Daily Focus, July 22, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Revelation 15:1 – 16:21 (“And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

Remember These In Prayer:

Bella, one of the twin daughters of Sharley and Jonathan French, is scheduled to undergo surgery today to have her tonsils removed.

MeLissa Crockett is continuing to be evaluated by her cardiologist after suffering chest pains and a seizure last weekend.  She is presently wearing a heart monitor, and will undergo an echocardiogram on August 19.

Skylar Strong, 19-year-old daughter of Judy Strong, continues to receive dialysis treatments at her home as she waits for a kidney for transplant.  Judy has passed the blood screening tests, and is now scheduled to have more tests done on August 7 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Larry Reece was with us on Sunday after undergoing surgery last week to remove a melanoma from his scalp.  Lymph nodes were also removed during the surgery, but these have tested negative.  It appears that all of the cancer was removed.

Becky Chisam, sister of Scott Chisam, remains hospitalized at Johnson City Medical Center where she is receiving treatment for cellulitis in her leg.  She did not suffer broken bones in her foot as had been earlier thought.

Dorothy Jacobs, mother of Joe Jacobs, is now at a rehab facility where she is recovering from recent hip surgery.  Her recovery is complicated by the fact that she is also undergoing chemotherapy.

Jim Roten, cousin of Fred Roten, has been given only a couple of weeks to live, Fred heard on Saturday.  Jim is under hospice care in Ohio.

Larry Lloyd, a former elder of the North Jackson Avenue Church of Christ in Bartow, Florida, has been battling cancer.  He has been told by his doctors that there is nothing more that can be done for him, so he has been placed under hospice care.  Larry is a close friend of June and Fred Selby.

Amy Clevenger, former Central member, and her husband Steve are on a mission trip with others to Guyana, South America.  They have asked for our prayers for safety and success.

The family of Beulah Burnette is mourning her passing early Sunday morning in Crossville, Tennessee.  She and her late husband Eldredge were members of Central several years ago.  Following Eldredge’s passing Beulah went to live with her son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Cathy Burnette.  The family will receive friends on Saturday evening, August 3, at Tetrick Funeral Home, and a memorial service will be conducted on Sunday, August 4 at the mausoleum of Washington County Memory Gardens.  Keep the Burnette family in your prayers.

Temporary Foster Care is still needed for Lucy Hagerty’s cat while Lucy remains in rehab care.  Someone has offered to pay the cost of cat food and litter during this time if you’ll provide the TLC.  Call the church office if you’d like more information.

Help For Caregivers: Peter Rosenberger has developed an outreach to encourage and advise all who provide care for loved ones.  You can click here to go to his web site to see the books and other resources that are available, including his book, “7 Caregiver Landmines And How You Can Avoid Them”.  (Thanks to Cheryl Whitted for making us aware of this resource.)

Hang On!  *  “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!”  (Theodore Roosevelt)  *  “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  (1 Corinthians 15:58)