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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 June 28, 2022 Number 25 HOW TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA Barry Kennedy The world recognizes America as a “Superpower.” Those words carry with them a very heavy responsibility. No doubt this nation is a very “powerful” nation. No other country has the military might that this nation possesses, nor can any other nation boast to have as great a level of wealth as that of the United States. With that being said, the title of this article may seem strange. In what way does this great nation need strength? The great king Solomon, who himself ruled over a great nation, can shed some light on how America, and all other nations as well, might need strengthening. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Is it possible to say that this great nation is more “righteous” today than ever before? Consider this section of a speech made by arguably one of the greatest presidents this country has produced. We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self- sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! (Abraham Lincoln March 30, 1863) Could one imagine what some “groups” in this country would do to a president who made such statements as this today? This would be a great breach in the “law” of “political correctness.” Is it too late to strengthen this great nation? Of course not! May God’s people band together and commit to. . . 1. Pray for this country and its leadership (1 Timothy 2:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). 2. Repent of our sinful ways (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3, 5). 3. Walk in the light of God’s Word (Psalm 119:105; 1 John 1:7-9). 4. Remember to Whom this land really belongs (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 50:7-23; James 1:17). If Americans would follow these simple ideas, this nation would be exalted by divine strength. May God bless us all and may God bless America! ELDERS Mike Childers ............. 397-6453 Dennis Hallmark......... 255-5557 Mark Hitt .................... 322-0917 Bobby Lindley ............ 260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan ................ 419-5552 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-- One’s individual faith and a congregation’s faith must adhere to “the Faith.” The problem is that many are taking their individual faith and trying to apply it to others, or a congregation is trying to take its beliefs and force them upon other congregations. A study of Romans 14:1-15:13 will show that we are to “receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7). And such reception should not be so that we might dispute our belief with the other person (Romans 14:1). We need to accept each other and our individual beliefs as long as they do not violate “the Faith.” So, the next time you think about condemning a brother for his actions, you had better check to be sure your condemnation is a matter of “the Faith” and not a matter of your faith. Remember, “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way” (Romans 14:12-13). ~~~~~~~~~ Family Breakfast Our monthly family breakfast will be held this Sunday, June 26 in the multipurpose room from 8:15-8:45 a.m., before worship services. A light break- fast will be provided. Please come and enjoy this period of fellowship. Sympathy We extend our sympathy to Ashley Davis in the loss of her grandmother, Lynda Coleman, on June 13. Funeral services were held in New Albany June 16. Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10-11 am. Anyone who can come, and help is welcomed. Congratulations Congratulations to Hallie Donald & Logan Brown who were united in marriage June 18 in Amory. We wish for them a long life of happiness together. Fellowship for 40s & 50s Age Group We have decided to start a Friday night fellowship meal for those in their 40s and 50s. The elders have agreed and we will have our first meal at the building in the multi- purpose room this Friday, June 24th beginning at 6:30 pm. We ask that you please bring a finger food and join in for a fun night of card games, food and much needed fellowship. Also, if you have friends who are not members of our congregation or friends who are members who haven’t been active for a while, please reach out and invite them. This could make for an excellent way to break the ice for an invitation to worship with us. We plan to have these every other month. If you have any questions at all, please see Heather DuBois or Amy Voyles. Congregational Singing The Danville congregation in Biggersville will host a gospel singing this Friday, June 24 from 7:00-8:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the singing. Girls’ Joyful Rebellion The girls’ Joyful Rebellion group are invited to Natalie Mansel’s home this Sunday, June 26 at 3:00 p.m. for a pool party. Please bring your own towel and sunscreen. See Cassie Blackwelder for more information. July 2022 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Proverbs 1-4 2 Sarah Phillips Proverbs 5-9 3 Youth Devo. @ Hitts at 6 pm Proverbs 10-13 4 John Bowlin Proverbs 14-17 5 Michael & Christine Wilson Tuesday Morning with the Master Proverbs 18-21 6 Betty Long Brain Freeze Proverbs 22-24 7 Logan Mallard Proverbs 25-27 8 Proverbs 28-29 9 Proverbs 30-31 10 Natalie Mansel Amy Voyles Area Youth Meeting @ Church St., Pontotoc Eccl. 1-6 11 Barry Kennedy Jennifer Ray Kidz Konnect Eccl. 7-12 12 Tuesday Morning with the Master Youth Girls’ Jewelry Swap @ Cassie’s 6pm Song of Solomon 1-4 13 Wade Bryan Brain Freeze Girls’ Joyful Rebellion Devo. @ 6pm Song of Solomon 5-8 14 Ladies’ fellowship Isaiah 1-4 15 Hallie Brown TGIF Isaiah 5-8 16 Waymon & Dolline Gibson Isaiah 9-12 17 Kannon Smith Isaiah 13-16 18 Susan Willis Isaiah 17-20 19 Casey Gullett Tuesday Morning with the Master Isaiah 21-23 20 Derik & Staci Rushing Isaiah 24-27 21 Laura & DJ Bennett Isaiah 28-30 22 Katy Beth Anderson Isaiah 31-35 23 Harry Cowan Steve Kelly Mary Morgan Lyle Tracy Lyle Isaiah 36-39 24 Drew Baldwyn Britton Smith Girls’ Joyful Rebellion Devo. @ Cassie’s Isaiah 40-41 25 Isaiah 42-43 26 Jason & Amanda Dickinson Tuesday Morning with the Master Isaiah 44-45 27 Judy Bates Joe & Tammy Minor Isaiah 46-48 28 Dennis & Debbie Hallmark Isaiah 49-51 29 TGIF Isaiah 52-57 30 Isaiah 58-62 31 Rodney & Amy Voyles Family Breakfast Isaiah 63-66 Youth Six Flags Trip MAYWOOD CHRISTIAN CAMP JULY 17th -23rd
