Friday Afternoon

Henry Augusta Harris, Jr.
(September 5, 1930 – May 29, 2008)

Died at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at his residence near Kentwood. He was a native of Poplarville, MS. Age 77 years. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Monday. Services conducted by Rev. Iran Smith. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood. He is survived by his wife, Emma Mitchell Harris; Kentwood, 2 sons, Ronald C. Harris, Tylertown, MS, and Joseph Steven Harris, Baton Rouge; 1 brother, Jimmy C. Harris, Woodlands, TX; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

Christine Wall
(August 6, 1912 – May 30, 2008)

A very special lady has gone to join the Lord. Christine Wall, known to many as “Aunt Tean”, died Friday, May 30, 2008 at Hood Memorial Hospital. At 95, she was a life-long resident of Spring Creek. Christine was born on August 6, 1912 and spent her life serving others in her kind, gentle way. She was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church where she volunteered on the Flower Committee, served refreshments at Bible School, and was a member of WMU and the Sunshiners. She also worked as a Tangipahoa Parish Librarian at the Spring Creek Branch and as a Commissioner of Elections for many years. She and her husband, Clonis, maintained Spring Creek School for 40 years. They were especially fond of the many Spring Creek High School children whose lives they touched from 1936 to 1971 at the time of their retirement. “Aunt Tean” always sent cards and letters to many people on special occasions never forgetting anyone. Christine is survived by nieces, Ernestine Tigert, Margarite Fontenot, Lida Abernathy, Carolina Shepherd, and Ruth Warren. She is also survived by nephews, Arthur Gates, Dutton Wall, and Earl Costello. She is survived by a host of Great, Great-Great, and Great-Great-Great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clonis Wall, parents, Felder and Uner Crawford, sister, Geneva Gates, and brother, Marshall Crawford. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood on Sunday, June 1 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Monday, June 2 from 9:00 a.m. until funeral services at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Spring Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. This “one of a kind”, special lady will be sadly missed by her family, many friends, and anyone who knew her.

Elsie Harris Barker
(September 20, 1913 – May 28, 2008)

Died at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Tangi-Pines Nursing Center in Amite, LA. She was a native of Provence, OK and a resident of Amite, LA. Age 94 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Amite, LA, and Order of Eastern Star. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10 a.m on Monday until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. Survived by step-daughter, Linda Robertson, Plano, TX, niece, Judy Trecost and her husband, Al, Bristol, WV, nephew, Charles Wheeler and his wife, Kathleen, Evergreen, CO, great-nephews, Jason Wheeler & his wife, Anita, Pensacola, FL, Bert Trecost and his wife, Fulvia, Philadelphia, PA, Jerffrey Trecost, Frederick, MD, great-niece, Rachel Bans, Evergreen, CO, several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Preceded in death by, husband, Travis Barker.

Joshua Michael LeJeune
(August 17, 1986 – May 28, 2008)

Joshua Michael LeJeune passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in Ponchatoula at the age of 21. Joshua was a native of Austin, TX and a life long resident of Hammond. Beloved son of Naomie Carter and Michael Jude LeJeune. Brother of Mary Ashlen LeJeune, Mitchel Carmello and the late Christopher Carmello. Grandson of Marvin and Nancy Carter, David and Dolores LeJeune and the late Mary Ann Picou Carter. God son of Patrice Carter. Joshua was active and serving in the U. S. Air Force. Relatives and friends of the Family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at St. Helena Catholic Church, 120 S. 1st. Street, Amite, LA on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. Interment Private. Bagnell & Son Funeral Home In Charge of Arrangements.


But the Lord stood at my side

and gave me strength,

so that through me the message

might be fully proclaimed

and all the Gentiles might hear it.

And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.

2 Timothy 4:17 (NIV)

Frann S. Clark went to see the neurosurgeon Wednesday. The decision was made to not do surgery. Pray for Frann as she deals with the pain.

Tests for Romanian language:

Thank you all so very much for remembering us in prayer today as we took our final exam for Levels IA & IIA. We all wanted to do well, and finish strong. We were a bit anxious because we did not want a poor performance to reflect poorly on our Lord. All in all, it went well, and it was because of your prayers and His faithfulness.

