Wednesday

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

~Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – June 3

  • 2 Samuel 20:14-21:22
  • Acts 1:1-26
  • Psalm 121:1-8
  • Proverbs 16:18

 

 

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Families have needs.  In the last few days, three families have asked for prayer.  Today, I hope we will pray for struggling families. I’m thankful they recognize their need and know that prayer can help them meet any need.  I’m not even sure what all these needs are, but I know my God does.

 

 

 

Our friend, Buddy Waller, needs out prayers.  I’m so thankful we got to know him.  He has such a sweet, gentle spirit.

 

 

 

Others. like Smiley Conerly, Buddy Morris, and Bryan Tate, have had a series of ups and downs.  Pray for these three men and others in a similar situation.

 

 

 

I know doctors and other medical professionals don’t often get to tell their patients they are going backwards, but it happened to David Monday.  He was told he was getting better and better, the unexpected in the world of oncology.  David’s blood level was 11.4 Monday, the best it has been in five years, a while before we knew about his big health problems.  We give God, and the many who have prayed for David, all the credit.  We are thankful for each day and try to make the best of each one.

 

 

 

Pray for churches as decisions are being made about “regathering” of area churches.

 

 

 

Let’s continue to pray for our country.   We need peace, love, understanding, love,  caring, calm, concern for others, etc.  All of these are available through Jesus.

 

 

 

I hope you pray daily.  It can be so much more than a good habit.  May we all learn to turn to God more often.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Monday

“Walk with the wise and become wise,

for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

~Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)~

 

 
For two morning, I asked for prayers for our country.  Today, I continue to ask for prayers for the USA.  Many people today are disappointed.  Our ancestors would be disappointed.  God is surely disappointed.  Please pray for the riots to end.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – June 1

  • 2 Samuel 18:1-19:10
  • John 20:1-31
  • Psalm 119:153-176
  • Proverbs 16:14-15

 

 

This morning I read that several other churches in our area are planning VBS this summer.  It seems July will be a busy month.

 

 

 

As far as I know, the Hope Center continues to be open only Tuesday through Friday.  Check them out this week at their new location.

 

 

 

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Please continue to pray for those who have been on our prayer list lately.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

~Matthew 5:9~

 

Minneapolis pastor leads in peaceful protests after Floyd’s death

http://www.bpnews.net/54876/minneapolis-pastor-leads-in-peaceful-protests-after-floyds-death

 

We watched the television in horror until the wee hours of the morning knowing there has to be a better way for people to express their opinions.  This article, the first one I found this morning, supplies answers.

May this young family and other Christian families continue to seek a way lead others in a peaceful way.  Pray for pastors and other Christians as they unite in an acceptable protests.

If there must be protests, let them be peaceful.  Let’s pray for all the destructive protests to end.  May others see and follow the examples of this and other peace-loving pastors.  P

Pray for the families involved, the police, the judicial and political leaders, and each person who needs to express their opinion.  Pray for the owners of businesses damaged and destroyed.

May God’s people be able to lead others in a way that causes no more harm to people or property.  May others choose to follow good examples.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 30

  • 2 Samuel 15:23-16:23
  • John 18:25-19:22
  • Psalm 119:113-128
  • Proverbs 16:10-11

 

 

Make wise decisions about worship services this weekend.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Thursday

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain,

or command the locusts to devour the land,

or send pestilence among My people,

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves,

and pray and seek My face,

and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven,

and will forgive their sin and heal their land” .

2 Chronicles 7:13–14 (NKJV)

 

Turn To Jesus: Calling Women to Pray

led byAnne Graham Lotz

DATEPentecost Sunday
May 31st, 2020

TIMEFor the same one hour:

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM | PT
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM | MT
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM | CT
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM | ET

Please join us as we pray through these Prayer Points:

1. We Are Compelled to Cry Out:

…By our problems:

  • The collapsing world around us
  • The devastating virus
  • The disastrous economy

…By God’s promises:

Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing…Joel 2:12-14

2. We Are Confident as We Cry Out:

3. We Are Contrite as We Cry Out:

  • We live like practical atheists, no longer acknowledging the one, true, living God.
  • We have worshipped gods of pleasure, wealth, technology, pornography, drugs, alcohol, entertainment, sex and sports.
  • We have put our hope in ourselves, trusting in our own knowledge, strength and ability.

