“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
THE LION WAS proud of his mastery of the animal kingdom…

One day he decided to make sure all the other animals knew he was the king of the jungle. He was so confident that he bypassed the smaller animals and went straight to the bear. “Who is the king of the jungle?” the lion asked. The bear replied, “Why, you are, of course.” The lion gave a mighty roar of approval.

Next he asked the tiger, “Who is the king of the jungle?” The tiger quickly responded, “Everyone knows that you are, O mighty lion.”

Next on the list was the elephant. The lion faced the elephant and addressed his question: “Who is the king of the jungle?” The elephant immediately grabbed the lion with his trunk, whirled him around in the air five or six times, and slammed him into a tree. Then he pounded him onto the ground several times, dunked him under water in a nearby lake, and finally threw him up on the shore. The lion–beaten, bruised, and battered–struggled to his feet. He looked at the elephant through sad and bloody eyes and said, “Look, just because you don’t know the answer is no reason for you to get mean about it!” (Gerald Flury)

“Pride goes before destruction,

and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

~Prov. 16:18~

Tuesday Night

Jesse Dean will have another surgery in the morning on his knee. Please continue to pray for him, his family, and the medical staff that’s caring for him.

Please continue to pray for my parents, Grant and Dot Smith of Roseland.

Earl Ray Sharkey

(April 10, 1932 – April 15, 2008)

Died at 5:06AM on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Roseland, LA. Age 76 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday and at Kedron Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Friday. Services conducted by Rev. Herb Cowan and Rev. Norman Nowell. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite, LA. Survived by his daughter, Richelle Smart and husband, Dale, Roseland, 2 sons, Ray Sharkey and wife, Clara, Tickfaw and Rex Sharkey and wife, Sheila, Waynesboro, MS, 5 grandchildren, Logan, Dakota and Cassidy Smart and Colton and Savannah Sharkey, 2 sisters, Wanzie Williams and husband, J. L., Kentwood and Julie Kay Frazier and husband, Roy, Baton Rouge, 2 brothers, Bobby Sharkey and wife, Vicki, Amite and Harrell Sharkey and wife, Susie, Tangipahoa, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Nowell Sharkey, parents, Felix and Daisy Sharkey.

Dorothy Marie Hart

(July 24, 1966 – April 12, 2008)

Died at 5:47AM on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Wellstar Douglas Hospital in Douglasville, GA. She was a native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Douglasville, GA. Age 41 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 8:30 a.m. on Wedesday until religious services at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Walter Mixon. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Roseland, LA. Survived by son, Joseph Garrison, Coalgate, OK, daughter, Julie Garrison, Douglasville, GA, grandchildren, Cheyenne Michelle Garrison, Robert Michael Jose Hutcheson, Donovan James Garrison, Dayton Michael Garrison, brothers and sisters, Bill Hart, Birmingham, AL, Tom Hart, Catlett, VA, Patty May, French Settlement, LA, Barbara Holliday, Kentwood, LA, Laura Doty, Dublin, OH, Debbie Severio, Independence, LA, Susan Hart, Denham Springs, LA. Pallbearers will be Rickey Dale Wallace, Donald Holliday, Jr., Justin Wallace, Leo Edwards, Mark Catir, and Stephen Tankersley.


“Blessed be the Lord,

because He has heard the voice of my supplications!”

~Psalm 28:6~


Thank God for:

  • His Son who provided salvation for us
  • Life
  • Health
  • Home
  • Food
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Jobs (past, present, and future)
  • Changes of the weather
  • Etc.




Pray for:

  • Those who are lost
  • Those who are grieving
  • Those who are away from families
  • Those who are undergoing medical tests/treatment
  • Homebound
  • Caregivers
  • Military
  • Government leaders
  • Graduating seniors (college and high school)
  • Church staff
  • Missionaries




MUSLIMS: PRAYING BEYOND THE WALL. The father of a Muslim family who has befriended some young international Christians recently left on what he called a “spiritual journey.” This journey is part of a Muslim missionary movement that began several decades ago. He will travel for a season to preach and encourage Muslims to be more devout in their practices. The Christians are wondering if his journey is a result of questions that have come up because of the presence of Christians in his life. Is he searching for truth and grasping tightly to the only thing he knows as truth, or is he planting his feet and standing firmly in resistance against the Truth he has heard? Please pray fervently that his experiences on his spiritual journey will demolish his tight grip on false teachings and cause him to search for truth in Jesus Christ. Pray for the Christians as they continue to share Bible stories with the family each week. Ask God to enable the entire family to understand that Jesus is the only one who can present us faultless before the throne of grace. Pray for them to place their faith in Him alone!



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

One year ago, people around the world were stunned by a shooting rampage that left 32 victims dead on the campus of Virginia Tech University…

In the aftermath, the mother of one critically wounded student who survived said she did not want the ordeal to become the defining moment in her son’s life. Instead, she hoped it could be “something positive, some great celebration of his life.”

