Daily Focus, May 30, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 7:1 – 8:22 (“Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”  (2 Peter 3:18)

Remember These In Prayer:

Sherry Carden remains hospitalized at Johnson City Medical Center as she is being treated for pneumonia.  There is no word yet on when she might be discharged.

Janice Moze is scheduled to meet today with specialists at The Cleveland Clinic to discuss possible surgery to replace a heart valve.

Onaway Mulligan, mother of Pat Jones, came through her surgery on Wednesday as doctors repaired the fractures in her vertebra.  Pat, who is staying with her for awhile, reported that she was already feeling some relief.  She hopes her mother will be discharged today to return home.

Delora Tidwell, mother of Patti Fatherree, has been at Johnson City Medical Center since Saturday following a fall at her home.  No bones were broken, but she was having significant pain in her leg.

Kelly Cook, who has worshiped with us for the last few weeks, is at Franklin Woods Hospital where she is being treated for pancreatitis and dehydration.

Robert Smith continues at The Waters Of Johnson City where he has been for the last couple of years.  His problems with his legs have returned, his daughter Becky reported on Wednesday.  The meeting on Wednesday concerning his level of care did not go as hoped.  It would be good for him to receive cards and visits to encourage him. He is in room 170.

Ken Bowlin is slowly improving following surgery last Friday at Vanderbilt Medical Center to repair a detached retina.  Melinda reported on Wednesday that the swelling in the eye has gone down, and they will return to Vanderbilt on Monday to be evaluated.

Carl Walker, neighbor and good friend of Central, was discharged from Johnson City Medical Center on Wednesday, and has been admitted to Pine Ridge Care Center in Elizabethton for rehab.  He is recovering from an advanced case of pneumonia, and is doing better.

The family of Lambert Murphy, brother-in-law of Gene Arrowood, is mourning his passing on Wednesday in Virginia.  He had been ill for some time, according to Gene; he was 93 years old.

A Workday For VBS will take place Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Come help get things ready for a great VBS. Call Greg Ryan if you need more information.

HRBC Family Day is coming up Saturday at High Rock Bible Camp.  All children ages 6-13 and their parents are invited to come “try out” the camp.  There will be Bible classes, crafts, games, and sports.  Classes for adults will also be offered.  There is no charge to attend, and an evening meal will be served.  No need to register, but call Brandon Quesinberry, Tim Haywood, or me if you need more information.

Pray For Our President: There is an effort led by religious groups to have “A Special Day Of Prayer For President Trump”.  We think that is always a good idea, as 1 Timothy 2:1,2 teaches us.  If you’re not in the habit of praying for the President and other government leaders, June 2 (Sunday) would be a good day to begin.

Should The Government Encourage Church Attendance?  According to this article, that’s just what John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Governor of Massachusetts advocated.  And he wasn’t alone.  Take time to read this article, and share it with your friends.

Becoming “Little”:  *  “A great man is always willing to become little.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)  *  “But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.”  (Mark 10:43,44)