Daily Focus, June 5, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 17:1 – 18:23 (“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”  1 Corinthians 14:20

Remember These In Prayer:

The family and friends of Louise Welch are mourning her passing on Tuesday morning at her home at Cornerstone Village.  Louise would have turned 94 later this month.  She has been a part of the Central family since moving here from West Tennessee in 2006.  A funeral service will be held in Union City, TN on Saturday, and a memorial service for her friends in this area will be held in a couple of weeks.  You may view her obituary by clicking here.

Mildred Hall, mother of Gay Clark and Tim Hall, likely suffered a light stroke on Tuesday morning at her home at Brookdale of Kingsport.  She regained cognitive and communication abilities as the day wore on, and will be watched closely to assess any further damage.

Levi Potter, 4-year-old son of Amanda Potter, was taken to UT Children’s Hospital in Knoxville on Tuesday as he again developed a high fever and was throwing up.  Doctors have so far been unable to diagnose his problem.  Lynda Gray asks that we pray for God’s blessings for this child to heal.

Sherry Carden continues to recover at home following last week’s hospitalization for pneumonia.  She will be under home health care for a few more days.

Delora Tidwell, mother of Patti Fatherree, is adjusting to her new living quarters at The Waters Of Johnson City.  Say a prayer that this transition will go well.

Katie Selby, wife of June and Fred Selby’s grandson Tyler, is awaiting a judge’s formal ruling on Thursday on the case in which a woman who stepped in front of Katie’s car was killed.  Katie was found to not be at fault, but a judge must make the final ruling.  Pray for a favorable ruling so Katie can be free to leave Ethiopia with Tyler and their two young children.

Tina Thornton, a lady in the community who has reached out to us for prayers, is at Johnson City Medical Center, room 5502, undergoing treatments for severe fluid retention.  Her daughter Brittany also continues to deal with health challenges.

Carl Walker, neighbor and friend of Central, remains at Signature Health Care Center in Elizabethton, room 114.  He is scheduled to meet with a specialist on Friday regarding his inability to keep down food or fluids.  Ask the Lord to bless Carl and his wife Sheila.

Onaway Mulligan, mother of Pat Jones, is back at her home in Georgia after undergoing surgery last week to repair fractures in a vertebra suffered in a fall.

One More Evening Of VBS: Our 2019 Vacation Bible School will come to a conclusion this evening at 6:30.  The lessons are powerful and will help prepare our children for many challenges they will face in life.  Our adult class is also producing some outstanding lessons.  Come join us for our final session!

A Time To Speak Up: We received word through Dennis Russell on Tuesday that the Johnson City Commission is considering new regulations that would allow local movie theaters to sell beer at its concession stands.  Should this cause concern for Christians?  I urge you to send an email to our city commissioners respectfully asking them to vote down this proposal.  Their email addresses are jwise@johnsoncitytn.org, jbrock@johnsoncitytn.org, jhunter@johnsoncitytn.org, tfowler@johnsoncitytn.org, and lcalhoun@johnsoncitytn.org.  The voices of God’s people need to be heard.

The Power Of Love:  *  “We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”  (William Ewart Gladstone)  *  “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”  (1 Peter 4:8)