Thursday

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

~Luke 2:13-14~

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for 2020 are being worked on.  No, I’m not packing them, but I am making items for the shoeboxes.  If you are crafty and would like to help, please let me know.  Currently, I am working on bead dolls, marble bags, matching games. etc.  I would love to have you working alongside me periodically during the year.  Also, we will begin a church-wide program Sunday to help collect items for the shoeboxes.  I want to suggest to you that you take this opportunity to “get on board”.  You’ll be blessed.

 

 

 

Scripture writing for December 26 – Galatians 4: 4-7

 

 

 

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I’m so thankful you read and pray.  

Anna Lee

 

Christmas, 2019

Luke 2:10-12

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Christmas is not just about a baby in a manger, but of a life that was lived here on Earth to teach us how to live and about a home for eternity!
This is the Christmas Eve service from FBC, Kentwood.  I hope you enjoy the video.  I’m thankful David and I got to enjoy/experience it in person.
Scripture Writing  for December 25th – Luke 2: 17-20
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It’s not about the gifts under the tree.  It’s about who made the tree!  It’s about you and me and His plans for us here on Earth and for eternity!  Have a richly blessed Christmas!
Anna Lee

Christmas Eve, 2019

“Joseph went from Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a Judean city called Bethlehem . . .

Joseph went there to register with Mary.

She had been promised to him in marriage and was pregnant.

While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have her child.” 

~Luke 2:4-6 GW~

 

 

 

 

David’s brother, Donald, has been released from the hospital for Christmas.  He will be seeing an oncologist soon to learn the plan for treatment. David’s blood level was 9.8 yesterday.  He got a procrit injection yesterday and will have his blood level checked again next week.  We have appreciated the many prayers for David and his brother, Jimmy in 2019.  Now, I ask that you keep David and Donald in your prayers.

 

 

 

Lora Tolar Blades

April 18, 1952 – December 22, 2019

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019 in Greensburg, LA. She was born April 18, 1952 in Jonesboro, LA and was 67 years of age. She is survived by daughter Stacy Wilkins and husband, Rich; son, Quincy Hodges, III and wife, Deanna; stepdaughter, Marissa Triolo and husband, Greg; son-in-law, Mark Miller; grandchildren, Quincy “PJ” Hodges IV and wife, Danielle, Kristina Wilkins, Heather Hodges, Shelby Miller, Cameron Miller, McKenna Wilkins, Alex Triolo, Jaylee Hodges, Ryan Triolo, Owen Triolo, and Riley Hodges; brothers and sisters, Linda Anderson and husband, Ben, Chris Hill and husband, Kenny, PD Tolar and wife, Donna, and Jimmie Billiot. Preceded in death by husband, Cade Blades; daughter, Dana Miller; mother, Nell Barrios; father, James Tolar; granddaughter, Jade Hodges; cousin, Becka Trosclair. Pallbearers will be Ashton Blades, Zach Johnston, Jake Johnston, Brody Johnston, Patrick Tolar and Dane Tolar. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church from 5:00PM until 8:00PM on Thursday, and from 9:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM on Friday, December 27, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. Interment Needham Cemetery, Kentwood, LA . McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

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Scripture Writing for December 25th – Luke 2: 17-20

 

 

 

Christmas Eve services will abound tonight.  If you do not already have plans to attend a service, I invite you to FBC, Kentwood at 6:00 P.M. to join us in thanking God for Jesus.

 

 

 

Luke 24

1 Very early on the first day of the week, they went to the place where Joseph had buried Jesus. They took with them the spices that they had prepared. 2 They arrived there. They found that someone had rolled the big stone away from the hole. 3 They went inside the hole in the rock, but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus there. 4 They did not understand this at all. But while they were thinking about it, two men appeared. Their clothes shone brightly like lightning. These men came and stood beside them. 5 So the women became very afraid and they went down low with their faces on the ground.

The men said to the women, ‘This is a place to bury dead people. You should not be looking here for someone who is alive. 6 Jesus is not here. He has become alive again! Remember what he said to you, while he was still with you in Galilee. 7 He said, “It is necessary that someone should give the Son of Man into the power of bad men. They will kill him on a cross. But 3 days later he will become alive again.” ’

8 Then the women remembered the words that Jesus had said in Galilee. 9 They left the hole where Jesus’ body had been. They went to the 11 apostles. They told them what had happened. They also told all the other people who were there. 10 It was Mary from Magdala, Joanna, James’ mother Mary, and other women who were with them that told the news about Jesus to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe what the women said. They thought that it was just a silly story. 12 But Peter got up and he ran to the hole in the rock. He bent down and he looked inside. He saw only the long cloth that they had put round Jesus’ body. There was nothing else. So he went home again. He could not understand what might have happened.

Jesus shows himself to two disciples

13 Later on that same day, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village. The village was called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15 While they were talking like this, Jesus himself came near to them. He started to walk along with them. 16 They saw him, but for some reason they did not recognize him. 17 Jesus asked them, ‘What are you talking about while you walk along the road?’

They stood still and they seemed sad. 18 One of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘Many things have happened in Jerusalem in the last few days. Are you the only visitor here that does not know about it?’ 19 Jesus asked them, ‘What things have happened?’

They replied, ‘The things that happened to Jesus who was from Nazareth. He was a prophet from God. He did many great things and he spoke powerful messages. God showed that his message was true. All the people believed him. 20 Then the leaders of the priests and our rulers took hold of him. They gave him to the Roman ruler. They said that he had done bad things and that he ought to die. So they killed him by fixing him to a cross. 21 But before that we had hoped that he would save the people of Israel. We hoped that he would make us free again.

