Daily Focus, November 1, 2018

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

Daily Bible Reading: Amos 5:1 – 6:14 (“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.)

This Week’s Memory Verse:The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”  (Psalm 51:17)

Remember These In Prayer:

Thurman Dye was not transferred on Wednesday to a rehab facility as had been planned, but it is hoped he will be today.  He has been at Johnson City Medical Center for the past few days being treated for fluid on his lungs.

Roger Witherspoon was discharged from Holston Valley Medical Center on Wednesday, and is now back home.  He is recovering from knee replacement surgery, and will begin outpatient rehab therapy today.

Hadley Gray, young granddaughter of a friend of Brenda McKinnis, was doing better on Wednesday, and was to have been discharged to go back home.  Her white blood cell count was reportedly much better, and it is thought the problem may have been a viral infection.

Clarence “Bubba” Cannon, a man who has preached for the Roan Mountain and Mountain View Churches of Christ, has been referred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a possible heart transplant at the age of 44.  He suffered a massive heart attack earlier this year, and now has only 15% heart function.  Prayers are requested as he begins this process of evaluation.

The family of Grayson West, 4-year-old cousin of Shelbey Brackett, continues to mourn his passing on Monday evening at his home, following a lengthy battle with leukemia.  The family will receive friends this evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Davis Funeral Home in Harriman, Tennessee, and a funeral will be conducted on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the same location.  You can view his obituary by clicking on this link.  Pray for God’s comfort to be upon Shelbey and all of her family.

Know The Truth: There is a strong media effort going on to persuade residents of our area that a casino in Bristol will be good for our region.  To hear “the rest of the story”, tune in this evening at 8:00 to Gospel Broadcasting Network’s presentation of “GBN Live” for a discussion of “Casino Gambling”.  One of the featured presenters will be John DeBerry, a Christian who has spoken at Central, and who is a member of the Tennessee State Legislature.  Click here to go to the site where you can watch the program, or go to GBN’s Facebook page where you can watch it live.  You can submit questions through the Facebook site.

Time Change Ahead: Daylight Saving Time comes to an end in the early morning hours this Sunday, so set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday evening.  Enjoy an extra hour of sleep, and be refreshed and ready for Sunday Bible study at 9:15.

What I Can Do:  *  “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”  (Charles Dickens)  *  “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”  (Galatians 6:2,3)