You are my refuge and my shield;

I have put my hope in your word.

~Psalm 119:114~




Mr. Sherrill Caraway was able to return to his home yesterday after spending an uncertain week in the hospital in Baton Rouge.  Pray he will feel good and improve at home.




Christian Ratlliff’s ear surgery went well.  Once he is healed from surgery, his new devices will be turned on.  Pray all go as smoothly as planned.




Julie Smith Eudy, my sister, will be having surgery at Ochsner Hospital on Jefferson Monday.  Please begin to cover her with your prayers.  Please pray for the surgery and the recovery period.




Julie and I have completed the process of cutting, surging, folding, and grouping more than enough colorful washcloths for the shoeboxes we will pack in October.  They are beautiful!  I am anxious for the children to have them to enjoy for many years.  Our present projects include stuffing two-pocket folders for the boys and girls in the two older age groups.




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 21

  • Genesis 42:18-43:34
  • Matthew 13:47-14:12
  • Psalm 18:16-36
  • Proverbs 4:7-10



The January Bible Study of Jeremiah is going well at New Zion Baptist Church.  There are two more nights.  It’s not too late to join the group.  They start at 6:30 P.M. with Bro. Darryl Miller teaching the group.




The Kentwood youth are planning for the annual Valentine Banquet which will be Saturday, February 8.  A steak supper will be served that night.  You can purchase your $20 tickets at the church office or from a youth.  Proceeds from the banquet will help with the cost of youth camp this summer.




We all know about being selfish.  Let’s practice being selfless today in our prayers and actions.

Anna Lee













“God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” 

~Philippians 4:19 ESV~




Sherrill Caraway had to stay another night at the hospital.  Hopefully, today is the day he will be able to return to Greensburg.  Keep praying for him.




Christian Ratliff will be having  implants in his ears to help improve hearing loss due to his illness.  Surgery is this morning at seven.  Please pray for hearing improvements.




I don’t have an update on Irene Lascaro.  Please continue to pray for her though.




The Two Rivers Associational WMU meeting will be at 10:00 this morning at East Fork Baptist Church.  ALL LADIES are invited to attend.




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 20

  • Genesis 41:17-42:17
  • Matthew 13:24-46
  • Psalm 18:1-15
  • Proverbs 4:1-6



The January Bible Study at New Zion Baptist Church will continue focusing on Jeremiah.  Bro. Darryl Miller will continue to lead the group through Wed.  The meeting begins at 6:30 each night.




Be alert in the colder temperatures the next couple of days.  Stay warm and healthy.

Anna Lee

Sunday Afternoon

I received a call saying Mrs. Irene Lascaro fell and broke her hip, for the third time.  She was being transported to the hospital at that time.  I do not have an update.  The third break will bring new challenges for her and for her surgeon.

You may not know “Miss” Irene, but I told you about the wonderful job she did sharing about Lottie Moon and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions.  I was so glad to see her that day because I hadn’t seen her in a while.

Please say a special prayer or two for her this afternoon as decisions are made about how to deal with this latest fracture.


“Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.” 

~Galatians 6:9 TLB~




I was asked to add Betty Braden to our prayer list.  She had an aneurysm repaired at North Oaks.




Buddy Morris‘ cardiologist approved him for surgery next Wednesday.  The doctor will be working on the artery that has some blockage.  Begin to pray now for surgery on the 22nd.




Dr. Anjanetta Varnado did well with her surgery yesterday.  The surgeon thinks all the cancer was removed, but pathology reports will give more information.  Pray for a full recover for her.




Scott Tolleson is home from the hospital, but is dealing with a lot of pain.  Medication is helping him to rest some.  Please pray for Scott and Brenda.




Josiah Huckaby has had some sick days, but hopefully is better.  This is one of the reports shared yesterday.

PRAYER…there’s power in it! The power of the Almighty God. The God who spoke all things into existence, except for us. The God who chose to form us with his own hands. The God who is sovereign & His answers to our prayers are good…even if we don’t think so.

