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  1. 1. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 September 14, 2021 Number 35 WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR GOD GIVEN KNOWLEDGE? Barry Kennedy The apostle Peter concluded his portion of the Scriptures by saying, “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18). All of the knowledge that man has about God, sin, salvation, eternal damnation, eternal life, and any such biblical doctrine comes from the divinely inspired Word of God. Many people are going through life on a “borrowed knowledge” of God and His Word. It doesn’t take long to see that there is a severe lack of biblical knowledge in the world, even in the so-called Bible belt. If you have ever had a conversation with someone about spiritual things, this truth becomes much more apparent. We must keep trying to get the Word spread to the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). It is apparent in Peter’s writing that God has given us all things that we need for life and godliness, but what do we do with our God given knowledge? We must start with the beginning. The beginning would be to start laying the foundation of a healthy biblical knowledge in our minds. We cannot rely upon, or blame our parents, friends, Bible class teachers, elders, or even the preacher for our biblical knowledge or the lack thereof. Paul’s words to Timothy were “Study (do diligence ASV) to show thyself approved unto God...” (2 Timothy 2:15). Jesus said that the Word would be the standard by which we are all judged (John 12:48). Therefore, the responsibility falls upon the individual to know the truth that will make him free (John 8:32, cf. John 17:17). It is imperative that we “prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Can we honestly say that we have a healthy biblical knowledge? If not, we do not have a strong foundation (Matthew 7:24-27). Next, we must continue to grow in knowledge. Peter’s charge is still true today. How could God be pleased with stagnation? Jesus inspired John to write these words to the church in Laodicea: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). Lukewarmness, stagnation, or indifference literally makes the Lord sick. If God did not see the need for man to study and to grow in knowledge, why would He --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— give man the Bible? Ask yourself this question, “Do I know more about God’s Word today than I did a year ago?” Maybe you started a new career within the last year, surely you know more about that job than when you first started. Maybe you picked up golf within the last year. Do you know more about that sport than you did before you first teed up? Could it be that you have gotten married within the last year? Surly you are gaining a more complete knowledge of that person daily. Why do we grow in our knowledge of such things? We grow because we want to know more about the things that interest us. Are we interested in God, Heaven, and the forgiveness of sins? Peter said “grow.” Friends, the more time we spend with God through His Word, the stronger our bond with Him will grow. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4:8). Finally, if we have studied to show ourselves approved unto God, and we are continuing to grow in our knowledge of His Word, then we must understand that He expects us to carry that same Word into all the world. “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). ~~~~~~~~~ Ladies’ Day A ladies’ day will be held this Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Amory con- gregation from 9:30 a.m. until noon with Debbie Dupuy speaking on the topic “Remind me Lord.” Also, the Forest Hill congregation in Memphis is hosting a ladies’ day on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. with Melissa Cain speaking on the topic “Draw Me Nearer.” Please RSVP to office@foresthillcofc.org. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Wade Bryan in the loss of his cousin, David Darnell, on Sept. 12. Funeral services will be held in Arizona. Also, last week we forgot to mention that Gary Williams’ sister, Renee, that passed away in Florida, was also Emily Williams’ aunt. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Logan Lyle, bride elect of Reed Mallard, on Sunday, Oct. 3 “come & go” from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Logan & Reed are registered at Belk, Reed’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Brain Freeze Don’t forget this Wednesday evening, Sept. 15, after Bible class in the multipurpose room every- one is invited to enjoy ice cream and fellowship. Jr. Youth Activity The Junior youth are invited to Veteran’s Park this Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for a picnic. Each family should bring their own picnic lunch Sr. Youth Devotional The Senior youth are invited to Will & Ashley Davis’ home this Sunday, Sept. 19 at 5:00 p.m. for their monthly devotional. Please see Alex for what to bring.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading September 15 .............................................Jonah 3-4 September 16 ............................................Micah 1-2 September 17 ............................................Micah 3-5 September 18 ............................................Micah 6-7 September 19 .................................................Nahum September 20 ............................................Habakkuk September 21 ............................................Zephaniah Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Lauren Long (Sept. 17), Anna Claire McMillen (Sept. 17), Andy Baldwyn (Sept. 20). Anniversaries: Barry & Berta Kennedy (Sept. 20). Our Sick James Simmons continues in room 103 at The Meadows in Fulton for physical therapy. Twinette Wallace is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia and is awaiting her appointment with the neurologist. She is also dealing with a twisted colon. Christine Wilson will undergo sinus surgery Wednesday. Lee DuBois and Hattie Sheffield have appointments Wednesday with their doctors. Both hope to get out of casts and into boots. Maggie Simineau continues at home with a broken arm. Sky & Jennifer Ray are home with Covid. Willie Topp’s brother-in-law, Willie Bob Gates, is in ICU on a ventilator with Covid. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Shauna McMickin, Stella Pittman, April & Olivia Pounders Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News Hello, I hope you all are doing well. Don’t forget about Brain Freeze Wednesday and our Junior youth picnic at Veteran’s Park on Saturday! This coming Sunday, we will have our monthly devo at the Davis’ house at 5:00pm. As I reflect about my life, there has been times where I have been very successful in achieving certain awards or nominations. Unfortunately, I also can look back with regret knowing I should’ve stuck with things I started. I ran across this poem, and I thought I would share it with you in hopes to encourage you to keep pressing on to what you know you ought to do. “When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you're trudging seems all uphill. When the funds are low and debts are high, and you want to smile but have to sigh. When care is pressing you down a bit, rest, if you must, but don't you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, as everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about. When he might have won if he'd stuck it out, Don't give up though the pace seems slow, you might succeed with another blow. Often the struggler has given up, when he might of captured the victor's cup. And he learned too late, when the night slipped down. How close he was to the golden crown, success is failure turned inside out. The silver tint of clouds of doubt, and you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems afar, so stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, it's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.” Remember these two things: First, don’t give up on pursuing to please God. You’ll be glad you remained faithful. Secondly, God loves you and so do I. Have a great week! Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading........................................Aaron Willis Opening Prayer ......................................Mike Ratliff Lord’s Supper Roger Sanderson Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer........................................... Joe Minor Ushers ..................................Larry Long & Ian Reed Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................Barry Kennedy Closing Prayer......................................Britton Smith Lead Singing......................................... Wade Bryan Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Opening Prayer .................................... Jalon Mansel Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-8-21 ...................................................... 164 Sunday 1st Worship, 9-12-21 .................................... 166* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 166 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 116 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,029 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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