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East main informer, 2 9-21

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East main informer, 2 9-21

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 February 9, 2021 Number 6 WINNING THE BIG GAME Barry Kennedy Yesterday, millions of people are geared up for the once-a-year gridiron gala known as the Super Bowl. The true champion team of the NFL was determined, and their name will be recorded in the history books. Sometimes the games are tense and exciting, other times (like last night) there is a blowout victory. Either way, millions watched to see the outcome, or at least the commercials. Many Christians also find themselves gearing up for this day. The reason Christians are making preparation is because it is the Lord’s day. Sunday has been set aside by the Lord for His saints to come together (Hebrews 10:24-25), sing songs of praise (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16-17), preach/teach the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:1-5; 2:15), pray (Romans 12:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:17), give of our means (1 Corinthians 16:1-2), and remember the death of our Lord by partaking the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; 2:42). These items are of far greater importance than any athletic competition. However, the apostle Paul used athletics to help illustrate the spiritual life. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). Paul knew that the greatest victory one can achieve is winning the big game of life. At the end of the Super Bowl there was only one winner, but the big game spiritually has an unlimited winner’s bracket. How can we win the big game and who gets to claim victory? The one who has the greatest desire. It has been said that many desire to go to Heaven, but few want to die to get there. Paul was not one of those people. In fact, he said, “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:” (Philippians 1:23). Abraham wandered about, living in tents searching for the promise with desire. “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16). Though he --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— died without receiving the desired land, he won the big game by finding the Heavenly land. The one who is the most disciplined. Paul made mention of how the athletes competing in the games are temperate in all things (1 Corinthians 9:25). To develop temperance, defined as self- control, requires discipline. Discipline is very difficult to both deliver and receive, but self- discipline is the most difficult of all. Just like the discipline that the athletes competing in the Super Bowl need to win, Christians need discipline in order to win the big game. The one who is the most focused. A focused athlete or team may not always win the competition, but one can rest assured the winner was focused. Paul said that he ran his race with the victory in sight (1 Corinthians 9:26). He realized that in order to achieve he had to maintain his focus (1 Corinthians 9:27). “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). The one who is willing to sacrifice all. When facing the finish line, “All to Jesus I surrender all to Him I freely give.” The Christian victory requires the greatest sacrifice. “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:5-6). Most people will never find themselves in a big game such as the Super Bowl. However, we are all in the big game of life, but the question is, are we winning? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Rommie Dilworth in the loss of his uncle last week due to the Coronavirus. It Is Not What You Have A king suffered a terribly painful sickness. His advisor told him that the only cure was to locate a contented man and ask for his shirt to wear night and day. Immediately messengers were sent through the kingdom to look for such a man and bring back his shirt. Months passed; finally, all the messengers returned empty-handed. The king was exasperated. “Do you mean to tell me there is not even a single man in all my realm who is content?” A messenger replied, “We found only one such man in all your realm.” “Why did you not bring his shirt?” “Master, the man had no shirt.” Dr. Dale Robbins writes, “I used to think people complained because they had a lot of problems. But I have come to realize that they have problems because they complain. Complaining does not change anything or make situations better. It amplifies frustration, spreads discontent and discord, and can invoke an invitation for the devil to cause havoc with our lives.” —Anonymous “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless” (Philippians 2:14-15). --Via House to House Heart to Heart, (Archive 1227) John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading February 10...........................................Numbers 1-2 February 11...........................................Numbers 3-4 February 12...........................................Numbers 5-8 February 13.........................................Numbers 9-12 February 14.......................................Numbers 13-16 February 15.......................................Numbers 17-20 February 16.......................................Numbers 21-25 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Debbie Duke (Feb. 11), Justin Webb (Feb. 12), Leigh Bland (Feb. 15), Eden Davis (Feb. 16). Anniversaries: Andy & Sharon Clemmer (Feb. 14), Mike & Carol Cross (Feb. 14). Our Sick James Simmons has been diagnosed with non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will begin chemo Thursday. Ashley Davis began chemo last week. Betty Beard underwent cataract surgery last week and will have the other eye done March 1. Lynn Sanderson’s mother, Caroline Willis, is having some health issues. Amy Hughes’ friend, David Smith, continues in the St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS with a brain bleed. Dan Winkler, a gospel preacher many here know, underwent surgery last week to remove colon cancer. He is doing well and received a good prognosis. Jean Mounce is home recuperating from surgery. Kathy Bates, Larry & Judy Bates’ daughter-in-law, was in the hospital in Oxford with Covid. She is home now and doing much better. 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, Steve Higginbotham Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob & Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News Hello! I hope you’re doing well today. Just a reminder that this Wednesday we will have “Brain Freeze” which is a time to have some ice cream and fellowship. This is for all ages who want to come. This Friday night, we are having a T.G.I.F. Valentine’s Day edition so bring your friends as we spend time creating a deeper love for God as well as playing some relationship building games. Hebrews 10:22-25 says, “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” As always, if we can help you in any way, please let us know. We love you! Alex Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 a.m. Announcements...................................Mike Childers Bible Reading................................Alex Blackwelder Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Lord’s Supper Andy Clemmer Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................... Terry Kingsley Ushers ..........................Joe Minor & Andy Baldwyn 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) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 2-3-21 ...................................................... 95* Sunday 1st Worship, 2-7-21 .......................................... 23 Sunday Bible Class................................................... 103* Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 134* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,542 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item...............................Macaroni and cheese 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. 14. (Also, in person Bible classes will be held this Wed., Feb. 10.)

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