Daily Focus, July 25, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Revelation 21:1 – 22:21 (“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”)

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:

Charlie Grindstaff remains hospitalized at Franklin Woods Hospital as doctors treat him for not being able to keep down food or drink.  An infection was found and is being treated, and more studies were done on Wednesday.  Pray for God’s wisdom to guide those who are working with him.

Evy Haywood, daughter of Amanda and Tim Haywood, is recovering at home following a bicycle wreck on Tuesday evening.  She required stitches in her chin, but no bones were broken.  Tim reported late Wednesday evening that she is “much better.  Sore and swollen.”

Lucy Hagerty remains at Agape Nursing & Rehabilitation Center as she recovers from recent hip repair surgery.

Sam McPeak, friend of Cherie Doyle as well as Heather and Jay Grindstaff, has had a devastating recurrence of Gillian-Barre Syndrome.  As of Wednesday he was still at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville on a ventilator.  Prayers for his recovery have been requested.

Randy Combs, son of Bill (deceased) and Lynn Combs, and a friend of Scott Chisam, has been battling colon cancer for several months.  The cancer has now spread to his brain, and his prognosis is poor.  Donna and Basil Barkley have been friends of the Combs family, and they ask that we pray for God’s blessings to be upon Randy.

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

A Reuniting!  On the first Sunday in August the Appalachian Church of Christ in Mountain City will merge into the Mountain City Church of Christ as one body.  They are working to overcome differences that led to their separation several years ago.  Pray for God’s blessings on this move, and pray that their combined light will shine brightly in that community.  Both Buddy Morefield and Chuck Stewart will continue to work with the one congregation.

Guest Speaker On August 11:Dick Stephens of The Malawi Project will speak at our Sunday morning worship assembly.  Dick and his wife Suzi began this project several years ago as a result of their attendance at one of our Medical Mission Seminars (which Central conducted for 19 years).  Dick will give an update on their work, and will, of course, preach the gospel.  It will be great to visit with the Stephens again.

Awesome Every Day!  We don’t often take time to watch, but the morning sunrise is an awesome sight.  Click here to watch a 30-second time lapse video of a sunrise over the mountains in nearby Boone, North Carolina.  It just might lead you to start singing, “How Great Thou Art!”

Reflect:  *  “There is one art of which people should be masters – the art of reflection.”  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)  *  “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  (Proverbs 1:5-7)