Angel Food Ministries @ Live Oak Baptist Church

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Live Oak Bapist Church No Longer Participates in Angel Food March 31, 2011

Filed under: Angel Food Distribution,Angel Food Menus,Community Information,Money Saving Tips,News & Announcements,Uncategorized — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 6:06 PM

As of April 2011, Live Oak Baptist Church will no longer be a host site for Angel Food. Please direct future inquiries to one of the following host sites: 

Hebron Baptist Church

24063 LA Highway 16

Denham Springs, LA  70726





Amite Baptist Church

7100 Amite Church Road

Denham Springs, LA 70706-0903



Don’t Leave Your Donut on the Desk June 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 9:36 AM
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There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States.  Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution.  Every student was required to take this course their freshman year, regardless of his or her major.

Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery.  Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously.

This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve.  Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going onto seminary for the ministry.  Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen.  He was now the starting center on the school football team, and was the best student in the professor’s class.

One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him..

‘How many push-ups can you do?’

Steve said, ‘I do about 200 every night.’

‘200? That’s pretty good, Steve,’ Dr. Christianson said. ‘Do you think you could do 300?’

Steve replied, ‘I don’t know…. I’ve never done 300 at a time’

‘Do you think you could?’ again asked Dr. Christianson.

‘Well, I can try,’ said Steve.

‘Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to work.  Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it,’ said the professor.  Steve said, ‘Well… I think I can…yeah, I can do it.’

Dr. Christianson said, ‘Good! I need you to do this on Friday. Let me explain what I have in mind.’

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room.  When class started, the professor pulled out a big box of donuts.  No, these weren’t the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls.  Everyone was pretty excited it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr.. Christianson’s class.

Dr. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, ‘Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?’

Cynthia said, ‘Yes.’

Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, ‘Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?’

‘Sure!’ Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten.  Then Steve again sat in his desk.  Dr. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia’s desk.

D r. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, ‘Joe, do you want a donut?’

Joe said, ‘Yes.’ Dr. Christianson asked, ‘Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?’

Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut.  And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten push-ups for every person before they got their donut.

Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott.  Scott was on the basketball team, and in as good condition as Steve.  He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship.

When the professor asked, ‘Scott do you want a donut?’

Scott’s reply was, ‘Well, can I do my own push-ups?’

Dr.. Christianson said, ‘No, Steve has to do them.’

Then Scott said, ‘Well, I don’t want one then.’

Dr. Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and asked, ‘Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn’t want?’

With perfect obedience Steve started to do ten push -ups.

Scott said, ‘HEY! I said I didn’t want one!’

Dr. Christianson said, ‘Look! This is my classroom, my class, my desks, and these are my donuts.  Just leave it on the desk if you don’t want it.’  And he put a donut on Scott’s desk.

Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little.  He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down.  You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.

Dr. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry.  Dr. Christianson asked Jenny, ‘Jenny, do you want a donut?’

Sternly, Jenny said, ‘No.’

Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, ‘Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn’t want?’

Steve did ten…..Jenny got a donut.

By now, a growing sense of uneasiness filled the room.  The students were beginning to say, ‘No!’ and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks.

Steve also had to really put forth a lot of extra effort to get these push-ups done for each donut.  There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbeliever in the class, to watch St eve do each push up to make sure he did the full ten push-ups in a set because he couldn’t bear to watch all of Steve’s work for all of those uneaten donuts.  He sent Robert over to where Steve was so Robert could count the set and watch Steve closely.

Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row.  During his class, however, some students from other classes had wandered in and sat down on the steps along the radiators that ran down the sides of the room.  When the professor realized this, he did a quick count and saw that now there were 34 students in the room.  He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next.  Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time.  He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Dr. Christianson, ‘Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?’

Dr. Christianson thought for a moment, ‘Well, they’re your push-ups.  You are in charge now..  You can do them any way that you want.’  And Dr.Christianson went on..

A few moments later, Jason, a recent transfer student, came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled in one voice, ‘NO! Don’t come in! Stay out!’

Jason didn’t know what was going on.  Steve picked up his head and said, ‘No, let him come.’

Professor Christianson said, ‘You realize that if Jason com es in you will have to do ten push-ups for him?’

Steve said, ‘Yes, let him come in.  Give him a donut.’

Dr. Christianson said, ‘Okay, Steve, I’ll let you get Jason’s out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?’

Jason, new to the room, hardly knew what was going on.  ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘give me a donut..’

‘Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?’

Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.

Dr Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those visitors seated by the heaters.  Steve’s arms were now shaking with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity.  By this time sweat was profusely dropping off of his face, there was no sound except his heavy breathing; there was not a dry eye in the room.

The very last two students in the room were two young women, both cheerleaders, and very popular. Dr. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, ‘Linda, do you want a doughnut?’

Linda said, very sadly, ‘No, thank you..’

Professor Christianson quietly asked, ‘Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn’t want?’

Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Linda.

Then Dr. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan.  ‘Susan, do you want a donut?’

Susan, wi th tears flowing down her face, began to cry.  ‘Dr. Christianson, why can’t I help him?’

Dr Christianson, with tears of his own, said, ‘No, Steve has to do it alone; I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not.  When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book.  Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade.  Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work.. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do push-ups. I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your push-ups.  He and I made a deal for your sakes.’

‘Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?’

As Steve very slowly finished his last push-up, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 push-ups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said, ‘And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, plead to the Father, ‘Into thy hands I commend my spirit.’  With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He yielded up His life.  And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten. ‘

Two students helped Steve up off the floo r and to a seat, physically exhausted, but wearing a thin smile.

‘Well done, good and faithful servant,’ said the professor, adding, ‘Not all sermons are preached in words.’

