Daily Focus, April 4, 2020

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

Daily Bible Reading: Luke 24:1-53 (“Then He said to them, ‘These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Scroll down this page for a list of prayer requests.

Tomorrow Is The Lord’s Day!  Though we are still not able to meet together physically, we can meet virtually by means of Internet technology.  So take time today to prepare your heart, and tomorrow join us as we “gather” to study God’s word at 9:15, and as we worship at both 10:15 and at 6:00.  Invite your friends to also join us.  We will send out an email later today with all the links for Bible classes and worship.

You Must See This!  Click here to watch a four-minute video featuring a virtual choir singing “In Christ Alone”.  People from various parts of the world came together via the Internet to praise God using one of the most powerful songs written in our time.  If this doesn’t thrill your soul, I’ll be surprised.  (Thanks to Carol Briggs for pointing us to this.)

Can’t Wait For Sunday?  Then go to Central’s YouTube Channel at this site and catch up on episodes of “Encouragement For The Day” that you may have missed.  You’ll also find worship and Bible study opportunities there from the past couple of weeks.  Also, remember to bookmark, Like, and Follow our Facebook page.

Sermon Notes for tomorrow morning’s lesson can be downloaded through this link.  Print this out and take notes during the study!

Still Don’t Have Your Communion Supplies?  Please call me ASAP on my cell phone, 423-426-2769, and let’s arrange a time for you to pick up your sealed, single-use cups which contain both unleavened bread and grape juice.  (We’ll provide you with enough for the month of April.)  If you would also like to drop off your contribution when you come by, that will save postage.

Feeding The Hungry: We mentioned yesterday that Central is considered an “essential business” in that we distribute groceries to needy families in our community.  This photo, taken on Friday morning, is evidence: Second Harvest Food Bank delivered three pallets of canned and dry goods, and Chig Gunter and Jim Fillers were present to get everything moved to where it needed to go.  We thank God that we can assist our neighbors in this way!

With The Kids Underfoot during this time of virtual school and “safer at home” measures in effect, here is a wonderful poem for every parent (and grandparent) to read.  It stresses a principle that we have long known, but sometimes forget.  (Thanks to Carol Briggs for sharing this with us.)

Remember These In Prayer:

Our medical professionals and their families are under unimaginable stress as they work diligently to help victims of COVID-19.  Pray for God to bless these with extra strength, and to protect them and their loved ones from the infection they are fighting.

Our government leaders are also under intense pressure to make the right decisions during this extraordinary time.  Spend more time praying for God’s wisdom to guide them than in watching often-critical news coverage of them.

Louise Clites had to visit her doctor’s office after a difficult night Thursday night, and was given fluids.  She was able to return home later on Friday afternoon, and is feeling much better now.

Evadna Fruewirth continues in rehab at Cornerstone Village after being hospitalized for several days.  Say a prayer that all will go well, and that she will soon be able to return home.

Carlene Bannister has been dealing with difficult lung issues for some time.  She and John miss being with us in worship.

Virginia Crowder remains in rehab in Nashville.  She will turn 96 on April 12, and would love to hear from her friends back home.

Buzz Reynolds, husband of Brenda McKinnis’ late cousin Martha, remains quite ill at his home in Greeneville.  Tests results showed that he does not have COVID-19 as feared, but he does have pneumonia.  He is the caregiver for his 13-year-old daughter as well as his elderly mother.  Pray for God’s help.

Brenda McKinnis learned on Friday that tissue removed in this most recent surgery was benign.  She will not need to see her surgeon for six weeks.  She has been ordered to take it easy for another month or so while she recovers.

Members of the Northwest Church of Christ in Lawton, OK have tested positive with the COVID-19 virus.  Some remain hospitalized or quarantined; others are recovering well.  Josi Marcum, daughter of Judy Von Dollen and sister of Teresa Wolfe, has asked that we pray for these members of that congregation: Ed Clark, Lorita Clark, Mike Moreno, Sondra Boykin, Shirley Ahlshlager, Danielle Schrock, Lawrence & Joy Fugett, and Vicki Underwood.

Access To God:  *  “Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God.”  (Ambrose, 337-397)  *  “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:16)