Sunday Afternoon

Judy Fowler sent:

Frances (Gay) fell yesterday off her deck and received a cut under her eye (had to have stitches) and a few other bruises and scrapes. Other than being sore and a few pains, she is doing OK.

Frann S. Clark has been have a number of bad days lately. Please pray for her. She has several important appointments coming up.

Saturday

“This is what the Lord Almighty says:

Judge fairly and honestly,

and show mercy and kindness to one another.

Do not oppress widows, orphans,

foreigners, and poor people.

And do not make evil plans to harm each other.”

~Zechariah 7:9-10 (NLT)~

On Mission in Kentwood begins at 8:00 this morning. Even if you are late, come.

Curt Martin’s leg is better. Curt and his family will be among those eagerly participating in On Mission in Kentwood.

Thank God for allowing Curt to improve so he can work today.

David loves to work outside. This week he experience two potential problems, but God was looking out for him. A few days ago, David tripped and fell into a fire when he was burning some logs. He had a slight injury to one arm that only bothered him for a few minutes. Yesterday, he moved a log and found a swarm of flying insects. David did not get a single sting as they flew past him. Thank you, God!

Praise report on Melinda’s cousin’s wife:

Thank you for praying for my cousin’s wife. The note below was sent Wednesday and received Thursday. We were without internet here at home so I could not send you out the update. God in his infinite glory is showing M, her family, and us all how awesome he is in taking care of her needs. She appreciates everyone praying for her during this time.

We hope you have a great weekend. It is Easter weekend here. Pray for God’s presence to be felt in the hearts of Romanians this weekend. Pray they will truly understand the importance of knowing the Lord personally and walking hand in hand with him in their lives.

Hristos a inviat! (Christ is risen!) Adevarat a inviat! (Truly he is risen!)

Melinda

I just received a phone call from the social worker at the doctor’s office. She informed me that there is a brand new law in the State of Texas that states they have to cover breast and cervical cancer under the Texas State Medicaid!!!!! The paperwork is submitted and this will be completely covered!!! Praise the Lord…burdens have been lifted and prayers are heard!!! Thank you all!!!

Keep praying, please!!!

M

Prayer requests from Melinda

June 8th-28th a team of students from California Baptist University (where I graduated from a long time ago) will be coming to minister in Bucharest. Please pray for them as they prepare to come. Please read Aura’s prayer request below for them for this coming Monday, April 27th and regarding the luggage for the trip.

Thank you for praying!

Melinda

The California Baptist University team is having an art show Monday to raise money for their trip to Bucharest. Many artists have donated art pieces for them, so please pray for that many will come and they will exceed their goal!

Also start praying that they will not have problems with luggage allowance…they were told this week that because many airlines are changing baggage rules, they may only be allowed to bring and take back one piece of luggage. This creates problems for them and me because they were going to take back some suitcases for me. Pray that all will work out well and that the airline they are traveling with will not change their rules before this trip!

thanks!
aura

Pray for Mrs. Paula Jean Wall. She is completing treatment for cancer and trying to regain her strength.

Please continue to pray for Mr. Joe and “Miss” Othelle Williams. They battle continuing health issues.

A DEBT OF $0.00

The following story appears to be an “urban legend,” but is fun to read nevertheless:

In March 1992, a man living near Boston, Massachusetts received a bill for his as yet unused credit card stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away. In April he received another and threw that one away, too.

The following month the credit card company sent him a very nasty note stating they were going to cancel his card if he didn’t send them $0.00 by return of post. He called them, talked to them, they said it was a computer error and told him they’d take care of it.

The following month he decided that it was about time that he tried out the troublesome credit card figuring that if there were purchases on his account it would put an end to his ridiculous predicament. However, in the first store that he produced his credit card in payment for his purchases he found that his card had been canceled. He called the credit card company who apologized for the computer error once again and said that they would take care of it.

The next day he got a bill for $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue. Assuming that having spoken to the credit card company only the previous day and that the latest bill was yet another mistake, he ignored it, trusting that the company would be as good as their word and sort the problem out.

The next month he got a bill for $0.00 stating that he had 10 days to pay his account or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt.

Finally giving in, he thought he would play the company at their own game and mailed them a check for $0.00. The computer duly processed his account and returned a statement to the effect that he now owed the credit card company nothing at all.

A week later, the man’s bank called him asking him what he was doing writing a check for $0.00. After a lengthy explanation, the bank replied that the $0.00 check had caused their check processing software to fail. The bank could not now process ANY checks from ANY of their customers that day because the check for $0.00 was causing the computer to crash.

The following month the man received a letter from the credit card company claiming that his check had bounced and that he now owed them $0.00 and unless he sent a check by return of post they would be taking steps to recover the debt.

The man, who had been considering buying his wife a computer for her birthday, bought her a typewriter instead.

