Thursday


“I tell you the truth,

unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,

it remains only a single seed.

But if it dies,

it produces many seeds.”

~John 12:24 (NIV)~


Ms. Molly Carter

Mom had a stress test done today and passed it. The Dr. said all is clear with her heart. The last x-ray of her chest as we know as of now is fine. Depending on that last x-ray if it is all clear then she will come home tomrrow. I want to thank every one for praying. Lawana

Frances Gay

Frances Gay is sore and recovering from her fall, but has been able to go to work. She thanks you for praying for her. Please continue to do so.

International Mission Board

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. In the last several months, the citizens of South Africa have endured daily electrical power outages that have caused many problems. Equipment has been damaged, businesses have failed financially, and the traffic situation has worsened. There is also increased danger for nightly meetings such as cell-groups (home-based congregations) and Bible studies, as well as other ministries in which missionaries are involved. Pray for the country’s leaders to find realistic solutions to the current problems with daily power outages. Pray for missionaries’ safety as they continue with ministry while dealing with this difficult situation.

Bettie Belle Muse Watson
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 41:30. Bettie Belle was born in Pittsburg, Kan., on Sept. 12, 1925, and died Monday, May 5, 2008, after a lengthy illness. She is survived by daughter, Martha Watson, and son-in-law, Michael Stewart; daughter, Mary Watson; daughter, Irene Watson; son, Jim Watson, and daughter-in-law, Sylvia Lindsly Watson; and daughter, Pat Watson. Also survived by grandchildren, Suzanne and husband Steve Dumez, Jeffrey and wife Dawn Aucoin, Emily King, Melanie King and Jeremiah and wife Kristin Watson; and great-grandchildren, Kaylee Whitehead, André and Corinne Dumez, Avery and Madelyn Aucoin, and Noah Claire Watson. She was preceded in death by husband, Willie B. Watson; mother, Pearl Morgan; father, Bertram A. Muse; stepfathers, Sailor Harris and John Watson. Special thanks and love to Dr. Jed Lane Morris, her physician and friend. She was a talented and wise woman who loved children and life. She was compassionate and nurturing to all living things and always enjoyed learning new things. She was strong and independent and a mentor to many young people. She proved early on that you can have a career and a family and do both well. She was raised by her mother, Pearl Morgan Harris, and stepfather, Sailor Harris. For many years, during Bettie’s childhood, all three were circus performers and traveled throughout the United States. Bettie Belle was a child acrobat, once featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Bettie Belle graduated from Kentwood High School in 1942 at age 16. She obtained her nursing education at McComb Infirmary and Vanderbilt University. As a registered nurse, she helped many people during her long nursing career, especially new mothers and babies in the delivery rooms and nurseries at Baton Rouge General Medical Center and Earl K. Long Hospital. During her life, she had many interests including reading, fishing, needlework, gardening, genealogy, crossword puzzles and raising chickens. Her sewing included beautiful embroidery, needlework, crochet and quilts, as well as clothing for herself and her children and grandchildren. When her world became smaller and smaller due to illness, she continued crocheting caps to send to the NICU and St. Jude. Her love and knowledge of nature was remarkable. One of her last wishes was for a world at peace, and now she is at peace with no more struggling for breath and no more pain. Ourso Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorial Service at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, 3893 La. 440, Kentwood, on Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Jim Reid. The family will receive visitors at the church from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorial donations can be made to her church or to a charity of choice.

PRACTICING THE GOLDEN RULE


I read recently about one of the most touching moments in sports I’ve ever heard about. It took place at a women’s softball game on April 26. Central Washington and Western Oregon faced off against each other, with the winner to receive a bid to the NCAA’s Division II playoffs.

Sara Tucholsky, a Western Oregon player, came to the plate in the second inning with the score tied 0-0 and two runners on base . Sara had never hit a home run in her lifetime. However, things were about to change. She connected on a pitch and hit the ball over the center field fence. Due to her excitement, she missed first base. So she stopped and turned to go back to the base. But when she made the sudden stop and turn, she collapsed to the ground, having torn her ACL.

