Monday Evening


Aaron and Marshall

Hello, All. Just a quick note of continued thanks and a progress report. Aaron had a good night and they increased his feeds to make sure his tummy would tolerate milk again. Today he had his first real bottle. He didn’t take much–only an ounce, but it was a start. He was SO thankful and we are, too! We still can’t hold him and he can’t sit upright much until they remove the pacer wires and medication lines that go straight through his chest into his heart. If he continues to do well, they may remove them tomorrow. Then we can hold him again! We are thankful and hopeful with each new day. God has been good, but please keep praying for Aaron.

Please don’t forget to say a prayer for our friend Marshall. He is still waiting on his heart. There is a fundraiser basketball tournament tomorrow night at Northwest Rankin. If you live in Jackson, please stop by!


Melvin L. Tate

(August 27, 1924 – March 23, 2008)

Died at 7:13 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2008 at Gulf States LTAC of Hammond in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Osyka, MS and a resident of Kentwood, LA. Age 83 years. Mr. Tate was a member of Spring Creek Lodge #184, F&AM. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Don Bassett & Rev. Howard Brister. Interment East Fork Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by wife of 62 years, Marie Wilkinson Tate, Kentwood, daughter, Dianne Frazier and husband Willie, Greensburg, son, Roger Tate and wife Peggy, Kentwood, 3 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 6 step-great- grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Obbie N. and Mary Wall Tate, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters.


“But before the end comes,


the good news must be preached to all nations.”


~Mark 13:10, CEV~

Aaron Hill

Happy Easter to everyone! I’m sorry that we haven’t posted in so long, but the hospital has been a busy place today (tons of people visiting kids for Easter) and we wanted to wait for good news to report. Aaron finally got extubated around noon today. His countenance completely changed when they took the tube out. He went from depressed, lethargic and swollen to a bright-eyed, mobile little guy again. In fact, he immediately started looking for something to put in his mouth within minutes. He has been peeing like a champ all day and is almost back to his pre-surgery size. After almost 6 hours of withholding his feeds, I finally strongarmed one of the attending physicians to order his feeds started again. Aaron has been restless and agitated begging for a real meal! But I guess we’ll have to start with a few ccs an hour through the tube for now and build him back up. Please pray for his continued progress. Hopefully, we will be able to hold our little guy again soon.

Jesse Dean

Please continue to Pray for Majel and Jesse Dean. Jesse is home from rehabilitation. Now, Majel is his head nurse. Pray for her to not feel overwhelmed as she takes care of Jesse. Pray for daily progress in Jesse’s condition.


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

Mike Benson, Editor

THE STORY HAPPENED in the 1800’s…

In days past, rural people of the Southern States, we now call in the USA, “the Bible Belt,” were used to hard work and plain living; most of them were “Bible believers.” It did not matter if they were Baptists or Methodists or whatever; they believed the Bible over their “church creed.” Most did not know what their church creed taught. Honesty was part of their embedded character. Religious debates were very common; people desired to hear and know the truth. They would ask, “What does the Bible teach?”

A debate was to be held at a certain time and place. As folks started to arrive on horseback and wagons, the building filled quickly. The proposition for discussion was, “Is Baptism necessary for one to be saved?” The Baptist debater was present; however, the debater from the church of Christ did not show up. What happened, an accident, bad weather, did he get sick? What should they do?

Finally, the elders of the local church asked the “oldest elder” present to take the place of the evangelist that was absent. “I am not a debater” the elder explained, but with pressure he agreed to debate the Baptist champion and to do the best he could.

