“Our fathers trusted in You;

they trusted,

and You delivered them.

They cried to You,

and were delivered;

they trusted in You,

and were not ashamed.”

~Psalm 22:4-5~

Jesse Dean had a good day yesterday. If all continues to go well, he might be able to go home Monday. Thank God he was able to get help and is improving. Continue to pray for him and his family.

Curt Martin’s leg is less swollen now. Pray for him as he tries to be still so his leg will improve. Thank God it is improving.


April 11, 2008

“Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,”

~Luke 18:16b~


One of our MK (missionary kid) boys in West Africa is very outgoing. He loves to play soccer and do flips on the trampoline. He has many local friends, but not one of them is a Christian. This MK can talk to his young friends in a way his missionary parents can’t. His age and the fact that he likes the same things as his friends really help!

One night this 10-year-old MK who was born in West Africa prayed during family devotions. “Dear God, help us not to be shy to tell our friends about You. We love You and we want them to love You too.”

Please pray for MKs. Ask God to make them strong in their faith and courageous enough to tell their friends about Jesus. Pray that West African children and youth will listen and learn that Jesus wants to be their closest friend.

What about you? Do you like to play sports? Do you have friends who don’t know Jesus? Pray for our MKs, but why not pray for yourself too? “Dear God, help us not to be shy to tell our friends about You. We love You and we want them to love You too.”


I play American football and my friends are not Christian. Please pray for the salvation of my friends Jorge, Pedro, Alvaro, Frank, Frankie and Cabandi. MICHAEL, age 17 (Middle America and Caribbean)

I want you to pray for my family and friends, and pray for our family to tell more people about Jesus. SR, age 8 (East Asia)

Pray that MI will get over the death of her husband. I hope that other people will believe in Christ instead of a false god-they call him Buddha. I hope they will believe in Christ someday. ZA, age 11 (Pacific Rim)

My name is Rebekah and I am about to go back to the United States. I haven’t been in the States for 4 years, so it will be quite a shock. Then I’ll get a little more shock when I start college. Please pray for my family and for me as we try to adjust back to living in the States. I’m very nervous about college! Please pray that God will give me wisdom to see what He wants me to do with my life. Please pray for the people in South America that the Christians will be strong in their faith and that they will tell the message of Jesus to the poor. REBEKAH, age 18 (South America)

Pray for me to learn to control my mouth so I won’t hurt someone with my words. MICHAL, age 15 (Pacific Rim)

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Please pray for missionaries Tom and Judi Kent as they begin their final stateside assignment this month before their retirement. Intercede for them as they adjust to living in the United States, prepare for and share about what God is doing in Paraguay and the needs there, spend time with family, and rest a little. Pray for needed strength and stamina as they travel and share. Ask the Father to provide a home for them in Louisiana that will meet their needs. May they be able to make new friends and continue to minister to others in the new place of ministry to which God is leading them.

Shirley Ann Gilliland Graham

A worker at Judson Baptist Church daycare in Walker, she died at 8:22 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2008, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington. She was 61, a resident of Amite and a native of Walker. Visitation at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, on Saturday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes Sunday, April 13, from 11 a.m. until service in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Russell Hinson. Burial in Judson Baptist Church Cemetery, Walker. She is survived by her husband, Russell K. Graham; daughter, Amanda Graham; two sons, Charles and Carlton Woodward; four stepchildren, Linda Nevels, Bernita Smith, Rusty Graham and Deeanna Fontenot; three sisters, Clemmie Massey, Lou Nell Courville and Sandra Wainwright; three brothers, Glenn, Paul and Robert Gilliland; very special friend, Betty Hull; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles M. and Lutie Badon Gilliland. Pallbearers will be Wayne, Ty and Cordell Hull, Adam Jones, Dusty Glascock and Ben Ballard. Honorary pallbearer is Casey Shaw. She was a member of Judson Baptist Church, Walker. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 1805 College Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.


