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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 November 19, 2019 Number 45 Learning “ONE” Lesson on Gratitude Barry Kennedy There are many great Bible lessons that involve “one.” The flood account in Genesis 6-8, emphasizes the number one repeatedly. One man (Noah) found favor in God’s eyes (Genesis 6:8). He built one ark (Genesis 6:14-16). One wood, door, and window.” No one could help but to see the emphasis on one with Noah. What about Jesus? He is the one Sacrifice, Savior, Son. Paul wrote to the brethren at Ephesus mentioning the significance of one. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). We should never forget the great works that God has done for mankind. Considering all those many blessings should promote an attitude of gratitude; however, many still fail to understand the need for gratitude. Jesus taught the need for gratitude with ten lepers, whom He healed (Luke 17:11-19). Jesus and His disciples were passing through the borders of Samaria and Galilee, when ten men infected with the dreaded disease of leprosy cried, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us” (Luke 17:13). They knew that they were not allowed to approach anyone who was not leprous, so they stood afar off (Leviticus 13:45, 46). No one could be cured from this dreaded disease, in those days, without divine intervention. These men were desperate and pleaded with the Lord to show them “mercy.” Sadly, there are people who only see their dependence upon the Lord when they are faced with a situation that is out of their control? Jesus, without hesitation said, “Go and show yourselves unto the priests” (Luke 17:14). This was a commandment under the Law of Moses (Leviticus 13:2- 46; 14:2-32). The priests would declare them clean or unclean. Jesus knew that these men were unclean, and His compassion was going to make them whole. As they went on their way all ten were cleansed of their leprosy and that is where the lesson on gratitude is made known. Only one turned back and shouted, “glorifying God; and he fell on his face at His (Jesus’) feet, giving Him thanks:” (Luke 17:15, 16). Jesus pointed out the obvious, “Were not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17). Only the “stranger” (i.e. Samaritan) was truly grateful. No doubt, the Pharisees would be taken back with the fact that a Samaritan (considered lower than a dog to the Jews) was the one who made the proper response. Can we imagine not being eager to say thank you if we were healed from an incurable disease? --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-- In this account Jesus makes a statement that is often overlooked. “Arise and go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole” (Luke 17:19). Is it not interesting how that Jesus mentioned the faith of the leper only after his display of gratitude? Faith is, without a doubt, a necessity. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God translated him: for he hath had witness borne to him that before his translation he had been well-pleasing unto God: and without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; (Hebrews 11:6 ASV). Enoch pleased the Lord by his faith and so the Lord translated him. The opposite of Enoch’s faith is displeasure to God. Sin is a divider, separating us from God’s providential care and fellowship (Isaiah 59:1, 2; Proverbs 15:29). According to what Jesus said to the thankful leper, connecting faith and gratitude, we cannot be pleasing unto the Lord without being grateful. The next time we start thinking that we do not owe anyone anything; we would do well to remember some of those lessons learned by one. One Bible, inspired by one Spirit, teaching one gospel about the one salvation (cure for sin) is offered to the whole world because of the love of God. We are all awaiting a sentence of death, but Jesus offers the gift of life (Romans 6:23). Are we truly thankful for that gift? The gratitude of that one leper was an expression of his faith. How faithful we are is shown by the gratitude we display. We all should remember that ingratitude leads to apostasy (Romans 1:21). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sr. Youth Activity The Senior Youth are invited to a “Friendsgiving” this Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5:00 p.m. at Andy & Stephanie Baldwyn’s home. A food list is posted in the foyer beside the tract rack. Monthly Family First Fellowship The next monthly Family First Fellowship will be held this Sunday, Nov. 24 from 8:15-8:45 a.m. in the multipurpose room before worship services. Every- one in the congregation is invited to come and enjoy 30 minutes of fellowship getting to know your brothers & sisters in Christ better. (Light breakfast food will be provided.) Visitation Team #4 Visitation Team #4, Dennis Hallmark’s team, will meet this Sunday, Nov. 24 in the multipurpose room following services at noon. Please see Debbie Hallmark for what to bring for lunch. New Email The previous email account used by East Main has been compromised! The new email account is eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com. Please make a note of this. We were able to transfer the contacts from the old email account. However, if you are not receiving the bulletin via email now and would like to, you may turn your email into the office and we will add you to the list. Wednesday Thanksgiving Prayer & Praise Next Wednesday, Nov. 27 our evening Bible study will be a little different. Like last year, everyone will be asked to stay in the auditorium for a period of Scripture readings, prayers, and songs. Please make plans to be here! John Duke stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading 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 November 25......................................Romans 12-16 November 26..................................1 Corinthians 1-4 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Shirley Lyons (Nov. 21), Lee DuBois (Nov. 23), Debbie Hallmark (Nov. 23), Sydney McMickin (Nov. 24), Tammy Minor (Nov. 24), Eli Rushing (Nov. 26), Rodney Voyles (Nov. 26). 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), Shawn & Jean Mounce (Nov. 26), Our Sick Mike Ratliff & Diane Dickerson are home recuperating from recent surgeries. Glen Coleman, Ashley Davis’ father, was to undergo tests Monday. He has nodular melanoma. Gary Geno, Marlon & Gail’s son, had a pacemaker put in last week. Kyle Smith’s dad, Jerry, underwent foot surgery last week. On-Going Illnesses Pete Barber, Mary Lou Walden, Jean Mounce, Steve Kelly, 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 Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris, James Nichols Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Qualifications of elders/deacons............1 Timothy 3 Good marriage ............................................ 1 Peter 3 Ascension of Christ......................................... Acts 1 Ananias and Sapphira ..................................... Acts 5 Aquila and Priscilla....................................... Acts 18 List the books of the Old Testament: Genesis Isaiah Exodus Jeremiah Leviticus Lamentations Numbers Ezekiel Deuteronomy Daniel Joshua Hosea Judges Joel Ruth Amos I Samuel Obadiah II Samuel Jonah I Kings Micah II Kings Nahum I Chronicles Habakkuk II Chronicles Zephaniah Ezra Haggai Nehemiah Zechariah Esther Malachi Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon List the divisions of the Old Testament: ❖ Law (5) ❖ History (12) ❖ Poetry (5) ❖ Major Prophets (5) ❖ Minor Prophets (12) Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? Outreach Item for November: Soap
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 a.m. Announcements................................. William Harris Bible Reading............................................Sam Hood Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lord’s Supper Terry Kingsley & Clinton Kingsley Serve Congregation, East Side: Eddie Simmons, Rodney Voyles, Jackson Voyles Serve Congregation, West Side: Hugh Scribner, Greg Lyle, Britton Smith Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer...................................... Paul Blansett Ushers ...................Jason Dickinson & Eric Barnette Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ............................... Robert Kingsley Closing Prayer.......................................Wesley Bass Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Prayer................................................Jacob Kennedy Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Contact Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ...................................Marlon & Gail Geno ...............................Greg & Keisha Gholston Prepare Lord’s Supper—November .................Mike & Renee Childers Nursery (1st worship)...................Tammy & Sarah Minor (2nd worship)....... Kim Johnson & Felicia Stanford Pantry........................................................ Dry beans Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 11-13-19............................................133 Sunday 1st Worship, 11-17-18 .............................184 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................193 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................171 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$5,705 The youth of East Main invite our Senior Saints (age 60 and above) To a holiday luncheon prepared in your honor on Sunday, Dec. 8th Immediately following worship services at noon in the multipurpose room. Please sign the list on the bulletin board across from the library if you plan to attend.

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