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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 January 19, 2021 Number 3 WHEN ALL OF GOD’S SINGERS GET HOME Barry Kennedy Music has been called the universal language. Many people turn to music for comfort, joy, inspiration, and entertainment. Music can have the power to sooth the troubled soul. It is not uncommon for someone to hear a particular song and have an overwhelming flood of memories come rushing into their mind. It may bring back the memories of a certain time, place, or person. When it comes to music and the Bible, the name David should come to mind. He has been referred to as “the sweet psalmist of Israel” (2 Samuel 23:1). Consider David and how his life reminds us to look forward to when all of God’s singers get home. David is remembered in many ways and with many different descriptions. He was the giant slayer, the man after God’s own heart, the shepherd boy, the king of Israel, just to name a few. There is however, one other description that fits this article. David was a musician. King Saul sought an Israelite with talent to play for him. One of Saul’s servants said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him” (1 Samuel 16:18). Verse twenty- three of this same chapter, says that Saul was “refreshed, and was well,” after David played for him. Saul, like many of us today, found himself in distress and pressured from life’s many hardships. One can almost visualize how calming this must have been for Saul to sit and listen. God has provided a beautiful way in which we all may participate in worshipping His high and holy name, and that is by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with grace in our hearts unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). Our singing is for God, but oh how it blesses our souls as well, especially in our times of grief. David had to face mortality when his son died (2 Samuel 12) and of course, his own death as well. David passed from this life, but that does not mean that he is no longer in existence; he is just another one of God’s --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 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 Early worship...............8:30 a.m. Bible class................9:30 a.m. Main worship.............10:00 a.m. Bible class.............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— singers who has gone home. Eternity is just a breath away for everyone. One day we too will be brought face to face with our time of departure. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). We need not forget the fact that God desires that all men everywhere would be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Some of the last words Jesus had to say to His disciples were concerning His departure and preparation of our new home (John 14:1-6). Life here is meant to prepare us for eternity. We are given the hope that over there we never have to say goodbye. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Won’t it be wonderful when all of God’s singers get home? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy We extend our sympathy to the family of our sister Betty Kingsley who passed from this life on Jan. 13 at the NMMC in Amory following a lengthy battle with Covid pneumonia. Funeral services were held at Pegues on Jan. 16. Sister Betty was another one of our faithful Christian ladies that will be sorely missed here at East Main. Please keep brother Robert and the rest of the family in your prayers. Our condolences to Debbie Vines in the loss of her father, Dick Rice, on Jan. 16 from Covid. A private family graveside service will be held at Lee Memorial. However, friends may come by Holland Harris Funeral Home today from noon-5 p.m. and pay your respects by signing the register book and watching videos of Dick’s life. Also, our sympathy is extended to Lisa Lindsey in the loss of her aunt, Charlene Hellums, of Tuscumbia, AL on Jan. 15. A private family graveside service was held Jan. 17. Placed Membership This Sunday, Jan. 17, Kevin & Tanya Pannell made known their desire to be recognized as members of the East Main congregation and work under the oversight of our elders, Mike, Dennis, Mark & Bobby Joe. Please welcome them into our family here at East Main. They have a son named Misha. Their address is 1740 CR 278, Blue Springs, MS 38828 and their phone numbers are Kevin—610-5442 and Tanya— 255-3816. Thank You Notes East Main family, Thank you for all the calls, texts, food and gifts sent our way with the birth of our son, Eli Walker. We are so blessed to have a loving church family. In Christian love, Clinton & Kassi Kingsley The Most Difficult Command On July 2, 1893, the celebrated Restoration leader J. W. McGarvey delivered an address in Louisville, Kentucky. It was simply titled “Repentance.” If God were giving special miraculous gifts, McGarvey said he would not ask for the gift of healing, prophecy, or tongues. Rather, he would ask for the power, above everything else, to cause men to repent. He continued this marvelous discourse by saying, “The greatest obstacle to the salvation of men is the obstinacy of the human will.” He pointed out that, comparatively speaking, it is not all that difficult to persuade multitudes of the divine nature of Jesus of Nazareth. An honest consideration of the evidence is tremendously compelling. Nor is it a rigorous task to lead folks to be immersed in water for the forgiveness of their sins, once they are convinced they are lost and without the hope of eternal life apart from obedience to Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:8–9; Hebrews 5:9; 1 Peter 4:17). McGarvey forcefully emphasized that the most difficult obstacle in the path to genuine conversion “is to induce them to repent.” People do not change their minds or lives very easily. Since repentance involves both, it is challenging. Further, repentance implies a person is on the wrong path (Luke 13:3), and none of us wants to admit we are wrong. Men want Christianity without conversion and forgiveness without forsaking. When there is authentic penitence, salvation is possible. —Wayne Jackson --via House to House, Heart to Heart (Archive 3045) John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading January 20............................................... Exodus 7-9 January 21........................................... Exodus 10-12 January 22........................................... Exodus 13-15 January 23........................................... Exodus 16-18 January 24........................................... Exodus 19-21 January 25........................................... Exodus 22-24 January 26........................................... Exodus 25-27 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Josh Kennedy (Jan. 20), Ashton Smith (Jan. 20), Sarah Minor (Jan. 22), Jordan Laney (Jan. 24), Ava Bates (Jan. 26), Bettye Davis (Jan. 26), Melea Mansel (Jan. 26), Hunter Underwood (Jan. 26). Anniversaries: James & Joyce Burney (Jan. 22). Our Sick Ashley Davis, Jean Mounce, Lauren Lindley & Ricky Johnson are all home recuperating from surgeries. Carol Hood, a former member here at East Main, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Several of our number and their family members are fighting the coronavirus at home: Hannon (has a bit of pneumonia & on oxygen at home) & Star Ray, Christine Wilson’s brother (Will Cooper), Mike Ratliff’s brother (Phil), Tony Donald’s mother (Marie), Dean & Kristie Webb’s brother-in-law (Randy Groover), and Rodney Voyles’ dad (Coy), On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Sean Koehn, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob & Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading....................................... Paul Blansett Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lord’s Supper Alex Blackwelder Lead Singing..................................Jonathan Nichols Closing Prayer................................Jimmy Spearman Ushers .........................Will Davis & Terry Kingsley The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 1-13-21 .................................................... 74* Sunday 1st Worship, 1-17-21 ........................................ 24 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 89* Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 112* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,523 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................................ Soup Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel comfortable attending in person. However, if you do feel comfortable meeting in person, we will have our 8:30 a.m. worship, our 10:00 a.m. worship and our 11:15 a.m. Bible class this Sunday, Jan. 24 (Also, in person Bible classes will be held this Wed., Jan. 20.)

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