“Go into all the world

and preach the Good News to everyone.”

~Mark 16:15 (NLT)~


Billy Ray Johnson

(July 17, 1930 – May 22, 2008)

The angels came and carried Billy Ray Johnson from the Hammond Nursing Home. A Loving wonderful husband and soulmate to Ruby Johnson for more than 35 years. A doting father to Tommy Ray Johnson, Greensburg, LA., Larry and Sybil Brenner, Laplace, LA., Granddaughter and Husband Rebecca Brenner Hicks & Ralph Lee Hicks Jr. of Abita Springs, Grandsons Lawrence Brenner Jr. and Wayne Daigrepont, Kenner. Sister and brother in Law, Mary Lou and Joe Cutrer, Greensburg along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was a retired truck driver and US Air Force veteran, who loved horses and old western movies. Preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Edith Carter Johnson. Services conducted by Rev. Elester Raines and Rev. Nita Jenkins @ McKneely Funeral Home at Amite, LA. On May 26, 2008 from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM, in funeral chapel. Burial at Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. To follow the chapel services. Family and friends invited for the services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to family at PO Box 7, Amite, LA. 70422. He was a member of College Town Baptist Church, Hammond, LA.

Baptist Press
May 23, 2008

MEXICO–Mexico City barrios tug at their hearts.

MEXICO–Kindling hope among Mexico City’s homeless.

MEXICO–Unshackling Mexico City to meet Jesus.

FLORIDA–At 48, he’s a new Navy chaplain.

THAILAND–Training manual to bolster Myanmar relief.

ETHIOPIA–Wildfire heightens Ethiopia hunger crisis.

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Remembering America’s fallen.


I’ve heard two stories lately with a common theme:

Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick tells a story from his own childhood days. His father had said to his mother, upon leaving the house one Saturday in the morning hours: “Tell Harry that he can cut the grass today, if he feels like it.” Then, halfway down the walk, his father turned once more to add: “And tell Harry that he had better feel like it.”

A similar story:

A new elementary school was raising the American flag for the first time. To make the day special, they had invited a Marine Corps color guard to come out and perform the duty for them. The day before the ceremony, the Marine in charge of the unit called to confirm directions to the school. After doing so, he was asked by the school secretary whether he was sending Marines who like children. There was a brief pause on the other end of the line before the man replied, “Ma’am, if I tell them to like children, they will like children.”

Both of those stories emphasize the point that there is a big difference between doing something and wanting (or liking) to do it. And, as much as a father or a Marine sergeant may command someone to enjoy what they’re doing, it’s just not that simple!

I wish that it was! I can make Christians attend worship, but what I really desire is for them to WANT to attend worship. I can make Christians give more, but what I really desire to for them to WANT to give more. I can make Christians serve in a variety of capacities, but what I really desire is for them to WANT to serve more. It’s so much harder to change what people want to do than it is to change what they do.

But it’s not just hard to change it in others — it’s hard to make that change in my own life as well. I often find myself thinking that I need to pray more, study more, visit more, when what I’d really, really like to find such joy in those things that I WANT to do them more.

When you peel away the outer layers of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and get to the core of what Jesus is saying, this is the principle you find. Jesus doesn’t just want followers who don’t murder; he wants his followers to WANT to live in love. He doesn’t just want followers who don’t commit adultery; he wants his followers to WANT to be people of commitment and integrity. He doesn’t want followers who merely DO the right thing; he wants followers who WANT to do the right thing. He doesn’t just want the actions; he wants the heart.

“Now the purpose of the comamndment

is love from a pure heart,

from a good conscience,

and from sincere faith.”

~I Timothy 1:5~

I continue to struggle with how to change people’s hearts. I continue to struggle with how to change my own heart. May we seek to submit ourselves to the only One who can shape and mold us into what we were made to be.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Show your love for people by helping with On Mission in Kentwood this morning.

Anna Lee

Friday Evening

On Mission in Kentwood

  • Meet Saturday morning at FBC at 8 A.M.
  • Light work and heavy work will be done
  • Bring chain saws, rakes, gloves, etc.
  • Bring plants/fresh flowers to share
  • Morning only
  • Contact me if you would like to work.
  • Contact me if you would like work done or know of a needed project.
  • Purpose – Let the people of Kentwood know we care about them; God does too!


