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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Vol. 47 September 27, 2022 Number 38 Crisis in the Church Respect for Authority, Part 2 Barry Kennedy Developing an appreciation for the authority of the scriptures will help every individual member to see his or her potential. Jesus told a parable about three individuals receiving “talents” from their master (Matt. 25:14-29). The master knew the ability each man possessed better than they themselves knew (Matt. 25:15b). The inactivity of the one talent man was not overlooked or dismissed as being acceptable (Matthew 25:24-29). God has delivered unto us everything that we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him (2 Pet. 1:3). Any amount of knowledge we have of God comes from His Word. That Word tells us that there is a way to live, and a way not to live (Gal. 5:19-26). Consider how a respect for the authority of God was exemplified in the scriptures. Peter, James, and John were permitted to accompany the Lord on the mount for His transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8). When Peter saw Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah, he became overwhelmed and recommended three tabernacles to be erected for Moses, Elijah, and the Lord (see Luke 9:33). The voice of the Father came forth with a resounding, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matt. 17:5). Peter and the other apostles fell on their faces in fear, but Jesus relieved them with the words “Arise and be not afraid” (Matt. 17:7). They arose and followed Him. About three thousand Jews who came for the Pentecost submitted to the authority of God (Acts 2). Fifty days after the crucifixion of Jesus, Peter and the eleven boldly proclaimed that the Jews were guilty of crucifying the Son of God (Acts 2:23, 36). Hearing these words cut them to the heart so deeply that they cried out, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Peter’s response had the full weight of the authority of Christ. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Those who “gladly received his word’ obeyed and that day the Lord added about three thousand souls to the church (Acts 2:41, 47). Those obedient converts got involved in the work as they “continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Do we respect the authority of God’s Word enough to be steadfast in the work of the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58)? Inactivity shows that there is a crisis in the world and in the Church when it comes to having respect for authority. Respect for authority helps to cure the crisis of instability. James said, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (Jam. 1:8). The double minded man is one who tries to serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). The Greek word is δίψυχος “dipsuchos” two spirited, that is, vacillating (in opinion or purpose): -double minded. (Strong’s). Many are trying to have one spirit focused upon this world and the other focused upon the Lord. When we put anything before God (making it our god) it is idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14; Col. 3:5). When we yield ourselves, we become slaves (Romans 6:16). Paul informed the Roman congregation that they were once the servants (i.e., slaves) of sin, but they obeyed from the heart the pattern of teaching which had been delivered unto them (Rom. 6:17). The Roman brethren obeyed out of a respect for authority. --article continued page 3-- 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— Many are going through life suffering a spiritual crisis; yet their blatant ignorance of God’s word causes them to fail to see their lack of submission to the authority of God. Ignorance shows that there is a crisis in the world and in the church when it comes to having respect for authority. Respect for authority helps to cure the crisis of inactivity. How many leaders in the Lord’s church have found themselves struggling with inactivity in the membership? The adage is still being said that “ninety percent of the work is carried out by ten percent of the membership.” No matter if the above statement is true or not, how much better would “church work” be if we could get all hands-on deck? Jesus said of Himself, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). Therefore, if we see Jesus as the authority, and He is (Matthew 28:18), and we understand that He left us an “example” that we should follow in His steps, and He did (1 Peter 2:21), should we not take on that same disposition? To Be Continued… ~~~~~~~~ Church Directory Update We are updating our church directory! If you have started attending East Main since the last directory, need an updated picture, have had an address change, phone number change, new births or weddings, please text or email this new information to Jean Mounce at 662-491-0362 or njm563@bellsouth.net. If you do not have access to either of these and would like a new picture, please see Jean Mounce for that also. Thanks. Thank You Note East Main Church family, Thank you all so much for the calls, texts, flowers, food and most of all your prayers as we welcomed Ellis into our family. We sincerely appreciate you all sharing in our joy and always loving our family. Please continue to pray for us as we strive to be the best Christian parents of our precious blessing! With love, Beth, Ian, and Ellis Reed Monthly Breakfast Our monthly family breakfast will be held this Sunday, Sept. 25 from 8:15- 8:45 am in the multipurpose room for anyone in the congregation who would like to come and enjoy a light breakfast and a period of fellowship with our church family before we worship God. New Movers’ Baskets This month’s new movers’ baskets are in the foyer. Please grab one to deliver and report back on. These contacts are located more closely to East Main’s building. What a great way to introduce newcomers in our community to the East Main Church of Christ. Our Gospel Meeting Our fall Gospel Meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2-5 with Allen Webster speaking. Make plans to attend every service! 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. Baptism Asher Bass was rebaptized this past Saturday afternoon. He had some doubts about if he fully understood when he was baptized first at age 9 and wanted to make sure he was pleasing to God. We congratulate Asher on this most important decision in his life. He is the son of Wesley & Raliegh Bass. Ladies’ Day The Amory congregation will host a Ladies’ Day this Saturday, Sept. 24 with Cindy Colley speaking from 9:30 am-noon. Lunch will follow. October 2022 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Dundee Donald Matthew 1-4 2 Lexie Chism Robert Parker Matthew 5-7 3 Matthew 8-9 4 Tuesday Morning with the Master Matthew 10-11 5 Jace Mansel Brain Freeze Matthew 12-13 6 Sandra Simmons Matthew 14-15 7 Matthew 16-17 8 Door Knocking Matthew 18-20 9 Ken Pearson Daniel & Maggie Morton Area Youth Meeting @ Verona Matthew 21-22 10 Matthew 23-24 11 Tuesday Morning with the Master Matthew 25-26 12 Beth Reed Matthew 27-28 13 Ladies’ fellowship Mark 1-3 14 Ian Reed Youth--TGIF Mark 4-5 15 Mark 6-7 16 Sr. youth devo @ Nichols-5:30 pm Mark 8-9 17 Mary Ann Wallace Mark 10-11 18 Brenda Spearman Tuesday Morning with the Master Mark 12-13 19 Chad Willis Brain Freeze Mark 14-16 20 Mary Robbins Bowlin Will Davis Luke 1 21 Luke 2-3 22 Luke 4-5 23 Luke 6-7 24 Mark Gilliland Luke 8-9 25 David & Katie Bates Tuesday Morning with the Master Luke 10-11 26 Luke 12-13 27 Luke 14-16 28 Cooper Blansett Youth--TGIF Luke 17-18 29 Luke 19-21 30 James Burney Olivia Puente Dean Webb Chad & Susan Willis Family Breakfast Trunk or Treat/Chili supper-5 pm Luke 22-23 31 Luke 24 GOSPEL MEETING with Allen Webster Sunday—9:00, 10:15, 11:15 am; Mon.-Wed.—7:00 pm Youth to FHU for RUSH
