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East main informer, 7 21-20

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East main informer, 7 21-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 July 21, 2020 Number 29 THE COURTESY OF CHRIST Barry Kennedy On one occasion Louis XIV of France was narrating a story before his courtiers at Versailles when suddenly he ended it very lamely. A few minutes later the prince left the room. The king then said, “You must have noticed how lamely my story ended. I forgot that it reflected on an ancestor of the prince who has just left the room; and I thought it better to spoil a good story than to distress a good man.” That was courtesy.1 How many of us would be so courteous? It is true that many who are reading this would rarely say something intentional to berate or hurt someone intentionally, but do we do the same with our actions? Courtesy is one of the “manner traits” that one should be taught at an early age. However, it has been said that “the toughest problem facing some children is that of learning good manners without seeing any.”2 How sad but how true this is. Our children tend to mimic our lives and not our words. The importance of courtesy for the Christian is seen by how it opens doors. Of course, the door is a reference to the hearts of our fellow man. “Hearts, like doors can open with ease to very, very little keys and don't forget that they are these: ‘I thank you, sir’ and ‘if you please.’" (Author Unknown).3 It is hard to respond favorably to a rude, haughty, or hateful person. Christians are to be the very opposite of such behavior. Jesus, our perfect example, gives insight into how courtesy opens doors. One of those occasions was when He passed through Jericho (Luke 19). A certain publican (Jewish tax collector for the Romans) wanted to see Jesus but being “little of stature” and the crowd so great he climbed a sycamore tree (Luke 19:3-4). Of all the people there to see Jesus, He chose a despised publican with whom to dine (Luke 19:5). Of course, the crude crowd derided Jesus for going into the “sinners” house (Luke 19:7). No doubt this made a tremendous impact upon Zacchaeus and his household. In his defense, Zacchaeus’s said, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold” (Luke 19:8). Then Jesus offered Zacchaeus the greatest courtesy ever extended to man. “This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9-10). Jesus is still offering the same courtesy to all men today. How many doors of opportunity will our courtesy open for us? 1 http://www.moreillustrations.com/Illustrations/courtesy%202.html; 2 Ibid.; 3 Ibid. 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. TRANSFORMATION David Shannon "Early naturalist believed that caterpillars and butterflies were separate, unrelated insects" (The Butterfly Gardener's Guide). It might seem hard to believe at first glance that the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. Some may look at a worldly person and find it hard to believe they could become Christ-like. This spiritual transformation is possible and evident in every Christian's life. In 2 Corinthians 3 Paul esteemed Christ and the New Testament as far better than Moses and the old law. Paul closes this chapter with describing the Christian life as a transformation... “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The word "transformed" was translated from "metamorphoo," which is also the word that would be used to describe the change from a caterpillar into a butterfly. Christians and the world are not two separately created people. The world is the place of a caterpillar. Christians are those who have decided to transform into another image the image of the Lord. All people have the choice to be transformed or remain as they are. Caterpillars transform into a butterfly and the change is complete. Christians are to continue transformation as long as we live. We all "are being transformed" explains Paul. We never stop this process. Paul referred to this in Philippians using different language. This mature Christian had still not reached the point of his transformation being finished. "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus"(Philippians 3:13- 14). We don't pass through a cocoon, but we do pass through Jesus. Beholding the glory of the Lord' makes the process of spiritual transformation possible. Imagine staring into a mirror and seeing the image of Jesus instead of your own. As you see inconsistencies between the two images you change your life to reflect Jesus' image. We can't physically behold Jesus; therefore, Paul in this same chapter, teaches the importance of being a servant of the New Testament. This testament is Christ's covenant. In 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 Paul informs us that through Christ and His covenant we find our sufficiency. When we stop studying and living the New Testament, we have stopped transforming our life. How do we measure this transformation or know it is continually occurring? Usually measurable numbers are used in proper evaluations. This isn't enough in spiritual life. The Pharisee bragged to God how many times he fasted a week and how much he gave while the tax collector humbly pleaded for God's mercy as a sinner. In Luke 18, Jesus taught that the tax collector was the one being exalted (glorious transformation!). If you think you have already obtained your deepest spiritual life with no need to humbly seek more from God, you've stopped transforming. Let's decide today to humbly submit all to the Lord by daily staring into the New Testament to better learn the Lord. Imitate Him in all ways all day. Every day allow your life to be transformed into His image. One day will be our last day then the trumpet shall sound we shall all be changed we shall be like Him! (1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 John 3:2) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Katie Bates in the loss of her grandmother, Margaret Miller, on July 17. A family service was held at Holland Harris Funeral Home in Tupelo on July 20. Wedding Congratulations to Caleb Williams & Sydney Clark who were united in marriage July 18 at the Pine Grove Church of Christ. They will reside in Quantico, NC, where Caleb is stationed in the Marines. 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 and Evelyn Willis is the proud great-grandmother. Mother and baby are home doing well. 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 22....................................................Isaiah 31-35 July 23....................................................Isaiah 36-39 July 24....................................................Isaiah 40-41 July 25....................................................Isaiah 42-43 July 26....................................................Isaiah 44-45 July 27....................................................Isaiah 46-48 July 28....................................................Isaiah 49-51 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Katy Beth Voyles (July 22), Harry Cowan (July 23), Steve Kelly (July 23), Mary Morgan Lyle (July 23), Tracy Lyle (July 23), Drew Baldwyn (July 24), Britton Smith (July 24), Judy Bates (July 27). Anniversaries: Jason & Amanda Dickinson (July 26), Eric & Glenda Barnette (July 27), Joe & Tammy Minor (July 27), Dennis & Debbie Hallmark (July 28). Our Sick Pete Barber continues home hospice. Terry Kingsley is home recuperating from neck surgery. Linda Hand continues physical therapy at NMMC. Crafton Laney will undergo surgery on his left eye again July 22. It didn’t work the first time. His cataract surgery on his right eye has been postponed for now. Mark Hitt has recovered from the Corona virus. 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) Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Death of Sarah..........................................Genesis 23 Isaac & Rebekah ......................................Genesis 24 Jacob’s ladder...........................................Genesis 28 David fights Goliath...............................1 Samuel 17 12 apostles.............................................. Matthew 10 Name the days of Creation: ❖ Day one—Light ❖ Day two—Clouds and sky ❖ Day three—Flowers, grass and trees ❖ Day four—Sun, moon and stars ❖ Day five—Fish and birds ❖ Day six—Animals and man ❖ Day seven—God rested Name the New Testament Divisions: ❖ Gospels ❖ History ❖ Letters ❖ Prophecy Name the 12 sons of Jacob: ❖ Reuben ❖ Simeon ❖ Levi ❖ Judah ❖ Issachar ❖ Zebulun ❖ Joseph ❖ Benjamin ❖ Gad ❖ Asher ❖ Dan ❖ Naphtali Can your tell a Bible story from the following picture?
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, July 26, 2020 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading............................................Sam Hood Opening Prayer ....................................Larry Presley Lord’s Supper Jeff Mansel Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer.......................................Harold Roby Ushers ..................... Dale Dulaney & Mike Childers 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, 7-15-20 ................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 7-19-20 ........................................ 29 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 103* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,380 *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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