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading June 29 .................................................... Psalms 139-144 June 30 .................................................... Psalms 145-150 July 1............................................................ Proverbs 1-4 July 2............................................................ Proverbs 5-9 July 3........................................................ Proverbs 10-13 July 4........................................................ Proverbs 14-17 July 5........................................................ Proverbs 18-21 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Joe Paul Perkins (June 30), Sarah Phillips (July 2), John Bowlin (July 4). Anniversaries: Michael & Christine Wilson (July 5). Our Sick Debbie Duke had emergency surgery to remove a kidney stone last week. She’s undergoing more tests this week. Melvin & Debbie Duke’s 5-month-old grandson, Maverick, will undergo surgery for craniosynostosis on July 1. Christina Lindley’s dad, Chris Buse, will have surgery Thursday to have a shunt placed in his brain. Rachel Scribner and Jeff Mansel’s dad, Ron, have Covid. Haley Underwood had a root canal Monday. Betty Long continues therapy at Cedars, room 712. Ricky Johnson is home recuperating from knee surgery. A friend of Greg Hughes, Dawn Brown, has cancer. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Brian Carver, Lacy Plaxico, Michelle Maclean, Freida Gardner, Linda Butler, Pam Gassaway, Donny Dulaney, Ricky Britt, Larry Kennedy, Nathan Hale, Eric Baker, Terry Blackmarr Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News “When All Else Fails…” Have you ever been in a situation where you have thought or said, “Well, if all else fails?” Growing up out in the country, I used to refer to my family as sophisticated rednecks. We were “do it yourselfers” and tried to avoid hiring people to do our work. Because of that, it forced us to become creative in how we would fix and do life out in the country. And occasionally, we would say, “well, if all else fails, we can try something else.” In our spiritual life, how often do we have that mindset about things? When all else fails, what do we do? In the book of James, we read at the conclusion of his letter a simple acknowledgement of faith. Are we people who have a solidified faith in God? Or do we have the mindset of “if all else fails.” James 5:13-14 says, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” Our circumstances that we are faced with in life should not determine our ability to give God the praise and glory that is due. Later on, James says, “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (Jam. 5:15). Perish the thought that this would happen to any of us, but if we were to become deathly ill and we think if all else fails with these treatments, I will be better and more submissive to God’s will. Friends and family, that is not the time that God wants you to turn your life more over to Him. When that control is taken from you and you understand that this life is real and as easily as you came into this world, God can take you right back out. We must live our lives conducive to the blink of an eye of the Lord’s return and our own possible death. When all else fails, we must remain constant in faith. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (v.16). In the society we live in, confession is viewed as pointing your weakness out. Making yourself lower than the rest. In God’s eyes, weakness gives opportunity for strength. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I fear that Satan’s most effective tactic on Christians is secret sin. And because of that, we might think, if all else fails and I get caught, then I’ll confess. Unfortunately, at that point, you’re confessing to the reality of being caught. Not the sins that got you caught. As Christians, why worry about being perfect on our own? Why not allow God to do His powerful work and make you acceptable in His sight? “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Christianity is not a last resort we may revert to when we have gone through all the other options on how we might want to live our lives. I challenge us to divorce the “when all else fails” mentality and learn to walk in faith, having the necessary confidence that there is no ambiguity in where you will spend your eternal destination. When all else fails, what will you do? Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, July 3, 2022 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading.........................................Ben DuBois Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand Lord’s Supper Jake Kennedy Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer...................................Jackson Voyles Ushers .........................John Bowlin & Jalon Mansel Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..............................Jimmy Spearman Closing Prayer...................................... Greg Hughes Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Hugh Scribner in the loss of his brother, Ray, on June 27. Funeral services will be held at Pegues in Tupelo on Friday at 2 pm with visitation from 1 pm until service time. Prayers Continue to keep Sharon Clemmer and family in your prayers as they search for her father, Wade Davis, who went to walk his dog last Wednesday and hasn’t come home or been located. Thank You Note Thank you so much for the flowers, expressions of sympathy and prayers on behalf or our family since the passing of my grandmother. We love and appreciate our East Main family. In Christian love, Ashley Davis & family Wednesday, July 6, 2022 Opening Prayer ................................. Drew Baldwyn Lead Singing........................................... Asher Bass The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 6-22-22 .................................................... 118 Sunday 1st Worship, 6-26-22 ...................................... 161 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 149 Sunday 2nd Worship................................................... N/A Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $8,820 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Maywood Christian Camp Our week at Maywood Christian Camp is July 17th -23rd . Please go online and register ASAP if you plan to attend either as a camper or a staff member. The cost for campers is $180. If you are staff, your children may attend for $90. Register at maywoodchristiancamp.com.

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