Wednesday

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” 

~Hebrews 12:1 NLT~

 

 

Please continue to pray for Deanna “Bug” Reynolds.  Recovering from her tonsil surgery has not been as easy as she hoped.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

 

 

 

Updates on Carol Bennett Sealey:

  • My mom was moved from ICU to a regular room tonight. Kidneys are wanting to work, the NG tube has been removed, and she’s not on O2 anymore. She was able to eat a very little bit today. Most importantly, Camille and Adalynn were able to see her in person for the first time since May 28. She’s come so incredibly far, and she still has so far to go, but she has fought and overcome so much. Thank you all for the prayers, visits, calls, and texts. Has meant the world!                                                                                                                                                                           Austin
  • My brother in law texted me this morning said Carol had a good night. Have removed all oxygen. Going to take NG tube out and try letting her eat. Maybe moving her out of ICU to the floor. Going to put in some kinda of port for dialysis which she will have sometime today. Yes Carol you win the award for most determined fighter of anyone I know. Finally stopped with those baby steps and doing the long jump. Wow so hsappy to hear all your progress. Will see you soon!!

Barbara

 

 

Carl “Chicken” Gaines

Just want to send out a big thank you to all of those who have had Carl on your prayer list. He is making progress and doing so much better in just one week. He is busy with Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Also thank you to all of you who haved called, texted, and visited him. We have relayed every phone call and text. Also since he doesn’t FB we read him every comment. Gosh thank you big to everyone that has sent food, it has been so much appreciated and everything has been great. We are so blessed with the best friends and family and send a big hug and a big thank you to all!!!

Barbara

 

 

 

Steve Miller of Line Creek has eye surgery yesterday.  Pray for Steve and Wendy as they keep the eyedrops schedule going as follow-up to the procedure.

 

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby celebrated his the first anniversary of when he got out of the hospital to live with KK and Job.  Keep this sweet family in your prayers.

 

 

 

Pray for Brady Haynes, a former youth minister at FBC, K, as he has surgery to have some big kidney stones removed today.  Later, he will require surgery on the other kidney.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

 

 

 

At 10:48 last night, Jennie let me know they made it to Dallas.  I’m not sure what time it was this morning when they got to where they will be staying, but they are there.  Sleep will be their priority this morning.

 

 

 

Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard

October 20, 1951 – June 17, 2019

Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard, born October 20, 1951 in Baton Rouge, LA, went to her eternal home with her Lord on June 17, 2019. A devoted and loving wife of almost 50 years to Ronald Keith Ballard. She was a resident of Pine Grove, LA and an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She is retired from LA Home Builders Association. She was a special lady. Always with a smile for everyone and willing to help in any way she could. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Darlene is survived by her husband, Ronald Keith Ballard; mother, Rebecca Simmons McMorris; sisters, Diane M. Snyder (Tom) and Lucinda M. Tarver (Gene); sister-in-law, Brenda Ballard McMorris; nieces and nephews; Holleigh McMorris Crow (Brett), Valmon Evans Mcmorris (Nikki), Shawn Revel (Lana), Shannon Revel Brasseaux (Josh), Jeremy K. Ghaffari, and numerous great nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her father, Valmon J. McMorris, Sr., and brother, Valmon J. McMorris, Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Pine Grove , LA from 1:00 PM till funeral service at 3:00 PM , conducted by Rev. Paul Cantrell with interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Honorary Pall Bearers, Ralph Thompson; Pall Bearers, Manny Falcon, Dwight Falcon, Murphy Jenkins ,Collins Jenkins, Paul Carpenter, Valmon McMorris, Brett Crow and Josh Brasseaux. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – James 4:7

 

 

 

Today’s quote – Short, but powerful –  “Your impact is exponential!”

 

 

 

Make a big impact today!

Anna Lee

Thursday

“He makes me lie down in green pastures.” 

~Psalm 23:2 NIV~

 

Take a few minutes to think about this verse.  Would you feel refreshed afterward?

 

 

 

 

Buddy Morris is home from the hospital.  He is feeling better and has no more fever.

