Friday Addition

Jude Michael Alford

Jude Michael Alford died Tuesday, August 26, 2008 in North Oaks Medical Center. He was born August 21, 2008.

Surviving are his parents, Michael Edward & Casey Lyn Hinson Alford of Walker, LA; maternal grandparents, Jack & Jerri Hinson of Ponchatoula, LA; paternal grandparents, Pete & Martha Alford of Kentwood, LA; aunt, Sherri Alford; 2 uncles, Keith Alford, Ryan Hinson; great-grandparents, Patricia & Perry Powell and Robert & Theresa Hinson and Marley Sue The Big Brown Dog

He is preceded in death by great-grandparents, Pete & Martha Alford, Sr. and Wilson & Aline Smith.

Friends will be received Thursday, August 28, 2008, at the Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Ponchatoula from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Services will be held in the funeral home chapel, Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm.

The family extends a special to North Oaks Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit and Obstetrics.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Judes Place Memphis TN 38105

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You are better off to have a friend

than to be all alone . . . .

If you fall, your friend can help you up.

But if you fall without having a friend nearby,

you are really in trouble.

~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (CEV)~

Pray for the people of the Gulf Coast region as they make preparations for Hurricane Gustav.

Pray for Kyle Brabham as he returns to the doctor today to possible get some stitches removed.

There have been many names listed on The Prayer Link in the last few weeks. Many of the needs still exist. Please continue to pray for the needs of these people.

Pray for those who will receive a blessing from volunteers who participate in On Mission in Kentwood. Pray for those who will receive a blessing as they participate in On Mission in Kentwood.


Kids on Mission Pray

“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


Have you ever heard that phrase: beauty is in the eye of the beholder? What does that mean? I can think something is beautiful when I look at it. Then you look at the same thing…and you don’t think it’s beautiful at all.

In Africa there is a country called Sudan. The Dinka people of Sudan have a different idea about beauty than I do. The idea isn’t wrong, but it’s definitely different. Listen to what happens when some missionaries visit their Dinka friends.

The missionaries are single women, and their friends in the US say they are beautiful. Not the Dinka women. They feel sorry for these single missionaries. They think no one will ever want to marry these young women. Why? Because they have a big problem. What is it? The young women still have their four front teeth on the bottom! The Dinka women say they will help the missionaries pull these four teeth!

Different groups of people have different ideas, don’t they? These Dinka women also have different ideas about how Jesus loves us. They think they have to pray to their dead relatives. They try to do everything they can to keep their dead relatives happy. Ask God to help these young missionaries show the Dinka people what it means to love Jesus.


I love living on my island. It is sunny and beautiful all year round. We (my family and I) share the love of Jesus with all the people of our island. Many of my friends are Hindu or Muslims and don’t know Jesus. Please pray for my friends to know Jesus died for them and love them. Also please pray for my allergies and eczema problems. Thank you. Love you. We will pray for you also. Love, DREW, age 4, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Will you pray for my family? Pray for us to have a good time of service here and for us to have a good time back in America (on stateside assignment). BETHANY, age 10, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Please pray for my big sister who goes to college now. Pray that both of us will do good in school. BONNIE, age 8 (Pacific Rim)

My mom had a miscarriage and my brother has a rash. Please pray they will get better. CAITLYN, age 9 (South Asia)

Please pray that my mother does not get stuck in the mud again! Please pray that the people will understand the Bible. MYA, age 8 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Pray for my friends down the street that they will start going to church with us. SADIE, age 11 (Pacific Rim)

Please pray for my family-Mom, Dad, brother, sister and me. Could you also please pray for all the people in the U.S.A.?-just so I know that they are all still safe and protected. Thank you. Yours sincerely: ZEB, age 10, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

My uncle was riding his bicycle in America and fell off. A car passed by and hurt him. We prayed for him and now he is ok. Thank God for that. RICK, age 9 (South Asia)

Please pray for me with my school. I’m having a hard time. AUSTIN, age 12, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)


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Passing On the Blessing

A girl who received an Operation Christmas Child shoe box while an orphan in Russia has the opportunity to deliver gifts to children in Ecuador. She tells her story on CNN.