The following true story comes from the “Kids of the Kingdom” section of Christian Reader (July/August 2000):

As a couple drove home from church one afternoon, they were talking about a friend who was going to be baptized that day. As they were saying how proud they were of him, their three-year-old daughter Elizabeth asked, “What does it mean to be baptized?”

Their 5-year-old son Joshua spoke up, “Oh, baptism — that’s when the preacher washes all your senses away.”

Well, that’s not quite what the scriptures teach. I’m sure what that little boy meant (at least, I hope so) is that the scriptures teach that baptism washes our “sins” away. Ananias said to Saul (later to be known as the apostle Paul):

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16)

Don’t misunderstand. It’s not that there’s magical power in the water. In fact, the power is not in the water, but in the blood of Jesus Christ. But as baptism demonstrates a death (to sin), burial (in water) and resurrection to new life, it expresses a faith in Jesus Christ who died, was buried and who rose again the third day (Romans 6:3-4). And the end result is not a washing of the body, but a washing of the soul — remission of sins (I Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38).

Have you taken this step of faith?

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

If your sins have not been “washed away”, please attend a local church tomorrow and ask for more information on being cleansed by the blood of Jesus. You’ll never regret your decision. You’ll never be the same!

Anna Lee


Mrs. Lois Easley Miller

(May 10, 1919 – April 11, 2008)

Mrs. Lois Easley Miller died at 1:51AM, Friday, April 11, 2008 at Heritage Health Care of Hammond. She was 88 years old, a native of Easleyville and a resident of Hammond. Visitation at the Hillsdale Baptist Church, on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 10:00AM until Religious Services at the Church at 12:30PM. Service conducted by Jaimie Autin. Interment in the Hillsdale Cemetery. Survived by: Daughter & Son-in-law: Sylvia M. Hastings & Malcolm G., Amite, 5 Grandchildren: Gwen Autin & husband, Johnny; Malcolm L. “BO” Hastings & wife, Glenda; Ken Hastings & wife, Mary; Ben Hastings & wife, Brittany; Brynn Campo & husband, Sam. 12 Great-Grandchildren, 6 Great Great-Grandchildren. 3 Sisters- Mrs. Bennie Mae Smith, Zachary, Mrs. Annie Thompson, Hillsdale, Mrs. Rita Jacobs, Baton Rouge. Preceded in death: Husband: Albert Newman Miller, Parents: Jeffie & Allie Woodard Easley, Son: Albert Gary Miller, Brother: Wilton Easley, Grandson: Malcolm L. Hastings, Jr. Mrs. Lois was Member of the Hillsdale Baptist Church for more than 60 years. In Memory of Mrs. Lois Easley Miller donations will be accepted by Syliva or Gwen to assist in funeral expenses. McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite is in charge of arrangements. An on-line Guestbook is available at


“I can do all things through Him

who strengthens me.”

~Philippians 4:13 (NASB)~



Groups of people to pray for today:

  • Lost
  • Hurting
  • Lonely
  • Sick
  • Grieving
  • Political Leaders
  • Military
  • Homebound
  • Graduation seniors (high school and college)
  • Travelers (especially those dealing with canceled flights)

Aaron Spencer Hill
Aaron Spencer Hill, 7 weeks, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visitation is 5-7 pm today at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon and 1 pm Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Pinelake Church. Services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday at the church with a private burial later that day.
Aaron was born with a special heart. He did not live on this earth very long, but his short life touched the hearts of many for the glory of God. He will always be missed and always be loved.
Survivors include his parents, Scott and Faith Hill of Madison; and a brother, Levi Hill of Madison; grandparents, Leon and Lynn Hill of Terry, and Jerry and Kay Risher of Enterprise. He is also survived by a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family requests memorials be made to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39216

FBC Deacons for next week

  • Larry Miller
  • Henry McKenzie

FBC nursery workers for 4-23-08

  • Fay shoemaker
  • J.C. Miller
  • Scott and Katie Miller



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

MY WIFE ASKED me recently what I wanted for supper…

I told her I’d enjoy a big pot of home-cooked pinto beans. She quickly reminded me that we were under strict orders to cut back on our sodium intake. “The doctor says high blood pressure and salt aren’t close friends.” “They don’t have to be close friends,” I replied, “just friendly acquaintances!” Cutting back is one thing; cutting out is impossible — especially when you are a fan of pinto beans.

