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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 July 7, 2020 Number 27 HOSPITALITY Derrick Coble A Mother invited some people to dinner. At the table she turned to her six- year-old son and said, “Would you like to say the prayer?” The boy said, “I don’t know what to say.” “Just say what you hear daddy say” the mother said. So, the little boy commenced to pray and said, “Why did we invite all these people to dinner?” Hopefully, this doesn’t sound familiar. The idea behind the inviting was all about being hospitable but somewhere along the way it turned into necessity rather than hospitality. What has happened to hospitality in the world? What has happened to hospitality in the church? What do we mean by being hospitable? Webster tells us hospitality means “receiving and entertaining strangers or guests generously and kindly without reward.” It also means, “the act of hospitable treatment, reception, or disposition.” The word itself is used four times within the New Testament. Paul said all Christians must be “given to hospitality” (Rom. 12:13). Peter simply states, “Use hospitality one to another without grudging” (1 Pet. 4:9). Finally, the elders of the church are admonished by Paul to be lovers of hospitality (Titus 1:8) and given to hospitality (1 Tim. 3:2). Thus, hospitality is something worthy to be desired and practiced by all Christians. Hospitality is needed now. There was a time in this country when hospitality was a common practice. Before my great grandmother died, she would tell me stories of how she used to live by the railroad tracks and at times people would wander up off of the trains and she would feed them. Whatever happened to that kind of hospitality? It isn’t that we must compromise our safety and take in any stranger off the street but have a mindset to truly receive others in a kind and genuine way. Jesus taught this principle well (Mat. 25:34ff) and it should be noted that hospitality extended toward others by way of food (2 Sam. 17:26-29), lodging (2 Kings 4:8-10), or an encouraging visit (2 Tim. 4:11-13) is comparable to hospitality extended to Christ (Mat. 25:40). Hospitality is not new. Hospitality is not a new commandment but one that is old stemming out of love (2 John 1:5). Perhaps, the greatest example of hospitality is that of Abraham (Gen. 18:1-8). He knew how to make his guests feel welcome by running to meet them. He knew how to treat them by offering them a seat for rest in a shady spot under a tree. He even fed them for the journey upon which they would embark. What an example for our learning (Rom. 15:4)! Christian hospitality is not practiced enough. Now you may be thinking, “Times have changed—we have motels now and most people can find food for --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— themselves, and you never know who might steal from you or do something to harm you.” Unfortunately, this is true; however, it does not excuse anyone from practicing hospitality. There are other ways to be hospitable than taking strangers into our homes. Think of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35). Why do we classify him as good? Did he take the man who was robbed and left half dead home with him? No, but he was hospitable by binding his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and leaving him at an inn. He took care of the man this way. Furthermore, in illustrating faith and works, James indicates that if we help someone with those things that are needful to the body without respect of persons that is a good hospitable deed. “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:15,16). The answer to this question is, “nothing.” Therefore, the work of hospitality in this situation would be the only way to solve the problem. Someone has said, “If hospitality were a medicine it would cure everything, if it were a key it would open every door, and if it were a sports star it would be the most valuable player.” Let us all think about what more we can do to exhibit this lost quality in our lives. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wedding Shower There will be a Wedding Shower in honor of Caleb Williams & Sydney Clark this Saturday, July 11 “drive by” at the church building from 10 a.m. until noon. They are registered at Amazon, Walmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond. See Missy Nichols, Sherry Kingsley or Renee Childers for more information. Maywood Christian Camp East Main’s week at Maywood Christian Camp begins this Sunday, July 12-18! Several of our youth and adults will be spending the week there. Please keep them in your prayers for a spiritually uplifting and safe week. Due to the current situation with the COVID 19 virus, NO visitors will be allowed on campgrounds during the week, only the staff and campers will be allowed. New Baby Congratulations to Larry & Suzanne Long in the birth of their granddaughter, Eleanor “Ellie” June Renfro, on June 1. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 ¼ inches long. Chris & Christie Renfro are the proud parents. Forgive, as God Forgives Years ago a young man quarreled with his father and left home. He kept in touch with his mother and wanted badly to come home for Christmas, but he was afraid his father would not allow it. His mother urged him to come home, but he did not feel he could until he knew his father had forgiven him. Finally, his mother wrote and said she would talk with the father, and if he had forgiven him, she would tie a white cloth on the tree that grew alongside the railroad tracks near their home, which he could see before the train reached the station. If there were no white cloth, it would be better if he went on. So the young man started home. As the train drew near his home he was so nervous that he said to his friend who was traveling with him, “I can’t bear to look. Sit in my place and look out the window. You tell me whether there is a white cloth on it or not.” His friend changed places with him. After a bit the friend said, “I see the tree.” The son asked, “Is there a white cloth tied to it?” For a moment the friend did not say anything. Then he turned, and said, “There is a white cloth tied to every limb of that tree!” Each of us is the prodigal boy. Jesus is the white cloth our heavenly Father tied to the tree—to the cross of Calvary—signaling that it was safe for us to come home. —Unknown --via House to House:Heart to Heart John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea John Millard stationed in Afghanistan Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 8.................................................Proverbs 28-29 July 9.................................................Proverbs 30-31 July 10..............................................Ecclesiastes 1-6 July 11............................................Ecclesiastes 7-12 July 12..................................... Song of Solomon 1-4 July 13..................................... Song of Solomon 5-8 July 14........................................................Isaiah 1-4 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Natalie Mansel (July 10), Amy Voyles (July 10), Barry Kennedy (July 11), Jennifer Ray (July 11), Wade Bryan (July 13). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Pete Barber continues home hospice. Linda Hand continues therapy at NMMC following hip surgery. Crafton Laney is home recuperating from eye surgery. Gail Geno is having sugar problems and was taken to the ER last week. Bettye Davis is not feeling well. Her Meniere’s Disease is flaring up again. Katie Bates’ grandmother, Margaret Miller, has been moved to hospice at NMMC. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, 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? Ascension of Christ......................................... Acts 1 Birth of the church .......................................... Acts 2 Ananias and Sapphira ..................................... Acts 5 Conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch............... Acts 8 Conversion of Saul.......................................... Acts 9 Recite the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13): “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Memory Verse: ❖ Who is Jesus? ❖ Matthew 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Put the following Bible characters in chronological order: ❖ Noah ❖ Abraham ❖ Benjamin ❖ Moses ❖ Joshua ❖ Methuselah Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? Outreach Item for July Dishwashing liquid
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, July 12, 2020 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading..............................Bobby Joe Lindley Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing......................................... Wade Bryan Closing Prayer................................Jonathan Nichols Ushers ................................Will Davis & Tim Davis Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class...............................Jeff Mansel (Facebook) 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, 7-1-20 ..................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 7-25-20 ........................................ 21 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 109* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,235 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Mark Your Calendars! Maywood Christian Camp – July 12th-18th 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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