“I sought the Lord, and He heard me.”
My family is very much in need of prayers in reguards to my husbands health and our finances everything always seems to come at us at once
Please Pray for us…
Please continue to pray for Mr.Henry Harrison. Pray for “Miss” Emma, his wife and caregiver too.
Pray for Mr. Bully Schwartz, one of the oldest members of our church.
Susan Ann Westmoreland Todd
(July 6, 1946 – April 16, 2008)
Susan Ann Westmoreland Todd was released to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at the age of 61. She was the adored wife of James Ora Todd for over 40 years. She was the loving mother of James Madison Todd and his wife, Dana Todd, Huntersville, NC and grandmother of Joshua Todd and Noah Todd. She was the sister of Carol Beyerback, Kenner and Fred Westmoreland, Alexandria and the late Terri Giglio and Mary Brown. She was the daughter of the late Carol Vidross and Fred Westmoreland. A strong woman of faith whose purpose was to see the message of Christ spread throughout the world. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at First Baptist Church of Arcola on the evening of Friday, April 18, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and after 8:00AM until funeral services at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 19, 2008 conducted by Rev. Bob Simpson. Interment will follow in First Baptist Church of Arcola Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Susan wished donations to be made to Baptist Missionary Bibles for distribution.
Ellis Sharpe, Sr.
(May 15, 1929 – April 16, 2008)
Died on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Ocshner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. He was a native and a resident of Independence, LA. Age 79 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Mitch Williams. Interment Durbin Cemetery, Independence, LA. He is survived by his 4 daughters, Cheryl Boudreaux and husband, Larry, Denham Springs, Glenda Sharpe, Denham Springs, Aimie Morehead, Hawaii and Regina Pruitt, Colorado; 2 sons, Ellis Sharpe, Jr. and wife, Marcy, Denham Springs and Roger Sharpe and wife, Ima Jean, Ponchatoula; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearlie Rodriguez Sharpe; daughter, Faye Marie Sharpe; parents, Esco and Lillie Rainey Sharpe; brother, Joseph Sharpe; sister, Gertrude Rumfola.
William C. Peterson
(August 3, 1933 – April 16, 2008)
Mr. William C. Peterson died at his residence in Independence, La. at 8:09 AM on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. He was 74 years old, a native of Lorraine, Texas and a resident of Independence, La. Visitation at McKneely and Vaughn Funeral Home on Friday April 18, 2008 from 1:00PM until 3:00PM. The family will have Religious Services and Graveside Services on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at the Green Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He is survived by his first wife Tish Fruge’, Gonzales, La., 3 Daughters; Vicki Lentz, Independence, Rhea Sawyer, St. Amant, Diana Peterson, Tulsa, Ok., Son; Lee Peterson, Greenville, S.C., Stepson; Lynn Flurry, Baton Rouge, Sister; Ann Nelson, Kellyville, OK., 8 Grandchildren; Amanda, Shelby, Brittney, Jenny, Corey, Brady, P.J., Allison, 5 Great-Grandchildren; Gage, Bryson, Hayden, Caden, Ryan. He was a member of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union for 20+ years. Preceded in death by; Parents; H.C. and Willie Mae Peterson, 2nd Wife; Libby Flurry Peterson, 2 Sisters; Helen Garner, Frances Holmes and 1 Son; Ashley Durand Hudson.
Kids on Mission Pray
April 18, 2008
“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
A 12-year-old boy in Colombia has been hospitalized with a chronic sickness. It is so bad that he needs surgery to get well. Before he went to the hospital, this little boy and his family went to the New Paradise Baptist Church; and the people of the church prayed for him to get well. A missionary met the little boy that day and saw that he was very sick. She encouraged his mom and dad to take him to the hospital. The missionary visited the 12-year-old in his hospital room and told him about Jesus by using the “wordless book.” **
The 12-year-old boy asked Jesus into his heart right then. Both of his parents have also asked Jesus to be their Savior. Please pray for this young boy that he will have the surgery he needs and get better soon. Ask God to help him and his parents to grow in what they understand about Jesus as they read the Bible and pray.
MORE PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MISSIONARY KIDS
Please pray that I can find new friends in my new neighborhood. JACK, age 10 (South Asia)
My best friend is Liza. She plays with me when there’s nobody to play outside. I go over to her house to play too. Lots of times we chase goats and piggies. Animals aren’t kept in cages or anything here, people just let them go wherever they want. At nighttime, people bring them back home. Liza’s mom’s pig just had four babies. Please pray that she can sell the baby pigs to get money for their family. MELODY, age 7 (West Africa)
Please ask God to help my friends and all the other people in the world to believe in God. KM, age 8 (East Asia)
Please pray for my friend, MK. I shared the gospel with her and she pretty much rejected everything I said. I know she wasn’t rejecting me but was rejecting Jesus. Please pray that God will keep working in her heart and that she will see the truth about Christianity. Pray for me to continue to be bold in sharing my faith with her and everyone else I happen to meet. ASHLEY, age 13 (Pacific Rim)
Several times each week, I go with my mom and dad to visit our Hausa friends. My friends and I like to play soccer and play in the sand. My friends have never heard that Jesus loves them. My mom and I sing with them and share Bible stories. My friends like to color a lot, so I share my crayons and we color pictures about the Bible stories. Please pray for my mom and dad as they share Bible stories with our friends. Please pray that my Hausa friends will come to know Jesus. Please pray that my friends will see what a difference God’s love can make. (My mommy wrote this…I don’t know how to write yet.) NOAH, age 2 (West Africa)
** HOW TO MAKE A WORDLESS BOOK
Has anyone every shown you the wordless book? I made one in Vacation Bible School when I was a little girl-that was a long time ago. Even before I was a little girl, a man named C. H. Spurgeon preached a sermon nearly 100 years ago and told the story of the wordless book. I don’t know how old it really is.
