I forgot to mention that Mrs. Avis Sullivan is back at Line Creek. Pray for her as she continues to recovery from surgery.
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Much prayer is needed in this situation.
“Hear me when I call,
O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.”
Update concerning Jordan Russell:
Good evening all! Thank you for continuing to pray for Jordan. He is out of ICU and in a regular room. Yeah! He was moved late Saturday afternoon. He is up and walking around and eating and drinking (mostly drinking water and juices). He is on a full liquid diet but does not usually eat much of it since nothing really tastes good.
Please continue to pray for the swelling to go down in his throat. The trach can not come out until he can breathe normally out of his nose. His doctor said today that there is the possibility Jordan could go home with the trach still in BUT we would prefer that not to happen. Jordan is on steroids to help with the swelling. He does not have to have as much pain medicine now which is good.
Pray also he sleeps better at night. Last night Jordan and Nathaniel (spent the night with him) did not sleep well. He is by himself tonight. Nathaniel had to return to Belton and Roger is in Belton since he preached tonight at FBC Belton. Kyle is in Tyler. Jordan told me I did not have to spend the night with him.
We are glad to see Jordan more aware of what is going on and can enjoy visitors now that he is out of ICU. My Uncle Victor came last night and this morning Jordan enjoyed a visit from three of his Union friends (one is a roommate of his). They had spent the summer working at Pine Cove Camp outside of Tyler and were heading back to Tennessee. Jordan also had me call friends and his Sergeant from TN National Guard this evening to give updates.
Thank you again for praying for Jordan and us.
Melinda and all
Pray for Jason Dean as he prepares to see a specialist at OLOL Wednesday at 8 A.M. Jason is having problems with his “second tonsils”.
Joan Hagan requests prayer for her mother, Mrs. Betty Bethel, and her aunt, Mrs. Elaine Bennett. Your prayers for these two ladies will be greatly appreciated.
Pray for Kayla and Kelly Schneeweiss who are in West Palm Beach, Floria as tropical story Fay visits the Florida area. Play Kayla and Kelly will be able to fly out before the worst of the weather. Pray for all the people in the path of Fay as she heads to Florida.
Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell is home after a sudden visit to the hospital Friday. She is better, but needs our prayers as she continues to improve.
Mrs. Barbara Hutchinson was at church yesterday morning and evening. Thank God for her amazing progress following surgery.
Please pray for Frann Clark.
I will have an IVIG Monday at Beauregard Memorial Hospital starting at 8 am & ending about 5 pm.
Tuesday I will have phy therapy with pickup at 8 am. That afternoon I see Dr. Nichols in Lake Charles for a check of my esophagus. He had to stretch it several years ago & will probably have to do it again. I am having a little trouble swallowing.
Wednesday I will probably be zapped out after a long day Monday & Tuesday.
Please pray for me on both days.
God Bless You
The share group that meets at the Alford Cabin will meet Thursday at 6:30. Please feel free to join us. Call for directions.
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
JESUS SAID THE answer to pride was a towel ( John 13)…
Men have never been good at using towels. After three years of concentrated teaching, the apostles were still pushing and shoving for the chief seats. If Jesus was not angry, He was disgusted. Without a word, He washed feet. On cue, Peter whipped out his “no, never” sermon. Without mercy, Jesus cut him to the ground. Christian lives/churches are built only with towels. (Charles Hodge, reprinted with permission, Gospel Advocate)
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher,
have washed your feet,
you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example,
that you should do as I have done to you.”
~ John 13:14-15~
It’s not about being self-centered and always expecting others to do for us. It’s about serving others. Jesus set the example!
Evelyn Sitman Addison
(Died August 17, 2008)
Died on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at St. Catherine Village in Madison, MS. Age 94 years. Visitation at Greensburg United Methodist Church, Greensburg, LA from 9 a.m. on Tuesday until religious services at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.
Juanita Young Felker
(August 23, 1940 – August 17, 2008)
Died at 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was a native and resident of Kentwood, LA. Age 67 years. Visitation at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, Pine Ridge, LA , from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Monday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Services conducted by Rev. Kevin Smith & Rev. Tim Pruitt. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine Ridge, LA. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Felker Day and Tommy Day, adopted children, Melinda Felker Collette and her husband Luke Collette, Darryle Felker, and Michael Felker, 2 brothers, Clarence “Tut” Young and Donald Young, aunt, Lorraine Donnariche, uncle, Clarence “Jr.” Bridges, 9 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, William “Billy” Brent Felker, parents, Marion and Helen Bridges Young, brother, George A. Young. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
“Ask of Me,
and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance,
and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
AUKAN OF SURINAME AND FRENCH GUIANA (AW-kan). The Aukan Team praises God for His loving kindness to the Aukan people. A flood came two months ago and left more than 1,000 families homeless. The Christians responded to the flood by giving out food packets to the families. The Aukan people saw God’s love and are thankful to God’s people for their kindness. Please pray that the people will come to know Christ as their Savior.
BULGARIA. “We are so excited about the women who are coming from Texas and Illinois to do the quilting demonstration in September,” writes Team Bulgaria. “Please continue to lift them up as they prepare to come and use their love of quilting to share God’s love with women here. Ask the Lord to prepare the hearts and minds of the women who attend to be drawn nearer to Him as they learn the art of American quilting. Praise our gracious Father for the supplies that He has already given us for this project, and ask Him to continue to lead us.” firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.teambulgaria.org/
PALESTINIAN ARABS OF THE MIDDLE EAST (pal-uh-STIN-ee-uhn). In the midst of a densely populated Muslim area, God has strategically positioned a Christian elementary school. The student body is predominantly Muslim. The Lord is illuminating the school as an island of peace amid a sea of turmoil. Despite persecution, the school is continuing to grow. Praise God! Several new classes will be added this year. Pray for God’s protection for students, staff and school property. Ask that many young families will open their hearts to the love of God through His Son.
