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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 July 27, 2021 Number 28 THE ATONING BLOOD OF CHRIST Barry Kennedy What can wash away my sin? What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. These words have been sung by countless souls ever since Robert Lowry penned them all those many years ago. How comforting and convicting these words are to the sinner’s ear! Man has a great need for the atoning blood of Christ. In fact, no other subject in scripture can shock man to his core more than the blood of Christ. Consider the atoning blood of Christ as it emphasizes the seriousness of sin; reminds one of the salvation available, and finally encourages the security promised. The atoning blood of Christ emphasizes the seriousness of sin. It seems to be the normal course of action for people to try to “justify” their deeds, be they right or wrong. It is unpopular to say that something is a sin in today’s tolerant society. What many fail to realize is that if this is so, then the shed blood of Christ is somewhat “cheapened.” Moses wrote long ago that “...the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17:11). This statement was made in reference to eating blood (Lev. 17:10, 12-16). Of course, God was protecting His people physically, but there is no denying the spiritual implications involved in these scriptures as well. In fact, Moses said that the blood was used in the atonement of their souls. Sin always has and always will cause death (Isa. 59:1-2; Eze. 18:20; Rom. 6:23). The hard reality is that only one thing has the power to remove man’s guilty sin stains and that is the precious atoning blood of Christ. When one takes to heart the fact that his sins caused Jesus to endure the cross, it should promote his desire to repent. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Cor. 7:10). One cannot truly appreciate the sacrifice God has made for man and feel good about living in sin. Jesus shed His life’s blood for the sins of the world, but we should never lose sight of the fact that He died for each one individually. He knew when he was being scourged that He was doing it for each one of us personally. He knew when those nails were driven into His flesh that it was for each one of us personally. See yourself at the foot of that cross and you will see His blood flowing down for your sins. If that does not dampen one’s desire to transgress God’s law nothing will. Yes, His precious atoning blood emphasizes the seriousness of sin. The atoning blood of Christ also reminds one that salvation is available. One need not think of atonement only as his personal gift. Jesus made this clear when He stated: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk. 19:10). Man’s sin brought about a great need for salvation. One literally sins by saying he has no sin (1 Jn. 1:8; Eph. 4:25; Col. 3:9; Rev. 21:8). Not only does this person lie about his own life, but he makes God out to be a liar as well (1 Jn. 1:10). Therefore, salvation is the greatest need for all men. This is at the very heart of why Jesus shed His blood (Heb. 2:9). Notice, the Hebrew writer clearly emphasized the scope of Jesus’ sacrifice when he wrote “every man.” However, one need not stop here; John also stated this truth in in the Revelation when he wrote “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let --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-- allowed the opportunity to take Job’s wealth, family, and even his health (Job 1-2). Satan’s work did not stop with the afore mentioned trials, he used the friends of Job to torment him further. No doubt, the words of these “friends” tore deep into the heart of Job. Job was a righteous man who feared the Lord and hated evil (Job 1:1). All the trials Job faced were mysterious to him because he did not understand why he was being persecuted. Job knew that he had not committed the sinful atrocities of which his “friends” were accusing him. Therefore, his patient endurance toward God was the only comfort he had left. Remember, even his wife failed to give him good council (Job 2:9). God blessed Job with more than he had in the beginning, but don’t forget, it was not until the end of the persecutions. Job was a patient child of God, and he found comfort as a result. How comforted are we in our trials? “Give me patience and give it to me now!” This statement is contradictory. Many joke about patience and never take it seriously. Patience is one of the many great blessing God expects His children to possess. Don’t get in too big of a hurry trying to possess patience. Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). This would include the obtaining of patience. We should seek patience but be prepared to endure the trials before you can expect the comforts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Community Outreach Program The Community Outreach Program would like to thank everyone who bought school supplies for the backpacks we will be delivering to area schools. We had a great response and have an abundance of supplies for those children in need. Thank you again! New Movers’ Baskets This month’s new movers’ baskets are ready and on the table in the foyer. Please take a name and a basket to deliver if possible. After you deliver the basket, please turn your name back in along with any comments about the visit. What a great way to evangelize our area by introducing East Main to them! 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 Currently our week at Maywood Christian Camp is underway. Many of our adults and youth are there this week. Thanks so much to all those who brought desserts to the building for them this week. August 2021 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Kaley Gholston Berta Kennedy Emily Rushing Katy Beth Voyles/Blake Anderson-Bridal Tea 2-3:30 pm Jeremiah 1-3 2 Mia Malone Larry & Judy Bates Jeremiah 4-6 3 Rommie & Annie Dilworth Greg & Tracy Lyle Jeremiah 7-10 4 Jeff Mansel Jeremiah 11-15 5 Jeremiah 16-20 6 John Ezra Lindley Jeremiah 21-25 7 Jeremiah 26-29 8 Danny & Barbara Wright Jeremiah 30-31 9 Jeremiah 32-33 10 Norma Deaton Mike & Renee Childers Jeremiah 34-36 11 Pat Putt Jeremiah 37-39 12 Ladies’ fellowship Jeremiah 40-45 13 Sky Ray Jeremiah 46-49 14 Jeremiah 50-52 15 Lamentations 16 Ezekiel 1-6 17 Hannah Bland Ezekiel 7-11 18 Kade Gilliland Ezekiel 12-15 19 Kathryn McKee Joe Smith Ezekiel 16-19 20 Robin Tindall Ezekiel 20-21 21 Howard Tindall Robert & Linda Parker Ezekiel 22-23 22 Maggie Minor/Daniel Morton-Bridal Tea Ezekiel 24-28 23 Ezekiel 29-32 24 Ezekiel 33-36 25 Ezekiel 37-39 26 Adaline Bates Ezekiel 40-43 27 Easton DuBois Connie Kingsley J. J. Reed Ezekiel 44-48 28 Clayton Long/Savanna Bell-Wedding Daniel 1-3 29 Daniel 4-6 30 Daniel 7-9 31 Terry & Sherry Kingsley Daniel 10-12 Gospel Meeting, Aug. 29—Sept. 1 Neil Pollard, speaker
