Sunday Addition

Joffrey and Moira Easley’s son, Tyler Elliott, was born Thursday at Woman’s Hospital. He weighed 4 lb. 4 oz. and was 16 in. long. He has graduated from NICU to the special care nursery. Big sister, Audrey, is entertaining her grandmother, Judy Easley. Moira should be released Tuesday and the Tyler by the end of the week. Please continue praying for this family.





The story is told of a professor who stood before his class of 20 senior organic biology students, about to hand out the final exam.

“I want to say that it’s been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you’ve all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school after summer. So that no one gets their GPA messed up because they might have been celebrating a bit too much this week, anyone who would like to opt out of the final exam today will receive a “B” for the course.”

There was much rejoicing amongst the class as students got up, passed by the professor to thank him and sign out on his offer. As the last taker left the room, the professor looked out over the handful of remaining students and asked, “Any one else? This is your last chance.” One final student rose up and took the offer.

The professor closed the door and took attendance of those students remaining. “I’m glad to see you believe in yourself.” he said. “You all have “A’s.”

Too often, we’re content to settle for second best. A lot of students would be thrilled to settle for a “B” (“That’s better than I usually get.” “That’s doing better than most of the others I know.”). And most students, I think, would rather get a “B” with little time spent studying, than to make the effort it takes to get an “A”.

A lot of us are content to settle for second best in our spiritual lives as well. We’re close to God (at least closer than many people we know), but we aren’t willing to take the time and the effort to have the kind of relationship we know God wants us to have.

The biggest problem with settling for second best is that we miss out on that which is best.

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘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 10:42)

What Martha was doing was good (second best, even), but “Mary has chosen what is better.” May we always seek out and choose “what is better” in our relationship with God!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Saturday Evening

Steve and Elisabeth Sanders proudly announce the birth of Logan Wayne. He weighed six pounds and 15 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. In the picture I saw, he seemed to have lots of blond hair. Everyone is doing well. Emily, Jacob, and Nathan are proud of their little brother and know Logan will bring about some changes at the Sanders home. Thank God for this little blessing.l

Thomas Troy “Tom Tom” Baham
(June 11, 1990 – July 4, 2008)

Thomas Troy “Tom Tom” Baham pased away at 11:50PM, July 4, 2008 at the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. He was 18 and a resident of Loranger. Arrangements are incomplete but an on-line Guestbook is available at this time.

Bobby A. “Jake” McDaniel, Sr.
(October 28, 1928 – July 3, 2008)

Bobby A.
Mr. Bobby A. “Jake” McDaniel, Sr. passed away Thursday, July 3, 2008 at the Flannery Oaks Guest House in Baton Rouge. He was 79, a native of Pine Grove, LA and a resident of Greensburg, LA. Mr. Jake was preceded in death by Mrs. Mildred B. McDaniel his wife of 53 years. Visitation will be at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM, Monday, July 7, 2008 and Tuesday, July 8, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services at 11:00AM in the Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Lloyd Blount. Interment in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Pine Grove, LA., Mr. Jake is survived by 2 Sons: Bobby A. McDaniel, Jr. & wife, Linda-Richland, WA. and James H. McDaniel-Minneapolis,MN. 4 Grandchildren, 5 Great-Grandchildren, & Grand Dog-Samson. He was preceded in death by his wife-Mildred B. McDaniel, Parents-Marshall & Ella McDaniel, 3 Brothers & 1 Sister. He was also a member of Abundant Life Church in Hammond. An on-line Guestbook is available at The Funeral Home is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.

Saturday Afternoon Additions

Marie W. Sims
(September 25, 1924 – July 5, 2008)

Marie W. Sims died July 5, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center at the age of 83. She was a native of Brookhaven, MS and a lifelong resident of Kentwood, LA. She was a homemaker and community leader. She was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood. She had been an active member of the Kentwood Garden Club for the past 41 years. She is survived by one son, Kent Sims, one daughter, Judy S. Jones, seven grandchildren, Sherry Sassone, Osyka, MS; Jason and Jonathan Sims, Ashley, Angel, and Amber Bridges, and Jimmy Ray Jones Jr., all of Kentwood, LA. She is survived by four great grandchildren, Chandler Sassone, Oyska, MS, Jasie and Michael Sims, and Logan Moneyhun, all of Kentwood, LA; and one sister, Helen W. James, Wesson, MS., along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by husband Jimmy W. Sims, son Kenneth LaRue Smith, grandson Greg LaRue Smith, and son in law Jimmy Ray Jones, two brothers, two sisters, and parents. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood Sunday July 6th, 2008 from 5PM to 9PM and at First Baptist Church, Kentwood, Monday July 7, 2008 from 9AM until religious services at 11AM conducted by Rev. Joey Miller. Interment at Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood. LA.



