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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 July 19, 2022 Number 28 SUFFICIENT TO MOTIVATE John W. Moore The Word of God is all-sufficient in its information about man's salvation. Within the pages of Holy Writ, man can learn and know about how to become a Christian, live as a Christian, and think as a Christian. He can know how to worship and organize the church. He can know what to preach regarding marriage, parenting, and daily living. Paul told Timothy that the Scripture was profitable in making man spiritually complete (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). By means of the written Word, man has available to him everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This I believe and preach and will with the same breath and conviction believe and preach that God's Word is sufficient to motivate man to carry out the directives provided in the informationally designed Word. The Bible is truly informative in that it provides not only specific directives and principles by which to govern the individual and the church, but it is also informative in that it provides foundational teaching. This teaching makes the commands of God both understandable and possible for man. For example, God's law regarding the subjection of women to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22) is made clear and possible by an explanation in 1 Corinthians 11 and 1 Timothy 2. In these passages Paul reveals that woman's role in the family exists partly because of design (1 Timothy 2:13) and partly because of consequence (1 Timothy 2:14). Knowing there is a historical explanation and purpose for woman's subjection will help the woman of God to fulfill what He has demanded. Foundational teaching does not impose an obligation but does help to motivate a person to fulfill his or her obligation. Further, it can be said that the Word of God is all-sufficient to motivate by virtue of its essence. Essence is the basic and essential property and content of any object or concept. The essential element of the Holy Bible is that it is indeed holy. It is like no other book. The Bible is God's Word. It is inspired (literally God-breathed) from beginning to end and should capture the attention and imagination of every hearer. U. S. citizens listen to and are motivated by the Constitution because of its authority and prestige. Likewise, all of creation should listen to and be motivated by the Creator's Word because its Author has all authority, prestige, honor, and preeminence. Because of the mere fact that God is God man listens and responds to His Word. Every time I pick up the Bible, I am motivated because I know that I am reading an actual letter, document, and law book straight from God. As a result, I long to read it every day. I take it with me wherever I go. I know that I have a prized possession. --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 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 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-- Still further, it can be said that the Word of God is all-sufficient to motivate by virtue of its examples. Paul wrote that the Old Testament was written "for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." (Romans15:4) In the New Testament, Christians are often motivated by the example of Christ. Consider the command to patiently endure suffering (1 Peter 2:20). The Scripture motivates us by the example of Christ by reminding readers that Jesus never sinned or faltered even when He was reviled or suffered. In face of fierce and harsh treatment, He never waned in His commitment. Also consider the motivation of Hebrews 11:12. In chapter eleven, heroes of faith are paraded before our minds as examples of patience and faith. If they could remain faithful and true to God in difficult circumstances, then so could the Christian. In 12:2, further encouragement is provided by means of another allusion to Jesus and His endurance. Informationally, in the first few chapters the writer demonstrated the inferiority of the Old Covenant in comparison to the New Testament. In chapters eleven and twelve, specific motivation is given to remain faithful to what the readers knew intellectually. The Word of God is replete with examples that motivate. On every page, God motivates the reader to greater service and dedication. The Bible is a remarkable book that will indeed build up (Acts 20:32), sanctify (John 17:17), cleanse (John 15:3), save (James 1:21), complete (2 Timothy 3:16,17), and make wise the man of God (2 Timothy 3:15). It is truly sufficient and powerful enough to instruct and motivate. ~~~~~~~~ Congratulations Congratulations to Beth & Ian Reed in the birth of their son, Ellis Turner, on July 14. He weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 18 ¾ inches long. Mother and baby are home and doing well. Ricky & Lisa Lindsey are the proud grandparents and McKenna Lindsey is the proud aunt. 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. Pack the Backpacks The Community Outreach Program needs your help with “Packing the Backpacks” for area schools this upcoming year. Please check the table in the foyer and grab a supply tab of what you would be willing to purchase. Please return the supplies by Sunday, July 24. Thank you for your help. We still have many tabs left. Visitation Teams Plans are to start back our Visitation Teams. Some lists are posted on the bulletin board across from the library for you to sign. We hope to have enough participation to have 4 teams. One team will simply mail cards to those needing encouragement, the sick or visitors. One team will make visits during the month and then meet one Sunday a month following services to briefly discuss. Two teams will make visits and then have a fellowship meal once a month on Sunday to discuss. Covid has definitely affected the growth of the Lord’s church. We hope that the whole congregation will get on board to work to grow the congregation at East Main. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Lexie Dickinson, bride-elect of Peyton Chism on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 2-3:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Lexie & Peyton are registered at Amazon and Square Gift Company in Fulton.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 20....................................................Isaiah 24-27 July 21....................................................Isaiah 28-30 July 22....................................................Isaiah 31-35 July 23....................................................Isaiah 36-39 July 24....................................................Isaiah 40-41 July 25....................................................Isaiah 42-43 July 26....................................................Isaiah 44-45 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Katy Beth Anderson (July 22), Harry Cowan (July 23), Steve Kelly (July 23), Mary Morgan Lyle (July 23), Tracy Lyle (July 23), Drew Baldwyn (July 24), Britton Smith (July 24). Anniversaries: Derik & Staci Rushing (July 20), Laura & DJ Bennett (July 21), Jason & Amanda Dickinson (July 26). Our Sick Debbie Duke’s test results showed cancer. She will begin chemo soon. Betty Long continues her therapy at Cedars, Room 712. Suzanne Long is recuperating from eye surgery last week. Summer Smith is recuperating from a broken tailbone. Greg Lyle is home with Covid. Willie Topp’s brother-in- law, Willie Bob Gates, is having many health issues. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Brian Carver, Michelle Maclean, Linda Butler, Pam Gassaway, Ricky Britt, Larry Kennedy, Nathan Hale, Dawn Brown, Terry Blckmarr, Freida Gardner Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News What Do You Do With Young Folks? Ignore them . . . and they will likely go away. Some return in later years to love the Lord, but most drift through life toward perdition. Entertain them . . . and we will produce a group that stays long enough to empty the punch bowl and clean up the sandwich tray. Humor them . . . and develop the concept that the church is not to be taken seriously. Educate them in the Bible . . . and we can expect them to know what they are to do as Christians. Edify them . . . and they will grow spiritually. Give them responsibility . . . and they will value service to the Lord. Love them . . . and they will be responsible. Be an example to them . . . and they will be serious about the life that the Lord wants them to live. Parents: Are we doing our very best for the spiritual welfare of our children? As an infant, we took him or her to the doctor. He did not want to go. He knew it would hurt. He complained and rebelled; yet we still took him for treatment. He used the typical excuses, such as, “I don’t think I need to go.” We replied, “It isn’t as bad as you think it will be.” Did we let his inexperienced decisions outweigh ours? No. We knew best, and he went to the doctor . . . regardless of what he thought best. What are we doing today about his spiritual health? Have we thought of its importance? Our child may give a rebellious excuse for not attending spiritual activities. Should we accept an inexperienced, flimsy excuse? We did not accept them when facing physical health and we must not accept any excuse for our child’s spiritual health. Take your child to the Great Physician (Eph. 6:4; Deut. 6:1-6). —Author Unknown By House to House Heart to Heart, Archive 6010 This Wednesday, July 20 there will be a combined ADULT class in the auditorium with guest speaker Bill Haywood of the Tri-Cities School of Preaching in TN. The children’s classes will meet as normal.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, July 24, 2022 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading.............................................Ian Willis Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lord’s Supper Greg Hughes Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer.......................................Haden Bland Ushers ..................... Dale Dulaney & Mike Childers Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ................................... Dale Dulaney Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Lead Singing......................................... Wade Bryan Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Opening Prayer ................................. Stuart Childers Lead Singing........................................Jordan Laney The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-13-22 .................................................... 134 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-17-22 ...................................... 155 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 150 Sunday 2nd Worship...................................................... 92 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $9,265 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Maywood Christian Camp Desserts Our week at Maywood Christian Camp is currently underway! We are responsible for bringing desserts over on Wednesday for the remainder of the week. Amanda Dickinson will be going over this Wednesday morning, July 20 to deliver them. If you can please help by providing a dessert, put it in the multipurpose room by 9:00 am Wednesday. We have a big group of youth and adults there this week! Thanks for your help!!!

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