Tuesday

“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”

~Titus 3:4-5 NLT~

 

Pray for people who let evil thoughts control what they do.  Sometimes they do things that have the potential to hurt many people.  One again, a terrorist tried to kill many people in NYC.  I’m thankful that the bomb malfunctioned and did not hurt as many people as it could have.  I pray that as the devil tries to disrupt our lives, we are aware of his evil plans and do not succumb to them. 

Instead of following the devil, I choose to think of many people who go out of their way to be helpful to others.  We all make choices every day.  Let’s choose the better path.

 

 

Anthony Julien Durio

November 21, 1939 – December 11, 2017

 

A resident of Amite, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 58492 Frey Lane in Amite. He was born November 21, 1939 in Opelousas and was 78 years of age. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, a member of First Baptist Church of Amite, Past Master of Amite Masonic Lodge #175, member of Acacia Shriners where he was Potentate in 2003, a member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 32 degree KCCH, and a member of the American Legion. He is survived by wife, Frances Lupo Durio, Amite; son, Vincent Anthony Durio and wife, Pam, Hammond; grandson, Brandon Anthony Durio, Houston, TX; sister, Rose Marie Durio Savoie and husband, Leroy, Pearland, TX; brother, John Russell Durio and wife, Renee, Amite. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph Durio and Ada Marie Zeringue Durio. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Read the Bible today – I John 3-4 and Psalm 37.
“Who was Lottie Moon?” – https://www.imb.org/who-was-lottie-moon
Jesus is the reason for the season!
Anna Lee

Monday

Nations will come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your radiance.

~Isaiah 60:3 HCSB~

 

There are many with cold, allergies, flu, bronchitis, etcFirst, pray for those you are aware of.  Second, do something to help them out.

 

There have been a number of deaths in our community lately.  Please pray for the families who have lost their loved ones during the holiday season.

 

Sunday, December 17th, FBC, Kentwood will have their annual Lottie Moon Missions March.  Come walk inside the walls of our sanctuary to say you support missions.  It’s also a good time to contribute to the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions.

“Why the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is Collected at Christmas” https://www.imb.org/2017/12/06/lottie-moon-christmas-offering-collected-christmas/

 

Read the Bible – I John 1-2, Psalm 36, & video on I-III John

 

Baptist Presshttp://bpnews.net

 

Ladies’ Bible Study – We missed class Friday due to the snow.  We will put Friday at 10 A.M. back on our schedule for this week.

 

Next Week

  • Tuesday (19th) – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party celebration at The Cafe at 11 A.M.
  • Thursday (21st) – Third Thursday at the Cabin at 6:30 P.M.

 

I think the snow was pretty, but I’m glad it is melting away now.  Let’s keep praying for those who still do not have electricity!  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love.

Death can’t, and life can’t.

The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away.

Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are — high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean — nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us” 

~Romans 8:38-39 TLB

 

I was asked to add the name of Carolyn Raborn.  She broke her leg and is in North Oaks.  She will be going to rehab when the proper paperwork is approved.

 

Baby Luke who was born the day following a traffic accident in slowly improving.  He’s up to 3.2 pounds.  Keep praying for Baby Luke and for his family.

 

Many people in our area are still without electricity following the snow that fell Friday.  If you know of someone whose home does not have electricity, do your best to help them in any way.  If you can’t help them, find someone who can.

 

 

Read the Bible – II Peter, Psalm 35, and video about II Peter

 

 

Week of Prayer for Lottie Moon Offering for international missions – Day 8 – “Why Prayer Matters” – https://www.imb.org/day-8/

 

 

I think the roads are clean so everyone can get to church today.  If your church is not able to have services due to a lack of heat, I know you will be a welcome guest in another church. We all have a lot to be thankful for today.  Come celebrate the birth of the Savior in His house.  Many churches will celebrate for several weeks. 

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us,

not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

~Titus 3:4-7~

 

Please pray for the families that have had recent deaths.  The days following deaths when the weather is difficult seem to be more stressful.  Pray a little extra for these families.