I told Margie that I felt like my language skill was somewhat like a nicely arranged vegetable tray that I was carrying to the table, when I tripped. By the time the test was over—I had tossed salad for sure. It did not come out on to the test paper like our teacher put it in, but now we are ready to move forward with “some” language skill. Thanks for your support. See you soon!!!! Bob Craig


Kids on Mission Pray

Prayer requests

May 23, 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


On a bright sunny day, a missionary in Paraguay met a little girl on the street. She was standing at a table with her mom. The girl is a 6-year-old with a sad smile, long black hair, and a very thin body. The table and a chair is the mom’s office-no walls or bookcases or cash register-just a table and chair. The little girl smiled at Iracema Kunkel, the missionary, when she stopped to talk to her mother. The little girl usually stayed beside her mother for 12 long hours, playing with some ragged and dirty dolls. Iracema Kunkel talked with her mother and just knew she needed Jesus.

The missionary told her about the love of Jesus and the mother asked Jesus to be her Savior! Now this little girl spends half a day in school and the other half at her mother’s ‘office.’ But now she has a beautiful smile (and her mother does too) because she is learning about Jesus. They keep a Bible on the table where everyone can see. They go to a Baptist church near where they live. Please pray for this little girl and this mother that they will keep on studying God’s Word and trust God to take care of them every day.


Please pray for my sister who is going to university. I am homeschooled, please pray for my grades. MATTHEW, age 13 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Pray that more college students come to our summer program, SA101, and lots of people come to know Christ in India. ALLAN, age 13 (South Asia)

TR is my friend who lives in Japan. He has a younger sister and a younger brother. Please pray for them. He goes to my Japanese school and is in my class in 3rd grade. He’s funny. He loves nature and always talks about bugs and plants. We have a job in our classroom of taking care of all the nature stuff, like feeding the fish. I have been telling TR about Jesus, but he’s not interested in getting baptized. He doesn’t want to get baptized, because he doesn’t want to go under the water. I don’t know if he’s a Christian or not. I want him to be a Christian. Please pray for TR. RICKIE, age 8 (Pacific Rim)

My mom teaches my three brothers and me. Please pray for us and our homeschool. Pray for my dad. He is the Logistics Coordinator for Malawi-that means he helps other people who come to work in our country and he is really busy. ANNA, age 13 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Our next door neighbors have a daughter, AI, about fifteen years old. She and her family are Muslims and she goes to a school where she learns about the Koran. People have told AI and her family about Jesus, but they are still Muslims. Please pray that AI and her family will understand what they have heard about Jesus and that they would choose to believe in Him. ELIZABETH, age 17 (West Africa)

Please pray for me to learn more Thai and for me to read my Bible more. Ask God to help me to find a good friend. MORIAH, age 10 ½ (Pacific Rim)

Charles Eugene James
(January 16, 1947 – May 29, 2008)

Died on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was a native of Centreville, MS and a resident of Amite. Age 61 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 12:00 Noon on Saturday until religious services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Field Thigpen. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA. Survived by 5 sisters, Juanita Pace, St. Amant, Rita Holden, Amite, Barbara Walker, Amite, Betty Phillips, Kentwood, Nancy Morris, Amite, 2 brothers, Paul James, Amite, James Walker, Amite, Preceded in death by, father, Sidney James, mother, Mary Parker James Walker.

Rosa Lee Edwards
(November 9, 1924 – May 28, 2008)

Died at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was a native of Hattiesburg, MS and a resident of Roseland. Age 83 years. Visitation at Roseland Baptist Church, Roseland, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Mervin Strother. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite. She is survived by her 5 daughters, Mavis Beasley, Avondale, Marilyn Dominano Bentivegna, Tickfaw, Barbara Louge, Columbia, MS, Glenda Bennett, Pumpkin Center and Debra Rowell, Albany; 1 son, Robert Edwards, Tickfaw; 1 brother, Lavon White, Roger, AR; 1 sister, Mrs. Roberta Babaz, Sulfur; 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edwards; parents, Herbert and Lucy White; grandson, Jason Bennett; great-granddaughter, Wendy Breaux; 4 brothers, Leon White, Paul White, Robert White and Hugh L. White.


