“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”

~James 1:22 (ESV)~




Please pray for two people who will have procedure today now that elective surgery is again an option.

  • Ricky Russell of Chesbrough will have a heart procedure today.  He has to be at the hospital early today.  The hardest part for his family is that they will have to wait until Tuesday to hear an update.  As you pray for Ricky, please also pray for Brenda, Jeanna, and Vernon.
  • Fay Chadwick Todd of Arcola has helped her family through a number of health issues.  Today is her turn for surgery.  She will be having knee surgery.  Pray for her to do well with the post-surgery care too.



Read the Bible in 2020 – May 11

  • 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
  • John 6:43-71
  • Psalm 107:1-43
  • Proverbs 15:1-3



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Churches will have some catching up to do with Operation Christmas Child when all this “stay-at-home” time is over.  Thanks to the lady who recently gave me $20.00 for OCC purchases.  I haven’t been shopping for OCC since February, but certainly look forward to more OCC shopping and the church “catching-up” on purchases so we will be ready for packing in the fall.




Let’s continue to pray about the Covid – 19 problem in our area, our country, and around the world.  Thankfully, most people have been spared of fighting this virus and most who had it survived.

Anna Lee


“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart;

don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”

~Proverbs 3:5 (The Message)~




Today is our National Day of Prayer for our country!




Please pray for Henry McKenzie’s family.  He has two very sick family members, a brother and a step-brother. 




Please continue to pray for all those sick with the virus, the medical personnel working with them, and the families who are often unable to see their loved ones.




Pray for wise choices as people are getting out and about more.  Social distancing is easier outside than inside.  Make your gathering small and on a porch or in the shade as much as possible.  Wear masks inside or when in closer contact with people.  Use soap and water or sanitizer often.




Pray for churches as they begin to make decisions about returning to their sanctuaries for services.   May their leadership seek support and decision making advise from people in-the-know.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 7

  • Genesis 16:1-18:15
  • Matthew 6:1-24
  • Psalm 7:1-17
  • Proverbs 2:1-5



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Morgan Dean Easley

July 26, 1992 – May 05, 2020

A native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Hammond, LA, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home. He was born July 26, 1992 in McComb, MS and was 27 years of age. He is survived by parents, Tammy and Sammy Ott and Dean and Vickie Easley; sister, Ashley Easley Simmons and husband Kevin; step brothers, Michael Ott and wife Bonnie, Daniel Ott and wife Stephanie, Christopher and wife Bee, Cody and Travis Shaw; nephews and nieces, Tanner Raborn, Laney, Lynlee, Tyler and Landry Simmons, Grayson and Emma Ott; grandparents, Webster and Bette McGehee and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins who loved him dearly. Preceded in death by grandparents, Clayton and Carolyn Easley; cousins, Travis Easley and Douglas Glass. Pallbearers are Brady Johnson, Logan Johnson, Colton Newman, Jared Travis, Tanner Raborn and Daniel Ott. Services at East Fork Baptist Church in Kentwood, LA will be held privately. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Arrangements for Mrs. Gertie Cutrer Saturday

  • Private family service
  • Graveside service at Robertson Cemetery at 12:00



Prayer is powerful.  Use if often!  No limits to its use!!!

Anna Lee







Then I said: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,

~Nehemiah 1:5~




Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer.  You are invited to join other Christians across our country from 8-10 P.M. using live-streaming from the Billy Graham Library as we pray that God is glorified by our nation, communities, and homes.  You can click on this link to connect.

Of course, praying throughout the day tomorrow is also very important, as is praying any day.




FBC, Kentwood will live-stream prayer meeting tonight at 6 P.M.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 6

  • Ruth 2:1-4:22
  • John 4:43-54
  • Psalm 105:16-36
  • Proverbs 14:26-27



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Some of the members of FBC, Kentwood for you to pray for during this pandemic.  I will not try to list all of the people of this age group, but you get the idea.  Pray for them as they deal with children out of school and college who are home for parental instruction, businesses that have been closed, parents working from home, extra cooking responsibilities, too much television and computerized games, aging patents, etc.

