“Take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.”

~Ephesians 4:22-24 (The Message)~

Rev. David Luce was terribly sick a week ago. Yesterday, he was able to preach. Thanking God for his watch-care and for the coming procedure.

Please pray for a friend with an unspoken request.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – May 10

PSALM 35-38

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Today’s Prayer Request

Today, let’s pray for students who are ending their school year. Pray their summer activities will keep them safe and allow them to grow physically, spiritually, academically, etc.

Be careful in the rain the next few days.

Anna Lee

Mother’s Day

   “Remember today what you have learned about the LORD
through your experiences with him.
~”Deuteronomy 11:2 (GNT)~
Happy Mother’s Day to all you ladies!
This holiday is my 10th one without my Momma.

Dewayne Elzey Thornton

July 28, 1956 – May 07, 2021

A resident of Pine Grove, LA, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home. He was born July 28, 1956 in Tylertown, MS and was 64 years of age. Dad loved watching his kids and grandkids playing ball. He was always there for the small things, He loved his family, God, and LSU Football. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Thornton; 4 sons, Joseph Thornton (Christy), Lucas Thornton (Allison), Clayton Thornton (Jessica), and Joshua Thornton (Danyelle); 2 step-daughters, Jennifer Barnett Craft and Jacquelyn Barnett;sister, Virginia Sauls; 4 brothers, Henry McKenzie (Virginia), Harold Thornton (Susan), Jimmy Thornton (Katy), and James Thornton (Gerri); sister-in-law, Francis McKenzie; grandchildren, Alayna Thornton, Alexis Thornton, Tyler Phillips, Dylan Thornton, Ava Thornton, Alayna Lynne Thornton, Dakota Thornton, Annabelle Thornton, Adelyn Thornton, Joshua Thornton, Jr., Walter Thornton, Beckett Cronk, Arianna, Kayleigh, McKenna, and Dayton. Preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Sarah Thornton; brother, Marion McKenzie. Visitation at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Pine Grove, from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pine Grove, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Jimmy Wayne Robertson

August 19, 1947 – May 07, 2021

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. He was born August 19, 1947 in Independence, LA and was 73 years of age. He is the beloved husband of Debbie Robertson; much loved father to Robin Vilardo, Stephanie Cutrer (Mark), Rhonda Payne (Robbie), April Brown (Cy), Cassy Robertson, Sidney Forrest, and Lisa Forrest; cherished paw paw of Micah, Justin, Salvador, Tyler (Kristen), Brianne, Kayla, Chasity, Zandon, Dillion, and Abby; and 9 great grandchildren; he is also survived by two sisters, Wanda Bishop and Rose Mary Miller. He was preceded in death by parents, Byron and Bertha Robertson; son, Lil Jimmy Wayne Robertson, Jr.; son-in-law; Michael Vilardo; brother, Larry Robertson; nephew, Larry Ray, Jr.; brothers, Melvin “Leo” Raymond and Clyde Goolsby. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. Brandon Phillips. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible in 2021 – May 9

PSALM 27-32


Have a great day!

Anna Lee


“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine.

Test yourselves.

Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you;

if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.”

~2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT)~

Please pray for the Thornton family. Dewayne Thornton passed away.

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Louisiana Baptist Message

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – May 8

PSALM 22-26

OCC Video of the Day

“Love in a Shoebox”

Today’s Prayer Focus – Homebound people

Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee


For the word of the LORD is right and true;

he is faithful in all he does.

~Psalm 33:4~

I forgot to post that Charles Warren got to go home Wednesday. I hope you got to see pictures or video of the happy family and many co-workers there to be a part of the celebration. It was such a good feeling to see Charles with his hands raised and a smile on his face as he was released after five months of hospitalization due to Covid. What a fighter he is! What great support his family and co-workers have shown!

Rev. David Luce spent a long day testing at Ochsner yesterday. One of the tests needs to be repeated and is scheduled for May 19th. Keep praying.

