Monday

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

~Psalm 103:2~

 

 
Read and Write the Bible Today – Lamentations 3: 22-26

 

 

 

I was blessed to attend an early worship service and later to watch the second service via computer with David!  You can find links to both services on my facebook page.

 

 

 

Now that Easter egg hunts are over for this year, I will ask that if you are discarding plastic Easter eggs that you please leave them at FBC, Kentwood so we can use them in several different ways for Operation Christmas Child.

 

 

 

There is a tote on the organ at church with some ideas of items to purchase for Operation Christmas Child.  Look through the tote and get some ideas.  Then, happy shopping.  Please leave your donations at the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room.  May I suggest you make a decision to spend a certain amount each week (or month).  Then shop frequently!  If you cannot shop frequently, I suggest donating to OCC by putting your donation in an envelope marked OCC or to hand your donation to me when you see me.  I love to shop of OCC.  Packing day will be here before you know it!

 

 

 

There are many ways to share the message of salvation.  Today, let’s pray for ministers who do that from a pulpit, in hospitals, and other places every week.  Pray for Sunday School teachers and mission leaders who teach regularly the same message.  Also, pray for missionaries and their families who live the same lifestyle, but who do it on mission fields around the world.  Pray regularly for those who share the Good News.  May it become who you are and what you do.

Anna Lee

 

 

Good Friday

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

~1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (NIV)~

 

 

 

 

This is the day we honor the death of Jesus on the cross because He gave His life for us.   It truly is a Good Friday.  I’m thankful I know the “end of the story” and the purpose of the resurrection.

 

 

 

Read and Write the Bible Today – James 5:7-9

 

 

 

 

Eggs are a sign of new life.  Easter eggs represent the new life we have through Jesus.  As your children tire of the plastic eggs this week, if you do not plan to keep them, please bring them to Kentwood First Baptist Church.  We would like to give the plastic eggs new life as an item for Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes“.  I will have a large basket at church for the eggs or you can leave them in the church office during the week or in the classroom next to the choir room on a Sunday.  Thanks for helping us.

 

 

 

Some of the local churches are having special services today.  You may want to check around and attend one.

 

 

Sunday, you will have the opportunity to attend sunrise services at Inspiration Park or some of the local churches.  I have fond memories of previous sunrise services.  I trust you do too.  Make a new memory this week.

 

 

 

Sunday, many of our churches will have extra services and special music to celebrate the resurrection.  Find you place and join the celebration.  Remember, “Up from the Grave He Arose”.

 

 

 

I know many of you plan to honor Debbie Miller‘s life and sweet friendship.  I will post her obituary when one is available later today.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“I am the door;

if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved.” 

~John 10:9 NASB~

 

 

 

 

Pray for Mike Lambert who is hospitalized again.  Your prayers will be appreciated by his family and friends.

 

 

 

Read and Write the Bible Today – Hebrews 6: 16-18

 

 

 

If you have beads and other nice throws from recent parades, those items can be used in packing shoeboxes.  Also, small to medium size stuffed animals are also good.  You can leave these items in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room.  Thanks for sharing your freebies.

 

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Disaster Relief provides help in many forms.   The Gospel is shared with people in times of need in addition to meeting physical needs.  You can become one of those who go and serve as needed when needed.

SBDR shines ‘ray of hope’ after southern storms

by David Roach, posted Monday, April 15, 2019 (14 hours ago)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated April 15 at 3:25 p.m. with information from Louisiana.

ALTO, Texas (BP) — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units have deployed across the South following a weekend of storms that caused at least eight deaths, injured dozens more and left damage from Texas to Georgia.In east Texas, DR units from both Texas Baptist Men and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention deployed after an EF-2 and an EF-3 tornado touched down. At least four people in Texas died, according to media reports, including two children who were killed when a pine tree fell on the car carrying them near Pollok, Texas.

“When things seem really bad, we’re able to come in and just introduce that ray of hope for them to take the next steps,” Texas Baptist Men spokesman Rand Jenkins told NBC’s Dallas affiliate.

Texas Baptist Men, a ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, deployed DR teams to the hart-hit towns of Franklin and Alto, Texas, April 14, according to a BGCT news release. Their ministry has included feeding units, chainsaw crews, shower and laundry units, temporary roof installation, assessment and chaplaincy.

SBTC volunteers were headed toward Franklin with a quick-response mobile kitchen within two hours of an April 13 tornado, the North American Mission Board told Baptist Press. Self-contained like a food truck, the quick-response mobile kitchen is designed to serve a few hundred simple meals quickly before a larger feeding operation can be established. The unit also focuses on evangelism, the SBTC said.

A second SBTC DR team dispatched to Alto and focused on feeding and recovery.

“Lots of [church] members have gone out with chainsaws helping to clear the trees and the debris,” said Gary Pridemore, pastor of First Baptist Church in Alto, where the SBTC team has established a base of operations. Locals and outside volunteers “have been working like beavers getting all the trees cut up and roads cleared.”

In Mississippi — where at least one person died according to media reports — six local chainsaw teams deployed along with three teams focused on chaplaincy and assessment, NAMB said.

In Alabama, a DR team did chainsaw work in the city of Troy while another team did chainsaw and roof tarping work in Etowah County, Alabama Baptist DR director Mark Wakefield said.

At least one county worker died near Birmingham, Ala., when a vehicle struck him as he attempted to clear fallen trees from a roadway, according to media reports.