As parents of a medically fragile child, we can testify to this. We can give you numerous examples of the power of prayer & the sovereignty of God. Last night was no exception…

Josiah has been having a lot of congestion since Friday but was otherwise fine. Monday night before bed he seemed to be feeling better but around midnight he started getting worse. So I sent a message to our pediatrician yesterday morning & he got us in yesterday afternoon. Josiah fought a low grade fever all day even after getting Tylenol scheduled. His oxygen requirements gradually crept up throughout the day & he looked so pitiful especially when he’d start a coughing fit. He tested negative for flu/RSV so we had a culture sent off from his trach but won’t have results until the end of the week. So we started an antibiotic & cough syrup. Last night we asked our church to pray for a restful night of sleep & quick improvement. God answered both of those requests! Josiah slept 14.5 hours last night & we have been able to wean his oxygen some this morning! He’s even up playing & smiling…and flirting (👇🏻 that is his flirty smile this morning)! We are praying this antibiotic will take care of whatever the issue is & that he continues to improve & that we can manage this at home instead of going to the hospital. To God be the glory!!!                                                                                                                  Job Huckaby




Sherrill Caraway of Greensburg is hospitalized in Baton Rouge.  In the past few days, Sherrill has had a heart cath., surgery, and possible a heart attack.  Please pray for him and his sweet family.  If you have ever attended a Two Rivers Senior Adult Revival, you have seen his wife, Margaret, who is is charge and has been for a number of years.

Update on Sherrill. Skip has been doing a good job posting. Sherrill had a 80% blockage and they were able to put a stint in. Right now he seems to be doing good. We would like to thank everyone for your prayers. God has led all the way through this.

Update on Sherrill. Doctor just came in. Going to keep him in hospital another day. He said looks like he had a light heart attack. He had a good night. So if today and tonight go ok we will go home tomorrow. Once again thank you to everyone who has been praying. Would still appreciate them.




Read the Bible in 2020, January 16

  • Genesis 32:13-34:31
  • Matthew 11:7-30
  • Psalm 14:1-7
  • Proverbs 3:19-20



God loves prayer warriors!  One reason is because they are selfless!

Anna Lee



For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

~Jeremiah 29:11~




Dr Ajanette Varnado is having cancer surgery today, please pray for her and her family

Shared by a TPL reader

We will certainly want to pray for her and her family today.




Milton “Buddy” Bel

January 26, 1945 – January 12, 2020

Milton Duaine “Buddy” Bel, mayor and lifelong resident of Amite, passed away at the age of 74 on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at North Oaks Medical Center. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and he, along with his wife, owned Cabby’s Restaurant for over 20 years. He was previously elected as a school board member and Amite City council member. Buddy was preceded in death by parents, Milton J. Bel and Gwen Evans Bel; brother, Richard; and brother-in-law, Dick Toups; nephews, Taylor Bel and Scott Toups. He is survived by his wife, Claire Anderson Bel; daughters, Leigh Anne Bel Lambert, Megan Bel Miller (Joel), and Molly Bel (Danny Strickland); sister, Betty Jo Toups; brother, Patrick Bel (Elena); and grandchildren, Marie, Hunter, and Jaden Lambert, and Parker and Caroline Miller. Visitation at First United Methodist Church, Amite, from 8 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amite First United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice, in memory of Buddy Bel.




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 15

  • Genesis 31:17-32:12
  • Matthew 10:24-11:6
  • Psalm 13:1-6
  • Proverbs 3:16-18



Don’t forget to bring extra 2020 calendars for the Tangipahoa Parish Jail ministry.




I worked on the donations for Operation Christmas Child yesterday.  I will post a running total after the end of the month.  You can leave your donations in the classroom next to the choir room or in one of the totes in the fellowship hall or under the stairwell to the balcony.




Looking forward to some of God’s sunshine today.  

Anna Lee





“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 

~2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV~




George Pike is having gamma knife surgery today.  Please remember him in your prayers.




Today, I would like to add two family members.

  • David’s brother-in-law, Harold Newman, is very sick.  Harold and Bonnie live in Bay St. Louis.
  • My first cousin, Scott Tolleson, is having surgery in Shreveport this morning. Scott is 63 and suffers from Huntington Disease.l



I haven’t mentioned the items I collect for a jail ministry.  Yesterday, someone asked if I was collecting 2020 calendars.  Yes, I would love to have them if you have some extra ones or find them at a good price.   Thanks for helping those in jail.




WMU Memorial Service & 
Quarterly Meeting, Monday,
January 20, 2020 @ 10:00
@ East Fork Baptist Church
If a WMU member in your church has passed on, please contact me by text or call me at 225-485-4648.
Come join us in honoring deceased members, bring a dish and bring a friend. Thank you!                                                                                                      Linda Graves of EFBC
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 14


  •  Genesis 30:1-31:16
  • Matthew 10:1-23
  • Psalm 12:1-8
  • Proverbs 3:13-15




God loves for us to be concerned about other people and to act with compassion.

Anna Lee










“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.

~Luke 1:68~




Wanda Smith went to visit with her daughter and await the arrival of a grandson.  Knox was due Monday and arrived Saturday.  Mother, baby, daddy, and grandmother are all fine and sharing lots of smiles.




Donald Alford will be in St. Tammany a little longer.  He’s in room 380.  He has a great attitude!