A friend purchased 19 shirts at the Hope Center so they can be made into dresses for Operation Christmas Child. They have already been washed, folded, and delivered into the hands of the lady who will guide others in the repurposing of the dresses. Another friend sent me money yesterday. It has been used to purchase socks, stickers, and erasers. I didn’t mind shopping for his 90 year old supporter. I’m thankful for those who contribute to make the “shoeboxes” possible. Another friend who is just learning about mission opportunities told me this week how the videos I have shared have helped her to understand needs of others. I hope the videos are helpful to you too.

This is the obituary for Donna Bennett’s mother. I wish I had known this lady.

Maxine R. Owens

JULY 23, 1925 – MAY 3, 2021
Obituary of Maxine R. Owens
Maxine Roberts Owens passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 in Monroe, Louisiana at the age of 95. She was born July 23, 1925 in Colfax, Louisiana to Earnest “Pee Wee” and Nola Shepherd Roberts.
She retired from the Louisiana Department of Social Services. She completed training for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview TX. After her retirement, she faithfully volunteered until 85 years of age as Chaplin at LSU Medical Center Shreveport and at the VA Nursing Home in Shreveport.
Maxine was very active in her church. She loved to minister to those in need. She always had a meal cooked when you were expected and loved to make your favorite dishes. She made the best sour cream cakes! Maxine baked thousands for family, friends, and strangers. Her family was everything to her, right behind her faith and she lived to tell anyone and everyone about either. She was proud of her large family often saying, “It all started with me!” Maxine was a great listener and could make you feel better at times by never saying a word. She was RELENTLESS in her encouragement and UNFAILING in her support. She always had a smile on her face and a laugh ready. She brought much comfort to so many people.
Left to cherish her memory are her Husband, Clay Owens; Children, Vickie Johnson and husband Kenneth of Colfax, LA and Donna Bennett and husband Robert of Monroe, LA; Grandchildren, Denise Parker and husband Gary, Kim Bunting and husband Bryan, Sherri Sellers and Husband Ronnie, Terri Wright and husband Kyle, Kenny Johnson and wife Jo, Keith James and wife Miranda, Brian Hicks and wife Teresa, Chris Bennett and wife Wendi, Keith Bennett and LaDonna Mock; 17 Great Grandchildren; and 14 Great Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Collins; children, Francis Bullitt, Terry P. Bullitt, Cindy Collins and Karen Collins Holeyfield; her parents; and her beloved Yorki, Misha.
A visitation for Maxine Roberts will be held Friday, May 7, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home, 8801 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, Louisiana 71108. A celebration of life service will occur following the visitation at 12:30 PM. Interment will be in Centuries Memorial Park. Officiating the service will be Pastor David Logan. Serving as pallbearers are Brian Hicks, Keith James, Kenny Johnson, Bryan Bunting, Ronnie Sellers and Brandon Pennington. Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Johnson, Robert Bennett, Gary Parker and Dr. Wayne Barksdale.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to your local animal shelter in memory of Maxine and Misha.

Say special prays for her daughter, Donna Bennett, who just got out of the hospital.

Anthony Thomas “Coach Tony” Misita

July 29, 1933 – May 04, 2021

A resident of Independence, La, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 29, 1933 in Amite, LA and was 87 years of age. Long time Louisiana assistant Coach Tony Misita passed away today. Misita started his high school head coaching career in Amite High School, Amite City, La., later moved to Ville Platte High School and Baton Rouge Central High school. Coach Misita then turned to the collegiate ranks having stints at Southeastern Louisiana under Coach Pat Kenelly as linebacker coach and later served as the Lions defensive coordinator with Oscar Lofton. Misita also joined the ranks at Louisiana Tech, Misita serving as Defensive Coordinator coaching on Maxie Lambright’s staff from 1967-70 while quarterback Terry Bradshaw led the bulldogs to multiple years of victories. Coach Misita moved on to coach at Tulane University with Coach Bennie Ellender, and later as defensive lines coach from 1984 until 1987. Tony entered the SEC conference with the University of Mississippi Rebels having stints with Coach Ken Cooper and Coach Steve Sloan as a defensive line coach. After his coaching career, he taught at Mater Dolorosa Catholic School in Independence for ten years. He is survived by wife, Sylvia Thompson Misita; 1 daughter, Susan Misita Petty and husband Spurgeon; 3 sons, John Michael Misita and wife, Cindy, Dwayne Thomas Misita and Anthony Jay Misita; 2 sisters, Josie Vaccarro and Ann Marie LeBlanc; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Fleming, Joseph Misita, Micah Marie Misita, Kaci Misita Guidry, Nicholas Misita and Austin Shaw Dillon; 6 great- grandchildren, Aidan Fleming, Mary Payton Fleming, Denton Bowen, Benjamin Guidry, Drew Peyton Dillon, Ava Tyler Dillon. Preceded in death by his daughter, Toni Lynn Misita; parents, Roy and Mary Misita; brother, Salvador Roy Misita. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:00AM until religious services at 2:00PM on Friday, May 7, 2021. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