“Blessed be God,

who has not turned away my prayer,

nor His mercy from me!”

~Psalm 66:20~

Jan Yarborough called to ask us to pray for her sister and brother-in-law. Jan’s sister, Jackie McDaniel, is going to New Orleans today to have her pacemaker checked. Depending on what the doctors find out today, Jackie may have to have surgery. Jackie’s husband, Don McDaniel, is in Summit Hospital in Baton Rouge. He will be having by-pass surgery Monday to correct several blockages. Please be i prayer for this couple and their extended family as they deal with two patients in two cities. Your prayers will be appreciated.

Friday, May 23, 2008

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits,

who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases.”

~Psalm 103:2-3, ESV~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, interceding with you for people with AIDS.

As the thin, gaunt man lay on the mat on the floor, he could barely speak. The room he lay in was small and stifling hot. His right arm was drawn up toward his chest. A caregiver had cleaned him up and was now doing exercises to prevent his arm from staying in that position. No family members were around, and he apparently had no one left. This is the scene in many rural villages in South Africa. People are dying at an alarming rate from AIDS. Pray for the Spirit of God to move evangelical churches to care for and witness to those infected and dying from AIDS. Only Jesus can change a culture.

A 16-year-old boy in Swaziland is caring for his brothers and sisters because both parents died of AIDS. Neighbors try to help as much as they can, but so many are caring for extended family members as well. Pray that the many orphans in Swaziland will have someone to care for them.

In Malawi, K has fallen in love with the youth, and God has made provision for her to teach here for six weeks: English, AIDS education and “True Love Waits” (an abstinence program). She will shine the light of Christ into the lives of dozens of girls, teaching them that they, too, can have the strength and courage to live a life of purity. K can offer hope for forgiveness for those who desire a real heart change.

*Please pray for K and others like her as they encounter young people ready to hear the message of Jesus’ life of purity.

*Intercede for people, asking that they will take responsibility for protecting friends and family members.

*Plead with the Lord for healing from spiritual depravity that leads to this terrible disease.

Baptist Press

May 22, 2008

WASHINGTON–British Parliament backs human-animal hybrids.

VIRGINIA–Church planters among 119 commissioned.

VIRGINIA–Jeffery Ginn selected as SBCV’s exec.

TENNESSEE–Wiley Drake to be SBC president nominee.

FLORIDA–Fla. Baptists to pray for rain June 1.

TENNESSEE–Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter killed by car.

VIRGINIA–WORLDVIEW (Erich Bridges): Hope in the rubble.

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

UNDOUBTEDLY, ONE COULD find more contrasts than comparisons between Christ’s birth and death…

Yet, a study of both reveals some interesting parallels. Both changed the world and have altered the impact of eternity. Consider the following:

1) At both, He was rejected of men (Luke 2:7; Mark 15:15).

2) At both, He was cast “outside” (Luke 2:7; Hebrews 13:12).

3) At both, Mary was there (Luke 2:7; John 19:26).

4) At both, myrrh was present for use upon Him (Matt. 2:11; John 19:39).

5) At both, there was darkness (Matthew 2:10,14; Matt. 27:45).

6) At both, His body was wrapped in clothing (Luke 2:7,12; Mark 15:46).

7) At both, a Herod becomes curiously involved (Matt. 2:7ff; Luke 23:7ff).

8) At both, there was worship-though the first was genuine and the second mocking (Matt. 2:11 and Luke 2:13-14; Mark 15:19).

9) At both, wise men recognized His deity (Matthew 2:1ff; Mark 15:39 and Luke 23:41)

10) At both, Jew and Gentile were there.

11) At both, He was hailed as King-though one was in earnest and the other in jest (Matt. 2:2; Mark 15:26,32).

12) At both, an “honorable” man named Joseph was present (Matt. 1:19 + Luke 2:16; Mark 15:43).

13) At both we find the chief priests and scribes involved (Matt. 2:4-6; 27:1ff). (Neal Pollard)


“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,

and we beheld His glory,

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,

full of grace and truth.”

~John 1:14~

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

Anna Lee


Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!

