Wednesday

“It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, LORD Most High!

It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love and at night to announce how faithful you are.”

Psalm 92:1-2 (CEV)

Our God gives second chances!

 

 

 

Please begin praying for Caleb Estay.  He will be having a lump on this neck checked Tuesday.  Pray all goes well.

 

 

 

Please pray for the family of Coach Dickie Meeks.  I taught with him at OFA.  His students thought the moon of him.  He became well know for winning teams and influencing lives in the right direction.  He passed away due to cancer.  His services will be Saturday in Longview, TX.

 

 

 

Read the. Bible in 2020 – August 5

  • Ezra 1:1-2:70 1
  • Corinthians 1:18-2:5
  • Psalm 27:7-14
  • Proverbs 20:22-23

 

 

This morning I was blessed with a message from someone who is quarantined, but still wanting to help with Operation Christmas Child.  He asked for a suggestion about something he can order online.  This virus cannot stop the generosity of God’s people!

 

 

 

The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home will be in Kentwood on September 21st to pick up our donations for their pantry.  They only ask for this help once a year.  Below is a list of the items they need the most this year:

  • Bottled Juices
  • Cleansing Supplies (Disinfectants)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Freezer Bags
  • Fruit (Canned)
  • Kool-Aid
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Salad Dressings

Your items can be left at the church any time in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

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Find ways to be helpful/encouraging despite the virus!

Anna Lee

 

Thursday

“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

 

 

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One of our prayer concerns last week:

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

https://baptistmessage.com/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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Then you will experience God’s peace.”

~Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – July 26

  • 2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34
  • Romans 9:25-10:13
  • Psalm 20:1-9
  • Proverbs 20:2-3

 

 

Please continue to pray for all those with the Covid-19 virus, those that have been exposed and who are quarantined, and the families of those who are sick.

 

 

 

Please help me collect lots of these two items for Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes”.

  1. Dollar Tree checker sets
  2. Bandanas

You can drop off the items you find at the office of First Baptist Church, Kentwood.

 

 

 

Whether you are attending in person or online, I hope you are blessed by church services today.  Services at FBC, Kentwood begin at 10:30 this morning and 6:00 this evenin.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Friday

“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 http://www.tinyurl.com/LoriRhodesBookMemorial to Bossier Elementary and J.A. Phillips Elementary School to continue the work that she loved.

For more information, https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/haughton-la/lori-rhodes-9273643?fbclid=IwAR0bi_rGeOIiQLON2l1fzeTRuihtwJGV67PqVthXyKe54iSOL2dlKjkSHr0

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

https://baptistmessage.com/churches-decision-produce-kingdom-decisions-at-go-tell-camp/

 

 

 

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

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

“For he is the living God and he endures forever;

his kingdom will not be destroyed,

his dominion will never end.  

He rescues and he saves;

he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.

He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

 

 

 

Please pray for Bryan and Rita Tate as they get Bryan the treatment he needs.

 

 

 

Pray for a my sister’s friend who has A-fib and a positive test for Covid-19.  Thanks!

 

 

 

Pray for families with students as they make decisions about the school situations for their children.

 

 

 

Pray for teachers as they head into an unusual school year.  Pray with them as they prepare.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – July 23

  • 2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19
  • Romans 8:9-25
  • Psalm 18:16-36
  • Proverbs 19:26

 

 

 

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The Louisiana WMU has been sharing these podcasts.  Today, I want to share them with you.  This was shared yesterday.  From here, you should be able to locate the ten podcasts that came before this one.

EPISODE 11 – A Life Surrendered

In Romans 8:28, God’s Word tells us “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Listen in today as Mary Valerio, a pastor’s wife, shares how God used the faithfulness of three Native American women who walked 12 miles along railroad tracks to share Jesus with Hispanic children. You’ll be in awe of how those seeds planted 80 years ago have yielded countless changed lives.

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for the many who have had deaths in their families.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

“We fix our eyes not on what is seen,

but on what is unseen,

since what is seen is temporary,

but what is unseen is eternal.”