In Louisiana — where at least two deaths were reported — a DR team from Blanchard performed tree removal and roof repair work, according to Louisiana’s Baptist Message newsjournal. The team also distributed Bibles and water.

At one point on April 14, nearly 90,000 people across the South were without power because of the storms, the Associated Press reported.

Pridemore, of Alto, Texas, requested prayer for the safety of DR workers, the recovery of injured people and the spread of the Gospel.

“Pray that [DR work] will open doors to the ministry of the churches,” Pridemore said.

 

 

Thanks for reading and praying today.  As you pray, also remember those whose names have been listed lately and those whose names were not listed, but who have  spiritual, physical, emotional, medical, or financial needs.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

~1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)~

 

 

Today, I want to share a brief update on the last two days of appointments with David.

Monday, we met with a different oncologist because David’s oncologist was in a different clinic that day.  We were told there is a possible change in treatment since the Procrit is not working as hoped.  David’s oncologist will make the decision, possibly next week.  We have talked to some health professionals and read up on it to learn about the possible treatment.  We are waiting to see what the doctor and God have planned.

Tuesday, we saw our regular eye doctor as a follow up to the emergency visit to the eye clinic.  David lost some of his vision in one eye Friday a week ago.  We know now he is regaining sight in that eye, but time will tell how much it improves.  We heard the term “eye stroke” for the first time.  That brought some new questions.  We are optimistic about the next appointment in four weeks.  We are not at the point of seeing the retina specialist again at this point.

God has provided wonderful and intelligent professionals for David.  We have been blessed.  Despite all the problems, we are enjoying seeing God guide us through them.  God is using many family members, church friends, long-time friends, and neighbors to encourage us regardless of the issues.  We are so thankful He is in charge and creates the plan.  We are making the most of the journey.  Thank-you to all who have helped us travel on this journey in so many ways.

 

 

 

Read and Write the Bible – Luke 10: 25-30

 

 

 

I’m looking for some people who can sew and who would be willing to make some items for Operation Christmas Child.  Contact me if this describes you.  Thanks!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

~2 Thessalonians 2:15~

 

 

Read and Write the Bible Today – Luke 6:32-38

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child – Items Needed

  • Sewing Kits
  • Fishing Kits
  • Clothes Pins and Clothes Lines
  • Flashlights with  Extra Batteries
  • Marbles
  • Tools
  • Jacks and Balls
  • Legos
  • Small Cars, Trucks, Tractors, etc.
  • Plastic soap boxes
  • Bars of Soap
  • Washcloths

You may leave your items in the classroom next to the choir room.  Thanks from me and from the children who will receive the shoeboxes we pack.

When you plan your church VBS this year, please consider dedicating your offering to help with Operation Christ Child postage.

 

 

Today, pray for school children who need extra help.
Anna Lee

Thursday

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley,

I will not be afraid,

for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” 

~Psalm 23:4 NLT~

 

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Psalm 145:1-2
  • Psalm 145:5-6
  • Psalm 146:2

 

 

 

Please pray for these people and their families whenever you think of them.

  • Mrs. Wilma Welch
  • Phillip Strickland
  • Glen Magee, Sr.

 

 

The following people are home and making progress.

  • Eleanor Morris
  • Ferrie Gene Blackmon
  • Frances Gay
  • Andy Taylor

 

 

Josiah Huckaby

Josiah is home and he’s doing great!!! Thanks for all the prayers!

 

 

 

Velta Morris – Another good report

t’s been a year since I shared an update on my ongoing journey with Lymphoma. Today I met with my oncologist to review the PET scan that I had yesterday. I am so blessed and humbled to report that no new activity was detected – everything was quiet and the same as last January! To those in my Facebook family who remember to pray for me, I thank you. May God bless you all, and to Him be all the glory!

 

 

 

Don’t forget to add some cans of soup to the top of the organ.  The Youth on mission are collecting the soup for Hope Center in Roseland.

 

 

 

Arrangements for Mr. Douglas Crawford are as follows: Visitation Friday: 5:00 – 8:00pm Visitation Sat. : 9:00 – 11:00am Funeral Service Sat. : 11:00am All services will be held at Line Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood, LA. Please keep Miss Debbie Crawford and her family in your prayers.

 

 

 

Prayers are tremendously important!  Don’t forget to include them often each day.

Anna Lee

Thursday

He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

~Isaiah 40:29~

 

 

 

Read the Bible today.  Find the “I will ….”.

  • Psalm 116:2
  • Psalm 116: 13-14

 

 

Don’t forget to bring you cans of soup to the church now and through “Soup”er Bowl Sunday.  All the soup will be donated to the Hope Center in Roseland.  This is a project of the Youth on Mission class.

 

 

There will be a blood drive at FBC, Kentwood Sunday.  Contact the church office at 220-8111  if you are able to help.

 

 

Pine Ridge United Methodist Union will provide a delicious breakfast buffet Sunday morning at 8:00.  Thanks to these ladies who faithfully continue this project which began many years ago.

 

 

FBC continues to have a number of people hospitalized and a number of people who have recently been hospitalized.  Pray for each of them.  Special prayer requests for Phillip Strickland and his family, Glen Magee, Sr. and his family, and Frances Gay has had some new problems and has been transferred to OLOL in Baton Rouge.  Eleanor Morris will probably get to come home today.

 

 

I hope you make it okay with the cold weather last night.  Stay alert to the weather reports this time of the year.  Do you know someone you could help at this difficult time of the year?  Either help them or report the need to some one or some group who can help them.

Anna Lee