Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”  

Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

Acts 26:28-29




Barbara D. Yerby was better yesterday than the day before. Please continue to pray for her improvement.




Tori Havlin, wife of a former New Zion youth minister who now serves in MS, ,has Covid-19.

Friday: Around 6:30pm Tori was tested for COVID and the results came back positive. Her symptoms were fairly mild, but the onset of a fever was the concerning part. Saturday: Brynnlee and I learned how to manage while Tori was secluded to the master bedroom. Tori’s symptoms stayed mild, which was a great thing. Brynnlee struggled to understand why she couldn’t see momma. Big thanks to Kris Hollis and Laura Hollis who came through in the clutch to bring some soup ingredients! Sunday: I “preached” but it was prerecorded before Tori got sick. I chalk that up to God’s planning! Tori’s symptoms improved slightly, as she had not run a fever since Saturday. Brynnlee and I have had multiple “come to Jesus meetings” as I try to do school work and keep the house in order while taking care of everyone.Today: We’ve almost completed our third day of quarantine. Other than a persistent cough, Tori’s symptoms have subsided. We are extremely thankful to God that neither Brynnlee or I have gotten sick, but if we do we hope and pray our symptoms are as mild as Tori’s.**Neither Brynnlee or I have been tested, but it could be possible we are asymptomatic carriers. We will be quarantining the entire time.The virus is no joke, no matter if you are extremely ill with it or have a mild case. I’d encourage you to remain vigilant with hygiene, wear a mask when around others, and continue to pray for those who are afflicted. We rest in Christ’s words, that we can come to him with our weariness and burdens and he will give us rest. God bless!




I cannot resist telling you that David received an even better lab report yesterday than two weeks ago. At that time, we were thrilled with a blood level of 12.4. Yesterday, without having any blood. iron, or Procrit, his blood level had increased to 12.6. God has really blessed David!




Carolyn Sue Newcomb

July 10, 1944 – September 20, 2020

On September 20, 2020, when it felt like the year’s first day of fall and her family was gathered nearby, Carolyn Sue Newcomb welcomed everlasting peace. Born in Kentwood, LA on July 10, 1944, Sue was known to many of us as “Suema”. She was a life-long seamstress who was both incredibly creative and expertly skilled. She mended items for people many times when they should have been thrown away but sewing was a gift she used to care for those around her. Crafting and painting with her best friend of 50 years, Patsy Brumfield, was one of her favorite hobbies. Much of her love was given through hugs, back rubs, hearty meals, and the sweetest phone calls. Just her voice made our days better. Just her love made our lives brighter. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Wilburn “Dee” Newcomb. After nearly five decades of marriage and on her last day of battling cancer, Sue made sure to get one last kiss before he left for the day. Though he will miss his wife, he will not be alone in the days to come. Sue shared unconditional love with her five children: John “JB” Bascom, Margaret “Meg” Stephens, Alice McFarlain and husband Adam, John O’Hern and Mark O’Hern. Each Christmas, she hung dozens of red and white stockings on the wall for our entire family beginning with the grandchildren. Sometimes she was given a hard time about who’s stocking was hung first or that her dogs’ stockings got more treats, but everyone with a stocking felt extra special. She hand painted the names of each grandchild whether by birth or marriage: Amanda, Megan, Katrina and Neil, Hannah, Sasha, Ariana, Chance, Warren, Claire, John Joshua and Lacey, Raven, Michaela, Madeline, Matthew, Makenna, and Ruston. Also in glittery gold paint were the names of her great-grandchildren: Morgan, Jadyn, Jocelyn, Brantley, Halle, Gabe, Mason, Zoe, Stephen and Kollin, Riggs and Ariel. Suema was excited to know that soon there would be one more, when Michaela’s child is born. She also had grandchildren in Alabama: Krista, Courtney and Alex and great grandchildren Ely, Rily and Emy. In Heaven, Suema will be joining her grandchild “Baby Angel” and great grandchild Evelyn Rose, sisters Doris and Delores and parents Beulah and Finis Stephens. Pallbearers will be Pete Cannon, John Joshua O’Hern, Brantley Shoup, Jadyn Shoup, Chance O’Hern, Ruston Slaven and Matthew O’Hern. Honorary pall bearers will be Mason O’Hern, Kollin Stewart, Gabe Thomas and Stephen Allen. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 4:00PM until religious services at 6:00PM on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Private Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday at Spring Creek Cemetery. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.





