“This is what the LORD Almighty said:

‘Administer true justice;

show mercy and compassion to one another.  

Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor.

Do not plot evil against each oTher.”

~Zechariah 7:9-10~

This Scripture helps me work through a social issue I witnessed twice in the last week. I’m still thinking it through and seeking a solution for these people. It’s totally out of my past experiences, but touches my heart. Pray for our country and those who are trying to change us from the great country we have been.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

October 11th Readings
MARK 7:24-30
MATTHEW 15:21-28
MARK 7:31-37
MATTHEW 15:29-31
MARK 8:1-10
MATTHEW 15:32-16:4
MARK 8:11-21
MATTHEW 16:5-12

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Today’s Prayer Focus

Pray for those who serve our country by protecting us and making life safer for us. Pray for their safety on a daily basis. Pray for their families too. The job seems to be extra dangerous now. I don’t understand hurting those who are helping us. We can pray for this situation.

Thankfulness – Ten things I am especially thankful for this morning and in no particular order

My faith and that it has always been a part of who I am

Slightly cooler weather

Seeing progress in clean-up for Ida

A husband who shares my love for Operation Christmas Child

150 packed shoeboxes (and more to come)

A vehicle that is dependable because we are not mechanics

Heating and air conditioning in my home

Availability of food, medicine, gasoline, etc.

Being born in America

Communication that allows us to stay in contact with our family

Please continue to pray for and Encourage others.

Anna Lee


“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

~James 1:17 (NIV)~

I have a personal request today. I have been having trouble with my back for a LONG time. Without boring you with all the details of who I have seen and what I have done, I just ask for your prayers.

There are many around us who have spiritual, physical, and other needs. Be alert to needs and RESPOND. Show you care through visits, calls, cards, etc. You can make a big difference in brightening their day and their future.

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October 9th Readings
LUKE 9:7-9
MARK 6:14-29
MATTHEW 14:1-21
MARK 6:30-44
LUKE 9:10-17
JOHN 6:1-15
MARK 6:45-52
MATTHEW 14:22-33
JOHN 6:16-21
MARK 6:53-56
MATTHEW 14:34-36

Operation Christmas Child

I’m thankful to announce that the first 150 shoeboxes for the year were packed yesterday in about two hours. I’m thankful for those who gave of their time and efforts to be there. When we consider that “shoeboxes” average out to impacting 7 individuals for Jesus, that 1,050 lives that can potentially be touched by our efforts. I feel so blessed to be part of this effort.

Shoebox” Opportunities this week

Give money through the regular offering to help pay postage and training in churches so the children can learn about Jesus, etc. It averages out to $9.00 per shoebox.

Volunteer to help fold the shoeboxes we will fill Saturday. Please contact me by noon Monday.

Volunteer to pack future boxes, work in our drop-off location, drive to Hammond to pick up or deliver shoeboxes, etc.

There are a number of individual and organized ways you can minister to others. Find one or some that fit your personality, schedule, etc. and be a big. blessing to others.

Participate in church in person, or online if you cannot be there in person.

Anna Lee


“As a father has compassion on his children,

so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.”

~Psalm 103:13 (NIV)~

Request from Charles Dean, former minister of music at Spring Creek Baptist Church

Would you add my family to the Prayer Link please. My dad passed away this week in Orlando while he, my mom, and my 3 sisters were at Disney World. I flew to Orlando to drive them home. He was suffering from serious respiratory problems, probably from COVID (although he was never actually diagnosed, they strongly suspect it was the cause).

William Austin Dean

April 14, 1954 – October 6, 2021

William Austin Dean, 67, of Panama City, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the conclusion of a visit to Walt Disney World with his beloved wife and daughters in their Happy Place. Born April 14, 1954 in Greenville, South Carolina, he retired in 2008 as owner of Piggly Wiggly Millville Supermarket.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Christine Dean; and siblings Ann, Eddy, and Debbie.  He is survived by his wife Susan; two sons, Charles (Vickey) and Tommy; three daughters, Alicia, Elizabeth and Rachel; three grandchildren, Sereniti, Sophi, and Nathaniel; and one brother, Chuck.  The family will receive friends at the Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 5-7 p.m.  Private family graveside services will be held on Wednesday at the Forest Lawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church Panama City, P.O. Box 1200, Panama City, FL 32402 in memory of Billy Dean.

The number of Covid cases is going down from the fourth spike, but it certainly is still around.

