Monday, 7-6-2020

In him and through faith in him

we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

~Ephesians 3:12~



Read the Bible in 2020 – 7-6-2020

  • 1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
  • Acts 24:1-27
  • Psalm 4:1-8
  • Proverbs 18:16-18



Today and tonight, several area churches will begin Vacation Bible School (VBS).  Please spend some time praying for:

  1. No virus or other health problems among students or workers
  2. Children to learn about the God through Bible stories and songs
  3. Children to come to know God and want to live for Him daily
  4. Lots of fun!



Pray for Clint Smith, one of Lea Smith’s sons.  He’s having a medical test today to determine if additional heart surgery is necessary.  Your prayers will be appreciated.




Please pray for Virginia Carr, formerly of Roseland.  She has completed a long surgery for hearing implants.  Pray especially for July 20th when the implants will be activated and that Virginia will have improved hearing.




I contacted Shirley and Sylvester Humphrey today to check on them.  Sylvester has overcome another round with cancer and is much improved.  They are serving God at Kedron, where their son is the pastor.  Hope Center exists because of Shirley and Sylvester’s identifying a need and working to address that need.  Thank-you for all the time, prayer, and work you gave to help others is many ways.  They have passed the responsibilities and dreams on to others.  The new and larger Hope Center is now located in the big curve south of Roseland on highway 51.




I think you may profit from reading Dr. Waylon Bailey’s Sunday post.




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Today marks one year since we celebrated David at his party at the church on July 6, 2019.  Many of you were able to be there.  David was struggling with his health at that time.  Seeing his friends, classmates, family, co-workers, and church family that day was a big encouragement to him and to our family.  Many of you have continued to pray for him since that day.  David has surprised his family and the medical staff treating him with major improvement that was not expected.  Thanks for being his friend through the years and especially on that day.  David is better.  The big turnaround started to happen in July, 2019.  Several people, pinpoint the change as starting at the party.  Each day is an unexpected gift from God.  Thanks for the encouragement you gave him/us on July 6, 2019.




A quote from Jason’s church that could be seen when people left the service today:

“Go and make an impact this week!”

Anna Lee






“Walk with the wise and become wise,

for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

~Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)~


For two morning, I asked for prayers for our country.  Today, I continue to ask for prayers for the USA.  Many people today are disappointed.  Our ancestors would be disappointed.  God is surely disappointed.  Please pray for the riots to end.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 1

  • 2 Samuel 18:1-19:10
  • John 20:1-31
  • Psalm 119:153-176
  • Proverbs 16:14-15



This morning I read that several other churches in our area are planning VBS this summer.  It seems July will be a busy month.




As far as I know, the Hope Center continues to be open only Tuesday through Friday.  Check them out this week at their new location.




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Please continue to pray for those who have been on our prayer list lately.

Anna Lee









“Commit yourself to instruction;

listen carefully to words of knowledge.”

~Proverbs 23:12 (NLT)~


Please continue to pray for our country.


A Call to Prayer for our Country!


Rev. Franklin Graham

  • We need to pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).
  • Pray for PERSPECTIVE, because “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).
  • Pray for PATIENCE, because of God’s “kindness and forbearance and patience” toward us all (Romans 2:4).
  • And pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.
  • We need to pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).




Most of out local churches will have services inside or outside their church buildings today at their usual time.




Wilbur Gene Parker

March 03, 1945 – May 27, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at his home. He was born March 3, 1945 in Osyka, MS and was 75 years of age. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran and a retired industrial electrician with IBEW Local #995. He is survived by his 2 brothers, Wesley Parker and John Parker (Janice); nieces and nephews, Travis Parker, Cassie Parker, Bridget Parker Magee (Juan), John Mitchell Parker (Tabby), Amanda Freeman, and Jason Parker (Tori). Preceded in death by parents, John Wesley Parker and Myrtis Newsom Parker; brother, Floyd W. Parker. A Memorial Service will be held at New Zion Baptist Church at 10:00AM on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Jerry Spring

June 16, 1934 – May 27, 2020

Jerry Spring, 85, of Amite, LA passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from natural causes. Jerry was born on June 16, 1934, to Mattie Lee Lewis and Samuel Emmett Spring in New Orleans, LA.  He attended Possum College in Amite, LA.  Jerry enlisted with the United States Air Force in December 1951, and served during the Korean War Conflict until he was honorably discharged in December 1955, as S/SGT.  He was a Lineman for LP&L.  At the time of his death, he lived in Westminster Albany Apartments where he made many friends.  His family says he was a simple man that loved joking and laughing.  He is preceded in death by his mother Mattie Lee Lewis, father Samuel Emmett Spring, and step-father William Claude Wilkinson.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Tonilyn Spring, grandchildren Remy and Danna, and numerous family members. A grave site ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 11:00am at Spring Cemetery in Amite, LA.  In lieu of flowers, his family asks that a donation be made in memory of Jerry Spring to Quad Area Community Action  Agency @ McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




The Hope Center is now open at its new location south of the big curve in highway 51 on the west side of the highway.  It is back from the highway, but visible from highway 51.  They are open Tuesday – Saturday.  The Hope Center is operated Two Rivers Baptist Association.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 31

  • 2 Samuel 17:1-29
  • John 19:23-42
  • Psalm 119:129-152
  • Proverbs 16:12-13



Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee














“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

~Isaiah 1:18~




Bro. Tom Higginbotham is progressing nicely at home.  One of his daughters is a nurse who can help some with his care.  While at home, on limited activity, Bro. Tom is able to contact the hospice families he works with.  God continues to bless him, even in difficult times.




