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Hugh Vol. 44 February 5, 2019 Number 5
True Friendliness Is From The Heart
By Barry Kennedy
C. S. Lewis has been quoted having said, “Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another, ‘What! You, too? I thought I was the only
one.’”
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What an excellent illustration of friendship. We should be ever so grateful to the
God of Heaven for the blessing of relationships. Imagine how empty life would be
without the comfort, encouragement, and protection offered by a true friend. Notice the
adjective, TRUE, which was placed before the term, friend. Most all of us have
“acquaintances” maybe numbering in the hundreds. That is good, but there is a vast
difference in an acquaintance and a true friend. What is that difference? The LEVEL of
friendliness is what makes the difference.
Anyone can say something kind, open a door for someone, or even send a card
to say hello. True friendliness is show in the face of adversity. The prodigal son no
doubt had many “friends” while he was spending his inheritance, but when the money
ran out, so did the “friends” (Luke 15:11-32). Another good example of “friendliness”
is shown in the advice Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the
Naamathite gave to the patriarch Job (Job 2:11ff). The old saying, “With friends like
these, who needs enemies” is very applicable to Job’s “friends.” The difference goes
deep down to the HEART of the matter.
Have you taken the time to analyze the contrast that Jesus made between the
Old Law and the New Law (the Law of Christ) recorded in the sermon on the mount
(Matthew 5-7)? Take for example the first comparison He made:
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and
whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That
whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the
judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the
council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire (Matthew
5:21).
Did you catch it? The Jews were not to commit the “act” of murder, but now
Jesus says that we are not to be angry without a just cause. Clearly, anger is in the
mind (i.e. Biblical heart), while murder is a physical act. Consider what Jesus said
about keeping His commandments: “If you LOVE (emph B K) Me, keep My
commandments” (John 14:15). What motivates us to show friendliness today?
The “Golden Rule” can be described as true friendliness from the heart. Far too
many have followed the rules of the world instead of God’s rule. “Therefore, all things
whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the
law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). True friendliness is offering someone else that
which we ourselves would desire. What would this involve?
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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)
--article continued from page 1--
It will take thinking on our part of what it
is we truly want. This is easily illustrated by
watching a young child with some birthday money.
He or she may change their minds at least twelve
times as to what it is that they really want to buy
and even after something purchased, they may
decide that they have not “thought this through.”
Sadly, many never seem to grow out of this childish
phase. People walk into an auto dealership and
allow the smells and professional sales pitches to
convince them to purchase a vehicle that may have
them saying in a few weeks, “I did not really think
this through.” Did you know that considering the
cost is a Biblical concept?
If any man come to me, and hate not his
father, and mother, and wife, and children, and
brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he
cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not
bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my
disciple. For which of you, intending to build a
tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost,
whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply,
after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to
finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him (Luke
14:26-29).
It will take the tearing down some of
those protective barriers. The Bible tells us that
where our treasure is, there is where our hearts will
be also (Matthew 6:21). Trust must be turned over
to the Lord if we are to have a home with Him
(Luke 18:18-23). Many have lost opportunities to
build true and lasting friendships for fear of getting
hurt? We can help one another by making others
feel comfortable enough to “open up” to us by
being trustworthy. It has been said that friends are
like good health; you don't realize what a gift they
are until you lose them. May God help us to build
true friendships in Christ, by practicing true
friendliness from the heart (Proverbs 18:24).
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Sr. Adult Fellowship
The Sr. Adult Fellowship
will be held this Thursday,
Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at
Catfish Country in Boone-
ville. The bus will leave
the building at 5:30 p.m.
Bridal Shower
There will be a Bridal
Shower in honor of McKenna
Sanderson, bride-elect of
Parker Tipton, this Sunday,
Feb. 10 “come & go” from
1:30-3:00 p.m. in the
multipurpose room. They are
registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond or gift cards from
Walmart & Lowes.
