boat full.

Stringer after stringer was always packed with freshly caught trout. The warden, curious, asked Sam his secret. The successful fisherman invited the game warden to accompany him and observe. So the next morning the two met at the dock and took off in Sam’s boat. When they got to the middle of the lake, Sam stopped the boat, and the warden sat back to see how it was done.

Sam’s approach was simple. He took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it in the air. The explosion rocked the lake with such a force that dead fish immediately began to surface. Sam took out a net and started scooping them up.

Well, you can imagine the reaction of the game warden. When he recovered from the shock of it all, he began yelling at Sam. “You can’t do this! I’ll put you in jail, buddy! You will be paying every fine there is in the book!”

Sam, meanwhile, set his net down and took out another stick of dynamite. He lit it and tossed it in the lap of the game warden with these words, “Are you going to sit there all day complaining, or are you going to fish?”

Seems to me we have two similar options as Christians — we can spend our time complaining or we can “fish.” Jesus, of course, used the concept of fishing to describe the work of evangelism (“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” — Matthew 4:19). The method we use does not involve dynamite, but it does involve the word from which dynamite comes to us — “dunamis,” the Greek word for “power.”

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,

for it is the power of God to salvation

for everyone who believes,

for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

~Romans 1:16~


I’ve known some folks in the church who use the “dunamis” of the gospel to fish for souls, and I’ve known other folks content to do nothing but sit back and complain about what everybody else is or isn’t doing. It’s your choice — Are you going to complain or are you going to fish?

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead

by the glory of the Father,

so we too may walk in a new way of life.”

~Romans 6:4b, HCSB~

Monday

 

“Come to Me,

all you who labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Thank God for the beautiful weather we have been having. Get out and enjoy it. Plant a garden or a few flowers. Spend some time with God while you are outside.

Jesse Dean continues to improve as he has rehabilitation at North Oaks. He should be able to come home next weekend. Pray for him as he goes trough this week of intensive therapy.

The monthly share group meeting will be at the Alford cabin Thursday at 6:30 P.M.. You are invited for a time of food, fellowship, and Bible study. Please let me know if you need additional information.

FBC, Kentwood Deacons of the Week

Jimmy Harrell

Donald Duncan

Associational WMU Meeting

Hillsdale Baptist Church

Thursday, March 20th

10:00 A.M.

North American Mission Study

Covered Dish Luncheon

Nursing Home Visitation

Tuesday, March 18

10:00 A.M.

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Monday, March 17, 2008

“We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal,” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NKJV).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for those sensing God’s guidance in uncommon ways.

A South Asian believer was approached by a stranger who asked if he was a follower of Christ. Praise God that he courageously admitted his faith. When the stranger’s son was 5 years old, he saw a cross on the front of a church. The son said, “That is where I need to be. I want to follow that cross.” For the next five years, his son was fascinated by the cross. The boy refused to go to the temple with his parents, he made a wooden cross that he wore around his neck, and he threw fits when his parents told him that he could not follow Christ. Finally his parents relented and let him make his own choice. The national believer was invited to teach the son more about Jesus. He accepted Christ that day!

A Moroccan couple stayed with a family of believers who live closer to an office where the woman needed to complete some paperwork. The paperwork took longer than expected, resulting in a longer stay. While at the home, in the midst of kitchen conversations, the woman revealed that she had dreamed of her deceased father entreating her to believe in Jesus the Messiah. Through a seemingly unspiritual event (needed paperwork) and an inconvenient situation (houseguests staying longer than anticipated), we can have a peek into the unseen work of the Spirit. Please pray for this young woman and man as they continue their spiritual journeys, and ask for wisdom for the believing family as they continue their interaction with this pair.

Please pray that the South Asian parents will soon choose to follow their son’s example and accept Jesus as Savior.

Intercede for Moroccan believers to speak willingly of their faith.

Ask God to help you see past the temporary things on to those which are eternal.

 

 

KneEmail


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

Mike Benson, Editor

I WAS AT the White House for a garden tour a few years ago, and I’ll never forget walking by a woman that looked totally overwhelmed…

I had just passed through security on the way in, and she was on the way out. Following in her wake was a large group of teenage girls, and I could tell by the look on her face that she was their chaperone. For whatever reason, as we passed each other, she said to me: “Keeping track of seventy-nine girls is impossible!”

I know what she means. I can hardly keep track of our three kids at Chuck E. Cheese.

And then I think about God.

