Wednesday

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh.

Is there anything too hard for Me?”

~Jeremiah 32:27, NKJV~

 

James Morgan of Amite is home.  The doctors did not identify his problem, but he is better.

Operation Christmas Child (from OCC facebook page)

  • The OCC Relay Center at FBC in Elgin, TX make handmade items for their shoebox gifts. These items include puzzles made from popsicle sticks, dresses with matching dolls, magnetic fishing games, crocheted hair accessories, and sewing kits! You can find instructions on how to make many of these items on our Pinterest page here: http://bit.ly/OCCpinterest1
  • A shoebox recipient in South Asia shared her testimony, “I am twelve years old and come from a very poor family. I have five brothers and sisters. Our father works in a brick factory and I also make bricks with my family. I have never been to school, church, or Sunday school. Whenever I would see the other kids going to school, I would think that God doesn’t love or care for us. I believed that was why He made us poor. Last month I asked my parents for new shoes because my old ones were spoiled, but they refused because they didn’t have any extra money. I became very upset and angry. In my heart I asked, ‘why did God make us so poor that we can’t even buy a pair of shoes.
    “A few days later I received a shoebox gift at the local church. When I opened the box I was amazed to see a pair of beautiful shoes that were my size and several other lovely gifts. That day they told us that God always loves and cares for us, regardless of who we are. I realized that God loves me and decided that I will also love God. I was able to attend school with the other children in my village. I am so thankful to God and those families who send these gifts to us from a country faraway.”
  • After one distribution event in Lithuania, one young woman came up to us and told us that she had received a shoebox in the same place ten years ago. She hardly could hold her tears back because the event and the shoebox she received at that time made a great impact in her life. Her parents would not allow her to go to church, but she would read the booklet ‘The Greatest Gift of All’ and pray to Jesus. This year she came to the OCC event with her child and decided to join the local church.
  • “I’m working on making drawstring tote bags large enough for the shoe box to fit in! The child can carry all their goodies or their whole box in it if they’d like too! – Simply Shoe Boxes
  • “Love wasn’t put in your heart to stay. Love isn’t love until you give it away.” – Michael W. Smith
  • A former shoebox recipient, now living in Spain, shared his testimony, “Some years ago, when I was a child living in Peru I received a box from OCC. It was really special for me to receive some toys as my parents were really poor. Now I love to volunteer in the Processing Center in Spain to make it possible for more children, living in difficult situations, to receive these boxes with gifts just for them. ”

      I hope you have that “Christmas is August” spirit.  By starting early, we have               plenty of time to make our purchases or make our crafts.  Enjoy this special                 “giving” project.

Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “Our Foundation” –  http://odb.org/2014/08/20/our-foundation/
  • For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.                                                                     ~1 Corinthians 3:11~                                                                                                                                              “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”                                                                                 ~Matthew 7:25-26~
  • “The Solid Rock” –  http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/m/y/myhopeis.htm

Take advantage of the opportunities God gives you to be a witness.

Anna Lee

Thursday (posted early)

“For just as rain and snow fall from heaven

and do not return there

without saturating the earth

and making it germinate and sprout,

and providing seed to sow and food to eat,

so My word that comes from My mouth

will not return to Me empty.”

~Isaiah 55:10-11a, HCSB~

 

There have been so many happy events in our area lately – babies born, wedding and baby showers, weddings, graduations, etc.  Pray for each family as they go through these wonderful experiences.  Pray they keep God as a central focus of their lives.

There have been so many sad events in our area lately – sickness, hospital stays, deaths, accidents, lost jobs, etc.  Pray for each family as they go through these experiences.  Pray they keep God as a central focus of their lives.

There have been some families that have had these highs and lows in their life in the past, but lately things have run “middle of the road”.  Pray for these families to keep God as a central focus of their lives.

Baptist Press – BPNews.net

Devotional, Scripture, Song, and a Quote

Revival continues at New Zion through Friday.  You are welcome to join them.

Operation Christmas Child – Help needy children to have some joy and hopefully see Jesus through a “shoebox”.

