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East main informer, 6 9-20

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East main informer, 6 9-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 June 9, 2020 Number 23 GOING FORTH, STANDING STILL, OR FALLING BEHIND Barry Kennedy (Philippians 3:13-14). Life is filled with many ups and downs. This is true for the individual and the Church as well. There will be those times when the pressures of everyday living and temptations that plague the soul cause us to feel as if there is no hope in sight. Satan would love nothing more than to have the Lord’s Church brought to a standstill in her work, that is, the true work of saving souls from a devil’s hell. The facts should stand clear that we are all going forth, standing still or falling behind. Which of these describes our spiritual lives today? Going Forth is a mindset. The apostle Paul’s statement in Philippians 3:13-14 noted his personal decision not to dwell in the past life of mistakes, but rather to focus his mind on moving forward in the faith. It does not take much studying in the New Testament to see that Paul had many issues in his past that could easily cause someone of less conviction to throw in the towel. Paul was very aware of the fact that he had not “apprehended” a level of perfection. He was not, however, going to allow Satan to keep him dwelling on those forgiven mistakes. In fact, Paul encouraged the brethren in Philippi to think proper thoughts (Philippians 4:8). It may be that someone reading this article wonders, “How do I develop this mindset?” It starts with being truly forgiven of one’s past mistakes (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21). Jesus did not come to this earth to just make sin known, that’s why God gave the Law of Moses (Romans 7:7). Jesus came to save man from sin (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; Luke 19:10). When God forgives us of our sins, He forgets them as well (Hebrews 8:12). Next, we must fill the void of our minds with righteousness and the word of God (Matthew 5:6; Psalm 119:11). The more good one puts into his mind, the less room he has for evil, including the evil thoughts of the past. Standing still is a mistake. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1). The blessed man is one who is vigilant about his surroundings. He takes into consideration the admonition concerning evil communications corrupting good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33). He realizes it would be a mistake to stand with the sinful of this world. One cannot help but to smell badly if he dwells in stench. One note of advice that has been passed on from generation to generation of outdoorsmen is, always try to get your water from a moving stream and not a stagnate pool. The water going forth is purer and more wholesome, while the water standing still is easily contaminated and has the ability to make one sick. The same is true spiritually speaking. Paul let the church in Philippi know that there is hope in reaching forth to those things which are before. Remember, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” A Christian who is focused upon reaching the goal will make fewer mistakes. Falling behind is a misfortune. Paul, like the Psalmist, spoke of the blessed man. The Psalmist said the blessed man is “like a tree planted by the rivers of water” (Psalm --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 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 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. --article continued from page 1— the constant prowl (1 Peter 5:8). No person is totally immune to the temptation of sin. If man could live a totally sinless life, there would be no need for Christ. The Bible sheds a great deal of light on the fact that man is not perfect, at least in the sinless idea of perfection (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). Sin has a way of separating man from God (Isaiah 59:2). “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). This all sounds very troublesome doesn’t it? If one considers this evidence logically one might think: “I have sinned, and that separated me from being on the Lord’s side and placed me on Satan’s side; therefore, I cannot be on the Lord’s side.” This syllogism is valid, but not necessarily true; at least the conclusion is not true. Both premises are accurate, but the conclusion is lacking the truth that God will allow one to change. Paul told the Christians in Corinth to “. . . come ye out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord. . .” (2 Corinthians 6:17). God said to those who were in sin to repent and come to His side (Matthew 11:28-30). Is there really any doubt that one can be on the Lord’s side when he considers what Jesus has done for man (John 3:16; 15:13; Romans 5:8). Notice the words John recorded concerning God’s great invitation “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). Three times the apostle John said come. Come denotes a calling of opportunity. This calling is the gospel calling (2 Thessalonians 2:14). Also, one should not take lightly the fact that God said, “WHOSOEVER WILL” meaning that anyone has the opportunity to be on the Lord’s side. Man has to make many choices in life. Career, marriage, children, and even more trivial things like clothing and recreation, that causes some to “rack their brains” deciding what is best. The truth is that no decision one will ever make is as important as that decision to be “ON THE LORD’S SIDE.” Well, are we? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The elders have decided this year to NOT have VBS as scheduled June 14-17 due to the current threat of the Covid-19 virus. Wedding Shower There will be a “drive by” wedding shower in honor of Bethany Bryan & Jack Moore this Sunday, May 31 at the church building from 2-4 p.m. They are registered at Wal- mart, Amazon, Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. You can also see Bethany’s registry on her Facebook page. High School Graduates We are planning to honor our 2020 High School Graduates either Sunday, June 14 or June 28! Our high school graduates this year are Hannah Bland, Jacob Bradley, Jacie Dickinson, Sam Hood, Brooke Roby, & Kylee Steward. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea John Millard stationed in Afghanistan Ty Nichols stationed in Germany Alex & Cassie are still planning to have their marriage ceremony on June 6 and will do their best to make sure everyone is seated in every other pew. If you do not feel comfortable attending, they absolutely understand. However, if you are planning to attend, it would be very helpful to please RSVP online at https://www.zola.com/wedding/alex-cassie. Thank you so much! Our High School Graduates Hannah Bland Jacob Bradley Jacie Dickinson Mooreville High School Tupelo High School Mantachie High School 2020 2020 Sam Hood Brooke Roby Kylee Steward Tupelo High School Tupelo High School Mooreville High School
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading June 10 ........................................................ Psalms 46-50 June 11 ........................................................ Psalms 51-56 June 12 ........................................................ Psalms 57-64 June 13 ........................................................ Psalms 65-68 June 14 ........................................................ Psalms 69-72 June 15 ........................................................ Psalms 73-76 June 16 ........................................................ Psalms 77-78 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Dale Dulaney (June 11), Diane Dickerson (June 12). Anniversaries: Scotty & Wanda Bishop (June 14). Our Sick Pete Barber continues home hospice. Bettye Davis is having trouble with Meniere’s Disease. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Jennie Cox, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Jill Rice, Ann Letteri, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris High School Graduates We are planning to honor our 2020 High School Graduates this Sunday, June 14! Each graduate will have a table set up in the multipurpose room for the 8:30 service. At the end of the 10:00 service we will acknowledge them in the auditorium, then their tables will be moved to the east sidewalk and as we are dismissed you may walk by their table and congratulate them. Please join us Sunday! Moving We are sorry to announce that Karen Mix has moved to AL to live with her daughter. Her new address is 7909 Dogtown Rd., Nauvoo, AL 35578, and her phone number is 662-322-2294. We wish her Godspeed! --article continued from page 1— 1:3). Paul made it personal, “This one thing I do.” God wants His creation to succeed (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). The Lord knows our hardships and His word says that we can cast all of our cares upon Him with full assurance, knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). When we consider all that He has done in order to make our salvation possible (John 3:16; Romans 5:8), it would be so unfortunate to hear Him say, “I never knew you!” Falling behind is not just a misfortune, it is unacceptable. God simply asks that we maintain faithfulness, not perfection (Revelation 2:10). If we fail to endure to the end, what a misfortune it will be to know that our promised salvation was within our reach (Matthew 10:22). Where are we spiritually speaking? Have we fallen behind? What a misfortune! Are we standing still? What a mistake! Let’s all develop the mindset of going forward and never looking back. College Graduates Cassie Blackwelder graduated from Freed Hardeman University with a bachelor’s degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Olivia Blansett graduated from Mississippi Sate University with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. Wesley Funderburk graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration & Finance Degree. Jenna Harris graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science. Addie Hitt graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Brittney Kennedy graduated from Freed Hardeman University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a minor in Bible & Music. Melea Mansel graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish. Logan Lyle graduated from Itawamba Community College with an associate degree in Nursing. Olivia Sanderson graduated from Freed Hardeman University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. Hunter Underwood graduated from Itawamba Community College with an associate degree in Automotive Technology. Emily Williams graduated from the University of Mississippi with a master’s degree in the Linguistics of Spanish. Chet Wilson graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, June 14, 2020 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading.................................Jonathan Nichols Opening Prayer ..............................Roger Sanderson Lord’s Supper Alex Blackwelder Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Closing Prayer..........................................Will Davis Ushers .................................Joe Minor & Tim Davis Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class ..Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 6-2-20...............................................N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 6-7-20 ...................................25 Sunday Bible Class .............................................N/A Sunday 2nd Worship...........................................110* Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$8,973 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Mark Your Calendars!!! Maywood Christian Camp – July 12th-18th Outward Camp – July 31st-August 1st Gospel Meeting – September 13th-16th Fall Family Retreat – November 13th-14th Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel safe attending the service in person.

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