“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

~Isaiah 1:18~

I love Scriptures that have become songs.

Today, let’s thank God for the improvement Chuck Pittman is making following his accident.  Keep praying for him, his family, and the medical staff caring for him.
Josiah Huckaby had a procedure yesterday.  He is doing well and is not expected to have another one for several months.
This silly boy enjoyed his “vacation” at the FedEx Family House last night. We are so grateful that Le Bonheur has this amazing resource for families that have to travel long distances for procedures & those that stay long term. He had a heart cath today & did great. They increased his stents from 4mm to 5mm without having to go through his liver. He won’t have to have another cath for 5 months unless he starts having symptoms of his pulmonary veins starting to narrow again. To God be the glory! @ FedExFamilyHouse
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Today, I want to share three obituaries.  David and I know all four of them with a variety of connections such at growing up years, school, and church.
  • Annie Bell Caston Harrell

    April 19, 1925 – April 15, 2019
    • Annie Bell Caston Harrell of Greensburg, Louisiana passed away on April 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM at home. The daughter of the late Glen Hughes Caston and Lottie Elizabeth Frazier Caston, she was born April 19, 1925, in Amite County, Mississippi and was 93 years of age. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 76 years, Phillip Latham Harrell. A member of First Baptist Church, Kentwood, Louisiana, Mrs. Annie taught the “Steadfast” Senior Ladies Sunday School Class for many years. Chief of Mrs. Annie’s joys were her Faith in Christ, devotion to her late husband, Phillip and their family, and the lovely ladies who shared their Faith in Christ each Sunday morning and fellowship one with the other thru the years of their relationships. She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Harrell Yarborough; son in law, Don Yarborough; son, Ronald Ray Harrell; daughter in law Suzanne McNabb Harrell; grandchildren, Melanie Yarborough Mackey and husband Kevin, Alisha Yarborough Epperson and husband, Larry; Brian Keith Yarborough and wife, Tina; Anna Scott Harrell Sain, and husband Allen; Phillip Wade Harrell and wife Keri; and fifteen special great-grandchildren and five special great-great grandchildren. Visitation to be at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, Louisiana Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM with religious services following. Interment at Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood. Pallbearers: Brian Keith Yarborough, Matthew Yarborough, Drew Harrell, Luke Mackey, Kevin Mackey and Daniel Epperson. Honorary pallbearers: Allen Sain, Wade Harrell, Justin Mackey, and Larry Epperson.
  • Michael “Mike” Joseph Murphy

    December 31, 1948 – April 15, 2019
    • Michael (Mike) Joseph Murphy passed away peacefully at his home Monday, April 15, 2019 at the age of 70. He was born December 31, 1948 in Leeville, LA to William Otis Murphy and Helen Josephine Holligan Murphy. His family moved to Roseland, LA when he was a child and he has resided in Amite for over 20 years. Mike graduated from Amite High School and attended Southeastern Louisiana University. Mike married Diane Cumpston in 1974 and their daughter, Laura “Jolene” was born September 3, 1977. Mike’s wry sense of humor will never be forgotten or understood. Mike was a faithful husband and father to the two ladies he loved dearly, Diane and Jolene. He was employed for over 25 years with Cal-Maine Foods in Pine Grove, LA. Mike is survived by his wife, Diane, daughter, Jolene, step-son, Heath Hulsey, sisters-in-law, Sandra Passman and Brenda Ardillo and family friend, Autumn Betbeze. Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, Helen and Bill Murphy, and his mother and father-in-law, Chuck and Marie Cumpston. Visitation will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall in Amite from 8:00 am -10:00 am on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow visitation at 10:30 am. Service conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment will follow in Arcola-Roseland Cemetery.
  • Randy D. Bryant, Sr.

