Monday

Whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything,

life complete and forever!

~John 3:36a (Msg)~

Please pray for Howard Melancon who is married to David’s niece, Janet.  Howard is in North Oaks with an infection and has been found to be diabetic.

Please continue to pray for Mrs. Shirley Frazier as she continues to deal with a broken foot.

Mr. “Cete” Dillon is having an issue with his health.  Pray for Mr. “Cete” and “Miss” Ruby.

Continue to pray for Mrs. Katherine Sanders who is in North Oaks and Mr. Gordon Price who is at the Kentwood rehab.

Saturday, all females from 5 t0  105 are invited to FBC, Kentwood at 10 A.M. for Mug ‘n’ Muffin.  That means you bring your favorite mug to drink from and a dozen breakfast muffins to share.  We will have lots of fun including eating, a craft activity, a missions activity, and much more.  Come and be blessed.  You do not have to be a member of FBC, Kentwood to come.  Contact me if you need more information.

Thought For The Day: An Amazing Love by Alan Smith

Here is the entire text of a love letter intercepted by a second grade schoolteacher, passed on to a parent:

“Dear Billy, if you don’t say you love me and walk to the bus stop with me I will kill myself and beet you up. I love you and wan to marry you soon. Suzy”

The little girl was eight at the time. The parent showed the preacher the letter at the rehearsal dinner the day before Suzy married Billy. Suzy was twenty-four. During the wedding service, he shared the letter with the guests, and in her vows, had Suzy repeat these words: “I, Suzy, promise you, Billy, never to kill myself or beat you up.”

He later said, “If the marriage lasts as long as her love, and her love is as large as the laughter in the ceremony, the odds are good for a happy ever after.”

We’ll do some amazing things in the name of love, won’t we? And the deeper our love, the more extreme our willingness is. That’s why a mother is willing to stay up all night tending to a sick child. It’s why a godly husband will sacrifice all that he holds dear to care for his wife (Eph. 5:25-28). And, in the most extreme example, it’s why Jesus Christ was willing to give up his very life for us when we least deserved it.

“Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people. Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us.” (Romans 5:6-8, GOD’S WORD)

May God’s example of love motivate us to have a stronger love in our marriages, our families, our churches and all of our other relationships.

–Alan

Have a great day and a wonderful week!  Mark your calendar for Saturday’s Mug ‘n’ Muffin event.

Anna Lee

Sunday Afternoon

Mary Alice Fox called to say Marilyn (Mrs. Lowery) Fox passed away yesterday. Graveside services will be held at a later time at the Lee Cemetery in Gillsburg.  I’ll post more when arrangements have been completed.  Please be in prayer for the family.

Dennis Mitchel “D.J.” Jackson, 18 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, died January 1, 2011, in Ponchatoula

He was born on June 26, 1992, in Hammond,

Surviving are mother and step-father Lisa Simmons and Mitchel Simmons, father, Dennis Jackson, sisters, Jessica D. Jackson and Christa Champagne, brothers Jacob Simmons, and Jeremie Simmons and James H. Jackson nephews Cass Anthony and Maddox Graham, grandmother, Sylvia Jackson, grandfather, Boykin Jackson.

Friends will be received Monday, January 3, 2011 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond.

Services will be held at Funeral Home Chapel – Hammond, Tuesday, at 1:00 PM.

Interment will follow in the Parklawn Memorial Gardens Hammond, Louisiana.

Sunday

:“I’ve tried everything and nothing helps.

I’m at the end of my rope.

Is there no one who can do anything for me?

The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does”

~Romans 7:24-25 MSG~

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

Mike Benson, Editor

I READ OF a TV program aired on PBS on the most staid of subjects—a library…

This, however, was the Library of Congress, and the PBS’s former chairman, Sir Hue Weldon, was standing in a forest of card index files.  The program had all of makings of a slow-moving, dull documentary until…about halfway through, Dr. Daniel Boorstin, the Librarian of Congress, bought out a little blue box from a small closet that once held the library’s rarities.  The label on the box read, “Contents of the President’s Pockets on the Night of April 14, 1865.”

