“Each one,

as a good manager of God’s different gifts,

must use for the good of others

the special gift he has received from God.”

~1 Peter 4:10 (GNT)~


What gifts has God blessed you with?  Are you using them for Him?




Heart attacks, cancer, pneumonia, shingles, gall stones, Covid-19, etc.   There seem to be many illnesses in our area.  Pray for each person affected.  Each person has family members who are also affected by the illnesses.  Pray for them too.




Teaching, child-care, baking, singing, playing an instrument, cooking, driving, supervising, listening, encouraging, writing, visiting, sharing, baby-sitting, etc.  How does God want you to use your talents this week?




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 19

  • 1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30
  • Romans 5:6-21
  • Psalm 15:1-5
  • Proverbs 19:18-19



FBC, Kentwood’s online services on Facebook and You-tube

  • 10:30 A.M. Sundays
  • 6:00 P.M. Sundays
  • 6:00 P.M. Wednesdays



Attend church services in person or online today.  We’ve taken advantage of all the online services to “be with” our children’s church family, a former pastor, neighboring churches, and a different denomination, etc.  We’ve been blessed!

Anna Lee


“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.

Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

~Colossians 3:13 (NLT)~




Did you thank God for waking you up this morning?




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 29

  • 2 Kings 15:1-16:20
  • Acts 19:13-41
  • Psalm 147:1-20
  • Proverbs 18:4-5



Operation Christmas Child

For those of you who are asking about what to purchase and when, now is the best time to buy school supplies such as markers, crayons, large erasers, one-subject notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, school scissors, pencil boxes, etc.  Happy shopping!




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Vacation Bible School at FBC, Kentwood begins a week from today.  If you have a child or grandchildren attending, please contact the church office at 229-8111 to be sure your child is registered and and paperwork in order.




We all know churches were closed for a while.  Some people have been watching online.  Others have found different things to do.  Pray they find they way back to church services in person or online,

Anna Lee
















“When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” 

~James 1:2–4 NLT~




Smiley Conerly is still in Hattisburg.  Please continue to pray for Smiley and his family.




Buddy Morris has completed his chemo.  He is scheduled for a scan Thursday.




Lori and Keith Rhodes

Quick update for our Facebook family.

After seeking wisdom from friends and professionals, we have decided to begin the process of moving Lori to hospice care. She is in a transition program now that will aid in moving her from home health to hospice.

Continue to keep her in your prayers. She still has her great sense of humor and loves to laugh. She has so many friends and family that check in on her regularly. Thank you guys for loving on my bride. As she said today, “I’m still praying for a miracle.”

Note: Moving her to hospice doesn’t mean that she’s at death’s door. That’s a common misconception about hospice and many people wait too late to make this move. We plan on her being around for a long time!!


Please continue to pray for Lori, Keith, and the family!





Andy and Betty Taylor are doing well quarantined at home.




Susan Rimes is looking forward to her next step – occupational therapy.




David Scott Tolleson, Sr.

Bossier City, Louisiana – A funeral service celebrating the life of David Scott Tolleson, Sr. will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Rose-Neath funeral home. Visitation will be prior to service from 10:00 am until service starts. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 7970 Mike Clarke Road, Keithville, Louisiana. Pastor Nick Sorrell will be officiating and will be assisted by Pastor Bob Gray, Jr.

David Scott Tolleson, Sr. was born August 14, 1956 in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He was born to Charles and Naomi Tolleson. He passed away peacefully in his home on June 25, 2020.

Scott was a man with a caring servant’s heart. With great pride he served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was always the one that made everyone feel like they were at home. He never met a stranger. He loved his children, adored his grandchildren, and set the precedent on how a husband should love his wife. Scott always had a warm smile on his face and loved to talk to people. To know him, was to love him.

Scott is preceded in death by his Mother, Naomi Tolleson Orr; Father, Charles Jackson Tolleson; Sister, Sharla Hodges; Brother-in-Law, Bill Hodges; Grandson, Logan Dewayne Pace; and In-Laws, Carl and Peggy Schuler.

