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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 January 25, 2022 Number 4 KINDNESS When life gets hard, and the road gets rough, Try a little kindness and you won’t feel so tough. Kindness is a blessing that benefits both giver and receiver. Why then are there not more who strive to be believers? For the greatest kindness that has ever been displayed, Comes from the Savior whose life He freely gave. Often, we hear the voice of some say, “I love the Lord, and His life I choose to display!” But often the actions of some of those say, “I couldn’t care less about showing kindness your way.” We mustn't get caught up in Satan’s self-centered motives, Or a Christ-like disposition will never be noticed. God’s kindness was shown long ago on a cross, And now as recipients we mustn't let it be lost. Be kind one to another and let the Lord be made known. For the kindness shown to others will one day come back home. —Barry Kennedy 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. SPIRITUAL CPR Derrick Coble Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is the medical term for what we simply call, “CPR.” Anyone who has watched a movie, or a medical television program has seen this performed on individuals who are near death to restore normal breathing and keep the blood flowing throughout the body. It may even be that you or someone you know is trained to perform this special technique. But have you ever heard about spiritual CPR? This life saving technique is administered when a person is dying but not on the outside, on the inside. His spirit is in need of the life that only Jesus Christ can give. Specially trained servants of God (Christians) are able to help those suffering toward spiritual death and administer the lifesaving technique known as, “Critical Preaching for Repentance.” The symptoms of those needing spiritual CPR are very easy to see. First, there is a lack of blood flowing over the body. Of course, “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11) and such is the case with Jesus’ blood as well. When a person is not covered in the blood of Christ through the waters of baptism (Revelation 5:8; John 19:34; Galatians 3:27; Acts 22:16) he has a lack of blood covering his sins. Therefore, he will die in his sins (John 8:24) if the blood is not applied over the whole body. If God had not seen the blood on the posts of the door of the Israelites during the last plague upon Egypt death would have entered their houses (Exodus 12:13). In like manner, God must see that our earthly house (2 Cor. 5:1) is covered in blood so spiritual death does not pass upon us in the judgment day. The second symptom is a weak heart. In this situation, the blood may be flowing over the body, but the heart is simply not strong enough. There is a lack of love for God even though we are commanded to love him with all our heart (Matthew 22:37-40), there is a lack of joy because an evil heart has entered the body (Hebrews 3:12), and their heart is not right in the sight of God (Acts 8:21). Spiritual CPR will help the weak in heart to gain hope again causing the Lord to strengthen the heart (Psalm 31:24). The final symptom is a lack of spiritual life, zeal, or energy. Life and everything associated with it is completely opposite to death. This may sound like an elementary statement, but so many people think death is a way of life. Critical Preaching for Repentance is a way to give spiritual life. How? Jesus said, “the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63). Thus, following His words will give life and not death. Following His words will give zeal according to knowledge unlike the nation of Israel who was zealous without knowledge (Romans 10:1,2). So, do you need CPR? If you have any of the above symptoms, the answer is, “yes.” Time is of the essence. Hearing God’s word preached will show the need to repent since it is God’s power (1 Corinthians 1:18) and it will allow you to see “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21). ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gospel Meeting A Gospel Meeting will be held at the Verona congregation January 21-23 with Jeffery King speaking Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 am. Friends & Family Day The Amory congregation is hosting a Friends and Family Day on Sunday, Jan. 30 with Chuck Morris speaking. Worship at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Bible class at 10:45 am. A fellowship meal will be held at noon. Thank You Note East Main Brethren, Thank you so much for the beautiful wreath for Rhonda. Thank you for your love, prayers, support and comforting words. We gratefully appreciate your kind and generous expressions of sympathy during this difficult time. In Christian love, Jason, Clint & Cass Kelly, and family never be said of us! “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3). –Mark N. Posey --via House to House Heart to Heart (Archive 6844) February 2022 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Ricky Johnson Lori Sheffield Leviticus 1-3 2 Leviticus 4-7 3 Wesley Funderburk Mary Lou Walden Bill & Annie Martin Leviticus 8-10 4 Carmen Perkins Clayton Long Jimmy Spearman Grady Vines Leviticus 11-13 5 David Ramseyer Men’s workday Leviticus 14-15 6 Jackson Voyles Leviticus 16-17 7 William Harris Leviticus 18-20 8 Leviticus 21-23 9 Jacie Dickinson Janie McCaskill Leviticus 24-27 10 Ladies’ fellowship Numbers 1-2 11 Debbie Duke Numbers 3-4 12 Numbers 5-8 13 Area Youth Meeting— Mayfield @ 5 pm Numbers 9-12 14 Numbers 13-16 15 Leigh Bland Numbers 17-20 16 Eden Davis Numbers 21-25 17 Numbers 26-27 18 Jenna Harris Tanner Hitt Numbers 28-30 19 Sr. Youth Devo. Numbers 31-33 20 Heather DuBois Numbers 34-36 21 Jean Mounce Gary Stanford Deut. 1-4 22 Tim Davis Sherry Kingsley Deut. 5-7 23 Deut. 8-11 24 Cassie Blackwelder Ben DuBois Deut. 12-16 25 Frankie Estes Joe Minor Deut. 17-20 26 Deut. 21-26 27 Carrie Hitt Deut. 27-30 28 Aaron Willis Deut. 31-34 Youth--CYC in Pigeon Forge, TN
