If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,

live at peace with everyone.

~Romans 12:18 (NIV)~


Thank you for praying for my mother, Dot Smith, last week. She is much better now.



You can pray for several people are in North Oaks:

  • Mr. Henry Harris
  • Gary Travis of Roseland
  • Mr. Buddy Holmes (friend of Bro. Joe Baugh)
  • Karen Baugh (sister-in-law of Bro. Joe)
  • Mrs. Jeanette Rhodus
  • Jimmy Tolar
  • Randy Fairburn

Pray for Lisa Davis, sister of Susan Rimes, as she undergoes treatment for cancer again.

Continue to pray for Joan Hagan. She’s resting in bed and trying to get over her falls so she can have surgery Wednesday.

You are invited to a special prayer meeting for Joan Hagan today at 4 P.M. at te Secret Closet Clothes Store (by the railroad tracks on highway 38). A love offering will be taken to help purchase a piece of equipment Joan needs.

I talked with Rebecca Blades‘ aunt. She said it was a miracle Rebecca is alive. Rebecca continues to improve. Keep her in your prayers.

Prayer has been requested for Bobby Warren of Arcola. He was injured in a motorcycle accident.

Deacons for the week

  • Jimmy Tolar
  • Lloyd Hayden

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

  • Received – $10,636.85
  • Goal – $13,000.00
  • We’re 82% there!

There will be a youth spaghetti fundraiser Sunday, May 4th. Call Bro. Bucky to see how you can help.

Two youth need sponsors for camp this summer. Contact Bro. Bucky for more information.

Vacation Bible School

  • Outrigger Island
  • June 9-13
  • 8:30-11:30
  • Volunteers needed

On Mission in Kentwood

  • Saturday, April 26
  • Starts with donuts at 8 A.M.
  • Bring brooms, rakes, gloves, etc.
  • Call the church to sign up or to give a name of someone who needs assistance




We sometimes refer to someone’s actions as “playing God.” By that, we usually mean that they are standing in judgment over another person in a way that only God can, or that they are making a decision regarding who will live or who will die. Most of the time, we use that term in a negative way. I heard a story recently, though, told by Mee Spousler that sheds a whole new light on the term “playing God.”

Mee tells how she was trying to put her three-year-old son to bed for a nap. When she was unsuccessful, she put him in her bed and laid down with him to encourage him to rest. She fell asleep, but he didn’t. When she woke up, she saw him sitting on a chair at the end of the bed, and asked, “Luke, what are you doing?”

“I’m playing God,” he replied.

“Playing God?” she asked.

“Yes,” he said. “I’m watching over you while you sleep.”

What a beautiful thought, because that is what God does. David wrote: “I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.” (Psalm 3:4-5)

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all, like that 3-year-old boy, learn to “play God” in ways that would impact this world for good?

We need to “play God” by looking at the hearts of people rather than the clothes they are wearing.

We need to “play God” by forgiving those who have offended us.

We need to “play God” by refusing to allow race or the color of a person’s skin to create barriers.

We need to “play God” by being patient, kind, and loving to the the people we deal with throughout the day

We need to “play God” by showing compassion to those who are suffering or in need.

We need to “play God” by keeping our promises and living lives of honesty and integrity.

We need to “play God” by living in such a way that we reflect the nature of our Heavenly Father.

I hope and pray that people around you will see you “playing God” this day.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina



We need to “play God” by showing compassion to those who are suffering or in need.

You can do this by participating in On Mission in Kentwood Saturday. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Anna Lee


[The boy’s father said,]

“. . . If you can do anything, do it.

Have a heart and help us!”

Jesus said, “If?

There are no ‘ifs’ among believers.

Anything can happen.”

No sooner were the words out of his mouth

than the father cried,

“Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”

~Mark 9:22-24, MSG~



Rebecca Blades (28), daughter of Forrest and Denise Blades, has been released from the hospital. She’s at her Alabama home so she can be near the hospital. Thank God for sparing her life. Thank Him for her improvement so far. Pray for her as she begins the long recovery ahead.



Pray for the senior adults who are homebound. Some are lonely. Some fall. Some make decisions about nursing homes. Some struggle to pay their bills. Etc. Pray God will use you to minister to their needs.