  3. 3. We are collecting for Pinevale’s Pantry Drive. There are boxes in the foyer for your donations. Our items are body wash, 33 gal. or larger garbage bags, and jars of pickles (all kinds). Deadline is Oct. 16. Daily Bible Reading September 28 ..........................................Zechariah 12-14 September 29 ................................................ Malachi 1-2 September 30 ................................................ Malachi 3-4 October 1...................................................... Matthew 1-4 October 2...................................................... Matthew 5-7 October 3...................................................... Matthew 8-9 October 4.................................................. Matthew 10-11 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Joyce Burney (Sept. 29), Keisha Gholston (Sept. 29), Dundee Donald (Oct. 1), Lexie Chism (Oct. 2), Robert Parker (Oct. 2). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Debbie Duke had an appointment at MD Anderson last week. They’re keeping her current treatment plan. Robert Parker is home with chronic bronchitis. Michael Wilson’s mother, Rivers Wills, is at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. Gee Santos’ wife, Catheryne, has stage 4 cancer. They are determining what course of treatment to give. Russell Deaton’s great-niece, Jacy Raburn, continues at St. Jude. They’re trying to find chemo she can tolerate. Mark Hitt & Lori Sheffield’s aunt, Mary Ann Hitt, continues chemo. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Bettye Davis, Betty Long, 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, Freida Gardner, Willie Bob Gates, Larry Kennedy Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure Our Gospel Meeting Our Gospel Meeting with Allen Webster begins this Sunday, Oct. 2-5. Services Sunday are as usual with a potluck meal at noon and a combined auditorium class from 7th grade-adults. Services Mon.-Wed. will be at 7:00 pm. We will NOT have weekly fellowship meals. --article continued from page 1— Living for this world can never bring anything but instability. God’s word teaches us how to have the peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7). We can be free from the instability of anxiety by looking to God in prayer with supplication and thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6). All these blessings are reserved for those who submit to the authority of God (Eph. 1:3). The apostle Paul let the Corinthian brethren know that hope in this world brings only misery (1 Cor. 15:19). Will we allow the world to be our authority (i.e., culture, family, government, our own desires, etc.), or will we choose to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29)? We must understand & teach that a rejection of God’s commands in His Word is a rejection of God Himself (Jn. 12:48). Too many Christians, for far too long, are suffering a crisis in their lives. Many crises, including (but not limited to) ignorance, inactivity,&instability could be resolved if we would learn to respect the proper authority. EMYG News Here's a little story I ran across: The donkey said to the tiger: "The grass is blue". The tiger replied: "No, the grass is green." The discussion heated up, and the two decided to submit him to arbitration, and for this they went before the lion, the King of the Jungle. Already before reaching the forest clearing, where the lion was sitting on his throne, the donkey began to shout: "His Highness, is it true that the grass is blue?" The lion replied: "True, the grass is blue." The donkey hurried and continued: "The tiger disagrees with me and contradicts and annoys me, please punish him." The king then declared: "The tiger will be punished with 5 years of silence." The donkey jumped cheerfully and went on his way, content and repeating: "The Grass Is Blue." The tiger accepted his punishment, but before he asked the lion: "Your Majesty, why have you punished me? After all, the grass is green." The lion replied: "In fact, the grass is green." The tiger asked: "So why are you punishing me?" The lion replied: "That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is not possible for a brave and intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with a donkey, and on top of that come and bother me with that question." The worst waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who does not care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on arguments that don't make sense... There are people who, no matter how much evidence and evidence we present to them, are not in the capacity to understand, and others are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and all they want is to be right even if they are not. When ignorance screams, intelligence is silent. Your peace and quiet are worth more. Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 a.m. Announcements.................................Barry Kennedy Bible Reading.........................................Ben DuBois Opening Prayer ......................................Mike Ratliff Lord’s Supper Mark Hitt Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer.....................................Kevin Pannell Ushers .................................Will Davis & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Opening Prayer ..................................Daniel Morton Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Michael Wilson (891-0891) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-21-22 ................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 9-25-22 ...................................... 149 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 155 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 121 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $7,317 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter College Student of the Week Kaley Gholston 832 CR 1409 Mooreville, MS 38857 Kaley is currently attending ICC in Fulton and living there. Please be sure to send her a card of encouragement this week!

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