Tanya knew nothing of love when she was growing up in Russia. Her parents abused her and then abandoned her when she was 8. She was separated from her brother and sister, and taken to a bleak orphanage.

“The orphanage provided a house and food, but the teachers were discouraging to me,” she said. “They basically told me that nobody loved me and nobody cared for me.”

Then one day, when Tanya was 10, her despair turned to joy. Operation Christmas Child came to the orphanage with gift-filled shoe boxes for all of the children. Tanya eagerly opened her box, and discovered a teddy bear, school supplies, and many other wonderful things.

“It was very special to me,” she said. “It was the first gift I ever received. My parents never bought me a gift. Money was always spent on alcohol.”

The most important thing in the box was a letter from the family that had packed it. This was proof that her teachers were wrong.

“People who didn’t know me and had never met me were telling me how much they cared for me,” she said. “The shoe box gave me hope.”

Tanya, along with her brother and sister, was later adopted by a family in America. They now live in St. Louis.

Nearly nine years later, Tanya still vividly remembers the moment she felt God’s love through the gift-filled shoe boxes.

“It’s amazing what Operation Christmas Child can do,” she said.

She wants other children to experience the same joy, so she and her family pack shoe boxes each year.

Tanya recently had an opportunity to pass on the blessing personally when she traveled to Ecuador with a Samaritan’s Purse Youth team. The 20 teenagers delivered Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes and participated in other Samaritan’s Purse ministry projects.

“It was special,” she said. “It was amazing how happy they looked to get these simple things. I was glad to be a part of it.”


Year ago, on the mighty Mississippi River, two tugboat captains who had been friends for years, would always cry “Aye!” and blow their whistles whenever they passed each other.

A new crewman asked his boat’s mate, “What do they do that for?”

The mate looked surprised and replied, “You mean that you’ve never heard of… an aye for an aye and a toot for a toot?”

I suspect that few of us would admit to living by the motto, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” (Matthew 5:38), but let’s be honest — there is something instead us that enjoys the idea of getting revenge. Some of the more popular movies throughout the past years have been those that opened with someone being mistreated. We spend the rest of the movie anxiously waiting for the hero to get the opportunity to exact his revenge — and then we cheer!

It’s not much different on a personal level. I suspect that whenever somebody does you wrong, the temptation is there to immediately start thinking of what you can do to get them back. But, if you find yourself tempted to take revenge, may I suggest two things:

(1) Resist the temptation to exchange evil for evil. That temptation will always be strong and we need realize that it will be there. But we also need to remember the emptiness and hollowness of revenge and resentment.

(2) Show your enemy kindness. Abraham Lincoln was once accused of being too nice to his enemy. He was told to be firmer; he must destroy his enemies. He replied, “I do destroy them when they become my friends.”

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matt. 5:43-44)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

May you realize God’s blessings on your life today.

Anna Lee

Thursday Afternoon



Sue Alford McDaniel
(June 3, 1936 – August 28, 2008)

Died on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was a native of Sunny Hill, LA and a resident of Spring Creek, LA. Age 72 years. She was an avid gardner and a great cook. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Harold McDaniel, Spring Creek; 2 daughters, Lora McDaniel, Spring Creek and Cara McDaniel Alford and husband, Conley Alford, Kentwood; 1 son, Thomas McDaniel and wife, Cristi, Denham Springs; granddaughter, Caitlyn Michelle Alford, Kentwood; 2 sisters, Carolyn Gay Salamone, Belle Chasse and Jane Alford, Amite; 1 brother, Patrick Alford, Sunny Hill. She was preceded in death by her parents, A.G. “Cat” Alford and Tressie Crawford Alford. Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 72973 Hwy 1061, Kentwood, LA 70444.


“The Lord has heard my supplication;

the Lord will receive my prayer.”

~Psalm 6:9~

The Alford baby passed away. I’ll post an obituary when one is available.

Editorial, Hammond Daily Star

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 9:15 AM CDT

As Hurricane Gustav approaches, now is the time for families to review their emergency plans in the event they may have to put them into effect. Now, as always, is also a good time for prayer.

Poignant are the words of the Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981), second bishop of Lafayette, who authored a prayer for safety against hurricanes many years ago:

“O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order and returned to its former quietude. You are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control: the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land, and spread chaos and disaster.