Her first base coach wanted to run out and help her, but if she touched Sara, she would have been counted out. As Sara lay on the ground, umpires conferred and determined that the best thing to do was to allow Western Oregon to substitute a pinch runner at first base (which would have canceled the home run).

The coach prepared to make the substitution when she heard a voice: “Excuse me, would it be OK if we carried her around and she touched each bag?'” You see, in softball, a teammate can’t touch a player while running the bases, but there’s no rule that says the opponents can’t touch her. So Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace, two players on the opposing team offered to carry Sara around the bases so that her home run would not be counted as a single. These two players gently picked up Sara, and carried her around the bases, allowing her to tap each base along the way. After reaching home plate, these two girls handed Sara off to her own teammates.

When asked later why she did it, Mallory Holtman said, “Honestly, it’s one of those things that I hope anyone would do it for me…” In other words, she was practicing the “Golden Rule” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

There’s not much I can add to a touching story like that. May it serve as an inspiration to find ways in your own life to look for people who could use a hand. When we are less concerned about “winning” than we are about helping others, we can truly begin to reflect Jesus Christ in our lives.

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do for you,

do also to them,

for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

~Matthew 7:12~


Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

I trust you will be looking for the way you can “carry someone around the bases” today.

Anna Lee

Wednesday Evening

Daughter of Baptist Reps Dies in Indonesia

Posted on May 7, 2008 | by Staff of Baptist Press

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Nine-year-old Anna Borger, daughter of Southern Baptist representatives Todd and Timberley Borger, died in Indonesia May 7, apparently from head wounds caused by falling off a bicycle.

Indonesian authorities are conducting an autopsy to verify the cause of death. U.S. Embassy officials also are involved in the investigation.

Todd Borger is from California and Timberley is from Virginia. They also have an 11-year-old son.


Wednesday

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid

but a spirit of power

and love

and self-control.

~2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV)~

Ms. Molly Carter

Will you please add mom to the prayer list? she is in the hospital in LaComb. I will let you know tomorrow..
Thank you,
Lawana

Rebecca Blades

Rebecca is continuing to do very well. Yesterday, she had the wires removed from around her mouth. This was initially planned for six weeks after the accident, but happened in two and a half weeks. Rebecca’s family is so thankful for the many prayers on her behalf and request you keep praying.

Joan B. Hagan

Joan received a good report in Covington yesterday. Her best news is that she lost sixteen and a half pounds in eight days. Please continue to pray for Joan.

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

PLEASE DON’T QUIT attending the services of the church when the preacher offends you…

Allow me to be personal. There may be times when you think my approach in a sermon was unwise, my attitude unkind, and my content unworthy. I will try to improve. Please don’t quit, “For God so loved the world.”

Please don’t quit when a brother or sister offends you. We’ve all said things that have hurt others; let’s try to do better. Good people can sometimes be very insensitive and hurtful. Whatever you do, please don’t quit for, “they crucified Him…”

Please don’t quit participating in the work of the church when things don’t go your way. Your wisdom in a particular decision may have been best, but it was not the path taken by the church. Your idea may have been shot down, and that experience can be disheartening. Please don’t quit cooperating in the work of the church, for God will “render to every man according to his deeds.”

If you are one who has already quit the church, citing one of the reasons above or something related, please listen closely. We miss you. Many love you, and it breaks our hearts that you have chosen to leave. Why leave God because of what man may have done to you?

Repent.

Please come back. (Brent Smith)


“But as for you, brethren,

do not grow weary in doing good.”

~2 Thess. 3:13~


Tuesday

“As for me, I will call upon God,

and the Lord shall save me.

Evening and morning and at noon I will pray,

and cry aloud,

and He shall hear my voice.”

~Psalm 55:16-17~

 

 

Please pray for Frann Clark as she sees a doctor today about possible cataract surgery. Pray for her husband, Riley, as he requires more and more help on a daily basis.