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading January 26........................................... Exodus 25-27 January 27........................................... Exodus 28-29 January 28........................................... Exodus 30-31 January 29........................................... Exodus 32-34 January 30........................................... Exodus 35-37 January 31........................................... Exodus 38-40 February 1............................................ Leviticus 1-3 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Ava Bates (Jan. 26), Bettye Davis (Jan. 26), Melea Mansel (Jan. 26), Hunter Underwood (Jan. 26), Stephanie Baldwyn (Jan. 28), Karen Bryan (Jan. 30), Ricky Johnson (Feb. 1), Lori Sheffield (Feb. 1). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Larry, Suzanne & Clayton Long, Amanda Dickinson, Alicia Smith, Stella Pittman and Jean Mounce are home with Covid. Ken Pearson underwent nasal surgery last week. Barbara Bishop is in Diversicare, Room 3B, on Eason Blvd. following surgery on a broken femur. Casey Gullett is home with the flu. Ronnie Cartwright, Star Ray & Barbara Wright’s cousin, is on a vent at UAB with Covid. Twinette Wallace’s brother, Donny Dulaney, is undergoing chemo. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Adam McCurley, Mitch Maclean, Sheba Tuggers, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver, Marvin Chamblee, 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 please. EMYG News Confused by the Book of Revelation? The Bible makes a distinction between the “milk” and the “solid food” of God’s word (Heb. 5:12-14). The book of Revelation would be in the “meat” category that cannot be understood without a foundational knowledge of the rest of scripture. Before any biblical text says anything to you or me, it has already spoken to those who first received it. The book of Revelation is addressed to the seven churches of the first-century Roman province of Asia (1:4, 11; 2:1–3:22), which may also be representative of the problems and needs of all the churches at the time. These Christians were suffering severe and widespread persecution that would eventually worsen (1:9; 2:10, 13; 3:10; 6:9; 16:6; 17:6; 18:24; 19:2; 20:4) and were being pressured to worship the secular ruling power (13:4, 15- 16; 14:9-11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). The most likely historical context of this manuscript is toward the end of the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian in the years 95-96. The final NT document represents a type of literature known as “apocalyptic,” characterized by highly symbolic language, common during times of great danger or oppression (like Daniel and Ezekiel). It was intended to disclose a message of hope, comfort, and reassurance to those being oppressed, while the symbolism hid the actual message from the oppressors. Most of the imagery in Revelation is borrowed from the OT, foreign to those unacquainted with scripture but familiar to these early Christians. Any interpretation of the fantastic symbolism that has little or no relevance, meaning, or application to the first-century Asian churches must be mistaken, and the repeated warnings of “what must happen quickly …. for the time is near” (1:1, 3; 22:6, 10) would otherwise be misleading. If would-be interpreters have little regard for the immediate audience of any writing, chances are the original sense will be misconstrued and the message misapplied. When the overall context of the Bible is ignored and the book of Revelation is interpreted through human imagination and conjecture, there is no end to the diverse and even absurd explanations of the text. The theme of Revelation is VICTORY in Jesus (2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 5:5; 12:11; 15:2; 17:14; 21:7), so the essential message continues to encourage all Christians who face similar circumstances. Kevin Moore (FHU Professor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Things to remember: This Friday/Saturday is our lock-in for junior + senior youth. Be at the church building at 8:30 and bring $10. THIS SUNDAY is the last Sunday to pay for CYC! This Sunday is our youth led worship during 2nd service. The February Youth calendar will be posted soon!
  4. 4. Baptism We congratulate Joe Paul Perkins in his decision to be baptized into Christ this past Wednesday, Jan. 19 before Bible study. Joe Paul is the son of Carmen & Morgan Perkins and the grandson of Diane Dickerson. We are proud of Joe Paul and his decision to live pleasing to God. Community Outreach Program Since the beginning of our outreach program, we have touched the lives of over 2,000 people. We thank you all for your support, donations, and time to this program. To God be the glory! Men to Serve Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading.........................................Ben DuBois Opening Prayer .................................... Paul Blansett Lord’s Supper Eddie Simmons Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer........................................... Joe Minor Ushers ................................................Security Team Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ........................................ Youth Led Closing Prayer.......................................... Youth Led Lead Singing............................................ Youth Led Thank You Notes Dear East Main family, I know this is a little late, but I wanted to say a huge thank you for being there for us during this past year as I went through cancer treatments at St. Jude! We are so appreciative of all the kindness shown to me and my family, including the gift cards, gifts, and cards sent to us, but most importantly, the thoughts and prayers on our behalf! Words cannot express how much we love and appreciate every one of you! Love, Shauna McMickin & family ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear East Main friends, You guys have been so great to our Plantersville families over the years. Your weekend food bags and your Christmas adoptions have blessed so many of our babies. Thank you for all continue to do for us. Much love, Mary Glynn Arledge, counselor Wednesday, February 2, 2022 Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner 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, 1-19-22 ...................................................... 65 Sunday 1st Worship, 1-23-22 .................................... 132* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 126 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 102 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $6,555 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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