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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 March 15, 2022 Number 11 ONLY THE OBEDIENT Barry Kennedy Many have had difficulty with the subject of obedience. For example, how many times has reverse psychology been effective? It is hard for many people to be obedient, mostly due to pride. Even in the secular world, people have come to understand the need and benefits for obedience. Roger Staubach who led the Dallas Cowboys to the World Championship in '71 admitted that his position as a quarterback who didn't call his own signals was a source of trial for him. Coach Landry sent in every play. He told Roger when to pass, when to run and only in emergency situations could he change the play (and he had better be right!). Even though Roger considered coach Landry to have a "genius mind" when it came to football strategy, pride said that he should be able to run his own team. Roger later said, "I faced up to the issue of obedience. Once I learned to obey there was harmony, fulfillment, and victory."1 The pride of Mr. Staubach caused him to want to be his own man yet learning to obey Coach Landry allowed him to enjoy the thrill of victory. The spiritual walk of life differs in many ways from that of the physical. Roger Staubach may have been able to win without obeying the coaches “calls,” but no one can be saved without obeying Christ. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” (Hebrews 5:8-9). Therefore, only the obedient can be saved. Why? Only the obedient truly love the Lord. Jesus made this point very clear when He said, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). One cannot say that Jesus is the Lord of their life when they are not willing to do what He says. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Think about this from a parental perspective. When a mom or dad tell little Timmy to clean his room and he says, “no!” Why are they upset with him? One might say, “He disrespected them.” Why is it that Timmy is supposed to respect his parents? One word will sum it up, and that word is love. The reality is that when little Timmy said, “no!” mom and dad subconsciously heard, “I don’t love you.” Now little Timmy might never say such hateful words out right, but love is expressed more so than it is said. Jesus was saying that God deserves more than lip service. “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their --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 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. --article continued from page 1-- lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8). The heart is the classic image most use to describe love. If our hearts are not right with God, can we say that we have love for God? Likewise, if we are not willing to obey Him, then our hearts are not right, and we do not love the Lord. Therefore, only the obedient love the Lord. Only the obedient will go to heaven. The point has already been made that one’s obedience is based upon love. This point focuses on the blessing to those who do love/obey the Lord. When the apostle Paul came to the close of his life, he wrote young Timothy an inspired letter. In that letter he pointed out the fact that he was going to receive a “crown of right- eousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). Paul’s confidence in his and everyone else’s eternal salvation did and does require personal responsibility. Paul was faithful to the Lord. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Timothy 4:7). This is what Paul, and Jesus as well, meant by love. Can we truly say that we would love His appearing right now? Are there some changes we would want to make before that great and terrible day of the Lord comes? It is hard, especially in the South, to find multitudes of people who “do not want to go to Heaven” per se. However, when one gets down to the heart of the matter, it is hard to find many people who are willing to obey God. Few are ready to fight the good fight, because few even know the course, and that same few cannot keep the faith because they have never received it (Psalm 119:105; Ephesians 6:13-18; Romans 10:17). Let’s learn the lost art of obedience, because only the obedient love the Lord and will be with Him in Heaven. _________________________ 1www.sermonillustrations.com ~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Dear East Main Family, Thank you so much for the cards, texts, prayers, and the beautiful floral arrangement after the passing of my stepfather, Marvin Chamblee. We appreciate your concern and love for us during the past few months after losing my mom and now my stepfather. Donny McKay & family Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10-11 am. Anyone who can come & sign cards is welcomed. New Bible Class Quarter Last Sunday we began a new quarter of study in our Bible classes. If you have not been attending Bible class, now would be a great time to start. There have been a few changes in some of the adult classes for this quarter. First, the college/young adult class is meeting upstairs at the classroom on the west end of the building (not the east anymore) and is being taught by Roger Sanderson & Tim Davis on Sunday and Wednesday. Also, on Sunday mornings Barry Kennedy will be teaching a combined adult class in the auditorium on Restoration and Dennis Hallmark is teaching an adult class in the multipurpose room on Nehemiah. On Wednesday nights, there will be two adult classes studying Timothy. Barry Kennedy will be teaching in the auditorium and Dennis Hallmark will be teaching in the multipurpose room. Gospel Meeting The New Albany congregation will host a Gospel Meeting March 20-23 with Billy Smith speaking Sunday at 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 1:15 pm and Monday-Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Family Breakfast We will resume our monthly family breakfast in the multipurpose room on Sunday, Mar. 27 from 8:15-8:45 am before worship service. There will be biscuits and sausage, donuts, juice, and coffee. Everyone in the congregation is invited to come and enjoy this short period of fellowship before we begin our worship service.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading March 16.................................................. 1 Samuel 4-8 March 17................................................ 1 Samuel 9-12 March 18.............................................. 1 Samuel 13-15 March 19.............................................. 1 Samuel 16-17 March 20.............................................. 1 Samuel 18-19 March 21.............................................. 1 Samuel 20-23 March 22.............................................. 1 Samuel 24-26 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Marlon Geno (Mar. 17), Jeannie Simmons (Mar. 17), Alex Blackwelder (Mar. 20), Jenna Davis (Mar. 20), Alicia Smith (Mar. 21), Lavern Dulaney (Mar. 22). Anniversaries: Hugh & Rachel Scribner (Mar. 22). Our Sick Haley Underwood will have her wisdom teeth removed Wednesday. Wesley Bass is recuperating from sinus surgery. Susan Reed had an iron infusion last week. Doug Wallace is home sick. Bob Smith and Joe Cook, Billie McNutt’s brother, have finished their therapy and are home. Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mom & Barbara Wright’s sister, continues at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. Barbara Bishop continues therapy at Diversicare, Room 3B, on Eason Blvd. Crafton Laney is home recuperating from neck surgery. Twinette Wallace’s brother, Donny Dulaney, hopes to be discharged Tuesday from the hospital. Prayers have also been requested for: Roy & Daisy King, friends of Danny & Barbara Wright, who have cancer; Michelle Maclean, Billie McNutt’s niece, who has cancer; Freida Gardner, Eddie Simmons’ co- worker’s wife, who has cancer; Linda Butler, Jeannie Simmons’ co-worker, who had an aneurysm; and Pam Gassaway, Jeannie Simmons’ co-worker, who has Guillain Barre syndrome. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Adam McCurley, Sheba Tuggers, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver, Lacy Plaxico Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News Whatever you feed, it will grow. I like pasta a lot. The only downside is that pasta is high in carbs. So, the more I eat of it, the heavier I become. Or that’s how it seems anyway. Take your sin for example. Growing up I sinned, but it was mainly to help me get out of things like lying. But the older I’ve become, the greater my sin. Why is that? Because I kinda like it a little too much. The picture below is a great way to sum up what is being said here. If you feed something dangerous, you’re going to get hurt. Don’t feed and play around with sin because it will consume you. Alex 1 Peter 5:8: [8] Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Mar. 20, 2022 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading....................................... Kent Nichols Opening Prayer ..............................Roger Sanderson Lord’s Supper Tim Davis Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Ushers .................................Will Davis & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer........................................ Chad Willis Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Opening Prayer ................................Michael Wilson Lead Singing......................................... Wade Bryan 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, 3-9-22 ...................................................... 159 Sunday 1st Worship, 3-13-22 .................................... 162* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 152 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 112 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,625 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Our Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 12th -15th from 6:30-8:00 pm! There will be classes for all ages including adults. Make plans now to attend!

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