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East main informer, 9 1-20

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East main informer, 9 1-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 September 1, 2020 Number 35 DO WE REMEMBER? Barry Kennedy Memories are such an important part of our lives. Just think about how many times we “just think.” Memories have a special way of motivating people to make certain decisions in both small and large matters of life. For example, one who touches a hot pan and badly burns his hand is more apt to grab a potholder before touching another pan or at least check to make sure it is not hot before he handles it. Contrariwise, some people have burned themselves so badly that they have lost their sense of feeling and do not realize the danger in picking up the hot pan until more damage has been inflicted. Had they taken the time to remember they could have saved themselves a lot of hardship. History should be viewed in somewhat the same way. If we study history, then we can remember what has been done in the past that works or that fails. If we fail to study history, then we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. The same can be said about spiritual history. Paul said, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Reading the word of God is a good practice, but we must consider the question: “Do we remember?” Do we remember what sin is? For one to remember what sin is, he must define sin. Sin is defined in many different ways by many different people. Since God is the one who matters the most, it is only fair to say that there is really only one way to define sin, His way. “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). The problem many people face is that we often fail to “think” when it comes to sin. Too often, people find themselves going with the flow. It does not take long to recognize the fact that sin is all around us. Temptations come and go, but it seems that they come more often than they go. We must prepare ourselves to face all the temptations that come our way (Psalm 119:11). Daniel is an example of planned preparation. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8). For Daniel to eat and drink the items of the king would have been a transgression of the law of Moses (Leviticus 11). Therefore, when he was made a slave in the king of Babylon’s court, Daniel purposed to remember what sin is and in result, stands as an extraordinary example for us today. The question is will we, as Daniel, remember what sin is? --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— Do we remember what sin does? Consequence is defined as something that follows as a result. When one transgresses the law of God, he sins, and when he sins, he reaps the consequences. What are those consequences? Isaiah described it this way. “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). God has the ability in His hands to lift us up, but when we choose a life of sin, we bind His hands. God has the ability to hear our prayers, but when we choose a life of sin, we close the ears of our Lord. When we are tempted to sin will we remember what sin does? Paul told the Roman congregation that sin brings about a payment of death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Sin’s separating power must not to be taken lightly. Without God in our lives where would we be? “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” (Ephesians 2:12). Realizing the seriousness of sin, will we remember what sin does? To be continued.... Bible Classes Don’t forget that several of our Bible classes are streamed each week online. [Sunday adult class--Jeff Mansel (Facebook/ YouTube); Wednesday adult class--Barry Kennedy (Facebook/ YouTube); College class (Sun. & Wed.)--Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Face-book); Young married class (Wed.)--Mark Hitt (Zoom); High school class (Wed.)--Alex Blackwelder (Zoom)]. We urge every- one while in these unprecedented times to take as many opportunities as possible to study God’s word in the privacy of your homes. Gospel Meeting Our Gospel Meeting with David Lipe is scheduled for September 13th -16th . Sunday services will be the same as now, 8:30 a.m. for those with a compromised immune system and 10:00 a.m. for everyone else. Services Monday-Wednesday will be at 7:00 p.m. There will be NO fellowship meals during the week this time or on Sunday. Thank You Notes Dear East Main Family, Thank you all so much for the calls, cards, texts, food, gifts and especially the prayers, during my recent surgery. I appreciate it so much! Love, Barbara Bishop ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ East Main Church of Christ, Thank you so much for the school supplies you provided for our staff and students. Your kind gesture is greatly appreciated. Thanks again for thinking of those that might be in need. Love, Mooreville Elementary Staff & Dr. Cates 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 September 2 ..................................................Hosea 4 September 3 .............................................. Hosea 5-6 September 4 .............................................. Hosea 7-8 September 5 ............................................ Hosea 9-10 September 6 .......................................... Hosea 11-12 September 7 .......................................... Hosea 13-14 September 8 ........................................................Joel Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Remi Kate Kingsley (Sept. 7), Robert Kingsley (Sept. 8). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Susan Reed is home with the COVID-19. Natalie Mansel & Sydney McMickin, Scotty & Wanda Bishop’s granddaughter, are home recuperating from surgeries. Evelyn Thompson is home from the hospital and will be undergoing therapy for some heart issues. Barbara Bishop is undergoing therapy at Cedars following surgery. Wilma Underwood, Hunter & Haley’s grandmother, is on hospice at NMMC. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, is in NMMC with pneumonia. Gail Geno is home having problems with diabetes. Tommy Goff, Patsy Nichols’ brother, is undergoing cancer treatments again at MD Anderson. On-Going Illnesses Pete Barber, Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Linda Hand, 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, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson, Thomas Lloyd, Brian Carver, Steve Higginbotham Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure EMYG News Have you ever been to a third world country or seen on TV kids who had big bellies, but you could still see their ribs? These kids are suffering from malnutrition. Sadly, those kids are not getting the vitamins and protein that their body needs to help itself grow to be a strong young adult. Their hunger exists even when the food doesn’t. Spiritually speaking, I can’t help but to wonder if we have the opposite problem? Just think about it. We are served this “spiritual buffet” of sermons, worship, daily devotionals, daily videos of encouragement, Zoom classes, and so much more. Throughout this pandemic, we have seen the Church nationwide step up and provide an abundance of spiritual food on social media. But now, I fear that we’re “used” to that method or “type of food” that we’re tired of it. In fact, I fear that the church nationwide right now is suffering from “spiritual malnutrition.” Not because of the lack of spiritual food being provided, but the lack of spiritual hunger needed to keep the soul healthy and alive. And so many are wondering why they are struggling spiritually. How do we create that spiritual hunger that will produce the growth that our hearts, minds, and souls need? Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 ESV). We must seek first the place in which we can be spiritually filled. The Hebrews writer says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24). When we come together, some of us have had a great week, other have not. Some are happy and some are sad. And when we come together we stir up one another. We carry each other burdens (Galatians 6:2). We get involved in the lives of others rather than seeking your own. We come together to love (John 13:34-35). We must also be purposeful in our personal Bible studies. Reading to learn rather than reading to just say you read it. Praying to God for personal help and growth in specific areas of your life. Praying for opportunities to help mankind develop a right relationship with Jesus. If you’re truly honest with yourself and allow yourself to become more spiritually disciplined, you will start to find your hunger once again. If I can be of service for you, please let me know. Have a great week! Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading.....................................Ricky Lindsey Opening Prayer .......................................Jeff Mansel Lord’s Supper Alex Blackwelder Lead Singing..................................Jonathan Nichols Closing Prayer...................................... Kent Nichols Ushers .................................Tim Davis & Joe Minor The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. 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) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 8-26-20 ................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 8-30-20 ........................................ 32 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 120* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,315 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item.........................................................Jelly Mark Your Calendars! 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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