As I read that story, I couldn’t help but think of the debt that we owe because of our sin. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). But, for those who are in Christ, that debt has been canceled — we owe nothing. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1)

Despite that fact, though, Satan continues to make us feel that we still owe something (he’s not called “the accuser” for nothing!). But listen to these words of comfort:

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.’ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev. 12:10-11)

Praise be to the Lamb whose blood makes it possible for us to have a debt of $0.00!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North CarolinaYour too have a debt of $0.00!

Anna Lee

Thursday Afternoon

 

 

“Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion!

Declare His deeds among the people.”

~Psalm 9:11~

Aaron Hill

We learned from Aaron’s nurse this morning that the surgical team has scheduled Aaron’s surgery for tomorrow. We don’t know details yet, but we pray that Aaron will be ready and that his surgeon will be well prepared. We know our Great Physician will be ready any time, so we are trying not to be scared that it will take place so soon. I am definitely praying that today the Prince of Peace will help us with our worry and the Great Healer will do a work in Aaron.

Scott, Mom and Levi are currently on a flight to MS (Levi can say “Mississippi” now), so please pray for their safety. Scott was planning to attend Marshall’s funeral this afternoon, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to make it now, as he will be taking a flight back here for Aaron’s surgery tomorrow. Please pray that the trips will not tire him out and that he will make it safely back here.


John Howard “Johnnie” Strong

(March 2, 1922 – April 2, 2008)

John Howard “Johnnie” Strong died at 10:51 p.m. on April 2, 2008 in Hammond. He was 86 years old, a native of Roseland and served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. “Johnnie” returned to the Amite area and was a well-known mechanic, working at Frohn Brother’s and Brumfield Ford throughout his lifetime. He is survived by two daughters, Linda S. McNabb of Hammond, and Laura S. Albritton of Amite, one brother, Eugene Strong of Hillsdale, and one sister, Carrie Desplas, of Metairie, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjory Baker Strong, his father, James Nelson Strong, his mother, Carrie Jackson Strong, his sisters, Laura S. Durnin and Margaret S. Marquette. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a hospice program of choice. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday April 7, 2008. Services conducted by Rev. Clay Gillespie. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite

Elizabeth Ann Ballard
(December 21, 1958 – April 2, 2008)

Died at 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at her residence near Kentwood. She was a native of Independence, LA. Age 49 years. Visitation at Chesbrough Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until religious services at 12:00 Noon Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Ed Norris. Interment Ballard Family Cemetery, Chesbrough. She is survived by her husband, Richard Edwin Ballard; 2 sons, Richard Joshua Ballard and Justin Wallace Ballard; 1 sister, Rebecca Varnado; 1 brother, Leroy Varnado; 1 granddaughter, Brianna Elizabeth Ballard, all of Kentwood. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Monday – Update on Aaron Hill

Good Monday morning to everyone from PA. It has been a low-key 24 hours here at CHOP for Aaron. Even though we desire fast improvement, we will settle for slow steady improvement, too. Aaron has had a pretty good 24 hours. They have not yet taken him off the ventilator, but we anticipate he will be ready today. Yesterday, he was having some trouble breathing and the doctors (actually, a very smart nurse) noticed his chest tube drainage was suspiciously low. They checked the tubes and found clots on both sides that were preventing fluid from draining out of the space around his lungs. After his pleural space was drained, he felt SO much better and his heart rate and breathing became much more comfortable.

The plan as we understand it is to let Aaron rest and see how his heart and lungs do for the next couple of days–to get his body back to where it was before the assault of the heart cath. Then they will evaluate the need for another surgery to close the two holes that were left in his heart after his surgery. Please continue to pray that God will close the holes and alleviate the need for another surgery for our precious child.

Love to all.

Friday’s Devotional

 

 

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

Mike Benson, Editor

RUBY THOMPSON OF St. Louis Missouri got the flier in the mail one morning…

It was with all the other junk mail. She remembers receiving one personal letter that day — a note from her mother — and a pile of garish-colored, mostly meaningless junk mail, messages from salesmen and businesses and politicians all seeking her patronage.

There was one card that caught her attention; it was for a CPR class to be held at a nearby primary school. Now there, she thought, is something I really should learn. She filed the junk mail under “13” and put the CPR advertisement on the mantelpiece above the fireplace. She would phone the number on the card — tomorrow.

Of course she didn’t. A week passed by, then another. Once in a while, when she was on the road, perhaps, or in a quiet moment by herself, she remembered the card, and thought to herself, “I really should learn CPR. One day I’ll need it.”

She did. One afternoon she was picking up her child from school when a car hit her ten-year-old son. She remembers his blond hair and how still the little body lay on the pavement. She ran to the quickly-gathering crowd of school children, moaning to herself, “Why? Why? Why?” and in a flash of remorse, she knew that this was why she had wanted to take the class.

As she pushed the by-standers aside, and fell to her knees before her son, she saw a schoolgirl administering the “breath of life” to her son.