As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

~John 20:21 (NIV)~



Deacon Hospital Ministry

  • Robert Wilson
  • Tom Brister

Nursery Volunteers for 5-25-08

  • Bobby Raborn
  • Wanda Miller
  • Susan Rimes
  • Paul Scott Schwartz

VBS Registration

  • June 1 & 8
  • Before worship service

On Mission in Kentwood

  • Saturday, 5-24 @ 8:00
  • Everyone can participate.

Graduate Sunday

  • May 25

VBS Needs

  • Pre-sweetened Kool-aid
  • Cookies

Annie Armstorng

  • Given – $12,505.30
  • Goal – $13,000.00

Baby Shower

  • Elisabeth H. Sanders
  • June 1
  • 2-4 P.M.
  • Fellowship Hall

THE WORTH OF A SERMON A couple of “preacher jokes” for you:

One Sunday morning, a preacher cut his face while shaving, and he placed a band-aid on the cut. After a longer-than-usual sermon, he explained, “In case you are wondering what happened to my face, while shaving I was concentrating on my sermon and I cut my face.” Afterwards, a woman said to him, “Next time, concentrate on your face and CUT THE SERMON.”

The minister selected a fifty-cent item at a convenience store, but discovered he didn’t have any money with him. “I could invite you to hear me preach in return,” he said jokingly to the owner, “but I’m afraid I don’t have any fifty-cent sermons.” “Perhaps,” suggested the owner, “I could attend twice.”

That raises an interesting question — how much are sermons worth? I can honestly say that some of mine have not been worth nearly as much as others. But if a sermon has effectively communicated the truth of God’s Word in such a way that we are led to understand better and to make application in our lives, then it is worth a great deal.

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!'” (Rom. 10:14-15)

Have you told your preacher lately what good-looking feet he has?

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Count your blessings today.

Anna Lee


And we know that God

causes everything to work together

for the good of those who love God

and are called according to his purpose

for them.

~Romans 8:28 (NLT)~

Melvin Leonard Varnado
Melvin Leonard Varnado, 78, was born May 20, 1929, and passed away Monday, May 19, 2008, at his home in Denham Springs. He was a native of Kentwood. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gloria “Jackie” Cowart Varnado; four children, his sons, Kenneth Varnado and wife Janet and Richard Varnado and wife Jean, all of Denham Springs, his daughters, Rhonda Varnado LeBlanc, of Denham Springs, and Susan Varnado Scardina and husband Bryan; honorary daughter and grand-daughter, Chong-Sun Ahn and Jean-Sun Ahn, of Seattle; brother, Carlton Varnado and wife Reona, of Baton Rouge; sisters, Norma Nell V. Fussell, Carlene “Toddy” V. Brumfield and Alta Mae V. Daniel and husband Bob, all of Baton Rouge; nine grandchildren, Scott and Kyle Varnado, and Matthew, Joshua and Riley Varnado, all of Denham Springs, Maverick and Benjamin LeBlanc, of Dutchtown, and Tyler and Rachel Scardina, of Denham Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents, T.C. and Irene Varnado, of Kentwood; brothers, Harold Thomas, Sheldon and Landon Varnado; and sisters, Viola “Poolie” Hill and Mildred Miscar. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Denham Springs for more than 50 years. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and retired from his own business, Leonard’s Plumbing, at age 65. He cherished being a husband, father and grandfather to his family and relished time spent fishing with friends. Visitation at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, on Wednesday, May 21, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation at First Baptist Church, Denham Springs, on Thursday, May 22, from 9 a.m. until funeral service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. James Spillman. Burial in Evergreen Memorial Park, Denham Springs. Pallbearers will be his eight grandsons, Scott Varnado, Kyle Varnado, Matthew Varnado, Joshua Varnado, Maverick LeBlanc, Benjamin LeBlanc, Riley Varnado and Tyler Scardina. Honorary pallbearers are Jack Reid Sr., Reymond D’Armond, Sam Williams, A.J. Lavigne, C.J. Rushing, Gary Pertuis, Cart Varnado and Bob Daniel. The family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Please continue to pray for the Rhodus, Hart, and Varnodo families.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them” (Psalm 34:7, NKJV)

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, praying with you for our brothers and sisters in Christ who face persecution.

