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East main informer, 8 4-20

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East main informer, 8 4-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 August 4, 2020 Number 31 IS HE REAL TO ME? Barry Kennedy Jesus, do you know Him? Is He the Lord of your life today? These are fair questions considering who Jesus is and what He has done for man (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). It is interesting to consider how many people believe that Jesus is real and that the Bible is His inspired word. In fact, many studies show that the “Christian” religion makes up about thirty-three percent of the world’s population. Most of that thirty three percent, if asked, would boldly say that they believe Jesus is real. However, many of that same number live their lives as if He is not real. It is as if Jesus is just some good idea or tradition passed on from generation to generation. The truth of Jesus’ life is a fact that has been disputed, contested and rejected throughout the ages. Nevertheless, any attempt to discredit the truth (John 8:32; 17:17) has nothing but failure in its future. With all the overwhelming evidence and testimony, why would any have to ask is He real? Seeing is believing. Some feel that unless they can see, hear, taste, smell or touch the subject at hand, then it does not exist. If this line of thinking were totally true, love would not exist. No one will deny the existence of love even though it cannot be “tested” with the five senses. If one were to see the Lord appear from Heaven and say, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel;” would he not make a determined effort to perform the Lord’s bidding? Why, because the Lord commanded him to go. One can easily understand this scenario, but what about the responses, or lack of responses, made to passages like Matthew 28:18-20 or Mark 16:15, 16? Is the Bible the Word of God (1 Timothy 3:16-17)? Are these passages specifically the words of Jesus? Why then do they get such a different response? Because too many people do not see the Bible to be real. That is not what I have been taught. The Bible says that in “latter times” some will leave the faith. Some contend that this has not happened as of yet. That is interesting considering how many different doctrines that are being taught in the religious world today. Paul told the church at Corinth that Jesus commands all His followers to “speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). Too many are being led away from the truth of God to follow after emotionalism and a “better felt than told” religion. The church at Ephesus was told: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all --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. 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— come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—” (Ephesians 4:11-15 NKJV). Putting trust in what man has said over what God has said will never make Him or His word real to us. Jeremiah wrote long ago “that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). Christians have an obligation to study God’s Word to show themselves approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15). Until one takes this charge seriously, Jesus, nor His Word, will ever be real to him. How real is God in our lives today? Let’s take personal inventory of how we live, what we say and where we go. The life of a true Christian cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14). Jesus is real, if we believe in Him or not. However, the destiny of our souls depends upon whether or not He is real to us individually (John 8:24; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank You Dear Family, Thank you for the love and support that you showed to Caleb and Sydney. The shower was beautiful, and it was great to visit with so many of you. Our love, Gary & Lisa Williams Bible Classes Don’t forget that several of our Bible classes are streamed each week. [Sunday adult class--Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube); Wednesday adult class-- Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube); College class (Sun. & Wed.)--Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook); Young married class (Wed.)--Mark Hitt (Zoom); High school class (Wed.)--Alex Blackwelder (Zoom)]. We urge everyone while in these unprecedented times to take as many opportunities as possible to study God’s word in the privacy of your homes. Outward Youth Camp Joshua Kennedy is continuing the “Outward Online” sessions. Search Outward Youth Camp on YouTube. There is a lesson each week on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. with different speakers. You can also go to East Main’s Facebook page and Barry usually posts it there, as well. Girls’ Joyful Rebellion The girls’ Joyful Rebellion group is invited to a pool party on August 9 at 4:00 p.m. Please see Beth Reed for more information. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the family of Grace Foland of Crossville, TN, who passed away suddenly last week. Mrs. Foland was Barry Kennedy’s secretary for a while and the wife of one of the elders of the Crossville congregation. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading August 5............................................Jeremiah 16-20 August 6............................................Jeremiah 21-25 August 7............................................Jeremiah 26-29 August 8............................................Jeremiah 30-31 August 9............................................Jeremiah 32-33 August 10..........................................Jeremiah 34-36 August 11..........................................Jeremiah 37-39 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: John Ezra Lindley (Aug. 6), Norma Deaton (Aug. 10), Pat Putt (Aug. 11). Anniversaries: Crafton & Marla Laney (Aug. 8), Danny & Barbara Wright (Aug. 8), Mike & Renee Childers (Aug. 10). Our Sick Pete Barber continues home hospice. Linda Hand, Terry Kingsley & Crafton Laney are home recuperating from surgery. Little Addi Millard is in LeBonheur following surgery. She is doing well. Natalie Mansel will undergo surgery soon in Birmingham to correct TMJ issues with her jaw. Leigh Bland has broken her ankle. Star Ray’s sister- in-law, Melissa Pittman, is home from the hospital. Star’s mother, Stella Pittman, continues to have a lot of pain. Prayers have been requested for Thomas Lloyd, a good friend of Eddie Simmons who is having a lot of trouble with Spasmodic Dysphonia. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, 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, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure (Missy Nichols’ parents) Home Devotional How to be saved? Hear God’s word................................ Romans 10:17 Believe that Jesus is God’s Son .................John 3:16 Repent of your sins ................................... Luke 13:3 Confess that Jesus is God’s Son......... Romans 10:10 Be immersed in water .......................Mark 16:15, 16 Live a Christian life .................... 2 Timothy 3:14-15 Name the Beatitudes: 1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs in the kingdom of heaven. 2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 4. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 8. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 9. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture?
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading.............................................. Ian Reed Opening Prayer .................................... Paul Blansett Lord’s Supper Wade Bryan Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer........................................ Chad Willis Ushers .................................Will Davis & Joe Minor Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) 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, 7-15-20 ................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 7-19-20 ........................................ 29 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 120* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,205 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Mark Your Calendars! 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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