Daily Focus, December 20, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 47:1 – 48:47 (“He who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare.  For I will bring these things upon Moab, the year of their punishment, declares the Lord.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse: “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.”  1 Corinthians 6:14

Remember These In Prayer:

Lee Davis was able to resume his chemotherapy treatments on Wednesday.  He has been having some other health issues, and he has not been sleeping well.  Lee and Carla appreciate all of the prayers that have been offered during this time.

Jacquelyn Ellis is scheduled to undergo oral surgery today to remove a cyst on her gum.  The surgery was postponed from Monday when the size of the cyst showed more time would be needed for the procedure.  The nature of the cyst is not yet known.  Jacquelyn asks for our prayers that the results will be good.

Edie Lowry is now back home after spending the last month in the hospital and in rehab recovering from a stroke.  She will continue with home physical therapy.  Keep her and her husband Bob in your prayers.

Kenn Neal was discharged on Wednesday from Johnson City Medical Center following the placement of two stents on Tuesday.  Some lab results were concerning, and he is now on medications to try to bring his levels to an acceptable level.  If this doesn’t work, he may be facing a defibrillator implant.

Lena Whitted, mother of Jerry Whitted, remains under hospice care and is being treated for pneumonia.

Joanna Torgerson has been dealing with a difficult case of asthma and croup.  Keep her in your prayers as she recovers from this.

Our nation is facing serious challenges, and division is strong instead of unity.  Take time today to pray for God’s help for our leaders to deal properly with the issues.

Sunday’s Bulletin can be seen by clicking here.  Spend a few minutes learning the latest news and service opportunities from among your Central family.

Can You Help?  A Christian young man from Pennsylvania has just found out he has been accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at Milligan College.  He has only a couple of weeks to find an apartment to rent.  He comes with a good recommendation from a Christian that we know.  If you have any leads, please contact Tim Haywood or the church office as soon as possible.

Foster Children Helped: For the past few months Jennifer Chisam has been collecting and organizing clothing and supplies that can be given to foster children.  These children often come to their foster families on very short notice, and have nothing but the clothes they’re wearing.  On Thursday needs of three children were supplied from the store of things Jennifer has collected.  If you’d like to know more about this outreach to our community, speak with her.  Say a prayer for God’s protection to be upon these children.

Pen Pals Still Needed: It only takes about five minutes to write a card of encouragement to one of our new brothers in Christ at Northeast Correctional Complex.  By following simple guidelines your identity will remain concealed.  We have men waiting to be assigned a Pen Pal; contact Linda or Dennis Russell to offer your service.

2020 Bible Reading Plans: World Video Bible School is again offering their interactive Bible reading plan; it’s free to download.  This year they’ve added the capability to use Alexa with your readings, and free biweekly email reminders about your assigned readings.  Go to this site to learn more about this great resource, and tell your friends about this service, too.

Looking Ahead:  *  “The past cannot be changed.  The future is yet in your power.”  (Author Unknown)  *  “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:13,14)