Thursday

Put on the new self,

created to be like God

in true righteousness and holiness.

~Ephesians 4:24 (NIV)~

Mrs. Avis Sullivan continues to progress nicely following surgery. Please continue to pray for her.

Tyler Easley, grandson of Judy Easley, remains in Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. Please remember him and his family, especially Joffrey and Moira, in your prayers.

Mrs. Jimmie Shaw continues to improve since her recent fall. Pray for her as she goes through rehabilitation for a few days.

Cliff Titus has had some more difficult days lately. Pray for Cliff and Lauree as they deal with his continuing health issues.

Continue to pray for those who are battling cancer daily. Pray for strength and hope.

 

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

“Blessed are you when people hate you…

on account of the Son of Man!

Rejoice in that day…for behold,

your reward is great in heaven”

(Luke 6:22-23a, ESV).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, inviting you to pray for the people of Iran.

Fear is common for new believers in Iran. They do not know how to explain their new faith and are afraid of family response. Compounding the sense of isolation and fear is a reluctance to meet with other believers. “What if the others are only posing as believers and use information they find out about me to harm me?” Ask God to grant courage and boldness.

One Iranian Arab couple has refused to leave their country despite persecution, but remain in order to share the Good News. Pray for God’s protection over their lives.

V, on the other hand, is an Azeri of Iran who has had to flee and is not able to return to his family. He recently received a new version of the Bible in the Farsi language. He has found it much easier to read and has been sharing it with others.

MR is a Sorani-speaking Kurdish man from a key western city in Iran and leader of a small group of Kurdish believers. Recently MR was thrown in jail for his faith. The authorities tell him that he may be in jail for as long as six months. They also say that if he will discontinue his Christian activities and also expose other believers, his time in jail will be reduced. Please pray for MR to remain faithful and strong during his time in jail. Pray that he will fully experience the peace of God. Often during times of persecution, God calls out new leaders. Pray for believers to be attentive to His call during MR’s imprisonment.

* Please pray that these experiences will result in the growth of the church in Iran.

* Ask that the hearts of Iranian believers will be stirred to reach their people.

* Pray that these believers will rejoice in persecution for great is their reward.


On Mission is Kentwood in this Saturday. It’s not too late to sign up to participate in some way. There’s something for everyone. If you know of a project that needs our attention, please contact me or the church office.

Continue to pray for the children’s sports camp at church. Pray for safety and fun, but mostly for growth in relationships with God. Thank God for the young people from Simpson and Kentwood who gave of themselves to run the camp this week.

I just received an email from Jennie. She and the children are now home. Boyd remains with the International World Changers and will get them to the airport for the return trip home. Thank God for the opportunities of the last two weeks to impact the lives of the Roma. Remember there is a seven hour time difference, so pray today for the travelers as they return home tomorrow. Pray for Bro. Brady Haynes as he continues to minister to and influence the young adults in Birmingham. Thank God so many were willing to give of themselves to take the news of Jesus to an often overlooked people group.

Boyd Alton Bennett
A native and resident of Central, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. He was 82. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mildred N. Bennett; daughter, Janice B. Carpenter, Deville; son, David Bennett and wife Lois, Baton Rouge; brother, Levi and wife Elaine Bennett; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Laura Lee and Whitey Waters, of Central, Bobbie and Pete Neyland, of Baker, Marguerite Baudin, of Kentwood, and Louise and Barzie Fletcher, San Angelo, Texas; seven grandchildren, Ralph Carpenter Jr., Amanda Carpenter Cooksey, Eric Bennett, David Bennett, James Bennett, Lisa Bennett Langley and Michelle Bennett White; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father, James Bennett; mother, Margaret “Maggie” Browning Bennett; three sisters, Inez Ward, Annie Martin and Flarrie Baudin; and son-in-law, Ralph Carpenter. He was a retired route salesman for Holsum Bakery. He served during World War II in the 409th Quartermaster Depot Company as a cook. He was a member of the Central Masonic Lodge. In 1976, he was one of the founding members of the Central Volunteer Fire Department and in 1969, he was a Boy Scout leader. He was instrumental in the building and opening of Central Private School in 1968. He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Friday, July 25, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at the funeral home on Saturday from 8 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Danny Smith, pastor of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood. Interment in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ralph Carpenter Jr., Brandon Cooksey, Eric Bennett, David A. Bennett, James Bennett and Mike Neyland. Honorary pallbearers are Joseph White and Aaron Langley. Special thanks to Hospice of Baton Rouge and Dr. Say. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, the American Heart Association or Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area.
Published in The Advocate on 7/24/2008

GETTING OLDER (part 4)

George Burns once said, “Tennis is a game for young people. Until age 25, you can play singles. From there until age 35, you should play doubles. I won’t tell you my age, but when I played, there were 28 people on the court — just on my side of the net.”

