Saturday

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)

Faye Faller, former secretary of FBC, Hammond and a relative of mine, is hospitalized with heart rhythm problems. Please be in prayer for her.

Continue to pray for the Price family. I’ll post an update later.

Pray for all the school children who are beginning a two week holiday. Pray that they know in their hearts the reason they have this holiday. Pray for safety and security as well as a sense of being loved for each of them.

Pray for those who will be alone during the holidays. Do your part in helping them in any way you can.

Missions: It takes
a lot of faith
By Jerry Rankin

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, with a goal of $170 million in gifts through Southern Baptist churches, will support the ministry of more than 5,300 missionaries worldwide appointed by the International Mission Board.

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Missionaries who raise their own support are often called “faith” missionaries in contrast with those sent out by denominational entities such as the International Mission Board, which provides support and benefits.

However, the IMB does not generate income to support the more than 5,500 missionaries overseas receiving financial support. We are totally dependent on the gifts of Southern Baptists.

It takes faith to believe God will provide $170 million through a once-a-year missions offering named after a 19th-century missionary. It takes faith to trust Southern Baptists to have a mission heart and allocate a percentage of their church gifts to the Cooperative Program.

Last year the IMB sent out 841 new missionaries — none were delayed in leaving for their field of assignment because they couldn’t raise funds. They followed God’s will, confident God would provide for their needs through our churches.

Earlier this year I had the privilege of meeting three young missionaries on our Xtreme Team in the jungles of Peru’s Amazon Basin. After a flight to a city in the northwestern part of the country, we flew in a chartered plane to a remote landing strip near the border with Brazil. Following a five-hour ride in a motorized canoe, we reached a Yaminahua village where the Xtreme team members had been living for a couple months.

Missionaries like these who have been sent out by the IMB are able to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth because of the faithful giving of Southern Baptists. Your support through the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering enables these young men to live among this indigenous people group, where there is now a thriving church.

It is a joy to represent the entity that serves the churches of our denomination by channeling support to those sharing the Gospel among the nations.

Never forget, it is a challenging world to which God is calling us to go and tell the Gospel. We cannot wait while multitudes enter eternity without Christ. I pray that we as Southern Baptists will be found faithful and obedient in our giving and will challenge the next generation to be faithful in fulfilling our missions task.

(Jerry Rankin is president of the International Mission Board. Gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to support Southern Baptists’ global outreach can be made at http://www.imb.org/offering.)

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

ON FEBRUARY 26, 1829, A Jewish boy named Loeb Strauss was born in a cottage in the Bavarian village of Buttenheim…

As a young man, Loeb changed his name to Levi and wound up in California where he opened a textile company in San Francisco. One day a gold miner walked into Levi’s shop and assailed the young merchant. “Look at these,” said the miner, pointing to the pants. “I bought ’em six months ago, and now they’re full of holes!”

When Levi asked why, the miner explained, “We work on our knees most of the time.”

What you need is some really strong material,” replied Levi. “We have some canvas. It’s used to make tents. If we make your trousers out of canvas, I’m sure they won’t get holes.”

A tailor was called, and presently the miner had a set of trousers — and the rest is history. Soon minors across the West were wearing Levi Strauss’s jeans. (Stephen Van Dulken)

Christians should have the same problem that plagued that miner — pants with worn-out knees — for we ought to do most of our kingdom work on our knees.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 3:14).

Have a great day!
Anna Lee

Friday

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

Remember, we are in a twenty-four hour time of special prayer for the Price family.

I wanted to give you one last update on my cousin’s wife, Melissa. Through this trial for her and her family God has shown them and us of his awesomeness. Yes I know we should never be surprised but always seem to be.

Thank you for lifting Melissa up in prayer.

Love,

Melinda

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008, 12:40 PM

Dear Friends and Family,

I cried this morning more than I have throughout this entire journey!!!