On Mission in Kentwood

We will meet at 8:00 A.M. Saturday morning to minister to needs in our community. This is your opportunity to get involved. God will bless your efforts.



The following is one of my favorite devotionals.


The story is told of a water bearer in India who had two large pots. They hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck, but one of the pots had a crack in it. While the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

In his compassion, the water bearer said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

It is an amazing thing (but true) that God is able to accomplish some wonderful things through our efforts, in spite of our imperfections. Paul said of his role as a preacher of the gospel:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7).

Though we may often feel inadequate and useless, if we will continue about the task that God has given us, we will produce fruit and influence lives in ways we may not even be aware of.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Cor. 15:58).

May your life “abound” this day in the work of the Lord! Though you may feel like a “cracked pot”, your efforts are not in vain.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

God can use you and me too!

Anna Lee





“Oh, give thanks to the Lord!

Call upon His name;

make known His deeds among the peoples!”

~Psalm 105:1~


Joan Hagan says she will be sore, be did not break anything in the fall yesterday. Please continue to remember her in your prayers.



Jesse Dean is progressing. Therapy is very tiring for him, but he is slowing getting stronger. Please keep Jesse and Majel in your prayers.



IMB ANNUAL STAFF RETREAT. Thank you for praying for the staff of the International Mission Board, SBC, on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23. Our offices are closed for our Annual Staff Retreat, and we are excited to spend these days hearing from the Lord. Dr. David Platt from The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama, is challenging us under the theme “Desperate,” and the Scripture, ‘Now show me Your glory…’ (Exodus 33:18).” Jeremy Welborn of Grove Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, is leading our music. Jerry Rankin will encourage us in a session we are calling, “Celebrating Who We Are.” Please ask the Lord to refresh the staff and build new bonds of friendship. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer.

I received the note below this morning in regards to my cousin’s wife M.
Thank you for praying for her.

Thank you all so much for all the love and prayers and for passing me on to your prayer partners. I saw a wonderful doctor down at Harris Methodist Hospital here in Dallas with Texas Oncology. He came here in ’99 from MD Anderson in Houston and has been practicing Gynecological Oncology for more than 25 years. That being said, I feel very comfortable and confident in his expertise. He was not happy with the pathology report, according to him it was “sketchy” and did not identify the tumor
type with accuracy. So he is sending my biopsies to the group of
pathologists that he trusts and says have never let him down. He wants the cancer to be identified with 100% accuracy…so do I!!! I go to have a full body scan on Friday to make sure there are no other tumors growing anywhere else in my body and to make sure that the cancer has not spread.

On exam today…praise the Lord…he did not find any indication that the tumor had spread into the bladder or the colon!!! He said that surgery is not an option, tumors of this size are too big for surgery and that it is too hard to surgically remove all of the cancer cells. Also, the uterus is a great focal point for the radiation so we want to keep it there. So…we go for the scan on Friday, the new group of pathologists are reading the biopsies, we have our next appointment with the doctor on May
4th where we will review the results and hear the doctors “game plan” which will most likely begin with radiation.

On another note, as many of you knew we do not have health insurance. The clinic that I am going to works especially for the uninsured. We will be responsible for 30% of the cost which who knows how much this could run. Please be in prayer that God will work all of this out for us.

Thank you all again for the prayers…but don’t stop now, please!!!
Love you all,

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor


You are a passenger aboard flight 2033 from Seoul, South Korea to the resort island of Cheju. You and 151 fellow-vacationers are looking forward to a much-needed rest.

The jetliner is only moments from touchdown. You glance out the thick, two-ply window. The plane is scarcely 30 feet off the ground, but it’s obviously moving far too fast. The runway is soaked from a local tropical storm and wind shear is making the landing all-the-more precarious. When the aircraft does reach the earth, it is more than 1,700 meters beyond the landing threshold. A harrowing, split second later the plane crashes through a guard post and then slams into the airport safety barricade. You are terror-stricken.

The two cockpit occupants escape out the nearest window. With the assistance of the six-member cabin crew, you and your seat-mates escape only moments before the plane is engulfed in flames.

