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East main informer, 4 16-19

  1. 1. 4 Hugh Vol. 44 April 16, 2019 Number 14 The Significance of Christ’s Resurrection By Wayne Jackson Each spring, millions of people around the world acknowledge, in some fashion or another, that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead some twenty centuries ago. Modern society calls it “Easter.” The origin of this term is uncertain, though it is commonly thought to derive from Eastre, the name of a Teutonic spring goddess. The term “Easter,” in the King James Version of the Bible (Acts 12:4), is a mis-translation. The Greek word is pascha, correctly rendered “Passover” in later translations. In fact, though pascha is found twenty-nine times in the Greek New Testament, it is only rendered “Easter” once, even in the KJV. Christians are not authorized to celebrate Easter as a special annual event acknowledging the resurrection of Christ. Faithful children of God reflect upon the Savior’s resurrection every Sunday (the resurrection day – cf. John 20:1ff) as they gather to worship God in the regular assembly of the church (cf. Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). We ought to be glad, however, that multitudes—usually caught up in pursuits wholly materialistic—will take at least some time for reflection upon the event of the Savior’s resurrection. It is entirely appropriate that Christians take advantage of this circumstance; we should be both willing and able to explain to our friends—at least those who have some reverence for Christianity—the significance of the Lord’s resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation of the Christian system (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14ff). If there was no resurrection, Christianity is a hoax, and we are wasting our time. But the truth is, the event of Jesus’ resurrection is incontrovertible. Professor Thomas Arnold of Rugby, a world-renowned historian, once said that Christ’s resurrection from the dead is the “best-attested fact in human history” (1939, 2569). This being the case, just what is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? Think about these matters. First, the resurrection is one of the major evidences that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Paul affirmed that Christ is “declared to be the Son of God with power . . . by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). Second, Jesus’ resurrection represents an assurance that we can have forgiveness from our sins. Paul contended: “[I]f Christ hath not been raised, our faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The reverse of the apostle’s affirmation would be this: if Jesus was raised, sins will be forgiven when we obey the gospel (Acts 2:38; 22:16). --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 PREACHER Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 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-- Third, the resurrection tells the world that the kingdom of God is ruled by a living sovereign. The founder of Islam is dead, and his bones lie dormant in the earth. But the founder of Christianity—sixty years after his death—appeared to John on the island of Patmos and said: “I am the first and the last, and the Living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:17-18). Fourth, Jesus’ resurrection proves that physical death is not the termination of human existence. God, who is the giver of life (1 Timothy 6:13), has the power to reanimate the human body. Christ’s triumph over the grave is Heaven’s pledge to us that we too shall be raised. This is why Jesus is referred to as the “firstfruits of them that are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20,23). Fifth, the Lord’s resurrection previewed the ultimate victory of Christianity over all its enemies. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is depicted as a lamb that had been slain but was standing again (5:6). This same Lord was “the lion of the tribe of Judah” that had overcome his foes (5:5). Christians too will overcome as a result of the Lamb’s sacrifice and victory over death (cf. Revelation 12:11). The resurrection of the Son of God should be a constant reminder to us of these wonderful biblical truths. We honor our Master’s victory over death—not once a year, but every week! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Our Ladies’ Day Our ladies’ day here at East Main has been scheduled for Saturday, April 27 with Jane Washington speaking on the theme “Walking with the Lord.” Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Food sign up sheets have been placed on the bulletin board across from the library. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Frankie Estes in the loss of her sister, Christine Plunkett. Graveside services were held in Nettleton on April 15 Mexico Mission Trip Wade & Bethany Bryan will be leaving Wednesday, Apr. 17 for a campaign in Palenque, Mexico. They will be working with Domingo Perez. Keep them in your prayers for safe travels. Girls’ Joyful Rebellion The girls’ Joyful Rebellion group will meet this Friday, Apr. 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Event Zona for an hour of bowling and laser tag. Cost will be around $25 per person. See Savannah Tucker if you need more information. Jr. Youth & Early Seekers’ Egg Hunt The Jr. Youth & Early Seekers are invited to an egg hunt and other activities this Saturday, Apr. 20 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Please bring a dozen plastic, candy filled eggs and a basket. Also, parents, a food list is posted beside the tract rack in the foyer for breakfast items. Community Outreach Item for March: Washing powders or liquid John Duke is stationed in Long Beach, MS. Caleb Williams is stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. Dylan Kelly, Steve Kelly’s grandson, is in Kuwait.