Daily Focus, January 20, 2018

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

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 13:1 – 14:29 (“You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”  Matthew 25:13

Remember These In Prayer:

Joy Carter Hildrich, mother of Cathy Carter-Bisner, is declining due to the pneumonia she developed last week.  Continued prayers for her comfort and improvement are appreciated.  She remains at Franklin Woods Hospital, but Cathy asks that there be no visitors.

One among us who does not wish to be identified is going through a very stressful time with various challenges.  This person feels “under attack by Satan”, and especially now needs to know that God is present.  Though you don’t know the name or the details of this situation, pray for this family member.  God will know the one for whom you are praying.

Pat Stiltner is recovering well from her recent knee replacement surgery, according to a report relayed to us through Gay Clark.  According to Gay, Pat has not used a cane, and has no pain except when lying in an uncomfortable position at night.  Let us remember to thank God for blessing our sister so richly with these results.

Bill Combs, dear friend of Donna and Basil Barkley, was moved out of ICU at Johnson City Medical Center because, as Donna related it, “they have done all they can”.  His condition remains quite serious following his severe heart attack followed by pneumonia due to aspiration.  Prayers for Bill and for his wife Lynn are greatly appreciated.

Bill Wolfe, uncle of Eugene, continues to deal with the pain and effects of multiple myeloma.  He is scheduled to return to Vanderbilt Medical Center on Monday to consult with specialists there.

Charlie Russell, former Central member, is scheduled to undergo a heart catheterization on Tuesday of next week.  He and his wife Christine now live in Tehachipi, California.  Please pray that all will go well.

The family of Lou Bragg, grandmother of Jeremiah Taylor, will receive friends today from 11:00 to 1:00 at the building of the Elizabethton Church of Christ, with a funeral service following at 1:00.  Lou and her late husband Hoyt were once members of Central, and were known and loved by many throughout this area.

The family of Chloe Fleenor, sister of the late Dottie Greer, will receive friends today from 11:30 to 1:00 at Tetrick Funeral Home in Elizabethton, with a funeral service at 1:00.  Chloe was a long-time member of the Mountain City Church of Christ, and in recent years was a part of the Centerview Church of Christ.

Tomorrow Is The Lord’s Day!  Spend some time preparing your heart for worship tomorrow.  Join us for Bible study at 9:15, and for worship at 10:15 and at 6:00.

The Video Shown Sunday Night in our discussion of “Christian Perspectives On Drug Abuse” can be viewed here.  If you missed it Sunday evening, we urge you to take ten minutes to watch this.  It may open your eyes to the growing problem of drug abuse.

“Talkin’ Baseball”:  Before Daniel Norris leaves us for Spring Training with the Detroit Tigers, he has agreed to host another session of talking about his experiences in the Major Leagues, and taking your questions.  This will be next Sunday, January 28, at 4:30 in the auditorium.

Winter Outerwear Drive Continues: Students with the Quillen College of Medicine are asking us to contribute winter jackets, coats, gloves, scarves, and caps to be distributed to the poor and the homeless in our area.  Bring these to the old foyer, and place them in one of the two wooden bins you’ll see there.  The drive continues through the end of the month.

Can We Judge?  *  “It is very unfair to judge any body’s conduct without an intimate knowledge of their situation.”  (Jane Austen)  *  “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.”  (Romans 14:13)