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 28...........................................................Isaiah 49-51 July 29...........................................................Isaiah 52-57 July 30...........................................................Isaiah 58-62 July 31...........................................................Isaiah 63-66 August 1....................................................... Jeremiah 1-3 August 2....................................................... Jeremiah 4-6 August 3..................................................... Jeremiah 7-10 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Kaley Gholston (Aug. 1), Berta Kennedy (Aug. 1), Emily Rushing (Aug. 1), Mia Malone (Aug. 2). Anniversaries: Dennis & Debbie Hallmark (July 28), Rodney & Amy Voyles (July 31), Larry & Judy Bates (Aug. 2), Rommie & Annie Dilworth (Aug. 3), Greg & Tracy Lyle (Aug. 3). Our Sick Missy Nichols’ mother, Clara McClure, continues hospice. Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mother & Barbara Wright’s sister, is at Landmark in Booneville. Carrie Hitt’s grandmother, Wilma Chase, is recovering from heart surgery. Randy Pearce, Chad Willis, Kristie Webb & Rhonda Pennington’s cousin, is in ICU at the Oxford hospital. Susan Reed will undergo tests at UAB Oct. 30. J.J. Reed is home with a torn ligament in his back. Shauna McMickin has completed her chemo St. Jude. 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 McClure, Brenda Dawson Bridal Tea A bridal tea will be held in honor of Katy Beth Voyles this Sunday, Aug. 1 “come & go” from 2-3:30 p.m. in the mp room. Katy & Blake are registered at City Mercantile, The Red Door, Reed’s, Elizabeth Claire’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond. (You may bring your gift unwrapped, if you wish, as all gifts will be displayed, giving Katy more time to visit.) --article continued page 2— him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17). Yes, Jesus shed His precious atoning blood to make salvation available to anyone who will obey Him (Jn. 3:16; Tit. 2:11-14; Heb. 5:8-9). The atoning blood of Christ encourages the security that is promised. People spend money on security systems for their homes and automobiles. They lock their doors and study safety plans to secure their peace of mind. How secure do people feel spiritually speaking? One can only answer this question for himself. The real issue is why do people not have the proper feeling of security? Maybe people are putting too much trust in their own abilities (or inabilities) and fail to see the atoning blood of Christ. Of course, everyone has personal responsibilities (2 Cor. 5:10). God does not expect His people to be in doubt (2 Tim. 1:7). The promise of security was clearly stated by the apostle John (1 Jn. 1:7). Yes, there is a continual cleansing promised to all souls who walk faithfully in the light of God’s word (Psa. 119:105). This is only possible because of the precious atoningblood of Christ (Jn. 1:29; 1 Pet. 2:24). The precious atoning blood of Christ washed. way man sins (Rev. 1:5; 7:14), redeemed man to God (Eph. 1:7), justified man as if he never sinned (Rom. 5:8, 9), also gives man peace (Col. 1:20), and enables him to overcome Satan (Rev. 12:11). This is possible if we see the seriousness of sin, lay hold on the available salvation, and access the security of a faithful walk with Him. EMYG News Happy Tuesday! What. A. Week! Maywood 2021 was a blast. Thank you to each adult who gave up your week to serve us youngsters. Campers, I pray that your fire was reignited for Jesus, and I hope that will fuel you in the right direction as you prepare for school in the coming days. I appreciate your patience this week as we try and navigate how to do what is planned. I believe we have a Brain Freeze this Wednesday and T.G.I.F. this Friday at 9:00pm. However, due to my health taking a turn for the worse, I’ll let you know by Wednesday morning if we will do everything planned for this week. ****PARENTS**** MORE THAN EVER, I NEED YOUR HELP! IF we end up continuing on with this week and the weeks to follow, please help me accomplish these events. I greatly appreciate and covet that help! I pray each of you has a great week and I look forward to seeing you soon. We love you! Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading.............................................Ian Willis Opening Prayer .................................... Paul Blansett Lord’s Supper Jalon Mansel Lead Singing.......................................... Nic Nichols Closing Prayer........................................ Chad Willis Ushers ..........................Joe Minor & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Closing Prayer................................... Terry Kingsley Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Opening Prayer ......................................Mike Ratliff Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the Wade Bryan (419-5552) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-21-21 ...................................................... 78 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-25-21 .................................... 165* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 180 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 127 Contribution (budget $7,900) .............................. $10,597 *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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