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  1. 1. 4 Hugh Vol. 42 December 5, 2017 Number 47 Preaching the Lord’s One Church Luke, in writing the book of Acts, gave us an inspired history of the Lord’s church. In chapter two, he gave record of the beginning of this one church. When Jesus promised to build His church, he called it the kingdom (Matthew 16:18, 19). That one undenominational church was fervently promoted, wherever faithful gospel preachers went with God’s message. Philip preached the kingdom (Acts 8:12). At the very close of Acts, Paul was still faithfully giving information and explanation about the kingdom of Christ (Acts 28:23, 31). Since the preaching of the kingdom was so very central in first century preaching, it surely still should be today. Why? This is because it is the kingdom over which Christ ascended to reign as King (Daniel 7:13, 14). It is the church for which He died (Ephesians 5:25; Acts 20:28). This church is the one church the Lord promises to save (Ephesians 5:23). Preaching the Lord’s one true church is not very popular among most people today. Nevertheless, if a preacher is really sincere about following the example of God’s preachers in the Bible, he will faithfully do it. --Robert Kingsley ELDERS Mike Childers..............397-6453 Dennis Hallmark .........255-5557 Mark Hitt.....................322-0917 Bobby Lindley.............871-8175 Mike Ratliff.................840-2206 DEACONS Wade Bryan.................419-5552 William Harris.............416-8149 Ricky Lindsey .............844-9944 Jeff Mansel..................871-0357 Harold Roby................844-5431 Joe Smith.....................397-4524 Jimmy Spearman.........840-8957 Michael Wilson ...........891-0891 PREACHER .....................................840-5804 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office...........................842-6116 Fax...............................842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Bible Classes............... 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship...... 10:45 a.m. Evening Worship.........5:00 p.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. God’s People in the Wrong Place “But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end” (Matt. 26:58). Environment plays an important part in the kind of person a man or person is. A potted plant belongs in a greenhouse, not in an icehouse. There are environments that are as disastrous to Christians as is the frigid temperature to the potted plant. Such places should be avoided at all costs. They do not offer enough of that which is beneficial to a Christian to offset the dangers. It is doubtful if Peter would have denied the Lord had he not been in the wrong place. He warmed himself at the fire with the servants of the enemies of his Lord. When they questioned him about his discipleship, he did not have the courage to confess, but chose instead to deny his Lord. If Peter could have seen the result of being in the wrong place, he would most assuredly have stayed away from the fire and the wrong companionship, even though it might have meant actual suffering from the cold. What he must have suffered in remorse because of the denial is not to be compared to a little physical inconvenience which might have resulted from his staying out of the wrong place. There is a rule for Christians that will work very well. If the place is questionable, it is the wrong place for God’s people. Christians are instructed to avoid the very appearance of evil. A place that is of doubtful reputation will present temptations to the Christians at the very best. How much better to stay clear of all temptation to do that which is wrong in the sight of the Lord! Most Christians are careful of their physical health. Unless absolutely necessary, they will not go to a room where there is a contagious disease. Why not use the same reasoning in a spiritual way? Peter overcame the denial of the Master: but you may be sure that the scar of that sin was carried in Peter’s mind as long as he lived. You may overcome the sins that are brought about by being in the wrong place, but the shame of sin will remain to bring sorrow into the heart, long after God has forgiven. –Foster L. Ramsey Upcoming Events The Junior Youth and Early Seekers are invited to have “breakfast with Santa” on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 9:00 a.m. in the multipurpose room before Bible class. The Age 20s and 30s Group are invited to a holiday party after evening services in the multipurpose room on Sunday, Dec. 17. Please bring finger foods and drinks. Thanks! We would like to say thank you to Jean, Sarah & John Mounce, Norma Deaton, Hannah & Haden Bland, and Sherry & Kassi Kingsley for decorating our Christmas card envelopes this year that are hanging down the east hallway. Also, thanks to all those who brought food for the Sr. Saints’ luncheon on Sunday and to Katie Bates for decorating the room. All went well and could not have been accomplished if it were not for all those who were so willing to help. Thank you again! Thank You Notes Dear church family, Your support from the cards, food, prayers, and comments helped my family and I more than words can express. It is truly a blessing to be members of a church that is so considerate and caring. The feeling of comfort we received during this time was something only our Lord can give. We are truly grateful. The Greg Lyle Family ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers, the wonderful meal you provided and for every kindness. In Christian love, The family of Gordon Andrews ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Words cannot express how much your kindness meant to us during a difficult time. Thank you. The family of Scotty Senter John Duke is stationed in Long Beach, MS. Caleb Williams is stationed in Jacksonville, NC. Matt Duke is stationed in Ft. Carson, CO. Ashley Snyder, Pat Putt’s granddaughter, is serving a tour of duty in Kosovo.