Tuesday

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,

~Isaiah 61:1~

 

 

Great news to share this morning.  Carol Bennett Sealey has been moved to rehab and dialysis.  Please continue to pray for Carol and her family.

 

 

 

Jimmy R. Williams is at Lakeview hospital with a possible heart attack.  Testing is being done.  Please pray for Jimmy and Linda.

 

 

 

Mr. John Phillips is still in rehab.  Pray for him as he continues to improve following two broken arms.

 

 

 

There is no news about Tessie Strickland this morning.  Keep praying!

 

 

 

Heather Miller is home from her Ukraine trip.  Pray for her as she continues to serve where God sends her.

 

 

 

Matt and Shea Williams are beginning a long journey to Mississippi where they will be staying for a while. Pray for them as they travel and get to spend some time with family.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Psalm 62: 5-8

 

 

 

Coming soon – Two Rivers Associational Meeting – July 15th at Spring Creek

 

 

 

Have a great day!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.

But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

~Joshua 24:15~

 

 

 

I have three good reports to share this morning.

  • Brady Haynes had another surgery.  He now has no more kidney stones or stents.  Keep him in your prayers as he recovers,
  • Jane Blades was checked out by a cardiologist this week and passed.  He gave the “all clear” report.  Thank God for this good report.
  • Carol B. Sealey continues to slowly improve.  Let’s be patient in expecting a fast recovery and faithful in remembering to pray for Carol, her family, and the medial staff.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ”  – Romans 8: 11-14

 

 

 

Shoeboxes Open Doors and Hearts for the Gospel in Liberia

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/shoeboxes-open-doors-and-hearts-for-the-gospel-in-liberia/

 

 

What have you purchased this week for Operation Christmas Child?

  • Small dolls?
  • $1.00 calculators?
  • Bars of soap?
  • Washcloths?
  • Bags of marbles?
  • Small cars?
  • Hair brushes?
  • 48-piece puzzles
  • School supplies?
  • Small hammers and nails?
  • Fishing equipment?
  • Clotheslines and clothespins?
  • Stick deodorant?
  • School supplies?
  • Metal spoons?
  • Plastic drinking cups?
  • Pot holders?
  • Sewing supplies?
  • Supplies for bracelet kits?
  • Small balls?
  • Plastic animals?
  • Shirts?
  • Headbands?
  • Bandanas?
  • Yarn?
  • Etc.

You can leave your items in the office of FBC, Kentwood or in the classroom next to the choir room.  Thank-you very much.  We are off to a slow start, but want to finish well.

People who want to craft items need to talk to me for ideas or check out the OCC website.

If you have a plastic container, even medicine bottles with labels removed, please bring them.  They are helpful in packaging items for the shoeboxes.  Also small tins you purchase or recycle are good.  Don’t forget plastic eggs also work well too.

Some of you may prefer to have someone else shop for you.  If so, give them the money and any specifics on what you want them to purchase.  Items can be turned in at the church as they are purchased.

Another option is to turn in money to the church for OCC expenses.  Mark your check and/or envelope “OCC” or “Shoeboxes”.

Remember, literature is added to each box to introduce the children to Jesus in the language of the children.  Each box impacts an average of seven people for Jesus!  That’s a great ministry you can do.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” 

~Hebrews 12:1 NLT~

 

 

Please continue to pray for Deanna “Bug” Reynolds.  Recovering from her tonsil surgery has not been as easy as she hoped.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

 

 

 

Updates on Carol Bennett Sealey:

  • My mom was moved from ICU to a regular room tonight. Kidneys are wanting to work, the NG tube has been removed, and she’s not on O2 anymore. She was able to eat a very little bit today. Most importantly, Camille and Adalynn were able to see her in person for the first time since May 28. She’s come so incredibly far, and she still has so far to go, but she has fought and overcome so much. Thank you all for the prayers, visits, calls, and texts. Has meant the world!                                                                                                                                                                           Austin
  • My brother in law texted me this morning said Carol had a good night. Have removed all oxygen. Going to take NG tube out and try letting her eat. Maybe moving her out of ICU to the floor. Going to put in some kinda of port for dialysis which she will have sometime today. Yes Carol you win the award for most determined fighter of anyone I know. Finally stopped with those baby steps and doing the long jump. Wow so hsappy to hear all your progress. Will see you soon!!

