Regarding life together and getting along with each other, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You’re God-taught in these matters. Just love one another! 1 Thessalonians 4:9 (MSG)

Glen Magee, Jr. is home following his surgery in Florida. All seems to be going well. Keep him in your prayers.

James Lee “Hutch” Hutchinson is now in rehab in Hammond. Please continue to pray for him and “Miss” Barbara.

Mrs. Margaret Callihan is in North Oaks. Pray for her and her family as she works to get better.

Mrs. Lucille Pledger fell and broke a hip. Pray for her peace and comfort during this time.

Be sure to read the latest updates on Emily Panter. Emily had several good medical reports yesterday. A tracheotomy is scheduled for this afternoon. Continue to pray for Emily, her family, the medical staff, and the many friends who are supporting and encouraging the Panter family throughout this difficult situation. If you have time, read some of the comments on the blog. You’ll be blessed.


Though skeptical of his teenage son’s newfound determination to build bulging muscles, one father followed his teenager to the store’s weight-lifting department, where they admired a set of weights.

“Please, Dad,” pleaded the teen, “I promise I’ll use ’em every day.”

“I don’t know, Michael. It’s really a commitment on your part,” the father said.

“Please, Dad?”

“They’re not cheap either,” the father said.

“I’ll use ’em, Dad, I promise. You’ll see.”

Finally won over, the father paid for the equipment and headed for the door. After a few steps, he heard his son behind him say, “What! You mean I have to carry them to the car?”

The comparison to our Christian lives is all too obvious. We can be told how much commitment is involved in being a Christian. We can be told how much will be required of us when we become a Christian. We say that we understand all that is involved and we are still willing to give our “all” to Christ. But, often, we are barely dried off from our baptism before we are complaining about what is expected of us — “Surely you don’t expect me to spend that much time, that much money, that much effort!”

The truth is, those of us who are Christians rarely see Christianity as much of a struggle. Christianity is an easy way of living for most of us. Perhaps too easy. I think there’s enough in scripture to label Christianity as a struggle for our faith. In Luke 13:24, Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” We don’t just walk through the narrow gate; we have to strive to get through. That word suggests there is to be a great deal of effort on our part.

In Ephesians 6:12, Paul describes the Christian life in this way: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” The picture Paul paints for us is a picture of struggling, a picture of constant battle.

The Hebrew writer constantly alludes to the fact that we need to put a great deal of effort into our Christian lives. The word diligent is frequently used. “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest….” (Hebrews 4:11).

It has been said that our favorite hypocrisy is to make a choice and then to refuse to pay for it. We have a word for that in this country — it’s called credit! Thanks to credit, I can go to the store and pick out something I want, and then not have to pay for it now. In fact, some stores go so far as to say, “Come in and buy our furniture and make no payments until January 2010!” But how many people do you suppose have gotten themselves into severe financial difficulty because they made a choice that they were not really willing to pay for?

But that truth applies to far more than just financial matters; it applies to all of life. Rudyard Kipling once said that if anyone did not get from life what they really wanted, it was because either he didn’t really want it or because he began to quibble about the price. That may be a bit of an overstatement, but I do think there’s a great deal of truth there. We must be willing to pay the price for what we want.

The price for the Christian life is high, and Jesus wants us to count that cost as part of our decision to follow him.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a fantastic day!
Anna Lee


Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 (NIV)

More updates on Emily Panter:
If you haven’t read this blog before, please start from the oldest and work to the newest updates.

Thank God for the rain that is coming our way today.

Baptist Press
November 11, 2008

SOUTH KOREA–Chaplains impart support & strength to soldiers in combat.

SOUTH KOREA–Chaplain looks for “God-fearing” soldiers.

SOUTH KOREA–Chaplain ‘giving back’ near Korea’s DMZ.

SOUTH KOREA–Army hospital keeps chaplain challenged.

SOUTH KOREA–Chaplain’s gift helps airman & wife reconnect.

SOUTH KOREA–Senior chaplain underscores value of prayer.

TEXAS–Vet pursues chaplaincy after close call in Iraq.

VIRGINIA–Battle-scarred vet says college rescued him.

VIRGINIA–FIRST-PERSON (Adam Cole): A sailor’s journey.

(A good reminder for athletes of any age!)

ANCIENT WRESTLING MATCHES weren’t for the squeamish or timid…

Hoping to see some clean takedowns, reversals, and figure-four leg locks? Better look elsewhere. During the time of the Roman Empire, little things like kicking, biting, and scratching were perfectly acceptable tactics in the world of wrestling. However, there was one way to be disqualified…one hard and fast rule…one boundary you just didn’t cross in the fun and games of wrestling. You were never allowed to poke someone’s eye out. (Gary Stanley)

KneEmail: “And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” ( 2 Tim. 2:5).