Buddy Morris continues to be at North Oaks.  Eleanor says he is getting good care.  Pray for his healing during this time.’




The Hope Center, in the big curve south of Roseland, is now open in their new location and is ready to accept donations again.  They look forward to showing you their new facilities.  These “stay at home days” are good days for cleaning out some of our abundance and sharing it with others.




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 17

  • Joshua 15:1-63
  • Luke 18:18-43
  • Psalm 86:1-17
  • Proverbs 13:9-10



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Be a blessing to someone today!

Anna Lee


“If you are a follower of Christ Jesus . . . all that matters is your faith that makes you love others.”

~Galatians 5:6 CEV~




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 28

  • Leviticus 22:17-23:44
  • Mark 9:30-10:12
  • Psalm 44:1-8
  • Proverbs 10:19
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Don’t forget the Open House at the new Hope Center just south of the curve in Roseland.  The open house today is at 5:45.  I hope to see you there.




The parents of the children of FBC, Kentwood are planning a church cookbook to raise some money for camp for the boys and girls this summer.  Your recipes can be turned in at the church.  I hope to find some time before Sunday to get some together for them and hope you will be doing the same.  To make it super easy, you can use your phone to take a picture of the recipes and send it to one of the mothers.  Let me know if you need more information on who to contact.




Don’t forget the WMU meeting at Greensburg Monday morning at 10 A.M.




Say special prayers today for Kristi Alford and for Donald Alford and their families.  Thanks!




My sister and a friend are delivering 250 t-shirts for OCC today.  I am thrilled for Julie’s support and for the shirts that will bless many young lives.  She has enjoyed making the shirts extra special.




What are you planning to do today to impact the lives of others?  I can always give you some ideas for OCC purchases or crafts.  

Anna Lee










Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

~Isaiah 40:30-31~




Please put infant Nora Collins Carruth on prayer list she was born last night (Friday night) weighing only 2 lbs 2 oz., she is the granddaughter of Danny & Lisa Carruth.  (Greensburg)

Bill and Linda Frazier




Josiah Huckaby is home again.  Keep him in your prayers.




Donald Alford went home last night.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated for Donald and his family.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 23

  • Leviticus 14:1-57
  • Mark 6:30-56
  • Psalm 40:1-10
  • Proverbs 10:11-12



Late Friday, the Hope Center’s new location in the curve south of Roseland, will be open for you to see.  I’ll post more during the week.



You meet the nicest people as you shop for items for “shoeboxes”.  They recognize you as a shoebox shopper because of what and how many items you buy.  We met a lady, store manager, yesterday who insisted on providing someone to take our purchases to the car for us.  Today, we will need help getting them from the car.  I know we can depend on church friends for that.  That’s another blessing.




Have a wonderful “Lord’s Day”!

Anna Lee







“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 

~1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT~




David saw the liver NP yesterday.  She said he had “no fluid” in his abdominal area and his liver was looking good.  He still has the disease, but now is “getting the best” of the disease.  Some people at church call David the “Miracle Man”.  God is the “Miracle Man”, and David is just evidence of what God can do.  This terminal disease that was suppose to take David’s life a year ago, is not such a big problem now.  We are so thankful!  To prove how well he is doing, David’s next appointment with the liver NP is in six months.  We have been blessed over and above anything we hoped and prayed for.  David is one of God’s many “Miracle Men”!  I hope you can see God’s miracles in the men and women, boys and girls, all around us on a daily basis.




Donald Alford is scheduled for his 8th, and last, radiation treatment this morning.  Then, he is to be sent home again.  Pray for what will work best for Donald and his very attentive family.


Read the Bible in 2020, February 11

  • Exodus 32:1-33:23
  • Matthew 26:69-27:14
  • Psalm 33:1-11
  • Proverbs 8:33-36



The Hope Center quickly outgrew it’s space on highway 51 in Roseland.  Yesterday, papers were signed for a new building. The new location will be on highway 51, south of Roseland and across the highway from the railroad tracks.  Pray for wise remodeling and a successful move to the new building.  May God continue to bless this ministry.



What’s a good way to spend a rainy day and recovering from a hard road trip on a rainy Monday?  Working on Operation Christmas Child!

Anna Lee












For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. ~Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV)~




Please pray for Mr. John Fulda of Amite.  He is having a heart procedure today.