Sometimes I want to be a kid again. I want to go back to the time when:

— Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-mo.”
— Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming “do over!”
— “Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
— Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in “Monopoly.”
— Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.
— Being old referred to anyone over 20.
— The net on a tennis court was the perfect height to play volleyball and the rules didn’t matter.
— The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
— It was magic when dad would “remove” his thumb.
— It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn’t an Olympic event.
— Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot.
— Nobody was prettier than Mom.
— Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
— It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the “big people” rides at the amusement park.
— Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
— Abilities were discovered because of a “double-dog-dare.”
— Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute ads for action figures.
— “Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense.
— Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
— The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
— War was a card game.
— Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
— Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
— Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.
— Older siblings were the worst tormentors but also the fiercest protectors.
(author unknown)

There’s an innocence about childhood. As we grow older, we lose that innocence and life becomes more complicated. Like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, we all live out in our own lives what it means to have sin affect our relationship with God and our relationship with one another.

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked…” (Genesis 3:6-7a)

Taking the fruit of a tree giving us more knowledge isn’t as wonderful as we think it will be. As we grow older, we know more and more, but often find ourselves wishing that we were younger when we didn’t know nearly as much. We can never regain that innocence, but thank God we can find forgiveness!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a wonderful Friday!

Anna Lee


At my first defense,

no one came to my support,

but everyone deserted me.

May it not be held against them.

But the Lord stood at my side

and gave me strength ….

2 Timothy 4:16-17 (NIV)

James Rimes said John Nototoria had surgery at SMMH and was in stable condition. Please continue to pray for him.

Ms. Jason “Bully’ Schwartz as been ill a number of times lately. He is not receiving care in Amite. Please pray for him, his family, and those caring for him.

Lisa Davis, sister of Susan Rimes, continues to need our prayers. Lisa lives in Arkansas.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Goal: $13,000.00

Received: $13, 030.30

Deacons for the Week

Tom Tolar

Raymond Cutrer

Nursery Volunteers for Sunday

Velma Anthony

Jill Brister

Patty Hoffstadt

Emily Daniels

Baby Shower

Elisabeth H. Daniels

Sunday, June 1

2-4 P.M.

FBC, Fellowship Hall

Bridal Shower

KK Womack, Bride-elect of Job Hulkaby

Sunday, June 8

2 P.M.

FBC, Fellowship Hall

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

IN AUGUST OF 1799 a Frenchman named Bouchard discovered an ancient stone near the town of Rosetta, in Egypt, about thirty miles from Alexandria…

The stone contained inscriptions in two languages, Egyptian and Greek, and they were written in three different alphabets, including Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphic, a kind of writing using pictures as symbols.

Prior to the discovery of the stone, linguists were limited in interpreting hieroglyphics, for they had no key to their meaning. But now, with this passage in hand which contained the same words in hieroglyphics and in the known language of Greek, scholars were able by comparison to establish the meaning of the hieroglyphic signs and thus to read other Egyptian inscriptions written in hieroglyphics. The Rosetta stone, then provided the means of knowing what those ancient Egyptian writers had to say.

THOUGHT: In a similar way, the Bible serves as the Rosetta stone for knowing what God has to say, a message which we could not know without the Bible, for only through it does God communicate with man. By reading and studying it man can learn what God wants him to do for his happiness and salvation. (John Parker)

“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Cor. 2:10-13).

Have a wonderful day. Please feel free to share praises, requests, and updates to be shared on The Prayer Link.

Anna Lee


Because of the service

by which you have proved yourselves,

men will praise God for the obedience

that accompanies your confession

of the gospel of Christ,

and for your generosity in sharing with them

and with everyone else.

~2 Corinthians 9:13 (NIV)~

Vesta Louise Gill Walker
(January 20, 1941 – May 26, 2008)

Died at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 26, 2008 at her Residence in Baton Rouge. She was a native of Tangipahoa and a resident of Baton Rouge. Age 67 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. Ray Varnado. Interment Mixon Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA. Survived by, her daughter and son in law, Angela and Bart Wilson, Baton Rouge, her brother, Alfred “Buddy” Gill, Kentwood, her grandson, Evan Michael Walker, preceded in death by her parents, Layton and Winnie Ricks Gill

Catherine Eugenia Vining Thompson
(November 17, 1916 – May 27, 2008)