How do you keep tract of six billion people at the same time? (Mark Batterson)

“Can you search out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?”
~Job 11:7~

 

 

May you have a wonderful day today!

Anna Lee

Sunday Evening

Betty Taylor fell as she was leaving the choir this morning during the worship service. After about four hours in the emergency room, she learned she did not break any bones, but she did tear some ligaments/tendons. She will be sore for a while and have difficulty getting around. Being the trooper she is, she was soon back at church to do the make-up for the Easter program. Pray for Betty as she heals.

Please pray for Aaron and his family as they prepare for the procedure to be done Tuesday.

Frann Smith Clark

Following message on Aaron’s web site:

Because of this buildup of pressure, the doctors are concerned that leaving his heart like this might cause damage to his lungs over even a short period of time. Given this danger, Aaron will undergo a heart cath on Tuesday at CHOP where the doctors will evaluate the heart and lung pressure and gauge the overall function and capacity of his heart.


Please pray for me as we contact Dr. Rubino, neurosurgeon who will do the Kyphoplasty on me. The nurse called Friday at 11:55 a.m. but it was too close to their noon closing time to make any arrangements. My daughter Connie will call them Monday. Hopefully, the doctor will schedule a consultation to prepare for the procedure.

thanks for your prayers
Frann Smith Clark

The Easter program was very good. If you missed it tonight, you have an opportunity to experience it tomorrow night at 7 P.M.

Sunday

 

Easter Presentation

First Baptist Church, Kentwood

Tonight @ 6 P.M.

Monday @ 7 P.M.

 

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® (AAEO)

Fast Facts

The reason we give to AAEO:
To help our missionary force reach for Christ an estimated 251 million lost people in the United States and Canada; that’s three of four people.

AAEO national goal for 2008:
$61 million

Amount given to AAEO in 2007:
Year-end figures totalled $59.3 million

Amount of AAEO used to support missionaries and their work:
100%

Number of NAMB missionaries:
5,271. Generally, a third of the number represents career missionaries, a third are short-term funded missionaries, and a third are Mission Service Corps missionaries.

Total 2007 NAMB budget:
$124,000,000

Amount of NAMB budget that comes from Annie:
46%

Amount of NAMB budget from Cooperative Program:
37%

Year offering started by WMU:
1895

Amount given in 1895:
$5,000 +

Year offering named for Annie Armstrong:
1934

What do AAEO-supported missionaries do?

  • Start new churches

  • Engage in student evangelism on college campuses

  • Serve the physical and spiritual needs of people through inner-city Baptist centers

  • Serve in local Baptist associations as associational missionary or other mission staff

  • Provide training and ministry in apologetics (interfaith witness) evangelism

  • Minister in resort settings such as campgrounds and ski areas

KneEmail

 

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

Mike Benson, Editor

IT WAS SATURDAY morning, January 11…

The temperature outside was absolutely frigid. The Weather Channel had just announced that it was eleven degrees in our part of southwest Indiana, not including the wind chill. The bright sunshine filtering through the windows of my house gave a false impression of what it was actually like to be “in the elements.”

My children and I were inside enjoying the warmth and peace of a quiet weekend. Then there was a knock at the door. I thought to myself, “Who in the world would be out in this kind of weather?!” As I opened the door, I noticed two elderly women standing at the front steps. Both were shivering from the piercing cold; both were carrying small satchels at their side. I quickly spied one of the satchels. I could make out the letters on the front cover of a small publication —- “Awake!” The lady nearest to the door pulled the scarf away from her mouth, then spoke in cheerful tones, “Hello! We’re with …” Without thinking, I finished her sentence. “You’re with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.” She smiled and said, “Yes.” I tried to let her know kindly that I was not interested in her offer. They both then turned and headed for my neighbor’s house.

The more I pondered that brief encounter, the more it struck me. “How many children of God would be willing to sacrifice their Saturday to go door-knocking? How many Christians would brave sub-zero temperatures to tell others about their faith in the risen Savior?” Those questions haunted me. They still do.

Brethren, I certainly don’t endorse the error that members of the Watchtower Society espouse (2 John 9-11), but I can’t help but admire their zeal (Romans 10:2). Their faith is not merely a cognitive thing, it is heartfelt and active. Folks don’t give up their weekend and trudge around town in below-freezing weather trying to introduce their neighbors to their religious ideology unless they have some abiding conviction. The sad irony is that we have the good news (2 Kings 7:9), but often lack the passion which the Witnesses exhibit.

