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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 August 20, 2019 Number 32 “CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL. . .” Barry Kennedy It is assumed that most all Bible students can complete this phrase of scripture. These are the words of Joshua 24:15. Joshua was informing God’s people of the need to make a choice to stand on the side of the Lord and not on the side of the idols their fathers once served. Joshua said, “Choose whom you will SERVE.” With that in mind, consider where we stand in this present society. We still need to make a choice as to whom we will serve (Matthew 7:13, 14). Sadly, when many hear the word CHOICE the thought of abortion comes to mind. There is a great divide in this country between those who profess to be “pro-choice” and those who are “pro-life.” Where are Christians supposed to stand in this great divide? Is it acceptable for the child of God to be “pro-choice?” Mankind has chosen death from the beginning of time. The first family on this earth found themselves having to deal with death. God informed Adam and Eve that if they chose to eat of the tree of knowledge that they would die (Genesis 2:17). Genesis chapter three records how that Eve was tempted and chose to eat. She then gave the fruit to her husband who chose to eat as well; therefore, they both knowingly chose death (Genesis 3:1-6). The next chapter of the first book records how Cain also chose death. Cain found himself so enraged at the fact that God respected Abel’s offering of a lamb over his offering of the fruits of the field. Of course, God had respect for Abel’s offering because it was of faith (Hebrews 11:4; cf Romans 10:17). Cain could have easily made this right and worshipped God acceptably, but no, Cain chose death and murdered his own brother. Oh, but these were not the only ones to choose death. Lamech, the fourth great, grandson of Cain boasted to his two wives Adah and Zillah, “Hear my voice; Ye wives of Lamech,hearken unto my speech: For I have slain a man for wounding me, And a young man for bruising me: If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold” (Genesis 4:23, 24). Lamech chose death not once but twice. Genesis chapter six lets us know that things only got worse. And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And Jehovah said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the ground; both man, and beast, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; for it repenteth me that I have made them (Genesis 6:4-7 ASV). The truth is that when man chooses death things only get worse. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the --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-- blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed;” (Deuteronomy 30:19). Many are trying to choose a policy of pro-death. How sad it is that we are “educating” ourselves to the point that we are not “bothered” to hear that there are approximately 42 million abortions per year worldwide and approximately 115,000 every day. Here in the US we averaged about 1.3 million in 1996, approximately 3,700 a day according to the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. Yet some like to point out how that the abortion rate is on the decline. According to Sharon Jayson of USA TODAY, “The abortion rate in the USA fell to its lowest point in more than 30 years, and the actual number of abortions also continues a steady decline, according to the first new comprehensive data in five years, released today” (www.usatoday.com/news/health/ 2008-01-16-abortion-rates_N.htm). Not to say that this is not good news, but if the numbers were to reach only one child aborted this year, it would be one too many. God is the source of life, and we are not given authority over the death of the innocent (Job 12:9, 10). Why are we not learning from the past that when we choose death, things only get worse? Many people like to say that the times are changing and we must embrace change. Friends, choosing death is not change, or something new to be embraced. Solomon wrote long ago, “That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. It is time to pray that people will make the right choices in life and stop the idea of, “CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL DESTROY.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Our Fall Gospel Meeting with Scott Cain is September 22-25! Make plans now to attend every service. AGES 20s AND 30s The 20s and 30s age group are invited to Hugh & Rachel Scribner’s home this Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6:00 p.m. for kickball & pizza. Please see Hugh or Rachel if you need more information. Congratulations Congratulations to Dale Dulaney in the birth of his grandson, Theo Davis Dulaney, on Aug. 19. He weighed 5 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19 inches long. Zach & Cara Dulaney are the proud parents. Mother and baby are doing well. Thank You Note To my East Main family, Thank all of you so much for the calls, cards, visits and especially the prayers. I love and appreciate each of you so much. I especially loved reading the sweet notes. In Christian love, Evelyn Willis Sr. Adult Rally The Booneville congregation is hosting a Senior Adult Rally this Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with David Lipe speaking on the topic “More About Jesus.” Lunch will be provided. Family 1st Fellowship The next Family 1st Fellowship will be held this Sunday, Aug. 25 from 8:15-8:45 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Everyone in the congregation is invited to come and enjoy this period of fellowship with our church family before worship services begin. John Duke stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading August 21............................................ Ezekiel 22-23 August 22............................................ Ezekiel 24-28 August 23............................................ Ezekiel 29-32 August 24............................................ Ezekiel 33-36 August 25............................................ Ezekiel 37-39 August 26............................................ Ezekiel 40-43 August 27............................................ Ezekiel 44-48 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Howard Tindall (Aug. 21), Zac Tucker (Aug. 26), Easton DuBois (Aug. 27), J.J. Reed (Aug. 27). Anniversaries: Robert & Linda Parker (Aug. 21). Our Sick Laverne Raper is in ICU at NMMC with pneumonia. Evelyn Thompson will have her pacemaker replaced soon. Hannon Ray will undergo surgery in Memphis on the bulging discs in his neck soon. Jean Mounce, Carol Cross, Annie Martin & Harry Cowan are all home recuperating. Evelyn Willis had to return to the Meadows on Monday. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, continues at 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 home from the hospital. Gail Geno is home with a virus. Cindy Layman, Marla Harris’ sister, is home following surgery to remove her cancer. On-Going Illnesses Frankie Estes, 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, Sheba Tuggers Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? (Let’s concentrate on Genesis) Creation...................................................Genesis 1-2 The first sin ................................................Genesis 3 Cain, Abel and Seth ...................................Genesis 4 Enoch and Methuselah...............................Genesis 5 Noah and the flood................................Genesis 6-10 List the divisions of the Old Testament & number of books in each: ❖ Law (5) ❖ History (12) ❖ Poetry (5) ❖ Major Prophets (5) ❖ Minor Prophets (12) Memory Verses: ❖ Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” ❖ Matthew 10:32 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Put the following Bible characters in chronological order: ❖ Daniel ❖ Noah ❖ Jesus ❖ Seth ❖ Potiphar ❖ Peter ❖ Joseph and Mary Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture?
  4. 4. Summer Series Our summer series class on Sunday mornings during the Bible class hour is nearing the end with only 1 lesson remaining. 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 25-Aug-19 Trees Wesley Bass Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 a.m. Announcements................................. William Harris Bible Reading............................... Rommie Dilworth Opening Prayer .........................................Tim Davis Lord’s Supper Kent Nichols & Jimmy Spearman Serve Congregation, East Side: Ricky Lindsey, Harold Roby, Larry Presley Serve Congregation, West Side: Larry Bates, David Bates, Terry Kingsley Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer.....................................Mike Childers Ushers ............ David Ramseyer & Clinton Kingsley Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Closing Prayer................................... William Harris Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Prayer..........................................Bobby Joe Lindley Lead Singing...................................... Crafton Laney 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.............Diane Dickerson & Carmen Perkins Pantry................................................... Peanut butter Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 8-14-19..............................................169 Sunday 1st Worship, 8-18-19 ...............................175 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................150 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................162 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$7,385

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