Area Youth Meeting
The Area Youth Meeting will be held this
Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Mayfield congregation in
Saltillo beginning at 6:30 p.m. The bus will leave
the building at 6:00 p.m. Please let Tim Davis know
if you plan to ride the bus!
Community Outreach &
Family First Program
Those ladies unable to attend
the Community Outreach &
Family First Program meeting
this past Wednesday before Bible
study, are encouraged to pick up
an information packet from the
table in the foyer. See Kristie Webb or Lynn
Sanderson if you have questions.
Community Outreach
Item for February:
Shampoo
John Duke is stationed in Long Beach, MS.
Caleb Williams is stationed in Norway.
Dylan Kelly, Steve Kelly’s grandson, is in Kuwait.
Daily Bible Reading
January 6.......................................... Leviticus 16-17
January 7.......................................... Leviticus 18-20
February 8........................................ Leviticus 21-23
February 9........................................ Leviticus 24-27
February 10...........................................Numbers 1-2
February 11...........................................Numbers 3-4
February 12...........................................Numbers 5-8
Birthdays &
Anniversaries
Birthdays: Harold Roby (Feb. 6), Jackson
Voyles (Feb. 6), William Harris (Feb. 7),
Jacie Dickinson (Feb. 9), Janie McCaskill
(Feb. 9), Debbie Duke (Feb. 11), Justin
Webb (Feb. 12).
Anniversaries: None this week.
Our Sick
Jean Mounce and Lauren Lindley continue their
recuperations at home. Becky Adams has been
moved to ICU at NMMC with a brain bleed. Kyle’s
father, Jerry Smith, is in room 6644 at NMMC with
complications from diabetes. Christina Lindley’s
uncle, Lee Graham, continues in room 182 at
NMMC following a stroke. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’
mother, continues at the Sanctuary Hospice House.
Larry Long, Alicia & Ashton Smith, Betty
Kingsley, Jackson Voyles, Tammy & Maggie
Minor, and Drew Baldwyn are all home sick.
On-Going Illnesses
Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney,
Adam McCurley, Linda McCurley, Mary Jordan,
Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Ray Scribner, Bill
Goff, Tommy Goff, Linda Bryan, Mitch Maclean,
James Nichols, Sheba Tuggers, Sherry Gregory,
Shirley Owens, Mickey Bailey, Sammy Carson,
Nathan Hale, Leroy Brown, Mike Stroup, Jadon
Parish, Carol Nichols
Nursing Homes/Assisted
Living
Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley
McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris
Girls’ Joyful Rebellion
The girls’ Joyful Rebellion group will meet on
TUESDAY, FEB. 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Star Ray’s
home.
Sympathy
We extend our sympathy to John & Jentri Duke
in the miscarriage of their daughter, Heidi Grace,
early Sunday morning. They plan to have a family
memorial at the Cardwell Church of Christ in
Missouri on Feb. 6. Please keep them and Melvin
& Debbie Duke in your prayers during their loss.
Go Into All the World
“IN CHRIST ALONE...”
June 7th-8th
Please register at
eastmaincoc.com
Speakers: Eric Owens, Joe Wells,
Jonathan Bates & Harrison Moran
This camp is for ages 13-22 and is being hosted by
the East Main Church of Christ, 1606 East Main St.,
Tupelo, MS 38804. Please see Josh or Barry
Kennedy for more information.
Men to Serve Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 a.m.
Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel
Bible Reading...................................... Dale Dulaney
Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand
Lord’s Supper
Dennis Hallmark & Michael Wilson
Serve Congregation, East Side:
Robert Parker, Ricky Johnson, Scott Childers
Serve Congregation, West Side:
Britton Smith, Rodney Voyles, Stuart Childers
Lead Singing....................................James Simmons
Closing Prayer............................................Mark Hitt
Ushers .....................Jason Dickinson & Dean Webb
Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m.
Sunday Afternoon
Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth
Closing Prayer...................................Jacob Kennedy
Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson
Wednesday, February 13 2019
Prayer .............................................Roger Sanderson
Lead Singing.......................................Josh Kennedy
Contact Jimmy Spearman (840-8957) if unable to serve.
