Tuesday Afternoon

Claudie Mae Harrell
(May 9, 1935 – April 28, 2008)
A loving and dedicated wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a housewife in Amite County for 30 years and a native of Kentwood, LA for 10 years. She was born May 9, 1935, and passed from this world to the arms of her Savior on April 28, 2008. She was 72 and a member of Line Creek Baptist Church. Visitation at Line Creek Baptist Church, Kentwood, LA on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at the Line Creek Baptist Church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. conducted by Pastor Ken Irvin. Preceded by husband, Robert Lane Harrell, Sr. and grandson, Matthew Harrell. Survived by 2 sons, Robert Lane Harrell, Jr., McComb, MS and Hansel Harrell, Springfield, LA; a daughter, Rachel Harrell, Osyka, MS; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Also survived by 2 sisters, Doris Davis, Hillsdale, LA and Pauline Wayne, Amite, LA; brother, J.P. Nobles, Walker, LA; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Charles Harrell, Joseph Harrell, Jeremy Stewart, Hansel Harrell, Jr., Jason Harrell, Dustin Fair, Kenneth Phillips, and James Dillion. In Lieu of Flowers, please make donations to the Heart and Lung Foundation.

Tuesday

“Ask, and you will receive,

that your joy may be full.”

~John 16:24~

Mr. Jimmy Tolar is home and doing better. Thanks for your prayers.

Mr. Gene Ott of Osyka has cancer. Pray for him as decisions are made regarding his care.

Mrs. Gloria Boone has moved in with Wade east of Arcola. Pray for them as they make adjustments to living together again.

Joan Hagan had her pre-op visit yesterday. She is scheduled to have surgery at 7:30 Wednesday morning in Slidell. Joan is very happy to be having this surgery. Pray for her and all those caring for her during this time.

 

Joan’s lifelong friend, Charlsee, was planning to take her to Slidell Wednesday, but has pneumonia. Pray for Charlsee to get well soon.

Annie Armstron Easter Offering

FBC, K Goal – $13,000.00

Received so far – $11,181.85

 

 

DAILY RESOLUTION

 

At the beginning of a New Year, a high school principal decided to post his teachers’ New Year’s resolutions on the bulletin board.

As the teachers gathered around the bulletin board, a great commotion started. One of the teachers was complaining. “Why weren’t my resolutions posted?” She was throwing such a temper tantrum that the principal hurried to his office to see if he had overlooked her resolutions. Sure enough, he had mislaid them on his desk. As he read her resolutions he was astounded.

This teacher’s first resolution was not to let little things upset her in the New Year.

Maybe this is a good time to see how you’re coming on your New Year’s resolutions (if indeed you made any). The above story demonstrates why making resolutions may not be such a good thing and, in fact, may be detrimental to our spiritual growth. What happens when we make resolutions? At some point, the resolution is likely going to be broken. It may be a matter of days, weeks, or months, but eventually we tend to falter.

If your resolution involves dieting, there will likely come a day when you’ll sneak a piece of fudge. If your resolution is quitting smoking, there will likely come a day when you’ll reach for that cigarette you’ve been craving. If your resolution is reading the Bible every day, there will likely come a day when things are so hectic that you miss your reading.

And once the resolution is broken, it becomes even easier for it to crumble further. The incentive that kept you going (“I’ve maintained my commitment to this point”) is now gone. One slip leads to two which quickly leads to three, and before long we have the attitude, “I’ve messed up so much that it’s not even worth continuing to try.” So what is there left to do? For most of us, we set our sights on January 1, 2009 and determine when that day rolls arounds, we’ll try it again (“and NEXT time I’ll do it!”).

Allow me to suggest an alternative. Instead of yearly resolutions, what if we made daily resolutions? Begin each day with this prayer:

“Father, today I want to live for you. I want to dedicate to you my time, my energy, my passion and my resources. Today, I will seek to add one quality that will make me more like You. Today, I will seek to eliminate something in my life that doesn’t please you. I will seek to be more conscious of You in my life. I will try to be more appreciative of the blessings I receive from Your hand, and I will look for opportunities to show You glory in the way I deal with people and in the way I react to situations I face.”

