“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

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



Read the Bible 

  • Genesis 10-14
  • Psalm 2
  • Matthew 3



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“Where Your Church Is on the Congregational Life Cycle?” – Thom S. Rainer – http://



“2018 Best Practices (#1)” – Dr. Waylon Bailey –



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








“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 (, 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)  =====


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

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

Anna Lee





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


Anne Hurst

Shira Easley

Kentwood Manor

Catherine Yarborough


Andy Taylor

Margaret Callihan

Jimmy Schwartz



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



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 –

Story –

YouTube –

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

Anna Lee



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 


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






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

Baptist Press


Devotional, Scripture, Quote, and a Song

  • “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.  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


Keep yourselves in God’s love

as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ

to bring you to eternal life.  

~Jude 1:21~


Sandy Wilcox learned yesterday that her weightloss problem of the last few months can be treated with medication and diet.  Pray for her as she learns more and gets healthy again.

Yesterday, Timmy Alford whom I knew when he was a young child in Roseland, was involved in an 18-wheeler accident.  I’m thanking God that after being trapped for hours in the cab and a hospital stay, he is doing well enough to go home.  Pray for him as he recovers from his injuries.

David got a good report yesterday.  The lens on his left cornea is in place and healed.  Tomorrow, he sees the retina specialist again.  Please pray the retina in each eye is stabilized and healing properly.

Norma “Normie” Marie McMichael

September 03, 1926 – September 11, 2016

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • “Helping Each Other” –
  • [God] comforts us . . . so that we can comfort those in any trouble.                                                                                                                                      ~2 Corinthians 1:4~
  • “God’s presence brings us comfort; our presence brings others comfort.”                                                                                                                                       ~Our Daily Bread~
  • “Others”  – Lyrics –

Scripture WritingPsalm 32:4-6

Baptist Press

Third Thursday at the Cabin – Tonight at 6:30.  Ya’ll come!

Children on Mission (Celebrating cowboy churches)

Last night, the children learned about the Georgia Barnette Offering for Louisiana.  We were introduced to a cowboy church in the Zachary area.  Next week, we will continue our study by participating in our version of cowboy church.  Children will be encouraged to dress in “cowboy” style.  If you know a child from age 3-5th grade who would be interested in participating, please encourage them to join us at 6 P..M. Wednesday evening.

Anna Lee


This is what I have observed to be good:

that it is appropriate for a person to eat,

to drink

and to find satisfaction

in their toilsome labor under the sun

during the few days of life God has given them

—for this is their lot.

Today, we want to continue to pray for Justin Lambert.  It’s not three months following his accident.  Justin has progressed to his current location at Methodist Rehab.  Please continue to pray.


Scripture WritingMatthew 11: 25-27

Friday Morning Bible Study  will meet at 10 A.M. in the fellowship hall.

Baptist Press

Devotional, Scripture, Quote, a Song

Don’t forget to make some purchases for Operation Christmas Child and the Fall Food Round-Up of Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.

Share that love with someone today.

Anna Lee