Coming Events

  • Bible Study – Every Friday at 10:00 at FBC, Kentwood
  • Regional WMU Meeting Saturday at FBC, Ponchatoula
  • Young at Heart – Tuesday at 10:30 at New Zion
  • Third Thursday Meeting at the Cabin – Thursday of next week at 6:30
  • Breakfast at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church on the 24th at 8:00  (Benefit for a needy family)
  • Tuesday the 26th – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party – at the Cafe at 11:00
  • Ladies’ Night – Ice Cream Party – FBC, Kentwood on the 28th at 6:15

Remember, other people are watching us each day.  Let’s work hard to improve our lives so they will see more of Jesus and less of us!

Anna Lee

Tuesday

 

“For God is not unjust;

He will not forget your work

and the love you showed for His name

when you served the saints–

and you continue to serve them.”

~Hebrews 6:10, HCSB~

* Praise God that a 69-year-old woman in China, fascinated as a teenager by a people group featured in a film, just completed training in reaching the unengaged and spent her first 100 days in their village–and 53 members of that people group received Christ as their Savior!

* Pray for teams of local believers in East Asia who are venturing out, most for their first time, in obedience to God’s call to take the Gospel to unreached people groups within their own country.

* Praise the Lord that in recent weeks, there has been evidence of revival among the nursing students at Bangalore Baptist Hospital in India!

* Please pray for those in the state of Gujarat, India, who have been working for some time to produce accurate, understandable translations of Scripture in the Gujarati language so they can be used in evangelism and discipleship and be made available for all believers.

Baptist Press –   http://www.bpnews.net/

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “Example that Encourages” –  http://odb.org/?tz=-05
  • I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet . . . . I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.                       ~John 13:14-15~
  • Think back to your childhood kids’ choir.  Do you remember “Be Ye Doers of the Word”?

Remember Operation Christmas Child and shoeboxes that will go to needy children around the world.  Have you made some purchases this month?

Anna Lee

 

Tuesday

A friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for adversity. 

~Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)~

 

Update on Dr. Kent Brantly http://www.christianpost.com/news/samaritans-purse-doctor-infected-with-ebola-is-in-good-spirits-in-georgia-hospital-grateful-for-prayers-124234/

Baptist Press –   BPNews.net

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

Operation Christmas Child

  • “A 4-year-old named Jeremiah received a shoebox gift at a distribution in India. In the box he received a shirt, balloons, flip flops, crayons, and toys. This gift was extra special to Jeremiah as it was his birthday. Without the box, he would not have received any gifts on his birthday as his family could not afford them. Praise God to those who give these special gifts to children!”                                                                                                                                         ~ OCC Volunteer in India~
  • “This year we visited remote villages in Lithuania. I should admit that I have never seen such poverty yet so much joy and thankfulness. One boy received the shoebox and was standing amazed – he couldn’t believe that the whole box was for him! We told him to believe and encouraged him to trust the Lord Jesus whose Love is so big, much bigger than the shoebox. The boy smiled and hugged the shoebox. It was so nice that our kids were together with us in this mission of love. When they came home their impressions turned into praises to the Lord for His goodness and love.”                                                                                                ~ OCC Volunteer~
  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”                                                                ~Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)~
  • The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”                                                                                        ~Billy Graham~

You can have a positive impact or a negative impact on each person you meet today.  Which will it be?

Anna Lee

Sunday

Thinking of the shoeboxes we’re packing at church and the message they will send to children this year…

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

It shall not return to Me void,

But it shall accomplish what I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

~Isaiah 55:11, NKJV~

 

Macy Gueldner’s CaringBridge page

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/macygueldner/journal/view/id/53dbecdd4db9215e1d8f532f

Mrs. Marilyn Dees is home and doing better.  Please continue to pray for her and for her family.  They certainly do appreciate your prayers.
Congratulations to the newly weds, James and Dana Birch Antoon!
Susie St. Alexandre

Born: August 31, 1948
Died: August 01, 2014

http://www.mckneelys.com/home/index.cfm?action=public:obituaries.view&o_id=2622855&fh_id=10545

Samaritan’s Purse – Dr. and Mrs. Kent Brantly

Last night, as I watched the Presley’s from Branson, Missouri, I heard their quartet sing “My God is Real”.  I leave you with that thought this morning.

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/My-God-Is-Real-lyrics-Don-Gibson/99946A7E622A58F648256E29002F90BD

Anna Lee

Thursday

“Rejoice always,

pray without ceasing,

in everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV~

Macy Gueldner (and mom) –  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/macygueldner/journal/view/id/53d944ceca16b4404788bc42

 

George Bales asks for prayer for his grandson, Jacob Martello, who broke his right wrist Tuesday.  Jacob is having difficulty accepting the cast.

