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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 March 22, 2022 Number 12 Faith of Our Fathers, or Our Father’s Faith? Barry Kennedy Faith of our fathers is a beautiful old hymn written by Frederick William Faber. “Faber's hymn "Faith of Our Fathers" was written to remind Catholic parishioners of the suffering and martyrdom their forefathers endured during the reign of King Henry VIII and the protestant Queen Elizabeth.”1 While that may be the author’s original message, many true New Testament Christians (including this author) are reminded of how Jesus’ disciples in the first century stood firm in the faith (Jude 3; Hebrews 11), even amid very harsh trials. It is hard to know just what one would do when Satan’s minions come to tempt or torment. Encouragement and preparation are needed for anyone to stand against the wiles of the Devil. The difference is made based upon one’s faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). True faith can only come through hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). However, seeing the faith put into action by those in history, i.e., parents, grandparents, elders, and those great examples we read about in the Bible, can help to motivate and to encourage steadfastness. Paul told the brethren in Corinth to be “followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). The implication behind Paul’s statement is, follow me, but only if I am following Christ. Consider briefly if we have the faith of our fathers, or the Father’s faith? It is biblical to follow the faith of faithful fathers. God chose Abraham, the father of the faithful, to be the one through whom the Messiah would come (Genesis 12; Romans 4:11). With all the people on the earth God could have chosen anyone, but He chose Abraham. Why? Listen to what God said about Abraham: For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him (Genesis 18:19). Note how it starts with commanding authority. No, this is not leading by strength, loud voice, or totalitarian tactics, but a leading by following God. That is exactly what Abraham did. Abraham followed God and Abraham’s family followed him. What was it that they followed? It was his faith. --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-- Find the faith that comes from The Father. Life is filled with choices. We make so many decisions on a daily basis, that we don’t even realize we are making decisions. Looking into the Word of God not only builds faith (Romans 10:17), but it also teaches one how to stand in the face of adversity. When one takes up the shield of faith, he then has the ability to defend against Devil’s darts (Ephesians 6:16). God is the true author of the Scriptures. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16). Have you dear reader found the faith that comes from God the Father? Will you follow that faith and be one worth following yourself? Faith of our earthly fathers can lead one astray, but the faith that comes from the Heavenly Father leads to life eternal. Is our faith the faith of our fathers, or the Father’s faith? ______________________________________________________ 1 http://www.historicist.com/rome/faith-of-our- fathers-a-roman-catholic-hymn ~~~~~~~~ Family Breakfast We will resume our monthly family breakfast in the multipurpose room this Sunday, March 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. Sympathy Just to say thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and beautiful flowers during our time of sadness and laying our sweet momma to rest. God bless each of you. The family of Nita Weaver Thomason (Sandra Simmons’ sister) 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. Memphis School of Preaching Lectureship The Memphis School of Preaching will host their 55th Annual Lectureship March 27-31 on the theme “Timeless Truth.” A schedule of times and speakers is posted on the bulletin board across from the library. (Barry & Berta will be speaking on Wednesday.) Men’s Breakfast & Work Day A men’s breakfast has been scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 am in the multipurpose room. Following breakfast, there will be a workday in and around the building. Some of the things needing to be done are cleaning out gutters, replacing a toilet seat in the upstairs boys’ bathroom, replacing ceiling tiles, cutting two dead pine trees on the property, and cleaning out under the west stairwell. Please come and help if you are able. Alex will be ordering some t-shirts he has designed with the summer 2022 youth group logo on it. If you would like to order one, please sign the list posted on the youth bulletin board across from the ladies’ bathroom.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading March 23.......................................... 1 Samuel 27-31 March 24.............................................. 2 Samuel 1-4 March 25.............................................. 2 Samuel 5-7 March 26............................................ 2 Samuel 8-10 March 27.......................................... 2 Samuel 11-12 March 28.......................................... 2 Samuel 13-14 March 29.......................................... 2 Samuel 15-18 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Charles Barber (Mar. 24), David Bates (Mar. 26), Erin Moore (Mar. 28), Kristie Webb (Mar. 29). Anniversaries: Mark & Mikki Gilliland (Mar. 28). Our Sick Barry Kennedy was sick at home Sunday with a virus. Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mom & Barbara Wright’s sister, continues at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. Barbara Bishop has finished her therapy and is home. Crafton Laney is home recuperating from neck surgery. Twinette Wallace’s brother, Donny Dulaney, is home from the hospital. Berta Kennedy’s cousin, Gerald Cheater, is under- going physical therapy at NMMC following a car accident. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Adam McCurley, Sheba Tuggers, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver, Lacy Plaxico, Roy & Daisy King, Michelle Maclean, Freida Gardner, Linda Butler, Pam Gassaway Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1, 2 Sometimes it’s hard to wait in silence, isn’t it? When the charging bull gets closer and closer, it’s hard to stay still. And yet, that’s exactly what God expects us to do. The things in this life that afflict us are real and serious. Now, you may not think what’s serious to me is very serious and somebody may think you’re all excited over nothing, but it’s real to you, isn’t it? And no amount of explaining or qualifying is going to make you think it’s not serious. It’s serious and it hurts! There’s only one way you can truly find relief and that’s to wait patiently on the Lord. Isaiah talked about those who wait on the Lord in Isaiah 40:28-31. If you will wait patiently (in silence) on the Lord, He will give you thestrength you need to get through thistough time. The psalmist says that only God is his rock and salvation. Here’s the encouraging part. He can be your Rock and Salvation, too! He is the Only One who can solve, really solve, the problems you have in life. No, He may not make the bill collectors suddenly go away and He might not keep you from losing your job, but He can make even those things work out for good according to His purpose if you’ll trust Him (Romans 8:28). I promise you this, if you submit your life to His will, His purpose will result in your good more than you can ever imagine, even if it doesn’t feel very good at the time. Wouldn’t you like to have a stronghold into which you could retreat at the first sign of trouble, where nothing or no one could get to you? Well, you have one if you will let God be your Stronghold. Think about that, for a moment. Not even the most powerful enemy any of us has (the god of this world; the devil, 2 Corinthians 4:4) can get to you. He can hurt you and can distract you, but he cannot breach your Stronghold. God wants to be your stronghold. He wants to make it so that no one can hurt you enough to destroy you. When you stop and think about the kind of relationship you can have with God, it becomes a little easier to say, “I will not be greatly shaken.” You don’t have to be shaken. You may shake a little bit when you look out the window this morning or think about what awaits you today, but you don’t have to be shaken. You can walk out that door today with your head held high, with confidence that there is nothing that can happen to you that will come between you and your salvation if you do not let it. I know I’m weak sometimes and may let something come between me and my heavenly Father, but it’s an encouragement to me to know that my heavenly Father is not weak and if I will repent and come back to Him, He will welcome me and take care of me. Take these words of advice and comfort with you today and the rest of the week: 5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us (Psalm 62:5-8). Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022 a.m. Announcements..............................Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading...........................................Will Davis Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Lord’s Supper Jeff Mansel Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer....................................Ricky Johnson Ushers ..................Terry Kingsley & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ......................................Mike Ratliff Closing Prayer........................................... Joe Minor Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Opening Prayer .........................................Tim Davis Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson 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, 3-16-22 .................................................... 122 Sunday 1st Worship, 3-20-22 .................................... 190* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 178 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 143 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,272 *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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