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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 August 16, 2022 Number 32 WHO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? Author Unknown Bitter food is one thing; but a bitter spirit that eats at the soul and spews forth cutting, hateful words is another matter entirely. When you think about something tasting bitter, what comes to mind? An unpleasant taste? No doubt. A cutting feeling on the tongue? Most likely. A bitter- tasting object can cause a person’s tongue, mouth, face, and even entire body to twist, shake, and recoil in response to it. It is sometimes comical to watch such a reaction when unsuspecting souls bite into a food item from which they did not anticipate a bitter taste. Small children can be a riot to watch do so. There is nothing comical, however, about a scene in which children of God demonstrate a bitter spirit towards God or their fellow man. Bitter food is one thing; but a bitter spirit that eats at the soul and spews forth cutting, hateful words is another matter entirely. Since Jesus said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16), we would do well to consider some of the consequences or fallouts that come about due to bitterness. They are not pretty. Hopefully, the ugliness of them will catch our attention and cause us to be determined to work diligently to keep bitterness from taking root in our hearts. What does bitterness do? Bitterness troubles. That is what Hebrews 12:14 teaches. “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Bitterness stirs up trouble. If Satan cannot get us to fall for false teaching or give in to the pull of immoral conduct, he will take a crack at bringing us down with a bitter spirit. Marriages, friendships, and elderships have crashed due to bitterness robbing people of their joy, rational thinking, and peaceful demeanor. Let’s face it: some people have “bitter breath.” I do not mean they have a foul odor, but rather the words that spring forth from their mouth are full of bitterness. James asked, “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter” (James 3:11)? The answer is obvious. Just before that, James had made these two declarations: “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (3:10). The point? Christians need to remove bitter speech from their vocabulary. That means, of course, that we must first remove any bitter spirit from our hearts. Make no mistake about it: a heart filled with bitterness causes big trouble, some of which is undoable. Bitterness defiles. We see this truth in the latter part of Hebrews 12:15: “...lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Many would be quick to point out how horrific murder, --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 ....... 706-1888 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-- adultery, and idolatry are. Yet, a bitter disposition is sometimes passed off as, “That’s just the way he/she is.” If “the way he/she is” means that he/she is a bitter grump, then he/she needs to have a serious change of heart and repent! The same Lord that tells us to avoid murder, adultery, and idolatry also charges us, “Let all bitterness...be put away from you...” (Eph. 4:32). God knows what you and I need to understand and admit: bitterness defiles the soul. Bitterness divides. A bitter spirit gets in the way of obeying the Lord’s instruction to “follow peace with all men” (Heb. 12:14). There surely was a good reason for God saying, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them” (Col. 3:19), don’t you think? Bitterness can turn the best of friends into permanent enemies, drive happily married couples to divorce court, and spark a civil war within what was once a stable, solid, and contented congregation. Satan must watch with glee as bitterness leads to turmoil within families and God’s church. Bitterness damns. Quite simply, if God tells me to put away bitterness, and yet I do not do it (Eph. 4:32), then my sin of bitterness will keep me separated from Him and thereby keep me in a lost state. Back again to Hebrews 12:15, we see that the bitterness which troubles and defiles a person causes him/her to fail or fall short of the grace of God. No wonder the Holy Spirit exhorts Christians to look diligently lest bitterness spring up in our hearts (Heb. 12:15)! A bitter disposition and bitter tongue do not jive with being a child of the living God. As we have seen, bitterness troubles, defiles, divides, and damns. Those truths get my attention. Do they get yours? Because “the heart knoweth his own bitterness” (Prov. 14:10), let each one of us look into his/her own heart, do some self-analyzing, and if bitterness be found, get rid of it. Sympathy Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of our dear sweet Annie Martin who passed from this life on Aug. 12. Funeral services were held on Aug. 14 at Pegues. Please keep Bill, Rachel, Mona and the rest of the family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time. Mrs. Annie will be sorely missed here at East Main. All Youth/Parent Meeting This Sunday, Aug. 21 ALL youth AND their parents are asked to please meet after services at noon in the multipurpose room for lunch and an informational meeting. Each family is asked to bring some potluck dishes and plan to stay. Thanks so much! 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. Response Brenda Beckner responded to heaven’s invitation Sunday desiring spiritual assurance due to some health concerns. Please keep Brenda in your prayers. Thank You Note To our East Main family, Thanks for the prayers, texts, phone calls, cards, food, and money during my recent surgery and recovery. We are happy to be part of such a loving church family. In Christian love, Greg & Tammy Hughes Our Family Retreat East Main’s family retreat has been planned for September 2-3 at Maywood Christian Camp. Michael Bates will be speaking on the theme “Unplugged. Plug into the Power of Prayer.” We hope everyone will be able to attend! Our Fall Gospel Meeting Our fall Gospel Meeting will be held October 2-5 with Allen Webster speaking. Mark your calendars and plan to attend every service!
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading August 17 ................................................. Ezekiel 7-11 August 18 ............................................... Ezekiel 12-15 August 19 ............................................... Ezekiel 16-19 August 20 ............................................... Ezekiel 20-21 August 21 ............................................... Ezekiel 22-23 August 22 ............................................... Ezekiel 24-28 August 23 ............................................... Ezekiel 29-32 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Hannah Bland (Aug. 17), Kade Gilliland (Aug. 18), Kathryn McKee (Aug. 19), Joe Smith (Aug. 19). Anniversaries: Robert & Linda Parker (Aug. 21). Our Sick Debbie Duke underwent another chemo treatment on Monday. Betty Long completed her therapy at Cedars and is home now. Russell Deaton’s great- niece, Jacy Raburn, is at St. Jude with a rare bone cancer. It’s localized in her leg, and they feel confident they can remove it all. Brian Carver is home following surgery last week to remove a cancerous tumor. Natalie Mansel was home sick Sunday. Mark Hitt and Lori Sheffield’s aunt, Mary Ann Hitt, is in NMMC following surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her spine. Earline Dickerson, Diane Dickerson’s mother-in-law and Pat Putt’s sister, has been moved to Sanctuary Hospice House. Also, prayers have been requested for Callie Smith, an 8th grade student at Mooreville who will be having heart surgery next week at LeBonheur. She is related to the Kingsleys. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Michelle Maclean, Ricky Britt, Nathan Hale, Dawn Brown, Terry Blackmarr, Freida Gardner, Willie Bob Gates Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News Hello East Main Family, I hope you are doing well. Don’t forget to look at the youth calendar to know what will be going on. We have brain freeze this Wednesday night after Bible class so be sure to attend that. We have a T.G.I.F. this Friday from 9:00-12:00. We had 58 people at our last T.G.I.F. WE HAD A BLAST at our Back-to-school bash last Saturday. Thank you to everyone who made the night a success. We had a great time at the area wide this past Sunday. There were nearly 30 East Main people represented Sunday so that was a blessing. We have our yearly Youth and Parent Meeting this Sunday after worship services in the multipurpose room. Bring a potluck dish and let’s enjoy a time of fellowship. Below are some pictures of recent events we’ve had. Alex Don’t forget to check your mailbox in the foyer!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022 a.m. Announcements..............................Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading............................... Rommie Dilworth Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lord’s Supper Eddie Simmons Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer........................................Mike Ratliff Ushers ..............................Dale Dulaney & Ian Reed Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ................................Michael Wilson Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Opening Prayer .............................Alex Blackwelder Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Jimmy Spearman (840-8957) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 8-10-22 .................................................... 131 Sunday 1st Worship, 8-14-22 ...................................... 165 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 149 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 112 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $7,945 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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