Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Scripture Writing for November 28 – Psalm 118: 225-29
Thankfulness: Day 28 – Today, I am thankful for all those who are working today/this weekend so that others can celebrate Thanksgiving with family members. In some professions, everyone cannot be off at the same time. Let’s give credit to those who work during the holidays.
Today, let’s pray for those with spiritual needs. Do you remember the hymn, “The Ninety and Nine”? I remember my mother explaining the message of the song to me when I was young. I’m thankful for hearing the hymn and having someone to help me understand just how much God loves me. He loves you enough to seek you out and give you the opportunity to choose to live for Him! It’s your choice!
The Ninety And Nine (Live)
There were ninety and nine that safely
In the shelter of the fold;
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare;
Away from the tender Shepherd’s
“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and
Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This
Has wandered away from Me.
And although the road be rough and
I go to the desert to find My sheep.”
But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry;
‘Twas sick and helpless and ready to
“Lord, whence are those blood-drops
all the way,
That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had
Ere the Shepherd could bring him
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent
“They’re pierced tonight by many a
And all through the mountains,
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of
“Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the
“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
~1 Timothy 6:17 NIV~
Josiah (Home Monday)
We are finally home!!! It was quite a stressful day yesterday waiting to be discharged…and it’s a bit of a long story but they were finally able to discharge us around 6pm last night. It feels so good to all be under the same roof again! Josiah was so excited to be home & he fell asleep watching us unload his stuff.
After 23 days in hospital for what started out as tracheitis and rhinovirus and then he ended up with Norovirus…we will definitely be doing “winter lock down”. We wish this wasn’t necessary but this was a big reminder for us that although he is doing really well, common illnesses can hit him REALLY hard.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!
I admire Job and KK so much! They eagerly took on all the challenges of his medical needs. I was thrilled to again read their closing statement, “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!” I’m thrilled the doctors were able to get Josiah well again. I know you are too.
Thankfulness, Day 6 – Today I am thankful for young parents like these who have a strong faith and big hearts. May they be a shining example of daily Christian living to young parents and to others. “To God be the glory!”
Scripture Writing – November 6 – I Thessalonians 5: 12-18
How will you show your faith and love this week? Invest in others. That reminds me of thee words of a favorite hymn.
“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.
Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.”
~Proverbs 3:27-28 The Message/GNT~
Scripture Reading and Writing – “Patience and Perseverance” – 2 Corinthians 6: 3-5
Pine Ridge Methodist Church will serve their buffet breakfast as their monthly fundraiser Sunday morning at 8:00. You are welcome to participate. The breakfast is delicious.
Keep Operation Christmas Child in mind when you do your regular shopping. There’s many things available that will be helpful in the “shoeboxes”. Some ideas for you today:
- 5″ flashlights from Walmart
- Extra batteries for flashlights
- Glue sticks
- Ivory soap
- Small baby dolls
- One-subject notebooks
You can leave your items in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room at FBC, Kentwood.
Coming soon – Fall Food Roundup for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home – Pickup at FBC, Kentwood will be Monday, September 16th. They need family-size quantities. Some of their most needed items are:
- BBQ Sauce
- Bottled Juice
- Children’s Cereal
- Cleaning Supplies
- Dishwasher Detergent
- Flavoring for baking
- Canned Fruit
- Jell-O Pie Filling and Pudding
- Instant Oatmeal
- Paper Towels
- Pickles and Relishes
- Spaghetti Sauce
If it is easier to give money than to buy and transport food to the church, a check is always welcome and allows them to get items that are still needed. This once-a-year collection has to feed the children in all the cottages at the children’s home for a year. Be generous.
Don’t live a life focused you yourself, but focus your life on other people. There is a great old hymn “Others” that comes to mind this morning.
Have a great Saturday!
“My old self has been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
~Galatians 2:20 NLT~
Thanks to all of you who prayed for Jimmy Alford and his family. Some of you were aware of my “unspoken request” and some prayed because I had an unspoken request. It was at Jimmy’s request I no longer posted his name. He didn’t like to draw attention to himself.
The family was truly blessed by the outpouring of love for Jimmy and his family. I ask that you pray for his wife, Janie, and hopefully she will be able to have the knee surgeries she has postponed for so long while she cared for Jimmy. Pray for Leesha and Shaun and their families.
May Jimmy’s family and many friends be encouraged by his example. May God be glorified, even now, by Jimmy’s example of caring, doing, serving, and giving of himself.
Read and Write the Bible – Philippians 2: 6-11
Baptist Press – bpnews.net
There are plenty of great articles for you to read today. I suggest you consider making Baptist Press your daily newspaper. That could cause a positive change in anyone’s attitude and daily conversations, as well as being a source of positive Christian information in our world that often seems to omit any mention of God.
Baptist Message – BaptistMessage.com
Many of these articles are of a more local nature. Learn what God is doing in and through our people in our state.
My your life shine for Jesus today!
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Pete Gill had his first chemotherapy treatment yesterday afternoon. He will be having treatments five days a week for three and a half weeks. Pete sends his thanks to those who are praying for him.
Pray for Dee Dee Stokes Gill of Amite who had a stroke Christmas Day. Dee Dee is hospitalized in North Oaks. She has shown some improvement since Tuesday.
I have an unspoken request for a man who had a procedure yesterday in Baton Rouge and is hospitalized overnight.
Read the Bible
- Zach 9-10
- Ps. 148
- Matt. 23
“Count Your Blessings” each morning you wake up!
”Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
~Psalm 23:6 NIV~
Mrs. Theople Hurst will see her doctor today and learn what his plan is for her treatment. Pray for “Miss” Theople and her family.
Buddy Morris has a three month break from treatment. He will still get weekly labs. Thank God for the progress Buddy has made.
Robert Strickland will be having surgery on his nose tomorrow. Please cover him with your prayers today and tomorrow.
Phillip Strickland will have surgery Wednesday at Ochsner in New Orleans. Keep Phillip and his family in your prayers.
Betty Taylor will be having her second cataract surgery Thursday. Remember Betty and Andy in your prayers.
Read the Bible – Reflect on God’s wisdom and catch up on any readings you may have missed this past week.
If you plan to turn in “shoeboxes”, you only have two more weeks. Then, FBC, Kentwood will become a collection site for our area. That important week is November 12 – 19. For the next two weeks, I will be working with our shoeboxes off and on. If anyone has a few hours to help, please let me know when you are available.
“Surely Goodness and Mercy”
Thanks for reading and praying. That shows you believe in the power of our prayers.
”[Jesus] understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
~Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT~
Back problems can keep nagging until they get the attention they require. Pray for Renee’ Terrell and Ginger Simmons as they move on from testing to take care of their back problems.
Pray for Phillip Strickland as he prepares for surgery Tuesday. As you pray for him, please also pray for his family.
Read the Bible
Operation Christmas Child “Shoeboxes”
- Meet at the church this morning at 9:00 to help finalize packing of some of your shoeboxes.
- If you have any shoeboxes to turn in Sunday, please bring them to my Sunday School room before Sunday School.
- Our church will again serve as a collection site from other churches, schools, clubs, and individuals. Collection week is November 12-19. If you would like to sign up to help, please sign the list on the clipboard under the stairwell to the balcony.
“No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus”
May you be blessed as you reflect on “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus” today. May you have the opportunity to share this story with someone….