Make it your resolution to end the day a little bit closer to God than you began. The goal is spiritual growth…

“…Till we all come to the unity of the faith

and of the knowledge of the Son of God,

to a perfect man,

to the measure of the stature

of the fullness of Christ…

speaking the truth in love,

may grow up in all things into Him

who is the head — Christ.”

~Ephesians 4:14,16~

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Grow some today! That’s grow in the Lord today!

Anna Lee

 

Monday Afternoon

Dear prayer partners, Joe and Julie Silby and their children were scheduled to start orientation at the International Learning Center (ILC) this week. However there was an outbreak of the Noro virus at ILC recently and more than 70 people became ill. Directors of ILC have made the decision to close ILC for two weeks to completely disinfect it before beginning a new orientation session. Please pray for the Silbys and others during this delay.

Jennie

Please pray for missionaries and others that recently became ill with the Norovirus (virus that cause the “stomach flu” or gastroenteritis). They were at the International Learning Center going through orientation. Pray for the ones that are sick that they will recover without any lasting problems. Pray for the cleanup crew that will be disinfecting the ILC buildings. Pray for families waiting to attend orientation that they will not get stressed out by this and as they prepare to head out to all corners of this world to be used by the Lord in his ministry.

Thank you for praying!

Melinda

Monday

Sometimes it takes a painful experience

to make us change our ways.

Proverbs 20:30 (GNT)

 

Thursday, May 1, 2008 has been set aside for National Day of Prayer. The official website is located at http://www.ndptf.org/home/index.cfm?&Flash=1 Spend a little time on the site to learn various ways you can become involved in praying. In Kentwood, you can join others at te monument by the city hall at 12:30 Thursday. If you cannot be there, pray wherever you are.

Mrs. Micky Cade’s grandson, James (21), had an accident in the fog Friday morning. Pray for him as he receives treatment for his injuring.

Curt Martin was able to work on his job and with On Mission in Kentwood. He said the problem in his leg is much better. Please continue to pray for complete healing.

Jesse Dean is about the same. Pray for him as he continues therapy.

The youth of FBC, Kenwood will have a spaghetti fund raiser to earn money for summer camp. It will be takeout only and donations only.

If you have not already volunteered for VBS, please contact the church office or Judy Fowler. Mark your calendar for June 9-13 8:30-11:30 A.M.

Deacons for the week will be Robert Callihan and Bubba Hulkaby. Please feel free to call them if you need them.

 

 

Honesty

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

“Truth is so scarce that nearly everyone is suspect…

Business people, advertisers, commentators, clerks, salesmen, lawyers, doctors, tradesmen, teachers, writers, politicians, and even many, if not most, preachers are suspect. Our whole society is largely built on a network of fabrication, of manufactured “truth.” We shade the truth, we cheat, we exaggerate, we misrepresent income tax deductions, we make promises we have no intention of keeping, we make up excuses, and betray confidences-all as a matter of normal, everyday living.” (John MacArthur)

“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matt. 5:37).

 

 

Have a wonderful week.

Anna Lee

Sunday

People who cover over their sins will not prosper.

But if they confess and forsake them,

they will receive mercy.

Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)

Thanks to all of you who participated in On Mission in Kentwood. It was a very meaningful day for those volunteered and for those whose homes and yards were improved in any way.

Please pray for Glenda Schilling. She has several health issues and still manages to check daily on her mother in the nursing home.

Please pray for Frann Clark, a native of Kentwood.


I have five of my 18 sessions of the prescribed physcial therapy remaining. It has definitely not helped me. In fact, I am not doing as well as I was at my first session. Hopefully, the remaining ones will help me. Please pray for this to happen.

May 6 I will see an eye doctor to discuss cataract surgery. William Mixon “Bill in Lake Charles” is in the clinic. Unfortunately, he is not the one who does the surgery. Please pray for me, the doctor, and the staff as these plans are made.

