Daily Focus, June 28, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 51:1-64 (“Jeremiah wrote in a book all the disaster that should come upon Babylon, all these words that are written concerning Babylon.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.”  1 Corinthians 10:12

Remember These In Prayer:

Janice Moze continues at The Cleveland Clinic, but was moved out of ICU soon after Wednesday’s surgery to replace the heart valve.  Garth reports that she is doing well, and if all continues to go well they will probably come home either this weekend or the first of next week.

Lucy Hagerty remains at Johnson City Medical Center where she is recovering from hip surgery last Sunday morning.  She was having a rough day on Thursday; pray for the Lord to bless her with relief and recovery.

Landon, young great-grandson of Louise Clites, came through his lung surgery on Wednesday, and all appears to have gone well, despite not being able to do things laparoscopically.  He will likely stay in the hospital for another two or three days before going home.  Louise reports that it will be a long recovery, and prayers are still needed.

Jim Roten, double-first cousin of Fred Roten, has taken a turn for the worse, and is hospitalized in Ohio.  Fred reported Thursday evening that there is internal bleeding and a bacterial infection.  Jim has been undergoing treatments for leukemia.

Carl Walker remains at Johnson City Medical Center as he recovers from advanced pneumonia.  Keep him and his wife Sheila in your prayers.

The family of Tim Clark, son of Edie Lowry, will receive friends this coming Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00, with a memorial service following at 6:00; these will take place at our building.  Pray for God’s comfort to be with Edie and her family. You may view his obituary by clicking here.

The family of Chase Cole, 30-year-old brother of former Central member Olivia Cole, is mourning his unexpected passing on Monday.  Chase’s father, Larry Cole, spoke on our September Wednesday night series a few years ago.  You may view the obituary by clicking here.  Cards of sympathy may be sent to Larry & Vickie Cole, 2 Bee Branch Lane, Pleasant Shade, Tennessee, 37145.  (Olivia is now married and lives in San Antonio, Texas.)

Carolyn Rupe continues at Quillen Rehab Hospital as she recovers from surgery to replace a shunt to drain excess fluid from her brain.  She is in room 107, and would be happy to receive calls, cards and visits.

Karen Stevens has been experiencing problems with her health which have caused her to miss work, as well as having to be away from worship.  She asks that we pray for God’s strength to restore her health.

Charlotte Kilby, aunt of Dean Neal, underwent surgery on Tuesday and was found to have widespread cancer.  Dean asks that we pray for God’s help.

Ted McKeehan, a neighbor of MeLissa and David Crockett, was diagnosed with leukemia a couple of months ago.  He has been taking treatments, but at age 85 it has taken quite a toll on his strength.  David asks that we pray for Ted and for his wife, Mary.

Tina Thornton has been hospitalized at Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville after losing consciousness during dialysis.  She had been transferred to Beverly Park Place in Knoxville for skilled nursing care.  Continued prayers for God’s help have been requested.

Ron and Valerie Skipper, former members of Central, are working to move back to our area from Florida, where they have lived for the last three years.  Ron has asked for our prayers as he works out details.

Sunday’s Bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.  Spend some time catching up on the latest news from among your Central family.

A Sign From Above: Click here to see a really nice sight captured yesterday evening by Heidi and Paul Elliott.  Truly it is a sign from above!

100-Year-Old Advice: If you go to this site you’ll find a nice article about a sister in Christ who is 100 years old.  She has some advice for those who are younger.

Adversity’s Beauty:  * The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”  (from the movie Mulan)  *  “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  (1 Peter 1:6,7)