A Transportation Ministry investigation reveals the incredible news. The flight was on final approach when a conflict arose between the Captain and co-pilot. That’s right, a conflict. The real reason for the crash wasn’t because of inclement weather, but because of a clash of wills.

Co-pilot, Chung Chan-kyu, asked Captain Barry Woods numerous times whether he wanted to “go around.” (Chan-kyu was convinced that there was not sufficient distance for the Airbus to land safely without crossing the end of Runway 6). When Woods said, “No,” Chan-kyu grabbed the throttles to take control. The two argued and scuffled as the plane hurtled toward the ground. Transcripts from the flight report that the Captain shouted, “No!” “No!” and “What are you doing?! Don’t… Wait, man… You’re gonna kill us!”

As I read the story, I found myself wondering aloud, “Who was in charge of the plane…?!” Only one of the pilots had the right to land the craft, but neither would relinquish his power.

“Who’s going to be first?” “Who’s going to land the plane?” That sounds a lot like the apostles to me. They fussed over the same fundamental issue. When Jesus announced that He would “be betrayed into the hands of men” (Luke 9:44), the twelve began a verbal “tussle” over who would take charge when he was gone. The text says, “Then an argument arose among them as to who should be greatest” (Luke 9:46, Phillips). (The King James version translates the word argument as “reasoning;” the term in the Greek is dialogismos and refers to a heated debate). As improbable as it may sound, the very men whom Jesus taught and trained often wrangled (Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 9:34; Luke 22:24) for position and status over what they believed would be (Acts 1:6) the future kingdom.

I’ve come to the conclusion that “Who’s going to be first?” is THE underlying issue; it is THE core problem — in most arguments. Folks want power; they want to be first. In a manner of speaking, they want to “grab the throttles” and control the plane themselves. People are strange, aren’t they? They want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention. Chan-kyu and Woods did. The apostles did. We do. Think about it, and you will probably agree. Nobody wants to be second in command; nobody wants to play second fiddle. And that is why disagreements arise.

When church members have a “falling-out,” it is usually over power issues and who’s going to be in control. When married partners quarrel, it is often over who is going to be in charge of the checkbook and how money is to be spent. When siblings argue, it is typically over who’s going to be first. “Why is his piece of cake bigger than mine?!” “Why does he get to stay out past midnight, but I have to be in before 11:00?” When nations war and fight, it is typically over which country is going to dominate and rule. When presidential candidates vie for political office, it is always over “who’s going to fly the plane.” Both Democrats and Republicans want to “grab the throttles” and take the lead in our country.

When arguments do occur, I find it helpful to take a step backwards and ask, “What’s happening here?” “Why are people fussing?” You see, once we can determine the actual cause (i.e., pride) of the discord, we then can begin to work on a solution, just as Jesus did. He used a little child to illustrate the real way to “first place” and greatness. The Bible says, “Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, and said to them, ‘Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great'” (Luke 9:46-48 NKJV).

What was Jesus’ point? Simply that if you want to be “high,” you must first — like a child — be “low” (i.e., humble, 1 Peter 5:6). You must manifest a serving nature (John 13:1ff) and lack the personal, selfish ambition (Philippians 2:3,4; Galatians 5:26; Romans 12:10) that is so prevalent among adults. You must imbibe the spirit of Christ (Philippians 2:5-11) and “receive” (i.e., assist) others.

Have you been in argument lately? Are you ready to “grab the throttles?” (Don’t feel too bad, the apostles could relate). Look at a small child…and remember. (Mike Benson)
KneEmail: “And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many'” (Matt. 20:24-28).

I’ve witnessed many a power struggle. I’m sure you have too. Let’s pray we will be submissive to God as the authority.

Anna Lee

Monday Afternoon

From Wendy Fowler:

Would you please add the family of Renee Nicholson to the prayer link. Renee was the mother of one of my first grade students. She passed away last night at her home. She was fairly young, so this was a shock to everyone. Elizabeth, my student, is a sweet little girl. Please be in prayer for her as she travels through this difficult time in her life.