Turning to his class, the professor said, ‘My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He spared not only His Begotten Son, but gave Him up for us all, for the whole Church, now and forever.  Whether or not we choose to accept His gift to us, the price has been paid.’

‘Wouldn’t you be foolish and ungrateful to leave it lying on the desk?’

I know this post is fairly hard-hitting once you’ve realized what the point is.  But I would be failing you all if I didn’t tell you that you have a gift, the price of which is already paid, all you have to do is accept it.  Heaven or Hell, the choice is yours.  God knows our past, but it doesn’t matter (thankfully!), our sins can be forgiven if we only ask.

If you would like to speak with our pastor to learn more about Salvation or if you since the urgent need for a Savior, please call 225-243-6138 and ask for Brother Howard.


Pre-Apply for Disaster Food Stamps this Storm Season June 1, 2009

My friends over at Graceworks, another Angel Food host site in Ascension Parish ran across this information, and I thought it worthy of passing on.

Beginning June 1 the state will allow people to pre-apply for disaster food stamps in the event there is storm this season. The website to apply is  If you pre-apply, it should help to speed up the process for you in the event of a major storm this year if the disaster food stamp program is activated, again.

The following items are needed to complete your pre-application

  • Name, social security number, and birth date for each household member
  • Parish where you currently live
  • Residential address
  • Monthly income for each household member
  • Liquid resources for each household member such as:
  • Cash on Hand
  • Checking Accounts
  • Savings Accounts
  • Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
  • Money Market Accounts

“Angel” Delivers Easter Baskets & Food – Testimony from Another Host Site May 31, 2009

Filed under: Angel Food Distribution,Uncategorized — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 12:59 PM
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I always share things of interest here locally, but this testimony from Manahawkin Methodist Church, another Angel Food host site, was in the newsletter I get every month from AFM headquarters.  It’s touching and a reminder that the Angel Food Ministry is so much bigger than just right here in Watson, Louisiana.

Throughout the year, we’ve been taking food to a needy family. In April my trunk was full and topped off with an Easter Dinner box and three Easter baskets. When I got to the house there was no answer at the door. Vehicles were in the driveway, so I began unloading the food on the porch. Two precious eyes were peeking through the blinds watching me. I waved and smiled each time I carried a box. When done, I waved again and left.

Later, a message from the mom explained that after three sleepless nights due to severe pain from surgery, she and her husband had collapsed into deep sleep just before I arrived.

When they awoke, their daughter rushed to say, “MOMMY, DADDY! AN ANGEL CAME TO OUR HOUSE! A LADY ANGEL!” I’ve been called a lot of things over the years, but never an angel! It made me cry.

-Lorraine Haines,
Host Site Director,
Manahawkin Methodist Church

If you aren’t involved in helping with Angel Food here in Watson, or in whatever community you’re in, I urge you to pray about it.  This is one of the greatest outreach ministries EVER! It’s truly a blessing to help reach out to the community in such a fun way.  I’ll start sharing comments I get from our host site visitors, from time to time, as well.


The Real Reason We Need to Forgive Others April 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chandra Martin, LOBC Angel Food Coordinator @ 6:52 PM
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I got an email today that had a very moving message that sparked some thought on my part.  Yeah, scary, I know!

Anyway, how difficult is it for you to forgive someone who wrongs you?  For me, it’s fairly difficult most of the time.  I wouldn’t consider myself a grudge-holder, but forgiveness doesn’t come easy, either.  Isn’t it funny how we want to be forgiven by people we do wrong, but don’t want to forgive others that do something to us?

I thought I’d share this email with you all, with the hope that it gives you a new perspective on forgiveness.

One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods.  As he thought about his life, he knew many things were not right.  He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.

His thoughts turned to those who had  stolen his things and cheated him.  He remembered family that had passed on..  His mind turned to the illness he had, that no one could cure.  His very soul was filled with anger, resentment, and frustration.

Standing there, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the One he knew would always be there.  And with tears in his eyes, he prayed:

‘Lord,You have done wonderful things for me in this life.  You have told me to do many things for You, and I happily obeyed. Today, You have told me to forgive.  I am sad, Lord, because I cannot.  I don’t know how.  It is not fair, Lord.  I didn’t deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn’t have to forgive.  As perfect as Your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don’t know how to forgive.  My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear You, but I pray You teach me to do the one thing I cannot do:  Teach me to forgive.’

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder.  He opened his eyes.  Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red  on his shirt.  He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.  He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

He raised his head more and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross.  He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.   Finally, he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man’s tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

‘Have you ever told a  lie?’  He asked?

The man answered – ‘Yes, Lord.’

‘Have you ever been given too much  change and kept it?’

The man answered – ‘Yes, Lord.’  And the man sobbed more and more.

‘Have you ever taken something from work that wasn’t yours?’ Jesus asked.

And the man answered, ‘Yes,  Lord.’

‘Have you ever sworn, using my Father’s name in vain?’

The man, crying now, answered – ‘Yes, Lord.’

As Jesus asked many more times,  ‘Have you ever..’?  The man’s crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer – ‘Yes, Lord’.

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder.  He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love such as the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, ‘I didn’t deserve this either, but I forgive you.’

It may be hard to see how you’re going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.

Read the following first line slowly and let it sink in.

If God brings you to it – He will bring you through it.

When Jesus died on the cross, He was thinking of you!

(original author unknown)

Now, we all know that we should forgive because we are forgiven, but doesn’t reading the above quote put it in a little clearer perspective?  I know it does for me.  Trust me, forgiveness is not nearly as painful for us as it was for Jesus.