Sunday

 

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.

If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,

I will come in to him and eat with him,

and he with me.”

~Revelation 3:20, ESV~

Joan Hagan likes to say she keeps “life interesting”. She broke her big toe this week and had a flat tire on her wheelchair yesterday. She needs a new tube (4.0 x 5). She was unable to get one yesterday. Please pray for her. Surgery is only three and a half weeks away.

Jannie Jarreau Allen
Jannie Allen died on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at her residence in Kentwood. She was 50 and a native of New Roads. Visitation at Living Word Christian Centre, Grangeville, on Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Roger Dale Allen, of Kentwood; son, Everett Dale Allen, 24 and of Kentwood; granddaughter, Dana Marie Allen, 2 years old and of Kentwood; two brothers, Donald Jarreau, of Central and Joseph Jarreau, of Walker; and sister, Resa Odom, of Central. She was preceded in death by her mother, Vernice Marie St. Romain Jarreau; and father, Joseph Harris Jarreau. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Living Word Christian Centre, 2496 La. 63, Pine Grove, LA 70453. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, is in charge of arrangements. For information, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Baptist Press had some very interesting articles last week. You may want to use the link on the right side of this page to read some of them.

The ladies’ prayer group will meet at 6:30 in the morning at Mojo’s. Please feel free to join us. We will be finished before 7:00 so you will have plenty of time to get to work.

HOW MUCH DO YOU OWN

IN THAT DIRECTION?

George Washington Truett was a preacher in Dallas for 47 years. He once visited a wealthy West Texas rancher and had dinner in his huge ranch home. After dinner, the rancher took Dr. Truett up to a veranda on top of his house, and lit up a big cigar. The sun was setting, and if you’ve ever been to West Texas, you know you can see a long way out there. The man pointed to the south toward some oil rigs and said, “I own everything in that direction as far as you can see.” He pointed east toward some cotton fields and said, “And I own everything in that direction, too.” He pointed north toward a huge herd of cattle and bragged, “And, preacher, I own everything as far as you can see in that direction.” He turned to the west, and said, “And I own everything you can see in that direction, except the sun, of course.”

Dr. Truett turned to the man and pointed straight up the sky and said, “And how much do you own in that direction?”

It’s a sobering question for all of us. We are surrounded constantly by the “things” of this world, and it is so easy to think that these “things” are the things that matter most — a nice car, a nice home, nice clothes (and don’t forget all the necessary electronic gadgets!). And so, if we’re not careful, we may seek to accumulate more and more, without regard to our relationship with God. As the rich fool discovered in Luke 12, we will all one day be forced to recognize that the material things we have accumulated have no eternal value.

Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

How much do you own in that direction?

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

“How much do you own in that direction?”

That’s a good question we should all ask ourselves!

Anna Lee

Saturday Update on Aaron Hill

Posted 1:13 P.M.

Aaron had a quiet night and has been doing good this morning. The doctors had to go in his chest to clean out a blood clot that had settled there. They say it is fairly common when a child is on ECMO. He tolerated the procedure well. They have done an EKG on him and have told us his heart function is looking good. For this we are so thankful. They MIGHT look at trying to wean him from the machine tomorrow. Please pray that God will continue to strengthen Aaron’s heart and the rest of his body so that he can come off the bypass machine. It is a very scary sight for his parents and the first big step in his recovery from the second operation.

With my surge of adrenaline and emotions, I failed to mention in last night’s post that Dr. Spray was able to close both of the holes in Aaron’s heart. One was the result of a torn stitch near where his VSD was and the other was up higher. Both of these repairs were very difficult, but successful.

I have to confess that I struggled yesterday with disappointment and anger. Not anger at God, really, but anger that Aaron has had such a hard time. Although there is much sadness in this place, we also often seen babies and children come in for heart repair and leave within a few days. We rejoice for those families, but are secretly jealous of them. We want our Aaron to know health, a life outside the hospital, to be free of pain and to be one of the families walking out with a smile. We continue to pray for patience if this is God’s will for Aaron.

Please continue praying for our little one.

Saturday

“The Lord is merciful and gracious;

he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love.”

~Psalm 103:8 (NLT)~

Rapid Response Team Deploys to Flooded Missouri


The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed their crisis-trained chaplains in response to the recent floods across the nation’s midsection. A total of four chaplains are currently working with victims in the area of Piedmont, Missouri.

“Chaplains are already on-site and praying with those who are going through this tragedy in their lives,” says Jack Munday, director of the Rapid Response Team. “Pain and despair increases as the flood waters rise. We want to bring hope and support into this unbearable situation.”

Prayer
Chaplains have already spoken and prayed with nearly 75 people in this town of 2,000. They are in communication with local law enforcement and area pastors.

As in past disasters of this magnitude, RRT chaplains are working alongside Samaritan’s Purse, a disaster relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, who also heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. While Samaritan’s Purse volunteers meet the physical needs of the victims, the chaplains will address the emotional and spiritual needs brought about by the floods.

