Daily Focus, February 19, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: John 16:1-33 (“I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”  John 3:36

Remember These In Prayer:

Jade Vance, daughter of Stephanie and Isaac Vance, did not undergo the procedure on Monday that had been scheduled.  Her asthma doctor opted to change medications and see how she is doing in a month.  She has had a chronic cough for the last several months.  Say a prayer that all will go well for Jade.

Tom Ellis has been having more difficulty breathing as his COPD and congestive heart failure worsen.  Pray for God’s blessings to be upon our brother.

Carl Walker, our neighbor who helps with mowing and in other ways, spent a couple of nights at Franklin Woods Hospital with heart palpitations.  He is doing better now, and will see a cardiologist in a few days.  If you’d like to send a note of encouragement, his address is 600 Crowell Lane, Johnson City, TN, 37601.

Jim Bowlin, brother of Ken Bowlin, is in need of prayers as he suffers from congestive heart failure.  Ken asks that we pray for his brother.

The one among us who requested prayers for a procedure that was to be done learned on Monday that the issue is not a serious one.  Needless to say, they are greatly relieved and are thankful to God.

Carol Melton, former member of Central, is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday in Montgomery, Alabama to remove a tumor in her abdomen.  Nothing is yet known about the nature of this tumor.

Gale Morton continues to heal well following her recent hip replacement surgery.  She sends this note: “Thank you to you and the members of the church for the visits, the cards and the prayers during my recent hip surgery. The support of the Central family was a great blessing to me. Thank you so much.”

Robert Smith continues under hospice care at The Waters of Johnson City.  He is doing well, and keeps up with his Central family through the bulletins.  He is in room 170 and enjoys having visitors.

Mark, a man at the Mountain City prison who has been a devoted helper to our efforts there, will be released this week after many years of incarceration.  He has been accepted into the Transition House and the Reentry Program of Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry in Nashville.  Say a prayer that Mark will do well, and will soon be firmly grounded in his life of freedom.

The Goldilocks Principle?  Click here to go to an article entitled “The Goldilocks Principle”.  The girl in the fairy tale found a bowl of porridge, a chair, and a bed that were all “just right” for her.  That’s what we find when we consider the planet Earth – it’s “just right” for human life.  How do we explain this phenomenon?  The article, published by Apologetics Press gives a simple answer.  Bolster your faith by taking a few minutes to read this.

Care In Choosing Our Friends:  *  “We create our buildings and then they create us.  Likewise, we construct our circle of friends and our communities and then they construct us.”  (Frank Lloyd Wright)  *  “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’”  (1 Corinthians 15:33)