Salt was not considered a detriment in ancient cultures. On the contrary, it was regarded as a highly prized commodity. The Greeks called it theon, which means “divine.” Often, Roman soldiers were paid in salt (that which they received as wages was referred to as a salarium, from which we get our English word “salary”), and it was from that practice that the expression “not worth his salt” came into usage. In some societies salt was even more precious than gold. That’s something to mull over when you realize that the current market price for an ounce of precious yellow metal is just over $1,000. Remember that next winter when you are slinging that 25-pound bag of rock salt over your icy driveway.

Salt was deemed valuable for at least three reasons: First, it was a PRESERVATIVE. Without refrigeration, meat was especially subject to spoilage. Salt “cured” animal flesh and kept it from going bad. Second, it was a SEASONING. Historians tell us that the diet in and around ancient Palestine tended to be bland. Salt permeated food and gave it a distinctive, pleasant flavor. Third, it was a CLEANSING AGENT. Wounds were bathed in salt water in order to sterilize them. Infection was kept in check by the high salinity brine solution and helped promote healing.

Because we can purchase salt in such large quantities for relatively little money today, we often lose sight of what Jesus was teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. We probably don’t give much thought to Bible doctrine when we are buying that navy blue, cylindrical box of Mortons at the local IGA. But when the Lord declared, “You are the salt of the earth…” (Matthew 5:13a), He was underscoring our great value and influence in the world. Faithful children of God have a preserving effect in a world of rampant spiritual decay (Genesis 18:23ff; Proverbs 14:34; 2 Timothy 3:13); they hinder and retard moral decline. Christians add a divine tang or flavor to the local community in which they live. Once salt is added to a food, it permeates and changes it. (Just a smidgen of salt can enhance a big pot of pinto beans)! Then too, believers serve as a kind of virtuous antiseptic towards those wounded by the effects of sin.

On the other hand, Christians who wear their holy designation on “Sunday only” have no life-testimony — they neither preserve, season, nor heal. That’s what Jesus meant when he said, “…But if the salt loses its flavor … it is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot…” (v. 13b). In New Testament times, salt was collected from crystals around the Dead Sea. These formations were full of impurities, and since the actual salt was more soluble than the impurities themselves, the rain often washed out the sodium chloride, which made what was left worthless since it literally lost its saltiness. This residual material was simply thrown into the yard to destroy the fertility of the soil (Deuteronomy 29:23; Judges 9:45; Psalm 107:34) and harden the path to the house.

George Barna, the church statistician, highlighted this Bible truth-principle when he wrote, “…The average Christian in the average church is almost indistinguishable from the rest of society. The fundamental moral and ethical difference that Christ can make in how we live is missing. When our teens claim to be saved, get pregnant and do drugs at the same rate as the general teenage population — when the marriages of Christians end in divorce at the same rate as the rest of society — when Christians cheat in business, or lie, steal, and cheat on their spouses at the same statistical level as those who say they are not Christians — something is horribly wrong (Romans 2:19ff).” I hear both Jesus and Barna saying the same thing. That which makes Christians commendable and worthy of respect (James 1:27; Philippians 2:15) can be leached out of their hearts by the constant flow of the world’s values.

Minerals without salt were worthless. Pinto beans without salt are not fit to eat. Likewise, Christians without salt — to borrow from old Kentucky lingo — “ain’t no count.”

Would you please pass the salt? Oh yeah, and the cornbread too! (Mike Benson)

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” (Matt. 5:13).

Go out and add Christian flavor to the world today!

Thanks so much for praying today. Your prayers mean so much to so many.

