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East main informer, 11 17-20

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East main informer, 11 17-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 November 17, 2020 Number 45 WHAT WE NEED Barry Kennedy When was the last time we considered what we need? Do we really take the time to think about the true meaning of the word need? Does it matter? There are many things in life that we truly need such as: air, water, food, shelter, clothing, and companionship. The problem is that we often substitute our wants for our needs. Trading wants for needs has the propensity to lead one into the area of discontentment. Contentment is a necessary part of every Christian’s life. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8). Paul practiced contentment “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). When we take into consideration the true definitions of the terms we often use, it may cause us to reconsider our choice of terminology. That being said, what could we say that we actually need? The word need carries the idea of necessity. Need describes something without which one could not live or survive. Therefore, at the top of the list would be our need for GOD. Where would we be without God? The fact is we would not exist without God (Genesis 1, 2). God is the source (John 1:1-5) as well as, the sustainer of life (Acts 17:28; Hebrews 1:3). God the Father desires fellowship with His creation. The problem is that sin severs our fellowship with God (Isaiah 59:1, 2). Reconciliation is needed for a restoration of that fellowship. A restoration that comes through the sacrifice of God’s Son is His plan (John 3:16). This message was delivered by inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Therefore, the need for God is clearly seen when one considers the fact that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). When one contemplates his true needs in life, it should take little effort to see that companionship is very high on the list. Think about how many mistakes have been made by people seeking companionship. One mistake may be throwing away our self-esteem (Genesis 1:26). Self-esteem is an invaluable disposition. Of course, one should never confuse self-esteem --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 Early worship...............8:30 a.m. Bible class................9:30 a.m. Main worship.............10:00 a.m. Bible class.............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— with arrogance and pride (Proverbs 16:18). Humility is a characteristic of true Christianity (James 4:10). We are not to belittle however, ourselves into a state of feeling worthless, useless, or discarded. This disposition leads one into compromising convictions for the sake of companionship. It is true that we need companionship, but in what way? God said, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). True, but is that saying that everyone should be married? Paul encouraged the single members in Corinth to remain single due to their present distress (1 Corinthians 7). Is this a contradiction? Is Paul going against God in letter to the church in Corinth? Not in the least! Paul is simply stating that having God as your companion is far more needed than that of any earthly relationship (Matthew 10:32-39). There are many more true needs that could be mentioned, but let’s consider what may be the principle need, forgiveness. We all find ourselves having weak moments. Temptations are everywhere! We need not forget that the temptations which torture us the most, stem from our own lusts that “war in our members” (James 4:1). James said that we are tempted when we are “drawn away of our own lusts and enticed” (James 1:14). The fact that we have our own lusts and that we often give in to those lusts, should remind us to know the real need that we have to be forgiven. Jesus came to make that forgiveness available to all who will obey Him (Hebrews 5:8, 9). We need salvation (the forgiveness of sin) because our sins separate us from the companionship that we had with the Almighty. We need forgiveness of sin because without it we cannot have the true self-esteem found only in the body of Christ. John wrote it this way, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). This verse clearly states how all of our needs can be met. What do you need? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Baptism We are happy to announce that Daniel Morton was baptized into Christ Wednesday, Nov. 11, after evening services. We are so proud of Daniel in his decision to put on Christ in baptism. Daniel is the fiancé of Maggie Minor. His address is 879 Hwy. 334, Oxford, MS 38655. Please welcome him to the East Main family. Girls’ Joyful Rebellion The girls’ joyful rebellion group will meet this Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4:00 p.m. at Emily Williams’ home to make Christmas ornaments. Please see Beth Reed or Emily Williams if you need more information. Thank You Notes Thank you will never be enough for all the kindness you’ve shown us during my recovery from surgery. All the food was delicious, and the cards and gifts were appreciated more than we can convey. You all mean so very much to us and we love you! Andy, Stephanie & Drew Baldwyn ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear East Main family, Thank you so very much for the many prayers you have offered on my behalf. I know that it is because of these prayers that I have come this far. Thank you for all the texts, calls, and all the beautiful cards and all the other kindness you have shown me. Please continue to pray for me as I continue on the road to recovery. I pray the spirit of love and caring will always be a part of this church family. I