Since that was the fateful night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, every viewer’s attention was seized.  Boorstin then proceeded to remove the items in the small container and display them on camera.  There were five things in the box:  a handkerchief, embroidered “A. Lincoln”, a country boy’s pen knife, a spectacles case repaired with string, a purse containing a $5 Confederate bill, and some old worn newspaper clippings.  “The clippings,” said Boorstin, “were concerned with the great deeds of Abraham Lincoln.  And one of them actually reports a speech by John Bright which says that Abraham Lincoln is “one of the greatest men of all times.”

Today, that’s common knowledge. The world now knows that British statesman John Bright was right in his assessment of Lincoln, but in 1865 millions shared quite a contrary opinion.  The President’s critics were fierce and many.  His was a lonely agony that reflected the suffering and turmoil ripped to shreds by hatred and a cruel, costly war.

Everybody needs encouragement . . .

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly,

comfort the fainthearted,

uphold the weak,

be patient with all.”

~1 Thessalonians 5:14~

Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

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“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered,

“you are worried and upset about many things,

but only one thing is needed.

Mary has chosen what is better,

and it will not be taken away from her.”

~Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)~

From Mary Prescott

Please add a friend of ours to the Prayer Link.  His name is Austin Fath.  He was involved in an accident last night and he has a severe brain injury.  He is in University hospital in ICU.  Please lift him and his family up in prayer during this very difficult time.  Thank you so much.  Mary

Be careful in this bad weather!

Thought For The Day: What Do You Hear?

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, “I hear a cricket.”

His friend said, “What? You must be crazy. You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!”

“No, I’m sure of it,” the Native American said, “I heard a cricket.”

“That’s crazy,” said the friend.

The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.

“That’s incredible,” said his friend. “You must have super-human ears!”

“No,” said the Native American. “My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you’re listening for.”

“But that can’t be!” said the friend. “I could never hear a cricket in this noise.”

“Yes, it’s true,” came the reply. “It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you.”

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.

“See what I mean?” asked the Native American. “It all depends on what’s important to you.”

What’s important to you? What do you listen for? Are there times that you fail to listen to God or see what God is doing in your life because you are focused on other things that are more important to you?

Jesus said, “For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.” (Matt. 13:15-16)

Father, we pray at the beginning of this new year — amidst all the distractions of the world all around us, may our ears always be open to your voice, and our eyes open to your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

–Alan Smith

Please feel free to share requests, updates, and praise reports.

Anna Lee

Friday

He came to that which belonged to Him

[to His own—His domain, creation, things, world],

and they who were His own did not receive Him

and did not welcome Him.

But to as many as did receive and welcome Him,

He gave the authority (power, privilege, right)

to become the children of God ….

~John 1:11-12 (AMP)~

Stacey Scarle

We went to the Dr today. They did not remove the drains or the stitches. We have to go back Monday. The pathology report was not as good as we had hoped. 3 of 8 lymph nodes had cancer cells so she will have to have radiation. Please continue to pray for her as she goes through this process.

Jadon’s Story






I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I sure did. It was definitely much better than last year. Last year my brother and I were both in the hospital with RSV and my brother had pneumonia so this Christmas was much better. I went to my Mar and Paw’s house Christmas eve. After we opened presents and ate we went to Paw Paw Ike’s house. I even watched fire works. Can you believe I liked these? They are so loud and I was laughing and having a great time. I left a picture of me watching the fireworks. The other pictures are of Christmas morning. I love my new car and I liked the paper the best. After we had Christmas at our house we went to Aunt Rae Rae’s house in New Orleans. Uncle Michael cooked lunch for us and we got to see my Mimi and her side of the family. It was really a great Christmas. Now on to my seizures. We have noticed a little decrease. I’m having about 100 seizures a day. Yesterday morning I woke up and only had 32 by lunch. Well after lunch I had a cluster of 60. Yes VERY upsetting and disappointing. Today I’ve already had about 40 and it’s only 8:00. My seizures are so unpredictable and so random. We have done nothing different the last two days but my seizures are so different. Basically we celebrated me only have 32 yesterday morning and then the disappointment but we will celebrate the good times even if it’s followed by disappointment. I got my new meals from Boston and feeding time is much easier. I now each a meat and then a baby food vegetable or fruit. I love eating them and the portion size is much better. We so wish we would have been able to do this two months ago. I also got my new stuff from my herbologist. I started it yesterday so I will let you know how I do on the new stuff. I have gotten the ok from our dietitian to use these supplements so we know they are not messing up the diet. I gotta go because I have blood work today to make sure my carbon dioxide level is better. I will update you very soon. Thanks for praying for me!!!