Barbara Elizabeth Sharp

July 07, 1943 – December 21, 2019

Barbara Elizabeth Sharp entered into eternal rest lovingly surrounded by her family on December 21, 2019.  Barbara was born in McComb, MS and was 76 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton H. Sharp, Jr. M.D. and Lucille Guwang Sharp. She is survived by her two children, Charles “Chuck” Goodwin Schibler II and Becky Schibler Cooper, her brother, Clinton H. Sharp, III M.D. and her sister, Sally Sharp Schneider.

Friends and family are invited to attend the graveside service on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Amite Cemetery.
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Scripture Writing – Luke 2: 4-7




Luke 22

Judas agrees to catch Jesus

1 The Passover festival when the Jews eat flat bread was coming soon.

2 The leaders of the priests and the teachers of God’s Law wanted to kill Jesus. They were talking together about how they could do this. It was difficult because they were afraid of the people.

3 Then Satan began to live inside Judas Iscariot. Judas was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles. 4 He went to the leaders of the priests and he talked with them. The police that worked at God’s Great House were also there. Judas told them how he could give Jesus to them secretly. 5 They were very happy and they promised to give him money for this. 6 So Judas said that he would do it. Then he waited for the right moment to help them to take hold of Jesus. He wanted to do it when the crowd was not there with Jesus.

Jesus eats his last meal with his apostles

7 The day came for Jewish people to eat the meal of flat bread which has no yeast in it. They had to kill a young sheep for the Passover meal on that day. 8 So Jesus said to Peter and John, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us to eat. Then we can all come and eat it.’ 9 They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to prepare the meal?’

10 Jesus replied, ‘Listen. When you go into the city, a man will meet you. He will be carrying a jar of water. Follow him until he goes into a house. 11 You must then say to the master of that house, “Our Teacher sends this message to you: ‘Where is the room for visitors? I will eat the Passover meal there with my disciples.’ ” 12 The man will then show you a large room upstairs. It will have all that you need in it. Prepare the Passover meal there for us all.’

13 So Peter and John went into the city. They found everything that Jesus had told them about. So, they prepared the Passover meal.

14 When it was time to eat the meal, Jesus arrived. He sat down with his apostles to eat it. 15 He said to them, ‘I have wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you. It has to happen before I die. 16 I tell you this: I will not eat another Passover meal in this world. Now it is a picture. But when God begins to rule in his kingdom, then this meal will become completely real. I will eat it again then.’

17 Then Jesus took a cup and he thanked God for the wine. ‘Take this cup,’ he said to them. ‘Each of you drink some wine from it. 18 I tell you this. I will not drink wine again until God begins to rule in his kingdom.’

19 Then he took a loaf of bread and he thanked God for it. He broke the bread into pieces and he gave some of it to each of them. He said, ‘This is my body. I am giving it to save you. When you eat this meal from now on, remember me.’

20 Then after supper, Jesus took a cup of wine and did the same thing. He said to the disciples, ‘This cup shows the new promise that God makes because of my death. When I die, my blood will pour out of my body. I will do that for you. 21 But look! The person who will give me to the rulers is sitting at the table with me. His hand is eating the same food as I am. 22 The Son of Man must die in the way that God says. But it will be bad for the man who gives me to my enemies.’

23 The 12 apostles asked each other, ‘Who is the man that would do this thing?’

Jesus tells who is most important

24 Then the apostles began to argue among themselves. They were arguing about which of them seemed to be the most important. 25 Jesus said to them, ‘Kings of other countries use great authority over their people. Leaders of those countries want people to say good things about them. 26 You must not be like that. The most important person among you must become like the least important person. The person who is your leader must become like your servant. 27 Tell me, which person is the more important one? Is it the person who sits at the table to eat? Or is it the servant that puts out the meal for him? Yes, it is the person who sits at the table. But I am here to be your servant.

28 You have never left me. You have been by my side when trouble came to me. 29 So now I tell you that you will rule with me. My Father has said that I will rule with him in his kingdom. I also say to you that you will rule with me. 30 In my kingdom you will sit at my table. You will eat and drink with me. You will sit like kings on rulers’ chairs. You will judge the people of the 12 families of Israel.’

Jesus tells Peter what will happen

31 Jesus went on to say, ‘Simon, Simon, be careful to listen to me! Satan has asked to have authority over you all. He will shake you as a farmer shakes seeds. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that you will continue to believe in me. And this is what you must do: When you have turned back to me, you must help your brothers to be strong again.’

33 But Simon replied, ‘Master, I am ready to go to prison with you. I am even ready to die with you!’ 34 Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you this, Peter. Very soon, you will say that you do not know me. You will say that three times before the cockerel sings early tomorrow morning.’