love you all. In Christian love, Judy Bates Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading November 18 ...............................................Acts 21-23 November 19 ...............................................Acts 24-26 November 20 ...............................................Acts 27-28 November 21 .............................................Romans 1-3 November 22 .............................................Romans 4-6 November 23 .............................................Romans 7-8 November 24 ...........................................Romans 9-11 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Melvin Duke (Nov. 18), Kirk Sheffield (Nov. 18), Tony Donald (Nov. 19), Rachel Scribner (Nov. 19), Shirley Lyons (Nov. 21), Lee DuBois (Nov. 23), Debbie Hallmark (Nov. 23), Sydney McMickin (Nov. 24), Tammy Minor (Nov. 24). Anniversaries: Jimmy & Brenda Spearman (Nov. 20), Howard & Robin Tindall (Nov. 20), Dean & Kristie Webb (Nov. 20), Jeff & Natalie Mansel (Nov. 22), Kyle & Summer Smith (Nov. 22). Our Sick Gail Geno is home recuperating from back surgery. Linda Hand continues therapy at Cedar’s. Jean Mounce & Norma Deaton continue at home. Andy Baldwyn is home with cellulitis. Jimmy Lindsey, Ricky’s dad, will undergo surgery in Jackson, MS, Tuesday. Sean Koehn has begun 7 weeks of radiation and chemo at M.D. Anderson in Texas. Brian Carver continues his treatments. Kirk Sheffield’s mother, Delois Sheffield, has been moved back to NMMC. Joe Smith, Leigh Bland, Paul & Olivia Blansett, Sharon Clemmer, Kyle, Summer & Kannon Smith, Sky & Jennifer Ray, Lisa Lindsey’s parents (Jack & Linda McKinney), Chad Willis & Kristie Webb’s aunt (Bobbie Estes), Wade Bryan’s brother & sister-in-law (Mike & Gina Bryan), Susan Reed’s aunt (Francis Smith) & sister (Rita Payne), and Katherine Mansel’s mother (Mrs. Morrow) all have COVID. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, continues at Sanctuary Hospice. On-Going Illnesses Steve Kelly, Mary Lou Walden, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Stella Pittman, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson, Thomas Lloyd, Steve Higginbotham, Brenda Dawson EMYG News Hello, East Main family, Thank you to everyone who came out this past weekend to our Fall Retreat. While planning and during the retreat, it has been my prayer that you would find encouragement and have your fire for God burn brighter after participating in it. As mentioned, Sunday, this coming Tuesday from 6- 7:00pm, we will gather at the church building & write cards to those who need it most. The entire church family is welcome to take part in this special ministry. We will be resuming our T.G.I.F. this Friday night! Plan on participating and bringing friends. Romans 12:9 says, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good” (ESV). I encourage each of us as we begin each new day, that we walk more purposeful lives. Lives that when people see us, they cannot help but to wonder what is different about us. A life of a faithful child of God. The Apostle Paul gives us three practical ways to start implementing ways to walk a more purposeful walk. The first is letting our love be genuine. It is easy to see what love is not, isn’t it? It is also easy to see who is real or who is fake. We must be people who, despite the person, must reflect a love that is real. Jesus says in John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” When you love people the way Christ would love them, you’re displaying authentic Christianity. So, keep loving! The second practical step to walking a more purposeful walk is to abhor evil. Far too often, it is easy to let sin creep into our lives and thus making it hard to walk accordingly to how God has asked His children to walk. This idea of “abhor” carries out the feelings of being horrified at something. Because Satan is good at his job, and at times, we’re too lazy to fight back, we allow ourselves to become snatched by sin. If we truly feared the temptations of sin, rather than finding interest in the sin, we would walk in a manner more pleasing to God (Col. 1:9-10). Let us be proactive in dominating Satan, rather than being dominated by him. And finally, the third practical step to walking a more purposeful walk is to hold fast to what is good. Some translations say “cleave” or “cling” to what is good. This idea of gluing things or fastening things together. Paul is urging the church in Rome to latch themselves to a more excellent way. In the book of Philippians, Paul says, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (1:9-11). As believers with the hope that we have in Christ, let us implement these this week as we seek to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. If Cassie or myself can assist you in any way, please let us know. We love you.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading...........................................Will Davis Opening Prayer .............................Alex Blackwelder Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer.............................Hunter Underwood Ushers ......................Roger Sanderson & Tim Davis The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 11-11-20 ................................................ 107* Sunday 1st Worship, 11-15-20 ...................................... 31 Sunday Bible Class................................................... 122* Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 109* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,396 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item.........................................................Jelly Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel safe attending the service in person.

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