  • Frank and Chinero Fowler
  • Gretchen Simpson
  • Jason and Larissa Dean
  • Jody and Laura DeBlanc
  • Leslie McKenzie
  • Robert and Jill Brister
  • Brett and Susan Frazier
  • Jeff and Deana Simmons
  • Dan’l and Natalie Johnson
  • Dwaine and Jana Creel
  • Scott and Kristi Womack
  • Robert and Shontell Strickland
  • Lionel and Michell Estay



Ollie Simmons is doing much better.  Thank God for Ollie’s improvement.




Buddy Morris has completed the cycle of radiation.  Now, he will resume care at Ochsner.  Pray for the family as the await more information today.




Pray for all the families who have been touched by Covid – 19, medical personnel who have helped others fight this problem, families who have been separated due to the virus, etc.



Enjoy the beauty of spring flowers!

Anna Lee






Each of the four living creatures had six wings

and was covered with eyes all around,

even under its wings.

Day and night they never stop saying:

“ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’

who was, and is, and is to come.”

~Revelation 4:8~




Janice Yarborough sent this for me to share:

Just a note to let you know I have to be at North Oaks in the morning (TODAY) for them to break up this kidney stone I’ve been dealing with. If all goes well I’ll be back home tomorrow afternoon. All thoughts and prayers would greatly be appreciated. God is good!




Sherrill Caraway (Greensburg) is slowly improving, but still has a ways to go.   Please keep him in your prayers.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 4

  • Judges 19:1-20:48
  • John 3:22-4:3
  • Psalm 104:24-35
  • Proverbs 14:22-23



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Yesterday morning we saw three of our neighbors having Bible study/church in a carport.  It was heartwarming!

Anna Lee


“Each of us will give an account of himself to God . . .

Try to live in such a way that you will never make your brother stumble by letting him see you doing something that he thinks is wrong.”

~Romans 14:12-13 (TLB)~




I have two BIG requests this morning.  I think most of you will want to put in extra prayers.

  • Lisa Zachary Klemm, formerly of Amite, asks for prayers for her dad, Mr. Lester Zachary, of Amite.  He has tested positive for Covid – 19, but seems to be doing okay now.  Mr. Lester is a resident of Tangi Pines, the nursing home in off Duncan Avenue, in Amite.   Please pray for everyone who lives or works there.
  • From Keith Rhodes, former youth minister at FBC, Kentwood.  They live in the Shreveport area.  Lori is his precious wife.  This link is to a picture.It’s been a while since many of you have had an update on Lori.As you may, or may not know, Lori was diagnosed with MSA-C (Multiple System Atrophy – Cerebellum) in August after a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. If you don’t know what it is, Google it so you’re up to speed.

    This picture was taken at my parent’s 50th anniversary in December. At this point, she was using her walker daily. We would only use a chair when we went out. The disease has progressed since then.

    Lori is now in a wheelchair all the time. We are able to move her, with her help, in and out of the chair. Her legs seem to get weaker every day and standing is becoming more of a challenge.

    We are fortunate to have a hospital bed for her now. That has really helped her get a better nights sleep. Getting in and out is a challenge, but we are still working together and making that happen.

    I noticed that her stridor (Google that one too) seems to have returned when she sleeps. I noticed this about 2 months ago. Three days ago, she was having trouble speaking and became hoarse. We thought it may be allergies, but scheduled an appointment with her ENT just to be safe.

    That appointment was yesterday. We learned the reason for the stridor and voice issues. Her right vocal cord is not moving anymore. Her left one in still moving, but not as well as a healthy vocal cord.

    Those of you who know Lori know that she loves to talk. She loves to sing. She could not wait to read books to our grandson and sing to him. Not being able to do either has been hard on all of us. But that’s not what upset her the most yesterday. Watching her, what broke her more than anything was the knowledge that saying the words, “I Love You!” is something she won’t be able to say too much longer to everyone.

