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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 July 12, 2022 Number 27 WHERE DID THE NINE GO? Barry Kennedy There they were, ten men dying from one of the most horrifying diseases known to man, leprosy. Their plight was one of pain, distress, and isolation. Many had fallen to the destruction of leprosy in their time. In fact, it wasn’t until in the late 1930’s that effective treatment started being administered for leprosy; oh, but these ten lepers found a power far greater than that of any manmade drug. These ten lepers encountered the power to heal both soul and body. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” (Luke 4:18). No doubt the ten lepers were very distressed and feeling the pains of their disease, but when they saw Jesus, they cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us” (Luke 17:13). Jesus’ response was simple, but very effective. “Go show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:14). When they turned to obey, they realized that their leprosy was gone! One returned to thank the Lord, which lead Jesus to ask, “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17). What a powerful question; so, “where did the nine go?” Some of them may have gone to their families. That would be understandable, considering lepers were commanded to remove themselves from the healthy (Numbers 5:2). What a wonderful reunion that must have been! The sad part is that they forgot to stop and say thank you to the Savior. They would have shown more love for their relatives than for the giver of life. Jesus addressed this problem: “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). Jesus did not say that people are to despise, forsake, or forget their families. In fact, honoring father and mother, along with brotherly love are commands (Ephesians 6:1-3; Hebrews 13:1). Jesus was simply making it known that God must come first (Exodus 20:3; 1 John 5:20, 21; Matthew 6:33). Would we sell out the Great Physician for our families? If so, we would not be doing them or ourselves any real lasting favors. Others may have gone back to their careers. No doubt, these nine were on terminal disability. Many fail to see the great blessing that goes along with a good work ethic. Some of the nine lepers may have found themselves missing their jobs and could not wait to be gainfully employed again. Of course, there would not be anything wrong with this attitude, after all, the Bible says, “if any --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 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-- would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). So, what would be the problem? They forgot to take time to show any gratitude to the one who made them able to work (James 1:17). Others may have gone on a vacation. Vacations are a wonderful time! The family gets to be free and have fun. It is a time to shake off some of those daily routines and live a little. These poor men were not able to get much joy in life due to their terrible disease. Now that Jesus has healed them, they no doubt had the desire to celebrate. After all people need some down time. Even Jesus took time to relax and get away (Matt. 14:23). So, what was their problem? They forgot to thank the one who restored their joy. Many today choose to vacation from God. Could there be any greater showing of ingratitude, than for one to be blessed with the ability to go on a trip, and then not worship the creator and giver of all things? Jesus made it clear that the kingdom of God and His righteousness must be sought first (Matt. 6:33). Some may have gone to their church. This one must have been the right thing to do. It would be totally appropriate to go to the priest and start worshipping right? After all Jesus said, “Go show yourselves to the priest.” The problem with this thinking would be that Jesus was right there before them and they left Him behind to go their own way. Jeremiah said it best, “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). Where is the gratitude in today’s “churches” which will not even wear His name, much less teach His doctrine? Truth is, we are not told where the nine went, but we know for sure where they did not go and that was back to thank Jesus for His bountiful gift. Many today are like the illustrations used earlier. They are more focused on the physical aspects of their families, careers, vacations, and their religions. Jesus used this situation to say that gratitude must be the Christians attitude. We need not forget to say, “if the Lord wills” (James 4:15). May we all learn a valuable lesson of what not to do from the nine. May God help us to be more like the appreciative leper who showed gratitude. Ladies’ Fellowship The ladies’ monthly fellowship will be held this Thursday, July 14 in the multipurpose room at 6 pm. Christine Wilson is teaching. There will be NO meal this month. Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10-11 am. Anyone who can come, and help is welcomed. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Paul Blansett in the loss of his father, Wayne Blansett, who passed away Sunday, July 10. Funeral services were held July 12 at 11:00 am in Tupelo. Pack the Backpacks The Community Outreach Program needs your help with “Packing the Backpacks” for area schools this upcoming year. Please check the table in the foyer and grab a supply tab of what you would be willing to purchase. Please return the supplies by Sunday, July 24. Thank you for your help. Desserts for Maywood Our week at Maywood Christian Camp is July 17- 23. Many of our youth and adults will be going over to spend the week. We have been asked to help provide desserts again this year. Amanda Dickinson will be carrying them over on Wednesday, July 20. Please have the desserts at the church building on that day by 9:00 am. Contribution for Maywood All of the contribution this Sunday, July 17 will be given to Maywood Christian Camp. Maywood has been a great outreach ministry for almost 70 years, and many have been led to Christ through the teachings there.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 13..................................... Song of Solomon 5-8 July 14........................................................Isaiah 1-4 July 15........................................................Isaiah 5-8 July 16......................................................Isaiah 9-12 July 17....................................................Isaiah 13-16 July 18....................................................Isaiah 17-20 July 19....................................................Isaiah 21-23 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Wade Bryan (July 13), Hallie Brown (July 15), Kannon Smith (July 17), Susan Willis (July 18), Casey Gullett (July 19). Anniversaries: Dolline & Waymon Gibson (July 16). Our Sick Beth Reed will be admitted to the Women’s Center this Thursday to deliver baby Ellis. Debbie Duke is awaiting test results. Betty Long continues her therapy at Cedars, Room 712. Barbara Wright has Covid, and Danny is recovering from it. Summer Smith is home with a broken tailbone. Heather & Lee DuBois are home sick. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Brian Carver, Michelle Maclean, Linda Butler, Pam Gassaway, Ricky Britt, Larry Kennedy, Nathan Hale, Dawn Brown, Terry Blckmarr, Freida Gardner Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us! EMYG News Hello! I hope you have had a great weekend. 28 of us embarked on a little road trip to Six Flags and we had a blast. Grateful to those who went and made the trip great. This coming week, a group of us will be at Maywood. Our passage/theme will be taken from Luke 24. We look forward to having a great time deepening our faith in God and growing in our love for each other. Below are some pics of this weekend!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, July 17, 2022 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading........................................ Aaryn Vines Opening Prayer ........................................Will Davis Lord’s Supper Alex Tucker Lead Singing.....................................Barry Kennedy Closing Prayer........................................... Joe Minor Ushers ..................Terry Kingsley & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ................................. Terry Kingsley Closing Prayer.........................................Jeff Mansel Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley Wednesday, July 20, 2022 Opening Prayer .................................Shawn Mounce Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-6-22 ...................................................... 132 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-10-22 ...................................... 142 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 153 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 142 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $6,797 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Maywood Christian Camp Our week at Maywood Christian Camp is July 17th -23rd . Please go online and register ASAP if you plan to attend either as a camper or a staff member. The cost for campers is $180. If you are staff, your children may attend for $90. Register at maywoodchristiancamp.com.

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