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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 January 11, 2022 Number 2 PURE IN HEART Barry Kennedy “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). What a simple concept but one that seems to be so hard for most people to accomplish. Of course, Jesus would not place a task upon man that is impossible to accomplish. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). Just to be clear, Jesus said that in order to see God one must be pure in heart. John, by inspiration, wrote that the commands of God are not grievous. Yet it seems almost impossible to be pure in heart with all the temptations we face on a daily basis. Is it impossible? Is God asking too much of His disciples? Of course not! God expects us to be pure in heart, and through Christ we can be pure in heart and see God. We must clarify what it means to be pure in heart, i.e., clear our hearts of the world’s clutter, and capture the hope of seeing our Father in Heaven. Let us now clarify what it means to be pure in heart. Pure, as used in the Matthew 5:8, was translated from the word “καθαρός” (katharos) which is an adjective meaning in a state of ritual cleanliness or free of guilt and sin.” Please understand, this does not mean that one can or must be perfect, i.e. never making any mistakes, in order to see God. After all, the Bible says that all sin (Romans 3:23). It does, however, mean that one’s heart must be cleansed of the guilty stain sin brings upon one’s life. Jesus freely offers pardon, redemption, sanctification, justification, and any other word one can use to describe the total forgiveness found in Christ. Remember, Jesus offers a forgiveness that does not remember our sin stain (Hebrews 8:12). Let us clear our hearts of the world’s clutter. John wrote, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Temptation, i.e. the lust of the flesh, eye, and pride of life (1 John 2:16), is all around the child of God in this world. We must remember Jesus said that He “overcame the world” (John 16:33). We must, therefore, do our part to --article continued page 2-- ELDERS Mike Childers ............. 397-6453 Dennis Hallmark......... 255-5557 Mark Hitt .................... 322-0917 Bobby Lindley ............ 260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan ................ 419-5552 William Harris ............ 416-8149 Ricky Lindsey............. 255-8136 Jeff Mansel.................. 871-0357 Jimmy Spearman ........ 840-8957 Michael Wilson........... 891-0891 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy....(931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder (731)879-9196 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office.......................... 842-6116 Fax .............................. 842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Worship........................9:00 a.m. Bible class..................10:15 a.m. Worship......................11:15 a.m. Singing or Devotional Last Sunday of the Month MID-WEEK SERVICES Wednesday Classes......7:00 p.m. 1606 East Main Street P. O. Box 1761 Tupelo, Mississippi 38802 “Thou shalt observe to do all that they inform thee” (Deut. 17:10)
  2. 2. --article continued from page 1— clear as much of sins clutter out of our lives as possible. Be like Daniel and purpose in heart to not be defiled, even with what may seem to be delicacies (Daniel 1:8). Let’s be like David and set no wicked thing before your eyes (Psalm 101:3). Let’s be like Paul and think on the good things (Philippians 4:8). If we are going to fill our hearts with the word of God we will have to clear out the sinful clutter of the world (Psalm 119:11). Let us all capture the hope of seeing our Father in Heaven. When we “sanctify the Lord God in our hearts” (1 Peter 3:15), people will see the hope that is in us and want to capture it for themselves. God wants you and me in Heaven with Him for all eternity. That is His will, but is it our hope right now? How pure are our hearts? Will we purify our hearts as He is pure (1 John 3:3)? He is waiting to see, face to face, all those who are willing to be pure in heart. How about us? ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Evelyn Thompson in the loss of her sister, Shirley Sollinger, on Jan. 5. Funeral services were held Jan. 9 in Hernando, MS. We also extend our sympathy to Linda Parker in the loss of her cousin, Brenda Marks, on Jan. 7. Graveside services will be held on Jan. 11 at 11:00 am at the Saltillo Cemetery. Her brother, Howard, passed away last month on Dec. 13. Ladies’ Monthly Fellowship The monthly ladies’ fellowship will be held this Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room. All the ladies are invited! Berta Kennedy will be teaching the lesson this month. Every Man’s Book The Bible is every man’s book. To know the Bible and to handle it correctly is one of the greatest accomplishments within the reach of any person. One may know English, astronomy, literature, music, sociology, and philosophy, but if one does not know the Bible, one has failed in the only subject that brings all things into the proper relationship and enables one to know life at its best. The