The elders kindly request that men leading in public
worship wear the best dress clothes they have.
Greeters ......................................Joe & Alicia Smith
..................................Grady & Debbie Vines
Prepare Lord’s Supper—February.....................Dale
Dulaney
Nursery................. Debbie Hallmark & Alicia Smith
Pantry.................................................... Canned fruit
Attendance & Contribution
Mid-Week, 1-30-19..............................................153
Sunday 1st
Worship, 2-3-19 .................................197
Sunday Bible Class ..............................................200
Sunday 2nd
Worship.............................................200
Contribution (budget $7,900)............................8,445

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East main informer, 2 5-19

  • 1. 4 Hugh Vol. 44 February 5, 2019 Number 5 True Friendliness Is From The Heart By Barry Kennedy C. S. Lewis has been quoted having said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.’” 1 What an excellent illustration of friendship. We should be ever so grateful to the God of Heaven for the blessing of relationships. Imagine how empty life would be without the comfort, encouragement, and protection offered by a true friend. Notice the adjective, TRUE, which was placed before the term, friend. Most all of us have “acquaintances” maybe numbering in the hundreds. That is good, but there is a vast difference in an acquaintance and a true friend. What is that difference? The LEVEL of friendliness is what makes the difference. Anyone can say something kind, open a door for someone, or even send a card to say hello. True friendliness is show in the face of adversity. The prodigal son no doubt had many “friends” while he was spending his inheritance, but when the money ran out, so did the “friends” (Luke 15:11-32). Another good example of “friendliness” is shown in the advice Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite gave to the patriarch Job (Job 2:11ff). The old saying, “With friends like these, who needs enemies” is very applicable to Job’s “friends.” The difference goes deep down to the HEART of the matter. Have you taken the time to analyze the contrast that Jesus made between the Old Law and the New Law (the Law of Christ) recorded in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7)? Take for example the first comparison He made: Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire (Matthew 5:21). Did you catch it? The Jews were not to commit the “act” of murder, but now Jesus says that we are not to be angry without a just cause. Clearly, anger is in the mind (i.e. Biblical heart), while murder is a physical act. Consider what Jesus said about keeping His commandments: “If you LOVE (emph B K) Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). What motivates us to show friendliness today? The “Golden Rule” can be described as true friendliness from the heart. Far too many have followed the rules of the world instead of God’s rule. “Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). True friendliness is offering someone else that which we ourselves would desire. What would this involve? --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 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. --article continued from page 1-- It will take thinking on our part of what it is we truly want. This is easily illustrated by watching a young child with some birthday money. He or she may change their minds at least twelve times as to what it is that they really want to buy and even after something purchased, they may decide that they have not “thought this through.” Sadly, many never seem to grow out of this childish phase. People walk into an auto dealership and allow the smells and professional sales pitches to convince them to purchase a vehicle that may have them saying in a few weeks, “I did not really think this through.” Did you know that considering the cost is a Biblical concept? If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him (Luke 14:26-29). It will take the tearing down some of those protective barriers. The Bible tells us that where our treasure is, there is where our hearts will be also (Matthew 6:21). Trust must be turned over to the Lord if we are to have a home with Him (Luke 18:18-23). Many have lost opportunities to build true and lasting friendships for fear of getting hurt? We can help one another by making others feel comfortable enough to “open up” to us by being trustworthy. It has been said that friends are like good health; you don't realize what a gift they are until you lose them. May God help us to build true friendships in Christ, by practicing true friendliness from the heart (Proverbs 18:24). 1 www.sermonillustrations.com Sr. Adult Fellowship The Sr. Adult Fellowship will be held this Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Catfish Country in Boone- ville. The bus will leave the building at 5:30 p.m. Bridal Shower There will be a Bridal Shower in honor of McKenna Sanderson, bride-elect of Parker Tipton, this Sunday, Feb. 10 “come & go” from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. They are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond or gift cards from Walmart & Lowes. Area Youth Meeting The Area Youth Meeting will be held this Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Mayfield congregation in Saltillo beginning at 6:30 p.m. The bus will leave the building at 6:00 p.m. Please let Tim Davis know if you plan to ride the bus! Community Outreach & Family First Program Those ladies unable to attend the Community Outreach & Family First Program meeting this past Wednesday before Bible study, are encouraged to pick up an information packet from the table in the foyer. See Kristie Webb or Lynn Sanderson if you have questions. Community Outreach Item for February: Shampoo John Duke is stationed in Long Beach, MS. Caleb Williams is stationed in Norway. Dylan Kelly, Steve Kelly’s grandson, is in Kuwait.
