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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 October 22, 2019 Number 41 FAITH THAT WILL MOVE MOUNTAINS Barry Kennedy This title is in reference to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:22, 23). Many people read these scriptures and never take seriously what is being said. On the other hand, some take this to mean that God will miraculously move a literal mountain for the person with great faith. Which is it, and can one assume that God does everything the true believer asks? First, one must consider that the subject of Jesus’s statement has to do with man’s faith. Jesus answered Peter by saying, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Notice the personal responsibility Jesus placed upon Peter, and all men for that matter. “You” have faith in God, not wait for God to fill you with faith. Mankind has a God given exhortation to choose to have faith in God (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 2:15). This is of great importance when one considers the fact that a lack of faith makes it impossible to please God. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). There is only one way for mankind to have faith in God, and that is through studying God’s word. If one is to ever find the faith to move mountains, it will be through countless hours of studying the word of God. Do we really have faith in God? Second, did God actually mean that the faith of a human can move a literal mountain? One would do well to remember that Jesus sought a spiritual change that would impact the physical life and not the other way around (Matthew 5-7). Faith begins in the heart of man and the actions then follow (Proverbs 23:7). Though man has accomplished many things that just a few years earlier would have seemed impossible (i.e. computers, cell phones, and yes even equipment that can move mountains), Jesus had a deeper meaning with His reference to mountains. One should remember that there will always be mountains of temptation in the way of God’s people. People tend to see temptation as a direct plague from Satan himself. That’s not to say that Satan is not involved, but this view often leads one to the impression that there is no personal responsibility, or in other words, “the Devil made me do it.” James had somewhat to say about temptation. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (James 1:14). --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 PREACHER Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 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 Classes............. 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. EAST MAIN CHURCH OF CHRIST 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-- Therefore, Jesus is saying that man can move that mountain of sin and temptation with God’s help. Of course, the word of God and prayer are key elements. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalm 119:11). “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). Every person who has ever walked, or will walk, this earth has a great need for faith. Sadly, many fail to realize this need until it is too late. Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples to be proactive in their faith. A country would be foolish to wait until they are attacked to start preparing an army. In like fashion, the Lord’s church is the army of God. Life is the battle for the soul, and Satan is the greatest foe to ever stand in opposition of the forces of good. Jesus simply wanted (and still wants) to make ready His forces to stand in the hour of trial. May God help us to not wait to be in the clutches of Satan’s snares to get prepared, but that we too will be proactive. May God bless us to have the “FAITH THAT WILL MOVE MOUNTAINS.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pine Vale’s Fall Pantry Drive East Main will be collecting items for Pine Vale’s fall pantry drive for 1 more week. They will be sending a truck by October 28th to pick these items up. Our assigned items are: Toilet Cleaner Spaghetti sauce (NO glass jars) Disposable plates/cups Thanks so much for your help! Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the family of Al Franks who passed from this life on Oct. 16 after a fall. Funeral services were held Oct. 19 in Kosciusko. Mr. Franks was the uncle of Ken Pearson, the great-uncle of Suzanne Long, and the editor of “The Magnolia Messenger,” along with his wife June. Gospel Meeting The Oak Ridge congregation in Baldwyn is hosting a Gospel Meeting Oct. 20-23 with Wayne Cox speaking at 7:00 pm Monday through Wednesday nights. Also, the Gatlin St. congregation in Okolona is hosting a Gospel Meeting October 20-24 with Adam Miller speaking at 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday nights. Chili/Hot Dog Supper & “Trunk or Treat” Everyone in the congregation is invited to the building THIS Saturday, Oct. 26th at 5:00 p.m. First, we will have “trunk or treat” from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come and stand by your cars in the parking lot and pass out candy as the children come by in their costumes. There will also be some games for the children to play outside. At 6:00 p.m. we hope everyone will come into the multipurpose room for hotdogs and homemade chili. A food list will be posted soon in the foyer beside the tract rack. Please come and enjoy a period of fellowship with your church family! Men’s Business Meeting There will be a men’s business meeting this SUNDAY, OCT. 27 AT 4:00 P.M. in the multipurpose room. All the men of the congregation are encouraged to attend. John Duke stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading October 23......................................................Luke 6-7 October 24......................................................Luke 8-9 October 25..................................................Luke 10-11 October 26..................................................Luke 12-13 October 27..................................................Luke 14-16 October 28..................................................Luke 17-18 October 29..................................................Luke 19-21 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: James Simmons (Oct. 23), Mark Gilliland (Oct. 24), Evelyn Willis (Oct. 25), Ethan Benefield (Oct. 26). Anniversaries: David & Katie Bates (Oct. 25). Our Sick Hannon Ray had a good checkup last week. He’s healing well from surgery. Barbara Franks, Tammy Minor & Stephanie Baldwyn’s mother, underwent open heart surgery Monday at NMMC. It went very well. She is currently in ICU at NMMC. Christina Lindley is home with pneumonia. Michael Wilson’s mother, Rivers Wills, is at Cedars for therapy. Evelyn Willis and Andy Baldwyn’s mother, Stephanie, continue at the Meadows in Fulton. Shirley Lyons is home with a fractured wrist. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Pete Barber, Mary Lou Walden, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Ruby Clark, Homer Smith, Don Blackwell, Brenda Williams, Jill Rice, Ann Letteri Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris, James Nichols Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Creation......................................................Genesis 1 The Ten Plagues.................................... Exodus 7-12 The Ten Commandments..........................Exodus 20 Sermon on the Mount............................Matthew 5-7 Birth of the church .......................................... Acts 2 List the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1-7): 1. I am the Lord, thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me. 2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. 3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 5. Honor thy father and thy mother. 6. Thou shalt not kill. 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 8. Thou shalt not steal. 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness. 10. Thou shalt not covet. Put the following Bible characters in chronological order: ❖ Moses ❖ Abraham ❖ Adam and Eve ❖ Isaac ❖ Job ❖ Noah Memory Verse: ❖ Revelation 2:10b – “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? Outreach Item for October: Baby wipes
  4. 4. EAST MAIN’S CHURCH FAMILY RETREAT November 1st & 2nd at Maywood Christian Camp WE WANT ALL AGES TO ATTEND!!!! Reed Swindle will speak 3 times on Saturday. Plans are to bring the bus over Saturday morning for the day for those who may not feel comfortable driving to Hamilton, AL. Come and enjoy a great period of fellowship with your church family! Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading.......................................... Perry Hand Opening Prayer ................................... Dale Dulaney Lord’s Supper Wesley Bass & Jimmy Spearman Serve Congregation, East Side: Harold Roby, Joe Smith, Britton Smith Serve Congregation, West Side: Hugh Scribner, Jeff Mansel, Tanner Hitt Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................. Robert Kingsley Ushers ................ Eddie Simmons & Rodney Voyles Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Closing Prayer.............................Hunter Underwood Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Prayer..........................................Bobby Joe Lindley Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson Contact Wade Bryan (419-5552) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters .............................Hugh & Rachel Scribner ..................................Lee & Heather DuBois Prepare Lord’s Supper—October .....................Larry & Judy Bates Nursery........Amanda Dickinson & Lexie Dickinson Pantry............................................... Instant potatoes Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 10-16-19............................................167 Sunday 1st Worship, 10-20-19 .............................193 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................166 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................140 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$7,727

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