Jeff was all right. He suffered some bruises, but the little girl, who had taken a course at school, had saved his life.

That day, Ruby enrolled in the CPR class!

We always need God. We need him, as that great song says, “every hour.” The problem is, we don’t always realize it. There may be many reasons for this, but the most common one is pride. We can manage life ourselves. We have the answers, at least we think we do, until a moment of crisis arrives, and our helplessness is absolute. There is nothing more humbling than to realize that we cannot help either ourselves or our families. But it is in those times that we are reminded of the power of God.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10).

It’s not so much that God demands humility as a prerequisite for his accepting us. It’s simply that unless we are humble enough to turn our desperate pleas towards him, we won’t listen to his guidance anyway.

Don’t put this article down until you have decided to act on it. This is not the “J” word! It’s important. Have you listened to his words lately? You need to. Don’t file it away. Don’t leave it on the mantle shelf of your mind. (Stan Mitchell)

 

“Draw near to God, and he will come near to you” (James 4:8).

 

 

 

May you draw nearer to God today.
Anna Lee

Saturday

“I know the plans I have concerning you,

declares the Lord…

For we are His workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand,

that we should walk in them”

(Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 2:10).

Donna Robinson of Gonzales, my daughter-in-law’s mother, will have a liver biopsy next week. Please pray for her and for the doctors as they try to determine her problem.

Justin and Dana Hendry have a new baby girl, Ferrin Grace, who was born in Hammond Thursday. The baby required surgery in Baton Rouge yesterday. Please pray for this baby and other members of the family.

Faith Hill and Unborn Baby Aaron

Happy Friday, everyone. It is bright and sunny here in NJ today. The sun shone brightly yesterday too, so for the first time we got to see what our surroundings look like when it’s not raining, snowing or sleeting!

My doctor’s visit yesterday went well. I managed to get in and out of there under 3 hours (a record, I’m sure…). All kidding aside, I’m glad they are thorough. After lengthy stress testing, doppler and fluid testing, Aaron passed with an A+. I only lost 4 lbs after my stomach bug and so far show no signs of going into labor on my own. Although I am ready to meet Aaron and am getting tired of waiting, I know it’s best that he stay inside me for a while longer-or until the 25th. I’d like his dad to be here when he’s born, too. 😉

A continued thanks to those of you who are sending notes, emails, text and posting messages of encouragement to us. More importantly, thank you all for praying for Aaron. We can never thank you enough and know that God is working to bring glory to Himself through our experience.

Frann Clark

Had a good visit at the IPMC. The injection is helping my back but the leg problem is caused by pressure from a spinal fracture. He showed me the MRI and the fracture. Then he got the little dangling spine & showed me which one was causing the leg pain.

He is going to refer me to a doctor who can put cement into the verb. & relieve the pressure. His nurse will make the arrangements & call Connie. Surely hope that will help.

thanks for praying & keep it up

Frann

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

Mike Benson, Editor

THE MORNING SPORTS talk show was all abuzz with talk about Roger Clemens…

“The Rocket” had just appeared before a Congressional committee to defend himself against accusations of using steroids to extend his baseball career. The talk show hosts alluded often to Clemens’s finger-pointing at others, especially those who were once close to him.

There was a curious phrase that came up numerous times on that show: Clemens, as well as others, “threw [someone] under the bus”. Someone not acquainted with American idioms might react in horror: “He threw someone under a bus?! Why isn’t he being tried for murder?” We’re dealing with imagery, of course. Two people are envisioned standing on the curb of a busy city street. As a speeding bus approaches, one pushes the other into the path of the bus. There’s also the implication that the one who pushed was supposedly a friend. That’s what makes the act so reprehensible.

Job experienced the feeling of being thrown under the bus. Following his awful trials, he had to further endure the judgment and abandonment of those who were once close to him. He expressed this frustration in Job 19:14,15 “My relatives have failed, and my close friends have forgotten me. Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants, count me as a stranger; I am an alien in their sight” (NKJV). Where were his loved ones when he needed them most? Job found no one to stand by him; it was as if salt had been rubbed into his wounds.

But has anyone felt betrayal to the extent Jesus did? When soldiers came to arrest him, they were led by one of Jesus’s closest followers. The words of our Lord as Judas approached must have pierced the hypocrite deeply: “Friend, why have you come?” (Matthew 26:50). Jesus knew, of course, why Judas had come: He was fulfilling prophecy: “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9). Judas threw the Son of God under the bus!

Jesus is no longer physically present on earth, but his followers can still betray him. One writer tried to warn against that: “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29). Trampling Jesus under our feet is the ancient equivalent to throwing someone under a bus. Can a person do anything worse?

Our hearts are filled with scorn toward those who would betray their friends. Do we really think God feels differently about those who betray His Son? (Tim Hall)

“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29).

Be aware of the bad weather coming our way!

Anna Lee