“During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time…Amen.”


Hurricane Gustav

You may use the link below to track the hurricane and get needed information.

On Mission in Kentwood will be this Saturday. Meet at the church at 8:00 A.M. for a quick breakfast and an assignment. If you would like to volunteer, please contact First Baptist Church or me. If you know of a project for the volunteers, you may also contact the church or me. Come join in and receive a blessing.

Dr. and Mrs. Steve Bryan have just moved to Austin, Texas where their daughter Anna lives. Pray for the Bryans as they make the adjustment to living in a new area.

Baptist Press

August 27, 2008

COLORADO–While Denver parties, witnesses impact eternity.

WASHINGTON–Pro-lifers decry APA denial of abortion-depression link.

UGANDA–Gospel message met with joyful ‘trill.’

UGANDA–Senior duo adds to 70-plus mission trips.

LOUISIANA–Katrina, after 3 years, remains mission opportunity.

(Friday is the three year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.)

FLORIDA–FIRST-PERSON (Christine Sneeringer): No longer lesbian.


Mike Benson


JESUS TOLD THE twelve to get into a boat on the Sea of Galilee…

As they started across the sea, everything was smooth and calm, and Jesus went to sleep. Suddenly a huge wind blasted on the sea and the boat began to be swamped with water. They awakened Jesus in great fear and said, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” (v. 24). They believed they were going to die right there on the water. Jesus woke up and told the wind and water to be still, and instantly the sea was as smooth as glass. At this point Jesus turned to the disciples and asked, “Where is your faith?” (v. 25). The disciples were now terrified, not of the storm that had stopped, but of the One who stopped the storm.

Why were they suddenly afraid? They had already witnessed so much power from Jesus. What was different on this occasion? The difference was that is was their storm. They were the ones in the boat this time. It was their lives on the line. They knew Jesus could take of the storms in someone else’s life, but it was an entirely different issue when it was personal. People tend to do this all the time. Spiritual lives are destroyed because of the storm of family problems, or the storm of past sin, or the storm of sickness, or the storm of money troubles, ad infinitum. It is easy to tell someone else that they need to trust God to take care of them, but what about when it is my boat that is sinking? What do we do?

If Jesus is with you, outside influences cannot enslave you, nor can they sink your boat (Rom. 8:31-39). Outside influences cannot take away eternity as long as you weather the storm. They may make life more difficult here, but they will not defeat you unless you allow them to do so. Jesus Himself suffered more than any of us, yet He was victorious because His focus was on God’s eternal plan, not the immediate storm of life. The next time you are facing a storm, remember that He needs to be in the boat first, and then you will be successful in weathering whatever storm you are facing. (Terry Frizzell)

“But He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’

And they were afraid, and marveled,

saying to one another, ‘Who can this be?’

For He commands even the winds and water,

and they obey Him!”

~ Luke 8:25 ~

Be prepared for the possible storm.

Anna Lee


M. Kevin Carter
(January 17, 1953 – August 26, 2008)

M. Kevin Carter was a beloved husband, father, brother, son, friend and mentor. He was a pillar of the Christian community and one of the founding fathers of Cornerstone Church. He lived his life for the service of his Lord Jesus Christ. He went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. He was a native of Greensburg and a resident of Amite. Age 55 years. Visitation at Cornerstone Church, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Pastor Mervin Strother. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. He is survived by his wife, Sheree B. Carter; 3 daughters, Shanna Barberio and husband, Neil Barberio, Tiffany Wale and husband, Brent Wale, and Tanya Carter; 3 grandchildren, Grant Barberio, Alayna Grace Wale and Ethan Wale; father, Prentiss H. Carter, Jr. and wife, Sadie Mae Carter; mother, Edra Mae Lea Leonard and husband, A.V. Leonard; 2 sisters, Karlette Bridges and husband, Vernon Bridges; Rhenette Beck and husband, Barry Beck; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Prentiss H. Carter, Sr. and Rebecca Carter, T. L. Lea and Willie Bea Lea.

Dale Ann Lulei Stewart
(August 24, 1950 – August 26, 2008)

Died on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at her residence in Hammond. She was a native of New Orleans and 58 years of age. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.