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading April 17...........................................1 Chronicles 10-13 2 Samuel 11-12 April 18...........................................1 Chronicles 14-16 April 19...........................................1 Chronicles 17-21 April 20...........................................1 Chronicles 22-27 April 21...........................................1 Chronicles 28-29 April 22...............................................2 Chronicles 1-5 April 23...............................................2 Chronicles 6-9 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Janna Gholston (Apr. 17), Brenda Lindley (Apr. 18), Wanda Bryan (Apr. 20), LuAnne Funderburk (Apr. 20), Blaine Roby (Apr. 20), Ashley Davis (Apr. 23), Brittney Kennedy (Apr. 23). Anniversaries: Ricky & Lisa Lindsey (Apr. 22), Joe & Alicia Smith (Apr. 23). Our Sick Nancy Haywood is in room 273 at NMMC. Jean Mounce is in room 3340 at NMMC. Sarah Grubbs, Mark Hitt & Lori Sheffield’s grandmother, is in room 6628 at NMMC. Bobby Goff, Patsy Nichols’ brother, is home from the hospital for now. Steve Kelly is not healing well from his foot surgery. Mike Bryan, Wade’s brother, will have a heart cath at Vanderbilt Hospital on Thursday. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, continues at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Weston Agnew, Lauren Long’s friend, will have his prosthetic put into his eye pupil next week. On-Going Illnesses Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Linda McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, James Nichols, Sheba Tuggers, Sherry Gregory, Shirley Owens, Nathan Hale, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Carol Nichols, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Lee Graham, Randy Groover Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris New Directories Our new church directories are ready and on the table in the foyer. You may pick one up at your convenience! Please only take one per family and sign the list on the table. Thank You Notes Dear church family, Thank you so much for the prayers, visits, and providing food while I am down. I appreciate all you have done more than you will ever know. In Christian love, Steve Kelly ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Community Outreach Group at the East Main Church of Christ, Thank you for knitting and donating your caps to the Cancer/Infusion Center. I don’t have cancer, but I do have an autoimmune disease which causes hair loss and I have to be treated at the Infusion Center. Your caps are beautiful and very appreciated by me and by all the other patients. Infusion therapy is difficult, but knowing you care enough to hand knit these caps makes life easier and better. Thank you for your loving kindness. Sincerely, Louann McDonald New Ladies’ Bathroom A new ladies’ bathroom will soon be under construction in the old 2 & 3-year-old classroom with seven stalls. The original bathrooms will remain the same until construction is finished. Then, plans are for the men to occupy the two original bathrooms. We hope this will alleviate congestion between worship times on Sunday. Mark Your Calendar East Main’s VBS June 2-5
  4. 4. Go Into All the World “IN CHRIST ALONE...” June 7th-8th Please register at eastmaincoc.com ASAP! Speakers: Eric Owens, Joe Wells, Jonathan Bates & Harrison Moran This camp is for ages 13-22 and is being hosted by the East Main Church of Christ, 1606 East Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804. Please see Josh or Barry Kennedy for more information. Men to Serve Sunday, Apr. 21, 2019 a.m. Announcements................................. William Harris Bible Reading...................................... Dale Dulaney Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand Lord’s Supper Greg Hughes & Mike Childers Serve Congregation, East Side: Larry Presley, Sam Hood, Joe Smith Serve Congregation, West Side: Wesley Bass, Josh Kennedy, Jake Kennedy Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Closing Prayer........................................Mike Ratliff Ushers .....................Jason Dickinson & Lee DuBois Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ............................... Robert Kingsley Closing Prayer...................................Shawn Mounce Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Prayer...............................................James Simmons Lead Singing........................................John Mounce Contact Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters .................................Jeff & Natalie Mansel .......................................Larry & Judy Bates Prepare Lord’s Supper—April..........................Mark & Carrie Hitt Nursery......................................Tracy & Logan Lyle Pantry.................................................... Canned fruit Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 4-10-19..............................................147 Sunday 1st Worship, 4-14-19 ...............................185 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................185 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................172 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$8,396

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