Catherine Eugenia Vining Thompson passed away at 5:23 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. She was born on November 17, 1916, a native and resident of Amite. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Thursday conducted by Rev. Darrell Miller. Interment will be at Roberts Cemetery, Hwy 441, Amite. She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Miller and her husband, Carlton Miller of Walker and Cherie Moss and her husband, George Moss of Hot Springs, Ark.; one son, Roy Galen Thompson and his wife, Susan Thompson of Amite; a daughter-in-law, Linda Ann Thompson Watts and her husband, C. L. Watts of Livingston; four granddaughters, Karen Thompson Boatner, Dara Moss Mooney, Heather O’Connell and Dallas Moss Pomeroy; five grandsons, Donald Earl Thompson Jr., Roy Anthony Thompson, Dana Thomas Boyd, David Keith Thompson and Jeremiah Thompson; nine great granddaughters; four great grandsons; and numerous dearly loved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Earl Thompson; her parents, John and Annie Elizabeth Vining; a brother, Thomas Vining; three half sisters; four half brothers; a son, Donald Earl Thompson; and a granddaughter, Catherine Elise Boyd. During World War II, she worked as a welder in the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans. She retired from Hammond State School. She was a member of Hillsdale Baptist Church and the Eastern Star Organization. She was an avid sports fan, an excellent cook, and an enthusiastic traveler. One of her favorite quotes was, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12). She lived her life with that promise in mind. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hillsdale Baptist Church, Hwy 1045, Amite, La. 70422. The family would like to thank the Staff of Landmark Nursing Home, North Oaks Medical Center and Hospice of Hammond for their dedicated care.

Baptist Press

May 27, 2008

VIRGINIA–Baptists respond to world hunger crisis.

KANSAS–Students focus on Christ alone at ‘Paradise.’

VIRGINIA–WRAP-UP: NAMB trustees review evangelism initiative.

IOWA–Iowa Baptist unit to aid tornado victims.

TENNESSEE–ELECTION 08: Obama’s extreme record on abortion could be issue.

TENNESSEE–Union graduation marks God’s grace.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): ‘You visited me in prison.’

He Made Him

Billy Graham speaks about why

Jesus Christ went to the cross:

The Bible says that God gave His Son on the cross. And He made Him to be sin for us. You think of Jesus, now…He’d become sin. Not His sins, but yours and mine. And God had laid on Him the iniquity of us all, who His own self bear our sins on the cross. And the Bible says that if we are to ever get to heaven, and ever have the peace of God in our hearts, you’ll have to come to Him. Has that ever happened to you?

How do you answer Mr. Graham’s question? Have you ever come to Jesus Christ by faith? We’re the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. To begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, call us toll free at 866-JESUS-CARES.

Tuesday Afternoon

Bro. Joey sent two requests:

Please pray for Aubrey Perry (Karen’s brother) today. He goes back for a PET Scan to see if the chemo has been effective.


Strength For Today
Daily Devotion
May 27, 2008

Be still, and know that I am God. -Psalm 46:10
A friend of mine who leads spiritual retreats once told me that not one person who has followed his regimen of a silent retreat has failed to hear from God. Intrigued and a bit skeptical, I signed up for a 5-day retreat. We had much free time and just a few requirements, such as the assignment to spend 2 hours praying each day.
I doubt I had devoted more than 30 minutes to prayer at any one session in my life. The first day I wandered to a meadow and sat against a tree. How long will I stay awake? I wondered. To my great fortune, a herd of 147 elk wandered into the very field where I was sitting. To watch 147 elk in their natural habitat is enthralling and, eventually, boring. Yet after a while the very placidity of the scene began to affect me. Over the next few days I said many words to God. I was turning 50, and I asked for guidance on how I should prepare my soul for the rest of life. Many things came to mind while sitting in a field for hours at a time. I had to agree that I had indeed heard from God.
When Elijah stood before the Lord on Mount Horeb, he didn’t meet Him in the wind, earthquake, or fire. Rather, God spoke in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-12).
I’m more convinced than ever that God finds ways to communicate to those who truly seek Him-especially when we lower the volume of the surrounding static.
Speak, Lord, in the stillness, while I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen, in expectancy. -Grimes
God speaks to those who are quiet before Him.

Keep praying for Linda (Longoria), we are back at MD Anderson for multiple myeloma tests this week.
Bro. Lyndon

Still Faithful
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!