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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 April 14, 2020 Number 15 GOD IS SPEAKING, ARE WE LISTENING? Barry Kennedy Picture this, you are sitting at home watching TV. As usual there is nothing worth watching, so you find yourself “channel-surfing.” As you go through the many different channels, you happen across a televangelist who captures your interest. He is dressed in an Armani suit with gold rings and a huge gold watch. He is preaching a message about how God is trying to tell you how to have your financial wheelbarrow overflowing. He talks about how God “laid it upon his heart” to ask you to send in your “love offering” so that He (God) can bless you. After all, you know the Bible says, “Give and it shall be given unto you...” (Luke 6:38). Of course, there are many other messages that God has supposedly delivered to man through recent “revelations.” Preachers who claim that the Lord literally “spoke to them” are a dime a dozen. However, when pressed to “prove” God spoke to them, one will find that they are explaining more of a feeling or “premonition” instead of actual conversation. Friends, Moses did not “feel like” God spoke to him, nor did Abraham, Isaac, or any other person about whom we read in the Bible. They literally heard the voice of God. The question is, “Does God still speak to man today?” The brief and immediate answer is “yes!” However, that answer must be followed with another question, “How?” To answer the question of how will help to answer the question of this article, God is speaking, are we listening? God speaks to us with words. Words are vehicles that carry man to the destination of understanding. It is not a mystery that God would use words to direct mankind into the way that he should worship, live, and even die. This truth is clearly seen by the words of the Psalmist: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). The Psalmist emphatically stated that the Word of God must be the directing source for how we walk this life. It is hard to imagine setting out on the journey of life without a map to help us find our way. Most people, whether they admit it or not, have had to ask for directions. Imagine being invited to someone’s home you have never visited, but they did not give you an address or any directions as to how to get there. You would probably think that they did not really want you to visit. However, if they give us directions but we do not listen, then we are the ones not showing proper interest. It only makes sense that you would likely get lost. With that in mind, how well are we listening to God’s directions to His house? His Word has made it very clear that --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 Classes............. 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. EAST MAIN CHURCH OF CHRIST 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— He wants us to be with Him (John 14:1-6). He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6). The way being the opportunity for an entrance into those mansions; the truth being the directions recorded in His Word (cf. John 17:17); and the life being that lifestyle we are to follow in order to make our calling and election sure (1 Peter 2:21, 22; 2 Peter 1:10). If we choose not to listen to His directions, then we will be lost (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). The Bible is proof that God is still speaking today. Paul informed young Timothy that “All scripture is given by inspiration (i.e. God breathed) of God, . . .” (2 Timothy 3:16). Some may try to boast, “give me the ’red letter’ verses and you can keep the rest.” The person who would make this statement is trying to say that only the “words of Christ” are worthy of our consideration. The problem with this line of thinking is pointed out in Paul’s previous writing to Timothy. “ALL scripture...” that means all, including the Old Testament (Romans 15:4). Of course, the Bible is made up of; you guessed it, words! The question that must follow this line of thinking is, “Are we listening to those words?” Do we take time to meditate upon the truths of God through the divine revelation (John 5:39; 1 Timothy 4:13-16)? God wants man to know Him and to have assurance of salvation (John 8:31-36). How confident are we about our own salvation? Do we rest our heads at night in denial of the inevitable, or in the confidence of our loving Savior? Samuel heard the words of the Lord calling to him (1 Samuel 3:1-8). It was not until Samuel realized Who it was that was talking that he understood. It was at that point that Samuel could say, “Speak; for Thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10). Samuel listened to understand. God is still speaking through His Word, are we listening? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ladies!! Due to the COVID-19 and the ordered quarantine, we are having to think outside the box for Savannah Tucker’s baby shower that was scheduled for April 26, 2020. We have decided to show our love and excitement for them with 3 different options: 1. Drop a gift card/cash or present off at the church when you are picking up emblems for the Lord’s supper. 