Jan
17
2017
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TUESDAY, 1/17/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Genesis 41-42; Matthew 12:1-23

The celebration of life service for Miss Carmen Reyer takes place at 11:00AM today in our church auditorium.  It will be preceded by ninety minutes of visitation with the family.  Pray for the family and for the service.  We are certainly going to miss Carmen as we have missed Louis since his promotion last February.

Visited with Ruby Gulley yesterday morning.  She remains in ICU and they are keeping her sedated.  They drained fluid from one of her lungs.  Saw her daughter, Christy, and Ruby’s sister, Sharon, and they were “thinking” the doctor was going to try and wean Ruby from the ventilator yesterday.  Keep praying for Ruby.

Visited with Miss Kathleen yesterday.  She too remains in ICU but seems to be better.  She was not on oxygen and we had a nice, albeit brief, conversation.  She complimented me on my tie which is very normal for her.  That is a good sign of her improvement.  Keep praying!

Visited with Carla Kyser yesterday.  She was asleep when I got there but then came to the table for lunch.  She and I talked “some” but she continues to weaken physically.  Folks, Marisa is a great caregiver to her daughter.  She and Carla need our continued prayer support.

I met with a group last night and we spent time specifically praying for Carla, Becky Sellers, Lisa Thompson and Tim Knighten.  I ask you to join us in those prayers!

Fourteen folks took the time to join me last night in prayer between 5:00 – 7:00PM.  I appreciate that!  Two of our most consistent prayer warriors are out of town and they were missed.

We are on a regular schedule tomorrow morning/evening with one exception.  We will have breakfast at 9:00AM in the fellowship hall.  This is our monthly senior adult gathering but this breakfast is open to anyone who plans to attend the 10:00AM service.

Continued to receive positive feedback from folks yesterday regarding the message and the altar call Sunday night.  Just praying for chains to be broken.  Pray fervently!

 

Yesterday’s entry received comments from our two Texas readers – Gena Davis & Sommer Brock.  They were “upset” because of my comments about the Cowboys!  Listen, I did not like the Cowboys when these two sweet ladies lived in Grand Bay and I do not care for them now!  Now, I am running the risk of losing two of our thirteen readers but a man has to stand firm!  Hooray for the Packers and go Falcons!  (Actually, I lost interest in football the night of 1/9! Just saying!)

This weather has me itching to get some seeds in the ground.  Have to get ahead of John Milton.  However, I will not do anything until after I return from Guatemala in February.  I do not anticipate us having any sustained cold weather at all the rest of this Winter.

I pray that you will have a great Tuesday with Jesus

 

 

 

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Jan
16
2017
2

MONDAY, 1/16/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Genesis 39-40; Matthew 11

Tuesday, January 17 – Genesis 41-42; Matthew 12:1-23
Wednesday, January 18 – Genesis 43-45; Matthew 12:24-50
Thursday, January 19 – Genesis 46-48; Matthew 13:1-30
Friday, January 20 – Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:31-58
Saturday, January 21 – Exodus 1-3; Matthew 14:1-21
Sunday, January 22 – Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14:22-36

Ruby Gulley remains in ICU and has been placed back on the respirator.  I will be checking on her this morning.  Pray.

Kathleen Henderson was perhaps going to be moved from ICU into a regular room yesterday.  Not sure if that happened.  Just pray for Miss Kathleen.

The service for Becky Hatcher’s mother was very good.  Becky & her siblings played a huge part in the service.  Pray for Becky’s father and the entire family.

The visitation with the Carmen Reyer family takes place tomorrow, 1/17, from 9:30AM until the 11:00AM service time.  Everything will take place in our auditorium.  The auditorium Sunday School class is taking care of feeding the family.  Pray for the family and the service.

Becky Sellers continues on her chemotherapy treatment.  Pray for Becky & Dave.

Tim Knighten was not able to attend our services yesterday as he simply does not feel well.  Almost to the end of his treatments.

Lisa Thompson has received some of her leukemia treatments with more scheduled for this week.  Not sure of how that will go as she was not feeling well yesterday.

Carla Kyser is seemingly sleeping more these days.  She is supposed to have a visit by a nurse today.

Good services yesterday.  The comments following the evening service and then the e-mails have been very encouraging about the message and the altar call.  Folks, we need to see God break some chains!  Pray without ceasing!

Our prayer time begins again today from 5:00 – 7:00PM in the auditorium.  Enter/exit the West side door.

GROW tonight beginning at 6:00PM in the church office.

I am told that the first day of basketball went well.  Soy & crew solved the scoreboard issue using an Apple!  Amazing!

Not a huge NFL fan at all but I will say “Go Packers!”  Was glad to see them beat those stinking Cowboys!  (Did not watch the game but did see the score).  I am not a fan of the Cowboys but do give Jerry Jones his props for his position on standing during the playing/singing of the national anthem.  I hope Atlanta wins it all this year!

Soy insisted on driving me to Hattiesburg yesterday for the celebration of life service for Becky’s mother.  Said he wanted to talk to me.  If my count is correct, we spoke seven words between the two of us up there and back.  Basically a perfect trip for me!

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

 

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Jan
14
2017
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ARRANGEMENTS FOR MISS CARMEN REYER

The visitation with the Carmen Reyer family will take place this Tuesday, 1/17, from 9:30AM until the 11:00PM service time.  The visitation and service will take place from our church auditorium.  Pray for the family.

 

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Jan
14
2017
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BECKY HATCHER’S MOTHER ENTERS HEAVEN

Kayla Hatcher informed me this morning that Becky Hatcher’s mother, Mrs. Benedict, passed from this life last night.  Pray for Mr. Benedict, his children and their families.

The visitation with the family will take place tomorrow afternoon, 1/15, from 2:00PM until the 3:00PM service at the Forrest Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

 

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Jan
14
2017
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MISS CARMEN REYER ENTERS HEAVEN

Just received word that Miss Carmen departed this life and entered Heaven last night.  She & Bro. Louis are now reunited as he entered Heaven a little less than one year ago (February 3, 2016).  Pray for Carol, Monty and the family as they walk through this valley.  Arrangements pending.

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Jan
14
2017
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SATURDAY, 1/14/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Genesis 33-35; Matthew 10:1-20

Marie Brooks’ heart cath showed some blockage but nothing requiring any stents or surgery.  So that is good news!

Bro. Jerry was in Mobile yesterday so he made the other hospital visits but I did not contact him last night for an update.

A new chapter begins in Friendship basketball this morning at 8:00AM.  Pray for this ministry.

Our bus workers meet this morning at 8:30AM before going on visitation.  Pray for this ministry too.

Regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.  I know folks are super excited about tomorrow’s morning message as it will be on giving!  I fully anticipate folks lining up early to get into the auditorium!  On a serious note, I am so thankful that God has given and that He allows Lisa and me to give in a small way.  It is truly “more blessed to give than to receive!”

Be sure and read my earlier entry about the “Children of the World” choir coming to Friendship on February 12!

Well, I was fired from coaching by our new “commissioner” Mr. Taylor.  However, when the need arose yesterday for someone to go to Mobile during the evening rush hour to pick up the uniforms, who gets the call?  If you guessed me, you are correct!  Folks, do I look like Mr. UPS, Will Reynolds?  Will is taller, thinner, much younger, darker, way more good looking and has more gray hairs than me – how could anyone confuse us as being one and the same?  But being the man that I am, I made the trek into Mobile to “help” the commissioner out of a bind!  (Actually, Lisa told me I was going or else!).

The “commissioner” contacts me at 10:00PM last night to inform me the scoreboard is not working – hello!  Do I look like a scoreboard mechanic?  Who waits until a few hours before the first game to check such important things?  It is going to be a long season!

Nanette basically pulled a fast one on me yesterday.  It was my “off” day but she begged me to come to sit with her during her mom’s cath as she would be all alone.  Well, Marie has been a good church member for many, many (ninety five, I think) years so I decided to do it for Marie.  They have to be at the hospital at 8:00AM, cath at 9:00AM, thirty minute procedure and I am out of there around 9:30 – 9:45AM.  I can handle that.  Not so fast my friend!

They did not take Marie until the afternoon – what is up with that?  I have a connection in the hospital who would later share with me that Mrs Brooks daughter had requested that her mother be the last cath patient of the day!  Are you kidding me?  I had prayed with Marie and tried to leave several times.  Each time I would go to leave, Nanette would begin to shed those crocodile tears and say, “what if something is wrong.  You cannot leave me here by myself!”

I knew I was in trouble when the first thing Nanette asked me was if I liked her jacket?  I was like, “sure!”  She then told me it was the jacket she wore on our first date in 1979 – wow!  The volunteer put Nanette and me in the little room to hear from the doctor after the procedure was complete.  There were two chairs and one love seat.  Do I need to tell you where she wanted us to sit?  I drew the proverbial “line in the sand” and got out of that room as soon as the good doctor said all was well!

I was so shaken by the events of yesterday that I “may” not have all of the details exactly correct!  Just saying!

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

 

 

 

 

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Jan
14
2017
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CHILDREN OF THE WORLD CHOIR

I am posting a separate entry to announce that World Help’s Children of the World choir will be with us on Sunday evening, February 12, 2017.  That service will begin at 6:00PM.  Folks, you do not want to miss this one!

Two or three years ago we hosted this choir (different children obviously) and they were a tremendous blessing and very, very well received by the Friendship family. We had an almost full house and that was on a week night (Thursday, I think) with a fairly short notice.  So, let’s go to a SRO crowd this time!

We are going to need six host homes (two have already been taken) for Sunday night, 2/12, and Monday night, 2/13.  The host families will need to host the children on Monday, 2/13, during the day as well.  So, basically our thirteen blog readers are getting the almost first opportunity on being one of these host homes.  Contact me personally if you are interested.

Jim & Glenda Chinners will be the lead chefs on a Sunday afternoon meal for this choir.  We are going to need help getting the auditorium ready following our second morning service that day.  We need to bathe this service in prayer.

So, mark your calendars now!  I am telling you that this is one you do not want to miss!

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Jan
13
2017
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FRIDAY, 1/13/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Genesis 31-32; Matthew 9:18-38

Bro. Jerry visited with Ruby Gulley yesterday and he did not think she was doing as well as she was whenever he saw her on Tuesday.  She remains in SICU.  Keep praying.

Miss Kathleen Henderson seemed to be some better yesterday morning when I visited.  She was asleep but she was not wearing the oxygen mask as she was the day before.  As a matter of fact, she was not receiving any extra oxygen.  I had talked to her daughter, Shirley, earlier and she said Miss Kathleen had shown some improvement.  Miss Kathleen believes in the power of prayer!

The situation with Becky Hatcher’s mother remains unchanged as far as I know.  Keep praying for Mrs. Benedict and the family.

Marie Brooks is scheduled to have a heart cath this morning.  Pray that all goes well.

It is my understanding that Charles Wainwright’s mother and Maria Wainwright’s mother are both hospitalized.  Pray for these ladies.

Austin Jackson had to have emergency surgery and will be in the hospital for a few days.  Pray that he recovers quickly.

I visited with Ray Baber yesterday afternoon.  He is recovering quickly and plans on being in our services this Sunday.

The Lord answered prayer yesterday but it is private in nature so I cannot share.  Just know that God is still in the prayer answering business.  By the way, I know of some prayers that are still looking for an answer!  God is able!

Friendship basketball begins tomorrow morning at 8:00AM.  Pray for this ministry!  Have I mentioned that this will be the first time since 1980 that I will not be coaching basketball?  The outcry has been huge as two folks have come to my defense!  Since we only have thirteen readers that is pretty high percentage – almost fifty!  I may just go down to I.G. Levy Park in Pascagoula tomorrow morning and walk my chickens just to occupy my mind.  I did learn yesterday that Randall Broome also got a “no” regarding coaching from the commissioner as Soy likes to call himself!  Randall has taken a team to the state tournament in years gone by!  Give me a break!

“Hey, momma is having a heart cath in the morning.   She has to be at the hospital by 8:00AM.  I was thinking if you would pick me up at 5:30AM then we could stop by Dick Russell’s for breakfast.  I mean DR is on the way to the hospital.  I am nervous about this procedure and when I get nervous I like to eat.  Who better to eat with than you?  It will be just like old times!  Plus, DR’s has a smoking section!  Let me know and I will be ready!”  A copy and paste job from an e-mail sent to me yesterday.  Wow!

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

 

 

 

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Jan
12
2017
1

THURSDAY, 1/12/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9:1-17

Miss Kathleen Henderson was placed in ICU early yesterday morning.  She is pretty low physically as she is very weak. She told me yesterday afternoon, “I just want to go be with Jesus” which is something she has shared repeatedly with her family over the past day or so.  Pray for Miss Kathleen.

Ruby Gulley remained in ICU as of early yesterday afternoon.  She was not a happy camper and was not having a great day.  She was in hopes of getting moved into a regular room at some point yesterday.  Will find out today if that happened.

Becky Hatcher’s mother, Mrs. Benedict, is very low physically too.  She and Mr. Benedict live in Hattiesburg, MS.  Becky has been going to Hattiesburg often in recent days.  I think I am correct in saying that Becky’s parents have been married for seventy four years!  They were grade school sweethearts.  Pray for Mrs. Benedict and the family during this time.

Amy Huhn’s father is about to be discharged from the rehab facility.

No significant changes in those folks we have been praying for who are battling cancer.  Just keep praying.

Good day/night in our services yesterday.  The attendance in our evening Bible study in the auditorium was up.  Our morning attendance is always steady.  Our 7:30PM Bible study numbers were good as well.  God is faithful!

Friendship basketball begins this Saturday, 1/14, at 8:00AM.  Soy is in charge!  His first official act?  Fired me as a coach.  I have been coaching either RA or Upward basketball at Friendship since 1980.  Actually started the basketball program here.  Introduced the purple uniforms.  So, for the first season since 1980 I will not be roaming the sidelines as a coach.  Fired!  Canned!  Booted out!  Never given a reason!   I am in hopes that an online petition can be started.  Or a protest at the games this Saturday.  Or something!

I was pretty excited yesterday thinking our blog readership had reached fourteen.  However, I have since found out that Nanette Brooks Fontenot is mad and is staging a personal boycott so we are back down to thirteen readers.  Why is Nanette mad?  Apparently, she is still “fuming” (pun intended) over her smoking problem which I had nothing to do with.  I guess you could say that our relationship has “gone up in smoke!”

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

 

 

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Jan
11
2017
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WEDNESDAY, 1/11/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Genesis 27-28; Matthew 8:18-34

I am so dumb!  I totally thought that I had posted a blog entry early this morning but I was wrong.  It dawned on me whenever I stopped by the house after the morning service to leave my Bible and iPad before heading to Mobile that I only thought I had posted an entry.  I am so dumb!

Bro. Jerry visited Ruby Gulley in the hospital yesterday.  He said she is doing well.  I am headed that way in a few minutes.

Peggy sent me an e-mail and said that Tim has had a rough start to his week.  He has now lost thirty five pounds.  Really struggling with nutrition.  He has ten more radiation treatments and one more chemo treatment.  His doctor tells him that after about three weeks from the completion of his treatments he will fill really good.  Let’s pray that to be true!

Marisa tells me that Carla had a restful night last night.  Pray for Marisa as she is burning the candle at both ends.

Pattie told us in the service this morning that Becky’s chemo treatment his time is a six months ordeal.

Cecil told us that little Holin is having a pacemaker put in place today.  She is in Atlanta.

Les told us that his great niece, Emma, remains hospitalized as they battle an infection.

Sierra Edwards’ son-in-law, Bobby, is back in the hospital in Birmingham.

So many prayer needs.  Pray without ceasing!

It was great to see Miss Ica Walley in our service this morning.  She told me afterwards that she cannot hear a single word I say but she comes anyway (may be the happiest person in the house!).  She did tell me that she reads the blog daily.  Miss Ica is ninety something years old.  That bumps our readership up to fourteen!  That is a record!

Got to go to Mobile.  Will visit Ruby and buy food for tonight’s 7:30PM Bible study.  Grilled ham & cheese, turkey & cheese or cheese & cheese.  Macaroni & cheese too.  Pies for dessert.  My wife is an amazing hostess!

Just remember this, “Bob Evans loves you like biscuits and gravy” (or something like that!).

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

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