I have another former student who is very ill. She has been sick for several years. Please pray for her and her sweet family.

Happy holidays! It’s packing season for Operation Christmas Child in many churches. Join in and pack a box or boxes on your own. Ask someone how you can do it either online or by doing your own shopping. I will be happy to help any individual, club, school, or church get started (either this year or for next year).

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

October 9th Readings
LUKE 9:7-9
MARK 6:14-29
MATTHEW 14:1-21
MARK 6:30-44
LUKE 9:10-17
JOHN 6:1-15
MARK 6:45-52
MATTHEW 14:22-33
JOHN 6:16-21
MARK 6:53-56
MATTHEW 14:34-36

Today’s Prayer Focus

Today, let’s pray for all churches. They exist so we can have a place to worship. Support them with your time, funds, and talents.

Have a great weekend. Give God the proper respect by your participation in church services somewhere and in person or online.

Anna Lee


For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

~Hosea 6:6~

We all have a different circle of family, friends, and acquaintances. Today, update your list of needs.

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October 10th Readings
JOHN 6:22-71
MARK 7:1-23
MATTHEW 15:1-20

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Louisiana Baptist Message

Today’s Prayer Focus

Today, let’s pray for fathers. They lead the family whether they know it or not. There or many ways this is done. One way, that makes a difference eternally, is in church attendance and service. When the father leads the family to church involvements, about 85% of the time the whole family will be involved long term. Today, let’s pray for fathers as they set the example for their family in many ways.

Anna Lee


“Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others.”

~Romans 12:4-5 (TLB)~

Volunteer – a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.

All great tasks in the kingdom of God and in other places require volunteers. They are not motivated by money, but purpose!

PACKING OF SHOEBOXES WILL BE DONE IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS. Then, we look ahead to a week of collecting shoeboxes from others to send them on the next step of the way to the right child for each box. Only God can get the boxes to the right children, but I have heard many stories of a child who wanted, and sometimes needed, an unusual item. It turned out to be the main item of the shoebox the child received. For example, one child wanted a radio. I’ve never thought about packing a radio, or know of someone who did, but the child who wanted a radio got a radio in a “shoebox” packed in a far-away country. ONLY GOD!

Mrs. Bessie Hayden had to go back to the hospital. Please keep her in your prayers.

Pray for another of my former students who is very sick.

Antoinette Marie Strahan

June 08, 1946 – September 25, 2021

Antoinette Marie Strahan

Marie Antoinette Strahan passed from this life on September 25, 2021 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. She was born in Bay City, TX On June 8, 1946 to Tony Buckley and Louise Tracey.

She worked hard to provide for her family and took pride in everything that she did. She always believed that if you are going to do something, you should give it your all.

She was a wonderful friend who would do anything for the people that she loved. Everyone who met her fell in love with her sweet soul.

Survivors are her three sons, Jody Johnson, Raymond Johnson, and Jack Wilkinson; one daughter, Jamie Hector, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her two best friends, Milton and Nancy Holloway.

Pamela Giardina Triolo

June 16, 1944 – October 04, 2021

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born June 16, 1944 in Amite, LA and was 77 years of age. She is survived by 2 sons, Mike Triola and Greg Triolo and wife Marissa; 4 grandsons, Tyler Castleberry and Alex, Ryan, and Owen Triolo; brother, Sal Giardina and wife Deanna; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband, Carlo Triolo; parents, Sam and Constance Lupo Giardina; nephew, Duane Giardina. She worked as a nurse for Dr. Goldsby for 35 years where she loved helping and serving her patients and community. Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, October 9,2021 at 10:00AM at Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. Services conducted by Deacon Eddie Renz. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

October 7th Readings
MARK 5:1-20
MATTHEW 8:28-34
LUKE 8:26-39
MARK 5:21-43
MATTHEW 9:18-26
LUKE 8:40-56

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Prayer Focus for Today

Our area is very thankful for the volunteers who came here to help our residents with downed trees and damaged roofs. Think of others who worked, without pay, to help in recovery. They are volunteers. They do a good work. God blesses them for their work. We have many who volunteer here on a regular basis. Think of parents and grandparents who volunteer at schools. Think about Sunday School teachers and other volunteer laborers at schools and churches. Think of people who clean the roadway in their neighborhood. Think of those who serve for many years in hospitals. I know I am on focus this morning. The television segment on right now just said “volunteer” and talked about others who benefit another community by giving of their time. Thank God for volunteers. Ask Him how He can best use your time and talents.