Joan Hagan was able to get out of her house and about town for a while yesterday. She is recovering from her falls and her surgery at the same time. Please continue to pray for her.

Jesse Dean was able to be at church again Sunday. He is improving on a daily basis now. Please pray for continued improvement.

 

 

 

Melinda Russell shares an email from a relative.

 

Here is a note from M. Thank you for continuing to pray for her as she
prepares to begin treatment.
Melinda

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 3:04 AM

Well, my dear friends we got some good news and some not so good news.
The good news is that the tumor is contained in the cervix and has not
spread to the surrounding tissue and there are no tumors anywhere else in
my body and the tumor is a stage 1. (PRAISE!!!)However, the tumor is a
neuro-endocrine tumor which is extremely aggressive and very rare. It is
so rare that less than 1% of all cervical cancers are of this type. So
the doctor wants to attack aggressively and radically…and so do I!!! He
believes that, most likely, cancer cells have already broken off from the
tumor and are running around in my body so he wants to start both
radiation and chemo at the same time. I am going to have 4-6 weeks of
daily radiation and for the chemo I will go into the hospital overnight
one night a week for the duration of the radiation. Then I will have the
same overnight chemo treatments every 21 days (at a much higher dose) for
3-4 months. I have an appointment with the doctor that does the radiation
next Monday, May 12 so I assume this will all start next week.

And then there is of course the great news that my God is bigger than
this tumor!!! I know that the next six months are going to be rough but
I am tough and I am going to get through this. I have a lot of living
left to do and I am not near done yet!!! I have all of you to love me,
support me, encourage me and pray for me so I know that I am not going
into this battle alone. Please remember me in all of your prayers!

My God is able!
Love you all,
M

 

GERMAN-BRAZILIANS OF BRAZIL. I. was 19 and known as a troublemaker in Herval when he became one of the first to accept believer’s baptism. He had lived there for only a few years before he earned the nickname of a renowned terrorist after an unsuccessful attempt to burn down the local high school when he received failing grades. As a high school dropout, I. did not have many opportunities to get ahead. He began working in the local shoe factory, but his reputation did not improve, as he continued to run with the wrong crowd, which was heavily involved in drugs. He returned to school and improved, passing in all subjects. Lately he has been struggling, and he finally shared with M. that he would not be coming to the meetings any longer. In three years, he had missed only two or three times. He shared that he was in the world again, doing drugs, and that he just could not keep coming while he was doing these things. He said, “I refuse to be a hypocrite. One day I plan on coming back to God, but right now I don’t have any way of stopping.” That night at the meeting, the story of the Prodigal Son was told and M. made an impassioned plea for I. not to do this. Both wept, and R. prayed over them as everyone sang “Agnus Dei” quietly. Please pray for I. to leave the things of this world and return to the Lord. http://www.onmissionwithgod.org/

 

 

HUNGARIANS OF WESTERN HUNGARY. Pray along with Baptist representatives Larry and Melinda Ewing in Gyor, Hungary, for Z, who said yes to Jesus five years ago and is a very dynamic believer in western Hungary. He wants to be bold for Jesus in sharing his faith on his university campus. Pray that he will be able to move on to a new level of faith and commitment in this area of his walk and bring many of his countrymen to faith in Christ. http://www.hope4hungary.com/

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA. In the southwestern corner of the county, believers are experiencing a renewed energy and vision for sharing the gospel of God’s grace. Thank you for your prayers for those who attended the church-planting conference on the Gulf of Finland. God is answering. Please continue to pray for them, as they are a bold witness.

PARIS, FRANCE. The Ile de France Team writes: “This month, we will say goodbye to two short-term couples. Please pray for them as they start the next chapter of their lives. Pray as they seek housing, jobs, cars and other things they will need. Intercede for them also as they re-adjust to life back in the United States after two years in France. Pray for safe, uneventful travel for their final trip home. We are thankful for their service and look forward to seeing how God will use them in the future.”

