First Baptist Church of Petit Jean
“Come to the Mountain for His Word”
Pray, Pray, Pray
As we finish Ann Vance’s Birthday month, we watch her and her sister by another mother EK, each welcome a great grand to compound next year’s celebration. We had two ice, snow, sleet and freezing rain events. The month ended with Russia attacking the Ukraine and shook up the world as if our country needed one more thing in addition to inflation and other uncertainties.
Our friend, Phil Chapman, joined the heavenly chorus on Wednesday the 23rd. Each of us probably has at least one favorite “Phil story” and most likely half involve him being a challenge to Miss Linda. I loved singing in the choir with Phil. At one time he was 50% of the men’s section. When we got to playing too big Miss Linda would look at us with her ‘School Marm’ look and Phil would peer over his glasses and say, “I love you, Linda!” That would melt her heart but, he knew he had better straighten up (at least for a minute.) We didn’t need to lose another good man, but we were blessed to know him. Thank you, Miss Linda, for sharing Phil with us.
Pray for Wayne as he continues to wait, to wait, to wait… Pray for these new babies brought into the world for a time such as this. Pray for those dealing with the ice and the effects of it. Pray for the citizens of Ukraine and the world as this moment of confusion is all around us. Pray for Miss Linda and their family and friends during this time of loss.
Remember to pray as Jesus did in Matthew 6:10, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Wouldn’t that be terrific?
Bro. Bill Scroggs
We Lift Up In Prayer
Phyllis Adams, Wayne Adams, Barry Carter, Dean Cody, Rettie Jean Cody, Bill & Barbara Curry, Amanda Falls, Agatha Gasaway, Gwyn Gasaway, Chester Head, Micah Jones & Palmer Ruth Jones, Rod Norton, Addison Payne, Mary Pruitt, Gloria Renfroe, Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Loren Silva, Steinmetz Family, Lillian Tousley, Patti Vance, Marvin VanEchaute, Harley West, The Family of Jackie Moore, The Family of Phil Chapman, Unspoken requests, Children around the world, Medical workers, Missionaries, Military & Law Enforcement, State and National Leaders and The United States of America.
Dear Lord, it seems like our prayer concerns continue to grow and grow. We know You are a big and all-powerful God, and that You can meet each of these needs. Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and loving-kindness. Please be with each of these, our friends and family, as they struggle with their different illnesses and problems. We ask an extra measure of blessing for each of them. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.
March 6 Gwyn Gasaway
March 20 Patti Vance
March 31 Reta Scroggs
March 19 Frank & Lily Young
March 28 Clayton & Linda Jones
February 20, 2022
A Visionary Meeting of First Baptist Church of Petit Jean was held at 5 o’clock on February 20 , 2022. This was a follow-up of the January 23, 2022 meeting. The following 19 members were present: Bro. Bill & Reta Scroggs, Bob & Anna Cody, Nolen & Wanda Owen, Jeanie Scroggs, E.Kaye Jones, Ann Vance, Clayton & Linda Jones, Bill & Coe Wilson, Gwyn, Greg, & Agatha Gasaway, Shawana & Daniel Weatherly and Bubba Vance. The meeting was opened with prayer worded by Nolen Owen.
Bro. Bill went over and explained the items on the list with little or no discussion. The group settled on three topics for consideration at this time. Improving the sound system was a high priority for a large number of people. Daniel Weatherly will work on this project to include modern technology in all areas including help for the hearing impaired. He will call on a professional to evaluate our facility for better sound quality and have the proper equipment installed. This project may include audio and visual set up in the fellowship hall and classrooms.
Interest was shown in the topic for an electronic sign to be installed in front of the church. Anna Cody will lead this project with several volunteering to help her.
The third project for consideration is to increase our parking space. Bro. Bill asked the men “to put their heads together” to come up with a workable plan. This would include land West of the existing parking lot or land North of our church building. If this requires the parsonage to be moved, make a decision on where.
The meeting ended with the reading of a Bible verse by Bro. Bill and prayer.
How Do You…
How do you celebrate life? Life is not just celebrated by the years you have lived, but by the life you have put into your years. Ann Vance likes to begin her celebration on the first day of her birthday month, if possible, a few days early. She crams more life into a day than many folks put in a week or month. Since her birth date is the first, she gets a head start.
My mother was born on Ground Hog Day and as we would ask her if she had seen her shadow, she would always say, “I didn’t look”. Mom loved life and was grateful for the five years GOD gave her after she found out she had liver cancer. The writer of Psalm 90:10 tells us, “The days of our years are threescore and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years.” In her last few months, she expressed how she had a good life and was glad to celebrate her 81st birthday. We even laughed about it being her “Mighty First” birthday.
Now Dad who will be 91 on the 13th of February will be commemorating the day by trying to figure out how we can get the garden tilled so we can get certain crops in the ground. I think the key in life is to enjoy each day in our own way, celebrating and rejoicing in each day. “Let everything that hath breathe rejoice praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. (Psalm 150:6)
Bro. Bill Scroggs
Where Does This Road Go?
The other day I was turning onto a familiar road and instead of the normal sign, it said ‘555.’ Now as I have been on 67 and 167, I am afraid one day when giving directions I might use one of the previous designations to the same place and some folks might think I have lost my mind. The truth is when asked where does highway 555 go I could correctly respond the same place highway 67 did.
As we look down the highway of 2022 there is a lot of uncertainty that we will be facing. However, no matter how many twists and turns we find we can be sure GOD has our best interests at heart. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares The LORD. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.”
Whatever direction this year takes us, we can be assured that we are not alone.
Bro. Bill Scroggs
What is Faith?
Faith is one of those words that is commonly used but not always understood. Some of that confusion comes from the many different ways the word faith is used in everyday conversation; a quick look at Dictionary.com shows seven different uses! One common way that people use the word faith is to refer to belief in something despite lacking any evidence for it. But is that what the Bible means by faith? The answer is a resounding no! So, when the Bible uses the word faith, what does it mean?
The closest that the Bible comes to offering an exact definition is Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” From this particular passage, we see that the central feature of faith—confidence or trust. In the Bible, the object of faith is God and his promises. A clear example of this is Abram’s encounter with God in Genesis 15. In response to God’s promise of countless descendants, Abram “believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness” (Gen 15:6). Commenting on this, the Apostle Paul writes, “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:20-21). Thus, faith means putting your trust in God and having confidence that he will fulfill his promises.