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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 October 26, 2021 Number 41 THE TRAGEDY OF A WASTED LIFE Steve Higginbotham The first time I saw this man, he was in his house drinking beer. I had been asked by a preacher friend of mine to go with him and make a visit to this man’s home. I consented, so off we went. We arrived at the little run-down shack where he was staying, and after knocking several times, this man finally answered the door. We introduced ourselves and were invited in. The living room, which also served as a bedroom, was a fog. The smoke from countless cigarettes was heavy in the air –so heavy it was difficult to breathe. Lying on a makeshift bed in the living room was a woman with whom he was living. As we tried to talk to him about his spiritual condition, he sat drinking his beer as he listened. A typical story of another wasted life, right? Well, yes and no. It was indeed another wasted life, but it was not your typical story. You see, the man we went to visit that day used to be an evangelist. He came from a Christian home. He graduated from a Christian University, earning a Master’s Degree. He preached for several congregations and was probably best known for the books he had written. But things went tragically wrong in this man’s life. He began a life of drinking. Then it wasn’t long until he began womanizing and destroyed his marriage. Now after turning his heart away from God for a season, he sits in a small, dark, smoke-filled room, drinking his beer, with his life in a shambles. In the corner of that small room were boxes containing the books and tracts that he had written. They stood almost as a monument of his prior usefulness, and a final vestige of the man he used to be. My point in telling you this is that none of us is immune to sin. Don’t deceive yourself into thinking these things just couldn’t happen to you. They can, and they do happen to people just like you. The apostle Paul warned us that even he had to discipline his body to bring it into subjection lest, he himself, should be disqualified (1 Cor. 9:27). Satan is a respecter of no one. If he would dare tempt the Son of God (Luke 4), then he will surely tempt you and me. We must be aware of the devices of the Devil (Eph. 6:11). We must not flirt with, but rather flee from sin (1 Cor. 6:18). We must learn to develop an abhorrence rather than a tolerance of the things which displease God (Rom. 12:9). We must love the truth more than our own selfish desires (2 Tim. 4:2-4). We must remember that we are humble servants, and not duly ordained monarchs in the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 3:5-8). And we must continually remember to take heed lest we fall (1 Cor. 10:12). A wasted life is always just one decision away. Oh, we can always return to God in repentance, and He will receive us back. But returning to God does not undo the damage to our bodies, our health, our families, our reputations, and the church. The last time I saw this man, we were sitting on the front pew of the church building where I preach. He was drunk, thick-tongued, and his speech was slurred. As we sat there, he openly wept aloud over his wasted life, and expressed hope that God would understand. Not too long after that meeting, he died from complications of his drinking. His life was a tragic waste, but it will ever serve to remind me of what can happen to one, anyone, even a faithful proclaimer of the gospel, who chooses to walk in the path of sinners. May we choose to live so that when we reach the end of our lives, we don’t have to lament in sorrow and regret. 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. TAKING HOLY THINGS FOR GRANTED Bob Prichard In my recent Bible reading, the following passage was significant. “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD” (Leviticus 10:1-2). This tragic situation came about because these two sons of Aaron were careless in their service to God. What struck me in my reading of the passage this time is what I read in the two verses before this. “And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the LORD and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces” (Leviticus 9:23-24). Did you notice what happened? The “glory of the Lord” appeared to the people, and the Lord sent a fire out that consumed the sacrifice, and “all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.” And then in the very next verse, Nadab and Abihu brought down more fire from the Lord by their disobedience. It makes me wonder; how could they have done this? Weren’t they paying attention? Didn’t they realize the power of God? Didn’t they know what they were doing? I don’t know all of the reasons that Nadab and Abihu made their fateful choice, but one thing is obvious. They took holy things for granted. They were the right people, with the right implements of worship, doing the right thing, in the right place, but in the wrong way. And they paid for it with their lives. I wonder how often we are guilty of taking holy things for granted. Have you ever partaken of the Lord’s Supper, and then realized that you didn’t even think about what Christ did for you? Most all of us are guilty of singing words we don’t mean or believe in worship. When we sing “Anywhere with Jesus,” do we mean it? When we sing, “all to Thee, I surrender,” do we mean it? The Lord has blessed us with His mercy, in that He has not destroyed us like Nadab and Abihu. But can we continue to take holy things for granted? “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29). Trunk or Treat Fall Festival Everyone in the congregation is invited to building on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m. for “trunk or treat” in the parking lot. Please come and decorate your trunk and hand out candy to the children as they come by in their Halloween costumes. Following that we will have a chili/hotdog supper in the multipurpose room. Also, several will have games set up to play and a costume & trunk decorating contest following supper. Please come and enjoy this period of fellowship with our church family. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Staci Rushing in the loss of her mother, Faye Moore, on Oct. 16 in a car accident. Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at By Faith Baptist Church in Pontotoc. Please keep Staci and her family in your prayers! Brain Freeze Don’t forget that this Wednesday, Oct. 20 following Bible class we will have Brain Freeze in the multipurpose room for anyone who would like to enjoy an extra time of fellowship and ice cream. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Olivia Blansett, bride-elect of Frankie Puente, this Sunday, Oct. 24 “come and go” from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Olivia & Frankie are registered at Amazon and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Response Leigh Bland came forward Sunday morning to confess things amiss in her life and ask for prayers of forgiveness. We commend Leigh in her desire to live pleasing to God. November 2021 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 John 1-3 2 Staci Rushing John 4-5 3 Eric Barnette Brain Freeze John 6-7 4 Kent Nichols Dillard & Trish Scribner John 8-10 5 John 11-12 6 John 13-16 7 Daylight Savings Time Ends Ladies—Sr. youth girls host devo. @ 4pm John 17-19 8 Stuart Childers John 20-21 9 Acts 1-2 10 Greg & Keisha Gholston Brain Freeze Acts 3-5 11 Ladies’ fellowship Acts 6-7 12 Lori Blansett Sr. Youth TGIF Acts 8-9 13 Acts 10-12 14 Shelby Holloway /Scott Childes Bridal Shower Area Wide Youth Meeting @ New Albany 5:00 p.m. Acts 13-14 15 Acts 15-16 16 Acts 17-18 17 Bobby Joe Lindley Brain Freeze Acts 19-20 18 Melvin Duke Kirk Sheffield Acts 21-23 19 Tony Donald Rachel Scribner Sr. Youth TGIF Acts 24-26 20 Jimmy & Brenda Spearman Howard & Robin Tindall Dean & Kristie Webb Acts 27-28 21 Shirley Lyons Sr. Youth Devo. @ Kent & Missy Nichols Romans 1-3 22 Dale & Lavern Dulaney Jeff & Natalie Mansel Kyle & Summer Smith Romans 4-6 23 Lee DuBois Debbie Hallmark Romans 7-8 24 Sydney McMickin Tammy Minor Brain Freeze Romans 9-11 25 Romans 12-16 26 Eli Rushing Rodney Voyles Shawn & Jean Mounce 1 Cor. 1-4 27 Addie Hitt Christina Lindley 1 Cor. 5-7 28 Amy Smith 1 Cor. 8-11 29 Eddie Simmons 1 Cor. 12-14 30 1 Cor. 15-16
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading October 27...............................................Luke 14-16 October 28...............................................Luke 17-18 October 29...............................................Luke 19-21 October 30...............................................Luke 22-23 October 31.................................................... Luke 24 November 1.................................................John 1- 3 November 2..................................................John 4-5 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Cooper Blansett (Oct. 28), Olivia Blansett (Oct. 30), James Burney (Oct 30), Dean Webb (Oct. 30), Staci Rushing (Nov. 2). Anniversaries: Chad & Susan Willis (Oct. 30). Our Sick Nancy Haywood and Lori Blansett’s father, Larry Cobb, continue hospice. Twinette Wallace is undergoing treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Maggie Simineau is recuperating from arm surgery. Gail Geno is home with a broken shoulder. Russell Deaton is having problems with dizziness. Susan Reed will undergo tests at UAB Wednesday. Wanda & Scotty Bishop are home recuperating from Covid. Steve Kelly’s nephew, Woody Turner, is home with covid. It was good to see Perry Hand & Betty Long in services Sunday following illnesses. Prayers have been requested for Duke Loden, Star Ray, Stella Pittman & Barbara Wright’s cousin-in-law, and Mary Puckett, Brenda Spearman’s great niece. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Stella Pittman, April & Olivia Pounders, Glenda Barnette, Barbara Bishop, Debbie McCoy, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News Ladies All the ladies are invited to the building on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 4 pm for a devotional led by the young ladies in our youth group. Please come and encourage them! Response Susan Reed came forward Sunday morning to confess things amiss in her life and ask for prayers of forgiveness. We commend Susan in her desire to live pleasing to God. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Donny McKay in the loss of his mother, Blanche Chamblee, on Oct. 22. Funeral services will he held Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6 pm, with visitation from 4-6 pm, at Cleveland-Moffett Funeral Home in Amory. Also, our condolences to the family of Don Fox who passed away Oct. 23. Funeral services were held Oct. 25 at the Mayfield Church of Christ building.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 a.m. Announcements.............................. Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading......................................... Chad Willis Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Lord’s Supper Barry Kennedy Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer......................................Larry Presley Ushers ................Andy Baldwyn & Jason Dickinson Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ........................... Youth Led Service Closing Prayer............................. Youth Led Service Lead Singing............................... Youth Led Service Wednesday, November 3, 2021 Opening Prayer ...........................Hunter Underwood Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Jimmy Spearman (840-8957) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 10-20-21 .................................................. 138 Sunday 1st Worship, 10-24-21 .................................. 166* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 142 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 141 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,960 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Trunk or Treat Fall Festival Everyone in the congregation is invited to building this Sunday, Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m. for “trunk or treat” in the parking lot. Please come and decorate your trunk and hand out candy to the children as they come by in their Halloween costumes. Following that we will have a chili/hotdog supper in the multipurpose room. Also, several will have games set up (BINGO for the Sr. Saints) and a costume & trunk decorating contest following supper. Please come and enjoy this period of fellowship with our church family. A food list is posted in the foyer.

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