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East main informer, 7 14-20

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East main informer, 7 14-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 July 14, 2020 Number 28 UNIVERSAL CARE Barry Kennedy For years people have gotten involved in the debate over healthcare reform. It is very interesting to see the level of passion people show toward this issue. It is easy to see why there is so much interest in this proposal; considering the fact that we all are affected by the need for health care. It may be that you are not sick at this moment, but we can all rest assured that one day we will need it. The proof is evident that we all get sick or have accidents which require medical attention. It is possible that some reading this article are just days, weeks, or even moments away from needing professional health care. Having said that, what about universal care? Is it what this country needs? Are we doing fine without it? Of course, the universal care that we truly need is already in effect. It was set into law almost two thousand years ago. Jesus said it this way, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Consider the universal care God has offered to all of mankind and maybe we could see a little more passion for the spiritual needs we all have. What do we mean by the term universal? In the political world they throw around this term often sighting the need to insure all Americans. The term universal has as its first definition “relating to the whole world.” The second definition is “relating to the universe.” The third definition is “relating to those in a particular group.” There are a great number of differing views as to how our physical health care should be administrated. Jesus made a health care plan that is all encompassing (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:15, 16; Hebrews 2:9). That is not to say that He has taken away our responsibility. A plan is only as good as its execution. Many laws have come out of our government, but a law alone is not going to produce a result. It must be followed, and if it is not followed the offenders must be punished. Many today are not feeling the effects of their actions. Accountability is nowhere to be found. When government acts as if they are above the law, the citizens will follow in kind. When parents act as though they have no responsibility, the children will also be irresponsible. It is easy to see why God set up the home as His first organization, but the home is only stable when authority is understood and respected. Neither punishments nor limitations are to be viewed as abuse. God’s word says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he --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— receiveth” (Hebrews 12:6). Solomon put it this way, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24). Discipline is not about spanking, but more about care. Genuine care requires discipline. Jesus enacted a plan for the universal (all of mankind) care of the spiritual man. Therefore, we can call Him the Great Physician (Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17). What do we mean by the term care? When the “Affordable Care Act” the House of Representatives put before the Senate arrived, people said it was hard to read. The overall consensus is that it was also hard to understand. Some areas were too vague, others too pointed. Because of this, the American people were very concerned. Knowing the costs and quality of medical care in this country it is easy to see why there is so much concern. However, the debate was about physical care, and how can we as a nation best provide for the physical needs of our people? Of course, that is the “million-dollar question.” The apostle Peter had these words to say: “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). The word care is used twice in this verse, but it is two different words. The word translated “your care” carries the idea of anxiety (Thayer). The latter word “careth” is more on the line of compassion. Thayer’s definition is “to care about.” God has a care for His creation that is unprecedented. His care for the spiritual wellbeing of all mankind led Jesus to the “Old Rugged Cross.” And thus, we read, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Universal health care is a plan of man, and thus it can be very confusing. The Universal care that God offers is not confusing because “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. Yes, His universal care is in His church (Ephesians 1:3). Are we covered? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank You Note Dear East Main Family, Thank you so much for the beautiful shower, cards, gifts, money, and kind words with which you have blessed Jack and me. We truly appreciate it so much! As it turns out, moving to Texas and getting settled is easier said than done. So, I apologize for taking so long to get this card to you. We hope each of you know how thankful we are for you. You’re always in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jack & Bethany (Bryan) Moore New Baby Congratulations to Zac & Savannah Tucker in the birth of their daughter, Mary Mariea, on July 7. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 ½ inches long. Dean & Kristie Webb are the proud grandparents. Mother and baby are home doing well. Wedding You are cordially invited to the Wedding Ceremony of Caleb Williams and Sydney Clark this Saturday, July 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Pine Grove Church of Christ in Fulton, MS. Don’t put a question mark where God put a period. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, NC Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading 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 July 21....................................................Isaiah 28-30 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Hallie Donald (July 15), Kannon Smith (July 17), Addi Millard (July 18), Susan Willis (July 18), Casey Gullett (July 19). Anniversaries: Dolline & Waymon Gibson (July 16), Derik & Staci Rushing (July 20), Laura & DJ Bennett (July 21). Our Sick Pete Barber continues home hospice. Terry Kingsley will undergo surgery on his neck at NMMC July 17. Linda Hand is scheduled to be discharged from NMMC July 16 or 17. Crafton Laney will have cataract surgery on his other eye July 22. Katie Bates’ grandmother, Margaret Miller, continues hospice at NMMC. Mark Hitt is home having tested positive for the Coronavirus. Please keep these in your prayers. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, 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, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure (Missy Nichols’ parents) Why Seven Days? By Kyle Butt Have you ever wondered why, all over the world, in civilization after civilization, we find people scheduling their lives based on a seven-day week? The origins of other units of time are easy to understand. For instance, a year is the amount of time it takes for the Earth to orbit the Sun. A day is the amount of time it takes for the Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis. A month is the approximate time between new moons. And seasons are determined based on an equinox or solstice. But no celestial, lunar, or planetary movement or system accounts for our seven-day week. A brief look back into history shows that the seven-day week has prevailed as the paramount routine for humanity in general as far back as historical records can go. Although some societies and cultures did use weeks other than the seven-day week, it still has stubbornly maintained its preeminence. Today, the seven-day week is universally accepted, even though the French attempted a ten-day week during the French Revolution in 1791, and the Soviet Union, as late as the early 1900s, attempted a five-day week—to no avail. Where did the seven-day week originate? The most plausible explanation comes from the book of Genesis. The first chapter of Genesis explains that God created the entire Universe is six, literal twenty-four hour days. The beginning of chapter two states, “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (2:2). Exodus 20:8-11 gives an explanation as to why God framed His creative activity according to a seven-day week. This passage teaches us that God worked six days and rested the seventh day in order to provide a pattern for the Jewish workweek. Because God worked six days and rested on the seventh day, the Jews were instructed to do the same. In truth, an all-powerful God could have created the Universe in seven seconds, seven years, seven decades, or seven million years. God’s week of seven days, however, was given purposefully to man as a pattern to follow. This pattern has prevailed for several thousand years. The Sun, Moon, and stars were given “for signs and seasons, and for days and years” (Genesis 1:14), but not for the week. The week was instituted specifically by God, based on His creative activity. The seven-day week is yet another testimony to the truthfulness and accuracy of the Genesis account of Creation. Copyright © 2003 Apologetics Press, Inc. http://www.apologeticspress.org Outreach Item for July Dishwashing liquid
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, July 19, 2020 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading.....................................Ricky Lindsey Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Lord’s Supper Roger Sanderson Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer................................... William Harris Ushers ........................Larry Long & Andy Baldwyn Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) Young married class............................ Mark Hitt (Zoom) High School class ................... Alex Blackwelder (Zoom) The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-8-20 ..................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 7-12-20 ........................................ 29 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 109* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $7,338 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Mark Your Calendars! Personal Evangelism Workshop – August 28th-29th 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 the service in person.

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