Daily Focus, May 1, 2020

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

Daily Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1 – 8:17 (“Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before Him.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13

Scroll down this page for a list of prayer requests.

Sunday’s Bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.  Take time to learn the latest news from among your Central family, and note the opportunities for you to serve the needs of others.

Dealing With Isolation: The lighthearted term is “cabin fever”, but those who are restricted from getting out can feel a heaviness from their isolation.  In the video you can find here, Dr. James Dalton, Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Freed-Hardeman University, speaks about how to deal with isolation based on Psalm 13.  It’s about nine minutes long, but the points he makes are practical and can make a difference.  (There are other videos of chapel talks at F-HU that may be found on this page as well.)

Communion Supplies can be picked up at our church offices throughout the week.  Please call ahead and let’s find a good time for you to do that.  It’s also a good opportunity to drop off your contribution and save postage in the process.

Catching Up With Daniel: If you go to this link you’ll see a video in which our own Garrett McDonald interviews our own Daniel Norris.  Daniel is a starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, but Major League Baseball, like many features of American life, is on hold.  Daniel talks about influences on his life in his early years.  Garrett is a guidance counselor for Indian Trail Middle School.

Reach Out: We urge all of our members to be active in reaching out to others to offer help and encouragement.  Let’s seek to be “good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10).

Remember These In Prayer:

Gene Arrowood continues his recovery at Quillen Rehab Hospital.  At last report he was making progress, and remains optimistic of fully recovering.  Keep our brother in your prayers.

Karen Stevens learned in a visit on Tuesday with her surgeon in Knoxville that there is a bump on her mastectomy site that he fears is a tumor regrowth.  She has an appointment to meet with her oncologist next Thursday to learn more.  She asks that we pray with her for a good outcome.

Zakery Stewart, son of Kasey and Clayton Stewart, suffered a fracture of his wrist in a fall on Wednesday.  An orthopedic doctor was able to reset the bone, and it is hoped that it will heal without surgery.  Kasey reported Thursday evening that Zakery’s pain had been brought under control.

June Selby continues in rehab in the Skilled Nursing Unit of Cornerstone Village.  Keep her and Fred both in your prayers.

The family and friends of Wanda Lewis are mourning her passing on Wednesday morning in St. Augustine, Florida.  Wanda was a long-time beloved member of Central until moving to Florida just over two years ago.  A memorial service will be planned for later in the year, and an obituary will be published at that time.  Pray for God’s comfort to be with the family.

The family of Mike Phillips, cousin of Kathy Torgerson, is mourning his passing earlier this week in South Carolina.  Pray for God’s peace to be upon the family.

Many are dealing with serious financial burdens due to the loss of jobs or a cutback in their hours at work.  Pray that these will receive the help they need, and the peace of knowing that God cares.

Silly Words:  *  “Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.”  (Aesop)  *  “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”  (Proverbs 10:19)