There are other things too. Today is the third day since Jesus died. 22 After all this happened, some women in our group surprised us. Early this morning, they went to the place where Joseph had buried him. 23 But they did not find his body there. So they returned to us and said, “Some angels appeared to us. They have told us that Jesus is alive.” 24 So some people from our group went to the place where his body had been. They found everything just the same as the women had said. But they did not see Jesus.’

25 Jesus then said to them, ‘How silly you are! You are very slow to believe everything that God’s prophets said long ago 26 You should have known that the Messiah had to die. Only then would he return to heaven and show how great and powerful he is.’ 27 Jesus then began to explain to them what Moses and all God’s prophets had taught. He showed them what they wrote in the Bible about himself.

28 Then they came near to the village that the disciples were going to. It seemed that Jesus would continue his journey. 29 But they wanted him to stop there. They said to him, ‘Please stay in our home with us. It is getting late, and it will soon be night.’

So Jesus went into their house to stay with them. 30 He sat down to eat with them. He took the bread and he thanked God for it. He broke it into pieces and he gave some to them. 31 Then their eyes became clear and they recognized him. Immediately after that they could no longer see him. 32 They said to each other, ‘When he talked to us, it was like a fire that was burning inside us. We felt it while we were walking along the road. We also felt it when he was explaining God’s message in the Bible.’

33 They immediately got up and they returned to Jerusalem. There they found the 11 apostles and other people who were with them. 34 The people there gave the two disciples the news, ‘It is true! The Lord Jesus is alive again. He has appeared to Simon!’

35 Then the two disciples spoke to the whole group. They told what had happened to them on the road to their village. They told how they recognized Jesus when he broke the bread into pieces in their home.

Jesus appears to the group

36 While they were still speaking like that, Jesus himself stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

37 But the whole group was very surprised and afraid. They thought that they were seeing a spirit. 38 Jesus said to them, ‘You should not be so afraid. You seem to have trouble in your minds about what you are seeing. 39 Now look at my hands and my feet. It is really me! Touch me. Then you will know that I am not a spirit. A spirit does not have a body with skin and bones. You can see that I have a real body.’

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 This was such good news, they were very happy. But they could still not really believe it. So he asked them, ‘Do you have anything that I could eat?’ 42 They gave him a piece of fish that they had cooked. 43 While they were watching, he took it and he ate it.

44 Then he said to them, ‘I told you about these things while I was still with you. Everything that God’s servants wrote about me in the Bible had to happen. Moses wrote about me in his book of God’s Law. The prophets also wrote about me. The book called Psalms also tells about me. And now it has become true.’

45 Then he helped them to understand God’s message in the Bible. 46 He told them, ‘This is what it says there: The Messiah had to die. Then, after three days, he had to rise up and become alive again. 47 People in every country of the world must hear God’s message. They must stop doing wrong things and change how they live. When they do this, God will forgive them. He will forgive all the bad things that they have done. People need to tell this message about the Messiah in Jerusalem first, then tell people in other countries. 48 You are the people who have seen what has happened here. You must tell other people about it. 49 Now listen! I will send to you the gift that God my Father has promised to give to you. You must stay here in the city until this happens. Then the power of God will come from heaven and it will cover you.’

Jesus goes up to God in heaven

50 Then Jesus led the group of his disciples out of the city. They all went to a place near the village called Bethany. He held up his hands towards them all. He asked God to be good to them. 51 While he was praying for them like that, he went up away from them. God lifted him up to heaven. 52 The disciples praised Jesus for his great power. Then they returned to Jerusalem and they were all very happy. 53 All the time they were in God’s Great House and they were praising God.

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed and learned from reading the book of Luke this month.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 

5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

                                                               Galatians 4:4-5

 

 

 

Last night’s Christmas program was good.  Thanks for all the time dedicated to practice that make last night look and sound so easy.

David and I were surprised when one of the people who greeted us after church last night.  It was Robert and Linda Callihan’s daughter, Robbie Lynn.  She said she is feeling better and has been able to discontinue some of her medications.

 

 

 

Our niece, Julia Sumrall, wrote these special words about her dad, Donald “Red” Alford.  She has a way with words.  Better than that, she and her family know God, who is in control of everything!

Psalms 29:11
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Our dad is 78 and does not take ANY medication nor has he ever been in the hospital for anything.
However, we believe that God is in FULL control all the time!!
Daddy got sick, diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted Sun the 15, he was smothering from the fluid build up around a lungs. Because of this we were able to find the underlying illness. He has a mass in his Left lung that has come back positive for Cancer. It is 100% treatable and he is in GREAT spirits.

We have some of the best friends and family around and we are So GRATEFUL for all they have done and continue to do.

We covet your prayers while we fight this battle.
My daddy’s view on it is God has a Plan!!!
“Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth the me.”

While he has had Amazing doctors we KNOW who the Great Physician is.

 

 

 

Sunday is the date for the blood drive for Kristen Alford.  It will be at East Fork Baptist Church from noon to 5:00 P.M.  All who donate will receive a shirt.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing – December 23 – Luke 2: 8-12

 

 

 

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Luke 23

Pilate asks Jesus questions

1 All the people at the meeting stood up to leave. They took Jesus to stand in front of Pilate. 2 Then they all started to tell Pilate that Jesus had done bad things. They said, ‘We found this man when he was telling our people wrong things. He said that we must not pay taxes to the Roman government. He also said that he himself is the Messiah, that is, a king.’