Change of Schedule at FBC, Kentwood Tonight:
- Evening Worship will resume at 6 P.M.
- AWANA will resume at 4:45.
SECURING THE TOMB
A joke heard around the Pentagon goes like this:
One reason the Services have trouble operating jointly is that they don’t speak the same language.
For example, if you told Navy personnel to “secure a building,” they would turn off the lights and lock the doors.
Army personnel would occupy the building so no one could enter.
Marines would assault the building, capture it, and defend it with suppressive fire and close combat.
The Air Force, on the other hand, would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy.
It seems to me that there was some misunderstanding regarding the “securing” of a location in Palestine in the first century as well.
“On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, ‘Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, “After three days I will rise.” Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, “He has risen from the dead.” So the last deception will be worse than the first.’ Pilate said to them, ‘You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.’ So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.” (Matthew 27:62-66).
The Jewish and Roman leaders’ idea of “securing the tomb” meant putting a big rock in front of it. Unfortunately for them (but fortunately for us), Jesus’ idea was to secure the tomb’s place in history by rising from the dead. Mere rocks are unable to hold back the one who created the universe! What hope is ours because of what happened that glorious morning nearly 2,000 years ago! Praise God for the resurrection of His precious Son!
Have a great day!
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina
I talked with Beth about lunch time today. She said Kyle Brabham is doing pretty well. He goes to the doctor Friday to have some of the stitches removed. Please continue to pray for them.
“Be imitators of God, therefore,
as dearly loved children and live a life of love,
just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
~Ephesians 5:1-2, NIV~
Friday Night Update on Jordan Russell:
Thank you for continuing to pray for Jordan. He is doing better but still has a ways to go even before going home. The doctor decided to keep Jordan’s trach in until Monday since his throat is still swollen making it hard to breathe through his nose and mouth. Pray he can keep nourishment down. He tried eating this afternoon but got sick. He gets easily anxious or stressed. Please pray he will take it easy as he begins to take liquid or soft foods like Boost, jello, pudding and even ice cream. He is still in ICU but may be moved to a regular room Saturday.
Thank you for praying for Jordan and us.
Melinda and guys
I talked with Beth before and after Kyle Brabham went to the doctor yesterday. Kyle is doing well, but experiencing pain. Pray for him as he continues to recover from surgery.
Richard Dunn continues to be at East Jefferson, but plans to come home Sunday or Monday. Pray for Richard and Kathy as they make the transition to their home.
Jason Dean has been having problems with his tonsils most of the week. Pray for him as he continues to try to get well.
August 15, 2008
CHINA–‘God is my biggest fan,’ Olympics rower says. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28698
CHINA–FROM THE OLYMPICS: With memories of Phelps, teacher heads to the classroom. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28699
CHINA–LETTER FROM CHINA: A visit to Saling. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28700
TENNESSEE–Relief workers monitor needs in Georgia conflict. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28701
WASHINGTON–LIFE DIGEST: Abortion doctor pleads not guilty in believer’s death. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28702
TEXAS–Katrina tragedy still grips missionary’s call. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28703
KENTUCKY–Beth Moore simulcast reaches 70,000 women. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28704
LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Kelly Boggs): We need more men like these. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28705
ARKANSAS–FIRST-PERSON (Emil Turner): Heroism. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28706
The following humorous piece was sent to me author unknown:
ATTENTION CHILDREN: The Bathroom Door is Closed.
Please do not stand here and talk, whine, or ask questions. Wait until I get out.
Yes, it is locked. I want it that way. It is not broken, I am not trapped. I know I have left it unlocked, and even open at times, since you were born, because I was afraid some horrible tragedy might occur while I was in here, but it’s been 10 years and I want some PRIVACY.
Do not ask me how long I will be. I will come out when I am done.
Do not bring the phone to the bathroom door.
Do not go running back to the phone yelling, “She’s in the BATHROOM!”
Do not begin to fight as soon as I go in.
Do not stick your little fingers under the door and wiggle them. This was funny when you were two, but not now.
Do not slide pennies, Legos, or notes under the door. Even when you were two this got a little tiresome.
If you have followed me down the hall talking, and are still talking as you face this closed door, please turn around, walk away, and wait for me in another room. I will be glad to listen to you when I am done.
And yes, I still love you.
I know that every parent (and especially every mother) can relate to that. Sometimes it seems that there is no hope of any privacy. No matter where you go, little steps are heard right behind you. You try to hold a private conversation and little ears are listening. There’s no getting away from it!
That’s true of God as well. Though we may sometimes wish that we could get away from Him for just a few minutes, there’s no way. Listen to how David put it:
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalm 139:7-8, NIV)
Though, at first, it may seem that God’s continual presence is something to dread, David realizes that there is great comfort in such knowledge:
“If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”
(Psalm 139:9, NIV)
God’s omnipresence means that He will always be there to take care of us, no matter where we may be. Instead of being something to fear, His presence is something which gives us comfort.
Take comfort today in knowing that you can never get away from God — not even by closing the bathroom door!
Have a great day!
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Have a great weekend!