Anna Lee

Thursday Afternoon

Curt Martin’s leg is better. The swelling is going down. He still has another test to take. Thank God for the improvement in his condition. Continue to pray for him.

Aaron Hill

Thank you all so much for continuing to pray for our family during this sad time. We miss Aaron terribly, but we can only rest in the knowledge that he is at home in Heaven right now.

We will celebrate Aaron’s life on this earth on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pinelake Church in Brandon. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon and from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday at Pinelake Church.

Christopher Slater Brown
(August 6, 1979 – April 10, 2008)

Christopher Slater Brown, 28, died at his residence on April 10, 2008. He was a resident of Kentwood and a native of McComb, MS. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1997 and was a graduating senior at Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Science and Technology – Occupational, Environmental, Safety, and Health. Visitation will be held at Spring Creek Baptist Church on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 9 a.m. until 12 Noon with religious services following to be conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment will be at East Fork Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Brooklyn Becc Huber Brown, his parents, Bill and Eugenia Givens Brown, 2 sisters, Danielle Brown and Paige Brown, 1 brother, Hunter Brown, and maternal grandmother, Mary Lea Potts Brown. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Clifford Brown and maternal grandparents, Audice and Lelia Givens and beloved family pet, Norman Brown. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Shreveport. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.



Glenn Reid
(July 27, 1929 – April 9, 2008)

Died at 11:38 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was a native and a resident of Amite, LA. Age 78 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and at Stoney Point Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Brent King, Rev. James Broom and Rev. Billy Mac Lowery. Interment Sharon Cemetery, Amite. He is survived by his wife, Doris Seal Reid, Amite; 2 daughters, Gail Bond and husband, Ken, Franklinton and Kathy Seal and husband, Allen, Amite; son, Glenn G. Reid and wife, Dana, Amite; 8 grandchildren, Ann Graves and husband, Shon, Walker, Courtney Bond, Franklinton, Lori, Ryan and Aaron Seal, Amite, Nicole, Gabriel and Koy Reid, Amite; 3 sisters, Myrtle Clark, Hammond, Mildred Oliver, Baton Rouge and Doris A Reid, Hammond. He was preceded in death by his 2 daughters, Sandra Reid and Deborah Lynn Reid; parents, Emanuel and Alma Reid; sister, Mamie Reid; 5 brothers, Arthur, William, Herman, Emanuel, Jr. and Eddie Reid.

Thursday Addition

Jan Hammons just called to say Slater Brown, a former Sumner student, was killed last night. He wife is the former Becc Huber. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Jan said Josh Lampton, a current Sumner student, was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Please be in prayer for the families involved as well as the entire Sumner High family as they deal with two deaths.


Then Jesus said,

“Come to me, all of you who are weary

and carry heavy burdens,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you.

Let me teach you,

because I am humble and gentle,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke fits perfectly,

and the burden I give you is light.”

~Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)~

Jesse Dean was in the emergency room until a room became available yesterday afternoon. He’s in room 4015 and is feeling much better. Keep praying for Jesse, Majel, and the family as well as the medical staff at North Oaks.

He is doing fine. He will need to be on the blood thinner for 5 days then he can go home. So far everything else is fine. All of his doctors have been by to see him.


Mrs. Jeanette Rhodus came home briefly, but is back at North Oaks. She is scheduled to begin chemo soon. Please put “Miss” Jeanette on you daily prayer list if she is not already there.

Donald Garner’s gall bladder surgery is scheduled for today at Lacombe. Please pray for all involved.

Please continue to pray for the Hill family of the Jackson, MS area as they prepare for the funeral for little Aaron. Once again, if you have not already done so, please check out Aaron’s web page.

Joan Hagan’s surgery is scheduled for April 30th. It is not too early to begin praying for that!

Chuck Pittman will have a PET scan today. He only has one more chemo treatment scheduled. Pray for Chuck and his family as they fight this battel together.

Chuck’s mom, Mrs. Bertha Pittman, is still at North Oaks. She is about the same. Please pray for her and for her family as they help the medical staff care for her.