3 Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Jesus replied, ‘You have said it.’

4 Pilate then said to the leaders of the priests and to all the crowd of people, ‘I cannot find anything that this man has done which is wrong.’ 5 But they continued to speak strongly to him. They said, ‘He makes the people angry and ready to fight against the government. He has taught these bad things everywhere in Judea. He started in Galilee and now he has come to Jerusalem.’

6 When Pilate heard them say this, he asked if Jesus came from Galilee. 7 He discovered that he was from the country where Herod ruled. So Pilate sent Jesus to stand in front of Herod. Herod was also in Jerusalem at that time.

Herod asks Jesus questions

8 Herod was very happy to see Jesus. He had heard about him and he had wanted to meet him for a long time. He wanted to see Jesus do something to show God’s power. 9 He asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus did not answer any of them. 10 The leaders of the priests and the teachers of God’s Law stood there. They were shouting out that Jesus had done many bad things. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers started to laugh at Jesus. They were saying things to make him feel bad. They put a beautiful coat on him. Then they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That same day, Herod and Pilate became friends. Until then, they had not liked each other.

Pilate and the Jewish leaders argue about Jesus

13 Pilate then told the leaders of the priests, the leaders of the Jews and the people to come back to him. 14 He said to them, ‘You brought this man to me. You said that he was causing the people to fight against their rulers. Listen! I have asked him some questions in front of you. But I have not found that he has done anything wrong. 15 Herod also did not find that he had done anything wrong. That is why he has sent him back to me. You can see this. He has not done anything bad that means he ought to die. 16 So I will just punish him. I will order a soldier to hit him with whips. Then I will let him go.’

[ 17 Pilate usually let one person go free out of the prison at Passover time.]

18 But the crowd all shouted together, ‘Take this man away and kill him! We want Barabbas to go free.’

19 Barabbas had fought against the Roman rulers in Jerusalem. He had also killed somebody. That is why the rulers had put him in prison. 20 But Pilate still wanted to let Jesus go. So, he spoke to the crowd again. 21 But they continued to shout. They were shouting, ‘Kill him on a cross, kill him on a cross.’

22 Pilate asked them the same question for the third time. ‘Why should I kill him? What wrong things has he done? You want me to say that he should die. But I have not found anything wrong that would cause me to say that. So, I will punish him. I will order my soldiers to hit him with a whip. Then I will let him go.’

23 But they continued to shout at Pilate, ‘Kill him on a cross.’ They continued to shout very much. So, in the end, 24 Pilate did what they wanted. 25 They had asked Pilate to let Barabbas go free out of the prison. He was the man that had caused the Jewish people to fight against the Roman rulers. He had also killed somebody. He was the man that Pilate let go free. As for Jesus, Pilate ordered the soldiers to take him away. He let the people do to him what they wanted.

They kill Jesus on a cross

26 So the soldiers took Jesus away, to go to the place where they would kill him. On the way, they took hold of a man called Simon. This man was from the town called Cyrene. He was coming in from outside the city. The soldiers took the cross that Jesus was carrying on his shoulders. They made Simon carry it instead as he walked behind Jesus.

27 A very large crowd of people were following Jesus. There were many women among them. They were crying with loud voices. They were weeping and crying because they were very sad. 28 So Jesus turned round and he said to them, ‘You women that live in Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Instead, cry for yourselves and for your children. 29 Listen! Days will come when people will say, “It is better for those women that could not have babies. Those women that never had babies to feed are the happy ones!” 30 People will begin to say, “It would be better if we were dead.” They will ask the mountains to fall on top of them. They will ask the hills to cover them up. 31 There is much trouble and pain now. But much worse things will happen! Now the fire burns slowly. But soon it will be like a fire that quickly burns dry wood!’

32 The soldiers also took two other men out of the prison. These men had done bad things. The soldiers were going to kill them and Jesus together. 33 They took them to the place that is called ‘The Skull’. There they fixed Jesus to a cross to die. They also fixed the two bad men to crosses. One of these men was on the right side of Jesus. The other was on his left side.

34 Jesus said, ‘Father, these people do not know what they are doing. So please forgive them.’

The soldiers then picked up Jesus’ clothes for themselves. They played a game to decide who would receive each piece of his clothes. 35 The people stood there and they were watching. The Jewish leaders were laughing at Jesus. They said, ‘He saved other people, did he? Then he should save his own life! Then we will know that he is really the Messiah, the man that God has chosen.’

36 The soldiers also laughed at him. They came up to him and they offered him cheap wine to drink. 37 They said, ‘If you are really the King of the Jews, save your own life.’

38 There was also a notice fixed at the top of the cross. It said, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

39 One of the bad men on a cross at the side of Jesus started to say bad things against him. He shouted, ‘You say that you are the Messiah, don’t you? Then save your own life and save our lives too!’

40 But the bad man on the other cross told him that he should be quiet. He said, ‘You should be more afraid of God. We will die here, as well as him. 41 We two men have done very bad things. So, it is right that we should die. But this man has not done anything wrong.’ 42 Then the man said to Jesus, ‘Remember me, Jesus, when you start to rule in your kingdom.’ 43 Jesus replied, ‘I promise you, today you will be with me in paradise.’

Jesus dies

44 It was now about midday. The whole country became dark for three hours. 45 The sun did not give any light. Then the curtain inside God’s Great House tore into two parts. 46 Then Jesus shouted loudly, ‘Father, I give my spirit to you.’ After he shouted this, he died.

