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






“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 Press




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





Palm Sunday

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.  

Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

~Acts 2:32-33~



Read & Write the Bible Today – Hebrews 6: 13-15




Today’s death notice is for a lady we have know for years and have seen several times in the last couple of years.

Edwina Vining Ballard

May 07, 1934 – April 13, 2019Edwina Vining Ballard, a resident of Chesbrough passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg. She was born May 7, 1934 in Amite and was 84 years of age. She was a member of the 1952 Amite High School Basketball State Champions. She served as Justice of the Peace for 34 years in Ward 4 of Tangipahoa Parish, was a notary for over 50 years, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Amite. She is survived by her son, Brett Ballard and wife, Angela “Boo Boo” Travis Ballard; 2 grandchildren, Shelbi Lyn Ballard and Braydon Lane Ballard; 2 sisters, Gloria Hood and Virgie Morgan and husband, James; brother, David Vining and wife, Carleen. Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Shelton “Shell” Ballard; parents, Edwin and Estelle Vining; brothers and sisters, Jimmy Vining, John Vining, Eddie Vining, Abbie Pasko, Dorothy Vallance, and Juanita Campbell. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Trey Waldrop. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough. For an online guestbook, visit




If you are in attendance at FBC, Kentwood today, you will have an opportunity to see some items to purchase for Operation Christmas Child, “Shoeboxes”.  Please take time to examine the contents of the box.



I can think of no better place to be today than in the Lord’s House.  If you are unable to attend in person, please turn in to a good worship service on TV, your computer, or phone.  

Anna Lee


When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

~John 19:30~




Read and Write the Bible 

  • April 9th – 2 Thessalonians 1: 6-10
  • April 10th Colossians 1: 9-11




“Bryan’s Journey” – Rita wrote a good update telling of the latest progress and plans in Bryan’s treatment and a little of their life when in Kentwood.

Jason and Becki took David to the doctor Monday.  David blood level was 7.6.  The doctor decided to hold off on the blood, but to give the Procrit injection.  Friday, we will be going for more blood work.  The doctor is beginning to think David’s blood level is possibly okay at this level.  I’ll let you know what happens Friday.
Gaylon Cutrer  seems to be having a setback with his MDS, one of the problems David also has.  Pray for him as he is spending more time seeking help.
By the way, both Bryan Tate and David Alford were able to be in church Sunday.   Isn’t that great?  They both need your prayers as they continue to face their medical problems.
As you pray for Gaylon, Bryan and David, please pray for Ruth, Rita, and me as we lovingly try to be the caregivers God would have us to be.  We are all thankful God is making each stop of this journey with us.
This is Wednesday.  I hope that you will make it to one of God’s earthly houses to hear God’s Word being shared.
Every day is a good day for missions!  I’ve been so anxious to do some shopping and crafting for Operation Christmas Child, one of my favorite missions.   I like to be ‘hands-on” with some of my missions, so this works for me.
Today, in places far from Kentwood, lots of mission work is being done by those who have answered God’s calling on their lives.  Please pray for them.  Thank God for their willingness to serve,  Do your part in supporting them.  One way you can participate is to give or give again to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
Anna Lee


The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

~John 1:29~





Read & Write the Bible Today – 2 Corinthians 6: 3-5




Eva Naquin McNabb

March 22, 1934 – April 03, 2019

Eva Naquin McNabb, a resident of Kentwood passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Landmark Nursing Home in Hammond. She was born March 22, 1934 in Houma and was 85 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Pitre, Independence; a son, Donald Barousse, Hammond; 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Kirby Naquin, Kenner and Joseph Naquin, Metairie. Preceded in death by her husband, Bobby L. McNabb; 3 infant children, Bobby, Keith, and Cheryl McNabb; 4 sisters, Edna Carroll, Leona Perkins, Annie Gautreau, and Rita Savoya; 2 brothers, Andrew Naquin and Percy Naquin; parents, Joseph and Ophelia Naquin. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Don Meadows. Interment Hutchinson Cemetery, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit




Baptist Press –




Missions comes in many forms.

  • Cooking for a family who has had a death in a family
  • Helping a child pay to attend church camp
  • Visiting a family who moved into your neighborhood and telling them about church opportunities
  • Giving items for a children’s home
  • Giving household items to a church operated thrift store
  • Supporting mission offerings in your church
  • Packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
  • Providing school supplies to a family having a difficult time
  • Giving a Bible to someone who doesn’t have one and teaching them how to use it.
  • Invite your neighbors to your home for coffee and a dessert while getting to know them better.
  • Take a needy child shopping for seasonal clothing or church clothes.
  • Etc.




I know many people just survive Fridays so they can do weekend activities.  Put some effort into making this Friday productive.

Anna Lee









[Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time]

Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem.

On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.

They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified.

On the third day he will be raised to life!”

~Matthew 20: 17-19 (NIV)~




Today, I have three prayer requests for you.

  1. Five month old Jules Tanksley will be at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans for a heart cauterization at 8 A.M.  Please be in pray for her family and the medical staff caring for her.
  2. Brett Frazier is in rehab and at the stage where visitors are not allowed as they really introduce Brett to what he needs to do.  This is often a hard time for everyone.  Pray for the Frazier family today.
  3. Pray for those in the nursing homes and those who are homebound.  These people are often “out of sight” and “out of mind”.  Make this a day to remember them and pray for them.




Read and Write the Bible – I Thessalonians 5: 12-14




Operation Christmas Child – April

During April, you are asked to donate small stuffed animals.  Of course, any items will be gladly accepted.  Items can be left in the classroom next to the choir room.




Thank you for “tuning-in” each day to read and then to pray.

Anna Lee