Friday Afternoon

Gary Schiro is progressing well following his heart valve replacement at North Oaks. Please keep Gary and Peggy in your prayers as Gary continues to recover from surgery. Thank God for Gary’s progress so far.

Mrs. Lula Mae Will is now home and wearing a back brace. Pray for her and her caregivers in the next few weeks. Continue to thank God her injuries were not any worse. (Mrs. Will is Beth Brabham’s aunt.)

Leo Hurst
(December 15, 1924 – June 26, 2008)

Died at 9:30PM on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at his residence at Look Out, LA near Greensburg, LA. He was a native of Osyka, MS. Age 83 years. Visitation at Red Bluff Baptist Church, Greensburg, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Starrett Cleveland. Interment Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. Survived by son, Macky Hurst, Henrietta, TX, 2 sisters, Eunice Gill, Greensburg, Louise Miller, Greensburg, brother, Ray Hurst, Greensburg, 4 grandchildren, Cody Hurst, Henrietta, TX, Wacey Hurst, Henrietta, TX, Clint Hurst, St. Francisville, and Jessica Hurst, Queensbury, NY, 2 great-grandchildren, Kayden Hurst and Sally Hurst. Preceded in death by parents, Lucy Lee and mcKinley Hurst, brother, Kennon Hurst. Pallbearers will be Jack Anderson, Mike Fitzhugh, Kenny Hurst, Jimmy Miller, Louis Gill, and Terry Smith. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.



Each of you should look not only to your own interests,

but also to the interests of others.

~Philippians 2:4 (NIV)~

Mrs. Lula Mae Will is out of intensive care and in a room. Pray for her as she continues to recover from her accident.

Chuck Pittman has completed his round of treatment. Pray for him as her waits three months before tests to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. Waiting is harder than doing something for most of us. Pray for Chuck as he waits.

Pray for the eight new parish principals as they move into their schools and begin the transition process.

On Mission in Kentwood will be tomorrow. It’s not too late to sign up to work or for work to be done at your home. Either way, you will be blessed! You can contact me or the church office.

Albert Edward Buras, Jr.
(March 18, 1951 – June 25, 2008)

Died at 9:35PM on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in Independence, LA. He was a native of New Orleans, LA and a resident of Amite, LA. Age 57 years. Mr. Buras was manager of Florida Parish Co-Op in Amite. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 5 p.m. on Monday until memorial services at 6 p.m. Monday. Services conducted by Rev. Mike Hegwood. Survived by spouse, Judie Anne Hunter Buras, Amite, son, Trey Buras and his fiancee’, Kassandra, New Mexico, brother, Larry Buras, Chalmette, grandson, Kaxton Buras, New Mexico, step-daughter Amber Hardy and her husband, Tommy, Loranger, step-son, Jason Cook and his fiancee’, Michelle, Hamilton Ontario, CA, close family friend, Mary Zaumbrecker, Simmsport. Preceded in death by son, Brandon “Binki” Buras, parents, Albert E. Buras, Sr. and Bertha Buras, and granddaughter, Bryntly Buras. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Vivian Womack
(November 20, 1908 – June 24, 2008)

Died at 9:00AM on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at her residence in Greensburg, LA. She was a native and lifelong resident of St. Helena Parish. Age 99 years. Mrs. Womack had 43 years of service with the St. Helena School System as a teacher and supervisor of teachers. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. on Saturday until religious services at 2 p.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Joe Baugh. Interment Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. Survived by nieces and nephews, Preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Womack, parents, N. Hayden and Lena Morgan Singleton, 4 sisters, Leota Singleton Hornsby, Estelle Singleton Bond, Lora Singleton Lindsey, and Ruth Singleton Highbaugh, 1 brother, Nelson M. Singleton, niece, Victoria Singleton, 5 nephews, James H. Bond, Nelson Lindsey, Douglas Hornsby, Charles “Butch” Hornsby, and Randy Singleton.

KOM pray

(Kids on Mission Pray)


June 27, 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


There are a lot of Chinese people living in Canada. I went to and found out that 568,453 people from China live in thirteen Canadian provinces. A province is kind of like a state here in the US.

One of those half a million Chinese is a young girl who told her mother that she wanted to give an offering at church. She’s a Christian. After adding up all her money, she had $2.24. The girl told her mom that she would give one half. How much is that? Half of $2 is $1; half of 24 cents is 12 cents-so she was going to give $1.24. Okay, enough math!