Janie Wise, LA WMU leader. lost her mother, Mrs. Leone Reynolds. If you would like to honor Janie or her mother, the family asks for donations to the Georgia Barnette Offering for Louisiana Missions in their honor. You can give through your local church and send a meno to Janie at the Louisiana Baptist Building in Alexandria.




Today, let’s focus some prayer time on the OCC “shoeboxes” we will pack for the younger boys, ages 2-4 years old. Pray that each box gets to the right child, as only God knows. and that each box has a powerful influence on the child and the family. May God’s love shine through each “shoebox”.




Read the Bible in 2020 – September 22

Isaiah 39:1-41:16
Ephesians 1:1-23
Psalm 66:1-20
Proverbs 23:25-28




Let’s also pray for our great nation as she struggles today.




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Your prayers are appreciated by many. May we continue to see God at work in our lives, our families, our churches, and our country.

Anna Lee


 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,

”and “every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him”;

and all peoples on earth

“will mourn because of him.”

So shall it be! Amen.



Bro. Rusty Durand did a great job preaching the first night of revival last night.  The message was about how God can use one person, each of us.  If you missed it, you can find it on FB or YouTube.  Tonight, Bro. Joe King will be presenting God’s Word to us.  Join us at 6 P.M. in person or online.




Bobby Landry of Amite has a lengthy heart procedure yesterday.  All went well.  Pray for a good recovery for him and for the family.




Another day and more friends with Covid – 19!  Please pray for the people of our area that seems to be especially hard hit at this time.  Pray for a preventive measure and better treatment for this disease.




Mr. Johnny McNabb passed away.  This was shared by his sister. Ann Huff.

As most of you have heard God called our dear oldest brother Johnny to heaven today to join his beloved wife, Monnie who preceded him to Heaven by 7 weeks and 2 days! He had COVID 19 but was recuperating from the virus but had a massive stroke from afib 2 days ago and could not overcome that.




Calvin Julius “Jukie” Stevens

March 27, 1943 – August 27, 2020

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA as a result of the Coronavirus. He was born March 27, 1943 in Folsom, LA and was 77 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hayden Stevens; son, Terry Wayne Stevens; daughter-in-law, Reena Stevens; grandchildren, Cody Stevens, Kyle Rosalies and wife, Kelsey, Hunter Rosalies and Haley Rosalies; great-granddaughter on the way, Beretta Rosalies; 2 sisters, Shirley Maus and Dorothy Cranham; 2 brother-in-laws, Richard Hayden and Tim and wife, Donice Hayden. Preceded in death by his son, Gregory Stevens; parents, Everett and Geneva Stevens; granddaughter, Megan Stevens; mother-in-law, Frances Winborn Hayden Lambert; father-in-law, Victor Hayden. Visitation at Wilmer Missionary Baptist Church from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Services conducted by Bro. Jason Skipper. Interment Wilmer Cemetery, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

This is the father of Greg Stevens who passed away last week and the family I requested prayer for last Thursday.   Please continue to pray for the family.  Losing two members so closely in time is extra hard.




God sent Hurricane Laura on a path that lessened the problems for our area and increased them for the people west of us.  Pray for the people who were in the path of the storm.  Pray for people to serve in ways to minister to the many needs.  Thank Him for those who “step-up” and do all they can to help in such situations.  May each of us find a way to participate in some way.




Read the Bible in 2020 – August 28

  • Job 28:1-30:31
  • 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
  • Psalm 42:1-11
  • Proverbs 22:7



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Operation Christmas Child – Thanks to two ladies from the church who asked about a need for our “shoeboxes” and who have already taken steps to meet that need.  At this point, I’m not sure what “packing the shoeboxes” will look like.  I will let you know soon.




Coming Soon

  • September 13-20 – Georgia Barnette Week of Prayer for mission work in Louisiana
  • September 21 – Pick-up day for our grocery collection for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home – The annual Fall Food Roundup



What do you have to thank God for today?

  • Protection?
  • Health?
  • Family Blessings?
  • Job Situation?
  • Salvation for a loved one?
  • ____________________
  • ____________________
  • ____________________

Don’t forget to thank Him today.

“Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Give thanks with a grateful heart (with a grateful heart)
Give thanks to the Holy One (to the Holy One)
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart (with a grateful heart)
Give thanks to the Holy One (to the Holy One)


Anna Lee











“He heals the brokenhearted

and binds up their wounds.”

~Psalm 147:3~




First Baptist Church, Kentwood is accepting donations of food for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.  The pick-up date is September 21.

Most Needed Items:

      • Bottled juice
      • Children’s cereals
      • Cleaning supplies
      • Cooking oil
      • Dishwasher detergent
      • Freezer bags
      • Canned fruit
      • Kool-Aid
      • Laundry detergent
      • Paper towels
      • Salad dressings





Operation Christmas Child items can be left at the church Monday – Friday.

  • 3″ balls (3/bag at Dollar Tree)
  • $1.00 flashlights (Walmart)
  • AA batteries (Walmart)
  • Checkers with foldable plastic mat (Dollar Tree)



Please continue to pray for everyone with Covid-19 virus.  Wear your mask as practice social distancing.  Thank God for those who do that and have been doing so.  Let’s prevent as many cases as possible.




Mark Jones

October 18, 1967 – August 13, 2020

Mark Jones, a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born October 18, 1967 in Hammond, LA and was 52 years of age. He is survived by 2 daughters, Christine Smith and husband Cody and Mikki Jones; grandchildren, Peyton Smith and Cameron Smith; mother, Frances Jones; brother, Jeff Jones and wife, Tammy; nephew, J.J. Jones. Preceded in death by Johnny L. Jones. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until Funeral Services at 11:30AM on Monday, August 17, 2020. Services conducted by Father Howard Adkins. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.



Johnnie Marion McKenzie

January 03, 1940 – August 13, 2020

Johnnie Marion McKenzie

Graveside services for Johnnie Marion McKenzie , 80, of Tylertown, Msississippi will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Union Church Cemetery in Tylertown with Rev. Doug Lee and Rev. Ron Jordan officiating.

Mr. McKenzie passed away in Brookhaven, Mississippi on Thursday, August 13, 2020. He was born January 3, 1940 in Tylertown, Mississippi to the late Sarah Thornton and Clark McKenzie. He is also preceded in death by his granddaughter Amanda Mathis and his great-grandson Caleb Mathis.

He enjoyed watching baseball, old movies, hunting, target practicing and spending time with his family. Mr. McKenzie was a member of Union Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and as part of the Baptist Brotherhood. He served as a volunteer Civil Defense Director and as Walthall County Justice Court Judge for many years. Mr. McKenzie retired as Sergeantfrom the Army National Guard and also woked as a timber cruiser for Monticello Forestry company for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years Frances McKenzie; son Gary Marion McKenzie and his wife Sylvia McKenzie; daughters Becky Dickerson and her husband Tim Dickerson, Cindy Smith and her husband Chad Smith,  Christy Yarborough and her husband Chad Yarborough; grandchildren Jason McKenzie, Ashley Greene and her husband Travis Greene, Stephanie Harper, Johnny McKenzie and his girlfriend Becca Gaudet, Craig Dickerson and his wife Alex Dickerson, Corey Dickerson and his wife Beth Anne Dickerson, Heather Coker and her husband Tyler Coker,  Brayden Smith, Caleb Yarborough and his fiance’ Elleana Smith, Caylee Grace Davis and her husband Zane Davis, and Caden Yarborough; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren, sister Virginia Sauls; brothers Henry Earl McKenzie and his wife Ginn McKenzie, Jimmy Thornton and his wife Katie Thornton, Dewayne Thornton and his wife Debbie Thornton, Harold Thornton and his wife Susan Thornton, James Thornton and his wife Jeri Thornton; along with a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and loving family.

Pallbearers are Johnny McKenzie, Craig Dickerson, Corey Dickerson, Caleb Yarborough, Caden Yarborough, Zane Davis,  and Tyler Coker.

Honorary pallbearers are Lucas Thornton, Mark Brumfield, and Tim Dickerson along with the deacons of Union Baptist Church.




Read the Bible in 2020 – August 15

  • Nehemiah 9:22-10:39
  • 1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13
  • Psalm 34:1-10
  • Proverbs 21;13



Reminder: Due to Covid-19, FBC, Kentwood will provide online services only tomorrow.  You can find them on Facebook and You-tube at 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.




