A little manna


THERE are fifteen verses regarding manna in the Bible. It is described as a food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness. It can also be described as divinely inspired spiritual nourishment of something of value that falls one’s way.

For Kilgoreite Pastor Riley Pippen something of spiritual value has fallen his way and has been compiled into a devotional book called “Manna for the Morning.” The book was originally scheduled for release in September but the arrival of Hurricane Irma caused a delay with printing staff just returning to work at the Florida-based publishing house. God-sent, the delay in printing of the book has actually increased the orders coming in to the Pippen household and Amazon, Pastor Riley says.

“I have always really enjoyed Exodus 16 of the Israelites and how they had to take of the bread only one day at a time. It is the reason for the devotional to learn to take only one day,” said Pastor Riley. “The book was actually started three years ago from my many notes on Exodus.”

On December 31, 2014, Riley retired from Highland Baptist Church.

“I told (the congregation) at the time I am not retiring from the ministry or the service, just from this church,” said Riley. His actions became a welcome assistance to Forest Home Baptist Church of Kilgore.

“I had spoken to Bro. Buddy and Connie (Duggins) prior to leaving Highland Park and my wife, Deborah, and I felt it was where we needed to be. The timing couldn’t have been better. I have loved every minute of helping Buddy, assisting him personally as a friend and where I can be used in the church. The move has freed up time for my family and for projects like the completion of the book.

“I will continue to serve in any capacity at Forest Home,” he said. “And we have spoken about planning a mission trip for the church. I organized sixteen for Highland Park,” he said. Those trips included Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico as well as to the Holy Land, Egypt and Jordan.

Pastor Riley and Deborah have two children and four grandchildren. He has served as pastor in three different churches over a course of 36 years.

“The recent posts for ‘Manna for the Morning’ that you see on the websites is not a complete replication of what is in the book,” said Riley. “They are some of what I refer to as abbreviations, but, you will find different devotions for every day. I did argue over the price of the book, but, the company stood firm and I decided they knew what they were doing,” he added. In the meantime, they will continue to take orders. “Manna for the Morning” will be in hand before the holidays.

IT’S not over yet according to Pat Monk, Administrative Task Force Director for Southern Baptist Convention – FHBC Disaster Relief teams. “Our eyes are on other areas like Houston, but please keep in mind there are people still totally without homes in Orange, Beaumont and Port Arthur,” he said. “There is a need for volunteers and continued support in those areas big time. And will be for quite some time.”

Contributions can be made through or mailed to Disaster Relief, Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, P.O. Box 1988, Grapevine, Tx. 76099

INDIA STROOPE and the Rader Gang have added fall and color to the front foyer and staterooms at Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore. The color adds a very nice contrast and has the feeling of just wanting to curl up on the sofa and read a book. The fireplace won’t be used for awhile at least until the frost is on the pumpkins.

MERLYN HOLMES is laughing at herself recently. “I have busy trying to get an ordinance passed regarding chickens in the city,” she said. “Some call them pets, others call them a nuisance and I find myself running around like one with no head!” Good luck, Merlyn.

May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts and Your Homes Throughout the Week. In the meantime, we may be reached at 903-984-2593 or


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