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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 August 7, 2021 Number 30 BY WHAT AUTHORITY? Barry Kennedy “And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority” (Matthew 21:23)? This passage gives the account of Jesus (the Creator John 1:1-5) being questioned by the chief priests and elders (the created Isaiah 29:16). How many times will God have to deal with the wisdom of man? People have always sought some level of higher knowledge. Satan understood this about humanity and that is why he used pride against Eve back in the garden (Genesis 3). Satan knew that appealing to man’s strong desire to “know right from wrong” could be their downfall. The authority had already spoken, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). The serpent (Satan) came along promoting the authority of man over the authority of the Creator God. Things have not changed throughout the years. Notice some examples of people who need to be asked the question, “By what authority?” Abram and Sarai wanted desperately to fulfil the promise God gave them of having a son (Genesis 16). Sarai came up with a plan of her own, i.e., having Abram take her handmaid Hagar. Who gave her the authority to do so? Culturally speaking, there had been many surrogate mothers used in that day and age, but this was not God’s plan (Genesis 17:18-19). King Saul, the first king of Israel, was given divine authority to utterly destroy the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:1-3). However, Saul spared the best of the flocks and of the herds as well as king Agag (1 Samuel 15:9). Saul boasted that he had “performed the commandment of the LORD” (1 Samuel 15:13). This statement emphasizes the authority (i.e., commandment) of the Lord. Samuel was wondering where Saul got the authority to spare anyone or anything. In fact, Saul rejected the authority of God (1 Samuel 15:22-23). The end result, God rejected Saul from being king. --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— Do we ever ask ourselves this question? Does it really matter today? The apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in Colossae: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of (i.e., by the authority of) the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17). Therefore, by what authority do we adhere to when it comes to our worship? What authority do we adhere to when it comes to our words, and we can go on and on with such illustrations. The fact is Jesus has all authority in Heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). Are we listening? ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Our sympathy is extended Marlon Geno & Shirley Lyons in the loss of their aunt, Veona Harris, on Aug. 3. Funeral services were held Aug. 5 at the Booneville Funeral Home. She was 97. Monthly Ladies’ Class The monthly ladies’ class will be held this Thursday, Aug. 12 in the multipurpose room beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be NO meal. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held Sunday, Aug. 22 in honor of Maggie Minor, the bride-elect of Daniel Morton, “come & go” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Maggie & Daniel are registered at Walmart, Amazon and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Thank You Note Dear East Main family, Especially over the last few weeks, Cassie and I are so thankful for those that brought food, made care packets, sent cards, called, and sent texts while I was really sick. We are truly blessed to be part of such a caring group of people. We love you! The Blackwelders The Story of Two Pots A water bearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole that he carried across his neck. One pot was cracked; the other delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house. The cracked pot arrived only half full. This went on daily for two years. The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, but the cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection and sad it could accomplish only half of what it was made to do. It spoke to the water bearer one day. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack causes water to leak out. Because of my flaws, you have extra work,” the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old pot. He said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” As they went up the hill, the cracked pot saw the sun warming beautiful wildflowers on the side of the path. This cheered it some, but it still felt bad. The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I took advantage of your flaw. I planted flowers on your side, and every day, you’ve watered them. For two years I have picked beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being as you are, he would not have this beauty.” Each of us has unique flaws. We are all cracked pots, but it is cracks and flaws that make our lives together so interesting and rewarding. We have to take people for what they are and look for the good in them. There is a lot of good out there. There is a lot of good in you. —From Glenn Hitchcock “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). --via Glad Tidings of Good Things (April 25, 2019)
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading August 11..........................................Jeremiah 37-39 August 12..........................................Jeremiah 40-45 August 13..........................................Jeremiah 46-49 August 14..........................................Jeremiah 50-52 August 15.............................................Lamentations August 16................................................ Ezekiel 1-6 August 17.............................................. Ezekiel 7-11 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Pat Putt (Aug. 11), Sky Ray (Aug. 13), Hannah Bland (Aug. 17). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Will & Eden Davis, Lee & Easton DuBois and David Bates have tested positive for Covid. They have mild symptoms. Susan Reed will undergo tests at UAB Oct. 30. Evelyn Thompson is home with a fractured back. Hattie Sheffield fractured her ankle Saturday. Missy Nichols’ mother, Clara McClure, continues hospice. Cecil Johnson, a good friend of Danny Wright, is in the hospital very sick with Covid. Randy Pearce, Chad Willis, Kristie Webb & Rhonda Pennington’s cousin, continues in the Oxford hospital. Karen Bryan’s cousin, April Pounders, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her daughter, Olivia Pounders, has juvenile dementia. 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, Shauna McMickin, Stella Pittman Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News Good morning!! I hope you have had a great start to your week! Just a reminder that we have Brain Freeze again this Wednesday night for all who have a sweet tooth. For our Senior youth, we will have a T.G.I.F. this Friday! Be sure to bring your thinking caps and patience as we have a night full of adventures! At the end of this month (28th), we will be taking a trip to Top Golf in Birmingham, AL. Feel free to pack the family up for the day and meet us at Top Golf or hop on the Bus for those that want to ride on it. We will leave the building at 11:00am. Please be sure to sign up on the youth board and pay for top golf by August 25th so I know how many to plan for. We will attempt to do a burgers and bikes for the Junior Youth on August 31st. There will be a sign-up sheet also on the youth board if you plan on coming to that. As always, if we can help you in anyway, please let me know! On a different note, here’s a thought that I want to leave you with this week. Every path you take leads you somewhere. Either a place where you belong or a place where you don’t belong. Sadly, not all paths lead to Heaven. As we walk this road of life, we must evaluate every step. My path might “seem” right to me, but understand this, I shouldn’t be the leader or standard of my own path. God’s word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Ultimately, God’s word should direct my steps closer to Him. I encourage us to let Him direct our steps to where He wants us to go! I love you all! Alex ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Forbidden fruits create many jams.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 a.m. Announcements.............................Alex Blackwelder Bible Reading.................................... Drew Baldwyn Opening Prayer .....................................Wesley Bass Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer................................Jimmy Spearman Ushers .........................Will Davis & Mark Gilliland Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Lead Singing.......................................... Nic Nichols Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt 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, 8-4-21 ...................................................... 131 Sunday 1st Worship, 8-8-21 ...................................... 159* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 167 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 144 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,660 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Our Gospel Meeting scheduled Aug. 29th -Sept. 1st with Neal Pollard has been postponed.

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