best evidence of the inspiration of the Bible is found between its covers. No one will ever be a useful Christian without being a student of the Bible. Matthew Henry said, “The Scriptures were not written to make us astronomers, but to make us saints.” The Bible is not intended solely for some special group. It is every man’s book; it was written for the average person. Scholars may study it, but it is not written for scholars. No one ever outgrows the Scriptures. The more one studies them, the wider and deeper they become. The Bible enables every reader to look into eternity. It is no wonder that Paul urged Timothy to study the Scripture, “rightly dividing [handling aright] the word of truth,” so he might be an approved workman before God (2 Timothy 2:15). The Bible acknowledges man’s faults; it is patient with man’s weaknesses; it is honest with his virtues and his hopes. To own the Bible is to be rich. To study, to know, and to trust the Bible is to find life. To study the Bible is to be wise; to obey it, to be strong. —Franklin Camp --via House to House Heart to Heart (Archive 5164) Tuesday Mornings with the Master Tuesday Mornings with the Master has resumed. Anyone who is able is welcomed to meet in the multipurpose room on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. for a period of signing cards and praying for those who are sick and in need of encouragement.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading January 12...........................................Genesis 33-35 January 13...........................................Genesis 36-38 January 14...........................................Genesis 39-41 January 15...........................................Genesis 42-44 January 16...........................................Genesis 45-47 January 17...........................................Genesis 48-50 January 18............................................... Exodus 1-3 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Meredith Hitt (Jan. 12), Shelby Miller (Jan. 13), Jason Dickinson (Jan. 14). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Twinette Wallace, Raleigh Bass, Grady Vines, and Steve Kelly are home with Covid. Jean Mounce is home with a sinus infection. Chet Wilson is home sick with a high fever. Wade Bryan’s mother, Linda, is back in the hospital in TN. Twinette Wallace’s brother, Donny Dulaney, is undergoing chemo. Crafton Laney was taken to the ER in Amory Saturday. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Barbara Bishop, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mitch Maclean, Sheba Tuggers, Stella Pittman, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver, Marvin Chamblee, Brent Norris, Lacy Plaxico Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure New Movers’ Baskets There are a few new movers’ baskets in the foyer that need delivering. This is a great way to introduce East Main to those who have recently moved into the area. Please take one and deliver if you are able and return the card once you have delivered the basket. EMYG News Hello East Main Family, Thank you to all who helped out with the Area Wide this past Sunday. It was a great success, and I definitely was encouraged from it. Don’t forget that the Senior Youth Devotional will be held at the Blackwelder’s house this Sunday, Jan. 16. Girls bring deserts and guys bring drinks (413 Water St Baldwyn, MS 38824). In a couple of weeks, we will be having in the Multipurpose Room (KIA = Kids In Action). This is for anyone from 6th grade down. I am super excited about this! Bring potluck dishes and lets enjoy a time of sweet fellowship! (Sunday the 23rd ). The fifth Sunday, our young men will conduct the second service. If you would like to help, let Alex know! Don’t forget those going to CYC need to pay Alex their $50 by Feb. 1. If I can help you in anyway, please let me know!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 a.m. Announcements..............................Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading.................................... Drew Baldwyn Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lord’s Supper Barry Kennedy Lead Singing.......................................... Nic Nichols Closing Prayer................................ Roger Sanderson Ushers ................................................Security Team Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Closing Prayer.......................................Wesley Bass Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Opening Prayer ......................................Mike Ratliff Lead Singing.....................................Barry Kennedy The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Wade Bryan (419-5552) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 1-5-21 ...................................................... 136 Sunday 1st Worship, 1-9-22 ...................................... 152* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 149 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 138 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,641 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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