 

 

 

Barbara B. Gaines shared this update on “Chicken” Gaines.

Making progress since we have been home. Been resting most of the day. But got in the pool to get a jump start on physical therapy. Swam from one end of pool to the other and back. Karson had him doing resistance bands and bar bells for pool to build up his muscles. LOL!! Working on slowing down and trying to over pronunciate each word. He tires out quickly but doing oh so much better. Working on getting back 100% Keep him in your prayers. We all love this gentle giant of a man. Our heart!!

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – Who I am in Christ – Ephesians 1: 5-10

 

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Messagehttp://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

 

Despite our imperfections, Jesus loves us still.

Anna Lee

 

Wednesday

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen;

it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” 

~Hebrews 11:1 NLT~

 

 

Pray for the many people sick with the stomach bug, flu, and pneumonia.  Take care not to catch or spread any of these.

 

 

Dutton Wall

October 05, 1939 – December 31, 2017

VILLE PLATTE –  Funeral services services for Mr. Dutton Wall, 78, will be held at 11AM Thursday January 4, 2018 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Mr. Wall a resident of Ville Platte passed away Sunday December 31, 2017 at his residence.

He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his devoted family, his wife Karen Soileau Wall of Ville Platte; son Jeptha Wall and wife Lee Ann of Egan; daughter Spill Wall Dieterich and husband Destin of Lafayette; 5 grandchildren Dannon Dieterich, Dade Dieterich, Regan Marian Wall, Dutton Dieterich, Ezekiel Alon Wall; niece Jennifer Wall Bel of St. Francisville; nephew John Ross Ford of Gulfport.
He is preceded in death by his parents Alon and Dorothy Booty Wall, son Jubal Wayne Wall, brother Sidney Wall, sister Lida Wall Abernathy.

Visitation will begin Wednesday January 3, 2018 from 3PM-9PM, with a rosary being recited at 6PM, and will resume again Thursday January 4, 2018 from 8AM until the time of services.

The guestbook can be signed online at www.lavillefuneralhome.net

LaVille Funeral Home
2353 East Main St.
Ville Platte, LA 70586
337 363 1100

 

 

Read the Bible 

  • Genesis 10-14
  • Psalm 2
  • Matthew 3

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://bpnews.net

 

 

“Where Your Church Is on the Congregational Life Cycle?” – Thom S. Rainer – http://http://thomrainer.com/2018/01/understanding-where-your-church-is-on-the-congregational-life-cycle/

 

 

“2018 Best Practices (#1)” – Dr. Waylon Bailey – http://waylonbailey.com/2018/01/03/2018-best-practices-1/

 

 

Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions

It’s not too late to give to the LMCO to support telling people around the world about Jesus.  Some people are called to go and tell.  Others are called to tell internationally though giving.  How are you telling?

 

 

Once again, we have continuing cold weather.  Choose one or more people to check on today.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

~1 Timothy 2:1-2~

 

I have a special request for a family that I choose not to name at this time.  Pray for a family that we have known for a long time.

Mrs. Anne Hurst is back at home.  Please keep praying for her.

 

Read the Bible – Act 17-18 and Psalm 127

 

I’ve followed Alan Smith’s posts for many years.  He has inspired me with the way he shared God’s Word.  I’ve only known his through his posts, but I feel we share many aspects of our faith. This is the one he posted for today.

Personal note:  It is with a great deal of sadness that I announce that this is the last TFTD message that I will be sending out.  For the past 20 years or so, I have been sending out TFTD, sometimes as often as five times a week.  During those 20 years, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to establish a relationship with thousands of people around the world, from the United States to Nigeria, from Scotland to Australia, from China to Antarctica (yes, really!).  Your words of encouragement through the years have been a tremendous blessing to me.  Many of you helped me get through a really tough time in my life, and for that I will be eternally grateful.  But it is time for TFTD to come to an end.  I believe that God has other plans for me, and my attention needs to be focused in other directions.  From time to time, I will still post a blog on our church website (www.cruciformcoc.com), and you are welcome to keep an eye on that (and make comments!).  For all that you have done for me, and for all the ways that you have blessed my life, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I am truly blessed with wonderful friends.  May God richly pour out His blessings on you all.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)

=====  Thursday’s Thought For The Day (Oct. 12, 2017)  =====

GIVE THANKS FOR YOUR FRIENDS

I heard about a farmer who was detained for questioning about an election scandal.   The attorney asked him, “Did you sell your vote?”