This time they were tears of joy as I heard the words I have prayed to

hear…REMISSION!!! I saw the doctor this morning to have my staples

removed and go over all of the tissue sample reports. No sign of cancer

found anywhere in my body!!! The pathology report on my reproductive

organs revealed that the cancer remained confined to the cervix only!!!

As a matter of fact God’s hand is so awesome that the cancer margins

stopped within 0.6 of a centimeter from my bladder and my rectum!!! My

doctor is even stunned and told my husband that I was a real trooper!!!

He just shook his head the entire visit in amazement at how well I have

done. I told him that it was not me it was God and the power of prayer!!!

He agreed!!! I go back in 4 weeks to make sure that I am still healing

well from the surgery and then he will follow me every 3 months. We can

breathe easier at the two year mark and we can call it a cure at five

years…I am looking forward to the celebration!!!

No need to tell you that this is going to be the best Christmas EVER!!! I

am going to hug my husband and my children (Eric, Haley and Hannah) and praise God for the

wonderful gift of life for which I will use with a grateful heart to

serve Him!!!

Thank you a million thank you’s for traveling this road with me!! I could

have never made it to the finish line without you!!! You don’t know how

many times throughout this journey that you and your love and prayers

have carried me!!! God is so awesome and I just scream praise for His

mighty hand!!! I hope you have half as Merry of a Christmas as I am going

to have!!! And may your 2009 be awesome!!!

Love to all!!!

Melissa

Dot Marlett-Allen
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Dot was a retired administrative secretary with the state of Louisiana, Division of Administration. She was 76 and a native of Kentwood. Dot died at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at her residence in Denham Springs. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., on Thursday, Dec. 18, was from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting resumes at the funeral home chapel on Friday from 9 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Don Hoy. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Dot is survived by her three children, Sheila Menck, Gracie M. and Patrick Dias and Robert “Keith” and April Menck; two sisters, Bettie G. Conley and husband Neal, and Sylvia G. McBride and husband John; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Dot was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert A. Menck, Joseph Marlett and Wallace Cooper Allen; parents, Grace Gibson Hanks and Wilmer E. Gibson; and sister, Evelyn Gibson. Dot was an active member of Brookstown Baptist Church.

Dorothy Newman Cutrer
A resident of Baker, she died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at Baton Rouge Health Care Center. She was 76 and a native of Magnolia, Miss. Visiting at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, on Thursday, Dec. 18, was from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visiting on Friday from 9 a.m. until religious service in the chapel at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Bud Traylor. Graveside service at noon Friday at Osyka Cemetery, Osyka, Miss. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patti and Billy Erwin and Lisa Cutrer, all of Central, and Harvey Stiegler, of Plano, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Lynette Cutrer, of Sugarland, Texas; three grandchildren, Ben, Lacey and Carly Erwin; and a great- grandchild, Gavin Erwin-Cuenca. Preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Moise Cutrer; daughter, Sandra Stiegler; and brother, Vernon Newman. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Baker. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to a charity of choice.

Prayer requests

“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

KOMpray
Kids on Mission Pray

COOKIES OF LOVE

During the Christmas holidays, many families bake LOTS of cookies. You bake them and wait til they cool. Maybe they are sugar cookies, so you get to decorate them with fun faces. Then you put the cookies on pretty Christmas plates and wrap them up with colorful paper and ribbon. Then one afternoon or at church on Sunday morning, you take the cookies to your friends and neighbors. The cookies are a simple gift of love. When you hand a friend in the United States a plate of cookies, they are usually very happy. They only worry about how much weight they will gain!

Sometimes, though, people in other countries don’t really understand gifts of food. In West Africa, a Christian asked her Maninka (MAH-nee-kah) friend some questions about Christmas. The Christian wanted to know what her friend thought about Christmas customs. She asked her what she thought Christians were doing when they gave gifts.

The young Maninka woman said that Christmas is a time when Christians prepare special foods as a sacrifice to their god then share some of the food with friends. She didn’t understand at all. She didn’t know they were just simple gifts of love between friends.