47 There was a captain of the soldiers there. When he saw what had happened, he praised God. He said. ‘I am sure that this man had not done anything wrong.’

48 A very big crowd had come together to watch the men die. They saw what had happened. Then they began to go home. They were very sad, and they were hitting their own bodies with their hands. 49 The friends of Jesus were there. The women that had come with him from Galilee were also there. They were all standing a long way away. They also saw what happened to him.

Joseph buries Jesus

50 A man called Joseph was also there. He was one of a special group of important Jewish leaders. He was a good man that wanted to do right things. 51 He was from the Jewish town called Arimathea. He had not agreed with the other leaders that Jesus should die. He was waiting for God to begin to rule his people in his kingdom.

52 So Joseph went to see Pilate. He asked to have the dead body of Jesus. Pilate agreed to this. 53 Joseph then went to the place where Jesus died. He took the dead body down from the cross. He covered it in a piece of soft cloth. Then he put the body into a large hole in the rock. People had cut this hole in the rock for him. It was a place to bury dead bodies but it was the first time that anyone had used it.

54 This all happened on the day before the Jewish day for rest. It was nearly time for the Jewish day for rest to begin.

Jesus becomes alive again

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph. They saw the place where the hole in the rock was. They also saw Joseph put Jesus’ body into the empty hole. 56 Then they returned to the house where they were staying in Jerusalem. They prepared spices and oil that had a beautiful smell. On the Jewish day for rest they obeyed God’s Law and they did not work.

 

 

 

Thanks for praying and for sharing the Good News of Luke!

Anna Lee

 

 

Sunday

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.

~Luke 1:68~

 

 

 

Wanda Smith went to visit with her daughter and await the arrival of a grandson.  Knox was due Monday and arrived Saturday.  Mother, baby, daddy, and grandmother are all fine and sharing lots of smiles.

 

 

 

Donald Alford will be in St. Tammany a little longer.  He’s in room 380.  He has a great attitude!

 

 

 

Barbara Elizabeth Sharp

July 07, 1943 – December 21, 2019

Barbara Elizabeth Sharp entered into eternal rest lovingly surrounded by her family on December 21, 2019.  Barbara was born in McComb, MS and was 76 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton H. Sharp, Jr. M.D. and Lucille Guwang Sharp. She is survived by her two children, Charles “Chuck” Goodwin Schibler II and Becky Schibler Cooper, her brother, Clinton H. Sharp, III M.D. and her sister, Sally Sharp Schneider.

Friends and family are invited to attend the graveside service on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Amite Cemetery.
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Scripture Writing – Luke 2: 4-7

 

 

 

Luke 22

Judas agrees to catch Jesus

1 The Passover festival when the Jews eat flat bread was coming soon.

2 The leaders of the priests and the teachers of God’s Law wanted to kill Jesus. They were talking together about how they could do this. It was difficult because they were afraid of the people.

3 Then Satan began to live inside Judas Iscariot. Judas was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles. 4 He went to the leaders of the priests and he talked with them. The police that worked at God’s Great House were also there. Judas told them how he could give Jesus to them secretly. 5 They were very happy and they promised to give him money for this. 6 So Judas said that he would do it. Then he waited for the right moment to help them to take hold of Jesus. He wanted to do it when the crowd was not there with Jesus.

Jesus eats his last meal with his apostles

7 The day came for Jewish people to eat the meal of flat bread which has no yeast in it. They had to kill a young sheep for the Passover meal on that day. 8 So Jesus said to Peter and John, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us to eat. Then we can all come and eat it.’ 9 They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to prepare the meal?’

10 Jesus replied, ‘Listen. When you go into the city, a man will meet you. He will be carrying a jar of water. Follow him until he goes into a house. 11 You must then say to the master of that house, “Our Teacher sends this message to you: ‘Where is the room for visitors? I will eat the Passover meal there with my disciples.’ ” 12 The man will then show you a large room upstairs. It will have all that you need in it. Prepare the Passover meal there for us all.’

13 So Peter and John went into the city. They found everything that Jesus had told them about. So, they prepared the Passover meal.

14 When it was time to eat the meal, Jesus arrived. He sat down with his apostles to eat it. 15 He said to them, ‘I have wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you. It has to happen before I die. 16 I tell you this: I will not eat another Passover meal in this world. Now it is a picture. But when God begins to rule in his kingdom, then this meal will become completely real. I will eat it again then.’

17 Then Jesus took a cup and he thanked God for the wine. ‘Take this cup,’ he said to them. ‘Each of you drink some wine from it. 18 I tell you this. I will not drink wine again until God begins to rule in his kingdom.’

19 Then he took a loaf of bread and he thanked God for it. He broke the bread into pieces and he gave some of it to each of them. He said, ‘This is my body. I am giving it to save you. When you eat this meal from now on, remember me.’

20 Then after supper, Jesus took a cup of wine and did the same thing. He said to the disciples, ‘This cup shows the new promise that God makes because of my death. When I die, my blood will pour out of my body. I will do that for you. 21 But look! The person who will give me to the rulers is sitting at the table with me. His hand is eating the same food as I am. 22 The Son of Man must die in the way that God says. But it will be bad for the man who gives me to my enemies.’

