Tuesday Afternoon



Frann Clark shared this information about Aaron Hill from Caring Bridge:

Hello, All. Just wanted to drop a quick note that Aaron is in the cath lab right now. He was a very good little trooper this morning despite having to fast. They started about 8:30 and we’ve had one update that he’s doing well. They should be done within an hour or two, then we will meet with the cardiologists to discuss the results. I will try to update everyone later today on the surgical plan that evolves. Please keep praying for Aaron.

Monica Smith shared this about Conner Corkern:

i work at peoples bank and we have a donation account set up for Connor – if anyone would like to make a donation all they have to do is go to any of our locations and ask to put money in his account – the money will help his family on his quest for sight.




“He has rescued us from the domain of darkness

and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

~Colossians 1:13–14 (HCSB)~

Pray for baby Aaron Hill as he has a heart procedure today. Pray for his family and he medical staff caring for him.

Pray for a baby at North Oaks that is not doing well. Pray for the family as they face the loss of this child.

Conner Corkern is the toddler from Amite that needs medical treatment that is only available in China. You can read more about him at http://www.connorsquestforsight.com. The family requests your prayers on his behalf.

I Have an appointment with Dr. Rubino, neurosurgeon, Tuesday at 2 pm to discuss the procedure for my back. Please pray that this will be a productive consultation.

I am eager to have the procedure performed to relieve the pain in my legs.

thanks for your prayers
Frann Smith Clark

Today in the BCA’s monthly newsletter we received an update on Darci. Most of you will remember she taught at BCA for 1 ½ years. After returning to the US she learned she had cancer. Please continue to pray for Darci as she undergoes chemotherapy.

Thank you!Melinda

News from Ms. Karpovck… As many of you know, in January Darci was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Here is the most recent update we have received from her (on March 16):

“Last week I had a bone marrow biopsy-and praise God- It came backclear meaning the cancerous cells appear to just be in the lymphatic system! So this week I started chemo therapy, it has been…rough. They say the first time is usually. The ‘treatment plan’ is chemo once every other week for 24 weeks then possibly radiation. Now it seems long and painful but I know it is for a season-people around me continually remind me of this. So for those who are praying, I just thank you so much because through each painful moment I do know he’s here and it sustains me. Thanks.”

Please continue to pray for her. And, if you’d like to send her a note of encouragement, her email address is: breezinthetrees@hotmail.com.

Kara Sellers and Wesley Corkern are engaged to be married in June of 2009. You are requested to pray for them as they make career decisions and wedding plans.

Carlton George Bond Sr.

A native of Amite, he died Sunday, March 9, 2008, at his home near Amite. He was 60. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, on Wednesday, March 19, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Interment in Shiloh Cemetery, Pine Grove. Survived by a son, Chris Bond; sister, Carmen Hughes; twin brother, Carl Bond; and nephews, Kevin Hanks, Daman Bond and Mathew Hughes. Preceded in death by his wife, Bobbye Randall Bond; son, Carlton “Chip” Bond; parents, Carlton C. and Meda Bond; dear friend, Joyce Harrington; and sister, Dot Bond Hanks. For more information, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Constance F. Lupo Giardina

A resident and native of Amite, she died at 3:30 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2008, at North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond. She was 86. Visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Joe Camilleri. Interment in Mulberry Street Cemetery, Amite. She is survived by her daughter, Pam Triolo, Amite; son, Sal Vince Giardina and wife Deanna, Amite; three grandchildren, Mike Triolo, Greg Triolo and wife Marissa Blades Triolo, and Duane Giardina and wife Dana; four great-grandchildren, Danielle Giardina, Tyler Triolo, Alex Triolo and Ryan Triolo; two brothers, Pete Lupo, Amite, and Johnny Lupo, Hammond; four sisters, Rosalie Carter, Hammond, and Mary Hyde, Natalbany, Josie Stevens, Chesbrough, and Frances Durio, Amite; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Sam Giardina; three brothers, Sam, Joe and Gil Lupo; sister, Ella Catalanotto; and son-in-law, Carlo Triolo. For more information, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.



