Daily Focus, October 11, 2018

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

Daily Bible Reading: Hosea 1:1 – 2:23 (“And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.)

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 came through his eye surgery on Wednesday, and is now recovering at home.  A lens had to be replaced in one of his eyes.  He appreciates the prayers of all of his family.

Grayson West, 4-year-old cousin of Shelbey Brackett, will undergo a bone marrow biopsy on Friday to gauge the effectiveness of recent chemotherapy treatments.  According to Shelbey, if the numbers are not good, he will be sent home from the Nashville hospital he has been in; there will be nothing more they can do.  Pray for this child and his family during the very stressful time.  God is able to do all things!

Christa Wright was to have undergone an MRI on Wednesday in Knoxville to determine how effective her recent treatments have been.  We have heard no report on how things went, but keep Christa in your prayers.

Mario Pimentel, son-in-law of Louise Clites, came through his ankle surgery on Wednesday, and is reportedly doing well.

Jennifer Clark, daughter of Ruth and Mark Boggs, is continuing to improve after having to be hospitalized recently due to extreme pregnancy sickness and dehydration.

Thousands are recovering as Hurricane Michael caused great destruction in Florida and Georgia on Wednesday.  Pray for those who are in greatest need of help, and for those trying to get to them.

An all-day seminar will be held on Friday at the Carter County Annex of Northeast Correctional Complex in Roan Mountain.  About 30 men will hear lessons about MAPS – motives, accountability, priorities, and stewardship, all based on God’s word.  Pray that these men will be receptive to the truth, and that much good will be accomplished.

Your Compassion Proven Again: A check for $3,230 was just put in the mail to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief to help victims of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas.  Thanks to all who participated in the special collection.  To see more about the work done by this organization, click here.

Daniel Back With Us (Briefly): It was good to see Daniel Norris with us in Bible study on Wednesday night.  He is leaving today for the Dominican Republic where he will spend a couple of weeks pitching, and will go to Japan in November to take part in an All-Star series where he will have more opportunities to pitch.  These extra assignments are part of his rehab following surgery in April.  He says he is feeling strong and much better.

Speak The Truth:  *  “The truth hurts, but silence kills.”  (Mark Twain)  *  “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”  (Proverbs 27:5,6)