Tuesday

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.

“Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.”

~1 Peter 3:14~

 

George Cutrer of Osyka is recovering well following two surgeries.  Thank God for George’s progress.

Several people many of us know have had surgery and are doing well.  Thank God for their good reports.

 

 

Shelton “Shell” Ballard

January 25, 1931 – October 29, 2017

A resident of Chesbrough passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born January 25, 1931 in Amite and was 86 years of age. He was a former Justice of the Peace, Tangipahoa Parish 4th Ward, from 1969 until 1981. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Chesbrough Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edwina V. Ballard; son, Brett Ballard and wife, Angela “Boo Boo” Travis Ballard; 2 grandchildren, Shelbi Lyn Ballard and Braydon Lane Ballard; and his brother, Van Earl Ballard, Sr. and wife, Betty. Preceded in death by his parents, Guy Henry Ballard and Alberta Lawrence Ballard; and his brothers and sisters, Angus Ballard, Taylor Ballard, Guy “Pete” Ballard, Jr., Winfred “Toots” Ballard, Elma Rae “Tot” VanDyke, Glenn Ballard,  Jewell Ballard Martin and Troy Ballard. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 PM until 9 PM, Tuesday, and from 8 AM until religious services at 10 AM Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Richard Magee. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Read the Bible – I Corinthians 9-10 & Psalm 145

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This morning at 9:00, some people will be needed to put prepared labels on the shoeboxes.  Others will be moving tables and chairs in preparation for the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party which will be Saturday at 4 P.M.  Please bring some Christmas snacks when you come.

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“The Great Physician”

At the first appointment, David and the doctor were talking about death and heaven.  David told the doctor his medical skills would not be needed in heaven.  The doctor said that was true, but he felt sure God had a second career for him in heaven.  He would have to find out what those plans are when he gets there.  David told him to practice up on his singing so he can be in the choir.  No boring appointments when David is around!

We’re ready!  Are you?  If not, talk to us or a minister of your choice, but get ready.  You never know when your time here on earth will be ended.  Besides, life is better (and more fun) as a Christian!

Anna Lee

 

Friday

But you are a chosen people,

a royal priesthood,

a holy nation,

God’s special possession,

that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

~1 Peter 2:9~

 

Our friend, Fay Carol is married to Jim Todd who recently learned he had two blockages that will need to be addressed.  Fay Carol asked for prayers for her husband.

 

Thomas “Laddie” Lawrence Hudspeth, Sr.

March 31, 1930 – October 26, 2017

A resident of Amite passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Canon Hospice in Jefferson. He was born March 31, 1930 in Morrow, LA and was 87 years of age. He was a hard working, dedicated, leading salesman with Watkins Inc. and a landlord who helped thousands of people in our community. He was an active member of St. Helena Catholic Church and was a Catechist Leader in his younger years. He leaves behind his loving children, Thomas Lawrence Hudspeth, and wife, Kathy, Debra Ann Hudspeth Ricks, and husband, Robert, and Ted Joseph Hudspeth and wife, Mary; grandchildren, Shawn Hudspeth (Zandi), Le’Anne Hudspeth Malnar (Jeramy), Emily Hudspeth Smith (Daniel), Evan Hudspeth, Wayne Ricks (Gennipher), Kevin Ricks (Stephanie), Ted Hudspeth, Jr., Christopher Hudspeth, Nicholas Hudspeth, Natalie Hudspeth, and William Hudspeth; great grandchildren, Hunter and Haydan Hudspeth, Anna, Ava, and Lane Malnar, Raelyn and Rhys Ricks, and Eliyanah Smith; brother, Charles Hudspeth; and sister, Fleeta Chautin. Preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Lois Meche; second wife, Marie Hebert; parents, Thomas Lawrence Hudspeth and Alma Adelaide Tatman Hudspeth; and his siblings, Eleanor Hudspeth Conrad, Daniel Hudspeth, Rosa Hudspeth and Martha Hudspeth Ducote. He is also survived by his step children including Arlene Raxsdale, Jimmy Berteau, Murphy Berteau, and Sandra St. Romain and their extended families. Also, he leaves behind his loving dogs, Bailey II and Buddy. The family would like to thank Yolanda Gordon and Ray Barnes for their years of caring and devotion to our father. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 AM until 12:30 PM, on Friday with Rosary at McKneely’s at 12 Noon. Religious Services at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite,  at 1 PM on Friday, October 27, 2017. Services conducted by Fr. Randy Cuevas. Interment will be held at St. Charles Borromeo, Grand Coteau, LA at 5:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Helena Catholic Church. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

Eight days until we pack the Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes”!  It takes lots of preparation to have everything purchased and organized so we are ready to fill the boxes.  Thanks to those who made purchases and to those who have helped in the organizational process.  I think of the children who will receive the boxes and work a little harder.