Someone once said, “If a man has a soul, and he has, and if that soul can be won or lost for eternity, and it can, then the most important thing in the world is to bring a man to Jesus Christ.” Amen! Saving souls ought to be our FIRST priority (Luke 19:10)! Period!

In his book, Hearts on Fire, Don Humphrey exposes our spiritual passivity. He notes:

“The average member of the church of Christ has heard 4,000 sermons, sung 20,000 songs, participated in 8,000 public prayers … and converted zero sinners” [p. 3]. … God never intended for Christianity to be church-building centered. The message from God in the New Testament is that He intends for us to go to the lost (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 26:16-18; Romans 1:14,15; 2 Timothy 2:2). Instead, our usual evangelistic program involves having a nice building and nice services to which the lost can come. And if they don’t come, they are not reached. If our church-building evangelism method could win America, it would already have done so” [p. 7]. … Our problem is that we have become spiritually lethargic. We are like a car stuck in a snow-drift —- the wheels are spinning and the motor is racing, but there is no forward motion. Congregations have full calendars with lots of programs and activities but no forward direction that will keep the main thing the main thing —- growth. We have become indifferent. It doesn’t really matter to us that we are not growing. People are lost, and we are evangelistically inactive. … Perhaps the Devil learned a lesson [from first-century Christianity] … Today he is not persecuting us; he is lulling us to sleep…” [pp. 12-13.]

Beloved, when was the last time you tried to teach someone? When was the last time you fervently prayed for the Lord to lead you to some lost soul that you could help teach? When was the last time you demonstrated the depth of your faith and told another about Jesus Christ (Philemon 6)?

Consider your priorities.

Examine your heart.

Repent of your apathy and start knocking on the door of someone’s heart today.

Jesus said healthy branches produce much fruit, while barren limbs will be cut off and burned in the fire (John 15:2,6). Think about it. (Mike Benson)

KneEmail: “Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” (2 Kings 7:9).

Saturday

Carl Wayne Stevens has completed rehabilitation and is home. He has made a lot of progress since his stroke, but is still working to get better. Pray for his wife, Nora, and other family members as they work with Carl Wayne.

Tsuyako had surgery last night and she is doing okay. Apparently her appendix was about to burst. So praise the Lord she got to the doctor in time. Pray for her complete recovery and that she would know whose hand is in control.

Again, thank you for praying.
Love to you all,
Freda (Romania)

Big Ten from Teamromany – March 2008

1. Pray for Cornel as he is in the United States. Pray for him as he seeks a job and makes plans for his fall wedding. Pray for Cornel and Erica as they begin their new life together.
2. For the past three years Cornel has worked to establish church-based training modules. In Arad, he as worked with Pastor Damian to hold the modules in three locations. Please to pray for the lay leaders who have been trained in these areas. Pray that they would continue to minister faithfully.
3. Please pray for the that will again se participants of our FARM (Far Away Romany Missions) projectnd short-term missionaries from Romania to minister in areas of need this summer. Pray for the Hills as they are assuming much of the responsibility for this project. Pray for them as they select and train participants.
4. The Hatchels have been back in the Czech Republic for a week now. Pray for them in their transition. Pray for Boyd has he attends meeting in Budapest later this week. Pray for Jennie and the children as they homeschool. Pray for the Hatchels as they look for how God wants them to invest their time and efforts in this new term.
5. Thank God with us for Joe and Julie Silby who are responding to God’s call to missions. They are planning to join teamromany later this year. They will be presented to the IMB trustees for approval for appointment on the 9th of next month. Please pray for Joe and Julie and their children Ryan, Avery, and Hannah as they make plans to leave their home in Texas in obedience to God’s call.
6. Thank God for Jiri, a Czech lawyer who has been faithfully ministering in the Brno Romany community during the Hatchels’ absence.
7. Please pray for Hugo, a Romany believer in Brno who is raising his nephew due to the imprisonment of his brother and sister-in-law. Pray that as Hugo shares Christ’s love with his nephew and other family members, their lives will be transformed.
8. Daniel is serving on staff of a church in Virginia. Pray for him as he ministers to people in need and makes plans to return to Romania in June.
9. Pray for Rob and Jess Dixon in Nashville, Tennessee as they work with teamromany to develop small-business models for church planters in Romania.
10. Pray for our field. We are going through several transitions. Pray for Mark Edworthy as he provides leadership during these changes.