Renee Lillie Nicholson

(May 27, 1965 – April 21, 2008)

Died at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2008 at her residence in Kentwood. She was a native of Tacoma, WA. Age 42 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Interment Wales Cemetery, Greensburg. She is survived by her husband, Douglas R. Nicholson; son, Donovan Douglas Nicholson; daughter, Elizabeth Annette Nicholson; mother, Annette Hutchinson and husband, James, all of Kentwood; 2 sisters, Beth Slaven, Newberry, SC and Freida Davis, Kentwood; brother, Willie Lillie, Jr., Kentwood; grandfather, Herbert Grace, Kentwood. She was preceded in death by her father, Willie Lillie, Sr.; grandparents, Percy and Maggie Lillie, Fannie Miller Grace and Mallie McClendon Grace.


Leland J. Durbin, Sr.

(September 11, 1922 – April 21, 2008)

Died at 4:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2008 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. He was a native and a resident of Amite and a U. S. Army Veteran. Age 85 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 8:30 a.m. until religious services at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Services conducted by Rev. David Luce. Interment Montpelier Cemetery, Montpelier. He is survived by his wife, Sadie Holden Durbin, Amite; 2 daughters, Gloria Mobley and husband, Andy, West Monroe and Susan Durbin, West Monroe; son, Leland J. Durbin, Jr. and wife, Jennifer, Amite; step-daughter, Carol Strider and husband, Michael, West Monroe; step-son, David Smith and wife, Jo Ann, Amite; 2 sisters, Myrle Durbin, Hammond and Vera King, Montpelier; brother, Carol Durbin, Hammond; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Boney and Louise Starns Durbin; twin sister, Lela Mae Durbin; brother, Melvin Durbin.


“O sing to the LORD a new song,

for He has done wonderful things….

He has revealed His righteousness

in the sight of the nations.”

~Psalm 98:1a-2, NASB~

Please pray for the senior adults, several of whom are homebound. They have falls, many appointments, long, lonesome days, etc. Pray God will lead you to “adopt” one or more so you can help minister to their needs.


Monday, April 21, 2008

“Now show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18, NIV).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for the staff of the International Mission Board (IMB) as we meet for our Annual Staff Retreat.

Our offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23, as we join together for fellowship and learning. Dr. David Platt from The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama, is challenging us under the theme “Desperate.” Jeremy Welborn of Grove Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, is leading our music. Jerry Rankin will encourage us in a session called, “Celebrating Who We Are.” Please ask the Lord to refresh the staff and build new bonds of friendship.

The IMB has a large staff, supporting missionaries around the world. There are financial specialists, computer technologists, travel and freight agents, administrative assistants, mobilization consultants, mission personnel staff and trainers, and electronic- and print- media experts. We all work together towards the goal of reaching the lost for Christ but seldom have opportunity to sit in the same room. We thank God for these special days each year. Meetings, email and deadlines will be set aside as we spend time rekindling old friendships and making new ones. There will be laughter, singing, and perhaps a few tears.

* Please pray with us that our hearts will be challenged and refreshed for the ministry the Lord has laid out for the IMB.

* Ask God to lead us to be desperate for His presence, submitting any willful way to His glory. Pray for David Platt and Jeremy Welborn as they lead us in worship.

* Thank you for partnering with us in prayer and in the Lord’s missions mandate.



I heard a story about a husband who came home drunk late one night and snuck up the stairs quietly to avoid waking his wife. He looked in the bathroom mirror and bandaged the bumps and bruises he’d received in a fight earlier that night. He then proceeded to climb into bed, smiling at the thought that he’d pulled one over on his wife.

When morning came, he opened his eyes and there stood his wife. “You were drunk last night, weren’t you!”

“No, honey.”

“Well, if you weren’t, then who put all the band-aids on the bathroom mirror?”

Despite our many failed attempts, we continue to try to hide our sins from others around us. King Saul was commanded by God to kill all of the Amalekites and their animals (I Sam. 15:3). But Saul spared the Amalekite king and the best of the herds and flocks. There was no question he had disobeyed God. But notice the first thing he said to Samuel upon his return — “I have performed the commandment of the LORD.” (I Sam. 15:13).