She also didn’t know that baby Jesus was born to be the Savior of the world.

Pray for missionaries who live in foreign countries. Pray for them to tell people about Jesus in a simple, understandable way. Ask God to help this young Maninka woman know more about the love of Jesus.

MORE PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MISSIONARY KIDS

My best friend from school is Hindu. Please pray for her to believe in God so she can get saved. Every Sunday we go out to a Zulu Baptist church. The roads are very dangerous and there have been several car-jackings. Please pray for our safety. Please pray for our safety when we go out to town and going to tell the Zulu people about God. Please pray for the Zulu people to come to Christ. MARIAH, age 14, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Ask God to help me make new friends in Penang. KIRK, age 11 (Pacific Rim)

Please pray for my friends to come to know Jesus. And help me and my family to help the neighbors that my mom and dad talk to. And that they will accept Jesus in their heart. ANDRIANI, age 9 (Pacific Rim)

I go to downtown Nairobi often to work with street kids. One child comes across my mind. His is MI and he is four years old. His mom was often “high” on drugs, so he was taken away from her and put in an orphanage. We don’t know where he is. Pray for MI as he struggles through life without parents! Many of the other street kids are going through life the hard way. They get beaten up and are always hungry! Pray that they will find God and that they will trust in him.

NATALIE, age 13 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Pray that many people may come to believe in Jesus and that every animal may live all the time. CHERRY, age 7 (South Asia)

My brother-in-law is in the US military. He is in the war and that makes it harder on my sister. She has a 2 ½ year old and a 3 month old. Please pray for them. JESSICA, age 10 (Middle America and Caribbean)

My prayer request is for the Chinese people to know more about Jesus. HT, age 10 (East Asia)

I’m worried about some of my friends at school. One believes in astrology, writes her horoscopes, healing powers in crystals, etc, another has a severe hatred for God, and doesn’t want anything to do with Him. Most of my friends are simply indifferent. Please pray for them, and that God may have His way in their lives. JILLIAN, age 14, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Friday, December 19, 2008

“Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts” (Matthew 2:11a, HCSB).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, thanking God with you for His gift to all mankind.

“Three thousand gifts! That’s how many gifts are being assembled for distribution around the holidays,” writes a worker among a Last Frontier people group. “Each gift will include several items: a calendar, a CD, the ‘JESUS’ film, booklets explaining ‘Why Christmas?’ and more. Pray that the Lord is, even now, preparing hearts to be fertile soil for the planting of His truth!”

A member of the Maninka Team in West Africa shares: “When we first moved to our city several years ago, I asked a young Maninka woman to explain her understanding of Christmas and its customs. She saw it as a time when Christians prepared food as a sacrifice and then shared it with friends as gifts. A worker had once given her baked goods at Christmas and that is how she interpreted the gift, even though the worker had shared the Christmas story with her. Often the message we share is seen through a cultural lens. As we talk about Christmas with our friends and with university students, pray that our message will be clear and God’s Spirit will speak across cultures.”

Many Sri Lankans like to get in on the festivities of Christmas, not because they want to celebrate the birth of our Savior, but simply because they like gift giving. Pray for international Christians to have special opportunities to share the greatest gift of all–salvation through Jesus.

Whether it is through tree-trimming or cookie-decorating parties, pray that believers will pass on Truth in unique ways. The number of prayer requests submitted for Christmas are too numerous to list individually in PrayerLine, but all ask for hearts to be open to Jesus. Please pray for Christians to be bold in their witness in Ghana, Senegal, China, Taiwan, Mongolia, Thailand, India, Hungary, England, Croatia, Tanzania, and Haiti.

Practice up on singing “Happy Birthday, Jesus”!
Anna Lee

Thursday

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

Mrs. Faye Price continues to be in ICU at North Oaks. This is day 15. Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done3.

Holly K. will be returning to this area today after completing her missionary orientation. Pray for her as she speaks in various churches for the next few weeks.

