SUNDAY, 9/21/14

Today’s Bible reading - Isaiah 37:1-38:22 Galatians 6:1-18 Psalm 65:1-13 Proverbs 23:24

Sandy Felps continues to be in ICU.  It is my understanding that she did speak “some” yesterday.  Pray for her, Bobby Jack and the family.

J.B. Kelley was admitted to the hospital on Friday.  His blood count is low.  The belief is that he will be discharged today.

“C” had a good day yesterday.  The drained another four liters of fluid from her body.  The latest biopsies came back negative.  Pastor, what does all of that mean?  IDK.  I am just praying for God to move in a miraculous way in Caryn’s life.

Deidra is scheduled to be induced tomorrow.  Hopefully, we will have a baby before noon.

Daphne is still scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning.

Regular schedule this morning and evening.  Lord willing, I will be preaching all three services.  I hope many members of the Friendship family will join us.

A group of our senior adults leave for the National Quartet Convention early tomorrow morning.

I pray that you will have a great Sunday with Jesus.  Go to church!


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SATURDAY, 9/20/14

Today’s Bible reading - Isaiah 33:10-36:22 Galatians 5:13-26 Psalm 64:1-10 Proverbs 23:23

Sandy Felps suffered a stroke yesterday.  She is in ICU.  I am told it will be a few days before they are fully able to determine the severity.  Pray for Sandy, Bobby Jack and the family.

Visited Caryn around noon yesterday.  She was not having a great day but she had been up and showered.  They were supposed to drain the fluid again but could not because of a shot she had been given.  The draining process should take place today.  The results of the biopsies did not come back so maybe Monday.  Keep praying for C and pray for Rusty.  IMO, Rusty is handling everything extremely well.  Lot of pressure for a 25 year old young man to be dealing with.  He is doing well and when you consider that he is Bernard’s son that makes it all the more impressive!  LOL!  (If I could just get him to stop wearing that goofy cap!)

We are on a regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.  Our goal is for each member of the Friendship family to be in his/her rightful place!  Come and bring someone with you!

Football Saturday.  Lisa, the girls and I will attend the UF vs Bama game this afternoon.  (I should have brought Rick & Rick, Jr with me!)  It is either going to be Roll Tide or Go Gators in SS tomorrow.  I am partial to RTR!

Lord willing, I will be in the pulpit for all three services tomorrow.  Hope to see the members of the Friendship family join me.

I pray that you will have a great Saturday with Jesus!


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FRIDAY, 9/19/14

Today’s Bible reading - Isaiah 30:12-33:9 Galatians 5:1-12 Psalm 63:1-11 Proverbs 23:22

The doctor biopsied some areas from Caryn’s stomach on Tuesday.  Those pathology results should be known either today or Monday if on schedule.  ”C” was good yesterday morning whenever Lisa and I visited with her & Kayla.  Kayla told me last night that she had a good day.  They are talking of sending her home once they get some meds adjusted, et cetera.  When will that be?  IDK.

Daphne’s MRI results came back clear which is what was expected.  We are thankful to God.  Still set for surgery next Wednesday, 9/24.

We did learn yesterday afternoon that our newest granddaughter is set to make her appearance this Monday, 9/22.  That is a week earlier than expected.  I am happy about his but probably more happy that Deidra’s body can get some relief from the pain she has been experiencing.  Also happy that Daphne will be able to be in the birthing room as that is her field of speciality.  What is the baby’s name?  I am not for certain but I am thinking “La’stone” which is translated “last one!”

Congratulations to AU for carrying the SEC banner last night in their victory over KSU.  I am a SEC homer.

Lisa, Dana, Gina and I will leave this afternoon beginning our trek toward Tuscaloosa for the UF vs Bama game.  One of the teachers in the 20 – 29 Sunday School class is going to be happy this Sunday morning and the other one not so much.  I hope Rick is the unhappy one!

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus.




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THURSDAY, 9/18/14

Today’s Bible reading - Isaiah 28:14-30:11 Galatians 3:23-4:31 Psalm 62:1-12 Proverbs 23;19-21

They did some more testing on Caryn yesterday afternoon which ended up taking all afternoon.  I really did not get the full report of the test results as I was in the service and then had our in home Bible study.  Rusty tried to call me to give me an update but I was unavailable.  I will visit early this morning.  If there is anything significant, I will post another entry later today.