Saul knew good and well he hadn’t done everything that God told him to do. So why did he tell Samuel he had kept the word of the Lord? Because one of our first reactions to sin is to pretend that everything’s OK. If we ignore the fact that we have sinned, maybe no one will notice.

And we’ve all done this before, haven’t we? Remember when you were a kid and your parents were out of the house and maybe you got to rough-housing with your brothers and sisters and in the process the lamp in the living room got knocked over and a piece broke off? You stuck it back together hoping no one would ever notice and then you went back to your room to get away from the scene of the crime.

But Mom comes home and it doesn’t her long at all to notice. She comes back to your room and says, “Did you break my lamp?” And you say, as innocently as you possibly can, “What lamp?” Because the hardest thing in the world is to admit that we have done something wrong.

The one thing that God desires most when it comes to our sins is the one thing we have the most trouble with — honesty and openness.

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9).

May you be honest enough to be able to share with God what He already knows. Only then can the healing begin.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a good week!

Anna Lee

Sunday Afternoon

Joan Hagan fell this morning when she was getting in the tub. She was unable to get up until mid-afternoon. The fall re injured her foot where she recently had the broken toe. Saturday, Joan told me she was having another problem. Please be in prayer for Joan. Her surgery is scheduled for ten days from now.

Curt Martin is up and getting around. He has been able to return to work, but has another appointment to check on what is going on in his leg. Please be in prayer for Curt’s leg problem.

Ann Trappey requests prayer for Rebecca Blades, daughter of Forrest and Denise Blades. Rebecca (28), the manager of a Wal-Mart distribution center in Alabama, was injured in a freak accident at work when a piece of sheet metal fell 30 feet and hit her. She has had surgery for injuries to her left cheek and is in ICU in Birmingham. Please be in prayer for Rebecca, her family, and those caring for her.


“We know that we have passed from death to life,

because we love other believers.”

1 John 3:14 (GWT)


Majel Dean said Jesse is doing better. He still gets tired easily. Please continue to be in prayer for Jesse and Majel.

From Melinda Russell:

I have a personal prayer request I would like you to pray for. I learned from my mother that my cousin’s wife has cervical cancer. Since they do not have insurance she had put off going to the doctor. When she did finally go, the doctor knew she needed surgery. The initial surgery was to remove a mass, but when the surgeon saw it, he did a biopsy. The report that came back last Thursday was not good. PRAY for an oncologist to see her ASAP. She will be going to a public hospital that sees many people. M is in her late 30’s or close to 40, I think. They have a son in college and two little girls, the oldest in elementary school and the other is 4 or 5 years old. They were both born after we came to Romania so I am not quite sure of their ages.

We know our Lord is the God of healing. Pray for his healing hands to touch M. Pray for the whole family to feel God’s loving hands on them during this time. To give them peace, strength, and assurance that he is with them throughout the whole period. Pray they will feel his guidance as they make decisions in regards to her treatment.

Thank you for praying!


Willie Zane Johnson
(August 31, 1958 – April 19, 2008)

Died at 3:46 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at his residence in Bolivar, LA. He was a native of Amite, LA. Age 49 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10 a.m. on Monday until religious services at 12 Noon Monday. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, LA. Survived by step-daughter, Patricia Parnell, 3 sisters, Beverly Rohnbacker, Bolivar, Carol Bowlin, Baton Rouge, Joy Travis, Leesville, brother, Ronald Joe Johnson, Thomas. Preceded in death by father, Harvey Eugene Johnson, mother, Lillian Elizabeth Husser Johnson, paternal grandparents who raised him, Vern Aubrey Lambert and Willie Mae Lewis Lambert, maternal grandparents, Johnny Mulina Husser and Ozzie Ellen Mulina Husser, brothers, Johnny Aubrey Johnson, Harvey Eugene Johnson, Jr., sisters, Janice Benet’ Johnson, Jill Renee Johnson Seals.

The On Mission Celebration last night was very good and very well attended. If you missed it, you missed something special. If you were there, you know what I was talking about. Thanks to those of you who supported this project in any way. Each of the eighteen churches that participated last night will have missionaries speaking in their church today. I anticipate you will feel a challenge today as they tell us about missions.