This photo of Coach Misita shows him as she was almost sixty years ago when he was my teacher.

Sam Liberto, Jr.

August 01, 1934 – May 05, 2021

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born August 1, 1934 in Clarksdale, MS and was 86 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Judy Sharon Liberto; 3 daughters, Darlene Liberto Blades and husband, Ladd, Margie Liberto and husband Ken Womack and Rosemary Liberto Brister and husband William “Billy” ; son, Sammy Liberto, III and wife, Melissa; grandchildren, Landon Blades and wife, Cristen, MaryAnn Blades and husband Curt Bridges, Whitney Brister Eaton and husband Danny, Blake Brister and wife Esther, Samantha Liberto-Womack and Jake Liberto; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Charleigh and Alex Blades, Rosy, Ladd and Wade Bridges, and Dax and Zoe Eaton; brother, Thomas Liberto. Preceded in death by his parents, Sam Liberto, Sr. and Rosalina Liberto; sister, Margaret Liberto Zepponi. Graveside Services will be held at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA at 9:00AM Saturday, May 8, 2021. Services conducted by William “Billy” Brister. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Mr. Sam had been sick for a long time. Pray for the family as they adjust to his loss.

“L. J.” Leon Jesse Pevey

December 10, 1944 – May 06, 2021

A resident of Pine Grove, LA, passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at his home. He was born December 10, 1944 in Amite, LA and was 76 years of age. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Dena Guyn and Donna Rogers; sister, Harriet Ann Garrie; grandchildren, Jamie McLemore, Jeremiah Danhour, Andrew Peters and Rachael Guyn; 6 great-grandchildren; nephew, Walter Lee Berry; niece, Vickie Lynn Wright. Preceded in death by his father, Hulon Leon Pevey; mother, Nettie Eugenia Pevey; son, William Scott Pevey; 3 grandsons, Jordon Danhour, Johnnie McLemore and Jacob Danhour. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. Laverne King. Interment Shiloh Cemetery, Pine Grove, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – May 7

PSALM 12-17
PSALM 19-21

Lola’s Lion

Prayer Focus Today – Those who feel alone, not wanted, and not loved

Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee


“Do not merely listen to the word,

and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

~James 1:22 (NIV)~

Today is the National Day of Prayer. You can meet others at the Kentwood City Hall for a season of prayer at noon today.

Rev. David Luce is going to Ochsner in New Orleans today for all the testing and prep work leading up to a valve replacement next week. Please pray all goes well today.

Mrs. Donna (Robert) Bennett made it home from the hospital. She was still “wobby” due to weakness. Today is her mother’s funeral. Please say special prayers for her and her family.

Donna is being discharged from hospital today sometime and anxious to get home. She is doing much better and will continue chemo and radiation on Monday, if everything goes right. They don’t want too long a gap in treatment which could lead to a backslide, and we don’t want to lose ground.

Funeral for her Mom is Friday at Centuries Funeral Home 8801 Mansfield Road, Shreveport. Visitation will be 11:30 with Service following at 12:30.

Judy Foster Needham

August 16, 1957 – May 01, 2021

A resident of McComb, MS, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at her residence. She was born August 16, 1957 in Amite, LA and was 63 years of age. She is survived by 4 step-children, Mark Needham(Kentwood, LA), Frances Thornton(Kentwood, LA),Wayne Needham and Teresa(Kingwood, TX) and Wanda Newman(Kernersville, NC); step-grandchildren, Joseph Thornton and wife Christy, Lucas Thornton and wife Allison, Clayton Thornton and wife Jessica, Joshua Thornton and wife Danyelle, J.B. Needham and wife Crystal, Tabitha Whittington, Trenton Needham, Seth Needham, Cassie Needham, Joe Newman, Jr. and wife, Angie and Tiffany Hutchins and husband Adam; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Clovis Foster and wife Mattie and Roy Foster and wife Gloria. Preceded in death by her husband, John F. Needham; parents, Willie and Pearl Foster; brother, Willie Foster, Jr. Graveside Services will be held at Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA at 11:00AM on Friday, May 7, 2021. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Operation Christmas Child

David and I had a couple hours in town before prayer meeting, so we spent it doing work for OCC. We got a lot accomplished. David found smiley faced erasers, colorful pencil sharpeners, and decorative pencils left in the drop-off box in the fellowship hall. We will put them to good us as we pack the extra pencil bags at our workday on the 22nd so they can be placed in boxes that others packed, but which are a little short on school supplies. If you are available, we would love to have you help pack those pencil bags.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

1 KINGS 2:1-9
2 SAMUEL 23:1-7
1 KINGS 2:10-12
1 CHRONICLES 29:26-30

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Today’s Prayer Concern – Parents whose children are graduating.

Pray for wisdom as they guide the graduates as they make “steps” into a new phase of life.

Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee


This is what the LORD says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,

who draws strength from mere flesh and

whose heart turns away from the LORD.

~Jeremiah 17:5~

I want to start with some fantastic news. God has answered our prayers for Deputy Charles Warren. He will be coming home midday today! Thank you for all your prayers as he spent five months in the hospital fighting Covid-19. Please continue to pray for him as he continues to improve at home.

The next news concerns Keith Womack who has been fighting cancer. He has now been cleared of cancer and is ready to go on with life. Thank God for the good report and ask for His continuing watch-care over Keith and his family.

Robin Alford, daughter of Walton and Peggy, has been fighting a long battle as she tried to heal from and ankle accident in the snow over a year ago. She is finally wearing a “shoe” and applying pressure to her foot. The last surgery seemed to have helped her progress.

Donna Bennett, the wife of my classmate, Robert Bennett, is making some progress, but continues to need out prayers. Pray she can regain her weight and strength so she can wage battle with cancer. Pray for the family as plans are being made for Donna’s mother’s celebration of life.

Tomorrow, May 6th, is the National Day of Prayer.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – May 5

1 CHRONICLES 29:1-22
1 KINGS 1:1-53

Today’s Video


I’m thankful the weather yesterday wasn’t any worse. Watering the outside plants can be postponed a few days.

Anna Lee


As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, my God.”

~Psalm 42:1 (NIV)~

Toby Miller has completed his round of treatment. Thank God treatment was available for him.

Rev. David Luce is still being evaluated in McComb, but it seems he will need heart valve surgery. This will probably happen next week at Ochsner in New Orleans. His daughter thanked us for praying for her dad.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – May 4

1 CHRONICLES 26:1-28:21

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Today’s Prayer Focus – Drivers

We are all on the highway with other drivers. Today, let’s focus our prayers on the drivers. Some are new at driving. Some have been driving for 75 years. Some don’t feel well, but have things to do. Some are in a hurry. Some are tired and/or sleepy. Some drive cars that are not properly functioning. These situations make us wonder how we ever get home safely. Thank God for his watch-care over us as we travel. Pray for all drivers to be attentive and to maintain their vehicles properly.

Anna Lee


“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart,

all your soul,

all your mind,

and all your strength.”

~Mark 12:30 (NLT)~

Please pray for Rev. David Luce who served in the Amite area and has now retired to the McComb are. He has been admitted to the hospital with breathing issues and is having some fluid removed.

