As far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

~Psalm 103:12~




Two praise reports this morning:

  1. Margaret Wilson is progressing nicely in recovering from a MS flare-up.  The good news is that she did not have something new like a hear attack or stroke.  Home will look good to her today.
  2. My former student’s son, Alex, is home after hearing he was “just in time” with seeing the doctor.



Read the Bible in 2020 – August 7

  • Ezra 7:1-8:20
  • 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
  • Psalm 30:1-12
  • Proverbs 20:28-30



Louisiana Baptist Message



Baptist Press

I learned something new this morning.  Baptist Press was founded in 1946.  It’s older than I am!  Think of all the updated Christian news it has provided.  Of course, it was not easily available online for all those years!




Be a positive influence on someone in someway today.

Anna Lee


“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it,

because its wickedness has come up before me.”

~Jonah 1:2 (NIV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 30

  • 2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27
  • Romans 13:1-14
  • Psalm 23:1-6
  • Proverbs 20:11



Baptist Press




Baptist Message




One of our prayer concerns last week:

Border closure cuts short Louisiana DR mission, puts ‘Bahama Rebuild’ on hold

Thank God for answering prayers for help at the mission and for returning our mission team home safely.  More work is needed.  Keep praying for this area.






Update on Mary Ann Clemons

She is now in a rehab.  Not having visitors is hard for patients and their would-be visitors.  Please keep praying.




Keep up with the latest statistics so you can make wise decisions.

Anna Lee












“For the Lord is always good.

He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.”

~Psalm 100:5 (TLB)~




Gibbie McMillan and the mission roofing team are back at home.  They have plans to return to the church and complete some additional work when conditions improve.  Thank-you for praying for their safe return.




Update on Josiah Huckaby:

Yesterday we saw pulmonary. It was definitely a bittersweet appointment. Our pulmonologist is retiring & it was our last visit with him. We will be transitioning to a new doctor over the next couple of months but we have a great nurse practitioner that is going to help with this. She is very familiar with Josiah and even was part of his care team during his long hospitalization after birth.

As far as the visit, we are attempting to wean him off of diuretics again. They weaned his respiration rate. I think they were a bit surprised about how good he physically looks after such a rough fall/winter. Josiah won’t be able to attend preschool this fall like we originally had hoped. Out of all the doctor’s vent patients, we were 1 of only 2 that were told no school. We were also told after looking back through Josiah’s entire medical history, that he MIGHT be vent/trach free about the time he turns 5. This is exciting for us because it’s the 1st mention of a timeframe since before he got his trach. Now, we know ultimately God is in control & this could change for better or worse but it’s a huge praise nonetheless. To God be the glory!!!

Job Huckaby

I know you will want to continue to pray for Josiah and his family.




Lori Lantz Rhodes

SEPTEMBER 29, 1969 – JULY 21, 2020

Lori Lantz Rhodes, age 50, passed away peacefully at her home on July 21, 2020.

She was born on September 29th, 1969 in Opelousas, Louisiana, and grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and met her husband, Keith Rhodes. The two married in 1991, had their first son, Zachary, in 1994 and their second, Benjamin, in 1996. In 2019, she lovingly claimed the title of “Lolli” with the birth of her grandson, Oliver.

Lori worked as an elementary school teacher for 19 years, where she found great love in teaching children to read. She sang beautifully in church choirs, in her kitchen, in the car, and anywhere else she could raise her voice in worship. Through all life’s struggles, she found encouragement and peace in worship. Lori Rhodes loved fiercely and abundantly, most especially her family, though her love extended to all the people she came across. She treated everyone with a great deal of kindness and hardly ever met a stranger, even if she was halfway across the country. One of Lori’s favorite places to be was the beach, stretched out in the sand with her toes in the waves, closely followed by the Dr. Seuss theme park at Universal Studios, Seuss Landing. Almost matching her passion for her family, friends, and students was her passion for dessert. Lori took great delight in savoring life’s sweet moments. Quick to laugh and even quicker to smile, her infectious joy and love were a reflection of the faith she had in Christ and will be carried on by all those who loved her.