The very next week, the little girl told her mother she wanted to give another offering. Mom asked, “How much will you give this week?”

To her mother’s surprise, the girl responded, “I want to give it all!” Then she told her mom about a memory verse she had learned, “The wildflower doesn’t need to spend money and the birds-God gives them food.” Find Luke 12:22-28 in your Bible to read what Jesus said.

Chinese Christians in Canada are sometimes tempted by money and all the nice stuff they can buy. That’s just like you and me. We can be tempted to want the newest game or clothes. Pray for the Chinese Christians at Truth Baptist Church and Abundant Life Chinese Baptist Church that they will come to God with the faith of a child. Pray that all of us will be willing to “give it all” to God.

Right now, people are very open. So, one of my prayer requests is that all the people in our city will hear before they stop being so open. There about 7 million people in our city. And also, pray that I would not be so embarrassed to tell people about God.
MICHELLE, age 10 ½ (East Asia)

Please pray that I will have courage to tell my best friend about Jesus.
ADRIANN, age 8 (East Asia)

Pray for my friend who lives right by me. She is 14, and I want to share the gospel with her, but I don’t know the story of Christ in Pulaar yet. I plan on getting a Pulaar Bible, so I can learn and eventually share with her.

Help me to know Jesus better. Pray for me to have a good friend in our town. Help me to learn Thai. DAWSON, age 7 (Pacific Rim)

Dear God,
Thank You for my family, my country, and my friends. I ask you to work deep in my brother’s heart. Please help my friend know what to do about dating. I pray that her boyfriend will love You too. In Jesus’ name, Amen. MARISSA, age 11 (South America)


I read recently about a lady who had just moved from an apartment to a house in the same small town. One day at the grocery store, she used the last of her personalized checks bearing her old address. The cashier examined the check and asked if all the information on it was correct. The shopper assured her that it was correct, and the cashier started to put the check in the cash drawer. But then she inquired again if everything was accurate.

“Why do you ask?” the shopper responded.

“Because,” she replied, “my husband and I moved to this apartment yesterday, and I don’t remember seeing you at breakfast.”

Busted! This woman could have gone to any other store in the town and told them that was still her address and no one would have suspected a thing. But there was no way to fool this cashier because she lived there herself.

It’s much the same way with our spiritual lives. It’s easy to fool a lot of folks. “How’s your prayer life?” Couldn’t be better! “How’s your walk in Christ?” It’s fine. No problems at all!

But I wonder if there are times when we’ve moved away from God without telling anyone. They don’t know we’ve moved. For all they know, everything’s fine. But we can’t fool God. “Things are great? That’s funny, because I don’t remember seeing you at breakfast.”

One of the most well-known of all scriptures is Psalm 23. You’ve heard it recited hundreds of times, as have I. But I wonder if all these years I’ve misunderstood the very last phrase. You see, I’ve always understood David to take assurance in the knowledge that there is an eternal home waiting for him. But could it be instead that David was making a promise of his commitment to stay close to God?

“I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6b)

Others may think we still dwell there. But has God seen us around lately? May God strengthen us in our resolve to dwell with Him all the days of our lives, so that we may dwell with Him for all eternity.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

I have a similar story to that of the cashier. About thirty years ago David and I asked a man about where he attended church. He told us Roseland Baptist Church, not knowing that was our church. When asked again, he still said Roseland Baptist Church and added that he sang in the choir. I played the piano and David sang in the choir. He wasn’t at Roseland!

May we all be able to give honest answers when questioned about our faith and our church attendance. I have often thought about that man. He knew he should be in church and knew which one was closest to his house, but he didn’t attend there or anywhere else. I wish we could have helped to cause a change in his life, but I don’t think that happened.

Anna Lee


For we are God’s workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)~

Christina Cox seems to be feeling better. Doctors at Children’s Hospital will have more information for the family soon. Please continue to pray for Christina and her family.

Pray for Joan Hagan as she awaits her next appointment on July 7th and Jimmy Tolar as he prepares for surgery on July 8th.

Pray for those in the nursing home (Betty Allen, John H, McGehee, Bertie hano, Sadie Hilburn, and Ona Schilling) and those who are homebound (Jimmie Shaw, Charley Kuss, and Yvonne Jones).

On Mission in Kentwood is Saturday. If you know of a project for the volunteers, please contact me or the church office. If you would like to volunteer to work with us, please contact me or the church office.

