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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 July 9, 2019 Number 26 I Keep Fighting But I Can’t Seem to Win Barry Kennedy There he was, all alone and surrounded by the enemy. He knew that reinforcements were on their way that and his only hope was to keep fighting until help arrived. However, it seemed as though the harder that he fought, the less he advanced in the battle. He seemed to be attacking in the right way, striking the enemy where it counts the most, and feeling as though he was “holding his own.” Nevertheless, he was faced with the fact that the harder he fought, the victory seemed farther and farther away. Imagine the frustration he must have felt. The endlessness of the battle, the hopelessness of victory, not to mention the weariness of the body brought on by the battle had him frustrated beyond imagination. Does he give up and surrender to the enemy, or does he keep pressing on, praying that help will soon arrive? Sounds like a scene from some action movie. Not exactly, actually it was a dream that kept me tossing throughout the night. Dreams are amazing little motion pictures of the mind. Most dreams are not logical and make very little sense at all, but on the other hand there is a spiritual point that can be made from such a dream as this.“Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out” (Proverbs 20:5). That is not to say that God is speaking to us through our dreams; instead, His Word is our light of direction today (Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; John 5:39). So what are some spiritual tidbits we might glean from this dream that could help all of us in our Christian walk? We are surrounded by the enemy (1 Peter 5:8). Satan has been portrayed in many different ways. Often we find ourselves subconsciously seeing him as the man in red with the little horns, pointed tail and a pitchfork. If that were the case, there would not be any problem spotting him anywhere. The Bible tells us that he can be transformed into an angel of light, making it imperative that we all maintain a healthy level of vigilance. Consider the words of God to Ezekiel: “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me” (Ezekiel 3:17). The temptation to sin is ever before us, surrounding us as an army bent on conquering every soul ever to walk the earth. However, God has promised that He will never leave nor forsake us ever (Hebrews 13:5) and with God on our side, who could possibly be against us (Romans 8:31)? Reinforcements are often close, but not quite there yet. We are given instruction from above as to the care and attitude we are to have one toward another. Jesus said we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). He also emphasized the impact this would have upon the world around us. “By this --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-- shall all men know that ye are My disciples. IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TOWARD ANOTHER” (John 13:35). However, far too many of us find ourselves “too busy” to concern ourselves with one another’s walk of faith. We say “go thy way be ye warmed and filled. . .’ (James 2:16), but we never consider the fact that we might be that reinforcement that this soul needs to endure his fight. Paul wrote to the Roman congregation, “We then that are strong OUGHT to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves”(Romans 15:1). Are we leaving our brothers and sisters alone in the battle with Satan? It may sometimes seem as though the harder we fight, the less we advance. Satan has many weapons in his arsenal, but two of the most deadly are the weapons of doubt and discouragement. If we doubt our God, Satan has already won a crucial battle in the war of the soul. Sin is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4) and the result of sin is death (Romans 6:23); therefore, anytime we sin we bring ourselves to the precipice of eternal destruction. God does not want man to suffer the consequences of sin, and thus He sent His only begotten Son to die in our stead (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). We are the recipients of His matchless love when we willingly submit to Him in loving obedience (John 14:15; 15:14; Hebrews 5:8, 9; etc.). Satan, on the other hand, would love nothing more that to tear down the confidence and hope that every Christian has in God and himself. Satan does not mind it when we take a step forward, just so long as we take two steps backward. Paul said that it helps to have the right mindset. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reachig forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13, 14). We must maintain our focus on the goal; no matter where our earthly reinforcements may be, God is always with us. To Be Continued… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Community Outreach Program The Community Outreach Program will be donating 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to area schools again this year. Please take a tab of what school supply you would be willing to donate from the marker board in the foyer beside the water fountain. All supplies need to be returned to the building by JULY 14. Thanks, so much for your help! Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Tammy Minor & Stephanie Baldwyn in the loss of their father, Wig Franks, on July 3. Funeral services will be held on July 7 at McNeece Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Also, we extend condolences to James Simmons in the loss of his cousin, Glenda Spivey, on July 3. A private family memorial service was held. Sr. Saints’ Activity The Senior Saints (age 60 and above) are invited to the multipurpose room this Saturday, July 13 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for fun, food & games. Please sign the list posted beside the tract rack in the foyer if you plan to attend. Ladies’ Monthly Fellowship ALL the ladies are invited to Los Toros Mexican Restaurant off Veterans’ Blvd. this Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. for the monthly ladies’ fellowship. Please come and enjoy time with fellow sisters in Christ! You’ll be glad you did! Brazil Mission Trip Jeff & Natalie Mansel will be leaving July 10 on a two-week mission trip to Brazil to work with Dionisio. Please keep them in your prayers for safe travels and that much seed will be planted. Mexico Mission Trip Wade, Karen & Bethany Bryan, Bobby Joe Lindley, the Wrights from the Hwy. 15 congregation in Pontotoc, and a brother from Texas will be leaving July 12 for a 1½ week mission trip to Palenque to work with Domingo. Please keep them in your prayers also. John Duke is stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams is stationed in Quantico, VA
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading 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 July 15 ...........................................................Isaiah 5-8 July 16 .........................................................Isaiah 9-12 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Natalie Mansel (July 10), Amy Voyles (July 10), Barry Kennedy (July 11), Jennifer Ray (July 11), Wade Bryan (July 13), Hallie Donald (July 15). Anniversaries: Andrew & Nicole Wynne (July 12), Waymon & Dolline Gibson (July 16). Our Sick Jean Mounce came home from UAB Wed., bur had to go back Thursday. She is in a step-down room of ICU. Annie Martin & Kelly Thompson both spent a few days at NMMC last week. They are home now and doing better. 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 who are recovering from injuries. Harry Cowan is having complications from surgery he had several weeks ago. Robin Tindall is home recovering from surgery also. Barbara Roberts, Brenda Lindley’s sister is not doing well at all. 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, Sheba Tuggers, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Carol Nichols, Caroline Willis, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Lee Graham, Randy Groover, Penny Lane Geno, Don Blackwell, Mary Starz, Chiquita Allen, Heather Williams, Aspen White Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Evelyn Willis’ Address Many have asked for Evelyn Willis’ address at the Meadows: Mary Evelyn Willis, Room 104 c/o The Meadows P. O. Drawer 127 Fulton, MS 38843 Phone: 862-2165 (ext. 1042)—2-4 pm or 6:30-7:30 pm Jean Mounce’s Address Jean Mounce has been in and out of the hospital since October 2018. She still has a long road to recovery. She would love to hear from you by card, phone call, text or even a visit: Norma Jean Mounce c/o UAB Hospital 619 19th Street S. Birmingham, AL 35249-1900 Phone: 491-0362 (her cell phone) Sunday’s Contribution to Maywood Christian Camp The elders have decided that this Sunday, July 14 all the weekly contribution will go to Maywood Christian Camp. Many of our youth and adults will be heading over there Sunday for a spiritually uplifting week! Family Rally The New Albany congregation would like to invite everyone of all ages to a Family Rally on Saturday, July 13 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Reed Swindle will be speaking on “The Church Family.” There will be classes for adults, teens, and children on “How we can help the family at home and in the church?” Our Gospel Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 22-25 with Scott Cain. Mark your calendars! ALL YOUTH & their parents are invited to a “Back to School Bash” Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tombigbee State Park. More information to follow!
  4. 4. Summer Series Our summer series class on Sunday mornings during the Bible class hour is going very 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 14-Jul-19 Monuments Dennis Hallmark 21-Jul-19 Demons Barry Kennedy 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 14, 2019 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading.......................................Larry Presley Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Lord’s Supper Hugh Scribner & Terry Kingsley Serve Congregation, East Side: Larry Bates, Larry Long, Robert Parker Serve Congregation, West Side: Eddie Simmons, Grady Vines, Harold Roby Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Closing Prayer................................. Jason Dickinson Ushers ................Mark Gilliland & David Ramseyer Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand Closing Prayer............................................Mark Hitt Lead Singing........................................ Wesley Bass Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Prayer........................................... Rommie Dilworth Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner 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...........Stephanie Baldwyn & Maggie Minor Pantry...............................................Canned chicken Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-3-19................................................119 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-7-19 .................................168 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................178 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................158 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$8,083

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