 

 

Read the Bible – I Peter 3-5 and Psalm 34

 

 

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Baptist Messagehttp://baptistmessage.com

 

 

Lottie Moon Week of Prayer – Day 7 – “What God Has Done” – https://www.imb.org/day-7/

 

 

Days seem much longer when we cannot go about our normal activities.  I’m thankful to be able to say I have “normal” days.  I also think of those who live in war zones and for other reasons do not know “normal”.  I’m also thankful for those who worked hard yesterday and continue to work hard to help us all get back to “normal”.  Yesterday, as we were talking about the electrical workers out working, I was reminded of growing up knowing that when the weather made life difficult my neighbor, Johnny Pritchett, who worked for the power company and my daddy, Grant Smith, who worked for the phone company world be called upon to help restore “normal” to the lives of others. 

Let’s show our appreciation to all those who step up and help us in our times of difficulty – electrical workers, telephone workers, police, EMTs, firemen, pastors, truck drivers, store owners and employees, hospital workers, military, etc.  It doesn’t hurt us at all to say “thank-you”, but it certainly encourages others.

Be an encourager!

Anna Lee

 

Wednesday

But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’

~1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV~

 

Richard Navarra

June 06, 1956 – December 04, 2014

Richard Navarra, 58, of Maurepas, passed away on December 4, 2014, as a result of liver cancer. His family and close friends were by his side when he drifted off to be with the Lord. Richard was born on June 6, 1956, to Dominick and Margaret Navarra of Amite. He married the love of his life, Lou Cook, on July 3, 1981. They have one daughter, Brittany; son-in-law, Clay Lauzervich and a beautiful granddaughter, Sidney Lynn Lauzervich; brother, Roger Navarra; niece, Charlotte Phillips; nephew, Dominick Navarra, and other relatives. Richard was a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He took great pride and joy in his family and had an enormous love for people. He never met a stranger and if he was your friend, he was your friend for life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, making his famous beef jerky, and hanging out at Hi-Ho in the mornings with a great group of friends before work. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dominick and Margaret Navarra and sister, Ramona Navarra. Visitation will be held at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Independence, from 9 AM until funeral service at 12 Noon on Saturday, December 6, 2014. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

(Richard was one of my former students.)

 

Senior Adult Holiday Luncheon – FBC, Kentwood at 11 A.M. today

 

Children in Action (Missions Class) will meet at 6 P.M. to learn more about the life of Lottie Moon, the offering named in her honor, and the Bible story of the birth of Jesus.  All elementary age children are invited to join us.

 

Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for international missions – Day 4 (Mexico City) – https://www.imb.org/day-4/

 

Read the Bible – James 1-3, Psalm 31, and video on James found at http://bibleproject.com

 

Surprise! Surprise! – There are now reports for snow at the end of the week.  Be prepared for this weather change!  Help someone else who might not be prepared.

Anna Lee

 

 

Tuesday

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,

and comes down from the Father of lights,

with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

~James 1:17 NKJV~

 

Here is a prayer request I’ve been waiting to be able to share.  Rusty Benoit will be having open-heart surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, at Ochsner.  Please pray for Jana, Reece, Jack, and other family members as you pray for Rusty.

 

We know that, unfortunately, the holiday season leads to an increase of  criminal activity.  A friend from Montpelier Baptist Church said someone took the petty cash ($54.00) and all the church’s historical records Sunday night.  Let’s pray the records are found and returned and that people will not choose to steal and commit other crimes but learn about loving God and others.  Montpelier had the solution to the needs of the person(s), but it isn’t petty cash and church historical records.  It’s Jesus!

 

I spent some time assessing the results of the Lottie Moon Tea we had Sunday afternoon.  We had almost 120 people in attendance representing at least 13 churches and almost 1700 stamped Christmas cards turned in which will be delivered to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail this week.  I don’t have a count of the cards for the St. Helena Parish Jail, but some cards will be sent there by the St. Helena Parish churches.  We have a good many Bibles which will be distributed at the jail too, but I don’t have all of them here to count.  We also had many, many people who learned about loving people and doing missions.  Thank you to all who attended and/or supported the tea and projects in any way!

 

 

Read the Bible – Hebrews 11-13 and Psalm 30

 

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Louisiana Baptist Messagehttp://baptistmessage.com

 

No matter what is on your agenda today, I hope you remember that the celebration of the birth of Jesus is the true reason for this annual holiday season.  

Anna Lee