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

JUNE’S FRIENDS HUDDLED in the hallway of the hospital…

“We’ve got to be positive,” Janice explained, “because June’s condition is very serious. Half of the battle against cancer is attitude, they say, and we’ve got to help her develop a good attitude. Don’t let the shock of her appearance show on your faces. Make this visit an encouraging one!”

So they filed into the dark room where June lay in fear and trepidation. June smiled, and her smile lit up the room. She held out her hands in welcome, and her eyes seemed even larger and prettier now that her hair had gone because of the treatment.

When they left the room, June’s friends realized that she had encouraged them, not the other way around.

The little book of Philippians uses the word “joy” and “rejoice” fourteen times in four chapters, yet Paul penned these words from prison. Roman prisons were rarely mistaken for Sheraton Hotels. Dingy, rat-infested cells were attended by “room service” consisting of grim Roman legionaries.

Yet Paul sought to encourage his readers, not the other way around. How could he be so positive under these circumstances? Perhaps Paul’s contentment didn’t depend on his circumstances! Maybe his attitude stemmed, not from what happened to him, but from who he was. It was Paul, after all, who declared later in the same book that if we thought about whatever was good, and pure, and lovely we could experience the “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7,8).

So who are you? (Stan Mitchell at:

“Now I want you to know, brothers,

that what has happened to me

has really served to advance the gospel.”

~Philippians 1:12~

Be sure to take some joy with you today!

Anna Lee


Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,

so walk in Him.

~Colossians 2:6 (NIV/NKJV)~

What a celebration in honor of Mr. “Bully” Schwartz! I’m glad I was there.

Please continue to pray for all those who are undergoing tests or treatment.

Baptist Press

June 24, 2008

WASHINGTON–Land: Candidates should be free, not forced, to share their faith.

COLORADO–Obama distorts Scripture, Dobson says.

WISCONSIN–Disaster relief chaplains bond with flood victims.

GEORGIA–Post-flood mud-out: Dirty, yet rewarding.

TENNESSEE–Balanced worship envisioned at LifeWay conference.

LOUISIANA–Conference highlights ‘Music as Ministry.’

TENNESSEE–EDITORIAL (Will Hall): Dobson is right, Obama distorts the Bible & presents a ‘confused theology.’

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): Revival begins with me.

Vivian Womack
(November 20, 1908 – June 24, 2008)

Mrs. Womack passed away at her residence in Greensburg, LA on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at the age of 99. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Mildred Matthews Johnson
(November 9, 1917 – June 23, 2008)

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7 She went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, June 23, 2008 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, McComb, MS. She was at peace and ready to claim her mansion in heaven. Affectionately known as Aunt Mil to those who knew and loved her, she was born on November 9, 1917 in Tangipahoa Parish, LA and was the youngest of six children born to Lewis Moak Matthews and Mary Dean Matthews. Aunt Mil loved the outdoors, gardening, and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband, family, and friends. She loved her church, Line Creek Baptist Church. She frequently visited with the sick and bereaved, also reached out to those in need. She was an excellent cook whose cookies and pies were favorites of many in the surrounding area. She is survived by her step-daughter, Sylvia Johnson Reagan, niece, Frances Harrell Wilson, nephew, James Silton Lambert, special nephew and caretaker, Robert E. Phillips, Jr., great-nieces, Linda Price Alford and husband Ronald, Linda Sue Matthews McKinley and husband Bill, great-nephews, Dr. Paschal Wilson and wife, Julie and children Paschal and Caroline Rose, James Curtis Lambert and family, David Wayne Lambert and family, William Lewis Matthews and family, Hal Price and wife Tonia and children, Caroline and Tristan. Preceded in death by her husband, James M. Johnson, parents, Lewis and Mary Dean Matthews, step-grandson, David Leslie Milam, sisters, Bernice Matthews Harrell, Deanie Matthews Lambert, and Pinkie Matthews McDaniel, brothers, Tommy Matthews and William Matthews, niece, Helen McDaniel Price, nephew, Nelson McDaniel. Visitation will be at Line Creek Baptist Church from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Religious Services at 1 p.m. Services conducted by Rev. Bobby Holder, Rev. Jimmy Dukes, and Rev. Ken Irvin. Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Pallbearers will be Ronald Alford, David Conerly, Paschal Wilson, James Hamilton, Bill Brown, and Willis “Sonny” Addison. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert E. Phillips, Jr., Mason Simmons, Dr. Harry Frye, and Dr. Lucas Lampton. Special thanks to McComb Extended Care and Brenda and James Hamilton for all their love and special care given. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.