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

Mike Benson, Editor



HE WASN’T EXACTLY a great prospect…

His resume had some rather obvious “gaps” in it. He was an uneducated (Acts 4:13) fisherman (Matthew 4:18). He was quick-tempered (John 18:10; Matthew 26:50-51), impetuous and impulsive. He was prone to break his word (Mark 14:29; Matthew 26:74). He made promises that he didn’t keep; in fact, he lied. He started things that he didn’t finish (Matthew 14:28-30). He was prone to fear and doubt (Matthew 14:30-31). He couldn’t always be counted on in a pinch (Mark 14:53-54). He could be cowardly (Luke 22:54-60a) and undependable (Matthew 26:40-41; Mark 14:37). He couldn’t always control his tongue (Mark 14:71). He couldn’t always see the “big picture” (Matthew 16:23; John 18:11), but was often preoccupied with the urgent and immediate. He was a narrow-minded racist (Acts 2:39; 10:13-14; Galatians 2:11-14) and a male chauvinist (John 4:27).

Let’s be brutally honest—Simon Peter (Matthew 16:17; John 21:15-17) wasn’t “the right man” for leading the early church. Right? The Lord needed an entirely different breed of man. He required an uncommon stock—a man with minor blemishes, a near-perfect specimen, a spiritual giant. He needed a man with a long track record of spirituality and maturity—or did He (Luke 6:12-14a)?

At Pentecost following the resurrection of Christ, there was Peter—boldly preaching the first Gospel sermon with his fellow apostles (Acts 2:14, 38)! Yes, Peter! However, it didn’t stop there. The very same man who fled for his life when he was identified as a disciple of the Lord was the very same man who, despite the threat of imprisonment, fearlessly proclaimed the risen Lord (Acts 3:11-4:20, 29-31). When the counsel commanded him not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, this once reluctant disciple replied, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (cf. Acts 5:29).

Think for just a moment; how can we account for this incredible transformation? How did this milque-toast Galilean fisherman become a notable force in the kingdom of the first century? How did he get from catching fish to catching men? How did Simon get to be Cephas (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:12; 3:22; 9:5; 15:5; Galatians 2:9) the Aramaic for “stone” (John 1:42)? How did this common man with an unsubmissive personality become a rock-like leader—one of the greatest preachers among the apostles and in every sense the dominant figure in the first twelve chapters of Acts? Most significantly, what does Peter tell us about ourselves? Consider the following:

1. No matter what your previous background, the Lord can use you as a vessel in His service. Our faults can be molded and fashioned into virtue. Failure yesterday is not necessarily fatal tomorrow. Weakness can become strength. “Mustard-seed faith” (Matthew 17:20; Mark 4:31; Luke 13:19; 17:6) can be enhanced to move mountains. “[The Lord] specializes in transforming hearts, redirecting our selfcentered energy, and reshaping our raw talent and abilities to achieve His purposes in the world” [Gene A. Getz, “Peter,” The Apostles, 21- 22]. This He did for Peter, and this He can do with/for you. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10; cf. Isaiah 64:8).

2. It takes time to become the person Jesus wants you to become. Evolving a Christ-like spirit is a l e n g t h y process (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; cf. Hebrews. 5:12ff). No one is shaped into a leader overnight. Peter certainly wasn’t. In fact, approximately twenty years after his service during the Lord’s personal ministry, Peter as an apostle, a Gospel preacher and an elder (1 Peter 5:1) still needed some “internal refinement” (Galatians 2:11-12). Whenever the Jews came to visit, Peter only ate with the Jews. However, when the Jews went home, he practiced open fellowship with his Gentile [uncircumcised] brethren and ate with them. Paul immediately recognized Peter’s hypocrisy and rebuked his fellow-apostle to his face (Galatians 2:14). Isn’t that ironic? In Acts 2, on the birthday of the church, Peter had taught, “…For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off [i.e., Gentiles]…” (v. 39). Then some eight-to-ten years later it took a vision from heaven (Acts 10:9-16) to convince him that God, in fact, accepted all men—including Gentiles—into the faith (Acts 10:34-35; 11:18). Later yet [perhaps another eight-to-ten years] in Galatians 2, Peter still struggled with the concept of the Gentile equality. He was a slow learner. You might say he suffered from SADD—spiritual attention deficit disorder. Growth was an incremental element for Peter. The same is true for each of us today.