The funeral service for Hilda’s brother, Bernard Switzer, takes place today in South Carolina.  Joey’s brother, Jeff, will be preaching the service.  Pray for the family.

Daphne had her labs last night along with the MRI.  Her count has risen a little more.  I think she gets the results of the MRI today.  Still scheduled for surgery next Wednesday morning, 9/24.  Lisa and I appreciate the many e-mails, phone calls, text, et cetera of concern and support.

Dale, Karla & Harper leave early this morning headed to Canada for a weekend of ministry.  Pray for safety in travel and their ministry.

Pastor Clint Landry has accepted the call to become the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Arab, Alabama.  He resigned his position as pastor of First Bayou La Batre last night.  His first Sunday in the pulpit at Arab will be October 5.  Pray for Clint, Suzy and the children as they make this transition.

Good services yesterday morning/last night.  We continue to have good numbers in the morning service.  Our 7:30PM Bible study has gotten off to a good start.  God is good!

Auburn takes the national spotlight tonight in their game at Kansas State.  I suspect the Tigers will handle the Wildcats fairly easily.  You may see KSU start big because of the emotion but things will settle down and AU will win.  They have a good football team (I get my info from Ross Hatcher and he is unbiased!)

I pray that you will have a great Thursday with Jesus.


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E.B. ‘Bernie’ Switzer ROCK HILL –

The world lost a great man Monday, September 15, 2014. E. B. “Bernie” Switzer (also known as Nard on the Gulf Coast) left the surely bonds of Earth into the hands of God after 84 years, nine months and four days. His mother came down to usher him home one last time. What a reunion it must be with him and his parents, brother, sister, brothers-in-law, grandparents, aunts and uncles! I can hear Granddaddy playing the piano and singing his favorite hymns, “Supper Time” and “Old Rugged Cross”! Family was so very important to Daddy. He was the happiest when the whole family was together, enjoying each other’s company. Friends were cherished by him, too. In fact, he considered friends part of the family. It made his day when friends came to the lake house to visit, especially after his stroke. He hated to see them leave. He was born December 11, 1929, in Kreole, Miss. to Elmer E. and Lucy Seaman Switzer. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Melva S. Huff; a brother, Dean Switzer and son, Douglas Switzer. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bert; daughter, Vickie S. Bryant (Jerry); son, David Switzer (Allyson); six grandchildren, Heidi Jaremko, Tonya Petersen, Kyle Bryant, Christopher Switzer (Meghan), Lauren Switzer and Justin Switzer (Amanda); nine great-grandchildren and extended family and close friends. The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers, Tay and Cleo. He spent his working years in the paper industry, having moved with his young family to Rock Hill in May of 1959 at the opening of Bowater. In his spare time he enjoyed beekeeping, gardening and woodworking. In later years he kept active and made many new friends by participating in activities at the YMCA. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, friend, and boss. He loved everyone and was loved by all who knew him. As we all grieve his passing and feel the intense pain of loss, we find solace in knowing that all his pain, discomfort, and frustration he has endured is over and he is at peace. But yes, the loss is a searing pain. Dad, we all love you more than words can say! Funeral services for Mr. Switzer will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill. The service will be officiated by Jeff Switzer, his nephew. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Grandview Memorial Park immediately following the service.

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WEDNESDAY, 9/17/14

Today’s Bible reading - Isaiah 25:1-28:13 Galatians 3:10-22 Psalm 61:1-8 Proverbs 23:17-18

Kevin Wood is having hip replacement surgery today in Birmingham.  Pray that all goes well.

Willie Johnson was discharged from the hospital yesterday.  He will have some follow up visits with his doctors as they continue to search for the root of his problems.

Caryn should finish her first chemo treatment today.  They drained a little more than four liters of fluid from her yesterday afternoon.  She did not look as well yesterday and was sick last night.  It is my understanding that, once they can control her pain and get her nausea under control, they will talk about letting her go home.  She will then just go back every other week for her chemo treatments.  Rusty worked some yesterday.

Daphne’s MRI takes place tonight at 7:30PM not this morning as I wrote yesterday.  I assumed that 7:30 meant AM and not PM but I was wrong!  At least this will allow Brad to be with her during this procedure without having to miss work so that is a good thing.  Lisa, Deidra and I will play “rock, paper, scissors” to see who has to keep their three children – LOL!