23 The 12 apostles asked each other, ‘Who is the man that would do this thing?’

Jesus tells who is most important

24 Then the apostles began to argue among themselves. They were arguing about which of them seemed to be the most important. 25 Jesus said to them, ‘Kings of other countries use great authority over their people. Leaders of those countries want people to say good things about them. 26 You must not be like that. The most important person among you must become like the least important person. The person who is your leader must become like your servant. 27 Tell me, which person is the more important one? Is it the person who sits at the table to eat? Or is it the servant that puts out the meal for him? Yes, it is the person who sits at the table. But I am here to be your servant.

28 You have never left me. You have been by my side when trouble came to me. 29 So now I tell you that you will rule with me. My Father has said that I will rule with him in his kingdom. I also say to you that you will rule with me. 30 In my kingdom you will sit at my table. You will eat and drink with me. You will sit like kings on rulers’ chairs. You will judge the people of the 12 families of Israel.’

Jesus tells Peter what will happen

31 Jesus went on to say, ‘Simon, Simon, be careful to listen to me! Satan has asked to have authority over you all. He will shake you as a farmer shakes seeds. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that you will continue to believe in me. And this is what you must do: When you have turned back to me, you must help your brothers to be strong again.’

33 But Simon replied, ‘Master, I am ready to go to prison with you. I am even ready to die with you!’ 34 Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you this, Peter. Very soon, you will say that you do not know me. You will say that three times before the cockerel sings early tomorrow morning.’

35 Jesus then asked the disciples, ‘When I sent you out without a purse, a bag or shoes, did you need anything?’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘nothing.’

36 ‘Now it is different,’ he said. ‘If you have a purse or bag, you should take it with you. If you do not have a sword, sell your coat. Use the money to buy a knife. 37 Let me tell you why. Long ago people wrote in the Bible what must happen to me. It says, “People will think he is one of the bad people.” And this must happen to me soon, so that it becomes true.’

38 The disciples said, ‘Look, Master, we have two long sharp knives here.’ Jesus replied, ‘That is enough.’

Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Jesus left the city. He went to the hill called the Mount of Olives. This is what he usually did. His disciples went with him. 40 When they arrived there he said to them, ‘Ask God to help you, so that you do not want to do wrong things.’

41 Then he went away from them about as far as you can throw a stone. He went down on his knees and he prayed, 42 ‘Father, if you want, you can save me from this time of great pain. But I do not ask you to do what I want. Do what you want for me.’

[ 43 Then an angel came to him from heaven. The angel made him stronger. 44 Jesus began to have troubles in his mind. He prayed again even more strongly. His sweat became like blood and it fell to the ground.]

45 Then Jesus finished praying and he stood up again. He returned to the disciples. He saw that they were sleeping. They were very weak and tired because they were so sad. 46 ‘You should not be sleeping,’ he said. ‘Get up and pray! Ask God to help you, so that you do not want to do wrong things.’

The soldiers catch Jesus

47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd of people came towards him. Judas led the crowd to that place. He was one of the 12 apostles. He came near to Jesus to kiss him. 48 Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, why do you want to kiss me, the Son of Man? You are helping my enemies to take hold of me!’

49 The people near to Jesus saw what was happening. They asked him, ‘Lord, should we use our weapons to fight?’ 50 One of them hit the servant of the leader of the priests. He cut off the servant’s right ear. 51 ‘That is enough!’ Jesus said. He then touched the man’s ear and made him well again.

52 Then Jesus spoke to the people that had come to take hold of him. They were the leaders of the priests, and the leaders of the police in God’s Great House. Other important Jews were also there. He said to them, ‘You have come here with long sharp knives and heavy sticks. Do you really think that I am leading people to fight against our country’s rulers? 53 No! But I was with you every day in the yard of God’s Great House. You did not try to take hold of me then. But now really is the time and the place for you to work. Now it is a bad dark time, when the Devil has authority.’

Peter says that he does not know Jesus

54 Then they took hold of Jesus. They took him away and they brought him to the house of the leader of the priests. Peter was following them, but he did not go near Jesus. 55 People lit a fire in the yard of the house and they sat round it. Peter went and he sat with them. 56 A girl who worked there then saw Peter in the light from the fire. She looked carefully at him and she said, ‘This man also was a friend of Jesus.’ 57 Peter replied, ‘Woman, that is not true! I do not even know him.’

58 After a short time, someone else looked at him. ‘You also are one of their group,’ he said. Peter replied, ‘Man, I am not one of them.’

59 After about an hour, another man said, ‘I am sure that this man was a friend of Jesus. He also is from Galilee.’ 60 Peter replied, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about.’ While Peter was still speaking, a cockerel sang loudly. 61 Then the Lord Jesus turned round and he looked at Peter. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: ‘You will say tonight that you do not know me. You will say it three times before the cockerel sings in the morning.’

62 Then Peter went outside away from the house and he cried a lot.

The soldiers laugh at Jesus and they hit him

63 The men that were holding Jesus were laughing at him. They hit him many times. 64 They covered his eyes with a cloth and they said to him, ‘Show us that you are a prophet. Tell us who hit you!’ 65 And they said many other bad things against him.

The Jewish leaders ask Jesus questions

66 When it became day, the Jewish leaders met together. The leaders of the priests and the teachers of God’s Law were at the meeting. Then other men brought Jesus to stand in front of them. 67 They asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah? If you are, tell us.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do tell you, you will not believe me. 68 I could also ask you a question. But if I do that, you will not answer me. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be sitting in the most important place. He will be sitting at the right side of the Most Powerful God.’

70 ‘So, are you the Son of God?’ they all said. Jesus replied, ‘You say that I am.’

71 Then they said, ‘We do not need anyone else to speak against this man. We ourselves have heard what he has said about himself.’