Coming soon – Week of Prayer for Louisiana Missions (Georgia Barnette)

Anna Lee









“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

“For he is the living God and he endures forever;

his kingdom will not be destroyed,

his dominion will never end.  

He rescues and he saves;

he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.

He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”




Please pray for Bryan and Rita Tate as they get Bryan the treatment he needs.




Pray for a my sister’s friend who has A-fib and a positive test for Covid-19.  Thanks!




Pray for families with students as they make decisions about the school situations for their children.




Pray for teachers as they head into an unusual school year.  Pray with them as they prepare.




Read the Bible in 2020 – July 23

  • 2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19
  • Romans 8:9-25
  • Psalm 18:16-36
  • Proverbs 19:26




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The Louisiana WMU has been sharing these podcasts.  Today, I want to share them with you.  This was shared yesterday.  From here, you should be able to locate the ten podcasts that came before this one.

EPISODE 11 – A Life Surrendered

In Romans 8:28, God’s Word tells us “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Listen in today as Mary Valerio, a pastor’s wife, shares how God used the faithfulness of three Native American women who walked 12 miles along railroad tracks to share Jesus with Hispanic children. You’ll be in awe of how those seeds planted 80 years ago have yielded countless changed lives.




Please continue to pray for the many who have had deaths in their families.

Anna Lee










Be on your guard;

stand firm in the faith;

be courageous;

be strong.

~I Corinthians 16:13~




Let’s pray for  churches as they meet and stream on-line today.  Pray for pastors as they preach and congregations as thy listen to God’s Word being spoken.  I hope today’s services make a difference in many lives.  Pray also for our country.  I can’t see how our present situation can end in a way pleasing to God, but I surely hope it does.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 21

  • 2 Kings 1:1-2:25
  • Acts 13:42-14:7
  • Psalm 139:1-24
  • Proverbs 17:19-21




Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!  Be sure to give Him his share of your time and attention.

Anna Lee





“Do not be misled:

‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”

~1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)~




Mrs. Mildred Birch fell at home two nights ago.  Thankfully, she didn’t break anything.  Please pray for her and for others.  Falling happens quickly and ofter makes for big changes in a person’s life.




Died: Joyce Lin, Missionary Pilot Transporting Coronavirus Supplies   –





TRUSTEES: IMB approves 59 missionaries, addresses budget concerns





Read the Bible in 2020 – May 16th

  • 1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
  • John 8:31-59
  • Psalm 112:1-10
  • Proverbs 15:12-14

If you need a hard copy of the Scriptures for the next four months, they are available at the church office – 229-8111.




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You may want to check out these Bible Project Videos, especially if your church does not offer Sunday School.  I think they might also be a good addition to your summer plans/. The video for this week is number nine – “Hope”.





No matter how you plan to participate in worship tomorrow, the key word is “participate”!

Anna Lee






“Your word is a lamp for my feet,

a light on my path.”

~Psalm 119:105 (NIV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 27

  • Judges 7:1-8:17
  • Luke 23:13-43
  • Psalm 97:1-98:9
  • Proverbs 14:7-8




Nita Russell Miller is doing better and now tests negative for the virus.  She is not allowed to go back to the nursing home for thirty days, so she will be staying in the hospital as she regains her strength.  Pray for her and her family as she continues to improve.  Thank God for her improvement.




Lloyd Hayden of Arcola had a light stoke that has only left a little weakness.  He is scheduled to return home today.  Pray for him as he returns home for recovery.  Lloyd will get good care from four generations of ladies in his family.  Thank God for Lloyd’s good news.




Ollie Simmons is also doing better.  (Maybe I should call today Good News Monday.)  He has improved and will probably “bust out” of the hospital today.  This is another reason to thank God today.




While I’m on this line of thinking and thanking God, I would like to share again how much David has improved.  From being too weak to get up from a chair, needing blood (23 units), hospitalizations, a walker, a cane, tremendous weight loss, no appetite, malnourishment, more trips to the. doctor than I can count, etc., he is GREATLY improved.  Our neighbors are even reporting to other neighbors that he is working in the yard (and LOVING it).  I send Jennie pictures of him outside and working.  Her first word is “AMAZING!”.  We have an amazing God who has decided He has a reason to leave David here for His purpose.  We are so blessed.