I’ve talked some about the fears we have related to getting older. But, I want to close out this series by looking at the positive aspect of aging. In Proverbs 20:29, Solomon wrote, “The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.” The Bible has for us several examples of elderly people who refused to believe their usefulness was over just because they weren’t young anymore, who served God well despite their advancing years.

One of the greatest examples is found in the book of Joshua. Caleb was 85 years old. He had served the Lord faithfully for his entire lifetime. When he was 40, he, along with eleven other soldiers, sneaked into the land of Canaan to spy out the land that God had promised them. What they saw was frightening and ten of the soldiers concluded there was no chance of victory. Joshua and Caleb were the two faithful spies who stood firm in their conviction that God could give them Canaan despite the giants in the land.

Then for the next 40 years, that unbelieving nation wandered in the wilderness until Caleb and Joshua were the only adults left. Joshua led the Israelites in conquering the land of Canaan and Caleb had fought valiantly in securing the land. But by the time we get to the 14th chapter of the book of Joshua, Caleb is an old man — 85 years old. You would think he was ready to sit out on that porch swing, but listen to him:

“And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as he said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” (Joshua 14:10-12).

At the age of 85, Caleb was still looking for ways to serve God; he asked for a mountain full of giants to conquer. It was the most difficult spot in the whole land to be conquered. He deliberately chose the hardest task. Now if anyone in that nation had earned the right to retire and live the rest of his days in comfort, it was Caleb. But, he wasn’t ready for the shelf; he wanted a mountain.

What was his secret? There are several things that I think stand out. He was a man who obviously had a positive attitude and faith in God. It’s easy to become negative as we get older, looking back on “the good old days”. But Caleb refused to be negative. He had a positive faith in God. God said, “Even to your old age, I am he, and even to gray hairs I will carry you.” (Isaiah 46:4). Caleb truly believed that, that God is in control at every stage of our lives.

Here was a man who had a divine purpose. He was in his eighties, but he believed that God had something important for him to do. And he believed that with God’s help he could do it. He was a man who looked for ways to serve God despite his advancing age. There are tasks that an older Christian can do that a younger Christian just simply isn’t equipped to do.

But, above all else, Caleb was obedient to the Lord. It’s difficult for a person to obey God in his old age if he doesn’t establish a pattern of obedience in his earlier years. But it can be done. The important thing is to continue to give yourself to the Lord no matter what your age.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

The important thing is to continue to give yourself to the Lord no matter what your age.

I think that statement deserves an”Amen”!

AMEN!

Anna Lee



Wednesday

“Then He said to them,

‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'”

~Matthew 4:19~

 

Mr. Frankie Gehringer is home. Thank you for your prayers for him the last few days and your continued prayers too.

 

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. As a result of a governmental treaty between the United States and France, Ron and Lisa Jones have recently learned that they must leave Reunion Island in September 2008. Please join Ron and Lisa in prayer as they seek the Lord’s will for their future as well as the future of the work they will be leaving in Reunion. At this point, they feel the Lord leading them to serve in the country of Namibia. The IMB currently has only one family serving in that African country, and they will be returning to the States on stateside assignment within the next few months and would like to have someone oversee the existing work as well as begin new work. However, in the past few years, it has been difficult to obtain work permits for IMB personnel to enter the country. Thus Ron and Lisa would like you to join them in prayer for a miracle: Pray that the Namibian government will grant a work permit for them to enter the country in a timely manner. They also ask you to join them in praying that the Lord will call out someone to take over the new work they have started in the south of Reunion, surely one of the darkest and most unevangelized areas of the island.

 

Teachers will be going back to school in the next few days, if not already, to prepare their classrooms for the coming year. Please begin to pray for each teacher and each student in each school throughout the area. Pray specifically for the teachers and students you know.