Mr. Earl Dees

Mr. Earl is now home and continuing to improve.  Pray for him as he recovers from his surgery last week.

Mark your calendar.

Mug & Muffin

FBC, Kentwood

Saturday, January 8th

10 A.M.

Ladies from 5 – 105 are invited.

Baptist Press Stories for Dec. 30, 2010
Take time to read some recent releases from Baptist Press.
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‘Black Christmas’: Nigerian pastor, church members slain
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34347

Poll: Many Americans still reject evolution
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34348

Stroke survivor finds beauty in suffering
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34349

Grammys to honor George Beverly Shea
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34350

Iraqi Christians mark somber Christmas
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34351

FIRST-PERSON: 12 spiritual tips for 2011
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34352
WHAT DO YOU HEAR?

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan.  It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people.  Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening.  Suddenly, the Native American said, “I hear a cricket.”

His friend said, “What?  You must be crazy.  You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!”

“No, I’m sure of it,” the Native American said, “I heard a cricket.”

“That’s crazy,” said the friend.

The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing.  He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket.  His friend was utterly amazed.

“That’s incredible,” said his friend.  “You must have super-human ears!”

“No,” said the Native American.  “My ears are no different from yours.   It all depends on what you’re listening for.”

“But that can’t be!” said the friend.  “I could never hear a cricket in this noise.”

“Yes, it’s true,” came the reply.  “It depends on what is really important to you.  Here, let me show you.”

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk.  And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.

“See what I mean?” asked the Native American.  “It all depends on what’s important to you.”

What’s important to you?  What do you listen for?  Are there times that you fail to listen to God or see what God is doing in your life because you are focused on other things that are more important to you?

Jesus said, “For the hearts of this people have grown dull.  Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.  But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.” (Matt. 13:15-16)

Father, we pray at the beginning of this new year — amidst all the distractions of the world all around us, may our ears always be open to your voice, and our eyes open to your glory.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith

Have a great ending to 2010!
Anna Lee

Thursday

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?

We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

~Matthew 2:2 (NLT)~

Please continue to pray for Mr. Phillip and Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell.  They are both “under the weather” and would appreciate your prayers.

The last reports from Mrs. Katherine Sanders all include good reports of her progress.  Thank God for her improvement.  Keep praying for her.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Are We There Yet?

  • Has everyone in the world had an opportunity to hear about God?   No!
  • Have enough funds been collected to support our missionaries for the next year?  Not yet
  • Has your church met its goal for this year?  My church is still working to meet their goal.
  • Has God laid it on your heart to give or to give again?
Loving Someone You Can’t Stand

Doctor: “I see you’re over a month late for your appointment. Don’t you know that nervous disorders require prompt and regular attention? What’s your excuse?”

Patient: “I was just following your orders, Doc.”

Doctor: “Following my orders? What are you talking about? I gave you no such order.”

Patient: “You told me to avoid people who irritate me.”

Unfortunately, we don’t always have the option of avoiding people who irritate,

people who hurt us, people who offend us. In fact, sometimes those who irritate us

the most are found right in our home (or in our church building). So how should we

deal with them?

Milton Jones has written a wonderful book entitled “How to Love Someone You Can’t

Stand” which I highly recommend (you can find it at Amazon.com). In this book,

Jones lists six godly principles which are derived from Romans 12:


(1) Manage Your mouth — Bless and don’t curse (Rom. 12:14)

(2) Put yourself in the other person’s place and try to understand their feelings,

thoughts and position (Rom. 12:15)

(3) Never, never, never take revenge (Rom. 12:17)

(4) Plan ahead to do something beautiful (Rom. 12:17)

(5) Don’t just win the war, win the peace (Rom. 12:18)

(6) Make room for God (Rom. 12:19)

The bottom line is that we do not overcome evil with evil by retaliating and seeking

to “get even”. The only way to overcome evil is with good (Rom. 12:21). It is never

easy to respond to those who do us wrong in a way that is godly, but it is only by

following the example of Jesus Christ that we can truly have an influence on the

world around us.

“But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable

before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving

us an example, that you should follow His steps…” (I Peter 2:19-20)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith


Alan Smith’s thoughts might lead to a resolution for the new year. . . .

Have a terrific Thursday!

Anna Lee