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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 July 23, 2019 Number 28 DESTINATION IS CONFIRMED Barry Kennedy Many, if not most, have travelled at one point in their lives. We travel for vacations, work, athletics, and a host of many other reasons as well. Sometimes the trip itself is one of the most enjoyable parts of all; however, there are those other times when we cannot wait to reach our destination. These are the trips where the child is in the back seat saying, “Are we there ye?” Of course, almost everyone would have to agree that after a long trip there is nothing like the feeling of knowing our “DESTINATION IS CONFIRMED.” Of course, we all should be striving to confirm that our destination is Heaven. Imagine leaving home to go on a vacation and never consulting a map, or even considering any directions as to where you are going. That would not seem very intelligent, not to mention the odds are that the only destination that would be confirmed is LOST. Sadly, lost is the destination that Jesus said the majority of mankind would reach. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be (Emph mine BK) which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13, 14). Is there a way for the child of God to know that his DESTINATION IS CONFIRMED? Yes, if we will TRUST God. We place our trust in so many things without really having a reason. We trust our water is pure, our food is safe, our insurance will pay, and that our government is on our side. Wow! To put this in writing even shocks the author. What is the point? People want to trust in some things to the point that there is not a lot of research done concerning trustworthiness. Yet some of these same trusting people cannot bring themselves to “TRUST God.” All throughout the Bible, beginning in the very first book Genesis, God set forth the “IF THEN” policy. Adam if you eat of the tree of knowledge, then you will die (Genesis 2:17). This principle is not only used to emphasize the negative, or condemnation aspect, but also the blessing of faithfulness as well. Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known (Deuteronomy 11:26-28). This is still true under the New Testament law as well. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:6, 7). --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-- “If” sets forth the conditional aspect of the scripture. Confidence comes from the trust that God will do as He has promised. Can we really trust in God? “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie (Emph. Mine BK), promised before the world began;” (Titus 1:2). Paul wrote to give hope that Titus’s DESTINATION IS CONFIRMED. Some may confuse this idea by thinking this is Calvinism, i.e. “once saved, always saved.” To understand this better it helps to consider Paul’s letter to the Romans. “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (Romans 8:24, 25). Our destination is to be Heaven, but we cannot see Heaven on this side of eternity. However, we can have hope of Heaven through faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Salvation is clearly conditional (Galatians 5:4; 6:7, 8). Therefore, confirmation of our destination is also conditional. Peter told the Jew’s in Jerusalem,“Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40). Peter exhorted them to act upon the knowledge that they were given and change their destination from Hell’s torment to Heaven’s paradise. God has done so much to confirm His desire for man’s destiny (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). Have we grown too accustomed to hearing about the cross that we fail to actually see what/Who has been sacrificed for our lives. Jesus is the “Good Shepherd” who gave HIS life for the sheep (John 10:11). Truly understanding this fact will take away any of the doubts that Satan will try to sow in our hearts. It is a fearful thing to not know where one is going, or to know that he is going to a place of punishment. God does not want His people living in fear. On the contrary, He expects man to have a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). That sound mind comes from knowing our “DESTINATION IS CONFIRMED.” Is yours? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Community Outreach Program The Community Outreach plans to meet on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room to get the backpacks filled with school supplies to deliver to area schools. Thanks to everyone who brought school supplies to the building for this. Baptisms Last week at Maywood Christian Camp, Aaryn Vines & Asher Bass were baptized into Christ. Be sure to congratulate these two young men on their desire to live pleasing to God. Aaryn is the grandson of Grady & Debbie Vines, and Asher is the son of Wesley and Raleigh Bass. Congratulations Congratulations to Jon & Ainsley Millard in the birth of their daughter, Nola Adamaris, on July 18. She weighed 7.1 lbs. and was 19” long. Malachi is her proud big brother. We also congratulate Rob & Brandy Cross in the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Ann, on July 13. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20” long. Mike & Carol Cross are the proud grandparents. Baby “Girl” Shower A baby “girl” shower will be held in honor of Katie Bates this Sunday, July 28 “come & go” from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Katie has registered baby Adaline at Amazon, Walmart, & Silly Simpson. Family 1st Fellowship The monthly Family 1st Fellowship will be held this Sunday, July 28 from 8:15-8:45 a.m. in the multipurpose room before worship services. Everyone is invited to come and get to know your church family better. John Duke stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading 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 July 29...........................................................Isaiah 52-57 July 30...........................................................Isaiah 58-62 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Drew Baldwyn (July 24), Britton Smith (July 24), Judy Bates (July 27), Kelly Thompson (July 30). Anniversaries: Jason & Amanda Dickinson (July 26), Eric & Glenda Barnette (July 27), Joe & Tammy Minor (July 27), Dennis & Debbie Hallmark (July 28). *Last week, I forgot to list Harry Cowan (July 23). Our Sick Jean Mounce is back at UAB. She hopes to come home Wed. or Thurs. Hannon Ray will have rotator cuff surgery Tues. Tony Black, Glenda Barnette’s uncle, is in the hospital in Jackson after a stroke. Anita Stanford, Felicia Stanford’s mother, will see the cardiologist Wed. Annie Martin is home from the hospital. Evelyn Willis continues therapy at the Meadows. Please do not visit until after 3 p.m. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, continues at Sanctuary Hospice. Tracy Lyle’s dad, James Nichols, continues at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Ann Letteri, Sandra Simmons’ sister, is on home hospice. Continue to remember Mary Lou Walden, Pat Putt & Harry Cowan who are home recovering. On-Going Illnesses Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Steve Kelly, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Linda McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Carol Nichols, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Lee Graham, Randy Groover, Penny Lane Geno, Don Blackwell, Mary Starz, Chiquita Allen, Heather Williams, Aspen White, Ezra Golman. Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Thank You Notes My deepest appreciation and thanks to each of you for your prayers and all the good deeds you have shown me during my recent fall. You are the greatest. I love you all. Mary Lou Walden ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear friends We just wanted to convey how much we appreciate all you did for us during the death of our Dad. Your visits meant so much because you took time out of your schedules. The food was very helpful and took some burden off us throughout this difficult time. Most of all your love and prayers have made the biggest impact on our family and we are sincerely grateful to all of you! We love you all! Stephanie Baldwyn & Tammy Minor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thanks so much to everyone for the calls, cards, visits, treats & “Dr. Pepper.” Pat Putt ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I appreciate all the cards, phone calls and everything done on my behalf while I was sick. Thank you most of all for the prayers. I was pronounced cancer free last week! That lets me know that prayers are still working. Caroline Willis ALL YOUTH & their parents are invited to a “Back to School Bash” this Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Tombigbee State Park under the BIG pavilion. Cost is $4 a carload! Bring your lawn chairs!! Lots of fun activities planned! Please sign the food list & the count sheet in the foyer beside the tract rack ASAP!
  4. 4. Summer Series Our summer series class on Sunday mornings during the Bible class hour continues to go 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 remaining topics. (The college class will continue to meet upstairs during the summer.) Date Topic Teacher 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, July 28, 2019 a.m. Announcements..................................... Wade Bryan Bible Reading.......................................Britton Smith Opening Prayer ..............................Dennis Hallmark Lord’s Supper Michael Wilson & Dale Dulaney Serve Congregation, East Side: Joe Minor, Ricky Johnson, Sam Hood Serve Congregation, West Side: Greg Lyle, Greg Hughes, Hunter Underwood Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer.....................................Mike Childers Ushers .........................Ricky Lindsey & Larry Long Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer .......................................Jeff Mansel Closing Prayer...................................Chase Stanford Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Prayer..........................................Bobby Joe Lindley Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes Contact Jimmy Spearman (610-0706) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ..................................Dean & Kristie Webb ................................William & Marla Harris Prepare Lord’s Supper—July...............Kristie Webb & Evelyn Willis Nursery.................................Tammy & Sarah Minor Pantry.................................................... Canned fruit Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-17-19................................................91 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-21-19 ...............................188 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................185 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................193 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$8,476

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