Daily Focus, December 12, 2018

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

Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 1:1 – 2:23 (“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.)

This Week’s Memory Verse:  “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”  Psalm 51:7

Remember These In Prayer:

Tom Ellis is scheduled to undergo a heart catheterization next Wednesday.  Our prayers for a good outcome have been requested.

The family of Anna Ellis, mother of Tom Ellis, continue to mourn her passing earlier this week at the age of 94.  They will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home in Jonesborough, with a funeral service at 7:00.  The burial will be on Friday at 11:00.  Keep Tom and the family in your prayers.

The family of Dylan Back, infant son of Danielle and Daniel Back, friends of Brandy and Shane Nixon, is mourning his passing on Tuesday afternoon at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  Dylan was rushed to surgery after his heart stopped, but he did not survive.  He was the grandson of a coworker of Luanne Hoilman.  Pray for God’s comfort to be upon this family.

Dave Clark continues to recover at HealthSouth Rehab Hospital in Kingsport from a recent stroke.  He is in room 322A, and would enjoy visitors.  He is making good progress, but is scheduled to remain there until December 20.

Bible Study This Evening: With the snow rapidly vanishing, conditions should be good for tonight’s gathering of Christians to study God’s word.  Come join us at 7:00.

Giving Tree Gifts should be returned to the building as soon as possible.  If you took one or more tags, please bring your gift(s) wrapped and with the tag(s) attached on the outside.  Thanks to each of you who are making the holidays a little brighter for some of the elderly in our community.

Why Listen?  *  “Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.”  (Stephen Covey)  *  “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.”  (Proverbs 18:13)