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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 March 8, 2022 Number 10 PEACE, LOVE, AND HAPPINESS Barry Kennedy Helen Keller once said of happiness, “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self- gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”1 It is hard to imagine anyone not wanting to be happy. That being said, there are many who are continually going through this life consumed with grief and sorrow. Life will always have its share of heartaches. “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). Yet God’s Word says, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). How? It starts with understanding true happiness. Jesus said that life does not consist of the abundance of things man possesses (Luke 12:15). When one considers the sum of God’s Word for man, happiness seems to be connected with two other words, i.e., peace and love. It seems to be that peace is a fruit of love, which brings true happiness. The word peace is often thought of as an absence of war or conflict of any sort. Though that is an accurate definition for peace it does not automatically lead to love or happiness. In fact, many, if not most of us, have never actually been in a physical war, but we have been unhappy from time to time. The Bible talks about a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). This is a peace of mind that no matter what our circumstances are in this life, we know that God is with us (Hebrews 13:5). That is what Paul was talking about in the context of this verse. Paul told the Philippian brethren how this rejoicing can be accomplished. Their rejoicing was contingent upon moderation (i.e., mercifulness or tolerance of slight deviations from moral or legal rectitude) knowing that the Lord is at hand (v. 5). They did not have to be “careful” (i.e., anxious) because they could cast their cares upon the Lord (v. 6; cf. 1 Peter 5:7). Then the peace of God would “keep” their hearts (v. 7). Doesn’t that sound like a place of happiness to you? True peace will not be pursued by anyone who does not have love as their motivation. Paul said, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV). The --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-- context of Paul’s summation is a very extensive definition of selfless “agape” love. It is a love that suffers long and is kind; doesn't envy; doesn’t parade itself; isn’t puffed up; behaves right; doesn’t seek its own; isn’t easily provoked; doesn't think evil; doesn’t rejoice in iniquity; bears, believes, hopes, endures all things, and never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Just consider what peace could be had among humanity if everyone loved like this. Peace brought about by this kind of love will leave one no choice but to be genuinely happy. Jesus the “Prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6), loves us unconditionally (Romans 5:8; John 13:34; 15:12-13), and wants us to be truly happy (John 10:10). It is hard to imagine anyone not wanting to be happy, but if we are not willing to follow peace (Hebrews 12:14), or love God and our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37- 39), then we have chosen a life without genuine happiness. God help us all to live in peace, love, and happiness. 1https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes /h/helenkelle121539.html?src=t_true_happiness ~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Barry Kennedy in the loss of his cousin, Johnny Kennedy, on March 5. Funeral services will be held March 10 at Kesler Funeral Home in Booneville at 2:00 pm. Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10:00-11:00 am. Anyone available to come and help sign cards is welcomed. New Quarter in Bible Classes We just began a new quarter of study in our Bible classes this past Sunday. 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. Ladies’ Monthly Fellowship The ladies’ monthly fellowship will be held this Thursday, Mar. 10 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the multipurpose room. All the ladies are invited! Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday Daylight Saving Time will begin this Sunday, March 13. Don’t forget to set your clocks FORWARD one hour Saturday night before going to bed!
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading March 9.................................................... Judges 6-8 March 10................................................ Judges 9-12 March 11.............................................. Judges 13-16 March 12.............................................. Judges 17-19 March 13.............................................. Judges 20-21 March 14..................................................... Ruth 1-4 March 15.............................................. 1 Samuel 1-3 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Patsy Nichols (Mar. 9), Scarlett Smith (Mar. 12), Perry Hand (Mar. 14), Madi Harris (Mar. 14). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Doug Wallace recuperating from eye surgery. Bob Smith & Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mom & Barbara Wright’s sister, continue at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. Joe Cook, Billie McNutt’s brother, is undergoing therapy at the Tupelo Nursing Facility on Briar Ridge Rd. Barbara Bishop continues therapy at Diversicare, Room 3B, on Eason Blvd. Crafton Laney will have neck surgery in Birmingham tomorrow. Michelle Maclean, Billie McNutt’s niece, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Twinette Wallace’s brother, Donny Dulaney, is on a low dose chemo. Roy & Daisy King, friends of Danny & Barbara Wright, both have cancer. 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 Ecclesiastes 3:4 [4] a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; Today, I want to share some funny Bible jokes that will hopefully lift your spirits. Let’s begin! Q. Why couldn’t Jonah trust the ocean? A. Because he knew there was something fishy about it. Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A. Noah; he was floating his stock while everyone was in liquidation. Q. Where was Solomon’s temple located? A. On the side of his head. Q. Where is the first tennis match mentioned in the Bible? A. When Joseph served in Pharaoh’s court. Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden? A. Your mother ate us out of house and home. Q. What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? A. It’s Christmas, Eve! Q. How does Moses make his coffee? A. Hebrews it. Q. How do we know Peter was a rich fisherman? A. By his net income. Q. Who were Gumby’s favorite Bible characters? A. Shadrack, Meshack & AhBENDago. Q. Who was the smartest man in the Bible? A. Abraham. He knew a Lot. I hope you have a fantastic week! Love y’all! Alex Brain Freeze this Wednesday, Mar. 9 after Bible class in the multipurpose room!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Mar. 13, 2022 a.m. Announcements...................................Mike Childers Bible Reading.......................................Larry Presley Opening Prayer .................................... Paul Blansett Lord’s Supper Michael Wilson Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................. Jason Dickinson Ushers ..................Roger Sanderson & Jalon Mansel Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................... Stuart Childers Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder 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, 3-2-22 ...................................................... 167 Sunday 1st Worship, 2-27-22 .................................... 168* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 192 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 145 Contribution (budget $7,900) .............................. $10,472 *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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