I’m sorry to be delayed posting The Prayer Link this morning.  Our electricity was off when I got up and just came on.

Physical training is good,

but training for godliness is much better,

promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.

~1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)~


“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” Philippians 2:10

Mike Benson, Editor

HOW MANY OF us have heard folks say, “They just won’t be baptized…?”

“What can we do to persuade them to be baptized?” These statements seem to overlook the greatest challenge of salvation for most folks. Have you ever seen one who believed in the Lord (John 8:24), was not ashamed, but willing to confess Him before others, (Matthew 10:32-22; John 12:42-43) had repented of their sins (Luke 13:3, Acts 26:20, 2 Corinthians 7:10) and not be baptized? I’m sure there are exceptions, but the general rule in Acts is that penitent believers asked to be baptized.

Repentance is a change which begins in the mind which changes lives. In Acts 19 the city of Ephesus, the home of the Temple of Diana and capitol of worship to this goddess, was presented with the Gospel of Jesus. For the pagans to become Christians, what changes did “repentance” demand? In verse 19 they brought their books of magic into one pile and burned them. The value was 50,000 pieces of silver. This was a considerably large sum of money. Books were valuable passions and very expensive in those days. Remember Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15), which brings their sacrifice of burning their books into perspective. Instead of selling them and advocating false doctrine, the repentance of the Ephesians led them to suffer financial loss. A second sign of their repentance was the fear their actions brought upon Demetrius the silversmith. He was in the business of selling shrines of the goddess Diana. He realized penitent Christians changed their behavior. Their change in behavior would mean they would no longer buy his shrines. The more Christianity spread (the more people repented) the less business he would have! He started a riot, hoping to defeat Christianity. Some are never willing to repent, others give up all!

Jonathan Winchester is a fine young missionary we worked with in El Salvador. He wrote me this note:

“We had some good and sad results.  The area where we worked was one of the poorest and most dangerous in Ica, Peru.  One woman had decided to be baptized, and had changed into the baptismal robe, but then decided that she could not.  She knew that repentance was necessary.  She told us that her only way of providing for her children was to go out and steal people’s wallets, and she knew that she was not going to stop.”

Should she have been advised to be baptized anyway? What would God say?  “Repent or perish” (Luke 13:3). Folks do not need to be “talked into baptism.” What folks need is to be taught the doctrine of Christ and see if they are ready to repent! Penitent believers have always responded by saying, “What hinders me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:36).  David Shannon

Then Peter said to them,

‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized

in the name of Jesus Christ

for the remission of sins…”

~Acts 2:38~

Jadon’s Story

Keto Day 5

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 01:13 PM PST

Well we made it home and things haven’t been that great. The actual preparation for my meals isn’t nearly as hard as my mommy expected. The hard part is getting me to eat which we never thought would be the problem. We actually thought I wouldn’t get enough to eat. Well we were very wrong. I don’t want to eat now. In fact, I gag and sometimes vomit. I have really had a rough start. Hopefully I will get use to it and stop gagging. We have not noticed a change in my seizures. Yes it is very early but we were hoping to see a little change. We are not giving up yet. My mom has a phone conference Monday with the herbologist. We are hoping she can help us in some way. When you pray for me tonight, please pray that we will not get discouraged. We are doing everything possible and we just can’t get relief for me. It’s very hard to stay positive at times like this but we are trying our best. We know God will help us through this and that everything will happen in his timing.


Jesus said, “‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man,

you will know who I am.

You will also know that I don’t do anything on my own.

I say only what my Father taught me. . . .

I always do what pleases him, and he will never leave me.’

After Jesus said this, many of the people put their faith in him.”

~John 8:28-30, CEV~


Adrianna Cavanagh lost her battle to cancer.  Her mother is now fighting for other young lives.  You have an opportunity to help.

Happy Veteran’s Day! Thanks to all of you veterans for your sacrifice. We can all be heroes by donating blood or joining the Bone Marrow Registry. Please notice an urgent need for bone marrow:

16 year old RJ Jackson, Jr. is in for the fight of his life. To be cured he must have a bone marrow transplant. You could be a match! RJ is the son of Keith & Vickey Jackson, brother to Kiera, grandson of Nolean Bickham, and nephew of Pat Harvey & Tracey McMasters.   RJ was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008 and relapsed twice. The cancer came back with a vengence in October 2010. RJ is currently being treated at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL.