    December 16, 1958 – April 14, 2019
    • Randy D. Bryant Sr., a resident of Holden, LA, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. He was born December 16, 1958 in Amite, LA and was 60 years of age. He was a U. S. Army Veteran. He is survived by wife, Charlotte Forsyth-Bryant; 2 sons, Randy D. Bryant, Jr. and Skylar Singleton and wife, Raeven; 2 daughters, Jessica Ann Bryant and Charlotte Rae Davis and husband, Jesse; 8 grandchildren, Gage Monroe Bryant, Brenden Dakota Latil, Kellan William Moran, Riley Bryant Moran, Alexis Rae Bryant, Alexandra Madeline Manzie, Maci Grace Davis and Colbie Lane Singleton; mother, Betty Gill Bryant; brother, Jimmy Ray Bryant and wife, Vicki; 3 sisters, JoAnn Bryant, Donna Callihan and husband, Gary, and Rita Fay Rutland; 2 beloved furry babies, Rosa Lee and Bear. Preceded in death by father, Walter Bryant. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00 a.m. until religious services at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Darryl Miller. For an online guestbook, visit


Read and Write the Bible – Hebrews 10:35-36 & Hosea 12:6




I believe in prayer.  As I witnessed the full moon last night, I just had to stop and thank God for the moon and so many other things/people through whom God has blessed my life.

Anna Lee


“I am the door;

if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved.” 

~John 10:9 NASB~





Pray for Mike Lambert who is hospitalized again.  Your prayers will be appreciated by his family and friends.




Read and Write the Bible Today – Hebrews 6: 16-18




If you have beads and other nice throws from recent parades, those items can be used in packing shoeboxes.  Also, small to medium size stuffed animals are also good.  You can leave these items in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room.  Thanks for sharing your freebies.




Baptist Press




Disaster Relief provides help in many forms.   The Gospel is shared with people in times of need in addition to meeting physical needs.  You can become one of those who go and serve as needed when needed.

SBDR shines ‘ray of hope’ after southern storms

by David Roach, posted Monday, April 15, 2019 (14 hours ago)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated April 15 at 3:25 p.m. with information from Louisiana.

ALTO, Texas (BP) — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units have deployed across the South following a weekend of storms that caused at least eight deaths, injured dozens more and left damage from Texas to Georgia.In east Texas, DR units from both Texas Baptist Men and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention deployed after an EF-2 and an EF-3 tornado touched down. At least four people in Texas died, according to media reports, including two children who were killed when a pine tree fell on the car carrying them near Pollok, Texas.

“When things seem really bad, we’re able to come in and just introduce that ray of hope for them to take the next steps,” Texas Baptist Men spokesman Rand Jenkins told NBC’s Dallas affiliate.

Texas Baptist Men, a ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, deployed DR teams to the hart-hit towns of Franklin and Alto, Texas, April 14, according to a BGCT news release. Their ministry has included feeding units, chainsaw crews, shower and laundry units, temporary roof installation, assessment and chaplaincy.

SBTC volunteers were headed toward Franklin with a quick-response mobile kitchen within two hours of an April 13 tornado, the North American Mission Board told Baptist Press. Self-contained like a food truck, the quick-response mobile kitchen is designed to serve a few hundred simple meals quickly before a larger feeding operation can be established. The unit also focuses on evangelism, the SBTC said.

A second SBTC DR team dispatched to Alto and focused on feeding and recovery.

“Lots of [church] members have gone out with chainsaws helping to clear the trees and the debris,” said Gary Pridemore, pastor of First Baptist Church in Alto, where the SBTC team has established a base of operations. Locals and outside volunteers “have been working like beavers getting all the trees cut up and roads cleared.”

In Mississippi — where at least one person died according to media reports — six local chainsaw teams deployed along with three teams focused on chaplaincy and assessment, NAMB said.

In Alabama, a DR team did chainsaw work in the city of Troy while another team did chainsaw and roof tarping work in Etowah County, Alabama Baptist DR director Mark Wakefield said.

At least one county worker died near Birmingham, Ala., when a vehicle struck him as he attempted to clear fallen trees from a roadway, according to media reports.

In Louisiana — where at least two deaths were reported — a DR team from Blanchard performed tree removal and roof repair work, according to Louisiana’s Baptist Message newsjournal. The team also distributed Bibles and water.

At one point on April 14, nearly 90,000 people across the South were without power because of the storms, the Associated Press reported.

Pridemore, of Alto, Texas, requested prayer for the safety of DR workers, the recovery of injured people and the spread of the Gospel.

“Pray that [DR work] will open doors to the ministry of the churches,” Pridemore said.



Thanks for reading and praying today.  As you pray, also remember those whose names have been listed lately and those whose names were not listed, but who have  spiritual, physical, emotional, medical, or financial needs.

Anna Lee






Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.

The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

~John 11:25~



I hope you will block off an hour to watch this unique Easter presentation at FBC, Kentwood.  You may even want to become Facebook friends with them so you don’t miss any of their videos.  Thanks for getting us in a good mindset for Easter.  Donice and Alice Mary, thank you so much for leading our church through this experience.[0]=68.ARB4jaRJJAToWx1U1Vy2Q4RCKcoekNrvYkiV5MaM75V8BljjQCT9KH_1bIsEhloZXUbWi6YfMsYVRqcIkLmdRKbgDhoKW-2C7Gv8izuGYVA9rptSMKTpiQTXE24teGyFFaYslD2VtXfY48_ziN9gPgkJE4HoXKhbFPAcymRBxcDCzv-yElclfBYwLDFkQYwiNWC9syia4iDD-zHAP6z-hNMAvXE5P1SrwjGqPaTHO_9fY8-sO5H77TohYzde3x5ruAF2jsbVCXCOFHMYmfGHW26waAMEWXd7BJr13MjdhGogXKInkG3tdjcgcYY9wIh5SvO8vnRYHfVObABWZ_cEthDRQfm_



Brett Frazier will have one of the two tests done this morning.  The other one cannot be done.  Pray this test is the one that will lead the cardiologist in making good decisions about Brett’s care.  Pray for Brett as he enters a new week of treatment.  Pray for Susan and other family members.




Read and Write the Bible Today – Hebrews 6: 19-20




The Associational WMU meeting is at 10 this morning at Montpelier.  I hope many of our ladies are able to attend.




Have a great, brisk Monday!

Anna Lee



Palm Sunday

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.  

Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

~Acts 2:32-33~



Read & Write the Bible Today – Hebrews 6: 13-15




Today’s death notice is for a lady we have know for years and have seen several times in the last couple of years.

Edwina Vining Ballard

May 07, 1934 – April 13, 2019Edwina Vining Ballard, a resident of Chesbrough passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg. She was born May 7, 1934 in Amite and was 84 years of age. She was a member of the 1952 Amite High School Basketball State Champions. She served as Justice of the Peace for 34 years in Ward 4 of Tangipahoa Parish, was a notary for over 50 years, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Amite. She is survived by her son, Brett Ballard and wife, Angela “Boo Boo” Travis Ballard; 2 grandchildren, Shelbi Lyn Ballard and Braydon Lane Ballard; 2 sisters, Gloria Hood and Virgie Morgan and husband, James; brother, David Vining and wife, Carleen. Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Shelton “Shell” Ballard; parents, Edwin and Estelle Vining; brothers and sisters, Jimmy Vining, John Vining, Eddie Vining, Abbie Pasko, Dorothy Vallance, and Juanita Campbell. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Trey Waldrop. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough. For an online guestbook, visit




If you are in attendance at FBC, Kentwood today, you will have an opportunity to see some items to purchase for Operation Christmas Child, “Shoeboxes”.  Please take time to examine the contents of the box.



I can think of no better place to be today than in the Lord’s House.  If you are unable to attend in person, please turn in to a good worship service on TV, your computer, or phone.  

Anna Lee


“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 

~1 Corinthians 13:7~




David goes for blood work in Hammond.  Depending of the CBC, we will either come home or go to Baton Rouge for blood.




Read and Write the Bible Today – Galatians 6: 7-10






God has given us this day.  Let’s make Him proud of how we use it.

