TUESDAY, 4/28/15

Today’s Bible reading - Judges 8:18-9:21 Luke 23:44-24:12 Psalm 99:1-9 Proverbs 14:9-10

Today is an important day in the life of our nation as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments relating to same-sex marriages.  My family and I gathered at 8:00PM last night and prayed for God to do what He alone can do in this situation.  Pray fervently!

As far as I know, Herbert Benefield was discharged from the hospital yesterday.  I visited him yesterday morning and he was waiting on all of the necessary things to be done before going home.  I told him to let me know if anything changed and I did not hear from him.

The medical folks removed two liters of fluid from the lungs of Dave Sellers’ mother yesterday.  They are still trying to determine the exact cause of this fluid.

Vera Bosarge’s sister, Juanita, is not doing well again.  She is not in the hospital but continues to have difficulties.

Maria’s mother remains in a Louisiana hospital.

Courtney Cavin’s dad, Calvin, has been having some issues with an infection in his back.  He has lost a significant amount of weight and he was a thin guy to begin with so it is not weight he needed to lose.  He spent a couple of days in the hospital but is home now.

Prayer meeting tonight from 5:00 – 7:00PM.  Come and go, come and stay, just pray!  Enter/exit via the West side door, please.

TNBA tonight at 7:00PM.

Amber Joyner has Krispy Kreme doughnut coupons available and is also offering to make a Krispy Kreme run this Sunday morning if anyone is interested.  The proceeds will go toward the upcoming mission trip to Guatemala with part of them helping to build a house.   You can contact Amber at 751 4408 for more details or to place an order.

I received a very nice t-shirt this past Sunday night from Nolan.  It is in memory of his son, Kooper.  I got to wear it to the ballpark last night.  Nolan’s nephew, Josh, did the artwork and it is impressive!

Lisa received a bag full of tomatoes this past Sunday night from Charles Grant.  You talk about good eating!

Basically all of the downed limbs are now on the burn pile thanks to Bob Evans with an assist from Nanette Fontenot’s brother, Jimmy. John Milton will take care of the fallen tree and then the place will be ready to mow again.

Spent an hour or so in the garden yesterday morning.  If nothing happens to change it, will soon be harvesting squash, cucumbers and green beans.  Hope to get some dirt and fertilizer around my corn late this week – it is on life support!  Hope to plant the skips in my okra too.

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



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MONDAY, 4/27/15

Today’s Bible reading - Judges 7:1-8:17 Luke 23:13-43 Psalm 97:1-98:9 Proverbs 14:7-8

Tuesday, 4/28 – Judges 8:18-9:21 Luke 23:44-24:12 Psalm 99:1-9 Proverbs 14:9-10

Wednesday, 4/29 – Judges 9:22-10:18 Luke 24:13-53 Psalm 100:1-5 Proverbs 14:11-12

Thursday, 4/30 – Judges 11:1-12:15 John 1:1-28 Psalm 101:1-8 Proverbs 14:13-14

Friday, 5/1 – Judges 13:1-14:20 John 1:29-51 Psalm 102:1-28 Proverbs 14:15-16

Saturday, 5/2 – Judges 15:1-16:31 John 2:1-25 Psalm 103:1-22 Proverbs 14:17-19

Sunday, 5/3 – Judges 17:1-18:31 John 3:1-21 Psalm 104:1-24 Proverbs 14:20-21

What blessings we enjoyed in our services yesterday morning and evening.  The attendance in our early service was our best of the day which is probably the first time that has ever happened.  We had a “good” attendance in our evening service but we have much room for improvement in that area too.  The crown jewel of the day was seeing four folks publicly accept Jesus as their personal Savior during our 10:30AM service.  God gives the increase and we give Him the glory!

8:00PM tonight!  I am asking members of the Friendship family and anyone else reading this entry to stop whatever you are doing tonight at 8:00PM and pray regarding the oral arguments that will be presented to the US Supreme Court tomorrow, 4/28.  Pray individually, pray as a family, pray as neighbors, but make sure you pray!  I am very concerned that too many of our churches are simply letting this matter slip by without much notice at all and without any fervent prayer.  God help us!  Use whatever means you have to contact others to pray!  God answers prayer!