With great eloquence the Baptist debater pressed that “baptism had nothing to do with salvation; it was faith only.” When the old elder got up for his speech he turned the pages of his New Testament to Mark 16:16 and read, “He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be dammed.” With this said, he sat down. With huge frustration at the shortness of the old elder’s remarks the Baptist champion took his allotted time and again preached “faith only.” When it was the old elder’s turn again for his speech, he slowly turned the pages of his New Testament and found Mark 16:16. With his thin old finger pointing to Mark 16:16, he looked up at the packed house and stated, “Yup, it’s still there.” With this affirmation, enormous good humored laughter filled the meeting house. The debate was over. With open Bibles the crowd of plain, honest people went their own ways. (Donald R. Fox)

The Bible does not change. The Word of God, however, will change the hearts of honest men. We must remember and heed:

“He that rejecteith me, and receiveth not my words,

hath one that judgeth him;

the words that I have spoken,

the same shall judge him in the last day.”

~John 12:48~

Saturday Afternoon

Aaron Hill

Sat morning e-mail notice

Things are quiet and slow at CHOP this morning, but still moving forward for our little guy. Aaron’s surgeon came by and ordered his chest tube be removed. Since he is peeing better (yea!), they removed his catheter as well. 2 big steps… He is still too swollen for them to remove his breathing tube, but if he continues to shed fluid and breath above the ventilator, they might do that tomorrow. We are eager for this step, but want to make sure God keeps it all in His timing. We don’t want Aaron to have to work too hard all at one time.

We will keep the good news coming. Love to everyone.



Tink “Pappy” Oliver

(March 4, 1928 – March 21, 2008)

He was a retired timber consultant and logger. He went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2008 in McComb, MS at the age of 80. Our Pappy was born on March 4, 1928 in Kentwood, LA. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, LA on Monday, March 24, 2008 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from 8 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Services contucted by Rev. Delio Delrio and Rev. Reggie Hope. Interment in Hope-Oliver Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernadette Oliver, sons Sammy Oliver and wife Lettie, Terry Oliver and wife, Beverly, Scotty Oliver and wife Darla, and a daughter Bridgette King and husband Eric, grandchildren, Sean Oliver and wife, Mary, Amber Adams and husband Danny, Suzanne McAlister, Mike Posey and wife Carolyn, Whitney Brumfield and husband Brian, Courtney Oliver, Kimberly Capdeboscq and husband Jamie, Bruce Oliver, Scotty Oliver and fiancee’ Kim Hatfield, Lacey Oliver, Hunter Oliver, Tristan and Corly Grice and Brett and Blake King and 12 great-grandchildren. Sisters Avis Hope, Katherine Manning, Azelene Goetzmann, Hazel Smith, Irene Blades, Sarah Golman, and Mildred Cade. Preceded in death by parents, Henry “Tink” and Kate Oliver, 1 brother, Huey Oliver and sisters Irene and Audis Oliver, 1 brother-in-law, Otis Hope.


Jesse Dean

Jesse is home. He had a long day yesterday. Majel is scheduled to return to school Tuesday. Please continue to pray for both of them

Aaron Hill

Aaron’s echo this morning showed a little too much pressure in the right side of his heart. They had cut his nitric oxide in anticipation of extubating him today, but that was evidently too hard on his heart and lungs. Also, b/c his urine output has been low, he was getting rather swollen. They have now given him another diuretic to help him get rid of the extra fluid and have told us they are going to take things really slow to give him plenty of time to adjust. We are impatient (as is Aaron) b/c we really want to hold him again and the removal of the ventilator, chest tube, catheter, etc., are the steps we want to take in that direction. We know Aaron doesn’t like the tube down his nose/throat (he tries to cry but can’t make sound because of the tube), so that makes us anxious to get rid of it even more. We don’t like to see him hurt and hate that we can’t comfort him when he cries. We must pray for patience for ourselves and little Aaron as we wait for his body to be ready for these steps.

Happy Good Friday to everyone. Don’t forget to celebrate the reason for this Easter weekend!


Someone that David and I have known all our lives and most of you have know for many years has developed a serious health issue. Please pray for this individual.

Becki and the children made it safely home yesterday afternoon. Thanks for praying for them as they traveled. Pray for all those who have miles to travel and stops to make in the coming days.

