Daily Focus, May 16, 2018

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8

Daily Bible Reading: Ephesians 3:1 – 4:32 (“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:The earth is the Lord‘s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”  Psalm 24:1

Remember These In Prayer:

Suzanne Gunter has been at Franklin Woods Hospital the last several days to be treated for complications of her pancreatic cancer.  We had no update on Tuesday of how things are going.  Keep our sister in your prayers.

Teresa Wolfe has been at Johnson City Medical Center after suffering a relapse of the sepsis she suffered in March.

Lucy Hagerty was admitted to Johnson City Medical Center on Sunday morning with severe pain in her right leg.  She was to have been discharged to possibly go to a rehab facility.

Charlie Grindstaff is scheduled to undergo surgery on May 29 at Franklin Woods Hospital.  He asks that we pray for all to go well.

Ellis Engle, husband of Terry Engle, a member of the Erwin Church of Christ, is in serious condition, but is being cared for at his home.  Juanita Mathes asks that we pray for both his physical and spiritual condition.

Allison, daughter of Sheila and Charles McNabb, was discharged from a Knoxville hospital on Tuesday after going into cardiac arrest due to a potassium deficiency.  Sheila and Charles, members of the Erwin Church of Christ, are staying with their daughter for a few days to help out.  Sheila is a sister to our late Ron Whitson.

Carol Dula was admitted to Johnson City Medical Center on Saturday after suffering fractures in both of her legs following a fall at her home.  Carol has undergone several surgeries with complications in recent months; Dean Neal asks that we pray for God’s blessings on her.

Gospel Meeting Update: The meeting with the Lebanon (VA) Church of Christ will continue through this evening.  On Tuesday night we had perhaps the largest attendance of the week, with several visitors from area congregations and from the community.  Say a prayer that souls will be led to the Lord as a result of these meetings.

Care Group 2, the group headed by David and Lori Erickson, will meet at their home this Friday evening at 7:00 for a planning session.  If you are in this group, please try to be present.

Special Opportunity Sunday Evening: Following worship Sunday evening there will be a finger foods gathering in our downstairs area for all who are involved in prison ministry, as well as any who might be interested in learning more.  A special guest will be Chaplain Maurice Widener of Northeast Correctional Complex, a man who has been a special friend to the work we are doing at the prison.  Come learn from a man who has been “on the inside” for 24 years.

One Last Reminder: If you’d like to help Caitlin Shew and her two children following the unexpected death of her husband, Ben, last week, you can either (1) visit this site and make a donation to help with expenses, or (2) bring a restaurant gift card to the building (which we will then get to the family).  Keep this young family in your prayers.  Ben was a cousin to Scott Chisam.

Complaints?  *I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.”  (Joe Walsh). *Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5