 

Baptist Press

July 22, 2008

HORN OF AFRICA–A simple plant battles malaria & gives hope. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28515

TURKEY–Iranian believer flees to Turkey. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28516

WASHINGTON–Kazakhstan weighs new religion restrictions. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28517

TENNESSEE–McCain’s VP choice ‘significantly important’ to evangelicals, Land says. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28518

TENNESSEE–Man accepts Christ after killing deacon. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28519

TENNESSEE–At Bonnaroo, Baptists offer ‘More than Music.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28520

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Mike Licona): Is Jesus the only way? (part 1) http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28521

KneEmail

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor

 

Suffering

IN AN INTENSIVE care ward, all visitors are united by a single, awful thread: concern over a dying relative or friend…

Economic differences…fade away. You’ll see no sparks of racial tension there. Sometimes strangers will console one another or cry together quietly and unashamedly. All are facing life at its most essential. Many call for a [preacher] for the first time ever. Only the megaphone of suffering is strong enough to bring these people to their knees to ponder ultimate questions of life and death and meaning. (Philip Yancy)

“For affliction does not come from the dust,

nor does trouble spring from the ground…

But as for me, I would seek God,

and to God I would commit my cause”

~ Job 5:6, 8 ~

 

Have a good “hump-day”!

Anna Lee

Tuesday

God is working in you,

giving you the desire to obey him

and the power to do what pleases him.

~Philippians 2:13 (NLT)~

Mr. Frankie Gehringer’s surgery went well. He may be able to come home today. Please keep him in your prayers.

Ethan O’Brian, grandson of Joan Hagan, has an unexplained rash. Pray for a diagnosis so proper treatment can begin.

Mrs. Avis Sullivan is progressing at North Oaks. Please keep her in your prayers.

Mr. Bobby Raborn was able to come home last night. Pray for him as her continues to recover from double knee surgery.

Mrs. Faye Price has has some good days. Pray for her as she has additional tests today.

Marvelous Monday was again marvelous! The services have all.been very good. Next week, we will be led by Dr. Steve Echols and Rev. Ronnie Nielson. Services begin at 7 P.M. followed by a time of food and fellowship.

On Mission in Kentwood will be Saturday at 8:00 A.M. Feel free to join us for a time of giving of ourselves in the Kentwood area. You will be richly blessed for your participation.

The Sports Camp at FBC, Kentwood went well yesterday. If you have children in grades K-6 be sure to have them at the church by 8:30 this morning. They will have a good time and learn a lot.

Continue to pray for Rev. Brady Haynes and his group from Birmingham as they work with International World Changers in the Czech Republic. They are ministering to the Roma, Gypsies, with the Hatchel family. Pray for life-changing decisions among the Roma and the young adults ministering to them.

KneEmail

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor


UNEXPECTED THINGS ALWAYS happen…

Life itself is a series of surprises, good and bad. The unexpected brings us both the trivial and earth-shaking. Be it a flat tire at an inconvenient moment or a terminal illness, we can’t and don’t anticipate today’s events.

The disciples were shattered when Jesus was arrested and crucified. They scattered, they ran, they hid, they followed from afar. All had one question in mind: “How could this happen?” After all, he was the Messiah-to-be, the one who would put all things right. And things went so wrong!

But the death of Christ should not have caught them unawares. Time and again he told them he would go to Jerusalem and die. And be raised from the dead. With their preconceived ideas and their own agenda, they discounted his warnings. His words were unintelligible, nonsensical, forgettable.

And then the unexpected happened.

With their world in pieces, some gravitated back to what they did before Jesus called them. Peter went fishing. But there was no return for some like Levi, where another was sitting in his tax office.

And then the unexpected happened again.

Jesus rose from the dead.

The heavenly messengers reminded them. “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise” (Luke 24:5-7 ESV).

Around the Table of the Lord, we listen again to the risen Son of Man who tells his disciples that he will come again. Our eating and drinking signals our hope in his return.

And because we eat the bread and drink the cup, his manifestation will not catch us unawares. We live for him and speak the Good News to all. We may not know the day and hour, but we know the fact of his coming.

No more angels will remind us what he said. They will trumpet his return, but there will be no more chiding. Only judgment.

So today we rejoice that, in spite of our daily surprises, good and bad, large and small, for us the Unexpected will not happen again. For ours is hope in the Awaited One.

(J. Randal Matheny at: http://www.forthright.net/communion_meditation/when_the_unexpected_happens_1.html)


“For as often as you eat this bread

and drink this cup,

you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”

~1 Cor. 11:26~

Have a fantastic day!

Anna Lee

Monday

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,

that if we ask anything according to His will,

He hears us.

And if we know that He hears us,

whatever we ask,

we know that we have the petitions

that we have asked of Him.”

~1 John 5:14-15~

Pray for Mr. Frankie Gehringer as he has surgery today at SWMC to implant a pacemaker.