Baptist Press – Thursday

TENNESSEE–Resurrection of Christ is the heart of the Gospel.

TENNESSEE–Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

NORTH CAROLINA–2 thieves represent mankind, pastor says.

GEORGIA–Proclaiming Easter’s message all year long.

TEXAS–Judge dismisses suit against Southwestern.

KENTUCKY–Mohler recovering from surgery.

TENNESSEE–Extreme winter calls for quick response.

WASHINGTON–LIFE DIGEST: Pro-lifers should avoid ‘Idol Gives Back,’ leader says.

TENNESSEE–Still hospitalized, prayer lifts UU duo.

LOUISIANA–Jena embraces ‘whatever God wants.’

SOUTH CAROLINA–FIRST-PERSON (Frank Page): A 10-year evangelistic strategy.

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Resurrection power.

Friday Afternoon

Aaron Hill

Well, Aaron had a pretty good night and morning. His heart rate is now down in the 150s to 160s, an improvement from the past couple of days. Although we thought they might take him off the ventilator, he is more swollen today and the drs don’t think his kidneys are functioning well enough to take him off just yet. We are disappointed, particularly b/c having that tube down his nose and throat is really bothering him. Plus, they don’t want to put in his feeding tube and give him a real meal until they have extubated him. So, we continue to wait on that big step… They came around and did an echo earlier, but we don’t know the results from it yet, so we wait on that as well.

A continued thanks for each post and prayer. A special thank you to Amy from Jackson–a HRHS mommy whom I have never met– for your sweet call this morning. There is so much sadness here. More than many would ever imagine. It truly is a giant blessing to have so many prayers going up for Aaron each day. We would be lost without them.

Betty Taylor

  • Continues to improve
  • Still sore, but much better each day
  • Said “God is so good!’
  • Thanks you for praying for her

First Baptist Church, Kentwood

Nursery Volunteers

  • Sunday, Marc 21
  • Justin & Wendy Fowler
  • Eleanor Morris
  • Gretchen Simpson
  • Lily Edwards

Nursery Volunteers are Needed

  • 8:15 Service
  • Sunday, 3-23-08

Business Meeting

  • Wednesday,Marc 26th

Birthday Celebration

  • Mrs. Mickey Cade
  • 75th birthday
  • Saturday, March 29th
  • Fellowship Hall
  • 2:00 – 4:00

Migrant Health Kits

  • Shampoo
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Church will provide a Bible
  • Place items in a gallon size Ziploc bag
  • Deadline – Wed., April 2

Easter Schedule

  • 8:15 Worship
  • 9:15 Sunday School
  • 10:30 Worship
  • No evening activities


  • Surprise Easter Egg Hung
  • Sunday, March 30th
  • During AWANA time
  • Bring 6 candy-filled plastic eggs.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

  • Goal: $13,000.00
  • Received: $2,058.00
  • Bring your “Annie” eggs Sunday!




“It was necessary for the Christ to suffer

and to rise from the dead the third day,

and that repentance and remission of sins

should be preached in His name to all nations,”

~Luke 24:46b-47a, CEV~



Mr. Huey Miller


Mr. Huey Miller, owner of John’s Hitching Post, had surgery for stomach cancer. The doctors think they removed all the cancer. Please pray for the Miller family.



Baby Rebecca


Little Rebecca went to be with the Lord last night. (Wednesday)

Amy and Eddy have a hard time ahead.

And everyone that loves them, Two of the best!!!



Frann Clark



Kristin took Frann to the doctor. Kristin was the “extra ears” so no information would be missed. Frann was very pleased with her doctor and his explanations. She will be taking medication for her nerve endings and taking physical therapy. The MRI showed her fractures had healed. Pray for Frann as she continues to deal with her health issues and with her husband, Riley, who needs constant care.




Aura (Romania)




Please pray for Aura. She has been battling a cold for over a month. Pray for God’s healing hands upon her.

