Daily Focus, April 4, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 18:1 – 19:21 (“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:So we do not lose heart.  Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”  2 Corinthians 4:16

Remember These In Prayer:

Dave Clark has been moved back into ICU at Holston Valley Medical Center after taking a bad turn on Wednesday.  His blood pressure and heart rate suddenly dropped, but medical professionals were able to get things stabilized.  It is still best that there be no visitors, but your prayers are definitely requested.

Paul Hamilton was discharged from Johnson City Medical Center on Wednesday after undergoing a heart ablation procedure on Tuesday.  It will be a few weeks before it is clear how successful the procedure was, but for now he will need to reduce his activity level for a few days.  Say a prayer that all will go well for our brother.

Linda Squibb, sister of Kenn Neal, broke her hip on Wednesday as a result of a fall.  She was to have undergone surgery Wednesday night.  Dean asks for our prayers for healing and relief.

Madelyn Neal, mother of Kenn Neal, is under hospice care at her home.  According to a report from Dean, her health is declining.  Our prayers for her have been requested.

Carol Melton, former Central member, has had her first chemotherapy treatment, we learned Monday evening from Peggy Vonderfecht.  She was already feeling some of the effects of it.  Pray for God’s blessings to be upon Carol, who now lives in Montgomery, Alabama.

A Birth!!Porter Abram McCain entered the world on Tuesday at 1:09 p.m.  The firstborn child of Mollie and Brennan McCain, he weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and is 20 inches long.  Both son and mother are doing well, and are at home.  Porter is the first grandchild for Karen and Steve Stevens, and the first great-grandchild of Betty and L.A. Hamilton.

Central’s Ladies’ Day is this Saturday, and a very large number (112!) have registered.  If you can’t be present, you can listen via our audio live streaming at this site.  If you didn’t register but can attend, please do, but notify the church office.  Keep this event in your prayers.

“Streams Of Sharing” Update: Tim Haywood announced Wednesday night that donations of / for cleaning and personal hygiene supplies will meet our goal.  Our next challenge is to provide food items.  Many of these will be obtained through bulk purchasing, but we have been asked to begin bringing in cans of chunky soup and bottles of fruit juices.  You may also want to check out the official flyer for this year’s SOS by clicking here.

A Well-Earned Honor: On Tuesday night in Nashville, Marshall Danby was named Volunteer of the Year for Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministries.  TPOM operates a Transition House and a Reentry Center for returning citizens, and Marshall has worked closely with this group for the past ten years.  Click here to see a photo of Marshall with his award.  In addition to banquet attendees Jim Carden and me you’ll also see Mark Branham, a man who is currently in TPOM’s program, and who worked with Central’s efforts at Northeast Correctional Complex.

Can You Help? A student at the Day Reporting Center in Boones Creek is in need of a bed.  If you can help with this, speak with Dennis Russell.

Jobs Available: An industry in town has contacted the church office to say that they have several positions open.  If you would like more information on this, call us and we’ll share what we have.

A Recommended R-Rated Movie?!  A preacher does just that in this article.  Read what caused a director of a Planned Parenthood clinic to change her views on the topic of abortion.  She no longer advocates this practice.

Let It Go:  *  “Don’t ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday.  Let it go.” (Unknown)  *  “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”  (1 Timothy 1:15-17)