David W. Bennett

May 15, 1965 – July 12, 2019

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born May 15, 1965 in Amite, LA and was 54 years of age. David’s legacy will live on through the multiple “gifts” he donated through the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. He is survived by his loving mother, Dorothy Davidson Bennett; 1 son, Michael Rogers; 2 brothers, Lonnie Lee Bennett and wife, Stacy, and Darryl Keith Bennett; nephews, Brock Layne Bennett and William Brogan Bennett; nieces, Mary-Catherine Bennett and Raelynn Nicole Jackson. Preceded in death by his father, Edgar Lee “Bear” Bennett; 1 brother, Donnie Ray “Bo” Bennett; 2 sisters, Connie F. Bennett and Krissy N. Bennett; grandparents, Homer Lee Bennett, Janie Barlow Bennett, Sim Thomas Davidson and Ida Lee Galloway Davidson. Memorial Services will be scheduled on a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – I Timothy 5:11-16




The Hope Center in Roseland is is need of clothing for premie babies.  If you have some and are willing to share, they will have items to give to meet needs.




Operation Christmas Child – School supplies are now widely available in stores.  As you shop, keep your eyes open for items that will be useful in shoeboxes.  Suggestions are single subject notebooks, copy paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, pencil sharpeners, big erasers, safety scissors, glue sticks, pencil boxes, etc.  Your purchases can be left in the church office or in the Sunday School room next to the choir room.  Thank-you for helping to provide items for the shoeboxes.  Don’t miss the good deals.




Operation Christmas Child – fishing kits!   I have received a bag of small containers that will be perfect for fishing kits.  Items needed are fishing line, hooks, weights, and small floats.




Operation Christmas Child – Clothesline kits – Items needed are wooden clothespins and clothesline string.




Operation Christmas Child – Tic Tac Toe games – Items needed are flat glass stones and small felt or foam sheets.




Operation Christmas Child – Eating utensils.  – Teaspoons are used in most places.  You can either purchase spoons alone or you can get sets with a knife, fork, and spoon.




Operation Christmas Child  – Sewing kits –  Small spools of thread, sewing needles, assorted buttons, small scissors, etc.  If you want to add some small pieces of fabric and trim, that would be good.




Operation Christmas Child – Necklace/bracelet kits – Assorted beads, cording, etc.




Operation Christmas Child Miscellaneous items – Washcloths and soap, $1.00 flashlights and extra batteries, small stuffed animals, small dolls, small balls, jump ropes, dominoes, small plastic animals, small trucks and cars, small farm figure, but now military figures or weapons.




What would you as an individual, your family, your class, your club be willing to do to provide some of the items for children in many poor countries this year?   Remember, now is the time to collect.  We have to pack the boxes and ship them by November.  I am available to answer questions you may have.  Call me or contact me through this page.

Anna Lee



















For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  ~Luke 19:10 (NIV)~




Operation Christmas Child is the program that sends “shoeboxes” filled with clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and toys to children around the world.  By taking your gifts out of the bulky packaging, you can put more items in the “shoeboxes”.  I have a tote on the organ at church that contains some suggestions for purchases.  I hope you will check it out and have a great trip shopping.  If you attend another church in our area, feel free to go to the office during office hours and ask someone to show you where to look.  These are not the only items, but are good ideas of some of the things that can be purchased year-round.

You may want to craft some items: tote bags, jump ropes, bean bags with plastic pellets or small pebbles, pencil pouches, shirts, dresses, pillowcases, lap blankets, etc.  You can check Pinterest for many ideas.

Boxes will need $9.00 for postage.  Printed materials to introduce the children to Jesus will be added.  The printed materials are in the language of the country where the children live.  It is not a good idea to send printed materials written in English.

In early November, the boxes can be sent to a collection site.  FBC, Kentwood is one of the more local sites for many of you.  You can check the OCC site on the computer for more information about sites, packing, deadlines, etc.




Read & Write the Bible Today – Psalms 40: 1-3




Pray for the many people in Ruston and other areas who had tornado damage.  Below is a partial list of items you may want to contribute.


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Meg is  currently on site in Ruston.  You can contact her in a few days or the missions office in Franklinton (Bro. Stan).




While I was reading about “No Clothing”, I thought of the Hope Center in Roseland.  They accept donations of various kinds, including clothing, Tuesday through Friday 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.




I hope you have received some ideas of how you can minister here in Louisiana and around the world.  Missions has many faces.  Learn to look for opportunities.

Anna Lee




Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 

 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

~Proverbs 3:5-6~




Read (& Write) the Bible) – I Corinthians 13: 8-13




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Over and over, I hear that there are so many sick people in our church and community.  Take time, now, to pray for each one of them that you know of.




From the Hope Center:

A big thank you to First Baptist Church Kentwood for the donation of can goods!!

(Our cans of soup were delivered yesterday.)  Thanks to those who contributed and the the volunteer who delivered them.  Thanks to the Youth on Mission for taking the lead in this worthy project.




Pray for us as David has begun home health, sees this family practitioner today, and his nephrologist Friday.   Than God for sending our daughter to us earlier than we expected.  She has been a BIG help!



Prayer is a gift from God to us.  Use your ability to pray.

Anna Lee