You are invited to join us at the cabin for food, fellowship, and a devotional tonight. We meet at 6:30. Call if you need directions to the cabin.

Dot Marlett-Allen
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Dot was a retired administrative secretary with the state of Louisiana, Division of Administration. She was 76, a native of Kentwood and resident of Denham Springs. Dot died 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at her residence. Visiting will be at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting resumes Friday Dec. 19, 2008, 9 a.m. until religious services at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Don Hoy. Interment will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Dot is survived by her three children, Sheila Menck, Gracie M. and Patrick Dias and Robert “Keith” and April Menck; two sisters, Bettie G. Conley and husband Neal and Sylvia G. McBride and husband John; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Dot was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert A. Menck, Joseph Marlett and Wallace Cooper Allen; parents, Grace Gibson Hanks and Wilmer E. Gibson and a sister, Evelyn Gibson. Dot was an active member of Brookstown Baptist Church.

The Birth of Jesus
Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2

The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (TNIV)

An Angel Visits Mary

One day about 2,000 years ago an angel named Gabriel appeared to a young Jewish woman named Mary. Gabriel told Mary she would have a son, Jesus, who would be the Son of God! Mary was confused and worried about this sudden news, but she had faith in God and said, “I am the Lord’s servant; let it be as you say.”

Journey to Bethlehem

Mary and her husband-to-be, Joseph, lived in a town called Nazareth. But they had to travel to the city of Bethlehem to register for a census ordered by the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus. Both Nazareth and Bethlehem are in the country now called Israel. It is about 65 miles (105 km) from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and the trip probably took them several days.

When Joseph and Mary got to Bethlehem, there was no place for them to stay because the inn was already full. They ended up spending the night in a stable, a place where animals were kept. There was probably fresh hay on the floor that they used for beds.

That night, Jesus was born. There was no crib, so they laid baby Jesus in a manger, a feeding trough for animals. The manger probably had fresh hay in it and made a nice bed for the baby.

Shepherds Visit Jesus

Jesus was born in a stable and laid to sleep in a manger. The shepherds came to see firsthand the things the angel had told them.
That night, some shepherds were in the fields near Bethlehem, keeping watch over their flocks of sheep. An angel appeared to them and gave them the good news that a Savior, the Messiah, had been born. The angel told the shepherds they could find Jesus lying in a manger. Suddenly a whole group of angels appeared saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The shepherds hurried into Bethlehem and found Jesus in the manger, just as the angel had told them. After they had seen Jesus, they spread the news, and everyone who heard was in awe.

Wise Men Visit Jesus

Wise men from the East came to worship Jesus, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Some time later, wise men, or magi, from eastern countries saw a star in the sky that signaled the birth of a new king. They came to Judea, the region around Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to worship Jesus, the new king.

A man named Herod was the king of Judea. He called the wise men to a meeting and told them to find the new king so he could go and worship him, too.

The wise men continued on to Bethlehem and followed the star until it was directly above the house where Jesus was. They found Mary and Jesus in the house and knelt down to worship Him. They brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, some of the finest things in the ancient world. Frankincense was burned to make a sweet smell, and myrrh was an expensive perfume.

After visiting Jesus, the wise men had a dream that warned them not to go back to King Herod, so they took a different route home.

Journey to Egypt

King Herod lied when he told the wise men he wanted to worship Jesus. He was afraid this new “king” would replace him as king of Judea. He did not understand that Jesus would grow up to be king of God’s spiritual kingdom, not king of Judea.

What Herod really wanted was to find Jesus and kill Him! Herod was furious when he realized the wise men had not come back to tell him where to find Jesus. He sent his soldiers to Bethlehem to kill all the children under two years old, thinking Jesus would certainly be one of the ones killed.

But God had told Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt. Joseph took Mary and Jesus to live in Egypt where they would be safe from Herod. Joseph, Mary and Jesus stayed in Egypt until Herod had died, and then they returned to Nazareth.