Grief Share meets in the auditorium from 6:00 – 8:00PM tonight.

As I type this entry it is 5:00AM and the latest news is that the five folks are still missing on Dauphin Island.  I was notified yesterday after the second service that one of the missing persons is someone that we know.  Out of respect for the family’s privacy, I will withhold the name until the matter has been resolved.  I ask that you join me in praying for all of the families affected by this past Saturday’s storm.  What a tragic day for so many!

I have also just read that the death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has now reached 3,716 – wow!  That number will continue to increase as the rescuers have yet to reach some of the most remote places.  Pray for those affected by this tragedy too.

Herbert Benefield is set to be discharged from the hospital today.  I plan on visiting him this morning.

Maria Wainwright’s mother remains in ICU (Louisiana hospital) and was having difficulties last night.  She is expected to be in the hospital for another seven days or so.  Pray for Maria and family as they are driving to and from the hospital regularly.

Dave Sellers’ mother also remains in the hospital in Mississippi.

Ray Baber’s brother is in a Dothan, AL hospital.  He is better but still not well by any means.

We must not forget those who are battling cancer.  Pray!

Prayer meeting tomorrow night, 4/28, in the auditorium from 5:00 – 7:00PM.  TNBA at 7:00PM.

8:00PM tonight – pray!

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



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SUNDAY, 4/26/15

Today’s Bible reading - Judges 6:1-40 Luke 22:54-23:12 Psalm 95:1-96:13 Proverbs 14:5-6

Visited Herbert Benefield yesterday morning.  He was still in ICU at that time but sent an e-mail around 6:00PM saying that he was being moved to another room soon.  He is scheduled to be discharged Monday.

Ray Baber’s brother is in a Dothan hospital.  I heard from Ray last night and his brother is doing better.  He is battling asthma, COPD and allergies.  They kept him sedated for four days.

Maria Wainwright’s mother remains in a Louisiana hospital recovering from her emergency surgery.  She is making improvement.

We need to pray for the people in Nepal.  Almost 2,000 people have been confirmed as killed in the earthquake that hit yesterday.  That was a massive earthquake that measured 7.8  and the death toll will most probably increase in the coming days.

Regular schedule this morning and evening.  Our students going to Guatemala this Summer are hosting a pre-order meal today following the morning services.  Jim Chinners tells me there are twenty five extra plates available on a first come, first served basis.

Wow, what a storm we had yesterday afternoon around 3:00PM!  We lost the better part of one pecan tree and we have one million and twelve pecan tree limbs on the ground.  John Milton walked over after the storm and we compared garden notes – everything is laying over to the East.  I hope the plants will correct themselves when the sun shines again.  If not, I am filing a claim with the government for farmers’ aid.

One of the big oak trees just South and East of the office building was snapped into about halfway up.  Again, the winds were from the West so the tree fell on the East side meaning it missed the building – praise the Lord!

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

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SATURDAY, 4/25/15

Today’s Bible reading - Judges 4:1-5:31 Luke 22:35-53 Psalm 94:1-23 Proverbs 14:3-4

Maria Wainwright’s mother remains hospitalized in Louisiana.  They removed her colon.  I think Charlie & Maria will be traveling to LA and back tomorrow.

Herbert Benefield remains in the hospital too.  I did not visit yesterday so I am not sure why he was not discharged.  He remains in ICU.

Dave Sellers’ mother, Charlotte, was admitted to the hospital again.  She continues to have problems with fluid in her lungs.

Keep praying for those folks battling cancer – Becky Sellers, Lisa Thompson, Juanita Harris, Courtney Hubbard and the list just continues.

You are invited to join Bro. Benny and the bus workers for a time of prayer this morning beginning at 8:30AM.

Regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.  Lord willing, I will be preaching in all three services.  I hope to be joined by many members of the Friendship family.

I remind members of the Friendship family to take advantage of having this week’s “news & notes” in your hand in order to keep up with the various happenings within our church family.  That is the source of announcements now.

Two things happening tomorrow, 4/26, – a shower for our food pantry and “roses for mama” will be on sale.  Payment for the roses ($2 each) must be made at the time the order is placed and correct change is needed.

A “thank you” is in order to a number of folks related to Miss Nell Mulkey’s celebration of life service – Miss Vinnie Brewer for coordinating the meal, each person who cooked something for the meal, Cecil Guidry & Carol Lucky for hosting the meal, Raymond & Tina for hosting the refreshments during Thursday night’s visitation,  Kenny Lingle & Jeff Holifield for setting up the tables/chairs, Betty Creech & Logan Wainwright for cleaning the auditorium, Bro. Chris Taylor for doing the video, Bro. Kerry Kelley for running the sound and I am sure that I probably missed someone.  If so, I apologize.  The family was very grateful for the manner in which the Friendship family ministered to them during this most difficult time.  As your pastor, I too am extremely grateful!

Soy mowed on Thursday and Charles did so yesterday which means I had very little to do in the way of using the zero turn.  I was able to get my part of that done at dark thirty last night.  Still have to use the push mower and eat some weeds and hopefully can do that today.  Hope to spend some time in the garden as well but I have a birthday party (Emmy’s fourth) and a wedding (Lisa’s cousin) to attend in Pascagoula.  (It is raining here right now (5:00AM) so that may alter my garden plans anyway)

Six is my favorite number!

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

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FRIDAY, 4/24/15

Today’s Bible reading - Judges 2:10-3:31 Luke 22:14-34 Psalm 92:1-93:5 Proverbs 14:1-2

The service honoring Miss Nell Mulkey’s life takes place in the auditorium beginning at 10:00AM today.  Pray for Sandra, Larry and their families.

Maria Wainwright’s mother, Mrs. Hamilton, had to have emergency surgery yesterday.  It is my understanding that she did well through the surgery but now has a fairly significant recovery period.  She is in a hospital in Louisiana.

Visited Herbert Benefield in ICU yesterday.  He was very sore but was doing well as the doctor thinks this most recent surgery was successful.  There is a possibility that Herbert could be discharged today directly from the ICU.  Herbert has such a positive attitude.

Sharlynn Theobald had an Aunt to pass away yesterday in Tuscaloosa.  She has a cousin in Jackson County, MS who is not doing well physically.  Pray for these situations.

The young boy, Anthony, continues to make daily improvements.

Mission of Hope service tonight at 7:00PM.  Bus leaves at 6:15PM from the church.  Jim Chinners will be bringing the message.  Everyone is invited.

Folks are invited to join Bro. Benny and the bus workers in the morning at 8:30AM for a time of prayer.  This is a once a month happening.

“Roses for mama” will go on sale this Sunday, 4/26, and will remain on sale through the following Sunday, 5/3.  These will be available following the morning worship services on Mothers’ Day (May 10).  Each rose will cost $2.  Red roses in honor of the living mothers, white roses in memory of the mothers who have passed from this life and pink roses for that lady who has been like a mother to you.

Soy got a lot of the grass mowed yesterday afternoon which is a huge help to me today.  I was able to plow the lower half of the garden early yesterday morning even though it remains very wet.  My corn needs prayer – LOL!  My hope is to finish the grass this afternoon and then hit the garden.

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

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THURSDAY, 4/23/15

Today’s Bible reading - Judges 1:1-2:9 Luke 21:29-22:13 Psalm 90:1-91:16 Proverbs 13:24-25

Herbert Benefield’s surgery went well.  He is in ICU and will most likely be there for a couple of days.  Pray that his problems have not been corrected with this latest surgery.

Anthony, the young boy in Jeanette Bates’ class, is doing better and, according to the doctor, will make a full recovery.  Praise the Lord!

Maria Wainwright’s mother is in a Louisiana hospital.  Maria is there with her.

Conner Stork, grandson of Bobby & Faye Stork and Scott & Nanette Fontenot, has pneumonia.  He is not in the hospital but is a very sick little boy.

I received word yesterday that Ray Baber’s brother is in the hospital and not doing well at all.  I do not know the details but hope to get more information today.

Becky Sellers went to work with Dave yesterday and, as far as I know, did well.

The visitation with the Nell Mulkey family takes place this afternoon/evening from 5:00 – 8:00PM in the auditorium.  The service will take place tomorrow, 4/24, beginning at 10:00AM and will also be in the auditorium.

We were blessed with good services yesterday.  Our attendance in the auditorium seemed to be down a bit but, all in all, it was good.  Thank you to those who are faithful to attend.

One of my good pastor friends sent me an e-mail last night telling me that he resigned from his church.  Pray for him and the church.

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




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Nellie “Nell” Rose Mulkey, a native of Soddy, Tennessee and a resident of Grand Bay, Alabama for 53 years, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stancil Mulkey, her mother, Pearl Reese Rose and her beloved pastor, Rev. Jack Williams. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Jerry Francisco of Grand Bay, Alabama and her precious son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Geraldine Mulkey of Hixson, Tennessee. Two grandson and families, Glenn and Susan Mulkey of Ringgold, Georgia and Randall and Lisa Mulkey of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, two great-granddaughters Hannah and Sarah Grace Mulkey of Ringgold, Georgia. She is also survived by her “chosen daughter”, Annette Williams of Grand Bay, Alabama and her children, Stacey Williams Waldrop and family, Stephen and Tyler Williams and Jon Williams and family. She was greatly loved and affectionately known as “Nannie Nell”. Mrs. Mulkey is also survived by her “Hardee” buddies, Martha Jo Kittrell and family. She and Jo had a special table reserved at Hardee and a special friendship that continued through her years. Every year, her birthday was celebrated with her favorite coconut cake made by Jo and surrounded by her friends and family. She loved her caretakers at Grand Bay Convalescent Home and always thanked them for everything they did for her. We are very grateful for the excellent care and love that was extended to her and to us. Mrs. Mulkey was known as the “Avon Lady” in Grand Bay for 38 years. Many friendships were made and sustained that spanned generations during this wonderful time of her life. She continued to receive many cards from her special customers. She was instrumental in starting and paying off the mortgages of churches. Many plates of food were sold and delivered by her to provide funds for churches. She was the Sunday school treasurer for many years. Her love of playing the piano and organ with her God-given talent filled many churches with blessed music. Nothing brought her greater joy than playing the organ along with her daughter playing the piano. She was always quick to sing her special song, “Thank you Lord for your blessings on me”. She traveled many miles to hear gospel singing and she especially loved “Greater Vision” as well as other groups. Nothing was more precious to her than her Lord and her family. She was such a loving and giving person and always eager to help others. Words cannot express how much she will be missed by family and friends, but we find comfort in knowing where she will spend eternity. She will once again be united with the love of her life. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Friendship Baptist Church, 12581 Saeger Rd, Grand Bay, AL. Funeral services will be held at the church with Rev. Teddy Turrentine officiating on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Grand Bay Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Glenn Mulkey, Randall Mulkey, Thurman Kittrell, Alex Kittrell, Tyler Williams, Jon Luke Williams, Stephen Williams and Jonathan Williams.

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Sometime around midnight last night, Miss Nell Mulkey went to be with the Lord.  Tentative plans call for a visitation with the family tomorrow night, 4/23, and a service on Friday morning, 4/24.  Everything will take place from the auditorium of Friendship Baptist Church.  Pray for the family as they walk through this valley.

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WEDNESDAY, 4/22/15

Today’s Bible reading - Joshua 24:1-33 Luke 21:1-28 Psalm 89:38-52 Proverbs 13:20-23

Herbert Benefield is scheduled for surgery at some point today.  Also, the indicators point to him having meningitis.  He will most likely be in the hospital for the next two or three days as they try to get him well.

As I write this early in the AM, I am not aware of any change in Miss Nell’s situation.  She has definitely outlived the medical personnel’s expectations.  The hospice nurse is scheduled to check her today.

The signs are positive on the young boy from Jeanette Bates’ class.  They are keeping him heavily sedated.  Per Tina W’s comment on yesterday’s blog (and Jeanette’s e-mail to me), Candy P is keeping everyone updated regularly as she is very involved with this family.

Lisa and I attended the visitation with the C.V. Barrett family yesterday afternoon.  It had been years since we had seen his children – Donna, Debra & David.

As far as I know, Becky continues to do well in tolerating her latest round of chemo.  I saw Rusty last night but did not ask him about Becky.  (Dave, send me an update, please)

Regular schedule this morning and tonight.  The fare for the 7:30PM Bible study is burgers and dogs from the grill.  The study will be from Hebrews 2.

Our prayer meeting attendance last night was good but it was down from the previous week.  I can certainly see why folks would want to stay at home and be outside on such a beautiful day weather wise.  We had no new prayer warriors last night so that hurt us as well.  I am very grateful to those folks who showed up last night and have shown up since we started in January.  (I am looking/praying about adjusting the times because of the extended daylight hours but have not reached any conclusions at this point)

TNBA was good last night even though Doug did not show up.  He prayed in the very back corner as far away from me as he could possibly get last night.  It appears fear has gripped him on this one!

Happy 45th birthday to David & Kim French’s son, Jason Husband!  (He is also the son of Doug & Joy Sanford as they have joint custody!)  At any rate, if you did not know, today is Jason’s birthday.  (How could you not know if you have attended any of our services in the last two weeks?)

I am trying to connect with Louise Mason from Arkansas.  I sent her an e-mail yesterday but failed to realize they only get internet on Thursdays in the land of the Hogs.  So, maybe I will hear from her on Thursday?

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




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TUESDAY, 4/21/15

Today’s Bible reading - Joshua 22:21-23:16 Luke 20:27-47 Psalm 89:14-37 Proverbs 13:17-19

Herbert Benefield is really having a difficult time.  He saw the doctor yesterday and another surgery was scheduled for tomorrow, 4/22. However, when Herbert got home he began to run an elevated temperature and now has an appointment with the doctor this morning.  Herbert is thinking the doctor may admit him today.  Pray for all of this to get sorted out and for Herbert to get well.

Miss Nell Mulkey has been moved to the family room in the convalescent home.  On Sunday night, the nurses felt she was down to only a couple hours in this life.  As I visited her yesterday around 10:30AM, she was resting peacefully.  Pray for Sandra, Jerry & Annette as they now are sitting with her around the clock.  God knows.

Eula Mae Blackmon’s sister, Juanita, did not get a favorable report from her PET scan yesterday.  She will be taking chemotherapy but she cannot get a port until May 7.

Brenda Timberlake’s sister, Lisa, got a report relating to her cancer that was more encouraging.

Visited with Thomas Bailey yesterday morning.  He was walking the halls of the hospital.  He did not seem to think that the doctor is going to discharge him tomorrow.  He is much improved but they are still doing tests.

I do not have an update on the student in Jeanette Bates’ class but do know he remains in a Pensacola hospital.

Ross & Betty Clair secured their airline tickets yesterday along with making their hotel reservations for India.  Little Helen’s life is about to make a major change!

With all of these needs listed above, why not come join us for prayer meeting tonight from 5:00 – 7:00PM?   It is a “come and go” or “come and stay.”  Some folks are in and out in about ten/fifteen minutes while others stay around an hour.  Lord willing, I will be there for the duration and will be happy to pray with/for anyone.  Let’s set a new attendance high tonight but, much more importantly, let’s reach God with our prayers.

TNBA takes place tonight beginning at 7:00PM for any man who attended at least one of our worship services this past Sunday.  Will this be the night that Doug shakes off his fear?

How did UPW do last night?  Do you have to ask?  Bottom of the first inning and he calls “ball on the tee” while the coach is clearly holding the ball in his hand!  Enough said!  I can report that Scott Fontenot has advised State Representative David Sessions of this fiasco!  Could a bill regarding UPW be forthcoming in the House?

Was able to get in the garden for a little over an hour yesterday afternoon.  The rains cost me three or four pepper plants.  My corn is struggling because it is on the lower side which is still too wet to work.  It felt really good to just “play in the dirt!”

Speaking of feeling good, walked outside at 3:00AM this morning and the temperature was awesome and the stars were sparkling!  God is good!

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

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