  • 3. Daily Bible Reading January 6.......................................... Leviticus 16-17 January 7.......................................... Leviticus 18-20 February 8........................................ Leviticus 21-23 February 9........................................ Leviticus 24-27 February 10...........................................Numbers 1-2 February 11...........................................Numbers 3-4 February 12...........................................Numbers 5-8 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Harold Roby (Feb. 6), Jackson Voyles (Feb. 6), William Harris (Feb. 7), Jacie Dickinson (Feb. 9), Janie McCaskill (Feb. 9), Debbie Duke (Feb. 11), Justin Webb (Feb. 12). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Jean Mounce and Lauren Lindley continue their recuperations at home. Becky Adams has been moved to ICU at NMMC with a brain bleed. Kyle’s father, Jerry Smith, is in room 6644 at NMMC with complications from diabetes. Christina Lindley’s uncle, Lee Graham, continues in room 182 at NMMC following a stroke. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, continues at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Larry Long, Alicia & Ashton Smith, Betty Kingsley, Jackson Voyles, Tammy & Maggie Minor, and Drew Baldwyn are all home sick. On-Going Illnesses Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Linda McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Ray Scribner, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Linda Bryan, Mitch Maclean, James Nichols, Sheba Tuggers, Sherry Gregory, Shirley Owens, Mickey Bailey, Sammy Carson, Nathan Hale, Leroy Brown, Mike Stroup, Jadon Parish, Carol Nichols Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Girls’ Joyful Rebellion The girls’ Joyful Rebellion group will meet on TUESDAY, FEB. 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Star Ray’s home. Sympathy We extend our sympathy to John & Jentri Duke in the miscarriage of their daughter, Heidi Grace, early Sunday morning. They plan to have a family memorial at the Cardwell Church of Christ in Missouri on Feb. 6. Please keep them and Melvin & Debbie Duke in your prayers during their loss. Go Into All the World “IN CHRIST ALONE...” June 7th-8th Please register at eastmaincoc.com Speakers: Eric Owens, Joe Wells, Jonathan Bates & Harrison Moran This camp is for ages 13-22 and is being hosted by the East Main Church of Christ, 1606 East Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804. Please see Josh or Barry Kennedy for more information.
  • 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading...................................... Dale Dulaney Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand Lord’s Supper Dennis Hallmark & Michael Wilson Serve Congregation, East Side: Robert Parker, Ricky Johnson, Scott Childers Serve Congregation, West Side: Britton Smith, Rodney Voyles, Stuart Childers Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Closing Prayer............................................Mark Hitt Ushers .....................Jason Dickinson & Dean Webb Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Closing Prayer...................................Jacob Kennedy Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson Wednesday, February 13 2019 Prayer .............................................Roger Sanderson Lead Singing.......................................Josh Kennedy Contact Jimmy Spearman (840-8957) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ......................................Joe & Alicia Smith ..................................Grady & Debbie Vines Prepare Lord’s Supper—February.....................Dale Dulaney Nursery................. Debbie Hallmark & Alicia Smith Pantry.................................................... Canned fruit Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 1-30-19..............................................153 Sunday 1st Worship, 2-3-19 .................................197 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................200 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................200 Contribution (budget $7,900)............................8,445