Question

Was Jesus born on Christmas day? We celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas, but no one really knows what day Jesus was born, or even exactly what year. In 336 A.D., the Western Church, based in Rome, chose December 25 to celebrate as Christmas, meaning “Christ’s Mass.” The Eastern Church chose January 6. The day was named Epiphany, meaning “appearance.” Eventually the period from December 25 to January 6 became known as the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Lessons

The stories of Jesus’ birth link to both the past and the future. The circumstances of Jesus’ birth show He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of a Messiah (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23). He was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:5-6). He was called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:15).

Jesus was born in a stable – the most humble of circumstances. Similarly, Jesus showed us how God’s favor rests with the poor and downtrodden. The Gentile wise men came to worship Jesus. Later, the Gentiles would make up most of the Christian world. Herod’s attempt to kill Jesus foreshadows His crucifixion about 33 years later.

Take some time to this about the statement “Jesus is the reason for the season”.
Anna Lee

Wednesday

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name ‘Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us'” (Matthew 1:23, NKJV).

I missed seeing this update Sunday.
Update on Dustin Rosamond: Dustin is in ICU at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. Dustin had surgery to his lung yesterday (Saturday) to try to remove some of the “infection pockets” from his lung, he also has some bleeding and may have to have a transfusion, please continue to pray for him and his parents as they stay with him round the clock and for the rest of his family and friends as we all anxiously await his recovery. We know that God has a reason for allowing this to happen. Dustin is 13 and has his 14th birthday coming up in just days. Thank you for praying. I will keep you updated.

This is Tuesday’s update.
Update on Dustin Rosamond: Dustin is slowly continuing to get better followng surgery to his lung on Saturday. He still has a drain tube into his side and hopefully will get that out soon, they thought he would get that out yesterday but he keeps spiking a fever. He of course really wants to come home but pray for him to get really strong and healthy before he gets to come home and his patience so that he doesn’t end up having to turn around and go right back if he gets out too soon. Thank you all for all of your prayers. Please continue to pray for Dustin and for all of our family. Thank you again.

Mr. Cete Dillon’s medical procedure went well yesterday. The results also seem to be good. Thanks for praying for him.

Mrs. Faye Price continues her “roller coaster” ride to recovery. Please continue to pray.

Emily Panter is well enough to writer for herself now!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Hello World!

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.

Nahum 1:7

Dearest Family and Friends in Christ,

How wonderful it is to be able to write to you. I apologize it has taken this long. I am trying to read the entire blog before I really express my heart to you, but I simply could not wait. We have dial-up so you know how that is, and there is just so much to read! (I am only to November 2nd.)

You all have blessed me more than you can know and I want to thank you for all of your thoughts, kindness, generosity, and above all for your prayers. “…and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16b. I have felt your loving prayers and know that God has answered and shown Himself powerful and merciful, all for His glory. There were no circumstances or luck involved in this event, only the hand of our sovereign Father, lovingly answering the prayers of His people.

Please do not stop your prayers for me yet, as I face a long recovery and am very limited in the activities I am able to do. Pray that I am able to meet my children’s needs, and praise God for my wonderful husband who, through God’s grace, has been a rock through this whole ordeal.

I go for a follow-up cat-scan and visit with the infectious disease doctor, Dr. Spak, this Monday to see how effective the ONE antibiotic they have me on has been successesful at killing the infection in the left over liquid in my abdomen. Other than that it will just be a matter of regaining muscle tone, energy and an appetite.

Even through all the pain and frustrations, this has been a surreal and wonderful experience. What a privilege to be a tool that unites so many in one accord, agreeing in prayer. What a joy to see just how big my God is and how nothing surprises Him or can stand in His way! He has protected me and my family and touched many lives in the process. Nothing He does is without purpose, even if it does not make sense to us.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnish seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So shall My word go forth from My mouth. It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the mater for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:8-11

I love you all and thank you again. I will write again very soon. ~Emily

P.S. I would like to thank Becky for all her hard work at keeping up this blog, It has been such a blessing, and will be a written account for my children when they are old enough to understand. Thank you, I love you.