From the I.M.B.:

LAST FRONTIER. How long has it been since you have seen your mother? Days? Weeks? Years? A worker was visiting with a local worker and inquired about his family. His heart was touched when he heard this story: Because of hardships and uncertain times, this man was separated from his mother at the age of 4. The mother lives in a restricted-access country and the son in a neighboring country. In the last 10 years, mother and son have had some contact and even two face-to-face visits. The country where he lives has plenty of food, but his mother’s home is facing extreme conditions that make it difficult to secure her daily needs. He received word from his mother to come and see her. Her son sadly tells that he is not able to make the trip. He knows her situation is difficult, and he desires to do what he can to meet her needs. He has asked a fellow worker to go in his place. They are gathering items to take to the family. While the travel has always been difficult, the road may be closed for an indefinite time due to regulations from officials. Please join this partner in asking that our Provider will make the way clear and open for the visit. Ask for special blessings on the traveler as well as the mother. Pray that the traveler will have the opportunity to share God’s Story and love with the mother during their short visit.

AIDS. N grew up in the Thunzini community in Swaziland and attended the Thunzini Baptist Church. Her mother was not married to her father but later married an older man and moved to South Africa. Like most Africans, N’s mother and stepfather rented extra rooms in their house. One of the renters was a young man they trusted. During the 2007 school break (December/January) the young man tricked N into taking something to his room. While in the room, he attacked N, raped her and told her not to tell anyone or he would kill her. Five months later, N is 13 years old and pregnant. A study of the U.N. Children’s Fun confirms that one out of three Swazi women has suffered some form of sexual abuse as a child. Now N is one of those statistics that may include AIDS. One wonders when the nightmare of continual abuse and AIDS will end. Unfortunately, for some it is just beginning. Pray for N’s health as she deals with a pregnancy, and pray that she will not have contacted the HIV virus through this encounter. Pray for the many female children/youth/adults in Swaziland who deal with the fear of abuse on a regular basis. http://www.imb.org/AIDS/

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. A missionary writes: “One family on our team has been in the process of adopting a baby for more than a year now. They have been waiting for one committee to meet that has to approve their adoption, but the committee members are dragging their feet. They were first supposed to meet in May, then in June, and now they say it will be at the end of July. Please pray that they will actually meet at the end of July. This family has been here this term for over four years, and they are ready to head back to the United States to get recharged and reenergized. Please pray that this committee will meet quickly. Also pray that the family will trust the Lord and His plan and not be anxious!”

The devil sent thousands of little enemies to disrupt Sunday School yesterday morning. There were fleas in the ladies’ classrooms that meet in the basement. Several ladies had a number of bites and had to go home. Others had to move to different locations for classes to continue. Worship service continued as planned with no problems that I am aware of. Last night, I spoke with several of the ladies who were the most affected. They were all doing much better. Pray the problem will be completely cleared before that area is used again.

Explanation: The little enemies were left by a stray dog that entered the church when a serviceman was working at the church.

Maj. Bernard Richard “Ben” Williams Jr.
Williams Jr., Maj. Bernard Richard ‘Ben’ (USAF, ret.) Osyka Baptist Church, Osyka, Miss., from 2 P.M. until the funeral at 6 p.m.

Published in The Advocate on 7/21/2008

Sportscamp

  • FBC, Kentwood
  • Monday – Friday this week
  • 8:30 – Noon
  • Grades K – 6
  • Fee: $10.00

Please be in prayer for all the children who will attend the camp and for the youth from Simpson Baptist Church who will be leading the camp.
Marvelous Monday at FBC, Kentwood

  • Tonight at 7 P.M.
  • Preaching – Dr. J.P. Miles
  • Music – Bro. Dennie Walker
  • Piano – Mr. Bob Raborn
  • Nursery available

Deacons for the week at FBC, Kentwood

  • Mr. James Miller
  • Mr. Harrell Sharkey

Sunday Afternoon

The internet was down this morning. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to post this morning.

Joan Hagan received a good report from her tests Wednesday. She will see her surgeon on August 4th. Please pray for Joan daily.

Mr. Frankie Gehringer is still in ICU at McComb. He received a temporary pacemaker already, but will receive a permanent pacemaker in the morning. Please continue to remember Mr. Frankie and his family in your prayers.

Mrs. Faye Price continues to rest at home as suggested by the doctor. She will see her doctor again Tuesday. Please continue to remember her in your prayers.

Tyler Easley, Judy Easley’s new grandson, is still hospitalized in Baton Rouge. He continues to gain a little weight and is learning how to take nourishment. Please continue to pray for little Tyler and his family during this time.

The sports camp for children in grades K-6 will begin in the morning at 8:30. It’s not too late to enroll boys and girls for this week of activities and Bible study.

Chris Phillips, a 2006 graduate of Sumner, was killed early this morning in an automobile accident. Please pray for his family and friends.