She is preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Lantz, and her uncle, James Robert Jones. She is survived by her husband, Keith Rhodes; sons, Zachary (Lauren) and Benjamin Rhodes; grandson, Oliver Rhodes; mother, Glenda Lantz; brother, Jeff (Marjorie) Lantz; sisters, Sharon Anding, and Tressa (Derek) Ratchford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Services for Lori will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, officiated by Bryan Reed, of The Simple Church. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive guests on Saturday evening from 5-8 p.m.

Pallbearers include Eddie Merrill, Jeff Lantz, Kevin Rhodes, Derek Rathcford, Jay Hardy, and Marty Kent. Honorary pallbearers include her nephews.

Her family takes great comfort in knowing that Lori is now talking, singing, dancing, and laughing, completely healed at the feet of Jesus.

In lieu of flowers, Lori’s family asks that you donate books at to Bossier Elementary and J.A. Phillips Elementary School to continue the work that she loved.

For more information,





Read the Bible in 2020 – July 24

  • 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22
  • Romans 8:26-39
  • Psalm 18:37-50
  • Proverbs 19:27-29




Baptist Press




Louisiana Baptist Message





Churches’ decisions produce Kingdom decisions at GO TELL camp (Spring Creek Baptist Church of Kentwood)




Thank-you so much for your encouragement and support for these concerns.

Anna Lee








Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

~Hebrews 13:5-6~




Sue Smith is still home and progressing well following her transplant surgery.  Please continue to pray for her.




Gibby McMillan needs help to travel back home from a mission trip.

All my Facebook friends I need help. There are 11 of us men from Louisiana trying to help the people to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian last year.
However due to the COVID 19
The Bahamas are closing their borders and we are stuck.
We are working on the roof and need a flight to Ft Lauderdale on Friday. Should The Lord lay it on your heart to help get us home.
Contact me or my assistant at LBC, Kelly Tam

Thanks for your prayers and help!




Young Jules Tanksley is in CHNO because of fever.  Doctors there have been unable to diagnose her problem.  Pray for Jules and her mother, Kerribeth Sitman Tanksley,i  as well as the medical professionals as they work to help this child.




Maggie McCallister Holden

June 25, 1933 – July 18, 2020

Maggie Ruth McCallister Holden, age 87, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020. She was a native of Lucien Mississippi and long time resident of Chalmette, La and Osyka, Ms. Maggie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She was preceded in death by her husband Clayton L. Holden Sr, sons John L. Holden and Luther W. Holden, grandson Nicholas Holden, her parents Luther McCallister and Dorothy Short Strickland, and her siblings Luther R. McCallister, Judy Strickland, Frank Strickland, Shirley Sanders, and Diane Woodard. She is survived by her sons Clayton Holden Jr.(Charmaine), Charles Holden( Michelle), Dwayne Holden (Dorothy), Paul Holden (Penny ) and her daughter Anita Holden Fincher (Barney); 15 Grandchildren Angie (Casey), Brandy (Mike), Tonya (Charles), Clayton III (Kristina), Damien (Jamilyn), Christina (Mac), Dawn (Tim), Jamie (Joey), Melissa (Kevin), Katrina, William, Leanne (Dominick), Lacey, Maggie Lee, and Clint; 21 Great grandchildren Ashley, Tyler, Michael, Nicole, Dana, Rene, Tristen, Madison, Korbin, Berkley, Kensley, Sadie, Jaxon, Haisley, Charles, Lettie, Brandon, Braylon, Addison, Jace, Jorja; brother James Strickland and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00PM on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Interment Arcola-Roseland, Arcola, LA. For an online guestbook, visit



Former Judge Carolyn Kiff of Pine Ridge was in an accident on highway 38 yesterday morning.  She passed away yesterday afternoon.  Please be in pray for “Miss” Carolyn’s family and for the driver of the truck that hit her.

She was a sweet neighbor who helped us in several ways.  We will miss her visits.