    This has been an emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting week for all of us. But in the midst of the challenges that keep arising, God has been so faithful.

    As much as I’d like to be teaching my kids at school, I get to be here to take care of Lori 24/7. It’s a joy to spend every second with my beautiful bride.

    Lori always says, “Someone out there has it much worse than we do.” She always finds a way to make our challenges seem small in comparison to everything else going on.

    For us, we just take one day at a time.

    What can you do? Pray for Lori Lantz Rhodes. Pray that God will continue to strengthen her and ultimately, heal her. Send her a message or text of encouragement. Please don’t call because talking is something she can’t do over the phone.

    Right now, while you still can, call someone and say, “I Love You!” Don’t text it or email it. Actually say it to them. Never take that simple gift for granted.

    We love each of you and are thankful that you are (or at one point were) in our lives.



Thursday, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer

In 1952, a joint resolution of the United States Congress established a National Day of Prayer. In 1988, President Reagan set that day as the first Thursday in May.

On this day, Americans from all walks of life join together around the country to call out to God for Him to work in and through our country.

Next Thursday, May 7, we ask you to join us for this day of prayer.

The SBC Executive Committee has created a prayer guide for you and your church, to pray for Seven Centers of Influence in America for the National Day of Prayer.

This prayer guide is available for download below. We encourage you to use it and join us in prayer for our nation next week.

(The download for praying is found at




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 1

  • Judges 13:1-14:20
  • John 1:29-51
  • Psalm 102:1-28
  • Proverbs 14:15-16



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Thank you for joining your prayers to many other prayers.

Anna Lee


“‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive.”

~1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV)~





Austin and Brittany McDaniel got to take their son, Jameson, home for the first time yesterday.  Please continue to pray for this little family.




Leonard “Tank” Genco, Jr. – I taught with Coach Genco at IHS.  
  • August 2, 1940 – April 28, 2020
  • Hammond, Louisiana
  • Leonard “Tank” Genco Jr., of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the age of 79. He was born on August 2, 1940, in Amite, Louisiana, the son of the late Leonard Genco Sr. and Rose Balisteri Genco. Tank was a lifelong educator in Tangipahoa Parish. He touched many lives through football, teaching, and as a member of the school board. Tank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and he will be greatly missed.

    Tank is survived by his wife of 28 years, Nedra Martello Genco; children, Ronald Genco and wife Lisa, and Mary Genco Parker and husband Chuck; step-children, Brigitte Martello and Bradley Fettes; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Catherine Gioia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

    In addition to his parents, Tank was preceded in death by his brother, Sammy Genco, and granddaughter, Jaidyn Coslan.

    Services will be held privately. Family and friends are encouraged to send condolences and share memories online.

    Tank will be laid to rest at Pompeii Cemetery in Tickfaw, Louisiana.

    An on-line guest book is available at





Thomas Charles Morgan

I taught  Tom Charles.

December 7, 1962 ~ April 21, 2020

Thomas Charles Morgan, age 57 passed away peacefully on April 21, 2020 at Elizabeth House Hospice in Flatrock, North Carolina after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tom had recently made Brevard, North Carolina his home. Tom was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 7, 1962, and spent most of his life in South Louisiana. He graduated from Oak Forest Academy in Amite, Louisiana and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond where he served two terms as student body president. He later earned his juris doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School and became a certified public accountant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Some of Tom’s proudest work was with Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in which he served as 37th national president in addition to multiple local and regional offices. He championed the effort to expand Sig Tau chapters and made scores of friends through his connections with the fraternity nationally. Tom was an avid history lover who loved to debate historical topics, he was a dedicated gardener, loved reading, and had recently begun writing science fiction novels. Some of Tom’s greatest joys were caring for their cats and dog Gracie.

Preceded in death by his father Edgar Lea Morgan and his mother Irma Hyde Morgan, Tom had recently relocated to North Carolina with his husband and partner of 23 years David Wright. Tom and David were fiercely devoted to one another and it is comforting to know that David remained steadfastly by his side throughout his final hours on this earth. Tom will be sorely missed by his family, fraternity brothers, and his many friends in southeast Louisiana and nationwide.