All it requires is for you to register and have 4 cotton swabs taken of the inside of your mouth. No blood is drawn! Sign up immediately with Pat Harvey of Franklinton 985-515-0645 or A minimum of 20 sign ups are needed by Friday, November 19th AFranklinton Site will be announced after sign ups are secured.
For his updates and/or to send RJ a message, go to

Geaux RJ-you & your family are in our prayers!


Kids on Mission Pray

November 12, 2010
“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

My 11th grade year has proven to be one of the hardest of my life, even more intense than the jump from 8th grade to Freshman. Please pray that I can catch up with my endless homework. Anyone would say I’m a smart guy, and I have never really fallen very far behind in my homework before; but so far this year I’m behind in all my academic classes, and if nothing changes this semester my grade point average (GPA) could fall half a point or more.

Please pray that God will give me the strength, willpower, motivation, and ability for me to catch up this semester so that I’m not prevented from taking part in the school drama again; it’s bad enough to not be in this semester’s play…

Go to to read more of this story and find prayer requests from Missionary Kids (MKs) around the world!


With Thanksgiving approaching in a couple of weeks, I thought you would enjoy this excerpt from a book entitled, “Weather Prognosticators and the Media: Fallacies, Facts, and Fun in Forecasting” by Norm Macdonald:

“Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190 F.  The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.

“During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates.  Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other.  Please pass the gravy.

“A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway.  During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34 F in the refrigerator.

“Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established.  Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day.  We expect a warming trend where soup develops.  By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone.”

While many of us in the United States will be enjoying a delicious feast in a couple of weeks, may our outlook truly be one of thanksgiving.  May we be reminded once again of the source of our bountiful blessings.  I love the cartoon that shows a bewildered-looking fellow sitting at a Thanksgiving table loaded down with turkey, dressing, hot rolls, and all the trimmings. The caption reads: “Alvin the atheist realized he was at his lowest point, for he felt grateful but had no one to thank.”

We do have someone to thank.  May we do it not only on Thanksgiving but every day with hearts overflowing with gratitude.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving…” (Psalm 95:2)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a great day!

Anna Lee

Thursday Evening

Linda Faye Travis
(January 17, 1951 – November 11, 2010)

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

2 Timothy 4:7-8

A resident of Kentwood, she died at 8:43 a.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She was born January 17, 1951 in Greensburg and was 59 years of age. She was a life long resident of the 6th Ward in St. Helena Parish. She loved being a Grananner, being on the river, traveling, and serving the Lord. She loved to play practical jokes and had a great sense of humor that will be missed by all of those who loved her. Visitation from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, until Memorial Services 12 Noon Saturday. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Heather Nicholas and her husband, Michael, Georgiana Kennedy and her husband, T. L., 2 grandchildren, Dalton and Raleigh, sister, Diane T. Smith and her daughter, Corinne Smith, brother, Kenneth “K.T.” Travis and his wife, Imelda, their daughter, Shawn Hurst and her husband, Willie, and their children, Brooklee and Lacee, niece, Ashlee Travis, nephew, Mitchell Travis, and many friends and family including, “son” Wade Daniels, friend, Jerry Tubbs, cousin, Peggy Crawford, and aunt, Dorothy Hughes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridge House in her name. Donate to Bridge House, Substance Abuse Treatment Center, 1160 Camp St. New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, Attn: Kevin Gardere, (504) 821-7133 or

Thursday Obituary

Brent Thomas Travis

A man loved by so many, Brent was called home to the Lord while hunting in Kansas on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at age 29. Brent died doing what he loved. He was a native of Zachary and a resident of Central. Brent was a sergeant with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office since March 2001. He was a 1999 graduate of Zachary High School. Brent’s passions included traveling with his wife and friends, hunting, law enforcement, working out at the gym and spending fun times on False River and in Kentwood with family and friends. Visitation at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church Friday from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Michael Moroney, celebrant. Interment in Greenwell Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 4‰ years, Holly Wellman Travis; parents, Terry and Dell Toler Travis; sister, Angela Kimball, her husband, Paul, and their two children, Raegan and Sean Capello II; brother, Ryan Travis, his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Alice; maternal grandparents, Jack and Beth Toler; paternal grandparents, Clyde R. “Billy” and Doris Travis; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Danny and Debbie Wellman; sister-in-law, Alison McCauley, her husband, Frankie, and their children, Allie and Alaina, his godchild. Pallbearers will be Ryan Travis, Paul Kimball, Jay Stephens, Jason Shows, Ron Boucher, Chuck Montgomery, Frankie McCauley and T.J. Pitre. Special thanks to Chuck, Lee and Barry for being by his side on this hunting trip and giving him the opportunity to make this hunt. A special thanks also goes to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, especially Capt. Todd Morris, Col. Bobby Dale Calendar, Capt. Ricky Klug and Capt. Terry Felton. Thanks also to the Honor Guard and SWAT for escorting Brent home from New Orleans. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4.