Robert Bennett was my classmate in Amite. His wife, Donna Bennett, has begun cancer treatment. After a week she lost 10-12 pounds and was admitted to the hospital over the weekend for nourishment. Yesterday, her mother passed away. They request prayers.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – May 3

1 CHRONICLES 23:1-25:31

The May workday for “willing hands” for missions will be May 22 from 9:00 A.M. to noon in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood. If your hands are willing, please join us as we create, organize, and prepare items for packing in “shoeboxes”. All those whose hands are willing are encouraged to attend. You are invited to bring a friend and a finger food. You’ll be amazed at the projects that are being done.

Today’s Prayer Focus – College Students

Today, let’s pray for our college students who are completing another semester of school. Pray for them to have a clear focus on “what they want to be when they grow up”.

The flowers have been beautiful in our area. Take time to enjoy the beauty God provides for us. Realize that despite all our work, He is the one who sends the beautiful results.

Anna Lee






~Hebrews 13:21 (NLT)~


Yesterday was a day of preparation for packing our shoeboxes.

-Price tags were removed from fire trucks.

-Lots of plastic storages bags were regrouped according to size. Think of baggies, but in multiple sizes.

-Packages of erasers, markers, flashlights, calculators, etc. were opened and prepared for shoeboxes.

-What a blessing it is to know the over nine million “shoeboxes” were packed and that FBC, Kentwood had a part in packing, collecting, and shipping them!

Oh, what fun it is to work on items and think of the boys and girls who will be blessed with a “shoebox”. Even better than that, boys and girls will have an opportunity to learn about Jesus!


2 SAMUEL 24:1-9
2 SAMUEL 24:10-17
1 CHRONICLES 21:7-17
2 SAMUEL 24:18-25
1 CHRONICLES 21:18-22:19

It’s the Lord’s Day. Attend church in person or online. Be sure He is a part of your day!

Anna Lee

The weather is delaying publication of this post. I’ll keep trying.


“Each of you as a good manager

must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.”

~1 Peter 4:10 (GW)~

Pray for the nursing home residents from FBC, Kentwood.

Camelot Community Care

Othell Williams

Mary Young

Landmark Nursing Home

Frances Strickland

St. Helena Nursing Home

Judy Purvis

Charles Dudley Terrell

May 01, 1905 – April 27, 2021

Charles Dudley Terrell

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Hathorn Funeral Home in for Charles Dudley Terrell, 72, of Columbia, who passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Interment will be at Hollywood City Cemetery in McComb, Mississippi. Rev. Bob Goolsby and Dr. David Millican will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel

He was born in McComb, MS, in 1948, and lived in Redwood City, CA for most of his childhood but spent many summers in McComb with his grandparents.
He was a retired minister, having served in five Southern Baptist Churches over his career of 35 years.  He also taught Art Education with an emphasis in Art “Evangelism,” (sharing Christ while teaching art), in the church, school, prison, and Native American settings. As a young man, he was in the Navy and served his country as a naval aviator and he became a flight instructor in Pensacola, FL during the Vietnam War era. He will be fondly remembered for his love of Christ, of the church, and of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Terrell, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. McKinley, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Albert Terrell, all of McComb.

He is survived by his loving wife, Wrenell (Bond) Terrell, his two children, Rebekah Roberts and husband, Tom, of Milton, FL, his son Robby Terrell and wife, Amber (Boutwell) Terrell, of Hattiesburg, MS, with two grandchildren, Claire Robert and Trey Roberts of Milton, FL; and three siblings; Steve Terrell of Plano, TX, Claudia Morris of San Ramon, CA, and Jennifer Disibio, of Livermore, CA, along with their spouses, children, and grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideon’s International.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – May 1

2 SAMUEL 22:1-51

(Copies for the Bible reading listing for the next couple of months are available at First Baptist Church in the sanctuary or the office. We would live to have you reading along with us.)

Operation Christmas Child

OCC can be done individually or as a group project. It can also be done year-round or in the fall. You can even pack online. Do what works for you and your church.



Prayer Focus for Today – Services in our local churches tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Anna Lee