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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 June 18, 2019 Number 23 Where Do I Stand? Barry Kennedy In “The Mask Behind the Mask,” biographer Peter Evans says that actor Peter Sellers played so many roles he sometimes was not sure of his own identity. Approached once by a fan who asked him, "Are you Peter Sellers?" Sellers answered briskly, "Not today," and walked on (Today in the Word, July 24, 1993). Not unlike Mr. Sellers, we too may often find ourselves wondering who we are and where we stand. Everyone wants to be needed, to feel useful, and especially to understand where we stand. We all know how difficult it is to have that feeling of not knowing where we stand with someone. Do they like us, are they truly our friends, or can we trust them? Knowing how difficult it is, not knowing where we stand with one another, it is even more detrimental not knowing where we stand with God. 1 John 2 gives a great commentary on how we can know where we stand with God, as well as with our fellow man. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (1 John 2:3). John, and the Holy Spirit, wrote to encourage Christians not to sin. Notice the tender expression John uses to address the audience of this encouraging epistle; “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1, 2). Some have said that John was directing this epistle to those whom he converted, but the message is truly universal. That is fitting, considering John is the author of love. John had more to say to the church than simply “SIN NOT.” He went on to explain that if (or more accurately when) we sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus the Christ. He then states that our advocate is “righteous.” Imagine that, a righteous defense attorney, one in who we can confidently trust. He is not out to get our money, make a name for Himself, nor use underhanded tactics to win His case. We all stand in need of a good defense according to Romans 3:23. The question is, “Where do we stand with the only advocate that can help us? John continued his letter stating that they/we can know where we stand. All we have to do is keep His commandments (1 John 2:3). It is true that some claim to know Jesus, but they do not do what His word has said. John, by inspiration, said for one to do this makes him a liar (1 John 2:4). Knowing where we stand with God is all about love. That may seem to be contradictory to what we have already said, how that we know Him if we keep His commandments. You see keeping God’s commandments is impossible without love. “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Did --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-- you notice who wrote this verse? Yes, the apostle John. Therefore, you and I must walk in the light of God’s word, keeping His commandments. The result is that we confidently know where we stand with God (1 John 1:7; 2:6). John also delivered God’s plan for knowing where we ought to stand with our fellow man. “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:9-11). How can we be Christ—like and hate anyone? Christ tasted “death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). Jesus shows the love of God to you and me by taking our death upon Himself, even while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Even the “Golden Rule” of the Bible addresses the way we might know where we stand with our fellow man. “Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). We all want to know where we stand. If that is true, God is saying that He has given everything that we need for us to make sure we know where we stand. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” (2 Peter1:3). Are we accessing that knowledge through His word (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)? If not, we cannot be complete, nor can we know WHERE WE STAND. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 20s & 30s Age Fellowship The 20s and 30s age group are invited to a fellowship this Saturday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Please sign the food list posted in the foyer beside the tract rack if you plan to attend. See Zac or Savannah Tucker for more information. Visitation Team #4 Visitation Team #4 will meet this Sunday, June 23 in Room 10 at noon after services. There will be NO meal. Moving The Wynne family will be moving to Memphis this Friday, June 21. Andrew will begin the Memphis School of Preaching on Monday, June 23. We will be having a cake & ice cream fellowship this Wednesday, June 19 after Bible study in the multipurpose room. Everyone is invited to stay. We will surely miss Andrew, Nicole, Maci, Lela & Chelsea, but wish them Godspeed in their new endeavor! (Cake & ice cream will be provided.) **Josh Kennedy will also be moving to Memphis this Friday to begin the Memphis School of Preaching on Monday, June 23. We wish him the best in his studies, as well. We are sure that that these two young men will be an asset to the cause of Christ and that much seed will be planted in their efforts. Placed Membership Paul & Lori Blansett made known their desire Sunday to be recognized as members of the East Main congregation and work under the oversight of our elders. Paul and Lori have two children, Olivia & Cooper. Their mailing address is P. O. Box 73, Mooreville, MS 38857. Their physical address is 140 Titus Cove, Mooreville. Paul’s phone: 416-4799. Lori’s phone: 416-1250. Please be sure to welcome them into the East Main family. New Addresses Lee & Heather DuBois and Sarah Phillips have moved. Please make a note of their new addresses: Lee & Heather Dubois P. O. Box 145 (160 Titus Cove) Mooreville, MS 38857 Sarah Phillips 2012 Springfield Dr. Belden, MS 38826 John Duke is stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams is stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading June 19 .................................................Psalms 90-95 June 20 ...............................................Psalms 96-102 June 21 .............................................Psalms 103-104 June 22 .............................................Psalms 105-106 June 23 .............................................Psalms 107-109 June 24 .............................................Psalms 110-115 June 25 .............................................Psalms 116-118 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: None this week. Anniversaries: Tony & Dundee Donald (June 19), Ricky & Kim Johnson (June 21), Will & Ashley Davis (June 25). Our Sick Mary Lou Walden fell and broke her collar bone last week. Jean Mounce continues at UAB. Malachi Millard underwent sinus surgery at LeBonheur Monday. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, continues at Sanctuary Hospice. Tracy Lyle’s dad, James Nichols, is at NMMC for a few days and then will go to an outpatient facility until he can regain strength. Greg Lyle’s mother is home from NMMC. On-Going Illnesses Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Linda McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Carol Nichols, Caroline Willis, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Lee Graham, Randy Groover, Penny Lane Geno, Don Blackwell, Mary Starz, Chiquita Allen, Heather Williams, Aspen White Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Maywood Christian Camp If you have NOT registered for Maywood yet, space is limited. Our week is July 14-20! You can go to maywoodchristiamcamp.com to register. This year’s cost is $180 for the week. Home Devotional In what chapter of the bible do you find? Cain, Abel, and Seth......................................Genesis 4 Birth of Isaac ..........................................Genesis 21-22 Death of Sarah.............................................Genesis 23 Birth of Jacob & Esau..................................Genesis 25 Jacob & Rachel.......................................Genesis 29-33 List the twelve sons of Jacob: Jacob’s sons by Leah: Reuben Simeon Levi Judah Issachar Zebulun Jacob’s sons by Rachel: Joseph Benjamin Jacob’s sons by Leah’s handmaid Zilpah: Gad Asher Jacob’s sons by Rachel’s handmaid Bilhah: Dan Naphtali Memory Verse: • John 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? Community Outreach Item: Dryer Sheets
  4. 4. Summer Series Our summer series class on Sunday mornings during the Bible class hour is going very well. All the adult classes and the 9th -12th grade class are meeting in the auditorium through Sunday, August 25. This year’s topic is “What does the Bible say about _____?” Below is a list of topics. (The college class will continue to meet upstairs during the summer.) Date Topic Teacher 23-Jun-19 Houses Heath Lindley 30-Jun-19 Blood Mark Hitt 7-Jul-19 Death Rommie Dilworth 14-Jul-19 Monuments Dennis Hallmark 21-Jul-19 Demons Barry Kennedy 28-Jul-19 Animals Jeff Mansel 4-Aug-19 #7 Wade Bryan 11-Aug-19 Mountains Michael Wilson 18-Aug-19 Money Roger Sanderson 25-Aug-19 Trees Wesley Bass Men to Serve Sunday, June 23, 2019 a.m. Announcements................................. William Harris Bible Reading..............................Hunter Underwood Opening Prayer .....................................Harold Roby Lord’s Supper Tim Davis & Greg Hughes Serve Congregation, East Side: Britton Smith, John Mounce, Aaron Willis Serve Congregation, West Side: Chase Stanford, Scott Childers, Chad Willis Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Ushers .....................Jason Dickinson & Lee DuBois Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ..............................Jimmy Spearman Closing Prayer....................................Hugh Scribner Lead Singing................................... Michael Wilson Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Prayer.................................................... Wade Bryan Lead Singing........................................John Mounce Contact William Harris (416-8149) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters .................................Ricky & Lisa Lindsey ..............................Roger & Lynn Sanderson Prepare Lord’s Supper—June.........................Jimmy & Brenda Spearman Nursery........................ Suzanne Long & Betty Long Pantry................................................................ Soup Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 6-12-19..............................................135 Sunday 1st Worship, 6-16-19 ...............................182 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................175 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................162 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$7,701

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