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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 February 2, 2021 Number 5 THINKING ABOUT... Barry Kennedy “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .” (Proverbs 23:7). I am sure that if one were to do a little searching, he could find a study on how many thoughts the average person has in a day. I can’t imagine how one could come to an accurate total, considering how many thoughts we have on a daily basis. This seems to be innumerable! That being said, what takes up the majority of our thoughts? How many of us have taken the time to try and inventory our thoughts? Does it really matter what one thinks? What takes precedence in our thought process? What should we do to think as God would have us to think? Start thinking about God’s Word! With so much pulling at us from every direction it takes determination to set aside time to think on God’s Word. Paul discussed the importance of thinking in his letter to the church in Philippi. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). All the things about which Paul said one should think can only be truly derived from God’s Word. After all, “He hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who hath called us to glory and virtue:” (2 Peter 1:3). God’s Word is the lamp to our feet and light to our paths (Psalm 119:105), but only if we are willing to think on the things written therein. How much time have we spent in the past thinking on God’s Word? Better yet, how much time are we going to spend from now on thinking about God’s Word? Start thinking about others! Many people come and go throughout our lives. Some of them consume large portions of our thought time, others, not so much. God expects His people to be concerned about others. Jesus left His disciples with these last words: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations. . .” (Matthew 28:19). How can one ever hope to bring others to Christ without taking some time to think about them? Even the worship of the Almighty requires taking time to “consider one another” (Hebrews 10:24). Paul gave us a great example of Christian consideration in his letter to Philemon. “I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;” (Philemon 1:4-5). Not only does this passage point out Paul’s thoughtfulness, it also mentions Philemon’s consideration for God first and “all saints” second. Of course, Jesus gave the greatest example of thinking about others. --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— “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus put His own needs behind and made His desire the needs of all mankind (Hebrews 2:8-9). Start thinking about our future! Many people take their financial future very seriously. We save, invest, and spend much time making sure we are cared for in the golden years. Having said that, how much time do we spend preparing for the eternal future? Solomon spent many years and great amounts of wealth trying to find contentment and happiness in this life. His conclusion started with a call to the youth to begin early thinking about their future (Ecclesiastes 12:1). He concluded with the admonition to “Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Judgment is coming, and we had better start thinking seriously about it! If we are ever going to be the thoughtful people God would want us to be, we must start thinking about our future, while thinking of others, and focusing more of our thoughts upon God’s Word. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sr. Youth The senior youth are invited to the building this Fri- day night, Feb. 5 for another TGIF from 9:00 p.m. until midnight. Don’t forget that part of the time we will be going to Event Zona to play laser tag. Please bring $10 to play. Invite your friends! (Wear your masks please!) Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the family of Cody Long who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Jan. 31 in Colombia. Cody was the grandson of Betty Long, great-grandson of Bob Smith, nephew of Larry Long & related to several others. Also, we extend our condolences to Barry Kennedy in the loss of his uncle, Hayden Kennedy, on Jan. 26 from Covid complications. Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Our condolences to Susan Reed in the loss of her aunt, Shirley Gillentine, on Jan. 31. Funeral services will be held at Lee Memorial in Verona Feb. 4 No Neutrality Pilate could wash his hands, but he could not wash Jesus’ blood off his conscience. We cannot be neutral about Christ. We are either for or against Him. There is no middle ground. Jesus said: “He who is not with Me is against Me” (Matt. 12:30). Jesus is God’s spokesman to man today: God has “in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:1-2). He is the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5). He is our perfect example. Christ left “us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth’” (1 Pet. 2:21-22). He is man’s only Savior (Matt. 1:21). When a man like that stands before you, you do not just pass Him off with a shrug of the shoulders. You have to make a decision—a decision that affects the soul, judgment, and eternity. Jesus said: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). Someday this will be reversed. Jesus now stands before us, and we have the right to decide what we will do with Him. The day will come when we will stand before Him, and He will decide what to do with us: “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). Do unto Christ today as you would have Him do unto you in the last great day. —Anonymous “Choose for yourselves this day” Joshua 24:15 --via House to House Heart to Heart , Archive 2697 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 February 3.............................................. Leviticus 8-10 February 4............................................ Leviticus 11-13 February 5............................................ Leviticus 14-15 February 6............................................ Leviticus 16-17 February 7............................................ Leviticus 18-20 February 8............................................ Leviticus 21-23 February 9............................................ Leviticus 24-27 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Wesley Funderburk (Feb. 3), Mary Lou Walden (Feb. 3), Carmen Perkins (Feb. 4), Clayton Long (Feb. 4), Jimmy Spearman (Feb. 4), Grady Vines (Feb. 4), David Ramseyer (Feb. 5), Harold Roby (Feb. 6), Jackson Voyles (Feb. 6), William Harris (Feb. 7), Jacie Dickinson (Feb. 9), Janie McCaskill (Feb. 9). Anniversaries: Bill & Annie Martin (Feb. 3). Our Sick James Simmons underwent a biopsy last week and is awaiting the results. Ashley Davis will begin chemo this Friday. Jean Mounce is home from the hospital and doing a lot better. Lauren Lindley is home recuperating from sinus surgery. Ricky Johnson was able to be here Sunday following knee surgery. Lynn Sanderson’s mother, Caroline Willis, is having some health issues. Amy Hughes’ friend, David Smith, is in the St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS with a brain bleed. Dan Winkler has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Several are sick at home with Covid: Mike Ratliff’s brother (Phil), Dean/Kristie Webb’s brother- in-law (Randy Groover), & Rodney Voyles’ parents. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Sean Koehn, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Carol Hood Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob & Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News A Greater Faithfulness No matter what your age is, you understand even at a basic level what faithfulness is. I fear that we also see more often what it is not. Many children today suffer from the lack of one or more parents. This is an incredible sorrow children face. On the flip side, I’ve seen children who were submissive to their parents when they were younger and when they grew up, they were calloused toward them. What changed between spouses who once loved each other and children who once loved their parents? I would argue it is a mixture of a lack of love and faithfulness. In Matthew chapter 4, Jesus calls His first disciples and Peter was one of them. Verse 20 says that they, “Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” From that moment on, Peter had a choice to start his journey of faithfulness towards Jesus. In Matthew 16, Peter has a victorious moment where his words pronouncing Christ to be the Son of God validated His faithfulness. In this moment, Peter’s faith was full. However, there were many moments that Jesus saw Peter’s faith as weak. Faithfulness is a continuous verb and sometimes, we get lazy. As Matthew 26 comes to a close, Peter allows his fear to consume his faithfulness. He denies that he knows and was even a follower of Jesus. In verse 75, Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And Peter went out and wept bitterly. Sometimes the greatest lessons we have learn spiritually, yields a greater response to faithfulness. I believe this was the case for our brother, Peter. In Acts 2, Peter preaches the first recorded Gospel sermon and from that moment on, Peter had a greater faithfulness towards Christ. As you consider your own spiritual condition, could it be that you’re the one in Matthew 14:31, where Jesus asks you, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Sometimes, we lose our focus in life and from that, we start to lose our faithfulness. Sometimes diseases will infect us or those we love and without thinking, we prioritize the fear rather than the faithfulness. A greater faithfulness doesn’t come “prepackaged.” A greater faithfulness is developed and strengthened when we, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33). God loves you and is rooting for you. And so are Cassie and I. Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading.......................................Britton Smith Opening Prayer .........................................Tim Davis Lord’s Supper Roger Sanderson Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Closing Prayer................................Jonathan Nichols Ushers ..................... Mike Childers & Dale Dulaney 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, 1-27-21 .................................................. 101* Sunday 1st Worship, 1-31-21 ........................................ 24 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 88* Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 119* Contribution (budget $7,900) .............................. $12,654 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item....................................... Instant potatoes Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel comfortable attending in person. However, if you do feel comfortable meeting in person, we will have our 8:30 a.m. worship, our 10:00 a.m. worship and our 11:15 a.m. Bible class this Sunday, Feb. 7. (Also, in person Bible classes will be held this Wed., Feb. 3.)

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