Don Denton is now at home and having rehab three times a week. Please continue to pray for him and his family.

Ray Edwin Brock
(April 14, 1956 – December 14, 2008)
Ray Edwin Brock a wonderful, kind and loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend was born April 14, 1956 and passed away at 1:26PM, December 14, 2008 as a result of a massive heart attack. Ray was 52, a native of Magnolia, MS and a resident of Hammond.

He is survived by a son, James Barker Brock, Gardnerville, NV; his mother, Lina Brock Bernard, Amite; 3 sisters, Bettie Johnson and husband, Charlie, Thibodaux, Carolyn Helms and husband, Vernon, Schriever, Robbie (Ray’s twin) Davenport and husband, Ricky, Jonesville; a brother Lat “Bubba” Brock, Jr. and wife, Ceil, Hammond; 8 nieces & nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his father, Latimer A. Brock, Sr.; his grandparents, Margaret & Holland Brock and Sally & Pierre Warren.

Ray graduated from Amite High School in 1974 where he played basketball, baseball and football. He attended Northeast LA University for two years before transferring to SLU. He graduated with a degree in Physical Education and Chemistry. He was a mud engineer for Magabar for several years before moving to Lake Tahoe, NV. He worked at Harvey’s and Harrah’s Casinos as a pit boss and dealer for many years. He moved back to Louisiana in 2006 to be closer to his family.

Ray loved watching all sports, especially LSU. He was a talented pianist and guitar player. He enjoyed entertaining the guest at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Hammond with his music.

Ray will be deeply missed by his family.

A private funeral service will be held at a later date at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite.

An on-line Guestbook is available at http://www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.

Baptist Press
December 16, 2008

WASHINGTON–Abortion bailout: Obama urged to use taxpayer funds for abortion. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29520

ALASKA–Palin’s church targeted by arsonist. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29521

TENNESSEE–Black leaders explore church growth strategies. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29522

TENNESSEE–Adapt to reach adults, speakers say. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29523

TENNESSEE–500 women’s leaders gather for training. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29524

VIRGINIA–FIRST-PERSON (Ken Connor): Attention Wal-Mart shoppers. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29525

If you are a interested in sports, you might want to bookmark this link and refer to it periodically.
http://www.bpsports.net/

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Balance

WHEN THE RINGLING Brothers Circus went to New York City in April 2004, thousands of people jammed Madison Square Garden to see the greatest show on earth…

What they saw instead was a terrifying accident. A performer named Ernado Rangel Amaya, a thirty-four-year-old Venezuelan high-wire daredevil, lost his balance and plummented to the ground. The crowd gasped in horror as emergency workers rushed to his side. Rangel somehow survived the fall, but he taught us a valuable lesson: life is all about keeping your balance. (David Jeremiah)

During this holiday season, work on keeping your balance — financially (don’t over-spend), emotionally (don’t over-stress in purchasing and preparing), physically (don’t over-eat), and spiritually (don’t neglect your worship, personal study and focus on God).

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” ( Luke 2:52).

Posted by Mike Benson at December 3, 2008 12:11 PM

Have a wonderful Wednesday remembering “Jesus is the reason for the season”.
Anna Lee

Tuesday

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)

Continue to pray for the Price family during difficult days. The last two weeks have been difficult for “Miss” Faye and for her family as they stayed close to the ICU.

Mrs. Catherine Yarborough will have a procedure on nerves in her back today to ease constant pain. Pray for her as she goes through the procedure and for good results from the procedure.

Mr. Cete Dillon will have a medical test today in McComb. Pray for him and for “Miss” Ruby as she waits.

Mr. Tut Young, father of Wanda Miller, is in the Louisiana Heart Hospital. Pray for him, his family, and the medical staff.