Hezzie Donice Passman, Jr.
(October 23, 1933 – July 5, 2008)

Hezzie Donice Passman, Jr., died of cancer July 5, 2008 at 3:00 AM. He was born in Amite, Louisiana on October 23, 1933, and was a resident of Kingston Springs, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Arjrie Morgan Passman; and three sons, Hezzie Donice “Pete” Passman, III and wife, Pam, Las Vegas, NV, Clinton Passman, Brookhaven, MS, 1SGT Scott Passman and wife, Deanna, Biloxi, MS; six daughters Pamela Martin and husband, John, Folsom, LA, Jackie Morgan and husband, Joseph, Springfield, LA, Connie Albrado and husband, Tommy, Tickfaw, LA, Tracie Passman Pierce and husband, Ronnie, Summit, MS, Felicitie “Pippie” Davis and husband, Brad, Montpelier, LA, Donice Nell “Missy” Pierce and husband, Larry, Murfreesboro, TN; one step-daughter, Julie Davis Gibson, Montpelier, LA; two sisters, Cora Bell Brown, Amite, LA and Harriet Carlton, Liberty, MS. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Hezzie Donice, Sr. and Effie Seals Passman; a brother, Harold Don Passman; three sisters, Claudie Roy Passman, Willie Cox and Betty Lee Pierce; and two children, Thomas Patrick Passman and Sharon “Sissy” Passman Dunaway, and three grandchildren. Pallbearers will be grandsons Jon Pierce, Bradley Davis, Zachary Davis, Russell Pierce, Tommy Albrado, II, Chad Freeman and Cody Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons Joey Dunaway, Brad Freeman, Nathan Pierce, Spencer Passman, Chris Martin, Wesley Martin, Michael Cortez and Thomas Cortez. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Amite, LA. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, on Sunday, July 6, 2008 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 7, 2008. Services will be conducted by Rev. Starret Cleveland with interment to follow in the Montpelier Cemetery, Montpelier, LA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Community Hospices of America, 140 N. 5th Street, McComb, MS 39648.


“Hear my prayer, O Lord;

listen to my plea!

Answer me

because you are faithful and righteous.”

Psalm 143:1

(Holy Bible, New Living Translation)

Update on Mrs. Marie Sims from Mary Criswell:

. . . . Marie was having problems with fluid building up in her lungs and had to be placed on a ventilator. This was an unexpected turn. Judy needs special support during this time.

Please continue to pray for Grant Matherne, six year old great grandson of Mrs. Hazel Smith, as he continues his treatments.

Ritchie, husband of my cousin Suzan in Texas, got a better report on his colon cancer than he did previously. Pray for them as Richie continues treatments.

FBC will have no Sunday night worship this month due to Marvelous Mondays which will be held at 7:00 during July.

From Mrs. Ann Chapman:

. . . . my brother, Charles Abernathy, Pearl River, LA passed away
last night. His wife Betty Ruth Breeland grew up in the Roseland &
Spring Creek area. Charles was an Amite High School graduate. He was 79.
His funeral will be Monday. Arrangements are as follows:
First Baptist Church, Pearl River, LA
Wake: 9:00 – 12:00 noon
Funeral: 12:00 noon
Burial: 3:00 pm at Roseland-Arcola Cemetery
Please pray for Betty and their children, Russell and Barbara and our
family. Our Heavenly Circle is getting larger.
God bless each of you.
Ann Chapman

Gary McNabb
(September 2, 1964 – July 2, 2008)

Gary McNabb
Gary “Suede” McNabb, 43, passed away at 8:59PM, on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was a native of Brandon, MS and a resident of Pine Grove. He was the son of Gene and Sara McNabb of Pine Grove. He was a Member of the Pipeliners Union Local #798. Visitation will be at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Sunday, July 6, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and on Monday, July 7, 2008, at the Shiloh Baptist Church, Pine Grove, from 9:00AM until Religious Services at 11:00AM. Services conducted by Rev. Laverne King. Interment in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery. Survived by: Wife, Vicki Oliphant McNabb-Loranger, Step-Son, Chance Tycer-Loranger, Parents, Gene & Sara McNabb-Pine Grove, Sister, Gail Domingue & husband, Edward-Greensburg,. 4 Brothers, Calvin McNabb-Pine Grove, Bryan McNabb & wife, Beverly-Albany, Waylon McNabb-Pine Grove, and John McNabb & wife, Paula-Montpelier. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, & friends. Preceded in death by: Brother, Alton “Bud” McNabb. An on-line Guestbook is available at Funeral Home is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.

Bobby McDaniel, Sr.
(Died July 3, 2008)

Mr. Bobby McDaniel, Sr. died at 11:35AM, July 3, 2008 at the Flannery Oaks Guest House in Baton Rouge. Arrangements are incomplete but the guest book may be signed at this time.