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 21

  • 2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11
  • Romans 7:1-13
  • Psalm 17:1-15
  • Proverbs 19:22-23




Baptist Press



Southern Baptist church planter dies after being hit by semi-truck



Violent deaths lead Chicagoland pastor to organize prayer walks





Pray for those who stay outside much of each day in the summer heat.  Pray they will be able to stay hydrated and safe.

Anna Lee




For everything that was written in the past

was written to teach us,

so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures

and the encouragement

they provide we might have hope. 

~Romans 15:4~




Angie Nielsen is requesting pray for her mother, Tay Cotton, who has been admitted to a hospital in Baton Rouge because of weakness and fatigue.  Angie is especially concerned about the Covid-19 virus in a hospital setting.




Speaking of Covid-19, the number of cases locally seems to be increasing daily.  Please be careful!




Keith and Lori Rhodes

Last Friday we made the decision to move Lori Lantz Rhodes to hospice care. It’s been a challenging week all the way around. I’ve watched my beautiful bride continue to decline as this terrible disease attacks her body. We’ve shed many tears these last few days.

As I put Lori in bed for the night, she looks at me and says, “We made it another day.”

Thank you for your continued prayers.




Read thee Bible in 2020 – July 17

  • 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
  • Romans 4:1-12
  • Psalm 13:1-6
  • Proverbs 19:15-16

I’m still up-to-date with reading.  I hope you are too!




Baptist Press




Baptist Message

Includes Louisiana Covid-19 charts




Operation Christmas Child items can be dropped off at the church office Monday – Friday.







As we grow weary of staying home and/or missing our normal routine, let’s refer to the Scripture from Jeremiah and the words of a wise pastor.

“‘I know what I am planning for you,’ says the LORD.

‘I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you.

I will give you a hope and a good future.

Then you will call my name.

You will come to me and pray to me,

and I will listen to you.’”

Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NCV)



“Trust in the Father in the midst of the storm. 

When the storm hits, go to the Father.”

                                         Pastor Jarred

West Rome Baptist Church

Rome, Georgia

March, 2020




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 10

  • 1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14
  • Acts 27:21-44
  • Psalm 8:1-9
  • Proverbs 18:23-24




Baptist Press




Baptist Message




Be an encourager today!

Anna Lee












“But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free.

God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.”

~James 1:25 (CEV)~




I have asked you to pray for a friend’s husband several times.  He has had cancer in one eye and goes periodically for check-ups.  Mike Moore lives in West Monroe.  His latest check-up showed no tumor in his eye and no sign of cancer in his lungs or liver.  Thank-you, God!




Pray for our country this weekend.  Pray for the political and health conditions to be what God wants for us.




Remember Smiley Conerly’s services today.  If you will not be able to attend, please pray for the family today.




Carlton E. Smith, Sr.

July 21, 1935 – July 01, 2020

A resident of Magnolia, MS, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Kentwood, LA. He was born July 21, 1935 in Lewiston, LA and was 84 years of age. He is survived by his 3 sons, Terry Wayne Smith, Mitchell Smith and Carlton Smith, Jr. and wife, Desiree’; daughter, Sharon Smith Austin; step-son, William Edenfield; step-daughter, Dorothy Edenfield; 10 grandchildren, Jason Edenfield, Cody Smith, Brent Smith, Courtney Smith, Allie Smith, Jessica Smith, Cassie Wheaton, Cole Tallia Mark Burgess and Haley North; 7 great-grandchildren, Riley Marie Businelle, Presley Grace Businelle, Kimberly Wheaton, Kenzie Wheaton, Hadlee Renee Tallia, Ethyn Isaac Oliver, and Elyh James Smith. Preceded in death by wife, Susan Irene Smith; parents, Jewel Jeremiah Smith, Sr. and Thelma Gaines Smith; daughter, Sharon Austin Smith; great-grandchild, Layden Chance Mathis; sister, Barbara Smith Peters; brothers, Jewel Jeremiah Smith, Jr. and Donald Ray Smith. Graveside Services will be held at Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA at 11:00AM on Friday, July 3, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Melvin Rushing. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 3

  • 2 Kings 22:3-23:30
  • Acts 21:37-22:16
  • Psalm 1:1-6
  • Proverbs 18:11-12



Baptist Press




Louisiana Baptist Message




Be safe and healthy this weekend.