Meeting Needs
“Often in these situations, the immediate need is physical: ‘What do I do about my house?’ ‘What about my possessions?’” says Munday. “However, after the immediate physical trauma, the questions start to come: ‘Why did this happen?’ The chaplains will be there to help them as they work through those questions.”

This is the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team’s third deployment of 2008 and its 22nd deployment overall. Earlier this year the chaplains deployed to Tennessee and Arkansas following the deadly tornadoes in the region and to Northern Illinois University following the Valentine’s Day shooting of several students.

Mrs. Berta Pittman is still at North Oaks. Diagnosis has been made and treatment started. Pray for her as she continues to improve.


Frank Williams

A retired manager of the Florida Boulevard Piccadilly Cafeteria and a proud Vietnam War veteran, he died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at his home in Baton Rouge. He was 65 and a native of Kentwood. Visiting at Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St., on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. J. Bertell Davis. Interment in Roselawn Cemetery.

EXPECTATIONS OF JESUS

After being with his blind date all evening, the man couldn’t take another minute with her. Earlier, he had secretly arranged to have a friend call him to the phone so he would have an excuse to leave if something like this happened.

When he returned to the table, he lowered his eyes, put on a grim expression and said, “I have some bad news. My grandfather just died.”

“Thank goodness,” his date replied. “If yours hadn’t, mine would have had to!”

I am so glad that I don’t have to deal with the “dating scene” — worrying about making a good first impression so that I can meet her expectations and trying to deal with the awkwardness of the situation if she’s doesn’t meet my expectations. That’s especially the problem with “blind dates”, something I managed to avoid altogether in my dating years. You get an image in your mind of what your date is going to be like (or what you hope she’s going to be like), and it often doesn’t take much to shatter that misconception. Granted, your date could possibly turn out to be better than you expected, but it seldom seems to work out that way.

That was a problem that Jesus faced when he came to this earth. He should have been greeted with open arms — after all, he was the long-awaited Messiah. The problem is that the Jews had expectations of what the Messiah would be like. For most of the Jews, that preconception involved an earthly king who would boot the Romans out of the land and assume control. In fact, they were quite prepared to make Jesus that king (John 6:15).

Even without that misconception, though, none of the Jews could imagine a Messiah hanging on a cross. So the cross became a “stumbling block” to the Jews and “foolishness” to the Greeks (I Cor. 1:23). Jesus didn’t meet their expectations and they hurried to find a way to end the relationship.

Philip Yancey deals with this topic in his book “The Jesus I Never Knew”. He speaks of his own misconceptions of Jesus at an early age: “I recalled the Sunday school image of Jesus that I grew up with: someone kind and reassuring, with no sharp edges at all — a Mister Rogers before the age of children’s television.” Certainly Jesus was kind and reassuring, but he was so much more than that — he was a man who was strong (physically and emotionally) and passionate.

What’s important is that we allow the Gospels to define who Jesus was, and not expect him to measure up to our preconceived ideas. I challenge you to read the Gospels in a fresh light. Remove all expectations and allow the Word of God to define and shape who Jesus was. I guarantee the Messiah will turn out to be better than you expected!

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

There not a new post of Aaron Hill this morning. I’ll post one when it is available.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anna Lee

Friday – Evening

Aaron Hill – 7:54 P.M.

Aaron came out of surgery about 6, but he remains on the ECMO machine. His heart was beating way too fast and misfiring and his blood pressure was too low. Drugs that had worked for his rhythm problems before were causing too much of a strain on his heart’s function. ECMO is a type of bypass machine that allows his heart to continue working, but it does the pumping of blood to his lungs and other organs. The doctors think that his heart will recover from the assault of the surgery and bypass machine during surgery and they will be able to wean him from the ECMO within a few days. However, it is very scary to see our son on this machine. Please pray for Aaron’s heart and the rest of his body. He has been so strong for us since his birth. It’s hard to believe he has come through two open heart surgeries and two heart caths and he’s not even seven weeks old. God is the only one who can heal his heart and make him well. Please pray for God’s healing power.

Friday – Afternoon

Aaron Hill – 4:04 P.M.

Aaron is still in surgery. His heart is having rhythm problems again and the nurse has come to tell us he may be brought out of surgery with his heart on an ECMO circuit (type of heart lung bypass machine). Please pray that God will resolve these problems and that Aaron’s heart will work properly without the need for the bypass machine. We are praying and continue to wait.

Friday – Update on Jesse Dean

Jason Dean wrote this update this morning:

My father is at home am doing well. He has a long way to go to get his strength back. His knee is doing well,his sugar level and kidneys appear to be improving. His main problem now is regaining his strength and his blood levels to return to normal. Thank everyone for all the prayers and keep remembering him.

The Dean Family