3. Jesus seeks a willing spirit. Peter’s problem wasn’t his lack of desire and zeal; it was how he employed these qualities that often got him into trouble. One of the reasons Jesus chose Peter was because he was a man of devotion, determination and passion.* Granted, his passion was misdirected at times, but once Peter came to terms with the concept of the risen Lord (1 Peter 1:3), that same fervency was channeled in a very constructive and powerful way.

The good news is—the Lord sees beyond what we are to what we can become. We see spiritual resumes that are tarnished by transgression, failure and neglect (Romans 3:23). We see rank sinners; Jesus sees holy saints. We see humiliation; Jesus sees exaltation. We see despair; Jesus sees a living hope. We see Simon the crumbling disciple; Jesus saw Peter the rock-solid leader who would help stabilize the first century church.

Dear friend, are you looking for a job? Do you feel incapable? Is your work-history marred by defeat? Yes? Great! You automatically qualify. The Lord is hiring new laborers at this very moment! You can start your new work now (Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 4:16). (Mike Benson)

* “…With all his brashness, Peter had the raw material from which a leader could be made. Better to work with a man like that than to try to motivate someone who is always passive and hesitant. As the familiar saying goes, it is much easier to tone down a fanatic than to resurrect a corpse. Some people have to be dragged tediously in any forward direction. Not Peter. He always wanted to move ahead. He wanted to know what he didn’t know. He wanted to understand what he didn’t understand. He was the first to ask questions and the first to try to answer questions. He was a man who always took the initiative, seized the moment, and charged ahead…” [John MacArthur, “Peter,” Twelve Ordinary Men, 42].

“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat’” (Luke 22:31; cf. Matthew 16:23).



Perfection isn’t a requirement for service! That means we all qualify!

Anna Lee




“Come to Me,

all you who labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Thank God for the beautiful weather we have been having. Get out and enjoy it. Plant a garden or a few flowers. Spend some time with God while you are outside.

Jesse Dean continues to improve as he has rehabilitation at North Oaks. He should be able to come home next weekend. Pray for him as he goes trough this week of intensive therapy.

The monthly share group meeting will be at the Alford cabin Thursday at 6:30 P.M.. You are invited for a time of food, fellowship, and Bible study. Please let me know if you need additional information.

FBC, Kentwood Deacons of the Week

Jimmy Harrell

Donald Duncan

Associational WMU Meeting

Hillsdale Baptist Church

Thursday, March 20th

10:00 A.M.

North American Mission Study

Covered Dish Luncheon

Nursing Home Visitation

Tuesday, March 18

10:00 A.M.

Monday, March 17, 2008

“We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal,” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NKJV).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for those sensing God’s guidance in uncommon ways.

A South Asian believer was approached by a stranger who asked if he was a follower of Christ. Praise God that he courageously admitted his faith. When the stranger’s son was 5 years old, he saw a cross on the front of a church. The son said, “That is where I need to be. I want to follow that cross.” For the next five years, his son was fascinated by the cross. The boy refused to go to the temple with his parents, he made a wooden cross that he wore around his neck, and he threw fits when his parents told him that he could not follow Christ. Finally his parents relented and let him make his own choice. The national believer was invited to teach the son more about Jesus. He accepted Christ that day!

A Moroccan couple stayed with a family of believers who live closer to an office where the woman needed to complete some paperwork. The paperwork took longer than expected, resulting in a longer stay. While at the home, in the midst of kitchen conversations, the woman revealed that she had dreamed of her deceased father entreating her to believe in Jesus the Messiah. Through a seemingly unspiritual event (needed paperwork) and an inconvenient situation (houseguests staying longer than anticipated), we can have a peek into the unseen work of the Spirit. Please pray for this young woman and man as they continue their spiritual journeys, and ask for wisdom for the believing family as they continue their interaction with this pair.