 

 

 

Pine Ridge United Methodist Church will be serving breakfast this morning at 8 A.M.  Join them as they again help a family with a need.

 

 

 

Don’t forget “The Greatest Story Ever Told” presented by the adult choir of FBC, Kentwood tonight at 6 P.M.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Saturday

32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 

33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

                                                                              ~Luke 1:32-33~

 

 

 

Angie Lamb (Recent hunting accident/Friend of Rachel and Trey Buckley in Missouri)

12/19/19.
Angie had a follow up with my surgeon in Springfield today. Didn’t get the news we had hoped for. I will be having surgery in the morning to revise my incision and to shave more of my tibia bone down. It’s a minor setback to being able to start the process of getting my prosthesis. My leg has to be completely healed before I can even begin to think about walking again. I’m frustrated, but it is what it is. Just want to get it over with so I can move on to more important things. John is upset and wanting a second and third and probably a fourth and fifth opinion 😂😂. He’s just worried about me having to go through another surgery. John and I continue to be amazed at the support we have received from not only our community, but from places we have never visited. We are still receiving well wishes and cards via mail. Many of them are from people we haven’t even met. If you watch the news, it makes you question the goodness left in the world. This accident has made me realize how lucky i am to be surrounded by so much love and kindness. Thank you all for making me feel so supported and loved. I appreciate every single one of you.

I know you will want to continue to pray for Angie and her family.

 

 

 

Ricky Mapes has been dealing with the flu and dehydration.  Please pray for him and others who are sick.

 

 

 

Nikki Rhodus’ mother, who lives in Texas, had surgery earlier this week.  All went well.  Continue to pray for her as she recovers.

 

 

 

David’s brother, Donald, was diagnosed yesterday with lung cancer.  They are still running tests.  Keep Donald and his family in your prayers.  He is in St. Tammany.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing for December 21 – Luke 1: 51-56

 

 

 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Lottie Moon’s Home Church Reinvigorated for Missions

http://bpnews.net/54068/lottie-moons-home-church-reinvigorated-for-missions

 

 

 

 

Luke 21

Jesus talks about people who give things to God

1 Then Jesus looked up and saw something that was happening in God’s Great House. There was a box for money there. Many rich people were putting their gifts of money into the box.

2 Then he saw a woman coming there. Her husband had died and she was very poor. She put two small coins that had only a little value into the box. 3 ‘Let me tell you this,’ Jesus said. ‘This poor woman has put a better gift into the box than all the other people have put in there. 4 All those rich people have plenty of money. They only gave a small part of that. But this woman has almost nothing. She put everything that she had into the box. That money was what she needed to live.’

Jesus talks about things that will happen

5 Some of Jesus’ disciples were talking about God’s Great House. They spoke about the many beautiful stones in the walls. They also spoke about the many gifts to God that people had put there. 6 Jesus said to them, ‘You can see all these beautiful things now. But a day is coming when enemies will completely destroy it all. Not even one stone will remain on top of another stone.’

7 ‘Teacher,’ they asked, ‘When will all these things happen? What will show us that they are soon going to happen?’

8 Jesus replied. ‘Be careful! Some people will tell you things that are not true. Do not believe them. Many people will say that they have come on my behalf. They will say, “I am the Messiah.” They will say, “Now is the time!” Do not agree with those people. 9 You will hear about wars and people fighting each other. Do not be afraid. Those things must happen first, but the end of everything will not happen immediately.’

10 Jesus went on to say to them, ‘People from one country will attack the people from another country. Kings and their armies will fight against other kings and their armies. 11 The ground will move about strongly, so that people will be afraid. In many different places, people will be hungry, with no food. Illnesses will go from one person to another. Many people will die. Things will also happen in the sky that will frighten people. 12 But before all those things happen, people will take hold of you. They will do bad things to you and give you pain. They will take you to the leaders in their meeting places and they will keep you in prisons. They will make you stand in front of kings and rulers. All this will happen because you are my disciples. 13 This will be the time to tell them the good news about me. 14 So prepare your minds. You must decide not to think about how to answer the questions of kings and rulers. Wait until that time comes. 15 I will give you the right words to speak at that time. I will help you to be wise. The people who are against you will not be able to argue with you. They will just be quiet. 16 Even your parents and other people in your family will take hold of you. They will make you stand in front of kings and rulers. They will even kill some of you. 17 Everybody will hate you because you are my disciples. 18 But your life will be safe with me. You will not lose even one hair from your head. 19 Yes, you will have true life, if you remain strong.

20 One day you will see Jerusalem with armies all round it. Then you will know that enemies will soon destroy that city. 21 People in Judea must then run away to the hills to hide. People that are inside the city must leave it. People that are outside in the fields must not go back into the city. 22 This is when God will punish Israel’s people. Then all the things will happen that his servants wrote about in the Bible. 23 That will be a very bad time for women who are soon to have a baby! It will also be a bad time for those women who have little babies! Yes, very bad things will happen to all the people of this country. God will be very angry with the people who live here. 24 At that time, enemies will fight God’s people and kill many of them in war. They will take some of them away to live in other countries. They will not be free to return home. People that are not Jews will destroy Jerusalem. They will rule here until it is time for them to stop.’

25 ‘You will see strange things happen to the sun and to the moon and to the stars. Down on earth, things that happen will make people in many countries very afraid. The sea will move up and down and make a lot of noise. There will be great storms. 26 These things will frighten people because they do not understand them. The great things in the sky will move from their usual places. People will be very afraid about what will happen next in the world. They will become very weak and fall to the ground. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man. He will come in a cloud. He will be very powerful and very beautiful. 28 When these things begin to happen, stand up. And look up, because God will then save you very soon.’