Scott is survived by his Wife of 40 years, Brenda Tolleson; children, Jacob Tolleson and wife, Shannon, Rachel Pace and husband, Joey, Rebekah Fancher and husband, Chris, Holly Abigail Tolleson, Micah Tolleson, David Tolleson and girlfriend, Jessica Mitchell; grandchildren, Jaelyn, Kierstyn, Lauryn and Gavin Tolleson, Calista, Layton and Lyla Fancher, Jackson and Derek Pace, Addysen and Brayson Tolleson; step father, John Orr; sister, Suzan Grabowski and husband, Rich, and numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 28

  • 2 Kings 13:1-14:29
  • Acts 18:23-19:12
  • Psalm 146:1-10
  • Proverbs 18:2-3




Several local churches will host Vacation Bible School in a week.  Most are in the evening.  FBC’s VBS will be in the mornings.  You may want to check with the churches to learn of Covid-19 accommodations.  I’m sure all of them will welcome you children/grandchildren.




Many of the area churches are providing regular worship services and on-line streaming opportunities.  Choose what works best for you.




May this day be a blessing to you!

Anna Lee


“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”

~James 1:21 (NLT)~




Please pray for our country.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 24

  • 2 Kings 6:1-7:20
  • Acts 15:36-16:15
  • Psalm 142:1-7
  • Proverbs 17:24-25



Mission Opportunity Nearby – Request from Bro. Stan

Bro. Robert Brandal, Pastor of Crossroad Fellowship Baptist Church in Two Rivers Association, needs help with painting and laying floor tiles in the Sunday School building at the church. They have all of the supplies but need volunteers to help. The church is located west of Amite on Highway 16. If you are able to volunteer, please email the BASELA missions office at or call the office at 985-839-3827.




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My internet connection is on and off this morning.  I’m thankful I was able to have service for a while.  I’m hoping I can get this much posted….  Thankful for rain and for a roof that doesn’t leak!

Anna Lee


For where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also.

~Matthew 6:21~




Donald Duncan is hospitalized to identification and treatment of a health problem.  Please keep him in your prayers.




Buddy Morris was able to resume chemo.  Please continue to pray for Buddy and Eleanor.




Brian Tate is at MD Anderson with plans to not travel there for a while.  Thank God for his good report.




The corona -19 virus is still a problem.  Please pray for those who are dealing with it now and those whose health is compromised causing them to fight real hard to stay healthy.




Please be in pray for our country in crisis again.  A few can cause major issues for many. Pray for the few to get their hearts and actions in the right places.




Please pray for local churches that are planning to have VBS in the next month.  July will be a busier month then usual because of the delay caused by the virus.




I understand stores are now selling school supplies.  Please remember to make some purchases for Operation Christmas Child if you are able to shop.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 18th

  • 1 Kings 19:1-21
  • Acts 12:1-23
  • Psalm 136:1-26
  • Proverbs 17:14-15



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Have a blessed day.  Try to be a blessing to at least one person today.

Anna Lee










“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.”

~Daniel 6:26 (NIV)~




Some reasons you might want to thank God today:

  • Jesus loves you
  • Your family loves you
  • Your house didn’t flood
  • No tornadoes in our area
  • No sickness in your family
  • A job with good benefits
  • Another year of school completed
  • You are “graduating”, despite the virus
  • Someone called you
  • Someone visited you
  • You have a church family
  • Your child/grandchild was baptized
  • You get to work in VBS this year
  • Your church is finding a way for worship despite the virus
  • A neighbor brought you fresh vegetables
  • You are not in the hospital
  • Your grown children check on you
  • Your car runs smoothly
  • Your roof doesn’t leak
  • You had a good day yesterday 
  • You were able to rest well last night
  • You have a telephone
  • Etc.