Tuesday Afternoon

Dorothy Ruth Nason Gill
(December 24, 1929 – November 10, 2008)
Died at 5:05 p.m. on Monday, November 10, 2008 at her residence near Kentwood, LA. She was a native of Oktibbeha County, MS. Age 78 years. She was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church, Spring Creek, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. until Religious Services at 11 a.m. Friday. Services conducted by Rev. Danny Smith & Rev. Bill Boulton. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by 2 daughters, Linda G. Betz, Baton Rouge and Ruth G. Konzelman and husband, Randy, Kentwood; 5 grandchildren, David Betz and wife, Hondi, Baton Rouge, Daniel Betz, Baton Rouge, Mark Konzelman, Kentwood and finacee’ Elizabeth G. Wall, Osyka, MS, Sarah Ruth Konzelman, Kentwood and Matthew Konzelman, Kentwood; great-granddaughter, Rebecca Betz, Baton Rouge, 5 sisters, Vitula N. Edmonds, Starkville, MS, Annette N. Allen, Jackson, MS, Patsy N. Wilson, Jackson, MS, Theople N. Hurst, Kentwood, Bobbie Magee, Kentwood, 3 brothers, John D. Nason, II, Sturgis, MS, Jerrell Nason, Sturgis, MS, Mike Nason, Kentwood, numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Gorman W. Gill, parents, John D. Nason, Sr., and Emma Girtha Nason, sister, Pauline N. Jackson, 2 brothers, James Nason, Raymond Nason.


Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 (NLT)

Pray for special friends of ours from Hammond, Shaun, Kelly, and Stafford Primeaux, as they travel to northern Louisiana for the funeral of Shaun’ mother, Mrs. Ella Batten. Especially pray for Shaun’s brother during this time.

Big 10 from teamromany November 2008

1. Please pray for the Banks family as they resume their ministry after the caring for Wes’ father after his accident. Pray that they can return to life “as usual” and get their children back to a normal schooling schedule. Pray for focus and guidance as they seek to make new disciples in the village of Viziru.

2. Pray for Cornel as he teaches at the Romany Bible Institute in Romania on the 11th-15th.

3. Racial tensions between Roma and nationals are a reality in many communities. Recently, conflicts in several countries have made the news. Tensions are escalating in the city of Litvinov, Czech Republic. Please join us praying for peace in this neighborhood.

4. Pray for volunteers from Gibson County, Tennessee. A dental team is ministering in Giurgiu, Romania. Pray that they will be able to share the gospel as they meet the physical needs of Roma.

5. You have been praying for our park ministry in Brno, Czech Republic. Pray that God would prepare an indoor area for us to meet during the winter months so that we can continue the relationships we have built in this neighborhood. We have explored several options, but have not found an available option yet.

6. Boyd was able to teach and lead the devotional time at an English camp last weekend. Pray for the unbelievers who heard the truth to begin seek the Lord. Jennie has been asked to teach English lessons at three different Czech public schools this month. Pray that as she shares the story of Thanksgiving, she will be able to help students recognize the existence of God and our need for Him. (In the classroom she taught in this morning, a book on display at the front of the classroom showed an “ape man” on the cover. It was a science book used in this third grade classroom.)

7. The International Mission Board is going through some major structural changes. Please pray that President Jerry Rankin, trustees, and other leaders who are working on these changes will have wisdom as the make decisions and implement change.

8. Please pray for Bob and Gayle Hill who are planning to attend Strategy Coordinator/Team Leader training in February. Pray for them as they read, write reports and research in preparation for it.

9. Two volunteers from Daniel’s home church in Virginia are serving with him in Cluj until Christmas. Thank God for their service and pray that their testimonies would speak clearly to the Roma in the areas in which they are serving.

10. Please pray for the Silbys as they study the Czech language. Pray for them and their family as this Thanksgiving and Christmas will be their first on the field.

Wes and Tamara Banks – Romania

Daniel Byrd – Romania

Boyd and Jennie Hatchel – Czech Republic

Bob and Gayle Hill – Romania

Joe and Julie Silby – Czech Republic

Veteran’s Day

Today is Veteran’s Day. We had two WWII vets here for a family gathering last night. Daddy, Grant Smith of Roseland, served in the Pacific. My uncle, Fred Widas of Roseland, served in Europe and was involved in the invasion of Normandy. My niece’s husband, Josh Stuart of Indepencence, will leave Sunday for Marine boot camp. No matter the age or the war, they all have served to protect us and our great country. Thank them and thank God for men (and women) like them who continue to serve today.

I hope you take time to read a couple of these articles. They are always worth the time and effort.

Baptist Press
November 10, 2008

TENNESSEE–Sexual content on TV linked to teen pregnancy.

WASHINGTON–Australia rejects family with Down syndrome son.

FLORIDA–Chick-fil-A’s Cathy honored for charity.

TENNESSEE–Fireproof crosses $28M in 7th weekend.

MISSOURI–Nominees abound at Mo. convention.

MISSOURI–Mo. Peace Committee issues report.

UTAH–Utah-Idaho conv. re-elects 3 officers.

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON (Rebecca Ingram Powell): Tell your teens what God says about them.

Have a great day!
Anna Lee

Monday Evening

Death notices of former students are especially difficult for me. Please be in pray for those who are in mourning for family members at this time.