4. We Are Clear in Our Requests:

  • O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your Name’s sake. (Daniel 9:19)
  • Forgive us. Protect us. Defend us. Comfort us. Deliver us. Heal us.
  • Shine the light of Your glory into the darkness that is covering our land. (Isaiah 60:1-2)
  • Pour out Your Spirit on all of us. (Acts 2:17)
  • Make us bold to rise up, to live for You, and to share the hope of the Gospel. (2 Timothy 1:7)

 

 

 

 

I saw a sign about VBS at FBC, Kentwood in a member’s yard.  I’m waiting for details on VBS.  I’ll share them later.  In the meantime, please pray for Vacation Bible School, 2020 in our various churches.  

 

 

 

I would like to remind you to check with the various area churches sites about their livestream services.  One especially good thing is that we can view services at a convenient time from home and can view multiple services, not all at the same time.  For those still on lockdown, this is a great opportunity.  It is also a good opportunity for those who have time for multiple Bible studies during the week – all from the comfort of home.

 

 

 

Please pray for Mrs. Mickey Cade.  She was able to return home yesterday.  Be thankful for the progress she has made since her fall.   Also, please pray for those helping with her care.

 

 

 

The Covid-19 virus has not gone away.  It is still extremely important for older people and/or those with a compromised health situation to be on guard.  Our nursing homes, which are designed to care for our older folks who require special help, seem to be the place where most of the cases, and deaths, occurred.  Please spend some time in special prayer for the patients and the staff of each facility.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 28th

  • 2 Samuel 13:1-39
  • John 17:1-26
  • Psalm 119:81-96
  • Proverbs 16:6-7

 

 

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Continue to pray for the children of our area.  It’s time for summer vacation break to begin!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.

                                                                                              ~Matthew 6:5-12  (NIV)~

 

 

 

Glenda Harrell has a relative in Arkansas with serious health issues.  Please pray for him.

 

 

 

 

Buddy Morris will complete a round of three chemo treatments today and then get a short break before starting the next round.  Pray for Buddy and Eleanor as they travel and for strength and endurance during all the traveling.

 

 

 

Richmond E. McElveen, Jr.

October 10, 1927 – May 19, 2020

A resident of Independence, LA, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his home. He was born October 10, 1927 in Hammond, LA and was 92 years of age. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Karen McElveen and Aimee McElveen Millhouse and Jeff; son, Loren Blythe McElveen and Stella; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer Stabile Evans and Cody, Matthew McElveen and Shelly, Griffith Millhouse and Susie and Hayley Blythe Carrier and Joseph; 8 great grandchildren, Gavin, Mylee Blythe, Chandler, Ben, Grayson, Mason, Lilly, and Jacob; 2 sisters, Carolyn McElveen Baham and Elsie McElveen Danley; brother, Jerry McElveen and Sue. Preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Shirley Munchausen McElveen; parents, Richmond McElveen, Sr. and Lela McElveen. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Thursday and from 8:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, May 22, 2020. Services conducted by Bro. Mitch Williams. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Carol Conerly Hopper