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

I ONCE HEARD interviews with survivors from World War II…

The soldiers recalled how they spent a particular day. One sat in a foxhole; once or twice, a German tank drove by and he shot at it. Others played cards and frittered away the time. A few got involved in furious firefights. Mostly, the day passed like any other. Later, they learned they had just participated in one of the largest, most decisive engagements of the war, the Battle of the Bulge. It didn’t feel decisive at the time because none had the big picture.

Great victories are won when ordinary people execute their assigned tasks.

Perhaps you sense you’re in a spiritual rut. Stay at your assigned task! Obedience to God offers the way out of our futility. (Philip Yancey)

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justly,

to love mercy,

and to walk humbly with your God.”

~Micah 6:8~


Anna Lee


Pray for the students throughout the state who will be taking the LEAP test in the next few days.



The funeral service for Mr. “Bully” will be at 10 A.M. at the funeral home.





“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
YOU’RE LAZILY FLIPPING through the channels on your new flat screen TV…

Despite the vast array of viewing options, there’s nothing worth watching, at least for the moment. Your thumb stops on a random station. It’s a half-hour long commercial for “Feed the Children.”The broadcast depicts a hungry African child. His arms and legs exhibit no muscle at all. He’s a veritable skeleton with dark brown skin stretched over the bones. Green bottle flies encircle his eyes and ears. His belly is unnaturally distended and swollen. He’s weak, pale, sickly, and frail. He’s had one “meal” in the past seven days. A small cup of rice.

A phone number flashes at the bottom of the television. You’re being asked to donate. Just the change out of your pocket. For the price of a cheap cup of coffee you could support this poor, starving child. You could put food in his growling belly. Your heart and emotions are aroused by this under-nourished youth. “How in the world does he make it?” you ask yourself. “He can’t live on one meal a week.” Determined to help, you pick up the phone and punch in the 800 number.

Stay with me for just a moment.

We all recognize that to be healthy, we must maintain a steady, balanced diet. We can’t skip meals for days on end. We certainly can’t live off of a single meal once a week. And yet, isn’t that exactly what we’re doing when our only source of spiritual nourishment comes from the Sunday morning sermon? When we habitually skip Sunday morning Bible class, aren’t we saying that we can be healthy and strong by eating just one meal a week? When we miss the Sunday evening and Wednesday night assemblies at church, and the only time we take in real, biblical sustenance is the 11 o’clock Lord’s Day message, aren’t we saying — at least by our actions — that a child of God only has to eat one meal every seven days? When we fail to open our Bibles at home and pour through the sacred Word each day, but then manage to “squeak in” at the last minute for that one hour worship assembly on the first day of the week, aren’t we communicating that a Christian requires little food for the soul? A small cup of rice, indeed. What we acknowledge in the physical realm, we tend to forget in the spiritual. Some of us are starving ourselves to death (Hosea 4:6) and we don’t even realize it!

When we go to the New Testament book of Acts, we find a group of folks who understood the correlation between regular Scripture “meals” and a strong, maturing faith. The text says, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11 NIV). Did you catch that? The Bereans were more nobly disposed than the Thessalonians because 1) they received the spoken Word with great eagerness (A. T. Robertson says “eagerness” carries the idea of rushing forward/1), and because 2) they “examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Watch it! The Berean Jews were commended because they personally investigated the Old Testament prophecies to which Paul appealed on a DAILY basis. You might say the Thessalonians had a cup of rice once a week, while the Bereans ate “three squares” a day.

Dear Christian, if the Word is food (Matthew 4:4; cf. Psalm 19:9,10; Jeremiah 15:16; John 6:26,63), and it is, shouldn’t we “pull up to the table” and fill our plates every day? If we can make time for television, sports, shopping at the mall, going to the movies, and a myriad of other fleshly pursuits, we certainly can make time to read and study God’s Word.

When would be the best time for you to delve into your Bible? At the breakfast table? During break at work? Before you go to bed after the kids are asleep? Pick a time that’s best for you and then enjoy the meal! (Mike Benson)

1/ Word Pictures in the New Testament, p. 274.

“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

Monday Afternoon

Mrs. Irma Mae Will and Mrs. Irma Diamond were involved in a one-vehicle accident this morning near Greensburg. Mrs. Diamond was checked out and released from Hood Memorial. Mrs. Will was sent from Greensburg to Baton Rouge by helicopter because of a fractured neck. She will problably be in Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Please keep these two ladies and their families in your prayers.