Please pray that the South Asian parents will soon choose to follow their son’s example and accept Jesus as Savior.

Intercede for Moroccan believers to speak willingly of their faith.

Ask God to help you see past the temporary things on to those which are eternal.




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

Mike Benson, Editor

I WAS AT the White House for a garden tour a few years ago, and I’ll never forget walking by a woman that looked totally overwhelmed…

I had just passed through security on the way in, and she was on the way out. Following in her wake was a large group of teenage girls, and I could tell by the look on her face that she was their chaperone. For whatever reason, as we passed each other, she said to me: “Keeping track of seventy-nine girls is impossible!”

I know what she means. I can hardly keep track of our three kids at Chuck E. Cheese.

And then I think about God.

How do you keep tract of six billion people at the same time? (Mark Batterson)

“Can you search out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?”
~Job 11:7~



May you have a wonderful day today!

Anna Lee

Sunday Evening

Betty Taylor fell as she was leaving the choir this morning during the worship service. After about four hours in the emergency room, she learned she did not break any bones, but she did tear some ligaments/tendons. She will be sore for a while and have difficulty getting around. Being the trooper she is, she was soon back at church to do the make-up for the Easter program. Pray for Betty as she heals.

Please pray for Aaron and his family as they prepare for the procedure to be done Tuesday.

Frann Smith Clark

Following message on Aaron’s web site:

Because of this buildup of pressure, the doctors are concerned that leaving his heart like this might cause damage to his lungs over even a short period of time. Given this danger, Aaron will undergo a heart cath on Tuesday at CHOP where the doctors will evaluate the heart and lung pressure and gauge the overall function and capacity of his heart.

Please pray for me as we contact Dr. Rubino, neurosurgeon who will do the Kyphoplasty on me. The nurse called Friday at 11:55 a.m. but it was too close to their noon closing time to make any arrangements. My daughter Connie will call them Monday. Hopefully, the doctor will schedule a consultation to prepare for the procedure.

thanks for your prayers
Frann Smith Clark

The Easter program was very good. If you missed it tonight, you have an opportunity to experience it tomorrow night at 7 P.M.


Carl Wayne Stevens has completed rehabilitation and is home. He has made a lot of progress since his stroke, but is still working to get better. Pray for his wife, Nora, and other family members as they work with Carl Wayne.

Tsuyako had surgery last night and she is doing okay. Apparently her appendix was about to burst. So praise the Lord she got to the doctor in time. Pray for her complete recovery and that she would know whose hand is in control.

Again, thank you for praying.
Love to you all,
Freda (Romania)

Big Ten from Teamromany – March 2008

1. Pray for Cornel as he is in the United States. Pray for him as he seeks a job and makes plans for his fall wedding. Pray for Cornel and Erica as they begin their new life together.
2. For the past three years Cornel has worked to establish church-based training modules. In Arad, he as worked with Pastor Damian to hold the modules in three locations. Please to pray for the lay leaders who have been trained in these areas. Pray that they would continue to minister faithfully.
3. Please pray for the that will again se participants of our FARM (Far Away Romany Missions) projectnd short-term missionaries from Romania to minister in areas of need this summer. Pray for the Hills as they are assuming much of the responsibility for this project. Pray for them as they select and train participants.
4. The Hatchels have been back in the Czech Republic for a week now. Pray for them in their transition. Pray for Boyd has he attends meeting in Budapest later this week. Pray for Jennie and the children as they homeschool. Pray for the Hatchels as they look for how God wants them to invest their time and efforts in this new term.
5. Thank God with us for Joe and Julie Silby who are responding to God’s call to missions. They are planning to join teamromany later this year. They will be presented to the IMB trustees for approval for appointment on the 9th of next month. Please pray for Joe and Julie and their children Ryan, Avery, and Hannah as they make plans to leave their home in Texas in obedience to God’s call.
6. Thank God for Jiri, a Czech lawyer who has been faithfully ministering in the Brno Romany community during the Hatchels’ absence.
7. Please pray for Hugo, a Romany believer in Brno who is raising his nephew due to the imprisonment of his brother and sister-in-law. Pray that as Hugo shares Christ’s love with his nephew and other family members, their lives will be transformed.
8. Daniel is serving on staff of a church in Virginia. Pray for him as he ministers to people in need and makes plans to return to Romania in June.
9. Pray for Rob and Jess Dixon in Nashville, Tennessee as they work with teamromany to develop small-business models for church planters in Romania.
10. Pray for our field. We are going through several transitions. Pray for Mark Edworthy as he provides leadership during these changes.