Barbara

 

 

Carl “Chicken” Gaines

Just want to send out a big thank you to all of those who have had Carl on your prayer list. He is making progress and doing so much better in just one week. He is busy with Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Also thank you to all of you who haved called, texted, and visited him. We have relayed every phone call and text. Also since he doesn’t FB we read him every comment. Gosh thank you big to everyone that has sent food, it has been so much appreciated and everything has been great. We are so blessed with the best friends and family and send a big hug and a big thank you to all!!!

Barbara

 

 

 

Steve Miller of Line Creek has eye surgery yesterday.  Pray for Steve and Wendy as they keep the eyedrops schedule going as follow-up to the procedure.

 

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby celebrated his the first anniversary of when he got out of the hospital to live with KK and Job.  Keep this sweet family in your prayers.

 

 

 

Pray for Brady Haynes, a former youth minister at FBC, K, as he has surgery to have some big kidney stones removed today.  Later, he will require surgery on the other kidney.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

 

 

 

At 10:48 last night, Jennie let me know they made it to Dallas.  I’m not sure what time it was this morning when they got to where they will be staying, but they are there.  Sleep will be their priority this morning.

 

 

 

Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard

October 20, 1951 – June 17, 2019

Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard, born October 20, 1951 in Baton Rouge, LA, went to her eternal home with her Lord on June 17, 2019. A devoted and loving wife of almost 50 years to Ronald Keith Ballard. She was a resident of Pine Grove, LA and an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She is retired from LA Home Builders Association. She was a special lady. Always with a smile for everyone and willing to help in any way she could. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Darlene is survived by her husband, Ronald Keith Ballard; mother, Rebecca Simmons McMorris; sisters, Diane M. Snyder (Tom) and Lucinda M. Tarver (Gene); sister-in-law, Brenda Ballard McMorris; nieces and nephews; Holleigh McMorris Crow (Brett), Valmon Evans Mcmorris (Nikki), Shawn Revel (Lana), Shannon Revel Brasseaux (Josh), Jeremy K. Ghaffari, and numerous great nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her father, Valmon J. McMorris, Sr., and brother, Valmon J. McMorris, Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Pine Grove , LA from 1:00 PM till funeral service at 3:00 PM , conducted by Rev. Paul Cantrell with interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Honorary Pall Bearers, Ralph Thompson; Pall Bearers, Manny Falcon, Dwight Falcon, Murphy Jenkins ,Collins Jenkins, Paul Carpenter, Valmon McMorris, Brett Crow and Josh Brasseaux. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – James 4:7

 

 

 

Today’s quote – Short, but powerful –  “Your impact is exponential!”

 

 

 

Make a big impact today!

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing.

But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.’” 

~Luke 5:5 NLT~

After their obedience, God gave them more fishing success than they ever imagined.

 

 

 

“You’ll Miss the Bus” – Matthew 5:3 – https://hereforyou.org/videos/#merciful

 

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

VBS – Day 3 – I am really missing VBS this year, but hope all the kids and workers will be ready today for a wonderful day!

 

 

 

Read and Write the Bible Today – I John 5: 4, 11-12, 18

 

 

 

Students learn Bible truths in retrofitted school bushttp://www.bpnews.net/53021/students-learn-bible-truths-in-retrofitted-school-bus

This is a “think outside the box” idea and a great one!  The Bible tells us to go and to tell.  I think that is what this article is about.

 

 

 

Where will we go?  Who will me tell?  God doesn’t expect all of us to cross oceans to other countries!   He does expect us to go and to tell.  The article surely describes going and telling.  Let’s pray for the continued success of BREAK.  Now, what can we do in our area and on our scale?  Who will give?  Who will tell?

Anna Lee

Thursday

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.”

Luke 2:10-12

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!

https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Count_Your_Blessings/

Anna Lee

Merry Christmas

“Out of sheer generosity God put us in right standing with himself.

A pure gift.

He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be.

And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

He sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.”

~Romans 3:24-25 The Message~

 

 

Pete Gill’s procedure went well.  Now, treatment will begin.  Pray for this family during this Chirstmas Day.

 

 

 

Another Spring Creek family is in the hospital.  Jimmy Rufus Williams may get to come home today.  I know the family will celebrate being at home together and the birth of Jesus long ago.