No matter how hard we try to be good, Franklin Graham reminds us that we all fail to measure up to God’s standards…but we do have hope:

We are all guilty, as far as God is concerned. And the Bible says we’ve all sinned, that we’ve all come short of God’s glory, and that the penalty of sin is death. We want an advocate who can stand before God on our behalf, who can speak on our behalf–24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We want an advocate that will never leave us, never forsake us. That advocate is the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Have you put your faith and trust in Him? If you have, you know that you have immunity.

To learn how to put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ, call us here at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, toll free, at 866-JESUS CARES.

Have a great Lord’s Day! Make sure you give it to Him.

Anna Lee


Note: I started this posting about three hours ago, but got sidetracked with a research paper, preparing fruit for a watermelon basket for the On Missions Celebration, etc. I have had a lot on my mind lately. At least I remembered to come back to it later.

“This is what the Lord Almighty says:

Judge fairly and honestly,

and show mercy and kindness to one another.

Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and poor people.

And do not make evil plans to harm each other.”

~Zechariah 7:9-10 (NLT)~

Dear Prayer Partners,

Just a note of follow-up on the meeting today with the mayor of Valeni. Ron returned very encouraged. God has heard our prayers for the people of Valeni and answered the water issue through the Mayor. Ron and the pastor found him to be open. He shared with them that he currently has the project written to take water to the people of Valeni, and it will be submitted the 20th of this month. He believes the project will be completed in 1 year or less.

The Turkish mayor was touched in that in his years as mayor, he has not had anyone come to him wanting to help the people of Valeni. He told Ron and the pastor about a project we could work together on to improve the current water supply until the big project is complete. We are currently researching the costs for this. Ron and the pastor were very encouraged by his response and openness.

Another praise from the trip today is that the husband of one of our persons of peace was home and agrees to meet with Ron and the pastor early next week. They found that the proclaimer ( a solar powered audio New Testament in Turkish) is already being used to hear the Word of God.

We give God the praise for the results of today’s visit! Please pray for the meeting with the men in the village next week. Please continue to pray that more opportunities will develop to touch people’s lives with the Word and love of Christ. As always, you have overwhelmed us with your response to pray, thank you. Until next time, we are……..

Kept by Him, Ron and Charlotte (Romania)


On Mission Celebration

FBC, Amite

This evening’s schedule:

  • 4:30 – Meet missionaries and teate food from around the world
  • 5:30 – Supper (no cost to you)
  • 6:30 – Parade of flads,special music, and missionary speakers

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor

George Bush (the senior), who was always known for his dry wit, said this of his relationship with President Ronald Reagan…

“It’s important for a Vice president not to upstage his boss, and you don’t know how hard it has been to keep my charisma in check.”

Sometimes I worry that as humans we try to “upstage” God in worship. Who, after all, have we come to honor? Are we presenting ourselves to the community as the church with the “best” worship service? Are we trying to enliven the singing in order to keep our young people interested? Should this enterprise be considered successful if we all leave with a woosy feeling in our tummies?

“Sometimes these days it is hard to distinguish praise from ‘schmooze,'” notes one writer. “Real praise happens when God becomes God again for us. ‘Be God for us,’ we will cry, ‘Speak your word so strongly that we can’t hear anything else.'”

(Marva Dawn, Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down, page 89).

Of course God has always been God. He has always been great beyond our imagination. He has always been near to us. It’s just that we sometimes miss him because we are so busy trying to upstage the one who should be the focus and center of our worship.

Worship is conducted on his terms alone, or it is not worship. A service designed to honor anyone or anything less than God is not worship. It is flattery at best, and idolatry at worst, for nothing less than the God of all the earth warrants our worship.

After all, we came to honor God, not the church. This Sunday morning, don’t upstage the Boss. Allow his warmth and righteousness, his will and word be the lasting impression that is left on your heart. (Stan Mitchell)

Jesus said to him,

“Away from me, Satan,for it is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”

~Matthew 4:10~

Have a wonderful, blessed weekend!

Anna Lee


“I sought the Lord, and He heard me.”

~Psalm 34:4a~

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…
Thank You
Lori Singleton

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.


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)


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!

Anna Lee