July 01, 1945 – May 17, 2020

Carol Conerly Hopper, age 74, passed away on May 17, 2020, with her family by her side. She was born July 1, 1945 in Baton Rouge, the second of four children. Her father was the branch manager for Sealtest Foods while her mother ran the house. Carol graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1963 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from LSU where she met Michael “Mike” Hopper. Mike and Carol married in 1967, Carol earned her master’s, and the couple moved to Houston. Carol taught math and later became the Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Aldine Junior High. A few years after their first daughter was born the couple decided to move back home to Baton Rouge. In Baton Rouge Carol taught middle school math off and on while Mike worked at the Exxon plastics plant, and their second daughter was born. Carol made sure both of her children graduated high school with honors and were very involved in both church and school activities. Throughout her life Carol remained an avid sports fan, especially of LSU, the Saints, and the Astros. In her later years Carol enjoyed many an afternoon on the Amite River with her family, a book from her extensive home library, and the daily New York Times crossword puzzle. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, James and Evelyn “Dutch” Varnado Conerly. She is survived by her husband, Michael Hopper; daughter, Lindsay Hopper; daughter, Erin Rogers, her husband, Kendal, and their son, Hayden; older sister, Lelia Prange, and her husband Joseph; younger brother, James Conerly Jr., and his wife Betty; and younger sister, Jane Blades, and her husband Wesley. A private memorial service for the family will be held at Pine Ridge Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pine Ridge Methodist Church, 3893 Hwy 440, Kentwood, Louisiana 70444, or to a charity of your choice. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 20

  • 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
  • John 11:1-54
  • Psalm 117:1-2
  • Proverbs 15:22-23

 

 

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Please continue to pray for:

  • Nursing home residents
  • Graduates
  • Teachers and students
  • Those with family members hospitalized
  • Missionaries
  • Housebound individuals without anyone checking on them
  • Churches making plans to resume regular schedules

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

“Never stop reciting these teachings.

You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them.

Only then will you prosper and succeed.”

~Joshua 1:8 (GW)~

Best instruction book?  The Bible

 

 

 

Today, I want to mention a number of people who are unspoken prayer concerns.  You surely have them too, possibly some of the same ones.  Let’s pray for the requests we cannot openly share at this point and for the requests of others around us.

 

 

 

Let’s continue to pray for the local churches as they adjust to the new regulations they have to address due to the coronavirus.  I think progess toward our “new normal” was made yesterday.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 18

  • 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
  • John 10:1-21
  • Psalm 115:1-18
  • Proverbs 15:18-19

 

 

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Now that restrictions have been lifted, you can feel free to drop off your donations for Operation Christmas Child at FBC, Kentwood.  We will have some “catching-up” to do because of missing church for two months.

 

 

 

Thanks for praying today.

Anna Lee

 

Sunday

“I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.

Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.”

~Isaiah 48:10 (NLT)~

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for Ricky Russell of Chesbrough.  He has had complications from Monday’s procedure, been back to the ER, and has an appointment Monday to repair a new problem caused by the procedure.  I know Ricky and his family will appreciate your prayers.

 

 

 

There are others who have health needs and other issues.  I ask you to pray specifically for those whose conditions you are familiar with and in general if you are not updated on those people.  Pray for lives that are touched to turn to Jesus.  May each one be bold in stepping out and doing what God has planned for them.

 

 

 

Pray for graduates.  The year 2020 has certainly been a unique year for each of you.  I pray you find success in all you have on your agenda.  Churches will find ways to honor their seniors, if not today, in the weeks to come.

 

 

 

VBS is going to be a challenge this year.  Some churches will be creative with it while others will postpone it until next year.  I do not know what any of our local churches have planned.  The VBS message is important, but so is health.  Respect the decisions made by each church.

 

 

 

Pray for the re-gathering of our churches today and in the weeks to come.  Some will offer Sunday School and other will choose to wait a while before returning to a full schedule.  Today will be a mixture of many kinds of services.  Stay safe wherever you will be attending.  Pray for those who will not be there because of medical issues.  Know they will be there in spirit and are watching online.  Each family will be making a decision about what is best for them.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – May 17th

  • 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
  • John 9:1-41
  • Psalm 113:1-114:8
  • Proverbs 15:15-17

 

 

One good thing about this time is that church services are much more available online.  Even if you attend your church, you have the opportunity to “visit” and worship with others.  That certainly is a plus!

Anna Lee