Daily Focus, September 30, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 20:1 – 21:35 (“And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.'”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”  Romans 12:10

Remember These In Prayer:

Lee Davis was to have completed the first round of his chemotherapy infusions on Sunday in Nashville.  He and Carla will remain there for a few days for lab work and observation before returning home.  He is being treated for MDS, Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

Ashley Dowler Jang, daughter of Cathy and Brian Dowler, is in very serious condition in a hospital in Hawaii after her first child had to be delivered in an emergency situation.  Ashley is suffering from preeclampsia, her kidneys are not functioning, and she has lung and liver problems, too.  Our prayers are requested for God’s help to bring her through this so she can raise her daughter (who appears to be doing well).  Cathy and Brian Dowler were members of the Northeast congregation in Kingsport a few years ago, and are known to some among us.

Shatoya Bagley was admitted to the hospital on Thursday evening when it was discovered she was seriously deficient in phosphorous.  She was discharged on Friday after receiving IV supplements, and will meet with her physician and an oncologist this Friday for further studies.  Shatoya was with us in worship Sunday evening.

Violet Yates has been started on oxygen and steroids to help with breathing issues that have developed.  She is still at home, and enjoys calls and visits.  Keep our dear sister in your prayers.

Kay Napier is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on October 8.  Prayers for all to go well would be appreciated.

Lynda Gray is doing well with her rehab following knee replacement surgery.  She is scheduled to be discharged on Tuesday from Princeton Transitional Care, and will have home physical therapy upon returning home.

Brenda McKinnis is scheduled to undergo a biopsy this Thursday.  She asks for our prayers that all will turn out well.

Julie Muse, sister of Luanne Hoilman, has had no improvement in her vision following the eye cataract surgery she had earlier this week.  Pray that the Lord will help bring about healing.

Bandy Tester was with us on Sunday, and is now on a walker.  She is doing well in her recovery from a shattered heel.

Bonnie Franklin continues to deal with swelling in her leg as a result of blood clots.  She also has cloudiness in her vision following her cataract surgery.  She and Becky Blacklidge, her daughter, were back with us in worship on Sunday.  Becky is recovering from inner ear infections which has produced vertigo-like symptoms.

Joel Poole’s grandmother passed away late last week in Memphis, just shy of her 101st birthday.  Joel is the fiance of Adrienne Cline, and they are to be married in November.

Linda Barrette was back with us in worship on Sunday morning following her recent overseas trip.  Let us remember to thank God for answering our prayers for her safety on this journey.

Joanna Torgerson responded to the invitation Sunday morning to ask for our prayers.  She has been dealing with sadness from the losses and struggles that our Central family has witnessed in recent weeks.

Colleen McAlister will leave a week from today to go to The Bahamas to help with relief work there following Hurricane Dorian.  She plans to stay until early December.  Colleen went through Hurricane Irma in 2017 on the island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and lost her home.  She knows the great need for help.  Pray for her safety and health during this time of service.

Serve With Us this evening at 6:00 through Monday Night For The Master.  These are great opportunities to get to know one another better, and to serve the Lord in simple yet meaningful ways.  Come be our guest!

New Wednesday Bible Classes: This coming Wednesday evening will see new Bible classes for adults at Central.  To see the lineup of classes, with a brief synopsis of each, click here.  Plan to be involved in group Bible studies!

Bible Studies Elsewhere: Did you know that some of our ladies teach Bible studies at the Day Reporting Center in Boones Creek each Thursday?  The DRC is an arm of Tennessee Department of Correction, and several ladies are learning God’s word through these efforts.  Also, Steve Ingram leads a Bible study of John’s gospel on Thursday mornings at the DRC.  Let’s pray for God’s blessings on these efforts.

A Ceaseless Song:  *  “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.”  (Emily Dickinson)  *  “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”  (Psalm 42:5,6a)