The collection week for shoeboxes is November 13-20.  Churches, schools, clubs, businesses, and individuals are invited to leave their boxes at FBC, Kentwood.

Kentwood, LA – First Baptist Church, Kentwood

310 Avenue E
Kentwood, LA 70444-2518

                      985-229-8111

Mon, Nov. 13: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

We are “coming right along in collecting the money for shipping the boxes.  Check the poster by the piano.

You may want to follow your “shoebox” as it travels to its destination.  Use this site to pay for your postage and receive a form to place on your box before you deliver it to a collection site.  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box-lookup/

 

The Georgia Barnett Offering is also progressing nicely.  Check the poster on the wall by the piano.

 

The Friday Morning Bible Study will be on Ezekiel 28 today.  You are welcome to join us at 10 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

The children in missions class will be working on earning a badge by praying for MK’s, Missionary Kids.  This time next month, some of them will be wearing their newest badge on their green vests.

 

 

Read the Bible – I Corinthians 1-2, Psalm 141, and video on I Corinthians (bibleproject.com)

 

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“Footsteps of Jesus”

 

 

Make today count for the Lord and His kingdom!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Thursday

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God,

and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”

 ~1 Peter 5:6 NLT~

 

 

Mrs. Annie Belle Harrell is better and back at home.  Your continued prayers will be appreciated.

Please continue to pray for Andy Taylor as he foot progresses in the healing process.  Prayers are appreciated.

Phillip Strickland had a treatment this week and is recovering from the setback it brings;

Pray for others at home or in the hospital that are not listed here.

 

I’m so thankful for those who help with Operation Christmas Child preparations.  You are making a difference in many lives.

 

I’m thankful for the adults, youth, and children who faithfully attend services at FBC, Kentwood and other area churches.  May you recognize God’s blessings in your life.

 

Read the Bible – Romans 15-16 & Psalm 140

 

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Enjoy the blessing the change in temperatures bring with it.

Anna Lee

 

 

Wednesday

He said to them,

‘Follow me,

and I will make you fishers of men.’”

~Matthew 4:19NKJV~

 

Bro. Jeff Mizell continues to have problems with his throat continuing to get worse.  He has resigned as pastor of Line Creek Baptist Church so he can rest his throat.

 

Read the Bible – Romans 13-14 & Psalm 139

 

What a great “birthday party” the “young” ladies of our church had at The Cafe yesterday!  Our next party will be November 28th.  Mark your calendar.

 

The children’s mission class will meet tonight at 6 P.M.  Please have you children/grandchildren wear their green vest.

 

Don’t forget to purchase some Christmas cards an affix stamps to the envelopes.  We will be taking them to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail the first week of December.  The cards can be turned in at the Lottie Moon Tea.

 

“Pass Me Not”

 

Bible Study of Ezekiel 28 – Friday morning at 10 in the Fellowship Hall

 

Thanks for praying for the needs mentioned and for the “unlisted” needs too.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,”

says the Lord God,

“who is, and who was, and who is to come,

the Almighty.”

~Revelation 1:8~

 

Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell is in St. Tammany because of chest pains.  Hopefully, the doctor will know more tomorrow.

Mrs. Ruby Dillon is scheduled to return home on the 23rd.  I know both she and Mr. “Cete” will be happy when that day comes.

 

Read the Bible – Acts 27-28 & Romans 132

 

Third Thursday at the Cabin – Tomorrow night at 6:30

 

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“Wonderful Words of Life”

 

I hope you have looked at the links.  I learn something new that touches my heart each time I post information about a hymn.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 

You, LORD, are my lamp;

the LORD turns my darkness into light.