~2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – July 22

  • 2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10
  • Romans 7:14-8:8
  • Psalm 18:1-15
  • Proverbs 19:24-25

 

 

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The mission team that needs to get back to Louisiana at the end of the week does not have a definite plan to return, but God is at work to make it happen.  I’m thankful they got to put the roof on a church and minister to others and thankful to know of God’s faithfulness to take care of His own.

 

 

Jules Tanksey and mother are back at home in their “bubble”.  Please continue to pray for this child and her family.

 

 

 

Mrs. Mildred Birch‘s gall bladder surgery went well yesterday.  She is back in the Sixth Ward and looking forward to her 90th birthday.  Thank you for praying for her.

 

 

 

Bryan Tate is hospitalized at St. Tammany with double pneumonia and an increased heart rate.  He’s been there since Sunday.  Pray for his improvement.  Pray for his family who cannot be with him while he is hospitalized.

 

 

 

Mary Ann Clemons in still in ICU, but improving while surprising her doctors.  Don Clemons is home and doing well.  Pray for the family during this difficult time of having more than one patient.

 

 

 

Lori Rhodes passed away last night.  Pray for Keith and the children as they face life without her.  Lori and Keith served our youth at FBC, Kentwood and touched the lives of many young people and their families.  I’m so thankful I got to know them.

 

 

 

Three men from our church, two family members, a neighbor, a friend who was in Jennie wedding because of an LC connection have all changed their addresses to their new homes in heaven.  This “stay at home time” has had some extra hard days as we missed being with families that are special to us in so many ways during their time of loss.  Great memories for me and difficult days for the family, but heavenly homes for those who no longer have to face our earthly trials!  I’m very thankful all of these people personally knew the Lord and are rejoicing to be in heaven today.

Anna Lee

 

 

Tuesday

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 http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

http://www.bpnews.net/55122/southern-baptist-church-planter-dies-after-being-hit-by-semitruck

 

 

Violent deaths lead Chicagoland pastor to organize prayer walks

http://www.bpnews.net/55123/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

 

 

Saturday

“In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world.” 

John 16:33 NIV

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – July 11

  • 1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18
  • Acts 28:1-31
  • Psalm 9:1-12
  • Proverbs 19:1-3

 

 

Mrs. Pam Kliesch asked for prayer for Dr. Stan Statham, director of our association of churches, who has Covid-19.  I know you will want to pray for this wonderful man of God, his large family, and all those he ministers to.

 

 

 

Pray for the family night VBS service at FBC, Kentwood at 5 P.M. tomorrow.  You can choose from the live event at church or the live online event.  See the children who have been learning about Jesus and having fun this past week.

 

 

 

Missionary Joseph Ragan dies at 57

http://www.bpnews.net/55078/missionary-joseph-ragan-dies-at-57

As you pray for the family of this man, please also pray for those to whom he ministered.

 

 

 

Louisiana evangelist reaches 14 million in global event, 100,000 saved and counting

 

Here’s the name Sammy Tippit again. https://baptistmessage.com/louisiana-evangelist-reaches-14-million-in-global-event-100000-saved-and-counting/

 

 

Prepare for a wonderful, meaningful Lord’s Day.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

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.

http://waylonbailey.com/2020/07/05/a-critical-month/

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Sunday

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.

But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

~Galatians 5:13~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – July 5

  • 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17
  • Acts 23:11-35
  • Psalm 3:1-8
  • Proverbs 18:14-15

 

 

VBS begins at 8:30 in the morning at FBC, Kentwood.  I don’t have any details about how it will be done this year, but I’m sure some changes from the normal schedule will be made.  Check into the details so you can make a good decision about sending your children and/or grandchildren.

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child items can be left in the boxes in the fellowship hall or under the stairs to the balcony.  Thanks for your help in packing lots of shoeboxes for boys and girls this year.  Each shoebox is an opportunity for children and families to learn about Jesus.  It is a fantastic mission opportunity!

 

 

 

Show your love and concern for others today.  Be an encourager!

Anna Lee