Pray for the KHS family as we continue to adjust to the aftermath of the fire and the news of the arrest of two of the students.

I attended the Living Christmas Tree presentation under the leadership of Dennis Walker at FBC, Amite last night. It surely had to be one of the very best of the thirteen years they have done this. If you have not attended this year and are available, please attend the last performance which is at 7 P.M. tonight. You’ll be richly blessed.

I’m including the quiz below to remind you of some of the details of the Christmas story. I hope reading this gets to to focus of what happened long ago and realize how significant it is in our lives today. If you do not have Jesus in your heart, please seek him at a church, through Bible study, or from talking with a Christian friend.

Christmas Scripture Quiz
http://www.makedisciples.com/Christmas/quiz.htm

Take this short quiz to test how well you know the Nativity stories in Luke and Matthew. How much of our traditional celebrations of Christmas is actually found in the scripture text and how much is tradition built up over the centuries?

1. How many wise men were there?
a. 3
b. 4
c. The Bible does not say.

2. Did Joseph meet the wise men?
a. Yes
b. No
c. The Bible does not say.

3. What animal did Mary ride to Bethlehem?
a. Donkey
b. Small horse
c. Llama
d. The Bible does not say.

4. The Holy Family named the child “Jesus” because:
a. An Angel told Mary to use the name.
b. An Angel told Joseph to use the name.
c. All of the above.
d. None of the above.

5. What type of building was Jesus born in?
a. Stable
b. Cave
c. Inn
d. The Bible does not say.

6. What animals were present at the Nativity?
a. Cattle
b. Sheep
c. Doves
d. All of the above
e. The Bible does not say.

7. Who besides the wise men saw the star?
a. The shepherds
b. King Herod’s astrologers
c. The Bible does not say.

8. How did the star compare in brightness with the other stars?
a. Brighter
b. Equivalent
c. A faint glow over the horizon.
d. The Bible does not say.

9. How soon after Joseph and Mary reached Bethlehem was Jesus born?
a. Within minutes.
b. That night
c. The Bible does not say.

Answers to Christmas Scripture Quiz

1. How many wise men were there?

c. The Bible does not say.

Although tradition suggests there were three wisemen, as in the carol “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” the Bible actually does not give the number of Magi. (Go to Biblical account of the Magi in Matthew).

2. Did Joseph meet the wise men?

c. The Bible does not say.

Matthew writes that the magi found the Child with Mary, but makes no mention of Joseph. Matthew 2:9-11. Of course, as a good parent, we would probably expect Joseph to have been there.

3. What animal did Mary ride to Bethlehem?

d. The Bible does not say.

Although it would be a long walk for a pregnant woman from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the Bible does not mention what animal, if any, Mary rode. Luke 2:4-6

4. The Holy Family named the child “Jesus” because:

c. All of the above.

In Luke, the Angel Gabriel tells Mary to use the name “Jesus.” Luke 1:30-31 . In Matthew, an angel tells Joseph to use the name. Matthew 1:20-21

5. What type of building was Jesus born in?

d. The Bible does not say.

Although Luke tells us that the baby was placed in a manger, there is no mention of where the manger was located. Luke 2:6-8

6. What animals were present at the Nativity?

e. The Bible does not say.

Despite the line in Away in a Manger that “the cattle were lowing, the poor baby wakes,” there is no mention of which animals were present at the Nativity. Luke 2:6-8

7. Who besides the wise men saw the star?

c. The Bible does not say.

Check Matthew’s account.

8. How did the star compare in brightness with the other stars?

d. The Bible does not say.

Check Matthew’s account.

9. How soon after Joseph and Mary reached Bethlehem was Jesus born?

c. The Bible does not say.

Although every Sunday school Christmas pageant has Mary deliver a baby moments after Mary and Joseph are turned away from the inn, the Bible does not specify a time period. Check Luke’s account.

May you be a blessing in someone’s life today!
Anna Lee