Anna Lee






When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

~John 19:30~




Read and Write the Bible 

  • April 9th – 2 Thessalonians 1: 6-10
  • April 10th Colossians 1: 9-11




“Bryan’s Journey” – Rita wrote a good update telling of the latest progress and plans in Bryan’s treatment and a little of their life when in Kentwood.

Jason and Becki took David to the doctor Monday.  David blood level was 7.6.  The doctor decided to hold off on the blood, but to give the Procrit injection.  Friday, we will be going for more blood work.  The doctor is beginning to think David’s blood level is possibly okay at this level.  I’ll let you know what happens Friday.
Gaylon Cutrer  seems to be having a setback with his MDS, one of the problems David also has.  Pray for him as he is spending more time seeking help.
By the way, both Bryan Tate and David Alford were able to be in church Sunday.   Isn’t that great?  They both need your prayers as they continue to face their medical problems.
As you pray for Gaylon, Bryan and David, please pray for Ruth, Rita, and me as we lovingly try to be the caregivers God would have us to be.  We are all thankful God is making each stop of this journey with us.
This is Wednesday.  I hope that you will make it to one of God’s earthly houses to hear God’s Word being shared.
Every day is a good day for missions!  I’ve been so anxious to do some shopping and crafting for Operation Christmas Child, one of my favorite missions.   I like to be ‘hands-on” with some of my missions, so this works for me.
Today, in places far from Kentwood, lots of mission work is being done by those who have answered God’s calling on their lives.  Please pray for them.  Thank God for their willingness to serve,  Do your part in supporting them.  One way you can participate is to give or give again to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
Anna Lee


“So if the Son sets you free,

you will be free indeed.”

~John 8:36 NIV~




Young Jules Tanksley had a good day yesterday.  Thanks to Children’s Hospital in NO for taking good care of many children from our area.  Hopefully, Jules’ parents will be bringing her home soon.




Mr. Frank Erwin may be able to leave North Oaks and return home later today.  His condition is treatable with medication.




James M.  Burch


James M. Burch (Major, Retired, USAF) was born on July 26, 1931, in Liverpool, LA, and passed away Monday, March 11, 2019, at the age of 87. Having grown up on a farm in rural Greensburg, LA, he learned the value of hard work. He was a graduate of Louisiana State University and proudly served our country for more than twenty years in the United States Air Force. He had assignments at Goose Bay Air Base in Newfoundland, Canada, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, TX, and flew missions in Vietnam during the war. Following his military duty, he began his second career as a federal civil servant working in the United States Department of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. His final days were spent surrounded by family during a short stay at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home. He was a long-time member of Oakcrest Baptist Church and resident of Baton Rouge but most recently lived in Monroe, LA with Jerre, his wife of 51 years. He is also survived by four loving children, Chip Birch (Lisa), Sheree Burch Phifer (Glenn), Mary Burch Mangham (Doug), and Shawna Burch Johnson (Alan). He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Trey Birch (Meghan), Travis Phifer (Taylor), Victoria Phifer, Regan Mangham, Emery Johnson, Major Mangham, Reid Johnson, Daniel Birch; and two great-grandchildren, James Birch and Cindy Birch. He is also survived by five sisters, Barbara McDaniel, Jane Duncan, Grace Helen Williams, Cheryl Scott and Beverly Easley. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Sarah Birch; parents, Clifton and Rena Burch; sister, Carolyn Easley; and brothers, Jack Burch Sr., Donald Ray Burch and Percy Dean Burch. A memorial service will be held at New Zion Baptist Church in Kentwood, LA, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 6, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the . Online Registry/Condolences: Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe, LA.





Read and Write the Bible – 2 Thessalonians 1: 3-5




The youth of FBC, Kentwood will have a fundraiser for camp expenses next Sunday.  The youth from SCBC will have a BBQ chicken on the following Tuesday.




FBC, Kentwood will present an Easter program Sunday, April 13th at 6 P.M.




Thank God for protecting us during last night’s storm.

Anna Lee