KARACHI, PAKISTAN (kah-RAH-chee). In a city of 16-18 million people, there are government and private hospitals, community medical clinics, medical colleges and a university hospital servicing the people. Doctors and nurses work hard and often put themselves at great risk to care for patients. Often the best doctors and nurses leave the city for work in Diaspora communities worldwide. Please pray for the medical community in the city. Lift up the followers of Jesus within the medical community who are teaching, training, servicing, caring and praying for the sick. Pray for the colleagues, students and teachers with whom they work and the patients they care for who may have a different set of beliefs. May God bring healing into lives that have never known the true healing of the inner heart. http://www.go2southasia.org/

LAST FRONTIER. Please pray that Christian business owners and leaders will gain understanding in using their skills to gain access with integrity into restricted-access countries. Pray that they will gain access, as well, to large numbers of people who would not otherwise hear or see a Christian witness. Pray that they will seek and respond to God’s leading as they partner with those on the field who serve God and work to expand His kingdom

AIDS. Situated on the other side of the mountain near the Managa Academy in the northeast section of Swaziland is a community of displaced people due to the taking of land by a sugar company. Although these people have been relocated, they have made an effort to live productive lives. Unfortunately, in this community lives a 16-year-old boy who is caring for his brothers and sisters because both parents died of AIDS. Neighbors try to help as much as they can, but so many are caring for extended family members as well. Because of AIDS, there are many homes with children and youth caring for children. Pray that the many orphans in Swaziland will have someone to care for them. Pray for an intense awareness by the Swazis to the cause and problems of AIDS and the responsibility of protecting friends and family members. http://www.imb.org/AIDS/

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Missionaries Vivian and Ralph Boyle, who serve in Tanzania, ask: “Please pray for our adult daughter and her family, who are involved in a faith ministry in Montreal, Canada. They are struggling, yet see God working in the community and in an IMB church start that they pastor. Pray that our grandkids will enjoy their first time overseas (the family is involved in a ministry opportunity in Tanzania for three weeks in May) and that our fourth grandchild will be protected from any broken bones. He has osteogenesis imperfecta, a brittle-bones disease caused by a lack of collagen.”

KneEmail

 

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

Robbed

 

I’VE OFTEN HEARD the title of this article spoken by a losing team following a ballgame with poor officiating…

However, yesterday this phrase took on a whole new meaning for me. Allow me to explain.

I was invited to present a seminar on Internet Safety at the Memorial Parkway church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama. My good friend and former co-worker, Reed Swindle is one of the preacher’s there. I left Glasgow immediately following Sunday worship service and arrived in Huntsville, Alabama at 3:30 p.m. I arrived at the building as the doors were unlocked and I entered and went to Reed’s office. I sat and talked with Reed for approximately 5 minutes when a wide-eyed man suddenly appeared in Reed’s doorway. He had on a hooded sweat jacket, a cap, and a bandana covering his face like in the old Western movies. He pointed a gun at both of us and demanded all our money! Reed and I both laughed at him at first. I thought it was one of the kids in his youth group and he thought I had brought someone with me who was playing a joke. As he pointed the gun at our heads, it eventually dawned on both of us that this wasn’t a joke, and that he was serious. We gave him all the money we had and as he kept the gun trained on us, he said as he was about to leave, “I’m sorry I have to do this.” At that point, I didn’t know whether he was sorry for having robbed us, or if he was telling us he was sorry for what he was about to do. Fortunately, it was the former. The young man then fled the building and Reed called the police. Fifteen minutes later I had to begin presenting four lessons on Internet Safety. Actually, I don’t remember much of what I said. I probably owe the good brethren at Memorial Park a do-over (but good luck getting me back down there! Ha!). (By way of side note, when the detective asked me what kind of pistol the man had, I said, “Pistol? From what I could see, it looked more like a bazooka!)