Anna Lee


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~



Please be in prayer for Susan Rimes today.  She will be in Covington at 6 A.M. this morning for wrist surgery to repair broken bones in her wrist.  She should be home before noon.  Susan will be thankful when the surgery takes away her pain.  She looks forward to occupational therapy  beginning next week to her her return to being able to use her hand.  Please pray for Susan as she goes through surgery and therapy to regain use of her right hand.




Scott Tolleson, my cousin who has lived in Shreveport the past few years, passed away yesterday at the age of 64.  He has suffered for many years with Huntington’s Disease.  Today, he is rejoicing in heaven with family members, some of whom are like Scott and now healed of HD.  Scott was the greatest soul winner I have ever known!  He loved God and family with all his heart!




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Read the Bible in 2020 – June 26

  • 2 Kings 9:14-10:31
  • Acts 17:1-34
  • Psalm 144:1-15
  • Proverbs 17:27-28

Remember, it is never too late to start reading the Bible.  If you haven’t been reading since January 1, just jump in today.  You’ll be blessed!




Use good judgment and stay healthy!

Anna Lee






“You see that his faith and his actions were working together,

and his faith was made complete by what he did.”

~James 2:22 (NIV)~




Josiah Huckaby is one blessed child.  His mom and dad, KK and Job, are blessed too.  Josiah has now been living at home for two years.  Josiah has made so much progress since his parents met him.  Thank God for moms and dads who are willing to lovingly give so much of themselves.




Pray for Mrs. Mildred Birch as she awaits her appointment with her surgeon on June 29th.




Buddy Morris complete round two of chemo and is scheduled for a PET scan during the first week of July.  Please pray for Buddy and his family as they wait for the test and then, results.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 20

  • 1 Kings 22:1-53
  • Acts 13:16-41
  • Psalm 138:1-8
  • Proverbs 17:17-18




Baptist Press




Louisiana Baptist Message




I have had some questions about Operation Christmas Child.  Your donations of items can be left at the FBC, Kentwood during office hours Monday – Friday and when the church is open for services on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Let’s not let Covid-19 stop the shoeboxes from being full in the fall.




Have a wonderful day today.  Do something special.  Make a sweet memory for yourself and someone else.  Staying home does not keep you from impacting other lives.  Be the person who finds a way during these stay-at-home times.  If you are not staying at home, remember to wear a mask and to follow social distancing and hand washing rules.

Anna Lee


“Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life—they don’t know God.”

~1 Timothy 6:21 (TLB)~




Someone asked for Keith and Lori Rhodes’ address again yesterday.  I took the opportunity to send a card/letter to them.  You might want to encourage them too.

Keith and Lori Rhodes

214 Sherwood Lane

Haughton, LA 71037




Peggy Alford is coming home from caring for her daughter, Robin Alford, who broke an ankle three months ago.  Wendy Alford Fowler will take a shift as a caregiver.  Robin is recovering from two surgeries following a fall and is just now able to begin to put some weight on her ankle.  Please pray for Robin’s continued progress.  This has been a long, difficult progress, but did get Robin some company and lots of attention.




Please add Mr. Bob Pezant if he is not already there.




Louisiana seems to be the target for a hurricane this weekend.  Get informed and prepared.




The covid-19 virus is not over.  Please be aware and careful.




Pray for the people in big cities that have protests/riots.




Many people have unspoken prayer requests.  Please include these,  even on days when I do not specify them.




Louisiana Baptist are called to prayer today.




Louisiana Baptist Message




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 4

  • 2 Samuel 22:1-23:23
  • Acts 2:1-47
  • Psalm 122:1-9
  • Proverbs 16:19-20



Doing/praying for others blesses the person who prays and the person who is the focus of the prayers.

Anna Lee