35 Jesus then asked the disciples, ‘When I sent you out without a purse, a bag or shoes, did you need anything?’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘nothing.’

36 ‘Now it is different,’ he said. ‘If you have a purse or bag, you should take it with you. If you do not have a sword, sell your coat. Use the money to buy a knife. 37 Let me tell you why. Long ago people wrote in the Bible what must happen to me. It says, “People will think he is one of the bad people.” And this must happen to me soon, so that it becomes true.’

38 The disciples said, ‘Look, Master, we have two long sharp knives here.’ Jesus replied, ‘That is enough.’

Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Jesus left the city. He went to the hill called the Mount of Olives. This is what he usually did. His disciples went with him. 40 When they arrived there he said to them, ‘Ask God to help you, so that you do not want to do wrong things.’

41 Then he went away from them about as far as you can throw a stone. He went down on his knees and he prayed, 42 ‘Father, if you want, you can save me from this time of great pain. But I do not ask you to do what I want. Do what you want for me.’

[ 43 Then an angel came to him from heaven. The angel made him stronger. 44 Jesus began to have troubles in his mind. He prayed again even more strongly. His sweat became like blood and it fell to the ground.]

45 Then Jesus finished praying and he stood up again. He returned to the disciples. He saw that they were sleeping. They were very weak and tired because they were so sad. 46 ‘You should not be sleeping,’ he said. ‘Get up and pray! Ask God to help you, so that you do not want to do wrong things.’

The soldiers catch Jesus

47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd of people came towards him. Judas led the crowd to that place. He was one of the 12 apostles. He came near to Jesus to kiss him. 48 Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, why do you want to kiss me, the Son of Man? You are helping my enemies to take hold of me!’

49 The people near to Jesus saw what was happening. They asked him, ‘Lord, should we use our weapons to fight?’ 50 One of them hit the servant of the leader of the priests. He cut off the servant’s right ear. 51 ‘That is enough!’ Jesus said. He then touched the man’s ear and made him well again.

52 Then Jesus spoke to the people that had come to take hold of him. They were the leaders of the priests, and the leaders of the police in God’s Great House. Other important Jews were also there. He said to them, ‘You have come here with long sharp knives and heavy sticks. Do you really think that I am leading people to fight against our country’s rulers? 53 No! But I was with you every day in the yard of God’s Great House. You did not try to take hold of me then. But now really is the time and the place for you to work. Now it is a bad dark time, when the Devil has authority.’

Peter says that he does not know Jesus

54 Then they took hold of Jesus. They took him away and they brought him to the house of the leader of the priests. Peter was following them, but he did not go near Jesus. 55 People lit a fire in the yard of the house and they sat round it. Peter went and he sat with them. 56 A girl who worked there then saw Peter in the light from the fire. She looked carefully at him and she said, ‘This man also was a friend of Jesus.’ 57 Peter replied, ‘Woman, that is not true! I do not even know him.’

58 After a short time, someone else looked at him. ‘You also are one of their group,’ he said. Peter replied, ‘Man, I am not one of them.’

59 After about an hour, another man said, ‘I am sure that this man was a friend of Jesus. He also is from Galilee.’ 60 Peter replied, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about.’ While Peter was still speaking, a cockerel sang loudly. 61 Then the Lord Jesus turned round and he looked at Peter. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: ‘You will say tonight that you do not know me. You will say it three times before the cockerel sings in the morning.’

62 Then Peter went outside away from the house and he cried a lot.

The soldiers laugh at Jesus and they hit him

63 The men that were holding Jesus were laughing at him. They hit him many times. 64 They covered his eyes with a cloth and they said to him, ‘Show us that you are a prophet. Tell us who hit you!’ 65 And they said many other bad things against him.

The Jewish leaders ask Jesus questions

66 When it became day, the Jewish leaders met together. The leaders of the priests and the teachers of God’s Law were at the meeting. Then other men brought Jesus to stand in front of them. 67 They asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah? If you are, tell us.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do tell you, you will not believe me. 68 I could also ask you a question. But if I do that, you will not answer me. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be sitting in the most important place. He will be sitting at the right side of the Most Powerful God.’

70 ‘So, are you the Son of God?’ they all said. Jesus replied, ‘You say that I am.’

71 Then they said, ‘We do not need anyone else to speak against this man. We ourselves have heard what he has said about himself.’




Pine Ridge United Methodist Church will be serving breakfast this morning at 8 A.M.  Join them as they again help a family with a need.




Don’t forget “The Greatest Story Ever Told” presented by the adult choir of FBC, Kentwood tonight at 6 P.M.

Anna Lee