"Protect me from the trap of looking at myself through other people's eyes. I realize that this practice is hurtful in several ways. First of all, it's nearly impossible to discern what other people think of me. Moreover their views of me are variable - subject to each person's spiritual, emotional, and physical state at the time. But the main problem with letting other people define me is that it is a form of idolatry. Seeking to please others dampens my desire to please You, my Creator. Forgive me for this idolatrous preoccupation with others views of me. You've been showing me that it's much more real to see myself through Your eyes. Your gaze upon me is steady and sure - absolutely untainted by sin or a changeable nature. Lord, help me to view both myself and others from Your perspective. Through spending time in Your Presence, I can experience the reality of being perfectly, eternally loved. As I rest in Your loving gaze, You fill me with deep Peace. I want to respond to Your glorious Presence by worshiping You in spirit and in truth. In Your great Name, Jesus, Amen"
Proverbs 29:25; Hebrews 11:6; Romans 5:5; John 4:23-24
"Jesus Listens" by Sarah Young
(Please help us keep this list current; call Sid, Terry, or the church office to update this. Thank you.)
-To Becky Miller, in Wayne's passing, Monday, May 15.
-To Celeste Felten’s family in her passing, May 2.
OBIT (abbreviated) Celeste Felten passed away May 2 at the UK Albert Chandler Hospital, Lexington, KY. She had just celebrated her 100th birthday on April 5. She was born in Pittsboro, MS. Survivors include daughter, Linda Felten Cook, husband Lew of Maysville; son, Steve Felten, wife Teresa of Broomfield, CO. One granddaughter and two great granddaughters, of Old Hickory, TN. Sunday School teacher and WMU member for over 40 years at Alta Woods. Was a tax preparer and accountant for several businesses for about 30 years. Loved genealogy, playing scrabble and coloring. Was currently a member of Central Baptist of Maysville. Her service is being held today (May 9, Tuesday) at 11 a.m. in Maysville. A graveside service is planned for June 6 at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram.
Brother Steve, came home Monday, May 22. Is planning to preach Sunday, May 28. Continue to pray for his complete recovery.
Walter Gillis, slipped and fell, badly bruised, swollen around eye
Lynn Hill, wearing leg brace
Nona Ellzey, fell, broke her wrist, wearing a cast
Ernest Easterling, home March 25 from the hospital after a bout with pneumonia
Del and Janie Slone, house burned in November 2022. They are staying in the Hilton Garden Inn in Madison
Kay Carroll, wrist healing
Emmaline Ware, hip fracture, home after weeks of rehab at Wisteria Gardens
Hal Lott, hip bursitis
Buddy Parker, better, has been to church recently
Tyler Jackson, Billy Ray said he hoped doctors would be able to remove the colostomy soon.
Lucretia Berry; Laverne Brooks; Doug Cutrer; Ernest Easterling; Nona Ellzey, broken wrist; Gene Hartzog; Evelyn Kinstley ; Carolyn Moulds
BALLARD, DABNEY, B 105 Riggs Manor (601-857-5011; 2300 Seven Springs Road, Raymond, MS 39154)
CLAY, CAROL, D16, The Home Place (7521 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110)
COOPER, KELLY Harmony Court (769-251-2098; 5411 I-55 North, Jackson, MS)
FERRELL, NAOMI Community Place 116 Lake Vista Place room 409, Brandon, 30947
JARRETT, ALVILDA at Brandon Court
MILLER, BECKY The Waterford RM 253
MORRIS, PAM, moved to Plainview in Richland
PENNINGTON, VIRGINIA Martha Coker Home-Patrick. 2041 Grand Ave, Yazoo City, MS 39194
SHELTON, MARGARET The Arrington, Room 418 Section B, Columbus, MS
STEVENS, VELMA Castlewoods Retirement, RM 248
IN ASSISTED LIVING
ELLIS, MARY LOU - Castlewoods Retirement, RM 227
MALONE, LINDA (Emma Ritchie's niece, The Arbor (part of The Orchard (601-856-2205; 600 Pear Orchard Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157)
Doc Thaggard, tests 5/12
Evelyn Kinstley daughter, Cindy Mabry, house struck by lightning, no one hurt
Tracey Hodges, (Watts daughter in law), back surgery
Chase Matthew Teele (Watts newest grandchild), premature birth, discharged from NICU, undeveloped lungs
Cooper Vance, (Johnson grandson, 17) L knee fracture
Dena Burlson (Delma friend), brain bleed
Bryan James, Rick’s brother
Brittany Bland, Gillis neighbor, car accident
Veronica Strickland, Sandra Hammond friend, cancer
Sonny and Pat Weathersby's daughter, Wendy Powell, fell, broken arm
Ann Graham, Annice Page's mother, doing good
Bill Ballou. doing good
Clarence Cooper, pastor Brandon Baptist, fell, sustained broken neck
Jan Thomas, heart attack, now in rehab
Jan Thomas daughter, Jonna, hospitalized in TN
Gin Cook, Evelyn Kinstley’s niece, Boswell Care Home, Magee
Cindy Mabry, Evelyn Kinstley’s daughter
Barry Burris, Wynndale Minister of Music, cancer
Janie Dukes, Kay Carroll’s daughter
Elise Milliman, Jeanette Davis granddaughter
Abby Ades, Jeanette Davis granddaughter Marfan syndrome
Sue Wells, had hip surgery redone, in therapy, still unable to walk alone
Gerry Winstead vocal cord, still struggling
Bobby Joe Smith, Delma brother-in-law, Parkinson's
Mary Alday, Kathy Gillis' mother, home now with Kathy, improving
Dr. Wayne van Horn’s wife, Terri, stage 4 bone cancer, chemotherapy ahead
I pray that you cover my children. Give them the helmet of salvation to protect their minds against messages competing for their attention. Guard their hearts, Lord, from anger. depression, anxiety, loneliness, or anything that would make them feel unworthy of love. No weapon formed against them shall prosper. In Jesus' Name.