Mr. Henry Harris is feeling better and able to get out some. Please continue to pray for Mr. Henry and “Miss” Emma.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Goal: $13,000.00

Received so date: $9357.85

Big Ten from TeamRomany, April 2008

1. Please pray for Gayle as she makes plans for a ladies’ conference with the women of Isuratei, Romania. The conference will be held in May and Gayle will be busy working out details of the event this month.
2. Please pray for youth who meet for Bible study in the Hill’s home on Monday nights and at Lacul Dulce on Friday nights. Thank God for their faithfulness to attend. Pray that they would grow in their walk with the Lord and that their lives would be a testimony of Christ’s transforming power.
3. Please pray for those seeking the Lord’s will about their place in Romany mission work.
4. Bro. Petrache, a Romany pastor from Lacul Dulce, Romania recently suffered a stroke affecting his left side. He is better and we ask that you pray for his complete healing. Pray also for his family during this difficult time. Pray for his needs to be met. Medicines and healthy foods can be both challenging to access and expensive for Romany families.
5. Pray for the Hills as they are evaluating some of their ministry habits and assessing their goals and objectives. Please pray that God will bless them with wisdom and show them how he wants them to focus their time and efforts.
6. Please pray for the Hill’s 8 year-old granddaughter, Madison. Please pray that God would meet her needs.
7. Please pray for Joe and Julie Silby and their children Ryan, Avery, and Hannah. They are being appointed in Dallas, Texas this week to join teamromany. They will arrive in the Czech Republic in early July. Please pray that their house and car sell.
8. Please pray for the Hatchels as they make plans to host a Disciple Now weekend for elementary aged MKs (Missionary Kids) in the Czech Republic. The event will be in early May, but they are making plans for the Bible studies and activities now.
9. Pray for Boyd as he meets with Romany teenagers on Friday evenings for soccer and Bible study. Pray that the teens would be open to the message he shares.
10. Pray for Jennie as she meets with women on Tuesday night for encouragement, fellowship and discipleship. Pray that the time she spends will help the women grow in their relationships with Christ.



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

THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT Joseph and Mary’s neighbors said many times…

What was he like as a child? There are some fanciful and apocryphal stories about Jesus performing various miracles as a child. On one occasion, supposedly, he didn’t feel like building the piece of furniture his father had asked him to build, so he enlisted the aid of squirrels and birds to hammer the nails and shape the wood.

But if that was all there was about Mary’s son Jesus, then he wouldn’t have been very special, would he? We get only glimpses of him as a young man. There is the self-assured twelve-year-old who sat with theologians and scholars discussing God’s law (Luke 2:41-49). When his frantic parents scolded him, he made that enigmatic statement about “being in my Father’s house.” Somehow the carpenter’s shop did not seem to be his destiny! His answer verged ever so closely to a scolding in return, and remarkably, his parents let it pass.

They knew there was something about their son.

There is so much that we are curious about. Did he play with neighborhood friends? Probably. Did he go to a local synagogue school and become a bar Mitsvah, a son of the covenant? Yes, all Jewish boys did. The Bible tells us that he grew “in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man.” Obviously it is vital to grow in favor with God, but it is impressive that he earned the respect of the community, too. Young men seem to work so hard at earning the community’s fear and disrespect these days!

And we wonder when exactly it became clear to Jesus that there was something about him that was unique. When he proclaimed his message as an adult, he was fully conscious of his uniqueness. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the father,” Jesus declared (John 14:9). To see Jesus act, and hear him speak was to catch a glimpse of God himself.

This was no mere magic act. This was God himself, with us (Matthew 1:23). Yes, there really is something about Mary’s son. Come and see him. (Stan Mitchell)

“Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him” (Mark 6:3).

Thanks for being there to pray each day. You and your prayers mean so much to so many! If you have a praise report, a prayer request, or an update to share. please feel free to do so. Others will pray with you!

Anna Lee