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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 April 20, 2021 Number 15 SEEK YE FIRST Barry Kennedy “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). This verse sums up God’s message to man throughout the Bible. God wants to meet the needs of His crowning creation, but He also expects us to comply to His arrangements. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13). We must strive to find balance in accepting the gifts of God while embracing the responsibility of keeping His commands. Seek ye first, though very well known, is also very well forsaken. We as individual members of the Lord’s church must determine to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. “Seek” The motivation behind this search is to love the Lord above all others. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deut. 6:4-5; see also Matt/ 22:37; Mark 12:30). This foundation was further noted by the apostle John when he wrote “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). The world makes it easy to forsake the Lord for its physical pleasures, but those who truly love the Lord will strive to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. “First” Some words simply need no definition. That is the case with the word first. Our society has been enamored with athletics for centuries, and in that world, we clearly understand what first place means. God’s kingdom and His righteousness must be sought as diligently as the professional athlete seeks first place. It takes conditioning and much effort. “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible” (1 Cor. 9:24-25). Conditioning involves both mind and body. Just as athletes must condition their bodies for the task, they must also get their minds focused upon obtaining the victory. The same is true for the child of God. “Let this mind be in you, --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— which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Phil. 2:5). Jesus was always focused upon keeping God first. He illustrated this when He said to His mother, “...wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?” (Luke 2:49). Also, when Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4); He was setting forth the example of focusing upon prioritizing our time. It is easy for you and me to say that the Lord’s kingdom and His righteousness are first in our lives. That begs the question, “Does God know that He is first in our lives?” “Kingdom of God” If we are to seek first the kingdom, would it not imply that we must know how to define the kingdom of God? The Bible uses the phrase kingdom of God to reference two things, the church (Matt. 16:18-19), and Heaven (Matt. 8:11). The fact of the matter is that no one can enter the Kingdom of God i.e. Heaven, without being a part of the Kingdom of God the Church that belongs to Christ (Matt. 7:21). That being said, it is also true that no one can be a faithful member of the kingdom of God without seeking it first. “Righteousness” Simple question, “Do you and I long to do what is right, or do we desire to make what we want right?” If we are to expect success (i.e. all these things being added unto you) we must let what God says is right be what we follow as right. Paul wrote, “...let God be true, but every man a liar;” (Rom. 3:4). “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pro 14:12). Are we truly seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the families of two former East Main members who passed from this life last week. Sister Dale Pate passed away on April 7 in Nashville, TN. Funeral services were held April 12. Brother Olun Hood passed away on April 11. Funeral services were held in Fulton on April 13. V. B. S. East Main’s Vacation Bible School has been set for June 13-16 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. each evening on the topic “Champion: Empowered by Jesus.” There will be classes for all ages including adults. Make plans now to attend and invite others! John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in Saudi Arabia
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading April 21.......................................1 Chronicles 28-29 April 22...........................................2 Chronicles 1-5 April 23...........................................2 Chronicles 6-9 April 24.......................................2 Chronicles 10-12 April 25.......................................2 Chronicles 13-16 April 26.......................................2 Chronicles 17-20 April 27.......................................2 Chronicles 21-25 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Ashley Davis (Apr. 23), Brittney Kennedy (Apr. 23), Russell Deaton (Apr. 26), Greg Hughes (Apr. 26), Sarah Smith (Apr. 26), Shawn Mounce (Apr. 27). Anniversaries: Ricky & Lisa Lindsey (Apr. 22), Joe & Alicia Smith (Apr. 23), Bobby Joe & Brenda Lindley (Apr. 24). Our Sick James Simmons underwent chemo treatment #4 of 6 this past Friday. Ashley Davis has completed her chemo and will begin radiation Thursday. Shauna McMickin, Scotty & Wanda Bishop’s granddaughter, was taken back to St. Jude Saturday with vomiting and fever. Tommy Goff, Patsy Nichols’ brother, has been put on home hospice. Donny Dulaney, Twinette Wallace’s brother, is home from the hospital. Teresa Turner, Inez Turner’s daughter, will undergo open heart surgery Wednesday. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Caroline Willis, Sean Koehn, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Jane Griffin Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob & Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News Hello! I hope that you are having a wonderful week thus far! We had a fantastic weekend at Maywood Christian Camp. Thanks everyone who went and especially those who helped cook and made the weekend what it was. Don’t forget we have a Youth and Parent Meeting THIS SUNDAY after our morning worship. Please bring a potluck dish! April 23rd we are having another T.G.I.F. this Friday so be sure to attend and BRING FRIENDS! We will have another guest speaker who will cover the topic of Forgiveness as will our movie. Can’t way to see ya’ll then. Junior Youth don’t forget the Lock-In April 30th here at the building. More information will be given next week! For those graduating high school in May, please be at East Main on May 16th so we can honor you. We are proud of you and your accomplishments.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Apr. 25, 2021 a.m. Announcements..................................... Wade Bryan Bible Reading.......................................Britton Smith Opening Prayer .......................................Jeff Mansel Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Closing Prayer....................................Ricky Johnson Ushers ............................Lee DuBois & Ben DuBois Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Lead Singing..................................Jonathan Nichols Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Opening Prayer .................................Barry Kennedy Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 4-14-21 .................................................. 151* Sunday 1st Worship, 4-18-21 .................................... 136* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 143 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 134 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,365 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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