It’s pretty easy to make one yourself. Find some colored paper-one piece in gold, black, red, white and green. With the help of an adult, cut the paper just the right size-maybe you want a tiny book, so cut the paper 2 ½ x 5 inches; or for a bigger book, cut a regular 8 ½ x 11 inch page in half. Fold each piece in half so you have 2 ½ x 2 ½ inch squares or 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch booklets. Tape or glue the pieces of paper together (gold to black, black to red, red to white, white to green) so that when you open it the gold is the first full page, black is the second, red third, white fourth, and green is the last page. You can make any kind of cover you would like. Me? I like the idea of a pretty purple cover-that just makes me think of Jesus, our Savior and King.
The story of the wordless book is the same as the evangelistic bracelets many Christians wear. The gold (or yellow) stands for God’s heavenly home, the black for the sin of our hearts that keep us separated from God. The red page reminds us that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead; and if we accept Jesus as Savior, He will make us clean. Yes, that’s the white page-You and me, knowing Jesus, and being forgiven and cleaned from all our sin! Finally, the green page helps us understand how important it is to grow. We want to learn more about Jesus so we need to read the Bible and pray every day. That’s how we grow!
I hope you have time to make a wordless book this week and I am praying you will share the story with your friends.
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
THE BUILDERS OF the Titanic were remiss in several areas and doomed the mighty vessel to the bottom of the ocean…
Their failures mimic our steps to apostasy. Their lessons are ours as we discover how Christians leave the Lord (Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:26-31).
First, their pride doomed the ship because they failed to develop contingency plans since they falsely believed it was unsinkable. We face equal peril when we believe we are immune from apostasy.
Second, the self-righteous pride of the owners of the Titanic led them to seek the minimum in safety standards. They did the least or less in every area of safety. Their malfeasance had no justification.
Five decades before the construction of the Titanic, the Great Eastern had scraped on an uncharted rock off the coast of Long Island. It had torn a hole in her skin nine feet wide and 83 feet long. However, she had an inner hull and was able to limp into port. No one was hurt. Inner hulls became more popular but the builders of the Titanic apparently saw it as unnecessary.
They cut many other safety standards. The most famous were the lifeboats. Regulations called for a ship of Titanic’s size to carry enough lifeboats for 962 even though she could carry over 3,500 passengers and crew. They should have been prepared to offer everyone a seat on the lifeboats.
“The owners and operators of steamships had for five decades taken larger and larger risks to save money – risks to which they had methodically blinded themselves.” 1/ This carelessness exacted a heavy price.
Do we trim or skirt safety standards in our Christian lives? Do we try to get by on the minimum? People do this without realizing it.
We reason there is a minimum that we can do and be pleasing to God. We rationalize that attending Sunday morning services and living a moral life are enough. While everyone else are just “super Christians,” they are just fine with what they are doing. Their delusion is disheartening.
The army that seeks the minimum in arming its soldiers will soon find their enemy raining the maximum in destruction upon them. The soldier who fails to properly arm himself because the gear is too heavy, faces grave danger in the battle. Good soldiers are very careful not to cut corners in their battle preparation because they know their lives depend on it.
Discipleship is not about maximums and minimums. Salvation is not meritorious. /2 We require the blood of Christ on our souls in order to be justified before God (Romans 5). We must “walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7, NKJV). We are commanded to walk worthy of the “calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1).
Trying to find a minimum, we seek salvation by works, rather than by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is not about attaining the minimum we can accomplish, it is about finding a way to do all we can for Christ (Matthew 22:37).
We cannot attend enough worship services, read our Bibles enough or be moral enough to merit salvation. However, seeking the minimum in the Christian life illustrates that we have little interest in Christ being the Lord of our lives. We can easily slip into the mindset that we want to be a Christian but that we do not want it to change our lives. However, if Christ is not on the throne of our hearts, Satan will fill the vacuum (1 Peter 5:8).
“Disinterested Christians reach the point where they are no longer bearing fruit and will be cut off from the vine (John 15:1-8). Faithfulness indicates allegiance, attitude, and direction in a life filled and flooded with God (Ephesians 3:19). Unfaithfulness leads to apostasy.” /3
Let us seek the maximum for Christ because he deserves it. (Richard Mansel)
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away,to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Heb. 6:4-6).
Thanks for your prayers for others each day. You mean so much to so many!