29 Then Jesus told them a story to explain this future time. He said, ‘Think about fig trees and other trees as well. 30 When you see new leaves on a tree, you know that summer will come soon. Nobody needs to tell you that. 31 In the same way, you will see these strange things happening. Then you will know that God will soon begin to rule in his kingdom.

32 Let me tell you this. The people who are alive now will not all die until all these things happen. 33 One day, the earth and the sky will have an end. But my words will be there for ever.

34 But be careful, and watch how you live. Do not eat or drink too much. Do not waste your time like that. Do not waste time by having troubles in your mind about your life. If you do, that day will surprise you. It will come when you are not looking. 35 It will surprise everyone who lives on all the earth. 36 So watch all the time! Continue to pray that you will be strong. Then you will be safe through all these things! You will stand in front of the Son of Man and you will not be afraid.’

37 Every day Jesus was teaching people in God’s Great House. Each night he went out of the city and he stayed on the hill that is called the Mount of Olives. 38 Each morning he returned to God’s Great House. All the people were going there early in the morning to hear him.

 

 

 

FBC, Kentwood will be having their adult Christmas program Sunday evening at 6 P.M. and their Christmas Eve service Tuesday at 6 P.M.  You are invited to join us for both of these services.  Other churches are also having special services during the holidays.  Check with them for their Christmas schedule.

 

 

If this Christmas is especially difficult for you, turn your focus to God and to others.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

 

 

 

 

Amy Renae LaBruzza Lewis Lobre

April 01, 1973 – December 12, 2019

Amy Renae LaBruzza Lewis Lobre crossed into eternal peace December 12, 2019. Amy was born April 1, 1973, in Hammond. She was 46. Her family and loved ones will always remember her infectious laughter that filled every room she entered. Her positive outlook persevered through a lifelong illness which she never stopped fighting to overcome. She maintained a healthy and active lifestyle, loved traveling, and she became a successful and dedicated nurse. Amy loved her family deeply, sharing a special bond with her nieces Mallory Lewis and Brooke Stilley. Amy is preceded in death by her “Paw Paw”, Ralph E. Lewis, Sr. of Kentwood; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis LaBruzza of Amite. Amy is survived by her husband, Richard “MY Ricky” Lobre of Mereaux, Louisiana; her mother, Rebecca Raborn Davidson and stepfather, Paul D. Davidson, Sr. of Tickfaw; her father, Larry LaBruzza of Amite; her “Stepdaddy”, Gene Lewis of Kentwood; and little sister, Amanda Lewis of Tickfaw. Amy was also survived by two children: son, William Aaron Chambliss of Kentwood and his sons,  Laythen and Zayne; and daughter, Megan Sydney Stephens of Channelview, Texas and her son, Mason. She is also survived by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Raborn of Kentwood; and Mrs. Ralph Eugene Lewis, Sr. of Kentwood. Friends and family are invited to attend the memorial service on Friday, December 20, from 4-6 pm at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite.

 

 

 

Nettie Jean Russell

March 11, 1947 – December 15, 2019

A resident of Hammond, LA, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born March 11, 1947 in Independence, LA and was 72 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Raiford and husband, Chris; her children, Halie, Sayer and Sammy Raiford; son, Karl Warner, III; his children, Larissa and Brodie Warner; son, Joshua Warner and wife, Jennifer; his children, Jayden and Jayce Warner; 1 brother, Charles “Sonny” Russell and wife, Ann; 2 sister, Becky Davis and husband, Charles and Bonnie Hardy and husband, Bill; 1 aunt, Jerry King. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nettie Russell; twin sister, June Graves; sister, Jackie Ricks. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:00AM until services at 2:00PM on Friday, December 20, 2019. Following services a Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Chris and Dawn Raiford’s Home, 295 Pinecrest Dr., Hammond, LA 70401. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing for Dec. 20 – Luke 1: 46-50

 

 

 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering –

Clean Water for Rural Villages

https://www.imb.org/give/project/clean-water-for-rural-villages/

Most of us have had to boil our water periodically, but have never had the awful water conditions some people in other places face on a daily basis.  Do you or your group need a new project?  Here is a great opportunity for you.

 

 

 

Opportunities in the coming week:

Sunday morning – 8 A.M. – Breakfast benefit at Pine Ridge

Sunday – Christmas programs in many churches (FBC, Kentwood – 6 P.M.)

Tuesday – Christmas Eve services in many churches (FBC, Kentwood – 6 P.M.)

Check your local church schedule carefully.

 

 

 

 

Luke 20

Jesus talks about his authority

1 One day, Jesus was teaching people in the yard of God’s Great House. He was telling people the good news about God. Then the leaders of the priests and the teachers of God’s Law came to him. With them were some other important Jews. 2 They asked him, ‘Tell us what authority you have to do these things? Who gave you the authority to do them?’

3 Jesus replied, ‘I also will ask you a question. Tell me the answer. 4 John baptized people. Did God give him the authority to do this? Or did men tell him to do it?’

5 The Jewish leaders talked to each other about Jesus’ question. ‘We could say that God gave John his authority. But if we say that, Jesus will say to us, “Then you should have believed John.” 6 But we do not want to say that only men gave John his authority. Then all the people would throw stones at us to kill us. They are sure that John really was a prophet from God.’ 7 So the Jewish leaders answered Jesus, ‘We do not know who gave John his authority.’