 

 

David found some Christmas spirit in the good news he received yesterday and was able to attend the service at FBC, last night.  It was beautiful from the beginning to the end.  I know there were other special services last night.  I hope you were able to attend one.  We are extra thankful not to be going to Baton Rouge for a unit of blood today.

 

 

 

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

February 5, 1950 – December 23, 2018

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress, 68, of Laurel passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, and
is in the arms of Jesus after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mrs. Childress was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was a
member of First Baptist Church of Laurel where she served as a Sunday School teacher and
Bible Drill leader for many years. She adored children and was a teacher for Jones County
School District’s Star Reach Program.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph E. Gauthreaux of Biloxi, and her grandparents
John and Mary Gates of Pensacola, FL, and Joseph and Theresa Gauthreaux of Biloxi.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Childress of Laurel; her two daughters, Molly
(Carson) Humphries of Richardson, TX, and Mary Katherine “Katie” Childress of New York, NY;
her mother, Mary Helena (Gates) Gauthreaux of Biloxi; her sister Nancy (Jim) Pledger of
Natchitoches, LA; and four grandchildren, Hannah, Lydi Kate, Wiley, and Ellis Humphries.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel on Wednesday,
December, 26, 2018, followed by services at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m.
in Mendenhall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
P.O. Box 4452
Laurel, MS 39441-4452

 

 

 

Read the Bible today.

  • Zech 4-6
  • Psalm 147
  • Matt. 21

Read about the birth of Jesus today.

 

 

Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  That’s amazing, but not the end or the story.  He left heaven to live on earth and prepare the way for us to have salvation and to eventually live with Him forever.  That’s the greatest story ever told.  I hope you get to tell this story to someone today.

 

 

Happy birthday to our daughter.

 

 

Katera McMillian shared the following pictures and stories with me.  I’m passing them on.  Then, I’m going to get my “Christmas arch” out for this special day.  It was a gift a number of years ago.

Merry Christmas Around the World

https://www.imb.org/2018/12/24/christmas-celebrations-world/

The story is the same even though the celebration is different in other countries.  Focus on the meaning of Christmas as told in the Bible.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“Who is wise and understanding among you?

Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

~James 3:13 NIV~

 

 

Josiah Huckaby

Josiah had his heart cath today. He did great but we were a bit surprised with the results especially since we weren’t seeing symtpoms of anything. The short & simple explanation is: they weren’t able to balloon or stent anything because of several issues they found. We will have to come back in a few weeks to try to stent 2 pulm veins…one of those is completely closed. We will also be looking at adding a new med to try to slow down the progression of his pulm vein disease. It is not a commonly used med here but Texas children’s hospital has been using it with some pretty good results. Our interventional radiologist that did the cath recently moved here from Texas & we’ve heard a lot of good things about him & the hospital he came from. They seem to “specialize” in pulmonary hypertension, so we feel confident in his abilities to help us navigate through the next steps of treatment for Josiah. We know that God’s plan for Josiah is far better than anything we could remotely come up with. We will continue to praise Him & His faithfulness.

I am always amazed at how God created us/our bodies & with every bit of new information about Josiah, we learn just how amazing we are as His creations. And just how much care & detail He knitted us together with. The doctor showed us pics of the issues & showed us how his body has compensated so that it could continue to function as close to “normal” as possible. It just blows my mind!

To God be the glory, great things He has done!!! 

 

 

Susie Sharkey

Susie Sharkey has pneumonia.  Pray she will have a complete recovery in God’s timing.

 

 

David – We received good news yesterday.  David’s blood level was 9.6.  Although 14-18 is normal, 9.6 is  an improvement.  He got he procrit injection.  We will see his hematologist next Monday.  Please pray David can maintain or improve the 9.6.  We are thankful to have some days at home this week.

 

 

Lottie Moon Week of Prayer – Day 3

 

 

 

Graham: G.H.W. Bush ‘in the presence of God’

http://baptistmessage.com/graham-g-h-w-bush-in-the-presence-of-god/?fbclid=IwAR01wMop8HhFSfp1yJbuFlm9hz9p4o5Mq_37wWWrDQLfZEcDDbZS3HwxNrU

 

 

 

Read the Christmas Story – Luke 4

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Hosea 11-12
  • Psalm 128
  • Matthew 2

 

 

Enjoy the crispness of the air today.  The weather is expected to be “just right”!

Anna Lee