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,

as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.

~Colossians 3:23 (TEV)~

Thank God for the veterans who have served and are serving for our country.

Jadon’s Story

Sorry I did not have time to update yesterday. My mommy has been very busy studying this new diet, plus we had a very bad day yesterday. First of all, they had to wake me up during the night to check my blood sugar. Well this messed with my sleeping pattern and of course every time you mess with my sleep my seizures go up. So I had a lot of seizures yesterday. Then they tried to give me my medicines in water. Come on, do you know how disgusting that is? Can you guess what I did? Your right I vomited them right up. My mommy tried to tell them but once again they don’t like to listen to her. Well once that happened they finally decided they were going to have to give my medicines with my meals. All of this so could have been prevented. After that I wouldn’t eat my lunch. I mean who would want to eat after that dramatic experience. I finally ate around 2:30. My blood sugar also dropped yesterday morning to 49 so they had to give me apple juice. This messed my ketones up which was so discouraging to us. My mommy called one of her friends who lives in NOLA whose daughter is on the ketogenic diet. She came to the hospital and talked to my mommy which helped a lot. My mommy has a phone call in to an herbologist who specializes in the keto diet. The herbologist is going to look at my meal plans and help us with the diet. We don’t feel like they are doing enough here for me. Mommy and daddy said they will fight for me and make sure we are doing this diet correctly. The good news is my seizures are back to normal and my ketones are higher today. They are still not at my goal, but they are higher. Other than that, I am very tired and ready to get out of here. I don’t know when I will get to go home but hopefully it will be sometime this afternoon. I will keep you all updated. Please pray for us, we are very exhausted and very stressed right now. We can do this though.

NOVEMBER 11, 2010

“I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also,

because for this purpose I have been sent.”

~Luke 4:43~

WORLD LEADERS. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray today for President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Republic of the Congo (central Africa, north of Angola).

EUROPEAN PEOPLES. “Last month we asked you to pray for the harvest celebrations that are traditionally held in Baptist churches in the Black Sea Orthodox Cluster area in the fall. Thank the Father for His answer, as seen in a new church start in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk. Our personnel had challenged the church to pray daily for laborers for the harvest in the two weeks preceding their harvest celebration. The next Sunday, seven of those in attendance, from 12 years to 65 years old, responded to the call to repentance and faith in Christ. Thank you for being a part of the ministry of the teams in the Black Sea Orthodox Cluster by joining us in prayer.”

ILUN OF ASIA (i-lun). Thank the Lord that there are 12 new brothers and sisters among this people group! Pray that they will be grounded in their new faith and produce much fruit for God’s glory.

Thank a veteran today!

Anna Lee

Wednesday Afternoon

Mrs. June Pittman

At home, on the evening of November 9, 2010 June Patterson Pittman peacefully left for a greater place. June Pittman was a lady of great inspiration, amazing strength and unconditional love. She was born on February 14,1930 to parents, William & Lela Patterson in Red Bay, Alabama. She called Spring Creek, Louisiana home for most of her life. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Cecil Pittman; son, Charles “Chuck” Pittman; 2 daughters, Cecilia “Cece” Pittman and Sandra Burling & her husband, Tom; daughter-in-law, Meg Stephens Pittman; granddaughter, Amanda Love and her husband, Wesley Shoup and their children Jadyn, Brantley, and Halle June, granddaughter, Megan Hope and her daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Goings, granddaughter, Katrina Faith and her daughter, Jocelyn Faith Stewart, granddaughter, Hannah Joy, grandson, Jody Givens and his wife, Delilah and their children, Amber, Michael, and David, grandson, Tommy Ray Givens and his wife, Cindy and their children, Jaime, Cassie, Brandy, and Christina. In Heaven, she will be joining her first-born son, Jeffery “Jeff” Pittman. Also preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Jean Crane and Sarah Ruth Widas, and brother, William “Ed” Patterson. June Pittman was a very special lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Visitation will be at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 8 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 12, 2010. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek.