“Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
~2 Corinthians 1:3-4~
Powerful Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Rocks Western Indonesia; Tsunami Warning Issued (Headline from Fox News this morning) Please pray for the people in this area who may have been affected by the earthquake or the tsunami.
Peggy Alford said her brother, Leroy Stringfield, and other family members in Alabama are safe. The tornado hit about half mile from his home. They were inconvenienced with no electricity, phone, etc., but that was minor compared to what happened to many homes in Prattville, Alabama. Thank God for all the lives that were spared in that tornado.
A young man who lives in the East Fort area showed me pictures of damage in his neighborhood. I didn’t know about any damage in that area, just thought it was south of Greensburg and between Arcola and Fluker. Once again, people were very thankful to be spared.
Robert William “Will” “Boomer” Clemons, Jr.
(December 7, 1982 – February 18, 2008)
Died at 5:26 p.m. at his residence in Monticello, Arkansas. He was a native of Montpelier and a resident of Monticello, Arkansas. Age 25 years. Visitation at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, Saturday February 23, 2008 from 12Noon until Religious Services at 3:00p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services conducted by Rev. W.S. Manchester and Rev. Brady Whitton. Interment in Montpelier Cemetery. He is survived by his Mother, Cindi M. Blades and her husband, Bill, Montpelier; His Father, Robert “Bob” Clemons Sr. and his wife, Vonda, Monticello,Ark.; His Sister, Kim Konzelman Webb and her husband, Wil, Madison,Ms.; Nephew, Baylor Travis, Madison, Ms., Grandparents, Marilyn Bond Morgan and the late Thomas E. “Bobbie” Morgan, Montpelier; June Lester “Nan” Clemons, Amite; William “Bruce” Clemons and his wife, Gwyn, Monticello, Ark.; Great-Grandmother Imogene S. Clemons, Hammond; 3 Uncles and 3 Aunts and numerous cousins. “Will” was an avid outdoorsman and Saints Fan and loved his Ninja Turtles.
Update on Bro. Butch Reviere from Lauree:
Butch is still in Lacomb Hospital – waiting on results of blood culture- will be able to come home when they determine the infection and switch him to oral antibiotics.
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
ON MY RECENT trip to Oklahoma, I was privileged to also experience my first flight…
To most people, I assume, this would be a welcome new experience. For me, it was something akin to a claustrophobic being buried alive in an elevator shaft under a coal mine. I made no attempt to hide my fear. As we boarded I noticed damage to the tail of the plane. The carpet inside was somewhat frayed. I noticed everything. The stewardess I talked to had only been there a month and she was still nervous! Great!! As we pulled away from the terminal, I realized this was my last chance to go screaming down the aisle and get off. No, I would die with dignity. As we made the turn on the runway, we suddenly increased our speed to that of light and I asked God to forgive my sins. As we became airborne, the pilot began to welcome us. I didn’t want to be welcomed; I wanted him to pay attention to the plane! After a few minutes, we were informed of a few safety precautions in case we crashed into the earth at six hundred miles per hour. A few minutes after that, my son Billy asked me, “Isn’t this great and could I stop hurting his hand?” Sorry! I managed to glance out the window and again I asked God to forgive me. The stewardess asked if I was nervous. “No Ma’am, my knuckles are always white,” I replied.
After the pilot informed us we were at 36,000 feet a strange calm came over me. There was no turning back. It was, as they say, surreal. I began to look at the world in a “spiritual” way. I wondered what we must look like to God. All those people down there shopping, driving, mowing their yards, and they didn’t even realize that they were being looked at this way. Then, turbulence. The plane bounced, the wings bounced, everything bounced, and I asked God to forgive my sins. Then calm again. I realized that this was a golden opportunity for me to see how wrapped up we can become in the temporal instead of the eternal. I began to see the world rather than just the person in front of me. I understood a little better at how God looks at me. I began to think of God’s purpose for all our lives and how some will yield to it and others will not. I thought of how much better I could be and I prayed that God would help me be better. This was not only a flight from “point A” to “point B,” but a journey inside myself. It was a brief glimpse of how things really are before it again became clouded with the temporal. As we began to descend, the ride became rougher. Flaps went up and down and then the pilot reversed the thrust while I prayed for God to forgive me. We landed safely and I vowed I would not forget God’s protective hand or the value of what I had seen outside the plane and inside my life. Besides, there was always the ride back. (Tim Turpin)
“Who are these who fly like a cloud,
and like doves to their roosts?”
Isa. 60:8; cf. Matt. 6:12; Isa. 55:8-9; Deut. 26:15
All the articles published yesterday were very good. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
February 18, 2008
ALABAMA–Ala. town hit hard by tornado. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27434
TENNESSEE–ELECTION 08: Calls for unity increase within GOP. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27435
TENNESSEE–Criswell ‘share-a-thon’: $50,000 for Union. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27436
TENNESSEE–Jewish folk singer to Christian music matriarch, Lily Isaacs’ journey of faith. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27437
LOUISIANA–‘Invest in New Orleans’: Plant a church. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27438
LOUISIANA–Snow in New Orleans? http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27439
LOUISIANA–New Orleans woman a beacon of the hope she received. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27440
LOUISIANA–N.O. evangelism: Hardest thing is first ‘knock.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27441
LOUISIANA–Personal trials prepare couple for N.O. missions. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27442
GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Ambassadors for Christ. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27443