Daily Focus, June 9, 2020

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

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 25:1-30 (“So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments.  And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king’s table.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”  Hebrews 4:13

Scroll down this page for a list of prayer requests.

This Sunday – Another Step Forward:  Beginning this coming Sunday anyone 65 or older is welcome to attend the morning worship assembly if you feel your health does not put you at heightened risk.  Some will be wise to continue worshiping virtually because of certain health factors.  Also, the age of children recommended to attend is now 10 and above, provided they remain under the close supervision of parents / members of their household.  Our elders feel the state of our region is such that these changes can be safely made.

What Does Not Change is the expectation that all who attend our Sunday morning worship assembly will wear masks and practice social distancing.  We will have ushers available to help ensure everyone maintains proper distancing, and masks will be available at the entrances for those who may not have them, including any children (10 and older) who may be present.

Another Factor To Consider: If you have traveled to an area where the incidence of COVID-19 is greater, please choose to worship virtually for a few days to make sure you have not picked up the coronavirus in your travels.  Let’s practice the Golden Rule and be considerate of one another.

In The Development Stage is a Sunday gathering for families with young children.  We don’t have any details worked out yet, but within a few days expect to hear more about this opportunity which we hope to have ready before the end of June.

Skylar Asks For Our Help:Skylar Strong, daughter of Judy and Randy Strong, has known for over a year that she must have a kidney transplant, and has been on nightly dialysis at her home for several months.  She has asked for people to help her with a fundraising effort for expenses once a kidney is found.  The effort is overseen by Children’s Organ Transplant Association, and you can learn more about that group by clicking here.  If you’d like to help Skylar, call her or Judy to find out more details.

The Evidence Of Morality: One of the most compelling arguments for the existence of God is the presence of a standard of morality.  In the five-minute video you’ll find at this site, Eric Lyons of Apologetics Press develops this line of reasoning in a clear and understandable way.  Take time to strengthen your faith.

Remember These In Prayer:

Karen Stevens is scheduled to undergo a thoracentesis on Wednesday, a procedure to draw fluid from her right lung in hopes of helping her breathing.  She notes that she does not look forward to this, and asks for our prayers to help her get through it.

Ann Booton will undergo outpatient surgery this Thursday to repair a root tear to her meniscus.

Bonnie Franklin is scheduled to undergo eye surgery on Thursday.  Becky Blacklidge, her daughter, asks for our prayers for all to go well.

Ashley Doyle is recovering at home from spinal fusion surgery that was done last week.  Our prayers for her continued healing and relief have been requested.

David Harwood, brother of Dean Neal, is in ICU at Johnson City Medical Center with pneumonia and complications from liver disease.  Dean reports this morning that he is unresponsive and has been put on DNR status.  She asks for our prayers for him.

Sam Haywood, uncle of Tim Haywood, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 after making a trip from his home in Texas to Illinois.  Tim, who was recently in Texas with his father and brother, did not have contact with his uncle while there.  He asks that we pray for Sam’s improvement, especially as he is not a Christian.

Eddie Holsclaw, cousin of Rebekah Hunt and son of Willie and Leota Holsclaw of the Elizabethton Church of Christ, was admitted to Johnson City Medical Center on Monday.  One possibility is that he may have had a heart attack, though that has not yet been determined.  Rebekah asks for our prayers for Eddie.

Emma Harrod remains hospitalized following her gall bladder surgery last Friday.  She was having some lung issues following surgery, as well as problems with her blood sugar levels.  Our prayers for her recovery have been requested.

Mary Bracale, friend of Cole Heaton, will have spinal surgery today.  Our prayers for all to go well for Mary have been requested.

The mother of Kate Frakes, daughter-in-law of Sheila and David Frakes, is now scheduled for triple-bypass surgery on Wednesday in Australia.

The family of L.J. Heaton, uncle of Dan Heaton, is mourning his passing on Saturday at his home at the age of 85.  He was a longtime member of the Centerview Church of Christ in Elizabethton.  You may view his obituary by clicking here.

The family and friends of Cathy Schofield are mourning her passing last Thursday.  Cathy was a member of the Elizabethton Church of Christ, and spent many years serving as a counselor at High Rock Bible Camp.  You can see her obituary by going to this site.

Two Great Days:  *  “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”  (William Barclay)  *  “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)