A house church meeting was interrupted by a crowd of Muslim men. The instigator of the mob spoke, “You should not be teaching these things! You cannot convert Muslims to Christianity!” He was angry because his 17-year-old son had recently accepted Jesus as Savior, and had been baptized. His son and a friend were sharing the truth they had learned with others in the community. The mob slapped and beat the church leader, and ultimately reported him to the police. The leader was baffled. “I was doing nothing wrong. I wasn’t forcing anyone. All of these men had already given their lives to Jesus. I was just teaching them.” The police breathed extortion, and in fear, too little faith, and a mistake in judgment, a bribe was paid.

For a Lozi school teacher named M, becoming a Christian has threatened his job. The headmaster at M’s school is a member of a cult that does not believe in Jesus as the only way to salvation. The headmaster is very upset that M has joined a Baptist church. Now the headmaster is spreading lies: He is accusing missionaries of coming to steal and kill the school children, and is telling others that the Baptist church members are really Satan worshippers. He makes M’s personal and professional life very difficult. Pray that M will continue to stand firm in his faith.

*Please pray that God will grant wisdom to those sharing Jesus in their oppressive communities and that they will not give in to extortion.

*Ask the Lord to send His angel to camp around these believers and to protect them from all physical, spiritual and emotional attacks.

*Intercede for the angry mob members and the headmaster that they will come face to face with the living God, bowing the knee in surrender to Jesus Christ.

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
PSYCHOLOGISTS TELL US that one of the deepest urges in human nature is the craving to be appreciated…

Thus, we contribute immeasurably to the happiness and success of others when we express appreciation for their work and worth.

We are also advised that the giving of sincere praise brings out outstanding benefits to the one who gives it. Thus, we contribute immeasurably to our own happiness and success when we express appreciation for others.

Observation teaches that the most successful people have mastered the art of giving praise.

Giving honest praise is like “saying grace” at the table…very difficult to start, if it hasn’t been our pattern. Here are some guidelines to get one started.

1. Look for little things for which you can express appreciation. We tend to wait for colossal achievements before uttering one word of commendation or encouragement. Rare and refreshing is the person who goes on a “treasure hunt” searching for little things to praise.

2. Look for things close at hand for which you can express appreciation. The human tendency is to see glamour in things at a distance and defects in things close at hand. It doesn’t take much sense to find fault with things and people close by. Conversely, it requires sensitive perception to detect the genuine worth of nearby treasures.

3. Voice your appreciation. It isn’t that we don’t appreciation others…it’s just that, for some unknown reason, we are hesitant to voice that feeling. It is necessary to say nice things to have them do good…not merely think them. By not acting quickly to praise one for his work the impulse often fades away.

It may well be that one of the greatest duties you can perform this day will be speaking a word of appreciation. (John Gipson)

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all” (1 Thess. 5:14).

I appreciate your prayers for various needs each day! I appreciate those who inform me of needs. I appreciate those who encourage me.

Anna Lee


Dear friends, never avenge yourselves.

Leave that to God.

For it is written,

“I will take vengeance;

I will repay those who deserve it,” says the Lord.

~Romans 12:19 (NLT)~

CHINA. Rescuers are racing against time to save tens of thousands of people still trapped under collapsed buildings following the massive May 13 earthquake in Sichuan province. Several cities surrounding Chengdu suffered tremendous loss of life and property when the quake struck. Fatalities are now expected to reach 50,000 and 4 million homes have been demolished. As aftershocks continue and rescuers face monumental challenges in extracting people from beneath tons of collapsed concrete, hopes are dimming for many trapped inside the buildings. Pray that even in the midst of tragedy, the God of miracles will work in ways that will bring great glory to Himself. Pray that all who seek to provide assistance will be aware of a much greater power at work, and will depend on Him. Pray that survivors, rescuers and observers will long for a relationship with the one and only true God who can comfort them in times of need, provide for them throughout life, and give them eternal life.

LAST FRONTIER. Those serving among a Last Frontier people group write: “We ask you to pray for our team of national believers and missionaries as we begin discipleship training for team members so that we will be ready to disciple new believers. Pray that any language barriers will not create confusion and that the Father will be honored during these times of training.”

