Daily Focus, February 26, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Job 1:1 – 2:13 (“And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?’”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Is not My word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29

Remember These In Prayer:

Jane Fillers remains hospitalized in Franklin, Tennessee after a kidney stone attack on Saturday afternoon.  An infection developed, and her doctors wanted to keep her longer to manage that.  Marie Johnson, Jane’s daughter, reports that she is feeling better, and her blood pressure is improving.

Linda Russell will undergo tests today at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville in preparation for heart valve replacement surgery.  No date has yet been set for the surgery.  Prayers have been requested for all to go well.

Tom Ellis is scheduled to meet with a specialist today as he continues to deal with serious breathing and heart issues.  Pray for God’s wisdom to guide all that is done to improve Tom’s health.

Jim Nichols, father of Jonathan Nichols, is doing well following a mini-stroke he suffered on Sunday.  Several tests have been run, and it appears no permanent damage has occurred.  Jim had been on medication from a previous stroke, and it is felt this kept Sunday’s event from being worse than it was.  If all continues to go well, he will be discharged to go home on Tuesday.

Norma Kormann, a dear friend of Mary Nell Lilly who lives in Memphis, is scheduled to undergo surgery today.  Norma has serious health problems, and Mary Nell asks that we pray for God to be with her friend during this surgery.

Kathy Kidwell remains at Johnson City Medical Center following surgery on Saturday to repair her broken leg, suffered in a fall on Friday at her home.  She is doing some better, and is scheduled to be discharged this morning to go to NHC Health Care.  Kathy, a resident of Watauga Square Apartments, was baptized last June.

Lucy Hagerty continues at Lakebridge Health Care following recent surgery on her leg.  She greatly appreciates all of the cards and visits, and asks for continued prayers for her healing.

Linda Moore and Carlene Bannister were both scheduled to undergo tests on Monday.  No word has been received on how things went for either, but keep them in your prayers.

Don Hodge, husband of Judy Hodge (Karen Curtis’ sister), was diagnosed last week with a brain tumor.  No decisions have yet been made regarding treatment or surgery.  It has been requested that there be no visits or phone calls.

The family of Homer Deel, first cousin of Pat Stiltner, is mourning his passing in Virginia on Saturday night after his pickup truck hydroplaned and crashed into a creek.  Homer was 82 years old, and Pat was very close to him.

Some Happy News: We received a phone call Monday evening from former members Vincent and Jana Meninno reporting that they will be parents this summer!  Jana’s due date is June 30, and all is going well so far.  Both are working with Lindenwood University-Belleville.  They have chosen not to know the gender of their child until birth.  Their address is 1845 Old Park Lane, Belleville, IL, 62226.

Continuing Education: Christians are called to be ready to give reasons for the faith they hold (1 Peter 3:15).  Apologetics Press can help with that!  Click here to learn about their “Christian Evidences Study Course” which you can download and use for free.  There are Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels.  Prepare yourself to help your friends discover Christ’s saving faith.

Seeking The Best:  *  “It’s a funny things about life; if you refuse to accept anything  but the best, you very often get it.”  (W. Somerset Maugham)  *  “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”  (Colossians 3:1,2)