I hope you were able to watch and enjoy some church services yesterday.  We were.  I want to remind you that the church services from numerous churches are available  online for us to view on other days of the week, not just on Sundays.




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Annie Armstrong Offering for North American missions273 million people in North America are lost, without Jesus in their hearts.  https://www.anniearmstrong.com/about/the-mission/

Giving helps give those millions an opportunity to live for Jesus!

Anna Lee


“Keep company with him and learn a life of love.

Observe how Christ loved us.

His love was not cautious but extravagant.

He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.

Love like that.”

~Ephesians 5:2 The Message~



Smiley Conerly got to spend some time at home this weekend.  It may sound like a small thing, but to Smiley and Carol Jean it was huge.  Thank God for everyday blessings.




Pray for Kristi Alford’s family as they celebrate her life, including her strong faith, today.




Pray for Donald Alford’s family as they make arrangements this morning for his services.




Annie Armstrong Day 2








Read the Bible in 2020 – March 2

  • Leviticus 25:47-27:13
  • Mark 10:32-52
  • Psalm 45:1-17
  • Proverbs 10:22



Don’t forget the Two Rivers Associational WMU meeting today at FBC, Greensburg at 10 A.M.












Lord’s Day

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control.

Against such things there is no law.

~Galatians 5:22-23~



It’s time for Wendell and Nikki Rhodus’ baby girl to be born.  If she doesn’t make her arrival by this afternoon, they will be admitted to the hospital for delivery tomorrow.  The baby will be born in McComb.  Send Wendell and Nikki works of encouragement today.




Don’t forget the associational WMU meeting tomorrow morning at FBC, Greensburg.  It begins at 10 A.M.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 1

  • Leviticus 24:1-25:46
  • Mark 10:13-31
  • Psalm 44:9-26
  • Proverbs 10:20-21




2020 Annie Armstrong Louisiana Missions for North America

Day 1

When Dave and Mary Elliff left Arkansas, they left family and familiar culture to plant a new church in the Pacific Northwest.

“In the South, we have the Bible Belt. In Seattle, people call Roosevelt, the neighborhood where we’re planting, the Metaphysical Belt. 96% of the people here don’t attend an evangelical church,” says Dave. “It’s really well-known for New Age and Eastern religion.”

96% of the people here don’t attend an evangelical church.

The Elliffs launched Roots Community Church with just one other couple. They soon formed a core group through community outreach and by recruiting others who felt called to serve in Seattle.

“We started Roots Church in 2016. Since then, we’ve had to move three times because we keep outgrowing our space. That’s a good problem to have. Now, we have almost a hundred people who are a part of our church,” says Mary.


Prayer Request
  • For strength for the team as they work in a challenging,
    unreached community.
  • For hearts to be prepared for the gospel in Roosevelt.



Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

Anna Lee




“If you are a follower of Christ Jesus . . . all that matters is your faith that makes you love others.”

~Galatians 5:6 CEV~




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 28

  • Leviticus 22:17-23:44
  • Mark 9:30-10:12
  • Psalm 44:1-8
  • Proverbs 10:19
  • Remember you can have these Scriptures read to you at OneYearBibleOnline.com.



Don’t forget the Open House at the new Hope Center just south of the curve in Roseland.  The open house today is at 5:45.  I hope to see you there.




The parents of the children of FBC, Kentwood are planning a church cookbook to raise some money for camp for the boys and girls this summer.  Your recipes can be turned in at the church.  I hope to find some time before Sunday to get some together for them and hope you will be doing the same.  To make it super easy, you can use your phone to take a picture of the recipes and send it to one of the mothers.  Let me know if you need more information on who to contact.




Don’t forget the WMU meeting at Greensburg Monday morning at 10 A.M.




Say special prayers today for Kristi Alford and for Donald Alford and their families.  Thanks!




My sister and a friend are delivering 250 t-shirts for OCC today.  I am thrilled for Julie’s support and for the shirts that will bless many young lives.  She has enjoyed making the shirts extra special.




What are you planning to do today to impact the lives of others?  I can always give you some ideas for OCC purchases or crafts.  

Anna Lee