Daily Focus, February 4, 2020

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

Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 9:1-18 (“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  (Romans 10:17)

Remember These In Prayer:

Courtney Valentine was discharged from Sycamore Shoals Hospital on Monday afternoon, and is now resting at home.  Keep her in your prayers as she regains her strength.

Karen Stevens has again seen her skin graft surgery delayed.  The wound from the previous surgery has not healed sufficiently, so the surgeon wants to wait until at least Friday before attempting the procedure.  Karen remains at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.  Anna Eller, her daughter, reported Monday evening, “She is feeling good, just ready to be home”.  Keep our sister in your prayers.

Evadna Fruewirth has been hospitalized at Franklin Woods Hospital as she is being treated for severe pneumonia.  Her condition does not allow her to have visitors or phone calls.

Ivan Johns, father of Sandra Honeycutt, is hospitalized in Florida after a fall last week.  He is 94 years old, and is having some complications from that fall.  Sandra asks for our prayers.

Mary Lou Cooper will soon see specialists following the discovery of cancer cells in the lymph nodes removed in a recent surgery.  Pray that all will be under the guidance of our wise and loving heavenly Father.

Emma Harrod, the young lady for whom we have prayed in past months, is back in the hospital with a UTI.  Arlene Kellum asks that we pray for her, as well as for her parents who diligently care for her needs.

Lena Bragg, friend of June and Fred Selby, is recovering from a fall from her bed at a rehab center on Sunday morning.  She underwent hip replacement surgery on Friday, but has not recovered from the anesthesia, so the nature of her injuries from the fall, if any, is unknown.  Her late husband was an elder of the Waldorf Church of Christ in Maryland.  Fred asks that we pray for God’s help in her recovery.

The family of Kate, 47-year-old sister-in-law to Ron Skipper, is mourning her passing on Saturday.  Ron and his family are in Nebraska to be with their family.  Ron has asked for our prayers.

Schedule Change: There will be no Ladies’ Bible Study this coming Thursday morning (February 6).

Desperate To Become A Christian!  By clicking here you’ll be taken to an article by Dr. Mani Pagidipalli, a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and a preacher of the gospel in India.  He writes about a woman who overcame many obstacles to become a Christian.  What amazing faith she has demonstrated!

A Challenging Work: A YouTube video of Dr. Mani speaking in Dallas in 2018 can be viewed at this link.  He tells of the opportunities and challenges of preaching the gospel of Christ in India.  Learning how others come to Christ may help us appreciate even more the blessings we have in the United States.

Better To Be Alone?  *  “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.”  (George Washington)  *  “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’”  (1 Corinthians 15:33)