 

Mrs. Hellen Morris is getting stronger in rehab and is scheduled to come home in a couple of weeks.

 

Mr. Bud Callihan is having some health issues and is at North Oaks.  Please add him to your prayer list.

 

Little Teddi Titus, one of the twins, had a brief hospital stay complete with surgery.  She’s at home now.  Pray for continued healing.

 

Carol Jean Conerly continues to have some blood pressure problems.  Please pray this can be corrected soon.

 

Smile Conerly’s sister, Frances McKenzie, is hospitalized again.  Please pray for her and her family.

 

Continue to pray for Roger and Lois Pittman as he learns more about his upcoming surgery.

 

Rev. and Mrs. Jonathan Statham will make the move to Kentwood on August 8th.  Pray all goes well as they settle into their new home.

 

Sunday is the day we collect frozen food for needy families.  Bring your items to Anna Lee’s classroom before Sunday School.  We will be distributing QUART size bags of food this time.

 

Some of the FBC, K youth will be attending a youth leadership conference.  Pray for wonderful experiences and safe travels.

 

The two workers for Samaritan’s Purse who have ebola are a little better.  Keep the prayers flowing.

 

There will be no Bible study on August 8th.  We will resume on August 15th.  See you this Friday.

 

Operation Christmas Child “ornaments” are available to those who did not get some Sunday.  Excitement is in the air as we begin this project again this year!

 

Baptist Press has some extra good articles today. (BPNews.net)

 

Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

  • “Just as I Am” –  http://odb.org/?tz=-07
  • “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live.”                                                                                                                       ~Isaiah 55:3~                                                                                                                                                     “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”                                                                                                                             ~John 1:29~
  • “Just as I Am” –  http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/u/justasam.htm

This is a good day to rejoice, pray, and thank God! Anna Lee

Wednesday

“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened,

that it cannot save;

nor His ear heavy,

that it cannot hear.”

~Isaiah 59:1, NKJV~

 

Mrs. Rebecca Williams

Bro. Matt’s mother fell but didn’t break anything.  She did get cuts and “bruises on top of bruises”.  Pray for her as she deals with soreness and other recovery issues.  Also, thank God she was not hurt more seriously.

Porgy Scarle

This friend from Fluker has a bone disease that had made walking or standing very painful.  Pray for him as he continues to process of seeking treatment to improve his condition.  Pray for his wife, his caregiver, too.

Baptist Press

BPNews.net

I think more of our churches need to provide services to families of children with special needs, the deaf, etc.  Who does God have waiting to be involved in programs such as this?

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “Family Trademarks” –  http://odb.org/?tz=-07
  •  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”                                                                                      -I John: 4:7~
  • “Love is the Theme” –    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KFXeuCOslY

 

Operation Christmas Child

  • The impact that we have seen on our children in this country since we started many years ago is huge. Many restricted areas were impossible for us to enter, but now the church and OCC ministry have great access and impact on them. One pastor shared with us how it was important for his church to have these boxes with them so they could enter to very poor and forgotten areas. As the local church is giving boxes to these children they started to see transformation in the lives of children as well as the parents.
  • “Our daughter’s birthday is July 25th so why not have Christmas in July. When I reminded her about filling the OCC boxes each November at church I asked her if she would like to accept gifts for kids around the world instead of herself. She eagerly agreed and today her friends brought these wonderful toys, candy and hygiene items for the international kiddos. God has blessed us with two kind-hearted daughter’s and wonderful friends. In His Name!” – Liz C.
  • After one distribution event in Lithuania, one young woman came up to us and told us that she had received a shoebox in the same place ten years ago. She hardly could hold her tears back because the event and the shoebox she received at that time made a great impact in her life. Her parents would not allow her to go to church, but she would read the booklet ‘The Greatest Gift of All’ and pray to Jesus. This year she came to the OCC event with her child and decided to join the local church.
  • “An Unexpected Blessing” –  https://www.facebook.com/notes/operation-christmas-child/an-unexpected-blessing/450862791095
  • Please ask me if you need help in participating in this wonderful ministry.

 

“Love is the family resemblance the world should see in followers of Christ.”                                                                                                                                                               ~Our Daily Bread~

Anna Lee