Prayers needed today!  Today, I want to ask for prayers for those who are undergoing chemo, having scans, doing more blood work, getting another opinion, quarantined with the virus, facing additional surgery, etc.




I also encourage you to pray for those who are lost, discouraged, depressed, losing their homes, dealing with children who are in trouble, families with seemingly unsolvable differences, families with members working too many hours, families facing an unwanted move, families with very little food in the pantry, families with more bills than money, older people who cannot afford their medication, families separated by too many miles, neglected children, families with no air conditioning in our hot climate, families needing drivable automobiles, people who need a job, etc.




You can pray for specific people you know in some of these situations or pray in general.  These are some of the needs around us.  Some of these needs may even be in your family or household.  You don’t need names.  They need prayers!  Hopefully, this list has you thinking and praying,




Dorothy Ann “Puggy” Tate

February 04, 1948 – June 07, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at her home. She was born February 4, 1948 in Maringouin, LA and was 72 years of age. She is survived by her children, Davis Tate and wife, Beverly and Stephanie Graham and husband, Micheal Graham; grandchildren, Shane Tate, Krystal Tate, Lakin Graham, Levi Graham and Ely Graham; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Tate, Keegan Herrington and Anderson Tate;13 brothers and sisters. Preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Davis Tate; father, Albert Sparks; mother, Camilla Palermo Sparks; brother and sisters, Albert Sparks, Jr., Jessie Sparks, Linda Baker and Jeanette Sparks. Graveside Services will be held at New Jerusalem Cemetery at 11:00AM Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Services conducted by Bishop Rick Maricelli. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Ivy Wallace Wall, Jr.

February 03, 1942 – June 07, 2020

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at  his home surrounded by his family. He was born February 3, 1942 in Independence, LA and was 78 years of age. He graduated with a bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Southeastern Louisiana University. He was a self employed dairy farmer, owner of JaniKing Commercial Cleaning and treasurer/operator of Gulf Dairy Milk Product Association. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Arcola. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sandra Crawford Wall; daughter, Deborah Wall Miller; son, Ivy “Huck” Wall, III and wife, Kelly; 5 grandchildren, Ben Pierre Miller, Brandi Victoria Miller, Ivy Wall, IV, Ivan Huck Wall and Grace Kelli Wall; great- grandson, Preston Wright; brother, Robert Wall; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his son, Gregory Wall; granddaughter, Ashley Sue Miller; parents, Ivy Wall, Sr. and Zula Brown Wall. Special thanks to the Saxon family for their love and support during this time. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Wednesday and from 10:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Services conducted by Bro. Bob Simpson. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough, LA. For an online guestbook, visit





Read the Bible in 2020 – June 9th

  • 1 Kings 5:1-6:38
  • Acts 7:1-29
  • Psalm 127:1-5
  • Proverbs 16:28-30



I received word yesterday that Tangipahoa Baptist Church will hold their VBS early in July.  Pray for those leading, teaching, and children who will be attending.




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Have a terrific Tuesday!

Anna Lee











Jesus answered,

“I am the way and the truth and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through me

~John 14:6~



Let’s pray for our cities, both large and small.




Please add law enforcement to your prayer list if it is not already there.




Pray for criminals today to know Jesus and with Him, a reason to change their lives.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 6

  • 1 Kings 1:1-53
  • Acts 4:1-37
  • Psalm 124:1-8
  • Proverbs 16:24



Mr. Lester Zachary is progressing with his treatment for Covid-19.  Be thankful with and for his daughter, Lisa.  Pray for others who are fighting the same problem.




Pray for Buddy Morris as he begins another round of treatment next week.  Pray for others who are also fighting cancer.




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Pray for churches as they plan alternative worship services because of the virus.  Pray for the Vacation Bible Schools in each community and for any summer church camps that haven’t been cancelled.




We don’t get out a lot, but when we do we still wear our masks.  I hope you do too.

Anna Lee







“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






“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









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


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