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading December 6.............................................Mark 10-16 December 7.................................................Luke 1-6 December 8...............................................Luke 7-11 December 9.............................................Luke 12-18 December 10...........................................Luke 19-24 December 11................................................John 1-6 December 12..............................................John 7-13 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Amanda Dickinson (Dec. 6), Marla Laney (Dec. 6), Linda Parker (Dec. 6), Michael Wilson (Dec. 6), Hilda Ratliff (Dec. 9), Wanda Bishop (Dec. 10), Mikki Gilliland (Dec. 11). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Harold Robby suffered a heart attack Saturday. He had a stint and is home now doing better. Betty Tindall is home from the hospital. However, she is still very sick. Crafton Laney is home recuperating from surgery. Clara Simmons will move to The Meadows in Fulton as a resident on Thursday. Lee DuBois continues his chemo. Chad Strickland, Greg & Tammy Hughes’ son-in-law, was injured last week at work. Matt Duke fractured his foot Monday while doing training exercises at Ft. Carson. On-Going Illnesses Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Linda Hand, Carester & Charlie Ruth Hallmark, Adam McCurley, Bretta Robinson, Mary Jordan, Donny Dulaney, James Goddard, Sheba Tuggards, Ray Scribner, Bill Goff, Mickey Bailey, Tonya McClendon, Wes Simineau, Mitch Maclean, Jadon Parish, Murrell Van Buskirk Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Nancy Haywood, Hilda Roberts, Anna Hall, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? (Let’s concentrate on Genesis) Creation...................................................Genesis 1-2 The first sin ................................................Genesis 3 Cain, Abel, and Seth ..................................Genesis 4 Enoch and Methuselah...............................Genesis 5 Noah and the flood................................Genesis 6-10 List the divisions of the Old Testament & number of books in each:  Law (5)  History (12)  Poetry (5)  Major Prophets (5)  Minor Prophets (12) Memory Verses:  Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”  Matthew 10:32 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Put the following Bible characters in chronological order:  Daniel  Noah  Jesus  Seth  Potiphar  Peter  Joseph and Mary Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture?
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 a.m. Announcements......................................Mike Ratliff Bible Reading..........................................Tanner Hitt Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Lord’s Supper Perry Hand & Grady McCaskill Serve Congregation, East Side: Clayton Long, Larry Long, Ben Bryan Serve Congregation, West Side: Robert Parker, Ricky Lindsey, John Mounce Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Closing Prayer.....................................Rusell Deaton Ushers .............. David Ramseyer & Eddie Simmons Sunday Night Opening Prayer .............................. Roger Sanderson Closing Prayer.....................................Scott Childers Lead Singing......................................... Wade Bryan Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Prayer ................................................... Jalon Mansel Lead Singing........................................John Mounce Contact Jeff Mansel if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ........................ Dennis & Debbie Hallmark .............................. Robert & Betty Kingsley Prepare Lord’s Supper—December..................Doug & Mary AnnWallace Nursery................Sandra Simmons & Ashton Smith Pantry........................................................ Dry beans Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 11-29-17............................................146 Sunday Classes, 12-3-17......................................161 Sunday A.M. Worship .........................................217 Sunday P.M. Worship..........................................155 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$6,845 The Christmas Card Envelopes Are Up! For the last several years, we have put an envelope up for each family in the congregation on the bulletin boards down the east hallway during the holiday season. You may use these envelopes to put Christmas cards and holiday greetings in. The envelopes will stay up until December 31st. If someone was accidentally left off please let us know.

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