Tom will be laid to rest at the Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, North Carolina in a private graveside service. Due to current travel and gathering restrictions, a celebration of Tom’s life is being planned for later in the summer to offer family and friends an opportunity to share in the blessing of having known Tom.

The family has asked that all gifts be made in Tom’s honor to the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation or to the athletes of Special Olympics. Gifts can be made online at by completing the tribute information near the bottom of the donation form.




“The Greatest Journey” – A Bible Game for Kids

If you have not already downloaded this for your children or grandchildren, you may want to do so.




Read the Bible in 2020 –  April 30

  • Judges 11:1-12:15
  • John 1:1-28 P
  • salm 101:1-8
  • Proverbs 14:13-14



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If you missed hearing the message from Daniel last night, turn in today to hear it for yourself.



Have a great day.  Stay healthy.

Anna Lee


. . . for everyone born of God overcomes the world.
This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

~1 John 5:4~




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 29

  • Judges 9:22-10:18
  • Luke 24:13-53
  • Psalm 100:1-5
  • Proverbs 14:11-12



Please pray for Naomi Tolar in the loss of her sister, Betty Davidson Oliver from Maryland.

. . . died this weekend….She and her husband, Sergio, lived in Olney, Maryland . . .




Paul Edward Stinson

June 08, 1947 – April 25, 2020

Paul Edward Stinson passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2020 in Covington, LA at the age of 72. He was born Sunday, June 8, 1947 in McComb, MS. to the late Earl and Adelaide Stinson. Through out his life he called many places his home. He is survived by his daughters Pauline Hitchcock and Donna (Keith)Schilling Manning; sons Terry, Jerry(Gloria), Derrick and Ryan Stinson. step-sons Emilio(Kristen) Aldana, Timothy and Kenneth Evrett; grandchildren Kelly(Jade) Dunlavey, Karissa(Scott) Simpson, Amber Hitchcock, Blake, Blaine and Kelsey Schilling, Joseph(Amanda) Jones, Briana Stinson, Kayla Stinson, T.J. Stinson, Derrick Stinson, Jr. , James Stinson, Kendra, Ashley and Charles Evrett; great-grandchildren Schyler, Landon, Connor, Courtney, MaKayla, Lathem, Kairi, Jeffery, Alayah, Emilio, Jr., Grayson, hunter, Caiden, Ryleigh, Tnyleigh, Zayden, Emmaleigh, Paisleigh, Everleigh, Addie, Bradyon, Ryder, Lane and Patrick; two sisters Lois(Roger) Pittman and Linda Burt; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Adelaide Stinson; son Paul Stinson, Jr., sister Peggy Stinson; and brother Earl Stinson; brother-in-law Raymond Burt, sr. and nephew Raymond Burt, Jr. Family and friends are invited to celebration of life at a later date. For an online guestbook, visit




I understand the weather was bad south of us in the Hammond area late yesterday afternoon.  Pray for them as they go through clean up and recovery like many of our Mississippi friends have been doing for the past few weeks.  Thankfully, I have not heard of any fatalities north or south of us.  More storms are expected in the next few hours.  Be safe, my friends.




Pray for these senior adults from our church.

  • Bryan and Rita Tate
  • Barbara Hutchinson
  • Bessie Haydan
  • Mickey Cade
  • Velma Anthony
  • J.C. Miller
  • Frances M. Gay
  • Naomi Tolar
  • Ferrie Jean Blackmon
  • Keith Allen
  • Fay Gehinger
  • Betty Catherine Hatcher
  • Theople Hurst
  • Anne Hurst
  • Mildred Birch
  • Ruth Cutrer
  • Judy Fowler
  • Ruby Schwartz
  • Margaret Oliver
  • Mary Young
  • Jan Yarborough

Surely this list is incomplete.  If you want to send me a list of other senior adults, please do so.  I’ll add them tomorrow.



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Thank you for praying today.

Anna Lee