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. As a result of a governmental treaty between the United States and France, missionaries Ron and Lisa Jones have recently learned that they must leave Reunion Island in September 2008 for a year. Please join Ron and Lisa in prayer as they seek the Lord’s will in where He would have them to go and serve during this time. In addition, pray that the Lord will give them peace as they leave the people they have come to love, and an extra measure of grace as they deal with the many adjustments they will encounter as they learn to serve in a different country and among a different people group. Most importantly, pray for the new work they have just started in the southern part of the island, asking that the Lord will call out someone to work in that area that has such a great need for an evangelical witness.

Baptist Press Articles

I urge you to read both of these articles. Your heart will be blessed.

FLORIDA–Thousands celebrate lives of Forrest, Preston Pollock.

LOUISIANA–Extreme Makeover blesses Katrina-ravaged church.

From Lifeway:

Salvation Through Christ: A Matter of FAITH

Jesus loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you.

In your personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person to get to heaven and have eternal life?

Here is how the Bible answers this question. It is answered in one word and the word is FAITH.

F Is for Forgiveness

Everyone has sinned and needs God’s forgiveness. Romans 3:23: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
God’s forgiveness is in Jesus only. Ephesians 1:7: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”

A Is for Available

God’s forgiveness is available for all. John 3:16: “God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
God’s forgiveness is available but not automatic. Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.”

I Is for Impossible

According to the Bible, it is impossible to get to heaven on our own. Ephesians 2:8-9: “By grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast.”
So how can a sinful person have eternal life and enter heaven?

T Is for Turn

If you were going down the road and someone asked you to turn, what would he or she be asking you to do? (Change direction) Turn means repent. Turn away from sin and self. Luke 13:3: “Unless you repent, you will all perish as well!”
Turn to Jesus alone as your Savior and Lord. John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Here is the greatest news of all. Romans 10:9-10: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.”

What happens if a person is willing to repent of their sins and confess Christ?

H Is for Heaven

* Heaven is a place where we will live with God forever. John 14:3: “If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.”
* Eternal life begins now with Jesus. John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

H can also stand for how.

How can a person have God’s forgiveness, eternal life, and heaven? By trusting Jesus as your Savior and Lord. You can do this right now by praying and asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and inviting Jesus into your heart.

Accepting Christ is just the beginning of a wonderful adventure with God! Get to know Him better in a number of ways:

* Follow Christ’s example in baptism.
* Join a church where you can worship God and grow in your faith.
* In your church, get involved in Sunday School and Bible study.
* Begin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.

F – Forgiveness

A – Available

I – Impossible

T – Turn

H – Heaven/How

Anna Lee

Monday Afternoon – Obituaries


Randy Roy Hart
(December 10, 1952 – May 19, 2008)

Randy Roy Hart, 55, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Hood Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of Kentwood, LA. He was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church and music minister at East Fork Baptist Church. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and at East Fork Baptist Church on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 9 a.m. with religious services at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. Howard Brister and Dr. Danny Smith. Interment at Spring Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Corkern Hart, aunt, Elaine Hart McElveen and her husband, H. Brooks McElveen, cousins, Robbin Graham, Carlus Graham Stewart, Peggy Hart Frederick, Sherryl Licause, Karen Beaumont, Dr. Carol Herring, Gregg McElveen, David McElveen, Dawn McElveen Hunt, and fiancé, Ruth Lewis Stoudenmier. He was preceded in death by his father, Murriel Leroy Hart, fraternal grandparents, Verda Strickland Hart and F. G. Hart, maternal grandparents, Velma Schilling Corkern and J. F. Corkern and uncles, Dr. Wayne F. Hart and Dr. Randall Corkern, and aunt, Carol Corkern Graham.

Zettie Janette Raybourn Rhodus
(November 14, 1935 – May 18, 2008)

Died at 12:38 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was a native of Marian County, MS and a resident of Kentwood. Age 72 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Joey Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. She is survived by her daughter, Tresa Rhodus, Kentwood; son, Willis Michael Rhodus, Sr., Kentwood; 2 grandsons, Willis M. Rhodus, Jr., Kentwood and Wendell Scott Rhodus, Kentwood; 2 sisters, Viola Jones and husband, Darrell, Brusly and Bonnie Crawford, Gillsburg, MS; 3 brothers, James Raybourn, Gillsburg, MS, Percy Raybourn and wife, Pat, Mt. Hermon and Adren Raybourn and wife, Jannice, Sunny Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis D. “Red” Rhodus, Jr.; grandson, James Rhodus.