Keep your hedge of protection around them as they sleep, as they go to school, as they participate in extracurricular activities, as they get jobs. Let them fear nothing. Let no evil befall them. I know that I can't be around them every minute. I thank you, Father, God, for never leaving them. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Scripture instructs us to pray for all in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2), but how do we do that exactly? Here are several ways to pray for - our judges, police chiefs, educators, school board members, military officers, elected officials, and others who are serving our country in leadership.
1. That they be God-fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act. Proverbs 9:10
2. That they be granted wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. James 1:5
3. That they be presented with the gospel and a loving Christian witness. Romans 10:14
4. That, if unsaved, that be drawn to a saving encounter with Christ; if born-again, that they be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. 1 Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 1:17-23
5. That they recognize their own inadequacy and pray and seek the will of God. Proverbs 3:5-8; Luke 11:9-13
6. That they be convicted of sin, transgression, and iniquity. Psalm 51:17; John 8:9
7. That they be given godly counsel and God-fearing advisors. Proverbs 24:6
8. That they be honest and faithful to their spouses and children. Malachi 2:15-16
9. That they value and regard the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ. Psalm 19:7-11; John 8:31-32
10. That they be honest, possess godly integrity, and desire purity avoiding drunkenness, pornography and perversion. 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Psalm 26; Proverbs 11:3
(We have seen God answer some of these prayers already. Sid)
1. As with Solomon, I ask God to give the Ukrainian leaders (and all leaders in these difficult times) wisdom from above (1 Kings3:5-12).
2. As with David, I ask God to show Himself as Ukraine faces their Goliath (1 Samuel 17). I am asking that the world will see "some trust in chariots, others trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God" (Psalm 20:7).
3. As with Gideon, I pray God will confuse the Russian army (like the Midianites) so they will turn on each other, become demoralized, flee and desert (Judges 7).
4. As with Hezekiah, I ask that "Sennacherib" will return in defeat to his homeland (2 Kings 19:32-37).
5. As with Moses, I pray the "chariots or tanks and all vehicles will get stuck in the mud, run out of gas and break down. Furthermore, may God so thwart the Russian army that their rockets, missiles and bombs malfunction and cause minimal damage (Exodus 14:21-29).
6. As with Elisha, I ask God to blind the enemies surrounding the cities, so they are rendered ineffective (2 Kings 6:11-23).
7. As with Daniel, I pray God will remove the leader(s) who mocks the Lord our God. I pray Vladimir Putin will fear and see the handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5).
8. As with Peter, I pray Baptist churches (and other churches and relief organizations) will feed the Ukrainian "sheep" in the name of Jesus. I pray the refugees who are flooding the neighboring countries seeking food, shelter, transportation, spiritual help and so forth will see Jesus in us (John 21:15-17).
9. As with all Christians, I pray we will be shown what each of us can do (individually and collectively) to help alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Ukraine (Matthew 25:35.
10. Finally, I pray Ukrainians, Russians and the entire world will be amazed at what God is doing, resulting in a worldwide revival and awakening as people repent and believe the good news of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41). There will be no lasting peace until the world acknowledges the Prince of Peace!
1. Pray for safe travel for those fleeing danger within Ukraine, for God's Presence to provide them with hope and assurance, for the churches providing refuge to have enough resources to meet the growing needs.
2. Pray humanitarian aid funds will reach their destination, be used wisely and accomplish God's purpose.
3. Pray for God's protection for Baptists and all Christians in Ukraine, for hope in suffering, for love toward their enemies and for the gospel to spread beyond borders.
4. Pray for God to provide churches in Ukraine and neighboring countries with an abundance of resources and opportunities to share the gospel as they receive refugees.
5. Pray for Baptist missionaries and others like them to be filled with God's spirit as they share the hope of the gospel and embody the sacrificial love of Christ.
1. Pray for the safety of children, students, teachers and staff since school shootings have become so common.
2. Pray for dedicated teachers who see each child as a success. Ben Franklin said “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. “
3. Pray each child will be seen as an individual loved by God. When we work together, differences can make us strong.
4. Pray students will embrace racial and cultural distinctions.
5. Pray students will show compassion and respect to people with disabilities. That they will help others who need companionship.
6. Pray children will learn how to make friends and how to be a friend to others.
7. Pray for off campus trips- that bus drivers will be experienced and competent.
8. Pray for students and leaders who will participate in after school activities to support .
9. Pray for parents and community to support schools by volunteering, by attending school functions or offering encouragement to teachers and staff
10. Look for opportunities to let others know how church members are praying for schools and teachers.
From the wisdom of Corrie ten Boom’s father:
“So the line had stuck in my head. “Sex,” I was pretty sure, meant whether you were a boy or girl, and “sin” made Tante Jans very angry, but what the two together meant I could not imagine. And so, seated next to Father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sex sin?” He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor.
“Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said.
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.
“It’s too heavy,” I said.
“Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.” - from The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom
We are asking our children to carry loads that are way too heavy for them. They should not be forced, as children, to see and feel the world through the lens of adults. Innocence is worth protecting and worth fighting for. We need to do our part as parents and caregivers to carry certain things for them until they are old enough to bear the load.