Pray for all of us as Riley continues to need more care. I need to be well so I can provide more assistance to him.
thank you for praying
Frann Smith Clark


Gary Virgil Travis died at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2008, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was 66, a native of Roseland and a resident of Kentwood. Mr. Travis was a class of 1959 graduate of Amite High School. He received a degree from LSU School of Banking. His banking career began at First Guaranty Bank, Amite, in 1966, and spanned 42 years at Central Progressive Bank, Kentwood and First Guaranty Bank, Kentwood, as manager and vice president. He was a member of Amite City Lodge 175, F&AM and was owner of The End of the Lane Mountain Biking Trail, Kentwood. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and at Roseland Baptist Church, Roseland, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Services conducted by the Rev. John Scaffner, the Rev. Gary Wieborg and the Rev. Neal Barr. Special music will be performed by Denny Barr. Sunset service will be held at Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland. Survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Susan Travis, Fort Smith, Ark.; nephews, Mark Travis and his wife, Jennifer, Fayetteville, Ark., and James Travis and his wife, Sarah, Fort Smith; great-nephew, Luke Travis, Fayetteville; great-niece, Helen Travis, Fayetteville; longtime family friends, Craig T. Martin, Connie Thomas and Candy Dyson; and man’s best friend and faithful companion, Sweetie. Preceded in death by wife, Joyce Wynn Travis; and parents, Hardy Virgil Travis and Ethel Rutland Travis. Pallbearers will be Mark Travis, James Travis, Chuck Reid, Peyton Travis, Tom Evans, M.D., Advell Ricks, Stan Dameron and William L. Travis III. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Richardson, Wayne Verbene, Ronny Hayden, Mitchell Massey, Frank Broussard and Michael Lofaso. Memorial contributions may be made to Joyce Travis Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Decision Magazine Weekly E-mail Devotional


He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved (Psalm 62:2, NKJV).

A Word From Billy Graham

If you are saved from sin, you are saved through a personal faith in the Gospel of Christ as defined in the Scriptures. Though it may at first seem dogmatic and narrow to you, the fact remains that there is no other way. The Bible says, “I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you. … For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4, NKJV).


Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

Saturday

“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)~

On Mission in Kentwood begins at 8:00 this morning. Even if you are late, come.

Curt Martin’s leg is better. Curt and his family will be among those eagerly participating in On Mission in Kentwood.

Thank God for allowing Curt to improve so he can work today.

David loves to work outside. This week he experience two potential problems, but God was looking out for him. A few days ago, David tripped and fell into a fire when he was burning some logs. He had a slight injury to one arm that only bothered him for a few minutes. Yesterday, he moved a log and found a swarm of flying insects. David did not get a single sting as they flew past him. Thank you, God!

Praise report on Melinda’s cousin’s wife:

Thank you for praying for my cousin’s wife. The note below was sent Wednesday and received Thursday. We were without internet here at home so I could not send you out the update. God in his infinite glory is showing M, her family, and us all how awesome he is in taking care of her needs. She appreciates everyone praying for her during this time.

We hope you have a great weekend. It is Easter weekend here. Pray for God’s presence to be felt in the hearts of Romanians this weekend. Pray they will truly understand the importance of knowing the Lord personally and walking hand in hand with him in their lives.

Hristos a inviat! (Christ is risen!) Adevarat a inviat! (Truly he is risen!)

Melinda

I just received a phone call from the social worker at the doctor’s office. She informed me that there is a brand new law in the State of Texas that states they have to cover breast and cervical cancer under the Texas State Medicaid!!!!! The paperwork is submitted and this will be completely covered!!! Praise the Lord…burdens have been lifted and prayers are heard!!! Thank you all!!!

Keep praying, please!!!

M

Prayer requests from Melinda

June 8th-28th a team of students from California Baptist University (where I graduated from a long time ago) will be coming to minister in Bucharest. Please pray for them as they prepare to come. Please read Aura’s prayer request below for them for this coming Monday, April 27th and regarding the luggage for the trip.

Thank you for praying!

Melinda

The California Baptist University team is having an art show Monday to raise money for their trip to Bucharest. Many artists have donated art pieces for them, so please pray for that many will come and they will exceed their goal!

Also start praying that they will not have problems with luggage allowance…they were told this week that because many airlines are changing baggage rules, they may only be allowed to bring and take back one piece of luggage. This creates problems for them and me because they were going to take back some suitcases for me. Pray that all will work out well and that the airline they are traveling with will not change their rules before this trip!

thanks!
aura

Pray for Mrs. Paula Jean Wall. She is completing treatment for cancer and trying to regain her strength.

