Daily Focus, January 31, 2020

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

Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 6:1-35 (“He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

Remember These In Prayer:

Courtney Valentine underwent surgery on Wednesday at Sycamore Shoals Hospital for appendicitis.  She will remain hospitalized for a few more days to monitor her condition.  She asks that we send her deep gratitude for the outpouring of love she and her children have received through all of this.

Karen Stevens remains at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville as she undergoes treatments for cancer.  Surgery has not yet happened, and will likely not be scheduled until the first of next week.  Pray for God’s blessings to be upon her.

Jordan Simerly is at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas this week to consult with specialists about his recent diagnosis of lymphoma.

Mary Lou Cooper will soon meet with specialists after learning that her recent biopsies of lymph nodes had cancer cells.

Michael Heim, son-in-law of Sheila and David Frakes, is undergoing tests following a recent episode of kidney stones.  Our prayers for all to turn out well have been requested.

Jean Thompson, sister of Jan Bennett, learned on Thursday that the biopsies of tissue taken in her recent procedure showed no cancer cells.  Jan writes, “God hears and answers our prayers.  Thank you and everyone who prayed for this outcome.”

The family of Carl Cornett, a member of the Northeast Church of Christ who was known to several here at Central, is mourning his passing on Wednesday evening at Mountain Home VA Medical Center.  A memorial service is being planned, but plans have not yet been announced.

The family of Odas Watson, a member of the Crandull Church of Christ in Shady Valley, is mourning his passing on Wednesday.  In June of last year Kent Earnest baptized Odas into Christ after studying with him.  You may view his obituary by clicking on this link.

An All-Day Seminar will be held today at the Main Annex of Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City.  About 52 men are signed up for the seminar, in addition to about 8-10 other inmates who will help with various duties.  Say a prayer that much good will come from this event.

Sunday’s Bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.  Take some time to learn the latest news and service opportunities from among your Central family.

Two New Brothers In Christ!  On Thursday morning Chuck Stewart, preacher for the Mountain City Church of Christ, baptized two men who had expressed a desire in becoming Christians.  He studied with each of them prior to their baptisms, of course.  Anthony Metcalf (ID # 553114) and Larry are now Christians, washed by the blood of the Lamb!  (We don’t yet have Larry’s permission to release his information.)  Say a prayer that both of these will grow in their new faith.

Encourage A New Christian: If you’d like to send a note of encouragement to this new brother, please follow these guidelines: (1) Address the card to Anthony Metcalf, # 553114, NECX, P.O. Box 5000, Mountain City, TN, 37683-5000; (2) use Central’s address for the return address; (3) leave the envelope unsealed; (4) use a pen name instead of your actual name; and (5) let us apply the postage, as stamps are not allowed for incoming mail.

Our Need For Patience:  *  “How poor are they that have not patience!  What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”  (William Shakespeare)  *  “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”  (Romans 12:12)