When the unthinkable happens, it may seem impossible to believe that anything can overcome the emotional scars. Yet, the life of Joseph offers a powerful illustration of God’s transforming power (Gen. 37-50). The brothers who sold him into slavery were sure he would take revenge on them (50:15-17). But Joseph told them, “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (v.20).

When we place our desire for revenge in God’s hands, we become participants in the remarkable process described by Paul: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).

The defining moments of our lives are not determined by the evil done to us, but by our response such events. (David C. McCasland)

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).

I hope this devotional speaks to some of you today. I know these verses have helped me through difficult times.

Anna Lee


Monday Afternoon

Pamela Kay McBride

(March 5, 1960 – April 13, 2008)

Died on Sunday, April 13, 2008 in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a native of Baton Rouge, LA and a resident of Denham Springs, LA. Age 48 years. Visitation at First Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Joey Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by parents, J. L. and Wanzie Williams, Kentwood, son, Cory Harold and wife, Jessica, Walker, 3 brothers, Lathan Williams and wife, Wendy, and sons, Jamie and Derrick, Stan Williams and son Chad, Mandeville, Gary Williams and wife, Renee, and children, Chloe and Zach, Baton Rouge, great-niece, Sydnie Williams, a special aunt and uncle, Roy and Julee Frazier, Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Felix and Daisy Sharkey, paternal grandparents, Jim and Dora Williams, step-grandfather, Eddie Williams. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.


“Youths may faint and grow weary,

and young men stumble and fall,

but those who trust in the LORD

will renew their strength;

they will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary;

they will walk and not faint,”

~Isaiah 40:30-31, HCSB~

Curt Martin will be having another test to check the blood clot in his leg. Pray for it to be healed. Pray for Curt to have be able to stay off of it as long as necessary.

Be in prayer for the many grieving families in the Kentwood area.

From the International Mission Board:

A retired pastor walks the mountainous countryside for hours each day. He stops at homes and along the way to tell everyone he meets the good news of Jesus. Last year he made 2,640 visits, all on foot, to share the Gospel. That is an average of 220 visits per month, and about seven visits per day-and he is 88 years old! “Pray that the Lord will lengthen my life, to be able to keep working in the Lord’s service,” he asks.

(Does that testimony make you feel like you are coming up short? It certainly does me!)

Since Easter, the Baptists on this island nation have been asking God to enable them to reach 1 million of their people in the next three years, and to start many churches for His glory. If the passion for prayer does not surprise you, perhaps the location will. This pastor walks the rugged roads of Cuba.

“Pray that Cuba might be won to Christ,” he pleads. As Cuban Baptists are in the midst of the “50 Days of Prayer for Cuba” emphasis, please ask the Lord for 1 million Cubans to come to Christ, and for a church to be started within walking distance of each one during the next three years. Pray for others, like this retired pastor, who daily share their faith with those in Cuba who do not know Jesus.

* Please pray that God will pour out the power of the Holy Spirit on Cuban Christians, giving them daily strength and joy in their labor of prayer.

* Ask God to give them love and compassion for the lost so they will personally share the Gospel.

* Join this 88-year-old pastor in praying “that Cuba and the whole world might be won to Christ.”

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
THE BLOG TITLE read, “Moron turns in $140,000.00…”

What this title has reference to is the news story that broke last month. Eli Estrada, a 40 year-old Palm Beach resident found a bag containing $140,000.00 in unmarked $20.00 bills.

Mr. Estrada certainly could have used the money. About six months ago, he opened a landscaping and artificial-grass business and is in debt; he says his child support payments are tough to make; and he supports his mother, who moved in with him last year after she lost her house to a fumbled refinancing plan. Yet, Mr. Estrada went straight to the police and turned in all $140,000.00.

Apparently a Brinks armored truck somehow lost the money. Brinks rewarded Mr. Estrada for his good deed by giving him $2,000.00.

So now, was Mr. Estrada a really a “moron?” Only if one views such values as honesty, integrity, and the “golden rule” as foolish. But what about the cheap reward that was offered? Some on this blog said that if they knew the reward for turning in the money would have been so small, they would have kept it. But do we have to be financially rewarded for doing the right thing? Are our values so degraded that we feel we deserve a “reward” for doing what we’re supposed to do?

A moron? Hardly. Here’s a man who has demonstrated that he sufficient intelligence to know that some things are more valuable than money…things like integrity, honesty, and doing the right thing. Thank you, Mr. Estrada, for your example. May your tribe increase!

Now then, truthfully, what would you do if you found them money? Give it some thought. (Steve Higginbotham)

“Take double money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight” (Gen. 43:12).

May our moral values be worthy of the name we carry – Christian!

Anna Lee