2. Mail your gift directly to her house at the following address: 1210 CR 811, Saltillo, MS 38866 3. Order online from where she is registered, and have it shipped directly to the Tucker house!! We appreciate all the prayers and gifts for this exciting time in Savannah & Zac’s life!!! Please see Lynn Sanderson, Emily Williams, Sarah Phillips or Star Ray if you have questions. Wedding Shower for Alex & Cassie The Wedding Shower for Alex Blackwelder & Cassie Cummings has been postponed until May. They are registered at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. More details coming soon! John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading April 15...........................................1 Chronicles 1-4 April 16...........................................1 Chronicles 5-9 April 17.......................................1 Chronicles 10-13 April 18.......................................1 Chronicles 14-16 April 19.......................................1 Chronicles 17-21 April 20.......................................1 Chronicles 22-27 April 21.......................................1 Chronicles 28-29 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Heath Lindley (Apr. 15), Mike Cross (Apr. 16), Dennis Hallmark (Apr. 16), Hannon Ray (Apr. 16), Janna Gholston (Apr. 17), Brenda Lindley (Apr. 18), Wanda Bryan (Apr. 20), LuAnne Funderburk (Apr. 20), Blaine Roby (Apr. 20). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Andy Baldwyn’s father, Danny, is home recuperating from heart surgery. Harold Roby’s sister, Trecia, is in the hospital in Montgomery, AL with the coronavirus. Jean Mounce’s surgery at UAB is scheduled for April 22. Charlie Ruth Hallmark & Wilma Underwood, Chevela’s mother- in-law, continue therapy at The Meadows in Fulton. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Pete Barber, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Jennie Cox, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Jill Rice, Ann Letteri, Shirley Roberts, Brad Dillard, Merlene Johnson Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Placed Membership We are happy to announce that Andy & Sharon Clemmer have made known their desire to be recognized as members of the East Main congregation and work under the oversight of our elders, Mike Childers, Dennis Hallmark, Mark Hitt & Bobby Joe Lindley. We will try to have their address and phone numbers for next week’s bulletin. Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Birth of Isaac ..........................................Genesis 21-22 Birth of Jacob & Esau..................................Genesis 25 Jacob & Rachel.......................................Genesis 29-33 Joseph’s coat of many colors.......................Genesis 37 Potiphar ..................................................Genesis 29-40 Name the Beatitudes: 1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs in the kingdom of heaven. 2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 4. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 8. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 9. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? Outreach Item for April Shampoo
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, April 5, 2020 a.m. Announcements..............................Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading..............................Hunter Underwood Opening Prayer ..............................Roger Sanderson Lord’s Supper Dale Dulaney & Kent Nichols Serve Congregation, East Side: Greg Hughes, Joe Minor, Andy Baldwyn Serve Congregation, West Side: Lee DuBois, Ben DuBois, Jackson Voyles Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer................................. Jason Dickinson Ushers .................. David Ramseyer & Eric Barnette Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Closing Prayer................................... William Harris Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Prayer.................................................... Chet Wilson Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes Contact Wade Bryan (419-5552) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ..................... Bobby Joe & Brenda Lindley ...................................Ricky & Lisa Lindsey Prepare Lord’s Supper—April...........................Greg & Tracy Lyle Nursery (1st worship)...................Tammy & Sarah Minor (2nd worship)......Stephanie Baldwyn & Maggie Minor Pantry................................................................ Tuna Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 3-25-20.............................................N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 3-29-20 ..............................N/A Sunday Bible Class .............................................N/A Sunday 2nd Worship............................................N/A Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$6,755 Mark Your Calendars!!! Personal Evangelism Workshop – May 29th-30th Vacation Bible School – June 14th-17th Maywood Christian Camp – July 12th-18th Outward Camp – July 31st-August 1st Gospel Meeting – September 13th-16th Fall Family Retreat – November 13th-14th We will be livestreaming services again this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We are in unprecedented times! The elders are diligently looking for ways to spiritually feed our East Main family while we are unable to assemble as a congregation due to the COVID 19 virus. Please continue to view East Main’s Facebook page to see recorded worship services and Bible class lessons, as well as, daily devotional thoughts (“Monday Meditations,” “Thoughtful Thursdays,” “Elders’ Encouragements”) for adults and youth. Also, you can view our Sunday worship services on YouTube. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ East Main Church of Christ Here is what the Facebook page looks like. If you are not able to access this page, please call the church office and someone will assist you in gaining access. Please continue to pray for each other and the world over! “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3)

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