Anna Lee


With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

Please pray for Jewel Kay Y. Cutrer as she spends a week at M.D. Anderson to continue her treatment. Pray for the medical staff as they develop and initiate her treatment this week. Pray for her family, both the ones with her and the ones still here in Kentwood.

Pray for “shoeboxes’ as they are filled with useful items like soap, toothbrushes, and school supplies as well as fun things like balls, dolls, and jump ropes. Thank God for those who have contributed and those who will pack the shoeboxes. Most of all, pray for each child who will receive a box. May they feel the love of those who have packed the shoeboxes and the love of Jesus who died so they might have a wonderful, blessed eternity in heaven.

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October 6th Readings
MATTHEW 13:10-23
LUKE 8:9-18
MARK 4:21-29
MATTHEW 13:24-30
MARK 4:30-34
MATTHEW 13:31-52
MARK 4:35-41
MATTHEW 8:23-27
LUKE 8:22-25

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Pro-life policies under attack at federal level

Today’s Prayer Focus

Today, let’s pray for our shoeboxes, not for the soap, toothbrushes, pencils, erarers, socks, or toys, but for the child and family that will receive a shoebox. Studies have shown that a shoebox message about Jesus will impact seven people in the family, siblings, parents, grandparents, etc. as they all learn the story about Jesus and take it to heart. How blessed we are to be a part of such a wonderful, life-changing opportunity!

We have purchases the items that go into the shoeboxes. Now, we are working on the postage. It only takes $9.00 per box to ship it internationally and to provide the literature that will introduce the child and the family to Jesus. Priceless! If you wish to contribute, you can do so at the church office Monday-Friday or through the Sunday offering. Be sure to mark you envelope “OCC Postage”. Thank-you for helping send the “shoeboxes” to the children.

1With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.[a]2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

Anna Lee


These are the things you are to do:

Speak the truth to each other,

and render true and sound judgment in your courts;

~Zechariah 8:16~

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

October 5th Readings
LUKE 8:1-3
MARK 3:20-30
MATTHEW 12:22-45
MARK 3:31-35
MATTHEW 12:46-50
LUKE 8:19-21
MARK 4:1-9
MATTHEW 13:1-9
LUKE 8:4-8
MARK 4:10-20

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Annie Offering tops $66 million for new record high

Operation Christmas Child

In only six weeks, OCC will have collection week. FBC, Kentwood will again serve as a collection site. If we are a convenient location for your group, we will be happy to get your boxes to the next location. The dates and times should be posted on the OCC site real soon.

If you have any OCC questions, I will be happy to answer them if I can. If not, I will redirect you to someone who can.

Today’s Prayer Focus

Today, let’s pray for:

*Those who are leading the shoebox ministry in various churches, schoold, and clubs.

*Those who are packing shoeboxes.

*Those who are transporting shoeboxes.

*Children who will be receiving shoeboxes.

*Those who will be teaching about Jesus to the shoebox recipients

FBC, Kentwood will be packing shoeboxes in small groups, rather than a big packing party. If you wish to participate, please let me know.

Anna Lee



“Whatever things are true,

whatever things are noble,

whatever things are just,

whatever things are pure,

whatever things are lovely,

whatever things are of good report,

if there is any virtue and

if there is anything praiseworthy—

meditate on these things.”

~Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)~

It’s time for the Monday morning march! Are you ready? If you don’t know about the Monday morning march, it is okay. It’s just a part of people of my generation.

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November 4

Ezekiel 10:1-11:25
Hebrews 6:1-20
Psalm 105:16-36
Proverbs 27:1-2

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49 Christians killed, 27 kidnapped in central Nigeria

Operation Christmas Child

It’s time to begin packing shoeboxes for the boys who are 2-4 years old. If you get a message from me, please help. This is the first group for packing this year. We will pack for the other groups in the coming weeks.

Make the world a better place today through your actions.

Anna Lee

Sunday – The Lord’s Day

“Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

~Philippians 4:6 (NLT)~

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

October 3rd Readings
MATTHEW 6:5-7:6
LUKE 6:37-42
MATTHEW 7:7-20
LUKE 6:43-45
MATTHEW 7:21-29
LUKE 6:46-49

Today’s Prayer Focus

Please pray for those at church today to be saved if they have not already accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Two of our mission opportunities today:

*Georgia Barnette Offering for Louisiana

*$9.00 shipping fee per shoebox for children internationally

Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee