THURSDAY, 3/31/16

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 KJV)

Today’s Bible reading:  Judges 3-5

Raymond’s mother’s injury was not as severe as they thought so she did not have a total shoulder replacement.  They only replaced the ball.  She should be discharged tomorrow.

Roy Blodgett is in the hospital.

Carla Kyser sent me a message fairly early yesterday morning telling me that all of her hair has fallen out.  It all came out at the same time Tuesday night.  Otherwise, she is doing really well.

Holly Lybarger had another chemo treatment yesterday along with her radiation treatment.  She is one tough lady!

Claire Belle and her mother remain in Atlanta as Claire’s mother is undergoing various tests, meeting with the doctors, et cetera.

Mark & Courtney Hubbard are waiting to hear from the doctors in Texas regarding her possible admittance into another clinical.

Tommy Johnson told me last night that his mother will be receiving more chemotherapy treatments beginning next week.  New spots were discovered on her other lung.

Liz Whalen shared last night that Chase Chambliss went back to w0rk this past Monday.  Pretty amazing to me!

I am looking for “25/40” which translated means twenty five men age forty or older to attend the next men’s breakfast which will be on Saturday, April 9, from 8:00 – 9:00AM in the fellowship hall.  Send me an e-mail by next Wednesday, 4/6, if you will attend.  (This will allow the cooks to have the proper amount of food)

We are going to follow up that breakfast with a work day on the back forty.  (You can attend the breakfast and not stay for work day or vice versa)  We need tractors with bush hogs, mowers, chain saws, brush cutters, et cetera.  Our goal is to further clean that area.  We may also remove the old playground equipment minus the swing sets.

I was told yesterday that my blog entries are now being automatically posted on FB and twitter.  Just know this – that is not of my doing.  I am just typing and hitting a button that says “publish!”  Al has not given me the details on what happens after that!

I pray that you will have a great Thursday with Jesus.  Stay dry and be safe!






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WEDNESDAY, 3/30/16

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 KJV)

Today’s Bible reading:  Judges 1-2

Raymond Wilkinson’s mother will have surgery on her shoulder today.  Pray that everything will go as planned.

The celebration of life service for Betty Clair’s Aunt, Helen Stuart, takes place this morning at 10:30AM in Tallassee, AL.  Pray for the family.

I have not heard from Carla K (just saying) but do know that she received a chemo treatment this past Monday.  She has done well thus far through her radiation and this first new treatment.

Keep praying for Holly Lybarger as she continues with her radiation and chemo.

Visited the folks in the convalescent home yesterday.  Miss Eunice Bowden, Sammy’s mother, is now a resident there.  I spoke briefly with Miss Jimmie Hall as she was in therapy (I think) and she seemed to be doing ok.  Rob Nevin’s mother was asleep and has not been feeling well.  Everyone else seemed good to go and Miss Wittner confirmed that fact!

We are on a regular schedule this morning and tonight.  I think that Lisa told me the fare for tonight is lasagna along with the trimmings.

Soy worries me!  I basically allowed him to join me on the trip yesterday in order for him to help drive.  First, he thought we were going to Tallahassee which explained the FSU t-shirt!  Second, he made me be the first driver even though I had driven seven hours the day before and then had been to Pascagoula and back yesterday morning.  So, I did my share of the driving.  Third, we did go to Jim & Nick’s and he ordered tacos!  Are you kidding me?  In a great barbecue place and the dude orders Taco Bell.  Fourth (and the worst), he sent me a message yesterday morning wanting to know what I was wearing?  Do I look like a sophomore girl?  I am telling you that if he had told me at the restaurant that he was going to the restroom and wanted me to go with him then I was calling a taxi to bring me home!  Wow!

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

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TUESDAY, 3/29/16

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 KJV)

Today’s Bible reading:  Joshua 22 – 24

Let me begin by going back to complete yesterday’s entry!  No one has mentioned this to me but I failed to express my “thanks” to several folks for their efforts on Sunday.  The greeters did well in all three of the morning services, the quartet did a nice job in the three morning services, the praise band did a nice job in the afternoon service, Randall, Rita & Lynda did a nice job with “Arise My Love” in all three morning services, James Mareno provided assistance in all four services (I think James & Logan Wainwright were the only ones who joined me for all four services.  Did I miss someone?), Jeanette Bates graciously offered to come to the 3:00PM service to play the piano, if needed, while Deidra & Dana were there for childcare during the 3:00PM service.  Obviously, we had others who provided childcare in the morning services.  So, please know that I am very thankful to each person who helped in any way.  If I missed someone, please forgive me.  Send me your name and I will mail you a copy of one of Dr. Jack Bailey’s sermons!

BTW, I was proud of the SNBA guys as they were all present in at least one of the services this past Sunday even though we did not have any basketball action.  Good stuff!

I also want to say “thank you” to Larry & Judy Whitehurst for driving to Preston, MS yesterday in order to attend the celebration of life service for Sara Nell Mould’s mother.  I was able to do likewise and was impressed with the words Carl Ray Moulds spoke as he shared the Gospel plain and simple.

The celebration of life service for Betty Clair’s Aunt Helen Stuart will take place tomorrow, 3/30, in Tallassee, Alabama.  The visitation with the family takes place tonight and, Lord willing, I will attend it.

Claire Belle Turner will travel with her mother to Atlanta, GA today in order to meet with the folks at The Cancer Center.  They will be there for at least three days and possibly up to seven days.

Raymond Wilkinson’s mother will be having shoulder surgery tomorrow, 3/30.

I “think” that Carla Kyser began her chemotherapy treatments yesterday?  (The girl is not good at keeping me in the loop!)

Reb, will you give us an update on where Holly is with her radiation/chemo at this time?  (BTW, the site I use for the daily Bible readings will not give me April’s readings until April is actually here.  Crazy I know!)

I do not have an update on Eddie Hall’s mother but will get one today.

We had a “fair” number attend our prayer time last night.  I appreciate Bernard Suthoff sitting in for me during part of those two hours as I had to be a grandfather i.e. go watch Pee Wee Roberts miss a ton of calls in a t-ball game.  (The dude just cannot get a call right!  I do not think he could call 911 if he had to!)  Bernard graciously covers the prayer time whenever I cannot be present.  I am thankful!

I missed Phil Sims this past Sunday and found out yesterday from Andy Hamil that Phil had fifty one inches of water under his house!  I guess that is good enough reason to miss a service?  Wow!

Men’s breakfast on Saturday, April 9, from 8:00 until 9:00AM in the fellowship hall.  I am looking for twenty five men over the age of forty to commit to being present.  Will you be one of those twenty five?  If so, contact me personally.  Thanks!

I drove around seven hours yesterday and it was a beautiful day for a drive.  I drove 63/57/45 and there were times when I was the only vehicle on the road.  I placed some phone calls and did a lot of praying/thinking.  Enjoyed myself immensely!  Stopped in Buckatunna going and coming  – what a town!  (TJ Vice is so jealous!)

Today, I will spend another seven or so hours in the vehicle going to Tallassee and back.  It will not be nearly as pleasant as yesterday!  Why not?  Great question.  Short answer – Soy is going with me!  (“Are we there yet?”  “Can we stop for ice cream at Priester’s?”  “I need to go to the bathroom!”)  My head already hurts just thinking about it!  Two things will sustain me – getting to see Betty Clair as she is just the sweetest thing and eating supper at Jim & Nick’s (can you say “pig in the garden salad?”).

Coutney Cavin is already thinking, “why did he drive 63, then slow down to 57, and go down to 45 mph?”

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




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MONDAY, 3/28/16

Today’s Bible reading – Joshua 19-21

Tuesday, March 29 Joshua 22-24
Wednesday, March 30 Judges 1-2
Thursday, March 31 Judges 3-5

We were blessed with a wonderful weekend!  The rains came somewhat unexpectedly on Saturday morning but our workers did an excellent job of brining the children in on the buses and then teaching them the Word of God.  “Thank you” to each person who helped in any way.

Our adult choir did a nice job of sharing through song on Saturday night.  Our attendance was not good and I really do not understand why although I may have an idea.  At any rate, I am thankful to those who attended that service.

The rains may have affected our attendance some yesterday morning but, if so, not by much at all.  We were blessed with four wonderful services.  As usual, the 9:00AM service was our strongest one attendance wise followed by the 10:30AM, 7:30AM and 3:00PM.

The Lord blessed and we had one public profession of faith in the 9:00AM service and then two baptisms in the 3:00PM service.  God gives the increase and we give Him the glory!  A wonderful Easter Sunday!

The celebration of life service for Miss Nell McArthur will take place this afternoon at 1:00PM.  It will be a graveside service in Preston, Mississippi.  Pray for Carl Ray & Sara Nell along with their family as they travel there and back today.

Melinda Eckert was to have been discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon.

Betty Clair Hatcher’s aunt, Helen Stuart, passed from this life on Saturday night.  That visitation and celebration of life service will take place in Tallassee, AL tomorrow night and Wednesday morning.  Pray for the family.

Griefshare tonight from 6:00 – 8:00PM in the choir room.

Prayer time tonight from 5:00 – 7:00PM in the auditorium.

Bro. Jerry, Bro. Kerry & Bro. Chris will be off today as a result of being involved in this past Saturday’s activities.  Bro. Jerry will then be on vacation the remainder of the week.  Please respect his time and do not contact him.

My NCAA bracket remains intact.  Was glad to see ND get beat last night.  Still do not understand how UVA let a sixteen point lead evaporate.  (Personally, I think UVA’s coach and Will Reynolds are brothers as they look just alike to me!)

To answer the question I have been asked numerous times – no!  I have not planted a single thing in the garden yet.  Wet!  Having to think through this whole thing now because of my Summer schedule.

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




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Janell P. “Nell” McArthur
September 25, 1927 – March 24, 2016
Graveside services for Janell “Nell” McArthur, age 88, of DeKalb, will be held Monday at 1 pm in Pleasant Springs Presbyterian Church cemetery in Preston with Rev. Mike Sims officiating.
Mrs. McArthur passed away Thursday at MS Care Center.
She was a lifetime resident of Kemper and a homemaker.
Survivors are children Gene McArthur (Laurie) of DeKalb and Sara Nell Moulds (Carl Ray) of Grand Bay, AL, four grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; sisters Leona Thomas of Scooba and Niece Montgomery of Columbus and brother Bob Parker of Scooba.
She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Ethel Parker; husband J.L. McArthur; one brother and two sisters.
Pallbearers serving are Rob McArthur, Sidney Ray Moulds, Jim VanDevender, Joe VanDevender, Robert Montgomery and Leonard Ray Sharp. Honorary pallbearers are Tina Nelson, Amy Seab and twelve great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to DeKalb Methodist Church or your favorite charity.
Stephens Funeral Home of DeKalb is in charge of arrangements.
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SATURDAY, 3/26/16

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 KJV)

Today’s Bible reading –   Joshua 12-15

This post is a bit late.  I apologize.  As I write this entry a few minutes before 8:00AM, the rains have been coming pretty hard.  However, “they” are saying the rain will stop around 10:30AM and then begin again late tonight and last through tomorrow.  We are full steam ahead with all of our plans for this morning, tonight and tomorrow.  We cannot control the weather.  We can say, “this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Yancey Hall was scheduled to have his kidney stones “blown up” (there is a medical term but I do not know what it is) late yesterday afternoon.  I cannot verify if that took place or not.

Melinda Eckert was still in the ICU when I visited late yesterday morning but was expecting to be moved to a regular room soon.  I think she may be discharged today.  She is a very blessed young lady in just getting to the hospital in time.

Eddie Hall’s mother, Miss Jimmie, is back in the hospital as she is battling pneumonia.  Eddie says it is “better” but it appears she will remain hospitalized over the weekend.

The celebration of life service for Miss Nell McArthur will take place on Monday afternoon in Preston, Mississippi.  Carl Ray & Sara Nell remain at home and will travel to Preston on Monday.  Pray for the family.

The adult choir musical takes place tonight beginning at 6:00PM.  It will include the observance of the Lord’s Supper.  Friendship family, this is our Sunday night service so please be present.

Worship services tomorrow at 7:30, 9:00 & 10:30AM and then a special service at 3:00PM.  Jonny Gaston will be preaching in the 3:00PM service and, Lord willing, I will be preaching the three morning services.  No evening service tomorrow.

It has been a tough few days for me.  First, my credit card was scanned by someone while Lisa and I were in NYC.  Keep in mind that I never even took that card out of my pocket except to check into the hotel.  I was told that the “thieves” just have to get close to you and they have a reader that can gather all of your cc information.  Crazy!  I told the lady telling me that we will did not have such gadgets in South Mobile County.  Fortunately, the fraud department with my card company recognized the charges as being out of character for me and denied their approval.  No harm, no foul I guess.

Remember the Titanic?  That boat that could not sink.  It did!  Remember my chicken coop built by Soy?  The one that is totally varmint proof.  Well let’s just say that the Titanic went down again while we were in NYC.  Had a double funeral yesterday morning!  Had already had a double memorial service last Saturday morning.  The moral of the story?  Do not believe it when Soy tells you that “there is no way anything can get into the coop!”  Whatever!

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


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THURSDAY, 3/24/16

Lisa and I are on a flight from New York to Atlanta. As I have written previously, I do not post an entry on Good Friday. However, I felt the need to post an entry tonight because of some happenings today and to provide some other updates.

Mrs. Nell McArthur, mother of Sara Nell Moulds, passed from this life earlier today. The arrangements are pending. If they decide to have a service on Saturday, I will make an exception and post that tomorrow as the funeral will be in Mississippi.

Melinda Eckert suffered a heart attack today. She was rushed to the hospital by her co-workers. It is my understanding that she had a one hundred percent blockage in a main artery and they placed a stent. She is in CCU with hopes of being moved to a regular room tomorrow and then possibly discharged on Saturday.

There is an update on Holly Lybarger, daughter of Rob & Reb Nevin, on the last entry I posted. Keep praying for Holly as she continues her radiation treatments.

Carla K has one more radiation treatment tomorrow and then begins chemo on Monday.

Heard that Courtney Hubbard did not get a favorable report from her doctors in Houston. She and Mark are regrouping and need prayers for direction. Pray for the doctors to have wisdom in how to proceed from this point forward. Courtney remains positive as do Holly & Carla – amazing!

All Preschool and Children’s Sunday School department teachers are asked to be in their rightful place by 9:00AM this Saturday, 3/26. We should conclude everything between 11:30 – 11:45AM.

Adult choir Easter musical on Saturday night, 3/26, beginning at 6:00PM. Friendship family, this is our Sunday night service so please be faithful to attend.

Lisa and I were treated to supper by T. Garrett Wright last night. We had a delightful time as we are not normally the ones being treated. So kind of T. Garrett to pick up the tab. Please know that when you go out to eat in NYC with T. Garrett that you are going to a fancy place with “different” food. I tried octopus. Have now had it twice – first and last time! Folks, if you cannot pronounce the name of the food then you probably should not be eating it! My main meal was simply a salad.

T. Garrett should be in town in the near future and we will have him over for some real food – roast, Mississippi pink eye purple hull peas, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn bread, et cetera. Things you can pronounce and that are good for you!

I pray that you will have a good rest of this Thursday evening.

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WEDNESDAY, 3/23/16

Wednesday evening greetings from New York City.  Several folks have sent messages inquiring as to why there was no blog entry today.  Do I need to tell them to go back and read the earlier entries?  LOL!  (Those deacons never cease to amaze me!)