~2 Samuel 22:29~

 

Jordan Hawkins, a football player who was injured Friday night, is better and back at home Saturday afternoon.  I’ve always been happy to hear that those who left a campus in an ambulance were able to return home with less serious injuries than first considered.  Thank you, God, for Jordan’s good report yesterday and for those of all schools who had such injuries.  Seeing both sets of players gather in one hurdle and praying speaks highly of the schools, the families, the coaches, and the players.

 

Please pray for Gloria Gill again.  Her A-fib has returned.

 

Rev. Wendell Rhodus will be preaching this morning at FBC, Kentwood at 10:30.  I’m looking forward to hearing him again.

 

Tonight, there will be an associational meeting for Two Rivers at FBC, Kentwood at 6 P.M.  Everyone is invited to come to FBC, Kentwood tonight for 6 P.M.

 

Tomorrow morning, the Two Rivers WMU will meet at Spring Creek Baptist Church.  All are invited to come hear Rev. Don Meadows of Taylor Creek Baptist Church speak about the Two Rivers compassion ministry.  Come get some hints for your church.

 

Thursday night, at 6:30, we will gather at the cabin for our monthly Third Thursday gathering.  If you have not been before, I invite you to come join us.  For more information, you can contact me through this site or you can call us.

 

Pray for me as I share missions with the children who are new members of FBC, Kentwood.  Pray I can teach them in an informative, yet fun way.  Mainly, I pray they learn information about missions that will stick with them and influence them for the rest of their lives.

 

“Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

 

Read the Bible – Acts 21-22 & Psalm 129

 

Looking forward to this Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

 

 

Friday

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

~1 Timothy 2:1-2~

 

I have a special request for a family that I choose not to name at this time.  Pray for a family that we have known for a long time.

Mrs. Anne Hurst is back at home.  Please keep praying for her.

 

Read the Bible – Act 17-18 and Psalm 127

 

I’ve followed Alan Smith’s posts for many years.  He has inspired me with the way he shared God’s Word.  I’ve only known his through his posts, but I feel we share many aspects of our faith. This is the one he posted for today.

Personal note:  It is with a great deal of sadness that I announce that this is the last TFTD message that I will be sending out.  For the past 20 years or so, I have been sending out TFTD, sometimes as often as five times a week.  During those 20 years, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to establish a relationship with thousands of people around the world, from the United States to Nigeria, from Scotland to Australia, from China to Antarctica (yes, really!).  Your words of encouragement through the years have been a tremendous blessing to me.  Many of you helped me get through a really tough time in my life, and for that I will be eternally grateful.  But it is time for TFTD to come to an end.  I believe that God has other plans for me, and my attention needs to be focused in other directions.  From time to time, I will still post a blog on our church website (www.cruciformcoc.com), and you are welcome to keep an eye on that (and make comments!).  For all that you have done for me, and for all the ways that you have blessed my life, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I am truly blessed with wonderful friends.  May God richly pour out His blessings on you all.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)

=====  Thursday’s Thought For The Day (Oct. 12, 2017)  =====

GIVE THANKS FOR YOUR FRIENDS

I heard about a farmer who was detained for questioning about an election scandal.   The attorney asked him, “Did you sell your vote?”

The farmer said, “No sir, not me.  I voted for that there fella ’cause I liked him.”

The attorney said, “Come, now, I have evidence that he gave you fifty dollars for a vote.”

The farmer said, “Well, now, it’s plain common sense that when a fella gives you fifty dollars you like him.”

I suppose that’s one way to define a friend.  In fact, Solomon said, “Many entreat the favor of the nobility, and every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.” (Proverbs 19:6).

But, a true friend involves a depth of relationship.  It’s someone you enjoy doing things with, someone you enjoy talking with, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to turn to in times of need.  I like how I once heard someone describe a friend as someone you could call at 2:00 a.m. if you needed something.  Solomon lets us know how important friends are in the difficult times of life:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.  Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.  And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Give thanks to God for the friends who are a blessing in your life.  And let those friends know how special they are to you!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Cruciform Church of Christ
Spring Lake, North Carolina
www.cruciformcoc.com

You are such a blessing in my life.  I look forward to sharing with you each day.

Anna Lee