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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 July 30, 2019 Number 29 Breaking the Bread of Life Barry Kennedy Song leaders do a good job picking out appropriate songs to use in the worship of our God. The song books are indexed to help in this endeavor. There are differing categories listed with such headings as: “invitation, prayer, blessings, Heaven, forgiveness, etc. One section that I find very helpful when selecting songs is the “Lord’s Supper” section. However, one song that is often used in preparation for the Lord’s Supper is not listed in this section. “Break Thou the Bread of Life” is accurately put under the “Bible” section. Many think that the words “. . . as Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea. . . ” make this song fitting to use as a “Lord’s Supper” song. No doubt this song is very beautiful and very fitting to be sung in our worship services, but it would be far better to use it before a sermon than before the Lord’s Supper. All one has to do is look closely at the words of the song to see this point. Jesus was not instituting the Lord’s Supper “beside the sea (Sea of Galilee).” Matthew records the “biography” of Jesus’ life here on this earth. Chapter fourteen is Matthew’s inspired account of one of the many sermons Jesus preached in His three year ministry. The people had followed Jesus because of the miracles that He performed. Luke’s account pointed this out, “And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing” (Luke 9:11). Jesus, according to Matthew, was “. . . moved with compassion toward them. . .” (Matthew 14:14). Jesus saw that some of His followers were sick and hungry as well (Matthew 14:14-16). He was compelled to aid their physical needs, but His attention to the spiritual needs was His primary focus (Luke 19:10). Notice the words of Jesus: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” (John 6:26, 27). Breaking the bread of life is a reference to preaching the gospel. Jesus is the Bread broken that we might have LIFE. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (John 6:32, 33). Jesus compared Himself to the “manna” (meaning what is it) that God gave to the children of Israel. Israel would have perished in the wilderness without food. Mankind as a whole will perish without Jesus (John 14:6). Israel did not deserve the manna God gave them in the wilderness, nor do we deserve the Bread of Life which comes to us from above. Jesus freely gave His life that we might live (John 3:16; Romans 5:8, 10). When Israel ate of the manna they found themselves to be hungry again. In fact, they even began to despise the bread and wanted meat (Num. 21:5). Jesus made it clear that the bread He offered could permanently satisfy the soul’s hunger. Do we find our- selves following the example of the children of Israel? Do we despise the Bread from --article continued page 3-- 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 August 2019 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Kaley Gholston Berta Kennedy Emily Rushing Sr. Adult fellowship @ 6 pm Jeremiah 1-3 2 Mia Malone Larry & Judy Bates Jeremiah 4-6 3 Rommie & Annie Dilworth Greg & Tracy Lyle 50th Wedding Anniv. Party-Larry & Judy Bates Jeremiah 7-10 4 Betty Kingsley Jeff Mansel Visitation Team #2 Jeremiah 11-15 5 Jeremiah 16-20 6 Jeremiah 21-25 7 Jeremiah 26-29 8 Crafton & Marla Laney Danny & Barbara Wright Ladies’ fellowship @ 6 pm Jeremiah 30-31 9 Jeremiah 32-33 10 Norma Deaton Mike & Renee Childers Jeremiah 34-36 11 Pat Putt Area Youth Meeting @ East Main Jeremiah 37-39 12 Olivia Sanderson Jeremiah 40-45 13 Sky Ray Jeremiah 46-49 14 Jeremiah 50-52 15 Polishing the Pulpit starts Lamentations 16 Sam Hood Perry & Linda Hand Ezekiel 1-6 17 Hannah Bland Ezekiel 7-11 18 Kade Gilliland Jr. Youth/ES Devo. Visitation Team #3 Nursing Home Singing 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 Polishing the Pulpit ends Ezekiel 24-28 23 Ezekiel 29-32 24 Ezekiel 33-36 25 Family 1st Fellowship Visitation Team #4 Sr. Youth Devo. Ezekiel 37-39 26 Zac Tucker Ezekiel 40-43 27 Easton DuBois J. J. Reed Ezekiel 44-48 28 Daniel 1-3 29 Daniel 4-6 30 Daniel 7-9 31 Trase Webb Terry & Sherry Kingsley Daniel 10-12
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 31...........................................................Isaiah 63-66 August 1....................................................... Jeremiah 1-3 August 2....................................................... Jeremiah 4-6 August 3..................................................... Jeremiah 7-10 August 4................................................... Jeremiah 11-15 August 5................................................... Jeremiah 16-20 August 6................................................... Jeremiah 21-25 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Kaley Gholston (Aug. 1), Berta Kennedy (Aug. 1), Emily Rushing (Aug. 1), Mia Malone (Aug. 2), Betty Kingsley (Aug. 4), Jeff Mansel (Aug. 4). Anniversaries: Rodney & Amy Voyles (July 31), Larry & Judy Bates (Aug. 2), Rommie & Annie Dilworth (Aug. 3), Greg & Tracy Lyle (Aug. 3) Our Sick Jean Mounce may come home Tuesday from UAB. Hannon Ray is recuperating from rotator cuff surgery. He has an appointment at Sims Murphy on Aug. 8 about bulging discs in his neck. Annie Martin, Mary Lou Walden, Pat Putt & Harry Cowan are home. Evelyn Willis continues therapy at the Meadows. Please don’t visit before 3. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, has been moved to Lakeview Place in Mantachie. Tracy Lyle’s dad, James Nichols, continues at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Ann Letteri, Sandra Simmons’ sister, continues home hospice. Tony Black, Glenda Barnette’s uncle, is in the Jackson hospital following a stroke. Brodey Houpt will have a checkup at St. Jude’s this week. 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, 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 Sympathy We extend our sympathy to James Simmons & Susan Reed in the loss of their relative Carl Simmons July 28. --article continued from page 1-- above? Jesus’ word is the life giving nourishment to the souls of man. His word provides the light, or direction, to the pathway of our lives (Psa.119:105; 1 Jn.1:7); it is the source from which we receive our faith (Rom. 10:17), and it is the standard by which we all will be judged (Jn.12:48). Yet many people, sadly even some Christians, will not study God’s word. What we all must realize is that when we are guilty of neglecting the word of God we despise the Bread of Life. So the next time we sing “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” remember we are asking for the Word of God. Jesus became that Bread that all the world might be fed. Are we willing to take that Bread to the world? Are we willing to partake of that Bread ourselves? Community Outreach The ladies participating in the Community Outreach Program are asked to meet in the multipurpose room this Wed., July 31 at 6 p.m. to stuff the backpacks with school supplies which will then be donated to area schools. Sr. Adult Fellowship The Sr. Adult Fellowship will be held this Thursday Aug. 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Comer’s Restaurant. The bus will leave the building at 5:45 p.m.
  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 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, Aug. 4, 2019 a.m. Announcements................................. William Harris Bible Reading...................................... Clayton Long Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lord’s Supper Mike Ratliff & Perry Hand Serve Congregation, East Side: Zac Tucker, Ian Willis, Aaron Willis Serve Congregation, West Side: Lee DuBois, Clinton Kingsley, Jalon Mansel Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer...................................... Paul Blansett Ushers ..................Terry Kingsley & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Closing Prayer................................. Robert Kingsley Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Prayer.................................................... Chet Wilson Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass Contact Jeff Mansel (871-0357) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ......................................Greg & Tracy Lyle .....................................Chad & Susan Willis Prepare Lord’s Supper—August................... Greg & & Tammy Hughes Nursery...................Beth Reed & McKenna Lindsey Pantry.................................................... Canned fruit Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-24-19..............................................150 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-28-19 ...............................174 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................162 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................156 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$8,816

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