Hatchels Back in Brno

 

We’re back! We had a rough trip getting here with cancelled flights, bad weather delays and a malfunctioning plane that had to be replaced after we were already in line for take-off. We were exhausted, but glad to get back to “our” house. Our neighbor didn’t get the message asking her to turn on our heat so the first night back was COLD!!!! We piled under lots of blankets and slept in layers of clothing. In the last week we’ve unpacked, gotten our utilities re-connected, received our car tags and insurance and lots of other details of life.

Mallory and Miles’ Czech teachers have been very willing to work with us. Mallory and Miles are going to Czech public school a few hours a week for art, PE, and music. Mallory’s class has swimming for PE once a week. For everything else we’re homeschooling. Madison and Mason are also at home doing some preschool activities, coloring, and getting out as many toys as the possibly can.

The weather has been cold and dreary so we haven’t gotten to go to the park or get out very much. It’s been so damp that my clothes are taking forever to dry. I have about six loads hanging up that I’m still waiting on to dry.

Boyd is in Budapest for meetings for a few days. He’ll be back Friday.

We went to Czech church on Sunday and Boyd went to Romany Bible study. Lots of people were glad to see us. It was nice to have been missed.

Please pray for us as we continue to adjust and settle in. I’ve been sick several days and that’s made it a little harder.

Speaking of family, pray for Becki and the children, Braden and Peyton, as they drive from Roma, GA to Kentwood today. They will be spending the next week between Kentwood and Gonzales. Pray as Jason as he fends for himself at home.

Chrisy Haynes and the children, Abe, Aris, and Audrey will be in Kentwood visiting for a few days. They will be at church tomorrow, so many of you will be able to give them a hug and admire the beautiful children. Bro. Brady will not be with them. He will be in Alabama holding down this church position. Pray for him as he will also be fending for himself for the week.

 

Cleve Jerry Travis

(September 20, 1926 – March 12, 2008)

Died at 4:50AM on Thursday, March 12, 2008 at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Biloxi, MS. He was a native of St. Helena Parish, LA and a resident of Kiln, MS. Age 81 years. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S.M.C. serving with the 1st Marine Division on Palau and Okinawa Islands. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Tuesday and until religious services at 11 a.m Tuesday. Services conducted by Rev. Gibby McMillan. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by nieces, Cynthia Caparole, NY, Patricia Konopka, NY, Judy Easley, Prairieville, LA, nephews, Dennis Travis, Montpelier, LA, Cary Travis, Montpelier, LA, Brian Travis, Greensburg, LA, Anthony Konopka, NY, Walter Konopka, NY. Preceded in death by parents, Walter “Bud” Travis and Maude B. Travis, sister, Norma Konopka, brothers, Ray Travis and Kenneth Travis, nephew, Kenneth Travis, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Zion Baptist Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.

DOES GOD KNOW ABOUT THIS?

 

There’s a couple in Arkansas who have given their six-year-old son strict instructions to come home from playing every afternoon no later than 5 p.m. He is allowed to play with his friends, but his parents are quite serious about his curfew. If he is not home by 5 p.m., they begin to worry and call around the neighborhood to find out where he is. The boy knows this, though, and is careful to arrive every day on time.

One April Monday, however, the day after Daylight Saving Time went into effect, the boy was late coming home. When he finally arrived, a few minutes before 6 p.m., his mother scolded him for being late. “You know you are to be home by five,” she said, “and here it is nearly six.”

Puzzled, the little boy pointed out the window. “But the light,” he protested, “the light; it’s the light that tells me when to come home.” Realizing what had happened, his mother smiled and gently explained that the day before the time had been changed, that everyone had reset their clocks and, now, the daylight lasted longer.

The boy’s eyes narrowed. “Does God know about this?” he asked suspiciously.

It’s easy to see why a young boy would ask such a question, but no matter what the circumstance prompting the question, the answer to “Does God know about this?” is always, “Yes, He knows.” David reflected on this quality of God in Psalm 139:

“Lord, you have examined me and know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know thoroughly everything I do. Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it. You are all around me — in front and in back — and have put your hand on me. Your knowledge is amazing to me; it is more than I can understand.” (Psalm 139:1-6)

At times, it is a bit frightening to realize that God knows so much about me, but ultimately it is a comforting thought — that someone knows so much about me, yet still loves me. Because God knows me so well, He knows my deepest needs. May you take comfort this day in the realization that God knows everything about you there is to know.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

He knows all about us, our strengths, our wants, our needs, etc. He knows, but He also want us to tell him. Be sure to do so today.

Have a great weekend.

Anna Lee