Speaking of Daphne, the Friendship family and others have been so very kind to her and her family during this time.  They have gotten great support.  It is appreciated!  I am very grateful to each person who has taken the time to send me an e-mail of support.  What an encouragement and blessing!

Pray for the Switzer family as they travel to the funeral service in South Carolina.  (I am assuming the service will take place there)

We are on a regular schedule today/tonight.  I pray that the members of the Friendship family will continue to be found faithful.

So, how did that whole “going into hiding thing” work out yesterday?  Are you serious?  I ended up with less than an hour of study time yesterday afternoon but there is always today!

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.

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TUESDAY, 9/16/14

Today’s Bible reading - Isaiah 22:1-24:23 Galatians 2:17-3:9 Psalm 60:1-12 Proverbs 23:15-16

Caryn began her chemotherapy treatments late yesterday morning.  The first treatment is a forty eight hour process.  Pray that everything goes well.  To me, Caryn looked/sounded better yesterday morning than she has through this whole process.  (Rusty did not look good but Rusty has never looked good!)

Willie Johnson’s heart cath revealed some blockages but nothing needing surgery.  He was to have another scan done yesterday afternoon but I do not know the results of that test.

Marie Brooks was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon.  (I think she had her son-in-law, Scott, put on a white coat and go tell the nurses to discharge her.  She really wanted to go home!)

Andy Hamil called last night to share that Hilda Gunter’s brother, Bernard Switzer, from South Carolina passed away.  Of course, this is Joey’s uncle.  Arrangements pending.

Kerri Lastorka’s brother, Kevin Wood, will have hip replacement surgery in Birmingham tomorrow morning.  This is because of the work related accident he had almost two years ago.  If all goes well, he should be discharged on Saturday.

Our daughter, Daphne, is scheduled for a brain scan early tomorrow morning.  Her surgery is set for 7:00AM the following Wednesday morning, 9/24.  Folks, it would be nothing short of a miracle of God if her number was at zero this Friday, 9/19, when they do labs.  That is my prayer!

We have two pastors’ conferences coming up in Central America – El Salvador (9/30 – 10/2) and Guatemala (10/14 – 16).  Pray for these conferences, please.  I have got to spend some time over the next three days studying for my part (two main session messages and one break out session teaching) in these conferences as we have to submit our outlines and notes in advance for translation purposes.  I will be doing my pastoral duties i.e. hospital visits, convalescent home, et cetera but otherwise be scarce as I will go into “hiding” in order to study for those messages, tomorrow’s teachings, and this Sunday’s messages.

I attended the revival service at Union Baptist Church last night.  I had never heard of the preacher (Waynesboro, MS) or the singer (Huntsville, AL) but I went to support Pastor David Walley and the fine folks of that church family.  I enjoyed the service and I always enjoy visiting other churches.

I pray that you will have a great Tuesday with Jesus.


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MONDAY, 9/15/14

Today’s Bible reading - Isaiah 19:1-21:17 Galatians 2:1-16 Psalm 59:1-17 Proverbs 23:13-14

Tuesday, 9/16 – Isaiah 22:1-24:23 Galatians 2:17-3:9 Psalm 60:1-12 Proverbs 23:15-16

Wednesday, 9/17 – Isaiah 25:1-28:13 Galatians 3:10-22 Psalm 61:1-8 Proverbs 23:17-18

Thursday, 9/18 – Isaiah 28:14-30:11 Galatians 3:23-4:31 Psalm 62:1-12 Proverbs 23;19-21

Friday, 9/19 – Isaiah 30:12-33:9 Galatians 5:1-12 Psalm 63:1-11 Proverbs 23:22

Saturday, 9/20 – Isaiah 33:10-36:22 Galatians 5:13-26 Psalm 64:1-10 Proverbs 23:23

Sunday, 9/21 – Isaiah 37:1-38:22 Galatians 6:1-18 Psalm 65:1-13 Proverbs 23:24

Blessed Sunday!  Dr. Mike did a really nice job of sharing the Word in our morning services.  It is always such a joy to have him and Miss Dottie with us.  You gave graciously to them through the offering as well.  The total will be over $1,300 once the designated offerings through Sunday School are included in the total.  Thank you!