8 Jesus said to them, ‘You will not answer my question. So I will not tell you what authority I have to do these things.’

Jesus tells a story about farmers

9 Then Jesus began to tell this story to the people. He said, ‘A man planted vines in his garden to grow grapes there. He found some farmers to work in the garden for him. Then he went away to another country and he stayed there for a long time.

10 The time to cut the grapes arrived. The man sent a servant to speak to the farmers. He wanted them to give him some fruit from the garden.

But the farmers hit the servant with sticks and they sent him away with nothing.

11 The master sent another servant to go to the farmers. They hit him with sticks too, and they did other bad things to him. They also sent him away with nothing. 12 The master then sent a third servant to the farmers. They hurt him badly too, and they threw him out of the garden.

13 Then the master of the garden said to himself, “I know what I will do. I will send my own son to go to them. I love him very much. Perhaps they will respect him.” 14 But the farmers saw him coming. They said to each other, “This is the son of our master. When our master dies, his son will receive the garden. So, we should kill the son and then the garden will be ours.”

15 So they threw the son out of the garden and they killed him.’

Jesus went on to ask, ‘Then what will the master of the garden do to those farmers? 16 I tell you, he will come to those farmers and he will kill them. Then he will give the garden to other people to work in.’

When the people heard this, they replied, ‘That must never happen!’

17 Jesus then looked at the people and he said, ‘You say that this must not happen. But you have read this in the Bible and you should know what it means:

“The builders refused to use a certain stone.

They thought that it had no value.

But now that stone has become the most important stone at the corner of the building.

18 When a person falls on to that stone, it will break his body into pieces. When that stone falls on top of someone, it will destroy him completely.” ’

The leaders ask Jesus a question

19 The teachers of God’s Law and the leaders of the priests knew that Jesus had told this story about them. They were the bad farmers in the story. So they wanted to take hold of Jesus immediately. But they did not do it, because they were afraid of the people.

20 So this is what they did to catch Jesus. They gave money to people to ask him difficult questions. These people seemed to be good, but really they were not honest. Instead, they wanted to make Jesus say something wrong. Then they would take him to the ruler of the city to punish him. 21 So these people went and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, everything that you say and everything that you teach is right. We know that. You do not say something different to an important person to make him happy. Instead, you teach everyone the same true message. You really teach us what God wants us to do. 22 So, tell us your answer to this question: Should we pay our taxes to the Roman ruler, Caesar? Is it right to give that money to him, or not?’

23 Jesus knew that those men were not really honest. They wanted to make him say the wrong thing. 24 So he said to them, ‘Show me a coin. Tell me, whose picture is on this coin? Whose name is on it?’ 25 The men replied, ‘It is Caesar’s picture and Caesar’s name.’ Jesus then said to them, ‘So you should give to Caesar the things that are for him. And give to God the things that are for God.’

26 So the Jewish leaders could not make Jesus say anything wrong. They were very surprised at his answer to their question. They could not say anything more against him. All the people who were there saw this.

The Sadducees ask Jesus a question

27 Then some of the Sadducees came to see Jesus. The Sadducees do not believe that anyone becomes alive again after they die.

28 They wanted to ask Jesus a question. ‘Teacher,’ they said to him, ‘Moses wrote this in the Bible for us: “A man may die and leave a wife but no children. Then that man’s brother must marry the woman. Then their children will be called the children of the brother who died.” 29 But once there were seven brothers. The oldest brother married a wife. Then he died before they had any children. 30 So the second brother married this woman. But he also died without children. 31 Then the third brother married the woman. The same thing happened to all seven brothers. They all died but they had no children. 32 After all this, the woman also died. 33 You teach that one day dead people will become alive again. So, on that day, whose wife will the woman be? She had married all seven of those brothers.’

34 Jesus answered them, ‘Men and women who are alive on earth are the ones who get married. 35 But God has chosen some people to live again with him. He will raise them up after they have died. Those people will not marry. They will not have husbands or wives, 36 and they cannot die any more. This is because they will live as the angels live in heaven. They are children of God. He has made them alive again to live with him. 37 It is true that God makes dead people become alive again. Moses showed us this in his report about the bush in the wilderness. He told us that our Lord God is the God of Abraham. He is the God of Isaac. And he is the God of Jacob. 38 But God is not the God of people who are dead. He is the God of people who are alive. For God, all people continue to be alive.’

39 Some of the teachers of God’s Law agreed with Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘that was a very good answer.’ 40 After that, they were all afraid to ask Jesus any more questions.

The Messiah is someone that King David calls his Lord

41 Jesus said to them, ‘Why do people say that the Messiah will be King David’s son? 42 David himself said this in the book called Psalms:

“The Lord God said to my Lord,

Sit at my right side until I beat your enemies completely.

43 You will even be able to put your feet on them.”

44 You see here that David calls the Messiah his Lord. So can you really say that he is just David’s son?’

Jesus speaks against the teachers of God’s Law

45 All the people were listening to Jesus. Jesus then said to his disciples, 46 ‘Be careful not to do the same as the teachers of God’s Law. They want people to think that they are important. So they walk about in beautiful long clothes. They like people to praise them in the market place. They choose to sit in the best seats in the meeting place. They like to sit in the most important places at special meals. 47 They take things away from women after their husbands have died, even their houses. Then they pray for a long time so that other people will praise them. Because they do these things, God will punish those men much more than other people.’

 

 

 

Spread some love in God’s name today.

Anna Lee