“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~

Prayer Request from Romania

Dear Prayer Partners,

Please be in prayer Friday (10:00 AM Romanian time/3:00 AM US Eastern Time) as Ron and the national pastor visit the mayor of Valeni regarding the water well. Please pray for wisdom, discernment and that the heart of the mayor will open and his perspective will be made clear.

As always, we appreciate your faithfulness to pray.

Kept by Him, Ron and Charlotte

Team Romania

Special Announcements

  • Share Group – 6:30 tonight at the Alford cabin (food, fellowship, & devotion)
  • On Mission Celebration – FBC, Amite, Saturday at 4:30 P.M.
  • On Mission in Kentwood – 8:00 Saturda, April 26
  • Nursery Volunteers of 4-20-08 – Gail Brister, Sharon Martin, & Walter and Kathy Dykes
  • Senior Adult Trip to Tanger Mall and Cabelas in Gonzales, Tuesday, April 22, Leave FBC at 8:30 A.M.


Suppose we raised our children with guidelines patterned after the Old Testament law. Instructions regarding where they can eat and where they can’t might sound something like this:

Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and
of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but
not in the living room.

Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may
eat, but not in the living room.

Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat,
but not in the living room.

Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the
oats, and of all the cereals that are of bright color and
unknown provenance you may eat, but not in the living room.

Of the juices and other beverages, yes, even of those in
sippy-cups, you may drink, but not in the living room, neither
may you carry such therein.

Indeed, when you reach the place where the living room carpet
begins, of any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither
may you drink. But if you are sick, and are lying down and
watching something, then may you eat in the living room.

When I was a child, the rule may not have been worded quite that way, but the principle was surely in place. There were places where I was forbidden to go except in extreme or unusual circumstances.

The Jews of the Old Testament were in a similar situation. There was a place forbidden to them — that special room in the tabernacle and later the temple called the Most Holy Place, the Holy of Holies. It represented the very presence of God and the punishment for entering was nothing short of death. The only exception took place on the Day of Atonement when the high priest alone entered — and then only after the room was filled with the smoke of incense.

One of the things Jesus did for us on the cross was to open our access into God’s presence. Have you considered the significance of the tearing of the veil in the temple when Jesus was on the cross (Matt. 27:51)? What once was forbidden has now been made available!

“…[W]e have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.” (Hebrews 10:19-20, NIV)

You may still be restricted from eating in the living room, but going into the presence of God is now a possibility!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina


“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
THE LION WAS proud of his mastery of the animal kingdom…

One day he decided to make sure all the other animals knew he was the king of the jungle. He was so confident that he bypassed the smaller animals and went straight to the bear. “Who is the king of the jungle?” the lion asked. The bear replied, “Why, you are, of course.” The lion gave a mighty roar of approval.

Next he asked the tiger, “Who is the king of the jungle?” The tiger quickly responded, “Everyone knows that you are, O mighty lion.”

Next on the list was the elephant. The lion faced the elephant and addressed his question: “Who is the king of the jungle?” The elephant immediately grabbed the lion with his trunk, whirled him around in the air five or six times, and slammed him into a tree. Then he pounded him onto the ground several times, dunked him under water in a nearby lake, and finally threw him up on the shore. The lion–beaten, bruised, and battered–struggled to his feet. He looked at the elephant through sad and bloody eyes and said, “Look, just because you don’t know the answer is no reason for you to get mean about it!” (Gerald Flury)

“Pride goes before destruction,

and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

~Prov. 16:18~

Tuesday Night

Jesse Dean will have another surgery in the morning on his knee. Please continue to pray for him, his family, and the medical staff that’s caring for him.

Please continue to pray for my parents, Grant and Dot Smith of Roseland.

Earl Ray Sharkey

(April 10, 1932 – April 15, 2008)

Died at 5:06AM on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Roseland, LA. Age 76 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday and at Kedron Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Friday. Services conducted by Rev. Herb Cowan and Rev. Norman Nowell. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite, LA. Survived by his daughter, Richelle Smart and husband, Dale, Roseland, 2 sons, Ray Sharkey and wife, Clara, Tickfaw and Rex Sharkey and wife, Sheila, Waynesboro, MS, 5 grandchildren, Logan, Dakota and Cassidy Smart and Colton and Savannah Sharkey, 2 sisters, Wanzie Williams and husband, J. L., Kentwood and Julie Kay Frazier and husband, Roy, Baton Rouge, 2 brothers, Bobby Sharkey and wife, Vicki, Amite and Harrell Sharkey and wife, Susie, Tangipahoa, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Nowell Sharkey, parents, Felix and Daisy Sharkey.