The farmer said, “No sir, not me.  I voted for that there fella ’cause I liked him.”

The attorney said, “Come, now, I have evidence that he gave you fifty dollars for a vote.”

The farmer said, “Well, now, it’s plain common sense that when a fella gives you fifty dollars you like him.”

I suppose that’s one way to define a friend.  In fact, Solomon said, “Many entreat the favor of the nobility, and every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.” (Proverbs 19:6).

But, a true friend involves a depth of relationship.  It’s someone you enjoy doing things with, someone you enjoy talking with, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to turn to in times of need.  I like how I once heard someone describe a friend as someone you could call at 2:00 a.m. if you needed something.  Solomon lets us know how important friends are in the difficult times of life:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.  Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.  And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Give thanks to God for the friends who are a blessing in your life.  And let those friends know how special they are to you!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Cruciform Church of Christ
Spring Lake, North Carolina
www.cruciformcoc.com

You are such a blessing in my life.  I look forward to sharing with you each day.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Thursday

He said in a loud voice,

“Fear God and give him glory,

because the hour of his judgment has come.

Worship him who made the heavens,

the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

~Revelation 14:7~

 

I know you may be interested in checking of some people today via visits, calls, or cards.  This information may be helpful to you.

North Oaks

Elton Shaw – may be coming home today

Frances Strickland

Hazel Allen

Greensburg

Anne Hurst

Shira Easley

Kentwood Manor

Catherine Yarborough

Home

Andy Taylor

Margaret Callihan

Jimmy Schwartz

 

Opportunities

Lottie Moon Tea – Sunday at 2 P.M. (Don’t let a little rain keep you away from this wonderful opportunity.) . I’m looking forward to the girls of our church and other churches serving and singing.  I especially  look forward to the excitement of the girls who will have wonderful memories of this day and who will learn so much from this day.  I quote one little girl, “I’m going to a tea party, Mimi!  I’m going to a tea party.”  I look forward to all the little girls from all the churches as the ladies of our association give their girls this awesome opportunity!   I’m thankful that party will be at church! 

Bible Study – 10 A.M. Friday morning – John 12

 

Mission Offerings

Georgia Barnett – We exceeded out goal for Louisiana Missions

Lottie Moon – Our efforts for International missions begin Sunday with the Week of Prayer and the Lottie Moon Tea Sunday.

 

Scripture Writing – December, Day 1 – Isaiah 7:14-17

Baptist Pressbpnews.net

 

The Word Became Flesh] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.                                           ~ John 1:1-2, 14 (NIV)~

“There’s a Song in the Air”

Lyrics – http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh249.sht

Story – http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-theres-a-song-in-the-air

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaE1ce7JY-Q

I hope that song and the spirit of the song follow you throughout this day.

Anna Lee

 

Thursday

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories

when we told you about the coming

of our Lord Jesus Christ in power,

but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

~2 Peter 1:16~

Mr. Harlon Toney‘s last information from his doctor is that the problem is not as bad as first thought.  The doctor is scheduling a non-invasive surgery for two weeks.  Please pray for Mr. Harlon and his family.

Bubba Hulkaby continues to improve.  Please continue to pray.

Mark Shaw also continues to pray.  Pray for him and his family, especially my friend, Coach Shaw.

Jimmy Schwartz is amazing.  His personality is still the same even though Jimmy is in a hospital bed.  Keep praying for Jimmy and his amazed family.

Sammy Broyles is in Hood Memorial Rehab.  Pray for him and for Sheila.

Carl Cutrer, who now lives in the Osyka area, has been  “under the weather”, but is improving.