Thank you!


Please pray for me this week and in the weeks to come.
I have been fighting a cold for over a month and a half now and I know that this is not normal…every time it gets a little better and I think it is going away, it comes back with a vengence… and now it’s happening again. The fact that I work with kids who have been sick all winter doesn’t help. Please pray for healing! I am going on vacation on Wednesday evening and I really don’t want to go away sick. You can also pray for the upcoming trip. I am really excited and have realized these last few days how much I need this time away. Pray for safety and a time of refreshment.

be blessed,






Jesus is the reason for the season!



Anna Lee


“Not all people who sound religious are really godly.

They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’

but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.”

~Matthew 7:21 (NLT)~

You are invited to a share group at the Alford cabin tonight at 6:30.

Pray for all those who will travel in the next 7-10 days.

Jesse Dean received two more units of blood. He’s having some problems, but they should not keep him in rehabilitation any extra days.

Larry Bankston of Arcola had three stents put in his heart this week. Pray for him as he needs to make some lifestyle changes.

Ralph E. Owens, Jr.

March 16, 1958 – March 18, 2008

Died at 6:05 PM on Tuesday March 18, 2008 at his residence. He was 50, a native of Baton Rouge and a resident of Mt. Nebo. Visitation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite on Thursday, March 20, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and 10:00AM until Religious Services at 1:00PM Friday, March 21, 2008 in the Funeral Home Chapel, Conducted by Rev. Gary Weiborg. Interment at the Dees Cemetery. Survived by his Children-John Lewis, Clifford, & Robin Brooke-Amite, Mother-Gayle D. Owens-Mt. Nebo, Sister-Donna Owens, Mt. Nebo, Brother-John Owens-Petal, MS. Preceded in death by: Father-Ralph E. Owens, Sr., Grandparents-Theopolis & Rosaline Owens and Perry & Lena Mae Dees. Ralph, Jr. enjoyed spending time with his friends & family, cooking, telling stories, but really enjoyed cooking for others (mystery meat was his specialty). He will be sadly missed by many. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the American Cancer Society or a Charity of your choice. McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home is located on I-55 & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford. An on-line Guestbook is available at




A game warden noticed how a particular fellow named Sam consistently caught more fish than anyone else, whereas the other guys would only catch three or four a day. Sam would come in off the lake with a boat full.

Stringer after stringer was always packed with freshly caught trout. The warden, curious, asked Sam his secret. The successful fisherman invited the game warden to accompany him and observe. So the next morning the two met at the dock and took off in Sam’s boat. When they got to the middle of the lake, Sam stopped the boat, and the warden sat back to see how it was done.

Sam’s approach was simple. He took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it in the air. The explosion rocked the lake with such a force that dead fish immediately began to surface. Sam took out a net and started scooping them up.

Well, you can imagine the reaction of the game warden. When he recovered from the shock of it all, he began yelling at Sam. “You can’t do this! I’ll put you in jail, buddy! You will be paying every fine there is in the book!”

Sam, meanwhile, set his net down and took out another stick of dynamite. He lit it and tossed it in the lap of the game warden with these words, “Are you going to sit there all day complaining, or are you going to fish?”

Seems to me we have two similar options as Christians — we can spend our time complaining or we can “fish.” Jesus, of course, used the concept of fishing to describe the work of evangelism (“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” — Matthew 4:19). The method we use does not involve dynamite, but it does involve the word from which dynamite comes to us — “dunamis,” the Greek word for “power.”

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,

for it is the power of God to salvation

for everyone who believes,

for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

~Romans 1:16~

I’ve known some folks in the church who use the “dunamis” of the gospel to fish for souls, and I’ve known other folks content to do nothing but sit back and complain about what everybody else is or isn’t doing. It’s your choice — Are you going to complain or are you going to fish?

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead

by the glory of the Father,

so we too may walk in a new way of life.”

~Romans 6:4b, HCSB~