Hatchels Back in Brno


We’re back! We had a rough trip getting here with cancelled flights, bad weather delays and a malfunctioning plane that had to be replaced after we were already in line for take-off. We were exhausted, but glad to get back to “our” house. Our neighbor didn’t get the message asking her to turn on our heat so the first night back was COLD!!!! We piled under lots of blankets and slept in layers of clothing. In the last week we’ve unpacked, gotten our utilities re-connected, received our car tags and insurance and lots of other details of life.

Mallory and Miles’ Czech teachers have been very willing to work with us. Mallory and Miles are going to Czech public school a few hours a week for art, PE, and music. Mallory’s class has swimming for PE once a week. For everything else we’re homeschooling. Madison and Mason are also at home doing some preschool activities, coloring, and getting out as many toys as the possibly can.

The weather has been cold and dreary so we haven’t gotten to go to the park or get out very much. It’s been so damp that my clothes are taking forever to dry. I have about six loads hanging up that I’m still waiting on to dry.

Boyd is in Budapest for meetings for a few days. He’ll be back Friday.

We went to Czech church on Sunday and Boyd went to Romany Bible study. Lots of people were glad to see us. It was nice to have been missed.

Please pray for us as we continue to adjust and settle in. I’ve been sick several days and that’s made it a little harder.

Speaking of family, pray for Becki and the children, Braden and Peyton, as they drive from Roma, GA to Kentwood today. They will be spending the next week between Kentwood and Gonzales. Pray as Jason as he fends for himself at home.

Chrisy Haynes and the children, Abe, Aris, and Audrey will be in Kentwood visiting for a few days. They will be at church tomorrow, so many of you will be able to give them a hug and admire the beautiful children. Bro. Brady will not be with them. He will be in Alabama holding down this church position. Pray for him as he will also be fending for himself for the week.


Cleve Jerry Travis

(September 20, 1926 – March 12, 2008)

Died at 4:50AM on Thursday, March 12, 2008 at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Biloxi, MS. He was a native of St. Helena Parish, LA and a resident of Kiln, MS. Age 81 years. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S.M.C. serving with the 1st Marine Division on Palau and Okinawa Islands. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Tuesday and until religious services at 11 a.m Tuesday. Services conducted by Rev. Gibby McMillan. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by nieces, Cynthia Caparole, NY, Patricia Konopka, NY, Judy Easley, Prairieville, LA, nephews, Dennis Travis, Montpelier, LA, Cary Travis, Montpelier, LA, Brian Travis, Greensburg, LA, Anthony Konopka, NY, Walter Konopka, NY. Preceded in death by parents, Walter “Bud” Travis and Maude B. Travis, sister, Norma Konopka, brothers, Ray Travis and Kenneth Travis, nephew, Kenneth Travis, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Zion Baptist Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.



There’s a couple in Arkansas who have given their six-year-old son strict instructions to come home from playing every afternoon no later than 5 p.m. He is allowed to play with his friends, but his parents are quite serious about his curfew. If he is not home by 5 p.m., they begin to worry and call around the neighborhood to find out where he is. The boy knows this, though, and is careful to arrive every day on time.

One April Monday, however, the day after Daylight Saving Time went into effect, the boy was late coming home. When he finally arrived, a few minutes before 6 p.m., his mother scolded him for being late. “You know you are to be home by five,” she said, “and here it is nearly six.”

