Daily Focus, April 15, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 29:1 – 30:20 (“For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 7:21

Remember These In Prayer:

Jane Fillers is scheduled to undergo a lithotripsy procedure today as doctors seek to remove the large kidney stone that hospitalized her a few weeks ago.  Pray for good success.

Lucy Hagerty is scheduled to undergo skin graft surgery on her leg today.

Skylar Strong, 19-year-old daughter of Judy Strong, will have a catheter implanted on Wednesday at Holston Valley Medical Center.  This will be used for the dialysis she must begin soon, as her kidneys are not working sufficiently.  It will be another couple of weeks before the dialysis begins.

Dave Clark was discharged on Sunday afternoon from Holston Valley Medical Center after the medication to regulate his heart rhythm was successfully restarted.  He is feeling much better than he has been, and was with us in worship Sunday evening.

Jacquelyn and Tom Ellis are both dealing with health issues, and have had several doctors’ appointments.  Jacquelyn writes, “we’re being hopeful that both are on the right path to better health. We have missed being with our church family so much. Please continue to keep both of us in your prayers as well as the physicians.”

John Bannister was hospitalized for a couple of days last week, following complications from a medical procedure.  He is doing better now, and he and Carlene were with us in worship yesterday.  The Bannisters have been worshiping with us for the past several months.

The family of Jimmy Bugg, uncle of Tabitha Jenkins, is mourning his passing on Friday in Woodbury, Tennessee.  He was a member of the Sunny Slope Church of Christ.  Graveside services were held on Sunday.

Matthew Hale, boyfriend of Caitlin Crockett, was with us in worship Sunday at both services.  He is healing well from a recent bicycle accident in which he broke bones and suffered bruising and abrasions.

Don Hodge, husband of Judy Hodge (a member of the Elizabethton Church of Christ), slipped into a coma on Saturday evening.  A brain tumor was diagnosed in late February.  He is under hospice care at Mountain Home VA Medical Center.

Ron Edlin, older brother of Joyce Hall, has responded well to antibiotics, and is now scheduled for open heart surgery on Tuesday morning.  Three bypasses need to be done, as well as a heart valve replacement.  He is hospitalized in Middletown, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati.  Say a prayer that God will guide all that is done.

Becky Nidiffer, sister of Jimmy Doyle, is beginning chemotherapy and radiation treatments after cancer was recently diagnosed.  He asks for our prayers.

David Roland has learned that he almost certainly has liver cancer.  More tests will be done, and the process for a liver transplant has gotten underway at Vanderbilt Medical Center.  David is the husband of former Central member Ingrid Keefauver Roland; they are members of the West End Church of Christ in Knoxville.

Ellen, sister of Wede Peters, is mourning the unexpected passing of her newborn daughter last week in Liberia.  The child was less than a month old; she apparently developed bleeding on the brain.  Prayers for comfort would be appreciated.

Ron Jones and his family are mourning the unexpected passing of his sister-in-law in Georgia on Friday.  Pat has asked that we pray for comfort for Ron and for all of the family.

Tim Clark, son of Edie Lowry, is going through a difficult time.  Edie has asked that we pray for him.

Are You The Donor?  Skylar Strong needs a healthy kidney, and a living donor is the best option.  Click here to read a letter stating more clearly her need, and what is involved in donating a kidney.

Come Serve With Us: This evening at 6:00 several of your Central family members will gather downstairs for another session of Monday Night For The Master.  A delicious meal will be served, a brief time of prayer will be held, and then we’ll engage in simple ways to serve the Lord.  We’d love to have you join us.

On The Move: We are sad to announce that Erissa and Brent Tomamichael and their five children have moved to Texas due to a job transfer.  In a couple of weeks Haley and Josh Clark and their two sons will be moving to Murfreesboro, where Josh will begin a residence in emergency medicine.  We hate to see these fine folks move away.  Say a prayer that their transitions will go well.

Knowing We Are Loved:  *  “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.”  (Victor Hugo)  *  “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:6-8)