At any rate, here is a quick recap of what we have been doing since arriving in NYC yesterday afternoon.  We arrived at LGA, checked in to the hotel, caught the #2 train and headed to The Brooklyn Tabernacle.  We got to the church at 5:15PM and were about #150 standing in line for the 7:30PM service!  Are you kidding me?  Nope!  One of the most amazing things I have ever seen.  We were able to get good seats but they had the front section reserved.  Lisa used some of her connections and we ended up on the second row when all was said and done.  Great seats! (BTW, the folks at the front of the line had been there since 3:00PM)

The drama was moving.  Most realistic “Jesus” I have ever seen portrayed in a church drama.  His body was battered and bloodied.  A really good response to the invitation.  I would guesstimate seventy five or more prayed to receive Jesus as their personal Savior.  For Lisa and me, definitely worth the trip just to be able to attend that service.

Today, we began the morning by walking from 42nd Street to 59th Street in order to walk in Central Park.  Great place to walk.  We then hit Chinatown.  We were talking about the price of something when Lisa said to me, “do you know how much this would cost in the States?”  I gently reminded her that we were in the States!  The Chinese economy did well today and that is all I will say about that!

The craziest thing I have seen is this store next door to where we are staying.  It is called Carlos which is the Cake Boss dude.  His name is Bobby or Buddy or Billy.  Never heard of him.  Lisa tells me that he has a television show.  You cannot get in the place and the prices are “whoa Nellie!”  Lisa did get an individual cheesecake.  I tried it and will give my vote to Hope’s Cheesecake in Gulf Shores every time!

We are about to meet T. Garrett Wright for supper.  That will be an interesting time – always is!  The dude is super smart and knows something about everything.  Looking forward to seeing T. Garrett.

Probably will not post tomorrow.  Hope your evening is good!

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TUESDAY, 3/22/16

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 KJV)

Today’s Bible reading –   Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalm 91

As a church family, we continue to be hospital free.  Thank the Lord!

Carla K met with her radiation oncologist and her oncologist yesterday.  Both were pleased with the progress of the radiation up to this point.  Plans call for the chemo treatments to begin on Monday, 3/28.

We had another good numerical representation at the prayer time last night.  Thank you to each person who attended.

Dale & Karla are in Texas and will eventually end up in South Bend, Indiana before finishing this trip in North Alabama this Sunday.  Pray for their ministry and their safety in travel.

In case someone did not read the third blog from yesterday, it is my hope that someone will bush hog the remaining front side of the back forty.  It is obvious what needs to be cut.  Too much for the mowers yesterday.  Again, I am very grateful to the guys who worked yesterday.

As you read this, Lisa and I should be headed to NYC.  (Will someone please make sure Carla Kyser knows where we are?)  Lord willing, we will attend the services at The Brooklyn Tabernacle tonight.  Then tomorrow will be whatever Lisa says it will be – can you say Chinatown?  Each time I think of Chinatown I think of Bruce Gill!  I do miss Bruce!

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

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This morning, 3/21, eight men – Junior Bosarge, Bobby Broome, Bob Evans, Danny Lewis, Kenny Lingle, Steve Morris, Carl Ray Moulds,  & Bernard Suthoff came to the church for work day.  They accomplished much from cleaning some of the back forty, painting, electrical work and burning the wood pile.  Really nice job by these eight men!  So, I want to say a very special “thank you” to each of them for a job well done.  What a great group of guys!

We also had some anonymous folks show up and give the auditorium foyer a good cleaning.  They know who they are and I appreciate their efforts as well.

We did not have a tractor available today.  If someone wants to come and bush hog around the front part of the back forty before this Saturday, 3/26, that would be awesome.  It is very clear what needs to be cut.

Just an observation – the last time the wood pile was burned Soy, Phillip and Rusty basically burned the entire back forty.  Blamed it on the wind.  Today, it was windy and not even one blade of grass outside of the burn pile was burned.  SMH!

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