Mrs. Marie H. Wallace
(March 17, 1929 – July 4, 2008)

Mrs. Marie H. Wallace, 79, passed away at 9:15AM, July 4, 2008 at the Tangi Pines Nursing Home in Amite. She was a native of Tangipahoa Parish and a resident of Independence. Visitation will be at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM, Monday, July 7, 2008 until Religious Services at the Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00PM, conducted by Bro. Felix Howell. Interment in the Howell Cemetery (west of Natalbany). She was the daughter of the late Avery & Bertha Stafford Holden. She is survived by her Daughter, Margie Nell Howell-Independence, 2 Sons: Billy Roy Wallace, Sr.-Amite, Larry Wallace, I-Amite, 18 Grandchildren, 42 Great-Grandchildren, and 3 Great Great-Grandchildren. Mrs. Marie was preceded in death by her Parents Avery & Bertha Stafford Holden, Husband: Clyde Wallace, Son: Marvin Dale Wallace, Sr., Daughter: Peggy Jean Wallace Hose An on-line Guestbook is available at The Funeral Home is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins -Gentry Ford.


The Meaning of the 4th in 3 Words

Baptist Press

By Rick Lance

A silly story is told about a little boy asking his father a question, “Dad, do they have the Fourth of July in England?” “Yes, oh yes, son they do have a fourth of July in England. They just don’t celebrate it.” In a way, that apocryphal teasing exchange between a father and his son summarizes the uniqueness of the Fourth of July for Americans. It is a uniquely American holiday.

The Fourth of July in all other countries is a date on a calendar, just like any other. There is no reason at all for the British or French or Chinese or Russians or Brazilians to celebrate the Fourth of July. But in America there are many reasons. I can think of at least three of them.

The Fourth of July reminds us of our history, or at least it should. It is the day set aside as the punctual moment in history when the United States of America declared its independence from the British crown. It was not the beginning of the story or the actual end of the relationship, but it is a point in time when Americans can celebrate their birth as a nation.

Every Fourth of July in Charlottesville, Va., the largest number of people on a single day take the oath of allegiance as American citizens. This must be a sight to behold, and it would have made the founders proud. They would nod and say, “Now that is America.”

Our history is not a perfect story. There was a Civil War fought between the states over differing perspectives concerning what freedom means. Lincoln would call the nation back to the Declaration of Independence to remind Americans that all people are created equal by God.

In the 20th century, following two world wars, America would examine itself the hard way and come to the conclusion that liberty and justice are for all people. There would be ugly scenes where some radicals would not accept this view as a vision of what the nation should become. Now that sentiment lingers in the minds and hearts of a fading number of citizens who cannot understand the true meaning of freedom.

The Fourth of July has come to mean more than a day to celebrate a historical event. It is more than just about history; it is a focus on liberty. The American narrative, although not a perfect one, is really about liberty and freedom. With all of our outcries of dissent today and with the personalities literally shouting at each other on talk shows, we sometimes forget that we live in a country where this kind of expression can be offered.

One night recently, I was remoting through the channels on my television and parked a few minutes to listen to the debate between two rather animated guests on a talk show and found myself amused by the sparring between them. As the program was coming to a close for this particular segment, the host thanked the guests and they both smiled at each other and shook hands as if they had just played a round of golf together.

This is just one illustration of something people outside our nation sometimes cannot understand. In America, dissent is almost a sport. Most of the time — not all times for sure — it is good-natured and a reflection of the citizens in a high-tech dialogue. The Fourth of July underscores that freedom. It is precious indeed!

For Christians, true freedom is found in Christ Himself. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” That is a higher and holier concept of freedom we should celebrate every day of our lives. But on the Fourth of July, we can pause and thank God for liberty that comes from the laws of the land, no matter how imperfect they may be.

Yes, the Fourth of July is about history, our history. It also about liberty, our liberty, but is also is about responsibility. Reportedly, following the Constitutional Convention, the irascible old Ben Franklin was asked what kind of government had been created. He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Our history and our liberty carry a heavy sense of responsibility.

Every generation has a price to pay for the liberty we enjoy. Sadly, for some it was the ultimate sacrifice of the giving of one’s life, such as in World War II, in the Pacific or in Europe. For most Americans, the price is exercising responsible citizenship such as voting. I still have trouble understanding why some people never bother to register and vote. It is almost un-American.

History, liberty and responsibility are the three words which come to my mind as we celebrate the Fourth of July. Americans aren’t better than any other people in the world. But for providential reasons, we have been blessed with a history that tells our story, a story of liberty and responsibility. Perhaps Viktor Frankl was right when he said, “Americans need a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast to balance the Statue of Liberty on the east coast.” That was one European who may have understood us better than we understand ourselves.

Rick Lance is executive director and a state missionary with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.

Be sure God has a special place in your activities this weekend.

Anna Lee