Puzzled, the little boy pointed out the window. “But the light,” he protested, “the light; it’s the light that tells me when to come home.” Realizing what had happened, his mother smiled and gently explained that the day before the time had been changed, that everyone had reset their clocks and, now, the daylight lasted longer.

The boy’s eyes narrowed. “Does God know about this?” he asked suspiciously.

It’s easy to see why a young boy would ask such a question, but no matter what the circumstance prompting the question, the answer to “Does God know about this?” is always, “Yes, He knows.” David reflected on this quality of God in Psalm 139:

“Lord, you have examined me and know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know thoroughly everything I do. Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it. You are all around me — in front and in back — and have put your hand on me. Your knowledge is amazing to me; it is more than I can understand.” (Psalm 139:1-6)

At times, it is a bit frightening to realize that God knows so much about me, but ultimately it is a comforting thought — that someone knows so much about me, yet still loves me. Because God knows me so well, He knows my deepest needs. May you take comfort this day in the realization that God knows everything about you there is to know.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

He knows all about us, our strengths, our wants, our needs, etc. He knows, but He also want us to tell him. Be sure to do so today.

Have a great weekend.

Anna Lee


“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.

See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,

waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

You also be patient.

Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

~James 5:7-8, NKJV~



Lawyer John Buckley, Sr.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but until all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8. A retired entrepreneur, road service tire repairman and a photographer, Lawyer died at his home on Saturday, March 8, 2008. He was 68, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Osyka, Miss. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home on Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Dewitt Brock. Interment in Gilbert Memorial Park. Survived by his two sons, Lawyer John Buckley Jr. and Kendrick Shropshire; two daughters, April Donald and Darcelle Shropshire; four sisters, Undean Reed, Maytee Buckley, Martha Shepherd and Dorothy Domingue; four brothers, the Rev. Earl Buckley, Raymond Buckley, Alton Buckley and Larry Buckley; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Buckley; father, Arcell Buckley; mother, Stella Buckley; and three brothers, Melton, Edward and Preston Buckley.



Easter Worship Musical

“The Risen Christ”

FBC, Kentwood

Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, March 16 @ 6 P.M.

Monday, March 17 @ 7 P.M.




First Baptist Church of Arcola


“The Celebration of Easter”

  • i-55 Frontage Road, Arcola
  • No admission charge
  • March 14-15, 2008
  • 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
  • Twelve live drive-through scenes of the life of Christ


Jena, La. has received a lot of bad press lately. I thought you might want to read these two articles that show a different side of Jena than you have seen in the press:


Baptist Press

March 12, 2008

LOUISIANA–This time, Jena makes spiritual headlines. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27604

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Craig Franklin): Good news from Jena, La. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27609 Thank God for this revival. May it spread to other towns and cities!




After buying her kids a pet hamster, after they PROMISED they would take care of it, the mother, as usual, ended up with the responsibility.

One evening, exasperated, she asked her children, “How many times do you think that hamster would have died if I hadn’t looked after it?”

After a moment, her youngest son replied quizzically, “Once?”

Well, that didn’t help make the mother’s point but, technically, their answer was correct — not only for hamsters, but for us as well. The Hebrew writer said, “And as it is apponted for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” (Heb. 9:27).

The fact that we are appointed to die once is both sobering and promising. IOn the one hand, it means that there is no way that we can escape death (“it is apponted for man to die”), but on the other hand it is something that we will have to experience only once. While there are a few notable exceptions in the Bible, everyone who has ever lived on the face of this earth has died, but only once.

But the real point of this passage in Hebrews has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with Jesus Christ. The Hebrew writer says that Jesus is just like us. He, too, only had to die once. The significance of that is that once was enough. Unlike the sacrifices of the Jews which had to be offered over and over, one sacrifice was sufficient to take away all of our sins — forever! With that knowledge comes this beautiful promise:

“…so Christ was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people. And he will come a second time, not to offer himself for sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Heb. 9:28, NCV)

Praise be to Jesus Christ for the effectiveness of his death and for the promise of his return!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Thank you for being there to pray each day. You mean so much to so many!

Anna Lee