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  1. 1. 4 Hugh Vol. 43 September 18, 2018 Number 37 DEAD ENDS By Barry Kennedy How many times have we been told you are headed down a dead-end road? Most likely we were warned of this when we were young and not wanting to do our homework. Preparation for our future is vitally important. This is not new to anyone, but how often do we fail to do what we know is right, or needful for our future. We know that eating too much is a dead end, but to do something about it is not always easy. We know that being lazy and non-active is a dead end, but getting exercise is not always easy. Maybe we have the knowledge of what we need to do spiritually, but it is just too hard. Have we seen the pattern? Are we seeing the point? We often want things to be easy. The truth is that often the easy path is nothing more than a dead end. Jesus said there are only two ways in life (Matthew 7:13, 14). First, there is the strait and narrow. This path has difficulties and only few will travel this road. Second, there is the wide gate and broad way. This is the path Jesus said, “that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” Many, according to Jesus, are going down that wrong road; a prime example of a dead end. Those outside of Christ are described as being dead (Matthew 8:22; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13). The opposite of this death is a life in Christ. Paul described the difference so beautifully to the Roman church. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3, 4). In the same context, Paul described this death as a slavery (bondage). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Paul emphasized the choice that is to be made as to whom we are going to follow. According to verse seventeen, the Romans followed the form (pattern) of doctrine delivered to them. They in essence got off the dead-end road and started travelling the road to life. God, making the way of life available, shows the beauty of what He has done for us (John 3:16; 14:6; Acts 4:12). “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Could we imagine a life without hope? Hopelessness is defined as “unable to succeed or improve, or unable to be resolved, helped, or cured.” Sounds a lot like a dead end doesn’t it? Far too many are living a dead-end life, with no hope of any success. God has a plan for all lives to have hope as Jesus said long ago. --article continued on 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. Community Outreach Item: Deodorant --article continued from page 1— “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28- 30). Jesus wants His creation (mankind) to come unto Him and take His yoke. A yoke sounds a lot like a burden to many people. This view is understandable because of a desire to not be responsible for any action that they may involve themselves. If Satan can convince man to believe that he is not accountable to God and that God will take care of everything, he has led us down the dead- end road. Jesus came that we might have life, but not just any life, the abundant life (John 10:10). This life is based upon coming unto Him on His terms. “It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:45). So, what have we learned? First, many are going down the dead-end road (Matthew 7:13). Second, God wants all mankind to get off that road and get on the strait and narrow (Matthew 7:14). Third, the knowledge of how is found in God’s Word (2Timothy 3:16; 17). On which road are we right now? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ladies’ Day The Pine Grove congregation in Fulton will host a Ladies’ Day Saturday, Sept. 22 with Teresa Hampton speaking on “Overcoming Obstacles.” Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Sr. Youth Devotional & Activities The Sr. youth are invited to the multipurpose room this Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4:00 p.m. for a devotional, pizza and games. The Skyline and Nettleton congregations’ youth will also be joining us. Spencer Broome will give a short talk about next summer’s Latin American Mission trips. (Some of our games will be messy and involve food, so please do not wear anything you care to get dirty or maybe bring some extra clothes. Thanks!) Visitation Team #4 Visitation Team #4, Mike Ratliff’s team, will meet this Sunday, Sept. 23 at noon in the multipurpose room. Please see Hilda for what to bring for the meal. Gospel Meeting The Amory congregation will host a Gospel Meeting September 23rd -26th with Allen Webster speaking on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. New Directory Plans are to begin making a new church directory for East Main soon. We are going to be doing it a little different this time. It will be made in house--making our own pictures and using our copier and computer. We will be asking a few families at a time to come to the multipurpose room after Sunday services to get a quick snapshot of their family made in front of a blue backdrop and update their address, phone, etc. Please help us in this effort to have a complete church directory. Mark Your Calendars: Gospel Meeting East Main Church of Christ October 28th - 31st Speaker: Robby Eversole
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading September 19 ........................................................ Nahum September 20 ....................................................Habakkuk September 21 ...................................................Zephaniah September 22 ........................................................ Haggai September 23 ..............................................Zechariah 1-2 September 24 ..............................................Zechariah 3-4 September 25 ..............................................Zechariah 5-6 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Andy Baldwyn (Sept. 20), Maggie Simineau (Sept. 22), Derik Rushing (Sept. 23), Tate Malone (Sept. 24). Anniversaries: Barry & Berta Kennedy (Sept. 20). Our Sick Jean Mounce is home from the hospital. She has an appointment at UAB in October. Bretta Robinson, Nancy Haywood’s daughter, continues in room 576 at NMMC. Jadon Parish’s, Glenda Barnette’s nephew, tests showed his Crohn’s in remission. He has some allergy cells in his esophagus they are working to get rid of. Malachi Millard has staph in his ear and on strong antibiotics. He goes back to LeBonheur in 2 weeks. Evie Webb has the flu. Shirley Lyons is having a lot of foot problems. Carrie Hit has pneumonia. On-Going Illnesses Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, James Goddard, Ray Scribner, Bill Goff, Linda Bryan, Mitch Maclean, James Nichols, Sheba Tuggers, Sherry Gregory, Shirley Owens, Mickey Bailey, Mike Scott, Tracey Wilburn, Sammy Carson, Nathan Hale, Leroy Brown, Mike Stroup Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Clara Simmons, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Creation......................................................Genesis 1 The first sin ................................................Genesis 3 Cain, Abel, and Seth ..................................Genesis 4 Sodom and Gomorrah..............................Genesis 19 Joseph sold by his brothers ......................Genesis 37 List the steps of the Plan of Salvation and give a Scripture reference for each: 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 baptized..............................................Mark 16:16 Live a faithful life ............................Revelation 2:10 Memory Verse: ➢ John 8:24—“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” ➢ Genesis 1:1—“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Put the following Bible characters in chronological order: ➢ Noah ➢ Abraham ➢ Adam ➢ Joseph ➢ Isaac ➢ Esau Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? John Duke is stationed in Long Beach, MS. Matt Duke is stationed in Ft. Carson, CO. Caleb Williams is stationed in Jacksonville, NC. Dylan Kelly, Steve Kelly’s grandson, is in Kuwait.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading.............................................Ian Willis Opening Prayer ............................... Robert Kingsley Lord’s Supper Bobby Joe Lindley & Chad Willis Serve Congregation, East Side: Stuart Childers, Greg Lyle, Jake Kennedy Serve Congregation, West Side: Sam Hood, John Mounce, Shawn Mounce Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Closing Prayer.....................................Josh Kennedy Ushers ....................Rodney Voyles & Larry Presley Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Closing Prayer....................................Hugh Scribner Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Prayer .................................................Ricky Johnson Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson Contact Michael Wilson (891-0891) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ............................Roger & Lynn Sanderson ................................Greg & Tammy Hughes Prepare Lord’s Supper—September .................. Will & Ashley Davis Nursery..............Brittany Webb & Savannah Tucker Pantry.................................................. Alfredo sauce Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-12-18..............................................165 Sunday 1st Worship, 9-16-18 ...............................216 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................201 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................179 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$7,523 Clothing Give-Away East Main will be having another Clothing, Etc. Give-Away this Saturday, Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 a.m. in our multipurpose room. There are flyers on the table in the foyer for you to take to give to those who are in need or post in your work places. Also, we will need several to come this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. to help put the items out on the tables and several to help Saturday during the Give-Away. Thanks!

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