Daily Focus, October 9, 2018

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

Daily Bible Reading: Mark 14:1-72 (“Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

Remember These In Prayer:

Milton Hensley will undergo eye surgery later this week, we learned Monday evening.  We don’t have many details, but it is apparently a significant operation.  Say a prayer that all will go well with him.

Mario Pimentel, son-in-law of Louise Clites, is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday in Georgia, where he and Betsy live.  Our prayers for a good outcome have been requested.

Ben Ruble, brother-in-law to Faye Bailey, will undergo surgery in North Carolina on October 17 to remove a kidney.  His doctors fear it is cancerous.  He is married to Faye’s twin sister, Kay.  Prayers have been requested.

Jennifer Clark, daughter of Ruth and Mark Boggs, is continuing to do better, according to a report through Kathy Torgerson.  She has been having great difficulty keeping food down as she progresses with her pregnancy.

Irina, a 35-year-old sister in Christ who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, is dealing with very difficult challenges.  (1) The lymphoma she has been treated for since July of 2017 is still not in remission.  (2) Her father recently suffered a stoke.  (3) Her mother is paralyzed in half of her body due to an infection of her brain.  (Her parents live in the Ukraine.)  Our strong prayers for Irina have been requested.  We hope to have an address soon for those who would like to send cards or letters of encouragement.

Dennis Vonderfecht’s Address is 12531 Lovelace Road, Knoxville, TN, 37932.  Several have asked for this following the news about the passing of his father, Harold Vonderfecht, on Friday evening.

Can You Help?  A sister in Christ called the church office on Monday to say she is moving to Johnson City next week from Marietta, Georgia.  She has been a widow for the past seven years, and needs a bed, some bedding, and dinnerware.  If you have any of these items you can share, call the church office.

A Musical Heritage: Our area has become known as the birthplace of country music (with Bristol especially recognized for that).  One among us, Rebekah Hunt, has a close tie to that musical heritage.  Click here to read an article that appeared on Saturday in the Johnson City Press.  (Thanks for sharing this, Rebekah!)

The Path I Choose:  *  “How others treat me is their path; how I react is mine.”  (Wayne Dyer)  *  “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.‘”  (Romans 12:17-19)