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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 July 13, 2021 Number 26 MY ALL IN ALL Barry Kennedy “You are my strength when I am weak, You are the treasure that I seek, You are my all in all.” These words come from the song “You Are My All In All” written by Dennis Jernigan. Mr. Jernigan is a denominational music minister who has written many religious/devotional songs. He often speaks to various denominations about his freedom from homosexuality. Many of his songs indicate how God was the source of his freedom. Many in the world see homosexuality as an “alternative lifestyle.” They tend to view this lifestyle as a genetic characteristic, instead of a conscious decision. One must make a choice as to whether he or she is going to be involved in any physical relationship, be it homosexual or heterosexual. One must realize that the subject matter is sin, nothing more, nothing less. If one transgresses God’s law, expressly stated or implied, he sins (1 John 3:4). We all have many weaknesses in this life. What may be a very hard temptation for me may not bother you in the least. Satan is aware of this truth, and thus he tempts us based upon our own lusts (James 1:13-15). It is our own lusts that make us weak, but like the song says, “You (God) are my strength when I am weak.” God offers the strength needed to overcome our trials and temptations. “Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:16, 17). If we are thinking we will be able to overcome sin and temptation alone, we are setting ourselves up for a great fall (Proverbs 16:18). The apostle Paul is one of the most impressive characters of all the Bible. He traded in his position as an oppressor to be oppressed. Paul went from being the coat bearer of the stoners to the recipient of the stones (Acts 7:58, 59; 14:19). What would cause someone to deny himself to this degree? It could not be selfishness. “Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:11, 12). We must realize, as did Paul, that God is our all in all. When we are tempted, He knows how to deliver us. “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:9). From this verse some may develop the attitude or idea that God is going to do it all for me. That is not at all the message Peter was relaying. Two key words should stand out in the above passage, godly and ungodly. Godliness and ungodliness are characteristics that we choose. “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness” (1 Timothy 6:11). The --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-- opposite is also implied. If Timothy could flee and follow, he could just as easily accept the sinful life listed in 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 9-10, and reject following righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. The choice is ours, is He really our all in all? We must find the balance in our lives as Christians. This balance involves having a proper understanding of who God is and who we are, what God can do and what we can do, where God can go, and, of course, where we can go. Friends, God wants us to be saved and to come into the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). That knowledge begins with understanding that God is to be now and forever, our all in all. Jesus said, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending. . .” (Revelation 1:8). Is He our all in all today? Are we allowing Him to be the source of all our needs? That all depends upon whether we are allowing His Bible to be that lamp unto our feet and light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). Can we honestly sing, “You are my strength when I am weak, you are the treasure that I seek, you are my all in all?” Let’s all resolve to make Him our all in all! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Community Outreach Program The Community Outreach Program needs your help with “Packing Backpacks” for area schools this upcoming year. Please check the table in the foyer and grab a supply tab of what you would be willing to purchase. Please return the supplies by Sunday, July 18. Thank you for your help! Responses Three souls responded to heaven’s invitation on Sunday, July 11. Hugh Scribner, Jean Mounce and Ethan Benefield all came forward to confess things amiss in their lives and ask for prayers of forgiveness. We commend these brothers and sister in Christ for their desire to live pleasing to God. Congratulations Congratulations to Betty Beard in the birth of her great-granddaughter, Nora Jane Beard, on July 2. She weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 inches long. The proud parents are Jeremy & MacKenzie Beard. Mother and baby are home doing well. Bridal Tea A bridal tea will be held in honor of Katy Beth Voyles, bride-elect of Blake Anderson on Sunday, Aug. 1 “come & go” from 2-3:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Katy & Blake are registered at City Mercantile, The Red Door, Reed’s, Elizabeth Claire’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond. (You may bring your gift unwrapped, if you wish, as all gifts will be displayed on a table, giving Katy more time to visit. Maywood Christian Camp Desserts East Main’s week at Maywood Chris- tian Camp is just a week away—July 18th-24th. Many of our youth and adults will be attending. East Main has been asked to help again this year with providing desserts. If you can help, please bring your dessert to the building by this Sunday, July 18 and someone will carry them over. If at all possible, please put the dessert in a disposable container. Thank you for your help!
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 14 ...........................................................Isaiah 1-4 July 15 ...........................................................Isaiah 5-8 July 16 .........................................................Isaiah 9-12 July 17 .......................................................Isaiah 13-16 July 18 .......................................................Isaiah 17-20 July 19 .......................................................Isaiah 21-23 July 20 .......................................................Isaiah 24-27 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Hallie Donald (July 15), Kannon Smith (July 17), Susan Willis (July 18), Addi Millard (July 18), Casey Gullett (July 19). Anniversaries: Dolline & Waymon Gibson (July 16), Derik & Staci Rushing (July 20). Our Sick Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mother & Barbara Wright’s sister, is in room 390 at NMMC. Carrie Hitt’s grandmother, Wilma Chase, underwent open heart surgery in Oklahoma Monday. Susan Reed will undergo gall bladder surgery at UAB soon. Greg Lyle’s mother spent a few days at NMMC last week but is home now feeling better. Wanda & Scotty Bishop’s great-grandsons, Preston & Aiden Kemp, have been in the hospital with RSV, and their granddaughter, Shauna McMickin, has 1 more round of chemo to go. Kathryn McKee continues to recover from hip surgery. Glenda Barnette had a melanoma removed from her back. She’ll have a scan in Aug. to make double check. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Sean Koehn, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Lance Canerdy Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob/Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News Burgers & Bikes Due to many travelling and the potential for rain, we will NOT be having our Burgers and Bikes this Tuesday, July 13. It will be rescheduled for a later time. Welcome Baskets The Sr. Youth will meet at the building this Thursday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m. to deliver the welcome baskets from East Main to those who have recently moved into our area. Maywood Christian Camp “7th Week Squad” July 18th -24th
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, July 18, 2021 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading.......................................Britton Smith Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Lord’s Supper Bobby Joe Lindley Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer................................... William Harris Ushers ..............................Will Davis & Lee DuBois Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .........................................Tim Davis Closing Prayer...............................Alex Blackwelder Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Opening Prayer ................................. Stuart Childers Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols 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, 7-7-21 ...................................................... 158 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-11-21 .................................... 169* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 154 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 149 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $7,555 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Our Gospel Meeting is Aug. 29th -Sept. 1st Neal Pollard, speaker Mark your calendars!

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