Dorothy Marie Hart

(July 24, 1966 – April 12, 2008)

Died at 5:47AM on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Wellstar Douglas Hospital in Douglasville, GA. She was a native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Douglasville, GA. Age 41 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 8:30 a.m. on Wedesday until religious services at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Walter Mixon. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Roseland, LA. Survived by son, Joseph Garrison, Coalgate, OK, daughter, Julie Garrison, Douglasville, GA, grandchildren, Cheyenne Michelle Garrison, Robert Michael Jose Hutcheson, Donovan James Garrison, Dayton Michael Garrison, brothers and sisters, Bill Hart, Birmingham, AL, Tom Hart, Catlett, VA, Patty May, French Settlement, LA, Barbara Holliday, Kentwood, LA, Laura Doty, Dublin, OH, Debbie Severio, Independence, LA, Susan Hart, Denham Springs, LA. Pallbearers will be Rickey Dale Wallace, Donald Holliday, Jr., Justin Wallace, Leo Edwards, Mark Catir, and Stephen Tankersley.


“Blessed be the Lord,

because He has heard the voice of my supplications!”

~Psalm 28:6~


Thank God for:

  • His Son who provided salvation for us
  • Life
  • Health
  • Home
  • Food
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Jobs (past, present, and future)
  • Changes of the weather
  • Etc.




Pray for:

  • Those who are lost
  • Those who are grieving
  • Those who are away from families
  • Those who are undergoing medical tests/treatment
  • Homebound
  • Caregivers
  • Military
  • Government leaders
  • Graduating seniors (college and high school)
  • Church staff
  • Missionaries




MUSLIMS: PRAYING BEYOND THE WALL. The father of a Muslim family who has befriended some young international Christians recently left on what he called a “spiritual journey.” This journey is part of a Muslim missionary movement that began several decades ago. He will travel for a season to preach and encourage Muslims to be more devout in their practices. The Christians are wondering if his journey is a result of questions that have come up because of the presence of Christians in his life. Is he searching for truth and grasping tightly to the only thing he knows as truth, or is he planting his feet and standing firmly in resistance against the Truth he has heard? Please pray fervently that his experiences on his spiritual journey will demolish his tight grip on false teachings and cause him to search for truth in Jesus Christ. Pray for the Christians as they continue to share Bible stories with the family each week. Ask God to enable the entire family to understand that Jesus is the only one who can present us faultless before the throne of grace. Pray for them to place their faith in Him alone!



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

One year ago, people around the world were stunned by a shooting rampage that left 32 victims dead on the campus of Virginia Tech University…

In the aftermath, the mother of one critically wounded student who survived said she did not want the ordeal to become the defining moment in her son’s life. Instead, she hoped it could be “something positive, some great celebration of his life.”

When the unthinkable happens, it may seem impossible to believe that anything can overcome the emotional scars. Yet, the life of Joseph offers a powerful illustration of God’s transforming power (Gen. 37-50). The brothers who sold him into slavery were sure he would take revenge on them (50:15-17). But Joseph told them, “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (v.20).

When we place our desire for revenge in God’s hands, we become participants in the remarkable process described by Paul: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).

The defining moments of our lives are not determined by the evil done to us, but by our response such events. (David C. McCasland)

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).

I hope this devotional speaks to some of you today. I know these verses have helped me through difficult times.

Anna Lee


Monday Afternoon

Pamela Kay McBride

(March 5, 1960 – April 13, 2008)

Died on Sunday, April 13, 2008 in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a native of Baton Rouge, LA and a resident of Denham Springs, LA. Age 48 years. Visitation at First Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Joey Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by parents, J. L. and Wanzie Williams, Kentwood, son, Cory Harold and wife, Jessica, Walker, 3 brothers, Lathan Williams and wife, Wendy, and sons, Jamie and Derrick, Stan Williams and son Chad, Mandeville, Gary Williams and wife, Renee, and children, Chloe and Zach, Baton Rouge, great-niece, Sydnie Williams, a special aunt and uncle, Roy and Julee Frazier, Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Felix and Daisy Sharkey, paternal grandparents, Jim and Dora Williams, step-grandfather, Eddie Williams. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.