Daily Focus, December 30, 2019

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

Daily Bible Reading: John 4:1-54 (“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

Remember These In Prayer:

Lee Davis remains at Johnson City Medical Center where he is being treated for pneumonia and sepsis.  On Sunday afternoon he was not doing well.  He and Carla truly appreciate all of the prayers you’re offering on his behalf.

Jordan Simerly, a college student who worships with us, is to meet with an oncologist today to learn more about the nature of the lymphoma he has been diagnosed as having.  He is a great-nephew of Karen Curtis and Kay Napier.  Pray for the Lord’s guidance to lead him through whatever may be ahead of him.

Charlotte Barefield remains at Franklin Woods Hospital as she is being treated for pneumonia and severe anemia.  She has received blood transfusions, as well as an iron infusion, but still has pneumonia in her lungs.

Juanita Mathes was admitted to Quillen Rehab Hospital on December 24 after suffering a recent fall at her home.  She will be there for a few more days; she is in room 122.

Joyce Hall continues to recover from cellulitis in her leg.  She will be on oral antibiotics for a few more days.

Wayne Osborn, father of Sharley French, was admitted to Franklin Woods Hospital on Friday night with diabetic ketoacidosis.  He is in the ICU there.

The family of Brenda Piro, sister of Judy VonDollen, is mourning her passing on Sunday in Joliet, Illinois.  Prayers have been requested for Judy and her family.

The family of Dave Forinash, father of Geri Mahaley, is mourning his unexpected passing in Charleston, South Carolina late Sunday evening.  He had been hospitalized for a lung infection, but seemed to be doing better in the last day or two.  Geri and Matt were planning to travel Sunday night to be with her mother, Jean.  Keep this family in your prayers.

The West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas (near Fort Worth) is reeling after a gunman shot and killed one worshiper, and seriously injured another.  The gunman was then shot and killed by armed security.  Say a prayer that God will send strong comfort to this church, and that the wounded member will recover.

Identifying With Central: On Sunday evening we announced that Judith Frye wishes to identify with our Central family.  Judith, a native of the nation of Panama, formerly worshiped with the Roan Mountain Church of Christ before moving to Piney Flats.  She is already listed in our Instant Church Directory.  Welcome her to our family.  (She often brings her granddaughter A.J. to worship.)

Can You Help?  A young Christian man will begin the Physician’s Assistant Program at Milligan University a week from today.  He is looking for a reasonably priced one-bedroom apartment.  If you have a lead on one, please contact Tim Haywood as soon as possible.

Schedule Change: There will be no Bible classes this Wednesday night, January 1, due to holiday travel and disrupted schedules.  Join us in the auditorium that evening for an all-church devotional.

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 it, too.

How To Succeed?  *  “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everyone all the time.”  (Herbert Bayard Swope)  *  “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  (Matthew 5:11,12)