It is amazing how many thoughts flash through your mind while an event like this happens to you. I can’t begin to share all of them with you, but I’ll share a couple thoughts that occurred to me immediately followed this incident.
I was reminded of how quickly and unexpectedly life can be taken from you. I can certainly tell you that when I woke up Sunday morning, I didn’t think I’d have someone pointing a gun at me before the day was over, but I did. It caused me to reflect on how many people awaken every morning, having no idea that this day will be their last day on earth. Some day we will all awaken to our last sunrise. Will we be prepared when the day arrives?
Also, moments after this man ran from the building, I recalled the words written by the Bible commentator, Matthew Henry. On one occasion in his life, he was robbed. That very evening, he recorded the following words in his journal as he gave thanks to God. “I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.” As bad as things may be, there are plenty of reasons to give thanks if one chooses to do so.

Well, I’m certainly thankful that things worked out as they did. Reed and I are both fine. I’m back safely in Glasgow with a renewed appreciation for a lot of blessings I take for granted. (Steve Higginbotham)

“In everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

~1 Thess. 5:18; cf. Jas. 4:16~

Monday

“Then he said to his disciples,

‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,

to send out workers into his harvest field.’”

~Matthew 9:37-38, NKJV~

The children in the AWANA program last night showed how much they have learned. I am so proud of all of them!

Thanks to all who helped with the spaghetti fund raiser for the youth yesterday. I don’t know how much money was raised, but will let you know later.

Associational VBS Clinic

  • Tuesday, May 6
  • Spring Creek Baptist Church
  • 6:30 – Light Meal
  • 7:00 – Training Clinic
  • Volunteers still needed

Mother’s Day

  • Sunday, May 11
  • Parent/Child Dedication
    • Call the church office is you and your child would like to participate
  • No evening activities

Deacon Hospital Visitation

  • James Miller
  • Harrell Sharkey

Sunday School Leadership Meeting

  • Tuesday, May 13
  • 7:00 P.M.

Pearl Louise Mixon
(March 9, 1923 – May 3, 2008)

Died at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. She was a native of Bolivar and a resident of Baton Rouge. Age 85 years. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Beulah Cemetery, Tangipahoa. She is survived by her 2 sisters, Norma Varnado, Kentwood, and Agnes Mitchell, Tallulah; 2 nieces, Mary Lee Blanchard, Amite and Carole Frey, Simpsonville, SC; 2 nephews, Michael Varnado and his wife, Barbara, Zachary, and Bill Varnado and his wife, Angela, Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Lula Crawford Mixon; brother, Hilton Mixon; sister, Tincie Hayden.

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


A STORY IS told of a man whose wife had deserted him for another man…

She had succeeded in taking away their children. The estranged husband had given into depression and lost his business. Broken hearted and ruined, he became obsessed with the enormity of his troubles and refused every offer of encouragement and hope. The day came when he heard a great sermon on Christ having been “in all points tempted like as we are,” but rather than being comforted he resented the sermon and told the preacher. “Yes, Jesus suffered many things, but he never had a wife and family stolen from him. He was never married, never had children, so that’s suffering he never knew.”

The preacher wisely responded, “You have seen an accomplished violinist play a great variety of music. There are only four strings on his violin, but they can produce both dances and dirges. The same four strings can cover the whole range. No, Jesus did not experience your trials in the same details, but he endured the broad range of disappointment, desertion, grief, pain, and even dying, so that the strings of his heart can vibrate with all the sad songs of life’s bitterest experiences.” (David Pharr)

“For we do not have a High Priest

who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,

but was in all points tempted as we are,

yet without sin.”

~Heb. 4:15~

Sunday Afternoon

Judy Fowler sent:

Frances (Gay) fell yesterday off her deck and received a cut under her eye (had to have stitches) and a few other bruises and scrapes. Other than being sore and a few pains, she is doing OK.

Frann S. Clark has been have a number of bad days lately. Please pray for her. She has several important appointments coming up.