Please continue to pray for Mr. Joe and “Miss” Othelle Williams. They battle continuing health issues.

A DEBT OF $0.00

The following story appears to be an “urban legend,” but is fun to read nevertheless:

In March 1992, a man living near Boston, Massachusetts received a bill for his as yet unused credit card stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away. In April he received another and threw that one away, too.

The following month the credit card company sent him a very nasty note stating they were going to cancel his card if he didn’t send them $0.00 by return of post. He called them, talked to them, they said it was a computer error and told him they’d take care of it.

The following month he decided that it was about time that he tried out the troublesome credit card figuring that if there were purchases on his account it would put an end to his ridiculous predicament. However, in the first store that he produced his credit card in payment for his purchases he found that his card had been canceled. He called the credit card company who apologized for the computer error once again and said that they would take care of it.

The next day he got a bill for $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue. Assuming that having spoken to the credit card company only the previous day and that the latest bill was yet another mistake, he ignored it, trusting that the company would be as good as their word and sort the problem out.

The next month he got a bill for $0.00 stating that he had 10 days to pay his account or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt.

Finally giving in, he thought he would play the company at their own game and mailed them a check for $0.00. The computer duly processed his account and returned a statement to the effect that he now owed the credit card company nothing at all.

A week later, the man’s bank called him asking him what he was doing writing a check for $0.00. After a lengthy explanation, the bank replied that the $0.00 check had caused their check processing software to fail. The bank could not now process ANY checks from ANY of their customers that day because the check for $0.00 was causing the computer to crash.

The following month the man received a letter from the credit card company claiming that his check had bounced and that he now owed them $0.00 and unless he sent a check by return of post they would be taking steps to recover the debt.

The man, who had been considering buying his wife a computer for her birthday, bought her a typewriter instead.

As I read that story, I couldn’t help but think of the debt that we owe because of our sin. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). But, for those who are in Christ, that debt has been canceled — we owe nothing. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1)

Despite that fact, though, Satan continues to make us feel that we still owe something (he’s not called “the accuser” for nothing!). But listen to these words of comfort:

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.’ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev. 12:10-11)

Praise be to the Lamb whose blood makes it possible for us to have a debt of $0.00!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North CarolinaYour too have a debt of $0.00!

Anna Lee

Friday Afternoon

Please add Kim Jarreau to the prayor list, she is a lab teck. at Greensburg Hospital.

Gary Virgil Travis
(December 7, 1941 – April 25, 2008)

Died at 9:15AM on Friday, April 25, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Roseland, LA and a resident of Kentwood, LA. Age 66 years. Mr. Travis was a class of 1959 graduate of Amite High School. He received a degree from LSU School of Banking. His banking career began at First Guarnaty Bank, Amite, in 1966 and spanned 42 years at Central Progressive Bank, Kentwood and First Guaranty Bank, Kentwood, as manager and vice-president. He was member of Amite City Lodge #175, F&AM and was owner of The End of the Lane Mountain Biking Trail, Kentwood, LA. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and at First Baptist Church, Roseland, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Services conducted by Rev. John Scaffner and Rev. Gary Wieborg. Sepcial music will be performed by Denny Barr. Sunset Services will be held at Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, LA. Survived by brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Susan Travis, Ft. Smith, AR, nephew, Mark Travis and his wife, Jennifer, Fayetteville, AR, James Travis and his wife, Sarah, Ft. Smith, AR, great-nephew, Luke Travis, Fayetteville, AR, great-niece, Helen Travis, Fayetteville, AR, long time family friends, Craig T. Martin, Conie Thomas, and Candy Dyson. Man’s best fiend and faithful companion, Sweetie. Preceded in death by wife, Joyce Wynn Travis, parents, Hardy Virgil Travis and Ethel Rutland Travis. Pallbearers will be Mark Travis, James Travis, Chuck Reid, Peyton Travis, Tom Evans, M.D., Advell Ricks, Stan Dameron, and Michael Lofaso. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Richardson, Wayne Verbene, Ronny Hayden, Mitchell Massey, and Frank Broussard. Memorial Contributions may be made to Joyce Travis Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southeastern Louisiana University.

I have known Gary all my life. His family lived around the corner from my family. Please pray for those who cared about Gary and will miss him.

Anna Lee