Daily Focus, September 21, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 7:1-89 (“And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!”  (Romans 11:33)

Remember These In Prayer:

The family of Charlie Grindstaff continues to mourn his passing on Monday.  A graveside service will be held this morning at 10:00 at Monte Vista Cemetery.  If you wish to attend, please arrive by 9:50.  Pray for God’s comfort to be upon all of his family.  Click here to see his obituary.

Lee Davis is scheduled to undergo lab work, meet with his doctors, and begin chemotherapy this coming Monday morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center.  Following the initial infusion, he and Carla will return home to continue his chemo treatments on an outpatient basis.

Lynda Gray  is now in room 712 at the new Princeton Rehab as she recovers from total knee replacement surgery earlier this week.  She thanks everyone for their prayers and reports that she is still making progress.  (Princeton Rehab is located on the site of the old North Side Hospital on Princeton Road It shares the same building as Princeton Assisted Living where our Judy Jones resides.)

Julie Muse, sister of Luanne Hoilman, is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on September 23.  Luanne asks that we pray for the surgery to go well, and that her other health conditions can be improved.

Richard Hoilman, cousin to Danny Hoilman, has been placed under hospice care after an inoperable brain tumor was recently discovered.  Richard lives in Bakersville, North Carolina, and had served 42 years as a deputy with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  He is not expected to live long.

Kristi, sister-in-law to Leslie Ellis, was to undergo surgery on Friday to remove part of her stomach after efforts to repair a bleeding ulcer failed.  We have had no update on how things went.

Angelina Fontana, niece of Jan Holden, is dealing with several health problems.  Jan has asked that we pray for God’s help.

One of the men in one of our classes at the prison needs our prayers for God’s help as he deals with a potentially serious issue.  The Lord will know the individual and the needs.

Young people from around the area are at High Rock Bible Camp this weekend for the annual Fall Retreat.  Say a prayer that they will be under God’s watchful care, and that their souls will be strengthened and encouraged by this time together.

Worship God Tomorrow: He calls all His people to come together and worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24).  Prepare your heart to give Him your best.  Join us at 9:15 for Bible study and at 10:15 and at 6:00 for worship.

Relief Drive Continues: So much devastation was caused in The Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian.  Our own Colleen McAlister plans to leave soon to help with the relief efforts.  Your donations will help equip her with two generators, as well as extra funds to spend on needs she will encounter.  Make your donation by tomorrow.

Cling!  If you click on this link you’ll be taken to a 3-minute video featuring a great rendition of “The Old Rugged Cross” sung cappella.  I think you’ll like this “quartet”.

Choosing Joy:  * Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us.”  (Henri Nouwen)  *  “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  (Psalm 16:11)