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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 May 26, 2020 Number 21 ARE WE ON THE LORD’S SIDE? Barry Kennedy “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” Many people have used this phrase as a joke or to pick at someone for something that they have said or done. Usually, this phrase follows a situation where one good friend has embarrassed another good friend. Friends are supposed to look out for one another and to “have each other’s backs.” It is only natural for people to want to know who is on their side. Many times, people fail to find themselves on the “right” side. The politician who has always served one certain party may find out that his party has been on the wrong side of an issue. It is also possible for one to have been “serving the Lord” only to find out that they had never actually become a Christian. What does this all mean? That’s easy. Who is on the Lord’s side? Better yet, can you and I say, “I am on the Lord’s side!” and be telling the truth? Does God choose sides? God’s word has made it abundantly clear that there are stark contrasts between certain things. Light is the opposite of dark (1 John 1:5). Life is the opposite of death (Romans 6:23; James 2:25, 26). Salvation is the opposite of damnation (Matthew 25:33). The situation is now personal. On which side of these issues would we, as individuals, be placed? To answer that question is as easy as knowing if we are on the LORD’S or Satan’s side. Could I actually be on Satan’s side? What an overwhelming thought to consider. Very few people reading this article would be able to say that they know someone who boastfully claim to be on Satan’s side. On the other hand, it is just as likely that many of those same people we all know, and love are in fact on Satan’s side. This point is clearly seen when one understands what it means to be on Satan’s side. Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matthew 12:30). Clearly, Jesus was saying that not only those who dress in satanic clothing, delight in bloody sacrifices, and call Satan their lord and master are the only ones who serve the prince of darkness. Many religious people “shiver in their boots” when they think of the “antichrist.” In their mind they have concocted an image of some red skinned, horn headed monster who is coming to destroy mankind. All one has to do to understand the antichrist is to look at the word “anti-Christ.” It is one of those words that defines itself. “Anti” simply means against, and Christ means Messiah or anointed one; therefore, antichrist literally means “Against-the Messiah.” This would be anyone that rejects the friendship of Christ and His way. Jesus said, “Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14). The sad truth is that the majority will not follow Christ and therefore, choose to follow Satan. In fact, Jesus made this point very clear in His discussion of the strait and narrow way as opposed to the wide and broad way (Matthew 7:13, 14). We are servants of a master, whether we realize it or not. Paul, by inspiration, explained that our choice in obedience to sin or to righteousness is the determining factor (Romans 6:16). If one chooses to serve sin, then he chooses to be on Satan’s side. Can I be on the Lord’s side? Many people are feeling the effects of this world around them. There is the temptation to sin on every corner because man’s adversary is on --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— the constant prowl (1 Peter 5:8). No person is totally immune to the temptation of sin. If man could live a totally sinless life, there would be no need for Christ. The Bible sheds a great deal of light on the fact that man is not perfect, at least in the sinless idea of perfection (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). Sin has a way of separating man from God (Isaiah 59:2). “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). This all sounds very troublesome doesn’t it? If one considers this evidence logically one might think: “I have sinned, and that separated me from being on the Lord’s side and placed me on Satan’s side; therefore, I cannot be on the Lord’s side.” This syllogism is valid, but not necessarily true; at least the conclusion is not true. Both premises are accurate, but the conclusion is lacking the truth that God will allow one to change. Paul told the Christians in Corinth to “. . . come ye out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord. . .” (2 Corinthians 6:17). God said to those who were in sin to repent and come to His side (Matthew 11:28-30). Is there really any doubt that one can be on the Lord’s side when he considers what Jesus has done for man (John 3:16; 15:13; Romans 5:8). Notice the words John recorded concerning God’s great invitation “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). Three times the apostle John said come. Come denotes a calling of opportunity. This calling is the gospel calling (2 Thessalonians 2:14). Also, one should not take lightly the fact that God said, “WHOSOEVER WILL” meaning that anyone has the opportunity to be on the Lord’s side. Man has to make many choices in life. Career, marriage, children, and even more trivial things like clothing and recreation, that causes some to “rack their brains” deciding what is best. The truth is that no decision one will ever make is as important as that decision to be “ON THE LORD’S SIDE.” Well, are we? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The elders have decided this year to NOT have VBS as scheduled June 14-17 due to the current threat of the Covid-19 virus. Wedding Shower There will be a “drive by” wedding shower in honor of Bethany Bryan & Jack Moore this Sunday, May 31 at the church building from 2-4 p.m. They are registered at Wal- mart, Amazon, Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. You can also see Bethany’s registry on her Facebook page. High School Graduates We are planning to honor our 2020 High School Graduates either Sunday, June 14 or June 28! Our high school graduates this year are Hannah Bland, Jacob Bradley, Jacie Dickinson, Sam Hood, Brooke Roby, & Kylee Steward. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea John Millard stationed in Afghanistan Ty Nichols stationed in Germany Alex & Cassie are still planning to have their marriage ceremony on June 6 and will do their best to make sure everyone is seated in every other pew. If you do not feel comfortable attending, they absolutely understand. However, if you are planning to attend, it would be very helpful to please RSVP online at https://www.zola.com/wedding/alex-cassie. Thank you so much!
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading May 27 .......................................................Job 29-31 May 28 .......................................................Job 32-34 May 29 .......................................................Job 35-37 May 30 .......................................................Job 38-39 May 31 .......................................................Job 40-42 June 1 .......................................................Psalms 1-8 June 2 .....................................................Psalms 9-16 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Katie Bates (May 28), Ryan Oliver (May 29), Kelton Kingsley (June 2), Dillard Scribner (June 2). Anniversaries: Andy & Stephanie Baldwyn (May 29), Marlon & Gail Geno (May 30), Wade & Karen Bryan (June 2), Ian & Beth Reed (June 2). Our Sick Bettye Davis is having a lot of trouble with her Meniere’s Disease. Pete Barber is on home hospice. Please keep him in your prayers. Continue to remember those in nursing homes (Evelyn Willis & Nancy Haywood) & assisted living facilities, as they are not allowed visitors. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, 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, Merlene Johnson Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Mary Lou Walden in the loss of her nephew, James Murry Smith. A graveside service was held in Tupelo on May 24. Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Ascension of Christ ...........................................Acts 1 Ananias and Sapphira........................................Acts 5 Stoning of Stephen ............................................Acts 7 Conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch .................Acts 8 Aquila and Priscilla .........................................Acts 18 List the divisions of the New Testament: ➢ Gospels ➢ History ➢ Letters ➢ Prophecy List the divisions of the Old Testament: ➢ Law ➢ History ➢ Poetry ➢ Major Prophets ➢ Minor Prophets Memory Verses: ➢ Who is Jesus? ➢ Matthew 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” ➢ Colossians 2:9 “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the godhead bodily.” Put the following Bible characters in chronological order: ➢ Enoch ➢ Seth ➢ Adam ➢ Methuselah Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? Outreach Item for May: Bathroom cleaner
  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!!! Maywood Christian Camp – July 12th-18th Outward Camp – July 31st-August 1st Gospel Meeting – September 13th-16th Fall Family Retreat – November 13th-14th Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel safe attending publicly. We are in unprecedented times! Please continue to pray for our elders as they look for ways to spiritually feed the East Main family while we remain under some restrictions in assembling as a congregation due to this 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,” “TNT,” “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! “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Rev. 22:21).

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