Linda Graves of East Fork led the music at our associational WMU meeting Monday and sang a beautiful solo, but developed serious health issues Tuesday.  She is now in Ochsner, New Orleans.  She is still undergoing tests to determine the extent of her problem while doctors are making decisions about her treatment.  Please pray for her.

 

Scripture WritingColossians 2:6-10 

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Devotional, Scripture, Quote, and a Song

 

I have a confession to make.  I dearly love teaching Children in Action (missions) and helping boys and girls learn and do missions.  They are excited about helping to pack the shoeboxes on the 29th.  They have already spent their mission offering money to purchase needed items and given their efforts in preparing some of the items such as the school boxes that will be going in the boxes.  Plan to be a part of a wonderful night.  Wear your Christmas colors, bring a Christmas snack, and put on a big smile.  Your heart will be warmed!  We are still collecting individually wrapped hard candy.  It will be very helpful to have your donation in by Sunday.

Tonight, we gather at the cabin for our monthly Third Thursday gathering.  I look forward to seeing many of you tonight at 6:30.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

You make known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

~Psalm 16:11~

 

Today, Jeana Lee-Newton, daughter of Ricky and Brenda Russell of Chesbrough will be having major surgery.  Please pray for her as you think about her throughout the day.

PLEASE for jeana she’s having major surgery tomorrow at oschners in Kenner doctors gonna open her up try and get all that mesh out of her.The doctor says that the mesh is holding all that infection in her body and until they get that out she will never get rid of infection they r also gonna try to reverse colostomy, then they will place some type of material over her stomach to pull the two large hernia back in.We have been told this will b a long and tedious surgery probably 10-12 hrs please pray for her and the doctors needless to say she is VERY scared thank u all in advance.

 

Scripture WritingColossians 3: 15-17

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Devotional, Scripture, Quote, and a Song

  • “Fiery Trials” – http://odb.org/2016/09/21/fiery-trials/
  • Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,                                                               whenever you face trials of many kinds.                                                                                                                                                              ~James 1:2~
  • Faith is seeing God in the dark and in the light.                                                                                                                                          ~Our Daily Bread~
  • “Faith is the Victory”

 

 

 

Georgia Barnette Offering for Louisiana Missions – Fast Facts – Learn about something worth investing in.  https://georgiabarnette.org/fast-facts/  We have already reached 25% of our goal!

 

We will celebrate a cowboy church service tonight during our missions time.  Round up your cowboys and cowgirls, get them dressed in their western duds, and hustle them over to  FBC, Kentwood at 6 P.M. tonight.

 

Operation Christmas Child – We are coming close to having all the items we need for our shoeboxes.  I have counted and counted again.  If you would like to purchase something, please give me a call.

  • Our Packing Party will be at 6 P.M., Saturday October 29th.  Everyone is invited to participate.
  • Samaritan’s Purse has invited FBC, Kentwood to become a collection/relay site for other churches to bring their boxes to a church closer to their own churches.  Northern Tangipahoa did not have a site, so we will do our best to help in this way too.
    • We will have a training session Saturday, October 1st at FBC, Kentwood from 10 A.M. – Noon.  Feel free to join us and sign up to help during collection week.
    • Collection week is November 14-21.  Then, the boxes will be taken on the the next step of their journey.  Eventually, they will arrive in the hands of boys and girls all around the world.  Each box will contain the items you pack plus some literature about Jesus in the language of the children who will be receiving the boxes.  Then, the children will have the opportunity to attend classes, similar to our Sunday School classes, to learn more about Jesus.  Just think, a box you help pack may be instrumental in leading them to a Christian life and an eternity in heaven one day.

 

 

The monthly “Young” Ladies Birthday Party will be Tuesday, September 27th at The Cafe at 11 A.M.  Join us if you are available.  Everyone chooses their own lunch.  We end with birthday cake.

 

The Friday Bible Study group will meet at 9:00 again this week in my Sunday School classroom.  Then, next week we will be back in the fellowship hall.

 

It’s great to be a part of so many meaningful activities.  I hope you are also involved in activities that have eternal rewards.  If not, join in somewhere or begin something new.

Anna Lee