Michael David Futrell
(June 27, 1957 – November 9, 2008)
Michael David Futrell was born on June 27, 1957 and passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at his residence in Montpelier. He was the son of the late William David and Muriel Yvonne Futrell. Mike was 51, a native of New Orleans.

Mike is survived by his wife, Remonia R. Futrell, Montpelier; a daughter, Laura Futrell Lee and husband, Stephen, Wilmer; a sister, Marcie Futrell Thames and husband, Timmy, Amite; a brother, Mitch Futrell and wife, Vickie, Montpelier; gandchildren, McKayla Lee and Mason Lee, Wilmer; numerous extended family.

Also preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie Muriel Futrell; grandparents, Marie and Vernon King and Sara and Grover Futrell.

Visitation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and at the Montpelier Baptist Church on Thursday, November 13,2008 after 9:00AM until Religious Services at 10:30AM with Rev. Darryl Miller and Rev. Rusty Durand officiating. Interment in the Montpelier Cemetery.

An online Guestbook is available at

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, is located at I-55N & Hwy.16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.

Monday Afternoon

Lettie Stevens Rushing
(July 30, 1911 – November 10, 2008)
Died at 12:15 a.m. on Monday, November 10, 2008 at Ochsner Health Center in Baton Rouge. She was a native and a resident of Amite. Age 97 years. Visitation at Kedron Baptist Church, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 11 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Pat Bourg and Rev. Herb Cowan. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite. She is survived by her 3 daughters, Mollie Turner and husband, Robert, Central, Yvonne Cutrer, Ethel, and Bettie Joe Miller and husband, Glenn, Roseland; 8 grandchildren, Dawn Bergeron, Clifton Cutrer, Sherri Skrivanos, Rob Turner, Donald Guidry, Reggie Guidry, James Guidry and Renee Casze; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, “Cricket” Rushing; granddaughter, Jennifer Cutrer; parents, Zach and Pearl Rushing; 2 sisters, Vergie Henry and Ethel Wilson; 2 brothers, Joe Boy Stevens and Walter Stevens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kedron Baptist Church Building Fund.

Tommy Earl Hicks
(April 7, 1973 – November 9, 2008)
Tommy Earl Hicks, son of Rev. Tommy R. and Margaret Lois Hicks, Independence, passed away at 4:59PM, Sunday, November 9, 2008 at Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans. He was 35, a native of Covington and a resident of New Orleans.

Tommy is survived by his parents, Rev. Tommy R. and Margaret Lois Hicks, Independence; a sister, Lindy Hicks Cleere and husband, Robert, Baton Rouge; a son, Aiden Cole Hicks, Metairie, and Aiden’s mother, Melo Matus; 2 nieces, Alora & Averi Cleere; a nephew, Caleb Cleere; maternal grandmothers, Margaret Bryant, Covington & Frances Glass, Madisonville; and numerous extended family.

He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Robert & Henrietta Hicks; maternal grandfathers, Sidney Glass & Ernest Bryant.

Visitation will be at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services in the funeral home Chapel at 10:00AM, with Dr. Stephen P. Hicks & Bro. Chris Chavers, officiating. Interment in the Bankston Cemetery, Hwy 43, Albany, LA

Tommy’s great love for cooking and working for some of the top restaurants in New Orleans and surrounding areas. He worked for NOLA, a restaurant owned by Emeril Lagasse. He also was an avid artist, painting abstracts of New Orleans. Tommy loved fishing and his faithful companion, Floyd, his birddog.

An on-line Guestbook is available at

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.


“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Please pray for our mother (Virginia Wickham)and the rest of the family that everything go well as she will come home this morning after 3 weeks in rehab for a total knee replacement.
Jane Wickham

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

I RECENTLY READ about a study that they did about the best tasting ice cream…

They did a blind taste test. They brought some people together and they got all kinds of vanilla ice cream. They got gourmet ice cream. Homemade ice cream. Brand name ice cream and even the price saver cheapo ice creams and they did the taste test to find out what factor made ice cream taste better. What they determined was that the number one determining factor in the taste of ice cream and what made people like it, it wasn’t the price of it. It didn’t matter if it was gourmet or brand name, and it wasn’t if it was homemade or not. The number one determining factor was the percentage of fat in the ice cream. In other words, the more lard that was in the ice cream, the more people seemed to like it. Now, isn’t that one of the cruel ironies of life?

Why can’t fried chicken, which happens to be my favorite food, be as good for you as an apple? I have never heard a doctor say—”A fried chicken leg a day will keep the doctor away.” And the reason they say that is because if you had fried chicken every morning for breakfast, it would probably keep the doctor nearby because your cholesterol would shoot up. I don’t know, but I guess I have to settle for apples.

This is the thing about temptation and about giving into temptation. It tastes good initially. And it feels good for a moment. But later, when we see that we have been tricked and when we realize what we have given up when we get into that temptation, we regret it. When we give in to temptation, we always regret it because in the long run we always give up something greater for instant gratification right now. (Nelson Searcy)

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13).

Have a fantastic Monday!
Anna Lee