Special thanks to Jordon & Jennifer Zirlott for arranging for Dr. Mike & Miss Dottie to be at the Bayou La Batre Church of God for last night’s service.  Dr. Mike said the service went well.

Willie Johnson will have a heart cath today.

Marie Brooks will remain hospitalized until at least tomorrow and possibly until Wednesday.  She is not a happy camper.

“C” is scheduled to begin her chemotherapy treatments today.

Eula Mae’s sister-in-law’s funeral service takes place tomorrow at noon preceded by two hours of visitation with the family.  Everything takes place at Woodridge Baptist in Mobile.

Daphne will have a MRI on her brain Wednesday.

Who will you invite to join you this Sunday, 9/21, for our church services?  Everyone knows someone who needs to be in church.  Andrew “first” found his brother, Simon!

I pray that you will have a great Monday with Jesus.

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SUNDAY, 9/14/14

Today’s Bible reading - Isaiah 15:1-18:7 Galatians 1:1-24 Psalm 58:1-11 Proverbs 23:12

Visited with “C” early yesterday morning.  I told Lisa after I got home that, in my opinion, “C” looked better than I have seen her look since she has been in the hospital.  Kayla would later text Lisa saying that “C” had a good day.  Obviously, she is still a very sick young lady but we thank God for each “better day.”  Keep praying!

Visited with Willie Johnson too.  He thought he “might” be going home for the weekend but would later find out that he will be having a heart cath tomorrow and will remain hospitalized at least until then.

Visited with Marie Brooks.  She was in pain but, as always, is such a pleasant person.  She would get sick later in the day for several hours.  Her problem has been diagnosed as a severe flare up of diverticulitis.  Will be in the hospital until at least tomorrow or Tuesday.  (Her daughter, Nanette, was there and wanted to walk me to the car but I politely turned her down – she was mad!)

Dr. Mike & Miss Dottie will be with us in our two morning services today.  May the members of the Friendship family be faithful to attend!  I will be preaching in the evening service.

Lisa and I went to the Bama game yesterday.  Chris & Courtney Cavin went with us as they both are graduates of USM.  Courtney kept hollering, “we love you Coach Bower” even though I told her that he was no longer their coach.  She got upset when we did not stay after the game and wait for Coach Saban to exit the stadium so she could get her picture taken with him.  Chris was the driver on the way home and did a great job!

I pray that you will have a great Sunday with Jesus.  Go to church!


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SATURDAY, 9/13/14

Today’s Bible reading -  Isaiah 12:1-14:32 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 Psalm 57:1-11 Proverbs 23:9-11

Caryn went through the various tests ok yesterday.  However, they did nothing to reveal the origin of her malignancy.  It appears the plan is to begin chemotherapy possibly as early as Monday.  Lisa and I visited Rusty & Caryn for a few minutes late yesterday afternoon and she was still drowsy from being put to sleep.  She did not appear to be having intense pain but we were not there for a long period of time.  Keep praying!

Marie Brooks was placed in the hospital yesterday.  The following comes from her daughter, Nanette - “They think it is just a severe flare up of diverticulitis so unless the ct shows something different they will start her on a powerful IV antibiotic.”

Willie Johnson was also placed in the hospital yesterday.  Put him on the heart wing suspecting something possibly wrong with his heart.  I was able to visit ever so quickly with him late yesterday afternoon too.

Eula Mae’s sister-in-law, Beverly Reeves, passed away around 11:30AM yesterday.  The visitation will take place on Tuesday, 9/16, from 10:00AM until the noon service time.  The visitation and service will take place at Woodridge Baptist Church in Mobile.

I was wrong (audible gasp) about Daphne’s surgery date.  It appears it will take place on 9/24 or 9/26.  She will have a MRI of her brain on 9/17.  Thank you to those who have already sent e-mails of prayer support.

Our bus workers meet this morning at 8:30AM in the church office.  Pray for this important ministry.

Dr. Mike & Miss Dottie Clark will be with us tomorrow morning for both services.  I will be preaching in the evening service.  I am praying for a good attendance in all three services.  Ditto for the Spanish service that meets at 10:30AM.

Lisa and I are driving up to Tuscaloosa today in order to meet with Dr. Ted Traylor.

I pray that you will have a great Saturday with Jesus.

P.S. – One more thing that came to me from Nanette - “I wish we had never stopped dating!”  Wow!


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